Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is praising the various individuals and organisations that have come forward to lend their support to this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities.Labour Day is being observed on Wednesday, May 23 under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Grange highlighted the various partners, including the National Health Fund (NHF), National Education Trust (NET), Digicel, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and Berger Paints Limited.She noted that the NHF has already committed $2.5 million towards the scope of works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre in St. Catherine, and additional funds will come from the Ministry of Health.Digicel has donated some $1 million towards the Ramps in Schools Project, which involves the construction of wheelchair ramps at public schools to facilitate greater access by persons with disabilities.“A number of companies have reached out to us, and we will be better able to say, at the end of the celebrations, the monetary contributions that we have received,” Ms. Grange indicated.At the same time, she is appealing for more companies to come on board.“We are in discussion with other public-sector entities who have indicated that they want to come on board, and as soon as we finalise those arrangements, we will be making the announcement,” she said.Meanwhile, the Minister urged Jamaicans to volunteer their time and resources towards the beautification of their communities and the national projects at the Cumberland Road Health Centre and the St Ann’s Bay Infant School in St Ann.“Labour Day and Worker’s week is about volunteerism,” she added.The Minister also thanked the many volunteers who, over the years “have put their heart and soul into making Labour Day and Workers’ Week a success”. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is praising the various individuals and organisations that have come forward to lend their support to this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities. Labour Day is being observed on Wednesday, May 23 under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Grange highlighted the various partners, including the National Health Fund (NHF), National Education Trust (NET), Digicel, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and Berger Paints Limited.
Jenna Ushkowitz, known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang on the Fox hit series GLEE, has teamed up with Closets for Causes to raise money for Oceana.Jenna has donated several pieces from her personal closet, including dresses worn on the red carpet and even one dress worn to the first Twilight movie premiere.Oceana is the largest international organization that focuses solely on the ocean conservative. “I’ve worked very closely with Oceana for a few years now. They are just so dedicated and work solely towards preserving our oceans which take up 71% of our earth” says Jenna about Oceana.“Jenna’s continued support and dedication towards protecting our world’s oceans with Oceana is inspiring” said Matt Littlejohn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “She’s incredibly thoughtful and continues to impress us with her contributions as an Oceana advocate, fundraiser and voice for the oceans.”The auction includes pieces from an array of designers such as BCBGMAXAZRIA, French Connection, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Rebecca Taylor.“We are so excited to offer up such great fashions to fans of Jenna and the show GLEE.” States Closets for Causes’ founder Talia Bella, “The pieces are all young, fresh and flirty and they all support an amazing cause.”Jenna’s auction starts on September 17 – find out more at ClosetsForCauses.com.
Boxing legend, Olympic Gold Medalist and 10-time world champion in six different weight classes Oscar De La Hoya gave the keynote Green Dot Public School’s Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards on Saturday, May 5 at the California Science Center in recognition of the organization’s most outstanding teachers and staff from the last year.The Golden Dot Awards represent Green Dot’s annual teacher and staff appreciation event recognizing Principal of the Year; Teacher of the Year; Rising Star Teacher of the Year. Green Dot teachers, staff and administrators serve more than 15,000 students across the country each year.De La Hoya has been involved with Green Dot’s commitment to excellence in public school education since 2003 when the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School opened in Boyle Heights. The school bearing the boxing legend’s name was among the first five charter schools Green Dot opened with the goal to provide enhanced learning opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities.The Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School was the first public high school to be built in Boyle Heights in 80 years. Today, the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School is one of the top performing high schools in the country, thanks to the dedication of Green Dot’s excellent teachers, administrators and staff.“I’ve witnessed firsthand the difference Green Dot educators make through their devoted commitment to our students at the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, not far from the neighborhood where I grew up,” De La Hoya remarked at Saturday’s event. “The level of dedication that Green Dot teachers, administrators and staff bring to their schools every day is truly inspiring. I’m in awe of the work they do and so thankful they are guiding the leaders of tomorrow and showing them what it looks like to work hard and succeed.”Green Dot Public Schools’ Golden Dot Awards recognizes educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education. Golden Dot Awards (aka “The Dotties”) are given to staff who exemplify Green Dot’s Core Values. As a result of the dedicated work of the entire team and their commitment to excellence in education, Green Dot graduated more than 1,600 students last year, the most of any charter management organization in the country, for the fourth year in a row.For more information, click here.
