Youth Minister to Interact with Young Persons Through ‘Pon Di Corna’

first_imgYouth Minister to Interact with Young Persons Through ‘Pon Di Corna’JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedNine Outstanding Jamaicans Awarded by Institute of Jamaica RelatedGirls in State Care to Benefit from Transitional Living Arrangements Advertisements It will also include business development clinics; a technology hub, featuring animation, robotics and mobile apps development; résumé-writing and job interview techniques as well as an exposition of work and study opportunities.From November 17 to 19 Entrepreneurship 101 Training Sessions are to be held at the St. Elizabeth Youth Information Centre. Additionally, personal development sessions are also to be held across the island between November  18 and 28 in Trelawny, Portland, Clarendon, Hanover, St. James, St. Catherine, St. Mary  and Manchester .Other activities include: a Child Research Conference to be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, from November 5 to 6; the Hanover Art Fair and Skills Expo, at the Lucea Bus Stop, Hanover on November 7; the Trelawny Social Services Fair, November 12; and Community Based Youth Organisation Sports Challenge, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, on November 22.The Ministry anticipates that through these activities, over 15,000 youth will be directly engaged, and entered into the ministry’s databases for further action and referrals based on their unique needs and aspirations; over 3,000 youth will be involved in activities for their economic empowerment; over 1,000 youth will get access to critical social services; and over 2,500 youth will develop a stronger appreciation for physical and mental well-being.For further information, persons can visit the website: Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will interact directly with young persons across the country through ‘Pon Di Corna’ reasoning sessions, as part of activities for Youth Month, being observed in November.These sessions are to be held in Albert Town, Trelawny, on November 7; Somerset, St. Thomas on November 14; and Gregory Park, St. Catherine on November 21.Speaking at the official  launch of the Month at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre in Kingston, on October 31, Miss Hanna noted that Youth Month, being observed under the theme: ‘Youth Advance: Not Leaving It To Chance’, will focus on addressing the changing needs of the nation’s youth.Through the month of activities, the Ministry seeks to promote and execute focused, strategic and deliberate actions geared towards youth development.The Minister is also inviting the youth to participate in a Twitter Youth Summit on November 20, where Miss Hanna and Ministry staff will have an online discussion on the real challenges facing youth, using the hashtags  #YouthSummitJa and #NotLeavingItToChance.Miss Hanna will also take part in a High Level Meeting of Ministers focusing on youth development on November 19. In addition, a National Youth Conference is to be held on November 26 at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.Also scheduled for the month is a Youth Grand Market  to be held in Montego Bay, St. James, on November 29. The event will focus on entrepreneurship and provide young business people with an opportunity to market their products and services. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will interact directly with young persons across the country through ‘Pon Di Corna’ reasoning sessions, as part of activities for Youth Month, being observed in November.These sessions are to be held in Albert Town, Trelawny, on November 7; Somerset, St. Thomas on November 14; and Gregory Park, St. Catherine on November 21.The Minister is also inviting the youth to participate in a Twitter Youth Summit on November 20, where Miss Hanna and Ministry staff will have an online discussion on the real challenges facing youth, using the hashtags #YouthSummitJa and #NotLeavingItToChance. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna (left), interacts with students in attendance at the official launch of Youth Month at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in Kingston on Thursday (October 30). RelatedCulture Ministry Embarks on Initiative to Preserve Legacy Youth Minister to Interact with Young Persons Through ‘Pon Di Corna’ CultureNovember 1, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

