Baugh pledges CDF support for economic project in Colbeck

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MANDEVILLE — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Kenneth Baugh, has pledged support through his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to undertake an “economic project,” which will benefit young people in Colbeck, St. Catherine. “It is going to be a significant catalyst, not only for rural agricultural development, but for education and social development for the people in the community,” Dr. Baugh said at Wednesday’s ceremony May 11 to commission the Colbeck irrigation system into service. Dr. Baugh, who is also Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, said that he has been having meetings with the residents to discuss the project, but “we were just waiting on the water.” The project, which was implemented by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), through US$747,945 in funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will provide 1.2 million gallons of water per day to support the irrigation needs of farmers in the area. It comprises a sub-division of 95 farm lots on 110 hectares of land. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, said that the construction of the system “is a significant step forward, and the benefits will be realised in the months to come.” He informed that some 65 titles have been issued to farmers for parcels of land in the area, which will enable them to access funding to develop their properties. “Titling is critical because what it does for the farmers, it enables them, it empowers them to use that security of tenure to access critical financing towards developing their farms, and that, for me, is an important step toward the overall development of the (irrigation area),” he added. President of the Colbeck Water Users Association, Yorkin Walters, said that the land is being prepared for the cultivation of crops that are heavily imported. “We will, not long from now, be replacing a lot of imported goods, and lower the import bill for the country,” he stated. The NIC will be working with the farmers increase to crop yields, achieve net income cost recovery, and ensure the sustainability of the water users association. RelatedBaugh pledges CDF support for economic project in Colbeck RelatedBaugh pledges CDF support for economic project in Colbeck Advertisements RelatedBaugh pledges CDF support for economic project in Colbeck Baugh pledges CDF support for economic project in Colbeck Foreign AffairsMay 16, 2011 By CONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS REGIONAL OFFICElast_img read more

Industry Minister Welcomes $400 Million Investment by Toyota Jamaica

first_imgRelatedMSME Members Urged to Take Advantage of Mobile Business Clinic FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Industry Minister Welcomes $400 Million Investment by Toyota Jamaica CommerceJanuary 30, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Industry Minister Welcomes $400 Million Investment by Toyota JamaicaJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements RelatedMSME Operators Urged to Formalise Their Businessescenter_img RelatedMobile Business Clinic to Assist Entrepreneurs in the West Story HighlightsMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has welcomed Toyota Jamaica Limited’s $400 million investment in its new branch, which is expected to create 140 new jobs for Jamaicans.Minister Hylton said that through the continued expansion of its business/investment portfolio, Toyota Jamaica is demonstrating the level of confidence it has placed in the future of the countryJapanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, said the undertaking is a reaffirmation of the high priority the Japanese private sector places on improving the automobile industry in Jamaica. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton (third right), breaks ground at the site of Toyota Jamaica Limited’s new branch at 91a Old Hope Road in St. Andrew during a ceremony on Wednesday (Jan. 28). Also participating (from second left) are: General Manager, Toyota Tsusho America, Inc., Hiroshi Kitahara; Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase; Managing Director of Toyota Jamaica, Tom Connor; and Managing Director of Matalon Homes, Peter Matalon. Looking on (at left) is Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Andrew, Andre Hylton. The facility, which represents a $400 million investment, will be constructed by Matalon Homes over a period of one year. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has welcomed Toyota Jamaica Limited’s $400 million investment in its new branch, which is expected to create 140 new jobs for Jamaicans.“That this investment should be made now in Jamaica, I think, supports and underpins the… growing confidence of investors in the Jamaican economy and the opportunity for Jamaica to grow its economy through Foreign Direct Investments, (and) job creation,” he said.The Minister was speaking on Wednesday (January 28) at the ground breaking ceremony for the company’s new branch at 91a Old Hope Road in St. Andrew.Minister Hylton said that through the continued expansion of its business/investment portfolio, Toyota Jamaica is demonstrating the level of confidence it has placed in the future of the country.“So, in their assessment, the market is here, and will be growing and… like the Government and others, they are confident about the growth in the Jamaican economy,” he said.Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, said the undertaking is a reaffirmation of the high priority the Japanese private sector places on improving the automobile industry in Jamaica.“This is certainly an important economic activity that the Government of Japan is proud to endorse. We remain a solid and committed partner to the people and Government of Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Takase further noted that the Government of Japan is committed to continuing its support for private sector initiatives to expand its economic relations with Jamaica.“We are looking forward to working together with private sector, exemplified by Toyota, towards a common goal of enhancing the friendly relations between our countries across the board at all levels,” he said.Managing Director, Toyota Jamaica, Tom Connor, assured that “Toyota is in Jamaica for the long haul.”He said the decision to construct the new branch came after “listening to the voices of customers,” who had difficulties getting to the company’s Spanish Town Road head office.The facility, he said, will provide new vehicle sales, parts and service, with focus placed on after sales and providing better quality service overall.The construction of the 26,000-square foot facility is expected to be completed in one year. During this phase, 100 jobs will be generated. An initial staff of 40 will be employed when the branch opens in 2016.A subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Toyota Jamaica is the sole authorised distributor for Toyota and Hino vehicles in Jamaica.This new location will be the company’s third branch in Jamaica. The second is located in Ironshore, Montego Bay.last_img read more

