Al-Wasat columnist arrested

first_img Help by sharing this information May 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Wasat columnist arrested RSF_en Al-Wasat columnist Fadel Habib was arrested at a checkpoint and was released three days later. center_img News Organisation last_img

PDEA SEES EXODUS OF NEGROS ‘PUSHERS’

first_imgPhilippine Drug Enforcement Region 6 director Alex Tablate. PN FILE PHOTO “Bacolod City and Negros Occidental ang focus natin at ng pulisso they’re trying to sell their stuff in Iloilo. Hindi nila alam na nasa surveillance na sila,” said Tablate. “Please help us in our campaign. Giveus information. PDEA and the police could not stop drug trafficking without thehelp of the community,” he stressed. Party drugs, also called club drugs orrave drugs, are recreational drugs that have stimulating properties. Regularuse can lead to the user craving more of the drug, resulting to addiction. PDEA’s Tablate cited the people ofBanate for cooperating with the police. Negros-based drug traffickers could bethinking they were safer in Iloilo because nobody knew them, said Director AlexTablate of PDEA Region 6. Tablate expressed concern that demandfor illegal drugs, particularly party drugs, could rise this holiday season. “We used an asset to transact withhim. He apparently had a contact in Banate,” said Roque. Early this week, the PDEA directorreported that the supply of illegal drugs in Iloilo significantly droppedfollowing the deaths of drug lords Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. in August 2016 inBarangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan and Richard “Buang” Prevendido in September2017 in Barangay Balabago, Jaro district here. The Banate police prepared forCasumpang after receiving a tip that the suspect was coming to Iloilo. ILOILO City – Relentless antidrugoperations in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental may be driving drugtraffickers there to move their operation to Iloilo, according to thePhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). A suspected drug courier from SilayCity, Negros Occidental was recently arrested in Barangay San Salvador, Banate,Iloilo.center_img The 43-year-old Gerardo Casumpang ofBarangay Guinhalaran, Silay City was collared at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday bythe Banate police. “We will be utilizing 10 K-9 dogsaside from partnering with the police,” said Tablate. In Bacolod City and Negros Occidental,however, said Tablate, drug trafficking remains a challenge. Of particular concern to the PDEA arethe seaports where drug traffickers are known to slip their stocks. PDEA has tightened its monitoring ofseaports most especially in northern Iloilo. Its operatives are on the lookoutfor transient drug pushers in coordination with the Police Regional Office 6. Eight more sachets were recovered fromCasupang, added Roque. According to Police Captain GenesisRoque, Banate police chief, an asset managed to buy from the suspect a sachetof shabu for P1,000. “We can be successful of our driveagainst illegal drugs if there’s cooperation from the community. Let’s help oneanother to end the proliferation of illegal drugs,” he said. “K-9” (a homophone of “canine”) are dogs trained to assist law enforcers detect contrabands such as illegal drugs and explosives. “We need to double our efforts in monitoring the entry of illegal drugs. We expect a high demand for them this Christmas season when most people have money,” said Tablate./PNlast_img read more

The Telegraph joins England Golf Awards sponsors

first_img5 Mar 2019 The Telegraph joins England Golf Awards sponsors England Golf is delighted to announce that The Telegraph has joined the sponsors for its prestigious 2019 Awards.The multimedia news brand will add its name to the much-prized Lifetime Service Award, which celebrates someone who has made a remarkable contribution to golf over many years.The winner will be announced at the England Golf Awards 2019, sponsored by adidas Golf, at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday 21 March.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted that The Telegraph is joining us to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England and, in particular, to recognise someone who has made a real difference to the game, over many years.“The Telegraph’s involvement will help us to raise the profile of the awards and the fantastic work being done by our members, volunteers, clubs, counties and coaches.”Adam Sills, Head of Sport at The Telegraph, said: “I’m delighted we are sponsoring this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and supporting these awards, which really highlight the contributions made by many to the success of the game in England.”This is the third year the England Golf Awards have been held and the black-tie gala dinner is a must-attend date for everyone who cares about golf. It offers a chance to hear about the outstanding achievements of the finalists and to applaud the winners.Last year’s winner of the Lifetime Service Award was Leicestershire coach Anders Mankert who has changed lives through golf. He was celebrated for the difference he has made to blind and visually impaired golfers and to young players making their way in the game.The 2017 winner was Somerset’s Jenny Hobbs, about whom it was said: “If she had been paid for the hours given to golf she would be a rich woman.”The other Award categories are:Innovation Award sponsored by Players 1stMost Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowdididoCoach of the year, sponsored by The PGAYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with the Golf FoundationVolunteer of the yearPerformance of the YearCounty of the YearChampionship Venue of the Year Tags: England Golf Awards 2019, grassroots golf, Lifetime Service Award, The Telegraphlast_img read more

