Brazilian legend Ronaldinho to come out of retirement at 39 to play for Colombian…

first_imgAdvertisement 57hbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs85Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6mrne( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 71Would you ever consider trying this?😱9cnwwCan your students do this? 🌚oz5qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sante Fe , one of the most successful Colombian clubs are bringing Ronaldinho back from retirement!Advertisement Yes , you read that right. On October 17 , Ronaldinho will play for Santa Fe in a celebration game. Whether the arrangement continues after that day is unknown. Tickets are priced at maximum 30 Euros and go as low as 7 Euros which will make it convenient for supporters to flock over to see one of the greats play.Advertisement However, Ronaldinho has his passport seized by Brazil Government over an environmental property dispute with the goverment.Ronaldinho , yet , was appointed the tourism ambassador for Brazil which is a symptom that the former Barcelona and Milan man will make the flight to Colombia.Advertisement He revealed: “Tourism is very important for generating jobs and regaining our image internationally.”A spokesperson for Brazil’s tourist industry claimed: “Ronaldinho has almost 100 million followers in his networks and voluntarily helps us at no cost for patriotism.“This attitude is invaluable.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Rossland’s BlackJack tops Teck Kootenay Cup

first_imgThe race, with competitors between the ages of four and 60 years, was a free style mass start design so we had lots of competitors across the start line.The Younger age categories had some stiff competition with some close finishes.The Masters Men’s category had the most competitors and lots of fun around the course.The Teck Kootenay Cup series started in December with two races hosted at the Blackjack Ski Trails.The scene shifted to Kimberley for races three and four before the final event Sunday at Nelson Nordic Ski Trails. A record 125 skiers from throughout the region flocked to the Nelson Nordic Ski Club to compete in the final Teck Kootenay Cup Crosscountry Ski race of the season Sunday at the Apex Trails south of Nelson.Rossland’s BlackJack team came away with the aggregate championship in the Teck Kootenay Cup Series, edging out Castlegar, Fernie, Hills and Nelson for the overall crown.last_img read more

