This was noted by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during a tour of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) multipurpose facility on Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, Thursday (June 8), with representatives from the IDB. The Government is seeking to increase access and coverage for persons with disabilities, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Government is seeking to increase access and coverage for persons with disabilities, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).This was noted by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during a tour of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) multipurpose facility on Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, Thursday (June 8), with representatives from the IDB.Mrs. Robinson said the Government aims to expand the level of participation in the society by persons with disabilities, while at the same time empowering them to make valuable contribution to society.“We are working to actualise the right of every Jamaican with a disability to develop to maximum potential as mandated by our Disabilities Act,” she said.She informed that the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is developing Codes of Practices and Regulations to accompany the legislation.“We are developing a public-education campaign to ensure that the society as a whole understands the rights of persons with disabilities,” Mrs. Robinson said.Meanwhile, the Minister said the country has benefited from the partnership with the IDB, especially through financial and technical support to foster social inclusion and promote equity and empowerment of individuals.She cited the upgraded Early Stimulation Multipurpose facility as an example of a fruitful relationship.The IDB provided approximately $87 million for the project, under the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme.“This upgraded ESP assessment centre and multipurpose facility is a striking example of our alliance. This beautifully designed building will enhance the well-being and welfare of children with disabilities through an expansion of assessment and intervention services,” Mrs. Robinson said.The range of services offered through ESP include home-based visits, specialised early-childhood education, parenting workshops and counselling sessions, parent-support groups, placement of children, and the provision of resources to other agencies serving young children with disabilities.“Over the longer term, the aim for regional intervention centres will help to reduce the institutionalisation of young children with developmental disabilities across the island. The coping skills of parents, guardians and caregivers are being improved to care for their children as well as the efforts of the teachers and social workers,” Mrs. Robinson said.The IDB is also providing funds for the expansion of the Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Development Centre (STIM-PLUS), in East Kingston, which is slated for completion by the end of 2017.“There will also be administrative offices, a sickbay, disability friendly bathrooms and caretaker cottage. I am told that on completion, enrolment is expected to increase by at least 40 per cent, providing greater access to the ESP by more Jamaicans,” she said.“I want to affirm to our IDB partners how beneficial this is, since referrals to the programme come from the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Ministry of Education, Family Court, Child Development Agency and other agencies serving young children,” Mrs. Robinson added.Meanwhile, Vice-President of Countries at the IDB, Mr. Alexandre Meira da Rosa, highlighted the enthusiasm and joy of the professionals and students at the multipurpose facility.“It is not very often that I experience this kind of environment. I was positively surprised to see the interest of the Government of Jamaica in early-childhood development. This is rarely seen in countries of comparable size and comparable economies. So, I applaud the Government of Jamaica to put this as a priority,” he said.“I truly hope that one of the results of our partnership, is that we can compile this experience and export and take it to other countries. I am very glad for this partnership and am looking forward to doing more,” he added.The ESP caters to disabled children up to six years old and serves 1,539 youngsters, 416 of whom are from rural communities.The range of disabilities managed under the Programme include cerebral palsy, sensory impairment, autism, Down syndrome, developmental delay, psychosocial deprivation and co-morbid behavioural problems, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Story Highlights
Justin BieberReutersJustin Bieber has apparently stepped down from making any songs for the time being, and fans are not only unhappy about it, but they are concerned for the singer too.Bieber has been under mental stress for quite some time and he has been pretty vocal about it. Recently, the ‘Baby’ singer took to Instagram and informed his fans that he will be focusing on his mental health for the time being.In a lengthy message, the singer starts by addressing his fans’ demands, who all badly want an album from him. “I read a lot of messages saying you want an album,” Bieber started his post. “”I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour,” he wrote.Bieber released his last album, Purpose in 2015 and two years later, he ended his tour early due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Later, he explained to his fans about the reason behind he ending his tour early, “I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable,” Bieber wrote. So that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be,” he further added explaining his mental desire at that point of time. Justin BieberJustin Bieber Official Instagram (justinbieber)Since then he got married to model Hailey Baldwin, and in his recent Instagram post, he tried to explain his current situation by addressing them as “deep-rooted issues.””I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep-rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be,” Bieber explained. The popstar later consoled his fans by saying that “Music is very important to me but nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick a** album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable…. the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so,” Bieber said. “But I will come with a vengeance believe that.”
