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RelatedParents Need to Listen to their Children – Crawford Parents Need to Listen to their Children – Crawford CultureNovember 9, 2012 RelatedParents Need to Listen to their Children – Crawford RelatedParents Need to Listen to their Children – Crawford Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Co-ordinator of the Coalition for Better Parenting, Doret Crawford, has stressed the need for parents to listen more to their children. Listening effectively, she said, nurtures trust and confidence between parent and child and builds stronger parent-child relationships. “Listening is one of the fundamental skills that parents need to learn. A listening parent is an informed parent. By listening to children, you can gather information about what they know, how they feel about something, the things they like, the things they fear and what they think about you as a parent,” Ms. Crawford said. She was addressing a Think Tank Thursday (November 8) at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) head office on Half-Way-Tree Road. Ms. Crawford informed that the Coalition has been working with the Ministry of Education and non-governmental organisations (NGO) to train parents, guardians and caregivers in better parenting and listening skills. The aim, she said, is “to move away from authoritarian childrearing attitudes to a more flexible approach to parenting”. These initiatives, she said, will continue during November, which is being observed as Parent Month, through a series of workshops in the Ministry of Education’s six regions, geared towards parents, caregivers and guardians. Parenting exhibitions will also be held across the regions. “Many parents will need help in adopting this concept of listening,” Ms. Crawford said. Parent Month is being observed under the theme: ‘Parent the Right Way: Start Listening to Your Child Today’, and activities getunderway with a national church service on Sunday (Nov.11) at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church on Milford Road, starting at 9:00 a.m. Activities for the month will culminate with a Parenting Award Ceremony schedule for Friday, November 30 at the RIU hotel in Montego Bay starting at 10:00 a.m.
A&M-Corpus Christi scored the game’s first four points and LU didn’t take its first lead of the game until nearly three minutes into the action, but once they did Big Red began to flex its muscles. The Cardinals grabbed the lead on a Kinard jumper which sparked a 17-5 run to build a 22-9 advantage midway through the second quarter.LU never backed off the pressure and pushed its lead to as many as 18, 34-16, heading into the locker room.The Cardinals doubled up the number of makes from their hosts in the opening half. LU was 14-of-35 (.400) from the field, while limiting the Islanders to seven makes on 28 attempts. The Red and White also made A&M-Corpus Christi pay for their turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. The Cards forced nine turnovers and cashed the mistakes in for 14 points. LU outrebounded the Islanders, 26-17, in the opening 20 minutes including 12 offensive boards and held a 9-1 advantage in second chance points heading into the locker room.It was more of the same to start the second half of action as the Cards opened the third quarter on a 9-4 run to build a 23-point lead four minutes into the quarter. The Red and White saw their advantage balloon to as many as 25 early in the third quarter. A&M-Corpus made a minor run early in the fourth quarter to trim a 26-point deficit down to 18 points with just over seven minutes remaining, but the outcome was never in jeopardy. The Cardinals return to action Wednesday when they travel to Houston Baptist. The game against the Huskies will tip off at 7 p.m. from Sharp Gym. Lamar sports informationCORPUS CHRISTI – Senior Moe Kinard netted a game-high 24 points to lead Lamar to a 72-47 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center Saturday afternoon. Senior Chastadie Barrs just missed another triple double (16 points, 17 rebounds and nine rebounds) in the victorious effort as LU remains atop the Southland standings.The Cardinals (21-5, 14-1 SLC) shot 39 percent from the field, including four three-pointers, while outrebounding the Islanders, 48-40. Big Red also took advantage of 28 Islander turnovers which were cashed in for 36 points (LU held a 36-15 advantage in points off turnovers). The Cards also recorded a 15-11 advantage on second chance points. In addition to Kinard and Barrs, sophomore Jadyn Pimentel added 13 points and five assists.The Red and White also recorded a decided advantage in the paint. LU outscored the Islanders, 44-20, in the paint. A&M-Corpus Christi struggled to find its rhythm from the field. After scoring the first four points of the game, the Islanders were held to a 19-of-60 (.317) performance – recording nine fewer field goals than LU. The Islanders had only one player reach double figures – Alexes Bryant (10 points).“I’m very proud of this team today, because this is never an easy place to play,” said LU head coach Robin Harmony. “They were throwing a lot of just at us and our kids really handled it well. I think that will help us down the road. We had this game circled on our schedule because of how tough it is to come here and win.”
