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Does the Unborn Child Feel Pain in an Abortion?

first_imgCultureWatch 13 July 2013Those who seek to justify the killing of unborn babies resort to all sorts of myths and falsehoods to make their case and assuage their conscience. They in fact have to live in a world of lies and misinformation in order to defend their willingness to destroy the unborn, and make that defence seem palatable.Denying the humanity and personhood of the unborn child is of course one main way in which they proceed. And that is always the case with those who seek to oppress others: they seek to dehumanise the victims. Thus slave owners dehumanised blacks, just as baby-killers dehumanise the unborn.Thus it is customary to hear that the unborn baby is just a blob of cells. As such, an abortion does not hurt it or cause it any pain. After all, ‘how can a clump of cells experience pain?’ the pro-abortionists argue. This rhetoric is just that: rhetoric. It is really about dehumanising the victim and ignoring the evidence.Science has shown us quite clearly that babies do indeed feel pain. For example, surgeon Robert Shearin argues that unborn babies can experience pain at quite an early age: “As early as eight to ten weeks after conception, and definitely by thirteen-and-a-half weeks, the unborn experiences organic pain. . . . [At this point she] responds to pain at all levels of her nervous system in an integrated response which cannot be deemed a mere reflex. She can now experience pain.”http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2013/07/13/does-the-unborn-child-feel-pain-in-an-abortion/last_img read more

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Chris Grayling: No plan to allow nude weddings

first_imgBBC News 18 January 2015Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has dismissed reports the government is planning to allow nude weddings.He was asked if a change in the law was being considered as part of a review of marriage laws.“Not as far as I’m aware and I’ve certainly no intention of doing so,” he told the BBC’s Sunday Politics show.The government was looking into humanist marriages in England and Wales, he said.Humanism is a secular philosophy. Humanist weddings are not legally recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – but they are legal in Scotland.The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that ministers had ordered a rethink of wedding laws, which could allow naturists to conduct weddings if the rules were changed.http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30871092last_img read more

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Mum Wanted to Die So She Wouldn’t Be a Burden – But Convincing Her to Live Gave Us Both a Gift Beyond Measure

first_imgThe Huffington Post 3 September 2015As she lay in the hospice, ghostly pale and apparently slipping away before my eyes, my mother was adamant. ‘I just want to die,’ had become her repeated refrain. She was 84, suffering from advanced breast cancer and didn’t want chemotherapy. As far as she was concerned, the end could not come soon enough. ‘I’ve had a good life,’ she would say. ‘But I don’t want to be dependent. I don’t want to be a burden to anyone.’Had assisted suicide been legal, she made it quite clear that it would have been her chosen path. ‘I’d go for it,’ she told me, with a fixed, determined look in her eye. The