Tony Stark records his final message in the Avengers trailerMarvel Studios via YouTube ScreengrabAnother footage shows Tony Stark and Nebula playing paper football. Many are speculating that this is going to be the opening sequence of the movie.After this, we get to see Nebula back on Earth. There are Steve Rogers, Thor, Black Widow, and others. When Bruce Banner tells the team why the conclusion is going to be any different now if they march to fight against Thanos, Captain Marvel tells him that they have her now. As we know, Carol Danvers can defeat anyone.In the later part of the revealed footage, Nebula reveals the Avengers that she is aware of Thanos’ actual location. As per Nebula, Thanos is now living in “The Garden” where he is spending his remaining days as a farmer.The Avengers later plan to use the Infinity Stones to undo Thanos’ snap. As it turned out, all the Infinity Stones are functional even after Thanos’ snap. They all have detected some sort of energy spike similar to the one during the decimation, and this will help them finding Thanos’ exact location.At the very beginning of the movie, all the Avengers will head into space to defeat Thanos once and for all.Avengers: Endgame movie is ready to release on April 26, 2019. Avengers Endgame movie trailerMarvel Studios (@marvelstudios/Instagram)Avengers: Endgame movie is slated to release on April 26 but ahead of its premiere, Marvel screened first 10 minutes of the movie and now those leaks have surfaced online.Avengers: Endgame will bring closure to a decade-long saga which started after the release of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Over the years, we have seen several superhero movies from the Marvel camp and with Avengers: Endgame, we will finally get to see the real end of our favorite superheroes. Ahead of its April 26 release, Marvel screened first ten minutes and now we finally have the details of what the movie will look like in the very first few minutes.There are several theories that suggest that Mad Titan Thanos will die in the first 20 minutes of Avengers: Endgame movie. But now, we have confirmed information as to how the first ten minutes of Avengers 4 are going to look like.Warning: Spoilers aheadThere are no solid details about the entire plot of Avengers: Endgame movie but as per the recently screened footage, this is how Avengers 4 is going to look like:The first scene of the footage featured Tony Stark and Nebula on Benatar — the official name of Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship. It means that after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, these two have finally managed to get control of themselves and decided to board the ship in the hope to get back to the planet Earth. But as we all know, the journey is not going to be simple for Tony Stark.The footage further revealed what we have already seen in the very first trailer of Endgame — Tony’s desperate attempt to send a message to Pepper Potts about the possibility of not to be at home on time. However, in addition to this, he tells Pepper that Nebula has helped him in recovering from his wounds and adds that even though he has got some infection, he is recuperating.Following this, Tony Stark adds that along with Nebula, he has repaired the ship that got damaged before their fight with Thanos.
Jahangir Alam, Ofaz UddinIn the film ‘Aynabaji’, the protagonist takes a convict’s place in jail in exchange of money. And now life imitates art in Gazipur.A man named Jahangir Alam went to jail in place of a convict, Ofaz Uddin, two months ago in Kaliakair upazila of Gazipur. Ofaz Uddin was accused of illegally taking over land belonging to the forest department and was accordingly sentenced to two years in jail last year.According to the forest department officials, Ofaz Uddin had been living in Bishwaspara for long. He built a house on the forest department’s land and was accused of selling government land as well.The forest department filed a case against him in 2006 and the court sentenced him to two years impriosnment on 7 July 2018. Ofaz went into hiding after the verdict. Local people said Ofaz convinced Jahangir to surrender in his stead for Tk 300,000. He also promised Jahagir to arrange bail.Jahangir, 30, was a driver and drug addict. He lived in Kholapara village in Kaliakair upazila. He is now in Kashimpur High Security Prison. The Prothom Alo Correspondent went to find Ofaz Uddin at the jail on Sunday when Jahangir revealed his actual identity.Jahangir later explained the incident to the correspondent.Ofaz Uddin told him to surrender in court as Ofaz and seek bail three months ago, Jahangir said.The court sent him to jail rejecting the bail plea, he added.Ofaz Uddin’s mobile phone is switched off. His son told the correspondent that his father was on the run since the court verdict.The inspector of Gazipur court said, Ofaz was now accused of fraudulence with the court.Jahangir’s mother said her son hadn’t come home for two months.The family came to know that Jahangir was in jail, though they did not know the reason, she added.The public prosecutor in the case, Rezaul Karim, told Prothom Alo, Jahangir would be released if the relevant documents proved his innocence in the court.
