More Corportate Entities urged to provide jobs for vulnerable youth

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – Programme Manager for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP III), Simeon Robinson, is imploring more corporate entities to provide job opportunities for vulnerable youth in communities where the programme operates.He noted that while several companies have offered skills training, internships and other job-readiness training “we need more private-sector partners to enable permanent employment for these youth”.He commended entities such as the Shipping Association of Jamaica, the Marriott and Jewel Resorts, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Wisynco Group, Progressive Grocers, Xerox Limited and others for “putting their money where their mouth is” in providing employment opportunities for the youngsters.Mr. Robinson was addressing a function at the Red Stripe headquarters in Kingston on Thursday (August 31), where schools bags were handed over to 50 youngsters who participated in the company’s ‘Summer Bounce’ camp.Red Stripe, through its Desnoes & Geddes (D&G) Foundation, partnered with the CSJP to engage the youth from the De La Vega City and March Pen communities in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, in the four-week camp.Over the period, they were exposed to lessons in art and craft, life skills training, motivational talks, workshops, a field trip and fun day.Mr. Robinson thanked the Foundation for its contribution to positively impacting the lives of the youngsters, aged 10 to 15, some of whom have described the experience as “life changing”.“This summer camp was also a catalyst for a behavioural revolution for many of the participants,” he said, noting that it also provided opportunity for intercommunity bonding.In her remarks, Head, Corporate Affairs, Red Stripe, Dianne Ashton-Smith, said the company was pleased to be involved in the CSJP and National Security Ministry’s efforts to address the high level of crime and violence in vulnerable communities across Jamaica through strategic interventions such as the summer camp.   She further pledged the D&G Foundation’s continued support of the youngsters’ development.CSJP is a multifaceted crime-prevention programme of the Ministry of National Security being implemented in 50 communities across eight parishes.It focuses on treating with the root causes of violent behaviour among youth by providing a suite of services aimed at reducing their risk of being involved in crime and violence and increasing their ability to become productive citizens.   Among the services are case management, counselling, community justice, and monitoring and evaluation.Since its inception in 2001, more than 20,000 youth have benefited from various services, including an employment internship programme.CSJP is funded by the Government of Jamaica, the Inter-American Development Bank, Global Affairs Canada and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.Phase three, which is the final phase of the programme, will end in 2019.last_img read more

Francesco Totti questions VAR officials

first_imgFrancesco Totti has criticised the VAR officials after a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan questioning why they failed to see the penaltyClub legend and director Totti spoke to the media in place of Coach Eusebio Di Francesco after the game.“It was an open game between two great teams who scored four goals, created many more chances, hit the woodwork and were denied a penalty. It was very exciting,” the director told Football Italia.The reference was to an incident 30 seconds before the opening Inter goal, when Danilo D’Ambrosio clearly tripped Nicolò Zaniolo just inside the penalty area.The remarkable element is that Fabbri in the VAR booth did not alert referee Gianluca Rocchi to the foul or ask him to view it again.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Everyone saw it, there’s no need to describe. I want to know, and we all do, how those in the VAR booth didn’t see that foul. We all saw it on a far smaller screen. It’s shameful.“Why don’t you call them and ask how they didn’t see that? This is precisely what VAR was introduced for. Rocchi might’ve seen it or not, but that’s not the issue. The VAR officials had to see it. Fabbri was watching another game on his screen, evidently.“We cannot go on like this. There are meetings, we go here and there to discuss how VAR is used, when and in what way, then it’s not used on an incident like this?“That’s not because it’s Roma, it could happen to any club. It’s impossible. Someone ought to call Fabbri and ask: ‘What were you looking at?’ It’s all fine to laugh and joke, but this is serious.“We’re not seeking alibis, but this changes the game. We could’ve taken the lead, moments later Inter score. It changes the entire match and that can change an entire season.”last_img read more

How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now

first_imgThe Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets are now available for preorder. Oculus At its F8 developer conference this morning, Facebook said starting today you can preorder its Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. The two VR headsets and controllers will ship May 21, the company said.The all-in-one Quest will start at $399 and is a solid step up from the company’s entry-level Oculus Go VR headset — which starts at $199. The focus of the Quest is on VR games, Facebook has said. The new Quest headset will not require a computer but will still be powerful enough to run many of the Rift’s popular games, and developers have already announced games for the standalone headset.Read more: Oculus Quest reviewThe other VR headset Facebook announced today,  Oculus Rift S, will require a PC and is the replacement for the Oculus Rift. The Rift S also starts at $399, can use the Quest and Go controllers, and will have the ability to play Quest games.That $399 price for the Oculus Quest and Rift S converts to £305 and AU$565, roughly. Here’s how you preorder the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S.CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Wearable Tech We took Oculus Quest on vacation 5:18 43 Photos Oculus Quest Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR Share your voice • $398 Now playing: Watch this: reading • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Mentioned Above Oculus Quest News • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? Post a comment See All Game Developers Conference Game Developers Conference Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice To preorder the Oculus QuestYou can preorder the Quest from Amazon or straight from the Oculus website. The 64-GB model will cost $399, and the 128-GB version will go for $499. Both will ship by May 21. Setup will require an iPhone or Android phone and the Oculus app.See Quest at AmazonTo preorder the Oculus Rift SAfter putting on and then taking down the page to the Oculus Rift S this morning, you can now preorder the VR headset on the Microsoft Store for $399 at Microsoft’s online store, or at Amazon. The Rift S will come with a pair of Touch controllers, a headset cable and adapter. It will also ship by May 21.See Rift S at Amazon Tags Oculus Virtual Reality Facebooklast_img read more

