Small Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain CommerceMarch 26, 2010 Advertisements RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, is imploring entrepreneurs in the small business sector to continue to hold strain and have confidence that the economy will begin to thrive.“It’s difficult, but I just want to encourage you to feel confident not only in your ability to play your part and to grow your business, but to have confidence in your country. These difficult times will pass, and when they do, we are hoping as an administration to establish our economy on a real sustainable footing,” Mr. Samuda said at yesterday’s (March 24) meeting of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Alliance.He told entrepreneurs, who attended the meeting held at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s (JTI) Trafalgar Road headquarters that the government will not be pursuing a policy, “where we make things easy today by accumulating debt, but tomorrow the next generation has to pay for it and we suffer.”Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda looks at the MSME Alliance’s most recent report, during his address at the organisation’s third annual general meeting at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s Trafalgar Road headquarters, yesterday (March 24).Noting that this type of policy is unsustainable, he stated that emphasis will be placed on productive enterprises, as the government seeks to regenerate a culture of industriousness.“We have to try and encourage those in the productive sector to help us to work our way out of this.those days (of easy money) quite frankly are over. It is over for the banks and its over for those customers who sit back and reap great dividends and do nothing,” he stated.In fact, Mr. Samuda said, this new approach will redound to the benefit of small business owners who are faced with the challenge of sourcing funds, as increased competition in the financial sector, will force banks to seek out such entrepreneurs.President of the MSME Alliance, Professor Rosalea Hamilton (left), in discussion with Treasurer of the Alliance Mr. Orville Christie (centre), and Vice President of Representation and External Affairs for the Alliance, Mr. Donovan Wignall, during the third annual general meeting of organsiation, which was held at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s Trafalgar Road headquarters, yesterday (March 24).“In order to sustain the level of administrative costs that they (banks) have to pay to run heir businesses, they will have to be more aggressive in their loan portfolios,” he projected.The MSME Alliance comprises more than 3,200 organisations and 300,000 MSMEs associations across sectors such as manufacturing, personal services, transportation, entertainment, agriculture, mining, and retailing.It seeks to build meaningful partnerships and create strategic alliances and effective networking between existing business associations and their members.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Bill PrichardLast week, we looked at two great movements in the history of payments: “Let’s Trade” and “Cash Is King.” Cash had a lengthy reign, indeed, lasting from about 630 B.C. to the mid-20th century. But credit and online payments took the lead in rapid succession before the century was done. Let’s look at credit today, and we’ll conclude our series with “Click” next week.After World War II, consumers embraced the automobile and took to the roads. The freedom of travel for business and pleasure drove a desire for a payment tool that was safer and more convenient than carrying large quantities of cash. Oil companies began issuing “charge cards” which travelers could use to pay for fuel, repairs and lodging. The convenience and value of the cash-free card became apparent to many other merchants as well. Soon large retail chains and hotels were offering their own charge cards. In 1950 the first universal payment card, the Diners Club Card, was introduced. American Express, Bank of America and MasterCard soon followed with their own charge cards.Credit cards had a life-style altering impact on consumer payments. Purchases of need or simply of want could be made without the requirement of ready cash. Credit cards were also safer for the consumer since the card company largely took on the responsibility for any fraudulent charges. The well-known downside of credit cards was the increase in consumer debt.For retailers credit cards also had a fundamental impact. Rules were developed to standardize credit card processing, which reduced fraud and misuse of cards. As time went on the speed (“swiping” we call it today) of the credit card transaction improved as well. continue reading »
Gophers’ men’s hockey pro signing trackerThe first Gophers’ player to sign was Mat Robson with the Minnesota Wild on Monday.Jack RodgersJunior Mat Robson eyes the puck from the goal during the game against Arizona State on Friday, March 1 at 3M at Mariucci Arena. Drew Cove and Jack WarrickMarch 19, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintNow that the Gophers’ men’s hockey season is over, keep track of the players that sign professional contracts here as they happenGoaltender Mat Robson (March 18)Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton announced Monday afternoon that the team was signing Minnesota junior goaltender Mat Robson to a two-year contract starting with the 2018-19 season.Robson got the start and was in net when the Gophers’ season ended on Saturday after losing in overtime to Notre Dame in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals 2-1. Robson, a Mississauga, Ontario native, finished with a .921 save percentage on 31 starts this season. He led the Big Ten in saves with 950, and was named one of three finalists for the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year last week.Robson started most of the Gophers’ hockey games this season, beating out former starter and