The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is looking to partner with the Jamaica Micro Financing Association Limited (JaMFA) to sharpen the financial literacy skills of Jamaicans. He suggested that consideration be given to hosting a series of public meetings targeting citizens with an interest in this area, particularly young people who, for varying reasons, have not mastered money-management skills.Mr. Green noted that the youth, to a great extent, “are the ones who are looking for credit right now… [but] they are not equipped with those skills”.“I think that would be a wonderful initiative for this, your 10th year… [and] it would be great if we could partner and embark on this programme. Part of what I think we have to do a better job of is ensuring that, from as early as possible, more of our citizens are equipped with financial literacy skills,” he added.The State Minister emphasised that the Government is “very serious about our concept of the socialisation of wealth” and ensuring that “everybody can participate in the economic growth and the collective drive towards prosperity”.“The only way people will be able to truly participate, is if they appreciate and understand how they can… and the microfinance sector is well placed to lead that drive,’ Mr. Green added. Story Highlights Mr. Green, who was addressing the JaMFA’s seventh annual microfinance sector leadership forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 28, said that the organisation, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is ideally suited to embark on this engagement, in light of the focus of its members’ activities in the area of microfinancing. State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, said the objective is to ensure that citizens have a better understanding of and appreciation for key terms such as stock market, investments, loans/credit and credit reports as well as interest rates and how these are calculated. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is looking to partner with the Jamaica Micro Financing Association Limited (JaMFA) to sharpen the financial literacy skills of Jamaicans.State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, said the objective is to ensure that citizens have a better understanding of and appreciation for key terms such as stock market, investments, loans/credit and credit reports as well as interest rates and how these are calculated.Mr. Green, who was addressing the JaMFA’s seventh annual microfinance sector leadership forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 28, said that the organisation, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is ideally suited to embark on this engagement, in light of the focus of its members’ activities in the area of microfinancing.State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, addresses the Jamaica Micro Financing Association Limited’s (JaMFA) annual microfinance sector leadership forum, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (May 28).
Kochi: A colourful rally accompanied by floats and folk dance performances on Monday marked the ‘Athachamayam’ celebrations, heralding the start of the 10-day ‘Onam’ festivities in Kerala. State Culture Minister A K Balan inaugurated the celebrations at nearby Tripunithura, capital of the erstwhile Royal Kingdom of Kochi. In his speech, the Minister highlighted the relevance of Onam, saying it displays unity of people beyond caste, creed and religion. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The state government has made elaborate arrangements for celebrating Onam this year. The spirit of Onam would give strength to the people of the state to come out of the difficulties caused due to the devastating floods, Balan said. Various folk art forms like Theyyam, Kolkali, Mayilattom, Ammankudam, Pulikkali, and classical art forms like Kathakali added colour to the Athachamayam procession. Giving a rhythmic touch to the procession, percussionists performed Chendamelam and panchavadyam. In the days of kings, the Maharaja of Kochi used to participate in the procession from Tripunithura to the Vamanamoorthy temple at Thrikkakara. According to legends, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is believed to visit Kerala at the time of Onam to see his subjects.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment British R&B is having a moment.More than ever, young artists from the other side of the Atlantic are pushing the genre forward and keeping it exciting.Nao, Jorja Smith, Mabel, Raleigh Ritchie and Ray BLK are all carving out distinct sounds and spaces in the London scene. Its eclectic and progressive energy allows it to rival mainstream North American R&B and soul. Twitter While Toronto’s scene has all the pieces to become its own mecca of R&B, it could take some notes from the British.The aforementioned UK artists are sonically diverse, whereas Toronto’s use more homogenous production styles. Woozy electronic beats, heavy bass and resonant 808s have become the official sound of Toronto R&B, and very few budding artists stray from this formula.In contrast, Nao, the patron saint of neo-soul, sounds nothing like Ray Blk, whose candid, stripped-back style sounds nothing like the haunting, lingering melodies of Jorja Smith.There are outliers in the local scene whose production and lyrics deviate from the norm, but they’re not earning the same recognition as musicians like the Weeknd, PartyNextDoor and dvsn.TiKA, who recently opened for Nao at the Phoenix, is one of these artists. Along with local acts Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Day Wilson, McCallaman, Unbuttoned, M.I.Blue and Daniel Caesar, she taps into soul music’s emotional vulnerability.READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement
In May 2018, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent with an estimated 38,500 people working.Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low in May 2019 at a rate of 4.3 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 22 months in a row.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says the B.C. economy is expected to grow, with some forecasters expecting the Province to continue to outpace the rest of Canada when it comes to employment.“The economy is expected to keep growing – to the benefit of British Columbians. Private sector forecasters project that growth in our province will continue to outpace the rest of Canada.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment numbers for the month of May have been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a decrease last month of 0.7 percent, down to 8.3 percent when compared to April’s rate of 9.0 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for May is up 200 to 37,700 when compared to April’s numbers of 37,500.
