Gov’t Looking to Attract Increased Investment from the Diaspora

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t Looking to Attract Increased Investment from the Diaspora RelatedGov’t Looking to Attract Increased Investment from the Diaspora RelatedGov’t Looking to Attract Increased Investment from the Diasporacenter_img Gov’t Looking to Attract Increased Investment from the Diaspora Foreign AffairsMarch 19, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government of Jamaica will be engaging nationals overseas as it looks to attract increased investment to the island. State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown said that Diaspora investment will be a major part of the upcoming Jamaica-Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay. “We intend to present to the members of the Diaspora, the many opportunities for investment and trade in Jamaica,” Minister Brown told JIS News. “We have embarked on a sensitisation process and we have elevated the investment from the Diaspora to the level of Foreign Direct Investment and we will be seeking to facilitate investors across the spectrum, whether it is small, medium or large investors,” he stated further. Mr. Brown was speaking to JIS News at a community meeting held on Monday, March 18, at the Jamaican High Commission in London, to formally launch the 5th biennial conference in the United Kingdom (UK). The State Minister, who has responsibility for Diaspora affairs, stated that “while we will not be able to get the kinks out entirely in one swoop, we hope to start a conversation and a dialogue, with the conference being the epicentre in terms on focusing on Diaspora direct investment.”He said JAMPRO is putting together a Diaspora investment strategy and the Foreign Ministry is developing an International Migration and Development Policy and a Diaspora and Development Policy aimed at facilitating such investment.Mr. Brown said that the country is ripe for investment, and persons “will find that investing in Jamaica is highly profitable”.He said that the Government is working to improve the climate for doing business, and is reviewing the system of incentives and concessions, and is also looking at measures to enhance sensitivity and responsiveness to potential investors.Mr. Brown also pointed to ongoing steps being taken to reduce crime and enhance security, noting that crime has been trending downwards over the past few years.Minister Brown, who is on his first official visit to the UK, will also speak at two other specially arranged community meetings in Manchester on March 19 and in Birmingham on March 20. Representatives from the main corporate sponsors GraceKennedy, Jamaica National and the Victoria Mutual Building Society, will participate in the meetings.The Diaspora Conference, under the theme: ‘Nation on a Mission: Jamaica- Diaspora Partnership for Development,’ is slated for June 16 to 19 at the Montego Bay Conference Centre.Mr. Brown told JIS News that this year’s conference will be a “watershed year, different from all other conferences and at the end of the period, it is our intention to set up an implementation group that will be tasked with ensuring that the recommendations coming out of the conference this year, will be actively followed up on and implemented”. By Vivienne Siva, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Assistant Professor – Integrative Animal Biology