situation certainly seemed hopeless, particularly after a scan revealed that the cancer had spread to huge areas of her pelvis and lower back.With every movement accompanied by excruciating pain, she agreed, reluctantly, to have radiotherapy on her disintegrating pelvis. But it seemed to make little difference; only the pain-killing drugs helped. She was getting weaker by the day and couldn’t wait to be released by death. Seeing a parent suffer is a terrible experience for anyone, but for me, there was an added and cruel irony: I’m a professor of palliative care.I have dedicated my career as a physician to improving the care of the terminally ill – and yet here was my dreadfully sick mother, stopping just short of asking me to help her die.By the bitterest of coincidences, as she lay in her hospice bed, I was also vigorously opposing a Bill in the House of Lords that would have made assisted suicide legal. The situation was tearing me in two. Mum had fought for her family all her life. So how could I ignore her wishes? I believed passionately in the cause I was fighting in Parliament – that every life is of value and should never be ended by legalised ‘death by appointment’.But seeing my lovely mother dying in a hospice bed, despite the gentle, caring nursing and the patient doctoring, was almost too much to bear. Sixteen years earlier, I had left general practice and become a full-time hospice doctor because I wanted to improve the care of the dying. I longed to change health care so that staff listened to patients and valued each one, even when those patients were desperately ill, disabled or beyond a cure.As I discovered, a terminally-ill person can live a lot of life in a short space of time – and I wanted to bring hope to their moments of despair. And yet I felt powerless to help my own mum. My brother, John – who had been desperately sick as a baby and who my mother had breastfed moments before taking him down for an operation that no one was sure he would survive – played peacemaker, desperately trying to reconcile his mother’s anger with his sister’s distress.But it was the hospice chaplain who unlocked the door. Wise enough to realise there was no point talking about God to this agnostic lady and experienced enough to know we all have a story, he quietly and patiently asked Mum to tell him hers.And so he sat, this quiet, unassuming man, and listened, soaking up the years, as she told him her views and philosophy on life. And it was in this telling that it dawned on Mum that her decrepit body still held an active mind. Suddenly, she realised that if she wasn’t going to be allowed to kill herself, she had better make the most of what time remained.So day by day, she took more pain relief, which first enabled her to get out of bed and then to take a few tentative steps with a Zimmer frame. Every day, she tried to take a few steps more. ‘I’m training for the London marathon,’ she laughed, after five, seven and then ten yards on the Zimmer. And then, almost miraculously, the radiotherapy began to work, her pain disappeared and she was able to leave the hospice and go home.My mother would go on to live for another four years and it’s no exaggeration to say that those four years were almost more precious than the 84 that had preceded them.http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/baroness-ilora-finlay/assisted-dying_b_8075776.html?utm_hp_ref=uklast_img read more

