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first_img‘Miss Lou’s Room’ to be set up in Toronto UncategorizedFebruary 2, 2007 Related‘Miss Lou’s Room’ to be set up in Toronto FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Mike Colle, has presented Cdn$250,000 (J$13.7 million) to Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto, Canada, to create ‘Miss Lou’s Room’, in memory of the late Jamaican folklorist, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley.Making his presentation inside ‘Miss Lou’s Room’ on Wednesday, January 31, at the launch of Black History Month in Ontario and six months after the death of the cultural icon, Minister Colle said ‘Miss Lou’s Room’ would be a permanent tribute to honour her.“Miss Lou’s legacy of storytelling and pioneering promotion of Jamaican culture worldwide will now live on forever through this permanent tribute,” said the Minister. “Black History Month is a time for all Ontarians to reflect on the accomplishments of African-Canadians throughout our history and into the present. Miss Lou’s Room is a fitting addition to this legacy,” he added.William Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre, which is considered the central hub for art and entertainment in Toronto, said that particular room was chosen because Miss Lou had performed in it many times. Visitors to the room, which is on the second floor of the Centre and overlooks Lake Ontario, will be able to read Miss Lou’s books, listen to her stories, watch videos and view photographs. The room, expected to be unveiled sometime in the Spring of 2007, will also include an interactive programme.Describing Miss Lou as “a real international jewel”, Minister Colle said the province of Ontario had a role to play in making sure that her legacy continued to flower. “Ontario was her second home and she was a good citizen. She brought Jamaica to us and to the world in a special way,” he said.Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner, thanked the Government of Ontario, on behalf of the government and people of Jamaica, for the fitting tribute, which demonstrated that Miss Lou’s legacy would not be forgotten.“It is the hope that those who have an interest in perpetuating her work will see the province of Ontario as a facilitator and nurturer of creative expression, and the development of arts and culture,” said the Consul General.Describing Miss Lou as a cultural icon and a daughter of Jamaica who was instrumental in valuing the language, Miss Bonner said the late folklorist “travelled the world lecturing and performing and promoting our culture internationally”.Paying tribute to Miss Lou, Minister of Children and Youth Services, MaryAnne Chambers said Miss Lou not only made patois acceptable, but also celebrated. She noted that the themes of Miss Lou’s writings were as relevant today as when she wrote them many years ago.Also in attendance were Miss Lou’s stepson Fabian Coverley; former Member of Parliament, Jean Augustine; representatives of two organizations which Miss Lou served as Patron – Arts & Culture Jamaica Inc. and Women for PACE (Canada) – and the Consuls General of Grenada, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and Burundi. Related‘Miss Lou’s Room’ to be set up in Torontocenter_img Advertisements Related‘Miss Lou’s Room’ to be set up in Torontolast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill (left), cuts the ribbon to a solar power system, to be used for operating the Pleasant Valley water catchment facility, in Clarendon, recently. Others sharing in the occasion are (from second left): Programme Manager for the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, Allison Rangolan-McFarlane; Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dr. Arun Kashyap; and National Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), Hyacinth Douglas. Residents of Pleasant Valley Benefit from Modern Water Harvesting System EnvironmentDecember 2, 2013Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedData Being Collected Through RiVAMP to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change RelatedJamaica Hosting CARICOM Workshop on Genetic Resourcescenter_img Residents of Pleasant Valley Benefit from Modern Water Harvesting SystemJIS 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 Story HighlightsMore than 1,500 residents of the Clarendon community of Pleasant Valley, are now benefiting from a state-of-the-art solar powered rainwater harvesting system.Residents were urged to take ownership of the project, as it is providing a precious resource for them.The Council saw the project as valuable to the community, and provided technical skills to ensure that it was built according to standard. The more than 1,500 residents of the Clarendon community of Pleasant Valley, are now benefiting from a state-of-the-art solar powered rainwater harvesting system, which has come about through a multi-agency partnership.Leading the effort for the project was the Clarendon Parish Development Committee (PDC) Benevolent Society, with technical support from the Clarendon Parish Council, land donation by Jamalco, co-ordinating support from the Pleasant Valley Development Committee, and funding from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), and the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), through its Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP).“I welcome this rainwater harvesting project in Pleasant Valley, and deem it an important addition to the climate change adaptation initiatives being pursued elsewhere in the island. I am happy to see that Pleasant Valley has returned to what I consider to be one of the oldest and most effective means of ensuring a steady water supply, particularly for drought plagued areas,” stated Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, at the recent commissioning of the system.Former Chairman of the Clarendon PDC, and current Custos of the parish, Hon. William Shagoury, urged the residents to take ownership of the project, as it is providing a precious resource for them.