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Experience Jamaica on National Family Day

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment to give Jamaican families an opportunity to experience dozens of hotels, sites and attractions at discounted rates on National Family Day, August 2, 2014.The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP who announced Family Day as one of the features of the redesigned Jamaica Festival programme said National Family Day would also be used to emphasise the importance of family values and to “help heal the Jamaican family as many of the challenges that our children face are directly related to problems in the homes.  If we can fix the families, we will fix Jamaica.”The Principal Director of Culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Miss Dahlia Harris, said the partnership with the Ministry of Tourism through the Experience Jamaica campaign would assist families to get together, rekindle the ties that bind and celebrate Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence.“There are more than 120 tourism entities participating in the Experience Jamaica campaign across the island an the participating locations will offer discounts ranging from 10 and 50 per cent on accommodation, attractions, shopping and ground transport.  So this is an incentive for families to reconnect and spend quality time together experiencing Jamaica”, Miss Harris said.Miss Harris said that a number of cultural sites and organisations, including the Institute of Jamaica, the Bob Marley Museum and the Rastafari Indigenous Village will offer discounts on Family Day.Minister Hanna is encouraging Jamaicans to use Family Day as an opportunity to reach out to their kin across the island and across the seas.“For those families who have never had a reunion it’s a great way to connect to their roots and to bolster the ties that bind.” she added.The full list of participating entities can be found on the Experience Jamaica page at the Jamaica Tourist Board’s website: www.visitjamaica.com/experiencejamaica. RelatedCulture Minister Thanks Past Leaders RelatedJTA Credit Union Awards Bursaries to Outstanding GSAT Students FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img Experience Jamaica on National Family Day CultureJuly 30, 2014Written by: Mavel Gordon, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Youth and Culture Related‘Big Stage’ Winners Elated Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Youth and Culture has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment to give Jamaican families an opportunity to experience dozens of hotels, sites and attractions at discounted rates.These special rates will be available on National Family Day, August 2, 2014. National Family Day would also be used to emphasise the importance of family values and to “help heal the Jamaican family”. last_img read more

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East High’s Barley named to MAAC 40th Anniversary Team

first_img Share on Facebook Print This Post East High’s Darrell Barley averaged nearly 17 points and 7.3 rebounds during his four-year career at Canisius. He earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year and led the Griffs to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. (Photo courtesy Canisius College Athletic Communications)By PAUL GOTHAMEast High’s Darrell Barley was among the players honored when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced its 40th Anniversary Team on Tuesday.The 1996 MAAC Player of the Year, Barley averaged 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds during his four-year career with the Golden Griffins. He earned three All-Conference selections and is one of four players in Canisius history to score more than 1,500 points and grab 650-plus rebounds during his time in Buffalo.Inducted to the Cansius Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, Barley helped Canisius win the 1996 MAAC title and clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament. That team was coached by John Beilein.A 6-foot-5 forward during his playing days, Barley set the freshman program record when he scored 17 points against eventual national champion, Duke. That record remained for more than 20 years. He was also named to the school’s All-Sesqui team.Barley eclipsed the 300-win mark this past season, his 19th at the helm for the Eagles. This year’s East squad won its seventh sectional title under Barley. His 2014 squad, led by Dontay Caruthers, advanced to the NYS Class A title game.Darrell Barley (center) has won seven sectional titles as head coach at East High School.Barley is also a member of Section V’s 2007 Hall of Fame Class.Jalen Pickett (Aquinas) and Demond Stewart (Greece Olympia) joined Barley as the only Section V alums to earn MAAC Player of the Year honors.Click here to view the MAAC 40th Anniversary Team.ALSO:East High’s Barley ranked among top players in Beilein’s career.Barley and Caruthers complete Section V first. East High’s Barley named to MAAC 40th Anniversary Team This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. East High’s Barley named to MAAC 40th Anniversary Team added by Paul Gotham on July 8, 2020View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat InsuranceBabbelStart Speaking a Language in 3 Weeks – All You Need Is Your PhoneBabbelby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters Follow on Facebookcenter_img By Paul Gotham on July 8, 2020No Comment Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Add to Google+ Subscribe by Email Connect on Linked inlast_img read more

