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HUSH Symposium to Focus on Children with Disabilities

first_imgHUSH Symposium to Focus on Children with Disabilities CultureMay 13, 2014Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer RelatedTeachers Encouraged to Foster Positive Environment for Children FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaicans Urged to Beautify the Land This Labour Day RelatedChildren’s Advocate Cautions Schools Against Protecting Sexual Predatorscenter_img Story HighlightsThe Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) will host its fourth HUSH Children’s Symposium on Wednesday, May 14 at the Rex Nettleford Hall Auditorium at UWI.The symposium themed: ‘Disability, Equality and Accessibility’ will focus on: learning disabilities, mental health, visual impairment and deaf culture.This year’s staging is being held in association with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, a non-profit organisation that offers support to the disabled community. The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) will host its fourth HUSH Children’s Symposium on Wednesday, May 14 at the Rex Nettleford Hall Auditorium at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.The symposium themed: ‘Disability, Equality and Accessibility’ will focus on: learning disabilities, mental health, visual impairment and deaf culture.The forum, which is an annual event, is part of the IOJ’s drive to change public perception toward persons living with disabilities, especially children.It also seeks to break the silence of children in addressing the various issues that affect them. This year’s staging is being held in association with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, a non-profit organisation that offers support to the disabled community.Public Relations Officer at IOJ, Michka McCreath told JIS News that the inspiration for this year’s focus on children with disabilities came from the IOJ’s realisation that there is a need to focus on an area that will have significant national impact.Discussions between the IOJ’s Programmes Coordination Division and founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, Christine Staple Ebanks, also influenced the area of focus.“A symposium on disabilities will definitely reach an audience that we have never captured before in this type of manner. We want people to understand that they (children with disabilities) are normal, they like to enjoy life, they are fun loving just like we are and we do not want them to feel different.  We want them to feel included in all of our activities and we want to make all the society a bit more inclusive…to them and their special needs,” said Miss McCreath.The symposium, she explained, will help to develop the potential of children, which is one of the core mandates of the Institute.“This is definitely the way forward in our vision because…we have a mandate to provide resources and information for children and children with disabilities are also under that umbrella and this is a way we have decided to get the information about their disabilities to a wider audience,” Miss McCreath expressed.Stakeholders in the education sector, including teachers and students are the main targets of the event because of their prolonged periods of interaction with children.Miss McCreath further noted that some teachers are unaware of the best methods of addressing the needs of students with disabilities, including how to tailor teaching material for this special group.“We are targeting students as well as those who are peers of children with disabilities so that they will understand how it is that they are to communicate with them so that they feel better appreciated,” informed the public relations officer.This year’s staging of the symposium will include participation from Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, along with several government and corporate entities including: the Ministry of Education, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Child Development Agency, the Jamaica Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, the Mico University College’s Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) Centre, and the Jamaica Association for the Deaf. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Yahoo details mobile success amid difficult Q2

first_img Previous ArticleApple, IBM are “puzzle pieces with no overlap” in surprising enterprise moveNext ArticleHTC parts company with more execs – report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 JUL 2014 Tim Ferguson Smartphone wholesale revenue tipped for bumper year Related Yahoo’s mobile-first approach has seen it rack up 450 million monthly active mobile users, and drive greater engagement with its mobile products.Speaking in the company’s second quarter results call, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (pictured) put the focus firmly on its progress in mobile (potentially an effort to detract attention from overall falls in revenue and income). “This growth, combined with the launch of Gemini, our mobile search and native marketplace, has positioned us to monetise our mobile traffic in a smart, sustainable way that supports long term growth,” she claimed.The number of mobile users has more than doubled compared with two years ago, and has grown 36 per cent over the past year.“In addition to driving user growth, mobile has also delivered a step change in engagement,” Mayer added, stating that the time spent on mobile has risen by 79 per cent year-on-year.And the company’s focus on mobile apps, with more than 400 employees developing iOS and Android apps, has paid off according to Mayer, with smartphone users spending 86 per cent of their time interacting with Yahoo technology on apps.“Increasingly mobile users are spending more time on mobile apps versus mobile web,” Mayer said.The Yahoo CEO said the growth was the result of recruiting new technical talent over the past few years, something that “will continue to be a point of focus and investment”.Mayer said the company’s mobile products “were noticeably scattershot” two years ago, but sunsetting more than 60 products and services and redirecting resources to services that will drive revenue has improved focus.Noticeable mobile successes in Q2 included the launch of the Aviate homescreen app, which saw user numbers grow 2.5 times during the first week of availability, with those accessing the technology doing so an average of 50 times per day.“We’re excited about the opportunity to deliver the right information and applications at the very moment of relevance,” Mayer noted.The new Yahoo Mail app, released during the quarter, added search, news and content, leading to iOS users spending an additional one minute per day using the app compared to its predecessor, and a 65 per cent increase on Android.“Developed in under six weeks, our latest Mail app is yet another testament to the abilities of our teams to be mobile first, move fast and launch products our users love,” Mayer said.Mayer also talked up progress with the Gemini marketplace, “the very first unified mobile search and native buying platform in the industry”. The company is now serving its own mobile search ads in the US for the first time since 2010, with Gemini accounting for 50 per cent of mobile display revenue in the US.Both mobile display and search revenue have grown more than 100 per cent year-on-year.Despite the success on the mobile side, Yahoo saw a 3 per cent year-on-year decline in revenue in the second quarter to post sales of $1.04 billion. In addition, it saw a 72 per cent drop in GAAP income from operations to $38 million.Mayer said “given our top priority of long-term sustainable growth, we are not satisfied with our results this past quarter,” adding that the transformation of the company will take “multiple years,” with some quarters being more challenging than others. Asia appsFinancialmobilerevenueYahoocenter_img China impone restricciones a más aplicaciones China tightens app data collection rules Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Author Home Yahoo details mobile success amid difficult Q2 Tags last_img read more

