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

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