Jamaican High Commissioner Opens Emancipation Exhibition in London

first_img Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, opened an exhibition in London on Tuesday, November 5, marking the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Emancipation of African slaves in the British West Indies.The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society before touring the UK.It is the initiative of the Windrush Foundation and presents the stories of the men and women, including Jamaica’s National Hero, Samuel Sharpe, whose struggles for freedom across the British colonies helped to bring about the emancipation of millions of slaves.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult.“During this, the 175th anniversary of Emancipation in the Caribbean,  it (exhibition)  also reminds us that …emancipation was not the end as there were many more struggles to overcome such as discrimination, prejudice, and to gain basic human rights,” she said.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba commended the Windrush Foundation for not confining the display to Black History Month in October, and also for taking it across the UK.“I am also very pleased that this exhibition … will run throughout the year and will tour the United Kingdom with a special focus on educating teachers about this important aspect of not just Caribbean but also British history. As a Jamaican, all of this is very familiar to me and so I am happy to see that this history is being brought to the wider British public in a very meaningful way,” she added.The Making Freedom exhibition celebrates those who resisted enslavement, those who fought to end it, as well as those in Britain, who worked to improve social, economic and cultural conditions in the Caribbean.It features more than 80 images from the Royal Geographical Society’s collections and includes a number of audio-visual experiences for visitors to delve deeper into individual stories.Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation, as well as the struggles for independence that ensued.The High Commissioner said the exhibition showed that the foundation was continuing its core ethos of promoting good community relations, while endeavouring to eliminate discrimination and making the general public aware of the contribution of African and Caribbean settlers and their descendants to Britain’s prosperity and heritage.Windrush Project Director, Arthur Torrington, said that the exhibition is breaking new ground in the way that the story of Emancipation is told. “It shows how the Africans were the agents of their own liberation,” he stated. High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult. Story Highlights The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society. Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation.last_img read more

Jamaica to Cement Place as Global Conference Destination

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29. He also said the Ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models. Story Highlights Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Mr. Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29.The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference is being held in collaboration with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.Speaking at a media briefing at the office of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce on October 31, Mr. Bartlett said one of the key outcomes of the conference will be the Declaration of Montego Bay document, which will form the blueprint for sustainable tourism development globally.Mr. Bartlett said the level of collaboration for the conference underpins its value, quality and uniqueness, as this will be the first that “everyone involved in tourism in a global perspective will be here in Jamaica and involved in discussing, deliberating and finalising a UN Declaration”.“The legacy from this conference will make Jamaica immortal, because we will become the centre for a whole range of discussions and applications in the future as we build out tourism down the road,” he argued.The Minister said the conference is going to redefine destination Jamaica as the centre where the world can come on an annual basis to cerebrate on matters relating to the development of tourism.Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Mr. Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”.These deliberations, he pointed out, will focus on bringing ideas and capital together to create products and to build out a strategy for stimulating economic growth and job creation during the event, which is to be held under the theme ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’.“It is the first time in the history of tourism activities that these elements are coming together to discuss the future of tourism,” the Minister explained.Mr. Bartlett encouraged Jamaicans to register to attend the conference via the UNWTO website.He also said the Ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models.The Minister said the second plenary session will examine the direct contributions of tourism enterprises to the development of destinations, so that new and emerging small and medium tourism enterprises and large companies can “focus on their bottom line”.The third session, he noted, will see the multilateral development banks and their clients pairing up to explore instruments, approaches and requirements for financing large- and small-scale tourism developments, while the fourth will examine donor-funded programmes that demonstrate balanced growth with environmental sustainability and social inclusion.This will be followed by the presentation of the Draft Declaration of Montego Bay, which will be completed by the Scientific Committee during the conference.Among the confirmed speakers at the conference are Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina; and UNWTO Secretary-General, His Excellency Taleb Rifai.Conference collaborators include the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO); the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA); private international development company, Chemonics International; and the George Washington University of the United States.The conference is also sponsored by some major international entities, including Airbnb, CNN, American Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as Jamaican companies such as the Sandals Group, Chukka Caribbean, MBJ Airports, CariMed, Red Stripe, and the Jamaica National Group.Hotel partners include Iberostar Hotels, Hyatt Ziva, Hilton Rose Hall, Jewel Grand, Holiday Inn, Zoetry and the Half Moon Hotel.last_img read more

