Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 5, 2017 – Kingston – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has proclaimed October 10 as World Mental Health Day, under the international theme ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. The Governor-General read the proclamation during a ceremony at King’s House on October 3, which was attended by psychiatrists and professionals involved in mental health care. The Day will form part of activities to mark Mental Health Week, to be observed starting October 8.The Governor-General, in his address, urged Jamaicans to participate in the slate of activities scheduled to be held across the country on that day. Citing statistics, he noted that “one in every four persons around the world will experience mental health problems at one time or another”.“Many people who suffer from psychological and mental distress experience these issues in the workplace. Increase in knowledge and awareness of these issues will help in developing interventions to promote and protect mental health in the workplace,” he said.The Governor-General added that interventions should improve access to employee-assistance programmes to address the stigma of mental illnesses, so that dignity is promoted and respected and people are empowered to take action to promote mental health.Meanwhile, Director of Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse in the Health Ministry, Dr. Maureen Irons-Morgan, said it is fitting to recognise mental health in the workplace.“There are some very common issues that affect mental health, such as stress in the workplace and depression. These are factors that can affect productivity. We want employers to recognise that in protecting and promoting mental health and wellness of workers, in the long run we all benefit,” she said.Information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that most of one’s adult life is spent in the workplace and the experiences there are among the factors determining the overall well-being of people. The WHO notes that employers and managers who implement workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees with mental disorders, are more likely to see gains, not only in the mental health of their employees but also in the productivity of their work.Activities for the Week include a church service at the Portmore Gospel Assembly and a conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
Wikimedia CommonsKerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac on Friday, March 3, presented the 68th state budget in the Assembly. The Budget 2017-18 had an anti-climax as the opposition staged a walkout at the end of the budget presentation alleging that the budget papers were leaked.Check live updates and highlights of Kerala Budget 2017-18 here: Budget allotments – HighlightsSmart City mission – Rs 100 crore Karunya scheme- Rs 350 crore Suchitwa Mission – Rs 127 crore Scientific landfills – Rs 50 crore Soil and land conservation – Rs 201 crore Water conservation – Rs 150 crore Drinking water – Rs 1,858 crore Crematorium cleaning – Rs 100 crore Coastal development – Rs 216 crore Vizhinjam port project – Rs 90 crore Fish farm promotions – Rs 500 crore Welfare of differently-abled people – Rs 250 crore Security pensions fixed at Rs 1,100 Ration subsidy – Rs 900 crore Anganwadi teachers’ honorarium – Rs 350 crore Primary milk society – Rs 30 crore Dairy development – Rs 97 crore Pepper and cardamom farming – Rs 10 crore To stabilize rubber base price – Rs 500 crore Mid-day meal scheme – Rs 640 crore rape victims’ rehabilitation – Rs 5 crore KSRTC – Rs 3,000 crore Kudumbashree – Rs 161 crore Transgender pension, relocation – Rs 10 crore12.22 p.m.: It was not the budget documents, highlights prepared for media was circulated on the web, says Isaac.12.20 p.m.: Finance Minster Thomas Isaac meets the press after his eighth budget presentation.11.50 a.m.: Budget speech ends. Opposition demands an explanation from the government.11.45 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac tables Budget 2017-18 in the assembly.11.44 a.m.: CM Pinarayi Vijayan hands over a note to Speaker.11.43 a.m.: Chennithala reads out budget paper outside the Assembly.11.43 a.m.: Chennithala sys, “budget leaked for the first time in the history of Kerala.”11.42 a.m.: Leader of opposition meets press at the media room.11.41 a.m.: BJP MLA O Raja opal also joins UDF and walks out.11.40 a.m.: TM Thomas Isaac continues budget speech.11.38 a.m.: Opposition resorts to sloganeering in the assembly.11.37 a.m.: BJP MLA O Rajagopal walks out.11.36 a.m.: Poonjar MLA PC George stays in the assembly. 