National Honours and Awards Conferred on 128 Jamaicans

first_imgNational Honours and Awards Conferred on 128 Jamaicans Honours and AwardsOctober 21, 2008 RelatedNational Honours and Awards Conferred on 128 Jamaicans RelatedNational Honours and Awards Conferred on 128 Jamaicans Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of 128 Jamaicans, who have made outstanding contributions to nation building, were duly recognised at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held on National Heroes’ Day, Monday (Oct. 20), at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston.Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, and Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller, headed the list of dignitaries and other guests, who attended the function, where Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, presented the honourees with their awards.Heading the list of recipients, were Professor Abraham Anthony Chin, and Professor Edward Robinson, who were conferred with the country’s third highest honour, the Order of Merit (OM), for distinguished work in the field of Climatology, and the fields of Geology, Oceanography, and Environmental Science, respectively.Meanwhile, six persons received the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the fourth highest national award, for outstanding contribution to Education, Health, Business and Philanthropy, Religion, the Public Service, and the Legal Profession. One of the recipients was former Director of Elections, and current Commissioner of Customs, Danville Walker, who was recognised for outstanding Public Service.“I am humbled by it (the award) and I am really, really happy that my mother is still here to witness me getting this award. When you receive an award like this, it makes you want to work even harder, to be even more deserving of it,” Mr Walker said.Other recipients of the Order of Jamaica include: Professor Barbara Evelyn Bailey, for distinguished contribution to Education and Gender Studies; Professor John Peter Figueroa, for outstanding service in the field of Epidemiology and in the development of the HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Programme; Ronald Henriques, for service in the Legal Profession; the Very Reverend Father Richard Ho Lung, O.D., for outstanding service to Religion and the care of the Poor; and Michael Lee-Chin, for outstanding service in Business and Philanthropy.Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, Q.C., headed the 17 persons who were conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Commander Class (CD). Others include: Mayor of Kingston, Senator Desmond McKenzie, for outstanding and dedicated service to Local Government; and President of the Mico University College, Dr. Claude Packer, for service to Education, and in particular, the teaching of Mathematics.“I am delighted and pleased and humbled at the same time. I am happy that I am able to give service to people in my country. It is an inspiration to ensure that I continue to make a difference in the lives of our people, especially in the area of mathematics and science,” Dr. Packer said.A total of 31 persons were conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Officer Class (OD). The Badge of Honour for Gallantry (BHG), was awarded to four individuals, one posthumously, for courageous efforts in saving or attempting to save the lives of others.Twenty-five other Jamaicans received the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service, for their contribution to Education, Public Service, Agriculture, the Indigent, Religion, Health, and Tourism. Fifteen persons received the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service, with one being a posthumous award, to the late Natalie Grant, for her contribution to Education.A total of 28 uniformed personnel were bestowed with the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service: one officer from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); nine from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); four from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF); four from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS); and 10 from the Jamaica Fire Brigade. RelatedNational Honours and Awards Conferred on 128 Jamaicanslast_img read more

Government welcomes undertaking to improve intensive winter grazing practices

first_imgGovernment welcomes undertaking to improve intensive winter grazing practices The farming sector has agreed to make immediate improvements to intensive winter grazing practices for the coming season and the Government will help them achieve this.Intensive winter grazing (IWG) is a farming practice where stock are confined to outdoor feeding areas planted with fodder crops.“If done poorly, IWG has serious negative effects on animal welfare and the environment, particularly freshwater health and estuaries. Farming leaders accept that these practices need to improve and they want to be part of the solution,” Environment Minister David Parker said.In return for the farming sector’s commitment, the Government has deferred the introduction of IWG practice regulations for a year until May 2022, while these improvements are made. However, rules preventing the expansion of IWG will still apply.The Government will work with the farming sector to improve on-the-ground IWG practices for the benefit of freshwater quality and animal welfare.“The one year deferment will enable an IWG farm plan ‘module’ to be rapidly developed, tested and deployed ready for formal incorporation into wider certified freshwater farm plans in 2022,” David Parker said.David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have always seen the freshwater farm plan regime as the key to achieving improvements in IWG practices.The Ministers thanked Beef + Lamb, Dairy NZ and the entire Southland Advisory Group for working cooperatively with the Government on effective and practical solutions to manage the impacts of winter grazing on the environment and animal welfare.Damien O’Connor said the direction of travel is known to all involved.“This decision provides certainty of direction and timeframe. We can get on and put farm plans into place as quickly as possible across all farming operations,” Damien O’Connor said.“Immediate improvements in IWG practices this season are required, and I have set out my expectations to both councils and industry bodies,” David Parker said.“Increased monitoring and reporting by councils will also ensure measurable improvements in IWG by May 2022. This will include quarterly reports to me.”A draft IWG farm plan module has been developed by the Southland Advisory Group, which included Environment Southland, DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb, Fish and Game and Federated Farmers, with input from iwi and Local Government NZ.“The draft module will give councils and the farming sector a head start in meeting their commitments to us,” David Parker said.The Government is determined to stop further degradation of our waterways and estuaries and to improve water quality for all New Zealanders. That is part of our commitment to lay the foundations for a better future for the generations of New Zealanders to come. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, animal, animal welfare, environment, Farming, future, Government, industry, Local Government, Minister, New Zealand, NZ, quality, season, travel, water qualitylast_img read more

