Church of Haile Selassie I Gets Legal Status

first_imgThe Government has officially recognised the Church of Haile Selassie I as part of the religious expression of the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica.This follows the passage of the Church of Haile Selassie I (Incorporation and Vesting) Act, 2013 in the Senate on Friday, October 25, after it was approved by the House of Representatives on October 8.Piloting the Bill in the Upper House, Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, noted that the legislative establishment of the Church of Haile Selassie I will further legitimise the faith and religious practices of Rastafarians and their families.Noting that this signals a historic moment in Jamaica, Senator Golding said he is particularly pleased that after spending several years before the Private Bill Committee of Parliament, the legislation “has finally successfully emerged from that process”.The Bill seeks to make provision for the incorporation of the Church of Haile Selassie I and to vest certain assets in the church and to allow it to hold property.Supporting the Bill, Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, said he is pleased that a “home grown” religion, has finally received legal status and state recognition in Jamaica.“The Rastafarian movement has contributed significantly and positively to our history. There have been incidences in the past that would need, maybe, some investigation, and lessons can be learned from that…and to encourage the Minister to reach out to the other sector groups so that they too can be legitimate,” he said.Government Senator, Lambert Brown also gave his support for the Bill, contending that it “has been a long road for the Rastafarians” who have been setting positive examples and have been preaching self-reliance as part of the way forward for the country.“I’m happy to associate with all of the progressive and positive contributions that the Rastafarians (have made to the country).  Despite oppression, despite brutality, despite all the negative things said about them by high society, they have led the way. I’m very happy that today, I can participate where we recognise the religious practices of a group of Rastafarians….I’m happy that we are recognising them today and allowing them to be part of the system, because they have been positive,” he said.Among the aims and objectives of the church are to develop the social and administrative mechanisms to organise and centralise the Rastafarian movement according to the operational guidelines, which the federation and the movement see fit; to achieve official recognition for the federation and Rastafarians,  leading towards democratic representation; and to provide cultural and political education for members of the federation, Rastafarians and for others, who conscientiously wish to become informed about the movement.The Church of Haile Selassie I was formed in 1987, by Brother Emmanuel Fox, a Rastafarian activist along with other brethrens.last_img read more

How HBO Is Changing Sex Scenes Forever

first_imgIt was a welcome change that Meade herself had initiated. The previous winter, amid the roiling outcry about sexual assault and rape culture — especially in Hollywood — Meade had gone to HBO executives and demanded change. She needed some kind of advocate on the set, someone to help her when she had a sex scene to film.She got her ask — and then some. Network executives found Rodis through Intimacy Directors International, a nonprofit she cofounded in 2016 that aims to normalize a set of standards and practices surrounding the execution of sex scenes on stage and on film. Rodis’ hiring has made such an impact that showrunner David Simon told Rolling Stone in September that he would never work without an intimacy coordinator again. Following suit, HBO has now adopted a policy whereby all of its shows and movies with intimate scenes will be staffed with an intimacy coordinator — either Rodis or someone like her. Along with her work on The Deuce, Rodis is already overseeing the sets of Crashing, the upcoming Damon Lindelof-helmed Watchmen series and Deadwood (the movie); she is training other intimacy coordinators to work on Jett, about a female ex-con, and Euphoria, a coming-of-age series about high school kids. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Candy directing a porn shoot on HBO’s ‘The Deuce.’ (Paul Schiraldi/HBO) Last spring, Emily Meade was getting ready to give a blow job in front of a crew of people on the Bronx set of HBO’s The Deuce, and she wasn’t thrilled about it. The penis wasn’t real — it was a dildo — but she had never done this specific thing on screen before. Meade, who plays budding porn star Lori, worried about that image of her being out in the world. “What if my future kids see this someday?” she thought. She was a woman in a sexualized industry, playing the role of a prostitute in 1970s New York; surely her concerns were not new. But in the era of #MeToo, her sense that she could do something about it was. The time was ripe to think about safety in the workplace — particularly if your job revolved around sex.Despite the fact that Meade had been doing sex scenes since she was 16 years old, they still had the power to make her feel uneasy. Part of the problem was that she sometimes felt so alone. When she had misgivings about a scene, was uncomfortable or cold, or felt too naked — physically or emotionally — in between takes, it was always up to her to say so, right there in front of everyone. Like many actors, she didn’t want to disappoint the people she worked with or to seem like she was complaining. Over the years, she’d often resigned herself to taking the path of least resistance, even if it took a toll on her. For some jobs, she even packed her own safety supplies, like a flesh-colored thong that she hoped would protect her during nude scenes. All too often, no one else considered those details.But things were different this season on The Deuce. As Meade knelt down, a woman named Alicia Rodis, the network’s first-ever “intimacy coordinator,” was within eyeshot, watching the monitor. She had given Meade a pad for her knees, knowing that the hard floor would bruise them otherwise. Between takes, she offered mouth spray and flavored lubricant. And she had spoken with Meade before the scene about her concerns and relayed them to the director. In a moment when Meade was completely exposed, Rodis was there, providing physical, social and professional protection. Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Oilsands technology alliance aims for cuts in industrys need for steam