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Students across US set to walk out for gun reform on anniversary of Columbine massacre

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Students across the country are set to come together again today to rally against school gun violence — an event the teenage organizers hope will empower young people to continue their momentum in a push for common-sense gun reform.Friday’s National School Walkout coincides with the anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two students opened fire in 1999, killing 12 of their fellow students and a teacher.More than 2,000 walkout events are scheduled throughout the country, with at least one in every state and several globally, according to organizers, who are students at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut.The walkouts begin at 10 a.m. in each local time zone with 13 seconds of silence to honor the 13 people killed at Columbine High School.But this event differs in one major way from last month’s nationwide school walkout, which was held on March 14, one month after the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.The March 14 walkout took place for 17 minutes to mark the 17 lives lost. After that time, many students returned to class.But today’s walkout lasts until the end of the school day.“This is a problem that needs to be addressed longer than 17 minutes,” student organizer Lane Murdock, 16, explained to ABC News. “As a student who can’t vote, you don’t have a lot of power. But what you have that’s powerful is your voice, your thoughts, but also your attendance. And leaving for longer than 17 minutes, leaving and breaking up that schedule that all American students have every day is how you get people to pay attention.”Lane and her classmates hope this walkout will continue the momentum in the youth-led fight for common sense gun reform, like bump stock bans and universal background checks. They also want the event to empower students across the country and increase the turnout of young voters at the November midterm elections.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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QPR told Assou-Ekotto can play in FA Cup

first_imgSee also:Clause means Spurs can recall Assou-EkottoQPR boss confirms Assou-Ekotto exit fearsTraore expects Assou-Ekotto to stay at QPRSpurs could make Carroll decision next week Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Recently-appointed Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has told QPR they can select Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the FA Cup but cannot field Tom Carroll.The pair are both on season-long loans from Spurs, although an option allows the north London club to recall them this month.Sherwood’s decision means midfielder Carroll would be eligible to play for Spurs in this season’s FA Cup if he is called back to White Hart Lane.Rangers visit Goodison Park to play Everton in a third-round tie this Saturday.last_img read more

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EDITORIAL: Black History Month provides recognition the community needs

first_imgActress turned Fox News commentator Stacey Dash attracted controversy recently for arguing that platforms like Black History Month, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the NAACP Image Awards are unnecessary and counterproductive to today’s pursuit for racial integration and equality.The fact remains, however, that Black history is an integral part of American history, but still does not get the significance it deserves without these valuable platforms. That was the original goal of Black History Month, when is was founded as Black History Week in February 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson sought to focus on the teaching of Black history, believing “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition. “ When in 1976 Black History Month was officially sanctioned nationally by former President Gerald Ford on the 200th anniversary of American independence, Ford said the month was necessary “to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”Black history has been a crucial part of American history, from 1619 when Black Africans were first brought from West Africa as indentured laborers to work on tobacco farms on the British settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. From the early 17th century, Blacks were an integral part of America’s economic history due to forced slave labor, first in tobacco, then later cotton, production and export. The American economy before and after America’s independence from England in 1776, to the end of the American Civil War in 1865, was built on the backs of blacks.Also, Black Americans were, ironically, corollaries to the fracturing, then the solidification of the United States, when the Southern states – including Florida – seceded from the union in 1861 due to the political pressures to abolish slavery.After the Civil War, as Blacks asserted themselves as free men and women, they created one of America’s more powerful cultural movements – the Harlem Renaissance – which produced civil rights leaders like Jamaican Marcus Garvey, musicians, artists, singers, and literature geniuses like another Jamaican, Claude Mackay.The legal limitation on Black life in the Jim Crow South led to the transformative civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s, including the leader of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Caribbean-American Malcolm X (whose mother Louise Helen Little was from Grenada.) The influence of this movement changed the political landscape, shaping the civil rights movement for other minority groups in America pursuing political agency.Today’s evolution of the community has seen constant innovation and strides towards progress, with more and more individuals joining the nation’s economic, cultural and political leadership – culminating in the election of America’s first Black President, Barack Obama.Though Dash and others believe there’s no need for Black History Month, there’s much American blacks have to commemorate, celebrate and even mourn in recognizing their history. Truthfully, it is impossible to capsulate this eclectic legacy into a month, but it’s important that America’s black community, especially black youth, engage in this 397-year history, which provides a solid foundation as the community continues to build. Black History Month helps to create this focus.Black leaders like MLK sought an integrated America where blacks and whites would coexist harmoniously, but this integration is still elusive to some extent. There still are establishment institutions like the Academy Awards which scarcely recognize black achievement, or when recognition is given, feels token and insincere. This has led to blacks developing institutions like BET and the Image Awards to showcase their talent and honor their own.It’s ironic the controversial Academy Awards showcase is being held in February, Black History Month. The televised award should draw attention to the fact that America is still not as integrated as MLK had dreamed. However, when, and if, this integration is realized, there’ll still be need for Black History Month, to enable the nation and the world to recognize the community’s awesome contribution to American history.last_img read more