Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 11, 2018 – Nassau – At the recent Opening Reception for “Medium” and the Unveiling of the Gates Commission at the National Art Gallery, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said in his view culture can have a calming effect if applied to issues of concern currently being dealt with in society.For example, in the ongoing fight against crime Minister Pintard said: “If you take the young man who has a case of self-hatred – which enables him to take the life of someone who looks identical to him, who sounds just like him – and you were to introduce him to a setting like this, where he is able to recognize skills that he has that have never been validated in the society, he begins to see the world differently,” Minister Pintard said. “He begins to explore certain things in his mind and, more importantly, in his heart, he – or she – has an epiphany.”Minister Pintard said that what his Ministry is doing is asking individuals in society to embrace the creative within themselves. He added that it could aid in taking the thousands of “disconnected” young people and reconnect them to themselves through the Arts, presenting Bahamian society with a reasonable chance of “doing something transformative” in The Bahamas.Minister Pintard reiterated that it was important to use art as a “national development tool” that helps Bahamian society see the value of the industry, and an image of themselves that they could be in love with and embrace.“It is art that helps us to dismantle the xenophobia that exists in so many societies in The Bahamas, that helps us to look beyond the socio-economic brackets and embrace people from all strata,” he said.Minister Pintard also suggested that art is the “glue” that helps to bring Bahamian society together. “Let us continue to fund the Arts,” Minister Pintard said to patrons, in particular, that evening.“I honestly believe that we can start a revolution in this country,” he said. “We wish for our young people to pursue their passion and, of course, to make their passion pay their bills.“We have far too many surgeons holding a scalpel when they would really rather be holding a paintbrush or a torch to cut a piece of iron – far too many persons who are displaced because they have not had enough ‘face time’ with themselves, quiet time, and courage to pursue their passion.”By: Eric Rose (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Detectives-seize-9-zebras-in-JashoreDetectives in a raid seized nine zebras from Satmail Bazar area in Sharsha upazila of Jashore early Wednesday.Tipped off, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police conducted a drive in the area around 12:00am and recovered the zebras while being taken to the neighboring country, said Maniruzzaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of DB, reports UNB.However, police could not arrest anyone in this connection, he added.The OC said further details will be shared with the media at a press briefing later in the day.
Map showing the Sohae rocket test site in North Korea. Photo: AFPActivity has been detected at a North Korean long-range rocket site, suggesting Pyongyang may be pursuing the “rapid rebuilding” of the facility after the collapse of the Hanoi summit, according to analysis of satellite imagery.Last week’s meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump ended abruptly after the pair failed to reach an agreement on walking back Pyongyang’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.The renewed activity was recorded two days after the summit and may “demonstrate resolve in the face of US rejection” of the North’s request for sanctions relief, said researchers at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).”This facility had been dormant since August 2018, indicating the current activity is deliberate and purposeful.”Kim had agreed to shutter the Sohae missile-testing site at a summit with the South’s president Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang, as part of confidence-building measures, and satellite pictures in August suggested workers were already dismantling an engine test stand at the facility.CSIS said activity is “evident” at the vertical engine test stand and the launch pad’s rail-mounted rocket transfer structure at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station — the facility from which Pyongyang launched satellites in 2012 and 2016.The satellite launches were condemned by the international community and widely viewed as disguised ballistic missile tests.The CSIS analysis said the Sohae facility “has been used in the past for satellite launches,” which use “ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) technology banned under UN Security Council resolutions.”In a briefing to parliamentarians this week, Seoul’s spy agency said it had detected signs of work at the site.Joel Wit, the director of the respected Washington-based 38 North project cautioned that the evidence was not necessarily “consistent with preparations for an ICBM test”.”Aside from the fact that (North Korea) has never tested an ICBM from Sohae — it’s a space vehicle launch site — preparation for any launch would require a wide range of activities not observed in the imagery.”Impoverished and isolated North Korea conducted its first successful nuclear test in 2006 followed by a string of increasingly successful ICBM launches.In 2017, it claimed it had become a nuclear state, capable of fitting a viable nuclear weapon on an ICBM that could reach as far as the United States’ eastern seaboard.In the same year, the UN Security Council banned the North’s main exports — coal and other mineral resources, fisheries and textile products — to cut off its access to hard currency in response to Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear arms and ballistic missiles.At their groundbreaking first summit in Singapore last year, Kim and Trump produced a vague statement on the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.There were high expectations for Kim and Trump’s second meeting in Hanoi, but no agreement was reached. Despite the stalemate in Vietnam, however, both sides said they were open to further talks.A third summit has not been scheduled.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Queen Naija, who’s currently signed with Capitol Records, first gained prominence as a contestant on “American Idol” season 8, before amassing an online following of 3.9 million subscribers on YouTube (and growing). She self-released her single “Medicine” in 2017, and last June released her second single, “Karma,” on Capitol Records where it topped iTunes’ charts.“The Birth of Queen Naija” is produced by the MTV arm of Viacom Digital Studios, led by Lars Silberbauer and executive produced by Garth Bardsley and Cory Midgarden. Viral R&B star Queen Naija is featured in MTV’s newest digital original series, “The Birth of Queen Naija,”The first episode of the three-part docu-series launched Monday (March 18) on MTV Facebook, with the other installments to be released on following Mondays. “The Birth of Queen Naija” will also be available MTV YouTube on Fridays, starting March 22.The series promises an intimate look at the 23-year-old rising singer’s journey as she navigates her first U.S. tour, pregnancy, family and her drive to succeed. “The Birth of Queen Naija” offers viewers a look behind her music with exclusive on-set footage, performances and personal video of family and friends.“I’m so excited to partner with MTV on this incredible journey documenting my first national tour while pregnant with Legend,” Queen Naija said. “I cannot wait for my supporters to get a behind-the-scenes look at my life on the road.”
