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No love lost between TNT, San Miguel as Cruz, Santos get into spat

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Things get testy between TNT, San Miguel in their quarterfinal duel. Pyoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere was no love lost between fierce rivals San Miguel Beer and TNT on Tuesday night in their quarterfinals duel at Mall of Asia Arena.With the game already decided, things got testy between the two teams when Beermen forward Arwind Santos and KaTropa guard Jericho Cruz got into a heated exchange at the 1:20 mark of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplant Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cruz was given a flagrant foul penalty 1 for hitting Santos with a forearm while Santos picked up his second technical foul and was thrown out of the court.The two veterans, however, quickly put the incident behind as tempers eventually cooled off moments after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Honestly, we were both hotheaded inside the court but I just really want to forget what happened,” said Santos in Filipino. “There’s a part of me that wanted to get back at him but I’m just thankful that I have this tendency to forget what happened and be professional.”“Whatever happened earlier inside the court doesn’t mean anything to me after the game,” said Cruz. “Unless I get approached then, I got to do something about but after the game, it’s nothing.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Santos said the emotions and competitiveness just took over during the incident.He also owned up to his actions and added he’s already forgiven Cruz.“Inside the dugout, we prayed and I already asked for forgiveness for what happened. I admit that I have done wrong and I forgive Jericho because that’s just how it is. Sometimes we struggle to control our emotions during the game because all of us want to win and that’s part of our job.”The 36-year-old Santos, though, had the final say with San Miguel taking a 106-93 win to advance into the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four blocks.Cruz, meanwhile, struggled offensively, scoring only three points after averaging 17.0 points in his first two games with the KaTropa. He also had six rebounds and eight assists but committed seven turnovers in 31 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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Throat slitter suspect called remorseless

first_imgZindler and the victim lived together in a home in the 44300 Block of Cedar Avenue in Lancaster, Torres said. Torres said Zindler told investigators he was coming down from a drug high and attacked the victim. Zindler expressed concern for the victim’s well-being but didn’t acknowledge wrongdoing, Torres said. “He was pretty definite in what he wanted to do,” Torres said. “He admitted that he did it, and he never told me he regretted it.” Torres said the woman became afraid earlier in the day after she and Zindler argued, and she asked a friend to stay with her. According to Torres, the victim was sitting on Zindler’s lap and had her arms around him when he suddenly stood up, and she fell back on her bed. She didn’t realize she had been cut until she found herself covered in blood, Torres said. LANCASTER _ A Lancaster man charged with attempted murder showed no remorse in an interview with authorities in which he admitted to slitting his girlfriend’s throat, the lead investigator assigned to the case said Monday. Cameron Duane Zindler, 21, is accused of using a double-sided 4-inch knife to cut his girlfriend’s throat the night of April 24, sheriff’s detective Miguel Torres said. Zindler is being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic in lieu of $950,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for May 23 at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. The victim – whose identity was withheld – underwent surgery the day after the attack and is in good health, Torres said. The friend drove the victim to Antelope Valley Hospital and provided the name and description of Zindler. Sheriff’s deputies said they soon found Zindler, with blood on him, attempting to enter an already-closed Carl’s Junior restaurant on Sierra Highway and Avenue J, Torres said. Restaurant employees had called 911 to report that a man with blood on him was trying to enter the restaurant, Torres said. Torres said the victim requested that Zindler not be told about her physical condition. “I’ve just been really impressed with her attitude,” Torres said. “Her spirit has been amazing, and her recovery has been incredible.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Gallen lands manager’s job in Hong Kong

