Research behind the most successful relationships & other news via twitter

Twitter news on researchThis week’s list of informative & socially interactive research posts via twitter – collected between March 24 & 30, 2014. Looking at “what makes a relationship successful”, to findings  suggesting that “physical activity may protect eyesight as we age”. Check out the full list below:

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Over $318 million exchanged: JSE Winners & Losers

Trading on the JSE  main market, resulted in 14  stocks being traded of which 10 experienced price gains (winners), 2 declined in price (losers) and 2 traded firm (no movement in price).

JSE shares

A total of 346,891,622 units were exchanged valued at over $318,880,906. LIME was the volume leader with 314,039,800 units (90.53%) followed by Desnoes and Geddes Ltd. with 30,133,100 units (8.69%) and Jamaica Broilers Ltd. with 934,557 units (0.27%).

Hardware & Lumber experiences the day’s highest gain, increasing by 11.00% or $1.10 to end the day at $1.20; whilst LIME suffered the day’s greatest loss, falling by 2.38% or $0.01 to close at $0.41.

The Winners (share price increased):

Companies Closing  Price ($) # of Shares Traded Increase ($) Increase (%)
Hardware & Lumber 11.10 1,000 1.10 11.00%
Desnoes and Geddes Ltd. 4.60 30,133,100 0.10 2.22%
Jamaica Broilers Ltd. 4.94 934,557 0.09 1.86%
GraceKennedy Ltd. 58.05 199,706 1.05 1.84 %
Proven Investments Limited 8% 5.09 196,000 0.03 0.59%
Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited 8.75% 3.02 44,988 0.01 0.33%
National Commercial Bank of Jamaica Ltd. 18.05 375,473 0.04 0.22%
Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited 9.36 236,400 0.01 0.11 %
Carreras Limited 35.51 700,000 0.01 0.03 %

 

The Losers (share price declined):

Companies Closing  Price ($) # of Shares Traded Decrease ($) Decrease (%)
LIME 0.41 314,039,800 -0.01 -2.38%
Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd. 7.25 21,100 -0.12 -1.63%

Written by:

Thereece StewartThereece Stewart BSc.

Thereece holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from UWI. She is accredited by the UTech/JIM-School of Advance Management with a Certificate in Jamaican Securities.

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Gleaner Company share price rebounds with 8.11% increase: JSE Winners & Losers

Trading on the JSE  main market, resulted in 22  stocks being traded of which 6 experienced price gains (winners), 10 declined in price (losers) and 6 traded firm (no movement in price).

Gleaner Company sharesA total of 4,083,004 units valued at over $13,809,479 were exchanged. Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited 8.75% was the volume leader with 2,000,000 units (48.98%) followed by Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited 7.50% with 826,618 units (20.25%) and LIME with 773,515 units (18.94%).

Gleaner Company Limited experienced the day’s highest gain, increasing by 8.11% or $0.09 to end the day at $1.20; whilst GraceKennedy Ltd. suffered the day’s greatest loss, falling 5% or $3.00 to close at $57.00.

The Winners (share price increased):

Companies Closing  Price ($) # of Shares Traded Increase( $) Increase( %)
Gleaner Company 1.20 8,460 0.09 8.11%
Kingston Wharves Ltd. 6.47 1,467 0.47 7.83%
Sagicor Real Estate X Fund Limited 6.75 700 0.25 3.85%
Hardware & Lumber 10.00 108,400 0.30 3.09 %
Caribbean Cement Company Ltd. 4.20 13,904 0.04 0.96 %
Carreras Limited 35.50 1,419 0.09 0.25 %

 The Losers (share price declined):

Companies Closing  Price($) # of Shares Traded Decrease( $) Decrease(%)
GraceKennedy Ltd. 57.00 709 -3.00 -5.00%
National Commercial Bank of Jamaica Ltd. 18.01 39,545 -0.35 -1.91%
Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd. 7.37 84,824 -0.13 -1.73%
Seprod Limited 11.00 1,618 -0.09 0.81%
Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited 17.10 28,655 -0.13 -0.75 %
Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited 9.35 42,230 -0.07 -0.74 %
Desnoes and Geddes Ltd. 4.50 10,347 -0.01 -0.22%
Jamaica Broilers Ltd. 4.85 268 -0.01 -0.21%
Proven Investments Limited 8% 5.06 36,000 -0.01 -0.20 %

Written by:

Thereece StewartThereece Stewart BSc.

