In time for the one-year anniversary of the destructive Haiti earthquake, a group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MediaLab have rolled out Konbit, an expansive work database for those effected by the devastation, usable by those with computers and without, by those literate and illiterate. Aaron Zinman, a grad student who, along with Greg Elliott, developed the site, explained the opportunity. “Normally (non-governmental organizations) organizations import foreign labor into Haiti due to the difficulty of finding local talent — a problem we are trying to combat.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real World#web Related Posts The Chicken and the EggKonbit spent a good portion of last year approaching NGOs with the help of consultant Angela Dean at D&A Development Solutions. “We spoke to the UN Development Program, Clinton Foundation, Partners-In-Health, Peace Dividend Trust, at the State Department, and more. Everyone was the same–they thought the project sounded great and to let them know when it was deployed. We wanted more concrete feedback on how to cater the system to their interests, but they were so overloaded already and they didn’t know if this was pure vaporware considering the timing. So we discovered the answer to the chicken & egg is egg.” Now, after beta-testing the system in Miami, the egg has hatched in Haiti. To hear some of the phoned-in audio resumes, click here and select Haitian Creole as the language. If you speak it, here’s where you can also contribute to the translation effort.The project is open source and the code is available on Konbit’s Bitbucket page. The hope is that this process can be rolled out to each new crisis requiring in-country labor. First, however, the chick will have to grow into a hen and lay eggs of its own. To facilitate that, the Konbit folks intend to approach the NGOs who were skeptical the first time out again in January. If the NGOs see the power of the system, it may wind up materially adding to the list of things a competent NGO can do when they’ve got the people they’re supposed to be serving helping them do so. A Resume for the Developing WorldHere’s how it works. A displaced, unemployed Haitian calls the toll-free number (courtesy of Digicel): 5656 in Haiti, or +509 37031042 from abroadCreole (Haitian French) speakers, in Haiti and abroad, call in and translate those messages into English and other languagesNGOs search the database for local laborers who can fill their open positionsThose phoning in are prompted to tell stories that illustrate their experiences. The prompts have been recorded by Haitian radio personality Bob Lemoine and the tool is being advertised with PSAs on Haitian radio, said Zinman. “We have structured the interaction to help people tell what we think are relevant stories from their life that translate into employable skills. We first start by asking the basics–name, gender, education level (to proxy for literacy), can you work at night, and are you physically strong and healthy. Then we ask about their experiences with a wide range of skills. We frame the skill questions with examples to cue them and disambiguate. We ask about first-aid, construction, languages, child care, laundry, sewing, cleaning, repair, and transportation.”For those approaching the site, either as a job seeker, translator or NGO, it is simple and straightforward, as well as graphically arresting. For the NGOs, it helps them minimize labor costs, also a benefit for donors. For those effected by a crisis, not only does it help the NGO serving them to become more efficient, but it gives them extra access to the means to keep themselves and their family safe and fed, work. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
As many as 18 government employees were placed under suspension for unauthorised absence from duty in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesperson said on Sunday. The District Development Commissioner of Doda, Bhawani Rakwal, issued the suspension orders of the officials of different departments after they were found absent during an inspection yesterday, he said. He said Mr. Rakwal ordered an inquiry against the suspended officials and also directed the officers concerned to keep their salaries on hold with immediate effect till further orders. The District Development Commissioner issued directions to all the offices to install biometric attendance system by the end of this month, failing which the salaries of those staff who did not get registered to the new system would be kept on hold, the spokesperson said.
Six peahens have died in a village in Bijnor. Four were found dead and four others were recovered in an unconscious state from a field in Shadipur village on Monday, district forest officials said.“Two more died on Tuesday during treatment,” M. Semmaran, Divisional Forest Officer, told The Hindu. He said two doves and a partridge were also found dead in the same field. Mr Semmaran, who is a veterinary doctor as well, said the cause of the deaths were not clear yet. Wild berriesHe said around 100 wild red berries were found stuffed in the digestive tract of peahens along with a few wheat grains. Mr. Semmaran didn’t rule out pesticides that farmers spray on crops for the deaths.
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In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks. A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices. Story Highlights A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.TWCL is the manufacturer and distributor of a number of beverages and other products, including Tru-Juice, Freshhh, Wakefield, Tru-Tea, Squeezz and Calico Jack Rum Punch.In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks.Mr. Holness said the risks that will be taken and those already taken by entrepreneurs will redound to their interest.“I am certain that TWCL will be rewarded in pocket, in your balance sheet, and in the growth of assets, because of this investment,” he said.The Prime Minister argued that the rewards accrued from taking the risks must trickle down to employees, “whose jobs would be far more secure”.Furthermore, he suggested that where possible, employees’ incomes must also reflect these rewards.“If we can get more companies to do this, if this can be replicated across Jamaica, then that is growth and that is prosperity,” he said.Mr. Holness indicated that, so far, he has been encouraged by entrepreneurs who have been taking risks, emphasising that growth in Jamaica is a partnership, and his role requires making it easier for entrepreneurs to invest and to project the future.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that his effort to synergise agriculture with industry and commerce, as is evident by TWCL, is an example of the Government’s vision on agro-processing.Mr. Holness informed that in the coming months, more of his time will be devoted to deepening the connectedness of agriculture to industry and commerce, to accelerate the pace of economic growth.In an interview with JIS News, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, shared similar sentiments to the Prime Minister’s on his vision for agriculture.“Having raw materials coming from the farmer, going straight to processing, and from there either to hotels or the export market, will definitely benefit the farmers,” he said, while urging more companies to adopt a similar process.For his part, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association President, Metry Seaga, lauded TWCL for continuing to respond to the growing needs of consumers, and expressed elation at the association’s partnership with TWCL.Managing Director of TWCL, Peter McConnell, said the new production facility will allow for the manufacture of juices using Tetra Pak’s ultra-high temperature technology.This will offer to consumers a “cupboard friendly” (non-refrigerated) product with a longer shelf life than the brand’s traditional chilled juices.“This investment demonstrates our confidence in the Jamaican economy. It will not only grow our economy but motivate others to invest in manufacturing of other food and beverage, as we strive towards our own food security,” he said.The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices.