Thursday, July 02, 2020

June 8, 2020   Philipsburg, St. Maarten, — “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” These powerful words attributed to American social writer and philosopher Eric Hoffer are even more relevant at this time.

            Our global, regional and local crises have challenged all of us in one form or the other and have underscored how important it is to adapt, learn and grow. Many are unemployed; others have lost businesses, while others are searching for new opportunities to reinvent themselves.

            Victorious Living Foundation’s (VLF) visionary, Dr. Erna Mae Francis Cotton is convinced that crisis creates the opportunity for us to learn and grow. She has recognized two important realities that have become opportunities. In a press release, Francis Cotton stated “In response to our current crises, Victorious Living recognizes the importance of social distancing to contain the spread of Covid-19 and the necessity for persons to learn new skills in order to position themselves in the job market or to accelerate their personal and or business growth. Consequently, VLF has launched Victorious Living E-Learning Academy with over 180 courses to empower and equip persons to position themselves to win in these challenging times.

            Victorious Living’s E-Learning Academy facilitates the physical distance currently required to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus as persons are able to enroll in powerful, transformational courses in the comfort of their homes or offices. Moreover, since many persons may have to change industries or position themselves to win in these harsh economic times the courses that VLF’s E-Learning Academy offers do just that.

            Courses include: “Digital Citizenship: Conducting Yourself in a Digital World”, “Building an Online Business,” “Skills You Need for Workplace Success,” ”Conflict Resolution: Dealing With Difficult People,” “Skills for the Administrative Assistant,” “Conquering Your Fear of Speaking in Public,” “Creative Thinking and Innovation,” “Critical Thinking” and more.

In addition, persons may enroll in course bundles that systematically build upon specific skill sets that they need to cultivate.         For example, individuals or companies desiring to develop their leadership capacity may enroll in VLF’s Leadership Bundle. The Leadership program comprises courses such as: “From Boss to Leader;”  “Women and Leadership: Owning Your Strengths and Skills,” “Conversational Leadership,” “Self Leadership,” and “Business Leadership: Becoming Management Material.”

Other course bundles offered are: “Writing;” “Team Building,” “Marketing,” “Conflict Management,” “Successfully Preparing to Secure a Job,” and “Keeping A Job & Excelling at Work.” Each bundle comprises at least five different courses that develop particular skill sets.

On completion of each course, participants receive a certificate of completion; greater understanding, skill and wisdom in the subject areas; and enhance their performance or personal mastery. Victorious Living is pleased to be able to partner with an international training firm to provide these courses and further increase the capacity of individuals, corporations and organizations locally and globally who are ready to accelerate their growth from any geographic location.

In the words of Malcolm X, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” To learn more about this excellent opportunity to secure a brighter future, call 1-721-524-8731 or register at Victorious Living Foundation.

NEW YORK (AP) — After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.” In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” “This cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think that when we look back on it, (we’re) gonna see that, short of killing somebody, I don’t if you can just erase somebody like they never existed. Woody’s a friend of mine,” said Lee. “I know he’s going through it right now.”


NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Phillips, a prize-winning crime novelist from Los Angeles, grew up on TV shows that showed a world nothing like the one he lived in. “I watched them all, ‘Dragnet,’ ‘Adam 12,’ ‘The Wild, Wild West,’ ‘Mannix,’ ‘Cannon,’ ‘Peter Gunn’ reruns and on and on. Now these were white guys and they were tough but fair and even-handed,” he told The Associated Press in a recent email, referring to popular programs mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. “I remember a ‘Dragnet’ episode where tight-ass Joe Friday solved racism among black and white officers in a weekend retreat. But I was a kid growing up in South Central and even then some part of me knew a lot of this was jive. We knew the cops out of Newton and 77th Division policed the ’hood a lot different than shown on TV.”

NEW YORK (AP) — An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men. “I don’t mean to get heavy but we got to say something,” said Chappelle, who added that America is enduring “the wrath of God” for a string of police assaults on black men. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix’s comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6.

Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. Ryder was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — or ALS — in 2014. The neurodegenerative disease gradually claimed her ability to walk, talk, eat and move. Her death was announced by publicist Lynda Dorf. Ryder’s clients — including Michael J. Fox, Reese Witherspoon, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar — blossomed into close friends. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for “Judy” earlier this year. Witherspoon called her a “second mother.”