Watch This Dancer Do Insane “Street Ballet” While Yo Yo Ma…

first_imgDanceWatch This Dancer Do Insane “Street Ballet” While Yo Yo Ma Plays CelloYou need to know about Lil Buck ASAPBy Alexandra Pullen – May 12, 20161469ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItAs a professional ballet dancer, having the opportunity to interview Charles “Lil Buck” Riley—you know, the dude who went viral in 2011 for pairing his sick dance moves with Yo Yo Ma’s sick cello skills—was almost more than I could handle. Almost. But I suppressed my inner bunhead and kept it professional as I chatted with him ahead of his L.A. stage premiere. Buck is a Chicago-born, Memphis-raised, Las Vegas-based dancer who specializes in Memphis Jookin’, a style that fuses the rigor of ballet with the quintessential cool of hip-hop and street dance. He is largely credited with bringing the technique to the masses thanks to his overnight YouTube success, and it’s easy to see why the moves have captivated more than three million viewers: Lil Buck appears to defy the laws of gravity with an annoying amount of ease, bending and bowing his body with the music. Speaking as someone in the “industry,” let me tell you: it’s not effortless. In dance, the rule of thumb is that the easier something looks, the harder it is to execute.This weekend, Buck is taking a break from touring with Madonna and working with artists like Spike Lee and Baryshnikov for What Moves You, a two-night-only engagement at the Broad Stage. Accompanied by cellist Mihai Marica, another groundbreaking young artist, the program is set to be an intimate and illustrative collaboration of music and dance. We spoke with Buck ahead of his Friday and Saturday night shows to talk about the roots of Memphis Jookin’, what we can expect from his inaugural show, and where he’s headed next.Even though you lived in L.A. briefly, this is your stage debut. What’s up with that?I haven’t performed here before because my schedule didn’t make that possible for me. But I’m able to make it happen now, and I’m very excited about performing at this venue with Mihai and with another special guest that no one knows about yet.Can you tell us who your “special guest” will be?I’m allowed, but I won’t do it—because it wouldn’t be so special if I revealed it.Your style defies genre. How would you describe what you do?Memphis Jookin’ started in Memphis, and it’s very native to the people. It’s a culture and a part of our lives. We take Jookin’ to the heart. It’s a very spiritual dance; it’s a connection with the Earth and with the ground and with the feet. You use your whole body, but we really put a lot of emphasis on the feet: A lot of crazy glides, slides, kicks, and toe spins. Then chopping all of that up and putting it all in one, as well as upper body.It sounds a lot like ballet, the way you describe it.It’s “street ballet,” if you will.You wear “sneaker pointe shoes.” Are they similar to normal pointe shoes?They might hurt less, actually. Sometimes it gets crazy, but for the most part, it’s just as simple as having the right shoes. We just do it. Make it happen.What inspired you to pursue Jookin’ professionally? Did you always know that you wanted to make this a career?It was the one thing I knew I wanted to do from a young age. I was lucky enough to be one of those people who actually knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. And the younger you are when you know what you want to do, the sooner you can set goals. Then, the sooner you get to work towards making that a reality. If you do that, the more experience you gain. That’s basically what inspired me to keep going with Jookin’ and putting that style out there like I’m doing now, because it’s an amazing dance style. It has been underground over 30 years.Why has it been so underground for so long? How does it feel to bring a pivotal part of your hometown’s identity to the mainstream?Half of the reason was because we wanted it that way. We didn’t want outsiders coming in and taking it, doing it somewhere else, and calling it their own. We kept it underground for a long time, and it wasn’t until YouTube and everything came out where we could actually put our dance style out there and bring it out into the world without being afraid of anyone coming and trying to take it. Or any choreographers coming to our town and trying to take this dance style. It’s one of the only prized possessions we have besides the blues, Elvis, and barbecue.What can we expect to see at this weekend’s show?There are no characters. Supernatural. Very organic. Me. Mihai. A story about energy.Hmm. Explain.Basically, it’s a movement that goes from darkness to light. It’s kind of the story of my life, and a lot of peoples’ lives. We’re using Bach as the train throughout this whole journey…to the point where we saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and the world was revealed to us: opportunity and bliss. It’s kind of an emotional roller coaster, watching the show. You can see these different points and these different details that really hit hard.Yo Yo Ma called you a genius. Where do you even go from there?Yo Yo is just a nice guy. He tends to be overly nice and say things like, “Oh Lil Buck’s a genius.” All of us are performers: Yo Yo, myself, Mihai. We’re all geniuses at our craft when it comes to the time, effort, and practice we put in. And passion, most of all. The attention to detail—that is what makes someone just a genius at what they do.What’s next for you after What Moves You?Next is really working with Memphis now, building more infrastructure in my own city. I had to leave my city to help promote it, but now that a lot of people know about Memphis Jookin’, I want to let people know that I’m not the only person that’s doing this. I want to open up more doors for other talented, amazing artists in Memphis. There’s not really a platform or an outlet in Memphis for someone to pursue their dreams as far as the performing arts, so I want to build more infrastructure in the city to prepare people to be ready to take on the world outside of Memphis. Or I want to help start something that will bring attention to Memphis so we won’t always have to leave our own city just to pursue a career.→ What Moves You is playing at the Broad Stage Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $40 to $85 and are available online or by calling 310-434-3200.   TAGSLil BuckThe Broad StagePrevious article7 Awesome and Off-Beat Ways to Spend Your Weekend, 5/13Next articleThese ASMR Videos Are Totally HypnoticAlexandra Pullen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAlan Turing Died by Poison Apple. Now His Life Has Become a Fairy Tale for the StageIsabella Rossellini Wants to Make You Laugh—and Also Save Endangered ChickensA Play With (Mostly) No Dialogue Still Communicates the Weirdness of Silent Retreatslast_img read more

