12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Staffing firm Accountemps recently surveyed more than 1,000 workers across the country, and 93 percent said goal setting is important to their on-the-job performance.While more than half of professionals (51 percent) discuss goal progress with their manager at least monthly, 11 percent never broach the topic.Younger employees place more emphasis on work-related performance goals, the research found.Almost seven in ten millennials (69 percent) surveyed thought goal setting was very important, compared to 55 percent of baby boomers. continue reading »
Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Graduates of the Jamaica Baptist Union Mission Agency’s Training in Discipleship and Ministry programme along with their lecturers at the Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday. Seated at left is Dr Simon Clarke who gave the keynote address at the graduation ceremony. (Photo: Pat Roxborough-Wright)THREE Haitian churches were on Sunday formally accepted as members of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) at the closing services of the JBU 4th Believers’ Convention and 165th General Assembly at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.The move, the JBU said, was a significant act as for the first time in living memory that it has accepted into its membership churches located outside of the geographical borders of Jamaica.The three Haitian churches, which comprise the Eglise Christanisme Du Calvaire Baptiste Circuit of Churches, are: Nouvelle Du Calvaire D’Haiti — PPC; Nouvelle Eglise Baptiste Du Calvaire D’Haiti — Ka Fab; and Nouvelle Eglise Baptiste Du Calvaire D’Haiti — Ka Moinsard.They were given the right hand of fellowship in the wake of years of support provided by JBU to them in the areas of ministry, ministerial training, Christian education, development of education and educational infrastructure, building and expansion of church infrastructure, aid in establishing potable water supply, assistance in health and social welfare programmes as well as disaster relief.At the same time, a local church — the Spot Valley Baptist in Montego Bay — which has grown from a new mission and which meets weekly at Spot Valley High, was also given the right hand of fellowship by the JBU at Sunday’s morning service.The acceptance of the four churches bring to 336 the number of churches which fall under the umbrella of the JBU.The JBU 4th Believers’ Convention and 165th General Assembly which was held under the theme, “Being God’s People In God’s World — Living By Faith” began on Ash Wednesday, February 18 and culminated on Sunday with two closing services, which saw more than 8,000 Baptists converging on the Montego Bay Convention Centre. FaithLifestyleNewsRegional Jamaica Baptist Union accepts three Haitian churches by: Jamaica Observer – February 24, 2015 Share 225 Views no discussions
Published on January 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm Boredom, mixed with freezing temperatures, tends to lead to some very interesting scenarios…During my first shift the three of us in the tent were all bored. Clearly. How much fun could someone have in a tent? Outside? In the cold? On a Monday? This isn’t “Spongebob,” your IMAGINATION (*waves hands in front of face to somehow create a rainbow*) only goes so far.So naturally we did what all kids of this generation do when they’re bored. We took out our electronics.Unfortunately for my roommate Austin, his laptop died. So Austin does what any rationale lazy man does. He lies down and decides to watch “One Tree Hill” with our friend Olivia.Let me correct that. He lies down and asks to read the subtitles while Olivia actually watches “One Tree Hill.” At this point he’s basically reading the script of “One Tree Hill” with some pictures.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textManliest thing a manly man could ever manly do.After my three-hour shift ended I left to do some work, get a quick bite, and then came back at 7:30 p.m. for the overnight shift.This time I was more prepared: two pairs of socks, uggs (yes uggs, this is clearly the second manliest thing a manly man could ever manly do), a long-sleeve shirt, a hoodie, a sweatshirt, a coat, and gloves.I was actually relatively warm.The night got off to a great start when out of nowhere my friends and I just burst out singing, “In the Jungle.” We simply felt it was too quiet, and we needed to cheer everyone up.It got even better when some of our fellow campers started to join in.Naturally we decide going a capella is fine and all, but what’s even better is if we simply blast the song as loud as possible from our laptop. Obviously we assume everyone would not only be okay with this, but grateful even.Boy, were we…right. At the end of the song someone yelled “again” for an encore, so of course we obliged.After we finished playing the greatest song in mankind for the second time, we decided to switch