Youth Must Be Equipped for Fourth Industrial Revolution – Minister Williams

first_img Mrs. Williams cited World Economic Forum (WEF) statistics indicating that within five years, one-third of the skills deemed important in the current workforce will change. Story Highlights “This [21st] century provides a fertile environment for our youth to think critically about using technology to address societal problems and create entrepreneurial avenues, while engineering the next great innovation,” she added. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says equipping the country’s young people with the requisite soft skills and competences is critical to enabling their full participation in the fourth industrial revolution, and contributing to the country’s sustained growth and development. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says equipping the country’s young people with the requisite soft skills and competences is critical to enabling their full participation in the fourth industrial revolution, and contributing to the country’s sustained growth and development.She noted that “by 2020, this revolution will bring advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, which will transform the way we live and work”.Mrs. Williams said that the worker being prepared for this development “not only needs to be competent but also flexible and adaptable, to keep pace with the changing times”.She was speaking at the closing and awards ceremony for the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Jamaica Project, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (May 30).Mrs. Williams cited World Economic Forum (WEF) statistics indicating that within five years, one-third of the skills deemed important in the current workforce will change.She said the WEF further states that soft skills, such as emotional intelligence, critical thinking, teamwork, service orientation, problem-solving, and communication, will be among the most sought-after requirements for workers by 2020.“The world of work, as we know it, has [been changing] significantly over the years. No longer is the workplace solely about having the smarts to do a job. It is also about creating a more rounded individual, who can contribute to all aspects of the work,” she noted further.In this regard, Mrs. Williams hailed initiatives such as the three-year NEO Jamaica Project for helping to create industry-ready youth equipped with the knowledge and soft skills that will assist them in “getting the job done well”.The US$9.3-million project was administered by the MultiCare Youth Foundation under the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Youth Upliftment through Employment (YUTE) initiative, in tandem with several key stakeholders.These included the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, and Science, Energy and Technology.It was aimed at providing at-risk youth, 17 to 29 years, with the requisite skills, through training, to fill in-demand occupations.The initiative was jointly financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and local stakeholders.A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Labour and Social Security Ministry and YUTE in 2017 to establish a partnership, geared towards increasing job entry among the targeted youth.Mrs. Williams hailed the programme as “a job well done”.“I believe that the investments that you’re making and the skill sets that you’re developing in the generations of Jamaican youth will not only make them employable but will also empower them to be the world changers in the future,” she added.Mrs. Williams pointed to the need to unlock more of the creative and innovative potential in Jamaicans, particularly young people, “who must play an active role in shaping their future”.“This [21st] century provides a fertile environment for our youth to think critically about using technology to address societal problems and create entrepreneurial avenues, while engineering the next great innovation,” she added.last_img read more

Kathie Lee Gifford And Dean Cain To Host The 2017 National Christmas

first_imgKathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain will host the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place November 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park, home to the White House.Whether people attend in person or watch on Hallmark Channel on December 4, they’ll enjoy performances by Jack Wagner, The Beach Boys, Wynonna, three-time Emmy Award winners The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell, Us The Duo, Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, and the U.S. Navy Band led by Emmy nominated music director Steve Gibson. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming week.Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 95th year. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4.A lovely melding of music, outdoor performance, and holiday cheer, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the unique ways that people can experience national parks and #FindYourPark/ #EncuentraTuParque.No matter if you attend in person or watch on TV, everyone can join the fun by sharing photos and favorites memories using #NCTL2017 and tagging @TheNationalTree on Twitter.Additional information, including event history, can be found at read more

Car missing after home invasion in Wheeland

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#homeinvasioninWheeland, #magneticmedianews, #stolen2008NissanSkyline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales – Police need help in tracking down some home invaders who also stole the resident’s car; that car is still missing from an armed robbery in Belgrade Gardens or Phase one in Wheeland.Three men came into the home on Friday night around 9pm, they were dressed in dark coloured clothing and took among other things a Jamaican passport and a 2008 silver Nissan Skyline.   The trio also beat the man who was at the home; the victim was treated at hospital.  At least one of the males, was of slim build, 5’ 8” in height; another was thicker in size.Call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1 800 TIPS, 1 800 8477.#MagneticMediaNews#homeinvasioninWheeland#stolen2008NissanSkylinelast_img read more

