COHSOD meeting tackles regional creative sector, sustainability

first_img…Carifesta to take centre stage in TrinidadRegional officials on Thursday converged at the Caricom Secretariat for the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) meeting, aimed at capitalising on cultural strength to achieve sustainability.Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocqueThe two-day event will also focus on the Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta) XIV, the flagship event, which is slated for August in Trinidad and Tobago with a packed agenda.According to Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, the culture of the Region is essential in sustainable development, because the creative sector employs hundreds of persons while maintaining regional identity.“The theme for this meeting: “Leveraging Caricom’s cultural assets for the sustainable development of the community”, reiterates the commitment of the Region to develop our rich and diverse cultural assets. These include natural and build heritage, the intangible such as our cultural expression and our cultural knowledge and skills,” LaRocque explained.A scene of Carifesta XIV“The global creative economy employed nearly 29.5 million people and generated more than US$2 trillion in revenue or three per cent of the world’s GDP [Gross Domestic Product] in 2013. Significantly, the creative sector employs more persons, aged 15 to 29 than any other sector. In Caricom, studies indicated that the creative industries account for 708 per cent of GDP in St Lucia.”According to LaRocque, culture also provides a platform to recognise more benefits from the Region, but Member States must foster a conducive environment for the sector to grow.“There is a need to create the necessary enabling environment for the creative industries to be more competitive and to increase their contribution to employment and growth,” he noted.During the discussions, Trinidad’s Minister of Community Development, Culture and Arts, Nyan Gadsby-Dolly was the feature speaker, and she emphasised the need for a paradigm shift on potential cultural assets which can be used to gain economic success.Trinidad’s Minister of Culture and Arts, Nyan Gadsby-Dolly“The inclusion of high-reaching goals for our cultural sector in our national development plans is critical for guided development of our cultural assets in progressive directions … Leveraging our cultural assets as a Region means constantly exploring opportunities to export our cultural products and services internationally,” Gadsby-Dolly declared.She noted that Carifesta has always been an important cultural advantage, but the music industry was also a sector to be looked at, as it was capable of providing employment.“The continued success of [the music] industry requires our collective intervention in ensuring that these genres remain relevant, both to the Region and to the world. That persons across all social tiers can derive employment opportunities and that the Public and Private Sectors can increase gateways for the international proliferation of our music genres.”From August 16 to August 25, Trinidad and Tobago will come alive with cultural exchanges, film festivals and exhibitions to showcase the diversity of Caribbean countries, including Guyana. In 2021, Antigua and Barbuda will be taking up the mantle as host country.last_img read more

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Highway 52 remains closed after washout

first_imgA section of the road between 15 and 20 metres long was washed away after about 80 mm of rain fell in the area.  The Canadian Press spoke with Mike Lorimer of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and he says engineers are now deciding whether or not they should install a bridge over a large washout.He says if crews decide to install the bridge, Highway 52 could reopen in a matter of days.Lorimer also says the heavy rains also damaged some small side roads in the province’s northeast, but workers are now fixing those problems.- Advertisement -For a full list of the roads currently closed in the Peace region, click here.last_img read more

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Celtic bow out of Europe with credible draw in Turkey

first_img1 A Kris Commons equalising header helped Celtic regain some pride in their doomed Europa League campaign against Fenerbahce at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium but once again the Hoops were scarred by another self-inflicted wound in a 1-1 draw.The Parkhead club had travelled to Turkey for the first time guaranteed to finish bottom of Group A after taking just two points from five fixtures.The Scottish champions had held their own in the first half with striker Nadir Ciftci missing a good chance but a howler in the 39th minute by keeper Craig Gordon allowed winger Lazar Markovic to score.An Efe Ambrose mistake just before the break when the two sides met at Parkhead in October led to the Hoops surrendering a two-goal lead.But this game changed in the 67th minute when Fenerbahce midfielder Diego, booked early in the first-half after an altercation with Hoops midfielder Stefan Johansen, was shown a straight red by Belgian referee Serge Gumienny for a kick at the Norwegian.Moments after replacing Scott Allan in the 73rd minute, Commons headed in a Mikael Lustig cross for the point which takes Fenerbahce into the knockout stages with Molde and offered some hope next season for Celtic. Kris Commons last_img read more

