June 12

All Jamaicans Must Stand In The Interest Of Children – PM

first_imgAll Jamaicans Must Stand In The Interest Of Children – PM CultureMay 25, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson, has commended the volunteers who came out to work on the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, which was the National Labour Day project.She said the strong turnout of persons, including opposing political representatives, sends a signal that “all need to stand in the interest of our children”.The Prime Minister joined scores of residents, public officials, members of the private sector and civic groups, in the rehabilitation of the park under the theme: ‘Labour of Love, Nurturing our Children.’Scores of volunteers gathered from early in the morning, to paint, erect a perimeter fence, install concrete benches, tables, swings, slides, and plant flowers and trees, among other activities.The Prime Minister used the occasion to once again declare the Government’s commitment to the protection of children.“We do not want any child to be ignored; all should be taken care of. So anything to do with their education, and their care and protection, will always be given serious attention. I want to encourage communities to care for and protect the children,” she said.For his part, Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, informed that he has committed $5 million to continue work at the park “to ensure that it becomes a treasured recreational ground”.“We have done all the design work for the park, and we are going to transform this park. It is going to become our own Emancipation Park in St. Thomas. It is going to be a wonderful area for our people and our children,” he said, while calling on residents to protect the facility.Acting Principal Director of Culture at the Ministry of Youth and Culture,Dr. Janice Lindsay, said the focus on protecting children “really made a difference for Labour Day 2015, as the theme really got people working.”Corporal Donavon Gordon of the St. Thomas Police Community Safety Branch, said the Labour Day focus on children will boost measures to keep children safe.Western St. Thomas Member of Parliament, James Robertson, informed that some 20 projects were undertaken in his constituency through the Social Development Commission (SDC), including restoration of a bypass in the Mount Vernon/Jones Pen area “where we have a major breakaway.” RelatedChildren’s Institution in Spanish Town Renovated All Jamaicans Must Stand In The Interest Of Children – PMJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedYouth Minister Says Thanks Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (centre), assists children as they play on the new swings installed today (May 25), at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas. The facility was designated as the National Labour Day project. Others (from second left) are: Member of Parliament for Western St. Thomas, James Robertson; Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson; and State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.center_img Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson, has commended the volunteers who came out to work on the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, which was the National Labour Day project.She said the strong turnout of persons, including opposing political representatives, sends a signal that “all need to stand in the interest of our children”.The Prime Minister joined scores of residents, public officials, members of the private sector and civic groups, in the rehabilitation of the park under the theme: ‘Labour of Love, Nurturing our Children.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedBasic School in Rae Town Gets Facelift Advertisementslast_img read more

March 3

Taylor Swift Beats 4Chan; Trumps Prank With Donation to School for the Deaf

first_imgWho would have thought that it would take Taylor Swift getting involved for someone to put internet bullies 4Chan in their place? The online message board most famous for inventing the ‘Rick Roll’, hacking Sarah Palin’s e-mails, and taking down many prominent websites has finally been upstaged after attempting to hijack a contest sponsored by textbook company Chegg and Papa Johns. Through a Facebook poll, the school which received the most votes nation wide would receive a free, private concert from Swift herself.In a much more mean spirited prank similar to the one that ended up sending Pitbull to an Alaskan Wal Mart earlier this year, users of 4Chan and Reddit flooded Facebook to vote for Horace Mann School for the Deaf. The Boston Globe reported earlier that principal Jeremiah Ford had told them “his students love live music and that he’d be happy if the school won the contest, even if mean-spirited people fueled the win”. The top five schools would also receive $10,000.Contest organizers decided to remove Horace Mann from the running, however Swift still decided to personally donate $10,000 to the school. That number will be matched by Papa Johns and Chegg, as well as Cover Girl, American Greetings, and $10,000 in instruments from VH1 Save The Music. While the school will lose out on a private concert, every student in the school will receive a free ticket to Swift’s next Boston area show.If Taylor Swift’s history is any prediction, you can expect a mean song directed at 4Chan on her next album.last_img read more