Dean, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering

first_imgDr. Shad D. Nelson, Chair of Search CommitteeDean, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture andNatural ResourcesTexas A&M University-Kingsville, MSC 156, Kingsville, TX78363Email: [email protected] Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), a Carnegie IIDoctoral/Research Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution(HSI), invites nominations and applications for the position ofDean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering (College).Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,the dean is administratively responsible for creating, developing,managing and advancing the academic, research, and outreachprograms of the College. The College is accredited by the SouthernAssociation of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and bythe State Board for Educator Certification.  All theundergraduate degrees are ABET accredited.Founded in 1925, TAMUK, a member of the Texas A&M UniversitySystem, has a diverse student body of nearly 7,500 studentsrepresenting 35 states and 43 countries. Approximately 74% of theundergraduate students are Hispanic, reflecting the population ofthe South Texas region. The university is located in historicKingsville, a friendly, safe city of 25,000 and home of thelegendary King Ranch. Corpus Christi and its beaches are 40 milesto the northeast, and the border with Mexico is 120 miles to thesouth and 100 miles to the west.The College is home to six academic departments: Civil andArchitectural Engineering; Electrical Engineering and ComputerScience; Environmental Engineering; Industrial Management andTechnology; Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; and the Wayne H.King Dept. of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering. The chairs ofthe six academic departments and the staff of the dean’s officereport to the dean. The College offers a full complement of degreeprograms: ten baccalaureate, ten master’s, and two doctoral. TheCollege of Engineering is further supported by a Dean’s LeadershipBoard composed of industry leading, highly experienced engineersthat works with the dean and university administration to supportthe dean in promoting the mission of the College.The university seeks a strong visionary leader who will advocatefor the College’s programs and needs while simultaneouslycontributing to the provost’s leadership team, and being mindful ofthe institutional mission. The dean should have a vision forcollaborative initiatives among the diverse disciplines within theCollege and university, as well as external constituents.Successful candidates should poses multi-faceted administrativeexperience including personnel and budgetary management andexperience in identifying new revenue streams and resources toadvance the priorities of the College. It will be important to bothunderstand and relate to the culture of South Texas and the HSIdesignation of TAMUK. A hallmark of TAMUK is our student-centeredfocus. The dean will work collaboratively with local and regionalstakeholders, and have a thorough understanding of state, nationaland international issues facing the College. The dean is expectedto build upon the state, national and international reputation ofthe College and to continue the leadership position in academic andresearch areas, and the College’s fund raising efforts.The dean is expected to continue the established high researchmission of the College that is to maintain and expand the researchmission of the College, work collaboratively with faculty acrossthe College and promote a student-centered experience that preparesgraduates for the workforce and advanced degrees.  The dean isalso expected to have engagement in student recruitment andretention; as well as experience with accreditation processes,program assessment, and long-range strategic planning. Candidatesfor the position will have an earned doctorate and qualify for therank of full professor at TAMUK.  A minimum of 5 years ofdemonstrated academic administrative experience in a position ofdirector, chair or higher at a baccalaureate or higher degreegranting institution. Preferred candidates will have administrativeexperience at a doctoral-level institution.The negotiable and preferred appointment date is August 1, 2021.For best consideration, applicant materials should be received byMay 1, 2021, however, applications will continue to be revieweduntil a suitable candidate is selected. The application package canbe found at https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMUK_External/job/Kingsville-TAMUK/Dean—College-of-Engineering_R-035691. Items must be submitted online and include a cover letteraddressing the job requirements (including a brief vision statementfor the College), current curriculum vitae, names and contactinformation of at least five professional references, and copies ofall academic transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework.TAMUK is committed to excellence and invites applications from allqualified applicants.All positions are security sensitive. Applicants are subject toa criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent uponthe institution’s verification of credentials and/or otherinformation required by the institution’s procedures..Interested individuals are encouraged to review theinstitutional profile at https://www.tamuk.edu/  and visitCollege specific information at https://www.tamuk.edu/engineering/index.html TAMUK is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity http://www.tamuk.educenter_img For additional information or to nominate a candidate, pleasecontact: last_img read more

