St. Hugh’s Cops Top Spot in IOJ Art Competition

first_imgSt. Hugh’s Cops Top Spot in IOJ Art Competition EducationApril 11, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Related$60 Million Budgeted to Build More Classrooms Story HighlightsThe St. Hugh’s High School, in St. Andrew, is the winner of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) 2013/ 2014 Arts and Craft in Schools Competition.The competition, which began in 1938, showcased the many areas of art being taught in schools, whilst encouraging and exposing the creativity of children.St. Hugh’s student, Ackeilia Cane, told JIS News that the school felt motivated by the victory, which earned the institution a trophy and prizes worth over $70,000. St. Hugh’s Cops Top Spot in IOJ Art CompetitionJIS 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 Related$205 Million for Reading Project in Primary Schoolscenter_img Photo: Donald Delahaye Principal Director for Culture, in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris (right), presents St. Hugh’s High School, with the top trophy for winning the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) 2013/ 2014 Arts and Craft in Schools Competition, on April 9, at the IOJ in downtown, Kingston. Accepting the trophy and prizes on behalf of the school are: Head of the Arts Department at the school, Alishia Wilks-James; and students, Chantal Newman, and Ackeilia Caine. Related$27 Million for Initiatives to Improve Children’s Learning Environment The St. Hugh’s High School, in St. Andrew, is the winner of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) 2013/ 2014 Arts and Craft in Schools Competition.The competition, which began in 1938, showcased the many areas of art being taught in schools, whilst encouraging and exposing the creativity of children, at the National Exhibition for Arts in School, held at the IOJ’s downtown Kingston complex on April 8.St. Hugh’s student, Ackeilia Cane, told JIS News that the school felt motivated by the victory, which earned the institution a trophy and prizes worth over $70,000.“We are…thankful. The hard work that we put in and our passion to succeed enabled us to win,” she said, while advising other schools to put in extra work, research, and do the best.”Head of the Arts Department, Alishia Wilks-James said, the event presented “a fantastic opportunity for them (students) to be able to see what other schools are doing in arts and to see their work on display.”The teacher stressed that the interaction at the exhibition was positive for the students. “So it definitely boosts and inspires them. We have done well, and I hope that next year we can come back and do it just as well,” she said.Meanwhile, Principal Director of Culture, in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, said “Jamaicans are creatively wealthy…”when you see young people interested in Arts, it tells you that there is still life existing in the craft. There is a career in it, and it opens up to the public what our young people are doing.”Emphasising that all creative expression has value, Miss Harris, said the messages portrayed in the displays, address the issues of bleaching and encourages young people to be confident. “When young people engage in these types of discussion, it is something to stop and listen to,” she said.Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Dr. Veerle Poupeye, encouraged art teachers to help students to widen their horizons in the craft. She also lauded the animation pieces displayed by the students.Second place went to the St. George’s College, and third spot to Foga Road High School, while fourth place went to Buff Bay High School.  The main sponsors of the event were: Jetcon Corporation, Pugh’s Colour Lab, Liguanea Drug and Garden Centre, Sangster’s Book Store, Reelrock, and GSW Animation. Advertisementslast_img read more

JoCo commission approves $1.25 billion budget that holds mill rate steady — but worries about revenue linger

