SDC secures 51 Million for community groups

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Photo credit: Jamaica Observer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 20, 2017 – The Social Development Commission (SDC) has secured $5.1 million under the Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant Fund for some 170 community development committees (CDCs) across Jamaica.  This was disclosed by Executive Director of the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, as he addressed a recent JIS Think Tank.  The grant is a dedicated source of funding available to all CDCs to be used for administrative support, once they meet the established criteria.   Dr. Vernon said the money, which was disbursed up to December 31, 2016, was used to help the groups to strengthen their administrative capabilities and undertake measures to increase “people participation” in their community.He informed that another 178 applications are being processed for grant assistance under the Governance Capacity Grant Fund (GCGF).  He said that $1 million is to be disbursed “so they can implement projects they believe can strengthen their organisation, consistent with the themes of the SDC.”   Governance structures can access funds under the GCGF to improve their sustainability and viability, to make more effective and meaningful contribution to parish and national development.Dr. Vernon also disclosed that the SDC is taking steps to introduce a grant facility to support new small and micro-enterprises.    This facility, he said, will be implemented through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP) and will have specific focal points to aid and support the beneficiaries into a stronger operational position.  “We’re going to be putting in place this grant facility and we’re very confident that this will happen.  The facility will… allow them to strengthen their productive base and also to support their registration. We also want to support them with money to help them to take their products to market,” he indicated.Meanwhile, Dr. Vernon informed that the SDC has relaunched 19 community groups, bringing the total number of active bodies to 577 island wide.    “We have strengthened 193 of the 577 community groups through the implementation of training strategies to enhance their community operations,” he said.center_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Home early reactions Perfect Endgame epilogue