Wireless Web plan has holes

first_imgIn Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed an ambitious effort to create a Wi-Fi network across the city with a price tag estimated at $52 million to $58 million. The city is in the process of developing a request for proposals on which steps to follow next in developing the program. “It is not a simple task,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the City Council committee overseeing the plan. “We want to look at what has worked and failed in other cities and try to figure out where the technology is going to be in 10 years. We want to build something that’s practical and will last.” More than $230 million was spent in the United States last year, and the industry Web site MuniWireless projects $460 million will be spent in 2007. Without revenues they had counted on to offset that spending, elected officials might have to break promises or find money in already-tight budgets to subsidize the systems for the low-income families and city workers who depend on the access. Cities might end up running the systems if companies abandon networks they had built. The worries come as big cities like Philadelphia and Portland, Ore., complete pilots and expand their much-hyped networks. “They are the monorails of this decade: the wrong technology, totally overpromised and completely undelivered,” said Anthony Townsend, research director at the Institute for the Future, a think tank. Supply and demand Municipal Wi-Fi projects use the same technology behind wireless access in coffee shops, airports and home networks. Hundreds or thousands of antennas are installed atop street lamps and other fixtures. Laptops and other devices have Wi-Fi cards that relay data to the Internet through those antennas, using open, unregulated broadcast frequencies. In theory, one could check e-mail and surf the Web from anywhere. About 175 U.S. cities or regions have citywide or partial systems, and a similar number plan them, according to Esme Vos, founder of MuniWireless. Rhode Island has proposed a statewide network, while one in California would span dozens of Silicon Valley municipalities. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta also want one. Because systems are just coming online, it’s premature to say how many or which ones will fail under current operating plans, but the early signs are troubling. “I will be surprised if the majority of these are successful and they do not prove to be drains on taxpayers’ money,” said Michael Balhoff, former telecom equity analyst with Legg Mason Inc. “The government is getting into hotly contested services.” Most communities, including Lompoc, paid for their projects. Elsewhere, private companies agreed to absorb costs for the chance to sell services or ads. The vendors remain confident despite technical and other problems. Chuck Haas, MetroFi Inc.’s chief executive, said Wi-Fi networks are far cheaper to build than cable and DSL, which is broadband over phone lines. Demand could grow once more cell phones can make Wi-Fi calls and as city workers improve productivity by reading electric meters remotely, for instance. Balhoff, however, believes the successful projects are most likely to be in remote places that traditional service providers skip – and fewer and fewer of those areas exist. Cities, he said, should focus on incentives to draw providers. In Lompoc’s case, officials say construction was delayed about a year once they realized wireless antennas had to be packed more closely together. Then the city learned that its stucco homes have a wire mesh that blocks signals, making Internet service poor or nonexistent indoors without extra equipment. But more importantly, just as Lompoc committed to the network, cable and telephone companies arrived with better equipment and service, undercutting the city’s offerings. “It seemed like we announced we were going to do this and that and the next day we got trucks from the providers doing this and that, when we’ve been asking for years and nothing ever happened,” Lompoc Mayor Dick DeWees said. D.A. Taylor, who runs a software business from her home, said Lompoc’s Wi-Fi service lacks key features she gets through DSL. “It’s a really great idea, but they didn’t spend a lot of time thinking who their target market was,” Taylor said. DeWees acknowledged that Lompoc might have to pull the plug if it cannot boost subscriptions, but he said the city still has an aggressive marketing push in store. Lompoc recently slashed prices by $9, to $16 a month, for the main household plan. Just a few years ago, these municipal wireless projects seemed foolproof. Politicians got to tout Internet access for city workers and poorer households – many programs include giveaways for lower-income families. Some cities bear no upfront costs when a company pays for construction in exchange for rights to use fixtures like lamp poles. Vendors like EarthLink Inc. saw a chance to offset declines in dial-up subscriptions. MetroFi, offering free service, got to join the burgeoning market for online advertising. Google Inc. also is jumping in for the ads, partnering with EarthLink in San Francisco, although the city’s Board of Supervisors is resisting their joint proposal. As projects get deployed, both sides are seeing chinks in their plans. Many cities and vendors underestimated the number of wireless antennas needed. MobilePro Corp.’s Kite Networks wound up tripling the access points in Tempe, Ariz., adding roughly $1 million, or more than doubling the costs. “The industry is really in its infancy, and what works on paper doesn’t work that same way once you get into the real world,” said Jerry Sullivan, Kite’s chief executive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A $3 million plan to blanket Lompoc. with a wireless Internet system promised a quantum leap for economic development: The remote community hit hard by cutbacks at nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base would join the 21st century with cheap and plentiful high-speed access. Instead, nearly a year after its launch, Lompoc Net is limping along. The Central California city of 42,000, surrounded by rolling hills, wineries and flower fields more than 17 miles from the nearest major highway, has only a few hundred subscribers. That’s far fewer than the 4,000 needed to start repaying loans from the city’s utility coffers, potentially leaving smaller reserves to guard against electric rate increases. And Lompoc isn’t alone. Across the United States, many cities are finding their Wi-Fi projects costing more and drawing less interest than expected, leading to worries that a number will fail, resulting in millions of dollars in wasted tax dollars or grants when there had been roads to build and crime to fight. last_img read more

