Community ‘Mother’ Treats Children

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCommunity ‘Mother’ Treats Children RelatedCommunity ‘Mother’ Treats Children Community ‘Mother’ Treats Children UncategorizedJanuary 2, 2009center_img RelatedCommunity ‘Mother’ Treats Children FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Children of Bethany and surrounding communities in North Manchester, recently received a special Christmas treat from community stalwart, Josephine Clarke.The youngsters, many of whom are students of the Bethany Primary and Junior High School, which is in close proximity to Mrs. Clarke’s house, enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon, which saw them being thoroughly fed, before being presented with individual gift packages, bearing all the cheer of the festive season.According to Miss Jo, as she is affectionately called, “it is better to give than to receive.”Indeed, for this 95 year old woman, who is a mother to the entire community, sharing has become a way of life. Throughout the course of the year, she constantly gives to the children, whether it be something as simple as ice, water, lunch, or a cup of tea. The adults too have also benefitted from her generous spirit.“I’ve been doing this for over 20 years and each year it gets bigger. I am so pleased to see the children. I love them all,” she stated enthusiastically.“It came to my attention, whenever Christmas season is approaching, I won’t see the children again until next year. They come they eat with me, they attach to me so much that whenever school give holiday I miss them. So one evening I said to them, come and let us sing Christmas carol. Some of them came and I had it on my verandah. For years I had it on my verandah. They come and they read the Christmas story and I give them something to eat, I buy ice cream and give to them, so from then I take it as an annual thing,” she added.Meanwhile, Miss Jo’s daughter, Jennifer Campbell, informed JIS News that it gives her mother immense pleasure to provide for the children in this manner each year. For this reason she travels to the United States each year, where she shops for the children, handpicking each gift with the greatest of care, as her little friends “deserve only the best.”“It is better to be with the children of the community than to be with her own children. We can see the joy in her eyes, and the pleasure it gives her when she undertakes this sort of activity on a regular basis,” Jennifer stated.For the children and adults who journey to Miss Jo’s house for the annual Christmas treat, it is an event to anticipate each year.“We love Mama Jo very much, and we would be very disappointed if she did not keep this treat for us,” said one child, Kirk.“I promise them next year, if the Lord gives me health and strength, I will, I will,” Miss Jo assured them.last_img read more

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Dominica convenes workshop targeting at risk youth

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Junior Achievement Dominica in collaboration with Youth Empowered to Achieve (YEA) Wednesday convened a one-day System-Wide Collaborative Action for Youth Livelihood Workshop (S.C.A.Y.L workshop) focused on youth empowerment and in particular, youth at risk.YEA, a registered charity organization in Dominica and Barbados started in Tampa Florida in 2003.The workshop, held on 28 January 2015, saw participation from representatives and stakeholders from education, juvenile justice, NGO’s from the religious community and other leaders who play an active role in the lives of young people.“The workshop is about bringing together the whole system in a room to look at how we can collaborate to move forward and to address the issues of youth together,” president and chief executive officer of YEA, Marsha-Ann Clarke informed. Noting that across the region there is the common issue of youth at risk, Ms Clarke said “a lot of individuals and a lot of agencies are doing really great programs to address the issue, but with limited success because no one agency has all the resources needed to make a large scale impact”.Marsha-Ann Clarke President and CEO of Youth Empowered to Achieve (YEA).She informed that they are now in the process of action planning as three projects came from the workshop. “The task forces are identified and what we will do in the next three months and what we will do in the next three years to bring those to bring those plans to fruition”.“We have created a vision of what we want for Dominica around the issue of at risk youth and we are moving towards that,” Ms Clarke continued. Meanwhile Major of Roseau Irene John said this SCAYL approach “has undoubtedly boosted the confidence of the participating stakeholders”.“The action plans developed here today are evidence of a real and tangible commitment to creating the desired for our youth,” Mrs John stated.“Too often we plan for the youth without stopping to ask them a question, too often we focus on the process not the outcome, too often we look at what we want to achieve ourselves and not what we can do together,” Mrs John added.Thus, she said, the workshop did not focus on conflict resolution but on common ground; “we have seen and heard the youth and the system around them”.– / 9center_img LocalNews Dominica convenes workshop targeting at risk youth by: Dominica Vibes News – January 29, 2015 Tweet 227 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Media Watch – December 23rd/24th/25th

