Jamaica Must Harness Cultural Science to Create Wealth – Professor Morrison

first_imgDirector General of the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), Professor Errol Morrison, says Jamaica must harness the “cultural science” of the nation to create wealth.This cultural science, he said, has been neglected for too long, especially in developing the medicinal plants industry.“There is a tremendous opportunity here, to build on that, to build an awareness, to build a thrust that the people can use in wealth creation,” he said, while addressing a recent JIS Think Tank.Professor Morrison argued that successful cultivation of the nation’s cultural science will further lead to the development of a national nutraceutical industry.“Nutraceuticals…refer to any kind of food or drink that could possibly have some benefit to health… but also the healing water, of which you know Jamaica is well endowed; the Bath, Milk River, the Rockfort,” he noted.The NCST Director General is advocating for Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean, to put the necessary resources in place and use creativity to move the development of science and technology.He said that a national focus on science, technology and innovation, is critical in driving job creation, development and growth.“This is how the first world countries have done it. They have put in money …earn their way into first world status and that is the story of the Singapore, South Korea, the USA (United States of America),” he noted.He said that support from all sectors of the country will be important in driving science and technology to contribute significantly to national development.He said it is also important to protect the intellectual property of citizens of the country because “quite often you have an idea, and you open it to the world and somebody else takes it. They have better resources and they run with it and you lose that opportunity,” Professor Morrison added. Jamaica Must Harness Cultural Science to Create Wealth – Professor Morrison JIS Think TankNovember 6, 2014Written by: Oroyo Eubanks Story HighlightsDirector General of the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), Professor Errol Morrison, says Jamaica must harness the “cultural science” of the nation to create wealth.This cultural science, he said, has been neglected for too long, especially in developing the medicinal plants industry.Professor Morrison argued that successful cultivation of the nation’s cultural science will further lead to the development of a national nutraceutical industry. Advertisements RelatedNLA Eyes Top Spot in Public Sector Customer Service Competitioncenter_img RelatedSMEs Urged to Get Listed on Junior Stock Market FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedDiaspora Bond Still Being Consideredlast_img read more

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For the love of Valentine

first_imgSt. Valentine must be a proud man to know that a day in his honour is revered by love birds all around the world. Not satisfied with a single day, now we have valentine’s week; starting with a rose day. On a lighter note, I feel this ritual has its origin in India, wherein most of our festivals have a series of days before the main day. Valentine’s Day is no doubt a festival now; of love and romance. Not many years ago we have some groups of people attacking lovers observing Valentine’s days, alleging that ‘the celebration is a product of the fantasy people have for Western civilization, which is not in sync with Indian culture.’ The naming of the day notwithstanding, it is unfair to credit the celebration of love being  Western culture alone. One cannot help but remember Kamasutra.My memories of Valentine’s are mostly dotted with moments of being single or hanging out with friends devoid of any romance. But I have always been a staunch supporter of lovers having their own day in a year. Some argue that every day is Valentine’s day for lovers and there is no need for a special day. In fact, they opined love is not a one-day affair. My reply to them would be that, ‘we have 365 days in a year. We can celebrate love for many days. But not everyone can celebrate every day. My simple logic is that just because you have ‘Mothers’ Day’ once in a year, you cannot imply that Mothers should not be loved in the remaining days of the year. It is more about dedicating a single day at the least.  You may be busy on other days day but on Valentine’s day, be available for your lover. Best if you could every day.’On a day when millions celebrate love, it is only pertinent to ask what is love? There are different kinds of love. Romance or the love for the opposite gender was witnessed right from the days of Adam and Eve. Adam’s life was not complete without Eve. It has proven the fact that love is life. Love is one of the most beautiful gifts God has given us. In fact, his love ‘the agape’ is the highest of all kinds of love. Lovers can thus take a cue from the man who possessed the greatest of love. We can learn from his teachings. ‘True love awaits’ is one such message which has a deep meaning.How do I celebrate Valentine’s day 2020, must be a question many have lost sleep over it in the past few days if you are a lover. Millions will stick to dine-outs, roses and chocolates. As for me, I will write a poem or sing a song for my love. I believe in doing things differently. Rose and chocolate memories are so last year to me. In fact, I even attempted to sketching my lover. The fact that she got mad after seeing my work is a different thing altogether.The experience of being single on Valentine’s day has its own thrill. I remember going to Ward’s Lake, Shillong during my college days with three of my friends on Valentine’s day just to observe how couples observed the day. Then there were moments I’d spend alone in my room wondering what my friends would be doing. I’d remind myself, “you have priorities.” But deep inside there was a strong feeling of envy for people in love, stronger than the need to be loved or to love someone.It is love that makes one forget life’s woes and look forward to tomorrows with hope. It is love that makes a heart smile and romanticizes the clouds, rains, stars and the moon. It is beautiful to be in love – It is love that makes the short and tall; the fair and dark; the rich and poor; the young and old – all beautiful. Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers!last_img read more

