Mr. Jarrett said the conference will bring together Jamaicans living overseas and at home to look at the role of the diaspora and how it can achieve the long-term objectives of Jamaica, “which is economic growth, improvement in living standards and for Jamaica to take its full place in the global environment”. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held yesterday (June 6) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2017, Earl Jarrett, said the awards will be presented at the opening ceremony. Story Highlights Several Jamaicans overseas will be presented with special Governor-General’s Awards at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 27 under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’.The five-day conference, scheduled to take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, is being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in collaboration with the private sector, key sponsors of the event. It is one of the main events to mark Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Independence.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held yesterday (June 6) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2017, Earl Jarrett, said the awards will be presented at the opening ceremony.“The Governor-General will be recognising Jamaicans from the diaspora who have excelled, who have moved their own lives significantly from one place to the other within that space,” he said.Mr. Jarrett said the ceremony will also feature the keynote address by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Giving an overview of the conference, Mr. Jarrett said it is framed around the growth agenda for Jamaica and is expected to develop networks for creating opportunities.He said the conference will also deal with health issues and how the diaspora community can support the continued improvement in the health outcomes of the people.“Even as I speak, I believe there is a delegation of doctors in Jamaica from overseas who are supporting health facilities across the island. Many Jamaicans contribute supplies and their network to support the objectives in Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Jarrett said the conference will bring together Jamaicans living overseas and at home to look at the role of the diaspora and how it can achieve the long-term objectives of Jamaica, “which is economic growth, improvement in living standards and for Jamaica to take its full place in the global environment”.Undersecretary for Diaspora Protocol and Consular Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Sharon Saunders, said all Jamaicans are welcome to attend the conference. She said persons can register on the Ministry’s website: www.mfaft.gov.jm/conference/registrationAmbassador Saunders said the early-bird registration rate, which is $18,000 for a full conference package, will be available until June 22.“Anyone interested should try to register early. After that, the rate goes up to $22,000 for the full conference package,” she added.Ambassador Saunders noted that there are five payment options for registering using GraceKennedy’s Bill Express online payment portal.“And, all of that is available on the Ministry’s website, so anybody, locally or abroad, can register for the conference,” she said. Several Jamaicans overseas will be presented with special Governor-General’s Awards at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 27 under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’.
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North Sound (Antigua): Wriddhiman Saha will begin his reintegration after a major shoulder injury with his first first-class game in 18 months when India A take on West Indies A in an unofficial Test starting on Wednesday. Wriddhiman and Hanuma Vihari the two Test specialists who have been included in the A squad to prepare for the two-Test series starting late August. Wriddhiman, who is only three months shy of his 35th birthday, is returning after a career-threatening injury that many believe has been completely mismanaged at the National Cricket Academy. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt will not be out of place to label his comeback ‘Wriddhiman 3.0’ with the keeper-batsman beginning everything from the scratch, something that is not easy in the mid 30s. Having stayed under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shadow for the better part, Wriddhiman was finding his mojo in a injury-ridden career but the injury during the last IPL was a massive blow. With Rishabh Pant proving his credentials with centuries in England and Australia, it’s again that phase in his career where he could be seen wearing the orange or green bib and rushing with the towel and energy drink during breaks. The teamman that he is, Wriddhiman will do it without batting an eyelid but the question that crops up is what exactly will be left for him post West Indies tour, when India play twin series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.
APTN National NewsWhen the Muskrat Falls Project announced it was declared Aboriginal peoples would be a priority in terms of hiring, followed by other Labradorians and then Newfoundlanders.However, many Labradorians say this is not the case.MP Yvonne Jones says she’s been fielding endless calls from workers looking for work.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has the story.
APTN National NewsThere’s a big school in a tiny community doing great things for its students.And this month the Kalemi Dene school in the Northwest Territories is being showcased on an international stage.APTN’s Iman Kassam [email protected]
“Aaj Pancham yaane R D Burman ki 21vi punyatithi hai (Today is the 21st death anniversary of Pancham alias R D Burman). Aisa guni kalakar sadiyo’n me ek paida hota hai, wo gaane compose bhi karta tha aur khud bhi accha gaata tha (Such talented artist is born once in ages, he used to compose songs and was also a very good singer),” she tweeted. “Gaano’n mein naye naye prayog karna usko bohot pasand tha (He loved to try new experiments and techniques while composing songs). Aise kalakar ko meri bhavpurna shraddhanjali (I pay a sincere tribute to him),” she added.The 85-year-old collaborated with Burman on several hit songs like Aaja piya tohe pyar doon, Raina beeti jaye and Tune o rangeele.Mangeshkar also shared links of her favourite Burman-composed songs Tere bina jiya jaye na and Bahon mein chale aao. R.D. Burman died at the age of 54 on January 4, 1994.
