Jamaica’s New Recruit Program Bears Fruit

first_imgBy Renée Carnegie/Diálogo June 19, 2018 A group of Jamaican soldiers, the first under the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) revamped recruit program, is set to graduate in July 2018. The Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC), JDF’s new standard mode of enlistment, enrolls youth age 18-23, and prepares them for careers in the armed forces. The first cohort, made up of 234 soldiers, is currently deployed to support national security operations in various parts of the island. The youth’s deployment in St. Catherine, a southeastern parish under a state of public emergency, and in Denham Town Zone of Special Operations, a Kingston neighborhood under a joint force effort to curb crime, serves as part of their on-the-job training. “This is for operational purposes, to see how an infantry works,” Colonel Mahatma Williams, of the JDF General Staff, told Diálogo. “They, however, do not engage in internal security duties nor conduct specific classification training that would bring them to a certain level of competence on weapons, simply because not all will go on to join the regular force or reserves.” Empowering youth through service JNSC officially became Jamaica’s new form of recruitment in May 2017 with the amendment of the Defence Act of Jamaica. In the past, new recruits either signed on for the regular or reserve forces. The objective of the one-year enlistment is to empower youth through national service with the hopes of bringing JDF’s annual intake up to 1,000. “So, you will join the National Service Corps and spend one year within the corps and after that, you can choose whether or not you will sign a longer-term contract with the Army,” stated Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, as the bill establishing JNSC passed in April 2017. “Those who choose not to go on, become available to the wider society, and it would be a good recruiting ground for the police and the various emergency services.” JNSC soldiers receive basic military training and on-the-job experience, as well as vocational and life skills training. Upon completion, soldiers can continue on with JDF or seek other opportunities with law enforcement. “With nothing to do, the chance is high that youth could get into criminal activities,” Col. Williams said. “A lot are from decent homes, but they are all young people from the same pool, looking for opportunity. While serving in the JNSC, they do community work and a whole host of other training. I’m dead sure they will be better leaving here.” Phases of training The yearlong training is broken down into three phases: basic military training, vocational training, and hands-on experience. Soldiers are rewarded with certificates during ceremonies to mark the completion of each phase. Phase one provides trainees with basic military skills such as first aid and military tactics. Soldiers also learn tools for stress management and conflict resolution. Phase two introduces recruits to vocational training within JDF or for the civilian workforce. During this phase, soldiers learn about the different opportunities with JDF’s Infantry Regiment, Reserve Corps, Air Wing, and Coast Guard. “Both [civilian and military training] will result in certificate that reflects the type of training they have received,” Col. Williams said. “The difference is in the track, military or civilian, that they completed.” The last phase allows recruits to put their newfound knowledge into practice. For Major Alicia Cooper, detachment commander of JDF’s Directorate of Training and Doctrine, a key element of the program is to bring forth the distinct character traits proper to service members. “They are also integrally involved in transforming their minds and way of thinking,” Maj. Cooper told Diálogo. “So that they become overall better citizens and human beings at the end of their engagement with the JDF.” Reaping great benefits Benefits for the recruits are many. Aside from earning essential skills, the youth receive a unique opportunity for lifelong careers serving their country. In addition, enlisted receive a stipend and are enrolled in a savings plan for the duration of their service. “The JDF is seen favorably by corporate Jamaica,” said Maj. Cooper. “It’s normal that persons who leave the service are able to find suitable employment elsewhere, not only because of the skills and experience they acquired in the JDF, but also because of their attitude and discipline in the workplace.” Graduation for the first batch of enlisted men is around the corner. Following cohorts have 100 women enrolled. Plans are in the making for JNSC to increase its reach to female recruits. “Females have played significant roles in the JDF for several years and are employed in all units and at all levels throughout the force,” Maj. Cooper concluded. “As the JDF expands, it’s important that women continue to be engaged and are integrated in all areas.”last_img read more

