FORS has released a tyre management guide to advise members on how best practice can help improve tyre wear, increase vehicle safety and reduce a vehicle’s environmental impact.The new guide is available to FORS members online.It highlights how robust tyre management policy can improve fleet safety as well as fuel efficiency.FORS Bronze membership stipulates that members must have a tyre management policy and supporting procedures in place to help ensure tyres are correctly managed.The guide includes a range of practical advice to help FORS members build their tyre management policy.Sonia Hayward, FORS Manager, says: “Correctly and accurately managed and maintained tyres make fleets safer and can lead to reduced emissions and real fuel savings for operators.“Over-inflated tyres present a safety issue, as tread contact with the road is decreased, which can affect braking distances and overall handling.“Conversely under-inflated tyres contribute towards increases in emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, and for every 10% of decreased tyre pressure, fuel consumption increases by 2%.“This guide offers a wealth of information and with its handy policy and procedures checklists, it will help members meet FORS Bronze requirement ‘V7 Tyre management’.”
Dear Editor,The Caribbean Court of Justice has made a ruling that homosexual Caricom nationals have a legal right to freedom of movement essentially on the same terms as any other Caricom nationals. The CCJ made the decision following an application by well-known Jamaica-born homosexual, Maurice Tomlinson to the Court naming the governments of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago as the Respondents. The CCJ however refused Tomlinson’s application because he was unable to show that he had ever been or would be in danger of being prejudiced by the existence of the challenged provisions of the Immigration Acts of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago.The Jamaican through his prominent lawyers argued the immigration laws in these two states discriminate against homosexuals who are categorised as a class of prohibited immigrants.He argued that the mere existence of such a law prejudiced the exercise of his right to free movement as provided by Article 45 of the Treaty of Chaguaramas and the 2007 decision of the Conference of the Heads of Government as elaborated by the CCJ in the well-known Shanique Myrie case.The CCJ noted that both Trinidad and Tobago adhere to the freedom of movement laws, but nevertheless cautioned that Member States should strive to ensure that national laws and administrative practices are consistent with the right of free movement of all Caricom nationals, and this is a necessary component of the rule of law which is the basic notion underlying the Caribbean Community.The Court also emphasised that continuing inconsistency between administrative practices and the apparent meaning of legislation is an undesirable situation as the rule of law requires clarity and certainty, particularly for nationals of the other Member States who are guided by such legislation and practice.Tomlinson, an attorney is a prominent member of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and/or intersex. Ten prominent attorneys were engaged in the case. Lord Anthony Gifford QC was the lead counsel for Tomlinson while Seenath Jairam SC headed a battery of lawyers for the twin-island republic, and Nigel Hawke led the Belize team of lawyers. Five judges headed by President of the CCJ, Sir Denis Byron, heard arguments.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeet
Director of School Safety and Security in the Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, says a careful and detailed assessment of the needs of the unattached or at-risk youth in Mount Salem is being done. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with a number of state agencies to ensure that unattached or at-risk youth in the Mount Salem community of St. James are reintegrated into the education or skills training system in short order.Director of School Safety and Security in the Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, says a careful and detailed assessment of the needs of the unattached or at-risk youth in Mount Salem is being done.Speaking to JIS News during the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) community services fair in Mount Salem, on September 9, ASP Minto said agencies, such as HEART Trust/NTA and the Social Development Commission (SDC) will be playing a major role in the push to get these youth back into the formal system.“We are currently doing an assessment to ascertain the number of youth who are deemed unattached or at-risk and once we have that information relating to their education and skills training needs…we will get them back into the formal system very quickly,” he noted.“We are also working with a number of schools and training institutions so that the reintegration process is seamless. We will ensure that we get a certain level of commitment from the participants that their participation in the formal process is sustained and long term,” ASP Minto said.Meanwhile, Region Four Director in the Ministry, Dr. Michelle Pinnock, has expressed optimism that the reintegration programme will be a success.“We have been observing the youth from the community and they are seeking opportunities for further education, and in most instances training. This programme is being supported by a number of state agencies and once we receive the necessary data, getting these youth back into school or into a formal training programme will be done almost immediately,” Dr. Pinnock said.She added that it is important for the residents to support and participate in the social services being offered under the ZOSO, especially in obtaining a valid identification card.Hundreds of residents from Mount Salem turned out for the two-day social services fair, held at the Mount Salem Primary School. Agencies on hand to provide services and information included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART Trust/NTA, Ministry of National Security, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).The fair formed part of the social intervention programme for the Mount Salem community which, on September 1, was declared the first Zone of Special Operations under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act. The ZOSO will be in place for a period of 60 days. Hundreds of residents from Mount Salem turned out for the two-day social services fair, held at the Mount Salem Primary School. Agencies on hand to provide services and information included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART Trust/NTA, Ministry of National Security, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with a number of state agencies to ensure that unattached or at-risk youth in the Mount Salem community of St. James are reintegrated into the education or skills training system in short order.