Fiction was almost lost from Indian publishing at about this time last year. With about three non-fiction titles releasing for every novel, it was clear who ruled the roost in 2016 – just as it did in 2015. In 2017, however, book lovers had a lot to chew upon as some really strong novels made their mark both in the market and among readers. Their numbers again may have been fewer than non-fiction, but it was the utter magic of some strong novels that stole the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCall it the return of Arundhati Roy or the magic of Jeet Thayil, but most readers would agree that 2017 has been a fantastic year for Indian publishing when one looks at the fiction space.Poulomi Chatterjee, the dynamic Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Hachette India, agreed that 2017 was a good year for fiction in Indian publishing but also highlighted that non-fiction continued to rule the market. Subroto Bagchi’s “Sell”, Muhammad Yunus’ “A World of Three Zeros”, Alan Rosling’s “Boom Country” and Ankit Lal’s “India Social” were among the better-selling books from Hachette India this year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The year 2017 has seen a good mix of releases across genres from all publishers in India. While non-fiction categories have remained the better-selling ones, there have certainly been strong fiction titles that have found their readership and made their mark. Publishers will always strive to publish strong fiction because this, after all, is the soul of a publishing list,” Chatterjee told in an interview.She elaborated that on the “great fiction list across a range of genres” that Hachette published this year are Pradeep Sebastian’s dream of a book on books, “The Book Hunters of Katpadi”; Arunava Sinha’s excellent translation of Moti Nandy’s short stories “Kick-Off”; Sanjay Bahadur’s kick-ass military thriller “Bite of the Black Dog”; Komal Bhanver’s “The Mauryan”, featuring the story of a young Ashoka; and Swati Kaushal’s delightful year-end read, “A Few Good Friends”. “And that’s just a few – there’s much more fiction to come next year, all of it exciting,” Chatterjee added.Having published some of the most talked-about literary novels in 2017 like “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy, “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie, “A State of Freedom” by Neel Mukherjee, “A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma and “We That Are Young” by Preti Taneja, Penguin Random House India Editor-in-Chief, Meru Gokhale, said that 2017 was “the year of literary fiction” for his company.”Each of these books won critical acclaim and pretty much all of them were seen on award listings and bestseller charts. Above and beyond all of these quantifiable measures, what these books did was to capture the imagination in a year that saw tumultuous political change across the globe.””I think every publisher in India will agree that, in times like these, of alternative truths and cultural shifts, fiction – at least good fiction – grants us insight and escape, a way of understanding our dark new age, and an unapologetically provocative worldview,” Gokhale told.While most publishers agreed that 2017 was a good year for Indian fiction, Udayan Mitra, Publisher – Literary, Harper Collins India, pointed out that Indian fiction has been really strong over the past few years. He, however, agreed that there were some strong novels in 2017.”I think it’s been a great year for literary publishing – we’ve seen some very good books being published, and more are on their way. I wouldn’t say there was any need to reclaim fiction as such, since Indian literary fiction has been really strong over the past several years. But yes, we have had some very strong novels coming out, and some great new voices making their presence felt too.””What is particularly interesting to me is the way in which fiction writers in India are reacting and responding to the environment that they live and write in – it has brought a sharp edge to many of the books that have come out this year. Another notable trend is the re-emergence of short fiction – the ability of a novelist to tell a good story well in a space of 200 pages or less – which I believe has something to do with the sensibilities of both readers and writers being shaped by the age of social media,” Mitra told in an interview.Other publishing houses that published strong fiction during 2017 include Aleph (“The Book of Chocolate Saints”); Juggernaut (“When I Hit You”; and Niyogi Books (“Without Prejudice”).