first_imgCALGARY – An oilsands research alliance says it is entering its sixth year focused on finding new ways to reduce the sector’s need for steam, the generation of which leads to almost 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions.Dan Wicklum, CEO of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance or COSIA, says generating steam to separate heavy sticky bitumen from the northern Alberta sands in which it’s trapped is responsible for about 56 million tonnes per year of the total of 71 million tonnes of GHGs emitted from the oilsands.Wicklum says COSIA members hope to cut GHG intensity by 10 to 30 per cent over the next five years, while also sharing technologies to lessen the industry’s impacts on land and water and deal with tailings ponds.Canada generates about 1.8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and the oilsands contribute about 9.3 per cent of that total — the Alberta government has set a hard cap of 100 million tonnes per year, which could limit growth in the oilsands unless GHG emissions can be reduced.Stephen Kaufman, general manager for external innovation and regional development for Suncor Energy Inc., says some “game-changing” innovations like the less-GHG-intensive extraction technology in use at its newly opened Fort Hills oilsands mine are only practical to use in a new project.But the company is actively pursuing new technologies including radiofrequency electromagnetic heating and the use of solvents with steam that offer “incremental” environmental benefits as it pursues a goal of reducing GHG emissions per barrel by 30 per cent by 2030.“Steam for us is a huge operating cost,” he said. “It’s often said that an in situ (oilsands) project is really a water treatment and steam generation plant more than an oil-producing plant, in terms of the size of the kit that you need and the ongoing cost to buy natural gas.”last_img read more

100 Woman Who Care Fundraising Gala

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 6th Semi-Annual Gala hosted by the 100 Woman Who Care Dawson Creek Chapter will be held on March 4th, 2019 at the George Dawson Inn.The 100 Woman Who Care, is a group of local woman who has come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the woman come together to listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the woman. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 woman there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity. Since 2016, members have given approximately $85,000 to local charities.To contact the Dawson Creek Chapter, email: 100womendawsoncreek@gmail.comFB Page; CLICK HEREThe Fort St. John Chapter will be holding their event, March 12, 2019, at the Lido TheatreTo contact the Fort St. John Chapter, email: 100wwcfsj@gmail.comFB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Just started asking for equal pay

first_imgLondon: ‘Bodyguard’ star Keeley Hawes has said that she has “only just” started asking to be paid on par with her male counterparts. The actor, who features as the female lead Home Secretary Julia Montague in the BBC thriller, said it is after the success of the show that she has raised her voice demanding equal pay. “I’ve only just asked to be paid the same to do exactly the same work as someone else. In the past, it was always a case of take it, no questions asked, because if you don’t someone else will take it,” Hawes told The Times. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe 43-year-old actor, who has worked in shows like ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘The Casual Vacancy’, credited fellow artiste Jennifer Lawrence for sparking the conversation regarding equal pay. “You need a big profile to be able to stand up for yourself. It took people like Jennifer Lawrence saying it to move things forward. It made her unpopular at the time but it’s started a hugely powerful movement. Generally, the statistics for women’s pay are still horrific compared with men’s, but it’s all moving in the right direction,” she said. Hawes features in Bodyguard opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden. Recently, Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio said he is “optimistic” that there will be a second season of the show.last_img read more

