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Newcastlewest warms to Winterfest

first_imgPrint Newcastlewest immersed itself in the festive spirit last week as it hosted its first Winterfest. The festival was launched by Newcastle West Arts with the opening of the “Rainbow Collection” a showcase of local talent that runs until December 15 in the Red Door Gallery. On Friday the library was not in its usual state of silence thanks to Dorothy DoLittle’s Magical Adventure Puppet Show.  Later that evening, the town was treated to “Christmas Fantasy” a luminous light projection of images and animations onto the facade of the Red Door Gallery.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Saturday was the big day for 250 plus children when Santa arrived and visitors were able to do some Christmas shopping at the Castle and Red Door Market.On Sunday a multitude of households passed on cooking Sunday lunch to dine at the Red Door Pop Up Restaurant with local restaurants Courtenay Lodge Hotel, Dan Cronin’s Bar and Bistro and the Market Place Brasserie selling out early and restocking to ensure no one went hungry.   Everyone kept warm thanks to the mulled wine by Rathkeale House Hotel and coffees by Coffee Culture.Highlight of the weekend was the Living Crib organised by the local Pastoral Committee.   The centrepiece was a custom built crib which housed the manger with local babies starring as the Baby Jesus along with their parents as Mary and Joseph.The majority of events were free but donations were welcome with €900 collected for Pieta House and the Children’s Ark Unit. Linkedin Email WhatsApp Previous articleSouthill youths thinking bigNext articleLimerick colleges learn Fitzgibbon fate admincenter_img Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsNewcastlewest warms to WinterfestBy admin – December 12, 2012 600 Twitterlast_img read more

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It will never be stricken from our minds’

first_imgEleven years ago Tuesday, senior Kerriann Zier’s father pulled her out of her fifth-grade classroom in Franklin Lake, N.J., and told her he was all right. “I just remember being so confused,” Zier said. “I was just like, ‘Okay then, thanks for stopping by.’ I had no idea what he meant.” Zier discovered only later that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, where her father worked. He was packing for a business trip and missed his usual train. If he had made it in time, he would have been on the 78th floor of the South Tower, the beginning of the impact zone. Zier and countless other Notre Dame students were personally impacted by the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In Rockville Centre, N.Y., junior Matt Hayes’ elementary school was on lockdown, but none of the students knew why. “It was one of those situations where we were old enough to know something was wrong, but not old enough to comprehend the extent of what may have happened,” he said. Hayes, whose hometown lost 48 residents in the terrorist attack, said he remembers students whose parents worked in New York City being pulled out of class one by one. The following day, his fourth-grade teacher explained the basics of the attacks to the class, but Hayes said he still did not understand the extent of the day’s events. “I didn’t really comprehend it until I found out my cousin’s neighbors lost their dad, who I had known and who was always around,” he said. “It didn’t hit home for me until there was a personal name associated with the towers. He was a firefighter.” Now that he is old enough to grasp the enormity of the tragedy, Hayes said the memory of Sept. 11 and its aftermath will remain with him forever. “It’s such a defining moment as a New Yorker,” he said. “I feel like people not from New York will never fully comprehend what those days after felt like or what it means to us. It will never be stricken from our minds and thoughts and feelings.” Senior Lauren Antonelle, who used to be able to see the Twin Towers at night from her bedroom in White Plains, N.Y., said the events of Sept. 11 hold acute significance for her and other Empire State residents. “Before moving outside New York, you don’t really realize that not everyone understands it the way you do,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how personal it can be. Most people have a detachment to it, but you’ll always be attached to it.” For the 11th anniversary, Antonelle visited the Grotto and reached out to her family, especially her aunt, whose brother perished in the attacks. Back in 2001, Antonelle and her fifth-grade classmates could sense something was wrong on Sept. 11, but only those whose parents worked in the towers were told what had occurred. Her mother broke the news once she returned home, and they watched the news together, Antonelle said. “I didn’t really know what the World Trade Center was, but they just kept showing the planes crashing and towers falling,” she said. “Once you saw the images of it, you kind of understand at least the magnitude, even if you don’t really understand everything.” Antonelle said the aftermath of the tragedy was nearly as difficult for her town as the actual attack. “A lot of it was waiting for people to call, to find out who survived and who didn’t,” she said. “It was just a lot of waiting. My school was religious, so there was a lot of prayer and service while we waited.” Zier was fortunate; she didn’t have to wait. Her father was switching trains in Hoboken, N.J., when he saw the plane hit the building he should have been inside, and his first thought was to drive to his daughters’ elementary school and reassure them he was safe. Other residents on her town were not so lucky, Zier said. “The next day, I got on the bus and everyone was crying,” she said. “Lots of kids in the area had relatives who were missing. A boy in my direct class, his dad never came home. Someone had a connection one way or another in the whole area.” Eleven years later, Zier still has a hard time discussing that day. It’s especially difficult being at Notre Dame on the anniversaries, she said. “At home there’s a sense of community because most people are somehow affected,” she said. “It’s harder being away from that on the anniversary.”last_img read more

