VICE-PRESIDENTS Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president. The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven – Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer. Team Harris – Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer. “We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise,” Heaven said. “There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement.” Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled “Team Cricket”, said his mission was to rebuild the sport. “I am challenging because there is a cry for help,” he told The Gleaner. “Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years.” Incumbent president Wilford “Billy” Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members. Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies ‘A’ representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.
zoom Digitization is rapidly transforming the ocean container shipping industry, according to ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA.In a new whitepaper – “Blueprint 2032: How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping”, INTTRA reports that the pace of technology innovation is accelerating as businesses seek new and more efficient ways to optimize.INTTRA sees three technology trends converging near term that will move the ocean container shipping industry forward. They include network integration across systems, applications and partners, real-time status of containers and cargo and artificial intelligence.“Digitization is now a competitive necessity. We’ve reached a tipping point in the global shipping industry when information technology is now the primary means for CEOs and their companies to achieve and increase long-term profitability,” John Fay, CEO of INTTRA, says.“We are now about to enter a new and exciting phase in ocean shipping empowered more by networks and greater interconnectivity. Data analytics will be an exciting part of this transformation,” Inna Kuznetsova, COO and President of INTTRA, comments.“Establishing a neutral digital network is the next big step. Connecting the ocean shipping community in a networked environment with technology such as Blockchain will lead to expansion and exchange of analytics across multiple vendors. Operational, financial and informational work streams will be integrated, which will trigger breakthroughs in cost reduction and operational efficiency,” Kuznetsova adds.Earlier this week, Maersk Tankers, part of Danish Maersk Group, said that digitization continues to be part of the company’s commercial decisions. The company revealed that advancing its digital commercial platform to help it take advantage of market opportunities will continue to play a key role.What is more, Maersk and American technology company International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) unveiled plans in March to develop a blockchain solution to help digitize the global supply chain for the shipping industry. The duo intends to work with a network of shippers, freight forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and customs authorities to build the new solution, which is expected to go into production later this year.Last month, Maersk selected Microsoft to support Maersk’s carrier performance, equipment utilization and supplier performance. In addition, Microsoft Azure has been selected as the digital platform of record to power Maersk’s app store and help fuel business model innovations.In total, Maersk estimates that the power of data will help save tens of millions of dollars to the bottom line annually.
APTN National NewsMontreal’s only centre serving aboriginal youth will be closing their doors.The Inter-Tribal Youth Centre has seen many aboriginal youth through their ups and downs but due to a funding dispute, those days may be over.APTN‘s Ossie Michelin files this report.