Board of Directors condemns act, calls for immediate review of policies

first_imgSexual harassment at CJIAIn light of sexual harassment claims at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the Board of Directors has initiated steps to immediately tackle the issue in the workplace. This was decided at a meeting on Friday.In a missive to the press, the Board stated that the interventions reflected its deep concern about the allegations of sexual misconduct recently published in the news media.“The CJIA Board condemns any behaviour which creates an unsafe environment for staff, concessionaires, contractors, suppliers and passengers using CJIA. The Board is fully committed to ensuring that the CJIA is a safe workplace for all, especially women and other vulnerable social groups,” the release stated.As such, the Board has called for an immediate review of all policies, protocols, regulations, and practices that govern conduct and engagements in the workplace, and has taken steps to hire external consultants and specialists to conduct the reviews.In addition, training will be provided for all persons who work at the Airport, including staff at all levels and persons working at the Airport on behalf of other agencies and companies.“The Board wishes to assure the public that all allegations of improper conduct will be taken seriously and there will be prompt investigations. The Board will ensure that there is follow-through on any investigations that are conducted, and any allegation that is found to be credible will result in the immediate appropriate action,” the entity noted.Meanwhile, the CJIA Board expects to have the external human resources management and gender affairs consultants in place by month end.It was reported that the sexual assault incident occurred in the office of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018 while the duty-free staff was in a meeting with him.The victim claimed that she was hugged inappropriately and kissed on her lips by the accused. In her complaint letter the day after the incident, which was seen by this newspaper, the woman explained that she went to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer to have an issue with her boss’s vehicle resolved.Following the accusation, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer was sent on one’s week leave to facilitate an investigation.A Police source confirmed that the official has been placed on $20,000 station bail as they continue to investigate the matter.last_img read more

Blockchain Metrics Will Add Transparency to Investing and Better Inform Investors

