continue reading » Either by design or default, all financial services companies have a strategy. Some organizations spend considerable time, money and resources analyzing opportunities, assessing competitive position and developing comprehensive strategic plans. Others have no formal process, relying on an institutional understanding of what the company is and focusing exclusively on managing day-to-day results against established budgets.Although process does not determine strategic excellence, the degree to which there is alignment between strategy and execution does impact performance. At the end of the day, a company’s strategy is determined by the sum total of the decisions made and actions taken by management on a daily basis. Providing guidance and a framework for the entire organization to use to make decisions is one of the great accomplishments of a successful strategic planning effort. Strong performers make decisions consistently within a solid framework. Weak performers lack this discipline, making decisions randomly and, certainly, independently of any overriding strategic principles. The result is often a hodgepodge of marginal offerings, disparate market positions, inefficient operating environments, internal conflict, higher risk profiles and a lack of any real competitive differentiation.The definition of a good strategy is one that is appropriate for a particular institution’s market position, financial structure, risk parameters and, most importantly, ability to execute against key strategic principles and imperatives. In our view, successful strategic planning has four critical components: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Jul 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a 6-month status report on its progress in implementing a food safety plan launched in November in response to high-profile contamination incidents involving domestic and imported foods over the past few years. The agency has conducted “incident command system” training courses and has developed a farm investigation course, which was held in February, for federal, state, and international investigators. FDA food protection plan 6-month summary See also: “Implementing the strategic approaches outlined in the plan is essential if we are to enhance our ability to respond and intervene in foodborne outbreaks,” said FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, in a press release today. “But there is much more that needs to be done. We are hopeful that Congress will support these efforts by providing the proposed new authorities that we requested in the Food Protection Plan.” Also, the FDA is seeking feedback on a variety of food safety proposals, including outreach activities and pet-food labeling and safety standards. Other prevention areas the FDA plans to address include modifying food safety guidelines for leafy greens and melons, updating Good Agricultural Practices, issuing a final rule on Salmonella enteritidis contamination of shell eggs, and modernizing Good Manufacturing Practices for human food. In 2007, the FDA launched a Tomato Safety Initiative to explore problems associated with Salmonella contamination in tomatoes. The agency said it has completed its review of growing areas in Virginia and central Florida and is now analyzing the information so that it can report its findings. The agency plans to hire and train at least 161 new full-time food inspectors. Also, it is seeking feedback on a plan to allow third-party certification programs to ensure that imported food meets FDA requirements. Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for mandatory recall power” The agency said it has made progress with China and Vietnam on food and import safety issues and has also reached out to India and Jordan. It has also met with a host of other countries on rapid response and other food safety issues. Among technical accomplishments, the FDA said it has developed an assay to gauge the stability of two bioterrorism agents in high-risk foods and has published a study on the microbiological load of bagged, ready-to-eat produce. Intervention initiativesThe FDA said it has beefed up inspections at a facility that produces low-acid canned foods (LACF), because of concerns about botulism. The measure resulted in a recall after inspectors found viable Clostridium botulinum spores. In view of the findings, the agency said it is considering targeting more LACF facilities.. Also, the FDA has asked states to apply for funding to establish rapid response teams. Six states will receive cooperative agreements for this purpose in 2008, and three more will receive them in the 2009 fiscal year. The 8-page report, available on the FDA’s Web site, covers a wide range of action items, from efforts to solicit stakeholder comments to research on how to assess produce contamination risks. Progress assessments are grouped under prevention, intervention, and response sections. In each category the FDA also lists steps it plans in the future. Jul 2 FDA press release Yesterday during the FDA’s update on the Salmonella outbreak investigation, David Acheson, MD, associate commissioner for foods, said many producers and distributors still use paper records, which have slowed the trace-back investigation. He told reporters that electronic records would enhance traceability. Some lawmakers have charged that the FDA has been too slow in implementing the food safety plan. For their part, FDA officials have said Congress has failed to grant the FDA authorities it has requested in the plan, such as the ability to require food recalls. Based on President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget, the FDA said it would conduct 327 more state contract food inspections than were completed this year and that its regulatory affairs office will conduct an additional 20,000 food import field exams. The status report comes as the FDA is fielding