BAHAMAS Culture and Youth in The Park – Part of Community Outreach

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 15, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said that the “Culture and Youth in the Park” event his Ministry held, on February 10, 2018, was a part of community outreach and a way to encourage and recognize the youth and culturally-minded persons throughout The Bahamas.“Essentially, we believe that it is important to interact with our young people in positive ways,” Minister Pintard said at the event, which was held on the George “Busta” Brown Park, in the Bain and Grants Town community.“In other words, persons who are in the historic communities, like Bain Town or the Over-The-Hill community, their interaction with government should not be through the police and through Social Services and some of the agencies that suggest something else. We believe it ought to be positive engagement.“What we are seeking to do, as part of the revitalisation programme forged by the Prime Minister (the Hon. Hubert Minnis), is to do similar types of programmes that have been done by (Ministry of) Labour, through Labour on the Blocks; through Urban Renewal — through the initiatives they have launched; and now we are bringing culture to the park as well as youth outreach — where we are interacting with young people, talking about positive choices that they can make, opportunities that exist, and organizations that they can join.”Among those present for the opening ceremony were: Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Travis L. Robinson, the Ministry’s Director of Culture Rowena Sutherland, Director of Youth and Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary K. Darron Turnquest, Project Co-ordinator Henry Higgins, Founder and Chair of the Eneas Street Festival Bridgette Seymour, community activist Rev. Dr. C. B. Moss, Woman Police Corporal and founder of The Bahamas International Drill Team Keva J. N. Major, Junkanoo icon and cultural businessman Quentin “Barabbas” Woodside, and government and civic stakeholders.“Many of the groups that are here are from Bain Town: we have the International Drill Team ‘in the house’; we have the marching bands here, Barabbas and the Tribe, and Geno D will be coming through,” Minister Pintard said.He noted that Jr. Miss Galaxy Bahamas Maleah Gabrielle Miller, marching bands, church groups, dance troupes, and a multitude of others came out to interact with the young people in the community at the park. Bahamian ‘Limbo and Fire King,’ Leroy “Sweet Boy Leroy” Butler also interacted with the children present and performed for scores of cheering “new fans.”“You can look at the enthusiasm of the young people who are here,” he pointed out.  He added that the vendors at the event were also from the community.“We believe that when you are generating income it should be for those who are from the community, as opposed to people who are coming in, earning revenue and leaving,” Minister Pintard said.“We are excited to be here in this community,” Minister Pintard said.Director of Culture Rowena Sutherland said, “Culture and Youth in the Park is a part of a wider initiative that the Ministry is embarking on to support creative and cultural artists in The Bahamas; and the Ministry seeks to uplift the various neighbourhoods throughout The Bahamas.”She added that it was a national plan the Ministry is executing, the goal being to go into every constituency and empower them by finding out what their needs are, who are their cultural and religious leaders, and to give them the structural support they need; and then, in turn, have events and to create safe spaces for the residents to enjoy.“Saturday’s event in Bain and Grants Town was most successful,” Director Sutherland said.   “Nearly all of the children in the neighbourhood came out and were very engaged – they had a positive activity to engage in.”“We also had a lot of support from the leaders of the community in organizing the event; so that they felt that it was ‘theirs’; and it was a beautiful outpouring of community, of art, and of love,” she added.Director Sutherland echoed Minister Pintard’s sentiments, saying that the Ministry seeks to promote the creative and cultural community and the Culture and Youth in the Park initiative will be a contributing catalyst in the development of the creative and cultural arts community.   She also noted that vendors were able to sell their wares from 3 pm to 9 pm, providing for a large window of opportunity for sales that evening.“We are going to move to Centreville,” Minister Pintard noted.   “We are going to be in Englerston, Pinewood Gardens, Nassau Village — we are going to be in every community in New Providence and, of course, by extension in the Family Islands.”By: Eric Rose (BIS)Photo captions:Header: Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Travis L. Robinson speaks, on February 10, 2018, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s “Culture and Youth in the Park”, held on the George “Busta” Brown Park, in the Bain and Grants Town community.First insert: Junkanoo icon and cultural businessman Quentin “Barabbas” Woodside leads young boys in the community in various traditional beats, on February 10, 2018, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s “Culture and Youth in the Park.”Second insert: Local children scream for Bahamian ‘Limbo and Fire King,’ Leroy “Sweet Boy Leroy” Butler to go lower, on February 10, 2018, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s “Culture and Youth in the Park.”Third insert: Adults show the children how to properly jump rope and “look good doing it.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Reading Cooperative Bank Hires Elizabeth Trifone As New Vice President Commercial Loan Officer

