Disclosures Tribunal: Sergeant describes letter about her to children’s Minister as ‘disturbing’


first_img By News Highland – September 26, 2017 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Twitter Facebook Google+ A Garda Sergeant has told the Disclosures Tribunal she found a letter sent to the Children’s Minister about her – ‘disturbing’.She says the letter alleges that gardai coerced the partner of a garda whistleblower to make a statement against him. This section of the Tribunal is focused on garda whistleblower Keith Harrison.In October 2013 – Sgt Brigid McGowan interviewed his partner – Marissa Simms – at Letterkenny Garda Station – who she said detailed serious allegations about him and their relationship.The Sgt felt Garda Harrison’s behaviour was controlling and referred the matter to the HSE.The statement – which took over eight hours – was later withdrawn.Sgt McGowan told the Tribunal she learnt a letter had been sent to the Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone on behalf of Garda Keith Harrison and Marissa Simms which she found disturbing.She said the letter alleged that Marissa Simms had been put under pressure and coerced into giving gardai the statement – and that if she didn’t – there would be repercussions for her and her family.The Sgt said she found the letter very upsetting – she refuted the allegations – and said the statement – was Marissa Simms own words. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleMartin O’Neill name’s 32-man provisional squad.Next articleMica redress scheme to be raised once again the the Seanad News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Disclosures Tribunal: Sergeant describes letter about her to children’s Minister as ‘disturbing’last_img read more

IBM Makes Another Commitment To Mashups


first_imgalex williams IBM has announced a mashup integration that fits Cognos Business Intelligence with a new version of the company’s Mashup Center. The two services fit together to create an environment that leverages IBM’s existing technology base with a service that’s right out of a play book for social computing.It’s a small move for IBM but demonstrates that the company is thinking strategically about how to leverage its strengths in business intelligence and analytics. At the same time it shows how IBM is adopting new ways for users to communicate more effectively with multiples sources of information.IBM is leveraging its Cognos Business Intelligence to give mashups more context for the user. Cognos 8 Mashup Service is an API . It exposes business intelligence information from the Cognos platform. The data is used as a web service in mashups as well as applications in the enterprise and business processes. The new Mashup Center provides connections with RESTful services that give it access to a variety of data sources. Additionally, SharePoint,WebSphere MQ and FileNet may be integrated into the mashups, allowing users to leverage their existing investments. Users have access to widgets that they may drag and drop into the mashup they are creating. It requires no IT intervention. The Mashup Center also includes:A mashup builder for creating the web-based service.A catalog that includes templates of mashups users have made.Feed generator that pulls REST services from other sources.The ability to import RSS feeds.Security, with permissions based on LDAP.In a demonstration of the new Mashup Center at the Information on Demand Conference, IBM managers showed how Google Gadgets can be dragged right into the Mashup Center along with data from Cognos to make a case for sales projections.They focused on how a sales manager could use the Mashup Center to view recent changes to the mashup; ratings of mashups in the catalog; tags; the most discussed mashups and a wiki. It was a surprising demonstration from a company we have become trained to believe is focused almost entirely on heavyweight business technologies.But perhaps the move is not entirely unexpected. IBM competes with companies like Oracle, IBM and increasingly Google. All these companies are moving into the social computing space.IBM’s move into the mashup world may be limited but with its interests in cloud computing you have to wonder what kind of competitive marketplace we should expect to see develop in the year ahead.[Disclosure: IBM paid for a plane ticket and hotel room for Alex Williams to attend the IBM Information On Demand Conference.] Tags:#enterprise#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Over $2 Billion Allocated to Bolster Operations at JDF and JCF


first_imgJust over $2 billion has been set aside in the Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to bolster the operational capabilities of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The larger share of the sum, of $1.13 billion, will go towards activities at the JDF. This includes $430.7 million to facilitate repairs and improvements to the barracks at Up Park Camp; and $400 million for the purchase and overhaul of aircraft, and repairs of two twin-engine helicopters. In addition, $150 million will go towards the improvement of service buildings, such as the construction of a jetty at the HMJS Cagway, Port Royal; while $100 million will be spent to facilitate the purchase of spare parts, and the dry docking of a ship to enhance its seagoing capabilities. The remaining $50 million will be used to purchase operational and administrative vehicles. Meanwhile, the JCF’s Maintenance of Law and Order programme, has received a sum of approximately $941 million. Of the amount, $324 million will go towards the construction and rehabilitation works at select police stations islandwide, while $300 million will be used to purchase vehicles and boats. Another $249.55 million will be used for improvements of the Automated Palm and Fingerprint Identification System (APFIS), while the remaining $67.83 million will be used for upgrading of the Motorola Analog Digital Radio Network System (Motor Vehicle Tracking System) of the JCF. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Holmwood to Expand Bus Service in Wake of Tragic Accident


