‘G’ Division hosts inter-faith service

first_imgGPF’s 179th AnniversaryAs part of the 179th Anniversary celebration of the Guyana Police Force, ‘G’ Division has held an Inter-Faith Service at its divisional headquarters at AnnaSome of the participants of the ‘G’ Division fitness walkRegina, Essequibo Coast. In attendance at the Saturday occasion were ranks of the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Fire Service, Neighbourhood Policing Groups, and residents of Guyana’s administrative Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam).Also on Saturday, ranks of the GPF, GDF and other members of the disciplined services, together with youth groups and other organisations, hosted a fitness walk from ‘G’ Division Police Headquarters in Anna Regina to Three Friends village and back.last_img

House Dems vow to set Iraq deadline

first_imgAcross the Capitol, Senate Democrats readied a less sweeping challenge to the commander in chief. Their version would set a target date of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of combat troops – but no deadline. The measure says U.S. forces could stay beyond that date only to protect U.S. personnel, train and equip Iraqi forces and carry out counterterrorism operations. “We can’t stay in Iraq forever,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Reid has considerably less leeway than Pelosi, since Senate rules give Republicans greater power than their counterparts have in the House. Presidential politics also figure in his calculations. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a candidate for the White House, told reporters the measure includes some of the key provisions of a bill he introduced earlier this year setting a March 31, 2008, target for withdrawal. “It expresses the central insight that we can’t have our troops policing a civil war,” he said. Of the 141,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, roughly 60,000 are combat forces and the rest are support troops. Bartlett attacked the House measure in comments to reporters aboard Air Force One as Bush flew to South America. “Obviously, the administration would vehemently oppose and ultimately veto any legislation that looked like what was described today,” he said. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, led the GOP counterattack. “General \ Petraeus should be the one making the decisions on what happens on the ground in Iraq, not Nancy Pelosi or John Murtha,” Boehner said, referring to the Pennsylvania Democrat who has been heavily involved in crafting legislation designed to end U.S. participation in the war. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have struggled in recent days to devise an approach on the war that would satisfy liberals reluctant to vote for continued funding without driving away more moderate Democrats unwilling to be seen as tying the hands of military commanders. Democratic aides said their greatest concern was persuading liberals to come aboard, and they were hoping anti-war organizations would come out in favor of the House measure. Rep. Maxine Waters of California said she told Pelosi she intended to vote no, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas said she “would have a very difficult time” supporting it. Within the House, the Progressive Caucus supports a plan to limit the use of war funds for withdrawing troops, training Iraqis and other noncombat missions. It is doomed to failure, but Democratic leaders have been discussing whether to allow a vote on it if in return, liberals would then swing behind their bill. At the same time, Rep. Dennis Cardoza of California said a meeting of moderate and conservative Democrats produced strong expressions of support. “I think that this legislation gives the generals adequate flexibility to do what they need to do on the ground,” he said. “At the same time it gives a certain finality that is being demanded by the American people.” Officials said a Wednesday night meeting of first-term Democrats produced little opposition. “For me it supports the troops, supports the veterans and holds the president accountable,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado. Democrats can afford only 15 defections and still be assured of passing their legislation in the House. Few Republicans are expected to vote in favor. Seeking support, the leadership added $1.2 billion to Bush’s request for military operations in Afghanistan and $3.5billion for veterans’ health care and medical programs at facilities such as the recently criticized Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Domestic spending would rise $12 billion over the administration’s request – and there apparently were no plans to offset the spending to prevent increases in the deficit. Searching for votes elsewhere, Pelosi signaled she was considering adding a House- passed minimum wage increase to the military spending bill, along with $1.3 billion in tax cuts that cleared earlier in the year. A provision to require Bush to get authorization from Congress to take major military action against Iran ran into turbulence from lawmakers concerned about the implications for Israel. As described by Democrats, the legislation would require Bush to certify by July 1 and again by Oct. 1 whether the Iraqi government was making progress toward providing for the country’s security, allocating its oil revenues and creating a fair system for amending its constitution. If Bush certified the Iraqis were meeting those benchmarks, U.S. combat troops would have to begin withdrawing by March 1, 2008, and complete the redeployment by Sept. 1. Otherwise, the deadlines would move up. If Bush cannot make either certification, the law requires a six-month withdrawal to begin immediately. The legislation also requires the Pentagon to adhere to its existing standards for equipping and training U.S. troops sent overseas and for providing time at home between tours of combat. Bush would have authority to waive these standards, though, meaning they could not be used to prevent the buildup of troops in Baghdad that the president ordered in January. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In the House, Democrats favor firm deadlines for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. In the Senate, they lean toward nonbinding goals. Either way, Congress and the Bush administration are on a collision course. House Democratic leaders vowed Thursday to pass legislation setting a deadline of Sept. 1, 2008, for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, a challenge to President Bush’s war policy that drew a blunt veto threat in return. “It would unnecessarily handcuff our generals on the ground, and it’s safe to say it’s a nonstarter for the president,” said White House spokesman Dan Bartlett. Little more than two months after Democrats took control of the House and Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said the bill would set “dates certain for the first time in the Congress for the redeployment of our troops out of Iraq.” Officials said the deadline would be accelerated – possibly to the end of 2007 – if the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki failed to meet commitments for taking over security operations, distributing oil revenue and opening his nation’s constitution to amendments. Pelosi said Democrats would add their war-related provisions to the administration’s request for nearly $100 billion to pay for the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The plan is to vote on the bill by the end of the month, making it the first major test of the Democrats’ power since they rode a wave of anti-war voter sentiment to midterm election victories last fall. “We need a dramatic change in direction in Iraq,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who supports the legislation. “The status quo is completely unacceptable.” last_img read more