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Assault pledge finds support

first_imgIn an effort to increase awareness of sexual violence and to promote dialogue, representatives of student government’s “One is Too Many” campaign recently went door-to-door in residence halls, asking students to sign a pledge to stand up against sexual violence.“In total, we had 142 people who went around the dorms,” student body president Alex Coccia said. “They collected 2,816 signatures, and then the people who indicated they would want to be involved in a larger way were 1,147,” he said. “Of the on-campus students that we attempted to reach, that’s about 45 percent.”Coccia said this was the first door-to-door student government issue campaign of which he is aware.“Our goal was about 40 percent because this was a one-time, door-to-door, and without really a follow-up immediately, it’s inevitable that you miss people who aren’t in the dorm or aren’t around,” he said. “And this number doesn’t include the number of people who have since signed a pledge to hang outside their door, but whose name we didn’t receive. It’s higher, at this point, in terms of the number of pledges actually signed.”Student body vice president Nancy Joyce said the representatives who led the campaign were encouraged to focus on the pledge itself.“[The pledge] functions as the centerpiece of the campaign and is something that we thought just about everybody on campus can get behind and support. That’s something that we can each individually commit to,” she said. “That was the talking point for all the conversations, the pledge. Then depending on the dorm, depending on the individuals, the conversations were all a little bit different.”Joyce said the students that the campaign reached widely supported the pledge.“Even people who felt they still had some questions, they felt they could sign the pledge because it is something that as an individual you can take ownership of and support,” she said.Coccia and Joyce said both male and female dorms had high levels of participation in the campaign.“I think we got a lot of positive feedback across all the dorms,” Joyce said. “We were very pleased with the kind of feedback we got from men’s halls. It was honest feedback, and I think in situations where people were engaging in conversation there was good conversation to be had. If anything, in all the dorms now where these pledges are hanging up, that’s a very powerful symbol in men’s and women’s dorms that people are supportive on this issue.”Joyce said though students were widely receptive to signing the pledge, many of the students who went door-to-door expressed frustration at not being able to spark deeper conversation.“One common thing they said was that while they were able to present the pledge and get positive support for it, this wasn’t conducive to meaningful conversation,” she said. “And students who were answering their doors often said their biggest complaint was that this wasn’t something that really got to the heart of conversation.“We knew from Day One this wasn’t going to be something where you’re going to sit for an hour and really delve into a discussion. I think that’s probably really how we’re going to tailor the next steps. We’re going to try to create spaces for conversation on a deeper level.”The results of the campaign have provided guidance for student government’s next actions, Coccia said.“Getting feedback from the campaign and looking what threads have emerged and what needs there are that we could really address in these next few months,” he said. “One is working with survivors to tell their story. Again, this is an effort to make it a much more personal issue on campus.”Coccia said this first step will be followed by a second and third. He said the second step will be an effort to get male students to become active rather than passive when in the position of bystanders.“The third is to make sure that the conversations aren’t segregated by dorm, that we’re actually having mixed gender conversations about this issue,” he said.Tags: Alex Coccia, Nancy Joyce, One is too many, Pledge, Student governmentlast_img read more