Houston Baptist’s Steenholdt Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior forward Shanice Steenholdt has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Honorable mention this week goes to senior center Porsha Roberts from Stephen F. Austin, sophomore guard Kassie Jones from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and sophomore guard Taylor Dorsey from Sam Houston State. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors. Steenholdt led all players Saturday by recording season highs of 27 points and 16 rebounds in the program’s first win over UTEP, 87-77. UTEP reached the WNIT a season ago. Steenholdt recorded her fourth double-double, as she shot 77 percent from the floor. She also registered two blocks and a season-high four assists. This marks the second time the Roswell, N.M. native received player of the week honors as Steenholdt earned the honors after the first week of competition.center_img Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player.last_img read more

It’s January and Time to Start Networking Again

first_imgThe holiday season has come to an end.  You might be all partied out, but your calendar says otherwise. It’s time to start networking again.You can do this online on sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, or in person at an industry event. I make sure to get out at least two to three times a month, not including my speaking gigs such as the upcoming SHRM Employment Law & Legislative and Talent Conference & Exposition that I will be presenting at.Sometimes I attend HR events, including local chapter offerings.  I also make it a point at least once a month to get out of my comfort zone at business events to meet new people and expand my knowledge.Networking events are an easy way to meet new people in your industry. They are also a great way to expand your circle of friends and gain new contacts for future projects and endeavors.Get the most out of the next networking event you attend in 2018 and spend your time there efficiently. Do more than shake hands and hand out business cardsHere are five ways to build rapport and make meaningful connections at a networking event:1. Go SoloAttend the networking event alone or distance yourself from other people there that you already know. It’s harder to meet new people when you are standing in a crowd of colleagues or friends. Go solo and be the first to connect with other people there that might not know anybody else.2. Bring Conversation StartersThink of a list of topics you can chat about at the next networking event you attend. That way, when you find yourself talking to somebody new, you will be able to carry the conversation through any awkward lulls. 3. Ask QuestionsBuild rapport with people you just shook hands with at the event by asking them questions. Find out more about their jobs, their companies and even their hobbies. Show interest in them to create relationships that last even when the networking event ends.4. Set a GoalGet the most out of the event by setting a goal for the number of people with whom you want to connect. That way, If the event is an hour or two, you’ll be aware of keeping conversations short so that you can meet a variety of people.5. Arrive EarlyBe early to the event so that you can start conversations with people as they arrive. Also, locate your business cards so that they are handy.Finally, use your social networking to request a meetup. For example, you could tweet or LinkedIn message me to meet at the Legislative, Talent or Annual conference this Spring and Summer.You can reach me on Twitter at @HC3.  For more information on SHRM conferences go to the SHRM events page at https://www.shrm.org/events/pages/default.aspx. Looking forward to meeting you!last_img read more

Google, 10 Years Ago

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Do you remember when you were first introduced to Google.com? It’s almost hard to imagine a life before them, isn’t it? (B.G. – Before Google?) Their impact on the internet cannot be understated. As Google has come to dominate what it means to search the net, they’ve integrated themselves into our lives, our browsers, and our cell phones. But this wasn’t always the case. Ten years ago, Google was just some new search engine trying to make a name for itself amid competitors like Excite and Yahoo. Last night, we received a link to a little bit of Google nostalgia and we thought we would share it with you, too. Doug Sherrets, Business Development Manager at Slide, Inc. and occasional contributor over at Venture Beat, sent us over to this Facebook page where he had reposted a blog entry that he had written on November 16th, 1998 at age 14 about a tiny startup called Google. We thought you would enjoy it too:“A new search engine is Google.com, founded by some kids out of Stanford, the same university where Excite and Yahoo spawned. You might think the search engine market has already developed and today’s leaders — like Yahoo, Lycos, and Excite — are going to be the search engine leaders for years to come. Guess what? You’re wrong. Start-ups like Google will offer better services, and unless the established players react, they’ll lose market share. Whether you like the name or not, Google is going to be a search engine to be reckoned with.” “While Google won’t be #1 overnight, they’ll get up there because people will like their search over Yahoo, Lycos, or Excite. Google produces accurate results, and that is what search is all about, right?” “Can just a search engine company support a $1+ billion market value? Those billion dollar companies have more services like personalization, chat, and message boards other than search. You’re right, but if you take search away, you take away the basis of the whole site. Users don’t go to a portal to get stock news, they go to a portal to get to where they want to go. They might stop for a couple minutes on the portal using the extra services, but internet investors have to remember the epicenter of the whole business is the search engine. Instead of portals putting search on the backburner and letting their indexes get outdated, they should be buying out companies like AskJeeves and Google. They are the future.”Original article Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez Tags:#Trends#web last_img read more