London 2012: Ghana Olympic Committee Prez sure of medals

first_imgPresident of Ghana Olympic Committee, Prof. Francis Dodoo says Team Ghana will come home with medals.The GOC President told Asempa Sports on Thursday after the meeting with Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK.He explained that the athletes are well motivated to do mother Ghana proud and also believes Team Ghana is being represented by some of the best athletes in the world.According to him, the athletes know the importance of winning medals at the Olympics and its impact on their careers.He stated I am 75% sure that these athletes will not come home empty handed, they will definitely bring medals.The President of Ghana Olympic Committee however on a cautious note said we should not put unnecessary pressure on the athletes for them to choke at the Games but on the contrary give them massive support. “All the athletes need is massive support in these trying moments for them to put up their best performances and trust me if that is done Ghana will at least win three medals in the Boxing event, he added.Chef de Mission, Nii Adotey Din Barimah 1 corroborated the GOC President’s optimism.In a related development, Clement Ike Quartey, Silver Medalist at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome has joined the camp of the Black Bombers to lend his experience to the young boxers.The Olympian told Asempa Sports that Ghana’s inability to win medals at the Olympics since 1972 is due to the lack of attention given to Amateur Boxing in Ghana but is however hopeful good tidings at this year’s event.last_img read more

Football star bags Mandela award

first_imgRenowned football player ClarenceSeedorf with his Legacy Champions award. Seedorf says the moments he spent withNelson Mandela will remain with himforever.(Images: Lauren Mulligan for NelsonMandela Foundation The Dutch-Surinamese player is regardedas one of the best in the world.(Image: Clarence Seedorf officalwebsite)Khanyi MagubaneRenowned Dutch football player Clarence Seedorf has joined A-list personalities in becoming the latest celebrity to be named one of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Legacy Champions.The sporting legend jetted into South Africa in early June to receive the award for his humanitarian work through his charity organisation Champions for Children.The organisation is set to open a Champions Playground, a multi-functional sports complex for children in Cape Town.The sports centre will be built in Manenberg and is to be inaugurated during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The project is a joint venture between Seedorf’s organisation, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Italian university Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the University of the Western Cape.During his short visit Seedorf met with former president Nelson Mandela on 5 June, which according to his online blog, was a special moment in his life, “It was a very special day today. For my whole life I have been inspired by his life and work. It is an honour for me to have become a Legacy Champion.”In addressing the media following the meeting between Seedorf and Mandela, Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive officer Achmat Dangor said he was proud that the soccer legend is now part of the foundation.“Clarence Seedorf can count himself among those who will help ensure that this organisation, founded by Mr Mandela himself in 1999, will become financially independent, ensuring that it continues to promote Madiba’s vision, values and work.”Seedorf joins high profile Legacy Champions members including former US president Bill Clinton, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, minister of human settlements and former businessman Tokyo Sexwale and tycoon David Rockefeller.Using fame for good workThe name Clarence Seedorf is synonymous with prestigious football clubs around the world such as Ajax Amsterdam, the notable Italian team AC Milan, Spain’s Real Madrid and top English club Chelsea.He started playing football in the early 1990s, but his big break came in 1994 when he became the youngest player to join the Ajax Amsterdam first team at the tender age of 16.Since then, the 33-year-old’s meteoric rise in the football fraternity has been nothing less than stellar.Regarded as one of the top players in the world, Seedorf’s trophy collection includes four Champions League winner’s medals, two Fifa Club World Cup trophies and a Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) Super Cup.He is the only player in history to have won the Uefa Champions League with three different football clubs.In the Dutch leagues, he has four domestic league titles, and three domestic super cups.According to the football star’s website, no Dutch player in history has won more silverware than Seedorf.To add to his accolades, at the 10th annual Uefa Club Football Awards in 2007, Clarence was recognised as Europe’s best midfielder. The same year, he was awarded a Torretta award for best European athlete.Aside from his sporting achievements, Seedorf is perhaps most regarded for his humanitarian work.Growing up in the small former Dutch colony Suriname, the smallest country in South America, Seedorf grew up with a dream of becoming a football player, despite being told that he couldn’t because of his weak lungs.According to his official blog, he learned at an early age what it meant to hope and dream, and that he wanted to share this with others. “From my days as a child, watching famine strangle Ethiopia, I made a promise to myself to do whatever I could to help those, and others, when I was old enough, and had the means to do so.”Preserving the legacy of Nelson MandelaAccording to its website, the Nelson Mandela Foundation “contributes to the making of a just society by promoting the vision, values and work of its founder and convening dialogue around critical social issues.”In 2006, the foundation, with the help of the Centre of Memory and Dialogue, adopted a two-pronged strategy.The memory programme will deal with documenting the life and times of Mandela, through its records and documentation unit.It locates scattered material on Mandela, with the objective of ensuring that all resources linked to Mandela are presented in a way that preserves his memory.The dialogue programme will deal with developing and sustaining a dialogue platform, in line with its founder’s legacy.The centre of dialogue will encourage South Africans to speak to each other in a manner where every person’s voice is heard, regardless of their background, race, or political affiliation.As part of its dialogue series, the Nelson Mandela lecture is held annually at the foundation.This year, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the seventh lecture on 27 May.He delivered the lecture on the topic “Investment in the marginalised as a way of creating wealth and combating poverty.”Prof Yunus is a distinguished scholar and businessman and the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the 1970s. The bank now operates in more than 100 countries.He has received over 70 major international awards for his work and has 29 honorary degrees under his belt.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected]  Useful linksNelson Mandela FoundationClarence Seedorf official websiteChampions for ChildrenRepublic of Surinamelast_img read more

