Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 11:57 IST While Pant has established himself as the first-choice wicketkeeper in Tests, he is yet to prove his mettle in the limited-over format of the game (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was criticised after some ordinary performances with the gloves in ODIs vs AustraliaPant had replaced MS Dhoni, who was rested for the last two matches of the five-match seriesDelhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting has backed Pant to get back to his best in IPL 2019 Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting believes that Rishabh Pant is perfect for playing the role of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s deputy in the upcoming World Cup, slated to begin on May 30 in England and Wales.With the 15-member squad still to be picked for the showpiece event, Ponting has said some good knocks for the Delhi Capitals would make Pant the favourite.Notably, Pant was subjected to “Dhoni, Dhoni” chants in Mohali during the fourth One-Day International between India and Australia after the stumper missed a couple of stumping chances.”I think it’s actually a big job for me and the coaches when he comes in, to make him forget what’s happened in the last few days. He’s probably lucky it happened in the last couple of games. It would have been hard to play all five games under that kind of pressure. Now he’s back in a competition where he has dominated in the past,” Cricbuzz quoted Ponting as saying.”If he can win a couple of games for us then everything will be forgotten. I can’t see anyone better than him as a second wicketkeeper in that Indian World Cup squad,” he added.Pant has been termed as Dhoni’s successor but the Delhi boy hasn’t received many opportunities with the presence of the experienced stumper.However, with Dhoni likely to retire after the World Cup, the Delhi lad would get more opportunities to showcase his talent.Also Read | Captain has to be in inner circle: Vengsarkar against Kohli fielding in the deepAlso Read | Bangladesh cricket team leaves New Zealand after narrow escape in Christchurch shootingsadvertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow Ricky PontingFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow 2019 World Cup Can’t see anyone better than Rishabh Pant as MS Dhoni’s backup at World Cup: PontingFormer Australia captain and Delhi Capitals coach, Ricky Ponting said it will be a big job for him and his support staff to help Rishabh Pant forget the criticism he had received during the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia at home. advertisement
IPL 2019: Dhawan, Ishant dance like there’s no tomorrow after DC move to 2nd spotShikhar Dhawan, his wife Ayesha and pacer Ishant Sharma led the Delhi Capitals celebration on Sunday after the team clinched their third straight win of IPL 2019 and moved to the second spot on the points table. DC beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs in Hyderabad.advertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 10:06 IST Delhi Capitals made a stunning comeback to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday (@ishant.sharma29 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals won their third successive match on Sunday in Hyderabad vs SunrisersDelhi Capitals have climbed to the second spot on IPL 2019 points table with 10 points from 8 matchesShikhar Dhawan, his wife Ayesha and Ishant Sharma set the dance floor on fire after Delhi Capitals’ big winDelhi Capitals have certainly turned it around in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The perennial underachievers have shown signs of resurgence in the ongoing season with some collective performances so far.On Sunday, the Delhi Capitals laid down a marker by beating former champions and IPL powerhouses, Sunrisers Hyderabad at their own backyard.And the spirits are certainly high in the Delhi Capitals camp. Following their big win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, senior campaigners from the team led the celebrations at the team hotel as Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma set the dance floor on fire.In a video available on the Delhi Capitals’ social media, Dhawan and Ishant can be seen flaunting their dancing skills. The two senior cricketers, who returned to Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2019, can be seen shaking their legs to what is seemingly a high-energy Punjabi number.Shikhar Dhawan’s wife Ayesha also joins the two crickets as the Delhi Capitals partied well past the midnight after the win in Hyderabad.Delhi Capitals are now at the second spot of the eight-team IPL points table with five wins from 8 matches.On Sunday, Delhi Capitals were restricted to 155 in 20 overs with Colin Munro, captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant making valuable contributions. Sunrisers Hyderabad were cruising towards a win as usual suspects David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched another strong opening stand for the hosts.However, Delhi Capitals made a strong comeback, picking up Sunrisers’ last eight wickets for just 15 runs. Barring Warner and Bairstow, none of the other SRH batsmen managed to get a double-digit score on Sunday.advertisementKagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Keemo Paul were the stars with the ball for Delhi Capitals as the pace bowling trio picked up all 10 wickets between it.Also Read | Ziva Dhoni wins hearts at Eden Gardens after Chennai Super Kings thrash KKR. WatchAlso Read | Kedar Jadhav feeds MS Dhoni from his plate after CSK win 7th matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh
Next Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Previous Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms 1 of 11 Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Everyone in South Florida knows the Boca Raton Resort & Club — or, as many call it, “the big pink hotel.” The property is an icon. It was built in 1926 by famed local architect Addison Mizner, who was known for not only his design genius, but also his eclectic style (he was often seen strutting around in silk pajamas, inspired by his trips to China, with a monkey on one shoulder and a macaw on the other).The Cloister Inn now known as Boca Raton, Florida (1928)Then called Cloister Inn, the property was modeled after Spanish-style castles, and most of the common areas at the time were furnished by Mizner’s personal collection to cut costs near the end of construction. The resort continued to expand and change hands through the decades, and became stomping grounds for celebrities and presidents who would arrive by yachts and private railroad cars. During WWII, the U.S. Army purchased the Club to house Air Corps trainees, making it the most elegant barracks in history.Today, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is a Waldorf Astoria property that sprawls 356 acres and includes five main sections: the Cloister (named after the original hotel), the Tower (an iconic building constructed in 1969), family-style bungalows, the Yacht Club, the Boca Beach Club, and the Boca Country Club. We stayed in the famous pink tower, which overlooks Lake Boca Raton and the twinkling lights of the Yacht Club Marina. The classically designed rooms are comfortable with plush beds, large bathrooms with separate his and hers sinks, and a giant closet that could almost be considered walk-in. While we loved staying at the original resort, guests with more modern tastes should check out the accommodations at the Beach Club section of the property, located across the Intracoastal Waterway on a stretch of private beach.Sometimes the food at large resorts is an afterthought, so we were pleased when every meal we had was better than the last. There are nine different restaurants on the Resort side of the property, and four more at the Beach Club. Don’t visit without taking a meal at Morimoto, the signature sushi bar by the Iron Chef of the same name. We dined on two kinds of rock shrimp in spicy aiolis, octopus carpaccio dressed with chili oil, chives, ginger and garlic, and a chefs selection of the most beautiful sashimi. End your meal with a glass of Morimoto’s aged sake, a treat that is only available in his restaurants.Boca Raton Resort/FacebookOn most mornings, you’d find us grabbing coffee and pastries at the resort’s outpost of NYC’s Serendipity, which also serves New York-style hot dogs and deli sandwiches along with the restaurant’s famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. Bar Luna’s dark wood interior and leather armchairs make it the perfect place for a nightcap, but pay them a visit at lunch for great salads and a killer club sandwich. Don’t miss cocktail hour at The Blue, which is located at the top of the tower and features alcove window seating that offers an amazing view. Order a classic cocktail and plate of deviled eggs, which are dressed with things like pickles, bacon and jalapeño. Check out brunch at the Palm Court — our favorite room at the property — which is designed with a dramatic transparent ceiling that ushers in natural light.At the Boca Raton Resort, there’s a new adventure at every turn, whether that means action-packed water sports or simply lounging at one of the property’s seven glistening pools. Flow House Boca is equipped with the dual-sided wave simulator FlowRider, which lets you experience surfing and bodyboarding on land. If you’d rather catch some real waves, a plethora of ocean sports await at Boca Beach Club, including paddleboarding, catamarans, jet skiing, and skimboarding. You can also take surf lessons, either in a group clinic or a private session. The resort boasts two gorgeously-designed golf courses with lessons from the pros for those who want to learn or improve their game. If you love tennis, Boca Raton Resort has one of the best courts in the country and offers lessons, camps, a pro shop, and a two-story clubhouse overlooking the courts, where you can relax after a match.Boca Raton Resort/FacebookThe Tower Pool at the Resort side of the property is fun and lively, and you’ll often see a Mojito cart passing by on the weekends. Over at the Beach Club, three glorious pools await, as does a mile-long stretch of private beach with full-service chair and cabana set-up. But our favorite pool is at the Waldorf Astoria spa — where you can enjoy a tranquil experience before or after treatments — because it features underwater music and two hot tubs with cascading massage waterfalls. Inspired by Spain’s Alhambra Palace, the spa itself is one of the best we’ve seen, designed with elaborate mosaics, cypress woodwork, and opulent facilities. Choose from an array of face and body treatments, rejuvenate in the Ritual Bath (complete with nine individual mineral pools), and enjoy amenities like steam, sauna and inhalation rooms.It’s not often you see such an iconic hotel with the caliber of modern upgrades that the Boca Raton Resort has to offer. For anyone who wants to experience the glamour of yore with the adventure sports and comforts of present day, you have to pay this bright pink property a visit.Take Me There