Les merveilles de la vie sauvage en Afrique du Sud

first_imgLes villes se sont etendues, beaucoup de terres ont ete donnees aux paysans, la chasse a decime des troupeaux et l’epoque a laquelle un troupeau de springboks pouvait mettre plusieurs jours pour traverser une ville du Karoo appartient au passe.Pourtant, grace a la prevoyance des defenseurs de la nature d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, l’Afrique du Sud reste le terrain beni d’une vie sauvage abondante.Les cinq grands animauxLes grands felinsUne vie sauvage meconnuePlus de 200 especes de mammiferesLes mammiferes marins et les poissonsLe les autres reptilesLes oiseauxLes cinq grands animauxLes mammiferes sont les plus connus, et parmi eux se trouvent les cinq grands animaux : L’elephant, le lion, le rhinoceros, le leopard et le buffle. Ce n’est pas que la girafe, l’hippopotame ou la baleine soient petits.Le Bushveld d’Afrique du Sud et les regions de savane abritent encore un grand nombre des mammiferes universellement associes a l’Afrique. Le parc national Kuger accueille a lui seul plus de 10 000 elephants et 20000 buffles; en 1920, on estimait la population d’elephants a 120 dans toute l’Afrique.Le rhinoceros blanc a egalement ete sauve in extremis de l’extinction et prospere maintenant a la fois dans le parc national Kruger et dans le parc Hluhluwe Umfolozi au KwaZulu-Natal. L’attention se porte maintenant a la protection du rhinoceros noir.Ces deux parcs abritent les cinq grands animaux comme les autres principales reserves d’Afrique du Sud telles que Pilanesberg dans la province du Nord Ouest et de nombreuses reserves plus petites et des lodges privees.Les grands felinsMise a part sa place de dominant en haut de l’echelle des predateurs, le lion remporte aussi les faveurs du glamour. Malheureusement, il a un ennemi formidable qui est l’homme et qui l’a chasse de la majorite du territoire et il ne subsiste presque exclusivement que dans les zones de protection.Le magnifique leopard survit dans une plus grande region comprenant la plus grande partie de la region du Southern Cape et jusqu’au nord du pays, bien que leur nombre soit moindre dans certains endroits.Le troisieme des grands felins est particulierement fascinant. Le guepard est le champion de la vitesse, capable d’atteindre des pointes de presque 100 kilometres/heure. Cependant, ses petits sont vulnerables face aux autres predateurs et la population de guepards est comparativement petite et confinee pour la plupart dans l’extreme nord (y compris dans le parc national Kruger), le parc Kgalagadi Transfrontier dans la province de Northern Cape et les reserves des provinces du KwaZulu-Natal et du Nord Ouest.Une vie sauvage meconnueL’hippopotame, la girafe, le kudu, le gnou et le zebre sont autant d’autres grands animaux typiquement africains que l’on observe frequemment dans les zones de preservation d’Afrique du Sud.Une sensibilisation accrue, cependant, a provoque une augmentation de l’appreciation d’animaux moins connus. Une observation du rare tsessebe (un cousin du gnou) peut etre aussi excitante que la vue d’une troupe de lions se prelassant sous un arbre epineux du Bushveld. Et alors que personne ne ratera le passage d’un elephant, le reperage du suni, un petit animal timide de la foret ou antilope de Livingstone demande une vision aceree et provoque une certaine autosatisfaction.À une bien plus petite echelle, on pourrait relever le defi de voir les sept especes de musaraignes d’Afrique du Sud, une tache qui necessiterait un voyage a travers tout le pays et, probablement, beaucoup de temps pour etre realisee.Plus de 200 especes de mammiferesAvec bien plus de 200 especes, un bref passage en revue des mammiferes indigene de l’Afrique du Sud serait tout simplement une contradiction. Quelques exemples vous donneront une idee de l’etendue.En termes d’interet, les primates se classent parmi les premiers. En Afrique du Sud, ils rassemblent les bushbabies nocturnes, les singes vervet et samango et les babouins chacma qui, encourages par une alimentation irresponsable et sous la pression de la perte de leur habitat, sont devenus indesirables et des devastateurs de domiciles de la peninsule du Cap.Les dassies (ou hyraxes, residents des habitats rocheux) et les meerkats (ou suricates, connus pour leur position debout en cas d’alerte) ont un charme terrible bien qu’ils puissent etre un probleme pour l’agriculture.Le aardvark (ou cochon de terre) discret et nocturne (qui mange des fourmis et est le seul membre de l’ordre des tubulidentes) et le protele (qui mange des termites et est apparente a la hyene) sont deux creatures interessantes que l’on rencontre quasiment dans tout le pays.Et pour ceux qui aiment les mammiferes terrestres des zones humides, il y a la loutre sans griffe du Cap qui nage dans l’eau douce et dans l’eau salee. La loutre tachetee possede un territoire plus limite. Les deux sont rares, cependant, et difficiles a apercevoir.Un mammifere dont l’attrait est nouveau est le chien sauvage ou chien chasseur du Cap, un des mammiferes les plus menaces d’extinction en Afrique. Considere par erreur a une epoque comme un tueur systematique et apprecie aujourd’hui pour sa valeur ecologique et pour les soins remarquables qu’il porte a sa famille dans la meute, le chien sauvage a besoin de vastes territoires. Une seule meute a besoin en moyenne de plusieurs centaines de kilometres carres.On les rencontre en petit nombre dans le parc national Kruger et ses alentours, dans le nord du KwaZulu-Nata (y compris dans le parc Hluhluwe-Umfolozi) et dans le Kalahari et dans la reserve