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Game 5 uncertain for Bruins captain Zdeno Chara

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins may have to take on the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals without their captain, Zdeno Chara.Chara injured his jaw on Monday during Game 4 of the series after he was hit in the face with a puck. Per multiple reports, the 42-year-old defenseman broke his jaw.After the hit, Chara returned to the bench wearing a face shield but he did not go back on the ice. The Blues went on to win the game 4-2, tying the series 2-2.Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters that he does not know if Chara will be cleared to play in Game 5 on Thursday. The defenseman is expected to be reevaluated in Boston.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img June 5, 2019 /Sports News – National Game 5 uncertain for Bruins captain Zdeno Charalast_img read more

Schwertly, Marian Jean (nee Godfrey) 85 of Palermo, NJ

first_imgSchwertly, Marian Jean (nee Godfrey) 85 of Palermo, NJ passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Shore Medical Center, Somers Point, NJ.Born in and formerly of Tuckahoe, NJ, she had lived in Ocean City and Marmora, NJ before moving to Palermo.She was the owner of Marian J. Hair Salon in Tuckahoe, NJ for many years and had also worked for the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ along with being a caregiver for her family.Mrs. Schwertly was a member of United Methodist Women of the Tuckahoe United Methodist Church.She was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert Schwertly, two sisters and two brothers. Surviving are her sister in law, Doreen Godfrey and many nieces and nephews.Her Funeral Service will be offered Monday morning at 11 o’clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends may call from ten o’clock until the time of service. Burial will follow in Head of the River Cemetery, Estell Manor, NJ.Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to either Tuckahoe United Methodist Church, 112 Route 49, PO Box 114, Tuckahoe, NJ 08250 or the charity of one’s choice.For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.last_img read more

O.C.’s Jet Drive Exchange Adds to Fleet, Expands to Sea Isle

first_imgWhether it’s boating you love or jet skiing, wakeboarding or lounging, Jet Drive Exchange Boat and Jet Ski Club has a lot to offer water enthusiasts. (Photos courtesy TJ Heist) By MADDY VITALETJ Heist, owner of the boat and jet ski club Jet Drive Exchange in Ocean City, has not only expanded his fleet for the 2020 summer season, he has added a location in Sea Isle City.The concept of the club is to give water enthusiasts the benefits and enjoyment that go along with boat and jet ski ownership, minus the hassles.With the membership comes the rewards. Boaters and jet skiers need not worry about maintenance, fueling up, cleaning, a slip fee or winterizing, Heist said.The boat, or jet ski, is fueled up and ready to go. All a member has to do is reserve a time slot.The boat clubs in Ocean City and Sea Isle are reciprocal, so members essentially get two memberships in one.Fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing or just lounging around are some of the options aboard a boat. There are also jet skis for watercraft enthusiasts.“We just moved to a new location in Ocean City. The new location allows us to expand our fleet and gives the members a space of their own,” Heist said.Heist, 27, who has his captain’s license, emphasized that members must sign an agreement, have a boating safety certificate and boating license, and everyone aboard must sign waivers.In Ocean City, in the third year of Jet Drive Exchange, the move to 320 Bay Avenue from another Bay Avenue location allows members more choices, Heist noted.Sea Isle City residents and visitors may also enjoy Jet Drive Exchange at Pier 88 Marina at 8800 Sounds Ave.“We have two boats and two jet skis there to offer members for the first year,” Heist said of the new Sea Isle location. “We have a center console and a ski boat. We will add more boats and jet skis to the fleet as the membership grows.”The season begins in May and runs through October. An advantage for club members is access to both the Ocean City and Sea Isle locations.Jet ski enthusiasts can spend a summer on the water as club members.Heist said the boats range from 19 feet to 23 feet. For a one-time activation fee and a choice from an array of packages offered by Jet Drive Exchange, a vacation at the shore could include all the fun of boats and jet skis without having to pay a daily rental charge.The cost for packages varies, and averages about 60 percent less than what it would cost to own the boats and jet skis.The cost for a membership varies, but a one-time activation fee ranges from $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the package. Packages range from $1,000 for the season to $2,750.Currently, Jet Drive Exchange is running a spring special for $1,000 to $1,500 off new memberships.The membership is growing.“This is our third season as Jet Drive Exchange,” Heist said. “Every year that we’ve been in business, we’ve added more boats and jet skis and more members have joined. People come back year after year and the growth of the fleet shows that people are really finding value in this.”Heist makes sure to keep his inventory new and enticing for his clientele.Water skiing and wakeboarding are popular activities Jet Drive Exchange members enjoy.Jet Drive Exchange is adding new boats to the Ocean City fleet.“We have a couple of ski boats for wakeboarding and waterskiing, center console fishing boats and a pontoon boat for cruising around the back bays,” he said.He continued, “We are adding at least three more boats and three more jet skis, so we will be up to seven or eight boats and six to eight jet skis.”Also new this year is an additional time slot. Since Heist opened Jet Drive Exchange three years ago, the club members could reserve three-hour slots. New for this year, members may book a spot for up to seven hours.“Members have an option for double-booking so they can spend more time on the water,” Heist said. “For an avid fisherman who wants to go out for the day, they will have the option.”For more information visit www.jetdriveexchange.com or call (609) 224-1773.TJ Heist, pictured, says boat and jet ski club members get perks of ownership without the hassles.last_img read more

