Johnny Damon has just done a really cool thing, something we should all consider.Writing on The Players Tribune, Damon, who played for 18 seasons in the major leagues, penned a “Letter to My Younger Self.”Damon spent one of those seasons, 2001, with the best A’s team to never win a postseason series.You only had to watch Damon in a handful of games to know he’s the fun-loving sort. The advice he gives “Little Johnny” is at once impish (duck boats have no bathrooms, so maybe don’t “consume a …
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “A world-class exchange must constantly review its technology,” said Gravelet-Blondin. Also designed by STT, the new system was specifically designed for the South African equity derivatives market which, in a number of instances, is a world leader as far as these markets are concerned. SAinfo reporter Technology upgrades As with the equity derivatives trading system, local company STT were the systems developers. 20 October 2008 Local systems developers “We have taken all the necessary testing steps to ensure the system runs smoothly from day one – both internally and with members and clients,” Gravelet-Blondin said. In August this year, the JSE unveiled a new equity derivatives trading system that brought with it new functionality and greater flexibility for local brokers, fund managers, market makers and other institutional investors. “We are very pleased with the new platform and the possibilities for new product development that it brings,” JSE Agricultural Products senior GM Rod Gravelet-Blondin said in a statement this week. According to the JSE, the technological development was in line with a total technology review at the exchange. “The automated physical delivery process facilitated by the new system allows for brokers to enter the deliveries on the front end that will increase efficiency in the delivery process for both the exchange and the market participants.” The JSE’s Agricultural Products Market has introduced a new derivatives trading platform that makes use of new technologies to allow for greater functionality and increased automation, especially in the completion of futures contracts.
The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), founded by the late Narendra Dabholkar, has sought the State government’s intervention after yet another case of a forced ‘virginity test’ on a newly married woman from the Kanjarbhat community in Pune came to light on Thursday.‘Socially mobile couple’ Despite their education and social mobility, the newlyweds were allegedly subjected to the humiliating practice by an illicit community panchayat (tribunal) after their wedding in Mundhwa on December 30.The issue was raised by the MANS and a State government officer, Krushna Indrekar, who belongs to the Kanjarbhat community. Mr. Indrekar has written to Ranjit Patil, Minister of State for Home, claiming that the couple was subjected to the ‘virginity test’ under pressure of the Kanjarbhat panchayat.Nandini Jadhav of the MANS said, “In this case, the groom, who had returned after finishing his studies in London, was the son of a former corporator while the bride was an interior designer and daughter of a retired government official. It is indeed shocking how such regressive practices continue within the community despite the social mobility of its youth.” The MANS has already written to State Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole about the matter. Mr. Badole has promised prompt action.Ms. Jadhav said the main deterrent in booking illicit caste tribunals is the absence of a formal complaint from the victims or their families. “As a result of the pressure and dread of social boycott, they hesitate before lodging a formal complaint. This makes it hard for law enforcement agencies to intervene,” she said.She said the MANS will meet the Pune Police Commissioner and urge him to direct police stations to register complaints under the Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016.‘No proof’Meanwhile, Ganesh Machhare, a Kanjarbhat community leader, strongly refuted all allegations regarding a forced ‘virginity test’. Mr. Machhare said the activists had no proof showing that a virginity test was being conducted by an illicit caste tribunal.There have been complaints about the community’s bridal ‘virginity test’ being forcibly imposed by illegal caste tribunals in the past as well. In January last year, three youths from the community were badly beaten up in Pimpri-Chinchwad for voicing opposition against the test. In December 2017, progressive youngsters from the community created a WhatsApp group titled ‘Stop the V-Ritual’ against the tribunal’s regressive practice.
Residents of St. Catherine have recommended the implementation of a health tax, similar to the education tax, as means of generating revenue to finance the public health system.The suggestion was among proposals coming out of a consultation on public health financing, held on Tuesday, July 9, on the grounds of the Spanish Town Hospital.The consultation, which was the eighth in a series organised by the Ministry of Health, are part of efforts by the Government, to review the no user fees policy, but to also look broadly at options to finance the health sector.Other suggestions coming out of the session in St. Catherine are for an increase in the levy on cigarette and tobacco companies, as well as a tax on junk food.Residents also proposed that the elderly, the unemployed and persons under 18 years, should be exempt from paying user fees at public health facilities.Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, in welcoming the suggestions said he has been impressed by the robust discussions and the many thought provoking ideas that have been put forward by citizens at the consultations held to date.He noted that the results of the consultations should allow the Government to formulate a position that will not compromise services for the most vulnerable in the population.He stressed that, whatever model of financing the Government adopts for the health system, must be one that is not only sustainable, but also provides for a balance between access and quality care.“There is no point in saying we want to create access at the expense of quality,” the Minister stated.The Health Minister noted that Jamaica is blessed with a cadre of talented and excellent medical professionals, who can be rated among “the best anywhere across the globe” but noted that what we need to fix is the necessary funding that will sustain a quality system and that will allow for the gaps in terms of manpower, diagnostics and infrastructure (to be filled).Meanwhile, Board Chairman, South East Regional Health Authority, Lyttleton Shirley, said the Government must evaluate and determine the most sustainable way of meeting the objective of providing quality healthcare for all Jamaicans.“It is my view that whatever decisions we make, we must protect the vulnerable in our society,” he stated.The seven other consultations held to date, included talks with the Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, health groups and associations, staff of the Ministry of Health, and other internal stakeholders and members of the public in all four health regions.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
STRATFORD, Ont. – The Stratford Festival says the official opening night of its 2018 season has been cancelled and all its buildings evacuated after a bomb threat.Police in Stratford, Ont., say on Twitter that at about 6:45 p.m. Monday, they received a call that explosives had been placed at the theatre festival.They say festival officials were immediately advised and the Avon and Festival theatres were evacuated as a precaution.Police say officers are on scene conducting searches for suspicious items or packages.Ann Swerdfager, publicity director at Stratford Festival, says in a statement that patrons, staff and artists for a performance of “The Tempest” left the theatre quickly.She says all ticket purchases will be honoured and ticket holders for Monday’s performance will be contacted by festival staff.Swerdfager says all of Tuesday’s performances, including the opening of “The Music Man,” will go on as scheduled with increased security.