Thereece holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from UWI. She is accredited by the UTech/JIM-School of Advance Management with a Certificate in Jamaican Securities.

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Sagicor Group Jamaica shares up 2.95%: JSE Winners & Losers

Trading on the JSE  main market, resulted in 14  stocks being traded of which 4 experienced price gains (winners), 6 declined in price (losers) and 4 traded firm (no movement in price).

A total of 6,325,108 units crossed the trading floor valued at over $13,923,820. LIME was the volume leader with 5,198,060 units (82.18%) followed by Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd. with 437,800 units (6.92%) and National Commercial Bank of Jamaica Ltd. with 219,651 units (3.47%).Sagicor

Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited experiences the day’s highest gain, increasing by 2.95% or $0.27 to end the day at $9.42; whilst Gleaner Company suffered the day’s greatest loss, falling 7.50% or $0.09 to close at $1.11.

The Winners (share price increased):

Companies Closing  Price ($) # of Shares Traded Increase($) Increase(%)
Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited 9.42 67,121 0.27 2.95%
Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Ltd. 50.00 140 0.95 1.94%
Carreras Limited 35.41 60,579 0.32 0.91%
Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited 17.23 7,704 0.03 0.17%

 The Losers (share price declined):

Companies Closing  Price($) # of Shares Traded Decrease($) Decrease (%)
Gleaner Company 1.11 183,437 -0.09 -7.50 %
Desnoes and Geddes Ltd. 4.51 22,576 -0.28 -5.85 %
Salada Foods Jamaica Limited 8.01 4,000 -0.49 -5.76 %
LIME 0.42 5,198,060 -0.02 -4.55 %
National Commercial Bank of Jamaica Ltd. 18.36 219,651 -0.49 -2.60 %
Jamaica Broilers Ltd. 4.86 83,470 -0.02 -0.41 %

Written by:

Thereece StewartThereece Stewart BSc.

Thereece holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from UWI. She is accredited by the UTech/JIM-School of Advance Management with a Certificate in Jamaican Securities.

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Using Google data to visualize Vybz Kartel’s rise & fall (2004 – 2014)

Vybz Kartel dataWith several local and international publications and online discussions surrounding the recent conviction of popular dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, we got the idea to examine online “interest” in ‘Vybz Kartel’ from 2004 to present (March 2014).

According to Google, interest in ‘Vybz Kartel’ peaked twice over the period (2004 – 2014), in October 2011 (Vybz Kartel’s initial arrest) & again in March 2014 (after the conviction of Vybz Kartel).    

Looking at the data:

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Online interest peaked in October 2011 – Vybz Kartel arrest (98 out of a maximum ranking of 100)

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Online interest declined during Vybz Kartel’s trial before returning to it’s peak in March 2014 – Vybz Kartel murder conviction (100 out of a maximum ranking of 100).

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Top 5 regions by online interest rankings:

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Desnoes & Geddes lead market with 6.44% stock price increase: JSE Winners & Losers

Trading on the JSE main market, resulted in 20 stocks being traded of which 4 experienced price gains (winners), 9 declined in price (losers) and 7 traded firm (no movement in price).

A total of 8,707,046 units were exchanged valued at approximately $28,859,034. LIME was the volume leader with 5,609,239 units (64.42%) followed by Jamaica Broilers Ltd. with 1,032,609 units (11.86%) and Supreme Ventures Limited with 748,800 units (8.60%).

D&G jamaicaDesnoes and Geddes Ltd. was the day’s biggest winner, increasing by 6.44% or $0.29 to end the day at $4.79; whilst Mayberry Investments Ltd. suffered the day’s greatest loss, falling by 7.00 % or $0.14 to close at $1.86.

