Rock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals

first_imgRelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals RelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is promising a “rock star” atmosphere at this year’s Festival Song Competition finals scheduled for July 30 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston.Speaking at a Think Tank session held on July 28, at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Kingston headquarters, Coordinator for the competition, David Reid, said that patrons would definitely get their money’s worth.“We’ll have a pre-show party led by Swatch International. The show itself will be filled with high technology and many surprises… you are going to believe that you are in a rock concert,” he said.The show will get underway at 7:00 p.m. and arrangements have been made for possible crowd overflow. “We have done our assessment and we have two mega screens that we will be putting up to accommodate the overflow outside of the stands. So persons who come and can’t get into the stands will enjoy the show by watching it on the screens in a real party atmosphere,” Mr. Reid said.Meanwhile, the Festival Song Coordinator told JIS News that the 10 songs, vying for lucrative prize money, as well as the 2010 Festival Song title, are of high quality and have been vetted by a panel of experienced and expert judges, who are satisfied that the lyrics and melody are original and impactful.“We have singers and songwriters from across the island and overseas whose songs have the ability to reach a wide cross section of the Jamaica population,” he boasted.Since June 19, the finalists have been on promotional drives across the island, as well as working with top directors and producers on a Jamaica Festival Song Album. They are expected to make appearances until the grand finals on July 30.“We have been promoting the competition with the finalists. They have been involved in a series of road shows, they performed at the RJR Jamaica St.Leger Race Day at Caymanas Track, the Sumfest Beach Party and Little Ochi Seafood Carnival. They will perform at the Claro lunch hour concert on July 29 and the Bank of Jamaica lunch hour concert on July 30 ahead of the finals that same night,” the Festival Song Coordinator informed.This year’s winner will receive $1 million courtesy of the main sponsor, Claro, and a 2010 Nissan Tiida from Fidelity Motors, in what is the most lucrative prize package in the history of the competition.All 10 song writers will also receive $100,000 in cash from the CHASE Fund. Other sponsors include Real Vibes Party Wine, Excelsior, Ting, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, the KSAC and the Jamaica Information Service.Mr. Reid is urging Jamaicans to support this year’s competition, which is being held under the theme: ‘True Jamaican Patriot’.Tickets are available at all JCDC offices island wide, Music Mart in the Twin Gates Plaza, and at the Portmore Mall Pharmacy. VIP tickets, which will only be available pre-sold, will cost $1000, while regular adult tickets will cost $700 pre-sold, and $800 at the gate. Children’s tickets cost $300. RelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finalscenter_img Rock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals CultureJuly 29, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Rupan crowned Miss Mash Queen 2017

first_imgTwenty-year-old Aqualia Rupan on Sunday evening outshone five other contestants vying for the title of Miss Mash Queen 2017, when the pageant was hosted at the National Cultural Centre, in Georgetown.This was the first attempt at pageantry for the newly crowned queen, who is a Client Service Clerk at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital. Although the North East La Penitence beauty did not offer the best answer to her question, she was the judges,’ as well as the crowd’s favourite, from the moment she stepped on stage.Newly crowned Mash Queen 2017 Aqualia Rupan is flanked by first runner-up Gabrielle Chapman and second runner-up Younette StephanieShe scored high in the various segments and for the first year, after a 10-year hiatus, the queen was crowned by accumulative scores and not based on the final question. The delegates would have competed in introduction, talent, swimwear and evening wear. Rupan was also rewarded with prizes for best introduction, best talent and best personality.Overcome with joy and fighting back tears, the newly crowned queen explained that she was elated to have won the crown. She also said all the delegates walked away as queens since they were prepared by the Simpli Royal family, led by Pamela Dillon.“I am no longer a shy girl and I am sure all the other delegates have taken away something to apply to their general lives moving forward from our training,” she added.She advised those who wish to participate in pageantry to be beauty ambassadors which will afford them the opportunity to be anything they wish, while noting that they must also work hard.Gabrielle Chapman was crowned first runner-up and Younette Stephanie was bestowed with the second runner-up title.last_img read more

