Violet View Comments Tony Award winner Levi Kreis will join the cast of Violet as The Preacher beginning July 1. Kreis steps in for Ben Davis, who will play his final performance on June 29. The Roundabout revival, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell. Kreis returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in Million Dollar Quartet, for which he received a Tony Award in 2010. His additional stage credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, One Red Flower and Rent. On screen, he has appeared in Frailty, Don’t Let Go, A Thousand Words and Silencers. Related Shows In addition to Foster, Henry, Donnell and Davis, the cast of Violet includes Alexander Gemignani, Annie Golden, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Charlie Pollock, Emerson Steele and Rema Webb. The limited engagement will run through August 10 at the American Airlines Theatre. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet follows a young woman’s Greyhound bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma. She travels in the hopes that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. The musical follows her quest for beauty amidst the race and image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014
SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 07:07 IST Swinging Hard Lifts Champ Into Contention In PGA John Daly famously won a PGA Championship 29 years ago by swinging as hard as he could every time he got on the tee. Cameron Champ just might do the same thing this weekend at Harding Park WATCH US LIVE Written By John Daly famously won a PGA Championship 29 years ago by swinging as hard as he could every time he got on the tee. Cameron Champ just might do the same thing this weekend at Harding Park.“Usually whenever I swing a little harder it goes a little straighter,’’ Champ said after shooting a 64 Friday to move into contention in San Francisco.Swinging hard comes naturally to Champ. Before Bryson DeChambeau bulked up and began crushing drives this year, the 25-year-old was the gold standard on the PGA Tour when it came to swing speed and distance.And on Friday he swung hard enough to hit it both long and straight on his way to a round that put him 5-under midway through the championship. Champ was first in driving distance and strokes gained off the tee among the morning wave of players, and it wasn’t even close.“Today I hit the driver very well,’’ Champ said. “I think I missed one fairway on the front side, which is great. It just gave me a lot more chances to make birdies.’’Champ made seven of them in his second round, against a lone bogey on the tough par-3 eighth. It was a relatively stress-free round, the kind that players appreciate even more under the harsh test of a major championship.And while he’s not exactly a “grip it and rip it’’ kind of player like Daly, he’s got the length and temperament to be in contention to get his own name on the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.“Everyone wants to talk about distance, yeah, it’s our new modern era,’’ he said. “The long ball is what attracts everyone. You know, which it should. Nowadays guys are hitting it longer and longer and longer. But it’s definitely not something that bothers me or anything like that. To me, yes, you can hit it far, but you’ve still got to put up a score.’’Champ’s story is a familiar one to avid golf fans, though more people talk about his 330-yard drives than his two PGA Tour wins. His grandfather who died last year introduced him to the game when he was young, and he took advantage of the First Tee program to learn the fundamentals.Coming from a family of modest means — his father, Jeff, was a low minor league player in the Baltimore organization — Champ relied on scholarships and grants to travel and play in junior events outside of his hometown of Sacramento. He had success in college at Texas A&M and won in his first year on the Korn Ferry Tour before making it to golf’s big leagues.So far this year his biggest splash came when he tested positive for COVID-19 at the Traveler’s Championship. Two negative tests days after that prompted the PGA Tour to change its guidelines and he was playing in Detroit the next week.Now, after rounds of 71-64, he’s lurking just off the lead on a golf course he’s played before in an area where he’s quite comfortable.“It definitely feels kind of like home,’’ he said. “I’ve played a lot of golf down here, just all over California, honestly. It’s just nice to be back here.’’He doesn’t need the comfort to free up a swing that has been clocked at 192 mph. Hitting the ball hard comes naturally to Champ, who like any other kid always wanted to be the longest in his group growing up.That hasn’t changed as a pro, even in a major championship. Champ didn’t go for the green on the driveable par-4 16th hole because he was in between a 3-wood and a driver on the shot, but otherwise subscribed to pretty much the same theory Daly had in 1991 when he wowed everyone with his power at Crooked Stick.“I’m not worrying about trying to keep it low and trying to make sure it cuts so it stays in the fairway versus if I just go at it,’’ Champ said. “if I miss the fairway I’m going to be a lot further up there and just deal with it. Then obviously if I found my groove kind of like I did today, then I’ll hit a lot of fairways.’’It’s a winning combination, though the pressure of being in contention in a major might change things over the weekend.Even for the best players, hitting the ball hard isn’t always easy.Image credits: AP COMMENT Associated Press Television News First Published: 8th August, 2020 07:07 IST FOLLOW US