first_imgWith no small amount of angst, the Johnson County Commission approved a $1.25 billion budget Thursday.Commissioners repeated their concerns about upcoming court cases involving the property valuations of commercial properties that are under appeal, but ultimately gave a final okay for a budget that keeps the taxing rate steady at 26.013 mills as property values have increased.“It’s seven people trying to come together to look out for the overall interests for the county and it takes compromise. None of us are getting everything we wanted in this budget,” said Commissioner Steve Klika.Commissioner Mike Brown voted against the budget, saying the county was not planning sufficiently for the potential loss of revenue from “dark store theory” appeals.With the budget haggling over such things as parks and public transit completed, commissioners focused their comments Thursday on the potential of a crisis if big box retailers win their push to lower property values and other retailers follow suit. Several national corporations have won tax board appeals that challenged the method the county appraiser used to assign a value to their stores for taxing purposes. If they win the ensuing court appeals, the county, schools and cities could face shortfalls of at least $133 million, according to an analysis prepared last winter by the appraiser’s office.Commissioner Mike Brown, one of two votes against the budget, expressed disappointment that the county has not enacted a plan in case the stores win retroactive tax refunds. He called the budget “reckless and irresponsible.”“The taxpayer has been misled in my opinion by a disingenuous charade perpetrated by a former county appraiser and possibly others and it happened right before our very eyes,” he said.Former county appraiser Paul Welcome, who retired this year, has said that he followed the Kansas state guidelines in setting commercial property values. Commission Chairman Ed Eilert pointed out later that Welcome received high marks from professional appraiser associations.Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, the other no vote, interjected a calming note. Ashcraft recalled the worry five years ago over the phase-out of a paperwork filing fee on mortgages and the expected shortfall then. The county has managed to deal with those repercussions, he said.“Mr. Brown raises legitimate concerns but I have no doubt we will survive it. It may be painful, it may be difficult at some venues, but we will get through it,” he said.Commissioner Jim Allen was sanguine, pointing out that the county has delivered top quality services for its residents and has maintained itself as a place where people want to move. Continuing to support parks and libraries has been the right thing to do, he said.Chairman Ed Eilert also said the dire predictions of lost revenue don’t take into account the developments now under construction that will eventually add to the tax rolls.Before the vote, county budget director Scott Neufeld told commissioners it could take two more years for the first cases to make it to the Kansas Supreme Court. Although the county doesn’t have an immediate contingency plan, he said reserve funds could be a short term option. He mentioned the health care reserve as a possibility but added that it’s subject to sudden spikes in claims.Commissioner Becky Fast said she’d doesn’t like the idea of using reserves because they should be set aside for disasters like floods and tornadoes. “Reserves are when you have those kinds of extreme events, not for making up budget deficits.”However Fast said her constituents have been concerned and asked for more information. The commission will schedule a study session on the topic later this year.The county budget is only part of a homeowner’s total tax bill. Most of the property tax dollars go toward schools, and cities also take a piece.last_img read more

High school softball week in review

first_imgThe softball season is winding down, but there are still many games to be played and much to be decided.The Haughton Lady Bucs, who entered the week undefeated in District 1-5A, are scheduled to play six games in the next eight days, including big district games at home against Parkway Tuesday and at Byrd Wednesday. Byrd was the only other team undefeated in 1-5A entering the week.Haughton is ranked No. 18 in the 5A LHSAA power rankings. The Lady Bucs are a virtual lock for the playoffs and a successful stretch run could earn them a first-round home game.At No. 30 in the power rankings, Parkway has a good shot at making the playoffs. A win over Haughton should improve their power ranking, and the Lady Panthers will have four more games after that to move up even further.The Benton Lady Tigers are No. 20 in the 4A power rankings. They will need to move up four spots to host a first-round playoff game. Benton closes out 1-4A play with home games against Minden and Northwood Tuesday. The Lady Tigers host Haughton next Tuesday in the regular-season finale.Here is a look at how parish teams fared last week.Haughton: The Lady Bucs defeated Airline 3-2 and Parkway 4-0 and swept Southwood 10-0 and 16-2 in District 1-5A games.Lacey Dodson scored the go-ahead run against Airline in the bottom of the sixth on Lauren Edwards’ single to center field. Savannah O’Neal led off the inning with a single.Anna Dies and Ashley Smith combined on a three-hitter.Dies hit home runs in both halves of the doubleheader against Southwood. Ashley Smith had a home run in the opener.Dies, who pitched a five-inning 3-hitter, also had a double in the first game. Savannah O’Neal, Smith and Leah Hopson had two hits apiece.Smith had three RBI and Savannah Salley had two. Smith went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI in the second game. Dies went 3-for-5 with the home run, a double and five RBI.Natalie Smith had a home run, double and four RBI. O’Neal had three hits, including a double.Ashley Smith allowed four hits and struck out 10 in the five-inning game. Parkway: The Lady Panthers split two close games, edging Caddo Magnet 7-6 and dropping a 3-2 decision to Byrd.Parkway led Magnet 6-0 through 4.5 innings, but the Lady Mustangs scored six in the bottom of the fifth to tie it.Brittany Bryant got things going in the top of the sixth with a two-out double. Hannah Kennady followed that with a single to center field, scoring Bryant.Mary Kate Bozeman led Parkway’s 14-hit attack with three hits. Rebecca Lynch went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Alexis Rayborn, Kaytlyn Guerrero and Kennady had two hits apiece.Starter Allie Hunt allowed five hits and two earned runs. Samantha Guile struck out five in two innings of relief.Guile allowed five hits and struck out 15 against Byrd. The Lady Panthers led 2-0 through 4.5 innings, but Byrd put three on the board in the bottom of the fifth.Parkway outhit Byrd 8-5. Bozeman went 3-for-4 with a double. Kendall Lewis and Rayborn had two hits, including doubles. Benton: The Lady Tigers defeated Loyola 14-7 and Fair Park 16-0 in District 1-4A play.They lost to North Webster 5-3, Evangel 3-1 and ASH 9-1 in non-district play.Sarah Koeppen had a home run, triple and two RBI against Loyola. Yancey Cox had two hits and two RBI. Hallie Saintignan went 2-for-3 with a double.Abi Cole and Savannah Collo also had two hits. Mackenzie Stewart had two RBI.Stewart pitched a three-inning no-hitter against Fair Park.Cole had two hits and three RBI. Stewart, Chelsea Rangel, Samantha Maranto, Abby Kent and Brittany Ulmer all had doubles.Cole went 2-for-3 and Yancey Cox had a double against North Webster.Cole had two hits against Evangel. Stewart pitched a solid game, allowing just five hits and no earned runs.Evangel scored all of three of its runs in the top of the seventh inning.Airline: The Lady Vikings lost to Haughton 3-2 and defeated Caddo Magnet 9-3.Sophomore Hannah Hutson pitched a strong game against Haughton, giving up just four hits and striking out seven.Brittany Nelson had a two-run home run against Caddo Magnet. Layne Elledge had a two-run double. Mary Macaulay and Kaylee Adams had sacrifice flys.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