NCAA upsets crush bracket hopes

first_imgNorth Dakota State’s Lawrence Alexander (12) celebrates in overtime during a second-round game against Oklahoma in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. North Dakota State won 80-75. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SAN DIEGO (AP) — So you were confident in your bracket, hoping to win the office pool, maybe get lucky and take down that $1 billion prize Warren Buffett is offering for a perfect run of picks.One game in and … done.Way to go, Dayton.Thanks for piling on, Harvard.And North Dakota State — you’ve got to be kidding.The first full day of the NCAA tournament got off to what has become its usual scream-at-the-TV start on Thursday, opening with three upsets that sent a wave of crumpled brackets — at least 95 percent missed at least one game before the tournament was 12 hours old — flying from Buffalo to San Diego. By the end of the night, fewer than 1 percent of brackets remained unblemished in contests by ESPN and CBSSports.com.“Being bounced from the billion THAT early definitely made me feel some type of way,” said Marcus Arman of Portland, Ore. “I can tell you this: I will not be supporting the city of Dayton in any shape, form or fashion so long as my foam finger still points upward.”Dayton, the No. 11 seed in the South Regional, got it started in the first game of the 64-team bracket, knocking off sixth-seeded Ohio State 60-59 in Buffalo, N.Y.A few hours later, No. 12 East seed Harvard had its David-vs-Goliath thing working for the second straight year, taking down fifth-seeded Cincinnati 61-57 in Spokane, Wash.Two upsets, and almost everyone shooting for perfection was eliminated before they got home from work.North Dakota State, No. 12 in the West, finished off the day of dead pools by outlasting fifth-seeded Oklahoma 80-75 in Spokane’s second upset of the day.Thanks for playing everyone.With Dayton’s win, about 83 percent of the brackets in Yahoo’s Tourney Pick ‘Em game were one and done, perfection flushed in 40 minutes. Wins by Harvard and North Dakota State only figured to add to the number of disappointed would-be billionaires once the official numbers were released.It was a 9.2 quintillion-to-1 pipe dream to begin with, and Buffett has to like his chances even more now.“Yesssssssssss HARVARD!!!!!!! Messing up a lot of peoples chances at $1 billion lol,” former Harvard and current Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin said on Twitter.At CBSSports.com, Dayton took out 81 percent of the poolers in the bracket challenge. By the time the Bison roamed over the Sooners in the evening, 0.4 percent of the brackets were still perfect.Of the 11 million brackets in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, over 80 percent had Ohio State advancing to the next round. That’s about 8.8 million brackets with a blemish after one game.And to the 2.2 percent that had the Buckeyes going all the way to the Final Four: Oops!Through 12 games, there were 41,315 perfect brackets out of the original 11 million — or about 0.3 percent.This, of course, is nothing new.We are in the era of upsets, where seedings and status have little bearing on the bracket.A year ago, not a single person of the 11 million who entered on ESPN’s website was perfect after a first day filled with upsets. Just four got 15 out of 16 right.By now, we’ve learned that Cinderella’s carriage doesn’t turn into a pumpkin once the NCAA tournament starts. It becomes a Formula One car racing through the bracket — and it may be moving at an even faster pace this year.___AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this story.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2016