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Vermonters First reappears with ads attacking ‘Democratic’ taxes

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana February 27, 2013 vtdigger.org Conservative super PAC Vermonters First has resurfaced for the first time since November, with two new ads on WCAX that blame Vermont Democrats for new gas, property and heating fuel taxes.The Vermont Press Bureau’ s Pete Hirschfeld broke the news Wednesday morning.The ads claim that Vermont Democrats are proposing at least $70 million in new tax revenues, levied against working Vermonters. The ads urge constituents to contact legislators and protest the taxes.Tayt Brooks, the group’ s founder, declined to comment.Ryan Emerson, a spokesman for the state’ s Vermont Democratic Party, said the ads are an unsurprising but ‘ disconcerting’ attempt by Vermonters First to lump Democratic politicians together as supporters of new taxes, at a time when Democrats haven’ t reached consensus on these controversial measures.‘ This is another attempt by Vermonters First to muddy the waters,’ Emerson said. ‘ It’ s too early in the session to see where the budget ends up. ‘¦ There hasn’ t been any broad-based agreement on the budget thus far.’‘ The $70 million [figure] may come from the projected budget shortfall,’ Emerson continued. ‘ If that’ s the case, there’ s a number of ways to address that, not just raising taxes.’ To imply otherwise, Emerson said, ‘ is just being dishonest to Vermonters.’At this point, two of the three tax proposals that Vermonters First highlights are still subject to fierce debate, though a 5-cent property tax increase cleared the House last week, backed by a unified Democratic vote over Republican objections.A 4 percent sales tax on gas is a Shumlin administration proposal now under discussion in the House Transportation Committee. A nonpartisan 65-member task force recommended a new excise tax on heating fuels in January.The state currently projects a budget shortfall of $50 million to $70 million in the upcoming fiscal year. A 1 cent property tax raise usually generates about $10 million in revenue, so the new proposal passed by the House would raise about $50 million, and keep track with a 5.5 percent increase in K-12 public education spending. The administration’ s gas tax would raise $28.24 million, or $36.5 million when combined with additional bonding. An excise tax on heating fuels could raise up to $30 million annually, but it’ s unclear whether that proposal will be acted on this session.Gov. Peter Shumlin didn’ t include a heating fuel assessment in his budget address, but later this week the House Natural Resources Committee members will vote on H.216, a bill that may fund energy efficiency by adding 0.5 percent to an established gross receipts tax on some fuels.Democrats don’ t plan to launch a counterattack or buy any advertising of their own, Emerson said.Meanwhile, at a press conference on Wednesday, Shumlin defended his gas tax proposal as a way to avoid sending $60 million in federal funds back to Washington, D.C., and said he’ d craft a bipartisan solution to the state’ s waning gas tax revenues.Asked if he cared about how politically unpopular gas and property tax hikes might be, Shumlin responded: ‘ I didn’ t run for governor to find the path of least resistance. I ran for governor for one reason: I want to create jobs, and prosperity, better income for those better jobs. And I will do anything sensible as governor to make that happen.’‘ I don’ t get up every morning and think: Well, is this going to be popular? Is this not going to be popular? I think: How can I be effective?’Emerson pointed out that because Vermonters First is tackling issues under legislative debate, it needs to formally register as a lobbyist with the Secretary of State, which the group did on late Wednesday afternoon.State statute requires any group lobbying on legislative issues to register within 48 hours of any lobbying.According to WCAX, the ads cost $7,800, and will appear 31 times, from today until March 1.last_img read more