Kolkata: A team of doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital has successfully removed a tumour weighing around five kg with a diameter of 11 cm from the lower abdomen of a 27-year-old woman from Murshidabad.The victim, Nargis Begum, a resident of Raninagar area of the district was admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital on 8 January. After performing necessary tests the doctors found a big size tumour stretching from her pelvis up to the kidneys, almost blocking her food pipe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe patient first visited the Outdoor department after which she was advised to get admitted. The doctors decided to conduct a surgery to remove the tumour and it was not easy as there was a possibility of organs being affected with high-risk of tumour bleeding. The doctors informed that the tumour gradually grew over a period of two years and finally took the shape of a football. A team of doctors took all precautionary measures before conducting the operation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThere was a possibility of large intestine getting damaged while removing the tumour but the doctors successfully managed to remove it after three hours without affecting any other organ. The tumour was touching the left ovary of the patient and close to the urinary tract. The health condition of the patient is improving and she is being provided with liquid food. According to the hospital, the patient would be discharged in a few days. “The prevalence of such a tumour is found in every 6000-7000 patients. In most of the cases, that big a tumour has various roots which is why it becomes difficult for the doctors to remove but here, the tumour was could be completely removed as it had no major roots attached to other organs,” a senior official of the hospital said.
January 22, 2016 With the proliferation of online resources, social media and cellular phones, the landscape of the “workplace” has changed forever. No longer do we need to show up at a brick-and-mortar building, or gather in the oak-paneled conference room for our weekly meeting. Nowadays, most everything can be done virtually.Although this gives us abundant freedom, it also creates challenges in coordinating both people and information flow. Here are some guidelines for becoming better at virtual communications.Set an agenda.If your meeting includes a number of people, it is wise to create and disseminate an agenda that includes the timing and objectives for each item. This will help focus on the goals for the meeting and keep everyone on the same page.Practice.Don’t use a new technology for the first time; instead, go through a “dress rehearsal” and practice its navigation and features beforehand. It’s always a good idea to have a contingency plan in case technology fails you at a critical moment.Related: Secrets to Yawn-Free Board MeetingsStay focused.Put your cell phone aside, and concentrate on running the meeting. You’ll have enough to do with coordinating speakers, running the agenda and facilitating the technology without checking messages every few minutes.Be the first on the call.As the host, be the first to log into the call. Arrive at least five minutes early to make sure there are no glitches before the meeting begins. Introduce yourself and greet each person as they “arrive” and ask who has joined the call.Introduce everyone.Once everyone is present, make introductions including names, titles and roles. Start your meeting when everyone knows who’s on the call.Include an introduction.Before the meeting begins, take a couple of minutes to make some small talk to get everyone warmed up. Tell a brief story, relate an experience, or ask everyone about his or her week. Their comfort level will rise and it will be easier to transition into the agenda.Related: This App Will Make Your Next Virtual Meeting AwesomeKeep up the pace.Don’t let the meeting lag, or let any one person dominate or drag down the conversation. Remain in charge and set limits on speakers, or table conversations for later discussion. Ask everyone to be mindful of any ambient noise or activity in the background that others might hear. Also, ask everyone to disengage their music-on-hold feature just in case they have to tend to an urgent matter and leave the conference momentarily.Create a FlowYour advance preparation will aid in creating a cohesive flow to your online presentation. Don’t jump around from file to file, or open new programs, if possible, or flip from page to page or move your cursor quickly around, making it difficult to follow.Encourage participation.Be sure to include all attendees in the conversation. Go “around the room” and ask everyone for input. This will keep everyone engaged, so they don’t get bored or lose focus. Everyone should feel like their presence is important.Do a recap.At the end of the meeting, recap what has been covered, what has been assigned, and to whom it has been entrusted. It’s best to set the time and date for the next meeting while you have everyone together.Follow up.If possible, send out a copy of the meeting notes and action items to all in attendance. Thank them for their participation and encourage them with words of praise.Running any meeting is a skill, and more so when it is virtual. Incorporate these tips, and some of your own, to create a productive and interesting presentation each and every time.Related: 6 Ways to Manage a Virtual Work Force Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »