THWAITES Urges More Private Funding For Education

first_imgEducation Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is urging more financial institutions to invest resources in advancing Jamaica’s education sector, particularly at the early childhood and tertiary levels.Speaking at Wednesday’s (June 12) launch of the MoneyBuilder investment product at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew, Rev. Thwaites stated that the learning process during a child’s early years is pivotal to enhancing their total educational advancement, while tertiary training is key to national development.“The only way that we are going to advance in education, the very foundational investment of any society, is if, despite individual foibles, we forge partnerships which are durable and which can withstand personal difficulties and sacrifices,” he said.Noting that $11 billion of the Ministry’s recurrent budget for 2013/14, representing 14.6 per cent of the allocation, has been earmarked for early childhood and special education, Rev. Thwaites stated that this “is an investment that we cannot put off.”“It will mean that we, at the central Ministry and our regional offices, have to economise in ways that we have not thought of before. It will require sacrifices, admittedly difficult, from parents and teachers,” he stated.In the case of tertiary education, the Minister contended that, in light of the increased demand and enrolment in universities and colleges “the costs… are going to have to be borne more and more by those who are the recipients of it, rather than by the state.”“We have been seeking ways to persuade the financial sector that some of (their resources) be directed, prudently, towards tertiary education because we need, not less, but more,’ he pointed out.Against this background, the Minister welcomed the introduction of the MoneyBuilder investment product, which is designed to help parents plan for their children’s education, among other things.The product is a collaboration involving securities dealer, Money Masters Limited, and four cooperatives – CoK Credit Union, St. Thomas Credit Union, St. Elizabeth Credit Union, and St. Catherine Credit Union.“I… recommend to every (person) who has a child, a grandchild, a godchild, or whoever it is, that they wish to help, to engage in this product, to support it. Save the money…, so that by the time that child comes to the tertiary level, there will be a comfortable nest egg to bear that part of the educational expense which the state cannot contribute,” Rev. Thwaites urged. By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

NDP Greens vote against their political goals in favour of defeating Liberals

first_imgVICTORIA – Two coveted political goals of the NDP and Greens were defeated Monday in the British Columbia legislature as the opposition parties resolved no bills should be considered until a confidence vote is held on the province’s Liberal government.The NDP and Greens combined to reject legislation from the minority Liberal government that would have reformed political party financing and given the Greens official party status in the legislature.NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver said the opposition parties are focused on Thursday’s vote that is expected to defeat Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals.“Let’s decide the election, seven weeks after the fact,” Horgan said in the legislature.The Liberals have been in power for 16 years and won 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature last month. The NDP have 41 seats and the Greens three.The two opposition parties have agreed to defeat the Liberals and attempt to form a minority NDP government.Weaver said the Greens are committed to the confidence vote, even if it means rejecting Liberal reforms that his party supports.“In my view, it’s not appropriate for us to be debating government business until such time as the confidence has been tested,” he said.Attorney General Andrew Wilkinson said he was disappointed the opposition parties voted against government bills that all three parties now support, including banning corporate and union money from party financing and capping individual donations at $2,500.“It’s a bit baffling that the Green party, which asked for exactly these changes, has decided to vote against even looking at it,” said Wilkinson.Liberal house leader Mike de Jong said the proposed law, which the Liberals opposed in last month’s election campaign, could have passed in the coming days.“There seems to be a convergence of opinion in favour of doing this,” he said. “This government has been told repeatedly by the Opposition it’s something that can be done in a day, and they are willing to do it in a day, so OK, let’s test that proposition.”De Jong said the party financing law was not a delay tactic because the Liberals still expect the confidence vote on Thursday. The government wanted the law in place in the event of snap election, he added.“We’re also alive to the fact that there is a possibility, with a parliament configured the way this one is, we could be into an election at any point,” said de Jong. “The sooner the rules are in place, the new rules are in place, the sooner they can be understood.”The New Democrats have called for finance reform for more than a decade. The Greens do not accept donations from unions or corporations.“For 16 years, the Liberals have had the opportunity to reform our outrageously lax campaign finance laws, which have been subject to international scrutiny,” Weaver said in a statement. “For 16 years they have failed to act while continuing to accept millions in corporate donations.”Premier Christy Clark urged members of the legislature to vote in favour of the throne speech.“The road to stability is not to defeat the throne speech and to risk an election. The road to stability and the road to being able to make sure that government, working together in this legislature, can get on with the business in this house.”Clark said her government made every effort with its changes from the throne speech last February to ensure that all members of the house could support the speech.last_img read more

Vinicius Junior Real Madrid will keep working to improve

first_imgVinicius Junior believes Real Madrid were not clinical in front of goal in their shocking 3-0 Champions League home defeat to CSKA MoscowThe 18-year-old winger was handed his first ever start in the Champions League on Wednesday night as manager Santiago Solari fielded a weakened team with Real already confirmed as Group G winners.But Vinicius was unable to help prevent Los Blancos from suffering a crushing defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu with CSKA emerging 3-0 victors through goals from Fedor Chalov, Georgy Schennikov and Arnor Sigurdsson.Although the Brazilian youngster won’t be reflecting on it for long with 19th-place side Rayo Vallecano awaiting them on Saturday in La Liga.“We tried hard today but we just couldn’t get the goal,” said Vinicius on the club website.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“They had three chances and scored three goals. We need to improve our concentration. We lacked a bit of a clinical edge but we’re going to keep working hard to improve.“We’ve got another game on Saturday to produce a performance and pick up three points”.“Every player in this team has tremendous qualities but it wasn’t our day today and we couldn’t find the back of the net. The coach has told us we have to improve for Saturday’s game”.After struggling for game time earlier this season, Vinicius has now made eight appearances for the senior team at Real.last_img read more

