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A Beloved Work of Public Art Just Disappeared from L.A.’s Landscape

first_imgL.A. HistoryA Beloved Work of Public Art Just Disappeared from L.A.’s LandscapeYou saw Vermonica, even if you don’t know itBy Los Angeles magazine – November 28, 2017996ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIf you’ve driven along Santa Monica Boulevard at any point during the last 25 years, chances are you saw Vermonica, a public art installation by Sheila Klein—though you probably didn’t realize it. Completed in 1993, the work consisted of 25 examples of street poles and fixtures that at some point have been part of the city’s street-lighting system, and which typified early 20th century craftsmanship.To the undiscerning eye, Vermonica (a lovely portmanteau of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard) could have easily been mistaken for standard parking-lot lampposts, and in many ways that was the point: The best public art blends in to become part of the landscape (see also: Chris Burden’s Urban Light). But this is also partially why Klein had no say in its removal and relocation on November 21. In fact, she  wasn’t even informed of it.According to a statement on her website, Klein learned the installation had been moved via an email from a stranger, who wrote to ask what had happened to it. She later learned that the shopping center’s owner was redesigning the parking lot and asked that the structure be removed by January of 2018.The Bureau of Street Lighting, which had cooperated in the creation of Vermonica, picked up the lights and reinstalled them on their own property. Klein writes, “This is not my piece and it is no longer Vermonica… I wish they had involved me to redesign the piece for the new location, but they did not.”In fact, though, Vermonica had already survived long past its expiration date. Originally intended to stay up for only one year, it instead became one of the city’s low-key landmarks. Klein writes, “Vermonica operated within and outside of the realm of art.” She added, “I am proud that it lived for so many years and became woven into the vernacular of the city. I hope a new piece will emerge to keep this idea alive.”RELATED: You Can Visit the Café From La La Land in Real LifeStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSStreet ArtPrevious articleYouTube Mega-Star Jake Paul Is Hosting a Crazy Pop-Up in L.A.Next articleThis Is How to Do the L.A. Museum Trifecta Like a WinnerLos Angeles magazine RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORCoronavirus-Themed Murals Have Popped Up Across L.A.The Best Exhibits at Museums and Galleries in L.A. in MarchLos Angeles Has Become a Hub for a Wave of Queer Street Artistslast_img read more

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Children’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town

first_imgRelatedChildren’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The fourth staging of an islandwide series of consultative workshops hosted by the Office of the Children’s Advocate in Spanish Town on March 5 is being hailed as “very successful” by Children’s Advocate Mary Clarke.Mrs. Clarke says that in fact, several issues that were unearthed during the workshop will be discussed at a meeting to be held with the police and representatives of the Ministry of Health.“We found out so much that is happening. We heard the voices of the children and the teachers. From the consultations I’ve found so many issues I need to sit and discuss with the police,” she said.She stated that issues to be discussed were varied and stemmed primarily from the communities. “Problems that children have (include) the use of ganja and how it is impacting children directly or indirectly (and) we have problems with loud noise in some communities. Another thing we picked up were certain hot spots for child abuse that we need to bring to their attention and we hope they will have their police in these areas to investigate and see what can be done,” she said.Mrs. Clarke noted that the police were in an excellent position to address these situations. “They have community policing, community meetings with persons and of course they enforce the law. They have a much wider spread than we have and they can reach persons at the community level. We believe in public education, sensitization and enforcement where this becomes necessary,” she stressed.The series of consultations are an attempt by the Office of the Children’s Advocate to educate persons about the Office, its role and functions.It also aims to educate persons about the Child Care and Protection Act as it relates to children in school, teachers and guidance counsellors, and to hear the concerns of the children themselves.This interaction she pointed out would advise the review of policies to the relevant authorities including Parliament, the Ministry of Health and the various agencies that oversee the care and protection of children.Addressing teachers on the matter of corporal punishment Mrs. Clarke called on them to adopt alternate measures in disciplining children. “Because when they come to the office with their bruises and cuts we have to respond and apply the legal process. We really don’t want it to come to that. We are here to work with them and not against them in the best interest of children,” she added.Workshops have so far been held in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Mandeville, and St. Catherine. The final workshop will be held in Kingston next week. RelatedChildren’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town Children’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town UncategorizedMarch 7, 2008center_img RelatedChildren’s Advocate Holds Successful Workshop in Spanish Town Advertisementslast_img read more

