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Miss Lou to be Honoured in Miami on September 8 UncategorizedAugust 24, 2006 RelatedMiss Lou to be Honoured in Miami on September 8 RelatedMiss Lou to be Honoured in Miami on September 8 RelatedMiss Lou to be Honoured in Miami on September 8 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A community cultural tribute honouring the birthday, life and legacy of the late cultural icon, Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou), will be held on Friday, September 8, at the Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church in Miami.Under the patronage of the Consul-General, the event will celebrate Miss Lou’s birthday, and remember her legacy, according to Norma Darby, Director of the Jamaica Folk Revue, a Florida-based Jamaican folklore group.Miss Lou, who died in Toronto, Canada on July 26 at age 86, was given an official funeral by the Jamaican Government. She would have celebrated her 87th birthday on September 7.Miss Darby, who is spearheading the planning for the cultural tribute, said that Miss Lou had touched the lives of all Jamaicans and “it is important that we continue to honour her work”.The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Several local artistes will perform at the event, including the Jamaica Folk Revue, the Tallawah Mento Band, the Roots and Culture Dancers, soloist Andrea Cole, Steve Higgins, formerly of the Jamaica Folk Singers, Queens Entertainment Troupe, the Sierra Norwood Children’s Choir, and dub poet, Malachi Smith, among others.Miss Darby said that throughout her career, Miss Lou made immeasurable contributions in developing Jamaica’s culture. “She left us with a legacy which has given us pride and dignity in our rich, cultural heritage,” she noted.She said that Miss Lou was an inspiration to all Jamaicans as she played a major role in preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Jamaica.Miss Lou’s last visit to Jamaica was as special guest of the Government during Independence and Emancipation celebrations in 2003, at which time she participated in several activities in observance of the nation’s 41st anniversary.Throughout her career, Miss Lou was the recipient of many awards and accolades, including Jamaica’s Order of Merit in 2001, the Order of Jamaica in 1974, the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in the field of Arts, the Institute of Jamaica’s Musgrave Silver and Gold medals for distinguished eminence in the field of Arts and Culture, and in 1983 the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of the West Indies. Advertisements
Major Infrastructure Projects Can Change Jamaica’s Economic Outlook UncategorizedJuly 14, 2014Written by: VIVIENNE SIVA RelatedJ. Wray and Nephew Honourees Retirees for 800 Years of Service Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedSt. Mary Hurricane Victims Get New Homes Story HighlightsDr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says the major infrastructure project planned and already underway in Jamaica has the ability to significantly change the country’s economic outlook.The Minister was speaking in London at the second of a series of meetings in the United Kingdom (UK) to update the Jamaican Diaspora of the Government’s major infrastructure projects. The projects being undertaken include development of the island’s highway network to link the north and south coast amongst other expansion. RelatedCabinet to Receive Proposed Amendments to Laws on Parish Council Operations Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says the major infrastructure project planned and already underway in Jamaica has the ability to significantly change the country’s economic outlook. The Minister was speaking in London at the second of a series of meetings in the United Kingdom (UK) to update the Jamaican Diaspora of the Government’s major infrastructure projects. The meetings are organised by Jamaica National Building Society as part of its Outlook for the Future series. The projects being undertaken include development of the island’s highway network to link the north and south coast; expansion and privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal; privatization of the Norman Manley International Airport; and development of the Logistics Hub to take advantage of the expansion of the Panama Canal. Dr. Davies informed that the long-awaited Mount Rosser bypass will be open on August 5, while the Caymanas to Linstead leg of the highway will be completed by 2016.“Then, we will do a leg from Moneague to Ocho Rios, coming out just west of Dunn’s River,” Dr. Davies informed. “That will cost about US$270 million.” He urged members of the Diaspora to look at the business opportunities that might arise from the infrastructure projects. “What I want to exercise your minds about is the possibility of piggy-backing on these investments,” he said, noting that there are potential spinoffs.Infrastructure Projects“Each of you, either working as individuals or working together, can take advantages of the opportunities that are there. I want you see yourselves as, not just being members of the Diaspora, but also as potential investors,” he stated. There were also presentations from Managing Director of the National Road Operating and Construction Company (NROCC), Ivan Anderson, and Head of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor Gordon Shirley. Mr. Anderson informed that since 2010, some 300 road projects have been completed island-wide at an expenditure of approximately US$400 million. Professor Shirley, for his part, said Jamaica is ideally located between North and South America to benefit from the increased traffic through the Caribbean, due to the expansion of the Panama Canal. He also outlined plans to upgrade the port facilities to accommodate cruise ships and also of the opportunities in developing Jamaica as a hub for telecommunications.