Drug peddlers handinglove with police says Meghalaya High Court

first_imgShillong: A report by the Meghalaya High Court has suggested that illicit drugs were openly being sold in Shillong, as the peddlers connive with the state police to keep the business thriving.It also stated that students of prominent schools and colleges in the city were involved in the trade, some as traffickers and others consumers. The court had taken up the case based on a PIL filed by chairperson of Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Right Meena Kharkongor. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSome of the schoolchildren, as young as 11 or 12, get involved in the trade despite knowing the antecedents, said the report, which has not been made public, but a copy of which was available with PTI. “Police are not taking any action at all and they are in connivance hand-in-hand with the peddlers,” it asserted. The narcotics are openly procured from Kalain area in Assam’s Silchar district, and sold in around 30 places in the city, including high-security areas near the gates of the Assam Rifles, and police beat house besides the city’s police bazaar area, the court said in the report. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The places where drugs are easily available usually go unchecked, with the peddlers moving at liberty,” it said. The high court has also sought improved coordination among the opioid substitution centres, narcotic cell of police, customs and the intelligence agencies to curb the growing menace. It directed the state government to set up separate jails for drug users to prevent them from mingling and influencing other inmates into becoming addicts. According to sources in the government, Additional Senior Government Advocate S Sengupta has forwarded the report of the high court to the administration. They also said the court has directed the state government to submit documents, detailing the ways adopted to stop the sale of illicit drugs in the state.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey splits with Ball State Ohio moves toward Big

Members of the OSU field hockey team celebrate during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerJunior forward Peanut Johnson’s breakaway overtime goal gave the Ohio State field hockey team a 3-2 victory Sunday against the Ball State Cardinals to salvage a split of its weekend series.OSU (2-3) returned home Sunday after losing 1-0 to Ohio University (1-3) in Athens, Ohio, Friday night.The Buckeyes showed resiliency as they battled back in overtime after losing a 2-0 lead to the Cardinals.Ball State (3-2) converted off a penalty corner from senior midfielder Tori Widrick that led to an equalizing goal from sophomore midfielder Merinda Morley with 11 minutes left in regulation.In overtime, freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey grabbed a steal in OSU’s offensive zone and quickly fired a pass to Johnson, who connected on the game winner in front of the net.“I kinda got in the zone,” Humphrey said about her crucial steal and assist. “Last week in our game against Ohio I had the same type of play, but I didn’t (center) it that well. So I did the same play, but I did it well.”OSU jumped out to its early lead thanks to two quick goals from freshman forward Annabel Sams.Sams crossed in front of the net a little more than seven minutes into the game and scored on a pass from Johnson for her first career goal.A minute later, Sams was on the board again off an assist from her fellow freshman, Humphrey.“We started out so quick,” Sams said. “We found each other. We found passes like with my first two goals.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she was proud of her team’s effort. She moved Sams from her normal forward position to the midfield Sunday in order to utilize her athleticism, and said was very pleased.“We were able to create more space for her there,” Wilkinson said. “She’s good at coming from behind and attacking.”Wilkinson said she was happy to see her freshman making contributions to the team in such a big way.“It’s exciting,” Wilkinson said. “I’ve been watching them play for a few years now at a different level, but it’s nice to finally get them on the field (for OSU) and competing.”The Buckeyes lost a closely contested matchup with the Ohio Bobcats Friday before their recovery against the Cardinals.The defenses were on display with both teams combining for four shots in the first half. The game picked up a little in the second frame, but the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize despite outshooting the Bobcats, 10-6.The game’s lone goal came off a rebound shot from Ohio freshman Megan Silveira with 18:55 remaining in the game. The goal snuck just past OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro.Friday and Sunday marked the first two times Tamburro did not record double-digit saves in 2014. She saved three shots against the Bobcats and four against the Cardinals.OSU is set to begin Big Ten play Sept. 19 against Michigan State at 3 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field. read more