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Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks

first_imgBusiness ties between South Africa and Liberia received a boost after the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship brought in and trained 15 businesspeople from the West African country in May this year. (Image: Virgin Tribe South Africa) • Gavin Meiring Marketing and communications manager Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship +27 11 403 0622 [email protected] • Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success • Ugandan entrepreneur looks after women and girls• Entrepreneurs bring British business back home • Entrepreneurship key to jobs for youth• Entrepreneur builds internet empireShamin ChibbaWhen the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, ran a course for 15 Liberian businesspeople, the most valuable thing they gained was not the knowledge imparted by the facilitators, but the connections they made with one another.This was according to the centre’s chief executive, Jane Rankin, who had overseen the programme when it ran in May this year. It was the first time the centre had accepted entrepreneurs from another country in Africa. And for the organisers, this decision has boosted business ties between South Africa and Liberia.The entrepreneurs were put through the foundation course, which covered fundamentals such as accounting and business planning. Though these sound like subjects out of a university curriculum, which goes against Sir Richard Branson’s eccentric way of doing business, the centre’s spokesperson, Gavin Meiring, says the approach is “truly Virgin”. “Entrepreneurs are taught the art and science of breaking the rules to capture the imagination of customers and investors alike.”Participants were encouraged to be sociable and network with one another. “They now collaborate a lot to deliver on their projects. And since some of them don’t have cash, they barter their skills with one another.”The foundation course usually takes up to six weeks, with students attending class once a week. But it was crammed into five days for the Liberian to attend in a single week. Apart from the course work, guest speakers such as entrepreneur Paul Smith; former chief operating officer of Accenture South Africa, Clive Butkow; and executive director of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s African Leadership Initiative, Tracey Webster, gave tips and spoke of their life experiences. Preparing for global marketplaceIn September 2013, at the annual Liberia Foundations Meeting held in New York, Branson and the founder of American charity Humanity United, Pam Omidyar, announced that they would partner in an initiative that would prepare Liberian entrepreneurs for success in the international marketplace. The centre in Johannesburg was immediately put forward as the place where they would be tutored, and Omidyar’s organisation agreed to fund the course.Humanity United is dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. It also, according to Rankin, is instrumental in helping entrepreneurs in post-conflict countries. Liberia had been through two civil wars between 1989 and 2003 with an estimated 520 000 killed.Along with Virgin Unite, a charitable arm of the Virgin group, officials from the centre went to Liberia to recruit a facilitator on the ground to select 15 entrepreneurs who would participate in the course. The programme manager from the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Wilson Idahor, says the entrepreneurs were identified by means of a print media campaign. “Approximately 250 applications were received. After interviewing the shortlist of 25 applicants, 15 were chosen.”These included agricultural supply chain management company Agro, paper product manufacturer Elohim Printers Incorporated, and food caterers Big Treat Enterprise.Those chosen already had established businesses, which presented a problem for the centre. Rankin believes the course might not have as huge an impact on the entrepreneurs as she had hoped it would. “We were not directly involved in the selection and that was the problem. I think the chances of us impacting these businesses are not great. I think it opened their minds to be here, but we were dealing with established entrepreneurs. I would have preferred entrepreneurs at a much earlier stage.”After finishing the foundation course, the entrepreneurs returned to Liberia where they have to draw up a business plan. “They have to complete a business plan to enter the advanced course. We have to also see some change in their business since they did the foundation course to enter the advanced course. So they should have grown revenue or grown in terms of employees.”Those who accepted for the advanced course will return to the centre in October. Entrepreneurship