Ffolkes Abrahams Boosting Entrepreneurial Skills in West Central St James

first_imgShe further informed that a partnership is being developed with the Diaspora to develop a comprehensive sustainable development plan to transform the Granville/Pitfour/Retirement District into a sustainable township in collaboration with the St. James Parish Development Committee.“The transformation will be driven by entrepreneurship, small business development and agriculture, underpinned by skills training, mentorship and the inculcation of values and attitudes,” she said. CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAM State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, is pushing to increase the level of entrepreneurial skills in her constituency.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams reported during her Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives on June 25, that some 105 budding and existing entrepreneurs have been receiving training through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and should be graduating soon.“Utilising the expertise of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), we have trained constituents in areas such as business management, ethics and marketing,” she informed, noting that the first training sessions were held in April 2013.“I believe that small business and entrepreneurship is the answer to growth and development in our economy. I believe in empowering persons to help themselves, and they in turn, will help their families and their communities,” she stated.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams also informed that the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College will be utilised as a centre of literacy and continuous learning, while a facility for centre for entrepreneurship will be created in Mount Salem.“My aim is to increase the level of entrepreneurial skills in the constituency and provide a programme to continuously enhance the capabilities of residents in the various communities of West Central, St. James,” she said.last_img read more

NSW Ports to Offer Environmental Incentive for Ships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: NSW Ports Australia’s NSW Ports plans to introduce an environmental incentive to apply to vessel related charges levied at Port Botany and Port Kembla.NSW Ports, which is the first Australian port organisation to introduce such an incentive, is implementing this initiative to reward higher standards of environmental performance in ports.The organization plans to develop the details of this program in consultation with relevant shipping lines, and is targeting a January 1, 2019 implementation.Similar incentives exist at 53 ports globally, including the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; the Port of Los Angeles, USA; and the Port of New York and New Jersey, USA.“NSW Ports has introduced the incentive to reward companies that use vessels with better air emissions performance,” Marika Calfas, NSW Ports CEO, said.“The environmental incentive will be applied to vessels that perform better in reducing their emissions than the levels required by current emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO),” Calfas added.The incentive would take the form of a discount on vessel related charges levied by NSW Ports on vessels that call at the ports of Port Botany and Port Kembla.The incentives apply to vessels registered with the Environmental Ship Index (ESI).The ESI is a scoring system that gives a numerical representation of the environmental performance of seagoing ships regarding air pollutants. It only includes ships that perform over and above current IMO international legislation on emission standards.The ESI is a project within the World Ports Sustainability Program. ESI evaluates the amount of nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide that is emitted by a ship and includes a reporting scheme on the greenhouse gas emissions of the ship.last_img read more

