Twitter Chats: A Professional Development Tool

first_imgUse these icons when you are tweeting: This allows you to Tweet at, or respond to, someone directly.This allows you to ReTweet someone else’s tweet; i.e., send it to your Twitter followers.This allows you to Favorite someone’s Tweet; i.e., indicate that you like what they have shared. (Note: This function is now represented by a heart instead of a star.)Happy tweeting! I hope to see you on a personal finance Twitter chat soon. You can then Tweet or Retweet whatever you wish, and the http://www.tchat.io/ application will add the hashtag on for you so that you too can join the conversation! By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®Rutgers Cooperative ExtensionIn early June, as part of the 3-Day Virtual Learning Event (VLE), the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) held a series of three Twitter chats using the hash tag #MFLNchat. The MFLN VLE information page with archived webinars is  located here. The purpose of the Twitter chats was to extend conversations in the “chat” section of the webinars about encouraging positive financial behaviors through motivation, coaching, and counseling.Prior to the three Twitter chats, a “Lite” Twitter Cohort was held to introduce chat participants to the basics of using Twitter. Each day for two weeks, cohort 36 cohort participants received e-mailed messages about using Twitter. Materials for the cohort are available here. Participants used the hashtag #twittercohort to hold asynchronous conversations with one another.Twitter chats, on the other hand, involve synchronous conversations. As the number of Twitter users has grown since its inception in 2006, so has the use of Twitter for financial education. An increasingly outreach method is Twitter chats, which use the hashtag (#) symbol to hold a “conversation” through an organized stream of tweets from people interested in the same topic (e.g., credit).The formatting convention used to organize Twitter chat threads is Q1 for Question 1 and A1 for participant responses to that question, with 8 to 10 different questions per one-hour chat. All users have do is log in to a Twitter application such as Tchat.io or Twubs.com at a designated time and time zone, type in the hashtag for the chat, and start responding to and/or asking questions to engage with others.The MFLN plans future professional development Twitter chats and encourages Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff to participate. Feel free to “lurk” for a while, if you’d like, and then jump in. Another good idea is to observe, and then participate in, these regular personal finance Twitter chats: #creditchat (Experian, 3 p.m. ET on Wednesdays), #wbchat (WiseBread, 3 p.m. ET on Thursdays), #cashchat (@MsMadamMoney, 12 noon ET on Fridays), and #mcchat (Money Crashers, 4 p.m. ET on Fridays).Below are some screen shots that further explain how to navigate a Twitter chat:Go to as http://www.tchat.io/In the top, right corner click on “Sign In”If you are already logged into your Twitter account, this box will prompt you to “Authorize TweetChat…to use your account”. You then click on “Authorize App” For Example:Experian Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#CreditChat”Wisebread Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#WBchat” If not it will ask you to log into your Twitter account. Log in with your Twitter handle and password. Then, in the top left hand corner, type in the hashtag you are following and then press, “Go” You will then be taken to a stream of Tweets, only with the hashtag you typed in during the last step.last_img read more

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Water is my priority, Maharashtra CM tells Niti Aayog

first_imgMaharashtra has sought increased financial assistance from the Centre for the next five years to tackle drought. Presenting a charter of demands at the fifth governing council meeting of Niti Aayog , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged the Centre to step in with increased assistance to help transport water from the Godavari basin criss-crossing Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha back into Marathwada and Vidarbha. “My government’s effort is to bring more water from Godavari into stressed areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha to make them free of scarcity in the future. This is my government’s priority for the next five years, and since Centre has assisted us last five years, I have forwarded similar demands to the Niti Aayog,” Mr. Fadnavis said in New Delhi on Saturday. The Maharashtra delegation — in back-to-back meetings with Hardeep Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation, Commerce and Industry; Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Jal Shakti Minister; and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel — discussed pending issues related to the Nagpur airport, Mumbai airport, Nagpur Metro phase 2 and PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Urban), senior officials said. The CM sought central assistance for the Marathwada water grid, river liking projects on Godavari with Mr. Shekhawat. “We made a detailed presentation to him (Mr Shekhawat) Other meetings focussed on water, agriculture and market reforms, including six to seven other concerns that the State faces. We have appraised various ministries of the work Maharastra has done in water resources and agri sector,” the CM said. The agenda of the governing council was focused on internal security, development in left wing extremism (LWE) areas, reforms of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Other issues discussed were progress of the Aspirational Districts Programme, launched in January 2018, and ways for encouraging water conservation through rain water harvesting, said officials. Maharashtra has declared 151 talukas as drought affected and is getting a central assistance of ₹4,714 crore. The government had deployed 5,493 tankers to provide water to 4,331 villages after 151 talukas were declared drought-hit. The Opposition alleged that the State government is purposely restricting water supply through tankers in areas where the scheme has not performed well.last_img read more