What she deserved? Maria Sharapova blasted on Twitter for failing illegal drug test

first_imgTennis star and five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova came forth to admit that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open for a banned substance that she claims she was unaware became illegal on January 1.The woman who has less than four times the Grand Slam victories than Serena Williams (she has 21), yet nevertheless has been the highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 straight years, according to Forbes, got little sympathy in the urban community for the obvious and blatant disparity in endorsement earnings for someone who is much less accomplished than Serena.Moreover, it did not help that Sharapova took unsolicited shots at Williams’ love life with an alleged married man prior to one of their recent matches — despite the fact that Sharapova had not beaten Williams in over a decade. Yes, an entire decade.So when Sharapova was found to have taken the banned substance meldonium, social media had fun tearing into her — and laughed even harder when some of Sharapova’s flagship endorsers such as Nike and Porsche left skidmarks running away from the doped up athlete.Social media had a lot more to say. Check it out.last_img read more

Cardinia’s mental health services ‘stretched’

first_imgBy Danielle Kutchel Cardinia Shire is experiencing a shortfall of critical services to address mental health services in the region. That’s according to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Women’s Basketball: Dec. 16 Scoreboard

first_imgMaggie Proffitt led the Sugar Bears in scoring for the third time this season, posting 19 points in 30 minutes on 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) 3-point shooting, the third time this year and fifth time in her career she’s made five or more from long range. Mullins had 15 points, six rebounds, and led the team with four assists and seven steals in 38 minutes. Sadler had her best outing of the season with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Kendara Watts added 10 points, Brittany Agee had nine points and five rebounds, and Kelsey McClure adding six points. The Sugar Bears did much of their damage at the free throw line, shooting 85.5 percent (17 of 20) while holding WBC to 10 attempts. UCA had its best turnover margin of the season, committing just seven while forcing 16, getting 22 points off those turnovers including 10 fast break points. The Lady Eagles did have a rebounding advantage, getting 40 to the Sugar Bears’ 33, including 17 offensive rebounds. The Sugar Bears (5-5) trailed for more than 28 minutes, not taking the lead for good until the 8:40 mark of the second half after the Lady Eagles (4-7) had built a lead as large as nine in the second half. But after shooting just 28.6 percent in the first half, the Sugar Bears were 16 of 30 (53.3 percent) in the second half and limited the Lady Eagles to 29.6 percent in the half and just two field goals over the final 14:52 while forcing WBC into 13 second-half turnovers.  Lamar 93, Ohio Valley 42 Down 53-50 with just over 10 minutes to play, it was one of UCA’s nine second-half steals that got the game-changing rally started as Brianna Mullins got one of her career-high seven steals and got down the floor for an easy layup to cut the WBC lead to one. A few possessions later, with the score unchanged, Mullins put UCA ahead for good with a 3-pointer to make it 55-53. The run continued with a steal and layup by Terai Sadler, another steal and layup from Mullins, and a 3-point play from Brittany Agee to give UCA a nine-point advantage at 62-53 with 6:24 left. Lamar 93, Ohio Valley 42VIENNA, W.Va  – The Lamar Lady Cardinals used a balanced scoring attack to claim their first road win  of the season as they rolled to a 93-42 victory over Ohio Valley in a non-conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night.Twelve of Lamar’s 14 players scored as the Lady Cardinals registered their largest margin of victory this season.Kiandra Bowers led Lamar with 16 points, as she was one of three Lady Cardinals to score in double figures.  