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Motherhood is not a gender stereotype – it’s science

first_imgMercatorNet 11 May 2018In a report to Family First New Zealand published today, leading American family scholar and father of five, Glenn Stanton, writes about the distinct and vital contribution of the mother to a child’s wellbeing. Drawing on common experience and the findings of contemporary research, Stanton reminds us about Why Mothers Matter. The following is an excerpt from the report, published here with the permission of Family First NZ.The mother’s orientation towards the childGood mothers and fathers are both certainly very physical with their children. However, mothers are physical in different ways to fathers – ways which stem from their basic nature as women.From moment one, what is it that you, as a mother, will do with your child? Take any cultural or gender stereotypes you might have and put them aside to think about this in the larger human experience across cultures and time. Is there a common answer? Yes, there is – and it has nothing to do with any particular cultural gender caricature that feminist studies professors will warn you about. It has everything to do with the essence of every good mother.As soon as a child emerges from the womb, the overwhelming first inclination and physical activity of the mother is to take the crying, quivering newborn close to her and put it to her breast for comfort and sustenance. No mother need to be taught that this should be done. That desire flows from her as strong as any emotion or force she has ever experienced. Everything within her needs to hold and comfort her child. Her body itself, and not just her emotions, is reacting to her baby’s cry. A mother’s brain viscerally and physically responds at this moment.In one interesting experiment conducted in Italy, men and women were placed in a brain-scan machine. The researchers played two different sounds intermittently, with periods of silence in between. One sound was just white noise, the other was an infant’s hungry cry. The subjects were not informed beforehand that the sounds would be played, so that anticipation would not be a factor. Their brains were observed for internal responses – neural firings – to these sounds. During periods of silence and when white noise was played, the brain responses of males or females were identical. But, as the researchers explained, “the brain activity of women and men differed considerably” when they both heard the cries of a baby.The men showed no significant response. But women did, regardless of whether they were mothers or not. The female brain sends signals throughout the body when it hears a baby crying for food and comfort. It’s natural. In fact, these scholars reported something else that’s natural. When the father seems oblivious or indifferent to your baby’s cries, it’s not because he is selfish or uncaring. It’s that his brain is actually wired that way. The Italian researchers explain, “In functional terms, this finding suggests that, whereas the female brain during hunger cries interrupts on-going mind-wandering, the male brain continues in self-reflection” even if he is reflecting on nothing in particular. In other words, dad’s brain can remain unaffected by his child’s cry.It is a remarkable and frustrating quirk of nature — but it’s not his fault. Having said that, fathers must learn to be attentive and respond more quickly to the child’s cries.Mum’s body does not just respond to the baby’s cry. Science also shows us that something significant happens in the deepest interiors of the bodies of both mother and child during the intimacy of nursing. It is not just the functioning of the breast and delivery of nutrition to the baby. Mothers who have more skin-to-skin interaction with their child – including breast feeding – are shown in longitudinal, control-group studies to experience reduced postpartum depression and overall psychological stress, increased uterine health, protection against Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and improved menstruation.In short, the mother’s orientation is unmistakably toward the child. This is hardwired and hard-driven. Others who seek to interrupt it will often do so at their own peril.A new father is certainly interested in the child itself, but he is also very interested in his child in relation to the rest of world. More so than the mother. This is an important distinction. Dad is more likely to celebrate the child with the rest of his community as a badge of honour and excitement. Curiously, he considers the newborn as his accomplishment even though he felt no pain or broke no sweat! This is why fathers have long passed out cigars to their friends. It’s about his relationship as a new father to the larger community, and a celebration of the event of the arrival of his new child.https://www.mercatornet.com/mobile/view/motherhood-is-not-a-gender-stereotype-its-scienceWhy mothers matterSunLive 13 May 2018     “Mum’s femininity not only gave birth to and nourished her children, but helps them develop into the unique, healthy and influential human beings society requires. “New Zealand cannot exist without her. She does what no other person in the life of every human being can do.”The above comments form part of a report released by Family First NZ to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.‘Why Mothers Matter’ was written by Glenn Stanton, the director of Global Family Formation Studies at’ Focus on the Family’ in Colorado Springs, USA.Family First NZ spokesperson Sue Reid says in a world that seems fixed on diminishing the unique roles of each parent, the report draws on extensive research from child psychologists and from child development science, highlighting the fact that mothers are different to fathers in what they bring to parenthood.“Our modern society seems bent on equality but our roles are different. Stanton addresses in this report the need to acknowledge that each parent contributes to the success and function of the family in different ways. Mothers are crucial for both sons and daughters. They not only role-model for their own daughters but they influence a son to be wired to care for and protect women around them.”As a mother herself, Sue says this research paper is an important commentary. “In this ever-changing modern world, it is paramount that we stop, pause in our busy world, and consider the significant role of the mothers in our midst.”The report says mums make makes countless contributions to bringing up their children that are distinct from dad’s way and she is typically not even aware how her special way of loving, caring for, protecting and teaching her children is as distinctive as it is important.READ MORE: https://sunlive.co.nz/news/179479-why-mothers-matter.htmllast_img read more

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What kids want: Family dinners