“This is your lifeline for water, as once we have rain, we will always have water.  You have to protect it. Water is life, and this is your life,” the Custos told the residents.Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell, informed that the Council saw the project as valuable to the community, and provided technical skills to ensure that it was built according to standard.“We rehabilitated the storage tank, and put in place some (plastic) tanks where citizens can get water. It is pumped from the storage tank, which is underground. The power supply to that tank is from a solar system, so there is little maintenance,” he said.“We are looking at implementing similar projects across the parish, where we have similar water challenges. The residents must take care of this, and ensure that it is free from vandalism, and persons don’t abuse the water,” the Mayor said.For Programme Manager at EFJ, Allison Rangolan-McFarlane, the organization’s contribution of $2.2 million will help build capacity of the residents and improve their livelihood.“This project is geared towards strengthening the adaptive capacity of farmers, through the installation of a solar electrification system and construction of earth water harvesting pond to combat the effects of climate change. Through these mechanisms, the catchment facility will serve to support the economic and social well-being of the over 1,500 residents,” she said.Lauding the partnership that ensured completion of  the water system, UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said it is a “delightful example of how community efforts can leverage catalytic funding and mobilize its constituents to meet basic needs, and in a manner that strengthens their resilience and enhances capacities that empower them.”“Improving water supply to the community of Pleasant Valley, and reducing their vulnerability, the project increases appreciation of the vital need for demand side management of this precious resource,” Dr. Kashyap  said.Meanwhile, Secretary of the Pleasant Valley Development Committee, Dennis Burrowes, said the system would help to sustain agro ecosystem activities in the targeted communities; and build awareness about the productive use and care of rainwater harvesting ponds, aimed at “promoting sustainable food security, sanitation and shared growth.”Preparing the community to help sustain the project, some 40 persons were trained, including ten children, in watershed management, and rainwater harvesting. 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first_imgCellars at Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro: Bayley Hazen BlueVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Cheese Council(link is external) (VCC), an organization dedicated to the production and advancement of quality Vermont cheese announced that seven Vermont cheesemakers took home 19 medals at the World Cheese Awards held in Bergamo, Italy and hosted by Annual Guild of Fine Foods with partners FORME, the Italian & International Cheese Festival and B2Cheese trade show. VT cheese companies winning awards included Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT; Parish Hill Creamery in Westminster West, VT; Cabot Creamery Cooperative in Cabot, VT; Spring Brook Farm in Reading, VT; von Trapp Farmstead in Waitsfield, VT; and collaborations with Grafton Village Cheese Company with Crown Finish Caves; and Vermont Creamery with Wegman’s Markets. Rogue Creamery in Central Point, OR won Best of Show for its Organic Rogue River Blue. This is the first time that an American-produced cheese has earned this top award. Additionally, seven American cheese companies won Super Gold Trophies, placing them in the running for Best of Show Cheese.  “It’s wonderful to see Vermont cheesemakers getting the respect they deserve on the world cheese stage,” said Vermont Cheese Council Executive Director, Tom Bivins. “The importance of the dairy and cheese industry to Vermont agriculture is significant socially and culturally, as well as enhancing our sense of place and supporting agriculture economies in their communities.  Cheese is an economic engine for the state and represents a great opportunity for entrepreneurs. These cheesemakers are ambassadors for Vermont.  We are very proud of their success.” The Guild of Fine Food in the UK is one of the most prestigious of the world food guilds and manages the World Cheese Awards, along with Great Taste, a specialty food awards, and Shop of the Year 2020. Over 260 judges from around the world were on hand to judge 3,804 cheeses from 42 countries for this competition. Judging took place in a single day.  American cheeses won 126 medals in numerous categories across all milk types.  Grafton Village BismarkWinning Cheeses from VermontCabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot, VT, MA, NY: Cabot Alpine Cheddar, BronzeCellars at Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT: Bayley Hazen Blue, Gold; Moses Sleeper, Gold; Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Silver; Vault 5 Cave Aged, Silver; Oma, Silver; Willoughby, Silver; Hartwell, Silver; cave-aged Cheddar, Bronze; Harbison, Bronze; Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY with Grafton Village Cheese Company, Grafton, VT: Bismark, Bronze; Barnburner, Bronze;Parish Hill Creamery, West Westminster, VT: Humble, Bronze; Idyll, Bronze;Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading, VT: Tarentaise, Bronze; Ashbrook, Bronze; von Trapp Farmstead, Waitsfield, VT: Mad River Blue, Bronze; Mt Alice, Bronze;Wegman’s Markets, Rochester, NY with Vermont Creamery, Websterville, VT: 1916, Silver.For a comprehensive list of the 2019 World Cheese Award winners, visit www.gff.co.uk/awards/worldcheeseawards(link is external).The state of Vermont, celebrated for its focus on family agriculture, small farms, and Vermont-made products, including cheese, boasts more state-inspected cheese companies per capita than any other state in the nation- close to 1 cheesemaker for 13,000 people.  