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24Oct/19

MIND Offers State Protocol and Business Etiquette Course

first_img Under Business Etiquette, participants will be exposed to training in effective business entertaining; toasting; body language at the table; host, hostess and guest duties; eating etiquette; eating of different food types; styles of eating; types of meals and wines; and the dos and don’ts of dining. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now accepting registration for its annual State Protocol and Business Etiquette course. The course will be held from June 27 to July 5 on the Institute’s Kingston campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Story Highlightscenter_img The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now accepting registration for its annual State Protocol and Business Etiquette course.The course will be held from June 27 to July 5 on the Institute’s Kingston campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.Director of Business Development and Communications at MIND, Marlene Campbell, said the training session targets individuals whose job functions require a high level of social engagement and interaction, and persons who may be interested in becoming knowledgeable and aware of the rules that govern State Protocol and social etiquette.“This course is specifically designed to equip persons with the skill and confidence to express appropriate behaviours and decorum regarding State Protocol and related etiquette,” she said.Areas to be covered include diplomacy, etiquette, protocol on official occasions, national symbols, national crowns and honours, the official table of precedence, flag etiquette, official forms of address, formal invitation letter and styles, and titles in Jamaica.Meanwhile, under Business Etiquette, participants will be exposed to training in effective business entertaining; toasting; body language at the table; host, hostess and guest duties; eating etiquette; eating of different food types; styles of eating; types of meals and wines; and the dos and don’ts of dining.Understanding the social dress code will also be one of the features of the course. Areas to be covered include dressing for State and official functions, appropriate dress for business and business-related occasions, colour coordination, accessorising, fabric textures, and dressing for the international business person.According to Mrs. Campbell, the benefit that will redound to the individual is an increased level of confidence and standard of deportment to enable ease of manner and success when interacting on all occasions; organisations will benefit from a more professionally confident and socially adept cadre of executives, who will represent them with distinction at all times.Main presenters at the seminar will be the Chief of State Protocol in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix; former Food and Beverage Manager at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, Nancy McLean; and a Certified Professional Facilitator, Trainer and Human Resource Development Practitioner, Sandra Cooper.For additional information, persons can contact MIND’s Client Relations and Marketing Department at 927-1761 or marketing@mind.edu.jmlast_img read more

17Oct/19

Privacy commission rules in favour of accessibility advocacy group

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s privacy commission says the provincial government significantly overcharged an advocacy group fighting for information on accessibility law compliance in the province and must now hand over the material.The commission’s decision says the government tried to charge the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Alliance $4,200 for a sweeping access to information request seeking details on many issues, including plans to make sure private businesses are complying with accessibility laws.The alliance says it tried to get the fee waived and says the government enlisted five lawyers in its fight to uphold the pricey charge.The government’s argument included the assertion that the issues the alliance was seeking information on did not have to do with public health or safety and were therefore not subject to a fee waiver.The commission disagreed, stating compliance with provincial accessibility legislation did have significant health and safety impacts for residents.It ordered the government to provide much of the information in the request free of charge and knocked the fee for the rest down to $750.A spokesman for Ontario’s minister responsible for accessibility said the commission had confirmed that it was appropriate to charge for some of the information requested by the alliance.Alliance chair David Lepofsky welcomed the commission’s ruling, saying the case had raised questions about the government’s commitment both to transparency and to accessibility as a whole.“They’re trying to take as suffocating and narrow and impoverished an approach to openness and freedom of information as possible,” he said. “What have they got to hide?’Lepofsky has previously filed requests under Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in a bid to keep tabs on the province’s efforts to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.At the time the law — known as AODA — came into effect in 2005, the government stated it aimed to have the entire province completely accessible by 2025.In June 2015, Ontario announced a renewed focus on accessibility as the law marked its 10th anniversary. Brad Duguid, the minister responsible for the act at the time, conceded the effort had lost momentum and announced a number of ventures aimed at kickstarting it again.The measures included a $9 million project to help businesses become more inclusive, a promise to introduce a third-party certification program to recognize accessible businesses, and a partnership with an undetermined private sector company to at least triple accessibility compliance audits.The day after Duguid announced the various measures, Lepofsky filed a 31-point access to information request seeking details on subjects that included the government’s plans to ramp audits back up, their promised outreach efforts and a number of compliance and enforcement-related statistics.The government provided some of the information immediately and without cost, but estimated the rest would require 140 hours to track down and told Lepofsky to pay $4,200 for the information.He appealed the fee, arguing the government had previously waived charges on similar requests. He also argued that releasing such information was in the public interest and highlighted the potential health and safety benefits of ensuring compliance with accessibility standards.Documents filed by the government in favour of maintaining the fee included a different position on health and safety.“The goal of accessibility programs … while certainly not inconsistent with programs related to public health or safety, is to facilitate the participation of disabled persons in society on an equal footing with those not suffering from disabilities,” it said in its memorandum of argument, noting that details Lepofsky was requesting were in line with accessibility issues, not health and safety concerns.Privacy Commission Adjudicator Diane Smith disagreed.“Dissemination of the information … would benefit public health or safety by disclosing a public health or safety concern about the enforcement or compliance with the AODA or contribute meaningfully to the development of understanding of this important public health or safety issue,” she wrote in her July 27 decision.Smith ordered the government to provide much of the information to Lepofsky free of charge, including its plans and policies for AODA enforcement and details of its spending on education and outreach efforts.The government now has until Aug. 28 to release those documents.last_img read more