Facebooks message to video creators Lets make more money

first_img Post a comment Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Is Facebook spying on you? On Tuesday, Facebook also said that a slice of money from any subscribers who sign up after this year will be diverted to Facebook. Early pages that tested subscriptions, thus far, didn’t need to share any revenue except the 30% bit that Apple and Google take of all media subscriptions that happen as in-app purchases in Facebook’s mobile app. But starting with any subscribers who sign up beginning Jan. 1, Facebook will take 30% of revenue from desktop subscribers. It’ll take 15% of revenue paid by mobile subscribers but only starting in the second year of a subscription. The social giant said its ad-breaks feature would be introducing ways for creators to specify when a midroll commercial cuts into their video. Brand Collabs Manager, an interface that helps online video creators connect with sponsorships, will be enhanced with more analytics. Facebook’s subscriptions option, which lets fans pay creators on a monthly basis, will be expanding to let creators offer supporter-only groups as a benefit to subscribing, so superfans and creators can interact in a more intimate forum. The company is also testing Stars, little stickerlike icons mostly for gaming-video fans that pay a creator a penny whenever you send one his or her way. Similar to the Bits Emotes on Twitch, viewers can send Stars while watching live gaming streams.  Tags Facebook will be taking a cut of money headed to video creators. Claudia Cruz/CNET Facebook is giving videos on its social network more ways to make money, pulling inspiration from other platforms to let you throw cash at your favorite video creators in the form of subscriptions or tokenized “stars” that pay them a penny. It’s also going to start taking a cut of the money that superfans send to creators in paid subscriptions.Facebook announced the new developments ahead of VidCon, the world’s biggest conference for online video creators. VidCon runs Wednesday through Saturday in Anaheim, California. The approach follows a proven Facebook strategy of borrowing features and tools that smaller social networks have rolled out to popular appeal. In the last three years, Facebook made big investments in video as a central part of its service, aiming to eat some of YouTube’s lunch and take a bite of the television ad dollars migrating to digital video. But some of its efforts, like broadcasting original scripted series, have failed to break through to mass audiences. Facebook didn’t provide any hard numbers about how many people are making money on its platform with any of its early-stage money-making tools like ads and subscriptions. Generally, tens of thousands of pages are using ad breaks in videos to make money, the company said. The number of pages earning $10,000 a year with ad breaks has grown since Facebook began testing them about a year ago, but the company wouldn’t provide specifics.  1:39 Mobile Digital Media Facebooklast_img read more

BRTA officer caught redhanded while taking bribe

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday detained an officer of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) red-handed while taking bribe.An five-member ACC team, led by its director Nasim Anwar, arrested BRTA mechanic Suman Kumar Saha from BRTA’s Narsingdi office around 11:00am, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB. Earlier, Suman Saha had demanded Tk 25,000 as bribe from Yasir Arafat, a driving license seeker, alluring that if he gives the money, Suman will give him a BRTA driving license without any test. Later, Yasir lodged a complaint with the Commission in this regard, reports UNB. In consultation with ACC officials, the plaintiff went to the BTRA office on Thursday morning to give him the money he asked for. While receiving Tk 10,000 in first installment, the ACC team caught Suman red-handed. ACC assistant director of its Narsingdi Zila office Rezaul Karim filed a case against Zakir Hossain with Narsingdi Sadar police station in this regard. On Wednesday, the ACC in a separate drive arrested a branch assistant of Tangail’s executive magistrate court and an office assistant of the science and technology ministry red-handed while taking bribe.last_img read more

CU suspends BCL leader for entry test forgery

first_imgChittagong University has suspended two students, including a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), for their alleged complicity in supplying electronic devices for cheating in the ongoing admission test.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The suspended students are HMG Ishtiaq and Shariful Islam Nazmul. Ishtiaq, a student of Marketing department, is the joint secretary of the suspended BCL CU unit committee while Shariful is a student of English Literature and Language department.Mohammad Niaz Morshed, assistant proctor of the university, told Prothom Alo on Friday that Ishtiaq and Shariful have been suspended and served show-cause notice for their involvement with the gang that committed the forgery during the test.On Thursday, the police arrested Ishtiaq on charge of fraudulence in the admission test from Chittagong city’s Chakbazar area.Three electronic devices were recovered from Ishtiaq’s possession, Bayezid Bostami police station officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad told Prothom Alo.last_img read more

