Commerce Minister Calls for Small Business to Formalize Operations

By on October 24, 2019

first_imgStory Highlights The policy is about “applying resources in a manner that is designed to have the real impact” on business growth and development. Minister of Industry, Investment, and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has called on small business owners to formalize their operations to benefit from offerings under the new Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Entrepreneurship Policy.The Minister was addressing a recent Think Tank held at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston.He noted that the policy is not about “finding a way to give more money”, but “applying resources in a manner that is designed to have the real impact” on business growth and development.As such, he said, persons will benefit from training and guidance in areas such as product development, marketing, and incentives such as tax breaks during the infancy stage of the business.“Before you go to the bank and start asking for money, what you need is some training, exposure, and critical intervention from entities like the DBJ (Development of Bank of Jamaica) and others, who can intervene and talk to you about the feasibility of your business, marketing, and product differentiation,” Minister Hylton said.The MSME Policy seeks to implement a structured and sustainable programme to provide training to MSMEs through public-private partnerships in key areas such as: business planning, cash flow projections, management, book-keeping, inventory management, protection of intellectual property, standards, and market penetration. Small business owners urged to formalize their operations to benefit from offerings under the new MSME Entrepreneurship Policy. The MSME Policy seeks to implement a structured and sustainable programme to provide training to MSMEs.last_img read more

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Woman paramour held for murder of husband

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have arrested a woman who with his paramour killed her husband in Samaypur Badli area of Outer North district. The investigating agency said that the accused strangled the person with nylon rope.According to police, on September 9 at 7:09 AM a PCR call was received in which caller told them that someone had killed his brother. A team was sent to the spot which was near a temple in Badli village. Body of the man was found lying on the first floor of the house. The deceased was later identified as Sonu (24) who lived with his family in Samaypur Badli. “There were strangulation marks on the neck of the deceased. A case under section 302 (murder) of IPC was registered,” said police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma, elaborating more about the case, said that during investigation it was found that the deceased had gone for sleeping in the room with his wife and minor daughter in the night. ” The probe further revealed that the wife of the deceased was having an extramarital affair with a local boy and accused identified as Sagar alias Balwa. Both were planning to run away with each other,” added DCP Outer North. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding further, DCP Gaurav said that on the intervening night of September 8 and 9 at about 2.30 am Sagar alias Balwa came to the house of the deceased on the first floor from roof side and with the help of wife of deceased strangulated him with a nylon rope. During the investigation, both the accused were arrested and they have confessed their crime. Accused Sagar (26) is the native of village Badli.”A nylon rope used for strangulation haze been recovered. There intimacy and relation have established through CDR’s. Further investigation is going on,” DCP Outer North.last_img read more

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RCMP uncover over 1000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women source

By on October 14, 2019

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn RCMP project aimed at tallying the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women has uncovered “over 1,000” cases, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP was able to determine that there are more than 1,000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women with the help of other police forces across the country, according to a person with knowledge of the project, who asked not to be named because they’re not the official spokesperson on the project.As part of this project, the RCMP reached out to over 200 police forces across the country and asked to get a peek at their files to compile the statistics.APTN was told the project was complete and the report’s release was supposed to come out March 31, but is being held up by the federal ministry of public safety Canada.However, RCMP Aboriginal policing Supt. Tyler Bates denied the report was done when contacted on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon.“There is no report as of yet that has been disseminated,” said Bates. “There will be a publicly available document down the road.”When asked about the tally of over 1,000, Bates said he couldn’t confirm or deny any number.“I’m not going to speak to a specific number to confirm or refute anything at this juncture,” he said. “I don’t have any comment right now. All I can tell you is there is work that remains ongoing.”The purpose of the project was to give the RCMP clear data on the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Bates told APTN in December.The tally of over 1,000 cases would shatter any numbers compiled to this point. The Native Women’s Association of Canada released a report in 2010 with nearly 600 cases and recently and an Ottawa researcher released a study that puts the number at over 800.The RCMP questioned NWAC’s numbers in the past, but, until the recent project, the federal force only tallied information from within its own files.A call to the Public Safety minister’s office was not immediately returned.– with APTN [email protected]last_img read more

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PTV celebrates 5 years

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPeople’s Television celebrated five years in operation yesterday; the company, which is located in the Bight was started by Peter Stubbs and his family in November 2008 hosted a customer appreciation day with drinks, goodies, t shirts, caps, other giveaways and the launch of its Christmas pay early and win campaign. During On Your Mind TV talk show, host reverend Rev Dr Conrad Howard presented plaques and mugs of appreciation on behalf of the television station to individuals like Bishop Bryant Cox… Pastor Courtney Misick host of Talk Dat… Paula Arthur, host of the Average Joe Show and Sam Nagar of Rock of Jesus Ministry. I was also honoured to have been remembered; Magnetic Media TV morning show Turquoise Morning airs on PTV8 weekdays at 7am.last_img read more

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Researchers find highresolution retina cells in mice only activate when birds fly