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Tokyo Games: Union wants venue inspection, worker interviews

first_imgIn an interview in Tokyo, BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson said he will request a “construction audit or a joint inspection” in a meeting Thursday with officials of the local organizing committee, the Japan Sport Council and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.“They are overprotective and don’t want the outside to come in,” Yuson told The Associated Press. “They are trying to downplay it, saying construction is almost over. But it’s not over until the Olympics are over. Construction is dangerous and every worker you save makes a difference.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Japan Sport Council — a national government body — is building the $1.25 billion national stadium, and the Olympic Village is being built by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.Yuson said BWI, based in Switzerland, has interviewed 50 workers in Tokyo to gain a picture of labor practices at Olympic venues. He said the union was not granted access to the workers, and many who spoke fear they may lose their jobs if their names are revealed. Like 2014 again: Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio back together at Gilas Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This Sept. 25, 2019, photo shows the new National Stadium, main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, in Tokyo. An international labor union investigating worker safety and the use of migrant workers at facilities for next year’s Tokyo Olympics is asking for a joint inspection of build sites and an open interview with workers. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — An international labor union investigating worker safety and the use of migrant workers at venues for next year’s Tokyo Olympics is asking for a joint inspection of construction sites and an open interview with workers.The Building and Wood Workers’ International, in a report earlier this year titled “The Dark Side of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics,” alleged patterns of overwork and contract irregularities at Tokyo venues with attention focused on foreign workers.ADVERTISEMENT He said the majority are Japanese with a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and Filipinos.“If they don’t believe me, they can listen to these workers,” Yuson said.Death by overwork, known as “karoshi,” is a problem in Japan where long working hours are common. Yuson also noted that many construction sites have signs about health and safety written only in Japanese, unhelpful for foreign workers.Yuson said 300 workers — Japanese and non-Japanese — die annually on construction work in Japan.Japan’s labor ministry, in a report issued 10 months ago, said two workers have died on projects for the Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Yuson said he has asked the International Olympic Committee to step in, perhaps using leverage on the Tokyo organizing committee.“The IOC doesn’t push,” he said.Many sports governing bodies have signed up the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which spell out practices for businesses and government. They include soccer governing bodies FIFA and UEFA, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the International Paralympic Committee and Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.The IOC has added the UN guidelines to host city contracts that come into effect with the 2024 Paris Olympics. That excludes Tokyo, and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where independent labor unions are barred by China’s authoritarian government.Yuson said Tokyo conditions have improved some since the report was issued earlier this year. But he said continued research had uncovered added problems linked to worker safety and overtime.“We want to bring legacy to the Olympics, not only to the multinational companies, or to the athletes, but to the workers as well,” Yuson said.A report released last year by the national government’s Board of Audit said Japan is likely to spend $25 billion overall to prepare for the games. This is public money, except for the $5.6 billion operating budget.Organizers dispute the figure and say it’s about $12 billion, though what are Olympic costs — and what are not — is subject to heated debate.Tokyo projected total costs of about $7.5 billion in its winning bid for the games in 2013.last_img read more

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Mitchell’s last-second FT lifts Jazz over Suns

first_imgA physical drive, a drawn foul and a clutch free throw would have to do.Mitchell scored 25 points, including the game-winning foul shot with 0.4 seconds left, and the Jazz rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 96-95 on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It’s me just attacking, coming downhill,” Mitchell said. “(Jevon) Carter was a great defender all game, but I just made a move and tried to get to the free throw line. I didn’t do that much in the second half, but I did on the final play.”Mitchell took the ball in the backcourt in the final seconds and then drove through the lane past Carter, getting fouled by Devin Booker as he tried to make a layup. Mitchell sank the first free throw before missing the second, and Frank Kaminsky III’s last-second heave was well short. Suns: Rubio returned after missing one game with a bruised left knee. … Ty Jerome is out with a sprained right ankle. … Phoenix had a moment of silence before the game for Al Bianchi, who was an assistant coach and scout for the Suns for 23 seasons, including during the team’s run to the NBA Finals in 1976. The team said he died at age 87. … Booker got a flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter for hitting Gobert in the groin while fighting around a screen.UP NEXTJazz: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.Suns: Travel to Golden State on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aron Baynes scored 12 for the Suns, including a career-high three 3-pointers. He made just 25 shots from beyond the arc in his first seven seasons, including 21 last year.Ricky Rubio faced Utah (3-1) for the first time since signing a free-agent deal with the Suns in the offseason. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.“I like how in the tough moments we get together and play with passion,” Rubio said. “The only difference not making the playoffs or making it is winning these kinds of games. I know we are young, we are learning, but we have to close out.”Both teams struggled to make shots in the first half as the Jazz built a 46-39 lead. Bogdanovic led Utah with 14 points.MORE THAN 0.4 SECONDS?Phoenix coach Monty Williams thought Mitchell got fouled with 1.8 seconds left instead of 0.4, which made it nearly impossible to get a last-second shot toward the rim. The call was not reviewed.Williams said that was frustrating, but it wasn’t his team’s biggest problem.“That is a tough one to swallow but that wasn’t the reason we lost,” he said. “Our ball movement was stagnant tonight.”TIP-INSJazz: Danté Exum was out with a right knee injury. … Utah outrebounded Phoenix 35-22 in the first half. … Mitchell was called for a flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter after trying to fight around a screen by Baynes. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 18 rebounds and made 11 of 12 free throws.Utah won despite shooting just 38 percent from the field and committing 23 turnovers. The Jazz made up for it with good defense, especially in the final minutes.“We didn’t put our heads down after those mistakes. Got back and really worked to get stops,” coach Quin Snyder said. “When you do that, you have a chance. We had some really big plays down the stretch.”The teams were tied at 70 heading into the fourth quarter before the Suns pushed ahead with five straight points. The game was tied again when Bogdanovic scored on a fast-break layup and was fouled with 1:45 left. He made the free throw to give the Jazz a 95-92 lead.Phoenix (2-2) was led by Booker’s 21 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 and Carter had 15, including a 3-pointer that tied it at 95 with less than a minute left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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South Africa face ‘selection headache’ ahead of first Test vs India