The Winners (share price increased):

Companies Closing  Price ($) # of Shares Traded Increase( $) Increase (%)
Desnoes and Geddes Ltd. 4.79 23,088 0.29 6.44 %
Grace Kennedy Ltd. 60.00 750 2.77 4.84 %
LIME 0.44 5,609,239 0.01 2.33 %
National Commercial Bank of Jamaica Ltd. 18.85 15,695 0.18 0.96%

 The Losers (share price declined):

Companies Closing  Price($) # of Shares Traded Decrease($) Decrease(%)
Mayberry Investments Ltd 1.86 900.00 -0.14 -7.00 %
Jamaica Broilers Ltd. 4.88 1,032,609.00 -0.22 -4.31 %
Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited 9.15 114,500.00 -0.24 -2.56%
Scotia Investments Jamaica Ltd. 25.00 1,500.00 -0.44 -1.73%
Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited 17.20 308.00 -0.27 -1.55%
Carreras Limited 35.09 74,305.00 -0.39 -1.10%
Scotia Group Jamaica 21.02 456,413.00 -0.09 -0.43%

 
Written by:

Thereece StewartThereece Stewart BSc.

Thereece holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from UWI. She is accredited by the UTech/JIM-School of Advance Management with a Certificate in Jamaican Securities.

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Using research to better understand customers [Video]

How is it possible to effectively understand your target customers? One thing we know for sure, it’s not magic!

Market research

Answer: Market Research

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LIME continues upward trend with 11.76% share price increase: JSE Winners & Losers

Trading on the JSE  main market, resulted in  16 stocks being traded of which 11 experienced price gains (winners), 3 declined in price (losers) and 2 traded firm (no movement in price).

Market volume amounted to 2,979,326 units valued at over $94,133,835. GraceKennedy Ltd. was the volume leader with 1,499,578 units (50.33%) followed by LIME with 653,000 units (21.92%) and Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd. with 395,010 units (13.26%).

Lime shares

LIME experiences the day’s highest gain, increasing by 13.16% or $0.05 to end the day at $0.43; whilst GraceKennedy Ltd. suffered the day’s greatest loss, falling by 12.96% or $1.55 to close at $57.23.

The Winners (share price increased):

Companies Closing  Price ($) # of Shares Traded Increase($) Increase(%)
LIME 0.43 653,000 0.05 13.16%
Scotia Investments Jamaica Ltd. 25.44 3,443 1.36 5.65%
Mayberry Investments Ltd 2.00 200 0.10 5.26%
Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd. 7.50 395,010 0.30 4.17%
Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited 17.47 3,536 0.37 2.16%
Jamaica Broilers Ltd. 5.10 50,000 0.10 2.00%
Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited 9.39 192,847 0.08 0.86%
Carreras Limited 35.48 21,499 0.13 0.37%
Scotia Group Jamaica 21.11 78,157 0.05 0.24%
Caribbean Cement Company Ltd. 4.16 7,476 0.01 0.24%
Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Ltd. 49.05 719 0.04 0.08%

 

The Losers (share price declined):

Companies Closing  Price($) # of Shares Traded Decrease($) Decrease(%)
GraceKennedy Ltd. 57.23 1,499,578 -1.55 -2.64%
National Commercial Bank of Jamaica Ltd. 18.67 10,711 -0.37 -1.94%
Proven Investments Limited 8% 5.07 10,150 -0.02 -0.39%

Written by:

Thereece StewartThereece Stewart BSc.

Thereece holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from UWI. She is accredited by the UTech/JIM-School of Advance Management with a Certificate in Jamaican Securities.

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How technology is changing everything: Fun Stats [Video]

Change

This short video highlight some of the recent trends in Social Media and Digital Media consumption around the world. Focusing specifically on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Mobile usage statistics – these figures show emerging trends in consumer behavior and how these technologies are changing the world as we know it.

“Thou shalt not be black”: Christianity & the distribution of power

Within the Caribbean, and more specifically the Jamaican context, the failure to acknowledge religion as a significant factor in the distribution of power, opportunities and status still exists. And although such failure is evident among all sections of the Jamaican society, the group that has lost and continues to lose the most is the lower class African group.

In order to understand the role religion—more specifically Christianity—has played in the subjugation of blacks in Jamaica from slavery till present, one has to understand the historical, political, socio-cultural and economic factors.

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Rastafari, even as a movement steeped in Ethiopianism and Black Liberation, cannot eradicate the traces of black subjugation that has been woven into the fabric of Jamaican culture.  If one asks you to close your eyes and think about Christ more often than not it is the ‘stereotypical’ image of a white man. An individual who perceives Christ in this way subconsciously separates himself from that Supreme Being by virtue of not having the “image and likeness” of Christ.

