DART Returns from Dominica

first_imgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, has returned to the island, having assisted with rebuilding operations in that country.This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a Statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 5).The team was deployed to the Caribbean territory for two months, where they provided engineering work, debris-removal assistance, security, logistics management of relief supplies as well as health services.“Of specific significance is that the bridge leading to one of the main tourist attractions – the Wotten Waven Hot Springs – was destroyed. The JDF engineers… constructed that bridge, so that the attraction can be opened next year for the winter season when their cruise ships come,” Mr. Holness said.He added that the repaired bridge is scheduled to be opened in January 2018. The 130-man disaster assistance team was led by Colonel Jamie O’Gilvie.last_img read more

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Usher Opens A New World For Children Through Reading

first_imgScholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, today announced that Usher is joining with the company to launch a new “Open a World of Possible” initiative, designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading for all children.Usher Opens a World of PossibleCredit/Copyright: ScholasticOn November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, Scholastic will host “BIGGERTHAN WORDS,” a live webcast about how kids can open a world of possibilities through reading with global entertainment superstar and education advocate Usher. Live from Scholastic headquarters in New York City, Usher will directly address an audience of children and encourage them, their parents and their teachers to share their love of reading with others by becoming reading mentors and making a difference in their schools and communities. Registration for the webcast opens today at www.scholastic.com/worldofpossible.“I established New Look, a charitable organization to assist young people to become leaders and to instill in them a belief that they can create change in their communities and around the world,” said Usher. “I’m excited to host the webcast with Scholastic to demonstrate to kids how reading frequently, and being a reading mentor to their friends and others in their community, can open doors to endless possibilities.”Usher reads to children in NYC on Sept. 4, to help launch Scholastic’s new reading initiativeDuring the live webcast, the eight-time Grammy Award–winning artist will perform live and talk about ways children can get involved in spreading the joy of reading. For their first call to action, following the webcast, students can visit the Scholastic website with their teachers to learn more about three leading non-profit organizations that are providing books in the U.S. and around the world to the children who need them most, and vote for the organization(s) they’d like to receive a donation of books. The Scholastic Possible Fund will make a donation of 100,000 books, and each organization will receive a portion of the donation.Through the Open a World of Possible initiative, Scholastic hopes to encourage conversations in classrooms, at home and online so teachers, parents and children can share ideas and advice about simple ways to incorporate reading into busy classroom days and family time. Scholastic invites people everywhere to join the conversation and connect with peers on social media channels using the hashtag #SharePossible.“It is clear from the research that allowing children to read for pleasure as well as for information, and encouraging children to find inspiration in great stories and great characters can have profound benefits for young people,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic. “When children choose the books they want to read, they read more and they develop fluency, confidence and a curiosity about their world that ultimately opens a world of possibilities.”last_img read more

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Duke Of Cambridge Joins Prince Harry In Lead Up To World Mental

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrated World Mental Health Day this week.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health DayCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukIn the lead up to World Mental Health Day, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Data Observatory at Imperial College London to receive a briefing on the progress the Heads Together campaign and its partners have made towards the national conversation on mental health.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry founded Heads Together in February 2016, in partnership with eight leading mental health charities to highlight how the power of conversations, being able to talk openly about mental health challenges, can be life-changing.At the Data Observatory The Duke saw the results of the largest ever survey of the British public on mental health.Heads Together is part of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and it has been announced that The Royal Foundation will invest £2 million in a new start up for digital mental health innovation.Prince Harry, with the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, then launched a new partnership to improve the mental health of current and former Armed Forces personnel.This joint initiative between the MOD and The Royal Foundation, will see the Foundation provide advice and resources to the MOD to improve training, education and information sharing for the entire Armed Forces.“By looking after our mental health we are building a more effective armed forces that helps keep this country safe. Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are the best in the world but we will only maintain that if we are as serious about improving mental health as we are our combat skills and cutting-edge technology. So partnering with key groups like the Royal Foundation is an important part of our strategy to improve the wellbeing of our serving Armed Forces and veterans. ” – Defence Secretary Sir Michael FallonAt the launch event Prince Harry delivered a speech on the importance of the initiative:“I am delighted that we are now going to make the most of what we have learned, and working with the MOD, fundamentally change the conversation on mental health inside the military.”Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

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9 Canadian films on the Sundance festival slate

first_imgThis year’s festival in the mountain town of Park City, Utah, not far from Salt Lake City, kicks off Thursday and runs through Jan. 29.Nine Canadian works are on the Sundance slate and three are from Indigenous producers:Music documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World from Montreal’s Rezolution Pictures (written and directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana);Heather Condo’s short film My Father’s Tools;Rise, Latimer’s nine-part documentary series for Rogers Media’s Viceland TV about native American environmental activism.Latimer is anxious to share stories about “global Indigenous resistance,” including protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation over the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. She points out the themes are universal. “Everything changed” for Toronto-based Métis/Algonquin filmmaker Michelle Latimer’s career after her award-winning short film Choke won a jury prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, opening the door to more projects.“I think that’s what Sundance can offer, a platform not only for stories to get out but also filmmakers to have a future career,” said Latimer. “It’s kind of amazing.”Now heading into its 33rd year, actor-director Robert Redford started Sundance to showcase independent film and over time the festival developed a reputation for highlighting breakout movies that go on to bigger things, like Oscar-touted Manchester by the Sea, which premiered there a year ago. Whiplash, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Little Miss Sunshine also showed first at Sundance. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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The long unconventional career of Donald Sutherland

first_imgREAD MORE Donald Sutherland has been called one of the greatest actors never to be nominated for an Oscar. He’s appeared in more than 150 films and TV shows — “MASH,” “Klute,” “Ordinary People,” “The Hunger Games” — just to name a few. You may recognize his name, you’ve definitely seen his face, but you probably don’t know much about Donald Sutherland, the man. At 82 he’s still one of the hardest working actors around. He’s still agonizing over each character he plays, and still plagued by self-consciousness about how he looks. He’s never forgotten what happened after his very first film audition more than fifty years ago, when the writer, director, and producer of the movie he tried out for called him on the phone.Donald Sutherland: The writer said, “You did such a terrific job. And the producer said, “We thought you were really wonderful. And we all wanted to call you together to explain to you why we weren’t casting you.” And he said, “No. No. No. I mean, we have to– the reason why we’re not casting you is because we’ve always thought of this fellow as a kind of– a guy next door sort of guy. And to be absolutely truthful, we don’t think you look like you ever lived next door to anybody.” No. But it’s the story of my life, you know.Anderson Cooper: That’s the story of your life? Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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