ECJ near Ready for Elections

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) Professor Errol Miller, is assuring that the electoral machinery is near readiness, with only three of 16 critical tasks left to be completed. Speaking at a press conference on December  7 at the ECJ headquarters in Kingston, Professor Miller informed that the outstanding tasks, which are 90 per cent complete, are the recruiting and training of Election Day workers, the training of Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing System (EVIBIS) technicians, and the training of polling station security assistants. “These three tasks were close to 100 per cent but since the announcement of Election Day for December 29 there has been some fall out, chiefly among students,” he informed. Professor Miller noted, however, that given the fact that applications for these three categories were oversubscribed, they will be at 100 per cent by Nomination Day. He said that the Election Day workers also have to be vetted by the two major political parties and this process is at 50 per cent. “The Director of Elections  has given the names and particulars of Election Day workers to the political parties, who are now to make their responses,” he informed. The ECJ Chairman further commended the Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, and his staff, for the excellent they have been doing in getting the electoral machinery ready, given the fact that the first tranche of funds to prepare for elections was received on October 19, 2011.  “The Commission is also appreciative of the great response of persons to serve as Election Day workers, EVIBIS technicians and polling station security assistants and for the cooperation given to the Director of Elections by the security forces,” he said further. Jamaicans will go to the polls on Thursday December 29, 2011.  Prime Minister the Hon. Andrew Holness, announced the date for the country’s 16th general election on Sunday (December 4). Nomination Day is Monday, December 12. The total number of electors on the voters list as at November 30, 2011, is 1,648,036. Some 41,607 electors were added to the list, while 5,636 were deleted. The total number of electors on the previous voters list (May 31, 2011), was 1,612,065. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter RelatedECJ near Ready for Elections ECJ near Ready for Elections InformationDecember 8, 2011 RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedECJ near Ready for Elections Advertisementslast_img read more

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LG quiet on new smartphones but sees NFC as key to ‘smart life’ plans

first_img Justin Springham KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Previous ArticleAthenahealth acquires app developerNext ArticleLenovo set for Chinese smartphone profit Related Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress… Read more Español LIVE FROM CES 2013: South Korean vendor LG failed to unveil a new flagship smartphone this morning, instead opting to use its early-morning press conference to highlight its ‘smart life’ strategy whereby all its consumer electronic products are able to talk to one another via NFC technology.With its presence at this year’s show focused around the strapline “Touch the Smart Life”, LG’s executives talked up the vendor’s plans to enable an entire smart home ecosystem.“This is about smartphone to appliance technologies,” said LG’s head of US marketing, James Fishler.The aim is to ensure LG’s NFC-enabled appliances – such as smartphones, televisions, laundry, ovens, robotic vacuum cleaners and fridges – can work together.“You can remotely monitor what the appliances are doing – you can tell the robotic vacuum to clean the floors before you get home,” claimed Fishler.“In the coming months you’ll see smart washing machines with WiFi, smart ovens that can have their cooking monitored from smartphones, and smart laundry machines. While smart appliances are clearly the wave of the future, we are working to produce this now.”In fact, Fishler said that LG will boast 27 ‘smart’ models in its entire product range in 2013.While the company talked up the launch of its new TV product portfolio, there was a lack of smartphone news.“At Mobile World Congress next month and throughout the year you’ll see us bring to life more tier one handsets in various screensizes, enabling you to enjoy the smart life,” noted Fishler. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 JAN 2013 center_img LGNFCTechnology Tags LG abandona el negocio de telefonía móvil Home LG quiet on new smartphones but sees NFC as key to ‘smart life’ plans ¿Cómo ha llegado LG al extremo de abandonar los móviles? Authorlast_img read more

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Indian operators face revenue threat in 2015 auction

first_img India amenaza con actuar contra la nueva política de privacidad de WhatsApp Español Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 AUG 2014 Home Indian operators face revenue threat in 2015 auction Related Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Richard Handford center_img Leading operators Reliance Communications, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular could lose sizeable chunks of their revenue if they don’t win back their existing spectrum in certain regions during next year’s spectrum auction, according to Economic Times.Separately, the same three operators are among those Indian companies to have been issued with so-called “show-cause” notices for under-reporting their sales, the country’s Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, told the country’s parliament.Reliance Communications, Vodafone and Idea could lose as much as 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 15 per cent of their revenue respectively if they are unsuccessful in the 2015 auction, based on data from regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).They are likely to face competition in the auction from rivals including market leader Bharti Airtel and aggressive newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm.The government is set to auction airwaves in the 900 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands across 18 of India’s 22 telecom services areas early in 2015.The sale is happening with the 900 MHz frequencies because of the expiry of operators’ 20-year licences. Those in the 1.8 Ghz band are frequencies left unsold from February’s auction.With regard to the show-cause notices for misreporting revenue, Dishnet Wireless, Aircel, Tata Teleservices and Bharti Airtel also stand accused of the same offence, according to the Department of Telecommunications.All the companies deny the charge and have made representations to the ministry, which has yet to make a final decision. WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure Previous Article5 years of news reporting… and a news announcement of our ownNext ArticleNaver mulls money launch WhatsApp sues India over new internet regulations Tags Idea CellularIndiaReliance CommunicationsVodafone Indialast_img read more

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State Audit finds misuse of funds by former leader of Benton Development Group

first_imgA state audit finds the former executive director of the Benton Development Group used thousands of dollars of the organization’s money to make purchases for herself.State Auditor Mary Mosiman says Ranae Becker had been laid off from the Benton County economic development organization, but continued working on a volunteer basis. She says board members discovered some issues as they tried to prepare a budget in 2014.“They did not receive the necessary financial information from Miss Becker. So, some of these board members volunteered to gather these financial records from the Benton Development Group’s office, as well as doing some cleaning and organizing,” Mosiman says. “And while they were doing this, they found some credit card information and credit card receipts in the trash.” Mosiman says the credit card receipts appeared to be for personal items bought by Becker. The auditor’s office was eventually called to check over the situation.“Our investigation identified $38,689 of improper disbursements and $10,944 of unsupported disbursements, for a total impact to the Benton Development Group of $48,779.” Mosiman says. Some of the money was improper payroll payments, but Mosiman says the rest was improper credit card use.“She was using the credit card for personal purchases. She had purchases that were at retail and convenience stores. Some of the purchases were for the Benton Development Group, other purchases where at stores like Best Buy, Game Stop, T.J. Max — stores that would have no business transactions for the Benton Development Group,” according to Mosiman. Several receipts were for purchases in Virginia, which were linked to Becker.Mosiman says they determined that the receipts came during annual trips by Becker to Virginia to see her family. The audit covered January 1st, 2009 through August 31st, 2014.The results of the audit were turned over to the Vinton Police Department.Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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