Francis: Hughes’ results mean he should expect to be under fire

first_imgFormer QPR boss Trevor Francis believes current manager Mark Hughes can have no complaints about the pressure he is under.Disgruntled fans want Hughes out following a dismal run that has seen the team fail to win a league match this season.And Francis told Sky Sports News: “If you haven’t won a game and it’s the middle of November, you expect to be under pressure.“I think Mark expected his team to do better. They were desperately close to getting relegated last season and Mark actually predicted that he would never be in that position again – but that’s where they find themselves.“I’ve watched QPR live twice this season and on both occasions I was somewhat disappointed with the manner in which they defended.“Until they start keeping clean sheets they’re going to have huge problems.”Click here for Wednesday’s QPR quizShould Hughes keep his job? Click here to voteSee also:Listen to Hughes insist QPR are ‘very close’ to turning things 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Evolution Worked Magic in Plants

first_imgSome evolutionary papers are filled with verbs like arose, emerged, and originated.  Do these convey scientific understanding, or are they veils concealing ignorance?  Is it like saying “abracadabra” to say something “arose” by evolution?  A recent paper about sophisticated metabolic enzymes in plants is a case in point.In a paper by Weng, Philippe and Noel in Science (29 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6089 pp. 1667-1670; DOI: 10.1126/science.1217411), the magic starts right in the title: “The Rise of Chemodiversity in Plants.” It rose to a crescendo throughout the overture to evolution’s uncanny power to bring things forth out of nothing.1  In the following excerpts, the magic words, hedging words and personifications are highlighted in bold:The Emergence of MetabolismNew metabolic branches continuously arose throughout land-plant evolution….Since its origin as a fundamental property of the cell, metabolism is generally regarded as having evolved toward increasing order and catalytic efficiency….Primary metabolism likely arose from promiscuous primeval metabolic reactions and evolved toward greater catalytic precision and efficiency. Specialized metabolism likely emerged from primary metabolism.Even deleterious changes appearing in one paralog may be tolerated and not eliminated by selection, when the other paralog contributes to fitness. In such cases, the evolution of advantageous activities can now be favored in new environments.….increased catalytic promiscuity likely molded the evolution of specialized enzymes.Once a duplication-derived progenitor emerged, mutations may have loosened the energetic interdependencies….For instance, the evolution of rosmarinic acid biosynthesis in Lamiaceae herbs arose from gene duplication of a BAHD acyltransferase.The emergence of rosmarinic acid synthase (RAS) in Lamiaceae likely followed substrate permissiveness of its evolutionary progenitor HCT, a more conserved enzyme ubiquitous in land plants.By exploiting the broader substrate recognition of ancestral DFR, I. gesnerioides evolved a red flower color….After a gene-duplication event, one gene copy likely was selected for increased activity toward this substrate, resulting in the emergence of a new metabolic step….Recurring Patterns of Metabolic EvolutionThe phenotypic outcome of an evolving plant-specialized metabolic system relies on the recruitment of multifunctional enzymes…In addition to the recruitment of individual enzymes into emerging pathways, enzymes with expanded substrate recognition that act consecutively in a particular pathway can reappear, operating on disparate metabolites.Surely the authors attempted to explain how things “emerged,” didn’t they?  Indeed, they did in a couple of places.  But the magic words are there again:In contrast to primary metabolism, in which selection constrained mutations to maintain the most stable and functional enzyme forms, we hypothesize that specialized metabolic enzymes may have emerged through early gene duplication, followed by mutations that broadened substrate selection and flattened activation barriers of their catalyzed reactions. The resulting mechanistic elasticity allowed single enzymes to catalyze multiple reactions and biosynthesize multiple products (Fig. 1A). This scenario is consistent with directed evolution focused on enzyme promiscuity and the biochemical characterization of mutant libraries derived from phylogenetic relationships in several plant-specialized metabolic enzyme families….A little later, they stated:Supporting this view, a number of current specialized metabolic enzymes exhibit, on average, a greater ability to accept a broader range of substrates and to employ multiple energetically similar reaction mechanisms than related primary metabolic enzymes. Moreover, these enzymes seem to traverse functional space more easily than their structurally related cousins in primary metabolism to evolve new and often several metabolic products while retaining a modicum of their original function…. Diminished catalytic efficiency of multifunctional metabolic enzymes probably coincided with greater substrate permissiveness and the occurrence of several mechanistic routes to multiple products with little cost to the fitness of the host population. As long as the enzyme that must produce multiple products by virtue of its chemical mechanism yields at least one conferring a fitness advantage, the enzyme can be retained, barring issues of by-product toxicity. An enzyme does not have to evolve to perfection or absolute product specificity; it merely has to produce enough of the desired compound for the gene to be maintained in the population. As populations experience fluctuating abiotic and biotic ecological changes, one of the minor metabolites may also assume an advantageous function, thus resulting in fixation of the multifunctional paralog.It’s not clear, however, that suggestive terms like “mechanistic elasticity,” “enzyme promiscuity,” or “substrate permissiveness” provide visible light or black light.  