two-time Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Eric Schierhorn for playing time. He transferred to the team last year, and had to sit out half of the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Robson was the only goaltender on the 2018-19 roster eligible to play next season.The Minnesota Wild has two goaltenders on the NHL roster: Alex Stalock and Devan Dubnyk, and the Iowa Wild, it’s AHL affiliate, has two goalies on its roster as well.Forward Tommy Novak (March 20)The American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, the minor league affiliate team of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, signed senior forward Tommy Novak to an amateur try-out contract on Wednesday. Novak spent much of this season as one of the top centers for the Gophers. He collected 21 points in 38 games this season. Over his entire career, he had 88 points in 129 collegiate games with Minnesota. His most productive season statistically was his freshman year in 2015-16 with 27 points in 27 games.The Predators’ organization acquired his NHL rights when it drafted him in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.Goaltender Eric Schierhorn (March 21)Another Gophers’ goaltender is on his way to a professional team. This time, it was senior Eric Schierhorn who signed a professional contract Thursday. He signed with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL, one of the minor league affiliate teams of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Schierhorn collected many accolades in his time with the Gophers. He was the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year twice, in each of his first two seasons with the team. He also set the program record for longest game-starting streak for a goaltender at 94 games. That mark ranks fourth in NCAA records.Schierhorn led the team to two Big Ten regular season titles in 2016 and 2017, the same years he won Big Ten Goaltender of the Year. After he set his 94-game starting streak, Schierhorn began to see his time in the net decrease and that streak come to an end. That was due to former goaltender Mat Robson transferring and becoming eligible halfway through the 2017-18 season. During Schierhorn’s senior season, he played 11 games, 15 less than his next lowest season game total.In all, Schierhorn appeared in 112 games for the Gophers and recorded 59 wins and 44 losses with four ties. Forward Rem Pitlick (March 22)Another player signed before his eligibility was up, junior forward Rem Pitlick. Pitlick decided to not play his senior season with the Gophers and decided to sign with the NHL’s Nashville Predators on Friday.Pitlick’s deal with the Predators is a two-year entry level contract. It is unclear as of Friday if Pitlick will be playing with the NHL club or its AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Admirals also signed Gophers’ forward Tommy Novak to an ATO. Pitlick is the second player to forgo his senior season with Minnesota this year, as earlier this week junior goaltender Mat Robson signed with the Minnesota Wild. Pitlick quietly recorded 45 points in 38 games this season, which led the team in scoring. He had 21 goals, which was the most on the team, and the next highest goal scorer had 14. He finished his Gophers’ career as a near point-per-game player. Pitlick had 108 points in 112 games played for the team over three years. His junior and final season was by far his most productive, it eclipsed his next higest point total by 13 points.Pitlick was originally drafted by the Predators in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.Forward Tyler Sheehy (March 22)The Gophers’ last two-year captain has signed a professional contract. Senior Tyler Sheehy signed an amateur try-out contract with the Iowa Wild of the AHL, the minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. Sheehy became the Gophers’ captain after his predecessor, Justin Kloos, followed a similar path to the next level. Kloos was a two-year captain and signed with the Wild organization to become a pro. Both Kloos and Sheehy were not selected in an NHL Entry Draft.The Burnsville, Minnesota native’s best season came in his sophomore year, when he had 53 points with 20 goals and 33 assists. His production declined last season but surged again this season for 41 points, one spot behind forward Rem Pitlick for the lead on the team.Sheehy will make his debut for the Iowa Wild on Friday. He will join another former Gophers’ captain, Kyle Rau, as a teammate on the ice in his professional debut.Forward Brent Gates Jr. (March 22)Shortly after one half of the Gophers’ captaincy signed a professional contract, the other half followed. Co-captain Brent Gates Jr. signed an amateur try-out contract with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, the minor league affiliate for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Gates was drafted by the Ducks in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and spent four seasons with the Gophers. Gates improved his production in each season with Minnesota culminating in 31 points in 38 games played this past season. Over the course of his four seasons with the team, he played in 148 games and missed out on just three possible contests. Gates will join former Gophers’ captain Justin Kloos in San Diego with the Gulls.This article will be updated as more players sign professional contracts.Defense Jack Sadek (March 28)Gophers’ defense Jack Sadek signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Iowa Wild on Thursday, the team’s general manager Tom Kurvers announced.Sadek, a Lakeville, Minn. native, tallied 43 points in his four-year career with Minnesota, including a career-high 18 points and 14 assists this season on the top line. Sadek was drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. He is the first Gophers defense to sign a professional contract this season.Teammate at Minnesota and 2018-19 Gophers’ captain Tyler Sheehy was signed by the Iowa Wild on March 22.
