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Hempstead Man Shot Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old man was shot and killed in his hometown of Hempstead over the weekend, according to Nassau County police, who are now searching for the killer.Officers responded to a call of a disturbance involving a group of people on Linden Place and upon arrival they found Blair Kearse suffering from gunshot wounds shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, police said.Kearse was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he later died.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

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Govt failed miserably to deliver on key policies

first_imgDear Editor,In a desperate attempt to deceive the electorate, leading up to the 2015 General Election, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government propounded one the most vacuous and misleading manifestos ever. Three years later, following a meticulous fact-check, finds reveal the coalition Government failed miserably to deliver on some of their key policies.According to the 2015 APNU/AFC coalition manifesto, the following measures and policies were supposed to take effect once the party got into office, however, as outlined thereafter, the contrary was achieved. Over the next few days I wish to examine each measure, so we can determine how faithful they have been to their promise.1. Achieve rapid economic growth and development driven by the Private Sector in combination with the State and cooperativesEconomic development has slowed significantly due to the underperformance of key traditional sectors such as rice, sugar, and timber. Contemporary growth in GDP is attributed mainly to high production level by the two major foreign mining companies.With respect to the Private Sector, over the past three years, a slew of counterproductive policies has been unleashed by the Government in their unstoppable attempt to boost domestic revenue. More than 200 tax measures have been levied on consumers, precipitating of the sharpest decline in private consumption by more than $32 billion in 2017, when compared to 2014. Thus, from 2014 to 2017, aggregate private consumption contracted by more than $196 billion. When compared to 2014, actual private consumption in 2017 is $32 billion less. What this tells us is that, on average, from 2014-2017, each household in Guyana has cut back on spending by more than $1.1 million or $30,500 monthly. With respect to domestic credit, Central Government increased their share by more than 259 per cent since taking up office, whilst the Public Sector got a mere 12 per cent increase. The implication is a larger Government, which is ostensibly seen in the huge increase in recurrent expenditure by more than $49 billion. Moreover, the Government continues to slumber in the development of the local content policy, a critical piece of legislation that is instrumental in insulating our future oil economy from the “resource curse”.Finally, based on the latest report of prudential ratios for financial sectors by the Bank of Guyana, return on equity of the five major commercial banks, Republic Bank Limited, GBTI, Nova Scotia, Demerara Bank Limited, and Citizen Bank, contracted by 10 per cent, 6.5 per cent, nine per cent, 8.2 per cent and 5.1 per cent, respectively, during the first six months of 2018. Thus these are all signs of an emasculated financial sector, one that is rapidly deteriorating. Given our burgeoning deficit, and forecasted low growth, Guyana may soon have to pursue restrictive fiscal policies: slashing of budgetary allocation to key sectors such as health, education and housing, et hoc genus omne.Sincerely,Mohamed Irfaan AliPPP/C MPlast_img read more

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Ecobank to Introduce ‘Special Product’ for Chinese