KenyaM-PESAmobile moneySafaricom Money Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Previous ArticleVivendi makes 11th hour u-turn on TIM demandNext ArticleAT&T adds FirstNet features as build nears midpoint Safaricom negocia el uso de m-Pesa como medio de pago en Amazon Chris Donkin Author Related Safaricom holds Amazon talks on mobile money move Tags Members of the Kenyan parliament argued mobile money services should be decoupled from telecommunications operations, as authorities once again assess the relationship between the two sectors, Daily Nation reported.The newspaper said government committees covering ICT and finance are assessing a proposal related to financial services being offered by mobile providers.Some MPs are said to be in favour of bringing mobile money services under the full control of the Central Bank of Kenya with the Communications Authority of Kenya limited to being able to licence operators for voice, data and SMS services.If successful, mobile money providers would have to register their businesses as separate commercial banks and would likely be subject to the same rules as the traditional finance sector.Renewed callsKenya’s mobile money and phone sectors are dominated by Safaricom, which has previously been the subject of calls to split its business when authorities began probing how to increase competitiveness in the country’s ICT sector.Although featured in a draft version of the subsequent report, recommendations on separating the two parts of the company were removed from the final version. However, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore still slated the conclusions of the study as including measures that would stifle innovation.Since the report was published interoperability between mobile money providers has been introduced, a measure which is expected to boost competition and increase usage.As of end-December 2018, Safaricom held an 81 per cent market share of the country’s mobile money subscriptions and 63 per cent of its mobile connections. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 MAR 2019 Home Kenyan politicians eye tighter mobile money rules Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more
Share Add to My List In My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility The Atlanta City Council is set to consider a proposal Monday that would allow the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead to become state property. In exchange, the city would get property from the state near Underground Atlanta that officials said is needed to help the mall’s redevelopment.On Friday, about 150 residents in Buckhead packed into an elementary school auditorium to hear from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed explain his decision about the plan. Some residents carried signs opposing the proposal about the golf course, which includes turning it from an 18-hole to a nine-hole course.Reed said the state would be able to bring an investment of at least $25 million for the golf course.“In our opinion what the community is going to get at the end of the day is a significantly enhanced facility that the city, candidly, would never be able to pay for,” Reed said.The plan would include creating a “Georgia Golf House,” which would include a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame museum, said Chuck Palmer, chairman of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation. The Georgia State University golf team would also use the facility, officials said.But some residents said the proposal was moving too fast and believed it lacked transparency.“The city has got to consider there are two sides,” said Tony Smith, president of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course, who opposes the plan. “Why we’re going through this in such a rush really bothers me.”Mayor Reed said the city has been talking with the state since last year about the state’s interest in acquiring the Bobby Jones Golf Course.“This is not a back-door attempt to bring in new development or commercial development into the Buckhead community,” Reed said.Proponents of the state transfer said they wanted to see the public golf course in the Buckhead neighborhood more accessible to youth.“I’m a strong supporter of the plan for the opportunities that it will create with the new facility for young folks across the metro Atlanta area to have a first-class, public facility to be introduced to and learn the game of golf,” said Kris Mikkelsen, president of Atlanta Junior Golf and resident of the neighborhood.State officials didn’t attend the meeting, though officials said they were invited.“I wish they would have come,” said City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean. “It could have been the beginning of a relationship building with the community. It could have helped build confidence with the community.”Adrean said the proposal could come up for a vote at the City Council meeting Monday. Related Stories