15 Important Measures Buried In The 2000Page Omnibus Bill

first_img Share Here’s a look at some specific proposals, along with the page number where the items appear in the bill.Autistic children: A measure called “Kevin and Avonte’s Law” funds grants aimed at education and prevention to stop autistic children from wandering off unsupervised. Pg. 1,937.Abuse of young athletes: This measure in the bill provides grants aimed at preventing sexual and other abuse of athletes. It encourages education on the issue as well as oversight of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Pg. 1,968.Animal waste in the air: A measure known as the FARM Act exempts animal waste particles that enter the air from some environmental regulations. Pg. 2,023.Baseball team owners: The bill contains a one-page provision that would exempt minor league baseball team owners from having to pay their players minimum wage. This could end several players’ lawsuits that are currently underway. Pg. 1,967.The CLOUD Act: This highly significant cyber measure sets new standards for when a government seeks data held in a location outside of that country. That could affect U.S. citizens’ data that is stored overseas. It’s a complex measure that has strong industry supporters, as well as consumer advocate opponents. Pg. 2,201.Child worker background checks: Camps and organizations that work with kids, the disabled or other vulnerable populations will have a new background check system that will give them increased access to the F.B.I. fingerprint database. Pg. 1,959.Fighting wildfires: In a particularly big win for Western states, the omnibus sets aside a fixed pot of money, between $2 billion and $3 billion each year, to address wildfire prevention and disasters. Recent fire efforts had no clear funding source and occasionally were paid for by borrowing from other programs. Pg. 1,780.Flood Insurance: A win for House Republicans, the bill funds the National Flood Insurance Program through July of this year. That could force a discussion about longer-term reforms. Pg. 684.Giant building photos: The bill blocks the Capitol architect from using federal funds to create and hang a giant photo or drawing of any Capitol Hill building outside of that building when it’s being renovated. (This was done when the Supreme Court building was renovated.) Pg. 1,077.Grain glitch (farm) fix: A fix for an unintended problem caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the omnibus rewrites a tax benefit that went to farmers who sold goods to cooperatives. Pg. 2,047.Guns: The bill has three significant measures on guns: 1) The ‘Fix NICS’ measure will push agencies to submit more data to the current background check system; 2) The STOP School Violence Act funds grants for schools to increase security and learn how to identify potential threats; and 3) The bill clarifies that federal dollars can be used to research gun violence, reversing the existing de facto ban on federally funded gun research. Pg. 1,971.H2B Temporary Workers: This measure allows the secretary of Department of Homeland Security to increase the number of H-2B visas, which allow temporary guest workers into the country. Pg. 1,760.Israel and the Palestinian Authority: The bill includes the Taylor Force Act, which freezes aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops compensating families of those convicted of terrorism against Israeli or U.S. citizens. Pg. 2,011.Opioids: Approximately $3.6 billion dollars would go to fight the opioid crisis. Pg. 939.Workers earning tips: The omnibus blocks a proposed Trump administration rule that would have allowed employers to keep or pool some of the tips earned by servers and other workers. Pg. 2,025.Lisa DesjardinsBy — Lisa DesjardinsLisa Desjardins is a correspondent at PBS NewsHour. Photo by REUTERS/Joshua RobertsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2018. Lawmakers are moving forward with a massive omnibus spending bill.It is a Tyrannosaurus Rex of a bill. And it’s poised to become law in two days.At 2,232 pages long, the omnibus appropriations billreleased late Wednesday is nearly too long for members of Congress to read from cover to cover before the scheduled vote Friday.The bill includes funding for big-ticket items like pay raises for troops and border security. But it also includes funding on programs that have received less attention during the spending debate this week.last_img read more

FuboTV Is Latest Internet TV Service to Hike Prices

first_imgMeanwhile, Hulu in February started charging $5 more for its live TV service, which rose from $39.99 to $44.99 per month (a 12.5% increase). Google raised the price of YouTube TV last year, from $35 to $40 per month. Other virtual pay-TV players include Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Philo.In a statement, a FuboTV rep said, “We are committed to continuing to deliver the best of live TV to our customers, as well as an exceptional user experience with 4K streams and premium features.”As a sign-up incentive, new FuboTV customers as of March 28 will receive a $10 discount on the first month for the base $55 tier while new Fubo Extra subs will get a $5 one-month discount.As of the end of September 2018, FuboTV said it had nearly 250,000 paid subscribers since launching in 2015 as a sports-centric over-the-top TV service. The company has raised $150 million from investors including AMC Networks, 21st Century Fox and Sky (now owned by Comcast).FuboTV positions its OTT service as a full-featured cable or satellite TV replacement. It has recently rolled out new features including a beta version of 4K streams, with 4K content coming to the service in the next few weeks from MLB, English Premier League and El Clasico. Fubo also offers “dynamic discovery,” an interface that lets subscribers browse live content via an in-progress preview directly on the home screen.Other enhancements on FuboTV’s road map: It plans to launch on more platforms starting this spring, including smart TVs; improve personalization and content recommendations; and upgrade cloud library features to let users better manage DVR and video-on-demand content. FuboTV’s price hikes come after AT&T raised the prices for all existing DirecTV Now subscribers by $10 per month (its second increase in less than a year), while discontinuing the previous plans and replacing them with two new bundles that include HBO but omit networks from A+E, AMC, Discovery and Viacom. Related Popular on Variety Discovery, FuboTV Strike Distribution Pact FuboTV Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Sports Network Cord-cutters who thought they were getting a price break from “virtual” internet pay-TV services may be in for some sticker shock.FuboTV, as of Thursday (March 28), is increasing the subscription price of its base internet TV package for all subscribers by 22%, to $54.99 per month — up $10 from the previous $44.99 monthly for the package of more than 90 channels. In addition, Fubo Extra (with 110-plus channels) is rising by $10, from $49.99 to $59.99 per month (up 20%).According to FuboTV, the price hikes mark the first time in over a year it has raised fees. It has added multiple channels to the service in the last 12 months, including AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, and TNT. In addition, FuboTV recently inked a distribution pact with Viacom, under which it will soon add BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and other networks to its packages. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Study finds political ideology impacts decisionmaking regarding energyefficient products