first_imgIan Holloway calls for video replays in the aftermath of City’s 1-1 draw with his QPR side at Loftus Road in the Sky Bet Championship, according the West London Sport.The fallout of the penalty decision that allowed Bobby Reid to equalise at QPR is discussed by former City loanee Matt Smith with West London Sport.But the same paper quotes City boss Lee Johnson as saying his side should have had “two or three” penalties in W12.Aden Flint brushes off transfer talk about himself and Joe Bryan to focus on City’s own promotion bid, reports the Bristol Post.North of the border, the Sunday Post speak to kitman Scott Murray about the aftermath of Wednesday’s incredible win over Manchester United, as well as his love for AberdeenStaying on the United theme, Flint reveals he was playing snooker to relax the day after the Carabao Cup win, telling the Bristol Post it was “just a normal day”.Elsewhere on the United front, the Bristol Post features a song written by a City supporter for José Mourinho.BBC Sport takes a look at how sport is spreading cheer this Christmas – and City’s Jamie Paterson features.The Bristol Post looks further ahead, discussing the reason behind the late kick-off at Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.last_img read more

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The Genius Of Zero-Billion-Dollar Markets

first_imgchristopher lochhead Related Posts Guest author Christopher Lochhead is a cofounding partner of Play Bigger Advisors. He wrote this post with his partners Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson.Forget the story you might have heard about how Netflix CEO Reed Hastings started the company because he got a $40 late fee from Blockbuster. The real story’s even better. According to cofounder Marc Randolph, he and Hastings had the idea to start an e-commerce company in a whole new category. They settled on DVDs. The question was whether they could cheaply and safely mail them. In 1997, DVDs were so new they couldn’t even find one in a store, so they bought CDs at Tower Records instead. The CDs arrived safely, and they were off to the races tackling DVD rental by mail, a market that was worth zero billion dollars at the time.That simple and powerful market insight—that people might want to go online, press a button, and get a movie—was the beginning of a whole new category of subscription-movie service and the start of Netflix. Hastings refined the model along the way. While Netflix launched with late fees, like Blockbuster, he realized the fee was customer hostile and the growth of the Internet provided the potential to do something different. In 1999, when he introduced a flat monthly subscription for unlimited rentals, the business really took off.Today Netflix is worth $52 billion, with everyone from HBO to Comcast racing to imitate its model, and it’s one of the most important entertainment companies on the planet. Blockbuster is all but a memory.Don’t Tackle Existing Markets—Create New OnesThe path to success in the technology business is almost always an insight that leads to the creation of a whole new approach and a new market category. The history of our industry teaches us that most giant successes come from companies that pioneer what venture capitalist Steve Vassallo calls “zero-billion-dollar categories.” That means a market that does not currently exist. Before Netflix, there was no category for subscription movies. Before VMware, there was no market for virtualization. GoPro invented the wearable camera and LinkedIn designed and dominates the professional social-networking category.Entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel encourages building “the kind of company that is so good at what it does that no other firm can offer a close substitute.” That’s harder advice to take than it sounds. Every year in the technology industry, hundreds of companies launch thousands of new products. Most of these new products are pointed at existing categories. The thinking here is the bigger the market, the greater the opportunity. While some of these new products will find traction, many won’t. Because the technology industry is generally a winner-take-all game. And once a Category King is crowned, it is almost impossible to dethrone them.To better understand these dynamics, last summer we began an ongoing research effort. We assembled a team of computer scientists, data scientists and business executives to comb through a variety of data sources to create a fact-based database on the velocity of market capitalization growth.We examined approximately 26,000 U.S.-headquartered, venture-backed technology companies formed since 2000. We examined their 30,575 fundraising transactions and 69 IPOs with the goal of understanding how they grew in value and how much value in their market categories they captured. We found that Category Kings typically earn 76 percent of the total market cap in their space, leaving dozens of competitors gnawing on scraps.The Cautionary Tale Of BingIn some cases attacking an existing market, with an established leader, is financial arson. Case in point: Microsoft’s Bing search engine.In 2009, Microsoft’s then-CEO, Steve Balmer, launched the product saying that the search market “deserves a good feature war.” As you know, it didn’t work. Microsoft has invested more than $10 billion in Bing. Google still rules with 65 percent market share.If Microsoft cannot beat Google with a $10 billion attack, why do so many tech companies pursue existing categories versus designing new ones? Said another way, who would you rather be—Netflix or Bing?In spite of this reality, most technology companies attack existing competition, in existing spaces. There is comfort in addressing a known market versus placing a bet on a zero-billion-dollar one. When new technologies or companies fail, CEOs, entrepreneurs, product managers and investors often blame the product or company execution. Shitty products and poor execution of course lead to catastrophe. But history shows that many failures are actually category casualities.Photo by Shardayyy How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themcenter_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Guest Posts#strategy#Zero-billion-dollar Markets How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio…last_img read more