first_imgSteve Gallen has been appointed manager of Hong Kong Pegasus.The Acton-born 42-year-old has signed a one-year contract and takes over from former QPR assistant boss Kevin Bond, who ended last season in charge of the Hong Kong Premier League side.Gallen, brother of ex-QPR star Kevin, spent 19 years on the coaching staff at Rangers, working at youth and Under-21 levels before a spell as first-team coach.He was placed on gardening leave soon after the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager at Loftus Road in December and his departure from the club was confirmed several weeks later.See also:Gallen promoted to first-team role at QPR’I was Dougie’s interpreter at QPR’Decisions to be made over QPR backroom teamGallen’s exit confirmed by QPRGallen appointed as Charlton recruitment chiefFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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ROI on pork checkoff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. pork producers receive a positive return on their Checkoff investment, according to a 2017 study conducted and released by Harry Kaiser, the Gellert Family Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University.Additionally, 91% of pig farmers who took part in the annual producer survey in November acknowledge their overwhelming support of the Pork Checkoff, with a record-low opposition of just 3%. Return on investment study highlightsAn economic analysis of Pork Checkoff programs is commissioned every five years by the National Pork Board. The study quantifies the returns generated by Pork Checkoff investments in research, pork promotion and producer education programs. The latest results, published in 2017, cover 2011 to 2016 programs.“It’s important to producers — those who directly fund the Pork Checkoff — to understand and quantify the value of their investments,” said Terry O’Neel, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “The results indicate a positive impact of all aspects of the Pork Checkoff, from conducting production-focused research to growing consumer and export demand for pork.”Specifically, the study documented a growing return on investment through defined benefit-cost ratios across several key program areas from 2011 to 2016:Production Research:  Each dollar invested in production research to benefit on-farm practices yielded $83.30 in producer value.Foreign Market Development: Each dollar invested in developing foreign markets yielded $24.70 in producer benefits.Advertising and Non-advertising Promotion: Other pork promotion resulted in benefits of $14.20 for advertising and $12.40 for non-advertising promotion.Research to Grow Demand: Research on market drivers returned $8.30 for each $1 invested.Net Result: Collectively, the overall return of Checkoff program activities is $25.50 for each dollar invested.The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires a return on investment analysis every five years. The 2001 to 2006 study showed an overall return of $13.80 to $1 invested, and the most previous study, released in 2012 for the time period of 2006 to 2011, found a return of $17.40 to $1 invested.“This analysis provides a comprehensive review of program development, and more importantly, efficiency of our Checkoff program administration,” O’Neel said. “The net return of 25 to 1 on Checkoff investments demonstrates that we are meeting producer needs in the areas that drive sustainable production and grow consumer demand.” Annual producer survey resultsThe Pork Checkoff also reports findings from a study that gauges producer support of the Pork Checkoff. Since 2002, the National Pork Board surveys producers annually to gain insight about the condition of the industry, general attitudes on pig farming and their support of the Checkoff. The most recent survey of 550 pork producers, conducted Nov. 6-16, 2017, showed that for the eighth consecutive year, pig farmer support for the Checkoff has improved.Support for the Checkoff remained at 91%, while opposition declined to a record low of 3%, which is down from 4% in 2016.Other highlights:Right direction/wrong track: Producers grew in their industry optimism despite market supply pressure and other issues they face. In 2017, 78% of producers said that the industry was heading “in the right direction,” up from 76% in 2016. Only 12% said that the industry was “on the wrong track,” an improvement from a 2016 score of 19%.Support for the Pork Checkoff and general optimism of the industry was strongest among larger producers, or those that marketed more than 80,000 pigs in 2017. Support from this group was 95%.The No. 1 challenge facing producers was “managing hog health and disease,” which was a change from 2016’s No. 1 concern of “too many rules/regulations.”Regarding awareness and support of the strategic plan, the primary Pork Checkoff goals resonated with the random sample of producers surveyed. On a 10-point scale:Build Consumer Trust rated a mean score of 8.95, up from 8.91 in 2016.Grow Export Demand rated a mean score of 8.69. This was a new category this year since “Grow Consumer Demand” was broken into two elements — export and domestic demand.Grow Domestic Demand rated a mean score of 8.64, down from 8.70 in 2016.Drive Sustainable Production rated a mean score of 8.28, up from 8.18 in 2016.“These are the most positive results we have seen since we began the producer survey 15 years ago,” O’Neel said. “The findings underscore the value that the Pork Checkoff team delivers day-in, day-out to the pig farmers who fund the Checkoff. The results demonstrate that the board’s strategic goals are aligned with producers’ interest.”last_img read more

