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NYS to Implement New Programmes in 2013/14

first_imgThe National Youth Service (NYS) will be implementing new strategies and programmes in the 2013/2014 financial year, to effectively meet the needs of the targeted cohort. Speaking at the launch of the NYS Summer Programme, in Kingston, on Wednesday, April 3, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said greater emphasis will be placed on the promotion of social and cultural entrepreneurship. “We will also be redirecting some of our young people into self employment. We are looking at areas such as agricultural entrepreneurship, more mentoring for our rural youth, craft and fashion design, and we are looking at manufacturing for some of our urban young people as well,” Ms Hanna said. [RELATED: Thousands to Participate in NYS Summer Programme] The NYS will also be exploring areas such as music and business, and integrating them within its curriculum. Ms Hanna said the organisation will also seek to integrate social values, cultural identity and love for country into the NYS programmes. “Right now the economic environment and the state of the economy make it critical for us at the National Youth Service to prepare young people to earn a living and to contribute to national development,” she said. She noted that shorter programmes with shorter curriculum will be implemented by the agency, while adding that some 11,584 young people will be targeted by the NYS for various programmes this financial year. “We are looking at a youth apprenticeship programme, and a graduate work experience, because we recognise that we have some young people out there who graduated from university and need internship and some experience, so that their resumes can be improved. We will also be having a success camp, and financial assistance,” Miss Hanna said. She noted that there could be an amendment to the National Youth Service Act, to allow persons below the age of 17 to participate in the summer programme. Some 3,750 spaces are available for secondary and tertiary students between 17 and 24 years of age to participate in the NYS Summer Programme. The deadline to send in application forms is April 26, 2013. By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Sevilla director Morata move is very complicated

first_imgDirector of football Joaquin Caparros concedes that Sevilla are not optimistic over signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, despite the player himself being interested in making the moveSince arriving at Chelsea in July 2017 for a club-record deal of £60m from Real Madrid, Morata has been frequently linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.The Spanish striker has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League games for the Blues and his struggles up front, along with fellow Olivier Giroud, has forced coach Maurizio Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Reports emerged in Spain this week claiming that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived at Sevilla on Monday to begin talks over a six-month loan deal.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But Caparros admits that Chelsea’s tough stance in negotiations makes a deal for Morata unlikely.“It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation,” Caparros told SevillaTV.“The player may want to come here over other options, but it is very complicated. Chelsea are a club who are very difficult to negotiate [with].”However, Caparros was able to provide Sevilla fans with more positive news by expressing his confidence in reaching a deal for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.last_img read more

The Barisieur alarm clock brews coffee bedside to wake you up

first_imgThe Barisieur is an alarm clock that brews a fresh cup of coffee for you, bedside. Patrick Holland/CNET Imagine waking up from a deep slumber to the gentle sound of water boiling and dripping onto coffee grounds. The air fills with the warm, welcome aroma of coffee. You open your eyes to see a clear glass cup on top of your alarm clock fill drop by drop with beautiful caffeinated gold. If you need cold half-and-half, no worries, there’s a petite chilled cup inside the clock at the ready. For coffee lovers this scenario may seem like a dream, but it’s the reality delivered by the Barisieur hybrid alarm clock/coffee maker. The alarm clock initially got my attention at CES this year because it reminded me of the elaborate chemistry setup that Gale uses to make coffee on Breaking Bad. The Barisieur is absolutely stunning to look at, balancing the clean beauty of scientific glassware with the natural appeal of stained walnut. A drawer on the front holds ground coffee and a scoop, and there’s even a tiny cup for cold milk submerged in the base. An infrared sensor regulates the temperature to keep the milk around 3 degrees Celsius, which converts to about 37 degrees Fahrenheit.The Barisieur doesn’t have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Alexa or Google Assistant. The only thing it connects is you with the start of your day, awakening each of your senses. Tags 2 The shaky world of coffee maker startups Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: A pet dryer, a bed that rocks you to sleep…center_img The idea is to set the Barisieur up the night before by portioning coffee into a metal mesh cone filter and filling the glass flask with water. You can also steep tea in it if you prefer.I saw the alarm clock all prepped to make coffee and it evoked a delightful alchemy feel, as if I had laid out ingredients to make a secret potion, which is what coffee is for many of us.The brew process starts when the alarm goes off or when you push the button. The Barisieur lacks any kind of touchscreen, instead opting for physical buttons and dials. Also worth noting: You can set the alarm to go off without making coffee, just like a regular alarm clock. But why would you do that? Once the alarm is triggered, the water inside the flask is heated and pushed up the siphon tube to drip over the grounds. Imagine waking up to this every morning. Barisieur I tasted a cup of coffee brewed by the Barisieur and it was good. It had a smoothness to it reminiscent of coffee made with a Hario dripper. I was also impressed with how fast it was able to brew a cup. It’s not as fast as something like a Keurig, but you’re getting a much better cup of coffee. Practically speaking, many kitchen coffee makers already let you set a brew time. An alarm clock that doubles as a coffee brewer seems like something the inventor Randall Peltzer from Gremlins would dream up. But the Barisieur’s sophisticated design and straightforward operation should make it right at home at the bedside for many coffee lovers. It’s also easy to envision it in a boutique hotel or a nice Airbnb rental. My only gripe, and it’s a small one, is that it makes just one cup. If you live with someone, there’s bound to be an awkward moment fighting over whose cup it is. I mean, I guess you could share. The Barisieur costs $445 or £345, which converts roughly to AU$625, and is available for purchase now. 5:32 Comments 11 Photos Coffee Makerslast_img read more

