CCGG issues guidance to directors on environmental and social issues

first_img University of Waterloo will teach sustainable financial management CPP Investments launches sustainable energy group Environmentalists press Bank of Canada to be more active on climate change The Toronto-based Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) outlines how directors should oversee companies handling of environmental and social (E&S) issues in new guidance published on Tuesday.The Directors’ E&S Guidebook provides recommendations for effective board oversight and company disclosure on issues such as climate change, extreme weather, and employee health and safety. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news In recent years corporations have come under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are properly identifying and managing these issues, CCGG says in a news release,  and, at the same time, investors are under growing obligations to consider these kinds of factors in their investment decision-making.In response, the group launched a consultation process in 2016 to strengthen its guidance for directors in this area. The Directors’ E&S Guidebook reflects its consultations with corporate directors in Canada and abroad, an extensive literature review, and input from CCGG members, the group says.“Companies and investors around the world are realizing that there must be a greater focus on E&S management as a critical driver of long-term shareholder value,” says Stephen Erlichman, executive director, CCGG, in a statement.“CCGG hopes that the guidebook’s 29 principles-based E&S recommendations covering eight key governance areas will provide boards of directors with practical information that they can utilize to effectively oversee their company’s management of E&S factors,” he adds.“The oversight of all significant risk factors is a core function of a corporate board. Every company should have a robust risk management system that includes E&S factors as a fully integrated part of the identification and assessment process. We encourage all company boards to use this guidebook for practical insights on how they can enhance their frameworks,” says Barbara Zvan, chief risk & strategy officer at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), and chairwoman of CCGG’s E&S Committee. plant growing in savings coins solerf/123RF Keywords Corporate governance,  Responsible investingCompanies Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

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More Job Opportunities for CARICOM Nationals