Northstar Vermont Yankee,The spent fuel pool at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant holds 2,996 spent fuel assemblies, each measuring about 7 inches by 7 inches, that are awaiting a move to dry cask storage. Photo courtesy NRCby Mike Faher vtdigger.org(link is external) Entergy can eliminate a direct emergency data link between Vermont Yankee and the federal government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided. By unanimous vote on Thursday, NRC commissioners denied Vermont’s appeal of Entergy’s deactivation of the Emergency Response Data System – also known as the ERDS – at the Vernon plant. While state officials argued that the system is important given the risk of radiological accidents from spent fuel stored at the plant, the NRC says the data system is required only at facilities with operating reactors. Vermont Yankee ceased producing power December 29.“Compared to a reactor accident, a spent-fuel pool accident is a slower-moving event with far fewer parameters…to monitor, fewer kinds of potential accidents and more time available to take mitigative and corrective actions,” the NRC decision stated, adding that there is a lower risk of accidents decommissioned plants.RELATED STORY: State slams Vermont Yankee emergency-planning changesVermont Yankee spokesman Martin Cohn said the ruling “confirms that our position on this issue is correct,” in an email statement.“We are pleased that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejected the filing from the state of Vermont and affirmed the earlier ruling by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board,” Cohn wrote. “We remain focused on the safety of the facility and the community.”Vermont Public Service Board Commissioner Chris Recchia said he was disappointed, adding there was a “fundamental disagreement” between the NRC and the state over the danger presented by Yankee’s spent fuel.Internal alert systems Vermont Yankee aren’t enough, he said. “The problem is that, if something happens at the site, you don’t want to have to be at the site to figure out what’s going on,” Recchia said.Thursday’s ruling does not affect the ongoing dispute over other, more dramatic emergency changes proposed at Vermont Yankee.Entergy is seeking reduction of the Emergency Planning Zone – now a wide circle touching three states – to the boundaries of the plant site itself. Along with that would come the end of mandatory funding for emergency operations in the affected towns and states.Those changes are still up in the air, as Vermont officials have appealed Entergy’s proposals.Rather, the NRC decision on Thursday is strictly limited to the emergency system in question – which is a relatively obscure mechanism at Vermont Yankee, but one the state took issue with.The origins of the Emergency Response Data System can be traced to Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979, after which the NRC “recognized a need to improve its ability to acquire accurate and timely data on reactor-plant conditions during emergencies,” according to federal documents.Hence ERDS was established by the nuclear commission in 1991 to create a “direct electronic data link” between nuclear-plant operators and the commission’s operations center for monitoring remotely. The rule, however, exempted “all nuclear power facilities that are shut down permanently or indefinitely” from participating in the emergency response system.That wording is key in the Yankee case, as Entergy maintained its was no longer needed after the Vernon plant ceased operations.The NRC’s staff has agreed with that stance, and the agency produced guidance saying administrators of a shuttered nuclear plant – after performing their own analysis of emergency systems – may retire the alert system without seeking commission approval.That’s what happened at Vermont Yankee: Entergy when it shut down the system in February.The state asked that Entergy either continue to maintain the system, or provide a similar, alternative one for as long as spent fuel remains at the site.In January, a majority of the licensing board – an arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – rejected Vermont’s arguments as inadmissible. To require continued operation of the alert system at a reactor that’s been permanently shut down would be “inconsistent” with federal regulations, the majority opinion stated.Vermont officials appealed the ruling, reaching back to the NRC’s initial 1991 rule. The state argued that exemption from the alert system applied only to nuclear plants that were shuttered at the time that rule was made – not to plants that had yet to shut down in subsequent years.The NRC commissioners disagreed and, on Thursday morning, held a brief voting meeting to deny Vermont’s appeal. The commissioners’ written opinion finds that Vermont has raised issues that are beyond the scope of the current proceeding.Commissioners also say the state “misreads” regulations for shut-down nuclear plants. Given the decreased risk for serious accidents at a plant where the reactor has been de-fueled, the commissioners write, it makes sense that there would be no need for the emergency data alerts.“Without an operating reactor in the picture, the entire focus of the licensee’s staff can be on the spent fuel pool. And once a reactor has shut down, the potential for a release from a spent fuel pool will diminish with time as the decay heat of the fuel drops, given that no fresh spent fuel will be added to the pool. It is reasonable, therefore, to read the (ERDS) rule exemption as applying to facilities that have permanently shut down reactor operations and defueled their reactors.”While there was no formal dissent to Thursday’s ruling, there was a footnote: NRC Commissioner Jeff Baran said he does not necessarily agree with the government’s current ERDS regulations and urged a review as the NRC undertakes new rule-making for decommissioning nuclear plants.“I am sympathetic to the state of Vermont’s view that licensees should maintain those aspects of ERDS that transmit spent fuel pool conditions or are relevant to a potential spent fuel pool accident until the spent fuel is removed from the pool or there is no reasonable risk of a zirconium fire,” Baran wrote.