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is pleased to introduce Elizabeth “Liz” Trifone as the latest addition to the Commercial Lending team. Liz comes to RCB after spending two years at MountainOne Bank in Danvers, where she served as Vice President. Over those two years, Liz helped to develop a network of customers on the North Shore of Boston. During that time, she approved over $57 million in new loans and closed over $42 million. Before her time at MountainOne Bank, Liz worked as a Director of SBA Lending and President at New England Certified Developed Corporation in Wakefield, where she was responsible for the management of a lending entity with a $400,000 million plus portfolio in six New England States.As Vice President at RCB, Liz will be responsible for originating, evaluating and recommending commercial loans, including C & I loans, construction loans, and commercial real estate loans. Liz graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University in 1985, where she earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She also completed an SBA credit underwriting program during that time.“Liz’s experience and success are inimitable,” remarked Greg Ryan, Chief Lending Officer. Ryan continued, “She brings with her a most impressive track record. Her presence will do much to elevate our lending department.”For more information, please contact Liz Trifone at ltrifone@readingcoop.com or 781-670-1553.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Is A Founding Member Of Alloy LabsIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Welcomes 4 New Staff MembersIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces Three Personnel MovesIn “Business”last_img read more

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Defeat Lowell Catholic Under The Lights

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (9-7) defeated Lowell Catholic by a score of 4-1 on Thursday, May 17 in Wilmington.The Wildcats played another complete game with great pitching, hitting and defense.Lowell Catholic scored its one run in the fourth inning after three seeing eye or bloop singles.In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Wildcats scored two of their own.  Antonia Kieran reached on a walk, which was followed by back-to-back doubles by Liz Gordon (plating Kieran) and Ryan Bailey (plating Gordon).In the fifth inning, the designated player led off the inning with a walk.  She was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Kayla Bourrell. Dana Goulet then had a long at bat (fouling off many pitches) and finally ripped a double to center field, scoring Wright. Ally Moran then had an RBI double in that inning, scoring Goulet.Pitcher Ally Moran had another great day on the mound with 14 strikeouts.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester, Lose To Arlington In Close GamesIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester (9-3) & Arlington (5-2) To Improve To 7-2In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Beat Wakefield As Offense Explodes For 12 RunsIn “Sports”last_img read more

Fair polls possible under existing system CEC Huda

first_imgCEC KM Nurul Huda speaks at a press conference at EC secretariat on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloThe chief election commissioner (CEC), KM Nurul Huda, on Thursday said the election commission can neither force the government to install a supportive poll-time government nor to dissolve parliament before dissolution.“The EC holds the elections under the laws which were enacted by the governments in place. So, the commission has no scope go beyond that legal framework. The EC can force the government neither to install a supportive poll-time government nor to dissolve parliament before elections,” said the CEC.CEC Huda was briefing newsmen about the recently held dialogue with political parties and other groups, at the commission secretariat in Agargaon of the capital.Read more: There’s no democracy from 1975 to 1977: CEC HudaIn reply to a question how the EC would be able to hold a free and fair election as elections are practically conducted by DCs and SPs once the schedule is announced and given the fact the people in the grassroots administration show their allegiance to the government, not to the EC, CEC Huda said he didn’t agree with the proposition that the commission doesn’t have the control over the local administration.“All of the officials and employees of the executive and of the judiciary in some cases are constitutionally bound to assist the election commission during the polls,” said Nurul Huda.  When his attention was drawn to the fact that none of the general elections held under a partisan government since its liberation has been dubbed credible in Bangladesh, the CEC insisted that his commission would be able to keep control over the administration during the next polls.In response to a supplementary question, the CEC said there is no need of changing existing laws to hold a fair election. “A fair election is possible if existing laws are applied duly.”Asked if the commission would take any initiative to reach a consensus among all the political parties over the next general election, the CEC replied in the negative. “We’ve no such plan, because political crisis should be solved politically.”About the proposal for deploying army with magistracy power, the CEC said the commission would take a decision in this connection later. “We’ll take a decision depending on the situation that evolves during the elections.”In reply to a question about dissolution of parliament before the election, CEC Huda said, “These are constitutional affairs. We cannot change the constitution. It’s a matter of political decision.”Referring to elections held under different types of governments like caretaker government and military ones, he said, “The EC holds the elections the way the governments in place entrusted it through legal provisions.”Asked if the EC considers bringing BNP to elections a challenge, he said, “It’s not a challenge; we rather hope that all political parties including BNP will join the polls.”In reply to another questioner, the CEC said Huda iterated that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) founder and late president Ziaur Rahman restored multiparty democracy in the country.He said the commission will prepare a book containing some 400 recommendations put forth by all political parties during the dialogue and then it will be sent to all political parties.last_img read more

