Tags: Brexit People Theresa May A second referendum wouldn’t be undemocratic… but it would be disastrous Joshua Livestro The third argument is the Leave equivalent of Project Fear: “it would be deeply divisive”. Yes, it would – but so would not holding a second referendum. If there is one guarantee, it is that the UK will remain bitterly divided about Brexit for many years to come.“But things would get even worse.” Worse than they already are? You have family members and lifelong friends no longer talking to each other this Christmas because they “voted the wrong way”, and government talk of rationing, of troops in the streets, of forcing Ireland to its knees, of Scotland threatening to secede.And that’s if Brexit is implemented. Short of actual civil war, it’s hard to see how things could get worse.None of the arguments against the staging of a second referendum presented by its opponents make any sense.But that doesn’t mean that it would be a good idea. It would, in fact, be a really bad idea. Terrible, even, if its advocates were victorious and Brexit were averted. As a Dutch Anglophile and a committed European, my natural sympathies lie with those currently aiming to preserve the ties that bind the UK to the European Union.What the massive street protests and the passionate people’s vote campaign make clear is that many Brits are as attached to their newly-won European rights as they are to their old British freedoms. If I were in their position, I too would use every possible tool at my disposal to avoid losing the right to live, love, study, and work anywhere within the borders of the continent of Europe. These are my European liberties, and you would have to pry them “from my cold, dead hands”, as they say.Given my sympathies, I suppose that it would be logical for me to support a second referendum. And in fairness, none of the arguments given by Brexiteers against the idea of another vote make any sense to me. They are transparently dishonest, motivated by the fear that the original Brexit result might be overturned a second time around.Take, for example, the claim that a second referendum would be “undemocratic”. Provided that it meets a number of basic criteria about the wording of the question and equal access of both sides to voters and the media, a plebiscite by its very nature cannot be an affront to democracy.The second argument against another vote is slightly more subtle, but no less fallacious: “people have already voted”. Well yes they have. But only on the general issue of Leave versus Remain, not on the actual details of the kind of Brexit agreed upon by the UK government and the EU27.It is perfectly legitimate to ask the electorate if it really prefers Brexit as it would actually work out to the current situation. Because the UK staying in the EU after everything that has happened since 2016 would be nothing short of catastrophic.This shock about-turn would create a permanently aggrieved minority of close to 50 per cent of the British electorate. This aggrieved voting bloc would inevitably be served by a virulently anti-EU media and openly eurosceptic politicians, all fired up with renewed fury that Brexit had slipped from their grasp.The most effective ones would rise to the top of the Conservative party – which would be destined to become the main vehicle for politically organised euroscepticism – far more so than it is already.The Tories would duly end up electing a series of hardline anti-EU leaders. And since the Conservative party is still Britain’s natural party of government, these leaders would inevitably become the UK’s Prime Ministers.Britain, are you ready for Prime Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg? Thursday 20 December 2018 8:36 am whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Opinion The EU certainly isn’t. It has plenty of experience dealing with awkward members of the European Council, but it has never had a Prime Minister of a large member state openly committed to blowing the whole thing up. And it really doesn’t want to find out what that is like either.So to my pro-EU friends in Britain, I say this: reject Theresa May’s deal if you must, but please don’t plunge the EU into the chaos that would be the result of continued UK membership.Why not turn your efforts towards urging the government to take the next best thing in the form of EEA membership? You’d keep all your European freedoms, and would stay as closely linked to the EU as a non-member state can be.And of course you’d be perfectly within your rights to fight on, under the banner of “Rejoin or die”.If you did so, I’d come and march with you. Because your future may well be in the EU, as part of the European family of nations. Just not right now. 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Monday 9 March 2020 6:00 am Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said there would “be no movement in or out of these areas”, unless “for proven, work-related reasons, emergencies or health reasons”. (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: Milan among cities quarantined in mass Italian lockdown Stefan Boscia and Edward Thicknesse Show Comments ▼ Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said there would “be no movement in or out of these areas”, unless “for proven, work-related reasons, emergencies or health reasons”. (Getty Images) Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said yesterday it was only a matter of time until other European countries adopted similar measures to combat the virus, and he is now considering closing schools and cancelling public events. The Italian authorities’ decision comes as Rishi Sunak prepares to deliver his first budget on Wednesday.The new chancellor stressed yesterday that “[the UK] will get through it” and that the government was prepared to “give the NHS whatever it needs” as confirmed Covid-19 cases hit 273. Coronavirus: Milan among cities quarantined in mass Italian lockdown The OECD warned last week that global economic growth could be halved as supply chains, trade flows and business demand all take a hit from the outbreak, while the FTSE100 has declined by almost 13 per cent in the past two weeks. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said there would “be no movement in or out of these areas”, unless “for proven, work-related reasons, emergencies or health reasons”. Share The Borsa’s benchmark FTSE MIB index has plummeted by 16 per cent in the past two weeks, with traders braced for a reaction to the government’s latest measures. “These are businesses we think are viable, sustainable and we think have a bright future, but are going to have a temporary period of disruption. Speaking to Sky News, Sunak said: “There are policy levers we can take to ease the short term burden on business’ cash flow. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said there would “be no movement in or out of these areas”, unless “for proven, work-related reasons, emergencies or health reasons”. (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: Milan among cities quarantined in mass Italian lockdown Health chiefs have now advised Whitehall that the death toll in the UK could reach 100,000, according to the Sunday Times. The chancellor also said he was prepared to devise a stimulus package for businesses hit by the economic impact of the virus. The effective quarantine has plunged Italian marketplaces into uncertainty, as traders brace for the Borsa Italiana, the Italian stock exchange, to open in Milan this morning. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Italy has now reached almost 6,000 and the death toll has hit 366. whatsapp The country’s flagship airline Alitalia has also suspended all domestic and international flights in and out of Milan Malpensa from today, while also reducing its services to and from Venice. whatsapp Italy took the extraordinary step yesterday of quarantining 16m people in one of the country’s most prosperous regions as it ramped up its battle to halt the spread of Coronavirus. “The economy is in a good place – we will get through this.” All 10m people from the region of Lombardy, including Italy’s financial capital Milan, have been placed into lockdown until 3 April, along with cities including Venice, Padua, Modena, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com
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Rudy Luukko Wealthsimple raising $750 million in latest financing deal, valuation hits $5 billion Changing the requirement to speak to everyone, says Katchen, would better serve clients who prefer to do business online and “may not make time to have a suitability phone call.” Wealthsimple would then be able to focus on clients who need or want personal calls. These clients are those with larger accounts, or with more complicated personal circumstances. The cost savings resulting from a “no-call” model would help Wealthsimple keep its services affordable and accessible to small investors, Katchen says. Online advisors such as Wealthsimple, which build portfolios of low-fee funds, generally charge much lower fees than is the norm for traditional advisors. As for accessibility, the ultra-populist Wealthsimple has no minimum account size. The process of changing its client-contact requirements is anything but simple for Wealthsimple, which initiated discussions with the Ontario Securities Commission several months ago. With the help of an independent consultant hired late last year, the company is working on a “much more robust” online suitability questionnaire, Katchen told Morningstar. The hiring of a consultant was one of the provisions that Wealthsimple and the OSC agreed to in registration terms and conditions that took effect on Oct. 20. Wealthsimple will prepare and implement a plan, subject to OSC oversight, to strengthen its compliance system and enable it to make a transition to the new “no-call” model. As part of this process, Wealthsimple will be required to arrange for its existing clients to have a “meaningful discussion” with one of the firm’s advisors, or complete a new KYC questionnaire in a format approved by OSC staff. Katchen said there is no specific deadline for implementing the plan. The terms and conditions on Wealthsimple’s registration, which are intended to be temporary, are posted on the online registration-checking search tool AreTheyRegistered.ca, maintained by Canadian securities regulators. Wealthsimple is registered in all 10 provinces and three territories, but its transition to the “no-call” business model is being overseen by OSC staff. The process that Wealthsimple is undergoing with the OSC is consistent with Canadian Securities Administrators guidelines for online advice, published in September 2015. Online brokers that want to be exempted from having personal contact with every prospective client must have a satisfactory system for identifying circumstances when personal contact will be required, the guidelines state. In addition, online brokers may be restricted to offering what the regulators describe as “relatively simple investment products” such as unleveraged exchange-traded funds, low-cost mutual funds and other redeemable investment funds. For Wealthsimple, such restrictions are perfectly aligned with its investment strategies and offerings. The largest Canadian firm of its kind, Wealthsimple currently has an estimated 15,000 clients and $750 million in managed ETF portfolios. These totals include the portfolios managed by the online brokerage Canadian ShareOwner, which Wealthsimple acquired in 2015. When contacted by Morningstar, the OSC wouldn’t confirm whether other online advisory firms are seeking similar changes in their client-contact requirements. Wealthsimple appears to be the first. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Wealthsimple sells U.S. biz to Betterment BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service Related news Toronto-based robo-advisor Wealthsimple Inc. is seeking regulatory approval to accept new clients without having to speak with each of them. Michael Katchen, CEO, says the proposed change to a “no-call” model would not apply to all new clients, nor would it in any way restrict ongoing client access to the firm’s registered advisory representatives. Firms like Wealthsimple use online platforms to obtain know-your-client (KYC) information that is used to determine what investment portfolios are suitable. But Canadian securities regulators also require personal contact with an individual registered advisor — usually via a phone call — to confirm and/or clarify the responses to online questionnaires and seek additional information if necessary. Keywords Robo-advisorsCompanies Wealthsimple Inc.
IE Staff As the economic cycle winds down and industry competition heats up, asset managers faces challenges. To be successful in the years ahead will require capitalizing on numerous trends.Consider that the value of assets under management (AUM) fell by 4% globally in 2018, to about $74 trillion from about $77 trillion, according to the annual report on asset management trends by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), released Wednesday. (All figures are in U.S. dollars.) kentoh/123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Research finds that diversity in asset management pays off U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s BMO asset management sale is on strategy: Moody’s Keywords Asset management companies Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The decline was the first significant year-over-year decrease since 2008, and it reversed some of 2017’s increase in AUM of 12%, the report said. North America accounted for two-thirds of the global loss, losing $2 trillion.The report provided an outlook for asset management in the next decade considering that the market will likely exhibit more volatility, competition and economic uncertainty. It said key trends in the space include further fee erosion as investors move to passive investing, greater digitization, increased flows to China and emerging markets, and an ongoing move toward sustainable investing.For example, active assets have declined significantly in the last decade and a half, and now account for just $1 out of every $3 in global AUM. That compares to more than $1 out of every $2 of AUM in 2003.In the upcoming decade, asset managers must use tech to be successful, the report said, particularly in investment management and distribution, where asset managers typically lack capabilities.“Few firms are genuinely committed to the data and analytics opportunity,” the report said. “We believe that 20% to 30% of asset managers qualify as pioneers, meaning that they are investing in data and analytics with conviction across a broad range of use cases.”The rest will find themselves playing catch-up, but can potentially see significant progress within six to nine months once they embrace tech, the report said.It also noted the importance of scale and performance for firm growth—two things that are resulting in a trend toward either distribution powerhouses or “boutique alpha shops.” The latter were described as small, focused firms that concentrate on investment performance, and that harness talent, research and tech to do so.Managers in the middle will continue to be squeezed, as they’ll “struggle to avoid drifting toward irrelevance,” the report said.A wild card in BCG’s forecast is potential disruption from digital giants.“It is easy to imagine Google using consumer sentiment data captured by its various services to predict market or individual stock performance with a heightened level of insight,” the report said. “Similarly, consumers might readily trust a ‘mutual funds sold by Amazon’ offering, complete with reviews and other data that enable them to choose quickly among providers.”Such disruption would be “rapid and powerful,” it added.In other data released this week, Boston-based Cerulli Associates said that, to stay relevant, asset managers should embrace the role of asset allocation model providers.The global research and consulting firm said in a release on Tuesday that such model providers can derive revenue from explicit asset allocation fees, fees on underlying products, increased brand awareness, and stronger relationships with independent broker-dealer distribution partners.The firm also noted that, with more than $20 trillion in U.S. advisor assets up for grabs, model providers have ample prospects across channels.Further findings from Cerulli’s research can be found in the July issue of The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends Edition.
