UWI and Cabinet Office Sign MOU for Public Sector Internship Programme

first_imgRelatedUWI and Cabinet Office Sign MOU for Public Sector Internship Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Nine students from the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona, will gain valuable work experience through a partnership between the university and the Government of Jamaica.A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today (June 3) at Jamaica House between the UWI and the Cabinet Office for the Public Sector Management Internship Programme.The students participating in the pilot began their internships on June 1 and will work for six weeks within four Government Ministries. The participating Ministries, this year are Health; Transport and Works; Justice; and Youth, Culture and Sports. The programme is expected to provide a balance between the theory and practice of public sector management.Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders, said that the programme will be beneficial in “enhancing the job readiness skills of potential public service entrants.” He added that the students, who will be provided with the opportunity for exposure to the inner workings of the public service, will be in a position to “hit the ground running”, once they enter the working world.Ambassador Saunders further congratulated the interns selected for the first installment of the project and thanked the participating Ministries for accommodating the programme.Two of the interns, who were present at the signing ceremony, also expressed gratitude for the opportunity for on-the-job training. Second-year student, Mellissa Newman, said it is “a pleasure” to be participating in the programme and that she believed it will be successful.“We learn about the theory in school, but now it’s the practical aspect. We get to do hands-on things, to do research, those kinds of things,” stated her colleague, Shana-Kaye Taylor, in pointing to the benefits of the internship.Principal of the UWI, Mona, Professor Gordon Shirley, stated that the programme satisfied the need of the university to have its students experience practical application of their lessons.“We, at the University of the West Indies, are very keen to develop a variety of internship programmes, which will facilitate in a structured way, students obtaining insights on effective strategies for managing what people often refer to as ‘the real world’,” he shared.He added that he hoped the number of interns accepted into the programme will increase in the future, noting that the small number of students involved in the pilot will allow for proper monitoring and evaluation, which will guide future expansion plans. UWI and Cabinet Office Sign MOU for Public Sector Internship Programme Office of the Prime MinisterJune 3, 2009 RelatedUWI and Cabinet Office Sign MOU for Public Sector Internship Programmecenter_img RelatedUWI and Cabinet Office Sign MOU for Public Sector Internship Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

Drought conditions stubbornly persist in Santa Monica despite rainfall

first_imgThis week the City announced it would maintain current drought restrictions, including penalties for over use despite recent rains.January was a landmark month after five years of drought in California. It simply poured: last week alone parts of the Sierra Nevada received eight to twelve inches of rain, according to Drought Monitor. Parts of California saw the wettest January in 112 years of record.While the picture is improving, Los Angeles County remains in extreme drought. Despite the good news up north, groundwater levels have been slow to catch up and remain critically low.“There is no difference in our groundwater supply,” Santa Monica’s Public Information Officer, Constance Farrell said in an interview. “The rains were not enough to make a difference. The aquifers are 300 to 600 feet underground and it would take a significantly larger amount of rainfall to make a difference.”While the groundwater level remains the same, public perception is changing and that could hurt efforts to save water.With stormy weather in January and the news Northern California is completely out of the drought, water usage in Santa Monica is already starting to creep back up. Last February, 80 percent of customers used less than their water allowance. Last month, that number was down to 74 percent.The strides in conservation have allowed the City to cut back on the amount of water that has to be imported from other areas of California, but the City is far from reaching its ambitious sustainability goals.“Over the last two years, our water customers cut use and for 82 days we were able to meet all of our water needs just using local groundwater supplies,” Public Works Director Susan Cline said in a press release.That’s just a drop in the bucket. The Public Works Department has a goal of complete water self-sufficiency (365 days a year) by 2020. The goal was established in 2011, just before the state became entrenched in a five-year drought.“This is the new normal in California,” Farrell said, adding the City is sticking with the goals.The City will continue to use both the carrot and the stick to grow groundwater supplies. More than 600 customers in Santa Monica have received penalties for using too much water. Most of the over-users chose to have an in-person water use consultation to get their fee waved. The City has not released a list of households that received penalties.The drought rebate program remains popular. So far, the City has given out more than 15,000 water-saving products and rebates since 2015.Water saving solutions:Faulty irrigation systems are the number one reason residents exceed their water use allowance, according to the City. Many systems default to running the sprinklers ten minutes a day, every day. That adds up fast: about 300 gallons a day for a home with fifteen sprinklers.Of course, getting rid of your grass could solve the problem completely. The City still offers rebates up to eight thousand dollars for landscaping.During their in-person consultations, water auditors find a lot of leaky toilets. A toilet that’s constantly running is wasting two gallons or more every minutes and usually just needs a new flapper.Tags :daily pressrainSanta Monicasanta monica cityweathershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentOrdinance Prohibiting Discrimination Against Voucher Holders UpheldNOMA meets February 2You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours ago HomeNewsDrought conditions stubbornly persist in Santa Monica despite rainfall Feb. 01, 2017 at 8:00 amNewsDrought conditions stubbornly persist in Santa Monica despite rainfallGuest Author4 years agodaily pressrainSanta Monicasanta monica cityweatherSanta Monica Drainage  last_img read more