Madikwee de la province du Nord Ouest.La hyene, le chacal et le renard mangeur de chauve-souris sont des carnivores plus courants. En dehors de ceux que nous avons deja mentionnes, les felins comprennent le caracal (ou lynx africain) avec ses oreilles touffues caracteristiques, le chat sauvage africain et le chat a pattes noires plus rare. La civette, la genette et plusieurs sortes de mangoustes forment un autre groupe de mangeurs de chair.Les herbivores sont particulierement bien representes par diverses antilopes, de la petite duiker a la grande kudu et aux superbes antilopes des sables que l’on rencontre uniquement dans les regions les plus au nord.Les mammiferes occupent aussi le ciel : L’Afrique du Sud est bien dotee en especes de chauve-souris.Les mammiferes marins et les poissonsEt ils occupent aussi la mer. Le plus grand mammifere de tous, en Afrique du Sud et dans le monde, est la baleine bleue qui peut atteindre une longueur de 33 metres.Mais sur les huit especes de baleines que l’on rencontre dans les eaux de l’Afrique du Sud (y compris le terrible orque tueur), celui qui est le plus souvent aperçu par les hommes est la baleine australe. Cette creature imposante vient dans les baies cotieres pour mettre bas permettant d’etre observee superbement depuis le rivage.La baleine australe represente une reussite de la protection animale. Autrefois consideree comme la baleine  bonne  a chasser, sa population se reduit tellement qu’elle fut classee au rang des especes en voie d’extinction. L’enthousiasme qu’elles ont provoque lorsqu’elles sont retournees dans les baies cotieres a fait qu’elles sont aujourd’hui autant aimees que les nombreux dauphins de nos eaux cotieres.Les mers d’Afrique du Sud sont riches en especes de poissons. Le plus surprenant d’entre eux est peut etre le grand requin blanc mais il n’est qu’un representant parmi 2000 especes totalisant 16% du total mondial. Divers poissons, le homard des rochers et l’ormeau sont d’un grand interet pour les gourmets alors que les poissons pelagiques (les sardines et les pilchards) ainsi que le colin ont une grande valeur commerciale.Le les autres reptilesLa nature a ete moins genereuse pour les poissons d’eau douce : 112 especes, a peine 1,3 % du total mondial mais cependant l’Afrique du Sud possede un habitant des rivieres qui est, comme les cinq grands animaux, un symbole de l’Afrique. Le crocodile regne toujours sur certaines portions de fleuves et d’estuaires, lacs et mares, le faisant parfois payer cher en termes de vie humaine.Les autres reptiles aquatiques qu’il est bon de citer sont les tortues de mer, la loggerhead et la tortue luth, effort de conservation de toute une communaute sur le terrain de leur ponte sur le rivage du nord du KwaZulu-Natal.Les reptiles terrestres d’Afrique du Sud comprennent les rares tortues de terre et le fascinant cameleon. Il existe plus de 100 especes de serpents. Alors que la moitie d’entre eux, y compris le python, ne sont pas venimeux, les autres, comme la vipere heurtante, la mamba verte et noire, le boomslang (ou serpent des arbres) et les rinkhals (ou cobras cracheurs) le sont.La secheresse relative du pays justifie son faible nombre d’amphibiens : 84 especes. Pour compenser cela, cependant, l’Afrique du Sud beneficie de plus de 77000 especes d’invertebres.Les oiseauxLes passionnes d’oiseaux du monde entier viennent en Afrique du Sud pour faire l’experience de la grande diversite des oiseaux africains, migrateurs et endemiques (que l’on ne trouve qu’en Afrique du Sud).Sur 850 especes environ qui ont ete repertoriees en Afrique du Sud, environ 725 sont des residents ou des visiteurs annuels et environ 50 des ceux-ci sont endemiques ou quasi-endemiques.Mis a part les oiseaux residents, l’Afrique du Sud abrite un certain nombre de migrateurs internes a l’Afrique comme les coucous et les royals ainsi que des oiseaux de l’Arctique, d’Europe, d’Asie Centrale, de Chine et de l’Antarctique au cours de l’annee.Les oiseaux d’Afrique du Sud vont de l’autruche, elevee dans le district d’Oudtshoorn de la region de Western Cape, et rencontree a l’etat sauvage dans presque tout le nord du pays, en passant par des especes aussi surprenantes que le calao et jusqu aux omnipresents moineaux et autres passereaux des prairies.Seule une petite zone autour de la ville de Vryheid dans le nord du Kwaulu-Natal offre des marais, des prairies, des forets d’epineux en montagne et pres des fleuves et environ 380 especes y ont ete repertoriees.L’amateur d’oiseaux n’aura pas besoin de sortir d’un jardin typique du Gauteng pour apercevoir des perroquets gris, des colious, des huppes, des ibis d’hadeda, des barbicans promepics et des barbicans a collier, des zosterops a lunettes du Cap, des grives olives ou des coucals de Burchell picorant maladroitement autour d’un arbre. Et cela ne cloture en aucun cas la liste.Parmi les oiseaux les plus spectaculaires d’Afrique du Sud, on rencontre les grues, que l’on observe plus facilement dans les marais, bien qu’il faille etre tres chanceux pour voir une grue a caroncule qui est extremement rare. La magnifique grue bleue est l’oiseau national d’Afrique du Sud, la grue couronnee est probablement la plus tape-a-l’œil des trois avec sa crete proeminente caracteristique.Parmi les especes d’oiseaux plus grandes, l’Afrique du Sud abrite egalement plusieurs aigles et vautours. Parmi les plus colores, on rencontre les martins-pecheurs, les guepiers, les oiseaux mouches, l’exquis rollier a longs brins, et les perroquets Knysna et a huppe splendide.Source : Office de tourisme d’Afrique du Sudlast_img read more