Families from across Donegal will welcome children who have been affected by the Chernobyl disaster to the county next week. A group of 11 children – seven of which will travel to Inishowen – will arrive in the north-west from Belarus and Ukraine on Wednesday (June 26) to experience what it is like to live in Ireland.More than 30 years ago the Chernobyl nuclear disaster launched a radioactive cloud across much of Europe. The catastrophe has once again been played out on our television screens, in a drama being rated one of the best shows of all time. The children are staying with host families for four weeks and it is estimated that the cleaner air prolongs the children’s lives by up to two years.During this time, they will have a full programme of activities and will visit local attractions.In 1986, the fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, which is located 12km south of the Belarusian border, exploded.To this day, large numbers of people in Belarus live in contaminated areas which has no access to clean food. It is estimated it will take up to 400 years to rid Belarus of contamination many children exposed to the have damaged immune systems.In 1988, 83 children were revealed to have thyroid gland problems. In 1989 the number was 807, and in 1990 it had risen to 9,924.More than €12,000 in donations have been made during the screening of the harrowing HBO and Sky Atlantic series in recent weeks.Chernobyl Children International’s (CCI) founder and voluntary CEO, Adi Roche welcomed the spike in donations but said the charity is down significantly on its 2019 budget.She said: “We are a long way from where we need to be. We hope the success of the series will translate into increased donations. But we have been at this for 30 years. “This disaster fades from the headlines, and from the memories of ordinary people but this series has quietly taken the world by storm.“It has revealed the truth, it tells the inconvenient truth and honours the stories of those involved,” Roche added.“It manages to get behind what really happened in a digestible fashion for people who are not nuclear scientists. With its raw truth-telling, this series has burst the bubble of lies and deception and cover-up.“It has re-inspired us and re-enthused us.” If you would like to host a child next year please contact the Foyle and Inishowen outreach group press office on 0863903030. Donegal families to welcome Chernobyl children next week was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
“If the mind can be explained from the workings of the brain, and the brain develops by direction from our genes,” Anthony Monaco (Oxford) writes, “then presumably the mind can be explained from our genetic make-up. But how can only 30,000 genes make a brain with billions of neurons and encode the particular aspects of cognition that make us human?” This question opens his book review of The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates the Complexities of Human Thought by Gary Marcus (Basic Books, 2004) in the Feb. 19 issue of Nature.1 Monaco describes the book’s proposed answers to two paradoxes: (1) how a small number of genes codes for millions of neurons, and (2) how the brain can code for flexibility: “How does the brain of a newborn, with its complex structures and connections, have the plasticity to enable it to respond to environmental influences as it develops further?” He seems to agree with the view of author Gary Marcus, a cognitive psychologist, that “the brain is built by genes in a self-organized way before being reorganized and shaped by experience and the environment. It is not a battle where one side wins, but a vital interaction.” But how do we get from genes to mind, to cognition, thought and reason?Having clarified these two paradoxes using our current knowledge of genetics and neuroscience, can we explain how genes make minds? The story is only beginning. This book shows that genes build brains and that brains are designed to be flexible and to learn, but the jump from genes to the mind is an indirect one. The question cannot yet be answered, and it is not entirely clear where the answer will come from.Cognitive psychologists and neurologists have some clues, aided by real-time imaging techniques, but Monaco warns that “The path ahead to integrate these disciplines to gain a fuller understanding is optimistically vague….” He warns readers about the “sheer complexity of the science”.1Anthony P. Monaco, “A recipe for the mind,” Nature 427, 681 (19 February 2004); doi:10.1038/427681b.A naturalistic explanation for the mind, soul and spirit does not seem to be forthcoming, does it? (By “explanation” we do not mean a just-so story; those are always in plentiful supply.)(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Did Google Hand a Wikileaks Volunteer’s Gmail Data to the U.S. Government? [Updated] This month’s online struggles between Wikileaks supporters participating in the ephemeral group called Anonymous and international corporations like Visa, Mastercard and PayPal, who have stopped allowing their customers to donate money to Wikileaks, have brought electronic disruptions like Distributed Denials of Service (DDOS) to the forefront of peoples’ minds all over the world.DDOS attacks happen daily, but these politically motivated instances are easy to imagine becoming more common in the future. What happens, though, when the network of the future is made up not just of websites to block, but infrastructure like power grids and traffic management systems? Smart grid and Internet of Things networks of the future would be a very different context in which to consider actions like Anonymous’ online mischief making.This series on data security and privacy is brought to you by IBM. Find out more about how IBM is creating a Smarter Planet. Painting a Picture of a Possible FutureBefore considering the implications of these changes, let’s first make