11.35 a.m.: Oppositions boycott assembly.11.34 a.m.: Government announces Rs 61 crore for NoRKA.11.32 a.m.: Finance Minister resumes budget presentation.11.31 a.m.: Speaker intervenes, says the allegations to be probed.11.30 a.m.: Chennithala says Thomas Isaac is “a man of social media” and the budget leaked from FM’s office.11.29 a.m.: FM resumes Budget 2017-18 speech in the assembly.11.27 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac seeks permissions to resume the budget presentation in the assembly.11.25 a.m.: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan responds to the accusation made by the opposition in the assembly.11.24 a.m.: Ruckus in Kerala assembly following the Leader of Opposition’s statement.11.23 a.m.: Sanctity of budget lost. Kerala 2017-18 budgets compromised; secret papers are out in the social media platforms,” says opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.11.17 a.m.: Rs 203 crore announced for farmers’ relief11.16 a.m.: Rs 30 crore for drought relief11.15 a.m.: Government allots Rs 10 crore for transgender pension, relocation11.14 a.m.: Announces taluks, revenue divisions; New taluks in Kunnamkulam and Payyanur11.13 a.m.: New department has been announced for the welfare of women. Rs 161 crore has been allotted for Kudumbashree11.11 a.m.: FM invokes MT Vasudevan Nair’s Randamoozham in the budget before announcing the projects and fund allocations for women safety in the state.11.10 a.m.: ONV memorial to get Rs 5 crore.11.09 a.m.: Isaac announces increase in Pravasi kshema pension.11.06 a.m.: Kochi biennale and film festivals to get permanent venues.11.05 a.m.: Budget avails Rs 724 crore for health service.11.01 a.m.: 10,000 young artists to get Rs 10,000 per month11.00 a.m.: Allotted Rs 265 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan10.59 a.m.: Announces Rs 3,000 crore for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)10.56 a.m.: Education loan repayment support scheme to be formed to give relief to the students. Rs 640 crore for mid-day meal scheme10.55 a.m.: Rs 5 crore allotted for rape victims’ rehabilitation10.54 a.m.: 381 crore for Kerala varsities for different projects. 2 rescue homes to be set up and Pink control rooms to be allotted with Rs 12 crore.10.53 a.m.: Allots Rs 1,858 crore for drinking water.10.52 a.m.: Avail Rs 70 crore for Japan drinking water project.10.51 a.m.: Rs 15 crore allotted for minor irrigation projects.10:50 a.m.: Government allots Rs 600 crore for the construction of check dams and regulators10.49 a.m.: Sabarimala master plan for Rs 25 crore10.47 a.m.: Rs 682 crore credit for metro/transport projects10.45 a.m.: Announces solar and water projects. Solar power project in Kasaragod set to commence its operations this year.10.42 a.m.: Allots Rs 900 crore for power transmission network projects.10.40 a.m.: All street lights in Kerala to be made LED.10:35 a.m.: All districts in the state to set up parks for autistic children.10.34 a.m.: Special investment (chit fund) plans by KSFE for non-resident Keralites.10.29 a.m.: Kerala to invest Rs 3,500 crore for hill-highway project (1,267 km)10.27 a.m.: The Finance Minister foresees Rs 50,000 crore worth road projects in next five years.10.26 a.m.: Government has plans to expand mineral sand mining in public sector 10.25 a.m.: Rs 111 crore for Kinfra.10.24 a.m.: Palakkad to get a life science park.10.24 a.m.: Government allots Rs 482 crore for industries, Rs 51 crore for textile mills.10.23 a.m: Announces Rs 20 crore for tourism marketing projects.10.22 a.m.: The government allots Rs 5 crore to promote boat race (Vallamkali) in Kerala.10.18 a.m.: Government aims to make the state of Kerala an IT hub, announces free Internet for 20 lakh people. 10.13 a.m.: Kerala Beedi employees’ welfare to get Rs 20 crore.10.08 a.m.: Kerala Budget 2017-18 announces Rs 90 crore for Kasaragod project.10.04 a.m.: Budget allots 97 crore for dairy development, 30 crore primary milk society and Rs 150 crore for value-added agro parks.10.00 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 2,600 crore for SC welfare and Rs 750 crore for ST welfare.9.57 a.m.: Budget allots Rs 10 crore compensation for endosulfan victims.9.54 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 250 crore for the welfare of differently-abled people.9.52 a.m.: Finance minister TM Thomas Isaac promises infrastructure projects worth Rs 25,000 crore worth in 2017-18.9.41 a.m.: CPI (M) office in Kozhikode was set on fire last night after a bomb was hurled at the RSS headquarters.9.40 a.m.: Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac is presenting his eighth budget.