Prothom alo illustratio.Militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and eight other convicts were sentenced to death 18 years ago in the Ramna bomb blast case. Mufti Hannan was hanged in connection with another case. The death reference and appeal in the Ramna killing case remains pending in the Supreme Court. Similarly, the court sentenced 14 persons to death five years ago in the sensational 10 truck arms case. That too remains pending approval of the High Court.A total of 1,704 convicts wait in the condemned cells for the final court verdict. The death reference hearing of many of their cases is being held in the High Court. The death reference hearing of some of the cases has been completed and the accused have filed appeal with the Appellate Division where the cases remain pending.The home ministry sent a letter to the law ministry on Wednesday, asking that the state counsel to settle these cases pending in the Supreme Court without further delay.The letter stated that till 30 June this year, among the convicts sentenced to death in various jails of the country, there are 1,467 unresolved cases with the High Court and 237 with the Appellate Division. These cases have been under trial for between 6 months to 15 years.According to relevant sources, from May 2015 to May 2019, the appeal of 48 convicts sentenced to death has been settled. The law has no deadline for settling death references. However, the cases pertaining to the murders of Rajib and Rajan, the Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali, the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder, and the Pilkhana killing, were settled once the paper book was prepared.According to prison officials, delay in preparing the paper book keeps the death references pending for years on end. With the cases remaining unsettled for years after years, the accused and those seeking justice are both frustrated. Convicts awaiting final decision in the condemned cells undergo immense mental pressure. And over half the jail guards are deployed to keep watch on this large number of convicts and so cannot pay due attention to the other inmates. Then again, in some cases the Supreme Court may lessen the sentences meted out by the judicial court. That is why it is imperative for the death references to be settled as soon as possible.Senior lawyer of the Supreme Court Khandakar Mahbub Hossain on Thursday told Prothom Alo that the government has no idea of what pitiful lives the convicts condemned to death are living and so do fail to take action. He said, the lower courts almost every day pass death sentences, but there is a shortage of judges with the experience to conduct such cases. Appointing experienced judges on an ad hoc basis could be a solution to the problem.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “We have requested the law ministry to take rapid steps to settle the death references and appeal cases pending with the Supreme Court. We are monitoring the matter. Also, the relevant persons of the law and justice department hold regular meetings in this regard. It has been said that initiative will be taken to conduct special hearing of the cases pending for over 10 years.”The High Court’s approval is needed to carry out the death sentences passed by the judicial court. This is known as the death reference. After the High Court decision, the accused can appeal with the Appellate Division. The accused can also appeal again after the decision of the Appellate Division.In preparation of the death reference hearing, a paper book is prepared comprising the case description, charge sheet, deposition of the witnesses, the verdict of the judicial court, and so on.When asked what the state is doing to speed up the process of these cases, law minister Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo, “We are taking necessary action regarding these condemned convicts. We want the sentences of those condemned to death to be carried out speedily. The death reference hearing and settlement of several such cases are being dealt with on a priority basis after the preparation of the paper book.”Sensational cases in death referenceThe Speedy Trial Tribunal -2 of Dhaka condemned 10 persons to death on 20 August 2017 under the Special Powers Act for the attempting to kill the prime minister Sheikh Hasina with a bomb planted in Kotalipara, Gopalganj. Almost 17 years after the incident, the death reference hearing was taken up in the High Court after the lower court verdict.Ten persons were killed in the militant attack on 14 April 2001 at Ramna during the Bangla New Year celebrations. Around five years ago the judicial court condemned eight persons to death in this case and sentenced another six to life. The murder case is now under trial at the High Court. The death reference and jail appeal is at the hearing stage.On 27 April 2014, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) set up a check post at Lamapara along the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road and halted the vehicle of councillor Nazrul.They picked up Nazrul, three of his associates and the driver. Lawyer Chandan Sarkar, who happened to be passing, witnessed the incident and so he too was picked up along with his driver.All of them were later killed and thrown into the river. Six of their bodies were later discovered on 30 April and one more on the next day.Then on 16 January 2016 the lower court condemned 26 persons to death and nine others to sentences of various terms in this sensational case.The death sentences were placed with the High Court for approval. And also 20 accused persons appealed to the High Court against the sentences.On 22 August 2017 the death reference and appeal hearing were completed and the death sentence of 15 persons was upheld.The High Court lessened the death sentence given by the lower court against 11 of the accused to life imprisonment. The full verdict of the High Court was published on 19 November 2018.The accused then appealed to the Appellate Division and the hearing of this writ remains pending.* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