Both companies see this protein fabric as the key to “a revolution in manufacturing” due to its non-reliance on petrochemicals (a chemical obtained from petroleum and natural gas). And FYI, your ski jacket and most of your apparel is packed with petrochemicals. That’s because the most commonly manufactured fibers are petroleum-based, like polyester and nylon. Meyer says not only are they a non-renewable resource, petrochemicals remain in the ecosystem after end of use (like microplastics) and are ingested by fish, then eventually by humans.“We’re highly motivated by the renewable, ecologically friendly aspect of our protein materials, such as QMONOS,” Meyer adds. “Through raising awareness and pursuing initial adoption in the outdoor industry, where consumers are already highly conscious of environmental issues, we hope to eventually contribute to a solution for some of society’s great global issues.”Goldwin and Spiber aren’t promising to correct this chemical habit today or even 2019, but it’s clear they have sights on its achievement. In hand with this collaboration, Goldwin opened its new R&D Facility, Goldwin Tech Lab in Oyabe City last November. One of the first objectives of the Lab was to tests the Goldwin prototype jacket on an actual manufacturing line.Because although a jacket has been made before using the silk protein (emphasis: one jacket), you won’t change the industry unless you can make hundreds of thousands. A prototype ski jacket promising to make every other ski jacket in the world obsolete via lab-made spider silk protein had it’s big debut at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in January. The project was labeled top-secret by collaborators Goldwin and Spiber — many of their employees did not know of its existence until the day of the show.Sealed in a glass case out of reach from us mere mortals, the Goldwin Ski Jacket might look like any other winter-wear layer to those passing by. Goldwin might also sound like small potatoes to those familiar with U.S. winter favorites Patagonia, The North Face, and Mountain Hardwear, but it is definitely an Eastern giant. Owning both The North Face and Helly Hansen licenses in Japan, Goldwin is known for its minimalist and high-style ski wear, motorcycle gear, and technical everyday designs. Although it started out as a small knit manufacturing company in 1950, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find Goldwin’s name stitched into every ski jacket made from 2020 and beyond.Again, thanks to that prototype “spider silk” Goldwin Ski Jacket.Why attempt to genetically engineer spider silk? “For decades now, many scientists have been drawn to the amazing mechanical properties of natural spider silk,” Daniel Meyer, Marketing and Communications with Spiber, the Japanese company that engineers the synthetic spider silk fabric, tells The Manual. “It is the toughest known material, natural or otherwise. Toughness is a combination of both strength and extensibility, meaning that it can absorb an incredible amount of energy before breaking.”Spiber previously worked on a spider silk jacket, the Moon Parka Prototype, for The North Face in 2015, but the jacket was more of an art piece at the time, since the fabric still needed to undergo various quality verification procedures to say for certainty that it could function as a winter coat. Spiber thought of that collab as more of a proof of concept that lab-made spider silk could be woven into a fabric, sewn, etc, than an official coat. Spiber also used its spider silk material for the Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept at the Paris Motor Show in October of 2016. So it’s been crawling onto the scene slowly for a while.Moon Parka Prototype (Goldwin jacket is not shown)The new Goldwin jacket features the same QMONOS (pronounced pretty much how it sounds) material Spiber used in the earlier TNF jacket and Lexus seat, but with styling from Goldwin and a futuristic emphasis on seeing the product through from the lab to the racks. After all, we expect actual products to follow exciting prototypes, otherwise it’s just steam.“The Moon Parka is a prototype based upon The North Face’s Antarctica Parka model,” says Meyer. “Goldwin’s ski jacket is a sportswear jacket designed with heavy movement in mind. We have included Spiber’s QMONOS fibers in this prototype in order to evaluate its properties and performance under various conditions. This prototype also shows Goldwin’s intention to include the QMONOS material in its own brand as it strengthens its international presence.”Lexus Kinetic Seat ConceptQMONOS is a protein material based on spider silk, touted as being four times stronger than steel but more flexible than nylon. Meyer broke down the process of creating the silk into four phases:Design Stage: First, we look at the DNA within a spider that is responsible for the creation of its silk. We then take this base design and tweak it on a computer, optimizing it for our process and end applications.DNA Synthesis Stage: Once we have a final design that we like, we synthesize that DNA in the lab and incorporate it into microbes.Microbial Fermentation Stage: Once these “host” microbes are prepared, we ferment them, in a process similar to fermenting beer. They are placed in a tank and provided oxygen, a temperate environment, and nutrients such as sugars which allow them to multiply and create lots of spider silk proteins (or whatever protein it is we have coded for in the DNA).Materialization Stage: We harvest the proteins and then spin them into fibers in a synthetic spinning process much like with polyester or nylon. Basically, the proteins are in a liquid solution and pushed out of small pores. They then harden into fibers. It is also worth noting that fibers are not the only material that we can make out of our protein polymers. We have created fibers, films, sponges, plastics, and more. Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt
Best Prime Day Bedding Deals: What to Expect from Amazon in 2019 What to Know About Prime Day 2019Do You Need to Be an Amazon Prime Member?Short answer: yes. You must be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the vast majority of discounts on Prime Day. However, there will still be deals available to non-Prime members. We just don’t expect them to be very good.Chris DeGraw/The ManualNot a member? Simply sign up for a 30-day free trial. If you get hooked, a Prime membership will only set you back $119 a year ($13 a month) and you’ll reap a ton of benefits, like free two-day shipping on certain items and access to streamable content like shows and movies. The whole point of Prime Day, after all, is to introduce non-members to the convenience of the service.Tips for Finding the Best Prime Day DealsFirst off, you need to bookmark this page because we’ll be updating it with the best Prime Day deals on outdoor gear and fitness equipment. We’ll only highlight the top brands or steepest discounts.If you’re unsure about a product, do a quick Google search to compare prices and find reviews. Amazon users typically provide honest feedback in the comments. You can use the built-in search feature hone in on items that only have a four- to five-star ratings.As we mentioned before, we’ll be focused on our favorite gear for getting outside and staying active. For even more deals, check out the best savings on kitchen gear and appliances, men’s fashion, grooming goods, fun toys, or pillows, sheets, and mattresses. Our tech-centric brother site, Digital Trends, also has a roundup of hottest Prime Day deals overall — that’s where you can find more info on Amazon devices, TVs, games, and more.The Manual may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More The second day of Prime Day is here!Yes, you read that correctly. Prime Day is now technically Prime Days since Amazon is giving us an entire 48 hours to shop deals on all sorts of products, from grooming goods to home tech. During this Amazon “holiday” — Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 — the shipping giant is discounting a huge chunk of its inventory.While this may be a great opportunity to score an Amazon Echo or an Apple Watch, we’re more excited about the Prime Day deals on outdoor gear. Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads — you name it, Amazon has a sale on it. We’ve sifted through all the available deal to find the best of the best: the steepest discounts, the greatest products, the most exclusive sales. Below are the best Prime Day deals on outdoor gear.Best Outdoor Deals for Prime DayMarmot, one of the best brands in the outdoor industry, is offering sweeping discounts on its Amazon inventory. We’ve found Prime Day sales on great camping and backpacking gear like tents, sleeping bags, tools, apparel, watercraft, and more. Even something modest like a 30% discount can lead to huge savings when the original price tag is high, but we’re seeing sales as good as 70% off. In 2018, the LifeStraw water filter was a top seller during Prime Day, and we’re excited to see it’s been discounted again for 2019. The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More
Consultant with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), Dr. Oscar Coto, says Jamaica has an opportunity to tap into international financing that can assist with its efforts at reducing the impacts of climate change. This, he said, can be accomplished through advancement of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme of Activities (PoA) as well as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). “If through a supported-type NAMA, the country can get recognition of some incremental critical costs that are involved in delivering some climate change mitigation, through activities in the country…those resources would be used to support the scaling up of (projects) for a better energy sector, more renewable energy, more efficiency within the society (and ultimately) better living for Jamaicans,” he said. Dr. Coto was speaking to JIS News following a workshop on potential for Programmatic CDM and NAMAs in Jamaica, at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on April 3. The CDM is one of the ‘project-based’ mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol designed to promote projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement created under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). PoAsrefer tovoluntary co-ordinated actions by a private or public entity that leads to GHG reductions through a number of CDM project activities. NAMAs are seen primarily as a way for developing countries—with financial and technological support from the international community—to make progress in reducing their own domestic GHG emissions. OLADE is providing support to the Government through the