NL Tory Leader boots candidate opposed to abortion and gay marriage

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Ches Crosbie, the leader of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Progressive Conservative party, says a candidate opposed to legal abortion and same-sex marriage will not be in the Tory caucus if elected on May 16.It’s a complete turnaround from Crosbie’s comments a day earlier, when he said he did not agree with Michael Normore’s views but believed him to be a “fine candidate” who could still represent his district well, according to a CBC report.The CBC uncovered social media posts in which Normore, running in a southern Labrador district, opposed same-sex marriage and abortion, except to save a woman’s life. He also favoured more background checks for immigrants.There was a strong reaction on social media, with some Twitter users writing that the issue had convinced them not to cast a ballot for the Tories.Crosbie told reporters Friday that after initially defending Normore on Thursday he was made aware of “unfortunate comments” the candidate had made on social media.Crosbie said the views expressed in those posts were incompatible with party values, disqualifying Normore from sitting in the PC caucus if he were elected next Thursday.Crosbie is vying to lead the next government in what polls suggest is a tight race between his party and the governing Liberals.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Economist Harvard Biz Review Find Success in Paid Circ By the Numbers

first_img(More here.) (More here.) (More here.) (More here.) A significant portion of our analysis at Folio: tends to skew toward the qualitative—be it of magazine redesigns, leadership strategies, or creative marketing campaigns—but we’ve always considered it a mandate to include the numbers behind the story (or, at the very least, ask for them). And while those numbers don’t always tell the whole story, they often help illuminate a particular trend or directional change in a way that descriptors alone can’t.Below are a handful of the most intriguing (or, in some cases, puzzling) statistics from around the magazine industry, as culled from our last few months of coverage. For further reading, click some of the corresponding links below. (More here.) (More here: The Saturday Evening Post and Cartoon Collections)last_img read more