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State opens season at Arizona State

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team will open its season on the road against Arizona State (2-0) this weekend.Though the excitement and anticipation of getting on the ice for the first time could be distracting, players are trying to prepare themselves as they would for any other game. “We try to treat it like any other game, but there’s obviously the excitement of kind of getting things under way,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “We’ve been here for quite a while playing against each other and it’s kind of getting old, so to get some new competition is always a welcome opportunity.”The Buckeyes new competition in Arizona State, which had a challenging 2017-2018 campaign, finishing 8-21-5, good for the fourth-worst winning percentage in the nation. The Sun Devils recorded 72 goals in 34 games last season.. This season, the team returns 21 players and 84 percent of their scoring from last season.The Sun Devils enter their matchup having swept Alaska Fairbanks in their season-opening series, allowing zero goals in either game and killing all eight penalties they faced. Ohio State will have to look out for junior defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk, a defenseman who led the team in points last season and who has already notched three points in the first two games. Ohio State’s strong play on offense, however, should be able to create shots against Arizona State’s defense, which led the nation in shots on goal allowed per game last season.“They’re just a hard-working team,” senior forward Brendon Kearney said. “They’ve done a good job kind of turning their program into one that’s going to compete every single night and be tough to beat and we’re kind of getting more into what they do, and as of now, right, it’s just to show up and be ready to work because that’s what they bring.”As they begin their season, the Buckeyes will try and get off to a hot start after being ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USCHO and USA Today Men’s Hockey polls for the first time in team history. The puck drops for Ohio State at 10:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday against Arizona State. read more

Pep Guardiola wants John Stones in midfield

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering a midfield role for defender John Stones.John Stones made a brief cameo in an advanced midfield role on Sunday as Manchester City defeated Chelsea in the Community Shield match at Wembley.When captain Vincent Kompany came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea, Stones briefly moved up the field.Pep Guardiola was happy with what he saw and hinted at possible playing time in midfield for the Manchester City defender this season. FourFourTwo reports.“John made an excellent World Cup and showed again his personality,” Guardiola said.“I was happy to see him in the last 10 or 15 minutes like a holding midfielder. John maybe can play there. We will see what’s going on in the future.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In the Premier League, there are a huge amount of games and everybody will be involved.”When asked if John Stones will get regular playing time this season, Guardiola said.“John has to know he has to play at a good level because Vincent and Nico [Nicolas Otamendi] are there, and they are going to play.”“Then, they have to play good. In the higher teams in the top tier, when they play in all competitions, you need this kind of competition.”Manchester City remain favourite to win the league. Their league title defence starts away to Arsenal this weekend.last_img read more

Martinez talks about Henry new Monaco job

first_imgThe Belgium national team manager believes his former assistant will do well in the French Ligue 1 with club MonacoFormer Belgium national team assistant coach Thierry Henry was appointed this weekend as French Ligue 1 club Monaco’s new head coach.And his former boss, Belgium’s manager Roberto Martinez, believes the Frenchman will do great things in his first adventure as a boss.“I don’t think it is a loss. The initial approach and initial project was to have Thierry’s experience preparing the group for the World Cup and we achieved that and also [got] the results,” Martinez told Sky Sports.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“That has been the focus behind it and there has been a full commitment from every part.”“After that, it has been great just to have Thierry as part of the national team until the natural move would appear. It wasn’t a case of leaving for the sake of leaving or trying to force a move,” he added.“We are all supportive of Thierry’s move because Monaco is his home, it is where he started as a player and it is a natural way for him to start his coaching career.”“He will be a top coach, there is no doubt about it. He has an obsession for the game, he has experience and know-how but we hope he also gets a little bit of luck.”last_img read more