first_imgBlockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Related Posts Nikolaos KostopoulosFintech/ Blockchain Advisor Nikolaos Kostopoulos is a Fintech advisor incumbents with a focus on Capital Markets & asset tokenization. Nikolaos is a pioneer in the consensus industry since early 2015. He is an early adopter and enthusiastic evangelist for decentralised technology as a way to improve many aspects of the modern world. His Master’s thesis “Developing an optimal financial and regulatory governance mechanism for cryptocurrencies in the European Union” was among the very first academic papers to argue the need and the method for regulating cryptocurrencies in the European Union. Nikos is a frequent speaker at financial events related to regulation and Security Token Offerings. How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security Why is Bitcoin Soaring? Investment advisors are often quick to state that data on past performance is no guarantee of future results. It is, however, still relevant to include historical data when analyzing assets and making forecasts in any financial market. The future remains uncertain, and since few investors have access to a crystal ball, data on past performance remains an integral part of the information needed for decision making in the world of investment.The use of financial data for investment decisions means it is imperative that the data investors rely on paints an accurate picture of the markets in question. Unfortunately, this is not the case as the average investor in most markets does not have timely access to reliable data to allow well-informed decisions in the markets. On the brighter side, the advent of blockchain technology makes it possible to record and track financial data without forged figures. In the future, the combination of blockchain technology and data aggregation will place the investor in a more advantageous position when it comes to making decisions in the markets.Data, not Hype will Restore Investor Trust in the Financial SystemThe absence of meaningful investment data is a more significant issue in newer markets, and in the cryptocurrency market there are widely reported cases of wash trading and manufactured transaction volume on a startling number of exchanges. In cases such as these, it becomes virtually impossible to use trading volume to judge the general interest in a particular crypto asset. Few crypto-whales or even exchanges make a stand without trading fees, and they could be engaged in wash-trading which often leads to price manipulation and exaggerated trading volume.When the exchanges are not qualified the information can means that a cryptocurrency asset with very little active inflow from investors could have a large market cap nonetheless. The absence of meaningful data to use as input for investment decisions makes crypto investing more like gambling, and some potential investors in such markets are merely put off by the lack of reliable data and outright manipulation.Blockchain-Based Data Could Clean Up All Markets and Provide Investor ClarityTraditional markets like venture capitalism, equities, and real estate are also far from perfect. Financial data for these markets tend to cover the performance of assets over set periods and the time it takes compile performance reports means that investors do not have real-time data which could help them make time-sensitive decisions. A more comprehensive approach would be to include all capital inflows and outflows from each sector invested in an asset as well as the corresponding dates. Ideally, this data should also be linked to and compared against general market sentiment, media events and other relevant factors. Investors are usually the primary end-users of aggregated financial data from providers like Finicity, Quovo, MX, and Intuit. This data typically involves the compilation of financial data for the purpose of presenting the final information in a digestible form for meaningful analysis and interpretation. In the cryptocurrency market, a typical example of aggregated financial data would encompass historical performance of crypto assets, the amount of investment in each asset, corresponding dates and how all the data relates to general market sentiment and major events. Investors furnished with such comprehensive data would be better positioned to make better trades.Ideally, financial data stored on blockchain could be easily aggregated and this should also significantly reduce the cost of accessing trading data. At the moment, SeekingAlpha charges from $19.92 to $29.99 monthly, while TradingView charges from $9.95 to $39.95 per month to access real-time trading data, breaking news and access to unique trading tools. Many retail investors are unable to afford these services or do not feel that access to such info is worth the price as their investing scope may be limited to a particular sector or market and many data providers use the one-size-fits-all approach by providing access with an unnecessarily large swath of data. The benefit of mobile trading platforms like Acorns, Roobee and Stash are Generation Z & Y retail investors have access to accurate trading data and the ability to develop a low-cost diversified portfolio in a range of sectors. To provide credible and transparent investment more investment platforms need to record all the values and transactions on blockchain so no third parties and even founders may change the information.In a recent interview with Forbes Roobee co-founder Artem Popov, explained that “We’re trying to level the playing field of financial markets and our goal is to provide retail clients with the same investment opportunities and level of security as the largest financial market players.” Popov further explained that as he became more engrossed with investing and financial analysis, he noticed that there are “hardly any investment products available to the general public as the majority of investments like venture funds, IPOs, and commercial property are typically reserved for accredited and institutional investors, not retail investors.”To be capable of making sound investments in each market, an investor would have to make meaning of complex data from different sources, and clearly, this can be a considerable headache for novice investors. Data also shows that the new, younger generation of investors are interested in investing and worried about their long-term financial futures but also increasingly skeptical of banks and Wall Street brokerages. They are quickly overwhelmed by the thought of having to sift through hundreds of indexes and rather than attempting to decipher complex financial data, this group would instead enjoy the simplicity of gamified, transparent, low effort ‘automated’ investing.Eventually, the impact of blockchain-based aggregated data platforms will be more profound in the cryptocurrency market where it is common for various entities to churn out fabricated figures. Replacing misleading crypto performance metrics with blockchain-based aggregated data would give investors a view of the actual state of and fair value of cryptocurrency projects and bring about more transparency and effective investment.Immutable Financial Data will Levels the Playing FieldEvery year an uncountable number of investment offerings are brought to the market, and each provides varying degrees of transparency and often the yield of the asset or investment is not natural for the public to locate. Integrating blockchain technology to financial products managers, transactions and performance outcomes will provide additional transparency. Investor confidence in various financial markets also stems from having access to comprehensive data and investors are likely to be more comfortable investing their funds in markets when they are well informed and knowledgeable. Data shows that retail investors left the cryptocurrency and ICO markets partially due to a lack of transparency and a general mistrust in financial data. The same can be said for traditional finance as many millennials are extremely skeptical of financial institutions for a variety of valid reasons. Retail investors’ confidence in these markets could rise when blockchain-based financial aggregated data is made available to them, and the regained confidence could translate into greater trading volume and the arrival more sophisticated and institutional investors. Furthermore, blockchain technology will ensure that financial service providers carefully vet the investment assets they offer and that they also carefully report performance data. All of these measures will help users get a better understanding of the instruments they are choosing for their portfolio and investing in the best-performing ones.To this day, a lack of transparency represents one of the primary issues complicating the ability of investors to make informed investment decisions. The aggregation of financial data gives investors more purposeful and comprehensive data, and the integration of blockchain technology injects more transparency in the process of providing data. Ultimately, it will be innovative technologies such as these that allocate more power and control to the average investor. Tags:#Big Data Finance#Blockchain Data#Blockchain fintech#Blockchain transparency#Blockchain trust#Financial Data ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block…last_img read more

