Culture Minister Impressed With Number of Young People at Vigil

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first_img The annual event, which began on July 31, lasted until the early hours of August 1 Story Highlights Floral tributes were paid to the ancestors The Government, in its quest to preserve history, opened three museums this year Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says with the number of children and young people who attended the annual Emancipation Vigil at the historic Seville Heritage Park, in St. Ann, on July 31, the event is set for continued growth.“This is exactly what we want to see – our parents bringing out our children to see the culture, feel and understand the history of Seville. To look at the museum that we opened, it is excellent that the young people are out. I commend the parents for bringing their children; it is wonderful. It is good for entertainment, and it is also a teaching lesson,” the Minister said.“As we set out to culminate Jamaica 50, we wanted to ensure that we gave our people across Jamaica an opportunity to contemplate, relax, and to celebrate. And, to teach all persons to remember and accept that journey from whence we came,” the Minister told the large audience, which also comprised visitors to the island.The annual event, which began on July 31, lasted until the early hours of August 1 (Emancipation Day). It was organized by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT).Floral tributes were paid to the ancestors, and throughout the evening into the early morning, there was an entertainment package of cultural dances from different groups across the island, including traditional and folk types, and modern dancehall acts.  Gospel artistes also performed, headed by Sister Scully and George Banton.Miss Hanna said the Government, in its quest to preserve history, opened the upgraded Seville Museum; built and opened the Roxborough Museum, in Manchester, in honour of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Norman Manley; and the National Museum in Kingston.“This is a very special year for Jamaica. It is a special year for all of us as Jamaicans, and we ensured that we opened the Seville Museum for this Independence, and two other museums,” the Minister stated.Meanwhile, Youth Empowerment Officer with the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), Rahonda Walker-Walters, told JIS News that “the exposure is a very good one for that level of awareness of our heritage, and it will help us, as a people, as to where we need to go.”“For years to come, we need to ensure that other young people experience the Emancipation Jubilee,” she added.last_img

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A product of two years of study, the 96-page “Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States” offered 12 broad recommendations ranging from embracing technology for the delivery of legal services to putting more resources into traditional legal aid and pro bono efforts.“The legal profession, as the steward of the justice system, has reached an inflection point,” the commission stated in the report. “Without significant change, the profession cannot ensure that the justice system serves everyone and that the rule of law is preserved. Innovation, and even unconventional thinking, is required.”Driving the need for change is the growing numbers of those who do not have access to affordable legal services.The commission found that most people living in poverty and the majority of moderate-income households do not receive the legal help they need. Largely, these individuals either cannot afford a lawyer or they do not realize their problem requires the help of an attorney. In addition, the traditional business model of law offices constrains innovations that, the commission maintained, would enable greater access to and enhance the delivery of legal services.Among the recommendations is the call for the continued examination of alternative business structures. In an issues paper released in April 2016, the commission noted these structures typically allow non-lawyers to own law firms, invest in law practices or operate as a multidisciplinary practice which provides both legal and non-legal services.Reaction to the issues paper was strong and divided.The ABA Section of Family Law provided a two-sentence response that asked, “WHAT PART OF ‘NO!’ DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? We remain unalterably opposed to these repeated, previously failed efforts to foist ABS upon on profession or our ethics.”Similarly, the Illinois State Bar Association raised concerns about the effect non-lawyers would have on the core values of the legal profession. The ISBA feared the pressure would increase on generating a greater profit which would reduce individualized care while reducing the desire to take on unpopular causes or do pro bono work.On the other side, LegalZoom and Avvo supported easing regulations.In a 10-page response, LegalZoom asserted, “It is time to examine the system that lawyers created and practice in, and the self-granted monopoly that lawyers legislate, regulate and adjudicate. If the profession can look past the fear-mongering of entrenched Luddities, and re-look (at) the purpose behind what has become innovation-crushing regulations to address supply, not only will the industry see quantum leaps in legal access, it will see a call for more, not fewer, lawyers!”The ABA Business Law Section’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of the Delivery of Legal Services applauded the commission for exploring innovation proposals. 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first_imgLeeds-based malt loaf specialist Oakdale Bakeries called in administrators KPMG Restructuring on January 26.The company, which turned over £30m last year, blamed trading losses and a competitive environment for the decision.Richard Fleming, joint administrator and restructuring partner at KPMG’s Leeds office, said: “The business has encountered difficulties as it has been making trading losses in the highly competitive environment of the food production sector. However, we are looking to continue to trade the business with a view to selling it as a going concern.”He said administrators are keen to hear from any parties interested in buying the business.Oakdale employs a total of 350 staff across three sites in Doncaster, Morley and Wigan. It produces cakes, fruit pies, malt loaves and pies as own-label products for a number of supermarkets and retailers across the UK.Oakdale parted company with its chief executive Des Kingsley six months ago. He had led it through a management buy-out in July 2004 from Oakdale’s founder Marshall Capel. Andy Deutsch from the Thomas Food Partnership had been due to take over before the company went into administration.last_img

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April lies at the heart of the poetic spring. Shakespeare takes a jaunty view of it in his “Sonnet 98,” personifying it as a month that “hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” In “The Waste Land,” when T.S. Eliot famously castigates “the cruellest month” of April as a time of “mixing memory and desire,” he might as well have described the entire season in the strange days of 2020.“Right now, when we’re cooped up in our apartments … we kind of get a glimpse of how we experienced spring last year, when we experienced all the people coming out into the streets and the rebirth of life,” says Matthew Mersky, who teaches a course on modern literature and the environment at Boston College.“And we experience it now negatively,” he says, “through memory or its absence.”May isn’t looking that great, either. As the weather warms, sort of, many public pools and beaches are still inaccessible. Baseball stadiums remain empty; schoolchildren remain home. College students still shuffling from class to class in parkas were sent home before spring semesters could really live up to their name.Spring’s gifts aren’t completely out of reach, particularly as stay-at-home orders expire. But in hard-hit New York City, densely populated with millions who often have no backyards, residents are left to catch spring’s sunshine by awkwardly angling from fire escapes and small balconies — or risk walks.Samali Nangalama, 23, has lived in New York for six years and recently moved within walking distance of Harlem Hospital, where she awakens and falls asleep to the sound of sirens. As the virus ravages vulnerable black and brown communities, she describes a “paralyzing fear” that has kept her in her apartment this spring, a stark adjustment for a season she usually views as “a time ripe with opportunity and optimism.”“I know it is assumed that Generation Z spends their life glued to screens, but there is no replacement for face-to-face contact,” says Nangalama, a junior studying global public health at New York University. “I miss this precious contact and this spring, I will feel more alone than ever.”Beyond sunshine and milestones missed, spring is intertwined with culture and religion. Easter is quite literally about renewal. Sikhs commemorate the formalization of the faith on Vaisakhi, a holiday that shares its name with Punjab’s spring harvest festival. May 1 marked Beltane, a fire festival of Celtic origin and a mid-spring sabbath celebrated by witches and pagans.Haley Murphy, 32, the owner and operator of ATL Craft in Atlanta, has been working in occult practices for 14 years. For her, Beltane is a significant rite in which communing with the Earth through planting is a centerpiece. She says it’s about “what needs to be planted, but also looking at each other and seeing us come out of our hermit shells of winter, watching each other bloom and get the sun on our faces and the freckles on our faces.”But with social distancing mandates, her coven couldn’t come together for Beltane, which she conducted in solitude this year. Amid the pandemic, she’s taken to sending members packages for other rituals, which are then conducted over FaceTime.“We have to change with the times,” she says, “and we have to adapt.”Spring is also a time to sow what can’t be reaped for months. 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