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Conference “Šibenik-Knin County as a creative cluster of nautical, culture, enogastrotourism and innovative experiences” was held

first_imgThe total number of charter vessels in Croatia increased to 4.375, making Croatia the leading charter destination in the world, and over half a million nautical guests realized almost 3,5 million overnight stays. In the period from 2010 to 2017, the number of active travel agencies increased by 44 percent, from 870 to 1.254, and revenues by 54 percent, from 3,3 billion to 5,1 billion kuna. The number of employees in Croatian agencies in 2017 reached a total of 5.540, which is 20 percent more than in 2010. As the daily consumption of sailors on charter vessels in 2017 was 183 euros per day, which is significantly more than the consumption of the average tourist with 79 euros per day, it is clear that there is huge potential in connecting nautical tourism with other tourism products such as eno-gastro and cultural, and travel agencies are the creators of such complex high value-added packages.  DAILY CONSUMPTION OF BOATERS IS 40 PERCENT MORE THAN THE DAILY CONSUMPTION OF THE AVERAGE CROATIAN TOURIST Photo: Pixabay.com PROPOSAL OF LAW ON MARITIME PROPERTY AND SEAPORTS PRESENTED The President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Professional Group of Travel Agencies of the Šibenik-Knin County, Ivana Šišara, expressed her satisfaction with the interest of agencies and charters from the rest of Croatia for the conference. “Every year, local agencies design new packages and tours to enrich their offer, and with this conference we want to connect our local agencies and other participants in tourism who offer Šibenik and the region in their offer, and we hope that their cooperation will take place.”, Said Šišara. Paško Klisović, President of the Association of Accommodation Providers on Boats – Charter HGK stressed that the initiative of the Association to connect with travel agencies caused by changing the profile of guests in the charter to which we must adapt given that there are fewer “real” sailors and more “general” “Guests who consume nautical in addition to other tourist products. “Therefore, cooperation with agencies is very important and necessary for us to deliver a quality experience and jointly extend the tourist season in Croatia. We chose Šibenik-Knin County as a meeting place because it has everything, from historical and cultural sites, through two national parks to top gastronomy, music and a unique sea story. All this is packed into excellent transport connections and extremely developed nautical infrastructure”, Klisović emphasized. Photo: Pixabay.com RESEARCH RESULTS PRESENTED “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF NAUTICIANS IN CROATIA – TOMAS NAUTIKA YACHTING 2017.” That is one of the conclusions B2B conference “Šibenik-Knin County as a creative cluster” held in Šibenik, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Šibenik Fortress of Culture and with the support of the Šibenik Port Authority. The space of the Šibenik City Hall was filled to the brim with representatives of renowned travel agencies, charter and shipping companies from all over Croatia, as well as various stakeholders in the tourist offer of Šibenik-Knin County, which this time focused on.  “I am extremely glad to see that the reflections and strategies of Ban Tours fit into the official policies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and other entities. Regarding yacht charter, we have been offering culture along the routes for a long time. Of all things, I am most happy when we can include local DMKs and manufacturers in our programs, or tasting local products, because that way we can directly support someone’s small business. We started from literally zero and I know how important every, even the smallest job is “, emphasized the president of the Cultural Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Suzana Markovic.  New projects in the Šibenik-Knin County were also presented at the conference: the project of the Šibenik Diocese to restore the Galbiani Palace and the Interpretation Center of the Cathedral of St. Jakov “Civitas sacra – Holy City”, themed costumed tour of the city “Dark side of medieval Sibenik” conducted by guides Sibenik Association of Tourist Guides Mihovil, as well as the project HGK ŽK Zadar 4helix +: Creative innovation for blue Mediterranean companies and cluster growth. The Fortress of Culture Šibenik presented the possibilities of using the space and special experiences of the Fortress of St. Mihovil and Fortress Barone, where after business meetings between the participants, the second part of the conference was held, intended for informal connection with the county’s eno-gastronomic offer.   “Today’s meetings among the participants will certainly contribute to the further development of innovative and creative tourism products in the city and the county. Šibenik Fortress has been successfully cooperating with numerous tourist organizations and private entrepreneurs in the tourism sector since the beginning of its activities, and together we are an example of how synergies are created through partnerships and cultural, tourist and eno-gastronomic offer is improved for the benefit of all stakeholders.”Said Gorana Barišić Bačelić, director of the Šibenik Fortress of Culture RELATED NEWS: The joint work of agencies and charter companies would benefit the entire local community because guests of higher purchasing power are looking for special and innovative experiences, eno-gastro, nautical, cultural, adventure and all other products of special topics and interests. Also, these forms of tourism move Croatia away from the image of a sun and sea destination, full accommodation capacities out of season and enable year-round tourism. last_img read more