first_imgEcobank Liberia Limited (ELL) has hosted the Ecobank-Chinese Business Forum (ECBF) in Monrovia with Management announcing that the Bank is working on a product exclusively for Chinese businesses operating in the country. The forum, the first of its kind ever in the banking industry, took place at the Chinese-own Golden Gate Hotel on July 11, with several Chinese business executives, special guests and Ecobank-Liberia staffs in attendance. It comes amid growing Chinese presence in the country.The aim of the forum, the Management says, is to attract Chinese customers to save their monies with Ecobank. Ecobank-Liberia Managing Director Mr. Kola Adeleke, who introduced the forum, said the decision by Ecobank to pioneer the new relationship with the Chinese is intended to bolster the Bank’s relationship with Chinese businesses in the country.Although Mr. Adeleke didn’t name the new product for his Chinese customers, he noted that if introduced, it will be exclusively for Chinese businesses to use as an instrument to transact with key business centers in the country.He also disclosed that Ecobank Management is setting up a corporate desk exclusively for Chinese with a Chinese-Liberia local account officer in charge in Monrovia.“I want to assure all our Chinese customers of our commitment to helping their businesses in Liberia and to ensure further strengthening of our business relationship,” said the Ecobank Managing Director.He said the local Chinese-Liberia account officer will be a Liberian who is voiced enough in speaking Chinese.“We are sure that this account officer will be able to deal with issues facing our Chinese customers in a special way,” he said.  Mr. Adeleke’s remarks were relayed in Chinese to the Chinese audience by Mr. David Quame Appiah of Ecobank Ghana.Mr. Appiah, according to Ecobank officials, studied how to read and write Chinese in China. “It is a great joy for us as managers of the Pan African Bank to establish we really care for the Chinese people in Liberia,” the Ecobank Managing Director stated.He observed that Ecobank Bank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), parent company of Ecobank Group, sees China as a crucial partner for the development of Africa. According to the Ecobank Liberia Managing Director, ETI has been following China’s   investment in Africa, which led the company to recognize it as a crucial partner for the development of the continent.In 2013, China’s total investment in Africa is over US$210 billion dollars. Chinese at the Ecobank Chinese Business Forum made several inquiries from Management including the issue of visa and other debit cards.They also requested Management to build an Ecobank Branch near the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town.The Chinese also requested for multi-language automated teller machines mainly ones that have Chinese writings. In response, Mr. Adeleke assured the Chinese that he will take the issue of the Chinese language ATMs to ETI for discussion.The Ecobank boss thanked the Chinese for bringing about the idea and declared that the current Ecobank ATMs are assigned for both English and French. On the issue of Chinese businesses who don’t have collateral accessing loan from Ecobank, Mr. Adeleke explained that since some of the Chinese don’t have assets for collateral, they can use the assets of their parent companies to acquire loan from the Bank.On the issue of interest rate pricing as raised by the Chinese, Mr. Adeleke noted that the Bank will consider lowering pricing according to the case.He told the Chinese that Ecobank Management is willing to sit and discuss the pricing. Meanwhile, the Chinese businesses have pledged to do business with Ecobank as they consider the Bank a partner.One of the Chinese participating in the forum spoke of how Ecobank is making impact in the country. In her closing remarks, Ecobank Liberia Board Chair Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker said the Bank has seen the contribution of Chinese to the Liberian economy.Mrs. Parker noted that as the Pan African Bank focusing on the development of Africa and Africans, Ecobank Liberia has decided to work with the Chinese who are also involved in developing Africa to support their businesses in Liberia.“The Chinese have come a long way in becoming our strong partners and so we at Ecobank see them as our good friends,” she said.“This is why we have decided to make available a special product exclusively for them (Chinese) which will be introduced soon. And this product will be accompanied by the setting up of a corporate at Ecobnak exclusively for them also,” said Mrs. Parker.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Forty-one arrests after ‘extremely busy’ night in Letterkenny

first_imgThere was a sharp rise in crime and arrests last night in Letterkenny – the second night of the 2019 Donegal International Rally.Forty-one people were arrested overnight for a wide range of offences, including drink driving, drugs and the assault of a Garda member.The arrests report for Saturday night were:  21 arrests for Public order offences1 arrest for an assault on a Garda member8 arrests for a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act1 arrest for the sale and supply of drugs,1 arrest for a Section 3 assault (Assault causing harm)4 arrests for dangerous driving 1 arrest for being drunk in charge 4 arrests for drink driving“Gardai had an extremely busy night last night,” said a spokesperson this morning. Letterkenny Garda Station recorded a high volume of people in custody between 5pm on Saturday and 7am this Sunday morning.The 2019 Donegal International Rally comes to a close today, with five more stages taking place around Donegal before crowds arrive back in Letterkenny this evening.Gardaí are hopeful for a safe and positive end to the events: “The Rally is not yet over and we would like to again take this opportunity to urge everyone to drive carefully on our roads and have regard for others on the roads also. We want everyone to make it home safely from the Rally. Lets hope the sun shines today for the final stages!”   Forty-one arrests after ‘extremely busy’ night in Letterkenny was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Space Entropy: The SpaceX Stunt as an Argument Against UFOs