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Chancellor’s Corner: SUCCEED Health Assessment deadline extended to April 5

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The deadline for the friendly Be Colorado SUCCEED Health Assessment campus participation rate competition has been extended until this Friday, April 5, and it’s a good thing for the Boulder campus. We currently trail all the other campuses with only 13% of our employees participating thus far. We’re also still below our 14.67% participation rate from the last campus competition, and I thought we could easily meet our goal this year of 25%.I am personally committed to a culture of wellness at CU-Boulder, and completing the health assessment is a great way for all of us to show our commitment. Completing the assessment is a requirement to earn incentives through the new Be Colorado Move. program, a program designed for our healthy campus. Participants can earn $300 a year to meet baseline movement goals of 30 minutes or more of moderate to intense movement 12 times per month.When you complete the assessment, you will also be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of 12, $300 airfare vouchers.We have a few more days to put the Boulder campus on top. Complete the confidential health assessment today at https://my.healthmedia.com/index.html?au=CUAUTHCD and help us win the campus competition.If you have any questions visit www.becolorado.org or e-mail [email protected] Published: April 3, 2013 last_img read more

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7 ways to manage relationship stress

first_imgT: Are you tired? You may feel tired physically, but are you also mentally exhausted? If so, it may be time to take a break, do a quick meditation, stretch, lie down or simply close your eyes and take a deep breath.#3: Have a conversation (face-to-face)The HALT method doesn’t replace discussing issues that may exist in our relationships. Having that discussion face-to-face, whether that means in person or over video, is important. Talking over text or social can lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings that may make the situation worse. If you’re upset, talk with your friends, family, roommates or significant others about your stress and what you need from these relationships to get through it. That being said, snapping or responding with words and actions you may later regret can add to your stress levels and make it more difficult to deal with things later on.Instead, plan ahead. When approaching a tough conversation, preparing in advance can be helpful. Planning ahead assures you are able to share your views and hear the other person’s perspective more effectively. Take some time to think about what you hope to accomplish from the conversation. Consider what an ideal outcome looks like, how you will know it’s time to take a break and what assumptions you may be making about how your roommate or family will respond. Before starting a potentially stressful conversation, it’s important to check in with ourselves about what we’re experiencing and what might realistically happen, so we can prepare emotionally. When you feel prepared to begin the conversation, find a time that works for everyone to talk without distractions. Explain why you want to have this conversation and share what you hope to accomplish.If things become heated or escalate, it can be difficult not to say something we may regret down the line. In these situations, use de-escalation tactics to bring everyone back to the facts, reiterate why this conversation is important and how you value the other person. If volume ticks up, use your voice to bring it back down. Take a deep breath before speaking and ask for a break if needed. You can return to the conversation after everyone has time to cool off. #4: Reflect on the conversationWhile it would be nice, change doesn’t happen overnight. Conversations don’t always resolve the way we’d like, and more often than not, seeing progress requires a series of conversations and a willingness to keep trying. If things feel like they’re unresolved, let the person know that you appreciate their time and you’d like to follow up with them in the future. Give them some time and space before engaging again. If things are resolved more quickly, share your appreciation and gratitude with the other person and let them know you value their help and input.#5: Continue to check in with yourselfMake it a habit to check in with yourself. Look for signs of stress and acknowledge your needs in the moment using HALT (you can also try journaling or asking yourself specifically how you are feeling about your classes, relationships, news consumption, etc.). Once you can recognize what your triggers and responses are, you will be better suited to handle stressful situations in a positive way.#6: Connect with othersIt’s important to remember that we won’t be in isolation or asked to participate in social distancing forever. Make time to reach out to friends or classmates to catch up. If you are feeling the stresses of being at home, focus on creating an amicable relationship. You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate or get along with your family all the time, but respecting one another and your differences can go a long way in improving your experience.#7: Ask for helpIf you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, students can contact Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) for a free online walk-in appointment by calling 303-492-2277.More Health & Wellness Articles L: Are you lonely? Being lonely doesn’t necessarily mean you’re alone. Even if you’re around other people, you can still feel distant, isolated, withdrawn or disconnected. If you experience any of these emotions, it may be time to reach out and have a conversation about what you’re going through with someone you trust. Even if you’re upset with your roommate or family member in the moment, sharing what is stressing you out and what you’ve been dealing with may help you feel better and reconnect. A: Are you angry? If the answer is yes, it’s important to identify why and ways you can address it. Are you upset about who controls the TV remote or is it really something else? Take a step back and allow yourself time to process your emotions. Journaling can be a helpful way to explore what’s really bothering you. Once you’ve identified the root of your anger or frustration, let yourself calm down and brainstorm ways to address it in a healthy way. This may mean you need to create space for yourself, take a walk, get more sleep or talk through things with someone you trust.center_img Following public health agency recommendations like self-quarantine and social distancing can cause our stress levels to spike, and our relationships may be the first in line to feel the impact. Whether we are feeling lonely, tired, overwhelmed or irritable (or a combination), it’s important to know how to manage our stress to help maintain our relationships. Here are some tips to help you navigate conflict while in isolation with your roommates, family or housemates.#1: Know your conflict styleWhen you have a disagreement with someone, what do you do? Do you tend to ignore the problem or avoid the person? Do you confront them right away? Do you look for compromise?Everyone approaches conflict differently. When addressing conflict, it can be helpful to know your own style as well as your roommate or family member’s style. Knowing how you both address conflict can help you find common ground and navigate where your styles may clash. Take this quiz to learn more about your conflict style.#2: HALTWe’ve all been there: your family member says the wrong thing or a roommate forgets to take out the trash, and after a long week you’re ready to snap at them. If it feels like this is about to happen, press pause. This is the moment to take a deep breath and check in with yourself using the HALT method.H: Are you hungry? If the answer is yes, grab yourself a snack to help relieve any “hangry” feelings. It can also help you feel more energized and improve your mood.last_img read more