Pork Farms launches major promotional campaign

first_imgPork Farms has launched a new major on-pack promotion that will begin in stores in the upcoming weeks.Claiming to be one of the biggest on-pack promotions to date, The ‘Great Summer Giveaway’ will be supported by a major TV advertising campaign that will broadcast in the summer.The on-pack promotion will be in stores from 5 June and will run for three months. Shoppers simply enter a code off the promotional packs through the new Pork Farms’ site. Each code will be entered into the draw to win the £45,000 motor home.As well as being entered into the draw, shoppers will also receive a prize which could be one of a 100 hundred free holidays, or up to £50 off a Haven holiday.Michael Holton, brand and marketing manager at Pork Farms, said the on-pack promotion was on a huge scale, running across more than three million packs.“For our retailers this should prove to be a huge sales driver, hitting a key buying point for Pork Farms’ products,” said Holton. “The on pack promotion should create a major buzz during a key trading period in the category.  We are all really excited about the campaign and the potential impact on sales.”In April 2017, Pork Farms supplier Addo Food Group was sold in a deal backed by private equity firm LDC.last_img read more

Star study examines how algebra is taught in Massachusetts public school districts

first_imgHarvard Graduate School of Education Assistant Professor Jon Star recently launched an extensive research project in more than 50 public school districts across Massachusetts focused on improving students’ learning of mathematics by examining how algebra is currently taught in local classrooms.“Algebra is a critically important course for students. Those who succeed in algebra are more likely to pursue and succeed in more advanced mathematics courses in high school and in college, which in turn leads to greater opportunities in the workplace,” Star said. “In this study, we are researching ways to improve the teaching of algebra so all students can have success in this course.”With the support of the National Science Foundation, Star, in collaboration with researchers from Vanderbilt University and Temple University, has developed curriculum and instructional materials that have been shown in small-scale studies to help students learn and understand algebra. These materials are designed to be used as a supplement to students’ normal instruction in algebra.In a randomized controlled trial, some teachers in algebra classes will participate in a one-week summer professional development institute at Harvard and then implement Star’s curriculum and instructional materials throughout their algebra course. The learning gains of these teachers’ students will be compared with other algebra teachers who are not using Star’s materials. In the project’s next year, these ‘control’ teachers will participate in the summer professional development and implement Star’s curriculum and instructional materials in their classes. The study will conclude in 2013. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Frozen breaded chicken entrees linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

