Pet food recalled after at least 28 dogs die, 8 sick in US

first_imgModerna trial showing promise for expanding age requirement next month May 26, 2021 You can report suspected illnesses to the FDA through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.Click here for more information. RELATEDTOPICS Fisher-Price recalls baby soothers & gliders after 4 infant deaths June 7, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementPets owners should immediately stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed below and consult their veterinarian:Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bagExp 03/02/22/05/L2Exp 03/02/22/05/L3Exp 03/03/22/05/L2Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bagExp 03/02/22/05/L3Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bagExp 03/03/22/05/L3Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bagExp 03/03/22/05/L3Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L3Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bagExp 03/03/22/05/L2Exp 03/03/22/05/L3Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”The FDA said there is no evidence to suggest that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of poisoning. AdvertisementTags: FDApet foodRecall AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments FDA: Don’t eat cicadas if you are allergic to seafood June 6, 2021 FDA: Pfizer vaccine can be stored at standard fridge temperatures up to 1 month May 21, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recalling a pet food that led to at least 28 dog deaths and eight illnesses in dogs that ate the product.Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. committed to recall certain lots of Sportmix pet food products after the FDA was alerted of the dog deaths and illnesses.Multiple product samples were tested and were found to contain possibly fatal levels of aflatoxin, a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, and at high levels, it can cause illnesses and deaths in pets.Pets experiencing symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms of sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and/or diarrhea. In some cases, according to the FDA, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.last_img read more

Irish soccer, bad driving and out smarting bouncers – it’s all in our Tweets of the Week

first_img TAGSTweets of the Week Irish soccer, bad driving and out smarting bouncers – it’s all in our Tweets of the Week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR After a brief sabbatical, our Tweets of the Week are back.And we think we’ve made a come back with some crackers…What a brilliant week for Colin Conroy! Facebook GAA Yes https://t.co/P7W3R2G7sV— Craig Martley (@Martley97) November 17, 2019Best of luck with that one Bruce….Be some craic when our kids start driving……Laura is from Wexford, I’m from Laois!! pic.twitter.com/sUQnd4Jbet— Bruce Thompson (@Friesian_man) November 17, 2019The current heros meeting the next generation!So grateful to the @CLGLaois hurlers John Lennon, Enda Rowland, Éanna Lyons and Ryan Mullaney who gave up their Saturday evening to present medals over 40 @stpaulsgaa U7s and U9s very happy kids last night. Here they are with my little man. @NedzerB13 @LaoisToday pic.twitter.com/jyb5SnN7al— john redmond (@crankyarse) November 17, 2019SEE ALSO –  News Diary: Parking at the Rock; Rathdowney Cemetery Works; Good news for Rosenallis Previous articleThe Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven daysNext articlePortarlington advance to U20 football final after dramatic extra time defeat over Portlaoise LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th November 2019 Twitter GAA Pinterest Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Irish soccer, bad driving and out smarting bouncers – it’s all in… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA 4-2 win vs Israel , top of the group 🇮🇪🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/0oiBAfpkCJ— Colin Conroy (@ColinConroy100) November 18, 2019Heads up to all the twins out there… 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterestlast_img read more

Enforcement actions by state securities regulators surges: NASAA

The North American Securities Administrators Association reported a 51% increase in the number of enforcement actions by state securities regulators in 2010, which led to a nearly 200% increase in the amount of money ordered returned to investors. According to the NASAA report, state securities regulators conducted 7,063 investigations in 2010, which generated 3,475 enforcement actions (including criminal, administrative and civil actions), up from 2,294 enforcement actions in the previous year. Nearly 1,000 of these actions involved financial abuse of seniors. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords EnforcementCompanies North American Securities Administrators Association Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator James Langton IIROC reaches settlement with three former All Group reps serezniy/123RF Additionally, state-initiated enforcement actions resulted in US$14.1 billion ordered returned to investors, with an actual reportable return of more than $12 billion, or 90% of ordered restitution, in the same year. Most of the restitution is attributable to repurchases of auction rate securities. In 2010, more than 3,242 licenses were withdrawn, denied, revoked, suspended or had conditions placed on them, due to state actions, which is down 5% from 3,406 the year before. States levied fines or penalties of US$171 million in 2010 and prison time resulting from state actions totaled 1,134 years. The majority of the investment fraud cases reported by state securities regulators featured unregistered individuals selling unregistered securities, NASAA said. Nearly 900 reported actions involved unregistered securities, and almost 800 involved unregistered firms or individuals. “State securities regulators are committed to investor protection through the strong enforcement of state securities laws. We are in the trenches every day working to protect Main Street investors,” said Jack Herstein, NASAA president and assistant director of the Nebraska Department of Banking & Finance Bureau of Securities. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Related news read more