The Excellentia Equitation Center, New Delhi presented the sixth edition of The Equestrian Series, from December 12-14, sponsored by the Ashok Piramal Group. The series is a unique extravaganza of the Olympic sport of Equestrian (show-jumping and dressage), bringing together riders from all spheres and age groups. In addition, it offered the finest display of a lifestyle sport with the perfect environment created by the combination of the horse, the rider and a true and healthy competition spirit. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Teams from top civilian riding establishments went up against the top riders from army units such as The Presidents Bodyguard, the 61st Cavalry, which are two of the only horse mounted military regiments in the world, as well as teams from various paramilitary establishments. The event was not only the best in the sport present, but also newer and younger participants with events for children from all age groups. The Excellentia Horse Show offered the perfect ambience for a lovely day out on the field with a sport as royal and unique, associated with horses. The event had more than 200 entries with over 100 horses taking part with two days of action packed equestrian competition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixExcellentia Equitation Centre is a professional riding school, providing the finest training in horseback riding, the sport of Equestrian (comprising of Show-Jumping, Dressage and Eventing) as well as Polo. Situated in an area of 5 acres in Vasant Kunj, rite in the centre of the city, it clearly is the most centrally located and easily accessible riding establishment in the capital. Set up with the background of professional riders who have been competing at the national and international level for many years.
Two girls, in their late 20s, knock on the door of Subhash Barman, a fisherman living in Gopinathpur Malopada village, about 35 km from Dhaka. The family welcomes them warmly. Shilpi Barman, the wife of Subhash, is in her seventh month of pregnancy. These girls cut Shilpi’s nails and check her blood pressure. They then inspect her bedroom to check whether the bedsheets are clean and also collect her urine sample.These girls are paramedics from Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK), a non-profit, which provides community healthcare to the marginalised. Started in 1972, GK has today reached more than 1.5 million rural people in 647 villages through over 1,100 employees, 43 primary health centres (PHCS), five referral hospitals and one medical college. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceTheir efforts have helped achieve the targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the child and maternal mortality in hundreds of villages in Bangladesh, ten years before the MDG deadline of 2015. A World Bank report highlighted GK’s success, To the MDGs and Beyond: Accountability and Institutional Innovation in Bangladesh, in 2006. It says, “GK has already exceeded the MDG for infant mortality a decade ahead of time while the rest of the country remains at a level two-thirds higher. On maternal mortality, GK has achieved a rate of 186 per 100,000 live births, 42 percent lower than the national average in 2001 when the decline for the country as a whole was much less.” Besides, GK provides multiple health facilities to vulnerable people. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeTracing the modelGK began as a field hospital for the wounded freedom fighters and refugees during the war of liberation in 1971. Realising that millions of people in the rural areas had no access to any healthcare facilities, these survivors established GK on April 27, 1972.The GK model relies primarily on paramedics who knock on the doors of poor people in villages providing healthcare. “We identify pregnant women, ailing children and the elderly in villages with the help of the
Kolkata: Two persons were killed and three injured in four road accidents in the city on Saturday and Sunday.On Saturday around 7 pm, a young woman was knocked down by a private bus near Behala tram depot. According to police, Debasree Roy Basu Mullick, a resident of Karunamoyee in Salt Lake was standing on Diamond Harbour road for a bus. All of a sudden, a bus of route number 21/1 hit her while driving recklessly. Immediately, Mullick was rushed to Vidyasagar State General Hospital. Later, her family members shifted her to a private hospital in Salt Lake opposite to Vivekanda Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA few hours later at around 9:15 pm, one goods vehicle hit one motorcycle from behind on Bascule bridge. Due to this, both riders of the motorcycle — Pannalal Prasad (32) and Santosh Kumar Singh sustained multiple injuries. Both of them were rushed to a private hospital in Ekbalpore, where Prasad was declared brought dead. The driver of the goods vehicle has been arrested by the south port police station. Both of them were without headgears.In another incident, a reckless motorcycle rider hit Assistant Sub-Inspector Nepal Chandra Banerjee of Charu Market police station on Saturday at 11 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the police, while Banerjee was performing a Naka Duty on the Western end of AJC Bose Road Flyover, he saw a motorcycle was speeding towards him with a intent to avail the flyover.When he tried to stop, the rider hit him and fled. He was rushed to SSKM hospital with an ankle injury on his right leg.Following the accidents on Saturday, another person was killed in a road accident on Sunday early morning. At around 3.30 am, a motorcycle lost control and rammed into the railings while approaching Jadavpur police station on Jibananda Setu.As a result, both the riders sustained multiple injuries and were removed to the M R Bangur Hospital where one Diganta Roy (26) succumbed to his injuries. His friend Mridul Das was later shifted to a private hospital in Ekbalpore.
