Jackson County Road Construction

first_imgA road construction project in Jackson county on U.S.-74 Is underway. Crews will work on the bridge ramp for U.S.-74 East to U.S.-441. Only the eastbound lanes will be affected; westbound lanes will stay open. There is a detour in place: drivers should take Hyatt Creek at Exit 69.The work is expected to take about 5-to-6 weeks.last_img

Why You Won’t Be Watching the U.S. Supreme Court’s Healthcare Deliberations on YouTube

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Chief Justice John Roberts swept onto the U.S. Supreme Court as a camera-ready jurist with an air of modernity. But there’s one area where he has shown little willingness to adapt to the information age: allowing cameras that would let the public watch real time what happens inside the country’s highest court. Advocates for open government have been pushing the Supreme Court for decades to reveal its work in progress to the public at large. And they have had successes. The court once squirreled away audio recordings in the National Archives, often long after the cases had been argued. Today, those recordings are posted to the Supreme Court website every Friday during argument sessions. But video has proven a step too far. With the court expected to release this week its decision on the constitutionality of the health care bill, Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee are prodding Roberts to let cameras in.“Their work should be as transparent as any other branch of government,” says Bruce Collins, general counsel of C-SPAN, which along with several dozen organizations also asked Roberts to air the health care decision. The court has not responded. As the Supreme Court’s chief administrator, Roberts is the decider on the court’s operations. In his silence, he seems to be doing something for which he’d tear a lawyer to pieces: resting on assumptions.One of the most frequently heard worries is that putting cameras inside the Supreme Court would turn the courtroom into a stage. But there are strong reasons to believe that the internal dynamics of the court would keep participants from behaving badly. Lyle Denniston has covered the Supreme Court for more than 50 years, lately for the closely watched SCOTUSblog. “A lawyer gets up in the Supreme Court and… knows that they have one task – that is, to persuade five people,” Denniston said in a C-SPAN interview. The audience is the nine folks in robes, and there’s a very good chance that the focus it takes to win over a majority is a more powerful force than the desire to make a flashy public showing.And there’s a similar thing happening on the bench. During oral arguments, the justices are working to win over one another. Ironically, that might help to explain a phenomenon, noted in lower courts, where justices appear to become more conservative on camera. They seem to grow increasingly worried about protecting both collegiality and the court’s authority.Several newer justices, for instance, have testified during their confirmation hearings that live Supreme Court footage seems like a pretty good idea. “I think it would be a great thing for the institution, and more important, I think it would be a great thing for the American people,” Elena Kagan testified during hers. Once on the court, though, by all appearances they refrain from rocking the boat. Stephen Breyer’s evolution sums up the trend. While chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, he volunteered his court for cameras. But after a decade on the Supreme Court, Breyer said that the justices are trustees of a “reputation of great importance so that government will work fairly in America… And not one of us wants to take a step that could undermine the courts as an institution.”Breyer’s framing suggests a failure of imagination. The flourishing open government movement isn’t simply about peeling back the curtain on wrongdoing. Openness can be affirming, too.And that raises the possibility that Roberts and company are actually damaging the court by closing it off. “By being somewhat remote from the popular culture,” C-SPAN’s Collins explains the argument (which he disagrees with, naturally), “they retain the dignity and therefore enhance the authority of the court.” Yet documentary footage provides fodder for dissections that remind us all that these opinions aren’t descended from the heavens. There’s public appetite for it, and in the digital age, there are the tools to do something with it. SCOTUSblog’s in-court live blog, for example, drew a reported 70,000 readers on Friday, when there was a chance that the court was going to issue the health care decision. (That prompted an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter to tweet, “One day we’ll tell our grandkids about how we were using Cover It Live [sic] to figure out what the Supreme Court is doing.”)A less mysterious Supreme Court would be more tightly moored to American life as a whole, in the same way that Americans tend to hate Congress but approve of their congressperson.If there’s something that Chief Justice Roberts has proven skilled at, it’s threading needles. Here, he has a chance to figure out a decision everyone can rally behind. Congress, for its part, lets C-SPAN’s cameras in but doesn’t allow for reaction shots. Roberts could get similarly creative, like stationing a camera behind the bench – good live-blogging material, bad source footage for “The Daily Show.”Behind-the-bench shots might reveal bald spots. But it’s not such a bad thing for the public to be reminded actual humans are up on that bench. 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Music or Marketing? Artist-Branded Apps Search for a Hit