first_imgStory Highlights This became necessary after a traffic accident in the parish, which claimed the lives of four of the school’s students. Mr. Bailey said in moving to expand the bus service, every effort will be made to contract reputable drivers. The service was initiated during the 2012/13 academic year in an effort to provide a suitable alternative for students. Principal of Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester, Paul Bailey, says the institution’s management will be moving to expand the bus service currently provided for students.This, he contends, is necessary in light of Wednesday’s (September 25) traffic accident in the parish, which claimed the lives of four of the school’s students and injured approximately 30 others.The four, three girls and one boy, included former National Under 16 netball representative, 15-year old Shakira Muschette.Speaking with JIS News at the school on Thursday (September 26), Mr. Bailey informed that the service was initiated during the 2012/13 academic year in an effort to provide a suitable alternative for students encountering challenges commuting between home and school, using the public passenger system.This endeavour, he explained, saw the school’s management contracting the services of two bus operators, who do not operate on the route.“They (drivers) will come up (to the school with students) in the mornings, park the buses on the compound, then go back down (with the youngsters) in the afternoon. We hope to expand it this year, and based on what happened (September 25), we will have to expand it,’ the Principal stated.Mr. Bailey said in moving to expand the bus service, every effort will be made to contract reputable drivers, pointing out that “these two that we (currently) have… so far, we have had no fault with them, they have been very, very good.”“We hope to get quite a few more because it’s much safer (for the students). They (students) will not be exposed to all these loud and vulgar music and they will be much safer. This should go a far way in safeguarding students commuting to school,” he added.Wednesday’s accident follows similar incidents in the 2011, where several Holmwood students died and others injured, and in 2012, when the institution, while recording casualties, was spared fatalities.Meanwhile, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) National Safe School Unit Coordinator, Sergeant Coleridge Minto, in addressing a special assembly at the school on Thursday, extended the JCF’s condolences. He indicated that the Police High Command and Traffic Division, “are treating this matter very seriously and will be addressing it in short order.”“It is indeed a sad day, not just at Holmwood, but it is a sad day in Jamaica. Mothers are hurting, fathers are hurting, (and) children are hurting.  If you put that together, the nation is hurting,” he stated.Sgt. Minto pointed out that the Safe School Unit is concerned about the safety and security of the nation’s children both within the confines of schools, as well as the manner in which they commute between home and the various institutions.“The JCF is resolved and committed to ensuring that those drivers, who continue to breach the law and continue to accumulate tickets will be sought after and they will be brought to the courts and be dealt with according to the law,” he assured.Chief Executive Officer of the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings, Clarendon, where the injured students were treated, Earl McLaughlin, lamented that the incident was a “very difficult…and dark day” not only for Holmwood, but also the hospital’s staff.“For me, it was my second such occasion (experienced). Last year, (there was) almost the same numbers of casualties. But this year, it is worse, because we had four fatalities, four children,” he indicated.Mr. McLaughlin pointed out that the occasion proved emotional for the staff as several of them were reduced to tears while attending to the injured youngsters.“So, we just trust God and pray at this time for the comfort (of the bereaved) and I ask also that you also pray for us at the hospital as we continue to serve our people,” he said.last_img read more

Why Shape of Water Director Guillermo del Toro Loves Shooting in Canada


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The film’s producer J. Miles Dale reveals why Toronto has become the helmer’s home base and what del Toro might be working on next.The Baltimore of 1962 is meticulously re-created in Guillermo del Toro’s multi-Oscar-nominated sci-fi romance, The Shape of Water. From an iconic, neon-lit diner to an ornate movie theater, the film revels in Americana from another age, making the fact that it was shot in and around Toronto all the more impressive. The film marks del Toro’s third collaboration with producer — and Toronto native J. Miles Dale and is the director’s fourth consecutive feature to be shot in Canada. Dale talked to THR about why the Mexican auteur now calls Toronto home and the Oscar odds for Shape of Water.Toronto hosted shoots for earlier Oscar best picture winners like Chicago and Spotlight. What’s different with The Shape of Water? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Picturescenter_img Facebook Advertisement With Chicago, there were no Canadian designers on that. And even Spotlight, it wasn’t a heavy design movie. On The Shape of Water, other than the cinematographer and a couple of special effects and makeup artists, every single person from the production and costume designers, the sound team, the editor — they’re all Canadian. It tells the world: “We can play with anybody now. Our top people are right up there. You don’t have to go anywhere else.”Does that mean you and del Toro will make all your future movies in Toronto?The script will always tell you what it needs to be. If you need to do something on a mountain, you can’t do that here. If you’re stranded in the Pacific, you can’t do that here. Twitterlast_img read more

Checklist for skin care this winter


first_imgIn winters, cold weather and low humidity levels results in dry air which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking, bleeding and patchy skin. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.Megha Shah, cosmetologist, Nirmal Randhawa, make up artist at Indica Makeover Studio have shared a few skin care tips that can be followed during winter season: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf1. Wash in lukewarm water – Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face and hands; choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. 4 Moisturize Immediately afterwards – Skin needs lots of moisturizing in winters. . Few drops of essential oil in water while bathing will help moisturize the skin. Applying moisture to damp skin help seal the dampness in the skin. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn winters, the skin becomes dry very quickly. So giving an overnight moisturizing therapy to skin, before going to sleep is a very good idea.If you want to get a glowing skin quickly, try using ice and moisturizer.  Put few drops of moisturizer or malai on an ice cube. Massage your face with this cube for 2-5 minutes.2. Water consumption – All of us tend to drink less water in winter because we turn to hot drinks like tea and coffee, but we often forget our skin needs hydration from inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.  3. Change the cleanser – Cleansers can prove to be extremely drying to the skin. After using a cleanser, never leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in the moisture.4. Use of homemade masks – Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olives, bananas for glowing skin rather than going for chemicals and toxins. 5. Cool breeze may deprive your skin of the essential moisture that keeps it soft. Apply and then reapply the moisturiser. But make sure that it is not too heavy for your skin. Otherwise, it will make your skin look oily and dark. A gel-to-cream base moisturiser would be ideal for any skin type.6. Have a nutritionally rich diet or food items rich in Omega 3 for a glowing skin. Nuts and seasonal vegetables are great for your skin. Avoid starchy and sugary foods as they may cause bloating and acne.7. Since your skin is already dry during winter season, excessive exfoliation will wash off all the natural oils from the skin and can damage it badly causing redness. Use gentle exfoliators like oatmeal and coffee powder, and seal it with a cream.’last_img read more