This is perhaps the most befitting tribute an artiste could pay to the spirit of nationalism and swadharma synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi. After stunning the audience with her last show – held in Delhi in September 2013 – of artworks that married khadi with ajrakh traditions of printing and dyeing, Delhi-based artiste Shelly Jyoti is now presenting a new body of works in tandem with the Gandhian theory of satyagraha. The show titled Salt: The Great March II (Re-Contextualising Ajrakh Textile Traditions on khadi in Contemporary Art and Craft), will be held at The Art Gallery, India International Centre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show will be inaugurated by Tara Gandhi Bhattacharya (grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi and Chairperson, Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust). The show includes site-specific textile (khadi fabric) installations, garments with ajrakh printing, paintings that document 21st century textile traditions of India using clothing samplers, twenty four artworks utilizing Ajrakh textile traditions and a spoken poetry video film.Talking about why she has been attracted to the Ajrakh tradition, Jyoti says, ‘Ajrakh is one of the oldest types of block printing on textiles still practiced in parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This is a centuries-old craft practiced by Khatris, characterized by its complex geometrical patterns, its use of natural dyes and its skilled, extensive production process. The patterns share similarities with ancient Indus Valley Civilization patterns, and the patterns of medieval cloths traded along the Indian Ocean route. The partition of India and Pakistan hugely affected the practice and trading of block-printed textiles. Many families were split up over the two countries, and displaced into new surroundings. I personally feel responsible towards the craft as I feel heritage should be preserved and documented through visual art works.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSalt: The Great March II is a sequel project to Salt: The Great March I which was exhibited at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in Sept-Oct 2013. The Salt March series II, like its first edition, explores salt as a symbol of non-violence. The project is inspired by the Gandhian theory of satyagraha – a challenge to one’s own truth with stress on self-purification, self-examination and self-assessment. It stimulates our conscience and soul searching for the uplift of all (sarvodaya). These works further explore the practice of nonviolence, tolerance, peace and harmony through the narratives of swadeshi politics. The ‘Salt’ series draws upon the history of India’s colonial past and Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930 Dandi March, which began the Salt Satyagraha and became an important part of the Indian independence movement.
Kolkata: The Alipore Zoological Garden is bringing in a white tiger from the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park popularly known as Patna Zoo to augment the tiger population in the city zoo. Apart from the white tiger, six blackbucks and a pair of sambar deer will also be brought from the Patna zoo. The animals are being procured as a part of exchange programme with the Alipore zoo sending a female zebra to Patna.”The six-year-old white male tiger that we are bringing from Patna zoo is mainly for the purpose of breeding to increase the tiger population at the zoo. The white tiger has yellow gene so cross breeding can be done with the yellow tigers as well,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Alipore Zoo presently has three white tigers — Bishal, Rupa and Rishi and three Royal Bengal tigers Payel, Tista and Raja. Tigers remain compatible for mating from the age of 5 to a maximum of 9 years. However, all male tigers at the zoo are over the age of 10 years. So the white male tiger is being brought from outside. “We are trying to make arrangements to procure the tiger by next week while the sambar deer and blackbucks will be brought after the summer months. It will be easier for them to adjust to the weather in the city after summer,” a senior official of Alipore Zoo said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe zebra population at the city zoo is presently ten with seven females. Two of the three males are juveniles and there is the only one adult male in the mating game. Five of the seven adult females are fit for breeding but they have only one partner. The female zebra that will be sent is aged around six years. “We are in talks with a number of zoo to bring an adult male zebra,” the official added. The Alipore Zoo presently has three sambar deer and a single deer. The six blackbucks will make our deer population reasonably healthy. The Patna Zoo has a single male zebra Chottu. The plan is to mate him with the female being procured from Alipore Zoo to augment the zebra population.