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#music#web It’s unlikely that we’ll see many more full-catalog band apps. But that isn’t to say that branded apps can’t work for musicians. A more promising approach is to use apps as promotion, pure and simple.Take Blur. The 90s Britpop band released an iOS app this week that serves as a promotional supplement to its forthcoming 21-disc box set. Some reviewers on iTunes grumbled that the app is little more than a marketing piece designed to push fans to buy the band’s released catalog. It is. And that’s exactly what apps like this are good for, at least for the right artist. Blur’s app encourages fans to buy the band’s music, but it also contains lyrics, historical information and additional multimedia content. For free. There’s little to stop dedicated fans from downloading it. Whether they actually spring for the music is up to them. Assuming a band has the fan base to justify the development expense, an app offering an immersive design, archival material, video clips and, of course, some music, ought to be worth the effort. But why stop at the band’s own material? Evolver.fm’s Eliot Van Buskirk makes the compelling argument that artist-branded radio apps that play an artist-curated selection of music could not only please fans, but potentially make money.The concept goes beyond the “similar artists” feature employed by Pandora and Last.fm to focus on music the artists themselves listen to and enjoy. “Radiohead’s Record Collection” playlist on Songza puts the idea into practice. A fan, using the band’s long-running blog as a resource, compiled a playlist based on music that members of Radiohead are known to enjoy. That has especially potent value to Radiohead fans and shows that there are still ideas to be tested in the expanding universe of music apps.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App When the iPhone welcomed third-party apps four years ago, the music industry, like everyone else, scrambled to find a revenue-generating angle. Band-specific apps began rolling out, highlighting musicians in the App Store. They haven’t exactly been smash hits, but this app category still has potential to promote not-so-starving artists. If you slide down through the top 100 apps in the iTunes App Store’s music category, the list is dominated by software that helps you learn, create or subscribe to music in bulk. The odd artist-specific app pops up, but it’s swamped in a sea of chord guides, mini recording studios, social music apps and streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. Early on, there were a few artist apps that got some attention. One of them was from the Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA), an alternative rock band with a few hits in the 1990s. The band released its entire back catalog in the form of a $2.99 iPhone app, allowing fans to stream four albums. Music Trapped in an AppWhy haven’t we seen more apps like this? For one, it’s hard for artists – especially new ones – to make money this way. The PUSA app effectively offered each album for 75 cents, less than the cost of a single song on iTunes. Artists groan about Spotify’s compensation scheme, but subscription services pay artists far more than that over an album’s shelf life. The PUSA offering was also born of a unique situation. The band owned the rights to its recordings and the former lead singer happened to work for a music-tech startup. There’s also the matter of listener convenience. Putting aside financial and licensing issues, many consumers don’t want music that’s confined to its own app. Indeed, droves of consumers are listening to Spotify and Pandora, where they hope to find much of the music they love, even if they need to supplement it with tracks from their own iTunes library. Last year, Bjork released a more innovative mobile offering: an immersive, deeply interactive iOS app to accompany her album Biophilia.  The experience evoked memories of flipping through old-fashioned liner notes and, you know, actually paying attention to an album in one sitting. But it didn’t catch on.  Apps as Promotion 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

German Student Defies Google Cease-and-Desist with 1 Million Signatures

first_imgfruzsina eordogh Related Posts Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google is determined to take down Youtube-mp3.org, a site that rips downloadable mp3 files from streaming YouTube videos. Philip Matesanz, the site’s 21-year-old owner, has collected 1.2 million signatures in protest against the action. Will his petition move the search giant?Matesanz, a German citizen, lodged the petition through Change.org last month after Google sent him a cease-and-desist order claiming that Youtube-mp3.org violated YouTube’s terms of service. Since then, Matesanz has collected 1.2 million signatures from all over the world, making his petition one of Change.org’s five most-signed petitions. (The speed with which Matesanz gathered the  signatures isn’t so surprising, considering that his site gets 1.3 million visits a day on average.) Matesanz plans to deliver the signatures in person.Matesanz and his lawyers argue that, since Youtube-mp3.org does not use YouTube’s application programming interface, it does not violate YouTube’s terms of service. In addition, the petition cites a legal precedent for the kinds of copies Youtube-mp3.org makes and distributes. YouTube is like a broadcaster, it maintains, and “for decades people were allowed to take a private copy of a public broadcast,” recording songs off the air for their own use.Will Google listen to Matesanz and his million supporters? Not likely. Google has to answer to major corporations such as Viacom, which do not appreciate unauthorized copying of their material, especially through the Internet.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