B.C. shines a light on corporate secrecy

first_imgCompanies will have to keep information on individuals that have direct or indirect control of a company or its shares.The measures are designed to help put an end to hidden ownership, which, the government says, can be used to launder money and evade taxes.“Hidden ownership is distorting our economy and driving up our real estate market,” said Carole James, B.C.’s minister of finance, in a statement.“Right now, businesses operating in our province can hide their ownership behind numbered companies and offshore and domestic trusts. This is hurting communities throughout our province that are dealing with the consequences of criminal activity and high home prices, and it needs to stop,” she said.Finance compliance and audit officers will have access to the information, as will law enforcement, and the information can be shared with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).“Requiring businesses to maintain transparency registries means that criminals cannot hide what they own and that people are paying their fair share,” James said.Earlier this week, B.C. also announced the introduction of new powers for the B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) that are designed to give it stronger enforcement and collection tools, beefing up its ability to combat crime in the securities markets. James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter FINTRAC fines money services firm B.C.’s anti-money laundering effort flawed: C.D. Howe Handshake of businessmen - success, congratulation, greeting & business partner concepts 123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSFI reviewing its anti-money laundering rules Keywords Financial crime,  Money laundering As part of efforts to combat white-collar crime, British Columbia announced new rules requiring private companies to keep records on their ownership that will be available to government, police and tax officials.The province’s Ministry of Finance announced that, under corporate law changes that will take effect on May 1, 2020, private businesses will be required to maintain certain records on their beneficial owners. last_img read more

Urgent funding review needed for community legal services – Assembly Report

first_imgUrgent funding review needed for community legal services – Assembly Report The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called for an urgent review of funding for community legal centres and services following recommendations by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety Report [pdf].“Community legal centres in the ACT have never lacked demand, but pressures on their services have grown substantially since COVID-19,” said Dr Emma Campbell, ACTCOSS CEO.“There are strong indications this pressure will only continue to increase. The reintroduction of punitive Centrelink mutual obligations, the coming end to protections supporting tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19, the reported increase in prevalence of domestic violence incidents, and the reduction of federal income supports for welfare recipients have already increased pressures on community law organisations.“Adequate funding for services provided by community legal centres is critical in tackling the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the justice and child protection systems. Sufficient resourcing is also urgently required if the ACT Government is to meet its commitment to supporting women affected by domestic and family violence.“The looming spectre of reduced funding on 30 June will lead to significant reductions in the legal services available to vulnerable Canberrans. Services tell us they are currently experiencing unprecedented demand.“ACTCOSS strongly urges the ACT Government to prioritise a review of the funding for community legal services. In the interim we call on the ACT Government to extend the additional COVID-19 assistance which has been a lifeline at a critical time. As noted by the Attorney General in the report, community legal centres provide an excellent return on investment – so the incentive for supporting them properly is not just ethical but economic.“ACTCOSS also substantially supports the report’s other recommendations, many of which reflect our continued advocacy. We welcome the report’s acknowledgement of the urgency of correcting accommodation arrangements for women and for remandees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).“ACTCOSS similarly supports the report’s recommendation for an external merits review of child protection decisions and acknowledges that work is underway to implement this.“However, ACTCOSS notes missed opportunities to confront the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in our justice system. Given that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Canberra are locked up at 19 times the rate of non-Indigenous people and constitute 24% of the ACT’s average daily prisoner population despite making up only 1.9% of the population, this is an unacceptable oversight.“This rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people can only be reduced by challenging decisions at every step of the justice system, for example overpolicing, unconscious bias, mandatory sentencing, and punitive (rather than public health) approaches to drug and alcohol issues.“Addressing entrenched systemic bias is undoubtably a major task, but to simply ignore the injustices in place is unacceptable.“ACTCOSS will continue to advocate for a fair, transparent and equitable justice system in the ACT. While the implementation of this report’s recommendations will be a step forward, there is still much more we must do to secure a justice system that is truly just,” Dr Campbell concluded.ACTCOSS advocates for social justice in the ACT and represents not-for-profit community organisations. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Act, ACT Council of Social Service, ACT Government, Assembly, attorney-general, Canberra, community, domestic and family violence, domestic violence, family violence, Government, Investment, public health, social justice, social services, violencelast_img read more

