Barbados to Allow Free Education to CARICOM Nationals

first_imgBridgetown, BARBADOS – (CMC) – The Barbados government says it is moving ahead with advancing elements of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) including free access to public schools for students from CARICOM countries.The CSME allows for the free movement of capital, goods, skills, and labour across the regional integration grouping and a government spokesperson said in a statement that the latest move “means that all CARICOM nationals under the age of 16, who reside in Barbados, will be afforded access to government nursery, primary and secondary schools without being charged tuition fees.“CARICOM students will not be required to have student visas. However, they will pay all fees that are applicable to Barbadians students. This exemption, however, does not extend to post-secondary, vocational nor tertiary level education. In addition, CARICOM students will not qualify to be granted scholarships and exhibitions,” the spokesperson noted.It said that in addition, at least one parent or one legal guardian must be residing in Barbados under an approved Immigration Status in order to access the tuition-free provision now afforded to CARICOM nationals, namely the Status of Citizen, Permanent Resident, Immigrant, or Reside and Work.“The elimination of student visas for CARICOM nationals will not remove the requirement to monitor non-nationals in the school system.“It should be noted that upon their first entry into the Barbadian school system, the parent or legal guardian of the CARICOM non-national child will be required to produce to the Ministry of Education a letter from the Immigration Department confirming that the child qualifies for tuition-free treatment,” the spokesperson said.It was noted that this requirement of a letter will only apply to a first entry into the school system and not any subsequent transfer to a different school.last_img read more

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Rio 2016 stadium indefinitely closed

first_imgA stadium in Brazil that was due to host athletics at the 2016 Olympics has been closed indefinitely because of structural problems with its roof.The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro was built only six years ago.It was also being used as the main football venue in Rio, while the city’s Maracana stadium is being renovated for next year’s World Cup.It is an embarrassment for Brazil as it prepares for its two huge sporting events, say correspondents.The authorities have also acknowledged delays in work on the Maracana and a funding problem at another stadium, which is set to host the opening match at the World Cup.‘Not acceptable’ Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told a news conference on Tuesday that he had been told about the structural problems at the stadium – locally referred to as the Engenhao – earlier the same day.“I asked if this represented a risk for spectators and they told me it did, depending on the wind speed and temperature.“On that basis, I immediately decided to close the stadium until we had more details.”He said the situation was “simply not acceptable” for a stadium which opened such a short time ago, and warned that those responsible would be held to account.The stadium opened late and over budget in 2007. It has since been leased to local football club Botafogo.last_img read more

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis and other Lakers share message of unity with protesters

first_imgView this post on Instagram Kyle Kuzma may not have shared the specific post, but he also spoke out Sunday with a lengthy message.”This is all disturbing that it’s gotten to this,” Kuzma wrote. “We all say as public figures we need to use our platforms to help inspire and give positive messages, but I have to ask the question to myself . . . Is it enough? During a global pandemic, we as a country that should have been coming together as one, but we are divided once again because of the dislike and hate of one’s hue. Seriously? 400+ years. Yes there has been progress and we must recognize (that) but we have been told that it takes time. Our great grandparents said it. Grandparents said it. Parents said it. WE ARE SAYING IT!! Enough is enough. Stand for something or fall for everything.” LeBron, AD and members of the Lakers roster posted this message on IG. pic.twitter.com/A0AgXfnWmp— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2020Other Lakers players to share the message on Instagram included Danny Green, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Jared Dudley and Talen Horton-Tucker.MORE: Michael Jordan comments on death of George Floyd Had a heavy heart last night. This just ain’t right. Violence is never the answer on both sides, but how the hell do you want us to say enough is enough? Kneel? Not good enough? March? Not enough? Say please? This is all disturbing that it’s gotten to this. We all say as public figures we need to use our platforms to help inspire & give positive messages, but I have to ask the question to myself… Is it enough? During a global pandemic we as a country that should have been coming together as one, but we are divided once again because of the dislike and hate of one’s hue. Seriously? 400+ years. Yes there has been progress and we must recognize but we have been told that it takes time. Our great grandparents said it. Grandparents said it. Parents said it. WE ARE SAYING IT!! Enough is enough. Stand for something or fall for everything. ✊🏽 Please stay safe everyone!A post shared by Kyle Kuzma (@kuz) on May 31, 2020 at 11:09am PDTJames took it a step further on his Twitter account, sharing a video of a peaceful protest in Denver and criticizing the media’s portrayal of protests across the nation as being mostly violent.Media showing this???? I bet you they’re not. 🤦🏾‍♂️! You know why, cause this is unity, peaceful, beautiful and love! https://t.co/QkgH2SFmON— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 1, 2020 LeBron James, Anthony Davis and several of their Lakers teammates presented a united front on their Instagram stories Sunday. The message was simple: “If you ain’t (with) us, we ain’t (with) y’all.”James, Davis and Co. were, of course, referencing the protests against police brutality that have taken the United States by storm following the death of George Floyd under the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer.last_img read more