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McHUGH WELCOMES EXTRA CASH FOR COUNTY MUSEUM

first_imgDonegal County Museum is to get a funding boost of €7,500 under the 2015 Local and Regional Museums Scheme, says Minister of State Joe McHugh.Donegal County Museum is an important attraction for both locals and tourists.This funding for “Commemoration of Events from 1916 from a Donegal Perspective” will help improve what the museum can offer and enhance the experience it can provide to visitors. Said McHugh: “Local and regional museums around Ireland provide an important focal point for their communities and play a vital role in collecting and dispensing local knowledge. I have attended various functions in the Donegal County Museum in recent weeks and months, including the World War 1 Photographic Exhibition and the recent Exhibition of St. Conall Cael’s Bell, and I have witnessed first-hand the importance of museums such as this.“The 2015 Local and Regional Museums Scheme supports small and medium sized museums and allows for the funding of small capital projects on a matching funding basis, with total funding of over €120,000 being made available nationwide.“This investment for Commemoration of Events from 1916 will allow the Donegal County Museum to continue to make a significant contribution to the locality, as well as to the development and promotion of cultural tourism in Ireland.“Under this Fine Gael led government, the tourism sector is booming. Almost 200,000 people are employed in tourism and 8,000 additional jobs will be created in 2015. Fine Gael is standing up for rural Ireland and working to make sure that the economic recovery is felt across the country.”  McHUGH WELCOMES EXTRA CASH FOR COUNTY MUSEUM was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BoostDonegal County MuseumfundingJoe McHughletterkennylast_img read more

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DONEGAL STORM COULD BE WORST FOR 30 YEARS – INSURANCE ASSESSOR

first_imgTODAY’S storm in County Donegal could be the worst in 30 years, an independent insurance assessor has warned.Roger White says he fears lack of national media attention on a storm alert – along with the downplaying of the storm locally – could be dangerous.An Orange Alert was issued by Met Eireann last night. The worst of the storm will be between 3pm today and midnight tonight. “There is possibility that this could be the worst storm in 30 years heading to Donegal on Wednesday and Thursday,” said the Bundoran based assessor.“Given the predicted sheer force of this I am predicting power will be down in a lot of the west Donegal for a number of days and the level of destruction is due to be significant.“People should prepare for the worst. If it doesn’t turn out that way, then no harm done.”His recommendations from years of experience are as follows: * Have candles/torches at the ready. Widespread electric power line falls are inevitable in Donegal* If you have stove or fireplace get some logs/coal/turf to keep your home warm.* Before noon today get all loose garden furniture/trampolines into shed/garage. If not you risk them going through your windows/patio doors. I have even seen a trampoline going through a roof!* DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR a downed power line. It has happened with tragic consequences.Mr White said he expects to be busy over the next few days. “We help property owners when they suffer damage,” he said.“I expect my phone will be busy, so anyone who needs to get in touch should email me. whiteclaims@gmail.com.”Winds are predicted to gust to 120km/hr by Met Eireann this evening, or even up to 130km/hr during gales and severe gales.DONEGAL STORM COULD BE WORST FOR 30 YEARS – INSURANCE ASSESSOR was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal daily weatherloss adjustorstormWarninglast_img read more

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Fernandes hails players and ‘amazing’ QPR fans after derby defeat