They may be merely giving the illusion of making emergence glow without aiding understanding of how unguided processes produced highly complex, functional molecules that human researchers have a hard time duplicating.  A critical reader might wonder why these scientists are helping themselves to “barring issues of by-product toxicity,” for instance.  Poison kills.  Can they sweep this problem away by arbitrarily barring it?  And without defining functional space, which by all accounts is an extremely tiny subset of a vast sequence space (most of which is functionless or toxic), they seem to be taking liberties to say that mutated molecules will traverse functional space in a finite time.  “Mechanistic routes” are, by definition, mindless and without purposeful aim.  Manufacture of these metabolite molecules, furthermore, requires coded information in the genome, and molecular machines to assemble them.In the “Future Directions” section at the end, the authors’ Darwinian proclivities emerged amidst of flock of stage doves:Although a few studies have interrogated the minimum set of mutations that dictate the emergence of specific functions in divergent plant-specialized metabolic enzymes,, no particular study has addressed all viable mutational paths in these metabolic systems. This limits our ability to postulate evolutionary scenarios consistent with the stepwise assembly of mechanistically divergent metabolic pathways within the framework of Darwinian evolution2 and to quantify the incremental emergence of new activities with each mutational step. Could specialized metabolic enzymes and their pathways evolve along a wider set of evolutionary trajectories than their cousins in primary metabolism?To make sure the audience appreciated the difficulty of their magic act, they wrote in conclusion:The remarkable chemodiversity in plants and its underlying metabolic diversity are reached via exploration of sequence space restrained by enzyme catalysis, protein stability, emerging and extant metabolic pathways, and, ultimately, organismal fitness. The ability to bridge the fields of evolutionary biology, chemistry, biophysics, and mechanistic enzymology to cooperatively tackle the complexity of specialized metabolism will provide a more informed understanding of the amazing tapestry of plant-specialized metabolites that are so essential to the sessile lifestyle of plants.This implies that their understanding, if any, was less informed than it should be.By contrast, another paper in the same issue of Science had little to say about evolution, but a lot about revolution.  In “Mining the Biodiversity of Plants: A Revolution in the Making” (Science, 29 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6089 pp. 1658-1661, DOI: 10.1126/science.1217410), four scientists from Brock University were excited about the potential health benefits for humans of “mining” the diversity of plant metabolites for medical applications:Approximately two-thirds of new drugs in the past 25 years have originated from the discovery of particular secondary metabolites derived from natural biodiversity. This success has been attributed to the structural complexity of molecules found in living organisms, which have an average of 6.2 chiral centers per molecule as compared to an average of 0.4 chiral centers found in combinatorial libraries. Such chemically complex molecules are very difficult and costly to produce efficiently by chemical synthesis….…but plants do it so well for us, the message continued, we can and should exploit their design prowess for our benefit.  These authors didn’t use the word “originated” in a magical sense.  The new drugs “originated” not by unguided processes, but by intentional search and discovery, a form of intelligent design.1. The authors’ job was not to describe degradation or variations of existing functional molecules, but to explain how new cellular machines (proteins and metabolites) that provide new, useful functions arrived: i.e., how plants that did not have these functional molecules got them.  Darwinians need to start from the bottom up; creationists start from the top down.  Creationists do not discount natural variations, but question the ability of an unguided, aimless, purposeless process like neo-Darwinism to “innovate” new complex functions possessing more genetic information than before.  Every scientist knows, furthermore, that entropy cannot be ignored.2. In a similar vein, they stated, “Positing that protein functional promiscuity serves as the starting point for functional innovation through natural selection….”Caught in the act!    The authors of the first paper just admitted, in print, that they have limited their thinking to postulating “evolutionary scenarios consistent with the stepwise assembly … within the framework of Darwinian evolution.”    How to we translate that into plain English, class?  Storytelling!  What’s a scenario?  A play.  What’s a framework?  A stage.  What’s the plot?  Darwinian evolution only.  And what is the acronym for “Darwin Only, Darwin Only”?  D.O.D.O.  We just watched a comedy!  It’s tragic.It’s tragic, and it’s magic.  These authors did little more than wave their hands and shout “Abracadabra!”  Behind black curtains, they pulled Darwin rabbits out of Darwin black hats under Darwin black light, and then had the gall to tell you the rabbit “emerged, arose, originated, occurred.”  The fast-talking magicians distracted you with a steady stream of impressive phrases like “substrate permissiveness,” “mechanistic elasticity” and “evolutionary trajectory”.  They even tossed in a little sexual titillation, talking about “enzyme promiscuity.”  SUCH WORDS CONVEY NO UNDERSTANDING.  They are the tools of snake oil salesmen and charlatans, used only to distract and impress you while they steal your watch.Think of CEH as your backstage guide to show you how the Darwin magic tricks are done.  They tried to steal your watch, but you watched them steal.  You were ready.  You were alert.  When you know the secret, and you train your mind not to be distracted by the irrelevant jargon, the act looks more like what it is: an act.  Sorry to spoil the show, but you need to know.  Now teach someone else.  Better yet, bring them to daily CEH deprogramming sessions. 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Jaundice scare grips Cuttack city again