first_imgSouth Africa seem to be getting headaches over team selection for the first Test against India in Cape Town in the three-match series, starting January 5.Viraty Kohli-led India have been in splendid form for the past two years, breaking and making a plethora of records. Along with having a settled and defined batting line-up, India have upped their game in terms of pacers, which put India in the spot of a great contest.India will be having their own selection conundrum for the first Test but like captain Kohli has said that is a happy headache to have.South Africa coach Ottis Gibson in under a similar cloud and is scratching his head trying to find the best team for the upcoming Test.With Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers back in the squad and available for selection, Gibson is trying to figure out the best possible combination.ALSO WATCH”We have to try and pick the best team for the conditions and it is clearly a selection headache, but it is a good headache to have all the best players back and available to play,” Gibson told a news conference.AB de Villiers has returned after a two-year hiatus from the Test arena while Steyn is available again after a year-long lay-off and major shoulder surgery for the three-match series against the top-ranked Test team.But Steyn, five wickets shy of becoming South Africa’s top Test wicket-taker, will only play if South Africa decide to go with an extra bowler on what is expected to be a green, seamer-friendly wicket at Newlands.advertisement”We don’t know just yet whether we will play him in the first test but, depending on the selection, he might well play,” Gibson said.The 34-year-old Steyn has not had a rigorous examination of his injury since returning to action in November and it is a risk to play him, particularly if he breaks down as he did against England in late 2015 and Australia in 2016.”I don’t think that if we were to pick a three-man seam attack plus a spinner we would want to put him in, in case something happens and he leaves the team vulnerable if he can’t finish the game,” Gibson added.”I’m not saying that will happen but you don’t want to take that risk with the first Test. We have to look at the best combination to try and win the game and he will certainly come into the discussion but it depends on the formation of the team we put on the field.”QUICK WICKETGibson, recently appointed South Africa coach after previously serving as England’s bowling coach, said the hosts had asked for a quick wicket to be prepared and that looks likely to be the case at the toss on Friday. But he warned the bowlers they still had to efficiently use the favourable conditions.”With some grass on the wicket, bowlers sometimes tend to get a bit carried away. You still have to put the ball in the right area. However the wicket looks, you still have to play well on it. We will be playing the best team in the world, so we have to bring our A-game,” he said.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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National Rifle Association of India dumps Jaspal Rana

first_imgThe National Rifle Association of India has left out the name of hard working coach Jaspal Rana to be part of the camp for the ISSF World Cup to be held in the capital later this month.In all, 23 shooters have been chosen for the camp and a whopping 11 officials, which also comprises two foreign coaches, have been attached with it. The camp began in the Capital on February 5 and will run till February 20.Considering that there are a number of juniors who have also been drafted into the camp, no reason has been assigned for not selecting Jaspal as a coach.Last year, when juniors came out tops in various events – Khelo India, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and also the ISSF World Cups – they had made a big mark. It included Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Anish Bhanwala, Elavenil Valarivan. There are a few more like Chinki Yadav who also fit into the promising category.By and large, the NRAI is considered to be one of the better national sports federations in the country with a fair amount of transparency. However, the exclusion of Jaspal Rana looks very strange as the NRAI had recommended him for the Dronacharya award last year just after the Asian Games ended in Indonesia.”It’s sad, I have not even been informed I was not needed at the camp. Without trying to take credit for the performance of shooters like Manu, Chinki and Saurabh, Adarsh Singh, I can say I have nurtured them all along,” said Jaspal.advertisementConsidering that this is the biggest shooting World Cup at home with quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, one would imagine the NRAI would be putting its best efforts in this direction. There are names of coaches in the list who have hardly shaped any careers and compared to what Jaspal has achieved, they pale in comparison. There is also an instance where one shooter has managed to get her personal coach into the camp from the NGO which supports her!Mail Today has learnt that in the last one month, there have been a series of exchange of emails between coaches at various levels. It was like a virtual cross-fire and finally Raninder Singh, the NRAI president had to step in.As per some of the emails, juniors shooters versus senior shooters, various coaches with “own interest” at stake have been firing at each other. Finally, it was an email from Raninder which laid disputes to rest. He had emphatically stated in one email, junior or senior classification must end and before the World Cup, the best should be chosen and focus on winning maximum quota places.Back to Jaspal, he feels let down by the federation. “I am not upset just because I am not in the camp. But I wonder what will happen to the juniors who have been working under me. Their day began under my guidance and from sunrise training to practice schedules and so on, I wonder who will handle them now on. The juniors are still at a stage where they need to be treated with care,” said Jaspal.A year before the Olympics, one would have thought national sports federations will be working with other partners to maximise efforts. In the case of NRAI, which in the past, too, has accommodated some shooters/experts out of turn, to leave out Jaspal Rana seems a case of bias. Hopefully, the NRAI president, also vice president of the ISSF, will be able to find out what went wrong.last_img read more

