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Diaspora encouraged to take advantage of business prospects

first_imgThe Jamaican Diaspora is being encouraged to take advantage of business prospects across Jamaica as a means of strengthening its relationship with the country.At the official opening of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Kingston on Sunday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said there are business opportunities in logistics, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), nutraceuticals and agriculture. Diaspora should take advantages “I implore the Diaspora to take full advantage of the opportunities that will be presented at the Diaspora conference so that there will be concrete plans and opportunities for future engagement,” Holness said.To facilitate increased involvement, the prime minister said one of the Government’s principal objectives is to make it easier for prospective investors, including the Diaspora, to conduct business in and with Jamaica.“Our aim is to streamline the work of critical agencies and procedures to avoid duplication, thereby creating a more favorable business environment,” he noted.PM reiterates Jamaica’s commitmentThe prime minister reiterated the Government is serious about strengthening the relationship between the Diaspora and Jamaica in every aspect, adding that the conference provides a “springboard” to facilitate this.“This administration pledges to continue facilitating…your involvement in every facet of the country’s socio-economic development. We are pleased to see that the engagement process has evolved over the 13 years of philanthropy to one where the Diaspora is now fully on board,” he said.Holness added that the country appreciates the significant contributions the Diaspora continues to make to communities, schools and health facilities across the island.“The Government is cognizant of the fact that you, our Diaspora members, are amongst our best assets – sharing your skills, creativity and boundless ingenuity – and we must use this to our nation’s benefit,” he said.DelegatesSeveral delegates from the United States, including over thirty from South Florida, Canada and the United Kingdom are the Diaspora conference in Jamaica. The conference also coincides with celebrations of Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of independence. Jamaica was granted independence from Britain on August 6, 1962.last_img read more

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Three-way tie at the top in the Brabazon

first_img24 Jun 2015 Three-way tie at the top in the Brabazon There’s a three-way tie on three-under par 69 at the top of an international leaderboard after the first round of the Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, at Notts. Golf Club.England’s Ben Taylor, (image © Leaderboard Photography) who recently returned home after hitting the heights of US college golf, was first to set the pace. He was later joined by Austria’s Lukas Lipold and Lincolnshire’s Jordan Wrisdale.A group of four players are a shot behind them, among them Cheshire’s Oliver Carr, who had two eagles including a hole-in-one on the 9th. He is joined by playing partner Ben Amor of Wiltshire, Yorkshire’s Jonathan Thomson and Ireland’s Colm Campbell.They head an impressive leaderboard with 25 players at par or better on a day of sunshine, made tricky by a steadily increasing breeze. Among them is the host club’s Chris Hurrell who went round in level 72. It’s also a thoroughly international leaderboard with seven countries represented by players in the top 13 and ties.Taylor, 24, is still buzzing from playing a crucial role with his university team to win the biggest championship in US college golf. And, as he proved with a bogey-free round on the Hollinwell course, he’s clearly kept the momentum going.“I was very pleased with the round, it was very solid,” said the international from Walton Heath. “I drove it pretty well, kept myself in position off the tee and put myself on the right side of the flag.”His card was immaculate, with birdies on the 6th, 10th and 16th – where he hit his shot of the day after his drive came to rest in a divot mark. He fashioned a stroke with his pitching wedge and was rewarded when the ball stopped within a foot of the hole for a tap-in birdie. “It made the best of a bad situation and I had good pars on the last two holes into the wind,” he reported.His score was matched first by former Austrian champion, Lukas Lipold, who finished with birdies on both 17 and 18.“I hit it really good today and gave myself chances on the par fives,” said Lipold, who birdied all three of the long holes.  “I also managed to roll in some putts from 10ft.”Jordan Wrisdale, from Boston, came into this event in great form, having helped Lincolnshire qualify for County Finals with individual scores of 68, 64 at Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire. “I’ve been playing solid for some time and just waiting for it to click,” he said after today’s round.Like Lipold, he had six birdies in his round, but his most memorable score was his par four on 18. “My second leaked into a bunker, I had one foot in, one out on a downslope and I just played to get it out. I hit it to 20ft and holed the putt. It was a great save!”In the group immediately behind the leading trio is Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick) who scored two-under 70 and also had an adventurous end to his round. His drive on the 17th finished in a bush, from which he had to take a drop, his next plugged in a bunker, his fourth lipped out of the hole and he calmly holed the next for a par. “It was a pretty good par,” he said.“I’m definitely pleased with my round. If you keep the ball in play the course is pretty scorable and I did, mostly, hit the ball really well.”Oliver Carr, (Heswall), who was playing in the last group on the course, had the shot of the day, with a hole in one on the 178-yard ninth hole, where he used a seven-iron. He had already had an eagle three on the sixth, together with a couple of birdies and a bogey, and he reached the turn at five-under.“I struggled a bit on the back nine,” he said, referring to loose shots on 15 and 17. “But I can’t say I’m disappointed, I’m pleased with the score, especially as it’s a four-round event. It gives you a nice look and puts you in contention.”After tomorrow’s round the field will be cut to the leading 60 players and ties who will contest the final 36 holes.last_img read more

