Training for Small Business Owners in St. James

first_imgRelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint Training for Small Business Owners in St. James Finance & Public ServiceApril 16, 2013 RelatedNHT’s Contribution Will Not Affect Its Operations – Finance Minister FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 105 small business owners from communities in West Central St. James are to benefit from a $26.5 million training programme, which will enable them to better manage and ensure the sustainability of their operations.The training, being conducted by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), got underway on Wednesday, April 10, at the Sunset Beach Hotel in Montego Bay, with the first 35 participants from Mount Salem.It is being funded through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams.During the two-day session, the participants, which included grocers, craft and block makers, and cook shop operators, received instruction in areas such as product and market analysis, market research, promotion, record keeping, financial management and financing. The other 70 beneficiaries will be trained during two sessions to be held later this month. At the end of the training, outstanding participants will receive vouchers valued at $20,000 each, which will enable them to acquire inputs to enhance their operations.Addressing the closing session on Thursday, April 11, Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams, who is also Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, congratulated the participants and charged them to use the knowledge gained to make their operations a success. She stated that small businesses are the “engines that are going to turn the country’s economy around”.“I want to ensure that you are given the tools necessary to succeed in business because I know that you all have the qualities to succeed in whatever you do, as I have seen you do creative things,” she stated. Craft vendor, Amara Gilchrist, who was one of the beneficiaries, expressed gratitude to Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams and the JBDC for conducting the training exercise.Ms. Gilchrist, who is a craft vendor, said she learnt a lot over the two days. “Even if I don’t get the grant, I have gathered some information, which will help me with my business,” she told JIS News.Cook shop operator, Orrett Morgan, also stated his appreciation, and urged the participants to put the opportunity to good use. By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reportercenter_img RelatedCabinet Signs Off on Measures to Advance IMF Negotiations Advertisementslast_img read more

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Academic Freedom — Sweeping Up the Shards

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Robert SheldonRobert Sheldon is a physicist (BS Wheaton, MAR Westminster WTS, PhD UMCP) who presently works for the government, but has had a long career in academia studying satellite instrumentation, space plasma physics, comets, cosmology, nuclear propulsion, and science/faith conflicts. He has published over 60 papers and 3 books: Laser Satellite Communication; The Long Ascent, vol 1.; and The Long Ascent, vol 2. (with vol. 3 to come). The trilogy examines the scientific, mythic, and Hebraic support for a recent Adam, Eden, Flood, and the Tower of Babel as in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. Share Recommended The online magazine Quillette has a tradition of providing a forum for people who can’t get heard on the regular channels, perhaps due to political correctness. Here is an article, “The New Evolution Deniers,” by evolutionary biologist Colin Wright at Penn State. He thinks that the slogan “gender is a social construct” denies Darwin. Here are the conclusions:Back when evolution was under attack from proponents of Biblical Creation and Intelligent Design, academic scientists were under no pressure to hold back criticism. This is because these anti-evolution movements were almost exclusively a product of right-wing evangelicals who held no power in academia. Now we have a much bigger problem, because evolution denialism is back, but this time it’s coming from left-wing activists who do hold power in academia. This makes the issue both harder to ignore and harder to remove. Social justice and hyper-militant trans activism now seems to act as a kind of anti-universal acid, and not merely a strong buffer solution. While the universal acid of evolution eats through old cherished beliefs and replaces them with deeper understanding and a clearer picture of reality, the anti-universal acid of social justice ideology is a recklessly destructive force, aiming to abolish scientific truth and replace it with relativistic postmodern nonsense…But it seems clear to me that academia now is not as it was advertised a decade ago when I started down this path. It is no longer a refuge for outspoken, free-thinking intellectuals. Instead, it seems one must now choose between living a zipper-lipped life as an academic scientist, or living a life as a fulfilled intellectual. Currently, one cannot do both.Denying DarwinSo evidently, shutting down Christians was “outspoken, free-thinking” but shutting down evolutionary biologists is “a zipper-lipped life.” It seems that Darwinism is a good “universal acid,” but the post-modern products of Darwinism are “a kind of anti-universal acid” (whatever that might be, he doesn’t seem to know his pH scale). Despite the pain they feel, Darwinists don’t seem to realize it is their own hands that have torn down the edifice of knowledge. They still think that discrimination is valid when they are in charge, that courtesy is only for friends, that objectivity is their personal possession.The mere argumentation used in this article reveals that the academic battles for truth were lost a generation earlier, and today we are simply sweeping up the shards.  Photo credit: MabelAmber, via Pixabay. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Free Speech Academic Freedom — Sweeping Up the ShardsRob SheldonDecember 4, 2018, 1:19 PM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Tagsacademiaacademic freedomColin WrightcourtesycreationismDarwinismdiscriminationevolutionintellectualsintelligent designPenn StatePh scalepolitical correctnesspost-modernismQuillettescientistsuniversal acid,Trending A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