provision of technical assistance in order to contribute in the identification of opportunities for the development of CDM Programme of Activities as well as NAMAs. This is in keeping with Government’s activities to reduce the impacts of climate change within the energy sector. As such, Dr. Coto has prepared a report based on a ‘Study on the Identification of Potential Project Portfolios Associated to Programmatic CDM and NAMAs in Jamaica’, which he discussed during the workshop. In his presentation, Dr. Coto pointed to current trends to move from strict carbon financing to a broader concept of climate financing, which includes the NAMAs as an opportunity to assist countries in enabling mitigation activities, both at the policy as well as the project/programme level. Carbon financeis a new branch of environmental finance, which explores the financial implications of living in a carbon-constrained world, in which emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) carry a price.In his report, Dr. Coto noted that it is clear that the country has enacted a series of visions, policies and action plans that can contribute significantly to prepare Jamaica for climate financing opportunities. He argued that from the climate mitigation perspective, renewable energy interventions seem to be very cost effective in Jamaica, and associated climate financing could be attracted to assist in removing some of the perceived gaps associated with the regulatory challenges as well as in mobilising financing and guarantees for private sector participation. “It is becoming clear that the paths for most of the identified and discussed potentials for emission reductions in Jamaica lie within the boundaries of the NAMA mechanisms under discussion in the UNFCCC as a vehicle for climate financing,” the report reads.The report recommends that the country needs to engage in strengthening its capabilities to understand the depth of new climate financing opportunities and risks, assess if the emerging mechanisms of climate financing may be attractive to supplement and scale up on-going activities, and from there pursue opportunities that are cost effective and with ample sustainable development benefits for the country.
Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Lt. Col. Oral Khan, says that while Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as Jamaica, are not the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, they must play a part in the mitigation agenda.He said that as Jamaica works towards Vision 2030, “we recognise that we not only have to adapt to the impacts of climate change, but also support appropriate mitigation policies and actions, if we are to achieve this goal”.Lt. Col. Khan was bringing greetings at the opening ceremony for the Analysis and Investigation for Low Emission Growth (AILEG) project symposium on Tuesday, July 9, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.The AILEG project, which is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), helps to build the capacity of the Government and key stakeholders to analyze low emission development strategies (LEDS), and integrate them into economic development, strategic planning, and implementation.LEDS accelerate sustainable economic growth and investments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience. Through AILEG, the government can find cost-effective, sustainable options in climate policy planning, economic modeling, and impact analysis.The Chief Technical Director said that as developing countries such as Jamaica try to find solutions that will enable growth, interventions such as AILEG will “put us in an informed position to enable us to attract investments in low emission technologies and projects”.He pointed out that under the AILEG project, “we have an opportunity to balance our efforts and concentrate on mitigation efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission and play our part. Such action must lead to win-win mitigation solutions aimed not only at reducing emissions, but also reducing cost and pollution”.Adding that the Ministry stands to benefit significantly from this project, he said it is anticipated that the outcomes of the initiative will help to build capacity in a number of critical areas, especially those units that will have the responsibility to coordinate and drive all activities relating to climate change across government.In her remarks, Mission Director, USAID, Denise Herbol said “you all are doing it right…getting the policy right first before seeking to invest resource and programming, to ensure that you do smart investment of those resources.”Issues being explored during the two-day symposium include: low emission growth for development; analysis and investment for low emission growth; LED development strategy in the Jamaican context; requirements for low emission considerations in national planning; and the status and way forward for policy, programming, planning and financing for climate change.Contact: Alphea Saunders