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes took to Twitter after the derby defeat at Chelsea and said he was proud of Rangers’ players and fans.Charlie Austin’s equaliser cancelled out Oscar’s opener at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea secured a 2-1 victory with Eden Hazard’s disputed penalty.And Fernandes tweeted: “I’m very proud to be QPR chairman because of our players ,manager and most important out amazing fans.“I think every QPR fan should be proud of the team . felt super proud of our boys and the fans were amazing.”I think every QPR fan should be proud of the team . felt super proud of our boys and the fans were amazing .— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) November 1, 2014Rangers chief executive Philip Beard added: “Another really good performance and we deserved to be the first team this season to leave Stamford Bridge with at least a point.”QPR midfielder Leroy Fer wrote: “Unlucky today, but strong as a team! Let’s stick together!”And Austin, whose goal was his fifth of the season, tweeted: “Disappointing not to come away from the game with a point great team performance and fans were class.”Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, currently unavailable because of a hamstring problem, was not at the game but suggested another goal for Austin could mean the striker is closing in on an England call-up.Barton commented: “From what I read on @QPRFC news feed. Seems QPR played well. Delighted for @chazaustin9 How long before England cap?”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cape Town: Third-best city on the Lonely Planet

first_imgThe Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa, is widely regarded as the most successful Waterfront development in the world, and offers residents and visitors a lifestyle and entertainment hub.(Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Luxury apartments facing onto one of the city’s best beaches in Clifton, one of Cape Town’s most affluent suburbs.(Image: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)MEDIA CONTACT• Hayley van der WoudeClearing House CoordinatorIntegrated Strategic Communication and Branding DepartmentCity of Cape Town+27 21 400 5175Melissa Jane CookSouth Africa’s Cape Town has just been named the third best city in the world.The list, published in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 guide released this week, is headed by Paris and Trinidad. Cape Town, in third position, is ahead of global centres such as Zurich, Shanghai, Chicago and Auckland.“There’s never a bad time to visit Cape Town,” says Lonely Planet.“In recent years the city has received a deluge of accolades paying homage to its undeniable natural beauty. This year the city is destined to get even prettier as it takes on the title of World Design Capital for 12 inspirational months.”The World Design Capital project identifies and rewards cities that use design to foster social, economic and cultural development.The guide adds, “Expect sculpture-lined green spaces, sustainable projects, and further regeneration of former industrial districts such as Woodstock and The Fringe, now the stamping ground of trendy shoppers and gourmands.”Cape Town’s design ethicAccording to the Cape Town Partnerships website, two World Design Capital project representatives; the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design’s secretary, General Dilki de Silva, and its only African executive board member, Cape Town’s Mugendi M’Rithaa, were very enthusiastic about design’s role in Cape Town and on the continent.“The first challenge is around the understanding of the term design. What the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) has done through World Design Capital is to introduce a more nuanced understanding of design – beyond products. It’s now about how design can affect the economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life for people. In terms of Africa, the regions are acknowledging and understanding design at a varied pace.“For instance; apartheid was a bad design that excluded people and we are using our World Design Capital designation to address these systemic design issues. So look at housing; 29% of South Africans live in slums, but in Sierra Leone this figure is 95%, in Nairobi it’s more like 42%. Suddenly, challenges faced by Cape Town are replicated elsewhere, with similar dynamics – maybe even more daunting ones – but the courage with which Cape Town engages these issues will have a very powerful catalytic effect on the way other cities see design as an agency for social change,” they say.The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the industrial design profession.Deserved honours“Lonely Planet says that the reasons for selecting certain destinations vary; 2014 ‘marks the 20th anniversary of South African democracy – honour it by exploring the city’s history’,” reads a statement from the City of Cape Town.There has been great excitement around the honours Cape Town has received this year. The World Travel Awards – the “Oscars of the travel industry” – honoured the city as Africa’s Leading Destination and Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination at an awards ceremony in Kenya earlier this month.The Taj Hotel in the city centre took the honours for Africa’s Leading Hotel Residence.In the 2013 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, Cape Town was listed in the top 10 cities in Africa and the Middle East and was ranked 11th in the Condé Nast Top 25 cities in the world. Some80 000 readers cast 1.3-million votes in the poll.“The city is constantly building skills and improving opportunities in the tourism sector for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, which forms part of this administration’s vision to create an Opportunity City which will benefit all our people,” said the city’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe.This cosmopolitan peninsula at the tip of Africa, boasting a Mediterranean climate, is a diverse melting pot of 11 official languages, and cultures and religions. Its natural beauty makes it one of the most attractive cities in the world, in fact, the third best city in the world.Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities1. Paris, France2. Trinidad, Cuba3. Cape Town, South Africa4. Riga, Latvia5. Zurich, Switzerland6. Shanghai, China7. Vancouver, Canada8. Chicago, USA9. Adelaide, Australia10. Auckland, New Zealandlast_img read more