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Norwegian Air brings back more crew, aircraft as demand rises after lockdown

first_imgMore than 300 pilots and 600 cabin crew from the company’s bases in Norway will operate 20 aircraft, with about 200 pilots and 400 cabin crew being brought back from layoffs, the budget carrier said.Norwegian furloughed or laid off about 7,300 staff, roughly 90% of its employees, after the COVID-19 outbreak.On Tuesday Norwegian said it would resume flights outside Norway, announcing a single domestic route in Denmark, while Nordic rival SAS also announced an expansion of service.Norwegian completed a financial restructuring last month, handing control of the firm to its creditors, saying at the time it could wait until 2021 before resuming flights beyond Norway’s borders.”The reopening of flights is the result of recent increased demand from customers and is also in line with other airlines across Europe that are also resuming flights,” Norwegian said.The airline, which brought Europe’s low-cost business model to the transatlantic market, has said it plans to reinvent itself in a scaled-down version with 110-120 aircraft, compared with almost 150 before the pandemic.Topics : Norwegian Air will resume flights on 76 routes halted during the coronavirus outbreak and bring back into service 12 of its mothballed aircraft on top of the eight already flying, as European countries reopen and demand for flights rises.Airlines have been hit hard by the pandemic, which has put a stop to most international travel, leading companies to seek help from governments.”We’re getting back in the air with more planes and we’re reopening many of the routes which our customers have requested,” Chief Executive Jacob Schram said in a statement.last_img read more

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Half-time: Aston Villa 1 QPR 1

first_imgQPR conceded a goal seconds before half-time to undo an otherwise excellent 45 minutes at a rain-soaked Villa Park.Jermaine Jenas gave Rangers a deserved lead midway through the half, slotting home after Bobby Zamora’s shot had been saved by keeper Brad Guzan.But Villa pulled level with virtually the last kick of the half, Gabriel Agbonlahor rising above the visiting to defence to power home a header from Matthew Lowton’s cross.QPR, chasing a rare away win, largely dominated proceedings.Guzan made two outstanding stops in the space of a couple of minutes to deny Chris Samba, using his fingertips to turn a header over the bar and later flying to his left to keep out the defender’s driven effort.After Jenas’s goal, Rangers came close to doubling their lead on three occasions.Zamora saw a free-kick whistle inches over the crossbar, Guzan produced another fine stop to deny Loic Remy and Jose Bosingwa’s free-kick hit the post.Villa enjoyed spells of concerted possession but keeper Julio Cesar – back in at the expense of the injured Rob Green – was untroubled until Agbonlahor pounced.QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Fabio, Park, Mbia, Jenas, Remy, Zamora, Townsend.Subs: Murphy, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Hoilett.YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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COP17 starts in Durban