Advertisements COJ to Continue Public Education Programme in 2007/08 UncategorizedJune 8, 2007 RelatedCOJ to Continue Public Education Programme in 2007/08 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail For the 2007/08 financial year, the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) will be focusing on its continued public education programme on the Companies Act (2004), and education on recent amendments to the Registration of Business Names Act.According to a Ministry Paper tabled in the House on June 6 by Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Paulwell, the COJ will also “continue staff training on (the) Companies Act, company law and company secretarial practice.”The document also notes that the COJ aims to: improve its service to customers with particular attention to strategies aimed at reducing waiting time for attendance; upgrade its website to facilitate online registration and payments; and re-organize operational units in order to improve human resource capabilities and customer service.For the 2006/07 financial year, the COJ focused on preparing for the implementation of the Document Processing Management Information System in March 2007.“All operational units were intricately involved in user acceptance testing, completion of check list, which were imported into the new software, preparation of test plans and retesting of all discrepancies,” the Ministry Paper noted.Also for the financial year 2006/07, the COJ mobile team visited the parishes of St. Ann, St. Thomas, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Clarendon, and Hanover allowing enterprises in these parishes access to the COJ, and to update their filings.According to the Ministry Paper, all officers at the COJ underwent customer service audit, which was conducted in May 2006. “The purpose of the training was to equip officers with the requisite skills and technique to accommodate change and deliver enhanced customer service,” the document explained.The COJ is an Executive Agency and is responsible for the administration of the Companies Act, the Registration of Business Names Act and the Industrial and Provident Societies Act.As a consequence, the agency is responsible for the registration and regulation of companies, business names and industrial and provident societies. The COJ is also the official repository of information pertaining to those entities. RelatedCOJ to Continue Public Education Programme in 2007/08 RelatedCOJ to Continue Public Education Programme in 2007/08
Residents Commend St. Catherine Disaster Committee’s Response to Tropical Storm Gustav UncategorizedSeptember 1, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Residents from communities in St. Catherine, who had to be evacuated from their homes, during the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav, are commending the efforts and response of the St. Catherine Parish Disaster Committee, to the resulting dislocation.Mayor of Spanish Town, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, told JIS News, that reports received from personnel on the ground, indicate that the disaster emergency machinery proved effective during the period of dislocation. He said they were able to assist several persons, who were either marooned or flooded out, to relocate to designated shelters.“We have a number of persons in shelters, especially in the Old Harbour area, where we have around 142 persons housed at the Old Harbour High School, 38 at the Old Harbour Primary School, 15 at the Bog Walk High School, and about eight in Linstead. We have now evacuated a number of persons from the Job Lane/Sunny Side area, and relocated persons from the Thompson Pen/Lauriston area, who were placed at the Jose Marti High School,” he informed.Dr. Wheatley noted that, as reports of flooding throughout the parish were received, evacuation teams were dispatched to locations, where possible, to assist persons affected. He noted that persons were evacuated from the Nightingale Grove and the Old Harbour Bay areas, two of the areas most susceptible to flooding.Dr. Wheatley, however, lamented the inability of the parish’s drainage network to handle the large volume of water that was dumped by Tropical Storm Gustav.“It would appear that the drains are not able to carry the volume of water running through them at the moment,” he told JIS News, pointing out that sections of Walks Road and Angels Phase 1, were flooded as a result of the seeming inability of the drains serving those areas to handle the heavy waters.The Mayor, however, expressed satisfaction with the high level of compliance by residents in communities, prone to flooding, who voluntarily evacuated those areas before they were inundated. He said JUTC buses were used to evacuate persons from problem areas such as Nightingale Grove. On the matter of security and the provision of adequate food at shelters, Dr. Wheatley advised that this was being addressed and monitored.The Spanish Town Mayor said that, at the earliest possible time, the Parish Disaster Committee would be assembled to do an assessment of the damage sustained, to determine how best to execute its post disaster strategies.“We have quite a bit of experience now, in responding to hurricanes and storms. “So, I’m sure this will be a very quick assessment, and we will roll out our different activities; again, you will see a high level of public education right after this event. So, we are, more or less, continuing the whole process of public education, (and) we are working as a team to provide the necessary support to persons living in and around the parish,” he told JIS News. RelatedResidents Commend St. Catherine Disaster Committee’s Response to Tropical Storm Gustav Advertisements RelatedResidents Commend St. Catherine Disaster Committee’s Response to Tropical Storm Gustav RelatedResidents Commend St. Catherine Disaster Committee’s Response to Tropical Storm Gustav