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COVID-19 Update Guyana – 96 cases in 96 hours!

first_img You may be interested in… That said, he sought to remind his audience that the coronavirus is not selective or exclusive. “It’s all around; in and out of Guyana,” Dr. Persaud said, adding:“So everyone, everywhere, in all the ten administrative regions needs to make that special effort to continue playing a part in spreading the message about COVID-19. There should be no letting up; complacency and worse still a laissez faire attitude can be our undoing.” He made a special plea to young persons, urging them not to delay, but seek medical assistance at the earliest.“Fellow Guyanese, our irresponsible actions impinge greatly on our health workers whom we need to protect at all costs. They have families just like us; they want to enjoy life too; they deserve this, but they are making the sacrifice to protect all of us,” said the CMO. Oct 16, 2020 Amidst the rise in cases, health authorities will be looking to “tighten” control measures in order to prevent the further transmission of the raging coronavirus disease.As has been his wont every day to caution residents of hinterland communities about taking foolish risks, Dr. Persaud said: “I plead with you to halt the illicit cross-border movement; look out for the migrants and report their presence immediately to the Authorities. On a personal level, I ask you to cooperate and comply with the regulations of social distancing and the hygiene etiquette.” Three CARICOM countries record COVID deathsStory via CMC – Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas registered deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, while the authorities in Belize warn that ongoing transmission happening within families is a key factor driving the virus in that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The Ministry of…October 14, 2020In “General”Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago record deaths from COVID-19The Bahamas and Jamaica recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) as several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reported new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours. The Ministry of Health said that there were 65 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. As a result the total number…September 30, 2020In “General”St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp All of the recent cases, he reported, were from hinterland regions, with eight originating in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); four in Region Eight (Potaro Siparuni); and 11 in the villages of Aranaputa and Annai in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). Oct 16, 2020 DISPELLING THE MYTHSSadly, misconceptions about COVID-19 still persist, including the belief that the disease doesn’t exist; that wearing a mask causes the disease, and that even testing brings about the disease. These are “all myths”, which, according to Dr. Persaud, need to be dispelled if Guyana is going to “break the back of the camel” not only in Regions Seven and Nine, but in every community. This, he believes, is the only way that persons can be supportive of the selfless efforts of the health workers on the frontline who are risking their lives to prevent the further transmission of the raging coronavirus. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Story via Guyana Chronicle Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC And just in case that did not do the trick, he said: “Fellow Guyanese, I know that you have been following closely these daily briefs, and that you are aware that our cases continue to climb, especially in the hotspot areas of Regions Seven and Nine.” He encouraged persons to cooperate and comply with all regulations of social distancing, hygiene etiquette and wearing of the mask in public.COVID-19 remains a serious issue not just here in Guyana, but globally as well, and according to global statistics, there are 17.9 million cases of COVID-19, with over 686,000 deaths. And, with no approved treatment or cure, there is no assurance that persons will survive after contracting the disease. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 15, 2020 “This brings me to the whole question of testing, which determines our positive and negative cases, and puts in train our surveillance team to track contacts and identify additional sources,” Dr. Persaud said, adding: “Bravo to the surveillance team and lab staff working to provide us with timely results! However, on a more widespread level, I encourage all those experiencing symptoms to come forward and take advantage of our testing facilities.” CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak In the past 24 hours alone, the country recorded 23 new cases of the disease. The authorities have so far tested 4,975 persons, with 4,478 proving negative and 497 positive.Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, in presenting the recent statistics, said that of the 497 persons who’ve tested positive, 186 have recovered, 22 lost their lives, and 289 are classified as active cases which are being monitored by authorities. Two of the active cases are being treated in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU).In light of the foregoing figures, Dr. Persaud is urging persons to be wary of the prevailing situation, especially in the hinterland communities where the virus has been spreading like “wildfire”. CURTAILING the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has proven to be a challenge for the local authorities, as cases continue to spread rapidly, with 96 cases being recorded in the past 96 hours. Oct 15, 2020last_img read more