South African soccer fans 7

first_imgSoccer fans at a match between Manchester United and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. Manchester United won.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Scaling Business Intelligence with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (code-named “Westmere”)

first_imgBy how much a drop-in CPU upgrade can boost your server app performance? By 1.2x,… 1.4x? Please find below a report how even astonishing 1.64x can be possible.Recently, Intel has launched the Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (formerly known as “Westmere”). The new CPU is an upgrade for the 5500 Series with two remarkable improvements:• 50% more cores in a single CPU: six instead of four• Higher frequency: 3.33 GHz instead of 2.93 GHzThese and many other enhancements (like larger last level cache and fast encryption/decryption instructions) boosted many well known benchmarks.There is an exceptional result I am especially proud of: Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series provided up to 1.64x performance gain for the SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, accelerated version (including SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator). This software combines intuitive information search and exploration functionality with the high performance and scalability of in-memory analytics. If you want to feel this intuitiveness and breathtaking speed even on tremendous data volumes, please visit, it takes only a minute to register.SAP and Intel have collaborated for years to deliver SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator (backend for the accelerated version of SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer) as an extraordinary business intelligence appliance, optimizing and tuning it to utilize the advantages of Intel architecture. As a result, our customers will benefit from almost perfect scaling with the new CPU upgrade. Theoretically, the improvement one could hope for is about (6/4)x(3.33/2.93)=1.70x (through the increased core count and increased frequency). That means an amazing scaling efficiency of 96% is achieved!For more details please see the attached solution brief “SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, Accelerated Version, and SAP NetWeaver* Business Warehouse Accelerator on the Intel ® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series”. If you have questions, let me know (send me a private message or post a comment here), I will be happy to answer.Enjoy your new Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series!last_img read more

KDB Ten Hanjin Ships Up for Grabs

first_imgzoom The state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), the main creditor of the former South Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping, has launched sales proceedings for ten Hanjin ships, Yonhap News Agency cited industry sources.The bank has reportedly asked the potential buyers of the ships, which include two container vessels and eight bulk carriers, to submit their bids by February 21.After the financially troubled shipping firm filed for court receivership in late August 2016, the company returned all ships bought with bank loans to its lenders.The latest vessels sale was announced a week after the Seoul Central District Court unveiled that it will end Hanjin Shipping’s rehabilitation process on February 17.In an effort to collect enough cash to pay back its creditors, the company opted to sell a number of its assets, including its entire Asia to US route network and operations on the routes, a number of containerships, as well as its overseas businesses.In early February, Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in Total Terminals International (TTI), the operator of two facilities in Long Beach and Seattle, was sold to Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) for a USD 78 million.Undertaken by MSC’s subsidiary Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and HMM, the purchase includes all of Hanjin’s equity and shareholder loans in both TTI and the associated terminal equipment leasing company Hanjin TEC Inc.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Halifax judge tells rape victim You are strong and you are brave