Lewis Howes: What Is Greatness and How to Be Great – Episode #68

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 48:29 — 38.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhat is greatness?Have you ever thought about it? We look at athletes and leaders and musicians and say they are “great,” but what do we really mean? It has something to do with skill and competence, but there’s more to it than that. It has to do with the character that has enabled that person to achieve the things they have, to attain levels of expertise or knowledge or ability that few others reach. On this episode Lewis Howes talks with Anthony about what it means to be great and what it takes to get there. You won’t hear a better conversation on the subject of greatness, so be sure you set aside the time to listen to this one.Lewis Howes on What Is Greatness and How to Be Great – on this episodeClick To TweetBecoming a great speaker, entrepreneur, and coach.Lewis Howes was a 20-something year old when he walked into an Ohio Toastmasters group where he first met Anthony Iannarino. It was there that Anthony saw Lewis mature into a truly powerful speaker who was aiming at the top – at greatness. The two of them quickly became friends and each think deeply about the subject of greatness – that’s why this conversation is so enjoyable. You’ll hear Lewis talk about his own pursuit of greatness as a speaker, business leader, coach, and athlete – and you’ll get to hear his thoughts on what truly makes a person great in any discipline.What does it take to achieve greatness?When asked the question Lewis Howes gives a few responses. First, in order to achieve greatness Lewis believes that you have to believe that you are worthy to reach the point of being called “great.” If you’re not able to believe that you deserve it you’ll likely never be able to accomplish it – and even if you do, you won’t believe you have. But more so, it has to do with belief in your ability to reach a point of greatness at all. If you want to hear more of Lewis’ insights into the topic this episode is for you.What does it take to achieve greatness?Click To TweetWhat is greatness? How would YOU define it?Naturally, every discipline or area has its own particulars as to what makes someone “great” in the field of competitors or participants. For that reason alone “greatness” cannot be defined by a set of acquired skills. It has more to do with the inner person, the character, discipline, and mindset they bring to the things they do. On this episode Lewis Howes shares his insights about the question, “What is greatness?” by retelling some of the stories and situations from his podcast interview series, “The School of Greatness.”Would you like to attend Lewis Howes’ Summit of Greatness for $100 off?Since Lewis and Anthony have been friends for so long Lewis was happy to provide a discount to his upcoming event – The Summit of Greatness – to anyone who listens to In The Arena. If you’d like to have $100 off the registration price all you have to do is go to Lewis’ event website mentioned on this episode and enter the code “Be Great” in the discount coupon field. It’s a gift from Lewis and Anthony to you. And by the way, you’ll get to meet Anthony there if you attend.Would you like to attend Lewis Howes’ Summit of Greatness for $100 off?Click To TweetOutline of this great episode How Anthony met Lewis Howes at Toastmasters. What Lewis does on his podcast and how he came up with the name. Lewis’ top interviews (in his opinion). What is greatness? People Lewis believes demonstrate greatness. Lewis’ book: School of Greatness – dealing with adversity. Dealing with the feelings and dialogue that go on inside. What mindset is necessary for greatness? How the results you produce depends on the energy you have physically. What Lewis is reading right now. The person who’s had the biggest impact on Lewis’ thinking. What job Lewis would be doing if he wasn’t doing what he’s doing now. What Lewis wants to be remembered for. Lewis’ event: The Summit of GreatnessOur Sponsors:Swag IQwww.PreOrder.TheOnlySalesGuide.comResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.LewisHowes.comwww.SummitOfGreatness.com  – use the coupon code “Be Great” for $100 off.The School of Greatness PodcastToastmasterswww.HowToPlanASalesCall.com098233320X 0143038419162336596107432267551938289536187842431900611224160307465357The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeBecoming a great speaker, entrepreneur, and coach ~ with Lewis Howes on this episodeClick To TweetWhat is greatness? How would YOU define it?Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Hashimpura evidence mystery deepens

first_imgBut in its affidavit filed this week the police are yet to disclose on whose orders and by whom were the crucial evidence destroyed.Ninteen PAC members allegedly abducted 42 Muslims from the Hashimpura mohalla of Meerut on May 22, 1987 in a truck and took them to a nearby canal in Muradnagar of Ghaziabad, where they were gunned down and their bodies dumped in the canal.In March 21, 2015, the Tis Hazari court acquitted all the accused in the Hashimpura massacre case due to “insufficient evidence.” The UP government challenged the acquittal in the Delhi High Court, which is being heard by the Justice Mittal bench.Contradictory affidavitThe UP police also contradicted its last affidavit and gave a different date and year in which the papers were “weeded out.”In February last year the UP police had said “…all the details of the case were weeded out on April 1, 2006. Hence, it is impossible to make them available.”But in its latest affidavit they declared that the documents were weeded out on April 20, 1993.“That the general diary for the period from January 1, 1987 to December 31, 1987 of the local police contending the information about deployment of police troops within respective police station was weeded out on April 20, 1993 as per procedure, as the same was not required for any investigation or inquiry,” the affidavit said.According to Vrinda Grover, who is representing the National Human Rights Commission, due to the continuous attempts of the State to “protect” those who destroyed evidence of the massacre case, “the honourable court has accepted our submission that police be directed to file a consolidated affidavit making it clear on whose orders and by whom were the crucial case papers destroyed.”Ms Grover said the manner in which the UP government filed the affidavits seemed “an exercise in obfuscation.” Months after the Uttar Pradesh police had declared that they destroyed crucial documents relating to the Hashimpura massacre case while the trial was still going on, the police are yet to disclose on whose orders and by whom were the case papers “weeded out.”Police admit lapseIn an affidavit filed in February last year before the Delhi High Court where the Hashimpura massacre case in going on, the State police accepted that they had destroyed documents “after expiry of their prescribed period.”The papers could have helped prove the involvement of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel in the Hashimpura massacre of 1987.Following the affidavit, the bench headed by Justice Geeta Mittal had asked the police to disclose the details of the “weeding out” process of the crucial case papers.last_img read more