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Seven Persons Honoured By St. James Parish Council

first_img As a free people, citizens must begin to seek after that which they deserve as a nation, based on the sacrifices and achievements of the country’s heroes and heroines. Story Highlights Seven ‘unsung heroes’ in the parish of St. James were recognized on Heroes Day by the St. James Parish Council Messages from the country’s main leaders were read during the ceremony. Seven ‘unsung heroes’ in the parish of St. James, who have given outstanding service to their parish and communities, were recognized on Heroes Day (October 21), by the St. James Parish Council and presented with citations and the 2013 Sam Sharpe Awards.Those awarded at a civic ceremony, held in Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, were: Madeline Lawrence, for outstanding service in the field of Health; Elez Glen for his work in Tourism; Kenroy Russell for Education; Adrian Frater for Journalism; Inspector Ralph Medley in the area of National Security; Angela McIntosh for her contribution in Sports; and Methelina Scarlett-Jones for Community Service.Congratulating the recipients, Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Glendon Harris, emphasized that as a free people, citizens must begin to seek after that which they deserve as a nation, based on the sacrifices and achievements of the country’s heroes and heroines.“We have to rethink how we approach matters of national development and security.  We must start with our youth, because they are our only hope of a prosperous future. We  can accomplish a lot more if we focus our energy on teaching our children the right and showing them that we will not tolerate wrong doing,” the Mayor said.He pointed out that the St. James Parish Council continues to focus on the youth through such programmes as the Junior Mayor competition, which was introduced in the early 1990s.“This competition continues to provide opportunities for leadership development among our young people and has been replicated in other parishes,”  he noted.The Mayor added that the Council has collaborated with the Ministry of Education, the Transport Authority, the Island Traffic Authority, the Police, school administrators and parent teacher associations, to address the indiscipline of students on public transportation, and “we are pleased that we have seen significant improvement in the parish of St. James.”He argued that these are  just two examples of the Council’s efforts to ensure that the youth  are  well prepared to become good and productive citizens.“The values which we inherited from our fore parents must be vocalized and held high.  We must find a way to secure the heritage we possess, so we can leave our young people with much more than what we wrestled from the hands of the colonialists.  We must instill in them the values and attitudes of our heroes and heroine,” the Mayor said.Messages from the country’s main leaders were read during the ceremony. The Governor-General’s message was read by Custos of St. James, Hon. Ewen Corrodus ; the Prime Minister’s message was read by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier; and the Opposition Leader’s  message was read by  Dr. Horace Chang.The activity was organized by the St. James Parish Council, in association with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), under the theme: ‘Our history … Our strength’.last_img read more

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April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn shares highs and heartaches in new memoir