Algae-bloom boom likely for Lake Erie, water quality researchers predict

first_imgMaumee Watershed McKay, speaking from China where he was teaching, said there’s also worry this season that Lake St. Clair, the small lake into which the Thames River empties, is also at risk for the cyanobacteria blooms.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.St. Clair has had cyanobacteria blooms before, including a large one in 2015.The blue-green bacterial blooms, which have taken off in the warm, shallow waters of Lake Erie since the mid-1990s consume oxygen, contributing to dead zones in the lake with almost no life, and produce toxins that can be lethal to pets and harmful to people.Cyanobacteria is natural, but the growth of large blooms that foul municipal water intakes and make swimming and water sports inadvisable is linked to phosphorus from farm runoff and human sewage washed into the lake during heavy rains.What’s different this year is the heavy rainfall the region received before summer, said Sandy Bihn, of Lake Erie Waterkeeper, an Ohio-based environmental group.The wet spring delayed planting which means fertilizers weren’t applied in the usual time frame, which raises a question: Why is the level of phosphorus, a main ingredient in chemical fertilizers, so high? With higher-than-average rainfall, high phosphorus levels entering the lake and sizzling temperatures, conditions are ripe this summer for toxic blue-green algae blooms in Lake Erie, water quality ­researchers predict.The lake, which creates hundreds of kilometres of Southwestern Ontario shoreline, has been plagued by growth of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, in recent years, a threat to drinking water intakes, marine life and tourism.A problem especially in the lake’s western basin, one colony a few years ago grew almost as large as Prince Edward Island.“From all signs, the potential is high for a large bloom event,” said Michael McKay, executive director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. Bihn speculates that more farm animals packed into the same region — especially the large U.S. Midwest farm belt that drains into the lake — is a key contributor to the cyanobacteria problem.“I would suggest that the answer is we keep increasing the number of (farm) animals, the amount of manure, and . . . that manure is ­running off and is a major ­component of the high levels of phosphorus we’re seeing this year,” she said.“The phosphorus readings ­coming out of the Maumee River (which empties into Erie at ­Toledo, Ohio,) are very high and that’s usually the indicator they use for the size of the bloom,” said Bihn.Last year’s bloom started early but was relatively small compared to past years, she said. “We’ve seen some scum and some indication that the (blue-green) algae is coming,” she said. “So, it’s kind of on a wait-and-see mode.”In Southwestern Ontario, including the Thames River valley, a number of projects are on the go to fight cyanobacteria in Erie by reducing the level of phosphorus flowing into Erie.They include mimicking natural processes to hold and filter water in urban developments, slowing it down before it runs off, and ­improved winter field cover in rural areas to minimize nutrient [email protected]center_img A satellite image shows a harmful blue-green cyanobacteria bloom in the western basin of Lake Erie in September 2017. That bloom was an eight on the severity index, compared to this year’s prediction of a 7.5. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer Phosphorus-cutting technologies to be tested along Thames River to protect Lake Erie What an Ohio city’s bold move to protect Lake Erie tells us Cover crop project looks to reduce algae bloom Lake Erie algae outlook better than 2017, researchers say Federal cash to target farm run-off will ‘dovetail’ with city programlast_img read more

Chennai Super Kings should be disqualified, says Supreme Court

first_imgN. Srinivasan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gurunath Meiyappan.The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the Chennai Super Kings should be “terminated without further enquiry” from the Indian Premier League because one of the team’s officials, Gurunath Meiyappan, has been indicted for betting by the Justice Mudgal panel.Meiyappan, son-in-law of suspended BCCI president N Srinivasan who claimed he worked as a team principal for the Chennai Super Kings, is accused of betting on the IPL games. The Mudgal Committee, which submitted its report on November 17, had indicted Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals franchise co-owner Raj Kundra of betting and confirmed their role in their teams but cleared Srinivasan of match fixing and scuttling the probe.The apex court asked about the exact share holding pattern of India Cements, which owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise. Srinivasan is the Managing Director of India Cements.In further setback for Srinivasan, the Supreme Court wanted fresh elections in the BCCI and asked all those involved with the IPL betting scam to stay away from it. The annual general meeting of the BCCI is scheduled on December 17 where Srinivasan, who is already the chairman of the International Cricket Council, is seeking another term.The Supreme Court had on Monday blasted Srinivasan for conflict of interest, asking how somebody within the sports body is also holding a franchise in the Indian Premier League. “Your (Srinivasan) duty as a president is to keep the show (IPL) running and to keep it clean. What is your duty as a team owner? To win the tournament,” the apex court noted.advertisementThe apex court ruling came after Srinivasan petitioned that he may be restored to his position as BCCI chief and be allowed to function. On Thursday, the Supreme Court also gave the BCCI ten days to initiate action against Srinivasan and prepare grounds for fresh elections of its managing committee.last_img read more