05Sep/19

WATCH Did Australian Professors really find Indias JEE intimidating

first_imgYoutube screengrabThe IIT-JEE has always been a source of nightmare for a majority of Indian students studying in classes 11 and 12. The intimidation they face as well as the pressure makes the teenagers want to run the other way.Clearing the JEE is the first step to get into the Indian Institute of Technology, which the most prestigious university in India.Surprisingly, Australian professors who took a look at the JEE question papers also called the questions “tricky and intimidating”.A video of Australian professors reacting to the questions went viral on social media, with the professors talking about how intimidating the questions were and that the test was literally a race against time. Six Australian professors, including two of Indian origin, were interviewed for the video, posted by a YouTuber, ‘Tibees’.In the video, a Chemistry professor, Dr James Hutchison, said that he will be surprised if a school going student will not find the questions intimidating since he found them slightly so. “I’d probably, you know, leave the exam room crying if I was in year 12 and I had to do this. Yeah, good luck, good luck,” he said.He added that the topics discussed in the examination are usually taught at the university level.Professor Barry Hughes, a mathematician, pointed out how answering the questions was a race against time. He also spoke about access to training for these types of examinations.”We all know that in any educational system if you go to a good school, well resourced, with the best teachers and so on like that, you expect a better outcome… But with these race-against-the-clock-style examinations, there’s a trade-off between the student’s ability in the subject, natural intelligence, and their having been trained to deal with examinations of this type,” he said. Other professors interviewed in the video said that most of the questions here depend on memorizing facts instead of applying concepts. They added that passing the test doesn’t necessarily mean they will turn out to be good engineers.last_img read more

03Sep/19

Sri Lanka lifts curfew

first_imgDamage is seen at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka 22 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersAuthorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean island killed 290 people and wounded about 500, but there were warnings more attacks were possible.There was still no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks on two churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, the capital of predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, and a third church on the South Asian nation’s northeast coast.A government source said President Maithripala Sirisena, who was abroad when the attacks happened, had called a meeting of the National Security Council early on Monday. Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would attend the meeting, the source said.Sri Lankan military who were clearing the route from Colombo airport late on Sunday in preparation for Sirisena’s return found a homemade bomb near the departure gate, an air force spokesman said.They disposed of the device in a controlled explosion, the spokesman said.There were fears the attacks could spark a renewal of communal violence, with police also reporting late on Sunday there had been a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in the northwest and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims in the west.Sri Lanka was at war for decades with Tamil separatists but extremist violence had been on the wane since the civil war ended 10 years ago.The South Asian nation of about 22 million people has Christian, Muslim and Hindu populations of between about eight and 12 per cent.The U.S. State Department issued a revised travel warning that said “terrorist groups” were continuing to plot possible attacks.”Terrorists may attack with little or no warning,” it said in the revised warning, which was dated Sunday U.S. time. The warning level was set at two on a scale where four means do not travel.Possible targets included tourist locations, transportation hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas, it said.ARMED GUARDSThe island-wide curfew imposed by the government was lifted early on Monday, although there was uncharacteristically thin traffic in the normally bustling capital.Soldiers armed with automatic weapons stood guard outside major hotels and the World Trade Centre in the business district, where the four hotels were targeted on Sunday, according to a Reuters witness.Scores of people who were stranded overnight at the main airport began making their way home as restrictions were lifted.The government also blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, making information hard to gather.Wickremsinghe acknowledged on Sunday that the government had some prior information about possible attacks on churches involving a little-known Islamist group but said ministers had not been told.Sri Lankans accounted for the bulk of the 290 people killed and 500 wounded, although government officials said 32 foreigners were also killed. These included British, US, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.A British mother and son eating breakfast at the luxury Shangri-La hotel were among those killed, Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper reported.One Australian survivor, identified only as Sam, told Australia’s 3AW radio the hotel was a scene of “absolute carnage”.He said he and a travel partner were also having breakfast at the Shangri-La when two blasts went off. He said he had seen two men wearing backpacks seconds before the blasts.”There were people screaming and dead bodies all around,” he said. “Kids crying, kids on the ground, I don’t know if they were dead or not, just crazy.”There were similar scenes of carnage at two churches in or near Colombo, and a third church in the northeast town of Batticaloa, where worshippers had gathered for Easter Sunday services. Pictures from the scene showed bodies on the ground and blood-spattered pews and statues.Dozens were killed in one of the blasts at the Gothic-style St. Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Police said they suspected that blast was a suicide attack.Three police officers were also killed when security forces raided a house in Colombo several hours after the attacks.Police reported an explosion at the house.last_img read more