Nov 18, 2009British patients skeptical about H1N1 vaccineLess than half of British patients who have been offered the pandemic vaccine accepted it, Reuters reported today. The findings were based on a poll of 107 family doctors conducted by Pulse magazine. Reasons included fear of side effects and views that the virus is mild. The doctors reported even less acceptance among pregnant women, a high-risk group. The UK government said it’s too early to speculate on vaccine uptake rates.http://www.reuters.com/article/healthcareSector/idUSLI10514020091118Nov 18 Reuters storyCanada reports few serious reactions to vaccineWith 6.6 million doses of H1N1 vaccine given so far, Canada has seen only 36 serious adverse reactions, according to Dr. David Butler-Jones, the country’s chief public health officer. He said one person died of an anaphylactic reaction, but it was not yet certain if the vaccine caused it, CTV News reported. Serious events have also included fevers and convulsions. Butler-Jones said 20% of Canada’s 31 million people have been vaccinated, which he called the highest proportion of any country.http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20091117/adverse_091117/20091117Nov 17 CTV News reportGlobal Tamiflu-resistant cases detailedIn a review of the global cases of oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant H1N1 reported thus far, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said the patients have been geographically dispersed and not linked and the viruses were all susceptible to the other common antiviral, zanamivir (Relenza). Of the 32 cases detailed, two factors may have played a role: reduced immunity and preventive antiviral therapy (prophylaxis). Three cases had no known history of exposure to oseltamivir.http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/activities/sciadvice/Lists/ECDC%20Reviews/ECDC_DispForm.aspx?List=512ff74f-77d4-4ad8-b6d6-bf0f23083f30&ID=683Nov 18 ECDC reviewSanta groups air pandemic flu concernsSanta workers and volunteers are seeking ways to prevent novel H1N1 infection during the holiday season, the Associated Press (AP) reported. One trade group urged its members to use hand sanitizer and take vitamins and the public to keep sick children home. The president of another group asked state lawmaker to consider prioritizing Santa for H1N1 vaccine, given that many are exposed to sick children and are obese, which has been identified as a high-risk condition.Shortening sermons to fight fluSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs has told Muslim preachers to keep their sermons short because of concern that the H1N1 virus may spread in crowded mosques, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported today. The ministry also instructed imams to use sermons to dispel rumors about how the virus spreads and to urge the faithful to observe good hygiene to prevent infection.http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/health/news/article_1514053.phpNov 18 DPA report
BARCELONA’s Metropolitan Transport Authority has approved plans to build a 35 km orbital metro line linking the city’s eastern, northern and western suburbs (MR 00 p30). The formal endorsement of Line 9 enables the Catalunya regional government to apply for European Union cohesion funding towards the estimated costs of Pts180bn for infrastructure and Pts33bn for rolling stock.Line 9 will connect Gorg/Singuerling in the northeast suburb of Badalona with the airport at El Prat via La Sagrera, Sarrià, and Zona Franca, with either 37 or 38 stations. It will serve the districts of Santa Eulalia and Collblanc in Hospitalet, together with the future court complex, Barcelona football club, the industrial estates around Zona Franca and Fira Pedrosa. Interchange will be provided at 13 stations, linking with the existing five metro lines, Renfe and FGC suburban services and the planned AVE station at La Sagrera.East of La Sagrera, the line is now expected to split into two branches. One would run directly to meet Line 1 at Santa Coloma, and the other would connect with Line 2 at Badalona. Scheduled for completion by 2010, Line 9 is expected to carry 85 million passengers a year.
USC’s Alaina Coates from Dutch Fork HS is one of three players who will be trying to earn spots on U.S. teams.COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – University of South Carolina women’s basketball players Tiffany Mitchell, Alaina Coates and A’ja Wilson are heading to U.S. tryout camps to earn spots on national teams competing this summer.Mitchell, two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, and Coates were invited to try out for the American teams playing at the Pan American Games and the World University Games. Wilson will try out for the United State Under-19 team playing in the classification’s world championships.The camps take place next week in Colorado Springs, Colorado.The Pan Am Games take place in Toronto, Canada with the women’s basketball tournament played from July 16-20. The World University Games will be played in Gwangju, South Korea, from July 4-13.The U19 world championship tournament will be in Chekhov, Russia, from July 18-26.