New Premier tells Albertas Indigenous peoples I am looking forward to consulting

first_imgNicole Robertson, of Calgary said she voted NDP after once having a one-on-one conversation with Prentice about murdered and missing Indigenous women.She said he didn’t give her any straight answers.However, it was the promise from the NDP on the matter that swayed her support in their direction.“To me that’s really important. We are at an all-time breaking point, a national crisis in this country,” said Robertson. “In Alberta there’s a high number (of missing and murdered Indigenous women). I’m hoping this new government will assist in the prevention of missing and murdered Indigenous women and our men.”“To Alberta’s Indigenous Peoples, the trust that we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and better partners.” Rachel Notley Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsHopes are high among many of Alberta’s Indigenous communities after Tuesdays historic election that saw a 44-year run of Conservative rule come to an end.The NDP, led by Rachel Notley, committed to a renewed partnership with Alberta’s Aboriginal peoples that included a promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and making it law in the province.Notley also outlined commitments to tackle issues like supporting a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women; working to solve land claims and addressing consultation issues.A high number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Albertans turned out to vote and according to a sample from Elections Alberta, they voted NDP.Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam attended the packed NDP celebration in Edmonton Tuesday night and congratulated Notley in person on her win.His band, north of Fort McMurray and the tar sands, has long-standing environmental concerns over oil exploration and development.He said he’s looking forward to working with Notley to revisit tar sands regulation.“We have to build that new bridge with the new premier of Alberta,” said Adam. “Ms. Rachel Notley is more than willing to sit down with Aboriginal people and leaders across this province of Alberta, so be it, I’m game to do it.”He said some Alberta chiefs were unsure of the prospect of a new government and were still hanging onto the promises made by the former government led by Jim Prentice who resigned as leader of the Conservatives and gave up his seat in the legislature.“Some of the older chiefs wanted to support Prentice because of the commitments he made prior to the election, but those commitments aren’t there anymore,” said Adams. “They had 44 years to live by it. Why so long?”Assembly of First Nations regional chief Cameron Alexis told APTN National News that the NDP were the only party to reach out to First Nations in the province.“I sincerely thank premier-elect Notley for recognizing the Indigenous peoples of Alberta and the will to work with us,” Alexis said in a statement to APTN. “She further reached out to ask for the Aboriginal votes! This was not evidenced by the other parties! We look forward to a positive relationship with the NDP and begin the path to move forward on all issues relative to First Nations and all Albertans.”Social media is believed to have played a strong role on influencing Indigenous voters.Calgary based social media blogger and activist Lowa Beebe said she saw lots of election information distributed and shared via social media.“This is now a tool in our history. Our communities always worked together and were stronger together, well on social media we are now together,” said Beebe. “It’s us talking and having discussions on this new medium that’s here to stay.”Promises from NDP Platform[wooslider slideshow_speed=”4.5″ slider_type=”attachments”] Katherine Swampy, one of five Aboriginal candidates in the campaign, ran in the riding of Drayton Valley-Devon which includes her home community of Maskwacis.She spent long days door-knocking and said it was the first time her community members had anyone from a provincial election include them in their outreach.Swampy came in third.“My achievements in this election were not just my own, it lifted my entire community,” said Swampy who added that many people were inspired by her. “I was told that my efforts as an Aboriginal woman had an effect throughout the province as this election had more Aboriginal voters than ever before.”As for the success of her peers and the promises that they made, Swampy is confident they will follow through.“It was the only party that had any type of platform that included Indigenous people. I am super proud. I’m unbelievably proud that we are the new government.”During her victory speech Notley acknowledged Alberta’s Indigenous people.“To Alberta’s Indigenous peoples, the trust that we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and better partners. And I am looking forward to consulting with you and learning from you,” said Notley in her victory speech.It was a line that took Chief Allan Adam by surprise.He said he’s never heard an Alberta leader mention Alberta’s Aboriginal peoples in a victory speech.“Finally, we are going to go somewhere if she means what she says,” said Adam.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

