Lakers look tired in 110-91 loss to Indiana Pacers

first_img“Sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back over such an atrocious job,” Bryant said after posting 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting in 30 minutes.So what were the reasons for the Lakers (8-17) finishing with a 29-of-88 clip, getting outrebounded 53-38 and conceding 42 points in the paint? “Tonight it was like there were no cameras tonight or NBA TV following us,” Lakers forward Nick Young said, noting the festivities surrounding the hoopla of Bryant’s recent milestone. “That could’ve been part of it. But I think they came out right from the get-go and wanted to get a win.”It didn’t help that the Lakers landed in Indianapolis early Monday morning. Or that they played on consecutive nights. As Bryant said, “We didn’t have our legs at the start of the ball game.” INDIANAPOLIS >> The Lakers stepped on the floor here and immediately played as if they had exerted their energy elsewhere.The grittiness and teamwork that ensured an overtime victory against the defending NBA champion Spurs stayed in San Antonio. They left their emotional high from Kobe Bryant surpassing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list back in Minneapolis. But in their latest effort, the Lakers’ 110-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse featured none of those elements that had produced a rare three-game winning streak.“I didn’t think we came ready mentally or physically,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “They were a desperate team.”So desperate that the Pacers (8-17) snapped an eight-game losing streak in part because of the Lakers’ ineptitude. L.A. opened the first quarter shooting 3 of 20 from the field. The Lakers appeared on pace to match their franchise-low six points scored in a period recorded against Chicago on Nov. 20, 1977, until furiously scoring nine points in the final 1:46 of the first quarter. They nearly matched their franchise-low 23 points scored in a half against in Denver on Nov. 13, 2009, until Bryant and Wesley Johnson made consecutive 3-pointers in the final minute of the second quarter. But Scott dismissed the festivities surrounding Bryant’s milestone that entailed rookie Jordan Clarkson singing to the Lakers’ star on the plane. As Scott joked beforehand, “I’m glad he plays basketball.” Scott was hardly as joyful afterwards. “That’s an excuse,” Scott said. “We got outplayed.”That changed when the Lakers outscored the Pacers 31-29 in the third quarter. That stretch entailed Bryant playing the entire quarter and posting 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, two steals and two turnovers.“He was unbelievable,” Scott said of Bryant. “He had more energy than anybody.”That included Bryant diving into the scorer’s table to chase a loose ball. “If it was 15 years ago,” Bryant said, “I would’ve gotten that.”Meanwhile, Young and Jeremy Lin sat out the entire third quarter. Lin missed all six field goal attempts. “I didn’t play well at all,” Lin said. “It’s just a game I wish I could have back.” Bryant believes they will. He had a first-person essay published for The Players’ Tribune that revealed he considered quitting basketball, but then refused to after realizing Jordan went through hardships, too. “It’s no different. From that lesson to what I learned at an early age, I applied it to the rest of my life,” Bryant said. “Things always seem to work out. You stick to them.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA adjusts schedule to feature LeBron James, other West Coast stars

first_img NCAA amends ‘Rich Paul Rule’ for agents after widespread criticism According to the New York Post, the league’s decision to have only 33 10:30 p.m. ET games — down from 56 last season — has much to do with LeBron James’ decision to join the Lakers, but you could say the same about Kawhi Leonard’s decision to join the Clippers, too.Ratings were down 15 percent on TNT and 1 percent on ESPN in 2018-19, largely due to Lakers and Warriors games starting so late.  Related News NBA free agency rumors: Michael Beasley agrees to 1-year deal with Pistons This season they will headline just 10 10:30 p.m. ET games. Last year the Lakers played 19 games that late.Much like the Lakers, the Warriors and popular star Stephen Curry aren’t playing as many late games. This season they will headline 11 10:30 p.m. ET games, compared to 18 last year. WNBA teams, players to debut in NBA 2K20 The NBA released its schedule for the 2019-20 season on Monday with notably fewer 10:30 p.m. ET games throughout the season.What gives? The NBA apparently is trying to bump up viewership, especially on the heavily populated East Coast where 10:30 p.m. games stretch well past midnight and people last season weren’t staying up as much to watch. The Clippers, featuring Leonard and Paul George, are scheduled to be on TNT 11 times but only five times at 10:30 p.m. ET, including against the Lakers (Oct. 22) and Warriors (Oct. 24) in the first three days of the season.Most of the late games will be Thursday nights and carried by TNT with the 8 and 10:30 p.m ET doubleheaders remaining the same.However, the game times on ESPN earlier in the week will change and either be at 7 and 9:30 p.m. ET or 7 and 10 p.m. ET.last_img read more