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LOOK: Estranged ex-Celtics teammates Pierce, Allen ‘bury the hatchet’

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES WATCH: ’08 Celtics squad bares dispute with Ray Allen WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Allen, on the other hand, went on to capture another NBA title in South Beach before calling it quits.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The estranged former comrades posed for a photo together, while appearing at the Super Penguin Basketball Celebrity Game at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China over the weekend.“Time to get the band back together,” “The Truth” wrote on Instagram, tagging the rest of the “Big 4” members, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.“No matter what happen we all formed a special bond that can never b broken,” he added, using the hashtags #burythehatchet and #onceacelticalwaysaceltic.Meanwhile, the pair have both walked away  from the NBA, with Pierce recently signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Celtics.NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next seasonADVERTISEMENT After winning an NBA Championship together in 2008, former Boston Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Ray Allen did not have an amicable parting of ways, as the latter left for the Miami Heat in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut after admitting “being hurt” by the sharpshooter’s decision to jump ship during an appearance on  TNT’s “Area 21” back in May, it seems that Pierce has let bygones be bygones and reunited with Allen.ADVERTISEMENT NU rolls to 2nd win Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  ‘Twist of fate:’ Senate probe into GCTA a reunion for Gordon, Faeldon PLAY LIST 02:23‘Twist of fate:’ Senate probe into GCTA a reunion for Gordon, Faeldon01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Duke Using Avery Johnson “Standard” Quote For Marketing Purposes

first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaFormer NBA point guard and head coach Avery Johnson was recently hired to take over the reins of the Alabama basketball program, which has reached just one NCAA Tournament in the past nine seasons. Johnson has a tall task ahead of him, but he has lofty goals for his new squad, saying during his introductory press conference his program will try and live up to the standard set by Duke, the 2014-15 national champions. “Duke University, that’s the standard for us here at the University of Alabama and our basketball program,” Johnson said. “The way they play defense and offense. The way they move the ball, that’s the standard. Nobody else is the standard. That’s the standard. Duke University. That’s why I’m here.”If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, it also makes for good publicity in this case. Judging by its Instagram post this morning, the Duke program is using Johnson’s quote to its marketing advantage.An obvious, but savvy move by Duke. We’re sure Johnson isn’t the only coach looking to get his program on the level of the Blue Devils but it’s easier said than done.last_img read more

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Stars Take Part In LilySarahGrace Color Outside The Lines Campaign