TVGuidecom Graded Best Good Housekeeping Worst Top Mag Web Sites

first_imgTime.com. Earns a B+ for crisp navigation and uncluttered design while receiving criticism for subsection titles that are poorly identified. The site is highly praised for its social network options and engaging features such as “Most Read” and “Most E-mailed” stories.Cosmopolitan. The site is lauded for a clean and carefully designed homepage designed to get readers inside the Web site as well as “intelligent use” of quizzes. 24/7 Wall Street says the site makes one big mistake by putting “More from Cosmo” so close to the bottom of the homepage. Minimal social media and Web 2.0 features. Grade: BLadies Home Journal. Receives a B for an “extremely well-designed homepage” and for editors engaging visitors right away with a section called “Everybody’s Talking About.” Most pages have search functions to help the reader find other interactive tools on the Web site.People.com Despite a slick design and intuitive navigation, 24/7 Wall Street says People.com “has been hemorrhaging visitors.” Still, the report gives People.com a “B” and says the site is “set up to maximize page views by keeping visitors occupied.”Taste of Home: A Reader’s Digest site, 24/7 Wall Street says, “This is about as ‘plain vanilla’ as a content site can be, which is not all bad.” Props are given to the simple and straightforward slide shows and instructional videos, while “Top Recipes” section gets slammed for “text links which look primitive and resemble Google advertising.” Grade: B-Reader’s Digest. Site earns praise for clean navigation that runs across the top of the homepage and a section called “Today’s Digest” that draws visitors to the site. RD.com gets marked down for a hard-to-find Comments section and lack of multimedia. Better Homes and Gardens. Site gets a B- for a “My BHG” option that allows visitors to become members and customize what they want from the Web site. National Geographic. The site is “well designed to bring readers to sections beyond the home page and makes state of the art use of multimedia features, especially video.”Woman’s Day. Site has a well designed, clean and easy-to-follow homepage but marked down for hiding important elements such as games, blogs and coupons.Sports Illustrated. SI.com is praised for the center of its front page which features video but is also “clean and well done.” However, photo and video sections at the bottom of the homepage are called “average” in design and quality while type is small and pages are cramped.Grade: CPlayboy.com. Earns high marks for being visually well done and offering engaging features like a section for downloading free MP3s and a sophisticated entertainment guide but the report takes a shot at Playboy for attempting to put much of the content behind a pay wall. “There may be some evidence that online readers will pay for content but naked women are probably in a different category than world news.”Grade: C-Family Circle. Report calls the homepage “boring” and marks site down for random organization of articles. Family Circle does get credit for a “very clever section” that allows readers to gets specific information on topics of interest via e-mail.Game Informer Magazine. The report says, “Given the demographic of heavy video game users, it is surprising that the site has so few social media connections.” Grade: D+Prevention.com. Site gets a “D+” for overwhelming the reader “with too much material crowded onto its homepage” and promotions that can be confused with editorial. Bright spots include a robust community site with a visible link to Facebook.Grade: DSouthern Living. While the design is fine, the Web site offers almost nothing beyond the magazine, according to the report. Props are given to the “home section” for its use of video and 360 degree viewing but the fitness section is lacking much-needed illustrations and the community section is an after-thought. Newsweek.com. The report takes Newsweek.com to task for an “extremely confusing” homepage that features blog sections with titles that have no meaning to the readers. “Newsweek.com is one of the few sites where the reader has an easier time navigating the site on the inside pages and sections,” the report says. “Almost all the major design elements are text and the use of illustrations and video are typically pushed to the bottom of the pages.”AARP the Magazine. Site is marked down for choppy lay-out and confusing copy.Grade: D-Good Housekeeping. Receives the lowest grade in the survey for an “awkwardly designed homepage,” a jumble of content mixed with distracting offers for the print magazine and online promotions and “photos so poorly cropped that they are over-layered on top of the text.”Not Graded:   American Automobile Association. With more than five separate sites tied into parent AAA.com, 24/7 Wall Street doesn’t offer a grading. Financial news site 24/7 Wall Street has released a new report grading the top 20 consumer magazine Web sites. The sites are rated “A” through “F” based on strength of content; ease of use and navigation; use of technology and online tools including comment sections, message boards and multimedia; layout; a strong advertiser presence and size of audience (based on data from Compete.com and Nielsen Netview). The listing on 24/7 Wall Street’s site is confusing with the sites ranked 1-20 based not on the Web site grades or even online traffic but the magazine’s print circulation. Below, we’ve reworked the order according to the grading and summarized 24/7 Wall Street’s comments for each site. The results are surprising, with some legacy print brands scoring high marks while others that have made very aggressive online moves not faring so well. Grade: A+TVGuide.com. The best magazine Web site of the survey, according to 24/7 Wall Street, with “a nearly perfect combination of the best of the print version and contains features that strengthen the product online.” Latest news, photos and video run straight across the top while search features allow users to explore the site or the site’s video. Inside sections are extremely simple and functional.Grade: B+AARP Bulletin. The news site for AARP earns a high grade for easy navigation and an excellent “Ask the Experts Section.” However, the site for AARP the Magazine doesn’t fare as well (see Grade: D). last_img read more