New Mexico Supreme Court Building at 237 Don Gaspar Ave. in Santa Fe. Courtesy photoCOURT News: SANTA FE – The live streaming of the Supreme Court hearing in a case concerning June Primary Election procedures begins at 1:30 p.m., today … click here to watch: YouTube channel.This will be the first hearing by the New Mexico Supreme Court conducted by video conferencing.Attorneys in the case will appear by video using the Judiciary’s audio-video system. Justice Barbara Vigil also will participate by video. Chief Justice Judith Nakamura, Justice Michael Vigil and retired Justices Richard Bosson and Edward Chávez will be present in the courtroom of the Supreme Court Building in Santa Fe. The in-person attendance will be strictly limited to comply with gathering restrictions and courtroom seating will be configured to meet social distancing requirements.The retired justices were designated to participate in the case after Justices C. Shannon Bacon and David K. Thomson recused from the case. At Tuesday’s hearing, the Court is considering a petition by a group of county clerks seeking a court order to conduct the June 2 primary election by mail because of public health risks from the COVID-19 outbreak.
The sale encompasses *seven branches of Royal Bank of Canada (Antigua, Dominica, Monserrat, St. Lucia (two locations) and St. Kitts and Nevis (St. Kitts two locations)), as well as the regional businesses operating under RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited (“RBCFCL”); specifically RBTT Bank (SKN) Limited (Nevis), RBTT Bank Grenada Limited (Grenada) – two locations, RBC Royal Bank Holdings (EC) Limited (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and RBTT Bank Caribbean Limited (St. Vincent and the Grenadines). Collectively, these operations are referred to informally as “RBC Eastern Caribbean”.“Self-determination is the highest level of empowerment – and the indigenous banks acquiring this business will now have an increased opportunity to influence the development of their communities,” said Rob Johnston, Head, RBC Caribbean. Johannes added, “And speaking on behalf of the local banks, we embrace and eagerly anticipate that opportunity.” The EC consortium was advised by PwC (JA) led by Wilfred Baghaloo, who added “this transaction demonstrates that Caribbean businesses have the capacity to come together when the circumstances are right.” The five financial entities participating in the sale are: 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited, Antigua Commercial Bank Ltd., National Bank of Dominica Ltd., the Bank of Monserrat Limited and Bank of Nevis Ltd. 432 Views no discussions Share Tweet Anthony John, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NBD added, “we are proud and pleased that we as a group of small islands came together to pursue this momentous deal for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. We see this as a significant milestone in the life of our bank as we continue to grow in a way that will allow us to better serve our customers. There are no plans for any immediate changes to the operation of the business/branches that we are acquiring. In addition, where possible, we will adopt best practices of RBC to ensure we maintain the very high quality service levels that RBC customers have come to expect”. Sharing is caring! December 12, 2019 (Roseau, Dominica) — A consortium of Eastern Caribbean indigenous banks of which NBD is a member, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all banking operations in the Eastern Caribbean from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to be finalized in the coming months. The consortium was led by Johnathan Johannes, Managing Director, 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited, who shared, “We formed the consortium for the express purpose of expanding the scale of the locally owned financial entities in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. This transaction gives us the size and scale to play a more active role in the development of our respective countries. We see this transaction as the first step in achieving even greater synergies, efficiencies and cross-territory marketing opportunities.” National Bank of Dominica Ltd. (NBD) enters into an agreement to purchase Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) banking operations in Dominica Share BusinessInternationalLocalNewsRegional NBD Dominica Moves to Purchase RBC Operations in Dominica by: – December 12, 2019 Share ABOUT NATIONAL BANK OF DOMINICA LTD. The National Bank of Dominica Ltd. (NBD) is a leading financial institution in Dominica serving consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of business and personal banking products and services. NBD is a leader across core business lines in the local market, and as of June 30, 2018, has XCD1.49 billion (US$552 million) in assets. Operating for over 41 years, the bank is committed to helping our customers and communities succeed. For more information on NBD, visit www.nbdominica.dm.
