first_img Students from select schools will be establishing radio clubs and radio stations in their institutions, under phase three of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica’s (BCJ) Media Literacy Project.This was disclosed by Assistant Executive Director, BCJ, Karlene Salmon-Johnson, while addressing the opening of the project’s media literacy workshop and radio production programme, at the Commission’s headquarters in New Kingston, on July 22.Several grade 4 to 6 students of the Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High and Calabar Primary and Junior High schools are the latest beneficiaries of this phase of the six-year project, which will see them running their own radio productions at school, through their public address (PA) systems.“We are excited about you setting up these radio clubs at your schools and then later on, we’re going to help you to set up a radio station…You will manage the radio stations and some of you will be on air. Some of you will be behind the scenes, but everybody will be involved,” she explained.The BCJ will assist the students to set up low power and internet school/community radio stations, where they can make limited over-the-air broadcasts. “Initially for some of you, it’s going to be internet-based, but we are hoping that down the road, we will be able to set up some low power transmitters in your schools, so that your communities can hear you,” Mrs. Salmon-Johnson said.Under this final phase of the project, which runs from January to December, the Commission is aiming to embed media and information literacy in the curricula of teachers’ colleges and primary and junior high schools.The programme is also designed to engage students and teachers in discussions about media and broadcasting as a means of giving them insight into the career possibilities and opportunities in the sector.“The programme is about training you through your formal school work to educate about how the media works. This radio station project that we are setting up is for you to get an opportunity, hands on, to learn how a radio station really works,” Mrs. Salmon-Johnson told the students.Over the ensuing weeks, the students will get presentations on speech and delivery; learn how to produce a newscast; and participate in a two-day workshop at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI), looking at radio production and equipment.This will provide them with in-studio experience to familiarise themselves with the audio equipment, the computer set up, the recording console, how to record a clip, how to edit, and how to produce. They will complete the workshop by submitting a two-minute feature that they produce along with their teachers.Launched in 2007, the Media Literacy Project was conceptualised as a necessary intervention in dealing with problematic content in traditional and new media. It also seeks to address the need to empower Jamaican children, and by extension, the Jamaican society, in making use of media for personal and national development.The programme involves partnership with the Ministry of Education, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE).Under the first two phases of the project, a package of four lessons on video, each designed for delivery within a 20-minute class, was developed for grades four to six, which was the original focus of the project.The videos and other teaching manuals have since been tested by the JBTE in 10 primary schools and select teacher training colleges across the island. Based on the feedback, grades one to three were included in an effort to target children at a younger age.Additionally, some 80 teachers were trained to provide instruction in media literacy in schools across the island, while 150 grades five to eight students were trained in the operation of radio stations. Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High and Calabar Primary and Junior High schools are the latest beneficiaries The BCJ will assist the students to set up radio stations 80 teachers were trained to provide instruction in media literacy in schools Story Highlightslast_img read more

Gulnara Shahinian, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, said Lebanon’s population of migrant domestic workers – the majority of whom are women – are especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.“Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon… are legally invisible,” Ms. Shahinian noted in a statement issued in Beirut at the end of an eight-day visit to the Middle East country. She added that these workers are forced to live in their employer’s household, face racial and gender discrimination and lack legal protections to safeguard their rights.“I met with women who had been forced to work long hours without any remuneration or valid contract; physically or sexually abused; and morally harassed by constantly being insulted, humiliated and belittled,” she said.Ms. Shahinian urged Lebanese authorities to ensure that all domestic workers have legal protection and prompt access to remedies, and that all employers are made aware of their obligations when they recruit domestic staff.The Special Rapporteur commended the Government for several positive steps, including the setting up of a telephone hotline for receiving calls about abuse and the formation of a national steering committee to tackle the wider issues.The committee has developed a standard contract and a new draft law for migrant domestic workers, and Ms. Shahinian said turning the draft into law must be a priority.“The law needs to balance the rights and obligations of both the employer and employee. It also needs to explicitly guarantee that migrant domestic workers are allowed to keep their passports, have freedom of movement, a day off outside the employer’s house, adequate private lodging and fair wages. It also needs to establish criteria of what a potential employer must have and include specific provisions on how recruitment agencies are to conduct their work and be monitored.”Ms. Shahinian noted that the current visa regime means that when a domestic worker leaves an employer, they are deemed to have immediately broken the law.“In the case of a domestic worker held in domestic servitude, she is, as a result, treated as a criminal instead of a victim of human rights violations.”Ms. Shahinian, who has served as Special Rapporteur since May 2008, will present her full findings on her visit to the Human Rights Council next year in Geneva. 17 October 2011A United Nations human rights expert today urged Lebanon to introduce laws to protect the estimated 200,000 domestic workers in the country, warning that many of them live in conditions of servitude and are subject to physical or sexual abuse and economic exploitation. read more