2 held with arms at Rajarhat Survey Park

first_imgKolkata: Two criminals were arrested with firearms on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Rajarhat and Survey Park, respectively.On Tuesday night, police got a tip-off about a hardened criminal Jahiruddin Molla, who was seen near Lauhati in Rajarhat. A Sub-Inspector reached the spot and started looking for him. The police spotted Molla near the Lauhati petrol pump in Khejurbagan. Seeing the cops Molla tried to escape. But before he could give cops a slip, the officers nabbed him. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring the search, the police found a pipe gun from his possession. He was arrested on the charges of IPC sections 25(1)(a) (manufactures, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests or proves, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale of fire arms) and section 27 of the Punishment for using arms Arms Act. In another incident, a man was arrested near Highland Park early on Wednesday morning with firearms. According to sources, police personnel were performing naka checking near Highland Park under Survey park police station area late in the night. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring checking of vehicles police personnel noticed a person was trying to hide his face. On suspicion, when the police questioned him, he allegedly tried to escape. He was immediately nabbed by other police personnel there and later he was identified as Jayanta Guchhait. Sources informed that earlier he has been accused in several crimes such as robbery snatching. The police recovered a single shot gun along with four bullets from him.last_img read more

5 Reasons to learn programming

first_imgThe year is 2018 and it’s all over the television, the internet, the newspapers; people are talking about it in coffee shops, at office desks across from where we sit, and what not. There’s a scramble for people to learn how to program. It’s a confusing and scary situation for someone who has never written a line of code, to think about all these discussions that are doing the rounds. In this article, I’m going to give you 5 reasons why I think you should learn to code, even if you are not a programmer by profession. Okay, first thing’s first: What is Programming? Programming is the process of writing/creating a set of instructions that tell a computer how to perform a certain task. Just like you would tell someone to do something and you would tell them in a language like English, computers also understand particular languages. This is called a programming language. There are several like Java, Python, C# (pronounced Csharp), etc. Just like many would find English easier to learn that French or maybe Cantonese, every person finds each language different, although almost all languages can do pretty much the same thing. So now, let’s see what our top 5 reasons are to learn a programming language, and ultimately, how to program a computer. #1 Automate stuff: How many times do we find ourselves doing the same old monotonous work ourselves. For example, a salesperson who has a list of 100 odd leads, will normally mail each person manually. How cool would it be if you could automate that and let your computer send each person a mail separately addressing them appropriately? Or maybe, you’re a manager who has a load of data you can’t really make sense of. You can use a language like Python to sort it and visualise your findings. Yes, that’s possible with programming! There’s a lot of other stuff that can be automated too, like HR scanning resumes manually. You can program your computer to do it for you, while you spend that time doing something more productive! Now while there might be softwares readily available that could do this for you, they’re pretty much standard and non-customisable. With programming, you can build something that’s tailor-made to your exact requirement. #2 Start thinking more logically: When you learn to program, you start thinking about outcomes more logically. Programming languages are all about logic and problem-solving. You will soon learn how to break down problems into small parts and tackle them individually. You can apply this learning in your own personal and work life. #3 Earn great moolah Programming pays really well and even freelance jobs pay close to $100 an hour. You could have your day job, while taking advantage of your programming skills to build websites, games, create applications for clients, after work or over the weekend, while making some good bucks. Here’s a list of average salaries earned by programmers, based on the language they used: Source: TOP 10 ChallengeRocket.com ranking of projected earnings in 2017 #4 Another great idea! Well, in case you’re an entrepreneur or are planning to become one, learning a programming language is sure to benefit you a great deal. The most successful startups these days are AI and software based and even though you might not be the one doing the programming, you will be interacting with those who will. It makes things much easier when you’re discussing with such a person, and more importantly, it saves you from being taken for a ride in many ways. #5 Having fun Unlike several other things that are boring to learn and will get you frustrated in a matter of hours, programming isn’t like that. That’s not to say that programming doesn’t have a learning curve, but with the right sources, you can learn it quickly and effectively. There are few things that can compare to the satisfaction of creating something. You can use programming to build your own game or maybe prank somebody! I