Jamaica on path to Economic Independence

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, August 16, 2017 – Washington – Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, says Jamaica is firmly on the path to attaining the true national mission of this generation, that of achieving and establishing economic independence.Delivering the keynote address at the Atlanta Jamaican Association Independence Ball on Saturday night (August 12) at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Ambassador Marks said the country’s first focus after Independence was to build “exemplary social and political institutions for our young nation”.“We have, by any measure, achieved our political objectives as a stable and democratic country,” she said, noting that Jamaica is considered to be among the most democratic nations in the Western Hemisphere.Ambassador Marks said the island has also stamped its mark on the world in the cultural realm, particularly in the areas of music and sports.“Rastafari is considered as the only new religion of the 20th and 21st centuries. We produced reggae music as an authentic musical form that has influenced the world dramatically,” she pointed out.She noted that in the area of sports, “we have excelled beyond the wildest expectations, producing world-beaters and legends, particularly in athletics, cricket, boxing, netball and swimming. Music and sports are areas we once considered major recreational pastimes only, but, today, are respected as two of the world’s emerging cultural industries, generating billions of dollars in revenue”.Ambassador Marks told the nearly 800 attendees that the task now is to prepare the nation for long-term economic growth.“We have to cultivate and maximise these cultural and other industries to the economic benefit of Jamaica in much the same way as countries with natural resources such as oil, gas, or gold,” she pointed out.“My message tonight is about building on the foundation of political, organisational and cultural maturity to achieve economic independence,” she said, noting that the “entire Jamaican nation at home and aboard must be mobilised and inspired to action”.Ambassador Marks said the positive economic indicators now being experienced, together with the fiscal prudence and skilful management by the Government, “will no doubt help fuel and propel the economy towards the goal of economic independence”.last_img read more

Thinking of close ones can help reconnect with real people

first_imgReminding people of their close, caring relationships can reduce their tendency to anthropomorphise objects – ascribing humanlike characteristics to inanimate objects – as a way of feeling socially connected, and help people reconnect with real people, suggests new research.“Although anthropomorphism is one of the more creative ways people try to meet belonging needs, it is nevertheless difficult to have a relationship with an inanimate object,” the researchers said. There are many ways that people who feel socially disconnected can reconnect – they can try reinforce existing social bonds or forge new relationships, but there are other ways, too.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAn earlier study showed that one of the ways that people may try to increase their sense of connection and belonging is by anthropomorphising inanimate objects, such as a pillow or an alarm clock.“Reliance on such a compensatory strategy could permit disconnected people to delay the riskier – but potentially more rewarding – steps of forging new relationships with real people,” the current study noted.“We think this work really highlights how important feeling socially connected is to people and the lengths people will go to ‘reconnect’ when they feel disconnected, and it reminds us of the value of our close relationships,” lead researcher Jennifer Bartz of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The researchers wondered whether boosting people’s feelings of social connection might make them less likely to anthropomorphise. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also explored whether attachment anxiety – marked by a preoccupation with closeness and intimacy and heightened sensitivity to social cues of rejection – might be one individual characteristic associated with this tendency to anthropomorphise.To find out, the researchers conducted an online experiment with a total of 178 participants, who completed a variety of established survey measures aimed at assessing their feelings of attachment anxiety and avoidance, loneliness, self-esteem, and need to belong.Some of the participants were then asked to think about someone who was important to them and whom they could trust.Other participants completed the same tasks but were told to think about an acquaintance, instead of someone they were close to, serving as a comparison group. The results, published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that thinking about a close relationship can make a difference.Participants who thought and wrote about someone they were close to were less likely to anthropomorphise objects compared with participants who thought about an acquaintance.In addition, the researchers found that attachment anxiety was associated with a tendency to anthropomorphise, and was actually a stronger predictor than loneliness was.last_img read more