first_img More information: Political ideology affects energy-efficiency attitudes and choices, PNAS, Published online before print April 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1218453110 AbstractThis research demonstrates how promoting the environment can negatively affect adoption of energy efficiency in the United States because of the political polarization surrounding environmental issues. Study 1 demonstrated that more politically conservative individuals were less in favor of investment in energy-efficient technology than were those who were more politically liberal. This finding was driven primarily by the lessened psychological value that more conservative individuals placed on reducing carbon emissions. Study 2 showed that this difference has consequences: In a real-choice context, more conservative individuals were less likely to purchase a more expensive energy-efficient light bulb when it was labeled with an environmental message than when it was unlabeled. These results highlight the importance of taking into account psychological value-based considerations in the individual adoption of energy-efficient technology in the United States and beyond.Press release Name-brand or generic? Your political ideology might influence your choice Explore further Citation: Study finds political ideology impacts decision-making regarding energy-efficient products (2013, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences In the first study, 657 people (divided roughly in half by gender) were asked to fill out a questionnaire that was designed to reveal the person’s political leanings as well as their energy-saving product purchasing habits. In analyzing the answers given by the participants, the researchers found a trend that suggested that the more conservative a person’s political views, the less favorably they saw products advertised as environmentally friendly. Those with such leanings tended to claim they were more likely to buy such products, however, if they were instead advertised as money saving investments. Conversely, those with more liberal leanings tended to be more receptive towards buying products solely because they believed they would help solve environmental problems.In the second study, 210 volunteers were interviewed and then given $2 each to purchase a light bulb. The light bulbs offered for sale were either “normal” or an energy efficient variety (with a higher price.) The higher priced bulbs were identical but were advertised in two different ways: one made claims about how the light bulb was good for the planet, the other claimed to save the buyer money by using less electricity. The researchers found those with more conservative views were less inclined to buy the special bulbs when the labeling touted its planet-saving features. When it was labeled as a money-saver however, conservatives were quite willing to buy them. Those with a more liberal view were found willing to buy the special bulb regardless of which advertising was used. In another variant of the study, the researchers found that both conservatives and liberals bought the special bulb over the “normal” bulb if they were priced the same.The researchers suggest that those people in the study with conservative ideology were not necessarily against buying so-called green products, but have been conditioned to associate such terms with liberalism, and thus, shy away from products labeled as such. Because of this, the researchers suggest those that market such products look towards creating new phrases that aren’t tied to one group or another when making their pitches. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —Two researchers from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and another from Duke University in North Carolina together have found that a person’s political ideology might impact his or her decision-making when purchasing products described as good for the environment, versus, money saving. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes two field studies they conducted to better understand the issues involved and the results they found.last_img read more

Indias biggest offering of organic products

first_imgIndia’s biggest offering of organic products ranging from food, fabrics and furniture to wellness, personal care and solar products is being held at Dilli Haat, INA in the national Capital. Organised and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development as an annual affair, the ‘Women of India Festival 2016 – Organic Products’, celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India. The Women of India Festival 2016 was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on October 14. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe main aim of the Festival is to support and encourage women and women-led groups that promote organic farming, thus supporting their local community’s economy, creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving, in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products with the motto, “Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”. The Women of India Festival of Organic Products is also intended to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in it and boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for producers of organic products from remote corners.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveManeka Gandhi, who is also widely recognized as an environmentalist and animal activist, explains the importance of making the shift to organic.“Organic foods have been proven to contain far more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than similar foods produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives. Organic farming relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and natural methods of pest control,” she said.“Organic plants and food crops have also been found to contain higher amounts of salicylic acid which fights bowel cancer and the hardening of arteries responsible for heart conditions, strokes and other ailments. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants to fight stress and disease, but pesticides inhibit the plant’s ability to produce salicylic acid,” she added. The exhibition has more than 220 stalls selling organic produce. Until the October 23, people will also get the opportunity to taste a variety of home-cooked and organic food at Dilli Haat.Over 400 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, have come together with their organic products, such as fabrics, dyes and dresses, cosmetics, household products, organic ice cream, aromatherapy products, and many other products.last_img read more