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SF Beer Week 2017 a Celebration of Innovation

first_imgAdvertisementTickets Now On Sale!SFBW Opening Gala Friday, February 10, 2017 – Pier 48, San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA — Thursday, January 5, 2017 — The San Francisco Brewers Guild and Northern California’s finest breweries are hard at work planning for an incredible week of craft beer celebrations throughout the Bay Area during SF Beer Week 2017. With the return of the country’s premier Beer Week, the ever-increasing innovation and creativity taking shape in breweries across the region will be on full display like no other SF Beer Week before it. The SF Beer Week Opening Gala, the top-tier regional invitational festival that kicks off the festivities at Pier 48 on February 10, will spotlight flavor-driven brewing innovations glass by glass. Revelations and discoveries will continue through hundreds of thirst-quenching events around the greater San Francisco Bay Area, wrapping up on February 19. Tickets to the Opening Gala are now on sale at sfbeerweek.org (VIP: $120/GA: $80).Over 100 breweries operate in one of the world’s most creative regions. The Bay Area continues to be a hotbed of beer innovation, where trends and techniques are created, rediscovered and riffed on. Flipping beer styles on their heads, wielding a growing influence on celebrity chefs’ dishes and renowned restaurant’s beverage menus, adapting beer-making techniques, creating specialized businesses like fermentation-only facilities, embracing entrepreneurial endeavors as with California’s first artisan malting company — innovation continues apace in the City by the Bay and the broader area.San Francisco is America’s first craft brewing region. Craft beer — along with its runaway international hit, American IPA — was born of the Bay Area’s spirit of innovation. In 1975, SF’s Anchor Brewing Co.‘s breakaway Anchor Liberty Ale — the crisp, dry-hopped ale that foreshadowed the modern American IPA — created a flavor benchmark for the growing ranks of homebrewers and brewers. Up in Santa Rosa, Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo created the world’s first Double IPA, the acclaimed Pliny the Elder, followed by the now-legendary prototypical Triple IPA, Pliny the Younger, set for a Friday, February 3, release, and on tap through most of SF Beer Week.Northern California brewers are proud of their regional heritage and the trends they have given rise to but are not insular. They not only forge new paths, but adopt new approaches and, like jazz impresarios, constantly riff and refine. The explosion of beer substyles on tap during SF Beer Week will attest to that exchange.The Bay Area has also shaken the world’s culinary assumptions ever since Chef Alice Waters famously led the charge for local, seasonal cuisine at Chez Panisse in Berkeley starting in 1971. Many top restaurants in the region, from The French Laundry to State Bird Provisions, devote welcome attention to their beer lists and pairings. Gastropubs and beer-centric eateries — such as Smokestack at Magnolia and Hog’s Apothecary — bring kitchen cred to casual and bar top dining as well. During SF Beer Week, dozens of beer dinners take it to another level.The rise of hyper-local breweries entirely focused on serving community first through their taprooms has created a new neighborhood hangout across the Bay Area. Dozens of breweries are selling fresh-brewed beer on site and hand-delivering kegs to just a few trusted bars. These breweries are embracing near-continuous rotation and experimentation in their taprooms, moving away from year-round flagship brews. Innovative design and graphics flourish throughout the region with brewery t-shirts replacing rock ‘n’ roll shirts, and beer labels destined for the walls of fine art institutions, such as the newly renovated SFMOMA.As is true across the country, collaboration beers are all the rage throughout the Bay Area. The San Francisco brewing community innovates together, cooking up collaboration beers with colleagues from near and far, for the camaraderie, the creative challenge and just to mix things up. For SF Beer Week 2017, San Francisco Brewers Guild has officially announced its collaboration beer is New Frontier (5.3% ABV) — a postmodern Kölsch style ale with satsuma and evergreen. Medium in body and bright in flavor, New Frontier is a new-world interpretation on a classic Kölsch style. Japanese satsuma provides notes of zesty citrus, while Pacific Northwest Douglas Fir lends a light pine aroma to the finish. Specialty ingredients for New Frontier are donated by Whole Foods Market, while Brewers Supply Group provided the malt and hops, and White Labs provided the yeast. For additional information on New Frontier, please visit sfbeerweek.org/collabThis February, let the region’s leading craft beer sherpa, SF Beer Week, guide you through ten days of craft beer discovery. More than a week’s worth of compelling experiences will be waiting for you, thanks to a craft beer community devoted to innovation, experimentation and never sitting still.For detailed information regarding SF Beer Week 2017, please download the following comprehensive Media Kit 2017.The Current List of San Francisco Brewers Guild Members:21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Company, Anchor Brewing Company, Barebottle Brewing Company, Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, Black Hammer Brewing Company, Black Sands Brewery, Cellarmaker Brewing Company, Ferment. Drink. Repeat, Fort Point Beer Company, Harmonic Brewing, Headlands Brewing Company, Holy Craft Brewery, Laughing Monk Brewing Company, Local Brewing Company, Magnolia Brewing Company, Old Bus Tavern, Pine Street Brewery, Pizza Orgasmica & Brewery, San Francisco Brewing Company, Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Southpaw BBQ, Sufferfest Beer Company, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom, and Woods Beer / Cerveceria de MateVeza.The San Francisco Brewers Guild thanks all of their sponsors for SF Beer Week 2017, and especially the sponsors for the Exclusive Press Preview Happy Hour:About San Francisco Brewers GuildThe San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501(c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by educating the public about craft beer, organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers, advocating for the craft beer industry in city government, donating services and product to local charities, and partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries.For more information, please visit:[email protected]/SFBeerWeeksfbrewersguild.orgAdvertisement Facebook Home Industry News Releases Beer Business SF Beer Week 2017 a Celebration of InnovationIndustry News ReleasesBeer BusinessSF Beer Week 2017 a Celebration of InnovationBy Press Release – January 5, 2017 56 0 TAGSConsumerSan Francisco Brewers GuildSF Beer Week Previous articleExplore Southern California on a California Wines Road TripNext articleAfternoon Brief, January 5 Press Release Share ReddIt Pinterest Email Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

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Sixth-Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction to Be Held August 5