Beirut: Bombardment killed 13 civilians in northwest Syria on Sunday, the large majority in regime fire on areas of the jihadist-held Idlib region, a war monitor said. The violence was the latest to threaten a seven-month-old truce intended to stave off a regime offensive on the region held by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate. Sunday’s shelling and rocket fire by regime forces killed nine civilians in several areas of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThey included five people in the town of Nayrab, three in Saraqeb, and one in the village of Al-Khuwayn, the Britain-based monitoring group said. The Observatory said bombardment by Islamist fighters on the regime-held town of Masyaf in the adjacent province of Hama killed four civilians. The rocket fire hit a hospital killing members of its staff, state news agency SANA said. Regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September inked a buffer zone deal to prevent a massive regime offensive on the Idlib region, near the Turkish border. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut the region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment since former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham overran the region in January. More than 30 civilians have been killed in regime bombardment on Idlib since Wednesday alone, according to the Observatory. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem this week said his government was growing impatient to recapture Idlib, the last region outside its control apart from the Kurdish-held northeast where the United States retains a troop presence. The UN humanitarian office OCHA has said the escalating violence had already killed 90 civilians in the Idlib region in March, nearly half of them children. The escalation pushed more than 86,500 people to flee their homes in February and March, it added. At least 370,000 people have died in Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau getting down to business today and as his first full year as PM begins he became the first sitting Prime Minister to officially visit Toronto City Hall in almost 20 years. He met with Mayor John Tory to discuss a number of topics including transportation, housing and infrastructure.“Regardless of the different level of government we all serve the same people and rather than pushing off responsibilities saying oh thats the municipalities to deal with or thats the province we need to and we have been working together.”Crowds filled the city hall atrium to listen to Trudeau. He spoke of the Federal commitment to invest in transportation, housing and infrastructure he promised during last fall’s election campaign to pump an additional $60 billion over 10 years into infrastructure projects.But what about the City of Hamilton? That’s one of the main priorities this year dealing with the issue of poverty and the lack of social housing what will you do to help that city can we expect any sort of federal funding? We asked him. And while he didn’t directly answer our question he did say this… “Canadians need housing, Canadians need opportunities, Canadians need growth and good jobs and that’s what the Liberal party put forward as a plan to do and that’s what we are working very heard to deliver on.”Trudeau said more answers would come in his government’s first budget, which is expected this spring.
business report|markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Very different tone on the major markets after two days of exceptional volatility, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – March 5, 2014 by News Staff Posted Mar 5, 2014 6:47 am MDT
The Duchess of Cambridge puts her Scout leader training to the testCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of her hope that her children will all one day become Scouts, following in Royal Family footsteps to join the movement. The Duchess spoke of her wish that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will all be “brought up in the Scouting community”, during a visit today to the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park in Epping, Essex.After enjoying her time as a Brownie as a child, the Duchess became involved with the Scouts in 2012 as a volunteer leader with a Cub Scout Pack in Anglesey, Wales, while she and the Duke of Cambridge were living there.Her recent work has focused on early intervention and young children’s development, seeing her pay a visit to learn more about a pilot scheme to bring scouting to children aged four to six.During her visit, the Duchess spoke of her love of spending time outdoors with George, five, Charlotte, three, and ten-month-old Louis. Tahseen Patel, 17, a Scout Explorer from Blackburn, told Kate about her work with the youngest Scouts, known as “hedgehogs”. “She said she would like them to go into the scouting community because she loves what it stands for — that it’s a very open and inclusive way into life.”The Scouts launched 20 pilots last year to explore the potential of providing Scouting to children aged four to six. The organisation currently reaches 473,000 young people aged six to 25 in the UK, but research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are the most pivotal in their development.Dressed in black skinny jeans, brown suede boots and a russet polo neck with a Scout scarf tied in a friendship knot, Kate joined young children in sessions which are part of the pilot, including model boat building, “balloon rockets” and an “alphabet adventure”, which aim to improve communication and teamwork.At the balloon rocket station, where the children made rockets powered by balloons tied to string, she crouched down with a group of four-year-olds including Albie Wakefield, Jessica Grub, Adam Smyth and Harry Fly, the Duchess peppered them with questions about how it worked. “It’s beautiful,” she told them. “I can see how schools and parents will really value what’s on offer here as they’re not always able to provide all these activities.” Frankie Newbury, 29, the programme delivery executive for the Scouts early years pilot schemes, also accompanied Kate during the visit. She said: “The Duchess was particularly interested in how the pilots are reaching out to the very youngest children, often from disadvantaged areas. She asked lots of questions about how we’re trying to bring in children from less privileged backgrounds.”Matt Hyde, the chief executive of the Scouts, said: “To have such a high-profile visit is a huge honour and will make so many people involved in Scouting in the UK and globally, very proud.”The Scout movement was founded in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell. The Queen, who was a Girl Guide in her childhood, is its patron. “It’s very waterproof, isn’t it?” — The Duchess of Cambridge joins in with den building @UKScouting Gilwell Park 🍂 pic.twitter.com/NWGtreqEbb— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 28, 2019 Kate joins in a rocket launching activityCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess then planted a sapling Oak to mark the 100th anniversary of Gilwell Park, the international home of Scouting, joking: “Normally I have to do this in high heels, this is much easier.” During the final part of the vist, she was shown a faith garden, which features a mosque, synagogue and a Buddhist sala built by the Scouts of Thailand in 1967.Liran Dror, 15, a Scout explorer from Hampshire, said: “She was really interested in the values of the different religions, particularly caring for people, helping to bring people together from all over the world, tolerance and how that is reflected in Scouting.” After a couple of attempts , she laughed and told them: “I didn’t do a very good job, did I? You’re all much better than me.” Next, the Duchess joined children on the “alphabet adventure” hunt. Rani Dadwal, four, from Birmingham, presented Kate with a letter C. “Is this a curly C for me? Thank you,” she said, before another girl presented her with a K, saying “K for Kate.” “I know, it’s very confusing, because I’m Catherine with a C,” she said. The duchess then watched a group of young Scouts building model boats and floating them in small paddling pools, before spotting a tee-pee style den which some of the children had built from sticks and leaves. “Wow, did you build this? It’s a very good den, I’m very impressed,” she told Maya Rahman, 8, and Sayena Aktar, 7 . “How long did it take you to build? A whole day? Have any of you ever spent the night outside, with the animals and owls? That might be fun.” The den was similar to the tee-pee which featured in the Cambridges’ Christmas card image taken at Anmer Hall last year, recreated in the Duchess’ “woodland wilderness” garden for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.“It’s very cosy in here,” she confirmed, noting that it was also “very waterproof” after children poured water on the roof as a test. A team of Scouts aged 14 to 18 then showed her around some of the park’s features, including the Gillwell Oak, which is more than 400 years old and is said to have been used as a hiding place by 18th century highwayman, Dick Turpin. The Duchess speaks with young scoutsCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Scouts headquarters at Gilwell ParkCredit:Eddie Mulholland Kate admires a Scout’s many badgesCredit:Getty ” She said Prince George hasn’t joined yet, but hopefully soon. I think that would be great – George could be a little Scouts ambassador.”Lauren Noble, 14, who helped with the tour, said: “She said it would be a great thing for them to get involved in.” Miss Patel said: “The Duchess was really interested in the kinds of activities Scouting offers that children can’t always learn or have access to in schools.”She said she wants to bring her children up in the Scouting community and that she’s tried lots of activities at home with them, but would love them to become Scouts.
