Jamaicans urged to celebrate the children

first_imgRelatedJamaicans urged to celebrate the children Jamaicans urged to celebrate the children CultureJune 5, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairperson of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), Dr. Pauline Mullings, is appealing to Jamaicans to celebrate the nation’s children in this the 50th year of the country’s independence. “One thing I know, without a shadow of a doubt, is that our Jamaican children are packed with potential and all they need is for somebody to pull it out of them; to give them the push, to show them the way,” Dr. Mullings said. She was addressing the NCMC annual Child Month Essay and Poster Competitions award ceremony and luncheon, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston, on May 31.  The competitions, which were opened to children between the ages of six and 18 years, were two of the many activities organised by the NCMC to mark Child Month 2012, under the theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s Celebrate Our Children’. There were approximately 150 entries from schools across the island, much more than the number submitted for the competitions last year. Dr. Mullings said the response from the children made her feel very hopeful for Jamaica’s future.  Meanwhile, Chairperson for Hear the Children’s Cry, Gillian Rowlands, said she was very impressed with the posters and the essays. “It really endorses what I already knew, that our Jamaican children have tremendous talent…they have wonderful potential,” she said.                                   LIME’s Regional Head of Corporate Communications, Kalando Wilmoth, applauded the NCMC for continuing the tradition of Lady Foote in celebrating the children of Jamaica. “We note this year’s theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s celebrate our Children’. We at LIME will always be celebrating our children, but children must be given the opportunity to express their ideas about our culture, language and heritage and what I am seeing from these essays and the posters that are on display, is that it was an exciting time for them and it is certainly great for us to see,” Mr. Wilmoth said. Kajay Whitley of Corinaldi Avenue Primary School; Jada Grey of Stella Maris Preparatory School and Abigail Battick, also of Stella Maris Preparatory School, copped first, second and third places, respectively, in the six to nine year-old category of the essay competition.  For the 10 to 12 year-old category, Kory Dillion of Tarrant Primary School  placed first; Dujuanna Dillion of Stella Maris Preparatory School, placed second, and Brianna Coote of Hydel Preparatory School, placed third. Melissa Douglas of St. Andrew High School for Girls secured first place in the 13 to 15 years category, while Gabrielle Alexander of the Institute of Jamaica Junior Centre secured second place and Sheryl Reid of Campion College placed third. Awarded first place in the 16 to 18 years was Cesar Buelto from Campion College; second place went to Samantha Braidy from Immaculate Conception High School and Tevin McLeod of Clarendon College was awarded third place. The winners received trophies, medals, cash awards and gift baskets for their effort. In the Poster Competition, the top two awards went to Jada Dixon and Morganne Miller of Stella Maris Preparatory School in the six to seven years category. Jay-Dan Chalmers of Corinaldi Avenue Primary School; and Zoe Isaacs and Safiya McClymont of Stella Maris Preparatory School copped the top three prizes in the eight to 10 years category. The top three awards for the 11 to 14 years category went to Kevin Vassell of Wolmer’s Boys School, Tori Ebanks of Stella Maris Preparatory School and Allyssa Biggs of the Institute of Jamaica Junior Centre.                                                                                   Anthony Cookes of Wolmer’s Boys School, and Shimary Scott and Ajani Bissick of Immaculate Conception High School secured first, second and third places, respectively, in the 15 to 18 years category.                                                                                            These winners received trophies, book vouchers, in addition to bags, cash awards and medals. First place winners received plaques; and a scholarship was also awarded to the first place winner in the 11 to 14 years category to Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts. Other events to be staged by the NCMC to celebrate the nation’s children are a Mini Family Expo on Saturday, June 30; the Community Service Awards Ceremony and a Youth Forum in November. By Judith A. Hunter, JIS Reporter RelatedJamaicans urged to celebrate the children RelatedJamaicans urged to celebrate the children Advertisementslast_img read more

