CMU Student Welcomes Opportunity to Hone Skills in Germany

first_img Third-year Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) student, Winston Chambers, is grateful to be the recipient of a scholarship to train at the DNV GL in Germany.He will be taking full advantage of the three-week programme as he looks to prepare to fully participate in the logistics-centred economy being developed by the Government.The DNV GL is an internationally accredited registrar and classification society, which provides services for several industries, including maritime, renewable energy, oil and gas, electrification, food and beverage, and health care.The student, who is pursuing a four-year degree programme in Marine Transportation, said he was elated to have been chosen for the scholarship.The St. Elizabeth native, who will be taking up the scholarship in July, described the opportunity presented to him as “great” and noted that he would gain a better understanding of the concepts that have been taught in class.. “Going to Germany and getting hands-on training in marine inspection and survey will broaden my knowledge of the course and (will) help me to understand some of the things I cannot readily understand in class just by reading,” he said.The scholarship is a component of the German Model Apprenticeship Programme launched recently at the CMU in Kingston.Under the initiative, approximately 25 welders and fitters are to be among the first group of students to receive training to international standards.This will make them ready for employment as technical shipyard personnel in the dockyard being developed by German Ship Repair Jamaica Limited at Harbour Head in Kingston. The company is a joint venture between Jamaica and Germany. The DNV GL is an internationally accredited registrar and classification society, which provides services for several industries, including maritime, renewable energy, oil and gas, electrification, food and beverage, and health care. Third-year Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) student, Winston Chambers, is grateful to be the recipient of a scholarship to train at the DNV GL in Germany. The development of dry dock operations in Jamaica as a major component of the Logistics Hub initiative.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who addressed the launch of the apprenticeship programme, welcomed the partnership between Jamaica and Germany-based stakeholders to offer training and apprenticeship to the students.These include Ministry of Transport and Mining, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica Freight and Shipping Company Limited, HEART Trust/NTA, German Ship Repairs Jamaica Limited, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kingston, Harren & Partner Ship Management and the CMU.He said that the Government is pushing to establish Jamaica’s Logistics Hub and the programme will ensure that the country produces technically skilled people at the highest level.“The reality is that we have to put our young people to work, there is no other way. We have to guide them in the areas in which our country is opening up to so that they can get employment when they have finished their training,” he said.In his 2017/18 Budget Presentation in Parliament in March, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, reasserted the Government’s commitment to making Jamaica a logistics centre and has committed resources to ensure that the logistics project is expedited.Lands for the construction of facilities that will further develop Jamaica’s logistics operations have also been earmarked.He said appointed an Enterprise Team, led by Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin, which is responsible for assessing customs and shipping regulation reform, logistics activity zones and logistics investment promotion.center_img Story Highlights The team will engage the investors, industry stakeholders and regulators in consultations.The Prime Minister noted that the objective is to attract increased trans-shipment cargo to the Kingston Harbour and to develop warehousing and logistics facilities at locations adjacent to the main trans-shipment terminals as well as at key zones linked to the terminals by appropriate transportation infrastructure.Over the long-term, he said, the Government intends to encourage investors to establish their logistics, light manufacturing and commercial operations in these zones.“Under this Administration, the goal of making Jamaica a logistics centre, a logistics hub, a logistics economy will be realised,” he declared.last_img read more

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Family strength propels athletes to compete

first_imgAPTN National NewsA lot of pressure is put on athletes competing in the games.But coaches aren’t the only ones behind the scenes making sure these athletes are in tip-top shape.Parents and family are there for the youth everyday leading up to the games and it hasn’t always been easy.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

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Push to repeal bylaw allowing stores north of Toronto to open on

first_imgLabour groups and some politicians are pushing to repeal a bylaw that allows retailers north of Toronto to stay open on holidays such as Family Day.Councillors in York Region, which consists of nine municipalities including Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ont., voted 17-3 in favour of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw in November.The legislation exempts all businesses from a provincial law requiring them to close on nine statutory holidays each year. They’re now able to open, if they choose, for 364 days per year — every day except Dec. 25.The Toronto and York Region Labour Council has drafted a petition urging York Region to reconsider the bylaw, saying the extra days will cut into retail workers’ valuable time with their families.Labour council president John Cartwright said that in today’s “incredibly fast-paced world,” that time is more important than ever.“Often, that’s the only guaranteed time that people know they can spend with their families — statutory holidays — and now that’s been stripped away,” he said.According to the York Region Employment and Industry Report, approximately 64,000 people are employed in the retail sector in the region. Cartwright said many of them work two or three jobs in order to get by.“You can’t put a roof over your head in the (Greater Toronto Area) working only one job at 14 dollars an hour,” he said.Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act requires retailers to close on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Some businesses are exempted, including gas stations, pharmacies and any business under 225 square metres. The law also permits municipalities to exempt themselves from the requirements.The Retail Council of Canada applauded York Region’s decision, and said it is now lobbying neighbouring Peel Region to make a similar change.“Retailers should be deciding at their discretion whether to be open on statutory holidays without restrictions imposed by governments,” the council said in a statement.Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was one of the three York regional councillors who voted against the bylaw, and he said there’s a growing movement to have it repealed.“I’m not even sure to what extent local municipalities are aware, or really understand the impacts of this new bylaw,” said Scarpitti, who held an event Friday with labour leaders to raise awareness of the issue.“The impact of this is not fully felt yet, obviously.”Cartwright said that many businesses initially called for volunteers to fill shifts on New Year’s Day, when the bylaw took effect, but ended up having to assign shifts.He said while employees will receive extra pay for working holidays like Family Day, he worries that may not last.“They used to get overtime pay on Sundays, when Sunday shopping first came in. But what happened over the years is that just became part of the reality,” he said.“It would only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm for those holidays as well. That’s how the market works, I’m afraid.”last_img read more