Patience has paid off, says Cheche after Sweden move

first_img0Shares0000Prior to travelling to Stockholm for trials with Djugarden, Ochieng who had previously played for Saudi Arabian side Al Tawoon had also trained with Aalborg BK in Denmark and the motivation of playing in Europe had pushed him to give his best.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17- Harambee Stars defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng would have put his feet into the Swedish top tier in 2016 when he almost signed for IF Djugardens, but a last minute hitch saw the move tumble off.Ochieng had trained with the Stockholm based club for two weeks alongside striker Michael Olunga and was destined to pen a deal, but all that came tumbling down like a pack of cards. “It was disheartening and discouraging to say the least. I had stayed for close to a year without competitive action and this was it for me. It was a dream to play in Sweden because of the exposure and competitiveness that it brings,” Ochieng said in a candid interview with Capital Sport.Prior to travelling to Stockholm for trials with Djugarden, Ochieng who had previously played for Saudi Arabian side Al Tawoon had also trained with Aalborg BK in Denmark and the motivation of playing in Europe had pushed him to give his best.David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng during training. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYABut when the two options that had opened up for him dried up, he was left a frustrated man. He ultimately landed a club in the North American Soccer League, turning out for New York Cosmos.“Cosmos was a great place for me because it gave me an opportunity to settle down and depart from the frustration of missing out on Sweden. I also gradually regained my form and I can say it is that period in USA that made me re-focus,” the defender, formerly with Tusker and AFC Leopards said.“Also, there were people to encourage me especially Victor (Wanyama) who literally held my hand during that period and urged me not to give up and things would work out perfectly,” the center-back added.Two years down the line, he returns to the same city that almost accepted his figure but this time, he has joined another outfit, recently promoted IF Brommapojkarna.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama (Centre) with team mates David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng (left) and Paul Were (right) during training at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 22, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThis round, he never went for trials and he says all this is a product of tough patience and hard work.“I was excited when I received that call from my agent and straight away I knew this was a good move for me. Sweden is very competitive because there are opportunities for the Champions League and the Europa League,” Ochieng noted.Bromma were recently promoted from the second tier and Ochieng says he wants to ensure the club retains its top flight status while his long term target is to venture into European football.“The club’s ambition is to remain in the league as they were just promoted the other day and they have made that clear with me. I will do my best at the club to see that we perform well and even surpass the targets set for us,” the defender noted.He will join compatriot Eric Johanna who joined the club in December after scaling from the third tier where he had featured for IF Vassalund for the whole of last season. Photo/COURTESY“I have trained with them for a few days now and I already feel very comfortable. The training is good, the team-mates are really cool as well and they are people who encourage each other to work hard,” further explained Ochieng.He will join compatriot Eric Johanna who joined the club in December after scaling from the third tier where he had featured for IF Vassalund for the whole of last season.Most pundits see Ochieng’s move as a positive one especially for his place in the national team. The NASL’s future was at stake after the American soccer authorities revoked their Division II sanctioning last year.Also, the league will be switching to align with international calendar, taking the August to May format. This would have meant that NASL teams would have had no competitive league action until August 11, the protracted start date.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Another Premier League club joins race to sign Jack Wilshere