it up and play one of the greatest lyrical songs ever written. Clearly you all know I’m talking about, Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way.”Break it down, Rich Homie Quan, “Is it because my homies rich you feel some type of way/Some type of way, make you feel some type of way.”That’s just inspirational. Definitely boosted the morale here at Gate E.But apparently we believed Rich Homie Quan ain’t got nothing on us, because for some reason we broke out an instrumental beat and started to freestyle.And that is what happens when you mix boredom and freezing temperatures together.After that all died down, we relaxed and watched Casino Royale. Somehow we were able to fall asleep, even after the temperatures dropped down to zero degrees.Beat the cold. Beat Duke. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
John Boye will lead Ghana against Japan in Tuesday’s friendly at the 70,000 capacity Yokohama International Stadium.Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah speaking at the pre-match conference on Monday confirmed that the Rennes defender will step in to captain the team in the absence of Asamoah Gyan.Ghana, pushing for a third consecutive World Cup appearance play the Blue Samurai, who have already booked their place in next year’s finals in Brazil to prepare for their next round opponents.The Black Stars are through to the final round of the continental qualifiers as their opponents for the decisive two-leg tie will be revealed a week today at a draw in Cairo, Egypt.
SUNRISE, Fla. — The New York Islanders blew a late lead, yet still managed to pull out their fifth straight win.Kyle Okposo scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and the Islanders outlasted the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Nov. 14.Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome and John Tavares had goals in regulation for New York, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots. Frans Nielsen also scored in the shootout.“Having the lead in the third period, leading 3-1, you want to finish the game,” Halak said. “We gave them hope to come back, and unfortunately for us they did. “We found a way and stuck to the game plan.”Aaron Ekblad, Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell scored for Florida, and Vincent Trocheck had two assists. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in the shootout for Florida. “It was a huge comeback for us, but I’ve got to find a way to make some saves in the shootout,” Luongo said. “It’s not acceptable for me to let in two.”Leading 3-1, the Islanders seemed to be cruising to victory midway through the third period but the Panthers scored twice in the final 10 minutes to tie it.Florida closed to 3-2 on Campbell’s power-play goal at 9:58. Campbell’s shot went over Halak’s left shoulder for his first of the season and first in 28 games.“I’ve been in a struggle,” Campbell said. “It’s nice to feel I’m starting to escape the last couple games and play the way I’m capable of.”The Panthers tied it with 2:35 left as Ekblad’s slap shot from just inside the blue line got past a screened Halak.“For whatever reason, we stopped moving our feet, and it was just a lack of discipline, and it led to penalties,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “It’s the first time we’ve done it all year, really. We’ve got to learn from it.”The Islanders seemed to put the game away earlier in the third when they stretched their lead to 3-1 at 3:57. Johnny Boychuk’s shot bounced off Luongo’s chest, and the goalie couldn’t get a grip on the loose puck. It went under his pads, and Kulemin swept it in.The Islanders had trailed 1-0 but scored twice in 1:59 to take the lead.They got even at 13:09 of the second when Okposo passed the puck to Tavares in the right circle for a wrist shot that beat Luongo on the glove side.New York went ahead on Strome’s breakaway goal. Strome took a nice pass from Thomas Hickey near the red line and came in alone. He put a wrist shot past Luongo with 4:52 left in the second.“We just want to keep it going,” Islanders forward Josh Bailey said. “It’s a long year, and when you get on a bit of a roll, you want to ride the wave as long as you can.”An odd play came with three minutes left in the second. Florida’s Aleksander Barkov shot the puck that Halak trapped between the back of his head and the crossbar. A video review confirmed that a goal wasn’t scored.Hayes’ goal at 12:37 of the first was his third in three games and gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead.Trocheck made a behind-the-back pass from in back of the net to Hayes in front, and his shot got by Halak. The goal ended the Islanders’ shutout streak at 193 minutes, 48 seconds, the second longest in team history.The longest Islanders’ streak was 199:24, set in 1998.