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma, Minister of Inter-national Relations and Cooperation MaiteNkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Water andEnvironmental Affairs Edna Molewa, andDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe wavetheir caps in support of COP17.(Image: GCIS) Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthecompleted a three-kilometre walkalong Durban’s beachfront to raiseawareness about rising sea levels.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sifiso JacklasAccount Manager, COP17The Communications Firm+27 82 302 9990Wilma den HartighThe much-anticipated COP17 climate change conference, considered one of the world’s most important events, got underway in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province this morning.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starts today and ends on 9 December.The conference has brought together experts from around the world to discuss solutions to the increasing threat of global climate change.About 20 000 people are expected to gather in Durban to take part in the climate talks, among them heads of state, government representatives, international organisations, entrepreneurs, businessmen, academics, activists and NGOs.Conference outcomesThe main goal of the discussions is to advance the implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed on at COP13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP16 last year.“We have come a long way since Copenhagen and Cancun. Durban must take us many steps forward towards a solution that saves tomorrow today,” said President Jacob Zuma, welcoming the delegates to COP17.Many expect that the Kyoto Protocol is likely to dominate the talks, as 2012 marks the end of the first commitment period for the treaty that was signed in 1997.The Kyoto Protocol currently places legal obligations on nations, with the exception of the US, China, India and Brazil who are not signatories to the treaty, to reduce greenhouse emissions by 5.2%.Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, is confident that governments have come to Durban understanding the importance of the Kyoto Protocol.“I therefore strongly believe that there will be an effort to move into a second commitment period,” Figueres said, speaking at a media gathering in Durban ahead of COP17’s opening day.Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said that the need to renew and revise the Kyoto Protocol has become urgent.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who completed a three-kilometre walk along Durban’s beachfront over the weekend to raise awareness about rising sea levels, said South Africa was hoping to get a legally binding agreement during the COP17 negotiations.In a statement, Motlanthe said that solutions to climate change require global input.“The Kyoto Protocol can come to an end and that’s a good reason why there should be another endorsement. No single nation can tackle climate change, we need a coordinated effort,” he said.Southafrica.info reports that President Jacob Zuma said it was crucial for COP17 to ensure that the Cancun Agreements, which included the establishment of a Green Climate Fund, became operational.Important for AfricaMolewa said although Africa has contributed least to the build up of greenhouse gases globally, the adverse effects of climate change would be felt most severely on the continent.According to Molewa, the average African generates about 13 times less greenhouse gases than his counterpart in North America. In 2007, the continent accounted for less than 4% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.However, without mitigation and adaptation measures these figures could increase.She said that Africa needs more sustainable development with new, clean technologies to avoid the environmental mistakes of the developed world.“Considering that 550-million people in Africa do not have access to electricity, there is enormous scope for Africa to become a world leader in renewable energy sources,” she said.Such developments can reduce the vulnerability of African societies, and even ensure that Africa becomes climate resilient.Global cooperation and accountabilityMolewa said that a response to climate change requires global cooperation and accountability.“The South African government recognises its role as the major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions on the continent. We are responsible for 38% of Africa’s total emissions,” she said.South Africa intends to change this.The National Climate Change Response White Paper outlines government’s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 34% below a business as usual trajectory in 2020, and by 40% in 2025 before stabilising emissions in absolute terms, and ultimately reducing them.The African Union has partnered with South Africa to ensure that the African Pavilion at COP17 effectively presents the issues of climate change that Africa is grappling with.“The impacts of climate change know no border, and it has been a driving force for cooperation between African governments,” said Molewa.More climate change awarenessThe UN’s Figueres told reporters that there is growing momentum amongst rich and developing nations to take action against global warming.Developed countries have passed more legislation and governments are businesses are also raising awareness about climate change.In a BuaNews report, Figueres said it is encouraging to see governments and civil society taking action.“Durban should mark the next milestone in the climate talks. We expect that many of the issues that leaders agreed on in Mexico will find a way of being implemented here,” she said, “and these include the Green Climate Fund and other matters.”last_img read more

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[REPORT] The 2019 CPI encourages South Africans to play their part in fighting corruption

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, Wednesday 30 January 2019 – Brand South Africa notes South Africa’s performance in the 2019 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which indicates that the country’s corruption perceptions score remains quite stable at 43/100 in 2019.Commenting on the report, Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa said: “At the time of conducting analysis of the Corruption Perceptions Index, the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is unearthing significant news regarding corrupt activities involving the private- and public sector. It is in this context therefore striking that South Africa’s corruption perceptions score remains quite stable at 43/100 in 2019. The score translates into a ranking of 73/180 nations measured through the CPI, the country’s ranking in 2017 was 71/180.”Dr de Kock adds that while the ranking and score in the CPI remains stable, it is necessary to manage the reputational fall-out of revelations regarding corruption carefully.“In this context it is necessary to indicate the extreme levels of transparency designed into the South African states’ governance system. For example, South Africa ranks 2/115 nations in the Open Budget Index, an indicator that clearly illustrates that the South African governance system is a world leader in terms of transparency and accountability within a constitutional democracy. It is necessary to reinforce this message on an ongoing basis to contextualise the reasons why revelations of unethical behaviour, and corruption, occur in the South African context,” said Dr de Kock.In line with an element of public opinion in South Africa, the CPI also notes that ongoing commissions of inquiry is a step in the right direction to fight corruption. However, there is a need to move beyond commissions of inquiry towards the prosecution of those implicated in cases of corruption and/or state capture.In terms of South Africa, the CPI notes that ‘under President Ramaphosa, the administration has taken additional steps to address anti-corruption on a national level, including through the work of the Anti-Corruption Inter-Ministerial Committee. Although the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) has been in place for years, the current government continues to build momentum for the strategy by soliciting public input.Dr de Kock concludes: “From a Nation Brand reputation point of view it is important that commissions of inquiry are interrogating issues of state capture, and associated corrupt behaviour. However, as a nation we need to embrace the principles of transparency and accountability embedded in the nation’s constitution.”//ENDS//For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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2019 NYC & NSC Final Placings and Award Winners