ONE: Belingon looks to make history for PH with bantamweight belt

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team If Nguyen is looking to add the interim ONE Championship bantamweight belt to his already stacked resume, Belingon is carrying a country’s hopes.Belingon (18-5) has a chance to make the Philippines the most prolific country in ONE history if he wins the interim bantamweight title making and him the fifth Filipino to hold gold in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The main goal for Filipino martial arts athletes like me is to bring pride, honor, and glory to out country,” said Belingon who will face Nguyen on July 27 at Mall of Asia arena in the ONE: Reign of Kings card.“This match against Martin on July 27 is another opportunity to hoist the Philippine flag aloft on the world stage of this beautiful sport.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kevin Belingon’s upcoming fight against Martin Nguyen is not just for a piece of a gold-plated leather strap with both fighters are fighting for a place in history.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Belingon could join Team Lakay teammates Honorio Banario, Eduard Folayang, and Geje Eustaquio to hold ONE Championship titles.Banario became inaugural featherweight champion when he beat compatriot Eric Kelly in 2013.Folayang then became the lightweight champion when he stunned Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in 2016.Eustaquio was first an interim flyweight champion in January this year when he scored a unanimous decision win over Kairat Akhmetov and then unified the belts when beat Adriano Moraes in June via split decision.ONE World heavyweight champion Brandon Vera, the only Filipino title-holder outside of Team Lakay, took the belt in 2015 when he knocked out Paul Cheng in 26 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Becoming the champion has been my goal since my career started, it’s a lifelong dream for me,” said Belingon who’s riding a five-fight winning streak. “I need to win my next bout to turn my dream into reality.”“This is going to be a very exciting match, to take on an elite like Martin, it will only be good for my experience. I look forward to testing my skills against him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Done deal: Leonard goes to Raptors, DeRozan goes to Spurs View commentslast_img read more