first_img TAGSWillamette Valley Wineries Association “The cooler 2019 vintage was a return to a classic Willamette Valley vintage that produced delicate, structured and complex wines with extraordinary aging potential,” says Endsworth. “This is a vintage collectors and trade members are going to want to get their hands on,” adds Alstrin.The in-person component of the 2021 Auction will take place at WillaKenzie Estate and will accommodate a limited number of attendees with social distancing protocols and in accordance with current county guidelines. The Auction will also offer a robust virtual event, featuring live-stream online bidding and a virtual preview week July 26-30, 2021, offering virtual attendees the opportunity to explore Auction lot wines through intimate winemaker panels.“WillaKenzie Estate is ready and thrilled to invite members of the trade to the Willamette Valley for this year’s Auction,” says former Auction co-chair and Jackson Family Wines Vice President of Oregon Winery Operations and Business Development Eugenia Keegan. “In addition to working closely with public officials and consulting with experts on preparing our outdoor venue to ensure everyone’s safety, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association has spent the past 12 months preparing to welcome guests once again.”Attendance is limited to licensed wine sellers, including retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers. Attendance for this year’s Auction will be extremely limited in compliance with local regulations to ensure everyone’s safety. The Willamette Valley Wineries Association will work closely with public officials to ensure safety protocols are strictly enforced, and in alignment with best practices. Auction lot samples will be available to registered bidders who are unable to attend in person. Those interested can view participating wineries at www.willamettewines.auction and can reserve tickets by emailing [email protected] Willamette Valley Wineries AssociationThe Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) is a non-profit industry association dedicated to achieving recognition for Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley as a premier Pinot noir–producing region. Currently, the WVWA has nearly 250 members representing wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms hospitality and industry partners throughout the Willamette Valley region from Portland to Eugene. To learn more about The Willamette Valley Wineries Association visit: willamettewines.com Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Sixth-Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction to Be Held August 5Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessSixth-Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction to Be Held August 5By Press Release – April 14, 2021 169 0 Hybrid online and in-person event will welcome wine media and trade from across the country ReddIt Facebook Previous articleNapa Valley Wine Academy Makes Education Accessible with Trio of New Scholarships Focused Upon DiversityNext articleEl Dorado Wine Grape Growers Present a Zoom Discussion on Powdery Mildew and Early Season Management, April 21 at 6:30pm Press Release Auction co-chairs Rob Alstrin and Jessica Endsworth(April 14, 2021; Portland, Ore.)—The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) has announced that the sixth-annual Willamette: the Pinot Noir Auction will return this year as a hybrid in-person and online event on August 5, 2021. The trade Auction will be the first WVWA event to welcome people for in-person tastings in more than a year.Co-chaired by Jessica Endsworth, a national sales manager of Northwest Wine Company, and Rob Alstrin, President and CEO of Adelsheim, the Auction will highlight the 2019 vintage, with 85 Pinot noir lots from top Willamette Valley producers, and seven Chardonnay lots from current and past Auction chairs. All wines are one-of-a-kind, produced in quantities of just five, 10 or 20 cases, exclusive to the Auction. Auction proceeds go to support the branding, marketing, and education programs of the WVWA, and in 2021, a portion will also support a charitable partner. The esteemed Fritz Hatton will return this year as auctioneer.center_img Twitter Email Pinterest Share Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

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Drive for Life Campaign Begins