31Aug/19

Scientists Create LightBending Nanoparticles

first_img Smart drug delivery system — Gold nanocage covered with polymer (w/ Video) Citation: Scientists Create Light-Bending Nanoparticles (2009, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-scientists-light-bending-nanoparticles.html (PhysOrg.com) — Metallic nanoparticles and other structures can manipulate light in ways that are not possible with conventional optical materials. In a recent example of this, Rice University researchers discovered that cup-shaped gold nanostructures can bend light in a controllable way. The cups act like three-dimensional nano-antennas. Directional scattering of an incoming electromagnetic wave by oriented nanocups. Image courtesy Nikolay Mirin, Rice University. The research is described in the February 19, 2008, online edition of Nano Letters.When light interacts with nanoparticles and other tiny structures, many interesting and even dramatic physical effects can occur. For example, man-made “metamaterials” have very fine structures with features smaller than the wavelength of light, some just tens of atoms across, imparting them with unique and often intriguing optical behaviors. Metamaterials are of interest to scientists because they may be able to interact with light in ways that naturally occurring materials cannot.The gold nanocups created in this research interact with light in two main ways: axially, the up-down direction, or transverse, the left-right direction. The transverse mode is by far the stronger of the two.”When we illuminated the nanocups, the transverse interaction exhibited a strong scattering resonance,” said Rice University researcher Naomi Halas, the study’s corresponding scientist, to PhysOrg.com. She conducted the study with colleague Nikolay Mirin. “We learned that the direction of the transverse resonant light scattering depends on the orientation of the cups, a property that has not been observed in studies of similar structures.”Specifically, the cups behave like a “split-ring resonator,” a type of metamaterial with a negative refractive index—the ability to refract (not reflect) light partially or fully backward. Split-ring resonators look like two concentric, non-touching rings that have each been split in half. When placed in a microwave or infrared field, an alternating current of that same frequency is induced in each ring. Each current in turn induces its own magnetic field at that same microwave or infrared frequency, which can either oppose or enhance the original field.Split-ring resonators can support resonant wavelengths that are much larger than their size. But since split-ring resonators are flat, their light-scattering abilities are restricted to a plane.Halas and Mirin’s nanocups are much like three dimensional versions of split-ring resonators. When light with the proper frequency is applied, a resonant electron current is induced in the cups. This current produces an electric field that is parallel to the cup opening (not parallel to the cup axis). The scattered light is emitted perpendicular to that field; in other words, in whatever direction the cup’s axis is pointing.This unique light-redirecting property should prove to be very useful in the development of new optical materials and devices, from solar cells to light attenuators to chip-to-chip optical interconnects in futuristic circuitry.”In this line of research, many other types of nanoparticles and nanostructures can be designed to have this type of light-redirecting property,” said Halas.Halas and Mirin created the nanocups by depositing latex or polystyrene nanoparticles, each about 80 nanometers in diameter, onto a sheet of glass. They coated the particles and the glass with a 20-nanometer-thick layer of gold, applying the gold from different angles to make sure both the sides and tops of each particle were covered, yet leaving an uncoated circular or elliptical “shadow” next to each particle, exposing the surface below.Finally, they poured an elastic polymer was poured over the array and, when the polymer had cured, peeled it off to reveal a transparent film embedded with gold nanocups.More information: Nano Lett., Article ASAP • DOI: 10.1021/nl900208zCopyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

31Aug/19

CID raids cold storage at Manicktala seizes 6 tonne meat

first_imgKolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided a cold storage at Manicktala in connection with the carcass meat incident and seized around 6 tonne meat.After police sealed a cold storage in Rajabazar, this one was raided suspecting that carcass meat was processed, packaged and distributed in markets from here.Police have detained one in this connection on late Thursday night. The investigating officers have taken the detained person and Biswanath Ghorui, alias Bishu, who was arrested earlier in connection to the cold storage while conducting the raid. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsCID officers have come to know about the huge stock of meat in the cold storage situated on Canal East Road after questioning the detained person and Bishu.CID has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Thursday to probe into the incident and the investigating agency also took Bishu in its custody.During the raid, the investigating officers have questioned the workers present there and searched each and every block in the cold storage and seized 6 tonne of meat, which were packed in cardboard boxes. Six such boxes have been sent to the West Bengal Public Health Laboratory to carry out necessary tests. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPreliminary investigation revealed that the meat was supplied to different states including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from the cold storage. Police have also come to know that the same was also exported to some of the neighbouring countries as well. They are also trying to find out the other places where the meat was supplied from the cold storages.Hundreds of people from the locality gathered outside within minutes after the CID team entered the cold storage for the search operation. The raid was initiated at around 8.30 am on Friday. They had also suspected that something was going wrong inside the cold storage. Police initiated a search for the owner of the cold storage, who is at large. They are also suspecting that the owner of the cold storage had some connection with the one at Rajabazar where the raid was conducted earlier.It may be recalled that the CID had conducted raids at the house of Bishu at Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas. Though the police are continuing with the investigation, they are also waiting for the report of the laboratory after carrying out necessary tests on the samples of the meat seized from the cold storage.last_img read more