Spanish Town Skills Training Centre Serving the Community for 20 Years

first_img For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA. Story Highlights After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre. Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre. For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre.After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre.She tells JIS News that, not only was she provided with the training opportunities but the Centre also sourced employment for her.“I cannot give them enough money for what they did for me, or tell them a million thanks,” she states.According to Ms Dixon, the Principal and instructors at the school, make concerted efforts to impart knowledge to the students, while also sharing life experiences as a way of encouraging growth and development. “It really motivated me to push forward,” she adds.She also encourages young persons in and around the Spanish Town area to get their training at the Centre.“[They should] definitely come to the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre. Don’t hide, it is really a great place, and if you want to move forward, that is the place that you can go,” Ms. Dixon states.Located at 56 Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, the Centre offers training in areas such as Commercial Food Preparation, Levels One and Two; and Customer Engagement at Levels One and Two. In January 2019, the school will offer courses in Early Childhood Development.For former student, Rahean Bailey, he says he is grateful for the opportunity to have completed the Level Two programme in Commercial Food Preparation, and the job that the institution assisted him to obtain. He tells JIS News that in the future he hopes to become Executive Chef.Meanwhile, Manager at the STSTC, Ruth James, states that the vision to offer skills to youth from the area, and elsewhere, has been impactful.“We have seen so many young persons whose lives have been changed, and they are doing very well, all over the world, in the hospitality industry, business process outsourcing, and at front desks at hotels. We are impacting a great number of persons,” she reasons.Mrs. James tells JIS News that while the institution provides services primarily to students between the ages of 17 and 35 years, the school also continues to reach persons who are 35 and older.She informs that on an average, 50 to 70 students are engaged in the day and evening programmes.“We offer at least one month’s work experience, and on most occasions these persons have gained permanent employment with the places where they are sent for work experience,” the Manager shares.Mrs. James lauds the HEART Trust /NTA for providing training opportunities for young people, to gain the necessary skills needed for the work environment.“The standard of HEART Trust/NTA, is international; you can go to most countries with (their certificates) and get a job,” the Manager states.The STSTC mission is to empower participants through goal-oriented activities within an environment that is safe and conducive to learning, while promoting respect of self and others, as well as developing a positive attitude towards work skills, academics, certification and assessment, as required by the Heart Trust/NTA.In the meanwhile, President of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Levi Johnson, who was a founding member of the STSTC in 1999, says the move to establish the school was in response to the needs of the communities in the area.Pastor Johnson, who headed the Spanish Town Seventh-day Adventist Church at the time, shares that the establishment of the Centre was a move to improve the quality of life for community members.He tells JIS News that the CJC provides resources to keep the institution going, and “once there is a need, we can’t say no to them; because we know how relevant the Skills Training Centre is. We see them as one of our key partners”.For Community Training Interventions Manager at the HEART Trust/NTA, Kevin Walker, institutions like the STSTC help the training agency to meet their mandate.For more information on the Centre, persons can call (876) 984-3571, (876) 419-2249, or email at read more

MacGregor to Provide Services for 115 Teekay Vessels

first_imgzoom Shipping company Teekay has inked a five-year frame agreement with MacGregor, part of Cargotec, which includes spare parts, maintenance, training and project support for Teekay’s 115 vessels. As informed, the deal was signed during the second quarter of 2017.Under the agreement, MacGregor will provide solutions and services for hatch covers, hose-handling cranes, general-purpose cranes, offshore mooring/loading systems, deck machinery winches, steering gear and compressors on board approximately 115 of Teekay’s vessels.Established in 1973, Teekay has developed from a regional shipping company into one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies with diversified assets of USD 12 billion in offshore FPSO/FSO – gas LNG/LPG, conventional – crude/long range product tankers amongst its services.last_img read more

MLA Biographies Now Online

Biographies of every member of Nova Scotia’s legislative assembly since its founding are now online. As part of the 200th anniversary of Province House, where elected members of the House of Assembly meet, biographies of all members since 1984 were just posted. This complements the 1984 print edition of biographies, edited and compiled by Shirley Elliott, which is also online and the 1958 edition by Bruce Fergusson. “Now, academics, researchers, and all Nova Scotians have access to biographies of all MLAs since 1758,” said David McDonald, legislative librarian. The biographies include information such as terms of office, positions they held, occupations, birth and death dates, political party affiliations, and family connections to other MLAs. The new posting also includes lists of premiers, speakers, and ministers since 1984. The information is available at, read more