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Man suffers serious injuries in Lake Ozarks jet ski accident

first_imgA jet ski accident causes serious injuries on the Lake of the Ozarks.Troopers say Tyler Herrmann was trying to drive the Sea Doo through some large waves in Workmen Hollow Cove at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He lost control and his body slammed into the jet ski.The 35-year-old Leawood, Kansas man has serious injuries.last_img

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Data Center Energy: Past, Present and Future (Part One)

first_imgToday IT organizations face extreme pressures to cut costs and drive efficiency at every level. Approximately $24.7 billion is wasted each year on server management, power and cooling for unused systems in data centers. This figure is significant and represents on average 15 percent of a data center server population that is completely idle but consumes power and cooling.On average, annual energy costs are $800 or more for a 400W server. Do the math, and you can’t ignore that data center energy inefficiency is staggering, especially since idle servers represent only one vector of the efficiency problem.Crude AssessmentsBefore you can optimize energy efficiency, you have to understand your nominal power and thermal conditions under the range of workloads supported by your data center resources.In the past, most data center managers had only minimal energy-monitoring capabilities. They often assessed power consumption and cooling efficiencies by solely relying on returning air temperature at the air conditioning units. When that didn’t provide much insight, they would manually collect additional power data on a per-rack basis. Also, to estimate future growth, predictive models were developed and used to translate these static measurements into assessments of future energy consumption. The models deviate from reality by as much as 40 percent, however.Clearly a more accurate method is required to assess and predict energy and ultimately avoid the need to overprovision power and cooling. The large margin of error also makes modeling ineffective for predicting power spikes or other problematic events that lead to equipment failures and service disruptions.Calculating Power vs. Measuring PowerAlthough expedient, this approach has deficits that fall short of most efficiency goals. The problem with the method is the conservative nature of the vendor data. Manufacturers notoriously lean toward worst-case estimates, and overprovisioning is understandably the result when planning is based on this data alone. Opinions also vary widely about how to de-rate the vendor data, with data center managers citing 20 to 50 percent reductions as common practice.Some skeptical data center managers get out the power meters to verify the specifications and adjust data to their specific configurations and workloads, and intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) are deployed by those who can afford another layer of hardware. The PDUs can supply a steady stream of power data, but this data then must be collected and analyzed. Even then, the data is completely focused on power and does not address airflow or temperature patterns throughout the data center.An Expanded Continuous Data SetIn the quest for a more accurate energy map, many data center teams acknowledge the need to continuously aggregate more data points and take advantage of automation to minimize the time required for assessments. In response to these customer demands and energy trends, data center equipment vendors began integrating capabilities to provide power and thermal data without the need to employ meters or absorb the cost of intelligent PDUs. Today, data center managers can collect readings for server inlet temperatures and power consumption levels for rack servers, blade servers, and any deployed power-distribution units (PDUs), as well as the uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs) related to those servers. Energy-monitoring solutions are now available to aggregate this data and can give data center managers a detailed view of the conditions at the individual server or rack level. The data can drive a picture of the entire data center and also support drilling down to understand the energy requirements and usage patterns for groups of users or physical resources.By continuously collecting data in real time, it is possible to generate thermal maps of the data center and uncover hot spots and airflow inefficiencies before they lead to failures. Data logs can also be analyzed to identify trends and fine-tune power and cooling systems accordingly. The primary benefit of a fine-grained, real-time data collection and aggregation solution is the ability to avoid designing data centers on the basis of worst-case situations.Solid Solutions for Holistic Data Center Energy ManagementArmed with the ability to automatically collect and aggregate power and thermal measurements, data center managers and facility teams quickly recognized the value of emerging middleware solutions and tools that go further than passive monitoring. Energy-management solutions have evolved to enable the following: Jeffrey S. Klaus is the director of Data Center Manager (DCM) at Intel CorporationOpens in a new window.In part two of this seriesOpens in a new window, Jeff overviews the trends and industry changes that are affecting today’s data centers and accelerating the need for energy efficiencies. The series will conclude with part three, which outlines the best practices that employ the latest approaches, along with examples of the benefits being gained by enterprises that are pioneering next-generation energy management.Leading article photo courtesy of bandarjiOpens in a new windowFollow Intel DCM:  https://twitter.com/IntelDCM This post originally appeared in The Data Center Journal on September 12, 2012. ConclusionsData center teams face energy challenges in every direction. Users want 100 percent uptime. Management wants lower costs and sustainable practices. Facilities teams need to divert power to other site needs. And utilities companies are saying they can’t meet the service levels required for expanding data centers, even if companies can pay the escalating prices for energy.The days of overprovisioning are over, and holistic energy-management solutions have arrived on the market. Today’s challenge is to accurately define the main requirements for an energy management solution and to choose a solution that puts a data center on the lowest-risk path, considering the current trends and energy outlooks. Proactive threshold detection to identify and correct problems and adjust conditions, extending the life of data center assetsIntroduction of controls that enforce policies and allocations designed for optimized service and energy efficiencyDynamic adjustment of server configurations during times of outagesBilling for services using a model that takes into account total energy consumptionIntegration of energy management with systems- and facilities-management consoles and methodologies An Audit of Data Center Power Efficiency—or InefficiencyThis article is part one of a three-part series on energy management in the data center. (See parts twoOpens in a new window and threeOpens in a new window.) About the Authorlast_img read more