By on August 31, 2019

first_img(Phys.org) — In the eye, the retina is the light sensitive tissue that lines its inner surface; packed with ganglion neurons, its job is to convert incoming information to something that the brain can understand. In some animals, such as people, cats and the macaque, the density of neurons in certain areas of the retina accounts for the highest resolution images sent to the brain. But some animals apparently reserve such areas for other jobs. Mice for example, according to new research by a team from Harvard, only use their high resolution areas when under threat from above. As they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team notes that high density neural areas in the retinas of mice are only activated when shadows from birds flying overhead are detected. Citation: Researchers find high-resolution retina cells in mice only activate when birds fly over (2012, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-high-resolution-retina-cells-mice-birds.html 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. Immune cells help heal eye injury in mice More information: PNAS August 13, 2012 doi: 10.1073/pnas.1211547109 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further In people, the highly dense parts of the retina are used virtually every waking moment. When focusing on something, the neural network of ganglion cells is busy converting light to images that are sent to the brain via the optic nerve. The only time this process quiets is when people are either lost in thought, or asleep. With mice, according to this new research, things are very different.To find out how mice use their high-resolution ganglion, the team attached a tiny camera to a rat volunteer and then watched to see what sorts of things it focused on. Next, they played the video back directly onto the retinas of several test mice while simultaneously monitoring neural cell activity. In so doing, they found that the high-resolution cells sat mostly quiet, doing nothing.As it turned out, the cells weren’t actually doing nothing, they were waiting.When silhouettes of birds were projected overhead, the waiting ended as the ganglia sprang into action, interpreting every movement. This shows, the researchers say, that the high-resolution neuron groups in mice retinas serve not as interpreters of everyday life, but as highly specific predator detectors. More specifically they found the nerves reacted when the birds were in their center of view, meaning close and ready to snatch them up. Sadly, they also found that the nerves quit firing once the birds came close enough, indicating the mice were doomed.After testing several scenarios, the team found that the retina cells in the mice tended to fire when detecting virtually any object that appeared against a blank backdrop, which was also moving, such as is the case of a bird flying in the sky. Thus it appears, for mice, it’s better to focus sharply only when predators from the sky are near, so as to best prepare for a quick emergency plan.last_img read more

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All the Stringing sounds of success

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first_imgTO celebrate the 60th anniversary of Lalit Kala Akademi, a musical concert is being organised in the Capital where santoor maestro and composer Abhay Rustum Sopori will inaugurate the function with his performance. The evening will be graced by  Shripad Yesso Naik, Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Govt of India.Sopori’s music will take on a journey of India through the musical notes of Santoor in unison with the classical, Sufi, traditional and ethnic sounds and drums of India presenting a cultural ethos of India enchanting the listeners and taking them into a state of ecstacy – the Irfaan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The concert will feature around 30 musicians on santoor, tabla, pakhawaj, mridangam, gattam, khol, nakara, nagada, tumbaknari, drums, percussions, sarangi, vocals, cello and double base guitars. Sopori is the youngest santoor maestro and classical musician to compose and conduct orchestras, folk and sufi ensembles. He has been the youngest recipient of all the awards he has received including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi’s first Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, J&K State Award (the highest Civilian Award of the State of Jammu & Kashmir), Sangeet Mani Award, Glory of India Award, Best Citizens of India Award, Bharat Shiromani Award, Sangeet Bhushan Award and many more. His name also features in various Biographical-note volumes.When: 5 August Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus MargTiming: 6:00 pmlast_img read more

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Go Khadi this Independence Day

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first_imgAmong the multifarious celebrations, all KVIC’s ‘Khadi India’ departmental sales outlets and non-departmental sales outlets shall deck up in the colour of Independence Day. Inside the sales outlet, one corner/shelf(s) shall be organized to reflect Independence Day related products like the National flag, pocket flag etc.The customers shall also have privilege to buy Independence Day series wherein tri-colour soap gift pack, Agarbatti pack and limited range of readymade garments depicting Independence Day essence shall be displayed for sale. Upto 70% discount on clearance sale of Khadi clothes shall be introduced on Independence Day in the flagship ‘Khadi India’ sales outlet at Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA display board shall be affixed on the exterior wall of Khadi India sales outlet. There will also be prominent display and sale of Khadi National Flag.  All the customers visiting ‘Khadi India’ sales outlet shall be welcomed with garland (Gundi) made of hand-spun Khadi yarn. Customers buying Khadi and V I products on the Independence Day shall be given complimentary tri-colour gift items. Tri-colour ‘Khadi Rakhi’ in the Departmental Sales Outlets will also be launched on that day.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn addition to this  all the offices of KVIC  shall celebrate its entrance in tri-colour with Independence Day wishes/ slogans. The  employees of KVIC will be wearing Khadi cloths and shall also display the stickers with the message “I Love Khadi” in English and “Mein Khadi Premi Hoon” in Hindi.The Khadi Institutions will be requested to celebrate Independence Day on August 15 with decoration on the main entrance. They will also be requested to honour their old spinners and weavers on the Independence day with tri-colour clothes or gifts.last_img read more

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