The event, which is part of Youth Month activities, is being held in commemoration of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Event sponsors include Digicel, Scotiabank, Jamaica Broilers and Tastee. Assistance has also been given by the National Commercial Bank, the Jamaica National Building Society, the Development Bank of Jamaica and EXIM Bank. “We need persons to understand that it is not okay to abuse our children; it is not okay to neglect them; and it is not okay to treat them in a way that is not a part of our standard,” A prayer vigil and concert titled, ‘Bless the Children’, will be held at Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, in Kingston, on Tuesday, November 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m.The event, which is part of Youth Month activities, is being held in commemoration of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. It is organised by the Child Development Agency, an arm of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.Among the speakers at the function will be Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites; Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry, Greig Smith and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage Grey.Prior to the official function at 2:30 p.m. there will be an expo showcasing government, non-governmental and child-centred organisations. Exhibitors will include Office of the Children’s Registry, Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Jamaica Red Cross, National Council on Drug Abuse and the Registrar General’s Department and other stakeholders dealing with child protection.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage Grey, told JIS News that the Day is observed each year to foster awareness and encourage Jamaicans to redouble their efforts to protect the nation’s children.“We need persons to understand that it is not okay to abuse our children; it is not okay to neglect them; and it is not okay to treat them in a way that is not a part of our standard,” she said.Mrs. Gage Grey pointed out that the agency will be issuing a call for persons to take a stand against all forms of child abuse and to make a commitment to work with families to assist them in taking better care of their children.“We want to offer some comfort and support to those families who have lost children violently and we are standing with them to say, no to child abuse,” she said.The Acting CEO emphasised that it is crucial at this time to bring the nation’s attention to the issues affecting the children and “to recommit to doing all that is possible to safeguard them from all forms of abuse and violence.”Event sponsors include Digicel, Scotiabank, Jamaica Broilers and Tastee. Assistance has also been given by the National Commercial Bank, the Jamaica National Building Society, the Development Bank of Jamaica and EXIM Bank. Story Highlights
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Hon. Olivia Grange, has urged Caribbean countries to place greater emphasis on monetising intellectual property (IP).Addressing the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS) Regional Conference at the Royalton Negril Resort in Hanover, on October 7, the Minister said only a targeted multi-disciplinary approach to monetising IP, which includes the public and private sectors, will help Caribbean economies increase value-added and gain a greater share of the global economy.“Hosting these intellectual discourses signal on the part of Government and the Collective Management Organisations (CMOs), the importance placed on Intellectual Property rights in Jamaica. We are operating in a time and space when monetising intellectual property related to our creativity has become an imperative,” Ms. Grange emphasised.The Minister noted that as the Caribbean’s traditional export sectors – sugar, banana and bauxite – have stagnated in large part due to lack of economies of scale, increased competition in the global market, and/or high production costs, “our creativity has increased, yet we earn a mere pittance from those earnings.”Turning to the issue of copyright and royalties in Jamaica, Ms. Grange said although there have been modest increases in the collection of distributable royalties by the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) over the last few years, most of the funds have to be paid over to foreign entities, due to the high level of usage of non-Jamaican material.“It is interesting that $50.8 million was paid out to foreign societies, whereas only $19.1 million was paid to JACAP members based locally and overseas,” she noted.The Minister said although alarming, the imbalance in royalty payments represents both a challenge and an opportunity to decrease consumption of foreign content in the country’s tourism product, on the airwaves and in public spaces, while offering an opportunity to increase local content through quotas.She also expressed concern about the impact technological advancement in the digital environment has been having on music, and urged the ACCS to be advocates and vanguards in the challenging technological environment.“In 2016, US streaming revenue represented 51.4 per cent of music industry revenue. Digital downloads and ringtones represented 24.1 per cent, physical sales amounted to 21.8 per cent and sync sales 2.7 per cent. Globally, streaming income represented 50 per cent of total music industry revenue and overall, digital revenues increased by 17.7 per cent in 2016. Some 432 billion songs were streamed on demand in 2016,” she said.“Despite these phenomenally high numbers in relation to streaming and digital downloads, the low payment resulting from digital services is one of the most frequently mentioned problems in relation to the digital environment. Composers and artistes from all around the world complain about the low payment that comes from digital platforms, especially from those that use the technology of streaming,” the Minister said.