first_imgThen just a few months later, the 3-year-old champion thrilled both the record multitude at Keeneland Racecourse and the largest Breeders’ Cup television audience in 20 years when he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a commanding 6 1/2 lengths. Sports media have dubbed the sum of these four hallmark wins as Thoroughbred racing’s first ever “Grand Slam.”“American Pharoah’s 2015 racing campaign was a true gift to the fans inside and outside the sport who have been waiting so long for their next Triple Crown champion,” said Mrs. Chenery. “In his efforts, we were able to once again witness greatness, and we were reminded that excellence can still be achieved. This racing hero has inspired a whole new generation of young fans, which I find most exciting for the future of the Thoroughbred racing. I congratulate American Pharoah’s team on their amazing year, and I am delighted to present them with the Secretariat Vox Populi Award.”Jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert guided American Pharoah during his history-making career, with earnings totaling almost $8.7 million and nine wins in 11 starts. American Pharoah has been retired and will stand at Kentucky’s Ashford Stud.“American Pharoah is a horse of a lifetime, and we have been blessed to have bred him. His legacy will be forever lasting in my mind and in my heart and I am so happy that he was able to give a thrill to all of his fans and racing as a whole,” said owner Ahmed Zayat.“His greatness has been defined, his place in history has been secured. The love he has given us has been boundless. We knew he was special from the moment he first stepped onto the track, and we were so fortunate to watch him fulfill his destiny. I thank the racing fans who have been so supportive during this past year and as the recipient of this wonderful award for the second time after my beloved Paynter, it makes it even more special. My team and I are especially honored and deeply moved.”Zayat Stables’ Paynter received the Vox Populi Award in 2012, and American Pharoah joins other previous winners California Chrome (2014), Mucho Macho Man (2013), Rapid Redux (2011) and Zenyatta (inaugural 2010).Mrs. Chenery will present the custom-made Vox Populi trophy to the American Pharaoh team on Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park. In conjunction with the presentation, a special Vox Populi poster give-away and autograph signing will be offered to the public. For more information about the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, visit Secretariat.com, the official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion. -more-2/2/2/2 FOUND MONEY HEADS O’NEILL TRIO IN SHAM STAKES      Doug O’Neill has three of the nine three-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the most experienced of which is Found Money, winner of three of seven starts for owners/breeders Paul and Zillah Reddam.A son of Square Eddie, Found Money captured the King Glorious Stakes at one mile Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos.“He’s coming off a nice win at Los Al,” O’Neill said of Found Money. “He tries hard every time and I thought he deserved a chance.”O’Neill also has Semper Fortis, winner of his last two starts, and maiden Sorryaboutnothing entered. The latter runs in blinkers for the first time.The field for the Sham, which goes as race six: Rare Candy, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Dressed in Hermes, Mike Smith, 7-2; Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Found Money, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Semper Fortis, Kieren Fallon, 8-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 15-1; I’malreadythere, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Sorryaboutnothing, Flavien Prat, 15-1; and Collected, Martin Garcia, 3-1. PUBLIC CAN SUBMIT PIX WITH PHAROAH TO NTRA, XPRESSBETThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Xpressbet are asking fans and horsemen to submit personal photos with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for inclusion in a video montage to be shown at the 45th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 16.Submissions can be made on Twitter by tagging @NTRA or using the hashtag #APandMe; via Facebook by posting an image to the wall of the official NTRA page (Facebook.com/NTRA1); or by e-mail at [email protected] Steven Miyadi933033%67%$72,970 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 -30- Kristin Mulhall630150%67%$121,700 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita hosts a Burger & Brewfest Saturday. Fans can enjoy their repast while watching Thoroughbred racing at its best on the trackside apron. Visit www.santaanita.com/events for package and pricing information . . . Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird works five furlongs under Mike Smith before Friday’s first race as she prepares for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6 . . . Trainer Eric Guillot has Grade I Whitney winner Moreno back in training and hopes the son of Ghostzapper can defend his title in the Charles Town Classic in April. “He’s had his issues,” Guillot said. “As soon as he might show he’s off a little bit, I’ll put him back in the van and retire him on the farm with no damage done.” . . . Brad Pegram, who handles business for Mike Smith, also now represents Drayden Van Dyke . . . Retired all-time great Laffit Pincay, Jr., will present the trophy for Saturday’s San Pasqual Stakes. Mike Smith1941221%37%$369,190 AUTHOR GARY WEST HERE SATURDAY TO SIGN ‘RIDE TO WIN . . . ‘            Award-winning turf writer Gary West will be on hand Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 10:30 a.m. to sign copies of his newest book, “Ride To Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft.” A New Orleans native and the son of a jockey-turned trainer, West and co-author Bob Fortus have a combined 50-plus years covering Thoroughbred racing and the pair interviewed over 100 jockeys, trainers, owners, stewards and jockey agents in preparing the book, which was published by JockeyTalk360.com.Among those interviewed over a three year period were Hall of Fame jockeys such as Jerry Bailey, Calvin Borel, Pat Day, Eddie Delahoussaye, Chris McCarron, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.