Best smart plugs for 2019

first_img Best for outdoors SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug Share your voice iDevices Outdoor Switch Best for HomeKit See All Chris Monroe/CNET TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring See at Amazon Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Preview • Apple’s slow-moving HomeKit is a smart-home slacker • See at Walmart Apple HomeKit Best overall Smart Home TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini At $30, the WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug is affordable and comes with native Google Assistant, Alexa and yes, HomeKit compatibility.The WeMo app isn’t our favorite, and you won’t get energy monitoring with this plug. Those shortfalls aside, this space-saving design and solid HomeKit compatibility make it easy to recommend to users in Apple’s ecosystem. Read our full review of the WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug.  Comments Google Assistant Alexa SmartThings Amazon Best Buy Apple Apple HomeKit This smart plug comes with an easy-to-use app, monitors your energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh), and works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice commands. The plug’s design blocks the outlets above or below it, and it isn’t compatible with Apple HomeKit. Still, the TP-Link’s Kasa app is great, and you’ll get a clear picture of how much energy your connected appliance is using. Unlike some smart plug manufacturers, TP-Link has a host of other Kasa smart home products including light bulbs, cameras and even a power strip, making it easy to expand your smart home in one app if you like this plug.Read our full review of the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Now playing: Watch this:center_img See at Amazon Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected News • The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019 Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Best Buy Best for energy monitoring At just $18, this smart plug is the most affordable on our list. It’s also the smallest. Pair that with energy monitoring and Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smarts, and you’ve got a great option for your smart home. The SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug won’t work with HomeKit and there’s no extra USB charging port. The SmartThings app doesn’t offer as many customization options and scheduling capabilities as TP-Link’s Kasa smart plug above, but SmartThings did impress us by creating an easy to set up smart plug that doesn’t need a SmartThings hub.  reading • Best smart plugs for 2019 3 Tyler Lizenby/CNET 3 reasons you need a smart plug Other models we testedThere are dozens of smart plugs out there from companies large and small, and while we haven’t tested every single one, we’ve seen quite a few come through the CNET Smart Home. Here’s a quick look at other notable options. Amazon Smart Plug: Amazon’s flagship smart plug costs $25 and only works with Alexa. While setup is easy, it isn’t as feature-rich as other models. Satechi Dual Smart Outlet: This HomeKit friendly smart plug is expensive at $60, but you will get two outlets and energy monitoring capability. There isn’t any compatibility with Google Assistant and or Amazon Alexa. iHome Outdoor: This $40 outdoor smart plug works with all three voice assistants, but you’ll only get one outlet. ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2: This $60 behemoth does it all—energy monitoring, individually controlled outlets, a USB port and LED status lighting. However, the price and unattractive, oversized design are enough to keep me from recommending it. Koogeek: This $32 smart plug works well with HomeKit, but blocks adjacent outlets. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integrations aren’t as smooth as we’d like to see. Puregear Pureswitch: This HomeKit-centered smart plug is another solid choice for Apple smart homes, but it didn’t perform as well in our testing. Eufy smart plug mini: This pint-sized smart plug is just slightly larger than our SmartThings budget pick above and costs just a few dollars more at $23. You’ll get Amazon and Google Assistant smarts, as well.  Things to rememberChoosing the best smart plug for you begins with voice assistant compatibility. Choose a plug that works with whichever voice assistant you’re using. You can usually find this information on the product box, website or in your voice assistant’s mobile app. Next, consider where your plug will be placed and whether blocking other adjacent outlets is a concern. If so, be sure to pick a plug that isn’t too large. Most models described as “mini” will be space-saving.  Extra features like energy monitoring and USB charging can add even more control and convenience. No matter which smart plug you choose, bringing everyday products online with a plug is one of the simplest ways to automate and smarten your home.  Tags The $50 iDevices Outdoor Switch is a great way to automate outdoor lights, fans, lamps or other patio electronics. It works with Google Assistant, Alexa and HomeKit and includes energy tracking.  While you will get two outlets, you can’t control them individually. If that’s a must-have for you, we’d recommend checking out the iClever Smart Plug.Read our full review of the iDevices Outdoor Switch.  Smart products are replacing our old light bulbs, refrigerators, speakers and more, but what about the stuff in our homes that isn’t smart yet? That’s where smart plugs come in.These nifty gadgets connect your regular old coffee maker, lamp, fan or nearly anything else to your smart home for voice control and automation. There are models for every voice assistant. Some even work with all three: Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa. Read more: Want to buy a smart plug? Read this first | These smart plugs are the secret to a seamless smart homeNew smart plugs are popping up all the time. Wyze recently announced the Wyze Plug (we’ll be testing it out soon). Picking the right smart plug means taking a look at your needs, your home and the platform you use to control it all.We’ve tested dozens of smart plugs from companies large and small and these are our best bets for bringing the rest of your home online. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. TP-Link’s Kasa line of smart home products includes this space-saving smart plug. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and the Kasa app offers plenty of detailed options for customizing scheduling, away modes and timers. What you won’t get? Energy consumption data, a USB port or HomeKit compatibility. Still, if you’re interested in scheduling and voice commands, TP-Link’s $30 smart plug is a great choice.Read our full review of the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini.  Best budget pick Chris Monroe/CNET 2:02 CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home See at Best Buylast_img read more