first_imgLilySarahGrace (LSG) today announced its latest fundraising campaign, “Color Outside the Lines,” based around drawings from more than 40 artists in film, television, music and visual art that were specially created for LSG.The campaign will officially launch on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the first-annual LSG Gala at Jack Studios (601 W 26th St).Featured artists in the campaign include Adam Scott, Ben Harper, Bruno Mars, Carole Feuerman, Casey Affleck, David Copperfield, Diane von Furstenberg, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks, Elle Fanning, Eric Bogosian, Helen Ficalora, Jack Black, Jason Bateman, Jason Schwartzman, Jemima Kirk, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, Joaquin Phoenix, Johnny Knoxville, Julianna Marguiles, Julianne Moore, Justin Theroux, Justin Vivian Bond, Laura Dern, Laurie Simmons, Lena Dunham, Lionel Richie, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mario Batali, Mark Seliger, Mary-Louise Parker, Naomi Watts, Natasha Lyonne, Nigel Sylvester, Rufus Wainwright, Sage Vaughn, Scott Caan, Tina Fey, Tom Arnold, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Ferrell and will.i.am.As part of “Color Outside the Lines,” LSG has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish these one-of-a- kind drawings into a book, titled You Can’t Memorize This. For more information about “Color Outside the Lines” and to donate to the cause, click here.“My daughters were creative beings, each with their own individual passions and gifts. All three shared challenges in literacy. I witnessed Grace flourish in a creative, art-infused classroom, and Lily panic in a rigid, traditional one. No child should be frightened by school. Sadly with the removal of the Arts, this is very common in Public Education today,” LSG Founder Matthew Badger said. “This campaign is all about promoting the joy of creativity. I just think it is really awesome that so many creative people showed up for this and took the time to do a drawing. The family of LilySarahGrace suddenly just got so much bigger! I hope this campaign furthers our reach into the classrooms across America. The country is filled with public elementary school teachers that are desperate to bring the arts into their classrooms. They know how art creates a love of learning for their students.”LSG provides underfunded schools with supplies and educational tools to teach their curriculum through the arts. Whoopi Goldberg, Charles Best and Hans Tullman will be honored at the Gala for their significant contributions and dedication to arts education.LilySarahGrace was founded by Matthew Badger and his partner, Abby Ballin, after his daughters – Lily, Sarah and Grace – tragically passed away in a fire on Christmas of 2011. Lily was 9 and twins Sarah and Grace were 7. Badger witness firsthand how vital the arts in school were for his girls because of their dyslexia. Art was their passion. Since April 2012, LSG has given $1 million in supplies to teachers in underfunded public elementary schools to teach their curriculum through the arts. Because of LilySarahGrace, 140,000 children have learned through this method in classrooms all over America. To learn more, visit www.lilysarahgrace.org.In addition to “Color Outside the Lines,” the Gala will feature specially designed charms from Helen Ficalora, based on a drawing by Sarah Badger. The charms are available in yellow, pink or white 14k, solid-gold – with a diamond charm or without – and sterling silver. Pricing ranges from $75 to $300. 25% of the proceeds go to LSG. Charms will be available for purchase at the LSG Gala.The evening will also feature a performance by Rufus Wainwright and a DJ set by Andy Rourke of the Smiths. Creative direction for the Gala is conceptualized and executed by Abby Ballin and Periel Aschenbrand. To purchase tickets for the Gala, click here.The Host Committee for the 2014 LSG Gala includes Laura Dern, Mindy Goldberg, Jenny Levy, Genevieve Lynch, Timory King, Tim Ives, Gaby Basora, Doug Halbert, Stacy Wall, Jake Bernstein, Michael Goldberg, Cindy Sherman, Rebecca Blumhagen, Liana Pai and Bridget Goodbody.last_img read more

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Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan will not ban BC wines in pipeline

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan says it will not be joining Alberta in banning the import of British Columbia wines.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced the ban on Tuesday as the next step in an ongoing dispute with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.In a statement on Facebook, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says that while his province supports Alberta in its fight, he doesn’t think the dispute will be solved by trade measures that have an impact on consumers and private businesses.B.C. has said it is considering rules to limit any increase in the shipping of diluted bitumen until an independent panel can better analyze whether the system is safe and can adequately deal with a spill.The Trans Mountain project has already been approved by Ottawa and Notley sees B.C.’s move as a back-door way to scuttle the expansion.The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan project would triple capacity on the 1,150-kilometre line, which runs from Edmonton to the B.C. coast.Moe suggests that rather than boycott B.C. wine, Saskatchewan will look at options either through the courts or interprovincial trade agreements.“It is our position that the government of British Columbia has no legal jurisdiction or justification to delay or impede the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline,” he said.“While we have previously stated that Saskatchewan will support Alberta in defending against this attack on our energy industry, Saskatchewan has no plans to participate in retaliatory measures that would be in contravention of our trade commitments.“We do not believe this matter will be resolved by trade measures that will primarily impact consumers and private businesses.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