Brian Lach I The Observer After a term defined by social inclusion initiatives, Coccia and Joyce were succeeded by Lauren Vidal and Matthew Devine as student body president and vice president last spring.Plans for the futureCoccia said his work at the Department of Health and Human Services has given him broad exposure to public policy and shown him firsthand how public social and economic policies are interwoven.“It’s easy to silo things, but it’s taught me that a holistic framework for government is what’s important in terms of addressing an agenda and what we owe to each other as human beings and citizens,” he said. “I’ve been working on projects that are within my interest areas and that expand my interests.”The comparative social policy program at Oxford appeals to him because “it’s a good balance between theory and the nuts and bolts of how to make policies work,” Coccia said.“Social inclusion as a policy framework is being discussed in the United Kingdom and France, and it’s a stated part of the comparative social policy curriculum [at Oxford],” he said. “I’ve been interested in the theoretical foundations for policy and policymaking, and from what I’ve read, the comparative degree does a great job showing the implications of how we approach public policy and how it gets shaped.”The past few years have given him a “much greater clarity” for his future plans, Coccia said, and he hopes to get involved in public policy at some level in the future. Looking at public policy from a social inclusion perspective is productive because “it’s a holistic and multidimensional account of the policy, and it takes into account all kinds of factors in terms of wellbeing and how policies influence each other,” he said.The leadership strategy he developed at Notre Dame will continue to be part of his future approach, he said. As student body president, he developed a reputation for scheduling nonstop personal meetings with hundreds of students, faculty members and administrators as he worked to develop initiatives.“I’ll still try to meet with as many people as possible,” he said with a laugh. “I will very much look forward to being a student again, but given my nature, I’ll be wanting to be involved in other ways as much as possible too.”Fellowships at Notre DameAt Notre Dame, students who apply for the Rhodes Scholarship or dozens of other national fellowships, including the Fulbright program and the Marshall/Mitchell scholarships, work with the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE).“Alex did what we hope all students will do as undergraduates at Notre Dame,” said Deb Rotman, director of CUSE. “He took his learning experience beyond the classroom and took full advantage of all the resources on campus to discern his path, cultivate his gifts and serve as a transformational leader.”Rotman said students interested in applying for the Rhodes Scholarship or any of the other national fellowships should visit fellows.nd.edu for preliminary information and contact CUSE for more details about the application process.Tags: Alex Coccia, Alumni, public policy, Rhodes, social inclusion, Student government MICHAEL YU | The Observer Nancy Joyce, Alex Coccia and Fr. Pete McCormick lead a prayer service Sept. 22, 2013, in response to a sexual assault report. Coccia, a 2014 graduate, is one of 32 Rhodes Scholars from the U.S. this year and will begin studying at the University of Oxford in October 2015.Coccia is one of 32 Rhodes Scholars from the U.S. this year and will begin a two-year Masters in Comparative Social Policy program at the University of Oxford in October.Rhodes ScholarshipsAccording to the Rhodes Trust website, 80 scholars from across the world are selected annually according to criteria outlined by the will of Cecil Rhodes. The scholarship provides funding for students to enroll in a program of their choice at the University of Oxford in England.The website lists the four criteria from Rhodes’ will as: “literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.”“What I proposed for my program of study as a Rhodes Scholar was that I really wanted to engage in social and economic policy with a framework of social inclusion,” Coccia said. “I applied for Rhodes last year as well as this year, and both years have just felt like there was an immense team supporting me.“I had faculty mentors who took time out of their schedules to prep me or write recommendation letters and my fellow students who helped me articulate what I wanted to do with the scholarship, so it feels like it’s really been a team effort.”Formative time at Notre DameCoccia said his interest in social policy is “a natural trajectory” from his work at Notre Dame, which focused on inclusion in many forms.“My academic experience in Africana Studies and Peace Studies helped me begin to ask the right questions that I could apply to my work in the [Progressive Student Alliance] or in student government,” he said.Nancy Joyce, a 2014 graduate and student body vice president for 2013-14, said she witnessed firsthand how Coccia embodies the Rhodes criteria.“During the time that Alex and I worked together, it was always very clear to me that Alex was – and is – motivated by the stories and experiences of those without a voice, and is willing to take up the fight for those individuals and groups,” she said. “Whether working for the establishment of Notre Dame’s first [Gay-Straight Alliance], for the healing of those affected by sexual violence, for the welcoming of undocumented students at Notre Dame or for the support of socioeconomically disadvantaged students on our campus, Alex has always been a champion of those who need one.”Ernesto Verdeja, director of undergraduate studies for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies said he was “delighted, but not surprised” by the news.“In his time here as a Peace Studies student at the Kroc Institute, he excelled in his studies and became a noted leader on campus,” Verdeja said. “He has distinguished himself as a scholar and a leader, and I wish him all the best at Oxford.”Joyce said watching both of Coccia’s Rhodes application processes makes her “genuinely thrilled and incredibly excited for him.”“Winning the Rhodes is such a well-deserved opportunity and will only serve to better enable Alex to continue championing the causes and people that most need his truth, courage, devotion, leadership and moral force of character,” she said. By the time he graduated in May 2014, Alex Coccia was one of the most recognizable people at Notre Dame.He earned two monograms with the varsity fencing team, which won the 2011 NCAA title when he was a freshman.He majored in Africana Studies and Peace Studies, conducted research in Rwanda, served as a three-year FIRE starter peer educator in the Gender Relations Center and founded the 4 to 5 Movement to educate and empower LGBTQ allies on campus.While serving as the 2013-14 student body president, he led the “One is Too Many” campaign against campus sexual assault, helped change admissions policies so undocumented students could attend Notre Dame and worked to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students.He earned a Truman-Albright Fellowship and currently works in the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C., addressing issues from climate change to domestic violence prevention.And, as of last weekend, he became Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar, the first since 2002.“It’s a big honor, and I’m very thankful,” Coccia said. “I see it as a team effort, though, so I wish I could be celebrating with people on campus.”