first_img“Just Between You and Me” takes its name from April Wine’s first single to break into the Billboard top 20. The track off the 1981 album “The Nature of the Beast” became the group’s biggest success, selling more than a million copies in the U.S. that year and earning international platinum status. In 2008, Goodwyn was heading to a Montreal airport to catch a flight to Halifax where April Wine was headlining an event. The Woodstock, N.B.-born singer-songwriter passed out as a result of severe intoxication. The alcohol abuse led to internal bleeding and blood loss so severe he would have died within 24 hours without hospitalization. “It’s not the perfect world for me, but I’ve been very lucky, I’m very grateful. And like I say, I’m still doin’ it so it can’t be that bad,” he added, laughing. “I’m still out there doing it, and I’d miss it if I didn’t do it.”Lauren La Rose – The Canadian Press “There was one moment that changed the course of things, and for me, that was it: realizing my mortality, realizing I was dying and I didn’t know it,” recalled Goodwyn during a recent interview in downtown Toronto. Advertisement Login/Register With: April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn has experienced his share of highs and heartaches in and out of the spotlight, but a near brush with death motivated the musician to steer towards a smoother path. “I never had the confidence. I didn’t even like my singing at all, the sound of my voice until many albums into the journey,” he admitted. “I like to be surrounded by people. I’m a very quiet person. “I was sick for a long time. I was skin and bones,” added Goodwyn, who was treated in a hospital near Montreal followed by a stint at a Toronto rehab facility. “After I was well again, I thought of how lucky I was and how grateful, and I started thinking about putting a lot of things down on paper.” “It messed up the whole family,” he recalled. “It was difficult for my dad, and there were three young boys, so it was a very dysfunctional family after that. Luckily, I had music to turn to.” Goodwyn joined forces with brothers David and Ritchie Henman and their cousin Jim Henman to form April Wine in Nova Scotia in 1969, and later relocated to Montreal. Over more than a decade, the group developed a catalogue stacked with hits including “Tonight is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love,” “You Won’t Dance With Me” and the Hot Chocolate cover “You Could Have Been A Lady.” “Keith Richards got busted for heroin and that was big news,” he said. “Charlie Watts and Billy Wyman were private people. But (Mick) Jagger, on the other hand, was right in your face. Wonderful big smile. I find him very personable. In the opening pages of his new memoir “Just Between You and Me” (HarperCollins), an unsettling scene plays out far from the concert stage. “Watching him warm up in the afternoon, getting on this little stage, bouncing up and down, he’s a real pro. He’s in the moment always.” Facebook The memoir chronicles Goodwyn’s steady climb to stardom as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock group, which was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The book also delves into Goodwyn’s tough upbringing in rural Nova Scotia and how he coped with his mother’s death from brain cancer before he turned 11. Advertisement Among his tales of life on the road, Goodwyn recalled the band sharing the stage with the Rolling Stones in 1977 for a pair of shows at Toronto’s El Mocambo club, which were recorded by both bands for live albums. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “When we formed April Wine … there were three singers, three musicians, and so we shared the duties, and so that was OK. But as time went on, I became more to the front of the group just because of circumstances, my writing and so forth,” he continued. While the band has experienced a revolving door of lineup changes, Goodwyn has remained the constant and continues to lead April Wine on tours. Despite his foray into solo work, he never had the desire to go it entirely alone. Twitterlast_img read more

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Halifax G7 meeting to promote ocean plastics charter to UN business McKenna