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Chaplain’s Advice on Responding to Severe Stories from Warriors

first_img“We practice how to tap into emotions and use it to help us understand and reflect back to the Service Member.”  – Captain David Reedy, U.S. Air Force ChaplainAs a caregiver, your service member may open up to you about really severe stories or memories that have impacted them while serving. This can also hold true to many military helping professionals as they work with their clients. You may be thinking internally that the information the loved one or service member is sharing is hard to hear, but know it took a lot for that individual to really divulge. In those moments of deep conversation, barriers that once held him or her back are beginning to breakdown and you can get a sense of what their needs may be in regards to care management.Watch and listen as Captain David Reedy, Air Force Chaplain at Joint Base San Antonio offers tips and benefits to handling emotional stories from service member’s military experiences.How do you feel about Captain Reedy’s response? What are some things that you have found with regards to your wounded warrior’s stories?This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 5, 2015.last_img read more

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BJP urges Guv to call Shimla civic polls

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, led by former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Governor Acharya Dev Vrat on the postponement of the Shimla Municipal Corporation elections.Seeking his intervention, the BJP strongly condemned the Virbhadra Singh government and the State Election Commission (SEC) and alleged that the SEC was working under the diktat of the government.The party alleged that the Congress, fearing a defeat, before the Assembly elections, had got the municipal elections postponed.The Congress had recently lost the Bhoranj by-election to the BJP, giving the BJP a huge boost.The civic polls were deferred on the grounds that the revision of electoral rolls had not been completed.The BJP alleged the revision, which was to be completed by May 5, had been deliberately delayed. Now after the special revision it will be over by June 23 and the elections might take place in July, the BJP said.Earlier, the High Court had directed the government to file a reply within two weeks on the delay in completing the election process and its failure to conduct elections before the end of the present civic body’s term.BJP activists had challenged the matter in the court, calling it “highly undemocratic, unconstitutional and in violation of Article 243.”last_img read more

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Indian women cricket team loses warm-up tie but not heart

first_imgIndia women’s skipper Mithali Raj believes the team is well prepared for the World Twenty20. That didn’t look to be the case as they surrendered to New Zealand in their only warm-up game ahead of the main tournament that begins on Wednesday.Opting to bat at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground here on Sunday, India folded up for 100 in 19.4 overs, a score which the Kiwi women chased down in 18.1 overs, though not without a hiccup.Only three Indian players – Amita Sharma (32), Harmanpreet Kaur (20) and Jhulan Goswami (14) – crossed double figures, while left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was impressive with three for six from three overs. For New Zealand, captain Suzie Bates cracked a half-century.But the result won’t worry the team – not yet anyway – since it is coming off a hard preparatory camp and Mithali said it would take some time to adjust to the conditions. “We emphasised on practice matches at the camp. Also on our opening pair, which has been a matter of concern for us, and has hardly ever given us a good start. The plans are in place, and it is time to implement them now,” she said.”The conditions could help us, if they happen to be slow, but with this being an ICC tournament, we could get batting tracks too. We really don’t know what to expect. The last time the team was here was for the Asia Cup in 2004.”India have performed well enough to regularly make the semi-final stages of World Cups, but have struggled to take the next step. Mithali feels that is down to a failure in handling pressure.advertisement”It has a lot to do with pressure. We have had some amazing victories during the league stages, but we seem to crack under pressure in the semi-finals. This time, we have to learn to soak it up, because we have Australia and England in our pool, and in order to progress to the semi-finals, we’ll need to beat at least one of these teams,” the skipper said.There are as many as eight new faces in the squad from the one that played in the previous World Twenty20 in the West Indies two years ago.last_img read more

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