(PAUL GEREFFI)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Kanhaiya KumarIANSOne constituency of Bihar that drew the attention of the entire national media was Begusarai. Dubbed the ‘Leningrad of Bihar’ by some, this constituency saw Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawahar Lal Nehru University Student’s Union, being fielded by a coalition of left parties against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) Giriraj Singh.Many expected the former student leader to lose on account of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) fielding its own candidate, Mohammad Tanweer Hassan, despite earlier giving signs of supporting Kanhaiya’s candidature. It was believed that Hassan would cut into the votes of Kanhaiya and ease the path of the BJP leader.However, if one were to look at the number of votes polled, it is clear that Giriraj Singh may have easily won even with a coalition of all major opponents of BJP. When reports last came in, he was winning more than 53% votes. Needless to say, even with the support of RJD, Kanhaiya would not have troubled Giriraj too much.In this direct test of his electoral strength, Kanhaiya managed to win more than a lakh votes. But even in 2014, Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate got nearly two lakh votes. This seat had been held by NDA since 2004, by JDU till 2014 and BJP afterwards.Mohammad Tanweer Hassan had come second in the last elections with over three-and-a-half lakh votes. But with the support of JDU behind him, Giriraj Singh was likely to cross the line without much difficulty. The presence of the RJD candidate only made matters worse for Kanhaiya in a seat with a substantial Muslim population.
Acting on instructions from local agent of French dairy giant Lactalis and the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), local distributors of the company’s baby milk formula are scrambling to recall units sold in the Bangladesh market as a precaution against salmonella contamination, reports news agency UNB.According to a BFSA source who spoke on condition of anonymity, and JS International, the local agent of Lactalis, French health authorities concluded 620 batches of the company’s products had to be recalled and banned for consumption and export, equating to almost 7,000 tonnes of goods.Fourteen importing countries including Bangladesh were alerted in this regard.Lactalis believes the contamination happened at one of its drying towers in north-west France in early May this year. As a precaution, it has decided to recall all products manufactured at the site since February 15, 2017 and has shut down the relevant facilities for cleaning and disinfection.On being alerted by the International Network of Food Safety Authorities (INFOSAN), BFSA relayed the information to the Chittagong Port Authority, Customs and the National Revenue Board, one of the earliest agencies encountered by imported goods for tax purposes, and asked them to prevent milk formula produced by Lactalis under the brand names Baby Care-1, Baby Care-2, Baby Care-3, Baby Care MF, Milumel, Picot and Celia, from entering the country.Two godowns used by the local agent to store the products have also been sealed, said Jawadul Haque, partner of JS International.Upon confirmation of the risk by INFOSAN and Lactalis early last month, BFSA on December 14 made a public announcement through different newspapers and ordered the local distributors to recall the product from the market.According to sources, since last July, four batches of milk powder produced by Lactalis were prevented from gaining entry into the country’s market, but another four made it through.Some 24-25,000 thousand cartons (each carton containing 24 units) have thus been imported through these four batches, of which half was distributed in the market, and out of that 30 percent made it into the hands of consumers, claimed JS International.That means 3600 cartons, or 86,400 units of the potentially harmful baby formula have already been sold.Health authorities in France have said 26 infants in the country came down with salmonella in early December after consuming Lactalis products, according to the BBC. They are said to have since recovered.Salmonella symptoms include severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting. The illness – caused by intestinal bacteria from farm animals – is dangerous for the very young and elderly because of the risk of dehydration.No case of salmonella poisoning has been reported as yet in Bangladesh, according to JS International. Nevertheless, distributors are recalling the products on their own and sending them back to the local agent.Stating the presence of salmonella bacteria in baby formula as “severely harmful for public health”, scientist and member of BFSA Manjur Morshed Ahmed told UNB that consumers, parents and children doctors have to be advised to avoid the products.As Bangladesh is one of the largest markets for baby formula, BFSA published the public statement to stop the importation and consumption of the products following the Food Safety Act, 2013.