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Scarlet Sway and Adam Winn in the top 100 of CBCs Music

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local music group Scarlet Sway, and solo-artist Adam Winn have made it into the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country. Voting is open until March 19th, and both groups are looking to get the vote of Peace Region residents.If both bands pass the voting stage and a panel of judges, they’ll get to partake in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, and will get to perform at JUNOFest 2019. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Dawson Creek's Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Dawson Creek’s Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Anyone wanting to vote for Scarlet Sway and/or Adam Winn can do so once a day by visiting:www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlightlast_img read more

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South Africa children ‘raped’ for AIDS cure

first_imgJOHANNESBURG –  South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world with 144 reports of rape every dayChildren are falling prey to rampant rape in South Africa over a long perception that having sexual intercourse with a virgin child cures from AIDS.“We are very concerned about the current situation in the country where kids are being targeted for the wrong reasons,” Joan Van Niekerk, national director for Child Line South Africa, a non-profit organization that works to protect children from violence, told Anadolu Agency.She said that many children, some as young as six months, had been raped over the belief that this would cure from HIV/AIDS.“We are currently sensitizing traditional healers because some of them have been advising their clients to have sexual intercourse with child virgins claiming this would cure them from HIV/AIDS,” she added.On Tuesday, two girls, aged two and three, were found dead in a cubicle of a community toilet in a township north of Johannesburg.Police are investigating whether the two children had been raped before being murdered.The horrifying murders had sparked protests in the township with residents accusing the police of failing to protect them.“These gruesome incidents of extreme torture and murder of our children do not belong to the society that we are continuously striving to build together,” South African President Jacob Zuma said.He, however, appealed to South Africans not to take the matters into their hands, and called for cooperation with police to bring perpetrators to justice.South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world with 144 reports of rape every day.Interpol has named South Africa as the “rape capital of the world”, where less than 1 percent of rape cases were reported to police.According to Interpol, a woman born in South Africa is more likely to be raped than educated.South Africa has also one of the highest cases of HIV/AIDS infection in Africa.– Family revengeActivists complain that South African children are also targeted when relationships get sour between partners.“We are currently conducting a campaign advising people to resolve their relationships without hurting any children,” Van Niekerk told AA.On Wednesday, two children, aged one and three, were found dead next to their critically injured mother in a field in Katlehong township, east of Johannesburg.Police believe that the killing is linked to a family dispute.“It appears as if they were dropped by the husband in an open place and then the husband drove away. They are all Mozambican nationals,” police colonel Katlego Mogale said.Lwazi Fihlela, director of Child Care South Africa, opines that the HIV/AIDS cure myth has increased the number of child abuse cases in the country.“Some communities in our country believe in the myth that raping a virgin child cures AIDS, but that’s not the only cause of the high rates of child abuse in South Africa,” Fihlela told AA.He said that most parents don’t value their children, giving an example where male parents have been convicted for raping their own daughters.Fihlela said his organization is currently running a campaign aimed at making people to take action if a child complains of abuses.“We are raising awareness by educating children on different forms of abuse and encouraging them to report such cases,” he said.He said that the campaign has already begun to bear fruits.“Many children have come forward and reported their perpetrators to the authorities.”last_img read more

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ESPNs Stuart Scott Battling Cancer For 3rd Time