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Suhana Khan is a ray of sunshine in her latest photo. See pic

first_imgSuhana Khan is an internet sensation, there’s no doubt about that. The young star-kid’s photos on social media never fail to go viral. And recently, a photo of her posing for the camera did the rounds on the internet.In the photo, she is holding a glass, while she poses for the camera. She is sporting a white spaghetti top and she is sitting beside a coffee table.Currently, Suhana is studying in England. However, like her father, Shah Rukh Khan, she also wants to enter showbiz. In an earlier interview, she had told Vogue, “I don’t think there was any one moment when I decided. Since I was young, I’d do all these accents and impressions. But my parents only realised I was serious about acting when they saw a performance of mine for the first time. I was playing Miranda in a school performance of The Tempest.”Shah Rukh said in the same interview that Suhana will hone her acting skills before she enters the film industry. “Suhana’s not working towards a promise of being cast, she’s working towards being an actor, and she knows that,” he said.”We have friends who are very well-meaning and think of my kids as their own, and they’re all happy and keen to launch her. Like Karan [Johar]. But I keep insisting that I don’t want them designed as stars, I want them to be launched when they are good-enough actors,” he added.advertisementJust earlier today, a photo of Suhana Khan and Shanaya Kapoor had gone viral on social media. Suhana has grown up with Ananya Panday and Shanaya Kapoor. While Ananya Panday has already made her debut with the film Student Of The Year 2, fans are waiting for Shanaya and Suhana’s debut.ALSO READ | Ananya Panday reveals she and Suhana Khan shot for a scene in My Name Is KhanALSO WATCH | Shah Rukh Khan speaks about his still-in-progress book 20 Years of a Decade and morelast_img read more

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Entrepreneur Praises the Expertise of the SRC

first_imgStory Highlights Chief Executive Officer at Tayna’s Body Care, Tanya Powell Edwards, is praising the Scientific Research Council (SRC) for the expertise provided in the development of her personal care products.She tells JIS News that she has received training from the Agency in how to make natural bar soaps and body washes.Mrs. Powell Edwards notes that the SRC has been a constant help, while noting that the Agency has provided her with the chance to attend its annual Opportunity Quest to showcase her products.There she was able to share her success story with potential entrepreneurs, while at the same time telling of her experiences of having utilised the services of the Council to create her brand of products.“SRC has a lot more than we are utilising… (it is) a gem that more people need to know about,” she says.A part of the SRC mandate is to promote business development through their provisional scientific solutions.Presently, the SRC undertakes group training in soap, body wash and shampoo making.The Agency also does product testing, using its accredited lab, operating at international quality standards. In addition, the SRC creates linkages, connecting entrepreneurs with the producers of raw materials.They also assist with packaging of the products; connecting the entrepreneur to financial institutions to assist with funding or grant funding, as well as connecting them with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) to help with the support to take the product to market.The SRC also provides market information through market research that they conduct, while working with the Jamaica Promotions Agency (JAMPRO) to guide the entrepreneur towards the export market.Sharing her journey in becoming an entrepreneur, Mrs. Powell Edwards tells JIS News that she would often dream about developing her own brand of soaps.“Inspiration can come from anywhere. I used to go into the supermarket and in trying to get the most for my buck, I would choose the cheapest soaps, which were not always the best, so I would always say one of these days, I am going to learn to make soaps,” she states.She notes that over time she made her own deodorant, after which she transitioned into making soaps.Mrs. Powell Edwards explains that she wanted to share her product with others, and that is what led her to seek the services of the SRC.Currently, Tayna’s Body Care line predominantly consists of natural bar soaps which, she says, have a great lather and also offer a great aroma.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) notes further that the aroma is a great stimulus in the morning and is also beneficial in reducing tension at nights.“I am into not just having a bath, but enjoying the feeling that you get along with that, which is relaxing or reviving, depending on what you are looking for,” Mrs. Powell Edwards states.Bentonite Clay and activated charcoal are some of the ingredients that she says can be found in some of her products.She explains that activated charcoal is something that is used in the hospitals in cases where someone ingests poison, as it binds to the poison and allows the person to eliminate it from the body.The CEO further adds that it does the same for the skin. “If you have large pores, it is said to reduce those pores, and it also pulls some of the oil from oily skin,” Mrs. Powell Edwards states.Some of her other products include body oils such as: Coconut mix with lavender, Jamaican Ginger Oil with lemon grass and Orange Ginger Body and Massage Oil.Meanwhile, Mrs. Powell Edwards says that even though her products were not created to treat a specific medical condition such as eczema, persons suffering from the condition have reported receiving benefits after using the soaps.“So I literally have persons depending on me to ensure that I get them their turmeric soap, or their activated charcoal or any of the other soaps that I do,” she says.Mrs. Powell Edwards says that the natural care business is something Jamaicans should definitely consider and that the recently held SRC Opportunity Quest has highlighted for her the opportunities that exist in the Jamaican natural personal care products market, as well as in the export market.“I feel like I should have known about this 20 years ago, as I would have been far ahead. Things such as lemon grass and ginger personal care products are unique to Jamaica, and the rest of the world wants it,” she states.The entrepreneur, who has been in business for two and a half years, plans to expand sometime in the future. She notes that, while it is a family business, she does have plans to hire persons to assist in production.Mrs. Powell Edwards says in the future she hopes to expand her company into the export market.She also notes that from her discussions with persons in the Diaspora, “there are Jamaicans across the globe who want things that are made in Jamaica, and the dream is to be one of those persons who supply their needs.”Products from the line can be found at the Chesterville Pharmacy in the Winchester Business Centre and Earth Elements in Kingston; Tates Pharmacy in May Pen, Clarendon; Three Angels Pharmacy in Manchester; and Natures in St. Jago Shopping Centre, St. Catherine. In addition, the entrepreneur does special orders.Customers can also call the proprietor at 796-7175 for products. Mrs. Powell Edwards says in the future she hopes to expand her company into the export market. She tells JIS News that she has received training from the Agency in how to make natural bar soaps and body washes. Chief Executive Officer at Tayna’s Body Care, Tanya Powell Edwards, is praising the Scientific Research Council (SRC) for the expertise provided in the development of her personal care products.last_img read more