first_imgA story to dine in on: Kids who sit down for family dinners are healthier and smarterStuff co.nz 29 July 2018Family First Comment: Over the weekend, the Sunday Star Times jumped on the bandwagon of our superb report from two days earlier. Read our report instead https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2018/07/call-for-public-health-campaign-to-promote-family-dinners/Most Kiwi families are going in the other direction. We are letting this simple analogue mealtime face-to-face connection slip out of our lives.A study by independent researcher Sarah Woollett, commissioned and developed by My Food Bag and Stuff, reveals we’re eating at home less often and together less often.The just-released Family Dinners survey involved 521 children and 630 adults across the country.It paints a picture of fewer family meals together, of stressed parents working late and out of sync hours to cover for each other, of takeaways and of eyes staring at screens instead of each other. Parents know something is wrong because – in their own words – they feel guilty.A generation ago three-quarters of children ate dinner with their parents every night. This survey indicates now only 51 per cent of families eat every dinner at home together.One of the sadder findings is while 96 per cent of children see dinner as a great chance to chat to parents, 79 per cent wish they could have more dinners together as a family.Reasons why adults wished they could have more dinners at home included mentions of: “quality family time” (32 per cent); “it’s cheaper” (16 per cent); “it’s healthier and more nutritious” (10 per cent); “it’s a chance to catch up” (8 per cent); “it’s better tasting or better food” (7 per cent).READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/105584089/A-story-to-dine-in-on-Kids-who-sit-down-for-family-dinners-are-healthier-and-smarter?cid=app-iPhoneGroundbreaking survey of NZ kids reveals disappointment at lack of time with parentsStuff co.nz 29 July 2018Kiwi kids are sad they’re not spending time with their parents, according a groundbreaking study of how parents’ lifestyles impact their families.The just-released Dinners Make Families survey of 521 children and 630 adults reveals 79 per cent of kids wish they could have more dinners together as a family.While 96 per cent of children surveyed see dinner as a great chance to chat to parents, almost two-third of the children interviewed said their parents are too busy and they wish they had more time together (68 per cent, where both parents work).​Dinners, cooking, conversations, we’re simply spending less time with our families at home than a generation ago.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/105682721/Groundbreaking-survey-of-NZ-kids-reveals-disappointment-at-lack-of-time-with-parents?cid=app-iPhoneFewer Kiwi kids using a knife and fork at dinner as families become busierStuff co.nz 29 July 2018According to the 1861 etiquette bible The Book of Household Management, family meals should be planned, served and cooked “with the same cleanliness, neatness, and scrupulous exactness” as a dinner party, and the table set with porcelain and genuine silverware.“If this rule be strictly adhered to, all will find themselves increase in managing skill; whilst a knowledge of their daily duties will become familiar, and enable them to meet difficult occasions with ease, and overcome any amount of obstacles,” wrote the book’s author, Mrs Isabella Beeton.Modern etiquette coach Jodi Tempero says although many families no longer have time to regularly launder tablecloths and cloth napkins, having good table manners can be the difference between success and failure at home, at work or with friends.But new research set to horrify traditionalists has revealed most Kiwi parents don’t require their kids to use cutlery, let alone napkins – even if most are loath to admit it.Just 47 per cent of 8-to-12-year-olds eat with a knife and fork every night – much fewer than a generation ago, when 65 per cent always used cutlery. That finding is from a big study of 1100 families by independent researcher Sarah Woollett, commissioned and developed by My Food Bag and Stuff.Only a third of families lay a cloth and set the table, and just 18 per cent are expected to ask permission before leaving the table. That’s if they’re even at the table: increased numbers of kids now eat their evening meal in the kitchen.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/105684412/Fewer-Kiwi-kids-using-a-knife-and-fork-at-dinner-as-families-become-busier?cid=app-iPhoneWe choose swipes, taps and remotes instead of family dinner chatStuff co.nz 5 August 2018If you think family dinners are the last refuge of real conversation and relationships, think again.The most confronting finding of a national survey on the New Zealand family dinner was how much we are using our devices, phones and TVs while sitting and eating together.It shows 74 per cent of kids are buried in screens at dinner. And an amazing 83 per cent of their parents are doing the same.It’s the context of when that is happening that is most surprising – because we all say we want to spend quality time together.The study by independent researcher Sarah Woollett, commissioned and developed by My Food Bag and Stuff, reveals just 51 per cent of families eat dinner together each night. Three-quarters did so a generation ago.It also reveals a vast majority of children want more family dinners together and guilt-ridden parents want the same.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/105520766/we-choose-swipes-taps-and-remotes-instead-of-family-dinner-chatKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Shark Tank billionaires hunt for trade and investment opportunities in Kenya

first_imgBillionaires who form the cast of the American television series ‘Shark Tank’ Billionaires who form the cast of the American television series ‘Shark Tank’Three billionaires, who are part of the cast of the American television series ‘Shark Tank’, will be in Nairobi to join other entrepreneurs in hunting for trade and investment opportunities in Kenya at the Global Entrepreneurship SummitThe three, Barbara Corcoran, founder of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and Daymond John, founder of FUBU fashion line, will be among the key speakers at the summit.The sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit is co-hosted by Kenya and United States, with President Barack Obama set to make the keynote address.A tweet through the 2015 summit’s official handle read confirmed their visit.https://twitter.com/GES2015Kenya/status/620862566965846016https://twitter.com/GES2015Kenya/status/620865919582085120last_img read more

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Cannabis drivers ‘twice as likely to cause car crash’

first_img Share Share Tweet Cannabis can impair a driver’s ability to respond to potential dangers, research showsDrivers who use cannabis up to three hours before driving are twice as likely to cause a collision as those not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, says a Canadian study.This is because cannabis impairs brain and motor functions needed for safe driving, the researchers suggest.The study in bmj.com reviewed nine studies of 50,000 people worldwide who had been in serious or fatal crashes.Experts support the close monitoring of serious accidents involving drugs.The study analysis was carried out by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.They looked at observational studies of collisions between one or more moving vehicles on a public road which involved the consumption of cannabis.Drivers of cars, sports utility vehicles, vans, lorries, buses and motorcycles featured in the studies.The study found a near doubling of risk of a driver being involved in a motor vehicle collision resulting in serious injury or death if cannabis had been consumed less than three hours before. However, it added that the impact of acute cannabis consumption on the risk of minor crashes was still unclear.Blood sampleMark Asbridge, study author and associate professor at the department of community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie University, said the research was important.“Our findings provide clarity to the large body of research on cannabis and collision risk. “They also offer support to existing policies, in many jurisdictions, that restrict driving under the influence of cannabis, and direct public health officials to devote greater attention to this issue.” All studies tested for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active chemical in cannabis, by analysing blood samples or using direct reports of cannabis use from those involved.Most studies used one nanogram per millilitre of cannabis or any amount greater than zero as the cut-off for a positive test result, with one study using a 2ng/ml cut-off.Duncan Vernon, a road safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said that previous studies in controlled lab conditions had shown that cannabis can impair a driver’s ability to respond to potential dangers.“This new research strengthens the evidence that driving under the influence of cannabis increases the likelihood of being seriously injured or killed in a collision.“This adds to the argument that a system needs to be put in place to monitor the number of serious and fatal accidents where impairment from illegal drugs was a contributory factor, so that appropriate action can be taken to prevent them.”Positive testJulie Townsend, deputy chief executive of road safety charity Brake, said that tackling drug driving should be a top priority.“This report highlights the danger posed by drivers who have smoked cannabis and adds weight to Brake’s calls for widespread testing and prosecution of drivers.”In the UK, 18% of people killed in road crashes have traces of illegal drugs in their blood, with cannabis the most common, Brake says.The Canadian study cites a roadside survey of 537 drivers in Scotland in 2000 which found that 15% of respondents aged 17-39 years admitted to having consumed cannabis within 12 hours of driving a vehicle.The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction found, in 2008, that between 0.3% and 7.4% of drivers tested positive for cannabis from roadside surveys in the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, the United States, and Australia.The researchers conclude that despite the increased risk posed by cannabis to car drivers, alcohol remains the substance most often present in crashes.The observed association between alcohol and crash risk is more significant than that for cannabis, the study says.BBC News Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Cannabis drivers ‘twice as likely to cause car crash’ by: – February 11, 2012 13 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Burned bodies found after Morocco protests – minister