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Premium / Market Insight: Maersk’s Ditlev Blicher eager to be ‘at the front of driving change’

first_img LOGIN Premium subscriber LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium By Alessandro Pasetti 06/07/2020 Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Ditlev Ingemann Blicher’s (pictured below) catchy move from DB Schenker to AP Møller Mærsk (APMM) – announced internally in early Q2 ’20 but made public only recently – drew the attention of several key players in the supply chain as the Danish company isn’t shy about giving the T&L asset-light operators a good run for their money.Blicher, the new regional managing director for APAC, will be responsible for a chunky portion of APMM’s empire in the East, leading some 7,000 people … Email* Please Login << Go back New Premium subscriber REGISTER Password* Reset Your Password Resetlast_img read more

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BREAKING: 255 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and ten more deaths

first_img TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 BREAKING: 255 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and ten more deaths By Alan Hartnett – 26th March 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic WhatsApp WhatsApp Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Home News BREAKING: 255 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and ten more deaths News Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleTDs call on Minister to support to local media as revenues plummetNext articleLaois County Council: Public notice in relation to controlled burning Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. In a continuation of the now nightly upward trend, 255 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.This is an increase on the 1,564 cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 1,819While now 19 people have died from the disease – an increase of ten from yesterday.The patients are 3 female and 7 males. 9 patients in the east of the country and one in the south.The median age of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who have died is 79 years, 68% are male and 32% are female.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We are only at the beginning of the curve. We need every citizen to heed the advice and measures put in place to protect all of us.”Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We are aware COVID-19 is impacting and reshaping daily life for everyone. We can see from the data that people are most concerned about their family and friends. If you look after yourself, restrict movement and follow advice, you will ultimately protect them.”Dr. Breda Smyth, HSE Director of Public Health, said; “Protection from COVID-19 is literally in our hands. It is important that we continue to wash our hands and practice cough and sneeze hygiene constantly.”Dr Colm Henry, HSE Chief Clinical Officer, said; “While the HSE is engaged in extensive preparations for COVID-19, the more we as individuals take personal responsibility to interrupt the spread of the virus, the greater impact we can have on protecting our vulnerable people and saving lives.”In Laois, there has not been an increase in cases. As of Tuesday March 24, we still have nine Coronavirus cases in Laois.Latest Data – Tuesday March 24 (1,383 cases)· 55% are male and 45% are female, with 66 clusters involving 295 cases· The median age of confirmed cases is 46 years· 340 cases (25%) have been hospitalised· Of those hospitalised, 47 cases have been admitted to ICU· 321 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 774, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 154 cases (11%)· Of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts for 27%Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that while 35% of people are worried about their personal health, 77% of people are worried about the health of their family and friends.The nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults conducted today, which is conducted twice weekly, reveals:· 66% of people say they are coughing into their elbow· 81% say they are physical distancing when they are in a queue· 65% of people are worried about the economy· 32% of people are worried about their employment