There are currently 54 Members of the Vermont Cheese Council making over 225 varieties of cheese.  Cheesemakers range in size from producers for local farmers markets to producers selling in regional, national, and international markets.  Cheesemaking represents over one billion dollars in revenue for Vermont companies. The Vermont Cheese Council is a statewide membership-based organization with 54 Principal cheese- producing members and over 20 associate members.  The VCC is committed to promoting the advancement and quality of Vermont cheese through promotion, education, and active peer to peer support.  The organization has been in existence since 1996. For more information, please contact: Tom Bivins, Executive Director at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 802-451-8564(link is external) or visit the Vermont Cheese Council website at www.vtcheese.com(link is external).  Source: Randolph, VT, (October 28, 2019) – Vermont Cheese Councillast_img read more

first_imgIf people around the metro area weren’t familiar with the situation already, there’s a chance they’ll find out about it this week.The new issue of the Pitch that hits stands today features a cover story by Steve Vockrodt about the plight of Finn Bullers, the Prairie Village man who is fighting to keep the 24-hour care he says he needs to survive.Under the state’s shift to privatized Medicaid under a program called KanCare, Bullers is facing a reduction in care hours to 40 a week.From the story:“…on November 15, Bullers sent the state a signed form that allows officials to discuss his health information with the media. But Angela de Rocha, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, did not return a call seeking comment about Bullers’ health.In an earlier interview, de Rocha offered an analogy for Medicaid recipients upset by KanCare’s reduction in services. She says it’s as if she had been giving someone a new car every year and then suddenly stopped.“Your natural response to that is going to be, ‘Why is she being so mean to me?’” de Rocha tells The Pitch. “That’s just human nature. It’s very difficult to take away something once you get it. People get used to it. They think that’s what you need.”To Bullers, access to caregivers isn’t like getting a brand-new car, but rather is a life-and-death matter. If a tube feeding air from a respirator to a hole in his throat fell out while he was alone, he would have about three minutes to live. If that ever happened, there wouldn’t be enough time for paramedics to reach him.”Vockrodt’s Pitch cover story is here.Our last story about Bullers’ efforts to file a petition raising awareness of his situation is here.last_img read more

first_imgEVANSVILLE, IN — Accuride has named its Chairman of the Board and also announced new executive management appointments. The changes are effective immediately. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Terrence Keating, Accuride’s current chief executive officer (CEO) and member of the board of directors has been named chairman of the board and will continue as the company’s CEO. Keating succeeds James Greene, Jr., as Chairman. Greene will remain on the board as the lead independent director. John Murphy, currently Accuride’s president and chief financial officer, will assume responsibilities of chief operating officer and continue as president. David Armstrong, Accuride’s current senior vice president/finance and general counsel, has been named senior vice president/chief financial officer and will continue as general counsel. Stephen Martin has been named vice president/corporate counsel. Martin previously served as Accuride’s associate general counsel. “Today’s appointments reflect a logical progression of Accuride’s executive management team,” said Greene, member, KKR, LLC, the general partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and outgoing chairman of Accuride’s Board. “The changes in senior leadership accountabilities allow for the continued pursuit of Accuride’s strategic business initiatives, and are in support of the seamless succession planning at the company.” As a result of the appointments, Armstrong and Murphy will both report directly to Keating. “As Chairman of the Board and CEO of Accuride, I will continue to drive Accuride’s strategic plan calling for further optimization of our facilities and pursuit of global expansion,” said Keating. “The new assignments of our key leaders will allow for intensified focus on these business initiatives, while strengthening the versatility of our topside management team.” Advertisement For more information about Accuride, go to: http://accuridecorp.com.last_img read more

first_imgRiverhead Takes Climate Smart PledgeThe Riverhead Town Board recently adopted New York State’s Climate Smart Communities Pledge in a 4-0 vote.The pledge states that the town will pursue measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. For more info, visit www.climatesmart.ny.gov.Mattituck-Laurel LibraryThe Mattituck-Laurel Library will host a “Senior Cafe and Conversation” for seniors on Thursday, August 1, at 11 AM.Dogs will visit the library during “Tail Waggin’ Tutor” on August 1 at 4:30 PM, where kids in grades kindergarten and up can sign up to read to a dog for 15 minutes.Teens in seventh through 12th grades can design their own pottery creation with Alicia Mack at the library on Friday, August 2, at 4 PM. For those more interested in science, there will be a program on learning to make dry ice with the Science Wizard on Monday, August 5, at 3 PM. The events are free but registration is required.Jerry Matovcik will host a discussion on “As You Like It” on Tuesday, August 6, at 3:30 PM. For more events at the library, visit www.mattitucklaurellibrary.org.Celebrate BreastfeedingPeconic Bay Medical Center will participate in the “Big Latch On,” which offers women the opportunity to gather together to breastfeed and offer support to each other, on Friday, August 