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Legal with Leah: LEBOR update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  1 CommentThere have been many developments on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) front since the law was passed by Toledo voters. In the latest Legal with Leah, Ty Higgins visits with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Council Leah Curtis about the actions being taken by both sides of the issue and why farmers should keep up with LEBOR updates, whether they live in the watershed or not.ExceptsTy Higgins: I know you’re getting a lot of calls from farmers saying you know what does this mean for me and we’re getting into you know April here. Farmers are starting to think about getting into the fields when they can, when things dry out and work the fields getting ready for planting and this is just one thing on their mind. So you know looking short term, long term what’s next for LEBOR?Leah Curtis: So as far as the litigation goes, you know litigation can move kind of slowly but certainly I think, you know, they’re trying to move as fast as they can and how long it will take we can’t really say but certainly having the injunction in place is a very good thing that should, you know, give people a lot of peace of mind as they do get to that you know into planting this year and into prepping their fields and getting ready. What can happen next is, you know, hard to say but hopefully we will see things move quickly and come to a final result. And that way we’ll hopefully have LEBOR put to bed. But the fact is that things like LEBOR could happen anywhere, anywhere in this state. And so it’s always a good idea to 1) pay attention to the things that are being collected… signatures are being collected for in your area because you want to make sure you know what you’re signing if something gets presented to you. And then we’ve talked a lot about ag districts as one possibility. The ag district program does provide a nuisance offense. It may be useful if one of these lawsuits would go forward. And so we’d always encourage our farmers to look into that as a possibility for their as another layer of protection for their farm.Ty Higgins: You mentioned it could happen anywhere else. They’re talking about doing something in Cleveland about this and even talk about a statewide initiative going on the ballot at some point down the road. So you know if you’re a farmer in the Lake Erie watershed you know about this you’ve been told what to do to protect yourself. If you’re a farmer in central or south central Ohio…’All of this doesn’t pertain to me; I don’t have to worry about it,’ but they kind of do.Leah Curtis: Definitely we have seen the same group that has put forth LEBOR that wrote LEBOR we have seen them in counties in southern Ohio in years past pushing very similar types of ordinances. We’ve seen them in Youngstown doing lots of ballot initiatives there and as you said there was an approval by the ballot board for them to collect signatures for a statewide constitutional amendment which would allow local jurisdictions to create these rights of nature ordinances. So it really could happen anywhere and water quality really should be something that everyone cares about. We’re all a part of it. We all contribute. We all need to you know make sure we’re being the best stewards of the land that we can be and we know our farmers are doing that. We know that they’re doing everything they can. And so all across the state we really should be talking about it.Full transcriptionListen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.  1 Commentlast_img read more

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Want To Self-Publish A Book? Guy Kawasaki Wants To Help

first_imgIf you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a published author, you could hardly have picked a better time to be alive. A full-blown revolution is afoot in the way books are written, published and distributed, and the playing field has practically been nuked. It makes for some feel-good, tech-democratizes-all type stuff, but just because the playing field is level doesn’t mean it’s easy to navigate. Guy Kawasaki wants to help. The entrepreneur and former Apple evangelist has published books using both the traditional and DIY routes, so he’s familiar with the inner workings of both. He recently coauthored a book titled APE (Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur): How to Publish a Book, which is being released through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program. (He’ll be talking about his book at a ReadWrite Mix event in San Francisco this week.) 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… john paul titlow Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Amazon#books#E-Books#ibooks author#publishing APE aims to be a sort of field guide for self-publishers, surveying the current landscape and laying out recommended tools for writing, publishing and selling a book. As the title suggests, Kawasaki advocates an approach that requires wearing all three hats: not just of a writer, but as a publisher and businessperson as well. Doing so, says Kawasaki, is the only way the DIY set can begin to compete with traditional publishers. After all, it’s still big publishing companies that sell most of the books and have the advantage when it comes to professional editing, distribution and marketing. Self-publishing platforms like Amazon’s are beginning to chisel away at that dominance, but it’s really the proliferation of tablets and e-readers that’s fueling this shift. The Explosion of Tablets and E-Readers“You can get a tablet for a hundred or two hundred bucks now,” Kawasaki says. “It has so many advantages over trying to buy stacks of books. When you walk onto an airplane, even in coach, everybody’s reading a tablet now.” Apple is well on its way toward selling its 100 millionth iPad (if it hasn’t already) and it’s now joined in the tablet arena by the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and the brand new Microsoft Surface. Then there’s the whole category of e-readers, a pack which Amazon’s line of non-tablet Kindles leads (even if they’re not forthcoming about the numbers).  As this list of players grows, there’s a seemingly corresponding drop in prices, which further fuels their adoption by consumers. The more of these gadgets land in consumers hands, the most e-books they buy. Indeed, during the first quarter of this year, digital book sales revenue surpassed that of hard covers for the first time ever.Self-Publishing Is Easier Than Ever – But Still HardFinding and buying books may be easier than at any point in human history, but publishing those books isn’t quite as simple as tapping the purchase button. There’s a cobweb of platforms, tools, formats and strategies, a path which Kawasaki and Welch attempt to illuminate. With authoring tools like Adobe InDesign and Apple’s iBooks Author, the act of publishing is getting far more user-friendly.But for self-publishers, writing the book is the easy part. Where much of the hardest works comes into play is with editing, distribution and marketing – you know, all the things a traditional publisher typically cares of. That is, if you can manage to get a book deal. “It is just a stark reality that if you’re a self-published author, you are responsible for your own marketing,” says Kawasaki, who acknowledges that established authors like himself and Tim Ferriss have a unique advantage on this front. Not every self-published author will make six figures, or even make a living from their writing at all, but the opportunity they have to give it a shot is one that never existed before. The entrepreneurial skills self-publishers need to hone can go a long way for authors using the traditional method, Kawsaki adds. That’s because big publishing houses only put a limited amount of time and effort into marketing a new book before moving on push the next one. “Even if you’re with the best publisher in the world, it always helps to have your own platform,” he says. That’s something self-published authors will have to work very hard to build. With self-publishing, the trade-off is clear: Sure, it’s easier and more democratic, while authors have more freedom and they earn more money per book. But selling those books is much harder without the backing of a traditional publisher and the whole process requires much more of the author than just sitting down and writing. It’s a concept Kawasaki refers to “artisanal publishing,” wherein the creators play a more hands-on role throughout the process of crafting and selling the product. In other words, it’s more work.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Younghusband relishes China friendly