The soft tone of the room, in shades of blue, pink, grey, purple and green, is highlighted by the mural, which depicts a nature scene with trees, flowers and butterflies. There are beanbags instead of chairs, and books, dolls and other toys. Adorned with a beautiful hand-painted mural, and outfitted with age-appropriate toys and furnishings, the new therapeutic playroom at the Office of the Children’s Advocate’s downtown Kingston offices will provide a safe and comfortable space for youngsters who have suffered traumatic experiences. Its mission is to promote and protect the rights and best interests of children through vigilance, strategic partnerships and the provision of timely, efficient and quality service. She said with this room, children being catered to by the OCA “will be able to open up as best as possible about the very difficult circumstances to which they would have been exposed”.Mrs. Gordon Harrison noted that the play area is extremely important in advancing the work of the OCA, which was relocated to the 11th floor of the Air Jamaica Building in 2016.She said it was ensured that space was identified to accommodate children within the retrofitting plans for the office.The Children’s Advocate said that having a comfortable setting will facilitate easier communication with children who are hurting and find it difficult to speak about what they are going through.“We see this playroom as really providing that space that would (help children to) relax a little bit more, find some more ease with disclosing what is a very painful experience as opposed to being locked in an office where they are sitting around a desk with somebody who is merely recording a statement,” she noted.Manager for Public Education and Special Projects at the OCA, LatoyaMinott-Hall, expressed gratitude to the “committed students who understand and have a drive and passion and a desire to help with the (children) whom we serve here”.Through the partnership with the NCU, students from the institution are serving as interns at the OCA. The first group started in April and another group came on in June.Mrs. Minott-Hall noted that the assistance of the students has helped to alleviate staff constraints and lighten the workload of the agency.Kemar Daswell, who assisted on the therapy room project and is serving as an intern, told JIS News that the students are pleased with the outcome and the positive impact it will have on the beneficiaries.The project was carried out with support from Berger Paints, Food For The Poor and Do Good Jamaica/Crayons Count.The OCA is mandated to enforce and protect the rights and best interests of children. The office was established in 2006 under the Child Care and Protection Act (2004).Its mission is to promote and protect the rights and best interests of children through vigilance, strategic partnerships and the provision of timely, efficient and quality service. Story Highlights Adorned with a beautiful hand-painted mural, and outfitted with age-appropriate toys and furnishings, the new therapeutic playroom at the Office of the Children’s Advocate’s downtown Kingston offices will provide a safe and comfortable space for youngsters who have suffered traumatic experiences.The playroom will be used by the OCA’s Investigations Unit to treat and counsel children aged two to 18.The soft tone of the room, in shades of blue, pink, grey, purple and green, is highlighted by the mural, which depicts a nature scene with trees, flowers and butterflies. There are beanbags instead of chairs, and books, dolls and other toys.Such rooms encourage healing through play and provide an environment of physical and emotional safety for children.Transformed through partnership with the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), the room was officially handed over on October 18.The initiative was in fulfilment of the community outreach component of a Group Dynamics and Leadership course being pursued by four NCU students – Kemar Daswell, Acoya Rademari, Chandrika Campbell and Leon Ffrench.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, said she is grateful for the assistance from the students, who converted an empty room into a calm and relaxing space where children can be interviewed.