first_imgOct 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a public health alert about the Salmonella infection risk of eating improperly cooked chicken entrees after 32 people in 12 states got sick.The link between the illnesses and raw, frozen, breaded, prebrowned and stuffed chicken entrees was found during an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the USDA said in an Oct 3 public health advisory. The investigation revealed that the illnesses involved the same pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern.Minnesota experienceThe MDH found that 14 cases of salmonellosis in the state since July 2008 were linked to the same Salmonella strain, according to an Oct 3 statement from the MDH. Kirk Smith, head of the MDH’s foodborne disease unit, told CIDRAP News that the outbreak strain is Salmonella enterica serotype 4, 12:i:-. The illnesses affected children and adults. Six of Minnesota’s patients were hospitalized but have since recovered.Smith said in the MDH statement that investigators found the outbreak strain in four packages of product from the homes of some of the sick patients and from grocery stores. The products linked to the outbreak are Milford Valley Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Kiev, and the MDH said they are available at many grocery store chains.Federal guidelines do not require a recall because Salmonella is not considered an adulterant in raw poultry, the MDH said. According to the MDH, products associated with the Salmonella outbreak bear the establishment number “Est. P-2375” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The Chicken Cordon Bleu products have the following code dates printed on the side of the package: C8121, C126, and C8133. Implicated Chicken Kiev products have the code date C149 printed on the side of the package.The MDH said the recent Salmonella outbreak is the sixth in Minnesota since 1998 to be linked to raw, frozen, breaded, prebrowned, stuffed chicken entrees.Improper cookingHeidi Kassenborg, dairy and food inspection director at the MDA, said in the MDH statement, “The problem arises when consumers don’t realize that they are preparing a raw product,” she said, adding that most of the sick patients probably assumed the products were precooked. The type of chicken products linked to the outbreak were previously labeled as microwavable, but the variability of microwave ovens can result in undercooking of the product.Though the chicken products are no longer labeled as microwavable in Minnesota, public health officials fear consumers still microwave them out of habit. Smith urges consumers to observe food safety practices, even when using a conventional oven to cook the products. “You need to check the internal temperature of the product to make sure it is fully cooked,” he said, which involved cooking all raw poultry products to an internal temperature of at least 165°F.In its public health alert, the USDA reminded consumers to follow package cooking instructions for frozen, stuffed raw chicken products and to observe food safety guidelines when handling any raw meat or poultry.Outbreak at Texas restaurantIn other developments, public health officials in Amarillo, Tex., said yesterday that a contaminated warm water bath used for keeping syrup bottles warm has been identified as the source of Salmonella outbreaks that shuttered an International House of Pancakes (IHOP) outlet three times in the past 3 months, according to local media reports.Between Father’s Day and early July about 90 Salmonella infections were reported, according to a Sep 18 report from KDFA, Amarillo’s CBS television affiliate. After IHOP management closed the restaurant on Jul 23, public health authorities tested the store’s 68 employees and found that 11 were positive for Salmonella, according to a Sep 19 report on Amarillo.com, the Web site of the Amarillo Globe-News.Though employees received more training in hand washing and food safety, the restaurant closed again for the third time in mid September after the city’s public and environmental health departments associated 7 of 10 case-patients who were infected with Salmonella group C with meals they ate at the IHOP restaurant.J. Rush Pierce, Jr, MD, health authority with the Amarillo Bi-City County Health District, told KDFA yesterday that the water contaminated the outside of the syrup bottles, spreading Salmonella to workers and customers. Officials told the IHOP’s store managers to stop using the warm water bath system and that the restaurant should remain closed until sanitization procedures are completed.See also:Oct 3 USDA public health alerthttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_100308_01/index.asplast_img read more

Daily rise in Tokyo coronavirus cases tops 100 for 1st time

first_imgA central government source said, however, “We’re not in a situation where we have to immediately issue a declaration,” while denying that cases with untraceable transmission routes have increased significantly.Of the 118 cases reported Saturday in the capital, 81 are untraceable, the local government said. The new infections brought the city’s total number of cases to 891, including 817 people who have been or need to be hospitalized, well above the 750 beds it had reserved for coronavirus patients by Friday.Across Japan, the total number of cases topped 4,000 on Saturday, including some 700 from the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship quarantined earlier this year near Tokyo.Far fewer people were on the streets of shopping areas in Tokyo and other cities in Japan on Saturday, after authorities requested that residents stay at home. Topics : At least 118 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Tokyo on Saturday, the first time the daily increase has topped 100, the metropolitan government said, in a development that could raise pressure on Japan to declare a state of emergency.”This is a matter of your life. I want to prevent the spread of infections by all means,” Gov. Yuriko Koike said in a statement, asking people to follow the city’s request that they stay indoors during the weekend.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is widely seen as cautious about declaring an emergency despite spiking infections in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka and growing calls from medical experts to do so due to fears the country’s health care system could collapse.center_img For the second straight weekend, many people in Japan refrained from going out after the country’s National Governors’ Association on Thursday called on residents to avoid leaving their homes except for essential reasons. The number of temporarily closed stores and restaurants increased from the previous weekend.”As the vast majority of stores are shut, the number of people on the streets is only about 10 percent of normal times,” said a 48-year-old shop employee in Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district. “I hardly see foreign tourists these days.”Besides Tokyo, where a surge in new cases has made the capital the worst-hit area in the country, stay-at-home requests have also been issued by prefectures including Osaka, Fukui, Fukuoka, Miyagi and Ibaraki.Among major retailers, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. earlier this week decided to close six department stores in and around Tokyo during the weekends until April 12.The famous scramble crossing and shopping streets near JR Shibuya Station, normally packed with people from their late teens to 30s, were no exception. Shibuya 109, a popular department store for young women, will be closed through April 12.The atmosphere in commercial districts outside Tokyo was similar. Foot traffic was noticeably sparse, except people buying daily necessities and those trying to secure face masks.”I went to all the shops in this area to find masks but all were sold out. I hope I can still find them,” said a 43-year-old man who waited in a line outside a drug store in Fukuoka’s major shopping district of Tenjin for about one hour before it opened.last_img read more

New Data Show “Gender-Affirming” Surgery Doesn’t Really Improve Mental Health.

first_imgPublic Discourse 13 November 2019Data from a new study show that the beneficial effect of surgery for transgender people is so small that a clinic may have to perform as many as 49 gender-affirming surgeries before they could expect to prevent one additional person from seeking subsequent mental health treatment. Yet that’s not what the authors say. That the authors corrupted otherwise-excellent data and analyses with a skewed interpretation signals an abandonment of scientific rigor and reason in favor of complicity with activist groups seeking to normalize infertility-inducing and permanently disfiguring surgeries.A new study appearing last month in the American Journal of Psychiatry concluded that “gender-affirming” surgery is associated with reduced demand for subsequent mental health treatment in a sample of persons diagnosed with “gender incongruence.” Predictably, such news received wide media interest and coverage. And yet even a cursory reading of the study itself tells a far less optimistic story than the media narratives—as well as the authors’ own inexplicable confidence—have offered. Indeed, the analyses would seem to suggest the benefit of a hormonal or surgical course does not outweigh the demonstrable physical and financial costs of such treatments. Future studies might suggest otherwise, but not this one.The study’s shortcomings have nothing to do with the data, nor the methods employed by its authors (and public health researchers) Richard Bränström and John Pachankis. The data come from the Swedish Total Population Register, a massive, longitudinal survey effort that collected information from over 9.7 million Swedes, or about 95 percent of the country. No complaints there. The analyses are high-quality: the authors tracked respondents over time and assessed their use of mental health treatment (for a mood or anxiety disorder) in 2015, as well as other related measures (such as hospitalization after a suicide attempt), as a function of time since gender-affirming hormone and surgical treatment. Its measurement precision is excellent, and would satisfy most methodological purists. So far, all good news. But then come the scholarly interpretations of the study’s results, which are remarkably out of step with the far more modest conclusions they merit.First, a word about the hormones: the study found no mental health benefits for hormonal interventions in this population. There is no effect of time since initiating hormone treatment on the likelihood of subsequently receiving mental health treatment. Given the surge in interest, demand, and supply of hormonal therapies to self-identified transgender persons today, you would think that it is a solution that pays obvious benefits in reduced subsequent need—over time—for treatment of mood or anxiety disorder, or hospitalization after a suicide attempt. Yet there was no statistically significant effect. In fact, the confidence intervals actually reveal a nearly significant aggravating effect of hormonal treatment on subsequent mental health needs.It is the surgical effect, however, that has grabbed all the attention. Bränström and Pachankis detected a statistically significant effect of time since last “gender-affirming” surgery on reduced mental health treatment. The adjusted (for controls) odds ratio for this was 0.92, meaning that, among respondents diagnosed with “gender incongruence” who then received gender-affirming surgical treatment, the odds of being treated for a mood or anxiety disorder (in 2015) were reduced by about 8 percent for each year since the last surgery. In other words, it would appear that the surgery—or more typically, the series of surgeries—benefited their mental health.But the authors discuss a “linear decrease” in seeking subsequent mental health care that is simply not visible in the study’s graphs, where post-surgical mental health treatment hovers stably around 35 percent among those in their first nine years after surgery, and then drops to only 21 percent of those patients who are in their tenth (or higher) year since their last surgery. However, only 19 total respondents reported their last surgery as having been completed 10 or more years ago. By contrast, 574 (out of 1,018 total) reported their last surgery as having been conducted less than two years ago. (Surgical treatment is clearly surging.) This means that the apparently helpful overall effect of surgery is driven by this comparatively steep drop in mood/anxiety treatment among only 19 patients. By the math, that would seem to indicate that four out of these 19 Swedes (i.e., 21 percent) sought help in 2015 for mood/anxiety problems.While the study reports the adjusted odds ratio of the overall effect of time since surgery (0.92), which I cannot replicate without having data access, you don’t need the data to calculate an unadjusted odds ratio from the information presented there. This can tell us the baseline effect of time since surgery on receiving mood and anxiety treatment, only without the controls (like age, income, etc.). Doing this reveals the fragility of the study’s key finding: if a mere three additional cases among these 19 had sought mental health treatment in 2015, there would appear to be no discernible overall effect of surgery on subsequent mental health. The study’s trumpeted conclusion may hinge on as few as three people in a data collection effort reaching 9.7 million Swedes, 2,679 of whom were diagnosed with gender incongruence and just over 1,000 of whom had gender-affirming surgery.An increase of just three treated individuals (from 4 to 7 of 19) brings the overall effect to zero. On the other hand, a decrease of just three treated individuals (from 4 to 1 out of 19) yields an (unadjusted) odds ratio of 0.88, which would enable a claim of a 12-percent reduction in mental health assistance from getting the surgery. These large swings in estimates are due to very small adjustments in the data. As is often the case with small samples, tiny changes lead to large fluctuations in estimated effects. But, for this patient population, you are not going to find larger data collection projects than the Swedish data. This is as good as it gets when it comes to studying transgender medical experiences and outcomes.Another helpful statistic I calculated is called the NNT, or “Number Needed to Treat.” It’s a measure of clinical impact. In this study, the NNT appears to be a staggering 49, meaning the beneficial effect of surgery is so small that a clinic may have to perform 49 gender-affirming surgeries before they could expect to prevent one additional person from seeking subsequent mental health assistance 1. If no other treatment was available, or the treatment was not invasive and the hazards were insignificant, clinics might consider surgery a low-risk but low-payoff approach. But none of those applies here. Conducting 49 surgeries to secure one additional patient who benefits? Unheard of.The authors are nevertheless quick to declare that “this study provides timely support for policies that ensure coverage of gender-affirming treatments.” I cannot see how such confidence is merited. Time since hormonal treatment yielded no discernible effect on subsequent use of mental health treatment, while the modest effect of surgery hinges on a handful of cases from an earlier era (10 or more years ago) when very few gender dysphoric patients pursued surgery at all. And it’s not a leap to wonder whether those who did so a decade ago are a different kind of group than those who do so today. Moreover, suicide—the threat that seems to prompt all the urgency in doing something radical to alleviate psychological distress in these patients—may well have claimed an unknown number of Swedes who had had gender-affirming surgery ten or more years ago. We just don’t know, because the study does not track completed suicides for this sample.If this were a clinical trial seeking to establish the efficacy of a particularly invasive medical treatment in comparison with a non-invasive standard protocol, there is no way that these published results would favor the invasive treatment—in this case, “gender affirming” surgery—when the statistical difference in outcomes was so tiny and fragile. This is not, contrary to what Bränström told ABC News, an evidence-informed treatment. That the authors corrupted otherwise excellent data and analyses with a skewed interpretation signals an abandonment of scientific rigor and reason in favor of complicity with activist groups seeking to normalize infertility-inducing and permanently disfiguring surgeries.Physicians should not be pushed to prescribe such profoundly consequential treatment by threat of call-out, malpractice suits, patient demand, or—in this case—the overreaching interpretations of quality data. Clinicians are being bullied into writing a radical prescription based on fear, not on sensible conclusions from empirical data.But this reasonable position is getting more difficult to defend. Less than two months after another team of activist psychiatrists landed a weak study on “conversion” therapy in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, its lead author has commenced a movement aimed at a wholesale ban on such a notion. This is alarming, especially since the idea itself—“converting” from having become convinced you are born in the wrong body to concluding that you can live with the body you have—is nonsensical. There is no defined psychotherapeutic method for treating gender dysphoria that can be widely characterized and consistently identified as “conversion therapy” in order to be banned. Nor has there been a clinical trial evaluating specific psychotherapeutic methods of counseling gender dysphoria that could potentially demonstrate whether such methods are helpful or harmful.This is not how normal medical research works.Mark Regnerus is Contributing Editor of Public Discourse, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and a senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. His research is in the areas of sexual behavior, family, marriage, and religion.https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/11/58371/last_img read more

