By Kadian Brown, JIS PRO RelatedCastro Ardent Believer in JEF RelatedCastro Ardent Believer in JEF Castro Ardent Believer in JEF CommerceMay 9, 2012 Advertisements RelatedCastro Ardent Believer in JEF FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Silvero Castro can be described as an ardent believer in the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), having been an active participant at the JEF Convention since its inception 30 years ago. Mr. Castro has never missed a staging of the business convention, which is the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. It is held annually at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. The 30th staging took place May 3 to 6 and brought together some 500 participants to hear, meet and share with experts, locally and internationally, to enhance individual, team and organisational performance. The Industrial Relations Specialist, over the 30 years, has attended the convention in various capacities. “I have represented the Caribbean Cement Company at the JEF Convention for 28 years; St. Catherine Co-operative Credit Union last year and this year I am proudly representing Guardsman Group of Companies. I have been attending the convention for 30 years and it has been an excellent experience…just out of this world,” Mr. Castro tells JIS News. “I have enjoyed the camaraderie, the sharing of information, the getting to know people…it is a learning experience and an event all human resource managers, industrial relations managers…any manager, if you want to be that well-rounded person, come to the JEF convention,” he urges. He points out that the convention has evolved significantly over the 30 years from a small group of persons to sometimes 700 local and international participants, sponsors and exhibitors. “It has evolved tremendously over the years…it started out with about 18 of us at the Jamaica Grande and after the session, we got so much out of it that we approached the JEF and told them that they needed to make it an annual affair,” Mr. Castro recalls. He adds that each year the convention gets bigger, as each one tells one about the great experiences that the convention provides. Mr. Castro has given years of service in the areas of business management and industrial relations and credits the JEF convention for enhancing his skills, competence and allowing him to become an expert in his field. “The JEF convention helps you to grow as a manager and as you grow, you meet persons along the way who can advise you and that is what motivate you, that is what attract you, that is what give you the incentive to go back the following year,” he says, adding that “the convention is like magnet…you are glued to it, you always want to come and you always want to tell people about it.” Mr. Castro commends the JEF Secretariat on its role in enhancing employer/employee relations and training employers. He points out that he has benefitted from not just the business conventions, but from numerous courses and training sessions that the Federation has staged over the years. “I have learnt a lot from the JEF over the 30 years, because of the interaction with other managers and experts in the field. It is about going out in the world of work and managing people…learning about the decision-making process and other issues, then executing it in the workplace and imparting what you have learnt to others,” Mr. Castro points out. The JEF Secretariat acknowledged and recognised the work and contribution of Mr. Castro at its 30th Anniversary Recognition Service on May 6. He is encouraging more persons in the private and public sectors to get involved in the JEF initiatives. “If you have not been sending representatives to the convention, then you are losing out on something big, so you need to get involved,” he urges. The convention is part of efforts by the JEF to entrench Jamaica’s private and public sectors as a powerful engine of national growth and business development. This year’s staging, with the theme: ‘Execute, Grow, Sustain’, enabled organisations and institutions to introspectively and strategically examine and adjust themselves.
Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Oh, the company he keeps. Or kept, anyway. Here’s an interesting footnote about Razib Khan. He is the National Review contributor and PhD candidate in genetics who lectures fellow conservatives about how they shouldn’t “fear” evolution since it is a “crowning achievement of Western civilization.” If Khan’s name rings a bell, it might be because he made headlines several years ago when he was dismissed by the New York Times a day after being brought on as a regular contributor. The cause? They realized he had been canoodling with the racist alt-right for a decade.In general, blackballing and guilt by association are unfair, and they are out of control in our culture at the moment. I would much rather err on the side of tolerance and forgiveness. However, contributing to vile publications like The Unz Review and Taki’s Magazine, even if you write nothing racist or anti-Semitic yourself, certainly raises questions.Sage CounselHere is Khan’s sage counsel about “evolution deniers”:A small number of skeptical intellectuals such as [Michael] Behe, as well as the circle around the Discovery Institute, will continue to carry the torch of evolution skepticism. A number of evolutionary biologists will engage with them directly, as they always have. But looking forward, the energies of the Right are not most fruitfully spent on debating descent with modification and the common origin of life.Uh huh. So when Yale’s David Gelernter, one of the most brilliant minds on the Right, enters the evolution debate, as he did this month with his great essay “Giving Up Darwin,” just ignore him. Got it.Jews and VulcansWas Khan unaware of what was going on around him at the alt-right magazines? He spoke to the online journal Undark:Khan said that he used to be more tolerant of those perspectives. “Obviously, I don’t condone it,” he said. When I observed that standing by silently — and even linking to [Steve] Sailer’s work — seemed like the definition of “condone,” Khan hesitated. “In terms of being at Unz, I was probably there too long,” he said.