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s new Stage Builder mode is recommending inappropriate contentStages with inappropriate images, names are being listed as “Recommended” and do not disappear when reported or blockedRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 18th April 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNintendoA new Stage Builder mode added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has resulted in a number of inappropriate submissions being promoted through the feature in its first day.Stage Builder launched last night with version 3.0, and allows players to create their own custom stages for use in the game. Though there are some small limitations to what players can make (a stage has to have some ground to stand on, for example), users can use the Switch’s touch screen to draw any shape they like for terrain and certain other decorations and obstacles, including writing out words.Users can then upload those stages online, where other players can find them either by searching for keywords in the title, searching by a stage ID (if they know it), or by finding it organically through one of three sorting features: By Recommended, By Popular, or By Date.The combination of these features has led to numerous stages with inappropriate content not only being created and uploaded, but also being promoted on the By Recommended and By Popular sort features, the former of which is immediate visible whenever a user goes to view submitted stages online. At the time this piece was published, multiple stages consisting of or including phallic imagery or other sexual drawings were visible on the By Recommended page, as well as multiple references to 9/11. Some of those images had been up since within the hour of the update going live last night.In addition, though Nintendo has censors many inappropriate words for use in stage titles and other shared content, users have found a number of ways around the profanity filter, including a few fairly obvious words that are not blocked at all. And since the stages with these titles are also appearing in Popular and Recommended, their visibility makes certain types of content easily searchable.The online stages do have a Report feature visible by selecting a given stage, though the function requires users to both select a reason from a drop-down list for the report as well as use the controller to type out a more detailed explanation before submitting. In addition, neither reporting a stage nor blocking its creator seems to remove the content from being visible in the Recommended, Popular, or Date sorting sections for the user.A message appearing when you first open the Smash World menu (which includes shared custom stages) says that “Inappropriate Posts are Prohibited,” and specifies the ban of content containing personal information, harassment or bullying, hateful or discriminatory content, or content that infringes upon the rights of others.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Though this isn’t the first time Nintendo has allowed stage building in its games under similar conditions (and certainly not the first time people have drawn phallic symbols in an online mode of a game), the wave of inappropriate content being shared seems more prominent than in past Nintendo online titles. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U had a similar stage builder with online sharing features added six months after launch, but didn’t have the same apparent search curation that Ultimate has. Meanwhile, Super Mario Maker’s toolset made it more challenging to free draw inappropriate images.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also likely dealing with far more submissions than either game had, given that Super Mario Maker sold 4 million copies over its lifetime, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold 5.3 million, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 5 million in its first week.GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Nintendo for comment.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
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Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The New York Empire team of Georgina Bloomberg, Daniel Bluman, and Spencer Smith claimed victory at the Valkenswaard stop of the prestigious Global Champions League (GCL) tour. The New York Empire (NYE) team finished the two rounds of competition with zero faults and the fastest cumulative time to take the victory.“I can’t say enough nice things about how amazing my teammates have been all year. I just have the greatest group of guys around me,” said Bloomberg, of New York, N.Y. Also on the NYE team but not competing in Valkenswaard are Scott Brash of Great Britain, Denis Lynch of Ireland, and Hans-Dieter Dreher of Germany.