Resonant has announced that they have purchased 100% of GVR Trade SA (GVR), a Swiss-based company specializing in the consultation and design of Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) devices, from its sole shareholder, Dr. Victor Plessky, for approximately $1.1 million in stock and cash.According to Terry Lingren, CEO of Resonant – This acquisition of GVR is a logical extension to the existing long-term cooperation between the two companies. Their collaboration during the past eight years has resulted in the creation of some of the world’s best tools for the design and development of high performance filters, duplexers and quadplexers that currently dominate the RF front-ends of the LTE handset market. Victor and his team add a tremendous depth of knowledge and meaningfully enhance their ISN® Suite of filter design tools and throughput capabilities, thereby, further expanding our ability to support licensing agreements for both current and future partners and customers.GVR is well known for their speed of services and cutting edge modeling techniques that can deliver enhanced designs. They have been at the forefront of acoustic wave filter design, publishing some of the most advanced works in the area for more than 30 years, with over 350 publications and over 2,000 citations.Dr. Plessky has joined Resonant as Director of Engineering and they will also retain other key GVR technical staff. GVR currently markets FEMSAW, an advanced, finite element modelling tool for SAW resonators. Dr. Plessky and his team have been instrumental in developing some of the most advanced techniques in advanced filter design and have been responsible for some of the industry’s most notable publications, including, “Coupling-of-mode analysis of SAW devices”. Most recently, he and his team have authored a paper that has been accepted for publication at the IEEE IUS conference in September, “Hierarchical Cascading in 2D FEM Simulation of Finite SAW Devices with Periodic Block Structure.”GVR has been engaged with the Resonant team since 2008 and have been under contract since 2012. They have collaborated in the development of an essential and specific components of their Infinite Synthesized Network (ISN®) platform. Resonant believes ISN is one of the most advanced physical electro-acoustic tools and is capable of modeling today’s most sophisticated and advanced SAW processes and filter designs. Dr. Plessky will be joining them as a full time employee to assist the Company in the further development and improvement of their ISN platform.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has received a $402 Million contract from the US Navy for the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR). This order is a modification to the previously-awarded contract N00024-14-C-5315 to exercise options for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) low-rate initial production (LRIP).Under the new modification, Raytheon will provide for three AMDR (AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar) LRIP units. The LRIP units will be deployed on DDG 51 Flight III-class ships. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $402,658,015 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR is the U.S. Navy’s next generation integrated air and missile defense radar. Currently in production, and on track for the DDG-51 Flight III destroyer, SPY-6 provides the Navy with unmatched protection against air, surface, and ballistic missile threats. The radar is built with individual ‘building blocks’ called Radar Modular Assemblies. Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a 2’x2’x2’ box. These RMAs can stack together to form any size array to fit the mission requirements of any ship. This technology makes SPY-6 the Navy’s first truly scalable radar.