Farm Science Review takes place Sept. 17-19

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest WhatFarm Science Review 2019 offers the latest in farm technology and products.The three-day agricultural trade show offers educational talks and opportunities to speak one-on-one with experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which sponsors the annual event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.Now in its 57th year, the event offers the most relevant and up-to-date information to farmers on topics ranging from crop diseases to soil health. Farmers can learn how to reduce input costs and increase their efficiency at a time when both are particularly crucial.In one location, growers can visit with many experts and see the newest innovations on the market. The event draws more than 100,000 people throughout three days. It features 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits, as well as workshops and presentations delivered by CFAES experts.Special guest Jolene Brown will speak Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. She addresses tough farm issues with grace and humor and is frequently hired to address farmers on a variety of topics, including stress and mental health.Ohio Farm Bureau at the ReviewBe sure to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at the corner of Beef Street and Friday Avenue. Along with giving away apples to visitors, Farm Bureau staff will be on hand to answer questions about membership, Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan, Energy Program, as well as policy initiatives and law changes at the state and federal level.Anyone who renews or purchases a membership at Farm Science Review will receive an official 12×12 metal “Ohio Farm Bureau member” sign, while supplies last.Make sure to enter the Ford F150 Truck Sweepstakes, the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program Sweepstakes (four $250 prizes), and the Rocky Brands boot giveaway.Event detailsThe Farm Science Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets for the event are $7 online and at Ohio State University Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free.The Farm Science Review app, which will be available for both Apple and Android smartphone and tablet users, offers interactive maps, a schedule of events and general information about the show and exhibitors. It will be available by download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for “FSR 2019” or on the Farm Science Review website.last_img read more

22 days agoSterling: Man City showing Champions League winning form

first_imgSterling: Man City showing Champions League winning formby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling says Manchester City are on the right path for Champions League glory.The reigning Premier League champions are now top of Group C with six points from two games after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.The England forward said: “We know the teams we have in Europe, they are top opponents. It will never be easy to win it.”We need to keep going. The most important thing is trying to qualify from this group. If we keep doing that, year in year out, the better chance we will have to win it.”We just need to progress to the group stages and think about it later. We just need to keep focus.”There are more games coming up and we know they are going to be difficult. So we just need to keep going. We go to the weekend now and we need to focus on that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoAston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reach