statusLinks to today’s other Coronavirus stories Marooned in Melbourne: Laois woman and boyfriend stuck Down Under after spending almost €5,000 on cancelled flightsLaois Abroad: The Mountmellick man in lockdown in SpainLaois GAA clubs urged to shut gates after groups spotted ‘kicking around’ on pitchesMass during Coronavirus: An unusual and surreal experienceTDs call on Minister to support to local media as revenues plummetNorthern Ireland, the UK and globally There have been three further deaths and 32 new cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland. The total number of deaths is now 10, and total number of cases 241.In the UK, there are now 11,658 cases with 578 deaths – an extra 115 people passed away today.The USA soared with cases today to become the country with the most in the world. 13,121 cases took them to 81,332 and saw them move above China.In Italy, 712 people died today to take their death total to 8,215. Spain had an additional 498 deaths and now stand on 4,145 overall.There are now more than 524,000 cases globally with at least one in almost every country on the planet. Almost 23,000 people have died. While 121,000 have recovered.Covid-19 Scams Four males wearing boiler suits called in a van to houses in Farranfore and Killarney area over recent days offering to fumigate the house against Covid -19. The HSE were not sending fumigators, gardaí said.In another alleged instance, a smartly dressed man accompanied by a worker in protective gear is knocking on doors saying he is being sent to check insulation.New Testing methodBosch says it has developed a rapid COVID test in just six weeks. It says the rapid test can detect a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection in patients, in under two and a half hours. The automated rapid molecular diagnostic test runs on the Vivalytic analysis device from the firm.The two and a half hours is measured from the time the sample is taken to the time the result arrives. It can be performed directly at the point of care. It eliminates the need to transport samples, which takes up valuable time.Bosch’s rapid COVID-19 test is the result of collaboration between the company’s Bosch Healthcare Solutions subsidiary and the Northern Ireland medical technology company, Randox Laboratories Ltd.Economic impact The economy could contract by over 7% this year and unemployment could soar to around 18% as a result of measures taken to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, the Economic and Social Research Institute warned today.In its quarterly Spring Economic Commentary, the ESRI said that if Government measures to combat the spread of the virus remain in place for a 12-week period, the economy would shrink by 7.1% this year.The labour market, which had been in a position of strength before the spread of the pandemic, is also set to face the largest quarterly shock in living memory, according to the ESRI.Coronavirus MythsAs yet, there is no cure currently for COVID-19.So people suggesting/selling special remedies like vitamin C, garlic, home cures, drinking bleach, or putting half an onion in rooms around the house are – well you know don’t you?The World Health Organisation has advice on some of these urban legends.Cuisle Centre The Coronavirus outbreak has led to the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise closing.They said: “The Covid-19 restrictions mean that we have had to temporarily close our doors, but we are still here to support you and your family.“As we know this is a confusing time for our patients as chemotherapy and surgery are been rescheduled – we will be continuing to give you support and guidance over the phone.“Just call 0578681492 and leave your name, number and a brief message and we will get back to you. You can also contact us on email: [email protected] or messenger us through facebook.“Stay safe everyone, wash your hands and take a little exercise.”Important information Symptoms of Covid-19 include:CoughShortness of breathFeverBreathing difficulties.Further resources:The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.SEE ALSO – For more Coronavirus stories click here Pinterest News Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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TSX ends worst month of 2019 lower amid new U.S. tariffs on Mexican imports

