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Cabinet Approves Joint Venture Agreement for Morant Bay Urban Centre

first_imgA joint venture agreement for the Morant Bay Urban Centre in St. Thomas has been approved by Cabinet.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said that the agreement, which is between the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited, is for the construction of the new urban centre on 28 acres and 365 square feet of land over a two-year period.He was speaking at Wednesday’s (September 26) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.Senator Reid informed that Cabinet has instructed that the joint venture agreement include a clause that allows the Government to divest its equity through a public offering on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, and that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport consult with the FCJ to incorporate considerations for heritage, culture and sport, including the replacement of the Good Year sports oval.last_img read more

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Alberta joins partnership to support entrepreneurs at former flood ridden Siksika Nation

first_img(L to R: Jack Royal, Chairman of IBC, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kathleen Ganley and Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman of Siksika Nation at the announcement) Brandi Morin APTN National NewsEDMONTON — The province of Alberta has announced a partnership to help the flooded community members of the Siksika Nation in southern part of the province.It has been two years since flood waters forced almost 1,000 people from their homes and the community is still dealing with the aftermath working to rebuild homes, roads and other damaged infrastructure.On Friday a new partnership involving Siksika, the Alberta Government and the Indian Business Corporation was announced  that officials say will help boost economic opportunities for the nation.Siksika has invested $2 million backed by an additional $700,000 from the province to help entrepreneurs build and grow their small businesses.The announcement comes on the heels of the apology for residential schools by the Alberta Government.“We are living in times where we need to work together,” said Siksika Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman who is a residential school survivor and attended the apology.“I am proud of the partnership today. This is for our members who have a willingness, capacity and a means to move forward. To encourage and to help them see that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”Aboriginal Relations Minister Kathleen Ganley said small business owners play a central part in Alberta’s economy, entrepreneurs are important to the overall prosperity of Alberta and, especially to the prosperity of Indigenous people.“There are more businesses owned by Indigenous people today than ever before. For many Indigenous people, starting a business can mean economic prosperity and improve quality of life. Nowhere is this more evident than on First Nation reserves,” said Ganley.However, many First Nations living on reserve face significant challenges when it comes to accessing capital for business start-ups.Alberta based Indian Business Corporation (IBC) will administer the project. The IBC is a First Nations owned company founded in 1987 that has since provided close to $70 million in loans and created and funded over 2,500 businesses or expansion ventures.IBC chairman of the board Jack Royal said they understand the needs of First Nations. The IBC helps to fill the gap between a lack of understanding with lending institutes and First Nations.“I think the main stream banks, chartered banks, don’t fully understand,” said Royal.“A part of that has to do with crown title to First Nations land underlying First Nations ownership of the land. The Indian Act and all of the restrictions with the federal minister having to provide various guarantees. As a result they see First Nations as a higher risk and then they don’t fit into mainstream lending opportunities. Through IBC we’re more flexible and we understand how the Indian Act works and how Indian title works and what’s required for security to guarantee loans.”This partnership is unique in Alberta in that it’s never happened with a First Nation and a First Nation owned company collaborating with the province to deliver programs/services or economic funding directly to First Nations people.Royal said the initiative will help community members to build independence and will have an impact on social conditions.“We’re investing in the community, we’re generating revenue. It starts from the ground up. If the people don’t own something, they don’t have the passion for it. I think now because they’ll own these initiatives they’re now able to build that passion,” said Royal.The two primary business trends in Alberta are the energy sector and agriculture which Royal believes many members will create undertakings in. There is currently even more economic opportunities available in Siksika through the flood restoration efforts and members are already lining up to apply for funding.Royal hopes more monies will be made available for other Alberta First Nations to take advantage of entrepreneurial ventures in the near [email protected]last_img read more

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Compassion leads to more help less punishment

first_imgCompassion shapes our behaviour towards a person wronged and a wrongdoer and may lead us to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer, researchers have found.According to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, a new set of studies suggests that compassion — and intentionally cultivating it through training —impacts the extent to which people punish the transgressor.“Any action — helping or punishing — can arise from compassion, which involves at least two components: a ‘feeling’ component of empathic concern and caring for the suffering of another; and a cognitive, motivational component of wanting to alleviate that suffering,” said lead researcher Helen Weng. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the findings said understanding what motivates people to be altruistic can not only inform our own behaviours, it may also play a role in creating more just societal institutions, including the legal and penal systems.These findings are built upon previous work by Weng and others, which demonstrates that as little as two weeks of compassion training can result in measurable changes in the brain.These previous studies measured altruistic behaviour in research subjects but did not separate helping and punishing behaviour to learn which is most related to compassion. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo answer this question, the investigators tested whether compassion was related to helping or punishment in two studies where participants played the “Helping Game” or “Punishment Game”, using real money they could keep at the end of the game.In both games, participants watched through online interactions as one player with more funds chose to split an unfair amount of money with another player with no funds.In the Helping Game, the third-party observers could choose to do nothing or give some of their own funds to “help” the victim.In the Punishment Game, the third-party observers could choose to do nothing or “punish” the transgressor by spending their own funds to take money away from the wrongdoer.“People with higher empathic concern were more likely to help the victim than punish the transgressor. “But, interestingly, within the group of people who decided to punish the transgressor, those with more empathic concern decided to punish less,” Weng noted after the studies.last_img read more

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Exercises to enhance your running sessions

first_imgPre-running exercises help in increasing the blood flow to the muscles, reducing their stiffness and loosening them for better running, while post-running exercises help the body cool down and improve flexibility and performance, say experts. 4Hip flexor stretch: Stand tall. Flex your hip and knee to bring your right knee up toward your chest as you swing your left arm forward. Lower to the ground, then repeat on the other leg.4Leg flexor stretch: Stand tall with your right arm forward. Bend your knee at a right angle in front of you, thigh parallel to the ground, as you swing your right arm back and left arm forward. Contract your quads to extend your leg straight out. Return to standing, then repeat with the other leg. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Plantar flexor stretch: Stand with your hands on your hips. Raise your right foot a few inches, keeping your knee straight. Quickly flex your foot, pointing your toes upward. Return to standing, then repeat with the other foot.4Hip extensor stretch: Hinge forward at your hips. Raise your right foot and bend your right knee in front of you while swinging your left arm forward as you would when running. From there, maintain the same lean as you quickly stretch your right leg behind you. At the same time, swing your right arm forward and your left arm back. Return your knee in front of you and repeat with the other leg. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePost-running exercises:4Hamstring stretch: Keep your right leg just a little ahead of your left leg and place your hands on your hips. Now, with your right leg kept straight and toes facing up, bend your left leg. Bend forward towards your right leg with a straight back. Repeat the same with the other leg. This exercise helps you in relaxing your hamstrings after a good run.4Lower back stretch: While lying on your back, pull your right knee to your chest and hold the position for about 15 seconds. Repeat with the other leg and then get both your knees to your chest and hold it for 15 seconds. This exercise helps you gaining more flexibility while running next and also helps you control your breathing. 4Calf stretch: After stretching your right leg forward, bend your front foot at the knee and keep your back foot straight. Keep your left leg straight while pushing your left heel to the ground. Keep doing this till you feel a stretch at the back of your left leg, right below your knee. Repeat the same with the other leg. This exercise relaxes your calf while making them more flexible.4Thigh stretch: Pull your heel towards the left buttock by gently lifting the top of your foot behind you stretching the front of your thigh. Keep your knees together while doing the exercise.ianslast_img read more