In the end, one believes that a structural social movement approach similar to how Christianity was established in the Caribbean or a purely African doctrine devoid of all ideological similarities to Christianity, can be the only means of ‘salvation’ for blacks in Jamaica.

Want to learn more about this paper, contact the author via email: steffon.campbell02@uwimona.edu.jm

Contributed by: Steffon R. K. Campbell

SteffonAssistant Lecturer/Coordinator, Western Jamaica Programme 
Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC)
Faculty of Humanities and Education
The University of the West Indies, Mona
Western Jamaica Campus

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Understanding sampling methods [Animation]

Random sampling is a myth. Practical researchers know this and deal with it. Theoretical statisticians live in a theoretical world where random sampling is possible and ubiquitous – which is just as well really ~ Dr Nic.

Sampling methods

This engaging and simple video covers five sampling methods that you need to know, they are as follows:

  1. Simple Random
  2. Convenience
  3. Systematic
  4. Cluster
  5. Stratified

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Statistical Analysis of TEDTalks: Fun Stats [Video]

TedTalk statisticsSebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating “the optimum TEDTalk” based on user ratings. How do you rate it?

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Boys & Girls Champs (1910 – 2013): Animation & Infographics

The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, also known as CHAMPS is in its 104th staging.

Did you know?

1. The Boys’ and Girls’ Championships were merged in 1999.

2. The inaugural staging of CHAMPS was won by the maroon and gold team from  Wolmer’s Boys in 1910.

3. The first Girls’ Championships was won by St Hilda’s High School from Brown’s Town, St Ann.

4. Kingston College has won the competition a record 31 times

5. Current Boys’ champion Calabar High School has won 23 titles.

Below is an Infographic and fun animation of the schools that have won CHAMPS from 1910-2013:

Boys and Girls Championship Infographic

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6 steps to executing a successful Focus Group

During my final year at university, I conducted my first focus group. What seemed like a daunting task, was a success due to adequate preparation. Today, I would like to share some best practices on how to effectively execute your first focus group.

Focus groups are a form of qualitative research that basically explores different subjects, perceptions, opinions, beliefs, attitudes, etc. through a guided conversation in an interactive group setting. The following highlights six steps on how to effectively execute a focus group:

1. Organize,and plan. Don’t do things at the last minute.

2. Recruit and screen the right people, with the right characteristics, and the right knowledge. Ensure that you contact your participants to ensure that the time and place for the focus group is confirmed.

3. Know your subject but be neutral and unbiased in your conversation. Don’t assume you understand what someone means; if it’s unclear at all, ask for clarification. EVERY STATEMENT IS IMPORTANT!

4. Encourage participation by all the attendees, don’t let one person dominate the conversation or someone sit in the background without a comment. Some people are more comfortable in settings like this than others; don’t let that one person run over everyone else in the conversation.

5. Keep things moving. Focus groups encourage a natural flow of topics; don’t move through the focus group topics abruptly, too slowly or quickly.

6. Check all equipment prior! Ensure that your recording devise is functional. It is impossible to write all the comments from the session verbatim without a recorder.

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Legal and Corporate Communications Manager, Balcostics Ltd. 

Research into why black women are more likely to die from breast cancer & other news via twitter

Twitter news on researchList of 7 informative, controversial & socially interactive research news via twitter – gathered between March 10 & 16, 2014 – highlighting research as to why “Black women are more likely to die of breast cancer” and findings relating to why “class size matters” among others.

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Understanding hypothesis testing [Animation]

hypothesis testing

Using practical business examples and animation, this entertaining video shows step-by-step procedure on how to execute a hypothesis test.

You can also get access to an on-line course which contains little quizzes to help you understand the videos. This is on http://www.statslc.com/

 

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What People Actually Refer to as Research nowadays is really just googling #ResearchQuote

Lifehack Quotes: What People Actually Refer to as Research nowadays is really just googling

Googling is not research

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Market research for small businesses: Tips [Video]

This short video presents four quick tips on using market research in your small business. The following were highlighted:

  1. Researching your competitors
  2. Looking outside your industry for inspiration and new innovations
  3. Researching what big companies are doing
  4. Identifying new trends and business opportunities using social media & other media research