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Diana Shipping Finds Work for Two Bulkers

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk specialist Diana Shipping has, through separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, entered into time charter contracts for two of its bulkers. The first contract is with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of Diana’s Capesize dry bulk vessels, the 179,426 dwt m/v Santa Barbara.The gross charter rate for the 2015-built bulker is USD 12,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about twelve months to maximum fifteen months. The charter is expected to commence on January 24, 2017.The second contract is with Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf, again for a Capesize dry bulk vessel, the 2005-built m/v Salt Lake City. The gross charter rate for the 171,810 dwt ship is USD 9,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum twelve months to maximum sixteen months. The charter is expected to commence on January 20, 2017.The employments of Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City are anticipated to generate approximately USD 7.38 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters, Diana said.Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 48 dry bulk vessels with the combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.7 million dwt and a weighted average age of 7.64 years.last_img read more

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Haida Nation fears its facing dire situation from drifting ship carrying 500

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe crew of a Russian-flagged container ship drifting off Haida Gwaii’s west coast is trying to repair its stalled engines before the situation turns into a potential environmental incident, says a spokesperson for the Canadian Coast Guard.Coast Guard spokesperson Dan Bate said if the crew can’t restart its engines, then the situation could get tricky. Bate said there are preparations to try and intercept the ship and have it towed or the crew may be forced to abandon the vessel before it runs aground.“Currently it is a search and rescue case, it is not an environmental response issue. There is a risk of it, but not at this point,” he said.The container ship, called the Simushir, was travelling from Port Angeles in Washington State. It lost power at about 1:30 a.m. local time Friday, according to the Council of the Haida Nation. The statement said that the ship is adrift about 19 kilometres west of Gowgaia Bay.The container ship is carrying mining equipment along with 500 metric tonnes of bunker fuel and 60 metric tonnes of diesel.Bate said he did not know where the ship was headed before its engines lost power.“It is a developing scenario,” said Bate.Acting Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall, with the Canadian Force’s joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria, told The Canadian Press that there were 11 passengers on board and a helicopter was dispatched to remove the ship’s captain, who is injured.The U.S. Coast Guard has a helicopter on standby, said MacDougall.MacDougall said heavy winds were expected Friday and there are concerns the vessel could run agroundThe Haida Nation statement said two tug boats were also sent from Alaska and Prince Rupert, B.C., to try to intercept the ship, but the vessels are still about 20 hours from the location.The Haida Nation said it was setting up a command post in Old Masset to deal with what it calls a “dire situation.”“The Haida Nation’s worst fear is coming true,” said Haida Nation President Peter Lantin, in a statement. “Our priority is to minimize the impact on our homeland and get our people on-site to start dealing with the grounding. We’ll deal with the politics of the situation later.”The Haida Nation believes if the current weather forecast holds, the ship will run aground.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said on Twitter it was monitoring the situation along with Transport Canada and the Canadian military.-with files from The Canadian [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Despite spending millions on prevention feds dont keep track of suicide epidemic