first_imgA cosmic shooting gallery in space will make quick work of the racing car Elon Musk launched into space. Hint: it won’t evolve into a Ferrari.In a Barnum-style stunt, space entrepreneur Elon Musk launched his Tesla Roadster atop his Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018. Space.com posted the video of the spectacular launch, a new milestone in private space flight. Before knowing the launch was successful, Rafi Letzter at Live Science asked chemists what would happen to the space car as it heads toward the asteroid belt or beyond.There’s a “midnight cherry” Tesla Roadster hurtling toward deep space right now, the first-ever payload of the Falcon Heavy rocket. It’s worth asking why this is happening, and Live Science has. But given that it is happening, it’s also worth asking what is going to happen to this electric sportscar condemned to what could be a billion-year elliptical journey through outer space.Credit: SpaceX, via Daily Mail UK.The short answer is: it won’t look pristine and pretty. Before long, entropy will make sure of that. What do the chemists predict will happen in the cosmic shooting gallery, as the car is pummeled over time with cosmic debris of all sizes and speeds? Hopefully, Musk thought to disable the airbags, deflate the tires and remove the windshield wiper fluid first. Can the other parts last long in the vacuum of space?The real forces that will tear the car apart over hundreds of millions of years in space, Carroll said, are solid objects and — most importantly — radiation.Even if the car avoids any major collisions, over very long time horizons, it’s unlikely the vehicle could avoid the kind of collisions with micrometeorites that leave other space junk riddled with craters over time, Carroll said.But assuming those collisions don’t completely tear the car apart, the radiation will.On the ground, we don’t experience the impact damage and radiation this car will experience up there, because we have a magnetic shield and an atmosphere. In the vacuum of space, there’s nothing to stop radiation and cosmic rays from hitting the sports car at full speed. Chemist William Carroll from Indiana University says that anything with a carbon-carbon or carbon-hydrogen bond, including everything made of plastic, leather or fabric, will be ripped apart over time.The energy of stellar radiation can cause those bonds to snap. And that can cause the car to fall to bits as effectively as if it were attacked with a knife.“When you cut something with a knife, in the end, you’re cutting some chemical bonds,” Carroll said.A knife cuts those bonds in a straight line. But radiation will split them at random, causing organic materials from the leather seats to the rubber tires to the paints to — given a long enough time span — perhaps even the carbon fiber body to discolor, flake, and splinter away into space.How long will this take? Billions of years? “Those organics, in that environment, I wouldn’t give them a year,” Carroll said.The non-carbon parts, like the metal frame and glass not yet shattered by impacts, might last much longer. Carroll and another scientist, Richard Sachleben, think it might be somewhat recognizable after a million years, but certainly not a billion years. “A billion years is a long, LONG time,” Sachleben wrote, “so no telling what it will be like by then.”“Those organics, in that environment, I wouldn’t give them a year,” Carroll said.As for us humans, be glad you are under a protective atmosphere and magnetic field. Astronauts only survive by taking the earth environment with them. “Human beings tend to experience some pretty grisly effects in vacuum,” the article says.Update 2/09/18: Space.com adds another fact: you would die in minutes if wearing the spacesuit worn by the Starman dummy in the Roadster.Graphic by David CoppedgeThe grim assessment of the future of Hot Rods in Space bears on the question of UFOs. People who believe that UFOs are spacecraft from distant stars or galaxies need to factor in the effects of entropy. Radiation, micrometeorites and asteroids are ubiquitous and hard to avoid. The recent documentary from CMI, Alien Intrusion,* discusses the power requirements not only to fly vast distances, but the energy required to shield a craft from debris. As scientists in the film explain, it appears physically impossible, due to relativity alone, to fly physical craft over such distances. The risk to a craft from flying debris and radiation doubles the impossibility. The same reality check applies to TV fantasies like Star Trek and Star Wars.*Click link to order this film on DVD or Blu-ray.This article provides a reality check for evolutionists: the damage potential of blind, unguided forces. Radiation and impacts will not improve the Tesla Roadster, transforming it into a Ferrari. And yet Darwin presumed to build humans from bacteria using only blind, unguided forces. He should have listened to his Christian contemporaries in the physical sciences, like Lord Kelvin, and learned a thing or two about entropy before speculating in fantasyland about getting princes from frogs and humans from soup.Recommended Resource: The Spring 2018 CSRQ journal from the Creation Research Society is a special issue on Astronomy from a creation perspective. The opening article by Danny Faulkner (PhD, astronomy), “Does Extraterrestrial Life Exist?”, discusses the question, examining the history of belief in aliens by scientists and theologians, the physical evidence about exoplanets and SETI, and the philosophical and theological implications of alternative positions. (Visited 685 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Maritime cooperation for growth