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Legal aid rethink urged

first_img Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group The Law Society this week urged the government to seek alternatives to its proposed £350m legal aid cuts, while new research concluded slashing legal aid is ‘a false economy’. In a letter to justice secretary Kenneth Clarke, Society chief executive Des Hudson also sought reassurance that no further savings will be made from the legal aid budget, after the apparent abandonment of the government’s sentencing reform proposals. Hudson said: ‘I understand a statement along these lines was made to the Junior Lawyers Division, but the Law Society has had no such direct assurance.’ The government is expected to publish its response to the consultation shortly. Meanwhile, pressure group the Commission of Inquiry into Legal Aid has claimed cutting the £2.1bn legal aid budget is ‘a false economy’ because early advice provided through legal aid saves money later. Comprising former Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris, assistant general secretary of trade union Unite Diana Holland and former canon of Westminster Abbey Nicholas Sagovsky, the commission’s panel warned that reducing legal aid could increase costs in health, housing, education and other local authority services. Meanwhile, the Law Society’s Sound off for Justice campaign continues to gather support. Actor Michael Sheen (pictured) is backing the campaign; he has posted a link to its website on his twitter blog.last_img read more

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UCL: Mane, van Dijk Help Liverpool To Last Eight After Bayern Munich Win

first_imgTwo goals from Sadio Mane helped Liverpool beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season.Neither side created many clear opportunities on a wet night in Munich and both sets of players were guilty of giving away possession too easily and too often.However, the Reds carried more of a cutting edge and took the lead in the tie in the 26th minute when Mane displayed an exquisite touch to bring down Van Dijk’s raking pass before firing into an empty net after Manuel Neuer had rushed from his goal.Bayern now needed at least two goals and pulled one back when Joel Matip turned into his own net from close range.However, the expectant waves of attack from the German champions never materialised after the break, and Van Dijk all but ensured Liverpool’s spot in the last eight when he powered home James Milner’s corner.Mane capped off an excellent display when he headed in his second six minutes from time.The match ended on a slight sour note for Liverpool when full-back Andrew Robertson picked up a yellow card in stoppage time which means he will be suspended for the first leg of their quarter-final.The Reds’ win means there will be four representatives from the Premier League in the last eight for the first time since 2009.RelatedVideo – Watch Liverpool Beat Bayern Munich 3-0 In The Audi CupAugust 2, 2017In “England”Guillermo OchoaJune 30, 2017Similar postUCL: Bayern Destroy Chelsea To Stroll Into Quarterfinals, Barca Thrash Napoli To Seal SpotAugust 8, 2020In “England”last_img read more

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Penguins to wear patch honoring shooting victims

first_img#StrongerThanHate pic.twitter.com/rgm5NCP6U0— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 30, 2018In addition, the team will also collect donations and hold a 50-50 raffle. And each player will sign his game-worn jersey, which will be auctioned off at treeoflife.givesmart.com. The auction will continue until Nov. 13. All proceeds will benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and a fund established by the City of Pittsburgh to benefit police officers wounded during the attack.Eleven people were killed and nine injured during the Saturday morning attack at the synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. It is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history. Robert Gregory Bowers has been charged with dozens of federal and state crimes in connection with the mass shooting. The Penguins will wear special uniform patches in Tuesday’s game against the Islanders in remembrance of the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting.The patch, bearing the words, “STRONGER THAN HATE,” shows the triangle in the Penguins’ logo modified into a Star of David.last_img read more

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Significant Health Coverage Gains for Latino Children Since Affordable Care Act Took Effect

first_imgThe number of uninsured Latino children declined sharply as major provisions of the health reform law took effect, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza). The uninsurance rate among Latino children dropped from 11.5 percent in 2013 to 7.5 percent in 2015—the sharpest decline on record for Latino children. Coverage rates for Latino children reached a historic high of 92.5 percent in the two years after major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. However, the uninsured rate for Latino children continues to be higher than the rate of all children who are uninsured (4.8 percent).“One of the great success stories of the past two decades has been the progress our nation has achieved in confronting the untenable problem of children going without health coverage,” said Georgetown University CCF Executive Director Joan Alker. “Just as the United States approaches the point where all kids would have the health coverage they need to succeed, Congress is poised to make a U-turn on this path to progress.”The improvement in the rate of health coverage for Latino children follows the positive trend in the overall children’s health coverage rate. The trend started with the expansion of Medicaid to benefit more children more than two decades ago, and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 1997, with subsequent improvements to both programs. The ACA, which maintained and enhanced Medicaid and CHIP coverage for children, accelerated these positive trends.Despite these improvements, Latino children still make up a disproportionate share of the remaining uninsured children. They account for 25 percent of the child population, but 39 percent of uninsured children. More than two-thirds of all uninsured Latino children lived in just six states: there are more than 800,000 who lack insurance residing in Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, Georgia and New Jersey. Yet, all of these states had a statistically significant decline in both the number and rate of uninsured Latino children from 2013 to 2015.“Today’s report demonstrates the positive, collective impact that the Affordable Care Act, along with programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, have had on increasing the number of Latino children who have access to health coverage,” said Steven T. Lopez, Manager, NCLR Health Policy Project, and one of the authors of the report. “We cannot allow these gains to disappear because of efforts in Congress to undermine the policies that have allowed millions to live healthier lives and be better positioned for brighter futures.”The 50-state report on uninsured Latino children is based on U.S. Census American Community Survey data. The full report is available at http://ccf.georgetown.edu/2016/12/13/latino-childrens-coverage-reaches-historic-high-but-too-many-remain-uninsured.last_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham midfielder Obiang content with supporting role