A DUBLIN FIRE Brigade ambulance broke down with a patient on board this morning. It happened at around 9am in Blanchardstown.Another emergency vehicle was dispatched from Phibsborough, over 8km away, to transport the patient on to hospital.In a separate incident, a mechanic was called in to address a problem with an ambulance at the fire service’s city centre base in Tara Street, after the vehicle failed to start.Dublin Fire Brigade operates a fleet of 12 HSE-funded ambulances in the city. There are also four ‘reserve’ vehicles, which are used whenever one of the frontline vehicles needs repair.A source familiar with the situation said the reserve ambulances were all “over six years old” and had more than 400,000 kilometres on the clock.The source said the fleet was regularly breaking down, and that repairs were being made on a “reactive basis”.“Some of them are virtually being held together with shoelaces. There’s problems with lights, problems with sensors. This isn’t a rare thing to happen.”A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade told TheJournal.ie they were “currently investigating this matter”.The HSE pays the Fire Brigade around €10 million a year for provision of the ambulance service.Most of the Fire Brigade’s fulltime firefighters are also trained paramedics and rotate between fire and ambulance duties.Read: Fire crew attacked with rocks in Waterford > Read: Gilmore: “The place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flatscreeen”
A US PRESIDENTIAL task force has drafted recommendations that will limit how the National Security Agency (NSA) gathers and holds information.The Wall Street Journal reports that the proposals suggest radical changes to the agency, focusing on changing its structure as well as transparency and internal security.One of the proposals suggest that the records of US phone call collected by the NSA should be held by the phone company or a third-party organisation instead.This would prevent it from collecting bulk data, a practice which has come under criticism after it was revealed that it collects five billion call records a day.The panel also proposed that the NSA must have a higher standard of proof first before it’s allowed to collect and search data.NSA officials have said they are open to changing the program, but warned that broad changes would hamper the agency’s speed and effectiveness because it would require separate searches of multiple databases.The report, which will be presented to the White House on Sunday, comes from the task force that US president Barack Obama created in August in response to Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing. The recommendations aren’t binding and could change before the final draft is decided.The White House has said it will be reviewing its surveillance programs and policies, which is expected to be completed by the end of this month, and will consider the recommendations.Read: Major tech companies ask US government to reform surveillance laws >Read: Global censorship could end in a decade says Google boss >
Samsung let it be known this week that it has acquired a 5% stake in stylus maker Wacom. Samsung worked with the Japan-based input experts to design and build the S Pen, a pressure-sensitive stylus for its Galaxy Note devices. This move probably signals an increased role for stylus input in future Samsung devices, and a few years ago that would have been seen as bad news. My, how times change.Steve Jobs famously proclaimed in 2007 as he was announcing the iPhone that no one wants to use a stylus. At the time, and for several years after, it seemed like he was dead on. Stylus-based input looked to be going the way of the dinosaur. Then Samsung took a different approach with the first Galaxy Note. Past mobile devices used resistive screen technology, which made for a mediocre experience, even with a stylus. Wacom’s inductive tech is totally different, though.Wacom is famous for making high-end graphics tablets like the Intuos line. It turns out that inductive technology was a perfect match for smartphones. Users can draw, tap, and use gestures with the S Pen. It’s responsive enough that people seem to genuinely enjoy using the feature. You’d be hard-pressed to find a group of people more enamored with their phones than Note users.Almost universally when an OEM comes out with some device-specific hardware, it doesn’t see wide developer support. Samsung is different, though. This company sells many millions of phones, and has made it clear the stylus isn’t going away. S Pen support has been getting a little traction, and it’s going to pick up now.After the success of the first Galaxy Note, Samsung began incorporating the technology into more devices. There is now a 10.1-inch Note tablet and the new Galaxy Note II. Galaxy S III owners can also buy a similar C Pen stylus separately. By getting a piece of Wacom, Samsung is sending a message that it wants to maintain the relationship. This is no longer just a licensing deal — Samsung is in it for the long haul with stylus tech.