RelatedPM and Delegation Off to Summit of the Americas RelatedPM and Delegation Off to Summit of the Americas PM and Delegation Off to Summit of the Americas Foreign AffairsApril 16, 2009 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding left the island Thursday, as head of Jamaica’s delegation to the Fifth Summit of the Americas, which opens Friday in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.The Summit is being arranged by the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the working sessions start on Saturday (April 18) with bilateral discussions, to be followed by the First Plenary Session which will address the topic of ‘Human Prosperity’.The region’s Heads will continue discussions over a working luncheon examining the topic of ‘Environmental Sustainability’.Plenary Session Two will address ‘Energy Security’. This will be followed by Plenary Session Three, on ‘Democratic Governance and Public Security’. These agenda items were decided during the Summit follow-up in Mar- del -Plata, Argentina in 2005.On Sunday, April 19, the Heads of State/Government will be in retreat, after which it is expected that the Declaration of Commitment for Port-of-Spain will be signed. The Summit will end on Sunday afternoon with a press conference at the Diplomatic Centre.Prime Minister Golding will return to Jamaica on Sunday, April 19 to receive the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, who will be on a working visit to Jamaica April 19-20.Accompanying Prime Minister Golding to the Summit will be Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, and other officials from his Ministry; as well as Ambassador Anthony Johnson, who is also Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the OAS; and other Government officials.During Mr. Golding’s absence, Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw, will be in charge of the Government. RelatedPM and Delegation Off to Summit of the Americas
TAGSAccolade WinesGeyser Peak Email AdvertisementHEALDSBURG, CA March 19, 2018 – Geyser Peak, one of California’s iconic wineries, unveils new packaging for their California tier wines. Part of the goal, according to Accolade Wines’ Senior Brand Manager Stephanie Hahn, is to attract younger consumers while modernizing; bringing the winery more into the future as it starts a new chapter in Dry Creek Valley. “We want to communicate, at the California tier, every day enjoyment with friends and family, the sense of a new beginning, and new adventures. We respect and honor our heritage and are carrying our legacy forward into the modern day. We will be looking to communicate that sense of sharing and new experiences in the imagery we use going forward.”All new bottlings will feature a bold, round logo that emphasizes Geyser Peak’s seal, creating a classic, yet fresh way for the tier to stand out from the overall brand. The Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay wines are closed with screw caps, while the Cabernet Sauvignon remains under cork. Geyser Peak California Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are currently available for purchase, Cabernet Sauvignon will be available in summer 2018, and Chardonnay will be available in fall Geyser Peak aims to update packaging for their higher tier wines as well, notably adding emphasis to the story of Appellation tier wines such as River Ranches Sauvignon Blanc, and Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon.Founded in 1880 as California’s 29th bonded winery, Geyser Peak has been at the forefront of quality wine production since its earliest days. Originally located across from Geyser Peak Mountain, the winery commanded a view of the thermal steam clouds that billowed from the mountain summit. In this special place, geothermal activity created the diverse soil proﬁles that make this region so exceptionally well suited to wine grape cultivation.Today, from the new winery location in Dry Creek Valley, Geyser Peak’s winemakers are carrying the winery’s rich history forward and staking an exciting claim on the future. The winery’s philosophy is the same today as it was more than a century ago: Craft high-quality wines that capture the true essence of California’s diverse regions. Geyser Peak offers a distinctive portfolio accessible to new and experienced consumers and is renowned for its aromatic white wines and rich reds. About Accolade WinesHeadquartered in Australia, Accolade Wines is the world’s fifth largest wine company by volume, delivering approximately 38 million, 9 litre cases to over 140 countries annually. Drawing on a proud heritage with the first grapes treaded in 1853 at Hardys winery, Accolade Wines has evolved into a global wine company with