criticism over its handling of the investigation of a massive Salmonella outbreak thought to be linked to fresh tomatoes or some other ingredient commonly served in combination with tomatoes. When the FDA released its food protection plan in November, it emphasized that the strategy reflects a risk-based approach to improving safety. The new report says the FDA has established a risk-based steering committee to ensure that the plan adheres to that approach. Ramping up response capacityAcknowledging that better trace-back capabilities are needed to speed responses to foodborne illness outbreaks, the FDA said it has initiated discussions with industry and other stakeholders on current traceability models and how to identify beset practices for the process. “There have been changes in both the food industry and in the science of food safety that indicate a need for modernization,” the report says. Prevention plans move forwardThe FDA said it is working with state and local partners to develop a strategy for implementing the food safety plan and that a 50-state meeting will be held in St Louis from Aug 12 to 14 to collaborate and plan future food safety initiatives. On the technical front, the FDA said it has developed a rapid detection system, using flow cytometry, to identify Escherichia coli and Salmonella in food and that the system is already being used in poultry processing facilities. FDA microbiologists trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Salmonella reference laboratory on a new molecular method, purchased for many of the FDA’s labs, for rapidly identifying Salmonella strains. Jul 1 CIDRAP News story “FDA requests backup in hunt for Salmonella source”
Popular anonymous messaging app Yik Yak has been called many things — chief among them “inflammatory,” “disgusting” and “downright racist.” Certainly, the anonymity of the app has created an odd mixture of humorous-meets-hurtful that can isolate communities, marginalize minorities and enable cyberbullying across campuses. But Yik Yak’s latest update, complete with the addition of photos and a phone number verification system, strips back a layer of the incognito nature of the app in a laudable effort to make it less abhorrent and more newsworthy — and if it works, it could pave the way for the evolution of our interactions with news.Some have expressed skepticism that Yik Yak will actually be used for serious news. This is, after all, the same social media app that regularly posts gems like “If you think about it poop is just the sparknotes of everything you ate” and “Just realized that beef jerky is cow raisin.”But consider that few believed that Snapchat could provide an avenue for constant selfie-snapping while simultaneously presenting stories from CNN, the Daily Mail and National Geographic. And few believed that BuzzFeed could offer both clickbait content about the fingernails of Disney princesses and intensely thought-provoking news and opinion articles.Perhaps Yik Yak, too, will use photos to legitimize a dual use to meld humorous everyday happenings with newsworthy campus issues, such as safety alerts and construction on campus. Given the mission to package social media and news that social networks such as Facebook attempt to create, Yik Yak developers might be thinking along similar lines to create a one-stop shop to combine campus news and life.A shift to news for Yik Yak would also increase students’ awareness of campus happenings in real time. And due to Yik Yak’s popularity, posts will reach a large audience immediately. When a user posts about a car accident on a local street, a secret concert about to occur or free food at an event (possibly the most important type of news story for the hungry undergraduate), students can actually respond immediately. It’s Twitter, but for college.The beauty of community-created content is that there’s no guesswork about catering to the college audience; the community gives immediate, and sometimes brutal, feedback. No one cares about that lecture you posted about? You’ll be downvoted to oblivion. Post the menu at Parkside, however, and you may be awarded with a high Yakarma score.Skeptics point out that Yik Yak’s anonymity — the heart of its ability to cause real harm to students — poses a significant problem in attempting to report news. If Yik Yak became a substantial provider of community-created news, any post could be taken at face value as true. Such a lack of verification does, indeed, hinder the legitimacy of Yik Yak; however, the design of Yik Yak’s rating system allows peers to downvote inaccurate posts and sort out low-rated posts. This requires a community to act collectively to affirm or deny statements, but considering that the campus community is the lifeblood of Yik Yak, such action is not impossible. Millennials may not care as much about the accuracy of information as they do the community aspect of responding to crises in real time; perhaps the trade-off between credibility and immediacy is worth it.Despite the potentially game-changing effect of Yik Yak’s update, it’s important to consider Yik Yak in context; we should take care that Yik Yak’s new update, at the very least, does not worsen the offense that many associate with the app. Yik Yak’s move to incorporate pictures into posts could have ruined the app (nude photos, anyone?), but by banning pictures with faces of people, Yik Yak provides some sort of protection against cyberbullying. Though such a measure is not foolproof, app developers have realized the effects of their app design on students’ lives.Maybe Yik Yak will remain an outlet where entitlement and ignorance reign and insensitive comments overshadow positive ones. But maybe, if we are willing, it can change.Sonali Seth is a sophomore majoring in political science and policy, planning, development. She is also the editorial director of the Daily Trojan. “Point/Counterpoint” will run Tuesdays.