first_imgHALIFAX – A G7 ministers meeting in Halifax will promote the Canadian-led oceans plastic charter, with Ottawa planning to take the accord to the United Nations General Assembly, says the federal environment minister.The non-binding accord was agreed-to by five of the G7 leaders and the European Union at the G7’s Charlevoix summit in June, though neither the United States nor Japan have signed on yet.But the agreement needs wider international acceptance to stop the use of the oceans as open dumps, with over half of the waste coming from Asian nations who aren’t G7 members.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said in an interview Monday the ocean plastics charter will be among the key features of the three-day Halifax gathering that begins Tuesday, as Canada wraps up its presidency of the G7.“We know plastic … is literally choking our lakes and rivers and we have to take steps to stop that or we’ll have more plastic pollution than fish by 2050,” she said from Ottawa.The meeting will also see discussion around the rules for bringing about the Paris climate agreement’s goals for reductions in carbon emissions, she said.In addition, the wide-ranging agenda includes discussion of measures to prevent illegal fishing, coastal adaptation to extreme weather and, on Friday, a gathering of G7 energy ministers that will include talks on clean energy.However, the plastics accord discussion — occurring in a province that relies on a healthy marine environment for fishing and tourism — has strong political appeal, say some observers.“If they make movement on this, it will resonate well with the public and in other countries,” said Ashley Wallis, program director of water and plastics at Environmental Defence.Sad images of plastic straws and bags causing the death of turtles have become widespread in social media around the globe, while the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was recently estimated at 79 thousand tonnes of ocean plastic — about half of it comprised of lost fishing nets.The charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them. It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Ottawa has yet to fully outline what its national strategy to reducing plastic waste will be, and what the broad goals of the accord will mean on the ground.However, McKenna said she’ll have some announcements during the meeting, as will Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, who is expected to announce programs to reduce the amount of discarded fishing gear.In addition, McKenna says an effort is underway to take the ocean plastics charter to the international stage and gain more signatories, both from countries and large corporations.The minister said she’s been told Japan will “probably not” sign on to the accord in Halifax, though her officials were “working hard” with its government.Meanwhile, McKenna said the plan is to bring it to the G20 group of nations, which includes China, Indonesia and other major producers of the waste.The cabinet minister also said in Monday’s interview that Ottawa is planning to present the accord at the United Nations’ 73rd General Assembly next week.“The focus is on the G20 to continue it, but we have the United Nations General Assembly in September and that will be a focus because we really would like to take it to the world,” she said.McKenna’s office declined to confirm if the environment minister herself will be heading to New York next week to promote the charter.Louie Porta, vice-president of operations for Oceans North, said in an interview that Canada needs to take clear steps at home on plastics and marine waste to sustain international credibility.He said in an email that Canada has “done relatively little on fishing gear recovery or incentives for not leaving fishing and aquaculture gear in the water.”The non-profit group says that Ottawa needs to create a national “extended producer responsibility system, where the manufacturer designs products and packaging that never become waste and are always part of the supply chain.”“This would lead to a reduction in packaging and waste as manufacturers would not want to bear these costs,” he wrote in an email.Some environmental groups have been critical of the charter for its failure to act more rapidly, and for leaving in wording that would allow for the incineration of plastics.Despite a rise in recycling and composting in municipalities, Canadians remain among the most wasteful people in the developed world, with garbage being produced by households going up 18 per cent from 2012 to 2014, with 25 million tonnes of waste ending up in landfills that year.A spokesman for the Suzuki Foundation has said the only measure that would make a major impact on plastic waste that ends up in waterways and oceans is “complete elimination of disposable plastic products.”McKenna said she has to work with provinces and municipalities, and she’s also bringing businesses on board with practical arguments of how waste can become a financial asset.“We’re throwing out to $150 billion (in plastic waste), which doesn’t make any sense,” she said.last_img read more

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Peace Country River Rats raise 26000 for new playground

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Peace Country River Rats held their annual Mother’s Day Dinner and Dance fundraiser two weeks ago.The River Rats raised a total of $26,000 to put towards a new playground at the Peace Island Park Pavilion.The event, which sold over 140 tickets, included dinner, dancing, a live auction, and entertainment performed by the Montney Coulees. Second proposed design for the playground at Peace Island Park Pavilion. Photo by the Peace River Rats Facebook page.last_img

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RBI Guv to hold meeting on Mar 26

first_imgNew Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das will hold discussions on March 26 with representatives of trade bodies and credit rating agencies on interest rate and steps to boost economic activities, said sources. The meeting, which comes ahead of the next financial year’s first MPC meet scheduled for April 4, is aimed at broadening the consultation process, they added. The bi-monthly policy, to be finalised by the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), assumes significance as it would be announced just a week before the commencement of the seven phase general elections beginning April 11. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The pre-policy consultation meeting” with the governor will take place in Mumbai on March 26, the sources said. Besides trade bodies, including industry chambers and rating agencies, the governor has also called representatives of the All India Bank Depositors’ Association. Das has been meeting industry chambers, non-banking financial companies, bankers, government representatives and rating agencies to elicit their views on different aspects of the economy and the measures they expect from the central bank. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSoon after taking charge as the 25th governor of the RBI in December 2018, he had promised to take all stakeholders, including the government, along on key policy issues to maintain growth while keeping inflation under check. While the RBI cut the interest rate in its February monetary policy after a gap of 18 months, industry has started clamouring for another rate cut as retail inflation is below the RBI’s benchmark of 4 per cent and need for boosting growth is pressing. There have also been complaints that banks do not pass on the entire benefit of policy rate cut to borrowers. Last month, the governor had held meeting with top officials of public and private sector banks to discuss rate transmission and persuade them to pass on the benefit of lower interest rates to the consumers.last_img read more

