Related Items:#deptofeducation, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 23, 2017 – Nassau – The Department of Education categorically refutes circulating media reports about the arrest of three Ministry of Education employees, now reportedly in Police custody, involving the alleged stealing of $245,000.00.To be clear, a staff member of the Ministry’s Performance Appraisal Unit was interviewed under caution by the police yesterday, at the Ministry of Education headquarters on Thompson Blvd, after it was brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education by a local financial institution that a staff member was involved in the production of fake job letters for non-Ministry employees, who sought to qualify for fast loans.The Public is hereby informed that the staff member under question has been given a one-week administrative leave while the investigation continues.#magneticmedianews#deptofeducation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Some 50 Bangladeshi workers representing 270 victims lodged a police report and held a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. — Photo: New Straits TimesA company is believed to have cheated 270 Bangadeshi workers of more than RM2 million and taken their passports, reports New Straits Times.The workers had reportedly approached the company to help them find jobs and apply to the immigration department’s rehiring programme for work permits.Some 50 Bangladeshi workers representing the 270 victims lodged a police report and held a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, said the newspaper.The Bangladesh workers were said to have asked the authorities to take action against the company and retrieve their passports.One of the victims, Mohamad Alagir, was quoted to have said that most of them started dealing with the company in March last year.He was said to have alleged that the company had asked them to hand over their passports and RM8,000 per head for the application.“The company promised to help us look for jobs and apply for a working permit from the immigration department. However, it is more than a year now and nothing has happened.”According to New Straits Times, Alagir said he and his friends from Johor, Kelantan, Pahang, Selangor, Perak, Penang, Melaka and Negri Sembilan had lodged police reports and filed complaints with the Bangladesh high commission.He told the media that they were living in fear because they did not have their passports and that the company had refused to return their passports.The newspaper quoted another victim, Imran Haz Uzzal, as saying that most of them had worked in Malaysia for more than five years and had entered the country legally through other agents.He was quoted to have said that they started having problems when they approached a company in Bandar Baru Bangi to help them get jobs and renew their working permits.“We hope the authorities will intervene and help us.”
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina receives the IPS International Achievement Award on 27 September for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has received two international awards – the IPS International Achievement Award and the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership – for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas and for her farsighted leadership over the Rohingya issue respectively.The Inter Press Service (IPS), one of the world’s leading news agencies, and the Global Hope Coalition, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong honoured her with the two awards on Thursday.Sheikh Hasina received the awards at two functions here.Director general of International Organisation for Migration ambassador William Lacy Swing handed over to Sheikh Hasina the IPS International Achievement Award at a function held at the United Nations Headquarters.Under-Secretary-General of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, Canadian minister for International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke at the function. Director-General of IPS International Farhana Haque Rahman delivered the welcome address.At a separate function at Park Avenue in New York, honorary president of Global Hope Coalition Irina Bokova conferred the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership.The three other world leaders who also received the awards are president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufu, president of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.Speaking at the IPS award-giving function, prime minister Sheikh Hasina dedicated this award to the people of Bangladesh who have opened their hearts and houses to shelter 1.10 million traumatised forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.Hasina said she believes that it is the duty of all responsible nations to show humanity to the distressed and displaced people around the world.She said it is important that a conducive environment is created in Myanmar for ensuring safety, dignity, livelihood options and re-integration process for the return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.“The causes of the crisis is rooted in Myanmar. Hence, the solution is also to be found in Myanmar … the international community has a clear obligation to collectively address the source of the problem in Myanmar and engage effectively with its government to prevent further exodus,” she added.“The voluntary return of Rohingyas can only be ensured with collective actions by the international community to ensure prevention of repetition of atrocity, crimes against ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar by establishing international, independent and impartial mechanism to put accountability into effect,” Hasina said.Speaking on another award-giving ceremony, she dedicated this award also to the people of Bangladesh.“I wish the world never had to witness the worst form of violence and atrocities that has been committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmar. It stunned me, as it did to the billions of other conscience minds throughout the world,” she said.Hasina said the mass exodus of those persecuted people soon turned out to be the fastest movement of displaced people in the recent history. The recent report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission as mandated by the Human Rights Council has documented incidents of ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘genocide’.“The prolonged presence of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh poses serious challenges to our economy, environment and security. The crucial focus of our emerging nation is being largely diverted for its resolve,” she said.Bangladesh has signed two instruments with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas. However, the repatriation process is yet to begin, the prime minister said.“I call upon the international community to continue their efforts in creating pressure and resolving the problem at the earliest,” she said.
Balurghat: Initiative to conduct massive awareness drive in order to stop the illegal practice of prenatal determination of sex has been taken up in South Dinajpur.The step has been taken up following a decrease in male-female ratio in South Dinajpur and the awareness drive will be carried out to check the illegal practice. According to the source, different NGOs will take part actively in the awareness campaigning.Sukumar Dey, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur, said the state government wants to curb the menace of sex determination at any cost. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to him, the move follows statistics that the number of girls in this district in respect to the number of boys is plummeting.Notably, the district has a district hospital in headquarter, Balurghat, along with eight block hospitals located in each block, where the birth rate of girls is decreasing compared to that of boys.As per 2011 census report in aspect to South Dinajpur, the average sex ratio stands at 956 girls to every 1000 boys. There were also reports of flouting the law against sex determination in private health care facilities and nursing homes.”We are determined to stop the illegal practice of fetus determination. We will organise workshops in different parts of the district to make people aware through NGOs. Private facilities and nursing homes will also take part in it,” Dey said.
Arts Acre Foundation announced on Wednesday the second edition of its annual festival – Art Haat, 2017 – organized in association with Emami Art is going to be held at the Arts Acre Museum of Bengal Modern Art and International Centre for Creativity and Cultural Vision at Rajarhat from November 11 to 14. Eminent artist, Shuvaprasanna, acclaimed artists, Himmat Shah and Prabhakar Kolte, filmmaker, Gautam Ghose and prominent artists from Germany were present at the inauguration. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, the majority of the stalls at the Art Haat festival are being given to the emerging artists who are full-time practitioners of fine arts like painting and sculpture while some stalls are reserved for various handicrafts. Besides the fair, there will be performances at the open-air amphitheatre every evening during this four-day event. Last year, it was a mix of Baul and other forms of folk music like Rainbenshe, Chau, and traditional dance of Purulia and performances by Belgian Bluegrass band named Louvat Brothers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis year there will be a performance by Folks of Bengal – a folk band performing songs and instrumental, folk songs by Swapan Basu, Raibenshe – traditional acrobatic dance form of Bengal, Chau – Dance form of Purulia and contemporary dance performance by Bittu Mondal and group.Present on the occasion, Shuvaprasanna said, “This is the second edition of Art Haat and I am extremely hopeful about its success. Last year, it was an interesting spread of experience. We have extremely talented artists across the city and state who have participated in this year’s art fair and festival and it is going to be big this year. From the last year’s success, we have been inspired to increase the number of stalls to 65 against last year’s 55. We will continue to hold this festival to exhibit the artistic excellence of our city and the country”. Different forms and types of affordable painting, sculpture, folk art, crafts, organic clothes, designer jewellery and handloom products would be exhibited at this unique fair. “The idea is to enable every family to carry back a piece of art with them. We have also tried to offer each artist and artisan an inexpensive platform for selling their creations”, added Shuvaprasanna. This year, the fair also offers delectable food items from K C Das, Biskfarm and Mukhorochak. They will be offering their delicacies besides food from the in-house cafeteria. There will also be stalls selling popular street foods in the festival. Arts Acre is the brainchild of the renowned artist Shuvaprasanna which has developed into a sprawling facility for fine arts. It is a self-contained mini-city for artists and art lovers providing world-class facilities for creating a model platform for the practice and propagation of art, craft and culture.
Heartwarming music from Kutch, traditional balinese dance performance and reverence for crafts by the dignitaries and spectators, the opening ceremony of the 33rd edition of the annual Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar at Dilli Haat was all things cultural. It is on till January 15, 2019.The annual crafts bazaar at Dilli Haat by Dastkari Haat Samiti was inaugurated by Sidharto R Suryodipuro, Ambassador, Indonesia to India. Dignitaries Lalitha Kumaramangalam – former Chairperson National Commission of Women, A Kapil, Assistant Director, Development Commissioner ( Handicrafts) Ministry of Textiles, Anna Roy – Niti Aayog and Mayur Singh – Coopita, Co-ordinator of Indonesian craftspersons also graced the event with their presence. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMarking 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Indonesia, the ceremony also celebrated 25 years of Dilli Haat and marked the beginning of the Craft and Skill Exchange program with Indonesian artists, supported by the O/o Development Commissioner Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles. Adding to the vibrancy was a soulful performance by Arif Rehman, a Margapati (classical balinese dance form) dancer whose performance piece narrated story of the king of jungle looking for his prey. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoorala Marwada, a sufi folk singer from the Janana village of the Kutch District, Gujarat enraptured everyone present in the audience. Ajay Jadeja, Aditi Jaitly, Shelly Jyoti, Sonia Bhandari, Gaurav Jai Gupta, and other industry experts also attended the event. “It is a spectacular event, an opportunity for the artisans of both skill exchange program is another process into strengthening the ties between Indian and Indonesia, and a chance to find beauty in something that is common”, shared Sidharto R Suryodipuro, Ambassador, Indonesia to India. “It was a beautiful ceremony and the annual bazaar this year is a little more special as Dilli Haat completes 25 years. This year we have started the yellow ribbon campaign as well that helps the spectators in identifying the authentic craftsmen at Dilli Haat who are a part of our bazaar. I am really overwhelmed with the response from the visitors and the design innovation that the artisans have brought forth”, shares Jaya Jaitly, President at Dastkari Haat Samiti.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 7, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Not feeling yourself lately? Lacking motivation at work? Losing patience with people? Before making a drastic change in your life, read on, because the problem and solution may be simpler than you think.Related: 6 Ways to Break a Tech AddictionIn fact, the better, more relevant question to ask ourselves may be, how often do we check our phones each day? For many of us, pulling out our phones has become almost as natural as walking.We’re at a point now where it’s next to impossible for most of us to sit alone in public without finding comfort in that powerful device. Because . . . well . . . who just sits alone and does nothing? That’s weird.The trouble is, it’s not weird. Rather, most of us are simply not recognizing the detriment our addiction has on our psychological health and our performance at work. We don’t acknowledge how our attachment to our phones is sabotaging our relationships.It’s not technology itself that’s hurting us, it’s our overuse of it that is crippling the resources in our brain.In short, technology accelerates brain fatigue on a daily basis. This is a big reason why, nowadays, we all feel exhausted at the end of each day, despite sitting at a desk all day long!What distraction does to your brainOur brains weren’t designed to operate effectively in this age of information overload. Every time we shift our attention from one thing to the next, our brains use up additional energy to make that transition happen. And a “transition” can be as small as moving from one Facebook post to the next, or from an email, to a text, to a conversation.Yet the more we do this throughout the day, the faster we tire. Think of your brain like a muscle: Every time you shift your attention to something new, imagine that it does a squat — the kind you do in the gym.Studies say we lose track of our attention six-to-ten times a minute. Going with a lower-end estimation here, and factoring in sleep, that’s approximately 6,120 brain squats a day!The difficulty is that brain fatigue makes it hard for us to regulate our emotions. Feeling happy, loved or determined requires energy, and when that’s depleted, we simply lack the resources to sustain those positive emotions. That makes it difficult for us to stay motivated and focused at work, and makes it challenging to remain patient with the people around us.Related: Will.i.am, ‘Dumb-thumbing,’ and the Perils