Cabinet approves merger of JCF and ISCF

first_imgRelatedChurch Must Get Involved in Restorative Justice Process – Bunting Cabinet approves merger of JCF and ISCF National SecurityMarch 4, 2014 Story HighlightsThe incorporation of the ISCF into the JCF means Jamaica will have a single police force which will, among other things; result in an increase in the number of police personnel engaged in frontline crime prevention and control activities.The merger will be effected during the 2014/2015 financial year.Commissioner Ellington argued that the merging of the entities will result in significant efficiency gains RelatedNew Police Post Opens in Irwin, St. James Photo: JIS PhotographerPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right), presides over proceedings during Monday’s (January 13) first day of the two-day special Cabinet meeting, being held at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), 1 Devon Road, St. Andrew. The meeting concludes on Tuesday (January 14). Also pictured are Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (centre); and National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting. RelatedHouse Approves Anti-Gang Legislationcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of National Security, Hon.  Peter Bunting says Cabinet has approved a merger of the Jamaica Constabulary force (JCF) and the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) through the incorporation of the members of the ISCF into the JCF.The incorporation of the ISCF into the JCF means Jamaica will have a single police force which will, among other things; result in an increase in the number of police personnel engaged in frontline crime prevention and control activities.The merger will be effected during the 2014/2015 financial year.Minister Bunting noted that the merging of the two forces has been recommended by the Wolfe Report of 1991 as well as five separate reports and studies since.In commenting on the benefits of the merging of the two entities, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington noted that the two entities have been operating together as a virtual single force in recent times, but the realisation of all benefits required policy and legislative support.He noted that the existence of two separate legal entities, operating within the same space and performing similar, and in some cases identical, functions presented a number of operational challenges.Commissioner Ellington argued that the merging of the entities will result in significant efficiency gains.  These include the:Implementation of a single command and communication structureElimination of duplication in administrative servicesExpansion in the skill sets of police personnel through the unification of training programmesRationalization of various overheads such as rental of propertyCreation of the means by which the transmission and inculcation of a core set of common values can be effected.The decision to seek Cabinet approval for the incorporation of the ISCF into the JCF followed months of consultation with several stakeholders within both the ISCF and the JCF, as well as with other parties.National Security Minister Peter Bunting this morning met with representatives of the police associations, the JCF and ISCF senior management, and senior policy managers of the MNS.At that meeting, it was agreed to establish an Implementation Task Force comprising representatives of these groups to finalize the draft implementation plan, which will include comprehensive communication with members of the JCF and ISCF as well as the public to ensure a smooth transition. Cabinet approves merger of JCF and ISCFJIS 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 Advertisementslast_img read more

Juvenile Remandees Receiving Better Access to Education

first_imgJuvenile Remandees Receiving Better Access to Education EducationMay 22, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedMOE and VOUCH to Provide Diagnostic Services For Special Needs Children RelatedFive New Subjects Added to CAPE Syllabus Story HighlightsTwenty-six youngsters from juvenile correctional centres across the island are now sitting CXC examinations.The Government has improved the educational programmes of these institutions.Commissioner of Corrections, Jevene Bent, said several improvements have been made to enhance the quality of education offered within the island’s four juvenile institutions. Twenty-six youngsters from juvenile correctional centres across the island are now sitting Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations, as the Government improves the educational programmes of these institutions.Commissioner of Corrections, Jevene Bent, who made the disclosure, said several improvements have been made to enhance the quality of education offered within the island’s four juvenile institutions.She was responding to questions at a recent press conference regarding a National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report done in March, 2013 which found that the quality of teaching and curricular offerings at the centres were not up to standard.Ms. Bent pointed out that the Department of Correctional Services received the report in August last year, and had since then taken steps to improve the education of wards and remandees.She noted that while education for remandees who leave the institutions on a daily basis is limited, there are greater educational opportunities for wards, who have an average stay of three years.Wards and remandees are accommodated at the Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre in St. Ann, Rio Cobre Juvenile Centre in St Catherine, the Diamond Crest Juvenile Correctional Centre in Manchester, and the Metcalfe Street Secured Juvenile Centre in Kingston.The Commissioner noted that when the wards and remandees come into the facilities, they are risk-assessed as well as assessed generally to determine their level of education. “Quite a number of our wards and remandees are very low (in educational attainment), some of them cannot read and write. So there is a challenge with placement,” she said.Ms. Bent informed that additional and more qualified educators are now employed within the institutions.There are currently 28 trained teachers and instructors in the department, up from 10 when the NEI assessment was done.The Commissioner further informed that changes have been made to improve the various curricula offered, including an expansion of the number of subjects taught.In addition, Ms. Bent pointed out that the department now has a qualified educational coordinator, who has a Master’s degree in curriculum development, a first degree and a teacher education diploma.In the meantime, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, noted that since the report, improvements have been made to the way in which educational programmes are delivered by the institutions.He noted for example, that the female wards were previously splintered among several institutions, to receive the full range of subjects, posing logistics challenges. The programmes have since been consolidated and are now offered at the South Camp location.“We are coming from a position that was far from desirable to one that has improved substantially. We have not yet arrived at the ideal, but…a lot of work has gone into things so far,” he said.center_img RelatedQuality Early Childhood Education Critical – Rev. Thwaites FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

