Private Sector Urged to Increase Support for Financially Challenged Students

first_img He said that education is expensive but is key in breaking the cycle of poverty in many families across the island. Story Highlights President of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, has called for increased private-sector support for education through the provision of scholarships and bursaries to benefit young people from financially challenged backgrounds.He said that education is expensive but is key in breaking the cycle of poverty in many families across the island.Dr. Pinnock, who was speaking at a donor appreciation reception at Mico’s Marescaux Road campus in Kingston on Monday (April 30), said increased involvement of the private sector can add to a more prosperous and stable society.“Businesses rely on the stability of a country, and results have shown that a stable nation is a much more prosperous country. We believe that education can help to solve some of the issues of crime,” he said.“So, by investing in education and creating more opportunities for persons… we reduce the likelihood of persons moving into deviant and antisocial behaviour,” he added.Dr. Pinnock told the donors that students at the institutions who benefit from grants and other financial support are giving back to their communities by volunteering at early-childhood educational institutions and participating in other efforts.“They become leaders; so the multiplier effect is worth it. They are first to help; any event you have, they will be there,” he said.Meanwhile, scholarship recipient, Britonny Haye, told the donors that their contribution is “immeasurable”.“Hope had been restored to me, motivating me to work harder, driving me to do my utmost best and steering me down the narrow path of success,” she said.The reception was held to say thanks to the alumni and corporate companies that have provided support to Mico over the years, and to hear the testimonies of those that have benefited and continue to benefit from the contributions.Mico receives $4 million each year in scholarships, which is credited to the accounts of second- to fourth-year students to complete their degrees. Dr. Pinnock, who was speaking at a donor appreciation reception at Mico’s Marescaux Road campus in Kingston on Monday (April 30), said increased involvement of the private sector can add to a more prosperous and stable society. President of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, has called for increased private-sector support for education through the provision of scholarships and bursaries to benefit young people from financially challenged backgrounds.last_img read more

Four suggestions for Economic Growth from Bahamas Minister at AIBT Conference

first_img Related Items:#AIBT, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 10, 2017 – Nassau – A four pronged solution for economic growth was offered by Bahamas Financial Servicers Minister, Brent Symonette as he opened the Association of International Banks and Trusts Nassau Conference last Wednesday.   Minister Symonette said The Bahamas needs business dynamism, commending the #AIBT for its conference theme, ‘Business Unusual’.Development of more innovative products and services to attract a new client base; revamping of government agencies to provide for a more efficient and productive customer experience to local and international clients; relaxing and amending the immigration process and allowance for the exchange of professionals were named as the way out of and into new untapped opportunities.    The Minister challenged attendees that together, with Government the private sector must be a catalyst to develop solutions to create opportunities to enact change and grow the Bahamian economy.The Financial Services Minister said,  “My Ministry has identified some quick fixes which will allow for ways to open the door to the global economy.”  Other topics of the AIBT Nassau Conference held at Baha Mar were: Global Regulation of Financial Services; An Actionable Framework for Success in The Bahamas and The Global Marketplace.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pochettino says Spurs need to spend on quality players if they

first_imgFor Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino the English Premier League side needs to invest in the squad in order to win silverware.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in third place in the English Premier League with 48 points. The team is six points behind first-place Liverpool.But for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, the only way Tottenham will win a title is if they invest in quality players.“Of course now after nearly five years the club is on another level than five years ago, but how we operate in four or five years didn’t change,” Pochettino said according to ESPN.“That is the point when sometimes people talk about winning titles.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“One thing is to reduce the gap with the top four, to be competitive, to create a team capable of fighting with the big sides,” he added.“But if after we want to win titles we need to operate in a different way.”“Of course, maybe we can win some titles but it’s going to be a tough job to do because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot,” he commented.“The other day I saw a stat, in the last 10 years in England and in Europe how the teams were spending money, and I think we were on the bottom, in England and Europe.”last_img read more

Ravi Shastri confirmed as Indian coach Sourav Ganguly supports Virat Kohlis opinion

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli has all the right to make his choice clear as far as the next Indian head coach is concerned. This comes after Anshuman Gaekwad said that the selection committee might not take into account what the captain has to say when it comes to picking the next Indian coach.”He is the captain so, he has got the right to say,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football League.Kohli backed Ravi Shastri for the role Virat Kohli (L) and Ravi Shastri (R)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesIn his pre-departure press conference, India skipper Kohli said that personally, he would be happy if Ravi Shastri continued as the head coach as he shared a great rapport with the players in the Indian team. He, however, conceded that he had not been contacted by the selection panel.”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli had said in Mumbai.Following this statement, the newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-member Anshuman Gaekwad said that they will go in with an open mind when they sit down to interview the short-listed candidates and what Kohli says will not be a diktat. Sourav GangulySUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty”The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us. We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad said.Responding to this statement, Ganguly said that since he was his personal assessment, he would not comment. The existing coaching staff has got an extension till the West Indies series following which a new management team would be in place.High-profile names which include Tom Moody, Mike Hesson and Mahela Jayawardene has reportedly applied for the post. Also, former Indian manager Lalchand Rajput has thrown his hat.Pravin Amre has applied for the role of a batting coach while South African legend Jonty Rhodes has sent in his application for the role of fielding coach.last_img read more

19 injured in Narail clash

first_imgAt least 19 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Sarole village in Lohagara upazila on Saturday night.Police said two groups of villagers — one led by Alam and the other led by Khokan — had been at loggerheads over establishing dominance in the area.As a sequel to the enmity, supporters of the two groups engaged in a clash in the night equipped with local weapons, leaving at least 19 people of both groups injured.The injured were admitted to Lohagara Upazila Health Complex, said sub-inspector Prabir Das of Lohagara Police Station, adding that additional policemen have been deployed in the area to ward off further trouble.last_img