“They’re all great friends and teammates,” continued Bloomberg. “There’s such good team spirit and friendship between us all that it makes it a pleasure to be on the team no matter what, but to be able to pull through for them was the best feeling. Winning anything on this tour is a huge honor and something you’re going to enjoy, whether it’s a 1.45m class or the grand prix, it’s an amazing feeling. But the best part of today for me was knowing how hard my teammates have worked this entire year and being able to pull through for them.”On the first day of the GCL in Valkenswaard on Friday, August 9, Smith turned in a clean round on Theodore Manciais to set the tone. Smith, from the United States, is the Under 25 rider on the team. Bluman, who rides for Israel but is based in the U.S., followed it up with a speedy clean round on his FEI World Equestrian Games ™ Tryon 2018 mount, Ladriano Z. Bluman’s round and time put him into fifth in the class as an individual.At the end of round one, NYE sat in second place behind the Cannes Stars team. Bloomberg competed in round one of the GCL competition as an individual and turned in a fast, clear round riding Tulara Colmine to take sixth place in the class.Bloomberg noted that she left the decision of who would jump in round two up to Bluman and Smith. “I knew my horse was ready and has been going well, but at the same time, it’s hard to take anybody who has jumped a clear round off the team,” she said. “Spencer said that he thought I should be on, and I think that goes to show how well we work together as a team. He was selfless enough to step off and let me go, and it worked out!”In the second round on Saturday, August 10, Bloomberg, the NYE team owner, who was jumping on the NYE for the first time since the Miami GCL stop in April, went first on Gotham Enterprizes’ Quibelle.“I knew if we needed to make up some time as a team, Daniel could go in and take some more risks because he and that horse are a little more experienced, while Quibelle has just stepped up to that level. I didn’t want to have to rush her any more than I needed to,” Bloomberg said.She and Quibelle turned in a clear round in a time speedy enough to keep the NYE team in the lead, so it was all up to Bluman riding Ladriano Z. He had to jump clear to keep the NYE team at the top of the standings, but also had to be quick, since the team’s cumulative time determines the placings between teams with identical scores, and the St.Tropez Pirates team also had zero faults on the scoreboard.Still to go were noted speed riders Eric Lamaze and Margie Engle of the Cannes Stars team. They turned in another clean and fast round—a round that kept the NYE team in the lead and ended up putting Bluman in fifth individually.“Georgina delivered a beautiful round and I knew what time I had to do to be better than the leaders,” Bluman said. “I felt the nerves, but it’s good to feel those nerves. It’s a fantastic feeling and I’m really happy that I’m able to share this with Georgina. She puts in a lot of hard effort for this and for us, and we’ve been really wanting it so it’s great.”When Lamaze and Engle both had rails, the Cannes Stars team dropped to 11th and left NYE with their first win of the 2019 GCL season. The NYE team is now in 10th in the season GCL standings.“I think when you look at the number of clear rounds we’ve had, we’ve had a really good year, but it just hadn’t all come together on the day,” Bloomberg said. “I felt like it was a little bit of vindication for all the clear rounds everybody on the team has put in but haven’t been rewarded for. When Daniel and I stepped on the podium today, we definitely felt like our teammates were up there with us and were just as big a part of it. This win was building up, and it was something that’s been in the making since the first show on this tour.”There are just three stops left on the GCL regular-season schedule before the Global Champions Playoff in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on November 21 through 24. The New York Empire team have their home-base appearance at the New York stop of the tour on September 27 through 29, which is also the final stop on the regular-season GCL tour. This is the New York debut for the GCL tour, and the horses will jump on Governors Island, with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline.“I’m looking forward to everything about New York,” said Bloomberg. “Any time we can have show jumping in New York City is something I’m going to be excited about. I think it’s going to be cool to have it in a new venue, and the setting is going to be amazing. This is a tour and a league that I believe in very strongly. I’m proud to own this team, I’m proud to be on this team, and I’m proud to be part of this league. Having it all come together in New York is going to be an amazing feeling. I’m excited to share it with my teammates and to have New Yorkers be able to experience something I’m so passionate about.”To follow along with the New York Empire’s GCL season, make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and see more at the Global Champions League site. Tags: Eric Lamaze, Global Champions League, SIGN UP Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
stedenmi/iStock(TAMPA) — A zookeeper at a Florida zoo has been hospitalized after he was “nipped” by an orangutan Wednesday morning.The worker, a member of ZooTampa’s animal care staff, was giving the female orangutan its daily medication and vitamins when the primate “nipped the tip of the keeper’s middle finger,” according to a statement released by the zoo.The incident occurred in the night house shortly before 9 a.m., before the zoo was opened to visitors. The zoo described the orangutan, who was not injured, as “not aggressive.”The keeper was taken to the hospital for treatment.“The staff member appears to be doing well and recovering from his wound,” the statement read.Additional details were not immediately available. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.