LeBron James uses ‘NBA 2K’ to figure out best fit for Cavs lineup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James recently shared that he actually uses the game to simulate his actual team’s roster and find out match-ups that work well together.“It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that,” the three-time NBA champion told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening James’ comments come after reports that the team’s injured point guard, Isaiah Thomas, is nearing his return to the court and has been cleared to play 4-on-4 in practice.Winner of 13 straight games, the Cavs appear to finally regain their championship form, and Thomas’ imminent return could only bolster the team’s championship aspirations.Although the diminutive playmaker has yet to log in a minute in a Cavs’ uniform, James has already used virtual simulation to toy with the lineup and figure which rotations work best around him.Even in his down time, “The King” certainly takes no days off. /raADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout LeBron James says he’s already visualized how Isaiah Thomas will fit in with the Cavs by playing with him on NBA 2K: “It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that.”— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 6, 2017 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ Vivo reveals a special edition Smartphone for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Screen grab from Instagram/@nba2kVideo games nowadays are as life-like as they come, particularly with NBA 2K’s basketball simulation series.The popular franchise has been lauded by gamers for its amazing graphics and terrific gameplay, and it looks like it can even be used to figure out the best lineups for real NBA teams.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Who were the 10 greatest Indian cricketers of all time?

first_imgWho were the 10 greatest Indian cricketers of all time? Though largely a hackneyed exercise, most cricketing pundits have failed to present a unanimous selection of the top 10.(From left) C.K. Nayudu, Lala Amarnath, Vijay Hazare, Polly Umrigar, Mansur Ali khan and Vijay Merchand: Representing all that is gloiious in,Who were the 10 greatest Indian cricketers of all time? Though largely a hackneyed exercise, most cricketing pundits have failed to present a unanimous selection of the top 10.(From left) C.K. Nayudu, Lala Amarnath, Vijay Hazare, Polly Umrigar, Mansur Ali khan and Vijay Merchand: Representing all that is gloiious in Indian cricketIndia’s current cricketing prodigy, Sunil Gavaskar, has already earned himself a permanent niche in cricket’s Hall of Fame. The selection of the other nine is, with a few exceptions, an unenviable task, India Today’s editors have compiled a list that is not based on statistical data as is normally done, but on those who were the most exciting; whose talent extended beyond mere statistics – wickets taken or runs scored.The list was compiled by comparing views of a wide range of sports pundits and ardent followers of the game. Individually, the nine may not have inscribed their names in the record books, but taken together, as players, teammates, captains or ambassadors of the game, they represent the very best in Indian cricket.Cottari Kankaiya Nayudu was an unhesitant first choice, probably the most remarkable cricketer India has ever produced. He was certainly the most attractive. Sir Nevil le Cardus, Nobel laureate of cricket writing, described Nayudu’s performance on the field as “visual music”. The immortal C.B. Fry called Nayudu an “artist who happens to look the part – a grand performer”.CK, as he was popularly known, led India in its first official Test played at Lords in 1932 at the age of 37. But for Nayudu fans, more than this Test, it was the match against Gillan’s MCC team in December 1926 that is memorable. He scored 153 that time. By the time his Test career came to an end he had notched 1,618 runs and taken 65 wickets.advertisementIftikhar Ali Khan of Pataudi astounded the British when he rattled up a century on his first appearance for Oxford. Till then, they were firmly convinced that only the English could play cricket. In 1931, which was his best season, playing for Worcestershire in the English County Championship, he scored 1,307 runs to average 93.25. Against Australia in 1932, he did India proud by emulating the feats of Ranji and Duleep in scoring a century on his debut, and was appointed the captain of the Indian team to tour England in 1936.His cricketing career was tragically short-lived due to ill-health,but as a captain and a leader of men he was in a class of his own. His charm and wit are what he is best remembered for. At an MCC dinner in 1946, just prior to partition, he told the Britishers present: “You have to fight one Indian- Mahatma Gandhi, but I have an even more difficult task ahead of me. I have to fight eleven Englishmen.”Lala Amarnath was the “stormy petrel” of Indian cricket, constantly battling against authority. His tempestuous Test career was characteristic of the man. Just when he was being acclaimed as India’s best all-rounder, he was sacked from the Test team on charges of “insubordination and insolent and improper behaviour”. His absence from the team raised such a furore that the selectors were forced to reinstate him in the team, even appointing him captain for the series against Australia in 1947-48.Jack Fingleton said that he was by far the most reliable Test bowler. In that series against the brilliant array of Australian batsmen-Bradman, Morris, Barnes, Hasset, Miller, Brown, Tallon, Lindwall and the rest- Amarnath bowled 125 overs at a cost of only 366 runs, securing most wickets at an average of 28.1 a piece.Vijay Samuel Hazare’s name was inscribed the most often in the record books – till Gavaskar came along. With Merchant, Modi, Mushtaq and Fazal dropping out of the 1947-48 tour to Australia, Hazare was named Amarnath’s deputy and he shouldered the entire burden of batting. In the fourth test at Adelaide he scored a century in each innings of a Test (116 and 145), becoming the first Indian batsman to do so.His 145 in the second knock was particularly admirable as the wicket was helping the bowlers. At Melbourne, in the last Test, he again defied Lindwall and Co with another fine knock of 74, ending the series with the highest aggregate of runs (429) at an average of 47.66. He also took seven wickets in the series.Mulwantrai Himmatlal Mankad, or “Vinoo” as he is better known, is unanimously acknowledged as the greatest all-rounder of all times – ranked alongside the brilliant Keith Miller of Australia. The 1951-52 series against England was the hallmark of Mankad’s career as a bowler. He bagged 34 wickets – a record which stood for 20 years till Chandrashekhar broke it – at just about 16 a piece.advertisementAt the Madras Test he took 12 wickets and set India on the path of its first international victory, bowling smoothly to return figures of eight wickets for 55 runs. He proved his reputation as an all-rounder by averaging over 30 in the series to score 223 runs.Pahlam Ratanji Umrigar was the hardest hitting batsman that the country has ever had. He was also a top-class off-spin bowler. In an exciting Test career spanning 12 years, “Polly” scored 3,631 runs involving 12 centuries. Under Hazare in 1953 he topped the Indian batting averages with an aggregate of 560 runs averaging 62.22 runs with scores of 130 and 69 at Port of Spain in the first Test against the West Indies. But statistics can in no way project the intrinsic value of the man as a cricketer. Polly was generally acknowledged as one of the greatest fielders to dale.Mansur Ali Khan of Pataudi, currently wielding a pen instead of a willow as editor of Sports-world, is ranked among the most attractive players of the game earning him the sobriquet of “Tiger” for his grace and and reflexes. He became the youngest Test captain in cricket history when he led India at the age of 21. His having lost an eye in an automobile accident failed to stem his prodigious cricketing talent. He went on to score six Test centuries and nearly 3,000 runs in a Test career spanning 15 years. He is also widely acknowledged as the finest captain India has ever had.Vijay Merchant was called the “model batsman”. Though his retirement from the game was premature. Merchant’s contribution to Indian cricket is considerable. His confidence and assurance while facing the best bowlers in cricket history set him apart from the rest of the herd. In round numbers he scored 200 more than 11 times and this included one triple century.Mushtaq Ali was the Errol Flynn of Indian cricket – dashing, flamboyant and immensely popular wherever he played. When he was dropped for the Calcutta “Test” against the Australian Services Team in 1945-46, thousands of cricket lovers threatened to march out of the stadium in protest-and he was hastily included. Playing against the same team in New Delhi, he cracked a century. He would thump the ball with the speed and accuracy of a Robin ‘Hood arrow in flight and though few alive today saw the man in action, few can dispute his being placed among the all-time greats.last_img read more

