Story HighlightsJamaicans are being encouraged to incorporate the country’s National Colours – Black, Green, and Gold, with a hint of white, in their attire for this year’s Independence celebrations.This appeal comes from the Principal Director for Culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, who indicates that the combination is this year’s chosen fashion theme.She explained that the ‘tups a white’ has been included “to symbolize Government’s commitment to the care of children and preservation and protection of their innocence.” RelatedEmancipation & Independence Celebrations 2014 National Colours With White: The Fashion Theme For IndependenceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Jamaicans are being encouraged to incorporate the country’s National Colours – Black, Green, and Gold, with a hint of white, in their attire for this year’s Independence celebrations.This appeal comes from the Principal Director for Culture in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, who indicates that the combination is this year’s chosen fashion theme.She made the disclosure during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Speaking on the celebrations’ theme: ‘This is Jamaica…My Jamaica’, Ms. Harris urged persons to wear the colours at all parish and national events, during the period.“We want people to engage with the colours across all activities. So you can wear your national colours with a ‘tups a white’ to work or going to cocktails or to all the events we are having,” she added.She explained that the ‘tups a white’ has been included “to symbolize Government’s commitment to the care of children and preservation and protection of their innocence.”In order to promote this engagement, Ms. Harris informed that a digital catalogue has been compiled by a team of local designers. She said persons can view the catalogue on the festival website, www.jamaicafestival.info .“You will see some of the designs that our designers have actually gone out and made so that people can engage with them,” she said, noting that these include an entire entire swim suit collection which also reflects the theme.Noting the loyalty displayed by some Jamaicans for several countries during the recent FIFA World Cup Football tournament in Brazil, Ms. Harris said she is desirous of seeing similar sentiments being expressed for Jamaica’s colours.“That is what I want to see from Jamaicans during Independence, celebrating us and who we are. I love football and I love the World Cup; but I love Jamaica a little bit more and that is what I want us to be saying this Independence period,” she pointed out. RelatedParents and Society Urged to Embrace Positives of Children with Disabilities Related2014 Festival Song Winner Basking in Victory Photo: JIS PhotographerPrincipal Director of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail National Colours With White: The Fashion Theme For Independence CultureAugust 4, 2014Written by: Elaine Hartman Reckord Advertisements
HomeOpinionColumnsWhat’s the point? – MOTHER LOAD HITS THE TARGET Jan. 21, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedNewsWhat’s the Point?What’s the point? – MOTHER LOAD HITS THE TARGETDavid Pisarra1 year agosmdp columnWhat’s the Point?Mother Load by Wendy Adamsom “Everyone tells me I should write a book about my life and recovery.” I’ve heard that from many a person when they learn that I mentor writers and produce their books. I’ve written seven books myself, and edited and published about a dozen for other people. The number of manuscripts that I’ve started to read and had to quit, and the many conversations over coffee about someone’s dream to write their story, have led to me one conclusion; most people won’t write, and those who do frequently don’t take direction to make their writing better.Then a story comes along and you hear it, and are like, “YES! THAT NEEDS TO BE A BOOK!” But the storyteller is shy, and insecure, but somehow they start writing. A short story at first. A memory of a childhood scene that left an impression. They post it in a Facebook post, or a blog, maybe even get it posted on a website like ThriveGlobal.com or Parents.com. As they keep writing, they join a writers group and share their work and get feedback. They polish, and cut, and cut, and cut to get their writing to be good, then great. They have enough short stories, or scenes from a lifetime to make it into a book.That is basically the development story of Mother Load, by Wendy Adamson. She grew up on the Westside and has lived a life that knows extremes. Extremes that most people won’t ever experience. From the depths of drug addiction to the blessings of a recovery that have healed her family.Adamson writes in Mother Load of the incredible insanity that methamphetamine took her life to, in a way that is raw, visceral and unrelentingly honest. She describes the actions she took that led her to a stint in L.A. County Jail with an unflinching clarity and depth of truth that brings a humanity to her writing which is unique in a world of self-revelatory confessionals.The drug infused mania that drove Adamson to commit a crime with a gun, leads to a recovery, which (pardon the pun) triggers moments of knowing humor in her life and book. I found her storytelling to be snappy, emotional, picturesque and enlightening in how effortlessly she describes her tremendously difficult path from pain and self-hatred, to kind, loving, gentle and giving soul. She doesn’t just recount stories, she cracks open her soul and lays bare the motivations and the pain.Yet Mother Load is more than just one woman’s story. It is the story of her family’s recovery. As a unit they were all damaged and hurting, but as Adamson pulled herself from the pit of drug addiction and poverty, and no self-esteem, she pulled her sons out with her. In the Mother Load story “Holey Shoe” she recounts the painful experience of her young son Rikki Mendias having shoes with holes in them and her embarrassment and shame over her lack of funds to get him new shoes. Then along comes Becky, a good Samaritan who takes them both to a shoe store.Becky’s good deed that day sparked an obsession for Rikki and he grew into a ‘sneakerhead’ – a collector of rare sneakers. His collection numbered into the hundreds until one day, he had a stroke of insight and decided to give them all away to needy folks. Hav-A-Sole (www.havasole.com) was born and