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Propipeline demonstrators rally outside Kinder Morgan meeting

first_imgAround 100 people rallied outside Kinder Morgan’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Downtown Calgary Wednesday.They were there to voice their support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Pro pipeline rally as Kinder Morgan holds its AGM in Calgary. pic.twitter.com/Kxc5LiZtHh— Jon Muma (@jonmuma) May 16, 2018The demonstration outside the Metropolitan Centre comes as a deadline looms from the company on whether it will proceed with construction.Lara said she knows the benefits of a strong oil and gas industry.“I lost my job in 2015 and I was off work for a year and a half, so I just think, like, let’s get going and let’s get some people working and build it and get our oil out of here,” she said.“We’ve been kinda getting pushed around a little bit and I think it’s time to show the rest of Canada that we really do need the energy and we should be proud of our Canadian energy and our Canadian product,” another demonstrator, Monty, said.#KinderMorgan #cdnpoli #ableg pic.twitter.com/klDi2jm7ry— Michael Lumsden (@LumsdenNews) May 16, 2018The CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says he “appreciates” an announcement by Finance Minister Bill Morneauthat the government will compensate investors in the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if “unnecessary delays” cause costs to rise.Morneau says the government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is able to proceed.Kinder Morgan chief executive Steven Kean offered no further comment during his remarks and declined to talk to reporters after his company’s first annual general meeting on Tuesday since being spun off by U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Inc. to hold most of its Canadian assets a year ago.Last month, the company said it would stop all non-essential spending on the expansion project to triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to the West Coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.Kean reiterated that construction won’t be restarted unless there are sufficient assurances by the end of this month that it can proceed.last_img read more

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Acid shipments halted in BC city while series of leaks is investigated

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – Municipal officials in southeastern British Columbia say they have been assured that the company which moves sulphuric acid through a West Kootenay city won’t resume shipping until a thorough engineering investigation wraps up.A post on the City of Trail website says a meeting was requested Monday with senior members of International Raw Materials and Teck’s Trail smelter operations after sulphuric acid dripped on city roads over the weekend.The release of acid was the third in Trail since April, with the first two spills prompting thousands of vehicle claims to the Insurance Corporation of B.C.In the city’s post, Mayor Mike Martin says the third leak, which spilled less than a quarter of a litre of acid at a loading facility and left three dime-sized drips along a highway through Trail, was minor, but still concerning.Martin says that’s because previous meetings with International Raw Materials had ended with assurances the company was working to prevent future problems.The city says during the meeting the company said it has halted all truck transport of sulphuric acid until the engineering investigation and certification process concludes.Four new transport trailers will also be brought in to move the acid, the city says.International Raw Materials buys sulphuric acid from Teck’s Trail plant and hauls it along several busy commuter routes to loading facilities in another part of the city.The Insurance Corporation confirmed that hundreds of vehicles, including a new fire truck worth approximately $800,000, were damaged or destroyed by the first two acid spills.Teck said in a release earlier this month that a total of just under 300 litres of sulphuric acid leaked in separate spills on April 10 and May 23.No one was hurt, the acid was neutralized and is not believed to have seeped into area waterways.last_img read more

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Unique exhibition by teachers of Rabindra Bharati University

first_imgKolkata: A one-of-its-kind exhibition by the teachers of Rabindra Bharati University titled “Propositions 2019″ will be inaugurated by Bidyut Chakraborty, Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, on March 19.The venue is Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University will be present at the opening function. The exhibition is organised by the Faculty of Visual Arts, RBU. It is the only of its kind where the teachers will display their works. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Propositions 2019” will showcase paintings, drawings, print making of 16 teachers of the faculty of Visual Arts, RBU. The teachers whose works will be on display are Aditya Prasad Mitra, Surajit Chanda, Dolon Champa Ganguly, Sohini Dhar among others. Initially, only the department of painting constituted the faculty. In the early 1980s, the faulty branched itself to five departments. These are paintings, sculpture, graphics painting, applied art and the history of art. The exhibition will encourage the students to see the works of their teachers. It may be mentioned that the Japanese government has recently given Rs 22 lakh to refurbish the Japan gallery of Rabindra Bharati museum.last_img read more

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