Houstons Weather Means Animal Overpopulation Is A YearRound Problem

first_imgWhile it might not feel like it in January, Greg Damianoff says Houston’s warm weather and mild winters contribute to the city’s stray animal problem.“Our problem is year-round because of the climate,” he said. “Animals can eat, drink, and procreate year round.”Damianoff is the director of BARC, the City of Houston’s animal shelter and adoption facility. He says his department takes in between about 26,000 and 27,000 animals each year. And the problem continues to grow as the city’s population does the same.“It’s the same story as always – it’s irresponsible pet ownership that puts us in this situation to begin with,” Damianoff said.He adds that if people were to license their pets, spay or neuter them, and adhere to the number of animals they’re allowed to have by law, then the problem wouldn’t be so substantial.In the audio above, Damianoff updates Houston Matters on the latest efforts to address the city’s stray animal population. And Salise Shuttlesworth, founder and executive director of the no-kill animal shelter Friends for Life, talks about how organizations like hers partner with the city to address this issue. 00:00 /15:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Listen Photo provided by Harris County Public HealthThe Harris County Animal Shelter. Sharelast_img read more

Emotional blackmail works with parents

first_imgMy father has been having an affair with a lady for several years. My mother is a homemaker and she has tolerated this for years. I have got a job now and will soon move to another city. She refuses to move with me. What should I do?Om Prakash, Uttar PradeshWomen are miracles. We tend to tolerate beyond our means sometimes. You surely should try and convince her. If she still doesn’t agree you can try an emotional trick after you’ve settled in your new place. Just call and pretend to have a health issue. Mothers are bound to leave the world behind to take care of their children.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Once she’s with you, blackmail her emotionally by highlighting how much you need her. This might work!I have two daughters. My elder one is fair and pretty and the younger one is dark. Our relatives pass comments on this and this affects my younger one badly. How do I handle this?Divya Mathur, New DelhiStop meeting such relatives! In today’s day and age it is just pathetic that someone’s complexion is still a discriminating factor! This is really sad and unwanted. You should ensure that you drill this well into the heads of both your children that colour and looks don’t compose a person’s life. Always highlight small, good things to your daughters and appreciate their talents. If the younger one is ever upset about this, tell her that she is the most beautiful thing that happened to you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOur only son has developed a major drinking issue. He has his own business but he regularly comes home in an unstable condition. What should we do? Mrs and Mr. Sinha, HaryanaYou should have a chat with him at the breakfast table. As parents, express your concern in a friendly manner. Try to understand his reasons for drinking so much. Don’t get into an argument, avoid confrontations if you can. Look and sound hurt but don’t nag. Parents’ tears and sincere requests sometimes have huge healing effects on kids. You can also take some inputs from doctors who can advise you on ways to treat alchoholism. Seek professional help from rehabilitation centres, if needed. Good luck! My best friend and I have fallen for the same girl. We all go to the same college. I don’t know whats going to happen in future! Please help!Name unknownWell, either you both will fall out of this ‘crush’ or either one has to let go in the near future. Another thing that has to be considered – what does the girl feel? This triangular love story sounds interesting but in reality, only those ‘two’ will be together who have similar frequency and wavelength. Love will happen only when the two ‘click’. So, your friend and you have to wait for the right time to understand what’s best for all. Don’t lose your friendship for anything else!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Traversing through unexplored paths

first_imgA collection of ten short stories – one both universal in canvas yet decidedly ethnic in fabric, ‘The sacred sorrow of sparrows’, authored by Siddharth Dasgupta and published by Niyogi Books examines the lives of an Afghan baker, a Parsi exile, a north Indian qawwali singer, and a Lebanese mystic, amongst several others. Traversing cities such as Lucknow, Puna, Bombay, Dubai, Tokyo, Istanbul and Isfahan, this collection dips into cities and places not often explored in novels and short-story collection narratives. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe book which was launched in the presence of poet and novelist Pervin Saket, filmmaker and screenwriter Shikha Makan and publisher of the book Trisha De Niyogi has an eclectic assortment of characters for readers to explore. During the launch, Pervin Saket shared her thoughts about the book as she found herself deeply immersed in the collection’s richly textured canvas of characters and cities. She noted, “There is a tone and cadence to Siddharth’s writing that is nothing short of hypnotic. The words refuse to let go. This poignant, evocative and poetic collection is one reader will find themselves revisiting often, on their own journeys through life and love.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSimilar feelings were also shared by filmmaker Shikha Makan as she commented on how the stories inhabited a sensual collage of memory, nostalgia and love. She quoted, “There is a potent beauty to the writing. Even loss and longing have the power to heal in Siddharth’s hands. This is a definite read to reflect and absorb the beauty and complexities of our lives.”The author being asked on his literary motivations, he cited “Travel and the deep bliss of fresh horizons have acted as instigators to many of the stories, while the characters are an amalgamation of reality, fragments, and whispers”. Through ten stories and ten main protagonists, this book paints a portrait of the universal emotion that strikes the deepest and lingers the longest – sorrow. A nuanced narrative of the eternal human existence, this collection embraces light, laughter, hope, and that silently pulsating craving called love, delivering a communal meditation on mortal failings and human persistence. The stories traverse the length and breadth of the world picking up a train of melody from the sonorous sound of the Bosphorus to the resounding refrain of the Qawwali, from the quiet streets of Isfahan to a crowded city in Japan, from two lovers fraught with desire in Bombay to one man’s spiritual awakening in Lebanon.Each story, mired by the undercurrent of simple occurrences and profound epiphanies, also forms an unwitting part of a Sufi’s journey as he navigates the world in his mystic inquiry of the unknown.last_img read more