first_imgSyracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centerof New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New YorkCity. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. Thearea offers a low cost of living and provides many social,cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums,festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shoppingvenues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range ofseasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing andsnow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites,visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trailsalong the Erie Canal. Application Instructions LocationLife Sciences Complex Job TitleAssistant Professor – Integrative Animal Biology Pay RangeCommensurate w/ Experience Posting Details Unionized Position CodeNot Applicable To be determined by Department Chair Tools/Equipment Physical Requirements Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the areasof evolutionary biomechanics and functional morphology with aresearch focus on the diversity and evolution of animal function.Syracuse University is particularly interested in candidates whodemonstrate past accomplishment toward fostering diversity andbuilding an inclusive climate in research and/or teaching tomaximize their effectiveness interacting with diverse groups ofcolleagues, students and community members. The candidate isexpected to develop an internationally recognized,externally-funded research program and participate in graduate andundergraduate teaching and mentoring in the areas of theirexpertise. A strong commitment to collaborative, cross-disciplinaryresearch is especially desirable. The selected candidate willcomplement existing strengths in the Biology Department at SyracuseUniversity including Evolution and Animal Behavior; Genetics,Genomics and Epigenetics; Neuroscience; Ecology and Plant Biology;and Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology. The Department ofBiology also has strong research and educational ties to theadjacent Upstate Medical University and the State University of NewYork College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Responsibilities Teaching, service and research.The standard teaching load is 1 course in the fall and 1 course inthe spring.# HEJ Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant area of biology or aclosely related field and research experience employing anintegrative approach to answer fundamental questions inbiology. Job Description Job Specific Qualifications Priority Consideration03/15/2021 Job TypeFull-time CampusSyracuse, NY Quick Link Qualifications Syracuse University is a private, international research universitywith distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and anundeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New YorkState, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,Syracuse University offers a quintessential collegeexperience.The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: apioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges;nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more thana quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a studentpopulation from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For moreinformation, please visit Application Deadline In addition to completing an online application, please upload a(1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) combined research,teaching and diversity statement (upload under “TeachingPhilosophy”) and (4) two representative publications (upload under“Other Document”). Please note that named referees will not beimmediately contacted. Candidates will be given advance notice bythe committee at the time when named referees would becontacted About Syracuse University Hours The Department of Biology at Syracuse University ( seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorposition in the field of Integrative Animal Biology. This positionis part of an ambitious Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative inthe broad area of bioinspired science and technology. As anintegral part of this investment, Syracuse University is activelyrecruiting multiple candidates for tenured/tenure-track facultypositions for a cohesive research cluster in the focus area of formand function which seeks to understand and optimize movement inorganisms, robots, and human-machine interfaces. Faculty hired intothis position will build on existing strengths in the focus areaand establish their lab in the interfaces. Faculty hired into thisposition will build on existing strengths in the focus area andestablish their lab in the Biology department with access to theworld-class facilities of the multidisciplinary BioInspiredInstitute that spans multiple departments in the College of Artsand Sciences and the College of Engineering and ComputerScience. Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, socialactivities, governance, and all other aspects of campus lifereflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. TheUniversity community recognizes and values the many similaritiesand differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we arecommitted to preparing students to understand, live among,appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and worldmade up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds,military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status,cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and genderidentities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a communitythat celebrates and models the principles of diversity andinclusivity. EEOC Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and themilitary-connected community through its educational programs,community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II,Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans toour campus, and those veterans literally transformed SyracuseUniversity into the national research institution it is today. TheUniversity’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on thishistorical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiativesfocused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to thepost-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed toposition Syracuse University as the employer of choice for militaryveterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military familymembers. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans Message to Applicants About the Syracuse area Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-actioninstitution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassmentbased on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, nationalorigin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability,sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteranstatus, or any other status protected by applicable law to theextent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy coversadmissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Universityprograms, services, and activities. RankAssistant Job #075581 Job Posting Date02/04/2021 Open Until FilledYes FLSA StatusExempt Job CategoryFaculty Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Communitylast_img read more

Looting continues but ebbs on second night of curfew

first_imgAfter looting occurred on Sunday in Soho, retailers began removing inventory and boarding up their storefronts. Business improvement districts in some of the city’s hardest-hit areas recommended shopkeepers to do the same — a departure from initial advice given at the start of the pandemic.Though some properties were still damaged on Tuesday night, protesters themselves intervened at times to stop people from smashing windows and stealing from storefronts, according to the Times. A public safety volunteer group called Guardian Angels also defended some stores from looters. Police closely followed the ongoing protests and made a number of arrests later in the night.Late Tuesday, de Blasio said on Twitter that “so far, the curfew is certainly helping, based on everything I’ve seen in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the last three hours.” [NYT] — Erin Hudson This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now A police officer leaves from a Zara store after looters ransacked Manhattan stores the night before (Getty)With a tightened curfew and limits on vehicular traffic to Manhattan, violence and looting appeared to calm on Tuesday night.Some properties, including the Gap store in Greenwich Village and a Foot Locker near Washington Square Park, were damaged, and looters hit Zara and Verizon stores downtown, the New York Times reported. Property damage appeared to be less extensive than Monday night, when shops in Soho, in Midtown and on Fordham Road were hit.On Monday, severe property damage occurred in the lead up to the 11 p.m. curfew — the first in the city in 75 years. To ward off a repeat of that, Mayor Bill de Blasio moved up the curfew to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and extended it through the week. He also banned non-essential vehicles from Manhattan below 96th Street and got Uber, Lyft and CitiBike to cut off service there. With the subway already shut down at night, that made it difficult for looters to get in and out of the borough.Tuesday was the second night the city was under curfew as protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd continued.Read moreAfter looting, BIDs reverse guidance on boarding up storesSoho retailers assess damage after lootingLooting devastates LA’s prime retail corridorslast_img read more