“Probably there too long”? Gee, do ya think so? Actually, today his name is still on the Unz homepage, at the very top of the list of “ARCHIVED BLOGS AND COLUMNS,” juxtaposed with newer stories including “‘The Holocaust’ Is a Myth That Conceals Our Shame,” “9/11 Was an Israeli Job,” “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars,” reflections on the “Old Testament, Israel’s Trojan Horse inside Christianity,” and the current banner article at the top promoting the “magisterial” scholarship of Holocaust denier David Irving. I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that this was all a colossal misunderstanding, that he demanded that Unz take him off their putrid site, but was rebuffed. More:Unz was not Khan’s only link to the emerging alt-right fringe. In 2009, Khan spent a year blogging for Taki’s Magazine, a white-supremacist site, at the invitation of Richard Spencer. There, Khan wrote posts about everything from genes to Freud to Jewish intelligence. In one back-and-forth, he and Spencer analyzed the resemblance between Jews and the Vulcans in Star Trek.This fall Spencer made national news after he organized a rally in Washington, D.C. that featured Hitler salutes and cries of “Hail Trump!” But Spencer “was not a white nationalist then,” Khan told me. (Recent reporting on Spencer documents him pivoting toward open support for white nationalism around the beginning of 2009, the same time that Khan joined Taki’s.)A Romance with DarwinFor more on white nationalism and its special romance with Darwinism, see here and here. Razib Khan would also benefit from watching John West’s documentary, Human Zoos, through to the end where the connection with the alt-right is similarly established. Of course, any good idea can be terribly abused. For all that Darwinian theory has been advanced as a justification for modern horrors, that by itself doesn’t count against the possibility of the theory being true.Even if a shallow thinker, with his thesis that evolution and conservatism make a wonderful match, Khan is probably a perfectly decent guy. In fact, several leading figures at alt-right journals — Taki Theodoracopulos, Peter Brimelow, and the aforementioned Steve Sailer — were writers whose work I enjoyed editing at National Review in the 1990s. That was before they took off in these unfortunate directions, parting ways with mainstream conservatives. They were all very talented and pleasant to deal with.Khan evidently enjoyed such company more recently. Yet here he is urging that it is Darwin skeptics who should be avoided! Thanks, pal, but I am sorry: anyone who spent years trafficking with The Unz Review has at the very least a problem with judgment. From his National Review article alone it was possible to discern as much. For more on that, see the earlier comments here by Michael Behe, Paul Nelson, and myself.Photo: Unite the Right rally, 2017, by Evan Nesterak [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tagsalt-rightDarwinian theoryDavid GelernterDavid IrvingDiscovery Institutegeneticsguilt by associationHolocaust denialHuman ZoosJewsJohn WestMichael BeheNational ReviewNew York TimesPaul NelsonPeter BrimelowRazib KhanRichard Spencerscientific racismSteve SailerTaki TheodoracopulosTaki’s MagazineThe Unz ReviewUndarkVulcansYale University,Trending Evolution Razib Khan: A Geneticist and the Alt-RightDavid [email protected]_klinghofferMay 16, 2019, 4:14 AM Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share
As increasingly more eSports drivers gain traction on the national stage, the conversation often turns to: How would eSports drivers fare on a real track, in a real car? Thanks to Sunoco’s eWorld vs. Real World challenge, a pair of Richmond Raceway eSports’ elite competitors had a chance to square off with current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace in a series of events that provided a pathway to the answer.The challenge was split into two parts: an iRacing experience and a real-world track experience.RELATED: Full eNASCAR coverageRichmond Raceway eSports drivers Malik Ray (No. 90 Sunoco Toyota) and Jimmy Mullis (No. 46 Sim Seats Toyota) defended their home turf against Wallace (No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet), as they sat behind the wheel of a Sim Seats driving simulator. The trio of drivers competed at virtual Richmond Raceway to see who could lay down the quickest lap time.The second part of the challenge featured a real world at-track experience. Each challenger wheeled a US Legends car at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile track, battling to see who could put together the fastest four-lap run.After the conclusion of both segments, each driver’s recorded times were totaled, and the winner was crowned. Check out the video above to see the full experience play out and who ended up with the ultimate bragging rights.