The day before the start of the regular season was all about contracts, and there could be more to come this week.Meanwhile, one player is taking the opportunity to remind people he’s still looking for a job. Colin Kaepernick posts video of himself training with Odell Beckham Jr. Josh Rosen ‘still learning’ Dolphins offense, offensive coordinator says 🔙 in action❕@EzekielElliott | #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/AZ3kkLHz6u— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 4, 2019The Cowboys open the regular season against the Giants on Sunday.Antonio Brown has his helmet, but is still left with finesThe Raiders receiver will wear a Xenith Shadow after previously sporting a Schutt AiR Advantage, which was no longer approved by the NFL because it was deemed outdated. Brown said the new helmet makes him feel “agile and comfortable” while also allowing for “better visibility.”After the summer drama, Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown has opted to play this season in a Xenith Shadow helmet. Brown believes the Xenith Shadow makes him feel more agile and comfortable, and allows for better visibility.RIP, Schutt AiR Advantage. pic.twitter.com/dNFWO9Z8QD— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2019Brown had filed two grievances against the league as he hoped to avoid wearing a new model, but he lost both hearings. Given he didn’t have proper headgear until now, he’s left with more than $50,000 in fines he racked up for missing mandatory team activities while the equipment debacle was ongoing.Nick Foles dealing with abdominal sorenessNonetheless, the Jaguars quarterback is still expected to be under center for Jacksonville’s opener Sunday against the Chiefs, but his status is something to be monitored Thursday when the team resumes practice.Foles was held to just 19 snaps in the preseason, all of which came during the third game against the Dolphins. Should his limited availability continue, though, the Jaguars only have rookie Gardner Minshew and second-year quarterback Chase Litton on the depth chart.Two things that don’t matterMelvin Gordon trade market lukewarmMaybe it’s the high asking price, as the Chargers are rumored to be seeking a first-round pick and a fifth-round pick. But the running back hasn’t garnered much interest beyond Philadelphia. The Eagles reportedly proposed sending Jordan Howard to the Chargers in exchange for Gordon and a swap of mid-round picks. However, this would cause the Chargers to take on some of Gordon’s salary, so naturally, the team declined the lopsided trade.Gordon will miss Week 1 against the Colts since he failed to report to the Chargers’ facility this week, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens in Week 2.Atlanta “very, very close” to agreement with Julio JonesThe Falcons receiver never had plans to hold out but team owner Arthur Blank offered some assurance, saying he has every reason to believe the two sides will reach a deal soon.”I’d be surprised and disappointed if we didn’t get it done this week. … I think it’s very reasonable to assume it will get done this week,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told The Athletic.Jones, who is set to earn $9.6 million in 2019, has two years left on the five-year deal worth $71 million he signed in 2015, though the expectation has long been that he will have a new contract in place before Atlanta kicks off the regular season Sunday against the Vikings. Browns to wear ‘Color Rush’ jerseys as primary uniforms for 2019 season Three things that matterEzekiel Elliott ends holdout after getting Cowboys extensionJust hours after Jared Goff signed a record-breaking deal with the Rams, Elliott got the contract he’s been holding out all offseason for — a six-year deal worth $90 million in new money that included $50 million guaranteed to make him the NFL’s highest-paid running back. The 24-year-old returned to Dallas on Tuesday and was back at practice with the team Wednesday for the first time this year. Related News One video you have to seeA shirtless Odell Beckham Jr. caught passes — including a couple one-handed beauties — from Colin Kaepernick in a video the former 49ers quarterback tweeted.From putting in work predraft, to staying ready against the odds! Love to my Brother @obj – #StillReady🎥: @REL @djtonedef @GaryNgUSC pic.twitter.com/mcSCn8vpHE— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 4, 2019Wednesday’s tweet of the dayBrown let the Raiders know exactly how he felt when he shared a screenshot of his fines to his Instagram story with the caption that read, in part, “when your own team want to hate but there’s no stopping me now.”Antonio Brown posts his displeasure with fines from #Raiders pic.twitter.com/0OMhdwFu7K— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 4, 2019
Advertisement Indian Women’s under 19 team were beaten by Nepal with a margin of 2-0 in the AFC under 19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers. The centre forward of Nepal, Rekha scored a brace against India in the second half of the match to give them the first win in the AFC under 19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers. With this defeat, India’s chances to go to the next round of the tournament are not looking much certain as they are now at the same points with Thailand and Nepal after two matches. Advertisement After the thumping win against the arch rivals Pakistan in the previous match with a margin of 18-0, it was seeming that the girls are ready to play against any top side of the World. But that was not the real scenario as it was a nervy contest throughout the 90 minutes. It was India’s second defeat against Nepal in this month as Nepal were victorious against India in the SAFF under 18 Championship. Jabamani Tudu got two good chances in the first half for India but she failed to convert those into Goals. On the other hand, Rekha was also denied twice by the Indian Goalkeeper. Advertisement In the second half of the match, the intensity of Nepal’s attacking threats became more and the defensive unit of India were not able to stop the opponent’s striker Rekha to score a brace in this match. After this defeat, India’s qualification chances depend on the result of the match between Pakistan and Nepal. Firstly, India have to win the match against the host Nation Thailand and hope that Nepal do not win their match against Pakistan. Advertisement Advertisement
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