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, among the more creative and popular personalities on the all-sports network, announced on Twitter Monday night that he is enduring a third bout with cancer.“Blessed by prayers..I’m back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I’ll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG”Scott was flooded with well-wishes from fans, including Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.“Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!”In 2007, according to Touched By Cancer magazine, Scott was first diagnosed with cancer after he got sick during a Monday Night Football game. An emergency appendectomy revealed the presence of appendiceal cancer.After six months of chemotherapy, Scott was declared cancer-free. However, in early 2011 doctors discovered that malignant tumors had developed on his small intestine. More surgery and chemotherapy were required.And now, recently, the cancer has resurfaced.Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, outlined his post-chemo regimen on Twitter: “Here’s what I do right aftr chemo. Leave the infusion center & go STRAIGHT 2 either do a p90x wkout or train MMA..THATS how you #LIVESTRONG”Known for phrases such as “Boo-yeah” and “cooler than the other side of the pillow,” Scott last year said: “Cancer sucks, and the effects of chemotherapy suck, and you’re going to feel like crap sometimes. But you’re going to feel like that whether you’re lying in bed or going to work or working out, so you might as well go out there and live your life.“If you believe you’re not being touched by this, then it’s much better.”And so, he works.“I love my job,” Scott said then. “Those of us who do what we do, we’re blessed. Being on when you don’t feel well is not the challenge. I love writing. I love creating our shows every night. And by the time it’s time to go on, you’re charged. And when you’re going through something like this, going to work helps. Having that energy helps. Having a positive mindset helps.” read more

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Football No 4 Ohio State scores two defensive touchdowns in 4028 win

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) drops back to pass behind redshirt junior offensive tackle Brandon Bowen (76) and junior center Michael Jordan (73) in Ohio State’s game against TCU. Ohio State won the game 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThrough the first two games of the season, the Ohio State defensive line has been one of the main examples of the team’s dominance, with junior Nick Bosa and sophomore Chase Young on either end and redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones in the middle. In Saturday’s game against No. 15 TCU, Ohio State’s defensive line was the reason behind No. 4 Ohio State securing its first win of the season against a ranked opponent, defeating the Horned Frogs 40-28 at AT&T Stadium. The Ohio State defensive line came into the game with a few hurdles to overcome: a mobile quarterback, something the defense had not seen this season, and an offensive line that had not allowed a sack in their first two games this season. Bosa set the tone early. When TCU sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson hiked the ball in the second play of his second drive, the junior defensive end easily moved past the right guard, with nothing staying in between him and the sophomore quarterback. Seconds later, Bosa, from the quarterback’s blind side, collided with Robinson in the endzone, forcing him to drop the ball. Redshirt junior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton finished what Bosa had started, picking up the ball and giving Ohio State its first touchdown of the day.However, Bosa left the game in the third quarter with a lower body injury and did not return. He left with five tackles, including the strip sack, and a forced fumble.Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day did not give any update on Bosa after the game, saying he was still being evaluated.Jones said, when Bosa left with the injury, it was a bit of “a wake-up call” for the defense as a whole moving forward.“We were like ‘Alright, we have to go out there and play,’” Jones said. ‘”There was no one relying on on him to make a play. We have to rely on ourselves, we have to rely on each other,’ and I think tonight, after a hard first half, we did.In his absence, the Ohio State defense was not done.In the third quarter, with the Horned Frog offense on its own 28-yard line, Robinson attempted a short shovel pass in front of his offensive line. However, Jones read the play, stepped in front of the passer, intercepted the ball and brought in Ohio State’s second defensive touchdown of the day, giving Ohio State the 26-21 lead, a lead that Ohio State wouldn’t give up on the way to its third win of the season. Jones would also leave the game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, but returned to the defensive line in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with two tackles for loss, including a sack, an interception and a broken up pass While the Ohio State defense scored 14 points in Saturday’s 12-point win over TCU, the Buckeye offense was not the same as what it had been against Oregon State and Rutgers. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins found his connection in the passing game early, connecting with junior wide receiver Austin Mack twice for 64 yards in the first drive of the game, bringing the Buckeyes to the TCU 2-yard line. That’s when Mack’s day started to take a turn. After handing the ball off to Dobbins for another 1-yard rush and an incomplete pass to redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry, Haskins found Mack on a slant route in the middle. Throwing a dagger right into the hands of his receiver, something Haskins had seen work after two targets earlier in the drive, Mack dropped the pass, forcing Ohio State to hit one of two field goal makes in three attempts in the first half. Mack’s dropped pass in the end zone began what proved to be a trying day for the junior wide receiver. With nine targets from Haskins, Mack dropped four passes, bringing in four catches for 84 yards.For a quarterback whose main target was struggling to catch passes as well as experiencing an amount of pressure in the pocket he did not feel in the first two wins of the season, Haskins said he had to adjust and overcome adversity for the first time this season.“We got punched in the mouth, but it was a fight,” Haskins said. “We have to be able to rebound it, and we did in the second half.”In the second half, Haskins tightened up as a passer, completing eight of 10 pass attempts for 148 yards, throwing two touchdown passes. He finished the game with 344 yards through the air, his second of three games this season in which he has thrown more than 300 yards in a game, completing 63.2 percent of his pass attempts. Throwing two touchdown passes, including a 63-yard pass to redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell in the third quarter, Haskins recorded his first career rushing touchdown, a five-yard rush to the left in the fourth quarter. Despite Haskins scoring the only rushing touchdown of the day for the Buckeyes, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber combined for 185 yards on the ground, with Dobbins leading the way with 121 yards on 18 carries. Even with two defensive touchdowns scored, the Ohio State defense struggled to contain Robinson and the TCU offense. The Buckeyes allowed 511 yards, including 203 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. Junior running back Darius Anderson recorded two touchdowns, including a 93-yard touchdown run, the longest touchdown Ohio State has given up in school history. He finished the day with 154 yards on the ground, averaging 12.8 yards per carry.Day said he knew, going into his first ranked game of the season, that everything was not going to go in favor of Ohio State like it had been during the first two wins over Oregon State and Rutgers.“We knew there was going to be ebbs and flows in a game like this,” Day said. “We talked about how everything is not going to go perfect. There were times in the two weeks previously where things really went well for us, you know. We knew there was going to be times where we hit adversity and that we have to stick together in times like that and I thought we did.”Ohio State secured its victory with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter as junior linebacker Malik Harrison recorded his first career interception. The Buckeyes look to continue their three-game win streak at home on Sept. 22 against Tulane.Updated at 1:34 a.m. with quotes from the postgame press conference. read more