Purple martins and wood thrushes are common songbirds of the eastern United States. Until recently, it has not been possible to follow their movements accurately. Now, a team of biologists in Toronto, Erie and Cambridge was able to track them with tiny geolocators. They found that the little birds fly farther and faster than previously known. Reporting in Science,1 the ornithologists found that most of the purple martins made it from Pennsylvania to the Yucatan (2500 km) in 5 days. That’s 500 km, (over 300 miles), per day. Then the birds stopped over there for 3 to 4 weeks before moving south to the Amazon basin. Some of the wood thrushes that migrated from Pennsylvania spent a 2-4 week stopover in the southeastern United States before crossing the Gulf of Mexico. A couple of the monitored thrushes stopped also in the Yucatan before reaching wintering grounds in Honduras or Nicaragua. As if that were not amazing enough, the return flights were 2 to 6 times faster. One female martin made the 7500 km trip from the Amazon Basin to Pennsylvania in 13 days – averaging 577 km (360 mi) per day. That includes 4 stopover days. The wood thrushes took 13 to 15 days to get home. One of them, oddly, took the overland route instead of crossing the Gulf of Mexico, requiring 29 days to complete the 4600 km route. How do these new studies enhance our understanding of bird flight capabilities? “Previous studies appear to greatly underestimate the true flight performance of migrating songbirds because spring migration speed has typically been estimated at under 150 km/day.” National Geographic News reported on the story with pictures and a video. The lead author commented on the purple martin front-runner, “Maybe this is some kind of super-bird, but still I was really impressed that any bird can do this. These birds are traveling really fast and breaking all the rules.” Science Daily also reported on the research. The geolocators, it said, are smaller than a dime and mounted on the birds’ backs with thin straps around the legs, hopefully not interfering with flight. One can only wonder if the record-setting female martin might have bested her own time without the backpack.1. Stutchbury, Tarof, Done, Gow, Kramer, Tautin, Fox, and Afanasyev, “Tracking Long-Distance Songbird Migration by Using Geolocators,” Science, 13 February 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5916, p. 896, DOI: 10.1126/science.1166664.This bird didn’t break any rules. God didn’t put speed limit signs on the route. He equipped these amazing creatures with awe-inspiring capabilities and let them loose to fly like they were designed to do at their own pace. We can watch the race like sports fans. Here is another story that owed nothing to Darwin. Neither the original paper or the popular write-ups even mentioned him. Darwinists keep saying that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. This science project did just fine in natural ambience without the black lights (see 02/10/2009 commentary, last line).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Free State delegates sign the Brand SouthAfrica pledge to uphold the nation brandand position the country as a topinvestment and tourism destination. Free State MEC for Economic Development,Tourism and Environmental Affairs,Mxolisi Dukwana.(Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• KZN innovators show how it’s done • South Africa is Africa’s top nation brand • Building a thriving nation brand• EC entrepreneurs in the spotlight Nicky RehbockBrand South Africa headed to the Free State on 17 November 2011 to urge all residents of the province to build the nation’s reputation and position it for global competitiveness.This was the message relayed at the fifth Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Bloemfontein, attended by representatives from government, business and civil society.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa programme manager for civil society Leo Makgamathe said that the branding of the country is not a matter of choice, but a necessity.To be successful it requires the combined effort of government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.“With globalisation speeding up the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed,” Makgamathe added.And this is no different in South Africa.The country has recently achieved four key milestones: it managed a highly successful Fifa World Cup; came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed; joined Brazil, Russia, China and India in the BRICS economic bloc; and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994.“This has underlined that South Africa is an important developing nation in its own right – which has to be marketed to the world,” Makgamathe said.Strong nation brand vital for Free State “The economy of the Free State is built on agriculture and its mines, but increasingly we are looking to tourism as a growth sector and hope to expand our manufacturing base,” the province’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mxolisi Dukwana said at the summit.The Free State is also looking to diversify by developing its logistics capacity, ICT sector, innovation and research, agri-processing and pharmaceuticals.