explicit two assumptions.First, what we think of today as the offline world is going to become far more networked in the future. Homes and offices will communicate much more closely with utility providers regarding power and water consumption, so that resources can be managed more rationally and customers can be provided analytics and other services towards that end. Numerous devices inside our homes will likely become network-enabled as well. The refrigerator that emails us when it’s on the fritz seems most likely and the tennis racquet that posts your matches and scores to the Web seems possible.What does that mean for a future when cities are dependent on smart grids? Will angry vigilante groups be able to recruit people with the technical skills to perform sophisticated disruptions of those networks? Or will they have to rely on brute force attacks like the DDOS attacks they are best known for using in the case of the group known as Anonymous?Second, protest groups like Anonymous are likely to try to take actions against this, that and any other thing that its members believe could provide leverage for their political agenda. Just as likely will be counter-attacks by people on the opposite side of the political spectrum.In December 2010, it’s been (judging from the three arrests we’ve seen so far) Swedish teenagers battling probably American ex-military hacker counter-activists over the accessibility of websites. In the future that may become a battle over traffic lights on city streets in Stockholm and New York City.Questions That Will Come UpA few things to ponder, perhaps now while there’s still time until these sorts of struggles start to emerge.Does this vision of the future move the line between civil disobedience and terrorism?The actions of Anonymous against the websites of financial institutions were controversial, but not without sympathy from observers around the world. While some people clearly understood them as acts of unaccountable angry people rampaging in the shadows (basically acts of digital terrorism), not everyone sees it that way. Others understand the actions as digital sit-ins, doing no permanent damage – just temporarily blocking access as a form of protest. Something akin to what hippies used to do to protest wars and nuclear facilities – if not admirable, then annoying to some but hardly nefarious.Presumably that changes if the protesters are blocking access to a city’s power delivery, or management of its traffic. If you accept the philosophical framework above, how would electronic disruption in an age of the world more networked change the political palatability of such actions?Where does society draw the line between networked security and overbearing surveillance?Privacy and the Internet of Things is a huge topic that’s barely been touched on – at all. That’s cause for serious concern. What will the best practices be for maintaining security across a more-fully networked world, while still preserving strong civil liberties? Where is the line between smart system monitoring and analytics on one hand – and illegal search and seizure on the other? WikiLeaks Coverage From ReadWriteWeb:Wikileaks Lets Loose “Global Intelligence Files” from Stratfor Emails One Year After Cablegate Began, WikiLeaks’ Operations Still Handicapped Having Ended the Iraq War, Wikileaks Runs Out of Money Related Posts WikiLeaks May Move Servers to International Waters to Avoid Shutdown Weekly Wrap-up: Wikileaks, Google Plus, Facebook and More… Wikileaks Takes Down the Head of Al JazeeraThose questions will need to be tackled and until they are – things are likely to be both creepy and frustrating.What will vigilantes be capable of in a networked world?Last week some members of Anonymous decided that the DDOS attacks they were carrying out weren’t making a big enough impact, and put out a call for a new effort. Called “Operation Leakspin,” these would-be organizers asked Anonymous participants to stop doing DDOS attacks and instead focus their energy on analyzing the diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks. Operation Leakspin called on participants to find details and scandals in the cables that the mainstream media wasn’t finding or reporting on.Are the participants in the DDOS capable of doing better sleuthing through years of high-context diplomatic documents than specialists in these matters at the New York Times and Guardian? I asked that question of security researcher Sean-Paul Correll of Panda Labs, who has been documenting the work of Anonymous for months. He said the group believed they were capable of recruiting sympathizers with nearly any skill set and outfitting them with the capacity to act on the Internet anonymously. If that proves to be untrue in the case of Leakspin, Correll says, the group will simply decide on another tactic and resume recruiting for that.What does that mean for a future when cities are dependent on smart grids? Will angry vigilante groups be able to recruit people with the technical skills to perform sophisticated disruptions of those networks? Or will they have to rely on brute force attacks like the DDOS attacks they are best known for using in the case of the group known as Anonymous? What kinds of disruption will non-specialists be able to foist on these networks and how will network providers be able to protect themselves while still preserving the civil liberties of their users?These are just three big questions that are brought to mind by the rise of politically motivated anonymous vigilante disruption of the online networks we use today. Tomorrow is fast approaching and it would behoove us to consider these questions before it arrives.Photo by wonsak Tags:#IBM#Internet of Things#Sponsors#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Twitter, WikiLeaks and the Troubling New Implications For Online Privacy A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick
Video production professionals are constantly learning from fellow filmmakers. Here are some video professionals who have given so much to help and educate others.Whenever a video editor needs to learn a technique, they can easily search online. When a cinematographer is looking for their next camera, they search for camera reviews. When a motion graphic designer is looking for elements, they can easily find material and tutorials.The internet has become a great source for finding out exactly what you want to know. However, we often forget that it takes a dedicated individual to put up free material for others.These video production professionals have absolutely no reason to help others, yet they do it anyway, making the industry a better place. Here are some of the best video professionals (and best people) to learn from.Philip BloomImage via Philip BloomYou can’t talk about video professionals who have cultivated an educational environment without talking about Philip Bloom. Bloom has amassed a large following on social media, and deservedly so. He is constantly interacting with filmmakers, often talking about camera gear, techniques, and more.His website is full of incredibly detailed camera and gear reviews, an array of video production tutorials, and fantastic resources that grew the DSLR filmmaking community.Despite the negative comments he seems to receive on occasion, he has continually interacted with the filmmaking community for better or worse. He also heads one of the largest fundraising teams in the UK (and world) each November during his Movember campaign.Bloom started his career as a cameraman for Sky News. He has shot several short films, documentaries, and even worked on the feature film Red Tails. He is currently shooting the second season of the CNN series The Wonder List.You can follow and learn from Philip Bloom on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, and philipbloom.net.Andrew KramerImage via Video CopilotAndrew Kramer is the founder of Video Copilot, an online resource for motion design and visual effects. In 2005, Kramer started making After Effects tutorials that were featured on Creative COW.By teaching others After Effects, Andrew Kramer became an expert — eventually leading him to design his own software and plugins. Video Copilot plugins like Element 3D and Optical Flares have become standard tools in VFX houses.Kramer was the keynote speaker at the last Adobe AE World. Here’s a brief snippet of his presentation.Currently, Andrew Kramer can frequently be found collaborating with director J.J. Abrams. He has produced title sequences for films and shows like Star Trek and Fringe. He is also working on the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.You can follow and learn from Andrew Kramer on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and videocopilot.net.Larry JordanImage via Larry JordanLarry Jordan absolutely knows his stuff. He has experience as a television producer, director, and editor. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America. He is also an Apple-Certified trainer in digital media.The larryjordan.com website includes tons of educational information on video production. There are free tutorials on Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro, recommended reading about video production, and a whole section dedicated to editing as a business.I believe that technology is inherently confusing for many people. So I work hard, in my writing and training, to make training less frightening and more understandable. On top of that, Larry releases a free weekly newsletter and weekly webinar. In his “spare time” he hosts and produces Digital Production BuZZ, a weekly podcast covering media production, post-production, and distribution. You can listen to the show live every Thursday night at 6pm PDT or listen the next day on iTunes or YouTube.You can follow and learn from Larry Jordan on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, larryjordan.com, and digitalproductionbuzz.comDave DugdaleImage via Dave DugdaleWhen Dave Dugdale started making videos on DSLR cameras, he created the site Learning DSLR Video to take you along his journey. His goal was to educate you about his mistakes and the things he has learned. Dave has recently switched to mirrorless cameras, and thus renamed his site Learning Video.His site includes free tutorials, camera and gear reviews, and more. Dave also offers incredibly in-depth courses for sale, which are great for learning about a specific camera.Many of the great DP’s say the same thing, they all enjoy learning and still have much to learn. For these DP’s that have been shooting movies for decades to say that, then I know I will always be learning. I try to stay humble, and this is the reason why I called this site Learning Video, because no matter how good I get, I’ll always be learning.You can follow and learn from Dave Dugdale on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and learningvideo.comShane HurlbutImage via Hurlbut VisualsShane Hurlbut is a Director of Photography and member of the American Society of Cinematographers. He has worked on films like Act of Valor, We Are Marshall, and Need for Speed.He started the Hurlblog as a way to share his cinematography experience. The site includes an array of articles on cinematography, lenses and gear, lighting techniques, and all stages of the production workflow.He has always gone above and beyond to share his experiences. Even breaking down camera and lens options in a movie trailer spot.Recently he has started Shane’s Inner Circle, an in-depth look at filmmaking exclusively for members. Membership grants you