Controlled Access Highway in Digby Opens

Additional Resources: To see the Five Year Highway Improvement Plan go to, Quick Facts: Quote: I am very pleased to see the first phase of the completion of Highway 101 from Exit 26 to Weymouth North. It is very important to the residents to see the completion of this highway from a safety perspective and look forward to seeing phase two started in the near future. Jimmy MacAlpine, warden for Municipality of the District of Digby Travellers now have a safer road to drive on through Digby County. The controlled access highway from Digby to Marshalltown officially opened today, Aug 28. “Improvements to this highway will help families, residents and visitors reach their destinations more safely and efficiently. “This is an important step in continuing the controlled access highway between Digby and Weymouth,” said Environment Minister Gordon Wilson, on behalf of Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The project includes four kilometres of controlled access highway from Exit 26 to Marshalltown, a new interchange into Digby and a new multi-trail bridge over the highway in Conway that opened in September 2018. total project cost: $24.1 million. Provincial contribution is $16.5 million and federal contribution is $7.6 million project was announced in October 2014 multi-use bridge is part of the Rails to Trails network province spending $300 million to improve roads, highways and bridges for 2019-20 there are 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways in Nova Scotia -30- read more

Evenings at Government House to Celebrate Heritage and Artists

Quick Facts: a concert by Les Voix d’Acadie, a francophone choir from the Halifax Regional Municipality, Tuesday, Sept. 24 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Devin Huang, scholarship recipient, will give a piano recital, Tuesday, Oct. 8 a musical performance by Leanne Hoffman in association with the Halifax Pop Explosion, Tuesday, Oct. 22 a presentation by author Leo J. Deveau on the Halifax-based infantry regiment the Princess Louise Fusiliers, Tuesday, Nov. 5 on the 10th anniversary of its reopening after the major renovation, Christopher McCreery will give a presentation on Government House, Tuesday, Nov. 19 -30- Nova Scotians are invited to attend the 2019 fall Evenings at Government House in Halifax to celebrate heritage and artistic excellence. “These events are a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate Nova Scotia’s rich history and showcase amazing performances in the setting of Government House, the ceremonial home of all Nova Scotians,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. All events are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and include: Additional Resources: For details on each event go to Government House is at 1451 Barrington St. events are free and people must register online at or by calling 902-424-7001 registration for each event will open two weeks before, on a first-come, first-served basis this is the fifth series hosted by Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc since his appointment in June 2017 read more

Ordonnance durgence pour lenlèvement de la grue

Loi sur la sécurité technique (en anglais) : Page Web sur les situations d’urgence du Bureau de gestion des urgences de la Nouvelle-Écosse : La grue est tombée pendant l’ouragan Dorian le 7 septembre 2019. Le ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire (TEP) a émis une ordonnance de suspension des travaux le 8 septembre 2019 pour interdire l’accès aux deux chantiers de construction. TEP (sécurité technique et santé et sécurité au travail) continue de collaborer avec le propriétaire exploitant pour faire en sorte que la grue tombée et toute grue utilisée pour l’enlèvement soient utilisées de façon sécuritaire et en respectant les règlements et les normes de sécurité. En vertu de la loi sur la sécurité technique (Technical Safety Act) et du règlement sur les conducteurs de grue (Crane Operators Regulations), les propriétaires exploitants de grue sont tenus de faire en sorte qu’une grue soit installée, exploitée et entretenue conformément aux règlements et aux normes de sécurité. Le promoteur immobilier responsable de la grue est WM Fares Group. Le propriétaire exploitant de la grue est Lead Structural Formworks Ltd. -30- En vertu de la loi sur la gestion des urgences (Emergency Management Act), le gouvernement provincial a déclaré un état d’urgence localisé pour assurer l’enlèvement de la grue qui est tombée sur un édifice sur la rue South Park, à Halifax. Cette mesure permet au gouvernement provincial d’intervenir pour assurer l’enlèvement de la grue en toute sécurité et en temps opportun. « La sécurité des gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse est notre principale priorité, et tout retard supplémentaire est inacceptable, affirme Chuck Porter, ministre responsable de la Gestion des urgences. Le gouvernement intervient pour que le travail soit entamé le plus rapidement possible. » L’état d’urgence localisé s’applique à l’îlot urbain situé entre Cathedral Lane, la rue Brenton, Brenton Place et Spring Garden Road. Une ordonnance d’évacuation de certains résidents a été émise par les services d’incendie et d’urgence de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. « Nous devons agir pour trouver une solution afin d’entamer ce travail le plus rapidement possible, souligne Labi Kousoulis, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. Notre priorité est d’enlever la grue en toute sécurité et de permettre aux gens et aux entreprises de retrouver leur vie normale. » Un état d’urgence demeure en vigueur pendant 14 jours sauf si le gouvernement y met fin ou le prolonge. Ressources supplémentaires Loi sur la gestion des urgences (en anglais) : Loi sur la santé et la sécurité au travail (en anglais) : Faits en bref read more