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reachby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa skipper Jack Grealish feels an England call-up is within reach.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Grealish replied: “No, not really. Not at the moment.“I know for a fact if I play to the best of my ability, then I can get in there. But this time, truthfully, I did not expect to get in.“I did well on Saturday, or I like to think I did well. If I keep performing to the way I know I can, hopefully this will give me a big lift and hopefully (I will get in) soon.” last_img read more

Ohio House Of Representatives Member Bill Patmon Wrote Cardale Jones A Personal Letter, Called Him “12 Gauge”

first_imgOhio representative Bill Patmon's letter to Cardale Jones.Ohio State’s Cardale Jones accomplished a great deal in 2014-2015, ascending from a third-string signal-caller to the starting quarterback for a team that won the Big Ten title, the Sugar Bowl and the College Football National Championship Game behind his leadership. It looks like he can add one more accolade to his repertoire too – an official congratulatory letter from Ohio House of Representatives member Bill Patmon.Patmon wrote to Jones, and used the QB’s nickname “12 Gauge” in the header, to congratulate him on his accomplishments. Jones posted a photo of the letter on Twitter.Cardale “12Gauge” Jones— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 23, 2015Ironically, it’s not even a sure bet that Jones will be starting for the Buckeyes in 2015. There’s no word on whether Patmon also wrote to J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.last_img read more

