Story Highlights Graduates of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) levels two and three and the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) level two, now have the opportunity to pursue an associate degree in occupational studies. Applications are now being accepted for the January 2018 semester from persons who wish to pursue studies under the two-year programme.Areas of training include logistics, business process outsourcing (BPO), knowledge process outsourcing, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality and renewable energy technology.Persons may register at the Caribbean Maritime University, Excelsior Community College, College of Insurance & Professional Studies, Shortwood Teachers’ College, The Mico University,University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), and University of Technology (UTech) Academy in Kingston; Western Hospitality Institute, St. James; Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann; College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport and Portmore Community College, St. Catherine; Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Manchester; Bethlehem Moravian College. St. Elizabeth; and the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) in Kingston and Manchester.The associate degree programme was developed under the direction of the Centre of Occupational Studies (COS) in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and is in response to the demands of the workplace.“We at the COS were charged to create and manage a structured and coordinated approach to occupational degree certification within the Jamaica context,” explained Director of the Centre of Occupational Studies (COS), Linda Stewart-Doman.She was addressing a Think Tank held recently at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston.She noted that the associate degree programme was launched in December 2016, with 457 students enrolling in the pilot course that started in January 2017.Chairman of the Joint Committee of Tertiary Education (JCTE), Dr. Cecil Cornwall, said the programmme trains individuals for the workplace, providing industries with qualified persons with technical competencies.He explained that it is a transfer degree that allows the participants to matriculate to a baccalaureate programme at a tertiary institution if they so desire.For further information, individuals may contact the COS at 967-7802, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter:@COS_ODs. Areas of training include logistics, business process outsourcing (BPO), knowledge process outsourcing, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality and renewable energy technology. Graduates of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) levels two and three and the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) level two, now have the opportunity to pursue an associate degree in occupational studies. Applications are now being accepted for the January 2018 semester from persons who wish to pursue studies under the two-year programme. The associate degree programme was developed under the direction of the Centre of Occupational Studies (COS) in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and is in response to the demands of the workplace.
That’s fair.While offense makes the highlight shows, the cliché“defense wins championships” is around for a reason. Afterall, ifpeople didn’t have old-school beliefs that sound smart butare notaccurate to hang onto, what would they have?A half-truth.Three of the last six Super Bowl winners did so with eliteoffenses, but the Packers, Saints and Colts would not havehoistedthe Lombardi Trophy had their defenses not improved to thepointwhere they could actually stop somebody. The Giants — whowontwice — earned their rings via excellent defense, and theSteelers, well, we’re not going to talk about them.The point? A football team can win a lot of games with a gooddefense or offense, but will not win a title unless theother sideof the ball is at least decent.As of right now the Cardinals are halfway to where theyneed to be. – / 42 D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share Most people believe that however the Arizona Cardinals’QBs go this year, so will the team.The idea makes sense, but it’s wrong.While the QB position is indeed the most importantposition in sports, the Arizona Cardinals will besuccessful in 2012 for one very simple reason.Or, rather, 11 or so simple reasons at a time.The defense.Through just more than a week of camp so far the Cards’defense has a decided advantage over the offense. Everyonefrom defensive end Calais Campbell to head coach KenWhisenhunt have said that can be expected early on. “It’s been that case, been that way a lot of times becausedefense is more reactionary where offense is more learningwhat you have to do and being in the right spots,”Whisenhunt said Thursday. “But it all ends up balancingitself out, hopefully.”It won’t. Arizona’s defense, which finished 18th in the NFL fortotal yards allowed, 17th in passing yards allowed and21st in rushing yards — while giving up 21.8 points pergame — is going to be good. Damn good. Ray Horton’s group has dominated training camp not becausethe offense is terrible (though that could very well be apossibility), but because it is easily the most talentedgroup on the team.Think about it: the defense boasts two players who havemade the Pro Bowl in Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett aswell as three more who will make it at some point in thenear future in Calais Campbell, Daryl Washington andPatrick Peterson. Add emerging players Sam Acho, DanWilliams and O’Brien Schofield as well as solid startersin Paris Lenon, William Gay and Kerry Rhodes, and you havea defense with far more depth than holes.This isn’t to say the Cardinals will have a top-10 defensethis year. Wait, yes it is. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Talent has not been an issue on the defensive side of theball for a while, and in Horton the team finally has acoach who can get the most out of his players. We saw thedefense evolve from a confused group to a confident oneover the final nine games of the 2011 season — seven ofwhich the Cardinals won — by giving up an average of 18.3points per game. They had allowed an average of 26.14 points per contestover the previous seven. Improve much? Yes.Room to improve even further? Absolutely.For all the good the defense did in 2011, it created fewerturnovers than just five other NFL teams. That will have to change if the Cardinals are to go frombeing a solid defense to an elite one. If it does, theCardinals will not only make the playoffs, but be a threatto go deep into them. The good news is it will change as the team’s passrush improves (see Acho and Schoefield), leaving thetalented anddeep secondary (hello, Patrick Peterson) tocreate more turnovers. While Peterson would like to pick off more than the twopasses he did as a rookie, that’s not exactly his goal.“I want to get to the point where teams don’t even want tothrow my way,” he said. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
State Rep. Dan Lauwers participated in a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday to recognize a new law he sponsored to eliminate delays in the processing of tax credit payments for farmers who participate in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, often referred to as Public Act 116. Gov. Rick Snyder held the ceremony in Lansing.State Rep. Dan Lauwers, left, joined Gov. Rick Snyder for a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday for legislation to eliminate tax delays for farmers. Also shown are Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski, center, and Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township, right.Rep. Lauwers’ bills, now Public Acts 265 and 267 of 2016, streamline the process for registering a PA 116 agreement with the state and hold the Department of Treasury accountable for delays by applying a 3-percent annual interest rate on refunds not issued within 45 days.“Some farmers who have PA 116 agreements reported waiting more than a year for their tax refunds, and I knew those delays had to be eliminated for the PA 116 program to succeed in the future,” said Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “I’m hopeful these changes to the law will expedite the process and encourage even more people to participate in the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program.” Categories: Lauwers News 11Aug Bill-signing ceremony held for Rep. Lauwers’ legislation to eliminate tax delays for farmers