Spreading magic of love Jugraafiya song from Super 30 featuring Hrithik Roshan

first_imgJugraafiya song stillTwitterHrithik Roshan released the romantic number from Super 30 titled, Jugraafiya which is out now and the love ballad is a soothing treat to your ears.The song, Jugraafiya showcases love exchange between the lead pair Hrithik Roshan and Mrunal Thakur.The chemistry between Hrithik and Mrunal, and the soothing music of Ajay-Atul hits the right chords which will make you fall in love with the song, instantly.Hrithik took to his official social media handle and shared the romantic number Jugraafiya from his upcoming film Super 30. Sharing the song Hrithik Roshan writes, “Kar ke gustaakhiyaan, Maange na maafiyaan, Teri chaahat ne badla mere dil ka #Jugraafiya! Song out now. @mrunal0801 #UditNarayan @shreyaghoshal @AjayAtulOnline @OfficialAMITABH @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies @PicturesPVR @ZeeMusicCompany @super30film”.The melodious song, Jugraafiya is sung by Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal and composed by dynamic duo Ajay-Atul and penned down by Amitabh Bhattacharya.There was much anticipation before the song comes out as earlier, Hrithik had shared a teaser and a few glimpses from the song Jugraafiya.The fans are going gaga over the superstar’s yet another stellar performance in a never seen before avatar in Super 30’s trailer, while he has created a legacy for himself with challenging roles.The actor has definitely gotten into the skin of his character of a Bihari maths teacher by hitting the right chords with the strong accent.A story on the triumph of spirit, Hrithik will be reprising the role of a teacher with a de-glam look which is winning appreciation from all across. The movie also features Mrunal Thakur alongside Hrithik in the trailer which is being hailed as the “best trailer of the year”.Reliance Entertainment in association with HRX Films presents Super 30, which is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala Film, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Phantom Films and Reliance Entertainment. A Reliance Entertainment and PVR Pictures release, the film hits the theatres on July 12, 2019.Watch the song video below:last_img read more

China focuses on mutual respect to resolve US trade row

first_imgUS president Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US president Donald Trump`s national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese president Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 1 December 2018. Reuters File PhotoChina and the United States can find a way to resolve their trade dispute if each other’s concerns are taken into consideration, the commerce ministry said on Thursday.Ministry spokesman Gao Feng also said during a weekly news briefing that China hopes the US will remove sanctions on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd as soon as possible and clear a path for healthy bilateral relations.The two countries are in the midst of a year-long trade dispute which has seen them slap tariffs on each other’s goods. China has vowed not to give in on issues of principle nor under US pressure.”Trade teams from both sides, according to the consensus reached at Osaka by leaders from both countries, will restart economic and trade negotiations on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” said Gao.”China believes that both sides can find a way to resolve the issue if each other’s reasonable concerns are taken into consideration through a dialogue of equals.”US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping agreed in Japan last month to another trade ceasefire, thanks to Trump’s promise not to impose new tariffs on Chinese goods and to ease restrictions on Huawei.But no deadline has been set for the process to conclude, leaving the possibility of protracted negotiations. Washington had sharply raised tariffs after talks broke down in May and Beijing followed suit.On Tuesday, Chinese vice premier Liu He exchanged views with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin in a phone call on implementing an agreement reached between Xi and Trump at their meeting in Osaka, the Ministry said in an earlier statement, without elaborating.White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the phone call was “constructive” and the two sides were talking about having a face-to-face meeting.The Commerce ministry’s Gao declined to provide more information on the details of the call and plans for more talks in the next stage.last_img

Govt may consider up to Rs 6Kcr greenshoe option in CPSE ETF

first_imgKolkata: The government is considering exercising greenshoe option worth Rs 4,000-6,000 crore in the Central Public Sector Enterprises – Exchange Traded Fund (CPSE ETF FF03) over the base issue size of Rs 8,000 crore. CPSE ETF, which works like a mutual fund scheme, is an instrument with which the government divests its stake in the CPSEs without hitting the secondary market directly with individual PSUs. “The base issue size in the fourth round of CPSE ETF issue is Rs 8,000 crore and this time a greenshoe option has been kept which may be between Rs 4,000 crore and Rs 6,000 crore. However, the government is yet to decide on this,” Reliance Nippon Life AMC Co-Chief Business Officer Saugata Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Reliance Nippon Life AMC is the manager of the fourth tranche of the CPSE ETF. The target amount is the highest compared to the three previous issues of the ETF. In the new fund offer (NFO) in 2014, the issue size was Rs 3,000 crore, the first Further Fund Offer (FFO1) size was Rs 6,000 crore in January 2017 which was followed by another FFO2 issue in March 2017 that raised just Rs 2,500 crore. However, there were no over-allotment option due to which the asset management company (AMC) had to refund the excess application. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Discount offer of 4.5 per cent has been decided in this issue against 2.5 per cent in the previous issue of March 2017. Out Rs 80,000 crore target from divestment in 2018-19, the Centre has been able to achieve only Rs 15,247 crore, latest data showed. Chatterjee says he is hopeful of large scale participation in the issue that opens for anchor investors on November 27 and for retail investors on November 28 despite liquidity crunch triggered by the IL&FS default. He said in current issue, the composition has changed where NTPC, SJVN and NBCC made entry while, Concor, EIL Ltd and GAIL made exit. The total number of stocks now stands at 11 compared to 10 in the earlier three issues.last_img read more