Take Meeting Minutes From Your Tablet or Laptop With Minutes.io

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Whether you meet with colleagues in person or from remote locations, there’s still a need to keep an accurate record of what was discussed and what next actions are required. You could go the old school, pen-and-paper route, but those notes will still need to be typed up and shared with colleagues. To simply the process, you might want to try minutes.io, a Web app that lets you take meeting minutes online and easily share them with others. The app doesn’t do anything more or less than you need it to. Its simple interface consists of a few text fields for pertinent meeting information like attendees, location and agenda. Beneath that is an area for adding minutes, categorizing them (Is it a to-do item, idea or comment?) and giving them an owner and a due date. In the upper-left sit three buttons: one for emailing notes, one for printing them and one that takes you back to a listing of previous meeting notes. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#biz#Reviews#Software Guides 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Since the app’s functionality is built with JavaScript rather than Flash, it works nicely on tablets. We tested it out on the iPad and had no issues. The only challenge might be keeping up with the meeting while typing on a touch screen keyboard, but it’s nothing a wireless keyboard can’t fix. Minutes.io is free to use and doesn’t require a user account, so giving it a shot could hardly be more painless. john paul titlowlast_img read more

Top 5 smartphones to shoot selfies

first_imgAs the selfie mania soars high among the modern smartphone users, mobile phone makers are in a race to produce the best devices for the selfie-lovers. So if you are looking for a smartphone that is great to use and also gives you that perfect click for your posts, we bring you the top 5 smartphones with great selfie-shooters. Huawei Ascend P7If you run for more megapixels, then this can be certainly your pick. Huaweis Ascend P7 offers an 8 MP in the front that gives a sharp clear picture. Along with this, the phone has decent specs, though importing the camera can be a issue more than its worth when there are a plethora of options which claim to be the best too. But if more megapixels is what you want, you must go for this.Samsung Galaxy Grand PrimeSamsungs recent offering in India, Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime , is a mid-range phone for which there can be many selfie-obsessed customers in the queue. It also a good amount of megapixels-a 5 MP front camera, making it best in its class. Not only the megapixels, but also the cameras wide-angle lens that ensures everything around you to be in the shot with you and make your selfie all the more scenic.Nokia Lumia 735It comes at a decent price and is great for selfies. Offering a 5 MP front camera just like its sister phone Nokia 730, it is not as impressive as the Ascends P7 8 MP shutter. But what ups there capability is that these Windows smartphones have an exclusive Lumia Selfie app that gives you crucial effects and lets you take selfies from a better rear camera that has a handy beeping countdown timer.advertisementSony Xperia C3The Sony Xperia C3 too sports a 5 MP front camera , but what adds to its speciality are some extras that cater to the needs of all you selfie-obsessed users.Xperia C3s front camera has a PROselfie sensor with a soft LED flash that is great for illuminating your face. Also, it has a Superior Auto mode along with some fun effects like laser eyes!Samsung Galaxy Note 4The Note 4 is a much popular phablet offered latest by Samsung which sports some great specs. But it is also a super selfie-shooter. Instead of twisting your thumb around to the front button to take a selfie, this phone lets you tap on the rear-mounted heart rate sensor for taking a selfie. Given the large size of the phablet, th is feature makes it quite easy for the user to get selfie-d.Note 4 also has a selfie panorama capability which is a unique feature. In addition, the phoen lets you stitch together multiple portrait-oriented photos with the front snapper into one wide, tall selfie. This feature can be said to be its USP.last_img read more