Dominique Edwards had 15 points and nine rebounds, finishing just one board shy of her third straight double-double. Edwards also had a career-high five steals. Addesha Collins had 11 points for Lamar.The Lady Cardinals (3-7) never trailed in the game. Lamar scored the first 10 points of the contest and never looked back.The Lady Cardinals shot a season-best 54.2 percent from the field (39-of-72). Lamar’s pressure defense caused problems for the Oho Valley offense, as the Lady Cardinals scored 40 points off of 31 OVU turnovers.Baileigh O’Dell and Lejha Smith had nine points for Lamar, while Shauna Long had eight points and a career-high six assists. JaMeisha Edwards also had eight points for the Lady Cardinals. Lamar had a 46-1 advantage in bench points.Lamar outscored the Fighting Scots 40-6 in the paint, getting a lot of good looks thanks to a season-high 21 assists.Danielle Dunnagan had 16 points to lead Ohio Valley (0-9), while Amy Brooks finished with 14 points.The Lady Cardinals are idle until Dec. 28, when they travel to Rice to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule. Lamar’s next home game is 4 p.m. Jan. 3, when Nicholls comes in for the Southland Conference opener. Thompson led WBC with 20 points, Alisha Stone had 11, and Meagan Goza added nine points, nine rebounds and a game-high five assists. Central Arkansas 73, Williams Baptist 57CONWAY, Ark. — Central Arkansas took Williams Baptist’s best shot on Tuesday afternoon, but the Sugar Bears overcame a sluggish start and were dominant over the final 11 minutes as they closed the game with a 25-4 run to defeat the Lady Eagles 73-57. Michaela Thompson scored inside with 6:09 left to get WBC to within seven, but it would be WBC’s last field goal of the game as the Sugar Bears scored 11 of the game’s final 13 points to improve to 7-1 all-time against the Lady Eagles and 3-2 at home this season. – Return to top – UCA will host Blue Mountain College, an NAIA member institution, on Friday at 2 p.m. in the final game before the holiday break. The Sugar Bears will then return to action on Dec. 30 against Austin Peay in the final game before Southland Conference play begins Jan. 3 at Abilene Christian.– Return to top –last_img read more

Cathay sees mixed fortunes In June

first_imgA Cathay Pacific A330. Photo: Cathay Pacific. A solid rise in Cathay Pacific Group’s June passenger numbers has been tempered by the impact of intense competition on long-haul routes and weakening cargo markets.The airline’s June figures showed passenger numbers on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon increased 6 percent in June compared to a year ago to top 3.1 million.The group passenger load factor in June rose 1.4 percentage points to  86.7 percent compared to June 2018  but remained flat for the first six months of the year.Cargo tonnage slumped 9.1 percent to 163, 977 tonnes in June as the cargo and mail revenue load factor fell by 7.8 percentage points to 62.8 percent. Tonnage was down 5.7 percent for the first half of the year.READ: why American Airlines needs to lift its customer service.“Passenger demand remained robust for both business and leisure travel in June, with first and business class load factor reaching its highest level over a decade,’’ Cathay Pacific director commercial and cargo Ronald Lim said.“However, intense market competition continued to exert pressure on yield. Long-haul regions such as North America and Europe performed behind expectations, particularly on the yield front.“Such pressure on yield is expected to continue in the coming months.’’Lim said that weakening market sentiment and impacted both tonnage uplift and yield.“ With the exception of the Americas, Northeast Asia and mainland China, which had a marginal increase in uplift compared to May, overall volume has seen decline against the previous month and year, with only a short-lived recovery from Asia towards the latter half of June,’’ he said.“ The outlook for the coming months has not seen signs of volume rebound. We shall further our efforts to maintain a healthy market share by working closely with our forwarders and shippers, and further rationalize our freighter capacity to better match demand.”The figures came as the airline opened its newly renovated lounge at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.last_img read more