first_img Jack Wilshere is likely to leave boyhood club Arsenal this summer The 26-year-old, who recently hinted at his Emirates exit on social media, was reportedly told by new boss Unai Emery that he is not guaranteed a spot in his starting XI.The likes of West Ham, Everton, Wolves, AC Milan and Juventus have been linked with an interest in the England international.And now, according to The Sun, Crystal Palace have joined the race.Former England boss Roy Hodgson is looking to strengthen his Palace squad after guiding them to survival, and is keen to be reunited with the Three Lions midfielder at Selhurst Park.Wilshere is facing a big decision over his future. 2 Crystal Palace have joined the host of clubs lining up to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere this summer.Wilshere looks set to leave the Gunners when his contract expires at the end of the month. 2 Wilshere recently hinted at a ‘new chapter’ of his career Arsenal have offered him a £110,000-a-week deal that includes a £65,000 win bonus, but the 26-year-old is concerned he may be used a fringe player and is desperate for regular action.The current contract on the table is an improvement from the original offer made by Arsenal, and former boss Arsene Wenger was confident he would stay.However, Emery has left Wilshere with a major dilemma, with Palace joining West Ham, Wolves, Everton, AC Milan, Sampdoria and Juventus in the chase for his services.last_img read more

Penza: As June turns to July, the Humboldt Crabs are truly hitting their stride

first_imgIt’s almost always a good sign when you’re entering the second Sunday in July and you can still count on one hand how many losses on the season you currently have.That’s the case for the Humboldt Crabs, who have certainly made the most of Robin Guiver’s first season as the club’s manager and his return to the Humboldt County baseball scene.At 22-3 as we hit the official midway point of the 2017 season, Guiver and the Crabs have set quite a pace.And that’s before you even take into …last_img