Finally, advanced training support for the booming cider industry is coming to Canada. This spring, Brock University’s grape and wine research unit will launch Canada’s only internationally accredited program where industry professionals and enthusiasts alike can raise their expertise at fermenting apples into cider and pears into perry.Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) will offer the intensive week-long course April 24-28, under the Cider Institute of North America’s (CINA) renowned training program.Before now, the only two sites providing such programs were Cornell University in New York state, and Oregon State University.North America’s cider business has been on a roll. In Ontario alone, net sales of local craft cider skyrocketed 54 per cent in 2015-16 to $5.1 million, according to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.But even as consumer demand has soared, the industry’s production and research community only has a finite amount of collective experience, says CINA president Nick Gunn, himself an Oregon cider consultant.The Cider and Perry Production Foundations course at Brock will cover all aspects of cider production including ingredient sourcing, quality control and the economics of cider making. The hands-on program uses lectures, lab work, workshops and tastings to give learners a step-by-step guide to production.“In this environment, startup cider makers have the unique opportunity to jump start their quality and technique through industry accredited programs such as Brock’s that create a foundation for business success,” Gunn said.CINA certification is the recognized standard for quality in the cider industry, says CCOVI’s continuing education manager Barb Tatarnic.“Bringing CINA training to Canada puts CCOVI on the leading edge of an industry that’s exploding,” she said. “And for Brock, it’s a natural extension of the programs we already run for the grape and wine industry.”Registration for the intensive five-day course will cost $1,500. The class is limited to 25 participants, and registration closes April 13. Online registration can be done at addition to the foundation course, CCOVI also plans to add CINA’s Master Class to its continuing education lineup in the future.With 20 years experience in providing research, outreach and education to the grape and wine industry, CCOVI expanded its programming to include the spirits industry in 2016. read more

first_imgEarly bird registration for this event expires on Monday, February 21, 2011. International Mining, as always, is the media partner and contributions to IM’s Paste Supplement should be sent in before March 4. The event will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia, April 5-7. Close to 50 technical papers are expected to be presented and it will be preceded by two workshops: Prediction of Beach Slopes Workshop, and a Rheology Workshop.Registration brochure: visit for additional event details and sponsorship opportunities.last_img