behind-the-scenes access to his sets, classes on advanced theory, gear tests, camera profiles and LUTs, and a monthly podcast. He and his wife Lydia not only help filmmakers, but make it a priority to help local communities and global social causes.You can follow and learn from Shane Hurlbut on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and hurlbutvisuals.comMitch MartinezImage via Mitch MartinezMitch Martinez has slowly been making quite the name for himself the past few years. He has a blog that covers all sorts of industry news, tutorials, product reviews, and some great behind-the-scenes pieces.The thing that’s garnered Martinez the most attention is his free stock footage. He has given away over 120GB of free 4k RED footage, as well as some free elements. These materials are free to use in any project. It also give schools the opportunity to use the footage in their curriculum, giving material to students to actively learn from.Image via Mitch MartinezLately, Martinez has gained a lot of attention for his incredible bullet-time rig. Not only did he use 50 cameras to capture these stunning images, he shows you how he did it.You can follow and learn from Mitch Martinez on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and mitchmartinez.com.Author’s NoteThe genesis of this post came from a recent personal experience. If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you may notice that I shoot video with a drone. On a recent shoot, the handle on my drone case broke. It was just a design flaw.I looked into ordering a replacement part, only to discover that the manufacturer does not warranty the case – it came for free with the drone. Thus there was no replacement part to order. It turned out that this was a widespread problem. There were many users who were stuck with broken cases and no replacement parts.Seeing the opportunity to help fellow pilots, David Barwin began 3D printing replacement parts. There was no reason for him to do anything, but he stepped in to help out fellow filmmakers. So I gratefully ordered a set.Image via David BarwinAfter that experience, I just felt good. Someone had taken the opportunity to help other filmmakers. It made me think about the many filmmakers who have helped me, and those I have learned from over the years. Many still continue to help the filmmaking community.I would like to thank all of these filmmakers for their contributions to education over the years. Let’s keep building a great community to learn from and achieve great work.Let’s try to keep the good vibes going. Who are some video professionals that have helped you over the years? Who should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments below.
MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO The Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresCoach Eric Altamirano felt that last year’s Philippine team for the 3×3 World Cup could have done better had the team not run into injuries along the way.Mac Belo, Karl Dehesa, and Glenn Khobuntin fought valiantly in the 2016 tilt, but could only muster a 2-2 slate to finish third in Group C and miss out in the knockout stages of the 3×3 World Cup in China.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans View comments LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution LATEST STORIES Diaz’ weightlifting success inspires kids in Mindanao Children’s Games Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes “I thought that we could have done better last year except that Russel Escoto got injured,” said Altamirano, remembering last year’s campaign in the international halfcourt stage.“We were playing with three players, so in the end, they got burned out. During the crucial stages, we didn’t have any gas left,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThis time,Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 will be out for redemption in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France from June 17 to 21.Kobe Paras, Jeron Teng, Kiefer Ravena, and JR Quiñahan will wear the national tri-colors as they compete in Group B against hosts France, Slovenia, Romania, and El Salvador. ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Though there is no doubt in Altamirano’s mind that his players can rack up the points, his focus, though is on the team’s defense as they brace for bigger foes in the halfcourt.“I have no question about the offense. I think our players have the skill to be able to score. The question I have is on our defense because they’ll be up against bigger and stronger players,” he said.Altamirano, though, expressed confidence that the hunger of the young guns together with Quiñahan’s veteran know-hows will be enough to lift the squad to the win.“Before, we had Terrence Romeo. He was one of the smallest players but he was able to excel and help the team win. And that’s exactly the role I can see Kiefer and Jeron will be filling. We’ve had experiences before where we have a small lineup and I think that balances also with the athleticism of Kobe and the maturity of JR,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is reporting that 500 volunteers were trained last year to assist in search and rescue operations when a child is reported missing. Between 2009 and 2016, a total of 15,524 children were reported missing. This represents an average of 1,941 children going missing each year, with 78 per cent being girls and 22 per cent, boys. Mr. Green, who was addressing the Ananda Alert National Missing Children’s Forum at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday (May 25), said the Government is committed to protecting the nation’s youth, and urged all well-thinking Jamaicans to do their part. Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is reporting that 500 volunteers were trained last year to assist in search and rescue operations when a child is reported missing.The volunteers, from communities across the island, also received instruction in first aid techniques.“Not only do we want to know that when a child has gone missing that the reports go out to all our media houses, we want to know that we have volunteers across the length and breadth of Jamaica, who will go out and start the process of searching to bring back our children,” Mr. Green said.The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) published the first Search and Rescue Protocol in 2014, and conducted 10 training sessions through the Caribbean Search Centre of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for over 150 volunteers in St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Thomas, Westmoreland and St. Catherine.Mr. Green, who was addressing the Ananda Alert National Missing Children’s Forum at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday (May 25), said the Government is committed to protecting the nation’s youth, and urged all well-thinking Jamaicans to do their part.He noted that significant reforms have been undertaken in terms of how the State responds to missing children.This includes updating the reporting timeline to allow for a missing-person report to be made before 24 hours have passed.“Once you reasonably suspect that a child has gone missing, you can make that report to the police, to the OCR and we will start working on it immediately,” the State Minister pointed out.In addition, a partnership has been forged with Facebook to broadcast Ananda Alerts to users of the social media site in Jamaica.This is expected to broaden the search for missing children. These alerts will include photographs and other pertinent information about the child.In the meantime, the Minister urged parents to do more to ensure that their children feel safe and protected.“A lot of children leave home because of what they term as maltreatment and neglect,” he pointed out.He said the Ananda Alert Secretariat has undertaken an internal study to determine the profile of children who go missing and the main reasons they give. He said it is the intention of the Secretariat to undertake a broader survey.Between 2009 and 2016, a total of 15,524 children were reported missing. This represents an average of 1,941 children going missing each year, with 78 per cent being girls and 22 per cent, boys.Last year, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reported some 1,725 children missing, a decline of 11 per cent over the previous year.The State Minister pointed out that 90 per cent of missing children return home. “I do not take comfort in the fact that we have a 90 per cent return rate because it does mean that there are 10 per cent that remain unaccounted for,” he said.
OTTAWA – A U.S. soldier convicted of leaking thousands of classified documents poses no security threat to Canada and ought to be allowed into the country, advocates said Monday.Chelsea Manning tried to enter Canada last month to travel to Montreal and Vancouver, but was turned away at the Canada-U.S. land border when officials determined her crimes were akin to a violation of Canadian treason laws and made her inadmissible.Her case was referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board for a hearing, but advocates want Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to step in, using his authority under immigration and refugee law to waive the original decision.More than forty organizations and individuals wrote to the minister late last week, including academics, civil liberties organizations, Canada’s association of Quakers and activists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, among others.“Ms. Manning’s case is an exceptional one. It’s exactly the kind of one where the minister should be exercising his direction,” said Lex Gill, a technology law researcher and advocate.“There are very strong public interest reasons to allow Ms. Manning to come into Canada and there is no public safety risk in allowing her to do so.”A spokesman for the minister said Hussen had no comment.“As this matter has been put before the courts it would be inappropriate to comment on this matter,” Hursh Jawal said in an email.No hearing date has been set yet for Manning’s case before the immigration appeals division.There’s a lengthy backlog before that section of the Immigration and Refugee Board; as of the end of September, there were more than 10,000 cases waiting for a decision and hundreds of new ones are filed each month.The 29-year-old transgender woman was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison after turning over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks that exposed previously withheld details of the U.S. military effort in Iraq and Afghanistan.She is appealing her conviction and technically remains a member of the U.S. military while those court proceedings are underway.But she was released from military prison in May after serving seven years; in his last days in office, President Barack Obama commuted the rest of her sentence.Shortly before she was turned away from Canada, Harvard University reversed its decision to name her a fellow after the nomination caused an uproar.Both Canadian academics and civil rights groups said in their letters they’d welcome the chance to have Manning speak at their institutions, not just about the material she released but on her work as an advocate in her own right for government transparency and LGBT rights.“Letting Chelsea enter Canada would affirm Canada’s values of dialogue, freedom of expression, and human rights,” wrote Christopher Parsons from the University of Toronto.“More than that, letting Chelsea in is simply the right thing to do.”