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Allahabad Bank opens 53 RMPCs

first_imgKolkata: In order to suit business needs and market competition, Allahabad Bank, a leading Nationalised Bank of the country launched 53 Retail & MSME Processing Centres (RMPCs) pan India on April 10, 2019. RMPC will ensure availability of relevant expertise for better credit appraisal, delivery and collection. With the launch of RMPC, the existing and potential customers will be immensely benefitted with improved TAT and hassle free loan processing. MD & CEO S S Mallikarjuna Rao inaugurated 4 RMPCs at Kolkata (Saltlake), Howrah (M K Road) , Shakuntala Park (Behala) & Udairajpur (Barasat) in presence of Sudhanshu Gaur, S V L N Nageswara Rao, and Imran A Siddiqui, General Managers of the Bank. The concerned Zonal Heads along with P S Azad (DGM, BPR) were also present on the occasion. Retail credit proposals above 5 lacs & MSME proposals above 10 lacs will be processed through the newly inaugurated RMPCs.last_img read more

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Allegations against CJI: Ex-employee appears before in-house inquiry panel

first_imgNew Delhi: A former apex court employee, who levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, appeared on Friday before the in-house inquiry panel and recorded her statement. The three-member panel, headed by Justice S A Bobde, conducted its first in-chamber sitting during which the woman and the secretary general of the apex court appeared before it, an official source said. The source said the secretary general was present before the panel, also comprising two women judges — Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee — with all documents and materials. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework During the hearing, only the woman was present and the secretary general was not privy to the proceedings, the source said. An activist advocate who had accompanied the woman to the apex court was not part of the proceedings, the source said. It is learnt that the next hearing will take place on Monday. The source also said that the proceedings went on for around three hours, — starting at 12.30 PM, till around 3.30 PM– during which the woman recorded her statement. During the hearing there was also a brief break Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The in-house inquiry proceedings into the sexual harassment allegations is distinct from the probe to be carried out by the court-appointed Justice (retd) A K Patnaik panel which would inquire into the claims of an advocate about a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI and fixing of benches. On April 23, Justice Bobde had told PTI that the in-house procedure did not contemplate representation of advocates on behalf of parties as it was not a formal judicial proceedings. “This is going to be an in-house procedure which does not contemplate representation of advocate on behalf of parties. It is not a formal judicial proceeding,” he said. He had clarified that there was no time-frame to complete the inquiry and the future course of action will depend on “what comes out of the inquiry” which will be “confidential”. Justice Indu Malhotra was Thursday appointed a new member of the committee after Justice N V Ramana recused himself. The development followed the complainant’s letter to the panel on Wednesday, expressing reservation over the inclusion of Justice Ramana on the ground that he is a close friend of the CJI and a regular visitor to his house. In the letter, she had also raised question over the presence of only one woman apex court judge — Indira Banerjee — in the panel set up to examine her allegations against the CJI. According to her, it was not in accordance with the Vishaka Guidelines. Justice Ramana, while recusing himself, had termed as “baseless and unfounded” the “aspersions” cast by the woman on him. He said he recused only to “avoid any suspicion that this institution will not conduct itself in keeping with the highest standards of judicial propriety and wisdom”. The woman’s allegations against the CJI were brought into the public domain by some news web portals on April 20. She had worked at Justice Gogoi’s home office in Delhi and the allegations were carried by the news portals based on her affidavit which was sent to 22 judges of the top court. In her affidavit, the woman described two incidents of alleged harassment, days after Justice Gogoi was appointed CJI last October and her subsequent persecution. The woman alleged that she was removed from service after she rebuffed his “sexual advances”. She claimed that her husband and brother-in-law, both of whom were head constables, were suspended for a 2012 criminal case that had been mutually resolved.last_img read more