first_img Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter markets 123RF Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 354.84 points at 24,815.04. The S&P 500 index was down 36.80 points at 2,752.06, while the Nasdaq composite was down 114.57 points at 7,453.15.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US73.93¢ compared with an average of US74.07¢ on Thursday.The July crude contract was down US$3.09 at US$53.50 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was down US9.3¢ at US$2.45 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up US$18.70 at US$1,311.10 an ounce and the July copper contract was down US1.4¢ at US$2.64 a pound. Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Canada’s main stock index ended its worst month of the year by falling in the wake of U.S. plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 51.75 points to 16,037.49. last_img read more

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Timmins police ‘confounded’ by record pace of drunk driving charges

first_img RELATED TAGSFlexSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesOntarioFlexOntarioTimmins First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Police conducting a RIDE program through the streets of Port Hope, Ont. See More Videos So, it should go without saying, but if you see anybody driving or about to drive under the influence, call the local police. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Police in Timmins, Ontario, have handed out five charges for drunk driving over the last three weeks, setting a pace that, should it hold, will blow past the numbers captured in 2019 and 2018.“This speaks to fairly careless behaviour or a fairly casual point of view on the part of some drivers,” police service’s communications coordinator, Marc Depatie, told CTV News Northern Ontario. “There’s got to be some (consideration) with local drivers to make plans so that they don’t put themselves behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca One recent incident involved an under-the-influence 40-year-old woman who crashed her SUV on a residential road, flipping it into the front yard of somebody’s home before trying to escape on foot. Police found and arrested her nearby by following the footsteps she left in the snow. It’d almost be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous and idiotic. Another of the five arrests made at the over 1,800 Festive RIDE checks that have been executed since the start of this year’s campaign on December 2 involved an inebriated parent travelling with five children under the age of ten in the vehicle with them. Timmins-area Mothers Against Drunk Driving were appalled by that event, as were police. “We are confounded,” says Depatie. “We don’t know what more we can say or what more we can do… Our officers are very focused on locating impaired drivers. We’re making that as clear as possible with the public and still, there seems to be a persistent number of persons who choose to ignore that message.”One silver lining in this disturbing trend, however, is that other members of the public have been calling out offenders. Timmins police say two of the five charges given this year were the results of civilian complaints. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › advertisementlast_img read more

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Fortis Hospital, Mohali introduces MOCA technique to treat varicose veins

first_img Related Posts By EH News Bureau on June 16, 2017 Share Fortis Hospital, Mohali introduces MOCA technique to treat varicose veins MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025center_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The new MOCA treatment uses a patented Flebogrif catheter which is a relatively new endovascular technique to cure venous reflux diseaseFortis Hospital, Mohali has introduced a new technique Mechanico Chemical Ablation of the Varicose Veins (MOCA) to treat varicose Veins for the first time in India. This modern technique is a simple technique that doesn’t require application of tumescent anesthesia. A special catheter is introduced in the vein of the patient and vein is ablated along with foam sclerotherapy. Dr Ravul Jindal, Director, Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mohali spoke about this unique technique.The new MOCA treatment uses a patented Flebogrif catheter which is a relatively new endovascular technique to cure venous reflux disease. Speaking about the technique, Dr Jindal said, “This is a technique that wax eloquence in the treatment of varicose veins as against traditional method that require anesthesia and hospitalization. It is designed in a way to plug any chance of its recurrence or a trail of multiple cuts. The new treatment is not only less painful but can treat a leg in 20 minutes and within two hours before the patient can go home. It is important that an expert like vascular surgeon perform this surgery.”Dr Jindal further said, “Even after the procedure, the patient is on fewer medications and post-procedure care. At Fortis Hospital, Mohali, we have always believed in introducing cutting edge technologies for excellent patient care. We have been treating varicose veins through modern modality of lasers, radiofrequency and foam sclerotherapy. The laser procedure involves puncture of vein under ultrasound guidance and burning it using diode laser. This technique is combined with foam sclerotherapy to ablate small veins. It is safe and painless. Patients can return home the same day, as compared to conventional surgery where they had to be hospitalized. Laser procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is scar-free. There are no cuts or stitches. As it causes minimal damage to tissues, it’s especially useful in patients who are on blood thinners, are obese, have a groin infection, and are old or patients who are scared of surgery. Patients can return to normal life within 24 hours, except for undertaking vigorous exercise.” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care applast_img read more