of Tech AddictionI’ve personally experienced chronic fatigue before and can say that it often makes you feel that you just don’t care about things going on in your life, even when you know you should.Add in some additional stress to that, and you may overreact, act out of character or in some other way simply not be yourself. Here, then, are three ways to conserve your energy and reduce your dependency on technology:1. Discipline is a habit.The truth about discipline is that some people are naturally more talented at it. For some, it’s easy to stick to a workout routine, follow a strict schedule each day or say no to that last drink. But the reality is that that same discipline can also be built up within you.The trouble is, most of us don’t look at the finer details that make up discipline. We think that the odd glance at our phone, a quick scroll through Instagram or a short reply to a text message isn’t a big deal. And in the grand scheme of things, it’s not. However, habits are formed from consistency. So, those tiny, consistent actions we do every day, and sometimes every hour, build up to habitual attention-shifting.Our brains get so conditioned to looking at any shiny object in our peripheral vision that they have no resistance to distraction — a scenario that gets worse over time, slowly lowering our productivity.To build up your discipline, understand that each attention transition is either making you form the bad habit of distraction or is otherwise sapping your mental energy.Know that both of these are ultimately eroding your ability to focus on your more important tasks later in the day. Even having your phone next to your computer will cause your mind to fight itself over not checking it. So, put it on, on “silent”; turn off the flashing light; or better yet, toss it in your bag. Try to check your phone only once every 60 minutes, and build this new habit up over time.2. Phone management in the morning. After turning off your alarm in the morning, take some time before looking at your phone. Why? The light from your screen triggers your brain to go into a reactive mode. It becomes almost a fight-or-flight state. Your brain has learned that when the phone is on, potential threats may be coming your way, as emails, text messages and notifications.Sure, you may not consciously see these as threats, but your brain will, when you start thinking, “Did my client email me back?” “Did that deal close?” “Is my friend mad at me?” or, “I hope I got more than a few likes on my Facebook post.”For the first week, don’t look at your phone for 15 minutes; the second week, aim for 30 minutes; the third week, try for 45 minutes and so on, until you don’t look at your phone just before you leave for work. Obviously, this won’t happen every day, but it’s not about never looking at your phone; it’s simply about looking at it less.3. Wrap your experiences with clarity.When we have an experience in life, our brains create a memory of it. This memory is held in the connections between neurons. These neural connections either get stronger or weaker depending on how often we repeat that experience, and feel the similar emotions that come along with it. Which makes it easier or harder for our brains to reference going forward.The trouble is, if we are constantly pulling out our phones with everything we experience, we’re disrupting those patterns that are being formed. For example, if you’re reading a novel, but you can’t stop from checking your phone every 10 minutes, you’re weakening your ability to stay focused on that literary state.What’s more, the memory within those neural connections that had remembered reading as a place of calm, relaxation and focus, slowly dissipates. In the past, when you picked up a book, your brain could use those inner strengths because they were so strong from years of practice. But, when we disrupt that process time and time again, we lose the ability to recall those strengths when we need them.You can fix this by what you do before, during and after an experience. Try to give yourself a minute before you start a new activity, and during that minute remain phone free. Let your mind relax and forget about your last email, so it is prepared for this new activity.Once you’ve begun the new activity, whether it’s going for a walk, working on a project or reading, take 10 seconds to stop and take in the moment. Recognize what’s going on, the actions you’re taking and the positive feelings you get from those actions. Finally, after the activity ends, give yourself another minute to appreciate what you’ve just completed and accomplished before you look at your phone.Related: The 6 Signs You’re Tech Addicted and What You Can Do About ItThis process will help strengthen those neural connections and everything good that comes from those experiences. 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