DYBT receive accolades from the Youth Development Division

first_img Share LocalNews DYBT receive accolades from the Youth Development Division by: – November 21, 2011 58 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Chief Youth Officer, Mr Jules Pascal. (file photo)The Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) is receiving a ‘thumbs up’ from one of the leading organizations on the island targeting young development on the island; the Youth Development Division.The praise came from the Chief Youth Development Officer, Mr Jules Pascal during his address at the DYBT Awards and Graduation Ceremony last week.DYBT successfully hosted activities marking global entrepreneurship week in Dominica, along with other partners on the island.Mr Pascal said that the work that DYBT is doing for young entrepreneurs on the island should not go unnoticed.“DYBT has been capable of developing and implementing specific programs designed to empower young people through enterprise development. It is often said that one should not blow his own trumpet I think that the Youth Development Division must sound the horn and proudly say that DYBT is recognized as a best practice as far as small business enterprise is concerned.”The Dominica Youth Business Trust is a programme of the Government of Dominica and the Commonwealth Youth Programme, and is adapted from the Commonwealth Youth Credit Initiative (CYCI) model of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. The CYCI assists national governments in providing young women and men with an integrated package of low-cost easily accessible credit, enterprise and personal development training order to establish sustainable businesses.Mr Pascal said that DYBT is now considered as one of the leading partners in promoting entrepreneurship and employment generation in the region. DYBT has been given some very good recognition, so much so that it has been involved in assisting other countries in the development of their small enterprise program. Countries they have helped include Belize, St Lucia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and most recently, Anguilla. All these countries have requested assistance and support from DYBT. To my mind this is a sign of recognition of the value and the effort that DYBT has made towards youth development. It is not something done in isolation, it is an integral package of micro, credit, enterprise training, business support and mentoring targeted at young men and women with potential for employment. This has been embedded in the plan of action of young empowerment of our lifetime partner; the Commonwealth Youth Program. For us at Youth Development Division, we seek a holistic and combine approach whereby our young people are introduced to enterprise or entrepreneurship programmes at the secondary schools at a very young age.Mr Pascal said that presently there is a strong drive in the region towards private sector partnership in order to develop and implement measures to promote the economic enfranchisement of young people. He said a number of partners have already come on board to include Caricom, the Caribbean Youth Programme, the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Frist Caribbean International Bank and the Young Americas Business Trust.“Recently the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with Caricom and other institutions and youth ministries of the region started the implementation of a US$3.1 million youth project. One of the main components of this project is youth economic enterprise. We are going to try our best to capitalize on this project to take advantage of everything that it offers so that our young people can benefit from it.”DYBT is also set to benefit from a four-phase project geared toward entrepreneurship development.“Next year through DYBT we will be engaged in the Agana Alliance which is expected to commence a project worth approximately US$83,000.00. This project seeks to maintain a collaborative and holistic approach to successful youth entrepreneurship. The project will focus on sports skills to employment ability skills. It is expected to be undertaken if four phases: sports and wellness component, technical vocations skills, attachment and internships, self employment and small business development.”Mr Pascal believes that DYBT has been contributing tremendously to Dominica’s economic development through business entrepreneurship,“Youth employment is critical to national and regional economies and more and more we need to realize that the youth entrepreneurship small enterprise programme is a very good alternative to unemployment. But there are developmental gaps and we must seek to address those gaps. The ILO report on the Caribbean in 2010 shows that a youth business international study found that there were 300 million unemployed youth in the world between the ages of 18 to 30, twenty percent of them have the ability to become entrepreneurs, but the sad fact is that only five percent are given the opportunity.”He issued calls for stakeholders on the island to invest more in youth entrepreneurship , developing a culture where persons will start seeing the young people as assets rather than liabilities.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Gospel artiste Sernel releases music video

first_img Share Share 32 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Gospel artiste Sernel releases music video by: – April 11, 2012 Tweet Sernel Florent.A local gospel artiste has released a music video entitled “Touch Me Again”.Sernel Florent who goes by the stage name “Sernel” has been involved in the local gospel music industry as well as organizing the Annual All-White Christian Party which is his brain child.According to a press release issued by Sernel’s marketing agents Tribal Services, the artiste has “not been on a break” but has been working hard taking “his ministry across the length and breadth of the Caribbean”.Although his marketing agents admit that Sernel is not “as popular as in other territories” he deems his music career as “ministry and not so much a bargain for bucks”.The release further states; “”Touch Me Again” is infused with a divine piece, highlighting the purposeful mission of God upon his life and the life of many who have experienced the double portions of God”.The song was recorded on location in Mero, Dominica with Black Kingz Entertainment and DADA Music Studios under the direction of Joseph Royer .Tribal services revealed that Sernel’s ministry is being taken to television screens with plans for a regional release shortly.Click here to view “Touch Me Again”: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghMOPZ4U-8w[/youtube]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more