A Quick Guide to Understanding AI’s Impact on the Future of Work

first_imgMarcus Sawyerr is the CEO of YOSS USA, a professional freelance platform co-created with Microsoft and The Adecco Group. YOSS is currently available in beta mode in the United States. Related Posts Tags:#AI#Future#work A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The belief that robots will replace human workers is fairly widespread. Researchers from the Brookings Institution surveyed more than 1,500 internet users on their thoughts about AI, and the results were somewhat predictable. A mere 12 percent suggested that jobs would be created, and 13 percent believed AI would have no effect. These are small numbers indeed compared with the 38 percent who believed jobs would be eliminated, while 37 percent weren’t sure.It’s easy to see why such an attitude is prevalent: Driverless cars are already a reality in some areas, and the self-checkout line at the supermarket has become almost ubiquitous in all kinds of retail outlets. Still, rare indeed is the customer who makes it through the bagging process without needing at least one employee interaction, whether it’s a software override or an ID check for that Merlot. Instead of cutting employees with the adoption of self-checkout technology, they’ve just been trained to do different jobs.That’s why taking a closer look at the data shows a reality that is much easier to digest. I believe about 47 percent of jobs might be impacted by AI, but that doesn’t mean the entire job will be eliminated. My estimate is that only about 9 percent of jobs are at risk of full replacement, while the majority will be amplified by AI. In many instances, AI will even create jobs.The jobs at which AI excels are typically high-frequency, high-volume, and repetitive, enabling the platforms to learn. While humans have historically feared technology, it has ultimately helped us evolve into a more productive society as a whole. AI is no exception, and it is crucial for as many people as possible to join the journey.The Benefits of AI in ActionWhile many aspects of AI’s impact have been covered exhaustively — like the advent of driverless cars — other areas have yet to be fully discussed. The impact that the technology will have on education, for example, is of particular importance. The implementation of AI is shifting the skills humans need, so the way they are educated will need to change. New collaborations are forming across the academic landscape to bridge this gap.For example, education and career transformation pioneer General Assembly is forging partnerships with traditional academic institutions such as the University of Oxford’s Said Business School as well as large employers such as L’Oréal and Google to form a Digital Standards Board.AI is also changing the way work gets done. In the AI ecosystem, a new generation of engineers and data scientists will need to train AI models to perform all kinds of tasks. Especially early on, these jobs will likely be outsourced to companies that specialise in them. However, as more people build the capacity to perform this type of work, organizations will increasingly hire teams to build AI models to exacting specifications.Technology’s role as an enabler almost always allows for increased productivity, as it takes over mundane and repetitive tasks and does them faster and more accurately than humans. As a result, humans can focus on creating additional value through other means. I predict that in just five years or fewer, automation and AI will have helped humanity realise significant benefits.How to Capitalise on the AI TrendAs the hype cycle dies down, we’ll find ourselves living in an AI ecosystem that we interact with constantly. It will feature change agents, creatives, moderators, and trainers, and it will bring about better user experiences both at work and at home. Specifically, AI will be a fundamental part of how people are connected with jobs. Companies using AI as a recruitment tool will find employees who are a better fit while removing implicit bias in a way that humans have trouble doing on our own.Jobs will continue to shift, whether they are automated or amplified. The millions of customer service roles, for instance, will be reduced as AI takes on the majority of customer interactions. As technology improves and AI continues to learn, more specialised roles will be put at risk. On the other hand, human abilities such as critical thinking, empathy, and creativity will be valued even more highly.All that said, you might be wondering how AI will affect you and your business in particular. Here are a few ways you can set yourself and your organization up to capitalise on AI’s potential:1. Start simple. Developing a clear AI strategy requires that you spend some time educating yourself. First, try to determine which tasks in your organization would be best suited to an AI solution. The technology is most likely to provide quick wins when it comes to repetitive tasks that take humans many hours because AI has far superior processing capabilities. Identify these areas, and your implementation is most likely to achieve buy-in from key stakeholders, helping set up future successes as well.2. Test multiple solutions. AI will have incredibly far-reaching applications, but you should focus on your own area of expertise. To gain a true understanding of AI in your industry, you’ll need to implement different models, record the process and results, analyse for patterns, and adapt accordingly. Your first iterations might fail — but don’t use that as grounds to give up. Treat each experience as a learning opportunity and focus on addressing any shortcomings with the next test.3. Be transparent about change. Instead of leaving employees in the dark, bring them with you on this journey. Help them understand changes taking place and how they’ll be impacted. Demonstrating how they can play an active role will go a long way toward helping alleviate fears about the adoption of AI. At the same time, you can prepare your employees to help you tackle obstacles that arise with data quality, business processes, and education.Without a doubt, AI will shake up the global workforce as it is increasingly implemented in areas where it excels. Still, certain tasks that require true intelligence will remain in humanity’s realm for the foreseeable future. In addition, the growing adoption of the technology will create new jobs that are in high demand as companies see what a huge differentiator AI can be. Want to be at the forefront of this trend? Start positioning your company — and your employees — to take advantage of AI’s benefits now. 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Bolts clinch No. 1 seed

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Amit, Kiamco-Chua advance; bowlers toppled Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next PBA IMAGESMeralco stuns San Miguel; Star on track for semis incentive Meralco overhauled an 18-point third quarter deficit en route to a 104-101 squeaker over San Miguel Beer to seize the solo lead and top seeding in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Allen Durham carried the Bolts down the stretch, finishing with 35 points and 13 rebounds as they climbed to 9-2 and seal a twice-to-beat edge against No. 8 Blackwater in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Lee and Barroca found their groove midway in the fourth quarter to trigger Star’s breakaway, 95-83, with 3:20 left.PJ Simon topscored for Star with 16 points, while Aldrech Ramos had 14 points.Aaron Fuller led the Road Warriors with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Alex Mallari fired 13 points.—RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NET June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with 26 points and eight rebounds.The Beermen fell to 7-4 and a share of fifth and sixth spots with the Star Hotshots, who thwarted NLEX, 101-93, in the first game.The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, import Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat and a twice-to-beat incentive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Barroca had 13 points and four rebounds as the Hotshots overhauled a 36-44 halftime deficit.“We had the proper mindset and it was to win,” said Star coach Chito Victolero. “The only thing we had control of is our game and I’m proud of my players, especially in the second half. They stepped up on defense plus we had a better ball movement.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