JIS Marks 50 Years of Service

first_imgStory Highlights A year after playing a pivotal role in the celebration of the nation’s Golden Jubilee, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is this year marking its own 50th Anniversary.The JIS, which began its role as the Government’s information arm in 1963, is rolling out a number of activities to mark the milestone, including bringing back some old favourites from its archives that are sure to delight and elicit nostalgic smiles from viewers and listeners.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe, notes that the agency has served the Government and people of Jamaica with distinction for 50 years and is inviting all Jamaicans to join the celebration by reliving some of those special moments with the organization, through its various programmes on radio and television.“We have been present at all the iconic moments in the nation’s development over the past 50 years, and have worked closely with local media to bring those images and news items into the homes of Jamaicans from all walks of life. Today, the JIS is a household name and an entity on which members of our Diaspora rely for vital information on their homeland,” she says.“Our programmes are dynamic and exciting, as they are informative, and we have a passionate team who enjoys receiving feedback from persons locally and overseas about the services we provide,” the CEO adds.Nevertheless, the JIS does not take its achievements for granted, the CEO says. “We are constantly looking at ways to improve and raise the bar…to do better overall, and to serve the Government and people of Jamaica better. We are doing this by keeping abreast of the latest professional trends and technology, and empowering the team,” Mrs. Rowe says.The CEO notes that the entity’s vision is to be the Agency of choice for credible Government and national information, cutting edge media services and employment, while maintaining the full confidence of all Jamaicans.“To attain our National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica – and see our nation as the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, our people must be able to make informed decisions. The official government information agency must be at the centre of realizing those goals,” she asserts.Elaborating on the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary, Director of Production,  Enthrose Campbell, explains that they will begin with a Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, July 28, at the Webster Memorial United Church, 53 Half-Way Tree Road, across the road from the JIS, which is located at 58A Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston.The service will begin at 9:45 a.m. and everyone who works at the JIS and those who have worked at the agency or have had any association with it – suppliers or clients – are invited to share with the JIS family at the service.A publication on the agency’s history will also be produced. “The JIS’ history is not fully recorded and so we are conducting the research to supplement the pieces from the past for the book,” Ms. Campbell explains.It will feature details of the agency’s background, its journey over the years and interviews with some of the pioneers who contributed to its growth and development. The history will also be captured in a 15-minute documentary.Jamaicans will also get a glimpse of the agency at work over the years through a newspaper supplement.  A new and exciting website will also be unveiled during the year. The current website has been the recipient of several awards, but Ms. Campbell points out that the agency is not resting on its laurels, so it constantly tries to improve on its offerings to the public.The usually well supported JIS Essay Competition, which is in its third year, will take a different focus in October to feature the 50th anniversary.Additionally, in-house JIS 50 activities have been generating excitement among staff.“I think people are more appreciative of the work of the JIS and at the end of this period, we want our team to be fired up.  We want everyone to be fired up about the JIS, knowing that we are here to surpass the achievements that we have had over the past 50 years,” Ms. Campbell says.Both the radio and television departments are currently digging into their archives to remind Jamaicans of time past, and hopefully evoke some pleasant memories. Over the course of the celebrations, the public will hear and see many presenters who once ruled the local airwaves, some of whom began their media journey at the JIS.Radio Manager, Lorraine Walker-Mendez, reveals that the department will be featuring two programmes, ‘From Our Archives’ and ‘Standing Ovation’.With ‘From Our Archives’, persons will hear programmes that would have been aired in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. She notes that programmes like ‘One One Cocoa’, which gives practical tips on making life easier, and how to make local staples, such as ‘mackerel rundown’ and ‘ginger beer’ will also make a brief return to the airwaves.The ‘Standing Ovation’ feature, once popular in the 1990s, she says, will make a brief return to the Arts Page. It showcases interviews with persons in the entertainment industry.Both programmes have been airing every Friday in July “on your favourite radio station,” Mrs. Mendez says.The programmes give Jamaicans a chance to hear JIS presenters with whom they might have been familiar long ago, and in sense pay homage to those presenters and their contribution to the agency.Manager  at JIS TV, Stacy-Ann Smith, informs that for every day during the month of July, a former TV presenter has been on the agency’s flagship news and current affairs programme, ‘Jamaica Magazine’. Among those who have made appearances are: Helene Coley-Nicholson, Fae Ellington, Gary Neita, Errol Lee, Christopher Daley, Gwyneth Harold-Davidson, Elise Kelly, and Hume Johnson.The television department will also be airing popular features from its archives, such as the once popular ‘Jamaica Attractions’,  as well as special interviews with outstanding Jamaicans like cultural icon, the late Dr. Olive Lewin.Two programmes will feature employees. ‘The Builders’ is a series of eight features that highlight JIS staff members who have served the agency for upwards of 25 years.  It takes the form of an interview and captures their recollections of life with the agency as they work to keep the public abreast of national happenings.In one of these features, Production Co-ordinator, Seaton Richards, who is now in his 36th year with the agency, speaks with pride about the privilege and honour of working with the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, who at the time was a living National Hero.“For me that experience was invaluable. It was at a later stage that I realized it was a very significant occasion for me to be experiencing working with a living legend, a National Hero…that was an awesome, awesome day,” he recalls.A second series, ‘Flashback’, features former production staff members who speak about their experiences with the JIS. These persons captured iconic moments in national life for all Jamaicans to see, and recount their experiences as part of the agency’s 50th anniversary.“These programmes will be aired every day during the month of July, so you just have to keep on watching,” Mrs. Smith says. The agency has served the Government and people of Jamaica with distinction for 50 years The entity’s vision is to be the Agency of choice for credible Government and national information A publication on the agency’s history will also be producedlast_img read more

Bauxite Spill Pollutes Solomon Islands Waters

first_imgOnly months after the area suffered an oil spill from a grounded vessel, the Solomon Islands’ waters were hit by a bauxite pollution.According to media reports, an estimated 5,000 tonnes of bauxite has spilled into Kangava Bay from a barge.The ore, that is used in aluminium smelting, reportedly slipped into the water at Rennell Island, during loading operations on July 1.Guardian cited a source from the island as saying that the “water is red”.In early February 2019, the bulk carrier Solomon Trader, loaded with nearly 11,000 tonnes of bauxite, ran aground on a reef off Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands, near the largest raised coral atoll in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site.Initial estimates showed that some 70 tonnes of oil was spilled from the 1994-built ship, while relevant parties believed that the escaped amount was higher.After a lightering operation in mid-March, the 73,592 dwt ship was finally refloated in May. It was destined to be towed for scrapping.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more