tried that once – every time a friend clicked on the browser icon on my PC, it would make a loud farting noise! Don’t believe me yet? Over 80% of respondents to our most recent Skill-Up survey said that they programmed for fun, outside of work. #bonusreason! What’s to lose? I mean, seriously what can you lose? You’re going to be learning something completely new and will be probably much better at solving problems at home or your workplace. If you’re thinking you won’t find time to learn, think again. I’m sure all of us can make time, at least an hour a day to do something productive, if we commit to it. And you can always consider this your “me time”. Okay, so now you have your 5+1 reasons to learn to program. You’ve had some quality time to think about it and you’re ready to start learning. But you have some questions like where to start? Do you need to take a course or a college degree? Will it cost much? How long will it take to learn programming? The list is never ending. I’m going to put up some FAQs that most people ask me before they intend to start learning how to code. So here it goes… FAQs Where to start?Honestly speaking, you can start in the confines of your home! You just need a computer, an internet connection and the will to learn, if you want to get started with programming. You can begin by understanding what programming is a bit more, selecting a programming language, and then diving right into coding with the help of some material like the book, Introduction to Programming. What language do I pick?Every language can pretty much do what others can, but there are certain languages that have been built to solve a particular problem. Like for example, JavaScript, HTML and CSS are mainly used for building websites. Python is quite simple to learn and can be used to do a variety of things, most notably working with data. On the other hand, C# can be used to develop some cool games, while also being a great language to build websites and other applications. Think about what you want to do and then choose a language accordingly. I would suggest you choose between Python and JavaScript to start off. Do you need to take a course or a college degree?Not really, unless you plan on making it your full time career or becoming a software engineer or something like that. I’ve known some of the top professionals who haven’t earned a degree and still are at the position where they are. Mark Zuckerberg for example, dropped out of Harvard to start Facebook (he recently received an honorary degree in 2017, though). Programming is about learning to solve problems and in most cases, you don’t need a degree to prove that you’re great at solving problems. You can take an online course or buy a book to start learning. Sometimes, just looking at code often can teach you a lot too. Take HTML and CSS for example. If you like how a website looks, you could just checkout its source code to understand why it is the way it. Do this for a few sites and you you grasp the basics of what the HTML/CSS code do and how to write or alter simple code snippets. Will it cost much?You can learn a lot freely if you have a lot of time and patience at hand; sorting out the good from the bad. There are plenty of resources out there from Q&A sites like stackoverflow to youtube with its vast collection of videos. If you are like most people with a day job, you are better off spending a little to learn. There are several reasonably priced videos and courses from Packt, that will help you get started with computer programming. Alternatively, you can purchase a book or two for under $100. Trust me, once you become good at programming, you’ll be earning way more than you invested! How long will it take to learn programming?I can’t really answer that for certain. I took about 4 months to learn Python, while a friend of mine could code small programs within a couple of weeks. It all depends on the language you choose to learn, the amount of time you invest and how committed you are to learning something new. What jobs can I get?You may be quite happy in your current job as a non-programmer who now knows to code. But in case, you’re wondering about job prospects in programming, here is the rundown. As a programmer, you have a variety of jobs to choose from, depending on your area of interest. You could be a web developer, or a game developer, or you could also be building desktop applications like a notepad or word processor. There are a huge number of jobs available for those who can work with a lot of data as well, while there are a growing number of jobs for professionals who can manage thousands of computers working together – their maintenance, security, etc. Okay, so you have enough information to start your adventures into learning programming! You might hear people talk a lot about professionals losing jobs due to automation. Don’t let something like that be the reason behind why you want to learn how to program. Computer Science and programming has become more ingrained in school education, and our little ones are being coached to be industry ready. Always remember, programming is not everyone’s cup of tea and you shouldn’t do it just because everyone else is. Do it if you’re really passionate about solving problems in a better way. You will never know if programming is really meant for you until you try it. So go forth and get your hands dirty with some code! Read Next: What is the difference between functional and object oriented programming? The Top 7 Python programming books you need to read Top 5 programming languages for crunching Big Data effectivelylast_img read more