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Creamline stuns no.1 Bali Pure to send semis to Game 3 “It should be an interesting match as China is a strong team that is always in the Asian Cup,” Younghusband said. “It’s a tough test, but the more important game will be against Tajikistan on June 13.”Filipino-Spanish striker Javier Patino, who plays club football for Henan Jianye in the CSL, is unlikely to feature in the friendly due to an injury, but will be available for selection against Tajikistan in Dushanbe. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAwaiting a big-money move to Cardiff City in the English Championship, goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is skipping both matches, which means Patrick Deyto of Global Cebu will start for the Azkals, who are on top of Group H in Asian Cup qualifying after a 4-1 win over Nepal last March. The clash against China will give the Azkals a chance to end a 98-year winless spell against the Asian powerhouse. MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The last time the Philippines beat China was on May 14, 1919 in the Far East Games in Manila, where the Filipinos prevailed, 2-1. China bounced back with a 2-1 win the next day to wrest the gold medal and has not lost to the Philippines since. The Philippines has lost the last 12 games to the Chinese, the last coming in Asian Cup Qualifying in 2000 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, where the Filipinos suffered a 0-8 rout. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also has a battle in his hands on the sidelines as he will be matched with Italian World Cup winner Marcelo Lippi, who is calling the shots for the Chinese. “It’s always good to prove yourself against a better team, against better players,” said Younghusband. “We will try to win the game, but we might try some new things.”Guangzhou Evergrande striker Gao Lin will be among the players to watch for the Chinese side, having scored 18 goals from 91 appearances so far.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband is relishing the experience of facing a formidable side in China on Wednesday night in Guangzhou as the Azkals brace for another grueling trip to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. Ranked 44 notches higher than the Azkals in the Fifa rankings at No. 82, the Chinese will host the Filipinos in the 7:30 p.m. kickoff at the 58,500-seater Tianhe Stadium, which is the home of Chinese Super League powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande. ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more

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ICC World Cup 2011: England set to take on Netherlands in Nagpur