addressing social challenges“Although Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world,” says Rankin, “its entrepreneurs are finding solutions that have the capacity to grow the economy and improve peoples’ lives in the future.”These entrepreneurs have had to overcome the challenges of running formal businesses in Liberia. Rankin says that many of them have had to deal with things as they happen, without planning or preparation.Geneva Garr, owner of clothing manufacturer Approved Wear Fashion House, started her business in 2005, soon after she graduated as a fashion designer from an academy in Ghana. But because of the conflict in her home country, she was unable to return home. She started putting her designs together on her front porch, which later grew into a shop. When the war ended in Liberia, she took her vision home and now employs up to 15 people.Elfreda Mayson started Jola House, a textile company, in 2012 as a way to address social challenges facing post-war Liberia. Through her company, she looked to create a sustainable source of income for war-affected Liberian women. Today, a portion of the profits made are invested into the communities from where their employees come. One way of doing this is by recruiting and training women and girls from vulnerable communities. Teaching entrepreneurshipIn recent years, numerous business leaders in South Africa have been calling on schools to teach entrepreneurship. And though Rankin thinks it is a good idea to an extent, she is tentative when it comes to involving the Branson Centre. “I think you can open young people’s minds to the possibilities and the option of being an entrepreneur. You can show them how to look at opportunities and how to create solutions to social problems that in the end can turn into businesses.”However, she says not enough is being done in schools to prepare pupils for life after school, whether for tertiary education or running their own businesses. Rankin adds that many South Africans are turning to entrepreneurship not because they want to but because they have to. Getting into tertiary institutions or finding a job is getting harder and out of desperation, they look to entrepreneurship as an alternative to making a living.The problem with this, she says, is that these businesspeople are not getting the years of experience within a chosen industry, which is crucial to succeeding on their own. “They are basically opening a business in an industry they know nothing about. They have no network and no real understanding of that industry. It’s a huge barrier to making a success of their business.”She suggests getting some work experience within an industry before venturing out because as running one’s own business is difficult without know-how. “It’s just going to be easier when you move into your own business. Your understanding of the industry and what it needs is going to be that much better rather going in and learning the hard way while trying to get a business off the ground.”An additional problem is that entrepreneurs may have an idea and immediately think people will gravitate towards it. However, Rankin says these businesspeople are not doing the market assessment needed to find out whether their product or service is viable. “That kind of research is not happening. They start their business and don’t really know who they want to sell to.”She acknowledges that there is no sure route to success as most entrepreneurs do not follow a conventional path, much like Branson did when he started his first student magazine at the age of 16 when he dropped out of school. Expansion into AfricaWith the success of the Liberian project, the centre realises it can have a huge impact on entrepreneurs in other African countries. “We are looking to expand into Africa. But for us to work with other countries we would need a partner. We would either have a similar model as the one with Liberia or we would go and train facilitators in that country to operate an organisation like ours.”In addition, having been around for more than nine years, the Branson Centre is now looking to spread through South Africa. At present, it only accepts Gauteng residents because students have to attend the course every week.The centre started out as the Branson School in 2005 when it was affiliated to Cida City Campus. Three years ago it became independent and moved to Braamfontein. Operating as a non-profit organisation, the centre recruits informal and formal businesspeople from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim of helping them to run their businesses and access funds and international opportunities.“Our focus isn’t turning everyone into the next Richard Branson, but our focus is to help them run the business more effectively. Really just giving the entrepreneurs the exposure they need.”last_img read more