Annonce dune production cinématographique

Ressources supplémentaires (en anglais seulement)Pour en savoir davantage sur le processus de demande, les frais admissibles et les lignes directrices, allez au -30- Faits en bref Le fonds vise les dépenses admissibles, telles que la main-d’œuvre de même que les biens ou les services achetés auprès d’un fournisseur établi en Nouvelle-Écosse. Lorsqu’une demande est approuvée, NSBI fournit un accord d’encouragement qui peut servir à demander du financement. Lorsqu’une production reçoit un engagement de financement, les fonds sont placés en réserve. Une fois la production réalisée, le demandeur présente une demande finale à NSBI afin qu’elle soit traitée et que les fonds lui soient versés. NSBI traite et approuve toutes les demandes et toutes les demandes finales. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) a annoncé aujourd’hui, 17 septembre, une nouvelle production approuvée dans le cadre du Fonds d’incitation à la production télévisée et cinématographique en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le documentaire Trajectoires VI, réalisé par 3291627 Nova Scotia Limited, fait l’objet d’un engagement de financement de 267 356 $ en fonction de dépenses admissibles en Nouvelle-Écosse de 972 204 $. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur les productions qui ont été choisies pour recevoir une prime d’incitation dans le cadre du Fonds d’incitation à la production télévisée et cinématographique en Nouvelle-Écosse se trouvent sur le site Web de NSBI à l’adresse (en anglais seulement). read more

New PETCT Scanner for the QEII Health Sciences Centre

Quotes: With the improved resolution of a new PET scanner, we will be able to detect smaller cancers to enable more effective treatment for patients. A new scanner will also do faster scans, meaning we can see more patients per day so they can move to the next stage of their care sooner. Dr. James Clarke, chief of diagnostic imaging, central zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority Donors’ commitment to advancing health care will ensure the QEII is home to the best PET-CT technology, with an extended field of view for greater imaging capabilities. This is an example of how philanthropy transforms health care and makes certain the QEII is at its best for patients and families. Bill Bean, QEII Foundation president and CEO Quick Facts: -30- Additional Resources: Request for Proposals: PET-CT stands for positron emission tomography–computerized tomography a PET-CT scanner is used to provide detailed images and information about cancer and occasionally for other medical conditions like dementia, epilepsy and heart inflammation the new scanner will replace the only existing scanner in the province and have the most advance technology available a request for proposals has been posted and the scanner is expected to be in place next spring Nova Scotians will receive more timely diagnoses and treatment with a new PET-CT scanner at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. For many types of cancer, PET-CT scans are the most accurate imaging test to determine the extent of cancer spread at diagnosis, show the cancer’s response to therapy and look for possible cancer recurrence in follow-up. A PET-CT scan often finds cancer not seen on other imaging tests. “The PET-CT scanner is a very specialized piece of equipment and is the only scanner of its kind in Nova Scotia,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Physicians and other health-care providers use it every day to diagnose, track and treat cancer patients from across the province.” Government is investing $3.8 million to purchase and install the new scanner. The QEII Foundation is contributing $600,000. read more