Antonio Goodwin, a former Auburn football player from Atlanta, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the March 2011 armed home-invasion robbery that also resulted in charges against three teammates from the 2010 National Championship team.”I want to apologize for my action and my poor judgment,” Goodwin said before the sentencing. ”In the time I was at home, I had time to think about it and I’ve become a better person and a better decision-maker.”Goodwin was convicted in April of first-degree robbery in the March 2011 home invasion. The occupants of a mobile home told police they were robbed at gunpoint. No one was injured.Goodwin’s former teammates Mike McNeil, Dakota Moseley and Shaun Kitchens await trial. McNeil was the starting safety on Auburn’s national championship squad.Defense attorney Lauryn Lauderdale requested a probation hearing and said she planned to appeal. Lauderdale said she would also apply for a split sentence if probation is denied, shortening his prison time.Goodwin, who’s from Atlanta, and family held hands in prayer in the hallway while awaiting the judge’s ruling, which was in the middle of state sentencing guidelines of 117-255 months.At times Goodwin laid his head on the table while family members and an Atlanta pastor spoke on his behalf.Hughes acknowledged that Goodwin’s actions were ”inconsistent somewhat with his history.””It is not uncommon for a terrible offense to happen and not be a habit,” he said. ”The one offense often does have tragic consequences.”Lauderdale had argued that Goodwin was impaired after smoking synthetic marijuana, or spice, the night of the robbery with Kitchens, Moseley and other teammates.
Now playing: Watch this: 31 Photos Tech Industry Take a ride with Google at CES 4:29 1 Join us on Google’s small world-style theme park ride… Google set up an Assistant-themed ride at CES. James Martin/CNET Google brought its own version of “It’s a Small World” to CES.The ride, which opened Tuesday at Google’s massive booth outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, is part of a big promotional blitz the search giant is making around the Assistant, the company’s digital helper software, like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.So yeah, a ride about software. To Google’s credit, the company is self-aware about the absurdity. Before riders get into their seats, a voice over the PA system welcomes them to an experience that’s “part ride, part marketing stunt, let’s be honest with ourselves.”Here’s how the whole thing plays out. Riders wait in line where they meet Grandma, who talks to the crowd. Then they are ushered into a room where they hear the story for the ride. You’re with Dad as he tries to rush through his errands and buy a cake for Grandma’s 91st birthday. Share your voice Tags Comment Here’s Grandma. James Martin/CNET The slow-moving ride takes you through Dad’s day: His rambunctious kids run through the house, he gets stalled in traffic, then gets caught in a downpour. Through it all, he gets help from none other than… the Google Assistant. Dad says things like “Hey Google, navigate to bakery,” and “Send Jane my ETA.”Then he goes to a French bakery where the baker only speaks French. Which is a good time to use the new Assistant interpreter mode, literally announced today. As the ride moves along, you can see the Google Assistant jumping into action on a screen on the dash of the ride cart. At the end of the ride, you get your picture taken.Traffic, amirite? James Martin/CNET The attraction punctuates Google’s elaborate showing at CES. The world’s largest tech conference is more important to the search giant than ever as it pushes devices to consumers that compete against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. Google said its presence at this year’s show is triple the size it was last year. Google declined to disclose how much it cost to produce and build the ride. Elsewhere at the conference, the company plastered the words “Hey Google” — one of the trigger phrases for the Assistant — over one of the main entrances of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as on the city’s monorail. Google also has an army of human “Google Assistants,” dressed like a cross between painters and snowboarders in all white, roaming the show floor. At the show, Google made a slew of announcements, including a new smart clock manufactured by Lenovo and a new platform that aims to make it easier for device makers to add the Assistant to their gadgets. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019 Google Assistant Google Alphabet Inc.
Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflix Netflix mind-bender Altered Carbon gets Marvel actors for season 2 Take a five-hour bubble bath with Big Mouth’s Hormone Monstress Jessica Jones season 3 on Netflix: Everything we know so far TV and Movies The OA Part II returns with Brit Marling’s character teaming up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir) to solve an alternate universe mystery. Netflix When we first meet the wounded heroine Prairie (Brit Marling) in season one of Netflix’s sci-fi series The OA, we see what happens when a mad scientist named Hap (Jason Isaacs) kidnaps people and use them for dangerous experiments to test the boundaries of life and death.By the end of the first season, we’re left wondering if Prairie (who renames herself OA — which stands for Original Angel) and her fellow captors ever really figured out how to transport themselves to other dimensions.Or if it was all a fictional adventure she made up to cope with being tortured for seven years. 50 Photos Tags Share your voice “We think of Part II as very much a noir,” The OA co-creator Zal Batmanglij told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday. “We wanted to come in through the character of a cynical detective. That’s why we thought, ‘What better place than San Francisco and the tech world to set a noir today?'”The returning cast includes Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen and the late actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), who played Prairie’s adoptive father in season 1. Wilson filmed his role for The OA Part II before dying from leukemia last October.The OA Part II premieres on Netflix on March 22. Now with The OA Part II, we see Prairie/OA again but as an alternate-universe version of herself as a wealthy Russian heiress who lives in San Francisco. This version of her was never kidnapped or experimented on.In the new trailer for The OA Part II posted on Wednesday, we see OA team up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir), who is looking for a missing teen named Michelle Vu. OA and Washington find themselves drawn to a house in San Francisco’s wealthy Nob Hill neighborhood that’s connected to the disappearance of several other teenagers. 0 More Netflix shows
Logo of BNPDenied permission for a workers’ rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, the BNP’s labour wing Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal has decided to bring out a rally in the city on Tuesday, marking the May Day.Sramik Dal general secretary Nurul Islam Khan announced the programme at press briefing at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday, reports UNB.He said they earlier sought permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) through a letter for holding a meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan over the International Workers’ Day on Tuesday. “They still didn’t respond to it.”Under the circumstances, Khan said, “We’ve decided to take out a workers’ rally from in front of our Nayapaltan central office at 11am on the May Day.”He said they have already informed the DMP authorities about bringing out the rally.Speaking at the programme, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said it is regrettable that the government did not allow the Sramik Dal to hold the meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan on the International Workers’ Day. “They didn’t give the permission as the word Jatiyatabadi is tagged with Sramik Dal.”He said Awami League does not allow its opponents to hold any public rally as it fears people and their gatherings. “It’s an anti-people and anti-workers government.”Rizvi strongly condemned and protested the government’s decision of not allowing Sramik Dal to hold meeting.Earlier on 21 April, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan announced that Sramik Dal would hold a workers’ meeting at historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on 1 May.The International Workers’ Day, falls on 1 May, will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world on Tuesday amid various programmes highlighting the worker’s rights and safety at workplaces.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday warned that their party will not accept any gas price hike as it will only inflict sufferings on people, reports UNB.”Our position is clear about the government’s move to hike the gas prices. Neither we nor the country’s people will accept it,” he said.Fakhrul issued the warning at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office after a joint meeting of BNP and its associate bodies.He also said their party will take all-out protest programmes if the government increases the gas tariffs.About the Bangladesh part of US State Department’s annual country report on human rights practices, the BNP leader said it has depicted the real scenario of the country’s human rights condition and 30-December polls.The US 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released on 13 March said unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, limitation of freedom of speech, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force abuses were the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh last year.On elections and political participation, the report termed the 30-December parliamentary elections a “lopsided” one and said it was considered to be marred by irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.Fakhrul said not only the US State Department but also all other global media outlets, including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, The Guardian and The Washington Post clearly said it was not an election at all on 30 December, 2018. “They also said people’s opinion and desire were not reflected in the election as they couldn’t cast their votes.”Even, the BNP leader said Indian media depicted what happened in the election.He alleged that Bangladeshi media could not properly report on the election due to a serious censorship on them. “Still, they’re vocal about it as much as possible for them””We’re very respectful to the media, and we thank them for the role they’re playing in such an adverse situation,” Fakhrul said.He alleged that the government has indulged in enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killing and arrest of its opponents to establish one-party rule.”One-party rule has been established in the country. Now people have no security and they don’t get justice. We’ve been witnessing for nearly 10-12 years that whom the government doesn’t like are being killed and made disappeared,” the BNP leader observed.