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PIOJ says funding available for climate change projects

first_imgPIOJ says funding available for climate change projects InformationNovember 18, 2010 RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that more funds are becoming available for Climate Change projects, internationally.Director, Sustainable Development & Regional Planning Division, PIOJ, Claire Bernard, told the JIS that the institute has been mobilizing resources through its relationships with international development agencies, to develop projects that will strengthen Jamaica’s adaptive capacity to Climate Change.“There is a facility called the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience that exists under the Climate Investment Fund, to which we submitted a proposal only last week for Jamaica to get resources to develop a strategic programme for Climate Resilience,” she reported.She said the PIOJ has also tapped into a Climate Change Global Alliance, a facility under the European Union (EU).“We have just signed a project with them for 4.31 million Euros. So a lot of money is now available for Climate Change Adaptation,” she stated.The funds will be used for a Climate Change Adaptation project, in which the PIOJ and other national partners will work with the Forestry Department to plant approximately 300 hectares of trees, as a means of adaptation.Ms. Bernard was speaking at a Special PIOJ/JIS Panel Discussion on Climate Change, at the JIS’ Arnold Road office on Tuesday (November 16). She was joined by Head of the Department of Physics and the Climate Studies Group at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Dr. Michael Taylor and the Senior Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Ulric Trotz, who was also the Distinguished Lecturer for the PIOJ’s Dialogue for Development Lecture later that day.Continuing on the theme of funding, Ms. Bernard noted that, in September of this year, the PIOJ was accredited as the National Implementing Entity for Climate Change and, as such, can directly approach organizations such as the Climate Change Adaptation Fund to seek resources to be used in Jamaica, for what is called Concrete Adaptation Projects.“Essentially, we could use resources from this Fund to improve Climate Change awareness, do watershed rehabilitation, etcetera,” she stated.Dr. Taylor expressed delight that the PIOJ was mobilizing funds to address Climate Change. According to him, this is necessary as Climate Change cannot be treated as a matter for the future, especially as its impact is already being felt in Jamaica.“We can’t continue going on as if life is going to continue as normal. Climate Change is a real issue, and if we look at the documented evidence of the recent past we see evidence of it, the increasing temperatures and increasing variability in our weather patterns,” Dr. Taylor said.“Just think about this year, and the drought that was followed by lots of rain and a very active hurricane season”, he pointed out, adding that projections are that, “we will see similar things and perhaps even worse”.With Climate Change, the Caribbean is projected to experience: an increase in the intensity and frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes; prolonged droughts; an increase in the incidence of diseases, such as Malaria and Dengue, which are associated with another impact of Climate Change, increased global temperatures; and an increase in sea-level which has implications for Jamaica’s infrastructure, beaches and tourism product.Dr. Taylor is urging Jamaicans to become advocates for the environment, and ensure that the government operates as a good environmental citizen.He believes that one of the most constructive and cost effective ways to address environmental concerns and Climate Change, in the near term, is for the country to invest in renewable energy, as well as more efficient technologies and practices in homes, businesses, schools and industries.According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change is a long-term change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time, that range from decades to millions of years. In recent usage, it is usually qualified as anthropogenic climate change, more generally known as global warming; the increase in the average temperature of Earth’s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation.The IPCC reports that most of the observed temperature increase, since the middle of the 20th century, has been caused by increasing concentrations of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, such as that of Carbon Dioxide and Methane, which result from human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels such as soil and coal, and deforestation.center_img RelatedPIOJ says funding available for climate change projects RelatedPIOJ says funding available for climate change projectslast_img read more