first_imgMartha Troian APTN InvestigatesMillions of dollars are spent every year to fight suicide epidemics amongst Indigenous peoples in Canada but the federal government collects little to no data about the actual suicide rates.There is a serious lack of record keeping by all levels of governments and coroners’ offices when it comes to suicide deaths of Indigenous people, APTN Investigates has confirmed by requesting data from each province.Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said she is troubled the federal government isn’t tracking suicide data.“I’m disappointed that we’re still not at a place were we’re keeping track of the number of attempts and deaths by suicide,” said Blackstock.She is calling for putting a rigorous system in place to better understand and fund prevention of the suicide epidemic.‘No First Nations suicide surveillance system’Outbreaks of suicide deaths in Indigenous communities occur three times higher than the general public. Youth lose their lives to suicide at a rate five to six times higher than non-Indigenous youth in the country.In some Indigenous communities, suicide has become a constant struggle, frequently forcing Indigenous leaders to declare a state of emergency.Remote Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency, calls for Canadian Rangers to help“Incidences of suicides are recorded in provincial/territorial vital events databases as a jurisdictional responsibility,” Health Canada stated in an email when asked how Indigenous suicides are tracked.The email added there is “no simple mechanism to identify First Nations within these provincial/territorial databases and there is no First Nations suicide surveillance system.”APTN Investigates also filed an access-to-information request with the department of Indigenous Services Canada to ask the same query and was told “no records were located.”“The answer is, ‘no data, no problem’, so you don’t have any data to back something up [and] then there’s ‘no issue,’” said Dr. Mike Kirlew, a Sioux Lookout Ont. based family doctor, who added he is baffled by the lack of data collected by both level of governments.(Dr. Michael Kirlew, a physician based in Sioux Lookout, Ont.)“That is extremely important data, to be able to say whether or not suicide rates are going up or down . . . so you can target your health intervention to make the biggest effect.”One promising lead for data came from the Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database, which is an administrative survey that collects demographic and medical cause-of-death information annually from all provincial and territorial vital statistics registries on all deaths in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. However, they do not track information by Indigenous identity.According to a recent standing committee on Indigenous and northern affairs report called, Breaking Point: The Suicide Crisis in Indigenous Communities, suicide rates may be underrepresented due to variations in reporting practices. For instance, some deaths may be reported as accidents rather than suicides. In addition, ethnicity is not reported on death certificates.Bulk of provinces, organizations not keeping track of suicidesAPTN Investigates contacted all provincial and territorial governments and several coroner’s offices to ask for data regarding the number of suicide deaths to do with Indigenous people over a five-year period.In some cases, we were referred back to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Health Canada or told to contact individual First Nation communities.Data compiled by APTN Investigates (story continued below):Jarvis Googoo, the director of health at the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APCFNCS) was taken by surprise after learning the province of New Brunswick does not track these deaths.“I was hoping New Brunswick was keeping track, given [the province] has a large number of First Nations communities in the province,” said Googoo. “It’s a disservice to First Nations people when suicide data is not being tracked because with proper numbers and with proper data, it could lead to long-term solutions to suicide prevention.”Googoo said APCFNCS does not collect data either.APTN Investigates also contacted the Assembly of First Nations to ask if they kept track of these deaths. A spokesperson said they do not.The province of Alberta is another province that does not collect suicide data of Indigenous people, despite there being a crisis in many communities. Instead, the province collects suicide data by region not Indigenous identity.(Samson Cree Nation band councillor Katherine Swampy)“I’m not shocked at all because they just started to keep track of data to do with missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” said Katherine Swampy, a Samson Cree Nation band councillor.Samson Cree Nation is one of four Indigenous communities that make up Maskwacis an hour’s drive south of Edmonton. The First Nation community that has dealt with a rash of suicides earlier this year, prompting calls for a state of emergency.Millions poured into mental health, suicide preventionEven though Health Canada does not collect data regarding the number of suicides of Indigenous people, the department allocates millions of dollars each year to address the problem.The First Nation and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), has spent $619.8 million for mental health and suicide prevention between 2015-16 and 2016-17, with $358.8 million allocated for 2017-18.These funds are given to mental health programs such as the National Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Strategy, the Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program, the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line and for Mental Wellness Teams.Mental health services are also available through the Jordan’s Principle funds and the Non Insured Health Benefit Mental Health Counselling Benefit. Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle that applies equally to all Indigenous children despite their location of residence.The province of Ontario had the highest total of expenditures for mental health services from 2008-2009 to 2016-2017, sitting at $521 million. The prairie regions being the second highest.(NDP MP Georgina Jolibois)Georgina Jolibois, the NDP MP critic for Indigenous Services, said she is concerned about the way programs are delivered for Indigenous people.“I still see bands across Canada not get specific programming to deal with mental health and suicide and the grief and the trauma and other related issues,” said Jolibois.“The approach by the federal government is inefficient and ineffective for bands across Canada.”last_img read more

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