first_imgCape Town harbour is one of South Africa’s seven big commercial ports. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Transnet CEO Karl Socikwa says that the R300bn investment over the next seven years will allow the transport company to keep up with the needs of its customers.(Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Viwe Tlaleane  Transnet media liaison  +27 11 308 2384 or +27 83 979 0707 RELATED ARTICLES • Grand opening for Port of Ngqura • Maritime cluster for Mandela Bay • SA harbour chief makes world history • SA’s second health train rolls out • SA women marine pilots make historyJanine ErasmusAfrican countries must boost trade amongst themselves in order to better grow their economies and infrastructure – this is the message from experts in the maritime industry, expressed at the Africa Ports and Harbours Show in Johannesburg.The show, which runs until 29 June, is the 15th edition and is the continent’s only ports and harbours exhibition and conference. It attracts delegates from all over Africa and beyond, among them port operators, representatives from shipping companies and governments, and customers.The event also includes the AfricaRail 2012 and Signalling and Train Control World 2012 conferences.“We need to determine how best to leverage the opportunities presented by our oceans,” said Sobantu Tilayi, head of the South African Maritime Safety Association’s centre for shipping services, addressing attendees at the event.South Africa, and Africa, shouldn’t be overly dependent on markets outside the continent for growth in their economies and maritime industries, he said, alluding to the current financial crisis in Europe which has had an impact, albeit moderate, on the volumes handled in South African ports.“There is potential in Africa,” said Tilayi. “If we trade amongst ourselves, economies will pick up. The global maritime industry is currently structured against Africa – it’s geared mainly towards the export of minerals and largely ignores other sectors, and regional trade will even the scales.”The CEO of Transnet’s National Ports Authority, Tau Morwe, said that ports are facilitators of trade, and that Africa is growing at a steady pace.The ports authority was established in 2000, when Portnet, the port division of state-owned freight transport and logistics company Transnet, divided into two entities known as Transnet Port Terminals and the National Ports Authority.It’s responsible for the running of South Africa’s seven commercial ports – Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura and East London – while Transnet Port Terminals oversees cargo-handling services at terminals in the ports. “Regional port organisations need to get together as a bloc,” said Morwe, “and focus less on appeasing customers by competing to give the best rates, and more on development and working together.”Morwe also said that instead of merely being a source of minerals for the rest of the world, Africa needs to develop into a world-class manufacturing zone in its own right. This development is happening on the continent, he said, but is limited to a handful of countries.Keeping up with global growthIn order to accommodate the changes in the global shipping industry, said Morwe, South Africa needs to keep up.“Ships are getting bigger,” he said, “and the challenge to African ports is to keep up. For instance, we have almost finished widening and deepening the entrance channel to Durban harbour so that the super-ships can come in.”These infrastructural challenges, he said, are left over from the days of the former Afrikaner government, when there was little or no trade relationship with the rest of the region and no need to accommodate foreign ships.“After 1994 we were faced with this lack of capacity,” he said, “but today we can’t blame those who are not here – we just have to get on with it.”Investing billions in infrastructure developmentBut in order to take full advantage of this potential increase in intra-African trade, the infrastructure must be up to the task.Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa said that the company has unrolled a bold new seven-year capital expenditure plan, known as the market demand strategy (MDS). The R300-billion (US$36-billion) MDS was announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation speech earlier in 2012, as one of five focus areas in the government’s massive infrastructure development drive. The MDS will run until 2018/2019.“Of this amount, R200-billion ($23.4-billion) is allocated to rail projects and the majority of the balance to projects in the ports,” said Zuma in his speech.Of the tranche put aside for rail, R151-billion ($18-billion) is allocated to the general freight business, said Morwe. This is historically biased towards the transport and export of coal and iron ore, but there should be a greater focus on other products such as agricultural produce.Transnet Port Terminals will get about R33-billion ($3.9-billion), some of which will be used to replace old equipment, with the majority going towards expansion.“Our current capital programme involves a spend of R100-billion ($12-billion) over five years,” said Socikwa, “but the MDS will allow us to invest at the right level to cater for increasing demands from our customers.”All of South Africa’s major ports will benefit from the scheme, he said. The country’s big ports each have their own specialisation in terms of the cargo they handle – Durban handles mainly containers, Cape Town handles containerised fruit, and Richards Bay handles bulk commodities.The capacity of the iron ore export channel at Saldanha, on the west coast, will be increased from 60-million tons per annum to 82-million tons per annum, while Richards Bay, whose infrastructure is old, will receive a major general upgrade to the tune of R3.7-billion ($441-million). Later in 2012, Durban’s Pier Two will take delivery of seven new tandem-lift ship-to-shore cranes, said Socikwa, which is a continental first and allows for the simultaneous lifting of two 12-metre containers or four six-metre containers. Maydon Wharf, also in Durban, is scheduled for new container handling equipment such as mobile cranes.The capacity of the Eastern Cape’s Ngqura Container Terminal will be expanded from the current 800 000 TEUs to two-million TEUs by 2019, and Port Elizabeth’s manganese facility is to be moved to Ngqura because of the greater capacity available there.A TEU is a 20-foot equivalent unit, and is a term used in the shipping industry to refer to capacity, based on the volume of a standard 20-foot, or six-metre container.All of these investments, said Socikwa, will be carried out in a sustainable manner that doesn’t jeopardise the running of the business.The MDS will also develop human capital and create many jobs, because people must be able to operate the new infrastructure to its full potential, and it will help substantially to bolster the country’s competitiveness regionally and internationally.last_img read more