Ford may be developing a multi-function tailgate, too

first_img advertisement It’s been ages since the half-ton pickup trucks from the Detroit Three looked similar — but that doesn’t mean they won’t crib an idea or two from a crosstown rival when the need arises.With GM and Ram on board with different variations of a multi-function tailgate, rumours have surfaced Ford wants in on the origami action as well.According to a report from the bloggers at Ford Authority, engineers at the Glass House are feverishly working on an answer to GMC’s MultiPro and Ram’s Multifunction tailgates. Trending Videos Apparently, the company is using a variety of rapid prototyping techniques to hone their ideas, including the deployment of plywood and packing foam to mock up concepts. The crew at FA report that one type of tailgate being sampled uses the ‘barn door’ philosophy but with a trio of sections able to be opened a variety of different ways.RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSF-150FordPickup TruckNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesF-150FordNon-LuxuryPickup TruckPickup TruckstailgateTrucks Trucking Awesome: The best pickup innovations of the past decadeWhen the 2021 F-150 rolled out to much fanfare earlier this year, Ford showed off some simple tailgate additions, mainly focused on tasks carried out by people who actually use their trucks for work (read: actually a small percentage). These included a tailgate work surface intended for use as a writing area, along with embossed numbers and clamp pockets for measuring and securing lumber. Molded areas also provide a tablet stand, tool inset, and cup holder.Functional and practical stuff — but not exactly eye-catching to the ever-increasing number of folks who buy these things for daily and family duty.Recall that Ford was a pioneer in the Tailgate Wars, as the first to introduce the so-called Man Step other brands made fun of (before realizing it was a good idea and developing solutions of their own). With Chevrolet apparently set to receive a version of the GMC MultiPro tailgate and Ram offering its Multifunction unit on an increasing number of trims, it only makes sense Ford wants a piece of the action. See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat  Ford PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. What’s your take? Do these features over-complicate matters and create more areas for breakage down the road? Or do you appreciate the myriad of functions found on GMC and Ram tailgates? Sound off in the comments below. Chevy’s Silverado could borrow GMC’s MultiPro tailgatelast_img read more

CU Boulder astrophysicists gain top honors from peers

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail College names three new professors of distinction In recognition of their exceptional service, teaching and research, three members of the University of Colorado Boulder faculty have been named 2018 Professors of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences. Read more Underrepresented students excel through SMART CU Boulder program helps underserved and underrepresented students in the STEM fields gain valuable research experience for graduate school. Read more Burns said he was honored to be among the inaugural class of fellows of the AAS. “I feel privileged to be selected with a number of my colleagues whom I have known and admired for many years. This is a humbling acknowledgement of four decades of research and service to the profession, much of which was done in collaboration with my students and postdocs,” Burns said.Bagenal, too, said she was honored “and totally surprised.” Noting that her involvement with the AAS has been mainly through its Division of Planetary Sciences and the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, she said, “I am particularly interested in the demographics of our field and how they are evolving.”Professional organizations like the AAS are vital for both gathering numbers of scientists as well as providing guidance for improving the environment, enhancing education and promoting professional development, she added. “My colleagues and I here at CU are looking for ways that universities contribute—from teaching Intro Astro to thousands of students to graduate students building or operating CubeSats to Fiske Planetarium showing the public the wonders of the universe.”Burns received his BS degree, magna cum laude, in astrophysics from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds an MS a PhD in astronomy from Indiana University.Bagenal has worked on five NASA missions, from Voyager in 1977-89 to Juno in 2003-19. On the Juno mission, her research focused on the magnetospheric plasma sheet, or a sheet-like region of dense, hot plasma, and its coupling to Jupiter’s atmosphere.In addition to serving as professor, Burns is vice president emeritus for academic affairs and research for the CU system. His research focuses on extragalactic astronomy (astronomy outside of the Milky Way) and cosmology.He is also the director and principal investigator of the NASA-funded Network for Exploration and Space Science. He has longstanding ties with NASA and served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2008-10, chair of the council’s science committee from 2009-10, and as a member of the 2016-17 Presidential NASA transition team. Additionally, he served as senior vice president of the AAS from 2014-2017.Bagenal has been a faculty member at CU Boulder since 1989. She holds a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degrees in physics and geophysics from the University of Lancaster, England.The AAS, the major organization of professional astronomers in North America, established the new accolade, fellow of the AAS, to honor members for extraordinary achievement and service. Among this first class of honorees, E. Margaret Burbidge—the first woman to serve as AAS president (1976-1978)—was singled out as inaugural fellow.“The board is simply thrilled to honor Margaret in this way,” says current AAS President Megan Donahue. “At 100 years old, she has seen almost the full history of the society! She has been an inspiration for so many, especially women like me who use large telescopes, something not possible before Margaret famously broke the observatory gender boundary in the mid-20th century.”Many other scientific societies acknowledge their members’ scientific accomplishments and service to the field by electing them as fellows, something the AAS hasn’t done before.  Donahue expressed happiness about the award: “I know that future AAS Presidents will take great pleasure in announcing the new class of fellows during the prize ceremony that is a highlight of every winter AAS meeting.” Fran Bagenal, professor emeritus and senior research associate of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Students win aviation, space fellowships Three University of Colorado Boulder students are among 36 nationwide who have won 2017 Brooke Owens Fellowships for “exceptional undergraduate women” seeking careers in aviation and space exploration. Read more center_img Published: Feb. 27, 2020 Jack Burns and Fran Bagenal are among a group of 200 legacy fellowsTwo astrophysicists at the University of Colorado Boulder have been recognized among the inaugural class of fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the organization announced this week.Jack Burns, CU Boulder professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, and Fran Bagenal, professor emeritus and senior research associate of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), are among a group of 200 legacy fellows, who include past recipients of AAS awards and also individuals with outstanding records of research, teaching, mentoring and service. Related Articles Jack Burns, CU Boulder professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. Tags:Astrophysical and Planetary Scienceslast_img read more