Analysis: In big-money times, NBA teams face biggest risks

first_imgHomeBusinessAnalysis: In big-money times, NBA teams face biggest risks Jun. 29, 2019 at 4:40 amBusinessNewsSportsAnalysis: In big-money times, NBA teams face biggest risksAssociated Press2 years agoGolden StateJoe LacobKevin Durantklay thompsonnbaStephen CurryThe WarriorsWarriors general manager Bob Myers Golden State owner and CEO Joe Lacob often uses the same phrase when asked about how much money the Warriors are willing to spend to keep a championship-contending roster together.“Whatever it takes,” Lacob says.In the NBA, those words have never been as weighty.The summer spending starts Sunday in the NBA, with teams and players set to reach agreements on more than $2 billion — maybe even more than $3 billion — in new deals over the next few days. It’s a risk-reward play, one where teams must dig deeply into their pockets to land the best players and hope that those massive financial commitments don’t end up crippling their franchise for years.The Warriors are likely to offer Kevin Durant a $221 million, five-year deal that will come with two big pills for the team to swallow. One, he’ll be on a $38 million scholarship next season while he recovers from Achilles surgery and cannot play. And two, Durant would be owed more than $50 million when his then-35-year-old self plays the final year of that contract.Not to mention, the Warriors are expected to commit $190 million to keep Klay Thompson — who’ll miss several months with a knee injury — for the next five years. Plus, Stephen Curry will make an NBA-record $40 million next season. So if the Warriors keep Thompson and Durant they’ll be paying their three best players about $110 million next year and two of those guys are dealing with major injuries.“We run a business, so it’s not being completely fiscally irresponsible,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said of the team’s approach to spending. “But every time I’ve went to Joe and it seems that it’ll benefit us competitively, he’s responded affirmatively and said ‘OK.’ So there’s never really been a hard budget, so to speak.”That’s not the case with most teams.That’s part of the reason why this free-agent period is so intriguing.The Los Angeles Lakers are betting their future on Anthony Davis — he’ll be officially acquired via trade on July 6 — and general manager Rob Pelinka’s ability to land another big-name free agent to play with Davis and LeBron James. Brooklyn and New York have tons of money to spend, yet neither seems to have a clear vision yet on which players will actually be getting that cash. Toronto will be setting team spending records next season if it is to keep Kawhi Leonard and have a chance for a second straight NBA title.Philadelphia has tough decisions to make about who to put around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Houston spent a ton last year and will try to land Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade. The Los Angeles Clippers are likely to get a meeting with Leonard, and will be looking to add to their solid core. And plenty of teams like Denver and Portland will be looking to add good complementary pieces.“People say it’s about winning,” Denver general manager Tim Connelly said after his team won 54 regular-season games and went to the Western Conference semifinals this past season. “If it’s about winning, I don’t know how we’re not 1, 2 or 3 with a bullet.”Fact is, the dynamics of everything have changed so much in recent years with salaries soaring.Kobe Bryant was the highest-paid NBA player in the 2015-16 season, pocketing $25 million from the Los Angeles Lakers in what was his final year before retirement.That was barely three years ago. In the NBA now, that’s almost chump change.In 2022-23, three players — James Harden, Russell Westbrook and John Wall — will have the option of making $47 million for that season alone. Spoiler alert: They’re all going to opt in to those deals, because no one could pass up a chance to make $12,000 a minute for an entire regular season. And Wall’s contract, combined with his injury issues that kept him off the court for much of last season and may sideline him for the entirety of 2019-20 as well, will undoubtedly serve as a cautionary tale for some clubs.Plus, there’s no guarantee the huge deals pay huge dividends. Or any.Memphis gave Mike Conley $153 million for five years, then sent him to Utah earlier this month in large part because the numbers no longer made sense for the Grizzlies. Charlotte seems likely to lose Kemba Walker on July 6, partly because it gave Nicolas Batum a $120 million, five-year deal in 2016 and is paying Bismack Biyombo another $17 million next season. Miami is cap-strapped this summer in part because of the big deals it gave in recent years to players like Hassan Whiteside ($98 million) and James Johnson ($60 million) — two players who weren’t even Heat starters when last season ended.So while the NBA championship in 2020 is the immediate goal, teams will be making all their maneuvers starting Sunday with an eye on what the cap balance — and in many cases, the luxury tax bill — will be for years to come.“I think it all comes down to a timeline, the cycle of your team,” Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said. “The reality is that market value for players in free agency, players when they’re at the maximum level salary, it’s all relative to time.”For many teams, that time is here starting Sunday.Tags :Golden StateJoe LacobKevin Durantklay thompsonnbaStephen CurryThe WarriorsWarriors general manager Bob Myersshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCitywide – Bike – Pedestrian Safety Enforcement40 tons of fishing nets retrieved in Pacific Ocean cleanupYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