A litigation funding enabler has said an injection of funds could help firms recoup an extra £2bn in damages for seriously injured clients.SpectraLegal, the European affiliate of Canadian financier BridgePoint, has entered into an agreement to provide £100m to finance disbursements, with the option to increase to £200m subject to conditions.The deal has been struck with New York-headquartered Waterfall Asset Management, an asset manager focused on asset-backed securities and loans and private equity investments. It has not been disclosed what dividend Waterfall stands to gain from its investment.SpectraLegal will provide capital to law firms to finance disbursements for existing and future cases, targeting practices that work on serious injury cases under condition fee agreements or damages based agreements. These are cases worth at least £5m where a significant investment is required up-front to develop and investigate clients’ claims. SpectraLegal’s managing director, Steve CarterManaging director Steve Carter said the money provides the company with greater capacity to create a broader range of financial products and services. The company says it facilitates access to justice, as many claimants would otherwise exhaust their finances before the case has reached a conclusion.Henrik Malmer, managing director at Waterfall, added: ‘The legal finance business offers a unique and innovative investment opportunity with the potential to achieve attractive and uncorrelated returns.‘SpectraLegal, with its experienced management team is well positioned to build out their business in this market segment.’The Spectra business opened in Europe four years ago as an off-shoot of Bridgepoint, Canada’s largest law firm financier with experience of funding more than 30,000 cases.SpectraLegal says it is now the largest institutionally funded business in the UK, and it will aim to ‘aggressively expand’ its reach across the country, forming new strategic partnerships and recruiting new staff.
Over One Million People displaced by floods in Nigeria FILE PHOTO: Somali women wait to collect water at the New Kabasa internally displaced camp in the northern Somali town of Dollow, Somalia, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Somali women wait to collect water at the New Kabasa internally displaced camp in the northern Somali town of Dollow, Somalia, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoThe African continent is home to over 25.2 million forcibly displaced persons of which some 7.4 million are refugees and 17.8 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the African Union (AU) said on Wednesday.Noting that Africa also hosts 484,000 asylum seekers and some 712,000 stateless persons, the AU said in a statement issued on Wednesday that forced displacement has continued to plague Africa over the years, largely triggered by intra-state conflicts, including inter-communal and ethnic violence, persecution as well as natural disasters.According to the 55-member pan African bloc, the major drivers of forced displacements in Africa are attributed to factors including political uncertainties, incidents of human trafficking, erratic weather, floods and drought.“Despite commendable efforts to address and manage forced displacement in Africa, displaced persons continue to experience abuse, exploitation, and violations,” the AU said, adding that a large number of displaced persons have remained in need of humanitarian assistance, finding themselves in “protracted situations where solutions have become illusory.”It also stressed that although an increasing number of displaced persons currently are hosted in communities and located in an organized environment, the particular situation of women and children remain dire and access to key services considerably limited.The pan African bloc made the statement on Wednesday during the opening session of a high-level meeting which provides a platform for reflection on the AU’s theme for the year 2019 “The Year of Refugees, Returnees and IDPs: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.”The meeting, being held from Dec. 4 to 6, mainly envisaged to discuss current international, continental, regional and national normative, policy and institutional frameworks for forced displacement, it was noted.The high-level dialogue also aspires to help create a common African approach in dealing with the consequences of forced displacement, according to the AU.Related South Africa returns $15 million to Nigeria AU Summit: Africa’s war on corruption
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Milos Raonic served his way into the third round of the Australian Open yesterday with a pulsating 6-7(4) 7-6(6) 7-6(11) 7-6(5) victory against former champion Stan Wawrinka. In one of the best matches of the opening rounds, the 196 cm (6.43 ft) Canadian repeatedly served his way out of trouble against an opponent armed with an elegant as well as destructive single-handed backhand.The reserved Canadian raised his fists in triumph after his Swiss opponent misfired on his forehand on match point after four hours of intense play.