On Home Court, Columbia Falls Ready to Defend Titles

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email This season has been a learning experience for longtime Columbia Falls head basketball coach Cary Finberg. As if trying to shepherd a boys team back to the state championship was not strenuous enough, Finberg has also taken the reins of a girls program that includes only two seniors and 17 freshmen. Lucky for Finberg, he lives across the street from the high school gym, a site that has always been a second home for the Columbia Falls native.“I’ve enjoyed it,” Finberg said of coaching both the boys and girls varsity teams for the first time. “It’s a lot of time in the gym, but that’s where I like to be anyways.” Finberg’s juggling act culminates this week when both Columbia Falls basketball teams will try to defend their division titles, which both teams have won three years in a row. The Northwestern A divisional basketball tournaments start Thursday in Columbia Falls, which is hosting for the first time since 2006. The top two boys and girls teams will advance to Butte for the Class A state tournaments. Visit for live updates from the divisionals.On the boys side, this year’s tournament seeds are as follows: No. 1 Columbia Falls (15-3 overall, 8-0 in conference); No. 2 Whitefish (11-7, 6-2); No. 3 Frenchtown (6-12, 3-5); No. 4 Polson (7-11, 2-6); and No. 5 Libby (4-14, 1-7). For girls: No. 1 Frenchtown (16-2, 8-0); No. 2 Polson (14-4, 6-2); No. 3 Columbia Falls (7-11, 4-4); No. 4 Libby (4-14, 1-7); and No. 5 Whitefish (1-17, 1-7).Finberg is booked solid on Friday. The girls play Polson at 4 p.m. and the boys play immediately afterward against the winner of Libby and Polson. “I’m not really sure what to expect,” he said. “But we’re excited. This is what you play for the whole year and I feel both teams are playing pretty good basketball at the moment.”The reigning state champion Wildcats have won 10 games in a row and look poised for a trip to Butte to defend their title. Two of the team’s three losses came in the first weeks of the season, against Class AA Flathead and Southwestern A Stevensville. For a program that rarely loses, there was a little concern early on. But in the last month, the Wildcats have regained their old dominance.“We just didn’t really have an identity with this team at that point early on,” Finberg said. “We were relying on our offense too much and were thinking we could just outscore teams. I think that kind of bit us a few times.”Finberg credited the team’s recent success to defensive intensity, a staple of past Wildcat teams. “After that rough start I think we kind of woke up a little bit and realized what direction we wanted to go and after that we haven’t looked back.”Three players on Columbia Falls are averaging double-figure scoring — Anthony Correa (12.9 points per game), Austin Barth (12.6 ppg), and Parker Johnson (10.2 ppg). Whitefish has its eyes set on a trip back to the state tournament for the first time in three seasons. Senior Gage Vasquez is leading the Bulldogs’ resurgence, averaging 18.6 ppg. On the girls side, Columbia Falls’ Hope Burlage, who is averaging 11.8 ppg, will try and lead the Wildkats to state for the fourth year in a row. Finberg, who took over for Dan Fairbank, said inexperience has been the team’s biggest hurdle but both he and the girls have learned a lot this season.“It took awhile for me to learn about the girls and for them to learn about me. But this group has worked hard and I think they believe in each other,” Finberg said. “It’s just a matter of if we believe we can get a win this week.”Northwestern A DivisionalsColumbia Falls, Feb. 23-25BoysThursday8 p.m. — Polson vs. LibbyFriday6 p.m. — Columbia Falls vs. Polson/Libby winner8 p.m. — Whitefish vs. FrenchtownSaturdayConsolation game, 4 p.m.Championship, 8 p.m.GirlsThursday6 p.m. — Whitefish vs. LibbyFriday2 p.m. — Frenchtown vs. Whitefish/Libby winner4 p.m. — Polson vs. Columbia FallsSaturdayConsolation, 2 p.m.Championship, 6 p.m.last_img read more