Evolution Is Rapid Except When It Is Static

first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new living fossil and others that must have changed rapidly or not at all are described in recent news.Living fossil dinoflagellate:  A paper in Geology describes the discovery of living cysts of a dinoflagellate (a marine unicellular organism with a flagellum) in southeast Asia.  It was supposed to have gone extinct in the early Pleistocene, but then has reappeared today in several spots from Japan to the Philippines.  How do evolutionists explain its persistence unchanged for millions of years?  A press release from the University of Ghent offers the idea of a “refuge” from extinction and evolution:This unicellular species, with planktonic and benthic stages, was previously thought to have become extinct within the early Pleistocene. It evolved more than 50 million years ago and is the last survivor of a major early Cenozoic lineage. The discovery of living D. pastielsii in the IPWP [Indo-Pacific Warm Pool] suggests that this stable environment served as an important refuge for thermophilic dinoflagellates, and its disappearance from the Atlantic following the early Pleistocene implicates cooling.The early Pleistocene starts at 2.5 million years ago.  That’s a long time for isolated locations on earth to maintain a stable environment while the rest of the world was cooling.  It’s also a long time for the creature to escape evolution so much that it is recognizable from fossils more than 50 million years old on the geologic time scale.Fast and furious bears:  “Polar bear evolution was fast and furious,” a headline from Science Magazine reads.  How fast?  The new estimate puts the split between brown and polar bears at about 353,000 to 493,000 years ago – a “blink in time” compared to the previous estimate of 600,000 to 5 million years.  The article adds, however, that modern polar bears can interbreed with brown bears.  This makes them mere varieties of the same species, according to the widely-trusted “biological species concept.”Butterflies and bees:  PhysOrg describes how certain genes for butterfly and bumblebee patterns seem to mutate predictably over and over again.  These genes affect mimicry patterns only, and sometimes it’s not the gene, but how it’s regulated that causes the effects.  Researchers were somewhat surprised to find that the changes were predictable, not random, implying there are mutational “hotspots” that allow the species to adapt to the environment.  Nothing was said about the origin of new organs or functions.More soft tissue in a fossil:  “Petrified sperm” from ostracods is described in fossils reported by Live Science, dating from 16 to 25 million years ago in evolutionary time.  The detail in the fossils is exceptional; coils of the gigantic sperm of this species are clearly seen, as well as the receptacle ducts in the female.  As for how the tissues could be preserved in such exquisite detail for so long, the article only suggests that bat guano falling into the water in the cave was somehow responsible.   It’s not clear from the article if primordial material is present in these fossils.  The inference is from this statement: “preservation in amber is different than preservation in rock, as amber frequently preserves soft tissue and rock rarely does.”  Whatever its condition, here is another fossil that shows no evolution for 25 million years.  One scientist said, “the most astounding aspect of our findings is that it strongly suggests that the mode of reproduction in these tiny crustaceans has remained virtually unchanged to this day.”None of these stories support Darwin’s view of the world: slow, steady, gradual evolution.  For one thing, they militate against millions of years.  They all support complete design from the beginning, rapid variation from built-in mechanisms for designed adaptation, and the complete absence of “evolution” for new information or function.  In other words, they support the Biblical view of recent creation.  “Astounding,” isn’t it.last_img read more

Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents

first_imgThis post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT.  Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Rachel Dorman, MS & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTAmerican families are continuing to grow in diversity. A recent New York Times article describes American families as “multilayered and full of surprises” highlighting that researchers studying family structure and evolution in the U.S. are finding families to be ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically more diverse than previous generations [1].  Military families are no exception. Many of our recent blogs have featured non-traditional military family structures. We’ve discussed the growing number of single military parents in recent posts as well as the prevalence of dual military couples.[Flickr, The Family_GayDays_08 by Grow by Love, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015In light of the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which legalized openly homosexual men and women to serve in the military, we’ve also featured research on gay and lesbian family trends to provide professionals working with military families the latest research on dynamics within this family structure. As more same sex couples engage in military services, it is important for professionals to better understand the needs of gay and lesbian families. Today’s blog continues the conversation utilizing Biblarz and Savci’s (2010) review of research on children of same sex parents [2].The researchers found that lesbian couples tend to adopt girls more often than boys.  As compared to heterosexual parents, lesbian parents tend to provide their children with less stereotypically gendered toys and are less concerned about their children conforming to stereotypical gender roles. Children and adolescents with lesbian parents show no differences in psychological well-being than that of children with heterosexual parents in areas such as:Social and behavioral adjustmentSocio-emotional developmentPeer acceptance and relationshipsAdolescent participation in risky behaviors (e.g. tobacco, alcohol, or marijuana use)The researchers also found that gay men can have greater difficulty becoming fathers due to barriers such as large expenses associated with adoption and surrogacy as well as obstacles with state laws.When gay men become co-fathers, or when gay male fathers co-parent with their partner, they tend to engage in higher levels of positive discipline techniques and lower levels of spanking as compared to lesbian co-mothers. The researchers note the lack of studies done on children with gay fathers or co-fathers and the great need for more to be done in the future. Further research will provide better insight into gay fatherhood.References[1] Angier, N. (2013, November 25). The Changing American Family. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/health/families.html?ref=science&_r=0[2] Biblarz, T., & Savci, E. (2010). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3), 480-497.last_img read more

Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kim Hye-jin, a 39-year-old music instructor, said that South Korea was repeating an “outdated approach” in using sports diplomacy. She said that the previous unified teams and joint marches between the rivals never paved the way for sustained, meaningful engagement.“We are always repeating meaningless things and North Korea isn’t a country that will change easily,” she said.Plus, she said, a unified team takes away opportunities from South Korean athletes who have been working hard to prepare for the Olympics.Heo Doo-won, a 40-year-old teacher, didn’t care for the reconciliatory gestures at all.“Why are we doing this?” he asked. “We are clearly two different countries and it’s better if things stay that way. I don’t want a unified team or a unification flag. Why can’t we just let the North Koreans march under their own flag?”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this February 10, 2006 photo, Korea’s flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee are carrying a unification flag as they lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the first time since their 1945 division at the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on the wave of reconciliation mood following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks. Eighteen years later, the two Koreas are pushing to produce a similar drama during the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. But they have not generated as much enthusiastic supports as they had both at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans seem generally happy they’ll see the North Koreans at their Olympics, but aren’t as pleased about sharing a team with them.The agreement between the war-separated rivals to field a unified women’s ice hockey team at February’s Winter Olympics has triggered a debate in South Korea, where there’s no longer strong public clamor for reunification or for using sports to make political statements.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Still, many experts think Moon’s government made the right move in jumping at the opportunity to resume contact with North Korea after nearly two years of diplomatic stalemate and animosity.In an annual policy report on Friday, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it aims to use the Olympics as an opportunity to re-establish regular dialogue with North Korea. The resumption of inter-Korean talks is crucial for the policies of Moon, who wants Seoul in the driver’s seat in international efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat.The Koreas sent joint teams to major international sporting events twice in 1991, and had their athletes march together in the opening and closing ceremonies of several sporting events in the 2000s, including the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.While the previous moves had little diplomatic impact, similar gestures would carry more meaning in an Olympics held on South Korean soil and amid higher stakes in regional security, said Yongchul Chung, a sports education professor at Seoul’s Sogang University.“Fielding a unified team is very meaningful — the biggest fruit that can come from the Pyeongchang Olympics is a message of peace between the Koreas,” Chung said. “It’s not like the players wouldn’t understand the historic significance of what they are involved in.”But it has become harder to get South Koreans excited for unified teams and joint marches when North Korea’s increasingly aggressive weapons tests and the South’s own evolvement as an economy and society continue to erode the public’s enthusiasm for reunification.In a survey of 1,200 adults released by Seoul National University in October, 53.8 percent of the respondents said they supported the idea of reunification. This represented a steep drop from the 63.8 percent measured in 2007, when the school started the annual survey.“I think it will be emotionally moving to watch the athletes of both Koreas march under the same flag during the opening ceremony as we come from the same nation,” said Oh Ju-yeon, a 46-year-old housewife. “But after the games, there will be bitterness from realizing that nothing’s really going to change.” While the liberal Moon remains a popular president nine months into his term, the controversy over the hockey team factored in his approval rating dipping below 70 percent for the first time in four months, according to a Gallup Korea report on Friday.Many people sympathize with the South Korean athletes who would likely be sacrificing opportunities for the North’s players, who are considered less skilled and experienced. The IOC approved an expanded roster of 35 instead of 22 for the joint team, but only the normal number will be allowed to suit up for each game and three of them must be North Korean.The South Korean team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, has expressed concerns over chemistry.“Adding somebody so close to the Olympics is a little bit dangerous just for team chemistry because the girls have been together for so long,” she said last week.Choi Hyuk, a 40-year-old office worker, blamed the government for failing to properly communicate with the players and for excessively politicizing sports.Choi pointed to the comments of Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who was forced to apologize after saying that the South Korean women’s hockey team was out of “medal range” anyway while defending the government’s decision to create the unified team.“South Korea’s elite sports have always been based on nationalism,” Choi said, referring to a decades-long system that rewards Olympic medal winners with lifelong cash payments and exemption from military duties that are mandatory for most able-bodied men.“Isn’t it funny that the same country is now asking athletes to cut back on their playing time and embrace changes that would make them less likely to win?”The reconciliation mood between the Koreas began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics.Some experts view Kim’s overture as an attempt to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions against the North and buy time to further advance his nuclear weapons program. Last year, North Korea carried out its sixth and biggest nuclear test and test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles. It has shown no willingness to give up its ambitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The joint march and the unified hockey team were approved Saturday by the International Olympic Committee, which allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the games in exceptional entries given to the North.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNot all South Koreans are in the mood. There are apparently few objections to the North Korean presence at the Olympics itself, which likely ensures that the country holds off any significant weapons test or other aggressive acts that would risk disrupting the games.Many South Koreans believe their government went too far by pushing athletes into a “political show” that will likely become meaningless once the lull in tensions breaks down after the Olympics.last_img read more