Let a robot replace you. For years, this was iRobot’s pitch for the Roomba, its robotic vacuum cleaner. And for years it worked well, generating strong annual sales growth for the Massachusetts firm. There was only one problem: A sizable cohort of potential consumers didn’t believe it. These were people who valued an immaculate home. They worked hard at it. They didn’t think a robot could replace them. And they were right. It probably couldn’t.Related: How to Make the Right Sales PitchDwight Brown, senior VP of global marketing at iRobot, had been here before. His previous employer, Keurig, had a similar pitch: “‘You need a single-serve coffeemaker because it’s an easier way to make coffee,’” Brown recalls. This made technology the centerpiece of the pitch. Which made a certain sense — the tech was cool, and people who loved gadgets were into it. The thing was: Not everyone loves gadgets. “We very quickly learned that when you try to convince the consumer by starting the dialogue with the technology, you certainly attract some early adopters who are technically oriented,” Brown says of the initial approach, “but you may be missing the vast majority of consumers who are much more interested in hearing about the benefit.” Some people, after all, just weren’t looking for a new coffeemaker. But they were looking for a better coffee-making experience. So Keurig tweaked the pitch: “Great coffee, made simply.” It paid off. Keurig boomed.Related: The Surprising Online Marketing Method Most Consumers PreferWhen Brown joined iRobot three years ago, he saw a similar opening. “My initial hypothesis was that if we start focusing communication on the benefit, and not force the consumer to think about the robot as a replacement, we might open the doors to opportunity,” he says. Working with the Cambridge Group in Chicago, iRobot surveyed existing and prospective customers and discovered two things: 1. Existing customers were satisfied with the performance of the product. And 2. Prospective customers were aware of it but didn’t think it would work well enough to meet their standards.That meant that winning converts wasn’t about changing the product; it was about recalibrating expectations. “It’s not a technical issue; it’s a marketing issue,” Brown says. But to do that, iRobot had to better understand what the holdouts wanted. So it asked. The consumers it was targeting said that while they weren’t looking for a robot vacuum per se, they did want a cleaner home. And in an ideal world, they wanted their home to be cleaned every day; they were just too busy to do it themselves.That was the opening iRobot was looking for. It crafted a new pitch, “Cleaner floors every day — all at the push of a button,” and repositioned the product not as something that cleans for you but as something that cleans with you. Something that reliably frees you up from some mundane work and increases the baseline cleanliness in your home, without any additional effort on your part. In that formulation, Brown says, “the customer doesn’t even need to think about purchasing a robot.”Related: 3 Ways to Avoid Mediocre Marketing ContentThe initial feedback on this new approach was positive, and in the spring of 2015 iRobot launched a marketing campaign around it, including redesigned packaging, online and TV ads and in-store video displays. The early results were promising, and iRobot doubled down on the strategy for the holiday season — leading to a 46 percent bump in sales in the final quarter compared with the previous year. Three years in, the new message continues to resonate. Sales were up 17 percent in 2016 (propelled in part by the Roomba 650, which became the top-grossing vacuum cleaner in the U.S.), and, Brown says, “our early 2017 results appear very promising.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the July 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » August 2, 2017 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read