first_imgSupply of contaminated drinking water in most parts of the city through broken pipes has once again brought the city under the grip of jaundice. Tulasipur area covering at least three municipal wards of the civic body is the worst affected as over 75 persons here have been hospitalised for jaundice in last few days.District Collector N. C. Mishra on Friday visited the affected areas and ordered for random sample collection of all water sources to ascertain the cause and source of jaundice. Most households here entirely depend upon PHD pipelines for potable water and the pipelines have broken at many places.last_img read more

Life for Kapil Dev, artist and allrounder extraordinaire, comes full circle

first_imgRedeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian,Redeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian coach in the wake of the match-fixing controversy. A teary appearance on television, a very public distancing from all cricket and occasional jibes at the Indian team-all the bitterness looked to have vanished when he stepped up to receive the award.When asked whether the award was a vindication, he lashed out: “If this is vindication, then it is the sweetest thing I have ever known.” The margin between the top three was excruciatingly narrow-Kapil pipping Tendulkar to top place by, it is believed, a single vote with Gavaskar coming in a mere three points behind.Kapil’s career will forever be studied in two halves: first the outstanding allrounder and athlete who played for India from 1978-79 to 1994. Then, the former player-turned-coach trapped in the match-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket. The Wisden award is the endorsement of Kapil Mark I.The best tribute to Kapil came from his English rival Ian Botham: “Kapsy kept me on my toes. I’d look in the papers and see, ‘Oh, Kapil’s taken a five-fer, I’d better get six. Kapil’s got a hundred I’d better get 150.”Richards launched into a passionate defence of the Indian allrounder: “I never believed it of this individual- the way he played his cricket with competitiveness and enthusiasm.”advertisementKapil himself said of his experience: “When some people try to destroy you but the cricket fraternity sees you differently, you get your faith back.”At the exclusive Long Room dinner, Kapil was emotional and expansive, filling guests’ glasses with champagne. He had hugged both his rivals on the podium, singling Gavaskar out for his powers of concentration, confidence and his strong sense of Indianness.Of Tendulkar, he had a story: “Just before he played for India, I bowled to him in the nets and he hit me for two straight sixes … I thought then, ‘Old man … your career is finished’.”Life for Kapil Dev, artist and allrounder extraordinaire, has come full circle.last_img read more

ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Crew Make College Football Playoff Picks

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?The NFL Draft is dominating today’s news cycle but it’s always a good time to make some College Football Playoff predictions. About five months away from the 2016 season, some of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has done just that. ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler tweeted out the teams himself, Jesse Palmer, Desmond Howard, Joey Galloway and Kaylee Hartung are picking to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson was the only unanimous selection between the five college football personalities, while seven other teams – Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Houston – were picked by at least one of them. fired up panel @JessePalmerABC @DesmondHoward @Joey_Galloway @KayleeHartung making bold CFB predictions at our sponsor summit tonight! 1/2— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 20162/2 our panel’s consensus CFB playoff pick: @ClemsonFB w/ OU, BAY, ALA, LSU, TENN, STAN, HOU also mentioned by at least one of them.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 2016Some pretty popular choices, but it’s surprising to see no Big Ten teams on their list. Both Michigan and Ohio State are thought to be preseason top 10 teams and it’s tough to imagine a one-loss Big Ten champion getting left out.Who are you picking?last_img read more