“So what we, and South Africa, need is more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard. The image of a country makes an integral contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships,” Dukwana added.The government’s role in this is ensuring the country has enabling policies to attract trade and investment, but South Africans also have to believe in themselves to position the country as a viable destination.“We must be bold enough to face our fears and challenges, and understand what we’re about. In doing that we can become our own marketers. In our diversity we also need to have one identity and be proud of it. Often we’re too negative and hard on ourselves,” the MEC told summit delegates.“I urge all of you to do your ‘national service’ and respond when Brand South Africa calls, so that we can work together to create a truly great South Africa for all.”
19 December 2012 Plans are under way to give the nature reserves in the South African Lowveld’s Panorama a R44-million facelift from next year, says Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. “The emergency fund will be used to upgrade the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Manyeleti Reserve, Loskop Dam Nature Reserve and Songimvelo Reserve,” Mabuza said. However, the Blyde River Canyon will enjoy preference and renovations will start as soon as possible.” He said the renovations in the Blyde River Canyon will be done on Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views and River Falls. Bourke’s Luck Potholes will get a new entrance gate which will accommodate buses without obstructing the road. A restaurant will be opened with a capacity of 50 seats, and reconstruction of an eco-centre with new animal trophies, lighting and geological features will begin. Ablution facilities, offices and guest houses will also be upgraded and new boreholes will be drilled for water supply. God’s Window, just outside Graskop, will also have a new entrance gate, parking areas, walkways and view site railings. Potholes around “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views will be patched and the road repaired. Walkways and railings to view sites will be installed and ablution facilities will be built, and River Falls will have new curio stalls and ablution facilities as well. Mabuza said the upgrading will also help the historic town, Pilgrim’s Rest, get back on its feet. He said the Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Department had been tasked with ensuring Pilgrim’s Rest is restored. “This campaign is targeting the festive season travellers from Gauteng and appealing to their travel needs of a tranquil and relaxed holiday,” said Mabuza. Source: SANews.gov.za
Tags:#Blogging#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “We are excited to announce our first version of the Blogger Android App,” writes Vinay Sekhri, technical lead at Google. “Using the app you can easily compose a post, attach a photo that you just took with your phone, and either save it as a local draft for later or immediately publish it to your blog.”The app can handle multiple accounts, if you’re one of those with multiple online identities, gives you the ability to preview your posts while on the go. Everything beyond that looks pretty standard – quickly post text and pictures to your Blogger blog using your phone, view your content, share your stored photos and even share you location. The best part, however, might be the platform integration. By installing the Blogger app on your Android device, it becomes one of the default sharing options, alongside Picasa, Gmail, and others. Whenever you come across a photo in your gallery or on a website, you can share directly to blogger from the sharing menu.The Blogger app is available in the Android Market. On another note, isn’t it nice that we can just give you a link to that Android app and not make you scan a QR code and check out the details on your phone? And, if you click on that link in your Android phone, it will take you to the Android Market app, not the website. (To read more about Google’s updated Web-based Android Market, check out yesterday’s live blog of it’s unveiling.) mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Blogger, the Google-owned blogging platform, announced today that it finally has an Android app. The funny part, of course, is that Android is Google’s smartphone platform and Blogger has had an iPhone app since September 2009. That said, Google loyalists rejoice! You can now update your Google-powered blog on your Google-powered Android phone! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