Congressmember Darrell Issa endorses Diane Harkey for 49th District

first_imgCongressmember Darrell Issa endorses Diane Harkey for 49th District SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Rep. Darrell Issa announced Wednesday that he will be endorsing Diane Harkey for the 49th congressional district race.Issa, who announced his resignation earlier this month, announced his support for Harkey on Good Morning San Diego.Harkey joins a large group to already announce their candidacy for the upcoming 2018 midterm election.Part 1: Issa on the state of Congress: Updated: 8:38 PM , Posted: January 24, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPart 2: Issa endorses Diane Harkey January 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings. last_img read more

Colours of fire

first_imgKathak exponent Vidha Lal brings to the Capital a duet by herself and Abhimanyu Lal titled Colours of Fire. Fire or agni, is the most illuminating and the alluring element out of the five building blocks of nature. Like every sustaining particle on earth, it has its own boon and bane. As boon, its presence instills a feeling of auspiciousness, warmth, creativity and energy. On the same front, it also carries some strings of bane. It is always said that, ‘too much of anything is always harmful’, you ignite the fire a bit too much and it is all set to consume you. If it provides light for the vision, it can also take away the vision itself. Inspired by these natural nuances of fire, the choreography brings forth the different colours of fire, depicting its different moods and meanings. The choreography is bloomed up by invoking the vibrations of fire with the agni gayatri mantra and agni suktam from the Rig Veda. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It is hard to name the colour of fire in one single attempt, as it is not a single colour. But, it is the outcome of many colours. The choreographer has attempted to distinctly introduce the different colours of fire – yellow, orange, red, black and then fuse them together to create a burst of fiery energy.Orange – fire is instantly connected with the colour of orange. It is definitely a maneuvering shade of fire, but not the most captivating one. It does draw a lot of attention than the other colours, but there is still one colour of fire which is above all.. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBlack – one automatically links black with mystery as well as a symbol of minimalism or termination. Black naturally brings in the effect of residual, its whirling outcome, the ashes. This colour shows a way towards end but introduces a lot of prefixes and suffixes to the revolving term – Agni, taken from the 140 names of ‘agni’ two chhandas of seven beat and eight beat time cycles have been taken, weaving various rhythmic patterns to show the mysterious mood of blue-black shades of fire. Red – this colour itself lets our imagination flow towards compassion and sootheness. For this the choreographer takes the support of the quotes by Sant Kabir- Biraha jalati main phiroon, moh birahan ko dukh, chhaanh na baithun, darpati, mati jal uthe bhookh, (I am burning in the fire of separation. I wander here and there, but my heart can’t find rest, I can’t even sit under the shadow of any tree, as the tree itself will catch fire from me. I can’t have even that much rest). This colour is certainly extravagant but the least consuming and yet capturing like a tinge of melody woven along with it.Yellow – this colour of fire is the most captivating shade. It wraps around the rest of the colours. But at the same time it is the strongest because it has the rest of the colours penetrated within itself to become the strongest one. To show the dominating nature of this shade, the dancers perform in tremendous speed showcasing various parans, bedam tihaayees and breath taking spins.These four colours mingle amongst themselves and in outcome, they produce a beautiful aura formulating into fire.WHERE: Kamani Auditorium WHEN: 21 September, 6:30 pm onwardslast_img read more

5 Essential Tech Tools For Telecommuters

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 11, 2015 3 min readcenter_img Remote workers enjoy the freedom of getting to work from anywhere in the world without being tethered to an office space. You could choose to work from the comforts of home, for instance, or even relocate to another country entirely.If you plan to take your work on the road, here are five gadgets that can help you stay connected no matter where you end up:1. Mobile HotspotCommuters rely heavily on Wi-Fi hotspots. But what if you arrive at a coffee shop and discover that the wireless network is down? You won’t ever miss a deadline if you have a mobile hotspot on hand. These small devices allow you to tether multiple gadgets to a mobile Internet connection. Check with your cellular carrier to see how much a mobile hotspot plan costs.Related: 5 Big Questions to Ask When Your Company Is Going Nowhere Fast2. Wireless HeadsetAre you constantly taking calls on-the-go? Being able to do so hands-free and cord-free can be a major boon for productivity. A wireless headset enables wearers to work while multitasking around the house or even during commutes. These headsets generally connect to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and allow for a range of several feet between your phone and the headset.3. Unlocked SmartphoneIf you’re planning to travel outside of the United States, then it would be wise to consider investing in an unlocked smartphone with GSM capabilities. This way, you’ll be able to purchase a carrier plan and a SIM card wherever you travel to avoid expensive roaming charges.An unlocked phone can be indispensable — especially when making calls from abroad. Before you invest in a particular phone, check its antenna capabilities to make sure that it will operate overseas. Some smartphones have a difficult time connecting to cellular network bands abroad.Related: Set These 3 Boundaries For a Sane Balance of Work and Life4. Cloud StorageAs a telecommuter, your equipment is at a higher risk of loss or theft. You might lose a device by forgetting it while out and about, or it might even get stolen during your travels. You can protect critical data by backing up your computer and devices to a cloud storage account. Unlike a hard drive backup, files stored in the cloud are accessible from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.5. Battery BoostersTelecommuters rely heavily on mobile technology. After accessing your work files and using GPS throughout the day, the batteries on your smartphone or tablet will drain quickly. Carry a battery booster with you so that you’ll have extra power in the event of an emergency.Related: How a Ghostwriter Can Breathe Life Into Your Startup’s Content Strategylast_img read more