Body of girl found hanging from ceiling fan note book recovered

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a girl whose body was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside her house at Debpur village of Memari in East Burdwan.The victim has been identified as Kaveri Laha. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have committed suicide after being jilted in a love affair. Police have recovered a note book from the room of the victim where she has expressed her love for a youth. They also suspect that on the two pages of note book the victim might have written with her blood. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe note book contains a letter written by the victim addressing her boyfriend with whom the victim had a relationship for the past few years. Cops suspect that the girl might have committed suicide after her boyfriend married another girl. The family members knocked on the door of the victim repeatedly but the victim did not open the door. The victim’s parents informed the locals who in turn called up the local police station. Police later broke open the door of the victim and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The body was sent for an autopsy which might throw some light on her death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter interrogating the parents of the girl, police came to know that she had been in a relationship for nearly four years. She was under tremendous mental depression for the past few days but the family members could never expect that she would take such a drastic step. Police also came to know from local sources that the victim had met her boyfriend in a nearby area a few days ago. The victim had also cut her hand on repeated occasions. Cops are also investigating if there was any foul play behind her death. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.last_img read more

Stack Overflow revamps its Code of Conduct to explain what Be nice

first_imgStack overflow has expanded its Code of Conduct which previously focused on just “Being Nice” to include more virtues around kindness, collaboration, and mutual respect. Recently, there has been many supporters of the idea that Stack Overflow is a “toxic wasteland”. There is also a Reddit thread, from six months ago, where people have shared their woes on Stack Overflow being too toxic. This Code of Conduct is a formal, far less ambiguous and a more informative way of Stack Overflow to regulate belittling language and condescension. It is applicable to everyone using Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network, including the team, moderators, and anyone posting to Q&A sites or chat rooms. The Be Nice policy, since its inception in 2008, was a single guiding principle that everyone was expected to follow. However, just two words turned out to be too little, too ambiguous and later, in 2014, a revised version of the policy was released to reflect Stack Exchange as a better community than what was believed on the Internet. The revised version also added instructions on how to report rare cases of bad behavior.  However, this still was not specific enough to meet the needs of a much larger dynamic site Stack Overflow was growing to be. This is when, they decided to launch a more formal policy, one that covers “Be nice, here’s how, here’s why, and here’s what to do if someone isn’t.” The main tenets of the new code are: If you’re here to get help, make it as easy as possible for others to help you. If you’re here to help others, be patient and welcoming. Offer support if you see someone struggling or otherwise in need of help. Be clear and constructive when giving feedback, and be open when receiving it. Be kind and friendly. Avoid sarcasm and be careful with jokes, as tone can be hard to decipher online. The code also denounces subtle put-downs or unfriendly language, name-calling or personal attacks, bigotry, and harassment. Source: Stack Overflow In case someone is guilty of breaking the code of conduct, there are three stages: Warning: For most first-time misconduct, moderators will remove the offending content and send a warning. Account Suspension: For repetitive misconduct, moderators will impose a temporary suspension Account Expulsion: For very rare cases, moderators will expel people who display a pattern of harmful destructive behavior towards the community. The Stack Overflow team plans to assess the CoC by taking feedback, every 6 months, from both new and experienced users about their recent experiences on the site. They have also added a code of conduct tag which members can use on Meta Stack Exchange to ask questions about or propose changes to the CoC. You can go through the entire Code of Conduct on Stack Overflow. Read Next 10 predictable findings from Stack Overflow’s 2018 surveyStack Overflow Developer Survey 2018: A Quick Overview4 surprising things from Stack Overflow’s 2018 survey96% of developers believe developing soft skills is importantlast_img read more