2, from 9:30 to 11 AM. For more information, visit www.biglatchon.org.The medical center will also have a caregivers stress management workshop on Monday, August 5, from 1 to 2 PM. Dana Bordsen, a licensed Urban Zen therapist, will host the free meditation and relaxation session. Visit www.pbmchealth.org to learn more.First Fridays In MattituckMattituck will host a First Friday on Friday, August 2, from 6 to 9 PM, with live music, vendors, and food on the town’s Love Lane.Jupiter And SaturnEd Anderson will give a talk on “Observing the Gas Giants: Jupiter and Saturn” at the Custer Observatory in Southold on Saturday, August 3, at 8 PM.The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. For more information, visit www.custerobservatory.org.Shelter Island House TourThe Shelter Island Historical Society will offer a tour of houses featuring contemporary architecture and restored historic homes on Saturday, August 3, from 2 to 5 PM.The tour will culminate with an open house at the society’s newly expanded Shelter Island History Center from 4:30 to 6 PM. Tickets are $50 in advance, or $55 at the door. For more information, visit www.shelterislandhistorical.org.North Fork NatureThe Group for the East End will have a seining fun at Cedar Beach in Southold on Saturday, August 3, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.The family-friendly event will have participants use seine nets and dip nets to collect creatures large and small for temporary observation and discussion.There also will be bird watching for beginners at Hallock State Park on Sunday, August 4, at 10 AM. Families are encouraged to come, but bring your own binoculars.There will be “Living with Nature Part 1: Ticks and Lawn Care” on Sunday, August 4, from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Downs Farm Nature Center in Cutchogue, where attendees can learn about alternative options for keeping ticks away.For more information, visit www.GroupForTheEastEnd.org.School Supply DriveCommunity Action Southold Town, Inc. is running a school supplies drive through August 19.CAST is looking for donations of 250 backpacks, as well as calculators, notebooks, pencils, graph paper, folders, Post-its, and more. Drop-off boxes are located at the CAST office in Greenport, at local libraries, banks, and more. For more information, visit www.castsoutholdtown.org. Sharelast_img read more

first_img(File photo)WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – With reports emerging of the resumption of the deportation of persons of Haitian decent from the Dominican Republic, the United States has again urged the Spanish-speaking nation to avoid mass deportations.US Department of State spokesman Mark C Toner said Washington is “aware of the decision by the Dominican Republic to begin deporting persons who are deemed illegally present in the country.“We recognise the prerogative of the Dominican Republic to remove individuals from its territory who are present without authorisation,” he said in a statement.“At the same time, we urge the Dominican Republic to avoid mass deportations and to conduct any deportations in a transparent manner that fully respects the human rights of deportees.“Deportation procedures must adhere to clear, publicly available and verifiable protocols and procedures,” Toner added.“Dominican nationality and migration policies and practices should be consistent with Dominican law and the Dominican Republic’s international obligations and commitments.“We urge the Government of the Dominican Republic to permit the observation of deportation proceedings by civil society groups and international organisations, such as the International Organization for Migration and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, including at the borders,” he continued.Toner said the Obama administration remains “deeply concerned that individuals with a right to citizenship or otherwise eligible to remain in the Dominican Republic may not have had sufficient time and means to access the processes to regulate and formalise their status and have their claims adjudicated.“Therefore, it is imperative that the Dominican Republic effectively screen people potentially subject to deportation to determine if they are Dominican citizens, require international protection, or are eligible for naturalisation or regularisation,” he said.In all cases, Toner urged the Dominican Republic to take adequate measures to prevent the risk of statelessness and the discriminatory confiscation of documents.Additionally, the United States wants the Dominican Republic and Haiti to consult and collaborate with each other “to develop effective processes and procedures for the safe and orderly return of migrants across their shared border”.According to Toner, the United States will continue to actively monitor developments in the Dominican Republic, and engage the Government of the Dominican Republic to ensure the protection of human rights.On Saturday the Dominican Republic deported five people of Haitian descent under the controversial migration policy.Immigration Director General Rubén Paulino Sem confirmed the deportations at the Dajabón border post.Officials in the Dominican Republic have grown concerned by a long-running influx of people from neighbouring Haiti and a 2013 Dominican court ruling that stripped citizenship from children born to undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of which are Haitian.After an international outcry, the Dominican Congress passed a law allowing some migrants to apply for residency before a June 17 deadline. 39 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img InternationalNewsPrintRegional US urges DomRep to avoid mass deportation of Haitians by: Caribbean Media Corporation – August 17, 2015 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBy GEORGIA WESTGARTH THE Cardinia Shire Council has one of Australia’s greatest winter Olympians and five-time world champion representing their…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img