Police Immigration Raid busts illegal residents

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 10, 2016 – Police raided the Five Cays community in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and caught a few illegals with no proof of legal status… they were hoping for more.Press Liaison officer, Kevin Clarke in a media statement said the joint operations with Immigration and the TCI Police will continue and come in the aftermath of a series of Haitian boats making landfall in the northwest part of Providenciales.Photos show the task force in full gear and armed ready to flush out migrants who are wanted by officials; several boats have made landfall undetected by the coastal radar leaving untold numbers of illegal suspected Haitians to run free in the islands.The most recent boat load sparked even greater fears among residents due to a prison break in Haiti and a report from the US Coast Guard that drugs and weapons smuggling is on the rise through the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  That report was given to the National Security Council which includes the Governor and Commissioner of Police.  Police say the joint operations will continue.last_img read more

Afghan leaders Taliban attend peace talks in Moscow

first_imgRepresentatives of the Taliban arrive to attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on 9 November. Photo: AFPMoscow on Friday hosted international talks on Afghanistan aimed at kickstarting direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, both of whom sent delegations.Russia hopes “through joint efforts to open a new page in the history of Afghanistan,” Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said as the talks opened at a Moscow hotel on Friday morning.He said that the participation of both Afghan leaders and the Taliban was an “important contribution” aimed at creating “favourable conditions for the start of direct talks.””I am counting on you holding a serious and constructive conversation that will justify the hopes of the Afghan people,” he said before the talks continued behind closed doors.Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP that the militant group was sending five representatives.They will not hold “any sort of negotiations” with the delegation of Kabul administration, he said.”This conference is not about holding negotiations with any party whatsoever — rather it is about finding a peaceful solution to the issue of Afghanistan,” he added.This is the first time that a Taliban delegation is taking part in such high-level international meeting, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.The Taliban is banned from operating Russia as it is classified as a “terrorist organisation”.The Afghan delegation is made up of four representatives of the High Peace Council, a government body responsible for reconciliation efforts with the militants, spokesman Sayed Ihsan Taheri said.The Afghan foreign ministry has emphasised that the council does not represent the Afghan government at the meeting, however.Moscow said it had invited representatives from the United States as well as India, Iran, China, Pakistan and five former Soviet republics in Central Asia.Pakistan, which has long been accused of providing support to the Afghan Taliban, would “definitely” attend, foreign ministry spokesman Muhammad Faisal told AFP.The US embassy in Moscow was sending a representative to observe the discussions.The Moscow meeting was initially scheduled to take place in September but was postponed after Kabul insisted that the process should be Afghan-led.The meeting comes at a sensitive time.Newly appointed US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been trying to convince the Taliban to agree to negotiate an end to the war and there are fears the Russian meeting could derail those efforts.A US government watchdog last week said Kabul’s control of Afghanistan had slipped in recent months as local security forces suffered record casualties while making minimal or no progress against the Taliban.last_img read more

Shades of Bengal colour the Capital

first_imgThe eastern state came visiting Delhi through Chalo Chalen Bengal (Let’s visit Bengal). The campaign aimed to project the tourism potential of West Bengal, attract more domestic and foreign tourists and facilitate better interaction with investors and industry stakeholders like travel operators.Chalo Chale Bengal witnessed a grand launch in the Capital with Krishnendu Nayaran Choudhury, Minister for Tourism, Government of West Bengal unvieling a new state-of-the-art tourism information centre at the WBICC (West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre). He also inaugrated Beautiful Bengal, a photography exhibition by Sanjay Das at the Muktadhara Art Gallery. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The day’s event proceeded along with a colourful ensemble of folk forms and cultural attractions of West Bengal, including Pat-er Gaan (songs about the rural tradition of story-telling with the help of scroll paintings), Baul Gaan (representing the unique spiritual musical heritage of Bengal) Purulia Chhau (tribal martial dance) and contemporary Bangla songs by Chandrabindoo.The next was an interactive session involving the Minister, senior officials of the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal and various stakeholders of the Indian tourism industry, including representatives of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Adventure tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) which was followed by B2B meetings with potential tourism and hospitality sector investors, under the theme- Investment Opportunities.last_img read more