Amendments to the Wilderness Areas Protection Act

these amendments will not change the level of protection offered to designated wilderness areas. All vehicle use in wilderness areas will still need to be specifically authorized and activities that may damage biodiversity in these areas are still prohibited the Wilderness Areas Protection Act allows government to designate connector trails for vehicle use in newer wilderness areas without changing legislation there are already about 120 kilometres of designated off-highway vehicle connector trails within wilderness areas Nova Scotians want to enjoy nature, wildlife and diversity in our province’s wilderness areas. Amendments to the Wilderness Areas Protection Act introduced today, Oct. 1, will give authority for limited use of off-highway vehicles on two long-established connector trails. If passed, these amendments will allow the environment minister to authorize limited off-highway vehicle use on the Grand Lake-Ross Lake Connector Trail in Ogden Round Lake Wilderness Area, Guysborough Co. and on the Dominique Meadow Brook – Fountain Lake Connector Trail in Portapique River Wilderness Area, Cumberland and Colchester counties. Before designating a connector trail, the minister must enter a trail management agreement with an organization and ensure certain conditions are met to protect the environment and trail users. They will also allow parking lots to be developed within the boundary of a wilderness area. Currently, people are using parking areas at some locations that aren’t allowed. “We are committed to protecting our designated wilderness areas,” said Gordon Wilson, Minister of Environment. “These amendments will allow us to consider limited off-highway vehicle use on two connector trails and help us ensure that people enjoying wilderness areas are parking in places that are safe and do not damage the features we are seeking to protect.” -30- Quick Facts: read more

Premier Recognizes Excellence and Dedication in Public Service

Today’s corporate recognition event also included more than 300 employees receiving a Long Service Award to mark 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and even 50 years of service. Award winners reflect government’s commitment to public service excellence and continuous improvement, while demonstrating the courage to step into new territory to achieve their goals. Additional resources: For more information about the Premier’s Award of Excellence, this year’s recipients and their work, visit To read more about Nova Scotia’s electronic public health information system, visit To read more about the free bus pass program, visit To learn more about the Building Boats, Changing Lives initiative, visit -30- the Transit Bus Service team from the Department of Community Services in partnership with Halifax Regional Municipality extended a service that offers free bus passes to now include all clients, spouses and children of the Employment Support and Income Assistance program Eamonn Doorly inspired youth to try new things, take risks, solve problems, respect and embrace differences and set goals through building boats with them Gertrude Oliver led a team to create a leading-edge electronic immunization registry to better protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians Harold Carroll led a cross-country committee to align areas of safety standards across the country to help businesses and people work anywhere in Canada the Climate Change team from the Department of Environment implemented a program to reduce Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas emissions and keep consumer costs low the Service Payout team from the Public Service Commission delivered an early payout Public Service Award Three individuals and three teams were honoured with the most prestigious government award, today, Sept. 30. The Premier’s Award of Excellence celebrates public servants who go above and beyond in their work to deliver programs and services to Nova Scotians. “There are dedicated public servants doing extraordinary things with their everyday work,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Our province is better for their efforts and it is an honour to present this award.” The award winners are: Quick Facts: winners for the Premier’s Award of Excellence were selected by a panel of deputy ministers the award was first launched in 2005, with the first inaugural ceremony held in January 2006 recipients receive a framed certificate signed by the premier and a crystal award from NovaScotian Crystal read more

Enemies seek to sow discord between Iran and Iraq Khamenei

Tehran: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “enemies” were trying to drive a wedge between Tehran and Baghdad in a tweet on Monday following deadly unrest in neighbouring Iraq. “#Iran and #Iraq are two nations whose hearts & souls are tied together… Enemies seek to sow discord but they’ve failed & their conspiracy won’t be effective,” Khamenei was quoted as saying on his office’s Twitter account. State news agency IRNA said the supreme leader was reacting to recent violence in Iraq. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report More than 100 people have been killed in Iraq since clashes erupted last week between protesters and security forces, the majority of them demonstrators struck by bullets. The Iraqi authorities have accused “saboteurs” and unidentified snipers of targeting the protesters. Iran has urged its citizens planning to take part in a major Shiite pilgrimage in Iraq to delay their travel into the country over the violence. Tehran has close but complicated ties with Baghdad, with significant influence among its Shiite political groups. The two countries fought a bloody war from 1980 to 1988 and Iran’s influence in the country grew after the US-led invasion of Iraq toppled veteran dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. read more