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Garvey Presented with Keys to the City of Kingston

first_imgGarvey Presented with Keys to the City of Kingston CommunityAugust 19, 2012 RelatedGarvey Presented with Keys to the City of Kingston RelatedGarvey Presented with Keys to the City of Kingston FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), presented the Keys to the City of Kingston to Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, posthumously, on Friday August 17. Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the National Hero, accepted the Keys during a civic ceremony to mark the 125th anniversary of his father’s birth, at Emancipation Park. In her remarks, Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Angela Brown-Burke, said the KSAC was deeply honoured to be counted among those who were “conscious of the work and worth of this great Jamaican who today would have celebrated 125 years of his birth.” “On Tuesday (Aug. 14) we joined the St. Ann Parish Council in declaring August 17 as Marcus Garvey Day to be celebrated each year by remembering the lessons of black pride, of self reliance, self discovery, of discipline, of taking responsibility of our own lives, of preserving our history and our culture, all lessons preached by Mr. Garvey and reflected in the way he lived his life,” Mayor Brown-Burke said.    The Mayor also expressed pleasure at the Government of Jamaica’s declaration of August 17 as Marcus Garvey Day. She was making reference to a Proclamation by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen declaring August 17 as Marcus Day during a wreath laying ceremony held earlier on Friday (Aug. 17), at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. “So not only will be celebrating it in Kingston and St. Ann, but from henceforth we will be celebrating it throughout Jamaica. We are also pleased that the Government will be including the works of our first National Hero in the newly designed civics curriculum to be introduced in our schools,” Mrs. Brown-Burke said. The Mayor further noted that it was fitting that in “our jubilee year we turn our thoughts to an individual that has inspired men and women of African descent across the globe.” “We ask you to commit to joining us each year as we find different ways to celebrate his life and his work as we rekindle that pride in being sons and daughters of Africa with a proud and rich legacy and an even brighter future,” Mrs. Brown-Burke said. For his part, Dr. Julius Garvey stated his pleasure in collecting the Keys to the City of Kingston on behalf of his family and his father, Marcus Garvey. “Garveyism will be infiltrating Jamaica and I think that it is something very positive for Jamaica and for Jamaican youth because you give youngsters a sense of identity, a sense of whom they are, what their potential is and how they can contribute positively to the Jamaican society,” Dr. Garvey said. He also thanked the Rastafarian Movement for keeping the name and the knowledge of Mr. Garvey alive in Jamaica. “I am so very happy to be here to share this moment of recognition with you and I think that this recognition and what is coming out of it, in terms of the educational process that will take place all across the country, will be a great benefit to Jamaicans especially the youth of Jamaica who lack an identity and therefore pursue negative things,” Dr. Garvey stated. Dr. Garvey was also presented with a citation by Town Clerk of the KSAC, Mr. Errol Greene and the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Angela Brown-Burke. Three Jamaicans, Mr. Frank Gordon, Miss Beverly Hamilton and Mr. Horace Matthews received medals from Mayor Brown-Burke, for their role in the promotion and teaching of Garveyism. Born in St Ann, Mr. Garvey was a political leader, publisher, journalist and entrepreneur. He was a passionate believer in black repatriation to Africa. His work has inspired groups, such as the Nation of Islam and Rastafari and influenced artistes, including Burning Spear, Culture and Bob Marley. Mr. Garvey died in England on June 10, 1940. He was 52.center_img RelatedGarvey Presented with Keys to the City of Kingston Advertisementslast_img read more