6 Overlooked Ingredients Your Year-End Emails Need

first_imgWhen creating your year-end email appeals, remember these six key ingredients:1. An easy to find donation button.Some donors will be ready to give as soon as they open your nonprofit email. Don’t make them hunt for the link to your DonateNow page. Make the donate button big, bold, and above the fold.2. A specific call to action.Vague calls to action like “support us” are more likely to confuse than to motivate. Make sure your calls to action are highly specific and feasible.3. A sense of urgency.A sense of urgency will give your donors that extra nudge they need to take action. As year-end nears, let your supporters know when there are only a few more days left to meet your annual goal.4. Contact information.Linking to an effective contact page that answers how people can contact your nonprofit and why they should want to contact your nonprofit can help donors find the right way to get in touch if they have an important question. It’s also important that you put in an easy way for readers to opt-out of your nonprofit emails (and if you’re not sending from a email service provider like Constant Contact, be aware of CAN-SPAM laws).5. Mobile-friendly design.Because the decision to donate is often impulsive, smartphones make it easy to act in the moment. Make sure your emails are mobile friendly so you don’t miss out on connecting with donors who want to give on the go. Download our free eGuide for more on why mobile matters.6. The case for giving.Simply asking for a donation is not enough. Especially in year-end appeals, fundraisers must make a compelling case for giving by using stories, building credibility, and packaging your message.last_img read more

Let’s Get Together! 5 Steps to Combine Your Nonprofit’s Social Media and Email Marketing

first_imgEmail + Social = SuccessRemember that whether someone is a fan on Facebook or a subscriber on your email list, they’re a member of your online community. These are people who have opted to receive updates from your organization and are eager to show their support.By combining the power of social media and email marketing, you’ll be able to grow your community and get more from your marketing efforts in the years to come! 1. Make it easy to connect on your websiteThe first step to combining your social media and email marketing is making it easy for supporters to sign up for your mailing list or find your social networks directly from your website. Put buttons on your homepage for both so that when visitors find you, they can decide how they want to be engaged. Hopefully they’ll choose both!Tip: Need more help perfecting you nonprofit website? Check out this free eguide! As Constant Contact’s Content Developer, Ryan Pinkham helps small businesses and nonprofits recognize their full potential through marketing and social media. 5. Get more from your newsletter contentSharing your email newsletter content on Facebook or Twitter is a perfect opportunity to fill your social media content gaps.It’s also a chance to make better use of the content you’re already creating and get it the exposure it deserves. Sites like Facebook and Twitter will enable you to open your newsletter up to a whole new audience—not only your current fans, but also their friends who’ll see your content when someone else engages with it.And if the content in your newsletter isn’t time sensitive, you can wait a few days before you share it. This gives your emails a longer shelf life before you send another.Tip: If you’re thinking about taking your newsletter from print to digital, follow this guide. 4. Use consistent brandingWhether someone is visiting your website, connecting with you on Facebook, or seeing an email in their inbox, the experience they have with your content needs to be consistent. Not only in the quality of the content, but in the look and feel of your marketing materials.One way to do that is by using the same logo on Facebook and Twitter as you use in your email newsletter. That way, when someone does click through to become a fan or to read your newsletter, they immediately recognize that they’re in the right place.You should also pay attention to the colors you choose. The color scheme on your website is likely the scheme you’ll want to use in your email newsletter and, when possible, on Facebook. Color Cop is a free and easy-to-use tool that enables you to pull the exact colors from your website so you can implement them on other marketing content.center_img 3. Demonstrate your valueIf you want fans and followers to sign up for your email list, you need to make sure you’re demonstrating the value of doing so.In addition to having a clear call to action like Join my List!, you also want to include a description on the sign-up form telling people exactly what it is they should expect to receive. What type of content will you be sending them? How frequently will they get it? Is there any bonus or discount for subscribing? Tell people exactly what you plan to deliver and highlight why it’s great.The same applies when linking your newsletter to your social networks. Don’t just ask people to Like us on Facebook, explain why! If you’re already using email marketing and social media to promote your nonprofit, it’s important to unite your online communities—giving supporters the opportunity to stay connected with all the stuff you’re doing online and giving you the opportunity to better engage your target audience. Start by having your digital tools work together, here’s how: 2. Bring your audiences togetherEven if you’ve already connected your website to your social media pages or email sign-up form, it’s likely you still have some people who are seeing your content only via social media or are only receiving your newsletter.It’s crucial that you’re able to bridge that gap and bring those audiences together. One way is to include links to share content in your newsletters. Much like with your website, this will help turn readers into fans.On the flip side, you’ll also want to make it easy for fans to sign up for your announcements. Do you have a way to sign up for your newsletter on your Facebook page and in your Twitter bio? When someone sees all the interesting content you’re sharing through social media, don’t make them search for a way to sign up.Tip: If you’re a Constant Contact customer, you can easily add an email sign-up form to your Facebook Page.last_img read more