Tata Motors shelves sports car project RaceMo

first_imgNew Delhi, May 25 (PTI) Tata Motors has shelved its ambitious sports car project, RaceMo, which was unveiled with much fanfare at the Geneva international motor show last year.The RaceMo is among the projects in both passenger vehicles (PV) and commercial vehicles (CV) segments which the company has decided to pull the plug after a review of its capitalisation policy on product development.”…now we’ve introduced a new capitalisation gateway in our product approval process on affordability, which means even though if there’s a business case that is valid, we’ll take it forward only if it meets the affordability gateway,” Tata Motors Group CFO P B Balaji told analysts.The company has made an impairment provision of Rs 1,641.38 crore for quarter ended March 31, 2018 related to under development and capital work-in-progress after reviewing its product development programmes.Balaji said some of it were exceptional in nature because these projects were not going to be taken forward at all, and some of it were “just asset write-offs that had to be taken because these are restructuring projects that we have also taken to save cash”.”All products or categories that we are not intending to continue further have all been taken in exceptional (items) for Tata Motors,” he added.When asked about details of the shelved projects, a Tata Motors spokesperson said, “The projects are both in CV and PV and include projects like RaceMo in the case of PV, launch of new products in other export markets which we don’t intend to proceed further and write-offs taken to release assets that will be redeployed to save cash flows.”advertisementBalaji has also stated if Tata Motors could get a good buyer who could invest money in the RaceMo project, the company would consider working together.When it was unveiled in Geneva last year in March, Tata Motors had planned to sell the RaceMo sports car under TAMO badge. It was proposed to be powered by a rear-mounted 1.2 litre petrol engine delivering 190 PS of power.Tata Motors had built it on patented MOFlex Multi-Material Sandwich (MMS) structure — a structural technology, enabling greater freedom in surface design, efficient large-scale part integration leading to modularity and faster time to market.Things, however, did not go as planned for the RaceMo when the company under the stewardship of new Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran started reviewing projects with a focus on turning around the ailing domestic business. PTI RKL MRMRlast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton midfielder Højbjerg: We must use Arsenal win as springboard