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Juventus midfielder welcomes Ronaldo

first_imgAs report that Cristiano Ronaldo has said “yes” to a switch to Juventus thickens, one of  Juve’s midfielders Blaise Matuidi says “it would be nice to have one of the best players in the world” join their club.The report indicated that the Portuguese superstar has agreed to move to Juventus this summer, in a €100m deal. There are also speculative reports claiming that CR7 is being offered a €30m per season contract, four times what current top earner Gonzalo Higuain earns as well as the report that Adidas could help fund the move.However, Ronaldo signed a ‘lifetime’ deal with Nike just two years ago and is said to be worth $1bn, and will continue even after he retires.LeBron James and Michael Jordan, are the first footballers to land such deal, but Ronaldo has made them the third player to agree to such huge partnership,Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Matuidi was asked about Ronaldo’s move to Juventus in a Press conference at France’s training camp and he said:“We’re at the World Cup,” Matuidi pointed out.“Yes, I’ve heard the talk but for now it’s just a rumour. I won’t lie, it would be nice to have one of the best players in the world at Juventus. It would be fantastic for the club and we Juventus players.“But I’m with France now and there are other things to think about.”last_img read more

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Fonseca admits Shakhtar deserved 60 thrashing to Man City

first_imgShakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca refused to blame the referee for their devasting 6-0 loss to Manchester City in the Champions LeagueThe Premier League champions were awarded a bizarre penalty after Raheem Sterling kicked the turf and fell to the ground inside the box.Referee Viktor Kassai then awarded City the spot-kick with Gabriel Jesus slotting it home for the first goal of his hat-trick and the club’s second of the game.Sterling would later get on the scoresheet himself along with David Silva and Riyad Mahrez to leave Shakhtar bottom of Group F.“It’s difficult to discuss that after such a result, but, of course, the penalty was ridiculous,” said Foncesa on the club website.“I think everyone saw it … I am by no means saying that we lost because of that. However, of course, that spot-kick was ridiculous for everyone.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In fact, you don’t even need to talk a lot and make a drama out of that. City are just the team of an entirely different level.“They fully deserved this victory, with this kind of score. Meanwhile, we were neither far nor close to being ourselves.”Shakhtar are four points adrift of second-placed Lyon in Group F with just two games remaining.“We’ve still got every chance of securing the second spot,” added Fonseca.“Clearly, it will be very difficult, but mathematically possible. It just remains to win two games, at the same time realising that it will be tough. Let’s see if we can be better in boxing than in football.”Shakhtar will next face Hoffenheim in Group F on November 27.last_img read more

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Messi Juve much better with Ronaldo

first_imgBarcelona superstar Lionel Messi feels Juventus have stepped up a notch with the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo and went on to tip them as a ‘great candidate’ to win the Champions League.Both players rivalry back then in the La Liga was keenly contested until Ronaldo decided to take up another challenge in the Serie A following a mega €112m to Juve last summer.“Being in the same League as him and competing with his team to win everything was very nice,” he told Football Italia via Marca.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Cristiano was a great player for La Liga and Real Madrid. Our clashes with them were very beautiful, but I always aim to win with my team.“Any team would miss Cristiano because he always scores lots of goals and gives you many other things on the field, but Real Madrid are still a great club with excellent players.“Juventus are a very good team. They already were before and with the arrival of Cristiano they’re much more so. They’re a great candidate for the Champions League.”last_img read more

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