Javadekar refuses to comment on Aarey forest issue says Indias green cover

New Delhi: India’s green cover has increased by 15,000 square kilometres, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Responding to a question on the issue of felling trees in Mumbai’s Aarey forest, in which the Supreme Court has restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees, Javadekar told the reporters here that he would not like to comment on a sub judice matter. “The Supreme Court has given a decision on it, so I will not comment on the matter,” he told a press conference at the ministry. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The environment minister, however, said, “If you cut one tree, you plant and ensure the growth of five trees.” Asked if afforestation has worked, Javadekar replied, “In the last four years, the green cover of the country has increased by 15,000 square kilometres. There are only a few countries in the world whose green cover has increased and those include India.” The apex court on Monday restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees in Aarey Colony in Mumbai to build a Metro car shed. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi According to a petition filed in the Supreme Court, it was Mumbai municipal corporation’s decision to allow felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed and 1,500 trees have already been cut by the authorities. The Union minister also appealed to the people not to burst fire crackers this Diwali. If anyone wanted to burst them at all, he advised them opting for green crackers launched recently. In his press conference, Javadekar also said even the national capital faces several pollution related challenges but they can be tackled as the Central government has taken a slew of measures for the purpose in the last four years. “The problem of pollution began in 2005-06 and no one was talking about it until 2014 when Modi government recognised the problem and undertook the challenge to address it. “We are bringing BS-VI compliant vehicles from next year, and 46 teams of the Central Pollution Control Board have been deployed to check the polluting activities in Delhi and NCR today onwards,” Javadekar said, while listing out the actions taken by his ministry. Enumerating some challenges in Delhi, the minister said seven major polluting areas have been identified in collaboration with IIT Delhi which were found to be having unpaved roads, industrial emissions and heave commercial vehicle activity. These areas are Wazirabad, Mayapuri, Okhla, Faridabad 1 and 2, Sahibabad and Udyog Vihar, he said. “As per the feedback of a CPCB’s team, the poor waste management, inadequate sweeping of roads and unauthorised parking were reported in these areas,” the minister said. The minister also said Delhi was short of 5,000 buses out of a total requirement of 11,500 buses based on the report on route rationalisation by the GNCT. read more

Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal Icra

New Delhi: Rating agency Icra on Monday said its outlook for the domestic commercial vehicle industry remains negative for the rest of the fiscal due to subdued sales amid slowing economic growth and tight financing environment. The rating agency believes that demand headwinds would continue in the near-term with likelihood of limited pre-buying ahead of the roll-out of BS-VI emission norms. “Given the high inventory levels at dealerships and subdued retail sales, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are focusing on rationalising the inventory in the system prior to the roll-out of new emission norms, which would render unsold inventory of existing BS-IV vehicles as obsolete,” Icra Ratings Vice President Shamsher Dewan said in a statement. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Hence, wholesales dispatches are not expected to increase materially over the latter half of the fiscal, he pointed out. Domestic commercial vehicle (CV) industry volumes are likely to contract by 10-12 per cent during the current fiscal which, coupled with elevated level of discounts offered by OEMs, will exert pressure on earnings and credit metrics of OEMs in the near-term, he added. The slowdown in the domestic commercial vehicle industry, which started in the second half of FY2019, has accentuated during the current fiscal with volumes contracting by a sharp 19 per cent during April-August 2019 on a year-on-year basis. Also Read – HSBC planning to cut 10,000 more posts: Financial Times The volume contraction has worsened as the year progressed with CV OEMs cutting down on their wholesale dispatches by 33 per cent during July-August period of this year to pare down inventory levels at dealerships in light of subdued footfalls and retail sales. As per early sales data released by key listed CV OEMs, the situation has further worsened in September 2019 with volumes halving over the year-ago period, Icra said. The slowdown has been sharp in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle (M&HCV truck) segment, wherein volumes contracted by 32 per cent during the current fiscal so far. “The M&HCV (truck) segment has been impacted by the double-whammy of excess capacity along with subdued freight availability, which has suppressed freight rates and kept profitability of fleet operators under pressure,” Dewan noted. Coupled with tight liquidity in the non-banking financial company (NBFC) space, and expectations of a GST rate cut, fleet operators had deferred their vehicle purchases in the current scenario, he added. The overall slowdown in automobile sales, in general, has led to sharp reduction in demand for car carriers, while delayed payments to contractors and the resultant slowdown in infrastructure project execution, has also put brakes on tipper sales, Icra said. Even the LCV (truck) segment, which was relatively insulated from the impact of revised axle load norms has been impacted over recent months with the weakness in consumption-oriented sectors and subdued rural demand sentiment, it added. read more


LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “They do,” Tolman agrees. “I don’t know what it is, because in real life, I’m super untrustworthy.”She was kidding – we think. But either way, Tolman’s character is a beacon of trust, amid shady, dangerous, and possibly supernatural circumstances, in the new series EMERGENCE, which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.Tolman, who is best known for her role as a trustworthy police deputy named Molly Solverson in the first season of TV’s FARGO, plays a trustworthy police chief named Jo Evans in EMERGENCE. Jo’s world changes due to a plane crash in her jurisdiction, and the sudden presence of a young girl named Piper, played by Alexa Swinton, who apparently was on the flight, but claims to have no memory of what occurred, and hasn’t suffered any injuries.The mysterious kid’s first instinct, of course, is to rush into Jo’s arms. “She’s like, ‘That’s the lady,’ yeah,” Tolman says. But inherent trustworthiness aside, the subsequent investigation draws Jo into a conspiracy far larger than she ever imagined, and Piper’s true identity is at the centre of it all.Interestingly, besides Jo and Piper, just about everyone else in EMERGENCE makes you wonder what their real motivations are.“That’s fair, because I think this show inspires a lot of mistrust,” Tolman says. “Who’s going to turn? Who’s a double agent? It sows the seeds of doubt, so that you’re looking at every character like, ‘Are they who they say they are? What is their deal?’ ”The list of questionable individuals potentially could include Jo’s freshly divorced husband Alex, played by Donald Faison. But at the outset, when Jo finds herself in a jam, the first person she calls is Alex, because she knows he will help her with a minimum of questions asked.“I guess their divorce is still fairly new, but they still care about each other so much,” Tolman says. “This is still her person. And when she needs help, he’s like, ‘Okay, what do I gotta do?’ ”Such co-operation obviously isn’t always the case in divorce situations.“But it’s nice, though – and I think it’s actually reflective of a trend where divorces are less acrimonious than they used to be, in a lot of cases,” Tolman says. “Not in all cases, of course. But in a lot of cases, people split up because they just aren’t right to be married any more. They may still have children together (as is the case in EMERGENCE). They still consider themselves a family. I know divorced friends who vacation together. They still love each other. And in a situation like this, Alex is the person who Jo wants around her.”When things are this unsettled, though, everything is in flux. The intriguingly dark atmosphere in EMERGENCE is established right at the beginning, with something as simple as the digital display on an alarm clock fluttering ominously in the middle of the night.“It’s spooky, right?” says Tolman, with true excitement in her voice. “Michele and Tara (writers and executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters) are masterful at what they do, I think. They know how to tease out a mystery.”We definitely trust you on that one, Allison Tolman.By BILL HARRIS ~ Special to The Lede@billharris_tv Allison Tolman tends to play characters who everyone trusts right away. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement read more