“Jockeys are probably the most misunderstood and least appreciated workers at the racetrack,” said West. “Even serious fans have no idea what’s necessary to ride a racehorse or what’s going on out there on the track. The sport and the few turf writers who actually understand the game need to do a better job of explaining its complexities, and maybe this book is a step in that direction.”Fortus, a longtime turf writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper, derived his idea for the book by listening to hard-core handicappers engaging in incessant banter while watching races at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.“Just listening to the ‘jockey-ologists,’ it always struck me how little people know (about) what’s really going on in a race,” Fortus said. “These are world class athletes, and they have to make decisions while they’re on a horse (that’s) running. “It’s fluid, all on the fly. It’s pretty amazing. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.”Bailey, who retired in 2006 while regarded as one of the game’s best prepared and all-time great game-day tacticians, is quoted extensively in “Ride To Win . . . ”“Yes, I watched video, hours of video,” he told West and Fortus. “I read the Racing Form like it was my bible.”West will be accompanied at the signing by retired Hall of Fame great, Laffit Pincay, Jr., and top rider Joe Talamo. Copies of “Ride to Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft,” will be available for sale as well. (Pincay will also present the trophy for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.) Richard Baltas1251142%58%$289,180 Rafael Bejarano3697325%53%$489,000center_img CHROME READY FOR SAN PASQUAL, RAIN OR SHINEO’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SHAM STAKESSONGBIRD TO WORK BEFORE FRIDAY’S FIRST RACEAUTHOR WEST TO SIGN ‘RIDE TO WIN . . . ‘ ON SATURDAY (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 3) David Lopez1831617%56%$120,620 Peter Miller2241118%27%$121,730 -more-3/3/3/3 ‘PHAROAH’ TO RECEIVE VOX POPULI AWARDTriple Crown champion American Pharoah, the first ever winner of Thoroughbred racing’s “Grand Slam” with his win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been selected to receive the 2015 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award. The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.American Pharoah was the clear favorite among the voters in the Vox Populi online poll recording the largest margin of victory in the award’s existence. The Zayat Stables colt was one of a select group of nominees submitted by the Vox Populi Committee and Mrs. Penny Chenery, owner of beloved Triple Crown champion Secretariat in whose name she established the award in 2010. In the honor’s true spirit of celebrating fan favorites, several other popular horses received a groundswell of write-in support, including the former Vox Populi nominee and recently departed champion Shared Belief.American Pharoah’s victorious Triple Crown campaign was the first in 37 years and added his name to an elite list of only 11 other horses in history to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Flavien Prat2331313%30%$159,302 The deadline to submit is Jan. 12. Only JPG files will be accepted at the e-mail address.“American Pharoah has served as racing’s greatest ambassador in the past year, posing for photos with thousands of visitors,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Producer of the Eclipse Awards. “This Eclipse Awards ceremony will be a celebration not only of the Triple Crown winner’s historic feats on the track but also of his immense popularity and influence beyond racing. With everyone’s participation the NTRA and Xpressbet hope to demonstrate the special connection American Pharoah had with the public in a very personal way.”The Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony will be held for the fourth straight year at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The Eclipse Awards are presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group and produced by the NTRA. Gary Stevens1431021%29%$358,270 CALIFORNIA CHROME AWAITS SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL            California Chrome is at the ready for his first race in nine months Saturday despite El Nino’s futile effort to turn racing into El Nono.“We’ve had five and two-tenths inches of rain since the early part of the week,” said Santa Anita Track Superintendent Dennis Moore Thursday morning, as rain stopped and the sun broke through, illuminating snow on the apex of the San Gabriel Mountains, creating a picture-postcard setting. “The track was sealed after the last race Sunday.”Still, the main track has not been open for workouts for four days, from Monday through Thursday morning.California Chrome, meanwhile, got in his final major breeze for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes prior to last Saturday’s first race, going six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in a snappy and stylish 1:10.04.“We got a good draw and I don’t think the track will be a problem,” said trainer Art Sherman, who has never run California Chrome on an off track. Save for a lone start and subsequent victory on grass in the Grade I Hollywood Derby Nov. 29, 2014, California Chrome’s other 17 career races have been on conventional dirt or synthetic surfaces.“So far,” Sherman said, “everything is good.”The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Point Piper, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 4-5; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Mystery Train, Mike Smith, 30-1; and Imperative, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.Richard Baltas, atop the trainer standings with five wins from 12 runners through seven racing days, said Imperative “probably won’t run” because of a sore foot, “but if he’s good by race day, I’ll run him.”Trainer Victor Garcia expects longshot Alfa Bird to be close to or on the lead from his rail post position.“Whether we’re in front depends on California Chrome,” Garcia said. “I think he’s going to be fresh coming off a long layoff, but I think we’ll go to the lead behind California Chrome. It all depends on how the track plays, too.” Santiago Gonzalez41107324%49%$396,140 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Edwin Maldonado2331113%22%$77,880 Joseph Talamo2745215%41%$232,540last_img read more