Johnny Manziel Announces He’s Going By A New Name

first_imgcfl quarterback johnny manziel on the sidelineHAMILTON, ON – MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Johnny Manziel has had a rough couple of months. The former NFL quarterback was dismissed from the Canadian Football League. Manziel then joined the AAF, only for the league to fold about a week after his arrival.It’s now time for a change, apparently.Manziel, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, revealed that he now wants to be referred to as “John Manziel.”“I actually go by John these days,” he told Patrick.The former Cleveland Browns and Texas A&M quarterback is back working with quarterback guru George Whitfield, too.Not a chyron typo. Johnny Manziel tells @dpshow he’s going by John Manziel these days. With AAF defunct, he’s working out with George Whitfield now. Has no regrets about going to Canada to play but would not say why he got kicked out. pic.twitter.com/U4xL5rDrtK— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) April 8, 2019Manziel would not say why he was kicked out of the CFL, but did address his time in the NFL. The quarterback said he’s a different person now.“You’re as good in the NFL as you are prepared for it. I learned that the hard way my first year in Cleveland,” he said.“You’re as good in the NFL as you are prepared for it. I learned that the hard way my first year in Cleveland.” – John Manziel to @dpshow adds he’s “a different person now”— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) April 8, 2019It’s unclear what will come next for John Manziel, but it’s clear he wants to continue to pursue a career in football.While the AAF might be done, another jumpstart league – the XFL – will start in 2020 and Manziel seems like a good fit for that.last_img read more

Productivity and Efficiency Critical to Attracting Investments- PM Holness

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government will pursue a new paradigm to transform the country’s labour force. “It is our productivity and our efficiency that is going to be a critical asset in attracting investments here and a critical factor in whether it is Chinese, Americans, Germans, French; whoever wants to come and invest in Jamaica they must choose Jamaican workers because our workers are the most efficient and the most productive,” explained Prime Minister Holness.center_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government will pursue a new paradigm to transform the country’s labour force.Prime Minister Holness, who was speaking yesterday (August 3) at the opening of the Kupius Bridge in Clarendon, noted that training and up skilling of local workers on projects with international investors will be a key component going forward.He said investors chose to invest in areas where they find discipline workers to ensure that their investment is profitable.“It is our productivity and our efficiency that is going to be a critical asset in attracting investments here and a critical factor in whether it is Chinese, Americans, Germans, French; whoever wants to come and invest in Jamaica they must choose Jamaican workers because our workers are the most efficient and the most productive,” explained Prime Minister Holness.Mr Holness emphasised some of the necessary values to bring the country from poverty to prosperity.“It is not just knowing how to bend the steel, it is not just knowing how to read the plan. Mixing the mortar is important but we also want to learn how to design, we don’t only want to be makers we want to be engineers and designers. So we want to improve the skills but more than that it is the discipline,” continued the prime minister.The prime minister also added that he is under no illusion as to what is necessary to make Jamaica the most productive and efficient place.“When we are looking at the next iteration of our infrastructure partnership we will have to have a component of training Jamaican labourers, training Jamaican craftsmen, training Jamaican workers in not just the skills but in the necessary discipline and action towards work,” stated Mr Holness.last_img read more