DeKalb Sheriff Suspends Himself, Fights Probe Into His Arrest

first_img Share DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann announced on Wednesday he will suspend himself for a week following his arrest earlier this month on public indecency charges.Like us on FacebookMultiple Atlanta news outlets are reporting that Mann issued a memo to DeKalb Sheriff’s Office employees saying that he was “disciplining myself for ‘conduct unbecoming’ ” but that  ”I will continue to vigorously defend myself as it relates to the charges.”Mann said in his memo the self-imposed punishment begins Saturday and continues through June 4.He was arrested on May 6 for allegedly exposing himself in Piedmont Park, and also was charged with obstruction by Atlanta Police, who said he ran from the scene.Mann and his attorney also are trying to stop an investigation into his arrest ordered by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who appointed a three-personal panel to conduct the inquiry. Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Barkley ‘will be a very useful player’ for Chelsea

first_imgMaurizio Sarri says Ross Barkley has impressed him during pre-season.Barkley’s first season at Chelsea was marred by hamstring trouble but he has played a prominent role in their recent friendlies.The midfielder, signed from Everton last summer, faces plenty of competition for a place with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and new signing Jorginho at the club.AdChoices广告But new Blues boss Sarri likes what he has seen of Barkley since the England international’s return to action.Sarri said: “I like him. He is a technical player. He does have to improve on the defensive phase.“It’s difficult to play with Jorginho, Cesc and Ross all together but I like him. He will be a very useful player for us.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Chelsea vs Man City player ratingsSarri ‘not interested’ in comments by Courtois’ agentHazard and Courtois set to discuss Chelsea futuresChelsea could thrive without Hazard and Courtois, says LuizChelsea agree loan deal for youngster ScottWillian states his commitment to ChelseaCourtois fails to report for Chelsea trainingBarkley: Sarri will need time at ChelseaLampard takes Chelsea’s Tomori to Derby on loanlast_img read more