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedWork to Get Underway on Portmore Sewage Project RelatedDr. Guy Calls on Developing Countries to Make Renting More Attractive FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Drive for Life Campaign Begins TransportSeptember 30, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh Related70 Residents of Ebony Park Housing Scheme Receive Titlescenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister without Portfolio, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy (left), converses with Deputy Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hinds, at the launch of the Ministry’s three-month islandwide road safety campaign, at the Half-Way Tree transport centre, on September 27. The campaign is being staged under the theme: ‘Walk, Ride, and Drive for Life’. Story HighlightsThe initiative aims to further heighten awareness among all road users of the need to exercise greater caution.Statistics show that upwards of 200 persons have died from over 190 traffic accidents since January.The Ministry’s campaign includes a series of road shows to be rolled out over the next three months. The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, through its Road Safety Unit, is renewing efforts to influence behaviour change among road users islandwide, particularly motorists, through its current public education campaign.Themed – ‘Walk, Ride and Drive for Life’ – the initiative aims to further heighten awareness among all road users of the need to exercise greater caution and care when traversing the nation’s thoroughfares, as the authorities endeavour  to keep fatalities below the 300 mark.Statistics show that upwards of 200 persons have died from over 190 traffic accidents since January. The fatalities include four students of Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision in the parish on September 25, while travelling to school.Mindful of the significant losses, dislocation, and inconvenience resulting from these tragedies, the Ministry, in partnership with a number of key private and state agencies and stakeholders, has moved to initiate the programme, which should not only be effective in capturing the public’s attention, but will successfully curb errant behaviour on the roads, thus reducing crashes and fatalities.Key partner stakeholders include: the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF), Road Safety Unit, National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Transport Authority (TA), Island Traffic Authority (ITA), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, WISYNCO Group Limited, National Baking Company, Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA), and the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ).The Ministry’s campaign includes a series of road shows to be rolled out over the next three months, and incorporates entertainment, deemed a guaranteed crowd puller.In this regard, they have secured the endorsements and services of several popular entertainers and media personalities, who should serve as drawing cards.They include popular dancehall duo, Voicemail; songstress, Tanya Stephens; multiple festival song winner, Roy Rayon; and media personality, Jennifer ‘Jenni Jenni’ Small.The campaign, which is being rolled out over four legs, kicked off on Saturday, September 28 in Kingston, and made stops in Spanish Town and Old Harbour, St. Catherine, and May Pen, Clarendon.The second leg takes place in Port Maria, St. Mary, and Ocho Rios and St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann on October 26; the third rolls into Falmouth, Trelawny; Montego Bay, St. James; and Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland on November 16. The campaign culminates on December 14 in Black River and Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth; and Mandeville, Manchester.Speaking at the campaign’s launch at the Half-Way Tree transport centre in St. Andrew on September 27, Minister without Portfolio in the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry, with oversight for road safety, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, stressed that the “need for action” to improve road safety “is most critical and crucial at this time, as we only serve to hinder our growth and development with the spate of accidents on our streets.”He also noted the significant economic impact which road accidents have on Jamaica’s economy.“Billions are expended on police resources to deter bad road behaviour and to respond to, and investigate cases after accidents. Billions are (also) used to equip hospitals to handle emergency cases and dispense medication, and it costs insurance companies billions in payouts resulting from many avoidable mishaps,” the Minister said.