10 months agoBrahim Diaz delighted to make winning Real Madrid debut

first_imgBrahim Diaz delighted to make winning Real Madrid debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz was delighted to make a winning debut for Real Madrid in their Copa del Rey triumph over Leganes.The former Manchester City starlet, who was presented as a new Whites’ player on Monday, came on in the 78th minute to replace Vinicius Jr.The midfielder spoke at the end of the match: “This is a big, unforgettable and unique day, to make my debut at this stadium and with these fans has been a dream since I was a kid, winning makes the dream even better, but I’m calm about it all. I have to give everything out on the field because this club and these fans deserve it, I’m going to frame the debut jersey and hang it in my room.”He added: “Sergio Ramos congratulated me and told me to continue like this, he said that everything comes and that I’ll get a lot of minutes, he’s a top player and playing with him is a moment to savour, it’s a dream.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kids march to Parliament Hill to send message to prime minister

first_imgAPTN National NewsA rally on Parliament Hill marked the fifth anniversary of the federal government’s apology to Indian residential school survivors Tuesday.School-aged kids, some too young to remember the apology, sent a message to the prime minister.The message is that an apology has to have meaning.APTN’s Annette Francis has the [email protected]last_img

At least 255 GM Canada workers to be laid off at St

first_imgLayoff notices have been handed out to hundreds of workers at the General Motors transmission-making factory in St. Catharines, Ont., as effects spread from a strike that started Sunday at GM’s CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont.At least 255 of the 350 union workers at the St. Catharines plant will be laid off starting Monday, said Unifor 199 chairman Tim McKinnon.“We supply about 90 per cent of (CAMI’s) transmissions, so it’s related to that,” he said.“Even though they were down, we ran all week … We have a lot of transmissions stockpiled now because we didn’t know if they were going to resolve it this week or not. It doesn’t look like they’re going to.”He said even if the strike at the plant that makes Chevrolet Equinox vehicles is resolved over the weekend, the St. Catharines workers will be out for at least a week. He added his union supports the CAMI workers’ strike despite the layoffs.GM Canada, meanwhile, said in an update posted Thursday on its website that it has made “production adjustments” at St. Catharines and at two American engine plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Flint, Mich., as a result of the strike.A spokeswoman said in an email no further details would be available.On Wednesday, parts maker Magna International (TSX:MG) announced it would stop supplying parts to the CAMI plant, a decision it said would affect output at a few of its facilities in Ontario, without being specific.Unifor Local 88, the union representing the 2,500 striking workers at CAMI, said Thursday it has invited management to get talks rolling again in hopes of reaching a settlement.But local president Dan Borthwick said its demand that the plant be designated the lead producer of the Equinox to ensure production and jobs aren’t shifted to Mexico hasn’t changed.“We’re just trying to be responsible and see if there’s any way we can bring a quick resolution to the work stoppage and minimize the effects on our members and the suppliers and the surrounding community,” he said.“With that said, the company has to understand our goals, the lead producer letter, our economics and our contract language are still outstanding issues that need to be resolved.”When asked if GM would meet with the union, the spokeswoman sent a copy of GM’s statement posted last Sunday which expressed disappointment that talks had broken down and encouraged Unifor to resume negotiations. She wouldn’t say if any meetings have been scheduled with the union.Job security has become more of an issue for the union since GM shifted production of its Terrain SUV from the CAMI plant to Mexico earlier this year at a loss of more than 400 jobs.last_img read more