first_imgSouthampton midfielder Højbjerg: We must use Arsenal win as springboardby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg hopes to use victory over Arsenal as a “springboard”.A brace for the returning Danny Ings and a late winner from substitute Charlie Austin saw the home side defeat the Gunners 3-2.“Hopefully we can use this as a springboard,” Højbjerg said. “We have to stay focused and realistic but use the confidence from the positive moments from this game because we played very well. We scored three goals against one of the best teams in the league so it’s a really big result. “We can not get carried away, we have to stay strong and keep building and it all starts tomorrow again in training. We need to take the confidence with us and believe we can win the next game as well.”He added: “Most importantly we want to fight for the club because we want to take the club to the next level. Congratulations to everybody, the fans, the coach and the players because the performance today was special.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoSon lauds Tottenham togetherness for Red Star Belgrade thrashing

first_imgSon lauds Tottenham togetherness for Red Star Belgrade thrashingby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSon Heung-min says Tottenham showed immense camaraderie to thrash Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night.With their backs against the wall following three winless matches, Spurs smashed five past the Serbians in front of their own fans.Son told BT Sport: “We as a team stuck together from the start. We wanted to win. It was an amazing job and amazing performance.”The ball (for my first goal) was great and the timing perfect, then I finished well. Not important only the goal, the way we played was the most important thing.”We have got a long way to go, some big away games coming in the Champions League. But we take it step by step, think about Sunday and Liverpool and then think about the Champions League again after that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sexual Harassment Bill to be Tabled in Parliament Within Weeks – Grange

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Sexual Harassment Bill will be tabled in Parliament shortly.“It is now at the Chief Parliamentary Counsel… . It will be fast-tracked in a matter of days to the Legislation Committee of Cabinet, and in a matter of weeks will be on the table at Parliament,” Ms. Grange said.She was speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Women’s Health Survey Report at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on June 21.The Bill seeks to protect all women and men from unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and crude sexual behaviours that affect quality of life by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.The Women’s Health Survey, the first of its kind in CARICOM, was conducted in Jamaica in 2016.It provides data on the national prevalence of violence against women and will support the country’s global commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence.Speaking on the findings, Ms. Grange said anecdotal evidence has always suggested that Jamaica has a serious problem with gender-based violence.She noted that the findings, which are based on interviews with women across the length and breadth of the island, give insight “as we’ve never had before about the extent of the problem”.“According to the survey findings, one in every four women in this country between the ages of 15 and 64 years will experience violence by their intimate partner and/or some kind of sexual violence in their lifetime. One of out of every four women will experience sexual violence by someone who is not their intimate partner,” Ms. Grange said.She noted that while every woman, regardless of age, social status, political affiliation, education and career, is susceptible to violence, the survey findings show that the least-educated women, those who are pregnant and those who have been cohabiting with male partners since they were minors, are at greater risk of being victims.The survey also showed a generational link related to acts of violence. It indicates that men, who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence, are more likely to abuse their own partners than sons of non-violent parents.In addition, the report noted that the child of an abused woman is more likely to drop out of school at an early age and/or become an abuser, and that women who were exposed to violence during childhood, are more likely to experience domestic violence in adulthood.The survey further pointed to the link between drug use (including alcohol) and domestic violence.“The findings also show up the culture of silence in Jamaica when it comes to gender-based violence. Two out of every three women who are victims of domestic violence do not seek professional help, unless the cases are severe. A great majority of victims (81.6 per cent) say they reported the violence to a friend, family member, and/or a neighbour,” Ms. Grange said.She indicated that the findings of this Women’s Health Survey will be used to bolster implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence in Jamaica.The 10-year plan outlines actions to prevent gender violence, improve services for victims and strengthen implementation of laws to deal with perpetrators.Ms. Grange said that the data will inform the development of social policy, empowerment programmes and developmental projects towards the achievement of gender equality.The Women’s Health Survey 2016 is a co-publication of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Sexual Harassment Bill will be tabled in Parliament shortly. The Bill seeks to protect all women and men from unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and crude sexual behaviours that affect quality of life by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. “It is now at the Chief Parliamentary Counsel… . It will be fast-tracked in a matter of days to the Legislation Committee of Cabinet, and in a matter of weeks will be on the table at Parliament,” Ms. Grange said. Story Highlightslast_img read more