Trump Taj Mahal closes after 26 years; 5th casino casualty

first_img Published: October 10, 2016 8:58 AM EDT ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Donald Trump opened his Trump Taj Mahal casino 26 years ago, calling it “the eighth wonder of the world.”But his friend and fellow billionaire Carl Icahn closed it Monday morning, making it the fifth casualty of Atlantic City’s casino crisis.The sprawling Boardwalk casino, with its soaring domes, minarets and towers built to mimic the famed Indian palace, shut down at 5:59 a.m., having failed to reach a deal with its union workers to restore health care and pension benefits that were taken away from them in bankruptcy court.Nearly 3,000 workers lost their jobs, bringing the total jobs lost by Atlantic City casino closings to 11,000 since 2014.Picketers affixed an anti-Icahn poster that they had signed to the casino’s main Boardwalk entrance door. It proclaimed “We held the line.”“We held the line against a billionaire taking from us!” said Marc Scittina, a food service worker at the Taj Mahal’s player’s club since shortly after it opened in 1990. “This battle has been going on for two years.”The union went on strike July 1, and Icahn decided to shut the place down a little over a month later, determining there was “no path to profitability.”The Taj Mahal becomes the fifth Atlantic City casino to go out of business since 2014, when four others, including Trump Plaza, shut their doors.But this shutdown is different: it involves a casino built by the Republican candidate for president, who took time out from the campaign trail to lament its demise.“I felt they should have been able to make a deal,” Trump told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “It’s hard to believe they weren’t able to make a deal.”Chuck Baker, a cook at the Taj Mahal since the day it opened in April 1990, was on the picket line outside the casino at the moment it shut down. He was here when the doors opened in April 1990 and wanted to be there when they closed as well.He led a moment of silence among the otherwise rowdy 200 or so picketers on the Boardwalk outside the casino “before we shut down Taj Mahal.”“This didn’t have to happen,” he said. “To (Icahn), it’s all just business. But to us, it’s destroying our livelihoods and our families. You take away our health care, our pensions and overload the workers, we just can’t take it.”Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, said virtually all of the striking workers feel the same way.“Everybody has their Popeye moment: ‘That’s all I can stands; I can’t stands no more,’ ” he said. “The workers made a choice that they weren’t going to accept benefits and terms of employment worse than everyone else’s. I applaud them: for the first time in 30 years, workers stood up to Carl Icahn and made him throw in the towel.”Icahn reached his own Popeye moment on Aug. 3, when he determined the $350 million he had lost investing in, and then owning, the Taj Mahal was enough. It was then that he decided to close the casino, fearing he would lose an additional $100 million next year.“Today is a sad day for Atlantic City,” he said Monday. “Like many of the employees at the Taj Mahal, I wish things had turned out differently.”The union reached contracts on June 30 with four of the five casinos it had targeted for a possible strike – including the Tropicana, which Icahn also owns. It granted negotiation extensions to three others: the Borgata, Resorts and the Golden Nugget. McDevitt said talks with the Borgata will begin this month, followed closely by the remaining two.The Taj Mahal joins the Atlantic Club, Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel in the growing club of Atlantic City casinos that, since 2014, have succumbed to economic pressure brought about in large measure by competition from casinos in neighboring states. The city now will have seven casinos.Later Monday, newly unemployed former Taj Mahal workers were to begin signing up for unemployment benefits and temporary help with utility payments at a union-run resource center at a nearby hotel. Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img Trump Taj Mahal closes after 26 years; 5th casino casualty SHARElast_img read more

Gabe Wright drafted by the Detroit Lions

first_imgAUBURN — Gabe Wright was too good for the Detroit Lions to pass up.The Lions traded up with the Philadelphia Eagles, exchanging a third-round pick in 2016 for the No. 113 overall pick to select Wright in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.Wright was the second former Auburn defensive tackle selected Saturday, going 13 picks after Angelo Blackson was taken by the Tennessee Titans.Wright entered the draft facing questions of his consistency. His 24 tackles with 4 1/2 for loss but just one sack to go along with 10 hurries last season were all drops from 2013, when he had 31 tackles, 8 1/2 for loss with three sacks.According to, Wright’s four-year contract is projected to be for $2,733,152 with a $453,152 signing bonus. However, the pick changed hands thee times and each team’s rookie salary pool differs.Wright’s 34 bench press reps tied for second among defensive linemen but his broad jump (100 inches), vertical (26 1/2 inches) and 40-yard dash (5.07 seconds) were less impressive.Wright is the third Auburn player selected in this year’s draft, joining Blackson and Sammie Coates, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round on Friday.last_img read more