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Youth the key to competitiveness and growth in Africa

first_img6 May 2016Brand South Africa presented an overview of the organisation and its efforts to encourage competitiveness in Africa at the 2016 Junior Chamber International (JCI) Africa and Middle East Conference, held in Johannesburg from 4 to 7 May 2016. The organisation presented during the conference’s Active Citizenship Workshop on 5 May 2016.Brand SA talking vision 2013 and active citizenship at the JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference. #JCIAMEC pic.twitter.com/LkZ9cnFiqt— Tshepo Thlaku (@Thlaku) May 5, 2016CEO Kingsley Makhubela also gave a keynote address on nation branding and the power of the youth in strengthening the nation brand.The Active Citizenship Workshop, presented by members of JCI Africa, focused on encouraging young people to become partners in progress for socioeconomic development. The aim of the workshop, and the conference itself, was to harness effective youth development practices to engage young people in the active roles they can take to build social cohesion.Delegates included JCI president Paschal Dike of Nigeria, and Tshepo Thlaku, chairman of the 2016 JIC event and president of JCI South Africa.The BSA presentation highlighted the many strides the country has made in building its reputation in Africa and the world. It also looked at the social and economic advancement of the country through active citizenship and a strong focus on trade and industrial competitiveness.The presentation aimed, in the words of the Brand South Africa slogan, to inspire new ways to motivate other African countries to become storytellers for the continent.#LatestIssue: @Brand_SA CEO Kingsley Makhubela on branding SA positively despite issues: https://t.co/ftCdU7EL4D pic.twitter.com/7L9WUSlGq9— Destiny Man (@Destiny_Man) March 31, 2016In his keynote address, Makhubela spoke about how young people have the ability and passion to continuously change the world. He used the examples of both the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto student uprisings and last year’s #FeesMustFall demonstrations.“South African youth demonstrated how they could come together and collectively fight for a cause that would change the conditions for millions of young people in our country,” Makhubela said. “Education is a critical enabler for development and equally for national competitiveness. The youth of South Africa did more than just fight for no increases and additional funds, they are fighting for the country’s very development.”Turning to global issues, particularly those affecting Africa and the Middle East, Makhubela said youth power was key to spreading democracy and reducing inequality. “Young people are playing a critical role in raising levels of awareness about the unsustainability of current frameworks and paradigms,” he said.Concluding, Makhubela emphasised that young people must understand that with every right comes a responsibility to change the world without destroying it. He quoted the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for long term growth and development on the continent, which states: “Present generations are confident that the destiny of Africa is in their hands, and that we must act now to shape the future we want.”Annually, the JCI conference brings together over 1 000 young active citizens, representing more than 50 partner countries from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The attendees participate in a host of inspirational sessions, practical workshops, meetings with important political and economic players, as well as fun social events. These all encourage emerging young talent to share best practices, exchange ideas and determine the future of the organisation and the young people in the regions it represents.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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First NFC Apps for Android Show Up in Market

