Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 5, 2016 – The Ministry of National Security is providing training for police personnel in conflict resolution in order to better enable them to recognize, deal with and respond to domestic violence. This is in light of statistics, which show that approximately 37 per cent of murders committed in Jamaica stem from domestic incidents.Speaking at a domestic violence/conflict resolution training session at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston today (December 1), Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the seminar will assist in resolving conflicts and saving lives.He noted that 90 per cent of domestic conflicts result from misunderstandings. “Many times persons are told to go back home and work it out,” he said, noting that without intervention, the conflict can escalate, resulting in hospitalisation or death.Minister Montague said the training will also assist police personnel in providing gender-neutral responses to victims. Reports indicate that while women are the primary victims, a growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence. He said the sessions will also ensure that conflict-resolution personnel are assigned to police stations across the island.In the meantime, he informed that the Ministry has restarted the parish and district consultative committees (DCCs) as a means of supporting the conflict-resolution initiative.The DCCs serve as a forum for raising and addressing problems that are affecting the police and the communities in which they serve, and to identify ways in which citizens can work with the police to resolve the issues.The DCCs will support the work of the parish consultative committees (PCCs) in developing strategies and programmes to promote an improved quality of life at the community level, through coordinated responses to threats to personal and community safety and security. Issues that will be addressed include domestic violence, community and police relationships, effective parenting, truancy and violence in schools, child abuse, voluntarism, youth mentorship, public-order breaches, and drug and alcohol abuse. The training session also facilitated a review of current approaches to responding to domestic violence; discussions on new approaches and methods in support of a localised consultative approach; and certification of community-based policing officers and other key police operatives/first responders, across all police divisions, as domestic violence-prevention coordinators. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:#magneticmedianews, climate change, jamaica Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 13, 2017 – Kingston – Three pilot projects set to test climate smart technologies and techniques in the parishes of Clarendon and St Ann will officially come on stream at a major launch event in Clarendon on Wednesday. The project will target communities in upper Clarendon impacted by drought and poor water supply, select schools as well as rural farming communities in St Ann.The projects funded by the government of Japan under the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership are implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Jamaica in partnership with the ministry of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the Climate Change Division in the ministry of economic growth and job creation; the Clarendon Parish Development Committee Benevolent Society (CPDCBS), and other local stakeholdersDaryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the ministry of economic growth and job creation with responsibility for the land, environment, climate change and investment is set to address the launch event.The Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership with a regional allocation of US$15 million was launched last year in Kingston and Bridgetown. The pilot projects mark a new and important milestone in regional implementation and are expected to enhance local capacity to adapt to and lessen the impacts of climate change, especially in target communities.Climate change continues to be a major concern to small island developing states (SIDS) like Jamaica. Climate change causes rising temperatures, changes in the seasons including growing seasons for crops, heavier rainfall and stronger and more intense storms, with flooding; more severe droughts and heat waves; rising sea levels impacting coastal communities and infrastructure.
Chris Monroe/CNET The Lenovo Smart Clock is now shipping out to customers. Developed alongside Google, it’s a bedside alarm clock that responds to voice commands through Google Assistant. It has a simple touchscreen so you can check your calendar and the weather when you first wake up.Because it was developed with Google, it was obviously meant to coexist with the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) in Google’s smart home product line. The Nest Hub is a smart display with a more robust touchscreen that can play videos, show you pictures and do lots of other tasks that the Lenovo Smart Clock can’t.The Nest Hub retails for $130 and the Lenovo Smart Clock for $80, but the Nest Hub is frequently on sale for even less than the retail price of the Lenovo Smart Clock. In that case, it can be hard to justify spending roughly the same amount on a device with a less capable touchscreen.See it at WalmartNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.In my review, I mentioned this as one of the downsides of the Lenovo Smart Clock. You shouldn’t buy it expecting all of the same features as a full-sized smart display. You’ll be disappointed. That said, the Lenovo Smart Clock is unique enough to stand on its own and it’s generally a better gadget if you specifically want a smart gadget for your bedside table. Here’s why.Tech detoxThe Lenovo Smart Clock is a better fit if you want to get away from your phone before bed. The Nest Hub can’t do everything you can do on a phone, but you can still use it to