On Oct. 23, the MFLN Personal Finance team will host Employment Resources for Military Families, a 90-minute professional development webinar. To broaden our perspective of the employment situation for many military families, we reached out to military spouses working as FINRA Fellows with AFCPE to earn their accreditation as Accredited Financial Counselors. In this post, Christine Maxwell shares her story as a military spouse and the challenges and joys she has encountered in her personal and professional journey. By Christine Maxwell, FINRA FellowPhoto courtesy of Christine MaxwellMy background is in corporate and government finance. I’ve worked for some great companies and I’m very proud of my work experience. I even have a Master of Aerospace Engineering Management from a career I had before I “married into the military”. Even with all this experience and education, it’s still difficult to find a new job when you’re constantly moving.Photo courtesy of Christine MaxwellLike clockwork, every one to two years, I was re-inventing my career due to frequent Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves required by my husband’s Army career. Even though I knew what I signed up for when I married into military life (as more seasoned spouses often reminded me), it didn’t make leaving my career behind any easier each time we moved. My typical PCS related job-hunting routine went like this: Job-hunt, find a great job, work hard, get a promotion, receive PCS orders, pitch remote-work, and be turned down. Rinse, repeat.ChangesAside from the difficulties of constant job searching, it’s soul-crushing to feel like you are continuously starting over with your career with each move. On our fifth PCS, we moved to Fort Hood for a one year assignment when I was seven months pregnant with our son. Although I knew I was fortunate to have the choice to decide to stay at home during the rest of my pregnancy, I wasn’t happy about it.Seven months pregnant and jobless, I didn’t know who I was if I wasn’t working. In retrospect, it sounds silly, but I realized that I had tied my self-worth and value to my career. I looked up my cohort of former co-workers from my first job out of college on LinkedIn. They were all senior managers and directors now. When I renewed my passport, I cried as I typed in “homemaker” for occupation.Photo courtesy of Christine MaxwellI met a new friend at that duty station who brought me out of my fog. We had our babies within two weeks of each other. She taught me to sew, we worked out, and learned how to make kombucha. We learned how to be new moms together. Unknowingly, she helped me to realize that I wasn’t just “Christine and I work at….” I realized that I was actually, Christine, a wife, mother, friend, a creative, and world traveler. My time off from work helped me to realize that I’m much more than just my job.RefreshedA year after I had my son, I felt ready to return to the workforce. Luckily, I didn’t have to return to work because we needed the money or because I felt lost anymore without working. I returned willingly, knowing I was refreshed and ready to try something new.At our new duty station, I found a great new job as a budget manager for a local university. It was new and challenging, and I loved it! Like clockwork, we received our PCS orders a few months later and I was devastated to be leaving. Surprisingly, my manager asked me to stay on and work remotely after I told her I would be leaving at the end of the year.Photo courtesy of Christine MaxwellRethinking the NormalDuring our move to our sixth duty station, my husband deployed in route, and I moved there on my own with our toddler and my remote job. This time I was happy and challenged, but not stressed. Ten years after my first job out of college, I wasn’t a director like my corporate friends, but I was happy. I had time to meet new friends at this duty station. I volunteered and I was even social! I met other military spouses who were entrepreneurs. They inspired me to think about what I was passionate about and what skills and experiences I had to offer. Talking with other military spouses, I realized so many of us were struggling with personal finances and career issues.I started a blog about personal finances and careers for military spouses. I started freelance writing about finance. I decided I want to know more about personal finance and help more people. I applied for the FINRA Military Spouse Scholarship and was accepted into the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) program.HindsightAlmost ten years of living the Army life, I wish I could go back and talk to my 22-year-old self. I would tell her she’s more than just her job. I would remind her that all her friends who climbed past her in her career never had the chance to experience all that she has. They haven’t lived all across the U.S., South Korea, or the Italian Riviera. They haven’t felt the lows of a military deployment but they also haven’t felt the highs of a redeployment ceremony. The military life has afforded me the opportunity to travel and meet new people. My friends are diverse, not just from around the country but around the world. Whether they are working outside the home or not, they are holding down the Homefront while their spouses are away.Photo courtesy of Christine MaxwellLooking back, I wouldn’t trade my experiences with military life for any job. I may not be in the military, but as part of the military community, I’m a