West Ham midfielder joins MK Dons on season-long loan

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Diego Poyet has joined MK Dons on loan for the season.The Uruguay under-20 international, who is the son of former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, has been at Upton Park since last summer when he arrived from Charlton on a free transfer.However since then the 20-year-old has struggled to break into the first-team and he is hungry to gain more playing time.Last season Poyet spent a month on loan at Huddersfield and he will now continue his development at MK Dons.The Championship side have agreed a deal with West Ham that will see them take the youngster on loan for the season. Diego Poyet 1last_img read more

FINN HARPS LAUNCH MONSTER FUNDRAISING DRAW

first_imgHarper the mascot joins Michaela Ramsey , James Doherty , Blaine Curtis and Shauna Scanlon to launch the 2012 Finn Harps Monster Draw. Tickets cost just €10 and are available from the Harps Clubhouse or can be bought online on www.finnharps.com (no booking fee)The fabulous prizes include: 1)€50002)€1000 Voucher for McElhinney’s Store3)42” TV (Irwin Expert)4)Toshiba Laptop 5)Lawnmower “Garden Care” (G Browne Tool hire)6)Ulster Tyre Centre €250 Tyre Voucher7) 500 Lts heating Oil Quinn Fuels8) 2 Nights B&B at any Signature Park Hotel9) B&B for two Villa Rose Hotel with Spa FINN HARPS LAUNCH MONSTER FUNDRAISING DRAW was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Harps Monster Drawlast_img read more

Killybegs school gets approval for fire safety improvements

first_imgSt Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs has gained approval for essential works to improve fire safety.The school was given the go-ahead for the maintenance this week under the Department of Education and Skills Emergency Works programme.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said he is delighted that the school will now be able to press on with important improvements to ensure better safety standards. Minister McHugh said: “I wish principal Cathal Campbell and the team at St Catherine’s the very best with their plans to make improvements at the school.“It is great to see the Department pressing on with funding for Emergency Works projects. They are often relatively small scale works but hugely important for the school to ensure vital changes are made to schools right throughout the year.“It can include better access to the school, health and safety issues, fixing leaks and windows and doors, fire safety and wheelchair accessible toilets among many others.“Every week schools are getting hugely important news from the Department that money is being set aside to improve facilities, to modernise some buildings and in some cases to expand the space in the school. St Catherine’s is yet another one of those and we hope to see many more in the coming months.” Killybegs school gets approval for fire safety improvements was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:st catherine’s vs killybegslast_img read more

10 months ago​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buy

first_img​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is not in the mood to panic.The veteran coach believes they can get promotion with the players at his disposal.Leeds are top of the Championship by two points from Norwich City, with 26 games played.But Bielsa does admit it is tough to be without as many as seven players due to injuries and suspensions.”We are lacking players,” Bielsa is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “If the club can bring in players, it will be only if they are better than the players that we have.”In the next few weeks, we will have Dallas, Berardi, Phillips, Brown, Bamford and Douglas with us, so among the absences, we will have a reduction.”That’s why I clearly say that if nobody comes, we will solve the problems anyway.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

KSAC Acquires Tablet Computers to Boost Service

first_imgThe operational capacity of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has been boosted with the acquisition of some 40 portable tablet computers, valued just over $400,000.The tablets have been equipped with the KSAC’s LoveCleanKSA interactive mobile technology application, and are expected to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness with which the Council’s officers deliver its services.These include activities in the areas of building, planning, compliance and revenue collection, as well as those undertaken by the Parish Disaster Co-ordinator.The application will enable the officers to, among other things, capture, relay and archive imagery and other data on developments and matters being pursued and undertaken.It also allows the KSAC to share information on matters outside of its portfolio with agencies having responsibility for same. It also facilitates general public participation in the monitoring process, by allowing them to download the feature on a GPS-enabled device. In so doing, persons will be able to make reports to the KSAC on matters deemed necessary for remedial action.last_img read more