Wines on Tap Showcased at 2014 North Coast Wine Industry Expo

first_imgShare AdvertisementKeg wines featured in session discussion and trade show tastingNov. 1st t, 2014, Healdsburg, CA – The Wine Industry Network (WIN) today announced that this year’s North Coast Wine Industry Expo, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on December 4th, will include a wine tasting that features keg wines on tap. This tasting will serve as an extension of one of the day’s six conference sessions, Non-Traditional Packaging: The Evolution of Wine on Tap.The tasting will be held at two separate pouring stations, one in the Grace Pavilion and one in the Hall of Flowers. Scheduled toward the end of the day’s event, the tasting will take place between 2 – 3:30 p.m. Expo exhibitors Rehrig Pacific Company and Free Flow Wines, both California companies, will co-host the tasting and will each share one red and one white varietal in kegs with Expo attendees and exhibitors.“This is a great way to add an interactive element to our education component,” said, George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “Although the tasting is open to all Expo attendees, the folks who attend the Non-Traditional Packaging session will be able to sample and enjoy the wines on tap and immediately experience some of what they just heard at the panel discussion.”The innovative evolution of wine on tap has become an increasingly popular and profitable method of wine packaging and distribution. Michael Cervin, wine industry writer will preside over the session as moderator. Industry experts who will be on the panel discussing this channel of non-traditional packaging will include: Jordan Kivelstadt, Free Flow Wines, Jason Moore, Alluvial Brokers, Greg Kitchens, Don Sebastiani and Sons, and Timothy Felkner, Vigilante Hospitality.Registration is now open for the trade show and six conference sessions. For more information, or to register go to www.wineindustryexpo.com.About the Wine Industry Network (WIN):Based in Healdsburg, California, WineIndustryNetwork.com is the wine industry’s most comprehensive business resource websites operating as an on-line trade show and created specifically to help industry professionals locate and connect more easily with the industry’s best suppliers and service professionals. WIN also produces The North Coast Wine Industry Expo, based in Santa Rosa, California, and the online industry publication, the Wine Industry Advisor.Advertisement Email Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Twitter Pinterest TAGSfeaturedFree Flow WinesNorth Coast Wine Industry ExpoRehrig Pacific CompanyWine on Tap Previous articleAfternoon Brief, November 4Next articleGlass Packaging Institute Announces 2014 Clear Choice Award Winners Press Release Home Industry News Releases Wines on Tap Showcased at 2014 North Coast Wine Industry ExpoIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWine Industry Network – NewsWines on Tap Showcased at 2014 North Coast Wine Industry ExpoBy Press Release – November 5, 2014 29 0 last_img read more