VPR President Robin Turnau to step down in March 2018

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Robin Turnau, president and Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Public Radio, today announced plans to step down in March 2018. Turnau began her career at VPR in 1989 as membership and volunteer coordinator. She went on to serve as capital campaign coordinator, development manager, director of development, and vice president for development before being named president and CEO in 2009.“Reaching this decision has been very difficult for me,” said Turnau. “I care deeply about VPR and it has been an integral part of my life for the past 28 years. Every one of those years has been incredibly rewarding and waking up and coming to work each day continues to be a joy. I’ve been working at VPR for more than half my life and I realized it was time for a new challenge. While I don’t have plans at this time, I look forward to taking some time to assess what my next professional endeavor will be.”VPR has flourished under Turnau’s leadership. Most recently, she oversaw a successful $10 million capital campaign which included the expansion and renovation VPR’s headquarters in Colchester and the establishment of an Innovation Fund to fuel the next generation of program and content initiatives.“On behalf of the VPR Board of Directors, our thanks go out to Robin, who has served as an outstanding leader and inspiration to everyone at VPR,” said Peggy Williams, chair of the board. “She has led our beloved institution during a time of intense media disruption. Thanks to her dedication, hard work and professionalism, VPR is stronger than ever and poised for an even greater future. She has kept our focus   firmly on doing what’s best for VPR’s audience.”Highlights of Turnau’s Leadership:VPR provided essential continuous coverage of Tropical Storm Irene. In the weeks and months after the storm wreaked havoc on much of Vermont, VPR provided its single greatest public service in its history.Fulfilled the long time goal of bringing VPR to the Brattleboro area with the addition of WVBA 88.9 in 2012VPR’s broadcast audience grew to more than 200,000 listeners for the first time in 2013.VPR’s digital audience at has more than doubled, while the number of listeners streaming VPR has tripled.The successful completion of the $10 million VPR Next Campaign to fund the expansion and renovation of VPR’s headquarters in Colchester as well as the creation of the VPR Innovation Fund for new program and news initiatives.“VPR is in an incredibly strong position to look to the future with new leadership,” said Turnau. “VPR is a highly respected and influential organization across Vermont, and is seen as a role model for other public radio stations nationally. I consider this to be the best job in Vermont and I’m sure it will attract exceptionally talented candidates.”Turnau took over from Mark Vogelzang, who is now the CEO and president of the Maine Public, which operates both the public television and public radio stations there.Vermont Public Radio is also celebrating 40 years this year. Vermont Public Radio’s 40 years of public service is made up of many moments. Some were watershed moments, others small and incremental. Together, along with the tremendous support of our community, they built VPR into the essential resource it is today.In honor of our 40th anniversary(link is external), we’re revisiting 40 notable moments(link is external) that defined VPR over the years.last_img read more

Football not as important as health

first_img“Health is far more important that football”. Those were the sombre words of Terrence Mitchell, President of the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Mitchell, who also holds the portfolio of Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Committee Member, echoed these sentiments during an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday.He stated, “We need health to be restored, we need to follow the procedures so we can eventually get back to normalcy. Football is not as important as health. Once health is restored football can play, if we don’t get healthy players and fans then the sport is in shambles. We need to return the situation to normalcy and fix it in terms of health.”Mitchell further declared, “We will have a setback and the longer the situation persists the worst the setback will be for football. If we can get out of this situation soon, the less we will have to eventually deal with. We are looking to get out of this soon, not just for football but more importantly for the general public. Health is a universal language and is across all spectrums, if we have to shut down football for health, then so be it.” According to Mitchell, the present situation and the eventual recovery will provide an expected setback for the discipline, as funding through corporate sponsorship might prove elusive, with companies attempting to recover from the financial losses incurred.“They will be a setback for football, the sponsors will have financial issues and be reluctant as they are rebuilding. We have to wait and see how it goes from here”, he added. The UDFA has issued a blanket lockdown of the sport in the region, following a declaration from local governing body, the GFF. The federation’s decision came on the heels of local confederation CONCACAF, and world governing body FIFA’s move to suspend all competitions and programs in an effort to thwart the spread of the virus. Mitchell expounded, “There has been a total shutdown and the current situation has had a big impact on the whole nation, a rippling effect and everyone is suffering in the same way and there is no timeline for the recovery.” He revealed that the clubs under the umbrella of the association has been briefed on the ongoing situation, revealing that the entity maintains constant communication with the requisite individuals and clubs.“We have spoken to them and let them know the situation based on the directives of the health community which the UDFA and the GFF is operating from. These are directives you have to follow from the Ministry of Public Health and the WHO”, he added. Mitchell further disclosed, “Everyone and all the clubs know what they have to do, we are in constant communications with them as the communication channels are open. One for the executive and one for the general clubs and we tell them to do what the authorities and the health community says to do.”last_img read more

Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert talks contract, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Nets’ expectations

first_imgPICKERINGTON, Ohio — Caris LeVert did the work to be a steady NBA player. Now, he’s ready to do the work to become a superstar.  Perhaps that explains why the Nets small forward handled the career-changing moments in the last 12 months in stride. LeVert went from suffering a viral injury in November to playing on a team with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan next season. He also signed a three-year, $52.5 million extension to stay in Brooklyn.  Despite all that, LeVert — who turned 25 last week — handled that success with the same even-keeled approach that got him there. He hosted the Caris LeVert Basketball Academy at Pickerington Central High School on Sunday. For LeVert, this is the best part of the job.  “It felt gratifying with all the work I’ve put in since I was a kid, but I think for me I have a lot more work to do,” LeVert told SN. “People are excited for me, but at the same time I feel like I still have that much work to do because I want to be up there with the top players in the league.”  “That’s the goal,” LeVert said of competing for a title. “When you get guys like KD, Kyrie and DeAndre, expectations rise. We’re looking forward to that. We’ve been working for that. I think everybody loves playing on a big stage. We’re definitely looking forward to this year and the challenges it’s going to bring.” LeVert then capped the summer with that extension he signed on his birthday. A week later, he was back in Pickerington teaching basketball. LeVert’s career has come full circle once. The next go-around should be even better. That’s what he is working toward now.  “Wherever you come up from, that definitely prepares you for the next stage in the life,” LeVert said. “For me, just playing here gave us a lot of competition. There was a lot of kids that were good when I was younger. A lot of kids who were talented and good at a lot of different sports. It helped me get ready for the next level, for sure.” Caris LeVert speaks at his basketball camp in Pickerington, Ohio, on Sunday. (Bill Bender/SN)LeVert averaged 13.7 points, 3.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Nets last season, but a gruesome leg injury suffered on Nov. 11, 2018 while attempting to block a shot sidelined him for a big chunk of the season. LeVert, however, returned less than three months later after what first appeared to be a career-threatening injury.”That’s all credit due to God and the training staff,” LeVert said. “They pushed me every single day. Rehab was really, really tough. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We just pushed every single day. We did two-a-days and three-a-days. It all paid off in the end.”  LeVert had a breakout performance in the first round of the NBA playoffs against Philadelphia, averaging 21 points per game in the five-game series. The Nets lost, but the offseason additions of Durant, Irving and Jordan should make Brooklyn one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference next season.  LeVert recalled pulling up Instagram to see the Durant news on June 30. He jumped off the couch. “That’s news that changes your perspective on things,” LeVert said. “I knew it was in the works but didn’t know it was official. When I found out I was really happy.” LeVert played on Michigan’s Final Four team as a freshman in 2012-13. This is the first time since he will be on a team that will be expected to compete for NBA Finals appearances.   (Bill Bender / Sporting News) read more

Shaking up snow globes

first_imgHer home-based snow globe business has introduced Leah Andrews to Hollywood’s funny, famous and witty. But, as she tells HELENA…[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

Connacht Council Confirm Post Primary Schools Senior A And B Football Championship Fixtures

first_imgThe Connacht Post Primary Schools Juvenile B Football League Final between St Joseph’s The Bish and Ballinrobe will be played in Headford on Friday the 20th of January and will throw in at 12.30.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Senior B Quarter Finals will see Four Games played between the 10th and the 23rd of January. On the 10th, Roscommon CBS play Ballinrobe Community School. Then on the 18th, St Nathy’s face St Aloysius and St Joseph’s The Bish face St Louis Kiltimagh in Headford at 12.30. The final quarter Final on the 23rd of January sees Presentation College Athenry take on Ballinamore at the Connacht Centre of Excellence at 12.30. Details of the Preliminary Round of the Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior A and Quarter Finals of the Senior B Football Championships have been announced. The Senior A Championship will feature two games as a double header at the Connacht Centre of excellence on the 18th of January. Rice College take on St Muredachs at 11am with the winners playing Holy Rosary College Mountbellew in the Quarter Final on the 1st of February. The other Preliminary Round game throws in at 12.30 and sees Summerhill take on St Geralds with the winners playing St Jarlaths College Tuam in the Quarter Final on the 1st of February.center_img Details of the Senior B, Senior C, Junior B and Juvenile B Post Primary Football league Finals have also been confirmed. The Senior B League Final between Presentation Athenry and Ballinrobe will be played in Tuam on Wednesday the 18th of January throwing in at 12.30. On the Same day and at the same time, The Senior C League Final between Ballyhaunis and Glenamaddy takes place in the Connacht centre of excellence while the Junior B League Final between St Muredachs and Claregalway will be played on Monday the 23rd of January with the Connacht Centre of Excellence the venue.last_img read more