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SHIs Profit Soars in Q1

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding major Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has joined the recovery drive of its two compatriots, DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries, having posted a 350.8 percent jump in its operating profit for the first three months of 2017 year-on-year.Specifically, SHI’s operating profit for the quarter reached KRW 27.5 billion (USD 24.20 million) a considerable increase from KRW 6.1 billion in the corresponding period in 2016, the shipbuilder revealed in a stock exchange filing.The company’s net profit achieved 269 percent increase, reaching KRW 58,700 billion (USD 51.6 million) against KRW 15.9 billion a year earlier.However, SHI’s revenue suffered 3.7 percent dip and came at KRW 2.44 trillion.The increase in profit has been driven by a favorable order intake that kicked off the year amid stabilization in the shipbuilding industry resulting in a total of USD 1.5 billion worth of new orders. SHI’s order backlogs as of March 31, 2017 on delivery basis totals in USD 26.5 billion, the company’s data show. These are dominated by tankers, 34 of them, followed by 15 LNG carriers and 10 drilling rigs, among other units.Due to forecasts that the shipbuilding industry could slightly improve during 2017, the shipbuilder decided to raise its orderbook goal to USD 6 billion, from last year’s USD 5.3 billion target, after winning a major order to build a large offshore platform at the beginning of the year worth USD 1.3 billion.The turnaround is in particular expected in the LNG carrier sector and FSRUs, according to SHI, with up to 30 LNGC orders forecast to be placed on annual basis from 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Militant arrested arms recovered in Manipur

first_imgImphal: A militant has been arrested and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered in separate incidents in Manipur, police said. A team of Manipur Police arrested the militant, belonging to Kangleipak Communist Party (KK Nganba group), while conducting a search operation at Thoubal Bazaar area on Monday, a statement said. Meanwhile, a combined team of Manipur Police and Assam Rifles recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, during a search operation for Kuki National Front (KNF-N) militants, at B Gamnom village in Imphal East district on Saturday, it said. The cache, comprising an AK-47 rifle, a Lethod gun with four shells and a large number of AK-47 bullets were found buried in the ground, it said.last_img read more

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Author and former child soldier Ishmael Beah signs on as UNICEF advocate

“Ishmael Beah speaks on behalf of young people around the world whose childhoods have been scarred by violence, deprivation, and other violations of their rights,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, calling the new Advocate “an eloquent symbol of hope for young victims of violence, as well as those working to demobilize and rehabilitate children caught up in armed conflict.”“As a child soldier, your rights are constantly violated,” said Mr. Beah, who was forcibly recruited in his native Sierra Leone when he was only 13. More than two years later UNICEF negotiated with warlords for the release of Mr. Beah and other child combatants and placed him in a rehabilitation programme.After finding his way to New York and finishing his education, Mr. Beah published his memoir, A Long Way Gone, which UNICEF said has helped to foster better understanding of the life of a child soldier. “For many observers, a child who has known nothing but war, a child for whom the Kalashnikov is the only way to make a living and for whom the bush is the most welcoming community, is a child lost forever for peace and development. I contest this view,” he said. “For the sake of these children it is essential to prove that another life is possible.”The announcement of Mr. Beah’s appointment coincided with the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty created to help prevent the kind of suffering that he endured. Approved by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, the treaty sets the ground rules for a better life for all children, and is the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. Marking the anniversary in Kabul, UNICEF called on the Afghan Government and civil society to renew their joint commitment to its principles.In a news release, the agency noted that progress has been made since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, with the enrolment of 6 million children in schools, an increase in access to clean water and sanitation for half a million children, the empowerment of 62,500 women with literacy courses, and a reduction in infant mortality from 165 per 1,000 live births in 2001 to 135 per 1,000 live births in 2006. But the agency noted that in Afghanistan, two generations “have grown up knowing mostly conflict, insecurity, displacement and isolation resulting in the breakdown of support mechanisms within families, schools and communities, causing the loss of their rights and ability to reach their full potential.” UNICEF is supporting a government initiative to create Child Protection Action Networks, now active in 29 provinces, which helps to secure the rights of children in Afghanistan. “We have a duty to ensure that children in Afghanistan enjoy their right to live a life free from violence,” said Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan.Meanwhile in Baghdad, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) voiced hope that the country’s children will have the future free from violence or dislocation that they deserve.Commemorating the treaty’s anniversary, the UN issued a news release voicing alarm that only one in three Iraqi children under the age of five has access to safe drinking water. In addition, over one fifth of children under five suffer from stunting and 4.8 per cent from wasting, while 7.6 per cent are underweight. Meanwhile, the infant mortality rate is estimated at 35 per 1,000. “The UN is equally troubled that more than 220,000 school children have been displaced from their homes since early 2006, disrupting their access to proper schooling.” The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, noted that the UN played an active role in child vaccination campaigns, helped fight a recent epidemic of cholera and assisted Iraqi schoolchildren with books and materials. “However, we all need to do much more to relieve the stress of Iraq’s children, and help ensure their proper growth into adulthood as they are the future of the country.” 20 November 2007Author and former child soldier Ishmael Beah was appointed today as a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War, the agency announced as it marked the 18th anniversary of the landmark Convention on the Rights of the Child. read more