Commentary: Auburn gets huge dose of reality

first_imgMississippi State linebacker Gerri Green tackles Auburn running back Peyton Barber on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.Mississippi State linebacker Gerri Green tackles Auburn running back Peyton Barber on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.AUBURN — Peyton Barber kept it real Saturday night.“We got a little ahead of ourselves,” Barber said. “That is a lot of pressure being preseason No. 7 or something. To be honest, it kind of bolstered our heads a little bit. I feel like we do need this as a reality check to let us know we’re not as good as we thought we were.”Finally, there’s a voice of reason coming out of the Auburn football program.Barber articulated what is now clearly obvious. Auburn is far from being the team that had preseason top 10 rankings and was picked to win the SEC by the media.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:381b9dd9f50f3fdbb167a3a Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-328689-4513425310001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.It can officially stop making comparisons to the 2013 team. Hell, this isn’t even last year’s team. Auburn (2-2, 0-2 SEC) has too many holes, not enough playmakers and has little margin for error as evidence in its 17-9 loss to Mississippi State before 87,451 fans at Jordan-Hare Stadium.Auburn had the ball for 36 minutes and 10 seconds and still managed just nine points. Barber ran for 137 yards, but the Tigers were in the red zone four times and didn’t score a touchdown. Sean White completed 20 of 28 passes, but his interception on the game’s opening drive proved very costly.Auburn had the ball at the 1-foot line and Austin Golson sent the Tigers’ hopes of scoring a touchdown on the drive with a snap that went wide right on third down. Then on fourth down, Daniel Carlson missed a 26-yard field goal — wide right — to ensure Auburn didn’t score in the first half.In a nutshell, these Tigers are bad, and it’s time for them to accept that reality.Just for the record, I picked Georgia to win the league at SEC Media Days. Alabama may throw that prediction for a loop next week in Athens, but the Bulldogs are in a far better position than Auburn is.The Tigers tried to fix all their woes by changing starting quarterbacks and making multiple defensive changes. All they did was discover new ills in starting 0-2 in SEC play.White is a good quarterback. Kid has talent. He’s got some moxie, but is young and inexperienced. So even though White started 4-for-4 and led the Auburn offense into the red zone, you knew he’d be bound as Gus Malzahn said, “Make a mistake or two.”His interception was a big one, but on the same drive, Will Redmond should have picked him off earlier, but thought he had hops like Blake Griffin. But he got White back with the pick at the goal line.White threw for 188 yards, had a 31-yard run, but was sacked twice, should have been intercepted two more times and fumbled a ball Auburn recovered. When you dig deeper into his play, White looked like a redshirt freshman making his first start.So if you’re thinking about Auburn’s future, it looks very bright with him. If you’re thinking about the here and now, he’s going to have more bad moments that will cost Auburn. White has to play at the level people expected Jeremy Johnson to do for Auburn to really have a chance to turn this season around because the Tigers’ most productive offensive player, Barber, can’t carry the offense.Auburn’s defense isn’t helping matters, either.Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp made all these changes and then allowed Dak Prescott to pick them apart in the first half. When you’ve got a redshirt freshman making his first start in the middle of the season, your defense has to play at a higher, and Auburn’s didn’t do that Saturday.Prescott completed his first eight passes, threw two touchdowns and had way too much time to throw. After the game, Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams said the plan was to contain Prescott. Keep him in the pocket and force him to pass the ball.I thought he was kidding. When your secondary is young and inexperienced, why would you want to give a senior quarterback who is in his third year as a starter all day to throw?After the game, Malzahn kept saying over and over, “we’re going to get better.”Unfortunately for Auburn, that’s not going to be good enough to climb back in the SEC race, but as Barber said, to be honest, the Tigers weren’t as good as they thought they were in the first place. Duane Rankin, Advertiser columnist, can be followed on [email protected] or reached at [email protected] read more