5000 migrants die in Sahara this year

first_imgFive Libyan migrants on a wooden boat await rescue by the migrant search and rescue vessel MV Seefuchs of the German NGO Sea-Eye in the search and rescue zone some fifty nautical miles north of the Tunisian-Libyan land border, at sunset, on 30 September 2017. — ReutersWest African migrants trying to reach Europe are dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara than in the Mediterranean but efforts to dissuade them may cause new routes to open up, the United Nations migration agency said on Thursday.So far this year 2,569 migrant deaths have been recorded in the central Mediterranean, while more than 107,000 migrants, mainly West Africans, have reached Italy.“One thing we still don’t have is any estimate of number of deaths in the desert,” Richard Danziger, the UN International Organisation for Migration director for West and Central Africa, told a news conference in Geneva.“We assume, and I think we have said before, that it has to be at least double those who die in the Mediterranean. But we really have no evidence of that, it’s just an assumption. We just don’t know.”In Niger, a main transit route, people smugglers were increasingly scared of the authorities, which might make them more prone to abandon migrants in the desert, he said.Many migrants had told of deaths in the desert, and some said the smugglers believed that if they drove fast through minefields they would be safe, said the IOM’s Niger mission chief, Giuseppe Loprete.Migrant numbers heading through Niger have fallen dramatically after strong action by the government to close migrant “ghettoes” and arrest people smugglers, he said.IOM was also trying to spread the word that “you do not want to get caught in Libya,” Danziger said.“What happens in Libya is far scarier to people than dying, the horror stories that returnees come back with.”Many of the smugglers did not see themselves as criminals, and were often former desert guides trying to make money. Many of them had given up, while organized criminals with contacts in Libya were continuing, Loprete said.“Right now they are looking for alternative routes, I think at least equally dangerous,” he said.“When you plug one hole, other holes are going to open up,” Danziger said.Niger had two routes to Libya: one closer to Chad that was used to smuggle migrants and one closer to the Algerian border that was far more dangerous and was used by extremist groups and for drugs and gun-running.An alternative was through northern Mali, a region beset by conflicts between rival groups, but but there did not seem to have been a dramatic rise there, Danziger said.The route considered the safest was along the western coast of Africa, via Senegal, Mauritania and Morocco to the Strait of Gibraltar, and migrant flows there had increased, he said.last_img read more

Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination

first_imgPeople from every racial or ethnic group surveyed said they believe theirs faces discrimination — from African-Americans and Latinos to Native Americans and Asian-Americans, as well as whites.The NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey sampled 3,453 adults in the U.S. from Jan. 26 to April 9. Of those, 902 were white.The responses from whites can be broken down into three categories. Those who:1. Believe there is anti-white discrimination and say they have personally experienced it,2. Say there is indeed anti-white discrimination but say they have never felt it themselves, and3. Say there is no discrimination of whites in AmericaWhite and discriminated against?Ask Hershman whether there is discrimination against whites, and he answered even before this reporter could finish the question — with an emphatic “Absolutely.”“It’s been going on for decades, and it’s been getting worse for whites,” Hershman contended, despite data showing whites continue to be better off financially and educationally than minority groups.Even though Hershman believes he has been a victim of anti-white discrimination, he wasn’t able to provide a specific example. He describes losing out on a promotion — and a younger African-American being selected as one of the finalists for the job. But the position eventually went to a white applicant, who was also younger than Hershman.Discrimination exists, but never felt itRepresenting Category 2 is 50-year-old heavy equipment operator Tim Musick, who lives in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. He says anti-white discrimination is real, but he doesn’t think he has ever really felt it personally.“I think that you pretty much, because you’re white, you’re automatically thrown into that group as being a bigot and a racist and that somehow you perceive yourself as being more superior to everybody else, which is ridiculous,” Musick said, speaking during his lunch break at a construction site.“I’m just a man that happens to have been born white,” Musick continued.He also makes it clear, however, that he is not comparing what happens to whites to the African-American experience.“I don’t know what it feels like to be a black man walking around in the streets, but I do know what it feels like to be pegged, because of how you look, and what people perceive just on sight,” said Musick, who has the stocky build of a retired NFL lineman and a shaved head under his hard hat.Whites who don’t believe they are discriminated againstNow for the third category — those who scoff at the notion that whites face racial discrimination.That describes retired community college English teacher Betty Holton, of Elkton, Md.“I don’t see how we can be discriminated against when, when we have all the power,” Holton said, chuckling in disbelief into her cellphone.“Look at Congress. Look at the Senate. Look at government on every level. Look at the leadership in corporations. Look. Look anywhere.”Holton asserts: “The notion that whites are discriminated against just seems incredible to me.”Perception based on incomeIncome also seemed to affect individual responses to the question of discrimination.Lower- and moderate-income white Americans were more likely to say that whites are discriminated against — and to say they have felt it, either when applying for a job, raise or promotion or in the college-admissions process.“We’ve long seen a partisan divide with Democrats more likely to say racial discrimination is that reason blacks can’t get ahead, but that partisan divide is even bigger than it has been in the past,” said Jocelyn Kiley, an associate director at Pew Research Center. “That’s a point where we do see that partisan divides over issues of race have really increased in recent years.”What this could mean for electoral politicsDavid Cohen, a political scientist at the University of Akron, said the finding that a majority of whites say whites are victims of discrimination fits right into one of the big narratives of the last presidential campaign.“I think this does reinforce a lot of the resentment you saw in the 2016 election, especially among white, working-class voters lacking a college degree,” said Cohen, who lives in northeastern Ohio, a traditionally Democratic stronghold full of white, working-class union members.Trump ran far better there, though, than Republicans typically do, as he easily won the battleground state of Ohio, 52 percent to 44 percent.But Cohen also adds that for all of the talk of Trump’s message speaking directly to whites in the working class — white voters overall supported him in about the same numbers as they did for Mitt Romney four years earlier — 58 percent for Trump, 59 percent for Romney.And though it’s possible that Trump’s message to disaffected whites did make a difference in the decisive battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Cohen said the question remains: Did Trump create or significantly boost white resentment overall — or did he simply tap into a trend with deep roots and history?“I’m not sure that he necessarily created this angst among white voters,” Cohen said, “but he certainly knew how to take advantage of it.”And it’s something Trump — as president — has only continued to tap into. Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesPresident Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally Aug. 22.A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.“If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it,” said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, “and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you’re white, you don’t get it. If you’re black, you get it.”More than half of whites — 55 percent — surveyed say that, generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people in America today. Hershman’s view is similar to what was heard on the campaign trail at Trump rally after Trump rally. Donald Trump catered to white grievance during the 2016 presidential campaign and has done so as president as well.Notable, however, is that while a majority of whites in the poll say discrimination against them exists, a much smaller percentage say that they have actually experienced it. Also important to note is that 84 percent of whites believe discrimination exists against racial and ethnic minorities in America today. Sharelast_img read more

Villagers clash after morphed images go viral 25 injured

first_imgBardhaman(WB): Twenty-five people have been injured in a clash between villagers of Purba Goalpara and Dangapur over morphed pictures of local women doing the rounds on social media, a police officer said today. Twenty-nine people have been arrested till now in connection with the incident that took place yesterday and raids are on in the two villages, Additional Superintendent of Police(Rural), East Bardhaman, Raj Narayan Mukherjee said. The residents of Dangapur village suspected the involvement of Sheikh Rakibul of neighbouring Purba Goalpara village in uploading the morphed pictures of the women on social networking sites on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Sheikh Rakibul’s brother Sheikh Hijbullah claimed that the matter had been sorted out at a meeting held in Madanghat Police Station on Tuesday. The police, however, said no such meeting had been held at the police station. Yesterday, some people supporting Sheikh Rakibul clashed with villagers at Dangapur and both the groups attacked each other with rods, stones and sharp weapons, a local police officer said. He said 16 of the injured were admitted to the Kalna sub-divisional hospital and the rest were taken to nearby hospitals.last_img read more