Smartphone Apps Fuel Business Growth

first_imgMarch 5, 2010 Can You Afford to Hire? In Focus: This Biz Gives Clients a Better View Brought to you by Smart Money 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Between documenting expenses and processing credit cards from just about anywhere in the U.S., smartphone applications have changed the way many small businesses operate. Now, more firms are turning to these apps to enhance the way customers interact with their products and services–and even boost their bottom lines.”People nowadays want everything to be at their fingertips, and if companies are not finding ways to provide these tools [they] will soon see drop-off from their customers,” says Jennifer Shaheen, a small business technology consultant in White Plains, N.Y. Providing an app also offers a tremendous marketing opportunity, she says. Securing a placeholder in customers’ smartphones can help keep a company on the brain, which is especially important in this rocky economy, Shaheen says.Building a simple app can be affordable for most companies. Although a developer might charge $6,000 to $8,000 to create a typical app, a modest app with fewer features could cost a company less than $2,000, says Jarin Udom, a developer in San Diego. The website iPhoneAppQuotes.com allows users to compare lowest rate quotes from developers.Companies on a tight budget can design apps on their own. Apple’s ( AAPL ) iPhone Developer Program ($99 for the standard edition, $299 for the enterprise version) allows code-savvy entrepreneurs to build, test and sell or give away their own applications. Sweb Apps helps business owners build apps automatically for as little as $200. (Note that although Research In Motion’s ( RIMM ) BlackBerry, Palm’s ( PALM ) Pre and Google’s ( GOOG ) Android each have apps and open software development kits, many app services cater specifically to Apple’s iPhone users.)Here are three ways an app can improve your business:Attract new customersSome companies are using smartphone apps to advertise or expose their service to a new and growing audience. David Wolff, co-founder of Break Down Way , a Pomeroy, Ohio-based online service that provides guitar and bass lessons, says he hopes his soon-to-be-released app will help reel in new customers. Wolff plans to offer about five to 10 free lessons on the app, which is now awaiting approval from Apple. For those who want to keep learning, a subscription for $29.99 a month gives users access to the company’s full catalogue of lessons taught by artists including Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane and Michael Falzarano from Hot Tuna.”Existing members will jump on this, and we’ll attract people searching [Apple’s App Store] for guitar lessons,” Wolff says. That group of people is growing. Apple sold 1.5 billion apps during the App Store’s first year and 5.2 million iPhones during the company’s fiscal third quarter.Wolff is hoping the popularity of the device will help him double his company’s subscribership. “I’m hoping we can really gain exposure for ourselves,” he says.Improve customer serviceMany apps do more than draw attention to your product; they improve the customer’s experience. Jason Gossard, the lead administrator for the Circle School , a parent-owned and operated school in San Antonio, praises the utility of the school’s new free app, which is scheduled to launch in a couple weeks. Administrators will be able to use their smartphones to highlight upcoming school events and make speedy updates, he says. And parents will be able to receive updates from the school more easily. “Everyone who had an iPhone was excited about this,” he says.Even if another firm profits from offering your company’s app, users still benefit from being able to access your company’s service with greater ease. Just ask Tobi Lutke, the CEO of Ottawa-based website host Shopify . When an independent developer created Shopkeeper , an app that allows any of Shopify’s 5,000 customers to manage their inventories, more than 100 users downloaded the $4.99 app. Lutke says Shopkeeper and apps like it are good for his customers and his business. “The app allows small companies to operate more like larger e-commerce shops, which have dedicated staff to improve their workflow,” Lutke says. “With this technology, you can be very small and have the same technology as a big corporation.”Create a revenue opportunitySome apps present companies with new ways to lift profits, and others are revenue generators themselves. Blakely Long, the CEO of BetterQOL , a pain-management service in Bellaire, Texas, and her partner Brian Loftus, a neurologist, are banking that some of the estimated 33 million migraine sufferers will purchase their new app, iHeadache. The app, which costs $9.99 to download, identifies the type of headache a user has, based on their symptoms, the duration of their headache and the medication they may be taking. The app also generates reports which can be shared with physicians. “We are targeting neurologists and headache specialists, as they benefit from having better reports,” Loftus says.–Write to Diana Ransom at [email protected] Register Now »last_img read more

Lufthansas flagship A350900 to fly Vancouver route starting May 1

first_img Thursday, January 11, 2018 Tags: Germany, Lufthansa, New Routes, Vancouver Travelweek Group Lufthansa’s flagship A350-900 to fly Vancouver route starting May 1 EAST MEADOW, NY — Lufthansa has announced it will put its new flagship aircraft, the long-haul Airbus A350-900, on the Vancouver – Munich route for the summer 2018 season.The route operates seasonally from May 1 – Oct. 27, 2018.Committing the A350 flagship aircraft to the Vancouver route during the busy summer travel season shows how greatly Lufthansa values and is committed to this market, says Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Lufthansa Group Vice President Airline Sales for The Americas.“Now, not only will our Vancouver passengers fly with Europe’s only 5-Star airline, but they will also encounter a significantly enhanced travel experience with many state-of-the-art features and an elevated level of comfort on board the A350-900,” said GoudarziPour.Billed as the world’s most advanced, environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft, the A350-900 uses 25% less kerosene, produces 25% fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off, he adds.The aircraft has space for 293 passengers with 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. At just under 18.4 feet wide, the cabin of the new Airbus is more spacious than comparable models of aircraft.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesLufthansa’s A350-900 Business Class cabin includes a self-service area where passengers can help themselves to snacks and drinks throughout the flight.The aircraft’s Economy Class, furnished in shades of blue, features ergonomically-formed seat upholstery and gives travellers more personal and storage space, says the airline.Throughout the cabin, passengers can use their own mobile device as a second screen, as well as pre-select programs from the on-board entertainment system up to six weeks prior to flight time. The aircraft also features improved cabin pressure during the flight, as well as an LED lighting system.Munich International Airport’s Terminal 2, and a corresponding Satellite Building that opened in April 2016, are a joint venture between Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Flughafen Muenchen GmbH.A central hub for Lufthansa and its partner airlines, T2 includes five new Lufthansa lounges, as well as 27 additional gate positions that allow passengers to board aircraft directly without bus transportation.last_img read more