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Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Hoersten Farms, Allen County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Week #3 of Feeding Farmers took us to Delphos and the farm of Kurt Hoersten. He is working with his future Father-In-Law, Steve Warnecke, on a farm that runs corn and soybeans, as has also diversified to include some popcorn, cattle and show pigs.last_img

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The Powerful Beliefs of a Successful Sales Manager

first_imgThere are all kinds of beliefs a sales management or sales leader might hold, some healthy, many more unhealthy. If you want to turn in your best performance, those results will start with your beliefs, your mindset. Here is a good set of beliefs to consider.Everything Is My FaultYou cannot be an effective leader without first accepting that everything is your fault. You are the leader, and that makes you responsible for the people in your charge. It also makes you responsible for the people one level above you on the organizational chart.If your team’s performance isn’t what it should be, you are the one with the authority and responsibility to remedy it. If an individual is negative and infecting others with harmful beliefs, they are only wreaking havoc because you haven’t done anything about it. If you don’t protect your team from negativity, the infection will eventually take hold.If people on your team lack the mindset, skill sets, or tool kits, those things are your responsibility. If they need to improve, you need to improve them (and if you don’t like this group you refuse to develop, I promise you won’t like the next group any better. There is nowhere to hide from your duty as the leader.)You are also responsible for the people to whom you report. If they don’t understand the situation on the ground in your market, you haven’t done an effective job informing them in a way that compels them to act. If your team is missing the things they need, you are the one who has to acquire these things for them. That means persuading the people to whom you report to give you what you need. You are responsible for informing your leadership with what they need to know so that they can help you lead your team effectively.The price of being an effective leader is responsibility. You cannot blame anyone or anything else.I Set and Keep the StandardsOver the last few years, more companies find themselves “opportunity-starved.” They don’t have enough opportunities because their salespeople don’t prospect (or don’t prospect enough, or don’t prospect effectively). Too many of these “non-prospecting,” “alleged” salespeople have spent too much time reading posts on LinkedIn. As a leader, you are responsible for setting and keeping the standards by which your team operates.If the standard is that everyone prepares for sales meetings, believing the gift of time is too important to waste, you will have better meetings with your dream clients and improve how you are perceived. If you leave success to chance, you effectively have no standard. When you allow people to decide for themselves how they will approach both creating and capturing opportunities, the lack of a standard allows people to do less than what is necessary to win.If you think back to the best leader you have ever worked for, one of the first things you will find true is that they required you to raise your standards. They believed you were capable of more than you believed at the time. They didn’t accept mediocrity. They wanted you to be your best and turn in your best performance.If there is going to be a standard, you have to establish and maintain it. If you don’t decide what the standard is, it will be lower than you need it to be by default.We Are All Accountable to Our MissionYour goal or quota does not belong to your company or your leadership. It belongs to you. As the leader, you were given responsibility and resources with which to produce some result. You are accountable for the mission you have accepted. For you to succeed, everyone on your team has to also be responsible for and to the mission.You have to talk about your goals. You have to share why they are important to you, your team, your clients, and your company. You also have to hold people accountable for the outcomes they need to produce to reach those goals. When one person isn’t accountable, very soon, more will follow.The mission cannot belong to you alone. The mission has to be the mission of everyone on your team. You cannot succeed without your team also succeeding.I Must Grow and Develop My TeamThere are sales managers who believe the people that work for them are their employees, something that is technically true, but not the healthiest view of the people in your charge. Instead, you have to believe that they are your team, and you are their leader. The lens through which you view your relationship with your team has an enormous impact on your results.If your people are merely your employees, you have a transactional view of leadership. If they are your team, they are going to be what you build them to be. If you want them to improve their results, you need to first help them improve themselves. If you want them to grow, you have to provide them with the opportunities to do so. You have to provide them with coaching, training, and development. You also have to provide them with your personal attention.Your team is going to play the game as well as you teach and coach them to play it. If everything is your fault, then you are empowered to do what is necessary to make things better. You cannot and need not wait for anyone’s permission to grow and develop your team for you.If your people cannot say that they grew under your leadership, then you will have failed them as a leader.I Set the TempoThere is an old saying that “the speed of the team is the speed of the leader.” You have to set the tempo for your team. Perhaps an example here will help.Maybe you have decided that you need to look at the new opportunities created once a month, not wanting to hold people accountable for creating new opportunities each week. The tempo now suggests new opportunities must be created each month (and maybe based on your long sales cycles and super small market, that might be appropriate, but I am doubtful).Another leader has decided the tempo requires creating new opportunities each week. Their view is that they need to pull opportunities forward in time, and an opportunity acquired this week is better than opportunity acquired seven weeks from now. All things being equal, the leader with the more aggressive operating tempo is going to produce better results than the one who leaves the outcome to chance.Too many leaders offer suggestions, which is to say, they want their people to do something, but are unwilling to hold them accountable. None of this requires you micromanage your team. It does, however, require you to lead and to set standards of performance.What You BelieveYou know that the mindset of the individual on your team matters. The same is true for what you believe about your role as a manager, a leader, and a coach. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Spanish Town Hospital Gets $9.4-Million Ultrasound Machine