Council to consider applying for arena funding

first_imgChatham-Kent council will consider a staff recommendation Monday to apply for senior government funding for a 2,200-seat twin-pad arena, entertainment centre and multi-sport complex.The application to the community, culture and recreation funding stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is based on a maximum project cost of $60 million. However, potential future investments in architectural design, land acquisition, outdoor sports fields, servicing and traffic mitigation aren’t included in that amount.Filing the application doesn’t commit the municipality to building a facility, as the project would still need to return to council for final approval.“The capital financial implications are the previously approved commitment of council of $18.5 million,” the report stated. “All other funding applications for the project are pending senior level government approvals and confirming donations through both corporate fundraising programs and public fundraising campaigns.”No land has been secured to date, the report stated, and discussions are ongoing. The final size and amenities will all be contingent upon the final budget dollars available.The objectives of the funding program state the project will meet community and user needs or service gaps; promote good asset management planning; represent good value for money; and foster greater accessibility.After discussions with the province, it appears unlikely the municipality would receive more funding than $36.65 million for a $50-million project, the report added.The application needs to be submitted by Nov. 12. Provincial assessment and approval would take eight weeks, while the federal review and approval would take two to four months.The province will notify applicants in winter 2020 if their project has been selected for nomination for the federal government for review and approval.  Applicants will be notified of the federal funding decision in spring or summer 2020. Projects must be complete by March 31, 2027.Also on Monday, Chatham Coun. Michael Bondy is slated to enter a motion asking the municipality to make contingency applications for a smaller facility, as well as for the twinning of Memorial Arena with the necessary upgrades to the existing facility, noting there is grant money available for retrofitting.“These contingency applications will provide council with options considering the size and scope of the project,” his motion stated.Anyone interested in attending Monday’s council meeting should note it will take place at Tilbury Arena’s Ryder Hall at 49 Bond Ave. at 6 p.m. This is part of an ongoing effort to bring council meetings to outlying [email protected]/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Outbound Sourcer – The Most Important HR Hire of 2017

first_imgWhy the most important HR hire of 2017 may be one you haven’t heard of. The birth of the Outbound Sourcer emerged in arguably the most competitive industry for attracting, engaging and hiring talent as tech companies competing aggressively for the best possible engineers and sales professionals.  Since then the role has become essentially across all verticals and I’ve worked closely building strategy for Outbound Sourcers in industries ranging from Energy to Pet Care.  This new breed of talent champion utilizes social media and creates internal talent pools from former silver medalists and key contacts to be proactively filling the next role literally months before it’s available.   Your typical day to day recruiters juggle posting roles to their ATS, screening applicants, working with hiring managers and so on and so on.  What they don’t really do is actually recruit.   That was the entire reason I was hired to build out global sourcing team for a large publicly traded tech company and as you can see from the graph above I never had push back asking for more headcount.  But it all started with my first hire and that’s why hiring and Outbound Sourcer should be your most important hire in 2017. Ask any talent leader at a high-growth company how much of their budget is allocated towards agency spend and you’ll more than likely get a huge groan and then an astounding number.  So how do you put those dollars to better use?  Simple: hire an Outbound Talent Sourcer.  “Attention Talent Leaders:  Define 2017 with one game-changing HR Hire” There’s been a tectonic shift in talent acquisition over the past five years.  Have you felt it? The old days of your best hires coming from applicants ended somewhere around 2012.  Can you still make hires via your ATS, certainly.  Are they the best at their position?  Not really.   Outbound Sourcers sole job is to identify, attract and engage the best passive talent for the company’s hard to fill roles.  If recruiting is classic rock; sourcing is jazz, total skill with a heavy dose of creativity. The best tend to come from recruiters tend to have an agency background but I was able to train a team with several right out of college and hungry to learn.  If you can only make one HR in hire in 2017, hire a…”last_img read more