first_imgRelatedBob Marley Day Celebrated in London RelatedNew Zealand HC Impressed With Portmore Cricket Oval Trained household helpers in search of employment can now travel freely within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region.They are among five new categories of workers entitled to free movement after Jamaica amended the CARICOM Free Movement of Skilled Persons Act last year. The other categories of workers are nurses, teachers, artisans with a Caribbean vocational qualification, and holders of associate degrees or comparable qualifications.Head, Trade Agreements Implementation  and Coordination Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, David Prendergast, says the domestic worker category, which is still in the early stages of implementation, includes persons with a Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) or equivalent certification.“This is still in the process of being fully implemented by Jamaica. It is in our legislation, but domestic workers must obtain a Caribbean Vocational Qualification issued by HEART,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Prendergast points out that previously, only graduates of universities, artistes, musicians, sportspersons and media workers were eligible to work freely throughout CARICOM.He says that while the nurse and teacher categories are easy to understand, there is “sometimes confusion” about persons under the artisan category. He explains that an artisan, based on a CARICOM agreed definition, is a skilled trade person, a craftsman or worker who has obtained an approved national vocational certificate or a Caribbean Vocational Qualification issued by HEART Trust/NTA. “The artisan must obtain the CVQ to apply to move,” he emphasises.Mr. Prendergast adds that craft and related trade workers, including building workers, metal and machinery workers, electrical workers, food processing workers and plant and machinery operators are eligible for movement under this category.“It must be understood that free entry and stay, especially if you are going as a visitor, where you should be guaranteed a six-month entry, does not automatically confer on you the right to work and that in order to take up employment, you must go through the Skills Certificate route or apply for a work permit if you fall outside of the necessary categories,” he points out.Mr. Prendergast, who is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Jamaica’s obligation under the CSME and the economic partnership agreements, says a person wishing to move to another country as a skilled CARICOM national, must first apply for and obtain a CARICOM Certificate of Recognition of Skills Qualification (CARICOM Skills Certificate).A Project Management Consultant tells JIS News that she had to acquire a Skills Certificate while in Guyana before returning to work in Jamaica.The CARICOM national, who is originally from Barbados, says she was recruited from Jamaica to work at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, having completed her studies at the University of the West Indies.“When I left Jamaica I had an exemption for a work permit, because I am a graduate of the University of the West Indies. However, at the end of my stint at CARICOM, the whole regime had changed, so in order for me to come back to Jamaica and seek employment, I needed a skills certificate,” she notes, adding that it took three days to obtain the  certificate.Asked about her experience at the airport when she arrived in Jamaica, the Consultant says the immigration officers were courteous and were aware of the Skills Certificate.“I did not have any problems, as the immigration officers seemed to be well briefed. They looked at the Skills Certificate and then they placed a six-month stamp in my passport, so I could stay in Jamaica for six months and instructed me to go through the procedure, to allow me to get the stamp in my passport to be legal in Jamaica,” she adds.Jamaica is one of the CARICOM member states that is showing strong compliance in the CSME. The country began implementing the CSME in 2006 after the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973, which gave birth to CARICOM.Among the changes brought about by the CSME is the abolition of the work permit, the introduction of the Skills Certificate and the definite entry for six months in a member state.“An overall study done on the CSME regime across the region, indicates that we  are 71 per cent compliant, meaning that we are largely, as a region, compliant, but there is more work to be done on the part of the participants in the CSME regime,” says Mr. Prendergast.  The study was done in 2009 by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat.To date, he says, Jamaica has attained a functional level of legislative and administrative compliance with all five regimes of the CSME, namely: the free movement of skills, goods, services, the right of establishment and free movement of capital.He notes that the CSME, which was conceptualised at the 10th meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in July 1989, in Grand Anse, Grenada, was the culmination of a vision for a more unified and integrated Caribbean Community.Some of the objectives of the CSME are full employment; full exploitation of factors of production; competitive production, leading to greater variety and quantity of products and services to trade with other countries, resulting in improved standards of living, work and sustained economic development.Outlining the steps Jamaica has taken to demonstrate compliance  since signing the Revised Treaty, Mr. Prendergast points out that in addition to the Skills Certificate, the country  has also introduced the CARICOM line at immigration points, the CARICOM passport, the common entry and departure form,  and a CSME Complaint Form at the airports.Despite the successes of the CSME, Mr. Prendergast tells JIS News that there are challenges, and that the regional integration movement is still evolving.“The regional integration process is not a single event, it’s a process…so there will be challenges, but we are working on them, particularly where they affect our nationals,” he says. More Job Opportunities for CARICOM NationalsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedForeign Minister Reaffirms Country’s Commitment to Regional Integration Photo: JIS PhotographerJamaica’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, David Prendergast.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail More Job Opportunities for CARICOM Nationals Foreign AffairsFebruary 13, 2014Written by: Elaine Hartman Reckord Story HighlightsTrained household helpers in search of employment can now travel freely within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region.They are among five new categories of workers entitled to free movement after Jamaica amended the CARICOM Free Movement of Skilled Persons Act last year.Previously, only graduates of universities, artistes, musicians, sportspersons and media workers were eligible to work freely throughout CARICOM. 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Appointment of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica (GoJ) is constantly on a path of pursuing progressive initiatives in its fight against trafficking in persons. In keeping with this commitment, the Government of Jamaica has deemed it appropriate to appoint a National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons and Cabinet has approved the appointment of the Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, as Jamaica’s National Rapporteur for this purpose.This appointment makes Jamaica the first Caribbean nation to embrace this approach; it is believed that this can only serve to enhance Jamaica’s anti-trafficking profile and exhibits the seriousness with which the Government of Jamaica regards this issue.The Government of Jamaica is confident that the independence attached to the Children’s Advocate by virtue of statute, coupled with the fact that the Children’s Advocate already has a direct reporting channel to the Houses of Parliament, makes this appointment a good fit.One of the primary functions of the National Rapporteur will be to create a more objective reporting system on the issue of trafficking in the country.  In addition, the National Rapporteur will, inter alia, have the authority to obtain from the relevant authorities, including the Director of Public Prosecutions and the TIP Unit in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, any information necessary to carry out her stated duties; to conduct independent examinations/investigations of reports of alleged instances of human trafficking where the need arises; to report on violations, wherever they may occur, of the rights of victims, as well as discrimination, threats or use of violence, harassment, intimidation or reprisals directed at persons exercising these rights; and to provide an analytical overview of the situation in trafficking in an annual report to the Government of Jamaica. These powers of the National Rapporteur are consistent with internationally accepted best practice and are parallel to National Rapporteur mechanisms in other jurisdictions.Trafficking in Persons is a global phenomenon that affects all countries, both small and large. The efforts of the National Rapporteur are fully supported by the Ministries of National Security and Justice as well as Civic Society.The Government of Jamaica remains committed to strengthening its measures to combat and eliminate all forms of trafficking in persons and will continue to seek identified sources of best practices as well as measures to enhance its anti- trafficking performance. Appointment of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in PersonsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsThe Government of Jamaica has deemed it appropriate to appoint a National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons.Cabinet has approved the appointment of the Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, as Jamaica’s National Rapporteur for this purpose.This appointment makes Jamaica the first Caribbean nation to embrace this approach. RelatedPolice Remove Over 300 Registration Plates from Defective Vehicles Photo: JIS PhotographerChildren’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison. RelatedPedestrians Urged to be More Careful on the Roadscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedSmart Policing a Central Strategy in Crime Fighting Appointment of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons National SecurityMarch 10, 2015Written by: Ministry of National Security, Communications & Public Affairs Advertisementslast_img read more