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Call for unity at opening of Summit of the Americas

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Call for unity at opening of Summit of the Americas by: – April 16, 2012 José Miguel Insulza, OAS Secretary General, at the inauguration of the Sixth Summit of the Americas. OAS photoCARTEGENA, Colombia — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, called for the unity of the countries of the hemisphere at the inauguration of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, saying “a united Americas is an achievable reality” to achieve common objectives, overcome obstacles on the road to progress and prosperity, and to reach the solutions that the countries demand to the most urgent problems.” He added that “democracy is advancing in the Americas and the best way to strengthen it is not through external pressure, imposition, or exclusion, but in dialogue, cooperation and tolerance.”The hemispheric meeting in Cartagena de Indias was officially inaugurated by the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who called on the leaders present to “build bridges” in key areas of regional policy such as the recovery of Haiti and the inclusion of Cuba. “It would be just as unthinkable to hold another hemispheric meeting with a prostrate Haiti, as it would be with Cuba absent,” he said. In that context, he added “isolation, embargo and indifference have shown their ineffectiveness. It’s an anachronism that keeps us anchored to a Cold War era that’s been overcome for decades now.”In his speech before the heads of state and government of the hemisphere, Insulza declared that “in a framework of tolerance and dialogue we should partner together to achieve the prosperity that is today within our reach.” He later warned that the Americas “are now nearing a billion inhabitants” and said they “expect from their leaders, meeting today in Cartagena, a clear message of unity, to maximize our competitiveness and our interchanges, defeat poverty, discrimination and inequality, protect the human rights of all our citizens, defend their security and make possible the free and democratic society they demand.” The chief representative of the hemispheric organization stressed that “democracy is advancing in the Americas and the best way to strengthen it is not through external pressure, imposition, or exclusion, but in dialogue, cooperation and tolerance.” He pointed to the dilemma that, on one hand, the Charter of the OAS that proclaims the inclusion in the system of all the countries of the Americas, and on the other, the Inter-American Democratic Charter establishes the common commitment to democracy. He then stressed the solution to this dilemma “lies in dialogue, cooperation and tolerance.”Insulza expressed his confidence that “a united Americas is a possible reality, with undeniable institutional strengths to achieve common goals.” But he added that “the Americas are also a hemisphere of regions, and therefore hemispheric action will be more realistic if it takes account of regional realities.” In that context, he reiterated that the OAS and the Inter-American System “are not in competition with the regional organizations or the forums which have emerged to express our growing desire for integration; on the contrary they welcome them.”The leader of the OAS praised “the constructive and positive tone” that Santos had given the Summit’s agenda, and highlighted his invitation “not to give in to division or complacency, but to look with objectivity and a constructive sense at the obstacles that still obstruct our progress,” among which he mentioned deficiencies in infrastructure and technological backwardness; racial and gender discrimination; inequities and iniquities; drug trafficking and organized crime; and the effects of global warming. “The basis for our common action is solid,” emphasized Insulza, who cited the many links that united the countries and societies of the hemisphere, like commercial links, migratory flows and shared values.In his speech, the head of the multilateral agency urged the heads of state and government to reach agreements at Cartagena that would serve as a guide to the regional agencies that make up the joint summit working group. “They have all come to receive guidance from you that will allow us to better carry out our work in the next three years,” he said.Santos, for his part, highlighted that “building bridges, everything is possible,” and cited as an example the “excellent” current state of relations between Colombia and Venezuela, that not long ago showed a great distancing. With that example the Colombian leader called on his peers to “build bridges guided by our principles, respect for our differences, cooperation and solidarity.”Further, he assured that conciliation and the search for consensus will also help to face challenges like the problem of violence in Central America – “Central America is not alone,” he said – and the war against drugs. On that point, he asked for “a pause in the road to understand where we are and where we’re going.” “Many countries in the region believe it is necessary to begin an analysis of this problem that, without prejudices or dogmas, contemplates the possible alternatives to deal with the problem,” he added.In conclusion, Santos called on governments to focus their efforts on resolving the problems that most concern their citizens. “This Summit is not only about governments or political interests, it’s about the people, with needs, emergencies, shortages, that demand our effective and coordinated action,” he said. “Only by working together, by changing the paradigms can we build a better world for all. I invite you to build bridges, to be partners for prosperity, for our people. Being more united we will become a better Americas,” he concluded.Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) also spoke at the ceremony, joining the call for regional cooperation. “The challenges of today and tomorrow go beyond borders. The progress and well-being of the peoples of the Americas are a shared responsibility,” between all its countries, she said. Barcena said that “the value of hemispheric dialogue in the Americas is recognized by all,” but that it could not be “strengthened and projected toward the future” if it does not include all the countries of the hemisphere.In economic terms, she highlighted that “the region has experienced an historic period of economic boom,” with heightened and sustained growth, at the same time that poverty has been reduced, employment increased and the distribution of income improved. Now, she said, “has come the time of equality. There are gaps to be closed and roads to be opened, but inequality conspires against development and security. Our region can grow more and better.” Caribbean News Now Sharecenter_img 6 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Conserving Water for Future Generations