Toronto and New York stock indices close lower as technology stocks weigh

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed down Monday despite a rise in oil prices as technology stocks continued to weigh on markets in both Toronto and New York.The technology sell-off started last week when Facebook and Twitter released results that raised growth concerns. On Monday, Twitter dropped 7.6 per cent to add to its 20.5 per cent plunge Friday, while Facebook fell 3.6 per cent to make for a 23 per cent drop in three days.The S&P/TSX information technology sector was down 3.71 per cent Monday, including a drop of 7.95 per cent for Shopify Inc., as the plunge in U.S. stocks had a knock-on effect, said Michael Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Multi-Asset Solutions.“The big contributor there is Shopify, but they haven’t even had their earnings call, so I think it’s really just a bit of a contagion of what’s happening in the U.S.”The drop in technology stocks, along with retreats for mining and health-care stocks, left the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index down 48.48 points at 16,345.47.The index traded as high as 16,442.96 points during the day. The Toronto Stock Exchange as a whole saw 219.1 million shares traded.The S&P/TSX capped energy index provided the most support for the composite with a 0.62 per cent climb. Energy stocks rose as the September crude contract closed up $1.44 at US$70.13 per barrel and the September natural gas contract ended up two cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.Oil prices were climbing as concerns increased on transit problems in the Middle East and other geopolitical issues have heightened supply concerns, said Greenberg.“You’re just sort of seeing some of the geopolitical risk premium being built back into energy prices at a time when there’s a bit of concern for say, Saudi Arabia to meaningfully increase production.”In New York, the Nasdaq composite index ended down 107.42 points or 1.39 per cent at 7,630.00 as Netflix, Amazon, and Google also closed lower. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 144.23 points at 25,306.83 and the S&P 500 index closed down 16.22 points at 2,802.60.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.80 cents US, up 0.24 of a US cent.The December gold contract closed down $1.20 at US$1,231.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at US$2.79 a pound.CGI Group Inc. closed down 53 cents, or 0.64 per cent, at $82.91 after announcing its U.S. arm had been awarded a six-year cybersecurity contract from the U.S. government, worth a total of US$530 million. The contract builds on work that CGI Federal Inc. has already done to enhance the cybersecurity posture of agencies participating in a multi-year program overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.last_img read more

HC restrains IABF from using India or Indian in name

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court passed an interim order on Thursday restraining Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) from using ‘India’ or ‘Indian’ in its name. Justice Prathiba M Singh also asked IABF, which was in the process of conducting a national sub-junior men and women boxing championship, to inform all the participants that they are not a recognised national sports federation of boxing. The court’s interim order came on a plea by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) seeking permanent injunction against IABF from using word ‘India’ or its natural variations and from representing themselves as a national sports federation for boxing or that it is recognised by Indian Olympics Association, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and International Boxing Association (AIBA). Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAdvocates Hrishikesh Baruah, Parth Goswami and Hemant Phalpher, representing the BFI, submitted in the court that IABF was in the process of conducting national sub-junior men and women boxing championship in Jabalpur and was collecting money from boxers as entry fees. BFI, which claims to be the recognised national sports federation for boxing in India, said IABF was misrepresenting itself as being affiliated with the IOA, which is factually an incorrect statement. Besides IABF, its president Abhishek Matoria and secretary general Rakesh Thakran were also made parties to the suit. The court perused a February 1 letter issued by IABF seeking to conduct the first sub-junior inter zonal men and women national boxing championship 2018-2019 in Jabalpur between March 10 and 13 and between March 12 and 15 respectively.last_img read more

Himachal Congress arch rivals progeny campaign together

first_imgShimla: The road to political success that six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, both Congress veterans, have followed throughout their lives has never been the same. Arch rivals — Virbhadra Singh, 83, and Sukh Ram, 91 — both three-time MPs from Mandi, prefer not to cross paths with each other. But their progeny are now trudging together on the roads cutting through the hill state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Virbhadra Singh’s legislator son Vikramaditya Singh is campaigning for Sukh Ram’s grandson Ashray Sharma, who is making his electoral debut as a Congress candidate from Mandi, once the Congress bastion. He is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. “Vikramaditya Singh has been touring Mandi extensively, with Ashray Sharma, though Virbhadra Singh is yet to start campaigning,” state party President Kuldeep Singh Rathore told IANS. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMandi is one of the country’s largest constituencies comprising Kullu, Mandi and some areas of Chamba and Shimla districts, besides the tribal-dominated Assembly seats of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti. Sukh Ram holds a mass base in Mandi and Kullu districts, but he needs Virbhadra Singh’s support in other areas where he holds sway, says a senior party leader. The seat is also seeing a battle of supremacy between Sukh Ram and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur as both belong to Mandi district. Vikramaditya Singh, 30, the young scion of the Bushahr family, like his father, does not hesitate to fold his hands and bow his head before the commoners to seek votes for the party. So does local hotelier Sharma, 32, who banks on his grandfather’s legacy and misses no opportunity to hit out at his father, Anil Sharma’ party, the BJP. Anil Sharma lost a Cabinet berth after he son was pitted against his own party. “It’s my grandfather’s dream to see me become an MP,” Ashray told IANS. Sukhram, popularly known as Panditji in Mandi, in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections refused to campaign for Virbhadra Singh from Mandi. During the 2013 Lok Sabha bypoll — caused by Virbhadra Singh’s resignation, he told the media that he was too old to take to the streets for Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh. In 2017, the grandfather-grandson joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But parted ways with it to rejoin the Congress on March 25. Ahead of launching their election campaign earlier this month, they met Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi to iron out their differences. Himachal Pradesh four Lok Sabha seats — Shimla (reserved), Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi — will vote on May 19.last_img read more