If you’re interested in Japanese professional wrestling, you probably know all about Shinsuke “The Artist” Nakamura. If not, maybe it’s time you learn, as Viz Media is releasing the wrester’s autobiography in the form of King of Strong Style: 1980 – 2014. The upcoming tome, originally published as two different paperback volumes between 1980 and 2004 and 2004 and 2015 in Japan, you’ll be able to grab the entirety of Nakamura’s autobiography in a single-volume hardcover print version or digital edition.You can see Nakamura on Smackdown Live now, and you may recognize him there over his days in Japan, where he began as an amateur wrestler back in high school before attending university. After leaving there, he ended up making his professional debut as a wrestler at Nippon Budokan as a part of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.All of Nakamura’s exploits are told in the new volume, which is launching this summer so you can read all about what he got up to before his American debut. Whether you get the digital or physical version, you’ll get a mixture of color and black and white photographs as well. The cover looks particularly cool.The “Strong Style” moniker comes from Nakamura’s wrestling style, which is covered in the book, but it references Antonio Inoki’s wrestling style where he’d use realistic fighting moves like strikes and submissions instead of flashy choreography. It’s got a stiff look to it, which gives it a “stronger” look. If you’re interested in how Nakamura’s style evolved along with how he blew up over the years with his phenomenal career, this book is no doubt going to be essential for your bookshelf.For those of you who still think wrestling is fake, sure — some of it, but it’s probably a good idea to get educated on all the real, gritty parts of it and learn about the legends before you dismiss it! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey Stay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu
BY Nelson MannehJainaba Jallow, a 23 year old girl residing in Nema Kunku village, is seeking for assistance to get a wheelchair to facilitate her movement. Jainaba Jallow has been a cripple for the past twenty-three (23) years. According to her mother, Mrs. Fatoumatta Bah, her daughter was born in this condition and they have always provided her a wheelchair, for the past 23 years.“Now that the father has passed away, I am the only one left to take care of the family. I am alone and cannot afford to buy her a wheelchair. That is why I am calling for people to assist her,” Madam Fatoumata said amid sobs.Mrs Bah said her daughter cannot move to take care of her daily chores as before. According to her, her daughter’s current wheelchair is completely dilapidated.Mrs. Bah calls on all philanthropists to come to the aid of her child in order to get her a movable wheel chair. Any Good Samaritan who wants to reach the twenty-three old girl or her mother, can contact: 7780403.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is hoping that Philippe Coutinho will receive a boost in confidence following his brace against Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarter-final win.After losing the first leg 2-0 at Sevilla last week, Barcelona were ruthless in the return leg at Camp Nou with Coutinho’s double helping them to a 6-1 victory.Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were the other scorers on the night as Barcelona sealed their semi-final spot in the Copa del Rey with a 6-3 aggregate win over Sevilla.But, for Valverde, a big factor to take from the game was Coutinho’s brace at Camp Nou after the Brazilian playmaker’s form had been put into question following a lacklustre campaign so far.Blaugrana captain Messi even selflessly gave up a chance to score an early penalty for the team by instead allowing Coutinho to slot it home instead.“Leo has given it to him to take and he has taken a great responsibility and made it 1-0,” said Valverde, according to Fox Sports.“I hope the success gives him more confidence.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking after the game, Coutinho thanked Messi for allowing him to take a confidence-boosting penalty.“The penalty has come naturally,” said Coutinho. “Leo’s gesture shows how great it is.“Thanks to Leo, for letting me kick the penalty, that’s good for the confidence of the group.“We knew that to overcome, we had to be involved from the beginning.”Although the most pleasing factor for Valverde was the way Barcelona responded by rising to the challenge when it was necessary after losing the first leg of their quarter-final tie to Sevilla 2-0.“The best thing is that we have security and we confirm that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he said.Next up for Barcelona is another home game against Valencia on Saturday in La Liga.
According to the online Trooper dispatch published on March 17, the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453. The following day when the owner returned to have the vehicle removed, all four tires and rims were missing from the vehicle. The rims are described to be black 18 inch Rockstar rims on studded Cooper winter tires. Also taken from the vehicle were Light Force accessory lights. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers received a report of a green Ford pickup that had slid off the roadway and into the ditch in the Lost Lake subdivision, in Seward, on March 15.