first_img Ultrasound services at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine have been improved through the installation of a $9.4-million state-of-the-art machine donated by the Japanese Government. He noted that Spanish Town Hospital is one of the busiest on the island and “we owe it to the citizens of this country to offer the best service”. Story Highlights Ultrasound services at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine have been improved through the installation of a $9.4-million state-of-the-art machine donated by the Japanese Government.Speaking at the official handover ceremony at the hospital on Wednesday (May 29), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the machine will enable the facility to attend to more than 100 additional patients.He noted that Spanish Town Hospital is one of the busiest on the island and “we owe it to the citizens of this country to offer the best service”.“This gift is timely, it is important, and will add value to the (the hospital’s) operations,” the Minister added.He said that the Government is committed to ensuring that the public health system delivers on the ambition as outlined in the Vision 2030 National Development Plan, to provide quality health services, and promote healthy lifestyles and sound environmental practices.Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, in his remarks said that the ultrasound machine will ensure quality medical services for citizens in and around Spanish Town.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), greets Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki. Occasion was the official handover of a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, acquired under Japan’s Grassroots Human Security initiative, to the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine on Wednesday (May 29).He said that Japan values its partnership with Jamaica, noting that the relationship between the countries will continue to grow.Chief Executive Officer of the Spanish Town Hospital, Dwayne Francis, expressed gratitude for the ultrasound machine.“This equipment is often a critical deciding factor in a patient’s treatment regime that could save the life of an unborn child, mother or adult,” he noted.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), speaks with Consultant Radiologist at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine, Dr. Matthew Singh (right). Looking on is the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Dwayne Francis. Occasion was the handover of a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine to the hospital on Wednesday (May 29), which was acquired under Japan’s Grassroots Human Security initiative.Funding for the ultrasound machine was provided under Japan’s Grassroots Human Security initiative, which makes grants available for community development projects across various sectors. Speaking at the official handover ceremony at the hospital on Wednesday (May 29), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the machine will enable the facility to attend to more than 100 additional patients.last_img read more

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