watch YouTube videos and scroll through images. See All Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Lenovo Smart Clock: Google Assistant and Lenovo combine… Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home 12 Photos Your alarm can trigger your good morning routine, which will tell you about your calendar and play the news by default. You can also customize the routine to control your smart home devices and more in the Google Home app. This routine won’t trigger when you snooze, just when you stop your alarm for good.My favorite feature of the bunch is the sunrise function. Turn this on, and the screen on the Lenovo Smart Clock will gradually start getting brighter 30 minutes before your scheduled alarm. This wake-up light serves to naturally ease you out of your sleep leading up to your wake-up time and it works great. The Nest Hub could potentially add this feature in a future update, but right now, the Lenovo Clock has it and the Nest Hub doesn’t.Smack to snooze Chris Monroe/CNET When your alarm does start buzzing, you can smack the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock to get it to stop. You can customize this so that hitting it will cause it to snooze or stop entirely, which is pretty great. If you use the Nest Hub as an alarm, you can stop it just by saying “Stop” or you can hit a snooze button on the touchscreen. Neither is an arduous task, and you have those options with the Lenovo Clock too. When I’m groggy in the morning, I get a lot of satisfaction from stopping my alarm with a little bit of brute force.I almost always hit snooze a couple of times and finding a button on the Nest Hub’s screen is honestly more work than I want when I’m still struggling to wake up. Smacking the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock feels right — a call back to a big snooze button on the top of a traditional alarm clock. The fact that you can customize what happens when you hit it makes it even better.Sound qualityBelieve it or not, the little Lenovo Smart Clock sounds better when it’s playing music than the Nest Hub. The Nest Hub isn’t exactly a giant device and neither one can do more than fill a room with background music, but Lenovo makes great use of its built-in 3W speaker and two passive radiators.It sounds pretty good, especially for its size, and doesn’t have any noticeable distortion in sound quality, even at max volume. Again, don’t expect booming stereo sound — Lenovo’s alarm clock is tiny — but it’s good enough to outclass the tinny and underwhelming sound quality of the Nest Hub.Fits in better Smart Home 14 Photos I love the cute and colorful design of the Nest Hub. It could blend into a wide variety of rooms and Google offers a few color choices for the fabric exterior. The Lenovo Smart Clock just has the one grey fabric finish, but it’s perfect for your nightstand.Neither has a built-in camera and both have a mute switch to help with peace of mind. Plus, they both have an ambient light sensor to minimize glow from the display. But Lenovo’s alarm clock is small enough to fit onto any open surface in your bedroom. It has a USB port for charging your phone and the rectangular front is pleasantly reminiscent of old school alarms with a modern twist.Nevertheless, wait for a saleThe Google Nest Hub is a great smart display. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a great smart alarm clock. Both are helpful smart home gadgets. Yes, they both have Google Assistant built in for voice control and the screen on the Nest Hub does more, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is perfectly suited for what it is. If you specifically want to upgrade your alarm clock with smarts, this cute little gadget from Lenovo is your best option right now.With that said, the frequent sales on the Nest Hub make the Lenovo Smart Clock seem overpriced. Its more limited functionality makes a lot more sense when it’s $50 less than the Nest Hub. Lenovo’s full-sized smart display has also gone on sale a few times since it was released last year, and your best bet might be to wait for a similar sale on the Lenovo Smart Clock. Once it’s discounted, if you don’t need all of the features of the Nest Hub, you can save money by going with the more streamlined bedside gadget. Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) News • The Lenovo Smart Clock can now double as a digital photo frame Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions • Lenovo Smart Clock Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now The Lenovo Smart Clock is closer in functionality to a smart speaker as the touchscreen only offers a few prescribed functions while still letting you issue any of Google Assistant’s recognized voice commands. For certain families, that more limited functionality will be a good thing.If you want to limit screen time for yourself and your family, the Lenovo Smart Clock offers a viable alternative. You can still see the most pressing pieces of info — you can check on your security cam, look at your calendar, and see the forecast and your commute.Lenovo was intentional with the features left out of the Smart Clock. What remains makes sense for your bedside and for the things you need to know when you’re going to sleep or first waking up. It offers enough info that you could reasonably turn off your phone without the temptation to keep consuming the vast content of the internet anyway.Sunrise alarmsYou can set an alarm with a voice command to the Google Nest Hub, so you can use it to wake you up, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is designed for that task. It will suggest alarms based on your first appointment the next day. You can set multiple alarms and customize each one. You can change the alarm tones, the snooze length and the volume of the alarm (separate from the volume of the speaker). The Lenovo Smart Clock helps Google Assistant ease you out of sleep Share your voice Tags reading • The Lenovo Smart Clock: The smartest alarm clock for your nightstand Review • The Lenovo Smart Clock: A deft, Google Assistant-powered twist on the simple alarm clock 3:14 Comments Nest Google Lenovo 2 CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house
