By Chris Patterson, JISReporter RelatedAccreditation Crucial to Country’s Competitiveness – State Minister Ffolkes Abrahams Advertisements Govt Implementing Measures to Boost Creative Industries CommerceJune 22, 2013Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedMinister Hylton Sets Record Straight on Logistics Hub RelatedKingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to implementing the required framework to strengthen the creative industries, including the animation sector.Speaking at a panel discussion during yesterday’s (June 20) opening of the KingstOOn animation conference and film festival at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus, Mr. Hylton said critical to this feat is the re-examination of legislation, policies, and programmes that will bolster industries.One such policy, he said, is the Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy, now before Parliament, which is intended to facilitate growth and strengthen the role of entrepreneurs.Outlining other measures being undertaken, Minister Hylton said that the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is looking at various locations to set up incubators, which will “benefit the creative sector, micro enterprise in general and certainly the animation sector.”The Minister noted that apart from the framework that the Government will implement, players within the industry need to ensure that their business plans are properly structured in order to access the necessary financing.World Bank representative to Jamaica, Giorgio Valentini, in noting the potential of the local animation industry said that Jamaicans need to “believe in themselves and market themselves.”“The World Bank is here to provide Jamaica with supporting mechanisms to stimulate innovation and creativity within the sector,” he pointed out.Executive Director of Reel Rock GSW Animation, Wayne Sinclair, in his contribution, stated that animation can provide developing nations with a competitive advantage over other countries.“The key for us is to execute a cohesive approach to the development of the industry,” he said.The discussion session on the topic: ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Animation Industry: how should Jamaica position itself?’ was moderated by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna Marie Rowe.Other panellist included Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montreal-based ToonBoom Animation, Joan Vogelesang; Managing Director of the Gleaner Company, Christopher Barnes; Director at Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), Professor Hopeton Dunn, along with other players in the international animation arena.The two-day conference and film festival, being held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, is designed to serve as a catalyst for the various efforts to develop the animation industry, and attract investors.It also seeks to give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists; identify key challenges in the industry, and examine feasible solutions, which will allow Jamaica to be part of the global network for outsourcing and creative content.KingstOOn is organised by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO.
The gap between men and women’s pay at the legal profession’s regulatory and representative bodies is ‘substantially lower’ than across the UK workforce as a whole, the organisations announced today. The 2017 gender pay gap report by the Law Society Group finds a median pay gap of 5.6% compared with the current UK median pay gap of 18.4%. The report details the combined results of the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority, which are one legal entity but operate independently.A Law Society Group spokesperson said: ‘The main reason for the group gender pay gap is the imbalance of male and female colleagues in the most senior executive roles in the group. Around 60% of the Law Society group workforce is female and they are represented at all levels, including many middle managers in the upper quartile. Yet fewer women are in senior executive roles. This disparity at very senior levels also explains the median bonus gap of 16.4% between males and females.’Both the Society and SRA have action plans to address this challenge and the group is committed to reducing the gender pay gap, the statement said. The report is based on hourly rates of pay during the monthly pay period ending on 25 April 2017, bonuses paid in the year up to 5 April 2017 and includes full and part time workers.
France heaped more misery onto Spain as they ran out 1-0 winners in a friendly in Paris.La Roja were humiliated at the World Cup in Brazil as they were dumped out unceremoniously after just two games.And their downward spiral continued on Thursday night as Chelsea striker Loic Remy bagged a brilliant goal in front of the Parisian crowd.
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It has shown that the buyer is willing to imagine a different form factor than the PC commanding her principal information delivery platform. Apple has yet to conquer that platform, but it has fired its third round of volleys and the castle walls have been breached. More robyn tippins Best Wiki Ever? Hackpad Just Might BeAfter catching a note about the wiki for SXSW being edited with Hackpad, I thought it might be worth a look. Then I caught the tagline, “best wiki ever.” Well, that’s a bold statement. Then I noticed that Tomboy creator Alex Graveley was part of the team behind it and thought maybe it really is. After a short test drive, I’m even more impressed. Hackpad combines the simplicity of Tomboy with real-time collaboration features that make it a great lightweight tool for teams. More 5 Things I Learned About the Future from Stephen WolframLots of the knowledge dropped at South By Southwest Interactive is vertical. In the sense that tech people use that word, “vertical” means focused on a particular market or problem and all its implications from top to bottom. Talks tend to be about the business of this or that, or the makers of one app will talk about how they did it. More A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Death By Wikipedia: Encyclopedia Britannica Stops PrintingSo many things about printed encyclopedias seem insane now. The space that dozens of volumes takes up. How much an entire set weighs (well over 100 pounds). The fact that many middle class families used to have to pay for them in regular installments. How slowly they are updated with new information.Today, we have a reservoir of infinite knowledge, most of which is virtually free to access. It takes up no more physical space than the tiny devices we use to view it. More With unemployment hovering at 8.3%, some employers feel they can ask for the unreasonable. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more. [Poll] What Company Provides the Best HTML5 Framework and Toolset?HTML5 and the mobile Web is starting to catch up with native apps, at least in terms of developer attention. Many developers are rushing to create HTML5-ready mobile websites or hybrid apps and need the proper tools to create dynamic apps that will function across platforms. As such, there is an arms race in the HTML5 ecosystem to create tools that developers will need to produce quality apps and content for the mobile Web, Android and iOS. 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LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “I will not confirm nor deny who it was,” Wade said.Good things come to those who wait… @MiamiHEAT VICE Jerseys have made a #R3TURN! You can NOW reserve limited quantities, hurry!https://t.co/lFHcJKmqwh pic.twitter.com/SqQYPOqm8N— The Miami HEAT Store (@MiamiHEATstore) February 9, 2018The Heat are wearing the uniform 15 times this season, with 10 of those left to play. They are in them for Wade’s return against the Milwaukee Bucks, his first game with the Heat since the 2016 playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT “Right now, definitely top three in the best jerseys in the NBA,” Wade said. “Definitely excited to put that on my body real soon here.”Wade will be back in his No. 3 jersey, and back in his old locker as well. The locker’s most recent occupant, Okaro White, was traded away by Miami in a separate move Thursday.READ: Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, NanceThe Heat have not announced what sort of tributes will accompany Wade’s return. He said he isn’t worried about that, and insisted he’s more excited to reunite with the likes of Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside.“It will be a seamless thing for me to come in and add something to the team,” Wade said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A sign at the entrance of Miami International Airport welcomes back to the Miami Heat Dwyane Wade, who was traded to the Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Dwyane Wade could not be more excited to get back to his familiar surroundings.He’s also excited for an unfamiliar uniform.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Mila’s Lechon in hot water as PBA digs deeper into miserable showing MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives It’s an unusual perk, but one of the things Wade said he’s looking most forward to when he returns to the Miami Heat on Friday night is the team’s new “Vice” jersey and shorts — the design being a play on the themes of Miami in the 1980s, replete with pastel trim and a font the team used when it played in its original arena.READ: Dwyane Wade returns to Miami as Cavs continue to deal FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“OK, I’ve seen the jerseys — me and a friend of mine, won’t say his name — and I was like, ‘Listen, I need to get those shorts, at least,’” Wade told The Associated Press in an interview after his trade from Cleveland to Miami was completed Thursday. “The jerseys are unreal.”The friend, by the way, was fellow former Heat star — and fellow fashion aficionado — LeBron James. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard talks Real Madrid plansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard sees his long-term future with Real Madrid.The Norway international is on a two-season loan in San Sebastian.Odegaard told TV2: “My goal is still to play for Real Madrid. That’s why I signed with them, because I want to play one day. “For me, this is the place to be. I feel that I have improved over the past two years. I think I’m a better player and I’m more mature, older and a little stronger. I feel better now than when I arrived in Spain.”Age also helps, of course.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
BOSTON — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.”That’s according to court documents filed Tuesday in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Purdue Pharma and its executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids.The documents add new details about former Purdue Pharma President Richard Sackler’s role in overseeing sales of OxyContin.Purdue Pharma accused the attorney general’s office of cherry-picking from millions of emails and documents to create “biased and inaccurate characterizations” of the company and its executives. The company said it will “aggressively defend against these misleading allegations.”The Associated Press
Kolkata: The results published by West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education (WBBME) on Thursday have shown an increase of more than one percent in pass-out rate in High Madrasah and two percent in Alim in comparison to last year’s results. The pass percentage in High Madrasah and Alim which was 82.04 and 82.67, respectively in 2018 has gone up to 83.20 and 84.95, respectively. The pass percentage in Fazil has also gone up to 87.49 from 86.88 in comparison to last year. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe results of High Madrasah have revealed that non-Muslim candidates are showing interest in getting admitted to Madrasahs. Altogether, 11.9 percent non-Muslim candidates passed High Madrasah this year. “The quality of education has improved in Madrasahs and other benefits and scholarships are also being provided to the students. So non-Muslims are getting interested in Madrasah education. We have more than 29 percent non-Muslim teachers in Madrasahs,” said WBBME president Abu Taher. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe results of High Madrasah (Class-X), Alim (theology-based education in Class-X) and Fazil (Class-XII) were announced by Taher on Thursday. The examination had started on February 12 and ended on March 15. Altogether 65,363 candidates had appeared in the three examinations. The number of High Madrasah candidates was 52,469, 8,915 appeared for Alim and 3,979 sat for Fazil. Sainul Haque bagged the first position in High Madrasah from Murshidabad with 96.38 percent. SK Wasimuddin from North 24-Parganas stood first in Alim with 93.89 percent marks while Sk. Habibullah from Hooghly district stood first in Fazil with 90 percent marks. Among the districts East Midnapore recorded a pass percentage of 94.38 in High Madrasah followed by Bankura with 91.66 and South 24-Parganas with 91.66. Kolkata with 86.88 stood at the seventh position.