Oppo K1 quick review: A promising sub-Rs 20,000 phone with AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint sensor

first_imgOppo has managed to hold a strong position in the offline segment in India, and the company does sell some of its smartphones online as well. But Oppo is looking to expand its online presence even further, and it hopes to do that with the new Oppo K-series. The company announced the new series in India on Wednesday with the launch of the Oppo K1. The Oppo K1 is pretty unique phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 as it not only brings an in-display fingerprint sensor but also an AMOLED display.The Oppo K1 has been launched at a pretty competitive price point of Rs 16,990. This is close to its China price, which is great to see. At this price, the Oppo K1 touts a number of striking features as the phone looks to take on the likes of the Realme 2 Pro and Mi A2 in the online sphere. I spent a brief amount of time with the Oppo K1 during the launch, and here’s what I found.The Oppo K1 has a familiar look if you are accustomed to past Oppo phones like the Oppo F9 Pro and Oppo A7. Like these phones, the K1 also brings a waterdrop display and a glossy rear panel with horizontal dual cameras and gold accent around. Yet, the K1 feels more premium, even though it’s priced cheaper than the F9 Pro and similar to the A7. This is largely due to a combination of a gorgeous AMOLED display on the front and a glass-like 3D curved back panel. That’s right, the K1 brings an AMOLED display at a price of Rs 16,990, which is pretty exciting to see in this segment.advertisement The Oppo K1 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The display looks stunning with punchy and saturated colours and good viewing angles. You are still greeted with a typical ColorOS UI with chunky app icons that makes the UI look a little date, but the display manages to bring some life into it. I will have more to say on the quality of the screen, the viewing experience and brightness under different lighting conditions in an in-depth review.The back of he Oppo K1 is not made up of glass, but it looks premium enough thanks to a 3D injection molding process that makes the K1 glisten and shine as light hits the surface. I checked out the Astral Blue colour during the launch event which offers hues of blue that takes up the top half, gradually shifting towards purple on the bottom. The phone is also offered in a solid colour Piano Black, but I couldn’t check that out. The K1 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom along with a single spearker grille and a microUSB port. This is a dual SIM smartphone with support for dual standby.The Oppo K1’s USP is that it brings an in-display fingerprint sensor at an affordable price. This is currently the only phone under Rs 20,000 to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor, which makes it pretty unique. The fingerprint sensor is pretty standard to what other phones have to offer. Registering your fingerprint takes a bit of time, and unlocking is slower than a physical fingerprint sensor. I reckon the speed is comparable to what the OnePlus 6T offers. Based on a few tries, I found the sensor to be mostly accurate. The K1 also offers a face unlock feature which is much faster.Powering the Oppo K1 is a capable octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. Oppo did not bring the 6GB RAM variant to India, which is kind of a bummer. But the base model with 4GB of RAM still offers a pretty solid configuration for power users, In my brief interaction with the device, I found the K1 to work effortlessly while browsing through apps and generally working with the UI. Of course, I will need more time with the device to really push it to its limit, but the chipset has proven to be a performance beast in the past, so that leaves me optimistic about the K1. It’s also quite nice to see Oppo go with a SD660 chip after launching the Oppo A7 for the same price with a Snapdragon 450 processor.Like most Oppo phones, the Oppo K1 is also a selfie-centric smartphone with a 25MP AI camera housed inside the droplet notch. The sensor is offered with a f/2.0 aperture and typical beautifying modes to make selfies look smooth and bright. I was able to capture a few selfies indoors under average lighting. The selfies had good brightness with pretty accurate skin tones.advertisementThe dual camera system on the back includes a 16MP primary camera with a wide f/1.7 aperture and a 2MP secondary camera for depth sensing. As you would expect, there’s a lot of AI backing for the primary camera as well. Thanks to an AI-powered chipset, the camera is able to detect a number of scenes and will automatically adjust the setting according. The primary camera supports portrait shots, but the front camera does not.The Oppo K1 houses a 3,600mAh battery with support for 10W charging over micro-USB port. It is a little disappointing to see a microUSB port in this segment in 2019, but I hope to see Oppo make the transition to Type-C port for its affordable phones by the end of the year. In my brief time with the K1, I could not test the battery life, but Oppo feels it’s enough to keep users happy. It will be interesting to see how the battery holds up inside a phone that packs an AMOLED display and a power hungry Snapdragon 660 chipset.My initial impressions of the Oppo K1 is quite positive as I feel the company has priced the K1 competitively. At Rs 16,990, the phone offers an in-display fingerprint sensor, but even if that doesn’t impress you, the K1 also comes with an AMOLED display and a powerful chipset under the hood, making quite a promising contender to take on the competition. I will reserve my judgement until the review, so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ | Oppo K1 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolan

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is frustrated managing Radja Nainggolan.Spalletti has called on Nainggolan to stop being distracted by matters outside of football.”We love him, he is a sensitive boy and he has all the qualities of the person who behaves correctly. But sometimes even the father grumbles with his son,” Spalletti told reporters.”Radja is attracted to other things and if you put too many things in front of football you do not win.”He has three or four of things he puts in front of football and some of them have to be taken away.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

21 days agoJuventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right direction

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right directionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey has spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He told BBC Sport: “Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. “Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction – but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. “I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.” last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Strengthening Quality Infrastructure

first_img His remarks were delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Andrene Collings at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) 12th annual National Quality Awards (NQA) ceremony and banquet, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (October 16). Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon Audley Shaw, says the Government remains dedicated to strengthening the country’s regulatory, standardisation and conformity framework to facilitate trade, accelerate economic development and improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans. “We are committed to the development of our national quality capabilities and competence and the provision of a competitive trade environment, based on internationally accepted standards and principles,” Minister Shaw pointed out. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon Audley Shaw, says the Government remains dedicated to strengthening the country’s regulatory, standardisation and conformity framework to facilitate trade, accelerate economic development and improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans.His remarks were delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Andrene Collings at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) 12th annual National Quality Awards (NQA) ceremony and banquet, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (October 16).“We are committed to the development of our national quality capabilities and competence and the provision of a competitive trade environment, based on internationally accepted standards and principles,” Minister Shaw pointed out.He said that the Administration is equally seized of the need to create an environment that encourages local consumers to demand high-quality products and services.The draft National Quality Policy 2017 articulates the Government’s position on the quality of goods and services produced and consumed in Jamaica.The new policy, which is an update of the 2013 document, will help with quality upgrading of locally produced goods and services to internationally required standards, not only for local consumers but for the export market.Minister Shaw said that the consumer goods industry is undergoing significant transformation, with consumer behaviour, availability of new technologies, and shifts in purchasing power reshaping the supply chain.He noted that manufacturers and retailers are being challenged to “redefine the way they operate and collaborate with each other as well as with their trading partners”.The Minister said this places standards and quality maintenance at the “forefront of what we do, as we must just keep pace with the demands of the time and changes, but ensure product safety and quality”.He noted that the National Quality Policy is designed to provide direction to and guidelines on the various related activities.Of importance, he pointed out, is the ability of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to comply with product standards and regulations in domestic and export markets.He noted that MSMEs are major suppliers of goods and services in most, if not all, global value chains, and the Government is keen to develop the appropriate mechanisms to identify the sector’s standards and quality needs.These, he pointed out, include initiating engagements for national quality infrastructure support, in keeping with Jamaica’s MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw lauded the BSJ, which falls under the Ministry, for its ongoing work to promote and encourage standardisation in relation to commodities, processes and practices.“This work has seen your role expanded over the years to include conformity through certification, inspection and testing, calibration, as well as metrology. This expansion… is further indicative of the aptitude of the agency to keep pace with the demands of the markets it serves,” he added.The NQA, jointly implemented by the Ministry and BSJ, is Jamaica’s first quality-based awards programme that recognises local companies that are demonstrating the application of standards and quality systems in the production of goods, delivery of service, and in agriculture.last_img read more

Canadian Rangers on the move

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanadian Rangers are a fixture across Canada’s remote north.They’re part of the Canadian military and conduct patrols across the Arctic.But how do you travel when there are no roads and the terrain is rugged and wild?APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers shows us how.last_img