Shaw to meet bankers Wednesday

first_imgShaw to meet bankers Wednesday Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 26, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, is to meet with the Bankers Association of Jamaica (BAJ) on Wednesday (January 26), to discuss their role in Government’s efforts to grow the economy. The discussions are expected to focus on securing the commercial banks’ support for the administration’s efforts to lower interest rates. Speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly Investors Forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, last week, Mr. Shaw lamented the level of interest rates levied by some financial institutions, as one of the major structural issues militating against stimulating investments and enhancing Jamaica’s competitiveness, globally. “The truth is that when you combine the high cost of money with the high cost of utilities, the high cost of security and other areas of high costs, you can understand why we remain in an uncompetitive position, and that is why I have had to deal with the interest rate issue with such missionary zeal,” Mr. Shaw explained. Alluding to suggestions that the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) will move to invoke Section 33 of the BoJ Act, which empowers it to set both lending and deposit rates, Mr. Shaw pointed out that the global market economy has moved away from dictating interest rates.  As such, it would be an option of last resort by the administration, he said, while adding that “it is not something that is on my radar at this time.” He pointed out that his efforts at securing compliance have spawned exhortation to active consultations. “I believe there are sufficient mechanisms in place that will allow for banks to respond and, when I go to that meeting (with the BAJ), I’m not taking a mallet with me or anything like that; the truth is that the banks have actually been quietly beginning to respond,” he acknowledged. The Minister referred to the competition among financial institutions to procure “good bankable projects,” adding that even the EXIM Bank has been tapping into some of them.  “On foreign exchange denominated loans for export-oriented businesses (in particular), the EXIM Bank has been offering, I think, seven and eight per cent money. And so, some of these commercial banks have been quietly offering differential interest rates…some offering 13 per cent, some 12 per cent,” he said. “So they are going in the right direction, and I’m going to take the necessary initiatives to try and encourage them to be even more aggressive than they are right now,” Mr. Shaw committed. RelatedShaw to meet bankers Wednesday RelatedShaw to meet bankers Wednesday RelatedShaw to meet bankers Wednesday CONTACT: DOUGLAS McINTOSH Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged to Vote in Public Sector Customer Service Competition

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerModernisation Specialist, Office of the Cabinet, Michele Gordon Somers, displays a poster which explains how to vote in the Public Sector Customer Service Competition, while speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held on January 28 at the agency’s head office in Kingston. RelatedAbeng 88 Must Be a Tool for Empowerment – Senator Falconer Jamaicans Encouraged to Vote in Public Sector Customer Service CompetitionJIS 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 HighlightsJamaicans are being encouraged to vote for the entities and individuals of their choice in the Public Sector Customer Service Competition 2014/15. Deadline for voting is March 31, 2015.This is a biennial event staged by the Cabinet Office, through the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Unit, and represents the special emphasis placed by the Government on quality service delivery within the public service.Modernisation Specialist, Office of the Cabinet, Michele Gordon Somers, said persons can cast their votes for the public sector entities they believe offered the best service, as well as for the public sector officer who delivered the most outstanding customer service. RelatedRalston Smith Described as Selfless Jamaicans are being encouraged to vote for the entities and individuals of their choice in the Public Sector Customer Service Competition 2014/15. Deadline for voting is March 31, 2015.This is a biennial event staged by the Cabinet Office, through the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Unit, and represents the special emphasis placed by the Government on quality service delivery within the public service.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Wednesday, January 28, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Modernisation Specialist, Office of the Cabinet, Michele Gordon Somers, said persons can cast their votes for the public sector entities they believe offered the best service, as well as for the public sector officer who delivered the most outstanding customer service.She added that persons can vote at the various organizations or go online at: www.cabinet.gov.jm  or call 1-888-991-2752.“We want to hear from you. We want to know where we are doing well. We want to know where we can do better and this feedback can be very useful for us, because we are able to reconfigure our services to please you even better,” she said, noting that customers can nominate any public sector entity, as they are not restricted to the facility at which they are doing business.Mrs. Gordon Somers noted that trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Competition. The Best Customer Service Entity will receive the Prime Minister’s Trophy and a cash award of $300,000, the Most Improved Customer Service Entity will receive the Cabinet Secretary’s Trophy and $150,000, while the winner of the Most Creative/Innovative Entity will receive the Jamaica Civil Service Association Trophy and $100, 000.Additionally, she said the Most Responsive Entity, a new category in this year’s competition, will receive the Jamaica Customer Service Association’s Trophy and $50,000.The Modernisation Specialist said winners in the ‘Best of Like Entity’ category will receive 40,000, while some entities will receive $50,000, depending on their categories. She said the Best Customer Service Officer will receive a trophy and $20,000.Meanwhile, Mrs. Gordon Somers said an islandwide survey will be conducted to determine the level of service by entities.“We expect to call at least 1,500 customers islandwide and we would like to encourage all customers to participate in the telephone survey, because it is important for us to understand where it is you are experiencing excellent service,” she said.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaicans Encouraged to Vote in Public Sector Customer Service Competition InformationJanuary 28, 2015Written by: Elaine Hartman Reckord RelatedGovernment Congratulates Kaci Fennell on Performance in Miss Universe Pageant Advertisementslast_img read more