September 29

Volga-Dnepr aims for space

first_imgA spokesperson for the carrier said the unlimited authority officially acknowledges Volga-Dnepr as a space cargo carrier.The transportation of aerospace cargo is one of the key areas of Volga-Dnepr’s heavy lift and outsized air cargo business. Over the last 20 years, the airline has successfully completed 3,312 aerospace flights.Volga-Dnepr Airlines operates aerospace flights for customers from Germany, Kazakhstan, Canada, China, Russia, the USA and France to all of the world’s leading space centres.www.volga-dnepr.comlast_img

August 13

NERDING FOR SUCCESS: Aurora college prof plays her inner Xena to…

first_imgAURORA | Tanya Cook’s office looks like any other college professor’s. Except for, probably, the enormous “Xena: Warrior Princess” poster hanging on the wall next to her Ph. D diploma. Makes you look.Cook, 43, is also turning heads for her research on nerd culture. A sociologist at the Community College of Aurora, she wears a few hats — and costumes — these days. Tanya Cook sits for a portrait in her Community College of Aurora office, Aug. 6. Portrait by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel ColoradoInside and outside of the classroom, she’s a deeply dedicated fan of various science fiction and fantasy shows, especially “Xena,” the 1990s TV series about a sword-wielding warrior woman. When she’s not teaching sociology courses, you’ll find her at comic cons, the culture conventions for comic book and TV fans. There, Cook will sometimes don her very own Xena costume. She’s definitely not alone. The phenomenon of dressing up as TV or pop culture characters, called “cosplaying,” seems to be growing more popular by the year. Fandoms are thriving, too, as people use the internet to connect over their undying devotion to Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. But Cook’s academic research suggests that obsessed superfans may be contributing to the greater good in ways previously unknown, drawing connections between religion, politics and these subcultures. She’s just secured a $40,000 research grant to finish out a three-year academic study of pop culture acolytes dubbed “Always Keep (Nerd) Fighting.” She plans to publish the study in a book written in plain English, not academic double-speak. The grant money has sprung from a national endowment groups, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.  It’s is something of a rarity for community college researchers to get funding of this caliber, she said.“It kind of feels like winning an Oscar,” she said. When it comes to fandoms, Cook is in the know. But for years, she’s watched superfans of TV shows and popular books organize each other on the web for not only conventions and fun, but charitable causes and even political activism.One group of fans — fawning over the TV series “Supernatural” — rallied for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. They took to social media to monitor calls for help and alert rescue squads, helping save over 29,000 people, Cook said. They upped the ante, and even started helping reunite migrant and refugee families.This leap from fandom to activism and political organizing fascinated Cook, so she started studying what motivates them. But she’s found fan groups that have pivoted even to politics and grassroots organizing. One year, she boarded a plane with her daughter, bound for the Harry Potter Alliance’s Granger Leadership Academy.It’s a political workshop inspired by Hermione Granger, the archetypal know-it-all witch in the hugely popular fantasy book series. In one book, Granger lobbies to liberate little house elves — servants for wizards — from their drudgery. It’s an abolitionist campaign. Some heavy hitters marqueed this year’s Granger workshop, notably, Mari Copeny, a  young Flint, Michigan activist who successfully pressured former President Barack Obama to visit and view the city’s notoriously polluted drinking water. It was a fruitful experience for Cook’s research.Cook is still conducting interviews, and hasn’t concluded anything, she says. But she says stories like Harry Potter and Star Wars are stories with messages for social change that inspire their readers. Both protagonists, Potter and Luke Skywalker, grapple with inner demons and defeat evil. Granger is a major nerd, but strikes to make the elves’ lives better. Belonging to these fan groups may be even as important as belonging to a church or mosque, Cook thinks. She notes that fewer Americans identify as religious these days. It’s possible that non-religious people are filling a void with other communities, such as fandoms. There’s shared emotional energy and story-telling, she says, akin to church. People in both groups help each other out, and then turn to charity or activism to make the world a better place. In fact, Cook described herself as a “Jesus fan.” Her research is a new path in academic studies, Cook said. With the $40,000 in hand, she’ll be able to shed some time teaching and focus on wrapping up the book. That’s a rare opportunity for community college instructors, a crop that typically spend more time in the classroom than interviewing and studying people in the field. “A lot of us are academics and we like to do that,” Cook said of research. “It’s just sort of our inner Hermione Granger, that wants to, like, keep studying and learning.”last_img read more