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Obiang content with supporting roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang is content with his current supporting role.The 26-year-old has found it hard to break into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up, with both Declan Rice and Mark Noble thriving in central midfield.”In this sport you have to have 20, 23 players all ready to help the squad,” Obiang toldStandard Sport.”I don’t feel pressure from Mark and Declan, I feel happy! It’s always better when we win than when we lose. I prefer that they keep playing well and make me try to train better and improve.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: We’re (sort of) title contenders

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’re (sort of) title contendersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is adamant they’re title contenders after victory at Everton.Tottenham have now won seven of their last eight league games and remarkably have gone 18 games since the start of the season without a draw – their second-best ever start to a top flight campaign. The best-ever was by the double-winning side of 1960-61.Pochettino said: “I still believe Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders and favourites to win the Premier League. We are there but (so are) Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.“I think there is still a long way for me to say we are real contenders. In the past years, it wasn’t enough. If you compare the result with the past of Tottenham, yes, we were consistent, but not enough to be a real contender.“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game. We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.” last_img read more

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Ohio States Deshaun Thomas ready to emerge for mens basketball

Ohio State sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas is a shooter, but not in the same way Jon Diebler, former OSU guard and all-time Big Ten leader in made three pointers, was. Thomas is a shooter because he likes to shoot – a lot. In high school, Thomas shot whenever he wanted because that’s what his team asked him to do. When he graduated, he was the No. 3-leading scorer in the history of the basketball-rich state of Indiana. So when Thomas came to OSU as a freshman, Thomas did what he had always done. He kept shooting. He was shooting so much that coach Thad Matta had to tell him to slow down, but at the same time he didn’t want to discourage Thomas to the point that he lost confidence. “He’s one of the best scorers in the nation,” OSU sophomore forward James “JD” Weatherspoon said. “You can’t take that away from his game. He’s going to knock down shots. It’s what he does.” Thomas averaged 7.5 points a game in an average of 14 minutes of action as a freshman last year. His ability to score a high volume of points in a short amount of time earned him the nickname of “microwave offense.” This year, with the departure of seniors Diebler, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale, who started the majority of the games last year, Thomas plans to step into a starting role for the upcoming season. It’s a role Matta, along with Thomas’s teammates, said he’s grown to accept. “He’s got a much better understanding of how to play,” Matta said. “He understands the importance of the defensive end of it. He understands the importance of the pass, the moving, the rebounding. I’ve been very, very pleased with his progress.” Matta also said Thomas has learned about when to shoot and when to pass. “The other day in the workout he threw a pass away and one of the coaches started to say something,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. He passed. I’ll teach him how to connect the dots.’” Senior guard William Buford laughed when asked about Thomas shooting too much, but said it was a thing of the past. “No, not no more,” Buford said. “He used to. You know he used to. He’s learning like what’s a good shot, what’s a bad shot. He’s passing more. He’s just a smarter basketball player.” But that doesn’t mean Thomas is going to stop shooting anytime soon or ditch the “microwave” mentality. Thomas embraces it. “I’m going to go out like everybody call me — the microwave,” Thomas said. “I’m trying to heat up at any minute so I’m just going to be the same old me with more time out there and having fun.” More than just shooting, Thomas has worked on the physical aspect of the game as well and has taken full advantage of the Buckeyes’ offseason-conditioning program, Matta said the changes are noticeable. “You can obviously look at him and tell a lot of things have happened to him over the summer,” Matta said. “It’s amazing how he looks this year compared to how he looked last year.” The Buckeyes open their season Nov. 11 against Wright State at 9 p.m. and with the beginning of a new season, Thomas said he’s ready to begin his next chapter too. “I’m here to show everybody what I really got,” Thomas said. read more

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