first_imgWise Wayz Water Care (WWWC) programme is based on the South Coast of Durban- in the communities of Folweni and Ezimbokodweni. It is there where the desire grew from two community groups at grassroot level – to restore and manage the communities’ dwindling natural resources and build a sustainable project for future generations to come. The programme stemmed from humble efforts by the local citizens to empower themselves in order to mitigate the social, economic and environmental challenges that confronted them.As South Africa is a water stressed country and has been experiencing droughts and low water levels, this stimulated the community to protect the aquatic ecosystems, such as the wetlands,rivers and streams of Ezimbokodweni and Folweni.It was community members like Desmond Malgas, who is now a project coordinator, who went knocking for assistance and support from corporates and organisations, to endorse their project and indeed, the AECI Community Education and Development Trust jumped onboard. This is how the WWWC programme was born.Since its inception in 2016, the programme has been able to bring hope to the lives of the downtrodden communities of Folweni and Ezimbokodweni and has allowed them to think beyond their circumstances. Mr Malgas, alludes to how the project has personally helped him to develop and improve himself in terms of learning about governance, and the skills that he has acquired through the training he has received. He further extols that it has also allowed him “to grow, find full expression through uplifting his community and changing his mindset to see a better future”.Its three-tier model encompasses the different levels of donor, implementer and beneficiary. This project, funded by the AECI Community Education and Development Trust and implemented by i4WATER – has been able to build synergy between corporates and the community, by introducing interventions that develop sustainable livelihoods through impactful and practical measures. Some of the interventions include water conservation, food security, solid waste management, alien plant management, aquatic assessment and monitoring as well as Sinqonqozela Ulwazi (which aims to educate the community and create awareness around waste management).The Wise Wayz Water Care team with members of the AECI Community Education and Development Trust and Brand SA representatives at the interactive site visit.The programme has had a huge impact on the members who have also become beneficiaries of the project in several ways. It has been able to give the youth and elderly members a stepping stone to realising their future prospects through providing skills and knowledge on a basic, intermediate and advanced level. It has also trained and supported the commercial agriculture start-up of the project’s food security intervention by supporting community gardens. The food garden component has yielded a supply of vegetables for consumption by the community. The project recently won its first contract to get profits from their Invasive Alien Plant clearing start-up.Although they have faced several challenges, it is their vision to upscale the piloted model and continue successful sustainable change throughout the country. This keeps an implementer such as Ntswaki Ditlhale of i4WATER committed to the values and vision of the project.For more information on the Wise Wayz Water Care programme, click on the link below:You can also contact them on the following platforms:E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]: @wwwczaFacebook: Wise Wayz Water CareWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF

first_imgNGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Jaja Santiago had the unfortunate mishap of ending the match when her final hoorah straight went to the net awarding the Kazakhs an unblemished slate.Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was still pleased with the fight his squad brought against the Kazakhs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I can say that I’m still proud of them and they really played with heart,” said Vicente in Filipino. “Of course there were lapses but that can’t be helped. The Kazakhs are really tall players, what we could’ve done was just to keep moving.”The Kazakhs have an average height of 181 centimeters, seven more than the Filipinos’ mean standing of 174 cm., and that distinct disparity worked wonders in the blocking department as the visitors scored on 17 of its blocks. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were once again the Philippines’ leading scorers putting up 14 and 13 points respectively, the same marks they had in the Hong Kong win.Katerina Tatko had a game-high 20 points to lead Kazakhstan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Korea Open gold confidence-booster for Lopez ahead of SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Host Philippines absorbed a 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 beating in the hands of Kazakhstan, which remained undefeated in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Kazakhs topped Pool A with a 2-0 record while the Filipinos settled for 1-1, but both teams will advance to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

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I hope to play like Vivian in Test cricket: Yuvraj

first_imgInspired by former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards’ complimentary words, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh reacted that he would like to follow the traits of the legendary cricketer in Tests.Richards had on Thursday told Headlines Today that Yuvraj was still one of the most talented cricketers around. He said in modern day cricket it was Yuvraj who evoked fear in bowlers like he (Richards) did during his playing days.”…I’ve mentioned three from the beginning. I would like to say just may be two, Shiva and Yuvraj Singh. These two individuals I believe are destructive enough to destroy or dismantle any attack,” Richards had said.Yuvraj, after watching the interview on Headlines Today, reacted on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Thank you Sir Viv Richards! This is the biggest compliment I’ve ever received! Hopefully one day I can bat like you in Test cricket,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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Customs Department Hosts Information Expo

first_imgAn information exposition hosted by the Jamaica Customs Department will be held on Saturday, January 26, at the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), Old Hope Road, Kingston. The event, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., culminates a week of activities to observe Customs Week 2013 from January 20 to 26, under the theme: ‘Innovation for Customs Progress’. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on Wednesday (January 23), at the agency’s headquarters on Half-Way-Tree Road in Kingston, Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, said the expo provides an opportunity for stakeholders to get information on the many activities and innovations of the department. “We will be seeking to increase the level of awareness about the services we offer and how to simplify or improve the processes,” he said. Various stakeholders, including the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Tax Administration Jamaica and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), will also mount information booths. Other activities for Customs Week include an awards ceremony on Thursday, January 24, at the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s National Heroes Circle offices, where 10 staff members will receive awards from the World Customs Organization (WCO) for outstanding work and for upholding the rules of the WCO. The Department is registered with the WCO under its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme and Customs Enforcement Network (CEN). In addition, 12 employees will receive the Commissioner’s awards for exceptional service. On Friday (Jan. 25), a Customs Vibes Day will be held in the car park of the Customs Department, Newport East, which will see staff engaging in friendly competition in football, netball, and domino with representatives of stakeholder groups and agencies.last_img read more

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