first_imgAnyone who loves Blizzard for the previous two Diablo games may just start to hate them after reading this news about the highly-anticipated Diablo III.Remember how Ubisoft has managed to upset just about every gamer on the planet by requiring an always-connected machine to play its PC games? Well, Blizzard is doing the exact same thing with Diablo III. That’s right Diablo fans, if you want to play you need a solid internet connection. Offline play is just not an option.If you want a reason as to why this decision has been made, Blizzard is happy to provide you with two. The first is of course piracy, which they believe an always-connected game will limit. The second is down to providing a fair game on is not allowing any mods in Diablo III and doesn’t want any cheats being used either. The developer states the only way to control this is with a game they can guarantee isn’t running any such additional software. Keeping you online during play apparently solves that problem and means whatever level your character is, is a true representation of the time you have spent in the game, not some mod or cheat working overtime in the background.The final bit of news that has appeared about the game is that buying it might not be the end of your spending. The auction house included in the game will accept real money for buying items as well as allowing you to sell them. Blizzard’s reason for including this is for those gamers who have, “more money than time.”Has Blizzard just made three huge mistakes, or is this what needs to happen for PC gaming to survive? I can imagine a few pre-orders have been cancelled already, and have to question the logic behind what Blizzard is doing here.Diablo has a massive following, yet removing mods, requiring a connection, and introducing cash to the game to get ahead all seem like steps that will turn fans off rather than building excitement for the release.Read more at Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ‘Ageing in Australia: Cultural Diversity in Aged Care Expo’ will be on Saturday 27 April at the Melbourne Town Hall. Aimed to help people from a culturally diverse background navigate through the Aged Care system, the free expo will provide an opportunity for people to liaise with service providers and get free advice in their language. From 10am-4pm, people can meet over 40 exhibitors covering respite services, independent and retirement living, continence services, aged care assessment, residential aged care, disability services, dementia care and more. Ljubica Petrov, manager of the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing that is hosting the event, says current trends in the population make the event that much more important. “In 2011, 23 per cent of Australians aged 65 and over came from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, and this figure is expected to grow significantly in the next 10 years. It’s so important that information about Australia’s aged care sector – which can be complex to understand even when English is your first language – is made accessible and meets the linguistic and cultural needs of all Australian seniors,” Ms Petrov says. Interpreters will be available to assist with communication between exhibitors and the public. Visit or call 03 8823 7979 to register or for more information.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI — Puerto Rican attorney Iara Rodriguez waved campaign signs and cheered at the 2012 Democratic Convention as President Barack Obama was nominated. But the delegate’s euphoria faded when she returned home and, like everyone else living in Puerto Rico, could only watch as the rest of the country voted for its commander in chief.By January, she had moved to Orlando, joining a record number of Puerto Ricans who have left the island in recent years — more than 60,000 in 2012 — the majority landing in Florida. Most are fleeing Puerto Rico’s economic crisis, yet their presence on the mainland is drawing newfound attention to an age-old question back home of whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state, remain a territory or become independent.A loose coalition of civic leaders in Florida and on the island is seeking to leverage the state’s growing Puerto Rican presence to turn this issue into something the rest of Americans can easily understand: a fight for equality and the right to vote. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth, but because the island is only a territory, its residents can vote for president only if they move to a state.“It’s a citizenship issue. It’s like when women weren’t able to vote, when African-Americans weren’t able to vote,” Rodriguez said. “One of the reasons that my husband and I moved here to Florida was to not feel like a second-class citizen.”Florida is home to nearly 1 million Americans of Puerto Rican descent and is fast gaining on New York, which has around 1.2 million, according to the U.S. Census. Statehood advocates are counting on Florida’s influence in presidential elections to amplify their message in a way that those in the Democratic stronghold of New York haven’t been able to do.last_img read more

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A man who had barricaded himself in a Coral Gables home surrendered peacefully, bringing to an end what police described as a hostage situation.Coral Gables Police responded to a domestic violence call along the 3900 block of LeJeune Road, near Velarde Avenue, Saturday afternoon.A witness told responding officers a gun might have been involved, and the victim in the domestic violence situation was still inside the residence.Officers then called the department’s SWAT unit. Hostage negotiators were able to convince the subject to come out of the home.Officers were then able to take him into custody without incident.No one was hurt.Officials said the subject is known to local law enforcement. It remains unknown what charges the subject may face. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna. File PhotoThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) of Dhaka to return the passport of Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna for three months as he can go abroad for treatment.A six-member SC bench led by justice Muhammad Imman Ali passed the order after disposing off a petition filed in this regard, reports UNB.The court also asked Manna to surrender his passport after returning home.On 24 August 2017, the Supreme Court asked the lower court to return his passport for going abroad for treatment.On 28 November 2016, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court order that granted bail to the Nagarik Oikya convener in two cases. The SC also asked him to submit his passport to the lower court.The two cases were filed against him with Gulshan police station on 24 February and 5 March 2016 on charges of provoking the army and sedition respectively.last_img read more