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) acting Secretary Karl Chua on Thursday said he is open to proposals on the creation of a department for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. ChuaDuring the Senate’s hearing on their proposed budget for 2021, Chua recalled that the NEDA, under the leadership of former socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia, had opposed the proposition on the belief that it “will not be beneficial or the answer to the concerns raised” by OFWs.“However, I have begun to review this again and personally, there are many trade-offs when we create new departments especially if the mandates are being done by other offices. But given the developments, the COVID, the need to look after millions of OFWs, I am actually more open to it,” Chua told senators.He said he has asked his team to review the proposal, particularly the possible inclusion of a “time period whether we can evaluate every few years whether such a department is actually needed.”“So my stand right now is I’m open to it but I think there are some provisions that we can help you further improve,” he said.Senator Joel Villanueva, chairman of the Senate labor committee and one of the vice chairpersons of the finance committee, mentioned the issue as he again sought for clarification on the government’s policy toward OFWs.He said he is ready to start discussions on the measure, but fears that it would end up being vetoed due to objections from Cabinet members.The Presidential Legislative Liaison Office had already forwarded to the Senate a copy of the executive department’s proposal for the chamber’s approval, Villanueva said.Last year, also during the Senate’s budget hearing, Pernia had told lawmakers that the proposed agency for OFWs was not among the priorities of the Duterte administration. A joint statement from the economic managers also stated that they were not keen on creating new government corporations or departments due to budget constraints.In another hearing on September 17, 2019, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello then said he was maintaining “a position of neutrality” on the matter even as he welcomed the intention to have a government agency that would focus on the welfare and protection of OFWs.Last July 29, however, Labor Undersecretary Joji Aragon said Bello is now supportive of the measure.“There are already certain factors that are in play, for example, COVID will probably change a lot of priorities,” Chua, for his part, said on Thursday.Some senators had raised concern that creating a separate department for OFWs would promote the migration of Filipinos instead of encouraging them to stay and work in the Philippines through better job opportunities. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP
Related All of a sudden we have a little bit of everything going on in the world of sports …It’s probably a good thing the Jazz didn’t invite the fans for draft night at the EnergySolutions Arena like they have in the past. The reaction to the pick of Kosta Koufos would likely have been similar to the reaction at Madison Square Garden when the Knicks chose Italian Danilo Gallinari. Which was similar to the one at my house by my Jazz-fan son when the Jazz chose Koufos …There’s something about unknown big guys with funny names that makes fans wary. Sometimes they work out (Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobli) and sometimes they don’t (Darko Milicic, Niciloz Tskitishvili, Oleksiy Pecherov, Greg Ostertag) …The Jazz brass certainly were excited to get a player projected to be picked as high as 13 or 14 at No. 23. However, the simple fact is, Koufos fell to 23 for a reason or else a bunch of teams would have taken him. You can’t say the Jazz got a lottery player. He’s still a No. 23 pick …I’m not saying Koufos won’t be a good player. He’s been compared favorably by some to Mehmet Okur, so perhaps he can take the Turk’s place in four or five years. By then he’ll only be 23 or 24 …Good for BYU’s Trent Plaisted to get drafted after a lot of folks thought he wouldn’t. I’ll still be surprised if he sticks on Detroit’s roster, but then again I’m still surprised former BYU center Greg Kite lasted for 12 seasons in the NBA …Speaking of Kite, did you know he started 225 games during his career, including all 82 in 1990-91 with Orlando? At least Plaisted is a slightly better free-throw shooter than Kite, who shot an abysmal 48.6 percent from the foul line in his NBA career …Once again, no American male players made it to the second week of Wimbledon. This year was one of the worst ever, however, with only one American male player making it as far as the third round, the worst U.S. showing since 1926. With Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova both eliminated last week, the Williams sisters are on a collision course for the finals, unless they start playing like the American men …How about former Salt Lake pitcher Jered Weaver becoming just the fifth pitcher in Major League history to be the losing pitcher in a no-hitter pitched by his own team. Weaver pitched the first six innings of the Angels 1-0 loss to the Dodgers Friday, but his error contributed to L.A.’s only run in the fifth inning …Just when local fans were getting excited about the Blaze, they go and blow a lead and lose a playoff game at home. While it was disappointing, give Danny White and the Blaze credit for recovering from that awful 0-9 start all the way to hosting a first-round playoff game …Just when local fans are getting excited about Real Salt Lake after five straight games without a loss, the team goes and loses in the worst possible way — an own-goal in the 89th minute to one of the league’s worst teams. At least RSL still has more than three months left on its schedule, unlike the Blaze, who are done for the year …Not that an American has to win the U.S. Women’s Open, but it was too bad to see Stacy Lewis fade badly Sunday with a 78. The winner, in case you didn’t see, was 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park, not to be confused with Angela Park, a 19-year-old Brazilian-born 19-year-old of Korean descent, who lives in California. She finished in a tie for third place with Lewis and In-Kyung Kim, not to be confused with Mi Hyun Kim, who finished in a tie for sixth, and Song-Hee Kim, who tied for 24th …Who’s the best player on the PGA Tour now that Tiger Woods is out for the season? It’s got to be 47-year-old Kenny Perry, who won for the second time this year at the Buick Open and moved into third place on the FedEx points list. Kenny Perry? Yikes … Finally, for all you diehard college football fans, the season begins exactly two months from today for BYU, Utah and Utah State (Weber State starts two days earlier), with training camps a little more than a month away. Utah Jazz notes: Williams making himself at home in Utah — all year E-mail: [email protected]