today the non-profit helps hundreds of homeless and needy people with distributing for free, new and gently used shoes.As an official non-profit Hav-A-Sole has been the recipient of donations from individuals and corporations, of single pairs of shoes, and truckloads. Rikki and his team have traveled the states giving out shoes to those in need. Hav-A-Sole is the beneficiary of corporate largesse from companies like Nike, LA Sparks, LA Rams, The Bike Shop, Saucony, Montage Hotels, Fleet Fee, Indiana Pacers and many others.Currently Hav-A-Sole is a finalist in the January 2020 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest. They need our help to win a $5,000 grant to continue the good work they do. Rikki and Wendy are hometown angels and we can help push Hav-A-Sole to the top with your votes. All you have to do is go here: (https://www.nba.com/lakers/community/1920-you-grant?fbclid=IwAR0LZ6tBHuv34pmeAMpArxx_tE2_BNL77MuwGv9KMhFdeo82zcsQTJYqlXM) and place a vote for Hav-A-Sole.While you’re online you should also head over to Amazon and buy two copies of Mother Load – one for yourself and one to give away – and I know you’re going to want to share this wonderful book with a family or friend who needs to hear a redemption story.David Pisarra is a Los Angeles Divorce and Child Custody Lawyer specializing in Father’s and Men’s Rights with the Santa Monica firm of Pisarra & Grist. He welcomes your questions and comments. He can be reached at [email protected] or 310/664-9969. 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U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline have announced over $1.6 million in federal funding from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program.Rhode Island Sea Grant will use the funds to continue work on the state’s Shellfish Management Plan.In addition, with construction of the five wind turbines for Block Island waters underway, Rhode Island Sea Grant will be updating the Ocean Special Area Management Plan, which is helping to ensure that the new wind turbines have a minimal effect on existing ocean users like fishermen and recreational boaters.“Rhode Island’s coastal habitat and fisheries are an essential part of our culture and economy. The University of Rhode Island is a national leader in ocean research and conservation, and the Sea Grant program has been a vital partner in carrying out cooperative research and strengthening our coastal communities. I will continue working to keep federal funding flowing to URI to conduct this important research and protect our oceans,” said Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies, which oversees NOAA funding.Administered by the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program supports research, community outreach, and education programs aimed at better understanding and preserving coastal communities and marine environments. The program focuses on four priority areas: healthy coastal ecosystems; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; resilient communities and economies; and environmental literacy and workforce development. Recent initiatives have included developing guidelines for offshore energy and commercial ocean development, such as Rhode Island’s Ocean Special Area Management Plan, and protecting important fishing grounds to help preserve the state’s vital fishing industry.Image: reed.senate
Quenton S. Albertie Related Topics2019 NBA Free AgencyCleveland CavaliersJ.R. SmithNBA Free Agency After failing to find a suitable trade partner for veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially waived the mercurial wing on Monday. The team is expected to stretch his $4.3 million salary over the next three seasons, paying $1.7 million in each of those seasons, to stay below the luxury tax line.Though effectively exiled from the team last season after a lack of professionalism and a me-first attitude led to him fuming on the bench when players he felt he was better than earned the nod for minutes over him, Smith will he remembered fondly for his role in the team’s 2016 championship.All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are rightly seen as the primary players to have contributed to the Cavs’ ability to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy to Cleveland for the first time in franchise history but Smith notably made two clutch shots in that series that likely kept the Cavs’ championship hopes alive while playing incredible defense of Golden State Warriors All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson.What made Smith’s story better was that when Cleveland initially acquired him, his reputation was in shambles due to his immaturity while playing with the New York Knicks and he was seen as a throw-in to the trade package while the defensive-oriented Iman Shumpert was seen as the centerpiece. Shumpert’s injuries gave Smith the opportunity he needed to show his worth on the court and before anyone knew it, “Swish” had become a valued member of the team’s rotation and the Cleveland community appeared to be the catalyst for Smith’s ability to keep his focus on basketball.Aside from throwing a bowl of soup at Cavs former assistant coach Damon Jones, Smith was an excellent teammate and locker room presence before last season. He was humorous, candid and a fun-loving guy who showed plenty of love for his growing family.Frankly, though it would have been ideal for Smith to keep his head down and mouth shut last season, it’s easy to understand why he was frustrated with his lack of playing time. Though he had an underwhelming regular season performance in 2017-18, he was arguably the best wing on the roster once LeBron left.Further, after LeBron opted to head to the Los Angeles Lakers, one of Smith’s primary motivations to be a lunchpail player — winning a NBA championship — evaporated. It didn’t help that LeBron was more or less the team hall monitor, forcing teammates to be on their best and most professional behavior.He’ll be remembered for a lot of moments in Cleveland, and some not nearly as glamorous as others (if not downright embarrassing, like his decision to dribble the clock out in regulation in a pivotal Game 1).However, J.R. was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining figures in Cavs’ franchise history and one of the most important as well.Smith is widely expected to join LeBron and the Lakers once he hits the free agent market.