Ousmane Dembele to be sidelined for two weeks

first_imgBarcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele did indeed sustain an ankle problem and will likely be out of action for two weeksThe French forward got involved in a tangle with UD Leganes’ Mikel Vesga after opening the scoring for Barcelona in the first half following an assist from Jordi Alba down the left wing on Sunday night.But Dembele was withdrawn in the 69th-minute of the La Liga game for Malcom due to the sprained left ankle he sustained at Camp Nou with Barcelona confirming the bad news earlier today.“Tests carried out on first-team player Ousmane Dembele have confirmed a sprained ankle that will keep him out of action for approximately 15 days,” read a statement on the club website.This will likely rule Dembele out for Barcelona’s two-legged quarter-final tie with Sevilla in the Copa del Rey along with their league games against Girona and Valencia.Despite the controversy surrounding his antics at Catalonia this season, Dembele has become an increasingly important part of Barcelona and has managed 13 goals and five assists in 27 appearances across all competitions.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).The 21-year-old spent four months of last term sidelined with a hamstring injury after joining Barcelona for €105m from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.Following Martin Braithwaite’s equaliser for Leganes at Camp Nou, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde called on Lionel Messi to come on to the field with the scoreline level at 1-1.And the Argentine superstar didn’t disappoint by playing a role in Luis Suarez’s goal before completing a 3-1 win for the hosts with a late goal.Messi has now managed 25 goals and 14 assists in 24 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions this season.Valverde’s side, who maintained their four-point lead over Atletico Madrid in La Liga, will face Sevilla in Andalusia on Wednesday with kick-off set for 21:30 (CET).last_img read more

Grand Bahama Labour on the Blocks Event – February 17 – Beginning

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 3, 2018 – Grand Bahama – On Saturday, 17th February, 2018, the Ministry of Labour and the Grand Bahama Department of Labour will host “Labour on the Blocks” at the Susan J. Wallace Park at Columbus Drive and Nansen Avenue on Saturday, 17th February from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  Senator Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, along with Senior Executives from the Department of Labour will be in attendance.The “Labour on the Blocks” initiative was announced during the debate on the Speech from the Throne by the Labour Minister and it is designed to bring together job seekers and employers at locations which are in or close to residential communities.  Additionally, all job seekers are registered in the Department’s data base. The staff of the Public Employment Services Unit (PES) of the Department of Labour are the lead organizers of the events.   So far two successful “Labour on the Blocks” have been held in New Providence.  The Ministry of Labour is very pleased with the turnout at the New Providence events and is confident that there will be great numbers of persons who will attend the Grand Bahama “Labour on the Blocks” event.To date, the Minster of Labour has noted that he is “very pleased with the level of private sector participation” from all sectors and industries.   Businesses are welcome to participate in the “Labour on the Blocks” initiatives, many of whom have hired jobseekers on the spot in New Providence.   Minister Foulkes notes that “this speaks to the effectiveness of this new initiative, which is providing hope and opportunity for jobseekers.   The same is anticipated for Grand Bahama on 17th February’’.The Ministry of Labour intends to host monthly “Labour on the Blocks” events throughout The Bahamas, including other Family Island communities.  Economic growth and job creation remain one of the leading priorities of the Government, and the “Labour on the Blocks” is successfully answering the needs of jobseekers as well as employers in effectively connecting eligible candidates with the right jobs. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Department of Labour encourages all jobseekers in The Bahamas or abroad, and employers with vacancies to register with in the Department’s recruitment database: jobseekers.bahamas.gov.bs   Persons attending the “Labour on the Blocks” Job Fairs are asked to bring along their NIB Card, and a valid Government-issued ID such as a passport or voters card. Registering in the database in advance is also recommended.For more details on the “Labour on the Blocks” initiative, please contact the Public Employment Services Unit at The Grand Bahama Department of Labour. 352-7865/6Press Release: Ministry of Labour Related Items:last_img read more