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge praised a young university student for coming forward after a sexual assault she endured when she was 17, saying she showed courage and strength during a two-year legal ordeal that ended Tuesday with the sentencing of a male classmate.“Despite how difficult it must have been for her to share her thoughts and feelings regarding the impact of the assault … she somehow mustered the courage to read it into the record,” Justice Glen McDougall said before sentencing 21-year-old Chris Davidson of Calgary to 29 months in prison for sexual assault and unlawful confinement.“I hope she can continue to somehow find the strength and courage to go on,” the judge told the victim. “Often times, victims of sexual violence never get over the trauma of having been abused … You have already shown that if anyone can persevere and move forward, you can. You are young, strong and you are brave.”During Davidson’s trial in February, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury heard that the pair became fast friends as they both started their studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax in September 2015. Both were away from home and on their own for the first time — and both had little experience with alcohol.Davidson was 18 at the time.On the night in question, the couple planned to attend a fraternity party. Before they left, they both drank several shots of vodka.“Although Mr. Davidson didn’t have a lot of drinking experience, he matched (her) drink for drink,” McDougall said. “Nor did she have a great deal of drinking experience, based on the evidence.”McDougall said the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, drank about six shots. Davidson had more, though the number remains unclear.When they returned to the woman’s dorm room, they undressed each other and prepared to engage in consensual sex, and the woman suggested he should wear a condom. But at one point, Davidson told the woman he had not had sex before, and was planning to share his first experience with his girlfriend.“Upon hearing for the first time that Mr. Davidson had a girlfriend, (she) decided that she did not want to go any further down this path and told Mr. Davidson to stop,” the judge said, adding that she placed her arm on his chest to make him stop. “Unfortunately, her efforts to end things were to no avail.”The woman placed a condom on Davidson’s penis when it became clear she could not restrain him or escape, the judge said.McDougall said the over-consumption of alcohol might help explain what happened, but he stressed that it couldn’t excuse Davidson’s actions, nor could it be considered a mitigating factor.The Alberta man told police he had no memory of what happened that night, saying he blacked out.Davidson did not testify in his own defence.In February, the jury found him guilty of sexual assault and unlawful confinement.On Monday, the woman read from a victim impact statement, telling the court she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has attempted suicide twice in the past year. She said she has nightmares about the assault and suffers from panic attacks, depression, anorexia, insomnia, self-mutilation and emotional flashbacks.Though she has been unable to attend classes, she insisted she will go back to school at some point.“I refuse to let this crime stop me from accomplishing all the things I have planned for my life,” she told the court.On Tuesday, McDougall told Davidson that it was clear from the evidence that he is an intelligent, respectful, church-going young man from a good family. The judge also cited a pre-sentence report that said he had no previous record and had taken responsibility for his actions.McDougall quoted from the report, saying Davidson had told an officer: “We both were drunk. I blacked out … The judge found me guilty, so I’m going to take responsibility. I chose to drink that much … I feel awful about what she said I had done … She is obviously traumatized.”The judge said even though Davidson showed regret and remorse, the impact of his actions were “devastating” for the victim.“Your conduct has caused perhaps irreparable harm,” he said.Dressed in a blue, collared shirt and tan pants, Davidson — a trim, clean-cut man with short brown hair — stared straight ahead when he stood to be formally sentenced. A few members of his family sobbed quietly as he was led away by two sheriff’s deputies.Outside court, defence lawyer William Leahey said the case is an example of what can happen when young people are away from home for the first time and are inexperienced with alcohol.“This set of facts … should be driven home to every student,” Leahey said. “They need to know the impact of booze when they’re young and have little or no experience.”The lawyer said parents typically do a good job of teaching their children good moral values while encouraging them to avoid drugs and alcohol.“But there’s a vulnerability that develops,” he said. “That vulnerability is a lack of experience with alcohol … You can look at this case and you could see how this could happen to anyone’s child.”—Follow @NovaMac on Twitterlast_img read more