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Logistics Hub to Create Jobs and Business Opportunities

first_imgRelatedJamaica Commits to Assist Burkina Faso in Tackling Teenage Pregnancy Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The potential for career development, job creation, and business opportunities, resulting from the multi-billion dollar Global Logistics Hub initiative is again being underscored by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.State Minister, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, who spoke on the subject during her 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament on Tuesday, June 25, said the hub is anticipated to generate career opportunities for unskilled, skilled, and highly skilled professionals in a number of industries.These include: aerospace and aviation: maintenance, repair, and overhaul for airplanes; biotech and pharmaceutical; fashion and apparel; information and communication technology (ICT); chemicals and petrochemicals; entertainment and media; furniture and furnishings; automotive; marine and offshore – dry docking: ship and oil rig repair; logistics and shipping; food, beverage, and hospitality; and retail and fast moving consumer goodsActual jobs expected to be generated, she said, include: warehousing and warehouse management; graphic design; legal services; engineering; food preparation and food processing; accounting; and intellectual property monitoring and management, among others.The State Minister also pointed to a “new wave” of entrepreneurship activity for the micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector. She contended that: “the logistics hub will not only transform our society in a comprehensive way, but will also be a catalyst for new business development in this country.”“But, to benefit from the opportunities the industry will bring, we need to equip ourselves with the necessary skills, knowledge, and the business development support. The Logistics Task Force has joined with the learning institutions to make sure that persons are trained for the upcoming jobs,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said.Contact: Douglas McIntosh RelatedNWC Implementing Measures to Reduce Revenue Losscenter_img RelatedThree Receive GG’s Jamaica Diaspora Award of Excellence Logistics Hub to Create Jobs and Business Opportunities InformationJune 27, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

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Oscar de la Torre leaves 18 years of School Board service for City Council

first_imgTags :city council.Oscar de la Torreracial justiceschool boardsmmusdsystemic racismshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMost of California to enter sweeping new virus lockdownCalifornia imposes new virus rules as hospitals struggleYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours ago HomeNewsCity CouncilOscar de la Torre leaves 18 years of School Board service for City Council Dec. 07, 2020 at 6:00 amCity CouncilFeaturedNewsOscar de la Torre leaves 18 years of School Board service for City CouncilClara Harter6 months agocity council.Oscar de la Torreracial justiceschool boardsmmusdsystemic racismOscar de la Torre Oscar de la Torre will be ending his 18-year tenure on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board to assume a seat on City Council, where he seeks to continue his fight for racial justice and equitable access to opportunity.De la Torre first felt compelled to run for SMMUSD’s Board of Education in 2002 when he became aware of the disproportionate rates of suspensions and expulsions for students of color.“At Lincoln Middle School for example, in 2002, black students were four times more likely than white students to be suspended,” said de la Torre. “At John Adams Middle School Latinos students, I think, were close to 50 percent of the student body but made up like 68% of all suspensions; while white students were like 30% of our student body (and) they made up like 15% of all the suspensions.”De la Torre’s proudest accomplishment on the School Board was to seriously address these racial inequalities by bringing a restorative justice approach to student discipline.“We tried to get rid of the problem, not get rid of the student,” said de la Torre. “We try to address what the interaction was and find a way to restore the harm done without having to take some students out of the learning process.”De la Torre has also advocated for years to increase and improve the ethnic studies curriculum across the district so that young people of all races can see themselves reflected in their coursework and the sources they are reading.“I still feel like there’s work to be done in those areas of racial justice, addressing the systemic racism in our school districts,” said de la Torre. “My hope is that the School Board will continue advocating for the needs of students who have been historically marginalized: students of color, students with special needs, and students who are English language learners.”When de la Torre steps onto City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 8, he seeks to address racial justice on a greater scale. His top three priorities are public safety, homelessness, and equitable economic development and he said he will use many of the skills he has honed throughout his 18 years of experience serving on the school board.“I have a deep knowledge of our public education system, a lot of experience on governance, and I’m someone who knows how to go against the majority and still get the job done when you’re in the minority,” said de la Torre. “The difference is that I’m not by myself coming into the City Council. I have, at a minimum, two colleagues that support the platform that I ran on. So, that can be insurance that we use to move forward with some good ideas.”De la Torre said his work wasn’t done at SMMUSD but he believes he can have a wider impact on the community by serving on City Council. His advice for new board members is to always remember to put the needs of students and teachers [email protected]last_img read more

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