first_imgFirst spotted by NearFieldCommunicationsWorld.com, the Japanese Taglet app works around a limitation currently in place with Android’s support for NFC technology. At present, Gingerbread only allows Android phones with NFC chips to act as readers, not as transmitters. Of course, two-way communication is necessary for any NFC-based mobile payments service, such as the one Google has reportedly been building, which is why the restriction won’t be there for long.As tag readers, Android phones running Gingerbread and that have the necessary hardware, can scan NFC tags and decode the information they contain. Already, a pilot program in Portland, Oregon is taking advantage of this capability with a special Google Places promotion where NFC-enabled window decals have been provided to participating local businesses. Customers can tap or wave their phone near the sticker to navigate to the Google Places page via their Web browser.Similarly, the Japanese Taglet app also lets you use NFC to retrieve information like a website address. Since the read-only limitation restricts what you can do with the NFC support built into Gingerbread for now, the Taglet app is more of an effort to provide workaround.Taglet lets you associate specific data with an existing NFC tag. Then, when you wave your phone over the tag, it can retrieve that information –  a website URL, a Twitter handle, an email address, etc. – and act upon it. A video shows, for example, how Taglet can be used to exchange contact information between the Nexus S and another non-Android, NFC-enabled phone. Related Posts EnableTable: A U.S. App for Restaurant CustomersThe U.S.-developed application called EnableTable lets restaurant owners reward customer loyalty by providing “Welcome Back” coupons that arrive on a customer’s smartphone after the meal and stay there, neatly organized, until they expire. It’s an alternative to the deals provided by social check-in services like Foursquare and Facebook Places, as it doesn’t require a customer to launch an app on their phone and perform a check-in. “No scavenger hunts, elaborate rules, or games required,” reads the website text. “You don’t have to check-in and we do not try to follow you around.”Instead, the app uses NFC technology to send the coupons to customers by way of a tag embedded in the leather or vinyl restaurant bill holder. The first NFC Android applications have appeared in Google’s Android Market. One, the U.S.-based EnableTable, is an app designed for American restaurant owners who want to offer discounts to their regular customers. The second, a Japanese app called Taglet, lets you register NFC devices with its service, which, when read, will retrieve stored data like a website address or contact information.NFC, or Near Field Communication, is a short-range, high-frequency wireless technology that allows for data exchanges between devices in close proximity to each other. Support for NFC has been added to the Android mobile operating system in its latest revision, Android 2.3, code-named Gingerbread. And Google’s new flagship phone, the Nexus S, is the first Android device to ship with the necessary hardware to use NFC.Taglet, a Japanese NFC App sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The company calls the technology it uses “restaurant location-based services (rLBS)” instead of NFC, effectively coining a new phrase to describe what it does. While obviously it wants to be considered as a better alternative to Foursquare and the like, trying to lump itself in with other location-based check-in services is actually a bad idea, in our opinion.NFC-enabled apps will soon represent an entirely new class of services, and, once the terminology makes its way into mainstream vocabulary (which it soon will, thanks to Google and other mobile manufacturers like Apple and RIM, also working on NFC developments), it will be better to be in the group of NFC services than counted among those representing “last year’s technology” – that being the check-in apps.Both new apps are available now in the Android Market.Image credit: ?NearFieldCommunicationsWorld.com Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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‘We’re here to fight, learn’: Valdez, PH volleybelles unfazed after loss

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines just absorbed a disappointing loss at the hands of Kazakhstan in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, but Alyssa Valdez remains unfazed.“We’re here to learn, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win,” said Valdez Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here. “Teamwork will bring us to a good finish, and we’ll give our 101 percent to achieve that.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “That’s what we want to show to the people, that we will fight.”The Philippines finished the group stage with a 1-1 record and trail the 2-0 Kazakhs in Pool A.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez, who scored a combined 28 points in the both games, hopes they can bring whatever lessons they learned in their loss to Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals where they are set to face Pool C leaders Korea.“There comes a point where you just tell yourself that we should just accept the challenges and learn the lessons we need to advance,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is still a long tournament, this isn’t the end.” LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “This is the first time that this group has been together to represent the country and I hope this continues until we achieve that perfect chemistry.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Blackwater gets ‘fresh start’ under new coach Aris Dimaunahan