first_imgYou really need to have X-ray vision (sorry, wrong universe) to find some negative remarks or constructive criticism. Angie J. Han of Mashable suggested the film “could maybe have gone a bit harder on (Peter’s) emotional arc.” I saw Spider-Man: Far From Home last night – it’s pretty much the perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue – reminding us that the MCU goes on in a joyous, emotionally fulfilling ride. #SpiderManFarFromHome— Sean Keane (@SpectacularSean) June 19, 2019 Davis also urged viewers to stay through the film’s closing credits for a couple of “brilliant sequences.” Other critics echoed similar thoughts. Writer Mike Ryan notes that the film explains the post-Endgame universe in a clever way. Spider-Man is about to swing back on screen. Jay Maidment It’s almost summer, and Peter Parker is going on vacation. Spider-Man: Far From Home opens soon, and the embargo on social media reactions lifted Wednesday afternoon. The film doesn’t open until next month, but it’s already looking good for those who are still in Marvel withdrawal after Avengers: Endgame.CNET’s Sean Keane called the film “pretty much the perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue — reminding us that the MCU goes on in a joyous, emotionally fulfilling ride.” I love that #SpiderManFarFromHome is all sleight-of-hand. It begs to be seen multiple times. pic.twitter.com/nwIX24L8WH— Jason Guerrasio (@JasonGuerrasio) June 19, 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome! What a fun, solid sequel. Tom Holland so incredibly charming, will watch him in any/all things. Jake Gyllenhaal gets way more to do than expected, clearly had a ball doing it. Also still loving Zendaya’s MJ.— Kara Warner (@karawarner) June 19, 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home opens July 2 in the US and UK, and July 4 in Australia. #SpiderManFarFromHome: B-/C+. If you loved the teen-centric stuff in Homecoming, there’s more where that came from. Some of the comedy falls flat, but this film has A LOT going on – ultimately beneficial because it mostly distracts from stuff that doesn’t land quite as well. pic.twitter.com/1wVMyT5bv9— Ben Pearson (@benpears) June 19, 2019 Originally published June 19, 2:38 p.m. PT. Update, 3:23 p.m. PT: Adds more reactions.  Better see if your theater offers some kind of season-ticket plan, because many critics note that this is the kind of film that should be seen more than once. Singer Zendaya also earned praise for her role as MJ. “Zendaya’s MJ is just as cool as Shuri,” wrote Brian Truitt, referring, of course, to Black Panther’s tech genius sister. TV and Movies absolutely loved #SpiderManFarFromHome. Captures the spirit of the comics and mixes in some amazing movie magic. The second the film ended I wanted to watch it again. #JakeGyllenhaal is fantastic as Mysterio. pic.twitter.com/4ZYaS0L8mf— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 19, 2019 Share your voice Didn’t LOVE #SpiderManFarFromHome as much as Homecoming but it’s still a rad take on bearing the weight of great expectations and a fun ode to teen romance. Tom Holland continues to be amazing, Zendaya’s MJ is just as cool as Shuri and Jake G’s an inspired choice for Mysterio. pic.twitter.com/nnu7BPjcFO— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) June 19, 2019 #FarFromHome non spoiler thoughts: most comic booky movie marvel has put out. Second and third acts are outstanding. The two post credit sequences are going to stick in my brain for a L O N G time. I cannot wait to see this movie at least three more times.— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) June 19, 2019 Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chattycenter_img FAR FROM HOME has dethroned Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 & is now favorite Spider-Man film.What’s insane is that I can’t even tell u why I’m so in love with this film because it would be a spoiler.Gyllenhaal is incredible. Holland re-confirms as the best Spidey to date. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/pbynxYIEyQ— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) June 19, 2019 #SpiderManFarFromHome is the coda we needed after Endgame, a glimpse of how the world looks now that the dust has settled. Could maybe have gone a bit harder on P’s emotional arc, but bursting with warmth and humor and awkward teen romance. 💕 Also: Jake G = perfect casting.— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) June 19, 2019 Brandon Davis, of CNET sister site ComicBook.com, also raved about the film, teasing that it’s “huge in itself and for the future of the MCU in the most surprising ways.” I can’t stress this enough: stay all the way through the credits for #FarFromHome!!! There’s a couple of brilliant sequences waiting for you!Dodge #SpiderMan spoilers as best you can!! pic.twitter.com/vhiJcMwzF1— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 19, 2019 Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 1 32 Photos A reaction tweet: #SpiderManFarFromHome is wonderful. It’s funny and clever and filled with smart twists. (It also made me have incredibly visceral memories of class trips of yore.) I didn’t leave the theater sad! I am not worried about superheroes’ emotional states! Zendaya!!— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) June 19, 2019 Sphero Spider-Man #SpiderMan #FarFromHome is an absolute home run. It’s SO much fun. It’s huge in itself and for the future of the MCU in the most surprising ways. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, just a lethal, awesome combo!! I cannot wait to see this movie again. And again. pic.twitter.com/0hYJvKkdjN— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 19, 2019 And Ben Pearson notes that “some of the comedy falls flat,” but calls that aspect of the film “ultimately beneficial because it mostly distracts from stuff that doesn’t land quite as well.” Marvel Spiderman Comment Tags And Kevin Ryan has praise for both Tom Holland as Spider-Man (“best Spidey to date”) and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. (“Gyllenhaal is incredible.”) Absolutely loved SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. I’m a huge Mysterio fan and Gyllenhaal nails him. Also the movie is very clever (and funny) how it handles the fallout post ENDGAME in explaining how this world works now.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 19, 2019last_img read more

Oil prices fall on US crude stocks build fears over China demand

first_imgOil prices fell early on Wednesday as an unexpected build in U.S. crude stocks weighed on markets, along with concerns that Chinese crude demand could falter as Beijing clamps down on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry.International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $49.57 a barrel at 0054 GMT, down 39 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 46 cents, or 1 percent, at $47.64 a barrel.Robust Chinese crude demand growth has been driven by independent refiners, also know as teapots, who began to import crude last June after obtaining government crude import quotas and licences.But Beijing’s crackdown on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry, targeting the teapots, threatens to put a lid on Chinese demand.”The question now is whether the teapots will start cutting runs,” a Singapore-based trader said, adding that falling Chinese demand would be a double whammy for the oversupplied crude market.Reinforcing concerns about market oversupply, U.S. crude stocks surprisingly rose last week, even though gasoline inventories fell sharply and distillate stocks drew, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday.”We are seeing a little reaction on the API data which has posted higher inventories,” said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.Crude prices had risen on Tuesday after Reuters reported that Iran was sending positive signals that it could support joint action to prop up the oil market. But analysts and traders remain sceptical that producers will come to an agreement at a meeting in Algeria next month as various OPEC members continue to have individual agendas to push.Iraq’s prime minister said on Tuesday the country had not yet reached its full oil market share, suggesting his government would not restrain crude output as part of any possible OPEC agreement to lift prices.”I really can’t see the sense for Saudi, in particular, to actually have some meaningful constraint on production because there is quite a lot of capacity of U.S. shale to come on quite quickly,” Spooner said, adding that he could see prices drifting closer to $45 a barrel over the next few days.last_img read more