Google courts local businesses with new profile features

first_imgGoogle announced new features for local business profiles.  Getty Google wants to become the go-to hub for people searching for restaurants or other local businesses. The search giant on Thursday announced new features to revamp business profiles on Google Maps and search. Those are the pages that give you a restaurant’s rating, a snapshot at popular dishes and general information like store hours or the restaurant’s phone number.Now, business owners will be able to customize the cover photo you see at the top of the profile. Owners will also get to pick a new “short name” URL that customers can use to share the business profile with other people. Businesses can also reward people who follow them on Google by offering them exclusive deals. And the businesses that are most responsive to customers and keep their profiles up to date will be able to earn badges and receive a “local favorite” distinction.mod-1-phone-callouts-d2x-1Google is letting businesses do more to customize their profiles. Google Google is also offering store owners more options for window stickers, like one that says “Review us on Google,” and another that says, “Follow us on Google.””When we first started mapping out the world, we were first focused on getting users from point A to point B,” Bhavesh Mehta, a Google vice president of engineering, said at a press event in San Francisco. “Over time, we saw people wanted more information about businesses.”The new features take aim at other local business services like Yelp, which also offers business profiles with ratings and other information. Yelp has long been antagonistic towards Google’s local business efforts, arguing that Google abuses its dominance to prioritize its own listings and services over those of competitors. Google wouldn’t directly address the competition with Yelp, but said it’s focused on creating a good experience for users.The new features are part of Google’s push to make Maps about more than just navigation. Last year, Google announced features to make the app more social, such as a “for you” tab that offers tailored recommendations and a “match score” to tell you how much you might like a restaurant or business. Business profiles that you follow will show up in the “for you” tab. Google also said last month it’s bringing food ordering to Maps, search and its Google Assistant software by partnering with delivery services including DoorDash and Postmates. 1 Google Search gets AR, and Google Lens wants to be your… Tags Now playing: Watch this: Commentcenter_img Share your voice 4:19 Mobile Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Using Videos on Your Website

first_img 4 min read Q: Should my website launch with a full-screen video?A: It’s the latest trend in website design: launching a site with a full-screen video to tell your brand and product story. PraytellStrategy.com and mediaboom.com are among the sites that use videos to set a specific mood while highlighting products and services in new and compelling ways.The jury’s still out on the ROI of using full-screen video on your website, but the approach can have benefits for businesses that are able to condense core themes and values into a short-form video. Dudley Storey, a Calgary, Alberta-based web development instructor and author of Pro CSS3 Animation, teaches people how to code their sites and take advantage of this latest trend. We asked him what’s involved. Why should I add a background video to my homepage?If a picture is worth a thousand words, video is 24,000 words a second. It’s uniquely suited to provide visitors with an instant impression of your business and services.Do videos have any value from an SEO perspective? The technique is relatively new, so that’s difficult to judge. Video definitely increases visitor engagement, but Google weighs file size and delivery speed when ranking pages (a knock against it).As far as we know, video doesn’t directly help SEO, unless the video has subtitled text attached to it. And since background video shouldn’t have any dialogue or voice-overs, that’s a nonfactor.If I go this route, how often should I update my video, and what are the costs?The shorter the video, the more often it should be updated. In general, an effective looping video is no more than eight seconds long, and should be replaced with a new one each month so you don’t bore regular visitors. As for cost, an eight-second, professionally produced video, shot with no sound, on location, using natural light and a small crew, will run you about $1,000.Do I need a new website or can my existing site be recoded to handle full-screen video? A new site isn’t necessary, although adding video offers a chance to reconsider your site’s design. With video as a background, text content on the page must be reduced to a few key sentences so it doesn’t cover up the video. Intermediate knowledge of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript is sufficient to do the work.What type of server configuration is required?An up-to-date Apache or Nginx server will deliver the video just fine, but older servers may need some coaxing and guidance to do so—thus the requirement of .htaccess editing skills mentioned above. Will full-screen video place a bandwidth drain on my server and cost more to operate?It can. A 10 MB video downloaded by 10,000 people represents 100 GB of traffic, which can be very expensive. Monthly costs will depend on your hosting arrangement and any bandwidth caps in your site service contract.Are there instances when full-screen video doesn’t work?Most mobile browsers won’t auto-play video, in order to avoid unexpected and unwanted bandwidth use or roaming charges. That’s important to know if mobile is the primary market for your site.Are there plug-ins I can use for my existing site? There are: mb.YTPlayer is popular for WordPress, as is jquery.videoBG. A web developer can add video to a page without special software, but restrictive web publishing systems such as Squarespace and Wix can make adding background video difficult unless you upgrade.  January 23, 2015 This story appears in the February 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more