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Global support for a Moroccan and 29 Greenpeace activists detained in…

first_imgBordeaux- Protestors from all over the world gathered in major cities to demand the release of the activists that were sent to prison two months ago in Russia, French daily Le Monde reported on Saturday. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch woman of Moroccan origins who has been charged with “piracy of an organized group” over protest on an Arctic oil rig owned by state-controlled firm Gazprom.In the UK, several dozens of protesters demonstrated in front of Shell gas stations, a company Greenpeace accuses of drillin in the Arctic in cooperation with Gazprom. “Many of today’s events will focus on the role played by energy giant Gazprom and its commercial partner in the Arctic, Shell. Gazprom has asked the Russian authorities to intervene in the action that led to the arrest of the 30 activists” said Greenpeace in a statement.In Argentina, several events were held in major cities including concerts and photo exhibitions. Activists have symbolically locked themselves in a cage in front of the India Gate in Delhi. The same operation was led on Friday in Paris with Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as well as French political and cultural personalities. The same day, 200 people signed a petition in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be sent to the Russian ambassador. Earlier this week, superstars Madonna and Paul McCartney expressed their support to the activists.Thirty members of the Arctic Sunrise team were arrested on September 19th by the Russian authorities as they tried to climb an oil platform in the Barents Sea to denounce environmental risks. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a 26 year-old Dutch woman of Moroccan origins.All of them face charges of “piracy” and “hooliganism”, and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail.last_img read more

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Five of King Mohammed VI’s Bodyguards Sanctioned for “Professional Blunders”

first_imgCasablanca- Five of HM King Mohammed VI’s personal bodyguards were sent back to the Royal Institute of Police in Kenitra for “professional blunders” during the monarch’s visit to Cote D’Ivoire.According to the daily Moroccan newspaper Assabah, five of the bodyguards who had accompanied the Moroccan sovereign during his recent visits to neighboring African countries were sanctioned for professional misconduct.According to the same source, the sanctioned bodyguards committed professional blunders during King Mohammed VI’s visit to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. The five guards worked under the command of Jaidi Aziz, head of the Security Department of the Royal Palace, who is also assumed to be among the bodyguards who were sanctioned.Many rumors have circulated concerning the absence of Jaidi among the team of bodyguards who were supposed to accompany the King to Mali.Some rumors  say that Jaidi might have returned to Morocco because of health issues.According to Assabah, the National Security Directorate, led by Bouchaib Rmail, may have sent Jaidi back to his home in Rabat instead of subjecting him to the same sanctions as the other four bodyguards.last_img read more

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Stephen Collier suffers torn ACL Joe Burrow likely to be Ohio States

Quterbacks Stephen Collier (13) and J.T. Barrett (16) get work in at the first day of fall 2015 camp on Aug. 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern reporterAll offseason, there has been no question that J.T. Barrett is Ohio State’s starting quarterback. The second-string spot, however, was a lot more in the air.That race might now be over, as redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier’s season is most likely over after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. The news was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Collier had been in a competition for Barrett’s backup with redshirt freshman Joe Burrow throughout the spring, with plans on the race continuing through the fall. Collier came in for Barrett in the second half of OSU’s spring game on April 16, completing four of 11 passes for 154 yards and an interception. Fifty-five of those yards came from a long connection down the sideline to redshirt sophomore receiver Parris Campbell.With Collier’s knee injury, Burrow, who was 14-of-23 for 196 yards and three touchdowns in the spring game, will almost assuredly receive the second-string role. True freshman Dwayne Haskins Jr., who hasn’t yet arrived on campus, is likely the favorite to be the third-stringer.According to an OSU spokesman, Collier underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.The Buckeyes are set to get their season started on Sept. 3 with a game at Ohio Stadium against Bowling Green. Kickoff time is yet to be announced. read more

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