Pause a while to play with your imagination

first_imgA solo exhibition Pause and Play, by Puja Kshatriya is all about the inner strength and the complexities and dual nature of relationships. This exhibition is a series comprising of 11 canvases, is an unique interplay of monochromatic figures, emphasising the dual nature and complexities of our relationships. Headless figures, amputated or shifted limbs add an element of surrealism and deconstruction and repetition of images has produced some interesting works. It is almost like looking through a kaleidoscope, where forms join together and then melt away. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Strength and power are often wrongly perceived. Those who appear frail, may in fact be resolutely strong. Wars, as it is has been said, are not always won or lost on the battlefield, but often in the mind. This series called Pause and Play explores the power of mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ said the artist Puja.’There is no single factor that has inspired me to paint this series. I think, as one  evolves and grows spiritually one realises the power of the mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ added the artist. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer series Pause and Play emphasises the importance of detachment and the need to build our inner strength. She added, ‘If we can learn to distance ourselves from the immediate surrounding, we can review our perceptions and transform our lives.”I am having an exhibition in Delhi after a hiatus of almost 12 years, my last three solo shows in 2003, 2005 and 2007 being in Mumbai. Since I am from Delhi, this is a special show for me; it’s almost like a homecoming exhibition,’ said the artist. ‘With the objective of creating an interface between Indian contemporary art and its various interpretations, Puja Kshatriya’s work is a vision, an interpretation, allowing the viewer to indulge in their imagination,’ said Ashwini Bahadur, founder of the Artspeaks India.Trying to innovate from the traditional style of painting, Puja uses blade scraping technique, where in two-three layers, oil colours are applied and then blade is used, to bring out the forms. The pressure while scraping is varied, bringing a sculptural effect to the figures.DETAILAt: Shridharani Gallery,Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg On till: 12 November Timings: 11am to 7pm Phone: 23718833last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks across Stafford Borough Rugeley and Uttoxeter this

first_imgStafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter Full list Newcastle Borough Stoke-on-Trent Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stafford Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Borough between from Monday November 26 until Sunday December 2 – with this list also including Rugeley, as well as Uttoxeter for those who live, work and travel through the East Staffordshire town. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stafford Borough in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from November 26 until December 2 South Cheshire M6, A500 and A50 Staffordshire Moorlands Stafford Borough: Aston By Stone: Give and take traffic control on Stafford Road from November 24 until November 28 Church Eaton: Roadworks and road closure on Common Lane from Green Farm to Barton Lane on November 30 Derrington: Roadworks and road closures on Church Lane and Mount Pleasant from November 5 until January 30 2019 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Stafford Street near mini-roundabout from November 26 until November 28 Eccleshall: Two way traffic signals on B5026 Stone Road near Hilcote Hall nursing home from November 26 until November 28 Little Haywood: Roadworks and road closure on Meadow Lane at Weetmans Bridge from November 26 until December 7 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on Grindley Lane from November 26 until December 21 Offleyhay: Roadworks and road closure on Mere Rise on November 29 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Earl Street from November 26 until November 28 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 30 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Silkmore Lane from November 26 until November 28 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stone: Roadworks and some overnight closures at Aston Roundabout from August 20 until November 30 Stone: Roadworks and road closure on Eccleshall Road until January 2019 Stone: Multi-way traffic signals on Newcastle Street in Stone on November 26 Tittensor: Lane closure on A34 near Monkey Island from November 27 until November 29 Rugeley: Rugeley: Roadworks and road closure on Church Street from November 26 until December 19. Uttoxeter: Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on A522 from October 4 until January 18 2019. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closures on Balance Hill from November 22 until November 28 Uttoxeter: Two way traffic controls on B5027 Bramshall Road from November 23 until November 29 Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on Westlands Road from November 26 until January 8 2019last_img read more