“Sort of just held on, got through,” Raonic said. “Was a little bit lucky there, as well.” Raonic, seeded 16, will play Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the third round, after the French player beat last year’s semi-finalist Chung Hyeon.Neither Raonic or Wawrinka could assert authority in the early stages of the match, which resulted in a first set tiebreak, where Raonic secured a mini-break early on.The Canadian had a straight-forward volley that would have extended his lead in the shoot-out but tried to wrong-foot his opponent, hitting the volley behind Wawrinka to his backhand. This is a bit like giving spinach to Popeye.The Swiss obliged, unleashing one of the most beautiful shots in tennis, a backhand forged near Lake Geneva in his home-town of Lausanne, that left the Canadian stranded.Wawrinka followed up with a clean down-the-line backhand winner from the baseline the next point and soon secured the set. Play was briefly halted in the second set as paramedics looked after a spectator who appeared to be struggling in the intense humidity.The rain eventually came, and the centre court roof was closed for the first time this tournament.Raonic’s serve dominated the second set tiebreak, while the third set tiebreak turned into a tussle, as the Canadian’s return-of-serve went missing, as did Wawrinka’s first serve. Wawrinka played a loose point at 11-11 in the tiebreak, giving the Canadian a chance to missile his way into a two-sets-to-one lead, which he did, by sending down another unreturnable serve.“For sure, when it’s that tight, the match can change for one, two points,” said Wawrinka.Wawrinka grabbed a break in the fourth set by landing a series of returns at the shoelaces of his incoming opponent and the match suddenly looked destined to go the full distance.But Raonic recovered again to set up a fourth consecutive tiebreak and it took an wayward Wawrinka forehand to end the enthralling contest. Wawrinka, a three times major winner who broke through to win his maiden Grand Slam in Melbourne in 2014, said he was pleased with his progress from a career-threatening knee injury last year.“I have to keep pushing and keep doing the right things,” he said.“The season is long – 11 months. There is a lot of tennis to be played. Hopefully I will achieve some things.”
The Asamoah Gyan Foundation has made equipment donation worth $20,000 to three health institutions in Ghana.100 patients of the beneficiary institutions; Mamprobi Polyclinic, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and The Ridge Hospital were also listed on the National Health Insurance Scheme by the foundation.The donation done on behalf of foundation owner Asamoah Gyan by CEO Samuel Anim-Addo accompanied by brothers of the Al Ain striker (Baffour and Opoku) Is part of efforts being made to alleviate poverty in Ghana through such social interventions.“I stand on behalf of Asamoah Gyan to present to you these equipements to aid in the discharge of your duties,” Anim-Addo said.“It is the wish of Asamoah that these items are handled with good care so as to last very long as it aids your work.“As you all know Asamoah is preparing with the national team for the Africa Cup of Nations and he asks for your continued support and prayers for the Black Stars so they become successful at the tournament we hope to win.” Items donated included delivery bed and sets, BP machines, Photo Cops, Weighing scales, Drip Stands, Treated Mosquito Nets, Gyane Gloves and Aprones.Payments were also made for all patients with financial difficulties to get medical care and subsequently discharged.The foundation will be officially launched in June.
Ray Stubbs is joined by Tom Collomosse and Michael Calvin to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They react to England’s win over Malta – Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge – and preview the Three Lions’ next game v Slovenia. They also take a look at the other results from the international break including Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.Other topics from the week’s news agenda were also discussed, including the Daily Telegraph’s investigation, Joey Barton and much, much more…Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes
The Champions League quarter-finals draw. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 9 Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi tries to take the ball from Yacine Brahimi of FC Porto LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 9 REVEALED Liverpool beat Bayern Munich to reach the quarter-finals Ajax – 33/1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 9 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED BEST OF The Champions League draw for the final three rounds has taken place with the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final decided.It’s thrown up some tasty ties too with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City facing each other, while Manchester United must get past Barcelona to make the next stage. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester United – 16/1 no dice Liverpool – 4/1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow 9 9 9 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Porto – 66/1 REPLY ADVICE shining Liverpool face Porto in a tie they will surely fancy themselves to claim victory in and the other clash sees Ajax and Juventus battle for a semi-final spot.The winner of Man City and Spurs will then play the Dutch or Italians, meanwhile Liverpool must get beyond either rivals Man United or Barcelona, should they make light work of Porto, to make the final.But who are now the favourites to win the 2018/19 competition? Find out below, thanks to SkyBet. gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 9 Harry Kane celebrates his goal against Borussia Dortmund Tottenham – 22/1 9 Manchester United celebrate their stunning Champions League victory in Paris Barcelona – 7/2 Manchester City 3/1 favourites Juventus – 10/3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ajax players celebrate their Champions League win over Real Madrid Barcelona sailed through to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Lyon Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show for Juventus in their round of 16 comeback against Atletico Madrid Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 9 Will Manchester City be celebrating at the end of the season?