Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, March 7 (JIS): Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says a national dialogue will have to take place before the country can make a decision on the issue of corporal punishment.Miss Hanna was addressing an Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Children, at the Ministry on March 6, which she convened to begin preliminary discussions on corporal punishment. “I could not take a decision on behalf of an entire country on what Jamaica is going to do without a national dialogue, before coming up with any concrete solutions as to the way forward,” the Minister told the meeting.She was making reference to a call from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Jamaican Government to pass a law to ban corporal punishment. Miss Hanna, who chaired the meeting, said that studies have been done on corporal punishment by other countries; however, she noted that it is important “to look at how our population (think).” “So, what Switzerland does, what Dubai does is sometimes very different as to how we operate as a culture,” she said.Discussions also focused on issues pertaining to the Child Diversion Policy and the safety and protection of children.During the meeting, Professor of Child Health and Child Development and Behaviour, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, presented findings of a research done on corporal punishment.Among those attending the meeting were: Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey; Children’s Advocate of Jamaica, Diahann Gordon Harrison; Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry, Greig Smith, as well as representatives from the Ministries of Justice and National Security. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jamaica, lisa hanna, national dialogue Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill
Share your voice Culture Gaming 0 Post a comment Many gamers these days like to play online with friends. Discord helps them do that. Getty Images You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon. The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it’s increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more. Overall, the company says it counts more than 250 million registered users, or basically the same number of people who’ve signed up to play the cultural phenom Fortnight. More than 56 million people log in each month on the app, which marks its fourth anniversary Monday. “As Discord has grown, it’s gone mainstream,” the company said in a statement. Discord is praised for its sleek design, similar to business chat software Slack. Discord While it’s true the 165-person company has become popular outside of gaming, its most popular “servers” (or, chat rooms) are typically gaming related. The top server is for Fortnite, followed by a similar battle game Spellbreak, then Fortnite competitor PUBG. Microsoft’s world building game Minecraft, Supercell’s strategy game Clash Royale and Ubisoft’s Rainbow 6 military survival game are also popular. Its good-natured gaming roots and slick design have made it popular among gamers looking to easily chat with friends or organize a gaming session from across town or on another side of the world. It’s often called “Slack for gamers,” a reference to the similarly designed business software that’s expected to hold an initial public offering this year. But Discord has a darker side. White supremacists and hackers have gravitated to the platform, in part because of its ease of use and insufficient bureaucracy to track and punish them. That’s different from companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have employee bases many times larger than Discord’s and have taken a harder line, even using computer programs to identify and then excise bad actors from their communities. Still, San Francisco-based Discord is pushing forward. It’s launched a game sales service to compete with the likes of Fortnite maker Epic and Valve’s popular “Steam” store. The company declined to say how many games it’s sold through that effort. Tags
Infosys Co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan. REUTERS/Vijay MathurInfosys co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan on Tuesday said his priority is to get promoters and management working together as “one Infosys” and not operating in different pockets, according to a PTI report.The report said that Venkatesan’s comments assume significance in the wake of a recent public spat between some promoters and the top management of India’s second largest IT firm with a turnover of over $10 billion.Venkatesan said that bringing promoters and management together is “doable” and he spends four to five days in a week on this despite being only a non-executive co-chairman.”I agree, there is a lot of work to do… I tell people, I am a non-executive co-chairman, but when I think about this task of getting everybody working as one… I spend four to five days in a week,” he told PTI.Venkatesan was replying to a query that there must be a lot of work left for him to achieve the goal of “one Infosys”.He said that his priority would be to get the promoters and management working together, under one roof as “one Infosys”. If the company can create this spirit and feeling of oneness, everything will fall in place, Venkatesan said.Asked how big is the task to bring the board and founders together, Venkatesan said, “I don’t know how to measure oneness, but a lot of it is still left… Yes, but it is doable.”Asked if his quest to meet the goal of “one Infosys” will get hampered and cause alarm to CEO Vishal Sikka, going by founder N R Narayana Murthy’s comment on regretting quitting the company in 2014, Venkatesan said it won’t lead to fresh set of challenges, for Murthy was still incredibly passionate about Infosys and the company takes his positive suggestions on board. “Just because you have differences of views on compensation and other sundry issues, that doesn’t change the fundamentals. So, when a man like that speaks, we obviously pay a lot of attention to it and try and see what is the merit in the idea and embrace it. So, I would not put too much stock on these comments, but the question should be better addressed to him directly,” he said.Murthy has been vocal by raising the issue of corporate governance, questioning the severenace package given to former Infosys chief financial officer Rajiv Bansal and the pay hike of top executive personnel including CEO Vishal Sikka.Venkatesan said Sikka was Murthy’s pick and he drove a lot of positive changes in the first two years of his stint by talking about various new things but stressing mainly on employees’ innovative skills.”Sikka has completed three years, but for the first couple of years I think things were quite good. After all, Vishal was hired by Murthyji. He was his pick. Vishal drove a lot of positive changes. He said we must show – even Indians can innovate and every employee has to innovate. So, these ideas were appreciated by employees, clients, and also by Murthy, I believe,” he said.