Bobby Hajjaj quits DNCC mayoral race

first_imgBobby HajjajFive mayoral contenders will contest the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) after Jatiya Ganotantrik Andolan candidate Bobby Hajjaj quit the electoral race.Hajjaj withdrew his candidature within the stipulated time that expired on Saturday, said returning officer Abul Kashem.The remaining candidates are – Awami League’s Atiqul Islam, Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed, NPP’s Anisur Rahman Dewan, PDP’s Shahin Khan and independent contender Mohammad Abdur Rahim.The by-elections to the vacant mayoral post will be held on 28 February.Besides, by-polls to councillor posts of 36 new wards – 18 in DNCC and as many in Dhaka South City Corporation – will be held on the same day.last_img

Sony Shuts Down Crackle Latin America Business

first_imgSony Pictures Television is folding the Crackle Latin America subscription VOD service, which has 400,000 subscribers across 17 countries, after concluding the business isn’t economically viable.Crackle Latin America first launched in April 2012 as an ad-supported streaming service — like the U.S. version of Crackle — before switching in 2016 to a subscription video-on-demand model, distributed through pay-TV partners. Crackle Latin America will shut down effective April 30, 2019, the result of Sony Pictures’ company-wide strategic review of its portfolio to prune underperforming divisions.“After much consideration, we have decided that Crackle Latin America is not sustainable in the present highly competitive local environment,” Keith Le Goy, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide TV distribution, wrote in a memo to staff Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by Variety. With the shutdown, 17 employees will be let go. Crackle Latin America has been operated out of Miami with staff spread across offices in L.A., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.Sony’s Crackle Latin America was run separately from Crackle in the United States. Last summer, SPT revealed plans try to sell a stake in the Crackle U.S. business to a strategic partner, after years of mulling various options — including a possible sale — for the ad-supported VOD streaming network. Meanwhile, Sony shut down the Crackle Canada AVOD service in June 2018. SPT still operates a free, ad-supported Crackle service in Australia.In the Latin American markets, the Crackle SVOD service carried Crackle original series produced out of the U.S. as well as in-language versions of Sony movies like “Hotel Transylvania” and Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy,” “Grown Ups 2” and “Click.” Third-party content on the service has included “Captain America,” “Finding Nemo” and TV series “Scorpion.”Some Crackle originals will find a home on Sony’s Canal Sony and AXN channels in the region, which Le Goy described in the memo as “strong brands achieving solid growth” that “among the top cable channels in Latin America.” Pricing for Crackle Latin America services was around $5 per month but varied across the region, with cable operators and other affiliates setting the retail price.Read Le Goy’s full memo:SPT team –I wanted to make you all aware of an important upcoming change in our networks business in Latin America. As of April 30, we will discontinue the Crackle Latin America SVOD service.As you know, an important part of our reimagine efforts has been a top-down review of our current businesses to determine their strength and growth potential in today’s marketplace. After much consideration, we have decided that Crackle Latin America is not sustainable in the present highly competitive local environment.The decision to close Crackle Latin America is unrelated to the U.S. Crackle business, which is operated independently as an ad-supported AVOD service. We continue to explore potential strategic partnerships for Crackle in the U.S. and will share more information when possible. While we are closing the Crackle Latin America service, OTT/direct-to-consumer remains an incredibly important area for our evolving industry and we will persist in exploring other opportunities in the space. We also remain focused on our existing core business and channels in the region, Canal Sony and AXN. They are strong brands achieving solid growth and are among the top cable channels in Latin America. We will continue to think big, innovate and invest in these assets and other new prospects that we believe have great potential for our business and our viewers.We are proud of the accomplishments achieved in building Crackle Latin America into a service with more than 65 MSO affiliates across 17 countries and a loyal subscriber base from the ground up. I would like to personally thank our dedicated colleagues who have worked on Crackle Latin America over the past almost seven years. We greatly appreciate your hard work and contribution to SPT’s overall growth in the region.– Keith Popular on Variety ×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

Abhishek likely to visit Balurghat on August 7 boost party workers

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool MP and party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is expected to visit Balurghat on August 7 in a party programme to boost up party workers in a bid to see good results for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll, South Dinajpur district party president Biplab Mitra said on Wednesday.Apart from Banerjee, senior party leaders Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim and Subrata Bakshi are scheduled to attend Balurghat with him. According to Mitra, thousands of party workers and supporters covering all eight blocks will attend the programme, where Banerjee will deliver the message of party supremo Mamata Banerjee to exhibit her planning on how to fight with the communal forces in the forthcoming ballot battle in 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNotably, in the last Parliamentary poll, popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh had bagged the Balurghat seat and dedicated it to Banerjee, while the people had voted for Mamata Banerjee to gear up the plethora of development projects undertaken during her two-term state ruling. Consequently and due to this, plenty of workers from different political parties have shifted to Trinamool in recent times.According to the political observers, Mamata has now set her target to strengthen the support base, covering each block of the district and the party has started boosting itself from the booth level. Mitra has asked the leaders and workers to initiate measures regarding the visit of Abhishek Banerjee. He has already conducted a party meeting at Gangarampur Marwari Bhavan on Tuesday, to chalk out a blueprint to ensure his visit becomes a memorable one.”Communal BJP is planning to stop development in Bengal. Our leader Mamata Banerjee is well aware of it. She has already delivered a stern message to us through her rejuvenating speech on Martyrs’ Day on July 21. Our party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is scheduled to arrive here on August 7, along with some senior state level leaders,” Mitra said.last_img read more