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Pipeline testing complete near Mexico

first_imgWater testing is done on the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in the Mexico area.Workers spent most of Monday making sure the integrity of the pipeline was sound from roughly Centralia to Mexico. No word yet on when natural gas will start running down the line again.That pipeline ruptured about a month ago, leading to a huge fireball just north of Mexico near Highway 15.last_img

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Moody’s Invests in a Scalable Infrastructure

first_imgDownload Now The credit ratings, research, and risk analysis provides by Moody’s Investors Service play a crucial role in helping investors navigate the quickly changing waters of financial markets. To improve the efficiency and scalability of the infrastructure used for mission-critical ratings and analysis applications, the IT group decided to migrate workloads from proprietary to Linux* environments running on Intel® Xeon® processors. By adopting Intel Xeon processors and open-source products, the company is achieving better performance, gaining more cost-effective scalability, and reducing costs.“There has been much greater innovation among x86 platform vendors and in the open-source community than among proprietary platform vendors,” explained Brian Clark, CTO of Moody’s. “It was clear that we could achieve better price/performance and scalability by moving to a Linux environment running on Intel Xeon processors.”For the whole story, download our new Moody’s business success story. You can find more business success stories like this one on Intel.com and iTunes.  And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, be sure to follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

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9 months agoHakimi admits discussing Real Madrid with BVB pal Alcacer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakimi admits discussing Real Madrid with BVB pal Alcacerby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAchraf Hakimi admits he’s spoken with Borussia Dortmund teammate Paco Alcacer about the pair of them playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.While Hakimi is on-loan at BVB from Real, Alcacer has just been sold by Barcelona to the Germans.”Here I have the continuity I needed, I feel more mature, more important, more a player,” said Hakimi.”I have to go back to Madrid in 2020 but in two years’ time anything can happen.” Asked if he and Alcacer had spoken about playing together for Real, he added: “We’ve talked about it once.” last_img read more

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This was not ok Alvvays singer dodges kiss after fan jumps onstage

first_imgIn the video, Rankin nears the close of the song Party Police when a fan walks towards her, puts his arm on her shoulder and moves in to kiss her.The singer pulls away as the man backs off and leaves the stage. Rankin appears confused for a moment and cracks a smile.Alvvays is currently in Europe performing in support of the band’s latest album, Antisocialites.Ken Veerman, director for the Antwerp venue Trix, posted a message on Facebook condemning the action.“It is incredible and saddening that we should still spell this out in 2017, but here goes: it is in no way, shape or form acceptable to harass women on or off stage,” he wrote.“Being very drunk and slightly enamoured with a musician somehow doesn’t magically make this kind of behaviour alright. This [is] not ‘just a bit of fun’ … We apologize to the band and audience that this happened on our watch. This was not ok.” Advertisement Alvvays frontwoman Molly Rankin was left stunned during a recent show when a male fan bolted onto the stage and attempted to kiss her.The Toronto-based indie band, known for dreamy pop songs including Archie, Marry Me, was performing at a venue in Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday when the incident was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Alvvways frontwoman Molly Rankin was left stunned during a show last weekend in Antwerp when a male fan bolted onstage and attempted to kiss her. (YouTube) Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Jesse Wente appointed Director of Canadas Indigenous Screen Office

first_imgJesse Wente – Nadya Kwandibens/Redworks Photography LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “I look forward to working with the stakeholders in the Indigenous Screen Office as well as my colleagues in the broader sector, to expand the reach and impact of Indigenous stories on screen and further the opportunities for Indigenous storytellers on all levels of production in Canada,” said Jesse Wente. “Now more than ever, the need for Indigenous narrative sovereignty is evident and I’m excited to work with the community of Indigenous creators to help grow our industry and amplify their voices.”The creation of this Office was the primary outcome of a multi-stakeholder engagement process announced last January, led by Marcia Nickerson, Indigenous Governance Consultant, the objective of which was to develop recommendations to better support the Indigenous screen-based sector in Canada. Resulting from this process, the participating organisations launched an initiative to create an Indigenous Screen Office tasked with supporting the development, production and marketing of Indigenous content, thus contributing to a vibrant Canadian Indigenous screen-based industry.The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada (CBC/SRC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) collaborated to support the Indigenous Screen Office. Associated partners include Bell Media, the Harold Greenberg Fund and VICE Studio Canada. The partners are thrilled that Jesse has agreed to undertake this leadership role and believe his experience and extensive knowledge will be valuable assets in his new position as Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office. Login/Register With: Toronto, January 31, 2018  – Key audiovisual industry organizations announced today the appointment of Jesse Wente as Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, a role he will assume starting February 1, 2018. Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office is an initiative first announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, at the Banff World Media Festival this past June.Jesse Wente is a highly respected broadcaster and cultural industries leader, having worked at major Canadian cultural organisations. A film expert, he has spent two decades working in the creative community and advocating for Indigenous rights. He has been Director of Film Programmes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the past seven years, and has contributed to CBC Radio as a critic, reporter, and producer since 1996. Jesse has served on numerous Boards, including the Toronto Arts Council and the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. He is Ojibwe from the Serpent River First Nation, born in Toronto.As Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, Jesse will develop an approach to meet the Office’s strategic objectives and manage its operations. This Office will then implement a long-term strategy supporting all levels of talent development, including short and feature script development; television and digital media and training. A key role of the office will be to facilitate relationships with broadcasters, distributors, training institutions and federal funders.last_img read more

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