Teapotters Wants To Be The YouTube of 3D

first_imgRelated Posts The plugin you need is called 3D Life Player and itwas a bit of a process getting it installed. But after I installed the plugin anddownloaded a 4MB sample teapot 3D file, this is what I saw: Tags:#web ImpressionsOverall it’s a fun technology, but it may take a while to become popular in the likesof MySpace and blogs. Having to install a plugin before you can view these 3D widgets isgoing to be a major obstacle to overcome. Perhaps such plugins will over time become asubiquitous as Flash is today, but that’s a few years out at least. Another issue is thatthe 3D files seem to be quite large. The teapot example was 4 MB and the Nintendo one was800kb. Perhaps this won’t be a problem going forward, as broadband services improve, butright now it’s an issue for a widget – which are supposed to be lightweight. Also Inoticed that when I was running the 3D animations, my Firefox browser seemed to clam upand run slowly (but that may say more about my current laptop’s sometimes dodgyperformance).How it worksHere are more details on what Teapotters.com can do and the specs to run the 3Dfiles:What Teapotters can do:Upload and Server side 3D files conversionReal-time 3D displayReal-time 3D for Blog publishing with 3D widgetClassic community features Tag/Comment/rating/etc…Real-time 3D Tech Req:Recent 3D graphics cardsIE 6/7 for the plug-in installation (works after plug-in installation withFirefox)Works on MacOSX but it’s still in an alpha testThere’s a tour video (around a40MB download!) and also more info about the service on their About page, which notes thatTeapotters.com is a “Friday Creative project” and backed by “some of Dassault Systemes’innovative technologies”.ConclusionTeapotter’s goal of making 3D available for everyone, everywhere on the web, iscertainly admirable. It’s impressive technology, but it will struggle to get immediateuptake simply due to the user overheads (plugin and large widget files). But it’s surelya pointer to the future of the Web, when 3D technologies and widgets displaying them willbe commonplace in social networks. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Another example is the Nintendo Wiishowcase: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A new “3D community” hasjust been launched, with the unusual name of Teapotters. The name comes from 3D pioneerMartin Newell, who created the first free 3D model in 1974 – a teapot model. The siteTeapotters.com aims to popularize 3D displays and sharing across the Web – websites,social networks, blogs and more – via a “3D widget”. The email pitch I received referredto the service as “the Youtube of 3D”. I know, that kind of description makes most of usroll our eyes. But still, I was intrigued enough to check it out…The way this works is via a plugin, so to actually view any of the 3D widgets youfirst have to install the plugin. Here is what you encounter before you’ve installed anything (this is in Fx, but it’s asimilar process for IE): richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Will railways sponsor CWG 2010?

first_imgWorried about how its money will be used by the Commonwealth Games (GWG) organising committee (OC), the Indian Railways – a key sponsor for the gala event – has voiced concern about giving Rs 100 crore.The railways has sought clarifications from the CWG OC, which is under a cloud on huge financial irregularities, before signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) pledging money to the 2010 Games.Sources told Headlines Today that the railways wants an assurance from the OC that no commission will be paid to the company, hired to secure sponsorships for the major sporting event scheduled in October, from its donation.The CWG OC has hired a foreign marketing and management firm – SMAM – which has been promised a cut from all funding made for the conduct of Games.The railways’ objection could lead to a string of similar rigid approaches from other public sector sponsors, including Central Bank of India, Air India and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), who have promised to pay Rs 50 crore each for the Games.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford managed to secure a point after a late equaliser for their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.Salomon Rondon put Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle ahead just before the half-hour mark, but they could not hold out for all three points as Abdoulaye Doucoure popped up to make it 1-1 eight minutes from time. Asked initially about the decision to rest Doucoure, Gracia said: “I have to choose in all the games different players and in this moment playing every three, four days I have to give the chances for all of my players.“I’ve many times said all my players deserve the chance to play because they are working very well. We are a good squad, not only a good team and if I don’t do it in this moment when can I do it.“It was the moment to change the players because some of them need rest and today if you see Doucuore this season he is the third player with the most minutes (played).”Pressed further on if six changes was too many, the Hornets boss responded: “If you see the result you can say that but I don’t agree.” last_img read more