first_imgCheck out below to see all the Final Standings from the 2019 National Youth Championships and National Schools Cup!With over 8,000 action shots including Plate Winners and MVP’s check out the Image Gallery thanks to NRL Imagery by clicking HERE2019 National Youth Championships18 BoysNSW Combined High Schools defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesFlynn Kelso (QSST)Player of the FinalsLiam Robinson (NSWCHS)Final StandingsNSW Combined High SchoolsQSST FireNSWTA DevelopmentSouth Queensland SharksNSW Combined Independent SchoolsCQ BullsNSW Combined Catholic CollegesNQ Tropical CyclonesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsBrisbane CobrasWestern TigersACT RaidersVictoria StormTasmaniaNT DevilsSA RoostersNew Zealand Under 16s18 GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesLeesa Mi Mi (Brisbane City Cobras)Player of the FinalsAbby King (South Queensland Sharks)Final StandingsSouth Queensland SharksQSST FireBrisbane CobrasNSW Combined High SchoolsNSW Combined Independent SchoolsNSWTA DevelopmentNSW Combined Catholic CollegesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsNQ Tropical CyclonesWestern TigersVictoria StormACT RaidersSA RoostersNT DevilsTasmaniaNew Zealand Under 16sClick HERE for the full 2019 National Youth Championships Final Positions2019 National Schools CupYear 9/10 BoysOrmeau Woods defeated St Edwards College 8 – 3Player of the FinalsJai Charlton (Ormeau Woods)Final StandingsOrmeau Woods State High SchoolSt Edward’s CollegeTomaree High SchoolCavendish Road State High SchoolNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeClevelandYear 9/10 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated St Margaret Mary’s College 6 – 4Player of the FinalsKaliah Bob (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeSt Margaret Mary’s CollegeMiami State High SchoolPalm Beach Currumbin RedsNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeMonte Sant Angelo Mercy CollegeFairholme CollegeClevelandCavendish Road State High SchoolHoly Spirit CollegeRochedale State High SchoolSt Joseph’s Regional CollegeYear 7/8 BoysStretton State College defeated Mercy College 10 – 4Player of the FinalsKayliss Brown – Stretton State CollegeFinal StandingsStretton State CollegeMercy CollegeOrmeau Woods State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeYear 7/8 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated Cleveland 7 – 4Player of the FinalsOlivia Jenkins (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeClevelandPalm Beach Currumbin State High SchoolAll HallowsCavendish RoadMiami State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeClick HERE for the full 2019 National Schools Cup Final Positionslast_img read more

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10 months agoBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelotti

first_imgBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelottiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna coach Filippo Inzaghi is looking forward to facing Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.Inzaghi played for Ancelotti at AC Milan.”Facing Carlo will be really emotional,” Inzaghi said in his pre-match Press conference.“He’s a great man and we have a strong and emotional bond. We’ve always had a wonderful relationship.“However, I hope I can make him feel sad, after all the joy I brought him throughout my career…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoIniesta doubts PSG star Neymar will make Barcelona return

first_imgIniesta doubts PSG star Neymar will make Barcelona returnby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta can’t see PSG star Neymar making a surprise return this summer.It’s emerged Barca director Andre Cury has been meeting with representatives of Neymar over the part fortnight about returning to the Nou Camp.However Iniesta, who is now with Vissel Kobe, told RAC1: “Neymar’s return to Barça seems like something very complicated, but in football everything is possible. “He’s one of the strongest players in the world.”But I can hardly see him coming back to Barça.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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a month agoMoussa Sissoko delighted with new Spurs deal

first_imgMoussa Sissoko delighted with new Spurs dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is delighted with his new deal.He has signed a new contract with the club until 2023.The Frenchman arrived in north London in the summer of 2016 and has developed into a key player under Mauricio Pochettino.Sissoko said: “I’m very proud to sign a new deal with the club – that means the club believes in me and they’re happy with what I’m doing.”Hopefully I can give my best to the club for a long time and hopefully we can get some trophies all together.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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