Indonesian president Joko Widodo. Photo: UNBA red carpet was rolled out at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrived in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon on a two-day visit, reports news agency UNB.Joko Widodo arrived here at the invitation of president Abdul Hamid.On his arrival at the airport by a special flight of Republic Indonesia at 4:20 pm, the Indonesian president was received by his Bangladesh counterpart and his wife first lady Rashida Khanam.A smartly turned out contingent comprising members of Bangladesh Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Navy gave guard of honour to the Indonesian president. He was welcomed with a 21-gun salute.Cabinet members, including foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, and secretaries concerned to the president’s House, dean of the diplomatic corps, the chiefs of the three services, the inspector general of police (IGP), were present.Two tiny tots presented bouquets to president Joko and his wife Iriana Widodo.After the warm reception at the airport, the president was taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.The Indonesian president will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district on Sunday.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali will meet the Indonesian president at Sonargaon Hotel at 6:30pm on Saturday.President Abdul Hamid will host dinner in honour of his Indonesian counterpart at Bangabhaban in the evening.On Sunday morning, the Indonesian President will visit Savar National Mausoleum to pay homage to martyrs of Liberation War.He will also visit Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Munibur Rahman.The Indonesian president will have official talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 10:00am on Sunday.President Widodo will leave for Cox’s Bazar to meet Rohingyas at 12:10pm. He will leave Cox’s Bazar for Dhaka at 4:15pm.President Widodo will leave Dhaka for Afghanistan on Monday morning at 9:00am.The Indonesian president will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya one, during his Bangladesh visit.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited Indonesia in 2015 and 2017, and invited the Indonesian president to visit Bangladesh.In September last, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi visited Dhaka and discussed the Rohingya issues.
The ruins of a market which was set on fire are seen at a Rohingya village outside Maugndaw in Rakhine state. Photo: ReutersMohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh.Yet Mohib Bullah is among a group of refugees who have achieved something that aid groups, foreign governments and journalists have not. They have painstakingly pieced together, name-by-name, the only record of Rohingya Muslims who were allegedly killed in a brutal crackdown by Myanmar’s military.The bloody assault in the western state of Rakhine drove more than 700,000 of the minority Rohingya people across the border into Bangladesh, and left thousands of dead behind.Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières, working in Cox’s Bazar at the southern tip of Bangladesh, estimated in the first month of violence, beginning at the end of August 2017, that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed. But the survey, in what is now the largest refugee camp in the world, was limited to the one month and didn’t identify individuals.The Rohingya list makers pressed on and their final tally put the number killed at more than 10,000. Their lists, which include the toll from a previous bout of violence in October 2016, catalogue victims by name, age, father’s name, address in Myanmar, and how they were killed.“When I became a refugee I felt I had to do something,” says Mohib Bullah, 43, who believes that the lists will be historical evidence of atrocities that could otherwise be forgotten.Myanmar government officials did not answer phone calls seeking comment on the Rohingya lists. Late last year, Myanmar’s military said that 13 members of the security forces had been killed. It also said it recovered the bodies of 376 Rohingya militants between 25 August and 5 September, which is the day the army says its offensive against the militants officially ended.Rohingya regard themselves as native to Rakhine State. But a 1982 law restricts citizenship for the Rohingya and other minorities not considered members of one of Myanmar’s “national races”. Rohingya were excluded from Myanmar’s last nationwide census in 2014, and many have had their identity documents stripped from them or nullified, blocking them from voting in the landmark 2015 elections. The government refuses even to use the word “Rohingya,” instead calling them “Bengali” or “Muslim.”Now in Bangladesh and able to organise without being closely monitored by Myanmar’s security forces, the Rohingya have armed themselves with lists of the dead and pictures and video of atrocities recorded on their mobile phones, in a struggle against attempts to erase their history in Myanmar.The Rohingya accuse the Myanmar army of rapes and killings across northern Rakhine, where scores of villages were burnt to the ground and bulldozed after attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgents. The United Nations has said Myanmar’s military may have committed genocide.Myanmar says what it calls a “clearance operation” in the state was a legitimate response to terrorist attacks.Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersName by nameClad in longyis, traditional Burmese wrap-arounds tied at the waist, and calling themselves the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace & Human Rights, the list makers say they are all too aware of accusations by the Myanmar authorities and some foreigners that Rohingya refugees invent stories of tragedy to win global support.But they insist that when listing the dead they err on the side of under-estimation.Mohib Bullah, who was previously an aid worker, gives as an example the riverside village of Tula Toli in Maungdaw district, where – according to Rohingya who fled – more than 1,000 were killed. “We could only get 750 names, so we went with 750,” he said.“We went family by family, name by name,” he added. “Most information came from the affected family, a few dozen cases came from a neighbour, and a few came from people from other villages when we couldn’t find the relatives.”In their former lives, the Rohingya list makers were aid workers, teachers and religious scholars. Now after escaping to become refugees, they say they are best placed to chronicle the events that took place in northern Rakhine, which is out-of-bounds for foreign media, except on government-organised trips.“Our people are uneducated and some people may be confused during the interviews and investigations,” said Mohammed Rafee, a former administrator in the village of Kyauk Pan Du who has worked on the lists. But taken as a whole, he said, the information collected was “very reliable and credible.”Sprawling projectGetting the full picture is difficult in the teeming dirt lanes of the refugee camps. Crowds of people gather to listen – and add their comments – amid booming calls to prayer from makeshift mosques and deafening downpours of rain. Even something as simple as a date can prompt an argument.What began tentatively in the courtyard of a mosque after Friday prayers one day last November became a sprawling project that drew in dozens of people and lasted months.The project has its flaws. The handwritten lists were compiled by volunteers, photocopied, and passed from person to person. The list makers asked questions in Rohingya about villages whose official names were Burmese, and then recorded the information in English. The result was a jumble of names: for example, there were about 30 different spellings for the village of Tula Toli.Wrapped in newspaper pages and stored on a shelf in the backroom of a clinic, the lists that Reuters reviewed were labeled as beginning in October 2016, the date of a previous exodus of Rohingya from Rakhine. There were also a handful of entries dated 2015 and 2012. And while most of the dates were European-style, with the day first and then the month, some were American-style, the other way around. So it wasn’t possible to be sure if an entry was, say, 9 May or 5 September.Aerial view of a burnt Rohingya village near Maungdaw. Photo: ReutersIt is also unclear how many versions of the lists there are. During interviews with Reuters, Rohingya refugees sometimes produced crumpled, handwritten or photocopied papers from shirt pockets or folds of their longyis.The list makers say they have given summaries of their findings, along with repatriation demands, to most foreign delegations, including those from the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission, who have visited the refugee camps. A legacy for survivorsThe list makers became more organised as weeks of labour rolled into months. They took over three huts and held meetings, bringing in a table, plastic chairs, a laptop and a large banner carrying the group’s name.The MSF survey was carried out to determine how many people might need medical care, so the number of people killed and injured mattered, and the identity of those killed was not the focus. It is nothing like the mini-genealogy with many individual details that was produced by the Rohingya.Mohib Bullah and some of his friends say they drew up the lists as evidence of crimes against humanity they hope will eventually be used by the International Criminal Court, but others simply hope that the endeavour will return them to the homes they lost in Myanmar.“If I stay here a long time my children will wear jeans. I want them to wear longyi. I do not want to lose my traditions. I do not want to lose my culture,” said Mohammed Zubair, one of the list makers. “We made the documents to give to the UN We want justice so we can go back to Myanmar.”Matt Wells, a senior crisis advisor for Amnesty International, said he has seen refugees in some conflict-ridden African countries make similar lists of the dead and arrested but the Rohingya undertaking was more systematic. “I think that’s explained by the fact that basically the entire displaced population is in one confined location,” he said.Wells said he believes the lists will have value for investigators into possible crimes against humanity.“In villages where we’ve documented military attacks in detail, the lists we’ve seen line up with witness testimonies and other information,” he said.Spokespeople at the ICC’s registry and prosecutors’ offices, which are closed for summer recess, did not immediately provide comment in response to phone calls and emails from Reuters.The US State Department also documented alleged atrocities against Rohingya in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar’s military for crimes against humanity, US officials have told Reuters. For that and the MSF survey only a small number of the refugees were interviewed, according to a person who worked on the State Department survey and based on published MSF methodology.MSF did not respond to requests for comment on the Rohingya lists. The US State Department declined to share details of its survey and said it wouldn’t speculate on how findings from any organization might be used.For Mohammed Suleman, a shopkeeper from Tula Toli, the Rohingya lists are a legacy for his five-year-old daughter. He collapsed, sobbing, as he described how she cries every day for her mother, who was killed along with four other daughters.“One day she will grow up. She may be educated and want to know what happened and when. At that time I may also have died,” he said. “If it is written in a document, and kept safely, she will know what happened to her family.”