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William Valentine 52 reported missing in Co Offaly

first_imgA MAN HAS been reported missing in Co Offaly, after last being seen at a roundabout in Tullamore.Gardaí at Tullamore said they are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 52-year-old William Valentine from Geashill, Co Offaly.They said that William was last seen on the afternoon of Thursday 10 October 2013 at the Cappincur roundabout in Tullamore.He is described as being 5’ 9”, medium build, grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen, William was wearing navy blue chinos, a white shirt, navy jacket and Timberland boots.Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.last_img read more

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Ohio executes man for drugfueled bookstore murder

first_imgI am here for Henry Dupree. I’d like to apologize to the family for what I’ve done. I’m sorry.Treesh also thanked prison staff and his execution team, saying “they treated me well.”Treesh, 48, had exhausted his appeals after 18 years on death row and was denied relief by Republican Governor John Kasich, who had previously commuted the sentences of four other death row inmates and expressed reservations about the death penalty.Treesh was condemned to die for the murder of a 58-year-old security guard and the attempted murder of a 42-year-old salesman in the armed robbery at a bookstore in Eastlake, Ohio. He was arrested after a lengthy high speed chase.The crime capped a three-week spree of violence and sexual assault in five other states (Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin) committed with an accomplice as they sought money to buy more drugs, court documents showed.Living proofTreesh had previously expressed remorse while in prison and said the murder was not premeditated.“I am living proof of what drugs can do to you. If it saves one kid, then maybe my dying is not in vain, this is the only positive thing I can do to try and help right a wrong,” he told the local paper.Treesh is the 50th person executed in Ohio and the 1,324th in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. There are currently more than 3,000 people on death row in the United States.- © AFP, 2013 THE STATE OF Ohio executed a man who killed a security guard while robbing a bookstore amid a drug-fueled crime spree, officials said today.Frederick Treesh, who was stealing money to buy more cocaine at the time of the 1994 murder, is the fourth inmate executed so far this year in the United States.RemorseHis death by lethal injection was declared at 10.37am (3.37pm GMT), a spokesman for the state’s prison department told AFP.He expressed remorse in his last words, telling observers that he wished a photo of his execution could be used to convince others to stay away from drugs.This is where drugs lead you. This is true life.last_img read more

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It feels so cruel Family of critically ill Irish man plead for

first_img Share104 Tweet Email3 By Garreth MacNamee 56,932 Views THE FAMILY OF a man who suffered a serious heart attack in Canada is pleading with the public to help bring him back to Ireland.Ciaran Kelly, from Bray, Wicklow, suffered a cardiac arrest on St Patrick’s Day. He had been living in Vancouver, Canada at the time. Due to oxygen deprivation brought on by the heart attack, Ciaran was left with severe brain damage.The family flew out to be by his bedside but it is costing $15,000 a day just to keep him in hospital.The family is looking for €100,000 to bring Ciaran back to Ireland so he can continue his recovery at home.According to a GoFund me page set up to raise money for the medical bills: “On the 17th of March, our whole life was turned upside down. We received the devastating news that our son Ciaran, aged 32, suffered a cardiac arrest and, as a result of this, his brain was deprived of oxygen.“Upon arrival, we were told the devastating news that Ciaran was critically ill on life support with severe brain damage.” ‘It feels so cruel’: Family of critically ill Irish man plead for donations to bring him home The family is looking for €100,000 to bring Ciaran back to Ireland. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As a family, our main concern is to get Ciaran home to Ireland so we can provide him with the care and support he so desperately requires.

The current cost of Ciaran’s medical care in the ICU in Burnaby Hospital Vancouver is $15,000 a day. At present ,which is only day 5, it has accumulated to $75,000. As you can imagine, the stress and worry of what is happening is unbearable for us and feels so terribly cruel.The family has pleaded with the Irish and Canadian governments for help but they were told that there was nothing which could be done.The statement from the Kelly family added: “We cannot express the urgency of this situation at this horrendous time. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for any donation you can contribute as it will bring us one step closer to bringing Ciaran home.”Read: Hopes that dives to wreckage of Rescue 116 can begin today >Read: Poll: Do you support the strike by Bus Éireann workers? >center_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3304094 Mar 24th 2017, 8:51 AM Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:51 AM 59 Comments last_img read more