“It also costs you drivers, when your insurance rates go up, due to the high rate of accidents. On that point, it is clearly noted that safety has to be the cheapest and most effective insurance policy,” he added.Dr. Guy pointed to World Bank statistics which indicate that over 1.3 million people die in road accidents globally, each year. Of significance, he noted, is that over 70 per cent of those fatalities occur in developing countries, like Jamaica.The Minister explained that through the latest campaign, “Jamaica (is) playing its role in the push to reduce road deaths and, by extension, protect the wellbeing of this nation.”In her remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell,  lamented the loss of lives, and voiced particular concern that children and the elderly comprise approximately 25 per cent of the fatalities recorded  so far this year.“Almost everybody in Jamaica has suffered some pain with what is happening on our roads (and) I am concerned about safety on our roads, especially the treatment of children, the elderly and (other) vulnerable road users in the traffic environment,” she said.“This (campaign) might not be a panacea for all the ills of our road situation. But if we can (promote) road safety… through the positive messages we intend to send, then we will go a far way at curbing the negative behaviour out there. Each one has a part to play and I am appealing to all of us to let it begin with us,” the Permanent Secretary added, while urging public support for the scheduled activities.Meanwhile, Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, voiced concern about existing and potential perils facing the nearly 700,000 children commuting to school daily, and stressed that “any campaign to improve road safety must, in fact, begin with them and special care must be offered to them.”Deputy Police Commissioner, Glenmore Hinds, pledged the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF)  commitment to doubling their efforts to ensure that errant road users are “brought to book.” He also urged the public to play their part to reduce the carnage.“It is no longer the time for us to wring our hands or for us all to say ‘it’s not us, it’s not our workers’.  It is the business and responsibility of all of us. We all must take personal responsibility for ensuring that we commit ourselves to safety on the roads and do everything on our part to ensure that we make the roads safer for all who use it,’ he said.Other speakers included: State Minister for Tourism an Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, who endorsed the initiative and thanked the entertainers for supporting the cause; Route Taxi Association of Jamaica President, Sophia Campbell; and recording artistes – Voicemail.There was also a special presentation by accident survivor, Fallasha Fitz-Henley, who shared her experiences on the effect the mishap has had on her life. Drive for Life Campaign BeginsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

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Weibo CEO reveals mobile takeup

first_imgHome Weibo CEO reveals mobile takeup China imposes streaming ban on Weibo Related LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Wang Gaofei, CEO of Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo, used his keynote to highlight the radical difference he sees between PC and mobile internet users.Those users who access Weibo and other internet services via a PC – a minority – have seen an alteration to how they spend time in an office or internet cafe but what has happened with the mobile internet impacts everything, he said.“The PC change affects two hours of daily life but mobile and the internet of things changes all twenty-four hours,” said Gaofei, who added 70 per cent of total daily users access the service with a mobile device.And domestically, while the PC is used mostly in a study, mobile usage is anytime and anywhere.“The mobile internet is not an extension of the internet,” he said.However, Weibo is anxious to carry their old-school PC users with them, even though they represent a minority. “We want them to avoid feelings of confusion when they move from one to another [PC to mobile],” said Gaofei.“When we launch new services, they go first on mobile and if it’s good then move to PC as well,” he explained.Since its launch four years ago, Weibo has accumulated a monthly active user base of 144 million.Among Weibo’s future plans is greater user of location-based services, so that it can offer more targeted services to users, he said. Tencent, Weibo volunteer to clean up content Weibo Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Previous ArticleHuawei, China Telecom innovate to meet connectivity demandsNext ArticleZTE fights for global recognition center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 JUN 2014 Richard Handford Apps Tags Author Tencent, Baidu, Weibo probed for content law violationslast_img read more