first_imgCouple of years ago, the Netherlands had their most memorable moment on the cricket field when they stunned England in their opening World Twenty20 match at Lord’s and now the two sides find themselves face-to-face once again in a similar situation.On Tuesday here in the Orange City, a repeat of that performance by the men in orange looks highly unlikely but England are well aware of the fact that causing upsets in the tournament is what the minnows are here for. The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to limit the World Cup to only 10 nations from 2015 effectively rules out the Dutch from the next edition.Both teams therefore, will play to a purpose with confidence on their side in their opening match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha on Tuesday.Since that fateful evening in 2009, England have seen their brightest days but there are various issues that still need to be ironed out in the English camp, after the 6-1 ODI series loss to Australia that followed the triumph in the Ashes Down Under.England have looked an improved unit in the two warm-up games against Canada and Pakistan, though the former pushed them to the brink before caving in. They have almost made up their minds to open with Kevin Pietersen and push wicketkeeper Matt Prior down the order to counter the spinners. The move did pay off in the game against Pakistan last week when Pietersen scored a fluent 66 while Prior played a 23-run cameo.advertisementOne of the better players of spin – along with Ian Bell – in the English side, Prior will have to take on the important task of dealing with the slow bowlers.However, it is the decision on the inclusion of the world’s leading off-spinner, Graeme Swann, that the English think tank is delaying. Swann, who was recently blessed with a son, arrived here late on Sunday and the jet lag will be a challenge for him to deal with.Although he still remains an uncertainty, on Monday, the off-spinner had a lengthy net session where he was keenly watched and assessed by captain Andrew Strauss, coach Andy Flower and spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed.The Netherlands, on the other hand, have a sprinkling of talent in their ranks and are well capable of dismantling the more established sides in the competition on their day. Ryan ten Doeschate is definitely the most famous name from an associate team, and his skills have earned him a handsome purse from this year’s Indian Premier League auction, where he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders.A brilliant 98 against Kenya in a warm-up match was ample evidence of his form and talent. Opener Alexei Kervezee has had a decent season with the Worcestershire while Tom Cooper, who plays for South Australia, is another name to watch out for.For England at” the top, Pietersen and Strauss can be a fire-andice combination which may pose difficulties even for the prominent teams. Over the years, England have been the bridesmaids at the World Cup, finishing runnersup three times – 1979, 1987 and 1992. They finally managed to break the jinx in the World Twenty20 in the West Indies last year and, with Strauss and Flower in charge, have looked a more confident bunch.In the nets on Monday, the English batsmen seemed eager to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead after the Netherlands game. Spinners from a local academy were made to bowl at them for hours, though the weather was favourable.Monday morning witnessed a light drizzle in the city but the forecast for Tuesday is clear and sunny skies. The spinners are bound to play a role at some stage of the match, but the pitch is expected to give batsmen value for their shots.All in all, it looks like another mismatch, but in this case, previous experience will teach Goliath not to take David for granted.last_img read more

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Jamaica Looking to Establish Region’s First E-Government System – PM

first_img Prev 1of3 Next He noted that the first strategy in this regard, is the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS), which will serve to uniquely identify all Jamaicans. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), shares a warm handshake with Executive Director, e-Governance Academy, Estonia, Dr. Arvo Ott (left), following an e-Governance briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Andrew on Friday (June 9). Also pictured is General Manager, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean, Therese Turner-Jones. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says his administration is committed to establishing the first fully digitised Government system in the region.He noted that the aim is to make the Government’s public service delivery more efficient through on-line access.The Prime Minister was speaking at an e-Governance briefing at his offices in St. Andrew on June 9.During the briefing, Executive Director, e-Governance Academy, Estonia, Dr. Arvo Ott, shared his Government’s achievements in transforming the delivery of services to the public through the use of technology.The Prime Minister said the Jamaican Government wants to follow this lead, where 90 per cent of Government services can be accessed in digital format.He highlighted the convenience of paying taxes online, which can save Jamaicans the hassle of joining long lines to transact business.He noted that the Administration is working to streamline how technology is utilised by ministries, departments and agencies, so that there is greater synergy in how services are delivered.“What we want to do in the digital world is not to have (the) confusion where one agency is creating their own database, building their own software, training people in their particular idiosyncrasies, using their own protocols and then we have silos (where entities operate in isolation) and then it is very difficult to maneuver…because each agency tend not to be aware of what the other is doing,” he argued.He noted that the first strategy in this regard, is the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS), which will serve to uniquely identify all Jamaicans.“In creating NIDS as the first step towards achieving the digital society, we will be making the delivery of public services far more efficient and that will contribute to greater inclusion (and) greater economic growth and job creation as well,” he pointed out.To be rolled out in 2018, NIDs will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens. Under the system, which will have anti-fraud features, every Jamaican will have a unique identification number.“Every single Jamaican will have an account in the national database in the national civil registry. That account will hold your identity information, and that…will allow you to be verified and authenticated in all the databases that are held across Government,” the Prime Minister explained. “Every single Jamaican will have an account in the national database in the national civil registry. That account will hold your identity information, and that…will allow you to be verified and authenticated in all the databases that are held across Government,” the Prime Minister explained.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says his administration is committed to establishing the first fully digitised Government system in the region. Story Highlights He emphasised that the system is not designed to “find you to enforce or impose (anything)”, but can be beneficial in reaching the many persons, who are in need of the Government’s social protection services, but whom the State has been unable to identify.The Prime Minister assured that citizens’ data will be safe. He said the Government will maintain citizens’ privacy, and will only collect relevant information.“But certainly, we need to have your civil information, starting with your name, address and other information that helps to uniquely identify you,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that to put this system in place, the Government has already signed off on its communications network, GovNet, and its e-Governance policy. He informed that the post of the Chief Information Officer, who will be responsible for “moving the entire government along the digital platform,” is being filled.last_img read more