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Sinodinos stands down

first_imgAssistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos stood down on Wednesday from the front bench, amid corruption inquiries into his involvement in the company Australian Water Holdings (AWH).The Assistant Treasurer made a short statement at the beginning of Senate Question Time, after facing three days of damaging media and political pressure about his involvement in AWH, a company associated with corrupt former NSW Labor Minister Eddie Obeid.Senator Sinodinos will stand aside while giving evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in New South Wales.Prime Minister Tony Abbott described his decision as the “right and decent thing”. “I look forward to his restoration to the ministry,” Mr Abbott said. Arthur Sinodinos, along with other labor and liberal operatives stood to gain tens of millions of dollars from a deal involving a company linked to the family of discredited former NSW labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, the corruption inquiry heard on Monday.Sinodinos, treasurer of the Liberal Party in NSW at the time under investigation, was installed on the board of the Obeid-linked Australian Water Holdings (AWH) in 2008 in order to open lines of communication with the Liberal Party’, as it was stated in the ICAC hearing.As an AWH director Arthur Sinodinos was earning $200,000 per anum for approximately 100 hours of work per year, and would have ”enjoyed a $10 or $20 million payday” if Australian Water had won a lucrative contract with the state government owned Sydney Water, according to the hearing. Senator Sinodinos has since abandoned his rights to shares in the water infrastructure company, denies any wrongdoing and is ready to testify as a witness and help the enquiry. Arthur Sinodinos was given 5 per cent of AWH when he became a director in 2008, plus another 2.5 per cent if the deal with Sydney Water was to go through.Source: Fairfax Media Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Why You Should Be Excited For Young Justice Season Three

first_img All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCDC Announces Streaming Service, a Swamp Thing Series & More DCEU News We’ve been hearing rumors for years about a possible third season of Young Justice, and now, it’s officially happening.Warner Bros, along with creator Greg Weisman, who’s been supportive of returning to the program and has pushed for Netflix to pick it up for new episodes, made the big announcement on Monday, followed immediately by everybody on the internet freaking out despite knowing next to nothing. We’re back, baby! #YoungJustice3 https://t.co/8xa21Is3Uc— Greg Weisman (@Greg_Weisman) November 7, 2016 Stay on target WB makes a little announcement. Internet EXPLODES!Go figure.(Little announcement = #YoungJusticeSeason3)It’s crash. But stay whelmed.— Greg Weisman (@Greg_Weisman) November 8, 2016The short-lived series always had its passionate fans. When it was canceled in 2013, fans took to the internet to try and restart it with petitions and crowdfunding. It’s been consistently on Netflix since then, which has only created more fans.“The affection that fans have had for Young Justice, and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation.Original producers Weisman and Brandon Vietti (responsible in part for Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman: Doomsday) will be returning.There’s been a weird hole in the lives of cartoon enthusiasts since Young Justice was canceled. It wasn’t a perfect show by any means, but the DC animated series, which ran for only two seasons, combined intricate plot lines, comic book absurdity, and genuine relationships well, almost never faltering despite its giant cast and its responsibility of introducing audiences to some of the lesser-known heroes.While Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited were able to delve into more detail concerning heroes like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Young Justice starred the sidekicks of these famous heroes. While the recognizable faces still existed in this world, they mostly stayed on the edges, appearing when a team member called for it–like in the case of the awkward relationship between Superboy and Superman–and for overarching plots that forced the young team to rise to the level of their mentors.You’d be pressed to find many differences between Young Justice and a daytime soap opera, minus the source material. In between the fighting, there was romantic and personal turmoil, which was typical of the young teens they were in season one, with one story line usually in place each episode to run parallel to the main action. There were plot twists, just like in any comic book, but they all felt deserved, and most had consequences that were able to better explore the characters. The season two story with Red Arrow, particularly, is heartbreaking because while there’s some science fiction stuff leading the way, it’s joined by strained, realistic relationships between friends, mentors, and lovers.In just two seasons, the show was able to fit in immense amounts of DC history, characters, and stories. Additionally, it seems that each of the characters get a moment to shine with a consistent conflict keeping them motivated. At the least, some of the minor heroes not explored still engage in story arcs on the periphery, and still have implications on the episodes in which they appear.Just think of all the characters that appeared in this show: Superboy, Miss Martian, Blue Beetle, Aqualad, Nightwing, Robin, Wally West, Wonder Girl, Cheshire, Artemis, Red Arrow, and so many others. It was hard to keep track, especially between seasons one and two because of a time jump, but you got to know most of them, even if it was just for 10 minutes.Weisman has worked on cartoons that manage to maintain balance despite story and character bloat. Readers will remember I said something similar about Spectacular Spider-Man, which is another series Weisman oversaw. While television has the advantage of space and time to explore characters, it’s a challenge to make sure none overstay their welcome or audiences don’t feel slighted.Of course, fans still longed for resolution, but only because the show was canceled. There were many questions left unanswered, many of which concerned events that occurred between seasons one and two. When did Dick Grayson become Nightwing? Why did Wally West and Artemis leave the team?This cancellation was partially because Cartoon Network wanted to make room for new DC shows like Teen Titans Go! but also, according to Weisman and Paul Dini, who was working on other shows for the network, toy sales weren’t what executives wanted. Dini stated that many of shows that had a sizable female audience wouldn’t work because they didn’t want to sell toys to girls or older audiences, but to young boys. Weisman confirmed that lacking toy sales was part of the decision to end the show.Bringing Young Justice back is reintroducing this style of cartoon to the masses. While Cartoon Network would come around to shows with more mature themes (such as Steven Universe), at the time, it was looking for random, goofy humor. Young Justice had that as well, but it was more than just a good superhero romp. It made you care. I’m not an executive so I don’t know if I would’ve made the same decision (probably not), but With all the platforms available for watching shows, along with different strategies and audiences, there is now room for it.I remember watching the finale of Young Justice with friends who had been closely following the show. Being a Marvel person and not having watched the show before, I was going in blind. I didn’t even know there was a Kid Flash, let alone cared about what happened to him.However, by the end of the episode, everybody in the room was in tears. One girl was screaming at the television. She had worn Wally West colors for the event and was regretting it. I had barely watched the show, and I cared. Of course, I watched it later and have seen it about three or four times since and there’s still an emotional punch, especially to that finale.And luckily, we’ll be seeing that resolution.last_img read more