an extensive portfolio of quality wine brands. Accolade Wine’s vision is to be the world’s leading provider of New World wines and was the first wine company to have a footprint in all major New World regions. With three out of the top 10 wine brands in the UK, and two of the top ten in Australia, the company’s enviable portfolio is led by Hardys and includes Houghton, Grant Burge Wines and Banrock Station (Australia), Waipara Hills and Mud House (New Zealand), Geyser Peak and Echo Falls (United States), Kumala & Flagstone (South Africa), and Viña Anakena (Chile).Advertisement Share Pinterest Twitter Home Industry News Releases Geyser Peak Unveils New Packaging for California TierIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessGeyser Peak Unveils New Packaging for California TierBy Press Release – March 19, 2018 165 0 ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleU.S. Wine Exports Total $1.53 Billion in 2017Next articleVéronique Hombroekx Joins Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. Press Release Facebook
Special Application to Report Crime Anonymously National SecurityMay 14, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 13. Story HighlightsWithin the next few months, citizens with access to android smart phones will be able to download a special application (app), allowing them to report a crime or send information to the police, anonymously.The application, which is slated to be launched in the first quarter of this fiscal year, will also provide alerts from the police, similar to the Ananda Alert.It will also give the option of a panic button, so that residents can alert the police without anonymity. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Within the next few months, citizens with access to android smart phones will be able to download a special application (app), allowing them to report a crime or send information to the police, anonymously.The application, which is slated to be launched in the first quarter of this fiscal year, will also provide alerts from the police, similar to the Ananda Alert, as well as relevant updates to newly passed laws.It will also give the option of a panic button, so that residents can alert the police without anonymity.As contained in a Ministry Paper tabled in the House, on Tuesday, May 13, the initiative is part of a series of programmes to be implemented by the Ministry of National Security to further strengthen the Unite for Change project. The Ministry Paper was tabled by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting.Other initiatives to be rolled out under the Unite for Change programme include a major advertising campaign, which will see the implementation of a series of advertisements to support a change in social norms.Also, in June a special forum will be held in western Jamaica aimed at increasing awareness and support for the programme and to encourage citizens to become active partners in Unite for Change.The Ministry of National Security is also slated to partner with the Ministries of Youth and Culture and Labour to determine the extent to which this year’s Independence, Emancipation and Labour Day celebrations will be aligned with the Unite for Change message.Since its launch in December 2013, the Unite for Change programme has seen the successful implementation of a number of initiatives, which have garnered much support across the island.These include a series of one-day corner league football competitions, which were held at the end of December into the first two weeks of January to engage 23 communities that were having elevated levels of violence.The competitions were held in partnership with the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), Violence Prevention Alliance (VPI), Sistren and the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).Additionally, Unite for Change community meetings have been held in Vineyard Town, St. Andrew; Hayes, Clarendon; Spanish Town, St. Catherine; and Mandeville, Manchester.For peace month in March the programme partnered with the CSJP and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Safe Schools Programme to target youth, beginning with a Peace Day concert in Emancipation Park and followed by a tour of 12 schools across the island.The schools were engaged for direct intervention via motivational talks with Grades 8 and 9 students, where a Unite for Change School Pledge was introduced and the entire schools engaged in Unite for Change discussions and ‘lunch time concerts’.The UFC has also participated in nine peace marches with Minister Bunting being a featured speaker. Marches were held in West Kingston, Dunkirk, Rockfort, Old Harbour, Mandeville, Spanish Town, August Town and the South West and Central St. Andrew Police Divisions.Twenty Unite for Change ambassadors were trained to act as spokespersons to communicate the programme’s message across the island. Communication platforms were activated via Uniteforchangejm.org, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. RelatedBusiness Case for New Correctional Facility to be Completed in May RelatedCSJP Outdoing Major Targets Advertisements RelatedSecurity Minister Emphasises Importance of Collaborations to Reduce Crime Special Application to Report Crime AnonymouslyJIS 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