Share So, just why is it Canadians love Hawaii’s largest island? It breeds adventure for all types of travellers.Travellers planning a trip to the island of Hawaii who have questions regarding the Kīlauea volcano can contact the Hawaii Tourism Call Center at (800) GO-HAWAII [(800) 464-2924].For more information, visit www.GoHawaii.com/Island-of-Hawaii. Posted by You most certainly have heard of the Kīlauea volcano eruptions happening in Hawaii. For the majority of June through July every major news provider in the country was reporting on the event. However, what many reports didn’t detail was that the clear majority of The Island of Hawaii is business as usual – and not to mention the readily accessible and equally awe-inspiring five additional islands (Maui, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i, and Lānaʻi) waiting to greet Canadians with their own unique signature aloha spirit.As Canadians are just beginning to plan for their winter vacations now is the time to visit The island of Hawaii.The ongoing 35-year-old eruption of Kīlauea volcano directly affected only a small portion of east Hawaii Island’s Puna district equating 10 square miles of the 4,028-square-mile island. Travellers are seeing now that the awesome sight of the volcano firsthand is one of the rare experiences one can witness.So, what else is drawing Canadians to The Island of Hawaii ?Boundless Adventure From ziplining and kayaking to snorkeling and horseback riding, there are activities galore island-wide, all open for business.With their bounty of stream- and waterfall-carved valleys, and acres of verdant forest, the coastlines of northeast Kohala, Hāmākua and north Hilo offer up some of Hawai‘i ‘s most idyllic landscapes for intrepid ziplineExplore the island’s undersea world at its many marine-life filled snorkel and scuba spots or sign up for a night dive for manta rays and other post-sunset underwater denizens.A circle-island helicopter tour offers sky views of the vast lava fields of Kilauea, emerald amphitheater valleys, rugged sea cliffs, and hidden rainforest waterfalls of the Hāmākua History, science and culture Experience a unique culture and history that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.The Kona Coffee Living History Farm offers tours of its still-producing coffee estate first homesteaded in 1900, weaving in interpretive history of the daily lives of early 20th century Japanese immigrant coffee farmers.Explore the coastline of Punaluʻu Beach, whose black sands – much-loved by Hawai‘i an green sea turtles for sunning – are actually fine, sea-worn granules of Kilauea volcano lava.Grab your binoculars and trek one, five or all 90 miles of the island-crossing Hawai‘i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail on a quest through the native seaside, mountains, and rainforests seeing some of the rarest tropical birds in the world.Local and traditional culinary fares to satisfy any taste budYou’ll find great eats in just about every Hawaii Island town – from fresh, farm-to-table dining, to brew pubs, fresh-catch restaurants, and longtime mom-and-pop eateries in Kailua-Kona, and an array of eclectic small-town eateries in Hawi, Honokaa, Pāhoa , and Volcano Village.The island’s biggest town, Hilo, is a burgeoning food-enthusiast neighborhood, offering everything from the local-style menus of resident-favorite drive-ins and lunch shops, to fresh-caught fish and multiethnic comfort food, to loco moco, okazuya, poke, mochi and farm-and-farmers-market-to-table cuisine, to inventive bakeries, pizza joints and taquerias.Grapes grown on vines at the 4,000-foot elevation of Kilauea volcano bring unique character to the vintages produced by longtime vintners Volcano Winery. Hawaii is open for business to Canadian travellers, Aloha Spirit lives on in Hawaii Travelweek Group Tags: Hawaii, Kilauea, Volcano Monday, August 20, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>