Some pot strains sell out on Day 1 in BC government says

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Consumers in British Columbia wanting to legally buy recreational marijuana for the first time on Wednesday were most likely to use the province’s online sales system, which Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says passed one significant hurdle in the early going.After it went live at midnight, Farnworth says the system recorded about 1,000 sales in the first hour.“It did not crash,” he told a conference call with reporters.By 2 p.m., the only store that was operating in Kamloops had taken about 200 orders and the province said there had been about 5,600 online purchases. By mid-afternoon some products were sold out.Farnworth said he expected demand to exceed supply for some of the products.“Some strains are going to sell out faster than other strains, and it shows people are excited about the prospect of being able to buy legal cannabis in B.C. and in the rest of the country,” he said. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s like you go to the liquor store and sometimes your favourite wine is sold out.”Viviana Zanocco, a spokeswoman for the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, said producers “fell short” on what the government expected to be delivered.Online sales were the most convenient way to buy marijuana in B.C. because there was only one retail store open on Wednesday and several customers stood in line before sunrise waiting for the government-run outlet to throw open its doors in Kamloops.Becky Prete, who works at cannabis company Tweed Inc. and is in her 30s, drove from Kelowna and stayed overnight in a hotel before arriving at the store at 6 a.m. Bundled in a blanket and sipping a coffee, she was first in line and said she couldn’t wait for the doors to open.“I have a feeling I’ll be mildly overwhelmed because I’m going to want to look at everything, but I’m just excited to check it out,” she said.Craig McCarthy drove for two hours from Chilliwack, arriving at about 2 a.m., but his decision to nap in his car made him second in line. He has been smoking cannabis for 20 years and normally purchases shatter from an illegal dispensary.He said he didn’t mind that the government-run store doesn’t carry the concentrated product, which is still illegal, and he’ll buy marijuana online from now on instead of purchasing it illegally.“I’m just happy it’s finally here,” he said. “It’ll absolutely change my life. It’s like a feeling, a weight lifted off your shoulders, when you’re constantly hiding it to a degree.”The store is in a strip mall. Its windows are frosted and a security guard paced outside.Blain Lawson, CEO of the distribution branch, said the store’s windows meet a Health Canada regulation that prohibits product being visible from the street. “We’re making sure that it looks nice from the outside, but children won’t be able to see into the store,” he said.The store has a clean, streamlined layout with white walls and glossy shelves. Mounted electronic tablets with touch screens display strains of marijuana available for purchase and prices.Consumers can take a whiff of each strain from a clear plastic “smell jar” that has a small piece of bud inside. Staff carry small flashlights to help customers take a closer look at the nuggets, but otherwise the product is not openly displayed.Some 92 products from 40 licensed producers are available, but only about seven per cent come from B.C. Kevin Satterfield, director of cannabis retail operations for the distribution branch, said he hoped to increase the amount of locally grown marijuana over time.“It’s going to be, for lack of a better term, a growth industry,” he said.In addition to artwork featuring weed leaves and colourful glass bongs, shoppers are greeted by a number of signs informing them about cannabis with safety advice. The signs explain the types of cannabis plants, the dangers of consuming while pregnant and other concerns.Satterfield said about 20 people have been hired to work at the store and they looked for staff with awareness of cannabis. All underwent criminal background checks, but a small pot possession conviction would not necessarily disqualify them from being hired, Satterfield said.Farnworth said 173 applications for more stores are being considered.He said part of the delay in opening stores was due to the provincial pledge that local governments will make the final decision about the types of stores — whether public or private — as well as locations and the number of retail cannabis outlets that will be allowed in their communities.“Many communities have said they are ready to deal with processing applications … but they want local government elections out of the way,” he said.Municipal elections will be held across B.C. on Saturday and Farnworth said he expected more cannabis stores will open in the coming months.Farnworth also explained the rationale behind the price of marijuana listed on the government website, which ranges from $6.99 to just over $16 per gram.“People are prepared to pay a premium for knowing that they have a product that they can trust,” he said.“We are confident that our pricing is competitive and that it is products that people will want.”— With files from Beth Leighton in Vancouver and Dirk Meissner in Victorialast_img read more