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News / XPO signs up for ‘breakthrough’ rail-road Paris city logistics project

first_img XPO Logistics has signed up to become part of an innovative multimodal urban logistics project in Paris that will see consumer shipments into the French capital carried by both rail and truck.Yesterday it became the road transport provider for the so-called Chappelle Logistics hotel project, a “landmark project in urban logistics will enable the routing of products to the heart of Paris by combining a railway shuttle and road transport. The seamless solution is designed to provide a reliable, economically efficient and eco-responsible last-mile service”.A schematic of the Chappelle Logistics supply chainThe project brings together XPO Logistics with rail operator Eurorail and Sogaris, a French firm that is developing an urban rail terminal in the Paris suburbs, and will see short-line rail services into the Paris city centre launched in September 2017. Alexandre Gallo, general manager of International Eurorail, said: “A real breakthrough in rail logistics with an urban rail shuttle and the associated operations of an ultra-modern terminal, this new solution illustrates that rail transport can be both civic and innovative, through mass-scale distribution at the heart of a major city.”Each train can carry 60 containers, with goods then distributed by XPO Logistics trucks running on alternative fuels, such as gas, rather than diesel, which will reduce city centre emissions as well as the number of trucks on Parisian roads by an average of 30 a day.Luis Angel Gomez, managing director of transport solutions for XPO Logistics Europe, said: “With this multimodal innovation, a pioneer in Paris and complementary to our XPO shipment services via the Seine, we will be able to offer our customers a reliable urban supply and distribution solution that is economically efficient and in line with the commitment of Paris and its suburbs to reduce the environmental impact of urban logistics.”XPO Logistics’ will help design, direct and market the transport solution, as well as providing road transport services; while Eurorail, through its RegioRail subsidiary, will provide management of the merchandise routing by rail, including reserving train paths with the SNCF network, renting freight cars and managing train driver teams. By Gavin van Marle 31/03/2016last_img read more

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Journalism Course “Advanced Reporting Business News in the Digital Age”

first_img LinkedIn 0 July 28, 2015 Published by Gorica Deadline: 17 August 2015Open to: full-time journalists who have at least five years of experience and work at print, broadcast or online media organizationsVenue: 12 – 16 October 2015, London, United KingdomDescriptionThe Thomson Reuters Foundation is organizing a week long training program to equip journalists with the skills necessary to cover financial and business news in key areas such as economics, commodities, energy, companies, foreign exchange and financial markets. Led by seasoned Reuters’ journalists with deep experience covering business beats, the course will show you how to make the link between money and people; where to find new sources to report on business news and how to use digital tools to tell financial stories.Participants will practice turning complicated financial concepts into clear, informative news stories that meet international standards of journalism within a mentored framework. The emphasis is on producing real journalism of the highest standard.EligibilityFull-time journalists who have at least five years of experience and work at print, broadcast or online media organizations. Before attending this course participants:Should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of financial journalism;Will be able to structure a news story, including writing leads, interviewing sources, and producing accurate copy;Must have a good level of spoken and written English.CostsBursaries for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition working for organisations with no resources for training will be available. Bursaries would include economy travel expenses and accommodation. This arrangement is subject to variation.How to apply?You should apply online by sending the following documents:A short biography of no more than 250 words;A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist. Explain how you hope to benefit from the course for which you are applying;A story of the state of your national economy.Application deadline is 17 August 2015. If you have any questions please email to [email protected] more information please visit the official website. Tweet Similar Stories ← The “Next Generation of Science Journalists” Award “Actors of Urban Change” Robert Bosch Program → Pocket Reddit One thought on “Journalism Course “Advanced Reporting Business News in the Digital Age”” +1 By amna moadeb says: CfP: 4 Panels Seminar on Central Europe & Colonialism Log in to Reply 93579056 Share 0 on August 18, 2015 at 11:29 am Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Journalism Course “Advanced Reporting Business News in the Digital Age”last_img read more

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