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Synchronoss chief expects 5G to boost cloud business

first_img Microsoft outlines open RAN vision Related Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Cloud drives growth for Microsoft, Google Home Synchronoss chief expects 5G to boost cloud business Diana Goovaerts Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 APR 2018 AnalyticscloudSynchronoss Technologies INTERVIEW: New Synchronoss CEO Glenn Lurie (pictured) predicted the advent of 5G will deliver a boost to cloud service providers, as greater amounts of data and compute work move off devices.“When you think about something as simple as a connected car or autonomous driving, those cars are going to have to keep that data in the cloud,” Lurie told Mobile World Live.“5G is going to bring unbelievable speeds, low latency [and] the cloud is going to become more and more important.”But Lurie contended the cloud won’t just be used by high-end devices: “In an area where you’re selling a low-end smartphone, you don’t need to buy the kind of storage that people buy today because the cloud is going to be real-time.”He added the cloud and data analytics, another Synchronoss focus, will also be integral enablers of IoT deployments and use cases including smart cities. Lurie said analytics, in particular, will give companies better intelligence to take care of customers and make better, proactive decisions.Click here to watch Lurie explain his vision of the 5G future. Previous ArticleSoftBank takes out $8B loan backed by Alibaba stakeNext ArticleTelekom Austria set for €1B acquisition drive Tags TelcoDR MWC21 Cloud City gets first airinglast_img read more

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Halfway home, more playoff thrills to come?

first_imgCriticized in the past for failing to identify the best player, the FedExCup might not have that problem this year. Check out the top 5 in the points standings and the Official World Golf Ranking. Their positions are different, but the players – Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm – are the same. The cream is rising to the top this postseason. Part of it is fortuitous timing, the best playing their best at the right time, but other factors are involved, too. Those near the top of the standings have a sense of freedom, focused more on contending than a cutoff for the top 30, 70 or 100. Big-game experience also helps – these guys know how to handle pressure and win important titles. And then there’s this: “We treat these three events and Atlanta as a major,” Thomas said. “We are trying to be peaking this time.” So much can change over the next two weeks, of course, but the start to these playoffs couldn’t have gone much better for the Tour. BMW Championship: Articles, video and photos Current FedExCup Playoff points standings For years, Camp Ponte Vedra pushed the narrative that the FedExCup crowned a season-long champion. That was a tough sell, however, when wild points’ fluctuations allowed Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Billy Horschel (2014) to seemingly come out of nowhere and bag the $10 million prize, leaving those who had better seasons to scratch their heads. Even last year, there was a dreaded scenario in which Paul Casey, who entered the Tour Championship at No. 5 in the standings, could walk away with the cup without a win that season.  Maybe that happens this year – we’re looking at you, once again, Mr. Casey – but it doesn’t seem likely. The last 10 playoff events have been won by some of the game’s biggest stars: Thomas, Johnson (twice), Rory McIlroy (twice), Patrick Reed, Spieth, Jason Day (twice) and Rickie Fowler. To kick off this year’s postseason, Johnson overcame a five-shot deficit at the Northern Trust, forcing a playoff with Spieth and then overpowering him on the first extra hole. But even more important for the Tour: Fans were paying attention. No, the cup likely won’t ever generate the same level of interest as the majors, but the final round on Long Island had the fourth-best TV rating for a non-major this year, and the best at that event since 2013 (when needle-mover Tiger Woods contended). On Labor Day, Thomas overtook Spieth on the back nine – signaling, perhaps, the beginning of a compelling rivalry – to win the second playoff event and solidify his case as PGA Tour Player of the Year. The off-week may have halted some of the postseason momentum, but the current top 5 in points – which, as a reminder, aligns with the players in the top 5 in the world ranking – should have no shortage of motivation these next two weeks. Thomas has been this season’s breakout star, powering his way to five wins, including the PGA, and finally emerging from the considerable shadow of Spieth, his longtime friend and healthy rival. It seems the only two players who could steal Thomas’ Player of the Year votes are Spieth and Johnson. Spieth has three wins this season (including the year’s most memorable major) and three runners-up, owns the best scoring average (68.8) and has only one less top-10 than Thomas while playing two fewer events. Boston was a missed opportunity, however, and now Spieth likely needs to win out to take the Jack Nicklaus Trophy. Fair or not, 2017 will always be remembered as a bittersweet year for Johnson, who has won four times (second-most on Tour) but can’t help but wonder what could have been if he didn’t injure his lower back on the eve of the Masters. Lest we forget: This spring, DJ evoked memories of Woods the way he steamrolled his competition. Assessing Johnson’s Player of the Year chances is more difficult, because the award is voted on by his peers, who, if history is any indication, significantly weight major victories. His four victories include two World Golf Championships, a playoff event and the tournament at Riviera, which boasts one of the strongest non-major fields of the year. If he takes the final two events – getting to six wins overall, and bookending his campaign with the best golf we’ve seen all year – then he deserves serious Player of the Year consideration, too.   As for the rest of the top 5? Matsuyama has had a quiet playoffs so far, dropping a few spots in the standings after getting his heart broken at the PGA, while Rahm, who just 15 months ago had no status on any tour, ascended to No. 5 in the world (and the FedExCup) on the strength of an early-season victory and eight other top-10s, including back-to-back top-4s to start the playoffs. Considering their form this year, any of those five players would be a satisfying season-long winner. Just as the PGA Tour designed it.last_img read more

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Murder trial involving Pottersville man continues

first_img 83 Views   4 comments LocalNews Murder trial involving Pottersville man continues by: – May 29, 2013 Share Share Justin Joseph of Fond Cole died on 23rd May 2010Four state witnesses testified on day three of a murder trial in which Shane Degallerie of Pottersville is accused of murdering Justin Joseph of Fond Cole on 23rd May 2010.At the High Court on Wednesday, 29th May, 2013, the nine member jury heard evidence from the state’s second witness, Shawn Walsh who was in Joseph’s company on the night of the incident.Walsh testified that on the night in question, Joseph, who was his good friend, Sam and himself were at Evalette’s shop/bar in Steber Street, Pottersville.He said while he and Sam were in the bar, the defendant entered and showed them a knife. He said that he was always “strapped” and if someone had to fight with him, they would need a gun to shoot him. He subsequently left the bar. Thereafter Joseph joined them in the bar and they ordered some drinks, after which the defendant came back in the bar. Degallerie and Joseph talked and laugh for a while and at one point Joseph was telling the defendant for them to take a drink.Wash said at that point he exited the bar and was talking to a friend outside when he heard a high pitch scream. In turning to the direction of the bar, he saw Degallerie with the knife in his hands and what looked like blood on the wall of the shop.Shane Degalleire. Photo credit Facebook profileAccording to Walsh, at that moment he saw Joseph run outside towards Sam’s vehicle and a short time after Sam came running out.Both he and Sam lifted Joseph and transported him to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and while there he saw the defendant outside casualty shirtless with a small wound somewhere in his stomach area.Under cross-examination by defense counsel, Zena Dyer the witness said he did not remember seeing blood on the knife.The second witness, Fitzroy Glenroy “Bobby” Joseph testified that he went to Evalette’s bar that night. There, he met the defendant, Leon and another person playing a domino game and joined in.He said while playing he heard “no Shane” coming from the shop and then saw a guy running from the shop and disappeared. He did not indicate who said “no Shane”.Joseph’s sister, Vernetta Toussaint who also took the stand, recalled that she had seen her brother earlier in the day when he visited her at work and later at the Casualty Department of the PMH.The state’s final witness police constable Javid Prince testified that government pathologist Dr. Jeffrey Nine who performed Joseph’s autopsy had left island on 9th April 2012 and has not returned since.When court resumes on Thursday, the jury is expected to hear evidence from Leon Ford. The shop/bar owner Evalette Smith testified on Monday and Tuesday.Justice Birnie Stephenson is presiding over the matter and the state is represented by acting director of public prosecutions Julien Prevost.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

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