PRRD Board requests data to back up Ministrys claim on Old Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District Board has reviewed the letter sent by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in response to a previous letter sent by MLA Dan Davies regarding the Old Fort Landslide.In a statement, the Regional Boards says the Minister’s letter suggests that the area is unlikely to experience a dramatic slippage of the remaining hillside.“The Minister’s letter suggests the area is unlikely to experience “a dramatic slippage of the remaining hillside that might further impact homes to occur. The data suggests that if movement was to recommence, it would be a slow-moving slide as had been experienced in the previous slide that initiated on September 30, 2018.” The Regional District Board is requesting from the Ministry the data that substantiates this statement.From there, once that data is provided, the Regional District says they have plans to have the data verified by applicable experts to consider whether evacuation alerts and orders may be removed from the Old Fort area.In response to Davies’ letter, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth said landslide experts have provided information that shows it is “unlikely” for a dramatic slippage of the remaining hillside, but instead suggests that a slow-moving slide would occur, as experienced before.According to Farnworth, given the risk assessment, the Government currently has no plans of monitoring the entire hillside, adding that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has established an operating protocol to respond to any movements.“Given the risk assessment of this slide, there is no current plan to monitor the entire hillside. MoTI has established an operating protocol to appropriately respond to any level of movement affecting the Old Fort Road. This protocol ensures that access is safely managed for workers and residents. Strategies are in place to ensure that information is shared with both provincial and local governments in a timely manner. It is noted that the sensors that are in place to monitor the access road provide additional warning of any landslide movement and that very minimal movement, as would be expected, has been detected since the initial slide.”As for hill stabilization, Farnworth says the Province has no current plans to reshape or revegetate the slope and that landslide mitigation measures are not currently being considered as it currently poses no risk of sliding.last_img read more

BSNL’s FY19 loss may have touched 12,000 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The state-run BSNL’s 2018-19 losses may have touched Rs 12,000 crore if attributed exclusively to its services, official sources said. The PSU has another board meeting on April 16, where it may discuss the trends in its annual results among other investment plans. The April 4 board meeting discussed some HR issues, sources said adding if the incomes from government projects are included the loss may be reduced marginally. They said the acute financial crunch visible in February was there in PSU and the situation only got aggravated then. So the numbers on losses are up by at least 50 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal BSNL, which has been posting losses for the last 13 years, does not give its loss figures. The only time the figures were released is when the Minister gave his reply to questions in Parliament. Till then the assessment of its losses or operations are not in public domain and financial and telecom experts don’t get credible information from the management to analyse the situation. The PSU said its a non-listed entity so making the numbers public is not mandatory. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost As such the statement made by the BSNL management on operations, finances and numbers are not taken up for analysis as they lack validation. The other time its figures comes is when the annual survey of sick and incipient companies is released by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), said a telecom expert from an analyst firm. BSNL’s annual loss widened to Rs 7,992 crore for the fiscal year ended March 2018 (2017-18), Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha had told Parliament last December. Its loss stood at Rs 4,786 crore in 2016-17. “BSNL’s salary issue in February left a lot of questions in the minds of the analysts about its actual financial positions and also the state of the industry,” the analyst said. In the wake of the February salary issue, the Kotak Equities had said BSNL’s total loss may have crossed Rs 90,000 crore. According to the report, FY 2008 was the last year of positive operating profit (EBIT) for BSNL and since then, the company has posted a cumulative EBIT loss of Rs 82,000 crore from FY 2009 to FY 2018. “This figure would have crossed Rs 90,000 crore by December 2018 end, in our view. Employee expenses, including retirement benefit accruals, stood at 66 per cent of operating revenues in FY 2018 versus 21 per cent in FY 2006 and 27 per cent in FY 2008,” the report underlined. It added that FY 2018 operating revenues (at Rs 22,700 crore) stood 37 per cent below the peak FY 2006 levels reflecting industry-wide challenges as well as loss of market share for BSNL. “We believe the current annual cash loss run-rate for BSNL would be in excess of $1 billion (Rs 7,100 crore). These challenges have also meant that BSNL remains far behind the three private operators (Bharti, Vodafone-Idea Ltd and R-Jio) on network coverage, capacity and quality,” the broking firm said. “R-Jio’s imminent FTTH foray will likely impact BSNL’s wireline business soon; this business has been the only growing segment for BSNL the past few y ears,” it added. It has a debt of Rs 15,000 crore.last_img read more