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Olympic S-Bahn revived

first_imgBERLIN S-Bahn trains returned to the city’s famous Olympiastadion station on January 16, with the reinstatement of a further 4·8 km section of the network disused since 1980. The Westkreuz – Pichelsberg line serves the Charlottenburg quarter in the northwest of the city, with intermediate stations at Eichkamp, Heerstra§e and Olympiastadion.The line is served by routes S5 from Strausberg Nord and S75 from Wartenberg, which combine to provide a basic 10min interval service from the cross-city Stadtbahn to Pichelsberg. Both will be extended to Stresow and Spandau in December when a further 4·4 km is reopened. Renovation began in April 1996, and has cost a total of DM165m.As well as the 1936 Olympic stadium, the new route serves the Berlin trade fair, ice skating stadium and the Deutschlandhalle, which are linked by a new footway to Eichkamp station. Local bus routes have been restructured to feed into the S-Bahn services at Heerstra§e station.S-Bahn Berlin GmbH expects to reopen two further sections of the network later this year: S25 will be extended by 2·5 km from Lichterfelde Ost to Lichterfelde Süd in September, and the 8·5 km Tegel – Hennigsdorf line is due to reopen in December. Completion of the final 8·4 km section of the S-Bahn north ring between Jungfernheide and Schlast_img read more

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Serena survives Fourth of July test by Slovenian student

first_imgLONDON,  (Reuters) – For the second time in four days a Wimbledon champion called Williams found herself being whipped by a high school teenager but in the end it was Serena Williams dishing out the punishment yesterday. Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan, 18, appeared to have being inspired by fellow qualifier and teenager Cori Gauff’s sensational first-round win over Williams’s elder sister Venus, a five-times winner at the All England Club, as she came out swinging to break Serena twice in the opening set.An ugly smash into the net not only handed Juvan the set but also left an angry Williams staring at the ball in disgust — and if looks could kill, the ball would have turned to dust.But if the Court One fans feared that it might be a case of “Gone on the Fourth of July” for America’s most decorated tennis player, she stormed back for a 2-6 6-2 6-4 second-round win. The 37-year-old missed easy slam-dunk smashes, she belted the ball wide while on break point and glared down on the net after yet another of her shots got tangled up at the bottom of the black mesh.But despite producing more unforced errors (26) than winners (25), she put on a winning show for her friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to seal a place in the third round against Germany’s Julia Goerges by firing down her sixth ace.“I play my best when I am down; it brings out the best in me. I’m just a fighter and I never give up,” said a relieved Williams, who is chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. That was certainly true on Thursday because during the first hour of her contest with Juvan, things were not exactly looking rosy. Williams had never lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 at the All England Club nor to a qualifier at any of the slams.She had a 102-13 win-loss ratio on grass and a 338-47 record at the slams.Taking on a Wimbledon debutante whose Grand Slam record stood at a slightly more modest 1-1, the result appeared to be a foregone conclusion. However, Juvan, who will return to her homeland to finish her high school exams, appeared to have done her homework on her more illustrious rival as she belted winners galore to race to a 3-0 lead in the first set.She barely put a foot wrong as she converted both of the break points she earned and made only two unforced errors while Williams failed to make a dent in the Slovenian’s serve.When the American finally broke Juvan in the opening game of the second set, it was game on. Williams had a chance to grab a double break for a 4-1 lead but Juvan played like a seasoned professional as she refused to get intimidated by her rival’s reputation.The world number 133 saved break point by luring the 11th seed into the net with a dropshot and then just stood back to watch a screaming Williams wildly belt the ball into the backboards.Williams did go on to win the set, and eventually the match, but she knows that if she wants to hoist the Rosewater Dish for an eighth time, she needs to improve in all departments.“I’m just low on matches basically,” said Williams, who has opted to double her Wimbledon workload by joining forces with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles even though her build-up was troubled by a knee injury. “I could feel it but I’m getting there. Just have to… really learn from every single point.“I’m excited to play with a British icon like Andy… it’s going to be an honour to share the court with him. Maybe I can learn a thing or two.“Usually when I play doubles, it really helps out my singles game. I really need it.”last_img read more

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