first_imgProtesters marched through Rabat and other Moroccan cities on SundayFive burned bodies have been found in a bank which was set on fire following anti-government protests in Morocco on Sunday, the interior minister has said.Taib Cherkaoui said the bodies were discovered in the northern town of Al Hoceima.He said the protests in Al Hoceima and other towns and cities were peaceful, but added that acts of vandalism and looting took place after the rallies.The protesters demanded that King Mohammed VI give up some of his power.So far there has been no independent confirmation of the deaths in Al Hoceima, and it is not clear how they may have died.Protests have spread across the region since popular movements in Tunisia and Egypt forced out leaders.However, analysts say that – unlike other countries that have seen protests – Morocco has a successful economy, an elected parliament and a reformist monarchy, making it less vulnerable to a major uprising.Former BBC Morocco correspondent Richard Hamilton says regular protests are allowed and the government has promised to double food subsidies.But beneath the surface real problems are lurking, he adds.With a huge young population, many of them poor or unemployed.The gap between rich and poor has been described by one commentator as “obscene” and parliamentary elections are said by critics to be a fig leaf for an undemocratic system, he says.King Mohammed is a member of the Alawite dynasty that has been ruling Morocco for some 350 years, claiming a direct line of descent from the Prophet Muhammad.It is regarded as almost sacrilegious to question his role as king, our correspondent says. 35 Views   no discussions Share Tweet News Burned bodies found after Morocco protests – minister by: – February 21, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! BBC Newslast_img read more

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West Indies: A Well Deserved Win over Pakistan

first_img 20 Views   no discussions NewsSports West Indies: A Well Deserved Win over Pakistan by: – May 5, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Although the tourists have the advantage of the One Day International series already 3-1, West Indies confidently won the last game in Guyana today by ten (10) wickets.Pakistan who won the toss decided to bat and fell to hands of Rampaul who took 4 wickets for 45 runs in 10 Overs and Sammy who took 3 wickets for 30 runs 10 Overs.The tourists were all out for 139 in 41.2 overs with Mohammed Safeez scoring the highest, 55 runs in 83 balls.The West Indies replied scoring the required runs (140) in 23.3 Overs with all wickets in hand. Simmons and Edwards scored 77 and 40 runs respectively with 23 (3nb, 12w, 2b, 6lb) extras.The Details of the Scoring Card for both sides are as follows:West Indies beat Pakistan by 10 wicketsPakistan Innings: 139 all out (41.2 overs)West Indies Innings: 140 for 0 (23.3 overs)Umpires: E A R de Silva, Malcolm, J J Crowe, J S WilsonWest Indies: Edwards, Simmons, DM Bravo, Sarwan, DJ Bravo, Samuels, Baugh (W), Sammy (C), Bishoo, Rampaul, MartinPakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Shehzad, Umar, Misbah-ul-Haq, U Akmal, Shahid Afridi (C), Salman (W), Salahuddin, Saeed Ajmal, Riaz, Junaid Khan.News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Dominica signs MOU with India to establish Center of Excellence for Information Communication Technology

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Dominica signs MOU with India to establish Center of Excellence for Information Communication Technology by: – October 17, 2011 17 Views   no discussions Hon. Kelver Darroux. (file photo)Dominica will soon be the home of a Center of Excellence for Information Communication Technology.The governments of Dominica and India signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the commencement of the facility which will be located at Bath Estate.Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibilities for Information Technology, Kelver Darroux says the primary function is to provide specialized training in information technology for the country’s youth.“This is a major step because government has realized that the Information Communications Technology sector is very diverse dynamic and we need to take full advantage of the opportunities provided,” he said.Within a two year period, the Indian government is expected to provide free trainers along with all equipment required for the center of excellence, while the government of Dominica will provide the infrastructure, furniture and any additional staff.“We have established a building in Bath Estate where the Ministry of Education used as a storeroom. We are moving forward with the process. We expect that the facility will be established within eight months and we hope that we can provide opportunities for the country’s young people,” he said.He says government will be partnering with the Dominica Sate College in an effort to determine exactly who will be trained.“At the end of the training we are looking forward for the young person’s to become young entrepreneurs as well as to employ young people as well. We know that the ICT sector provides a diversity of skills for our young people and we are hoping that our young people will benefit from this initiative,” he explained.Meantime Darroux said government is also exploring other initiatives to assist the country’s youth.“We can continue to see strides being taken to improving the sector. We know that work has already begun on the new state college and this center of excellence will tie nicely with the new college being an avenue where young people can go out there and be trained in a specific skill where they can be more empowered,” he said.A monetary value has not yet been determined.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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