We have managed to take care of our daytime work hours perfectly, thanks to some spectacular note-taking, travel-booking and other time-saving apps — but what about after work?Don’t they say, work hard but play harder?I believe in this maxim and try my best to make the most of every moment.Related: 6 Apps That Help You Stick to Your GoalsSo I decided to take time to share three wonderful apps on my phone that help me to take care of my after-work needs. From going out with friends to casual dinners with acquaintances to losing those extra inches, these three apps take care of my pleasure, fitness and entertainment needs in the little time I have for these pursuits.1. FitTime Stats — a gym in your phoneThere can be 1,000 reasons why you can’t hit the gym daily. Perhaps you are traveling or occupied in late-night meetings, or, as is common these days, you are working on an important project and lose track of time. Or you are simply too exhausted to commute all the way to the gym.FitTime Stats fits right into your busy schedule and allows you to take up simple exercises, any time of the day. With three levels of exercises, you can go as slow or as fast as you want, and you don’t need any special equipment for the same. The picture-plus-text layout allows you to understand even the most complex exercises.Moreover, it comes with an alarm, so even if you don’t remember to make time for your daily workout, it will remind you — sorry, no excuses! The best part about the app is it doesn’t restrict you with time constraints, so whether you want a short session or a full-blown two-hour workout, you can do it using the app.What’s more, it has a BRAG ABOUT IT button, so you can share your workout stats with your friends on Facebook. All-in-all, it’s a great after-hours app that allows you to stay fit no matter what time of the day it is.Related: 7 Apps to Help Integrate Tech With Self-Improvement Goals2. iSleight — magic in your phoneEvery once in a while, you will have an occasion to impress a business acquaintance or a date, and a true gentleman is always prepared. So let iSleight help you out. iSleight is basically magic in your phone, literally and figuratively speaking.It features a simple card trick which will help you impress your friends, break ice on a date or just win you some bonus points for bringing magic to a party. The app works by bringing the same card that you’ve predicted, every time.So let’s say I predicted the seven of hearts. I will then give my phone to my friend and ask them to shuffle the cards and pick any one card.They pick the card and behold — it’s the seven of hearts! How? Watch the trailer or download the app to see how it works.On the face of it, it is a simple card-guessing game. But despite letting your friends investigate the app as much as they want, it won’t let them guess the secret of your magic.So go ahead, show off the sleight of your hand — or your magic app to be precise.3. Hello Vino — wine wiz in your phoneSo I am at this networking dinner with a couple of industry bigwigs after a conference. Which wine goes best with spaghetti bolognese? Should I order cabernet or merlot? Aren’t they both red wines after all?Whether you are living in the west or east, making sense of wine pairings and ordering the right wine is difficult. But if you are moving in affluent circles, you need to get your wine basics right. Thanks to Hello Vino, it’s easy for everyone to understand the vast and often mysterious world of wine.Hello Vino comes with a label scanner, wine shopping guide and food pairings guide, so every question you may have about wine is answered in the app — from ordering the right wine to taking care of entertainment in the party to losing weight after savoring that spicy spaghetti bolognese.With these three apps, your after-work life will be much easier, as they collectively offer something cool, healthy and impressive.If you really want to take non-work productivity to the next level, here are some more ideas.Try the gift-tracking app that allows you to sync your gift list and track your gift purchases.Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals lets you fix a decent meal in just 20 minutes.As a good night’s sleep is the key to increased productivity, the last in my list is Sleep Cycle alarm clock that analyzes sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest phase, so you don’t wake up feeling annoyed or tired.Related: 5 Apps That Can Help Executives Strike Work-Life Balance Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 26, 2016 5 min read Register Now »
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. We’re inundated with terrifying tales of computer hacking. But seldom discussed is the relatively low-tech act of visual hacking: That’s when a snoop sneaks a peek at or photographs your sensitive information. In a Ponemon Institute experiment conducted on behalf of 3M and the Visual Privacy Advisory Council, an undercover hacker posing as a contractor or part-time worker was able to obtain sensitive info (like log-in credentials) 88 percent of the time. Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small BusinessHeighten awareness: In the Ponemon Institute study, employees did nothing to stop the undercover operative 70 percent of the time. Be sure to inform your staff of the risks of visual hacking, and have them memorize “the three Rs”: 1. Refrain from sharing key customer or business information with others. 2. Remove such information from business forms and documents where possible. 3. Redact the sensitive information that cannot be removed.Reduce vulnerability: Identify places where confidential materials are stored, such as workstations, printer and fax areas or conference room whiteboards. The more public the workspace, the more tightly you’ll want to lock it down. Place shredders or secured waste containers where only authorized personnel can access them. Keep documents out of plain sight by using printers with a “locked print” option (which requires passcode entry upon pickup) and instituting a clean-desk policy.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Cybersecurity Plan for Your BusinessProtect your screens: This is going to sound paranoid, but Burks says it’s for real: If you have computer screens in public areas, position them in a way that makes them hard to snoop on, and use password-protected screensavers. Privacy filters (films that block side views of your screen) are your friend, especially on laptops or smartphones that employees use outside the office. And consider where visual hacking and computer hacking can intersect: Check that wi-fi security cameras aren’t aimed at confidential information and are protected by strong passwords. 2 min read September 22, 2016