first_imgBlackwater Elite. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another uneventful campaign in the Philippine Cup, Blackwater gets to start over under the tutelage of Aris Dimaunahan, who looking to make a good account of himself in his first head coaching stint.The Elite wound up in the bottom of the standings after finishing with a 2-9 record this conference but they remain in high spirits with an opportunity to redeem themselves in the Commissioner’s Cup next month.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I don’t think we’re losers. I don’t believe that. Regardless of what the result showed in the Philippine Cup, that’s one of three conferences and I feel like we’re going to put in the work to prove our doubters wrong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tasked to keep Blackwater’s engine running is DiGregorio, who has been on a steady rise.Also in the fold are promising rookies Abu Tratter and Paul Desiderio and hot-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi.Ray Parks, Blackwater’s second overall pick in the draft four months ago, is also expected to join the team for the next conference.The Elite eyes to finally silence their critics and DiGregorio believes they have a good chance of doing so next conference.“[We want to prove that] number one, we’re not losers,” the 27-year-old DiGregorio said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img “Regardless of what happened last conference, it’s a new start. With coach Aris being here, it feels like a fresh start, a new beginning and that’s always exciting and I think everybody is excited,” said Blackwater captain Mike DiGregorio after the Elite’s first practice with Dimaunahan at the helm.The 41-year-old Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who played for Barangay Ginebra in his first three seasons in the league, aims to maximize his team’s fresh legs by playing a quick pace on offense while also putting premium on defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The first thing I looked at was where we at on the defensive end and I saw that were dead last in the league last conference and defense would be our top priority,” said Dimaunahan, who replaced Bong Ramos.“We have young guys here and we’re looking to play a controlled high octane offense. The goal is to use our youth to our advantage.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Report More allegations of Zach Smith abuse emerge

Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith talks to junior wide receiver Eric Glover-Williams prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, reported violent acts performed against her to the Powell Police Department, including choking, physical abuse and death threats in October 2015, according to a report from the Columbus Dispatch. According to reporters Dean Narciso and Rita Price, Ohio State sent a lawyer to speak to Courtney Smith in her home in Powell and tried to convince her to drop the charges because, “it would embarrass OSU if she proceeded with the prosecution.” Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey told the Columbus Dispatch the university was unaware of any allegations made and would investigate. The Lantern reached out to Ohio State for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. According to the reports acquired by the Dispatch, Courtney Smith reported multiple incidents of domestic violence against her, including events where, “the suspect choked her until she could not breathe” and Courtney Smith telling the police, “the suspect tells her all the time that he will kill her.” The report acquired by the Dispatch said Zach Smith’s actions against Courtney Smith stemmed from allegations she made against him that he was cheating on her with other women. Zach Smith was fired from Ohio State on July 23 after allegations were released against him for domestic violence against his ex-wife. read more

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Chelsea assistant compares Sarris era to Guardiolas

first_imgAccording to Gianfranco Zola, the difficult time the Italian manager is having currently with the Blues is just like Guardiola suffered in his first season with Manchester City.When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, his first season proved to be a difficult one.Guardiola and the Citizens ended up in third place of the table with 23 out of 38 games played.But the next year he became a champion with his new team for the first time.And now his side sit first in the Premier League table and have a big chance to become back-to-back champions.For Chelsea’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, what Guardiola endured in his first season at City is what’s happening to Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said to Sky Sports.“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.”“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’,” he continued.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”“I think we are pretty much in a similar moment, where there are a lot of questions and doubts about what we do, but again we are trying to adapt to the league and make some changes,” Zola said.“But we don’t change the way we see football and what is good for this club, because otherwise, we are nothing.”Chelsea is currently in sixth place of the EPL table with 50 points, thanks to 15 matches won, five draws and six defeats.#OnTheGrill: Could Maurizio Sarri face the #CFC sack if he comes up short to #MUFC in their #FACup clash? 👀The Stamford Bridge boss is under immense pressure 🔵 pic.twitter.com/UT72qBpxBg— Managerial Mindset (@ManagerialMinds) February 17, 2019last_img read more

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