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WHAT DIRECTIVES HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO GOVERN POLICE CIVILIAN RELATION

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYWe have been a witness to the confrontation between the PIU and the civilians near the Bakoteh Dumpsite. It was not the type of situation one would want to witness in a new Gambia.The state would need to investigate through a Coroner’s inquest how the death of Lamin Krubally occurred at the Nema Kunku Police Station.We have heard it said over and over again that civilians are becoming unruly and they need to be taught a lesson. Any government which abandons the rule of law and democratic methods runs the risk of building a security apparatus that becomes an instrument of coercion instead of an instrument of protection.If the tension of the Bakoteh Dumpsite could be resolved, would it be difficult to consider that a reoccurrence could also be prevented through dialogue with the executive and diligent action taken to address the legitimate concerns of the people of the area including the children at SOS Village?If the site remains unmanaged as it is now the smoke may emerge again to haunt the little children. That would be a big shame. The state needs to look inwards and address civil security relations in a democratic manner.last_img read more

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White nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at UF

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) – White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida, after the school changed its stance on allowing the event on campus.Related: UF reconsiders hosting white nationalist event after legal threatRichard Spencer will appear Oct. 19 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.According to the Associated Press, the university has repeatedly stated that it will not be affiliated with the event in any way. However, as a public institution, UF is legally obligated to allow the expression of many viewpoints by external groups, such as Spencer’s National Policy Institute.The AP also reported that the school is charging the allowable costs of $10,564 for rent and security.Spencer led the large group of demonstrators who carried torches in Charlottesville earlier this year. Clashes with counter-protestors a day later led to the death of one woman.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Black Friday 2014 Opening Hours Timing for UK Stores Best Deals and

first_imgA look at some of the best Black Friday 2014 deals, opening timings, and a handy guide to get bargains in the UK Stores.ReutersBlack Friday is here and if one is looking for a bargain before Christmas, it is the day to make the best of your budget. The American import is gaining huge popularity in the United Kingdom as well, with many of the large retailers selling numerous itemsFollowing is a look at some of the best deals, store opening timings, and a handy guide to get bargains in the UK Stores. Click on the links provided to see the best deals the individual stores are offering:Asda: Asda stores will open at 8am (British time) nationwide on Friday, and will run two days of what they have called “earth shattering” prices. Visit the official website for details.Sainbury’s: Almost 485 stores across the UK will have Black Friday discounts on 28 November. The Black Friday sale starts at 1am. See the Black Friday offers page in their official website.Tesco: Starting at midnight at 28 November, Tesco stores will have a lot in store for buyers. Check the offers and deals in the official website.GAME: The store started hourly deals on 27 November at 6 pm ahead of the midnight opening of stores across the country. Check all the hourly deals in the official website.John Lewis: It won’t have any specific Black Friday offers as such. However, its commitment to being “Never Knowingly Undersold” would mean their price will always give competition. Stores will open at 8am on 28 November. Its flagship Oxford Street store in West London will remain open until 10pm. Check the Flack Friday deals online.Argos: The deals and offers were announced at 1am on 28 November. While Argos is encouraging customers to buy their products online, the stores will be opening at normal times. Check the official website for best Black Friday deals and options. Also Read: US stores and opening Timingslast_img read more

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HCL Tech shares plunge 10 on revenue warning

first_imgShare prices of India’s fourth largest IT firm, HCL Tech, plunged on Thursday after the company said that its revenue would be hit by currency fluctuations in the July-September quarter.HCL shares were down nearly 10% or Rs 95 to trade at Rs 886 at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”During this quarter, revenues to be reported in US dollar would have an adverse impact of 80 basis points on account of sharp depreciation of multiple currencies against US dollar,” HCL Tech said in a statement to the BSE.Growing expectations over interest rate hike by the US central bank this year has resulted in sharp appreciation of the greenback against its major counterparts.”HCL Tech’s revenue growth is likely to be 0 per cent to 1 per cent QoQ in reported US dollar terms for the July-September quarter of 2015. This is against the 3 per cent we had factored in earlier,” Girish Pai of domestic brokerage Nirmal Bang Securities, told NDTV Profit.HCL also warned that its earnings would be negatively impacted by some client-related issue. It sees $20 million revenue loss from differences with one of its major clients.”In one of the multi-million custom application development project being executed for one of the customers…certain differences have arisen on with the customer,” HCL Tech said.Besides, the company cited “skewness in revenue growth due to transition timelines for complex engagements in infrastructure management services (IMS),” as another reason for revenue loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year that starts from July.”We do not view the skewness in complex IMS contracts as an indicator of weak revenue growth in IMS on an annual basis as elongated transition of some contracts is a timing issue and would mean revenues would be recognized with a delay. We witnessed this in 2014 as well when weaker growth in 2Q was followed by strong growth in 3Q,” Goldman Sachs said in a note moneycontrol.com.last_img read more

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