part of something bigger than myself. I have a passion for educating others about personal finance and I know that as a FINRA Fellow, I will be able to take my professional knowledge of personal finance to the next level. Working in the field of finance I also know that I have a portable career that will move more easily with each PCS.Final ThoughtsWe have choices in life. I could have decided to stay unhappy about the career I thought I was supposed to have. Instead, I’m happy that I was able to pivot. I finally realized that even though I’m not where I thought I would be ten years ago, I’m actually in a better place now. I’m doing what I love and helping others at the same time.There is still much work to be done for the military spouse employment issue. Not everyone can or wants to work remotely or own their own business. There must be more solutions to this dilemma. However, I’m happy and satisfied with my portable and developing career in personal finance.
“Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others.One after the other, in the charming St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead, where the Official Funeral Service was held, the leaders voiced their admiration and respect for the trailblazing politician, who served as Member of Parliament of 30 continuous years until her retirement in 1997, setting a record as a female legislator in the House of Representatives.They recalled her commitment to the people of Central St. Catherine and later St. Catherine West Central, whom she represented and hailed the foundation Ms. Bennett laid for females to enter politics as well as the wise counsel she provided.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his tribute, said Ms. Bennett did the very best for as many people as she could.“Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” he said.He noted that while Ms. Bennett as one of short stature, she had a big heart for people as well as for principles, and was loyal and courageous.“She was caring, filled with good counsel. Personally, I would have benefitted from her counsel in difficult times and I am certain many in this church could attest to that,” he said.Minister of Health and current Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, spoke of Ms. Bennett’s love for her constituents, whom she described as “most beautiful, peaceful and hardworking”.He said she was a “quiet giant” and someone “not easily dispatched” in the face of formidable challenges.Dr. Tufton informed that Ms. Bennett was instrumental in securing funds to build schools such as Tacius Golding and Bog Walk High and Lucky Valley Primary.“She was instrumental in establishing community centres in Buxton Town and Point Hill, improving the West Central St. Catherine road network and bringing electricity to several communities in the constituency,” he noted further.National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague remembered Ms. Bennett as “stern, sweet and tender,” while Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, hailed her for paving the way for more women to enter politics, thereby shattering the proverbial glass ceiling.“It says to young women that Jamaica will see a brighter future when you get involved,” she said.Former Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, said Ms. Bennett was a “noble lady, beautiful inside as she was outside…giving so much of her life to improving the life of others.”In her tribute, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said she had great admiration for the dignity and fortitude of Ms. Bennett, who was a “voice of the voiceless.”Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, in a tribute read by Mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott, remembered Ms. Bennett as committed and dedicated to people. Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others. Story Highlights Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989. Prev 1of2 Next Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness signs the condolence book opened in honour of the late former Minister of State and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Enid Maude Bennett, at the Official Funeral Service held on January 20, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead. Entering politics at a young age, the record-breaking Enid Bennett was elected as councillor for the Sligoville division in the St. Catherine Parish Council, before replacing Roy McNeill as Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Central in 1967, when he moved to St. Catherine Eastern.She won seven consecutive general elections – two in St Catherine Central and five more in St Catherine West Central.In 1978, she was elected as Deputy Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) replacing current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles. She was the only female Deputy Leader of the party.Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989.She was awarded the country’s fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, in 2012.Ms. Bennett died on December 22 at age 86 after a brief illness.