Canadian customers heads are still in the clouds and so is VMwares

VMware has been aggressively trying to transform itself from a strict virtualization company to one that’s qualified to meet the needs of app developers using Kubernetes, and the needs of smaller enterprises struggling to find their footing in a cloud-first world. And that struggle, especially in Canada, is still very real, according to Sean Forkan, VMware’s vice-president and country manager for Canada, who spoke with IT World Canada ahead of VMworld 2019. “Most Canadian companies today are taking the time to reflect on what cloud means to them,” Forkan said shortly before VMware announced the acquisition of Pivotal and Carbon Black. “A year or two ago, these companies might have said ‘I’ve got a cloud-first strategy’, but what they thought and understood cloud to be back then is very different from what they’re faced with today.” Getting Canadian businesses to understand just how tightly intertwined the end-user experience is with the rest of the infrastructure, which for most organizations now includes a hybrid cloud strategy, is one of the newer challenges the company faces today, according to VMware’s recently appointed head of Americas, Dominick Delfino. “IT is no longer relegated to the back office of payroll, and customers are relying on digital solutions to transact with your business. So you have to have the right foundation to build a business on top of.” For many organizations, that often involves the use of several public clouds. Years ago VMware realized it couldn’t sustain its public cloud business and compete with the likes of Amazon, which is why in 2017 it sold vCloud Air to OVH, Europe’s largest cloud hosting provider. VMware then doubled down on its virtualization platforms and management tools, leading to partnerships with IBM, AWS, and Azure, which have allowed customers to use VMware products while moving to the public cloud. But the growing number of regulatory frameworks around data privacy globally, combined with the fact that 2019 is on track to be the worst year for breach activity, is setting off alarms in boardrooms everywhere. It’s not much different in Canada, where Forkan said companies are typically two to three years behind their U.S. counterparts when it comes to cloud adoption and integration. And criminals know this too, he added. They also know most small to mid-sized enterprises have woefully under-resourced IT departments, and are targeting them with surgical precision as a result. “The level of sophistication of these attacks downmarket is absolutely terrifying,” said Forkan. The number of attack surfaces is increasing, he added, but the number of experts needed to secure them is not. “If you’re a $50-$60 million company in Canada, and there are lots of those I imagine, you probably have a part-time person named Bob or Jill who is your Microsoft expert and your Mac expert, your print expert, your wireless and security expert. There is just no way you can have domain expertise on all of that.” The two executives agreed that channel partners will find enormous opportunities as SMEs desperately try to get the right help, but even with VMware’s partner-first mindset and an added emphasis on integration and security, the issue of data privacy remains a complicated one. The rising number of connected devices and sensors doesn’t make answering this question any easier. “I don’t think we have a strong regulatory framework around [data privacy],” said Forkan. “There needs to be a real partnership between industry and government around building one. What are you going to do for the bulk of Canadian businesses, which are in that $60 million range, to help and guide them?” Forkan and Delfino said it’s going to require a bit of a culture change across the company, meaning more partnerships and more joint-sales motions, but the organization is adamant about helping customers tackle these large problems. “It’s something that we’re committed to,” said Forkan. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. Related Stories:Who should the CISO report to, and other CloudSec 2019 takeaways read more

Jane Goodall Shocked That EU at CITES May Oppose Ending Cruel Trade

World-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace, has joined with animal protection charity Humane Society International to issue a heart-felt plea to the European Union not to overturn a ban passed last week at the CITES wildlife trade conference in Geneva that would end the capture of baby African elephants from the wild for export to zoos and circuses in China, the USA and elsewhere.The ban was voted on and passed by the required 2/3 majority vote in Committee I of CITES largely because the EU was unable to vote due to a procedural issue (it had not yet filed its credentials). However a representative for the European Commission took to the floor to speak against the ban, and with its credentials now in order, the voting bloc of 28 looks set to oppose the decision in the plenary this week.Dr. Goodall said: “This is to say that I am absolutely shocked at the thought of capturing young elephants, taking them from their families, and sending them off to a future which will inevitably involve a great deal of trauma and suffering. The bonds between infant elephants and their mothers are as strong and enduring – in some cases more so – as those between human children and their mothers. To break that bond is cruel and inhumane. I cannot imagine any caring person agreeing to such an unethical proposal and I hope with all my heart that the EU will not vote against the provisional decision taken in CITES with a two thirds majority.”Dr. Goodall’s message to the EU follows an open letter signed by a host of stars such as Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Leona Lewis, Dame Judi Dench, Alesha Dixon, Evanna Lynch, Bryan Adams, Virginia McKenna, Thandie Newton, Pamela Anderson, Peter Egan and Jenny Seagrove. The letter was co-ordinated by Humane Society International, the Born Free Foundation, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, World Animal Protection, and David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.Jeffrey Flocken, President of Humane Society International said: “The capture of African elephants from Zimbabwe and Botswana to captive facilities is highly controversial. These highly social and emotional creatures can suffer physically and psychologically in captivity. There is no excuse for allowing this heartless trade to continue. As a 28-country voting bloc, the European Union’s vote is substantial and could easily overturn the decision if it chooses to oppose the ban. We hope EU leaders take heed of Dr. Goodall’s wise words and won’t condemn more elephant families to being ripped apart.”Ian Redmond, tropical field biologist and conservationist who is renowned for his work with great apes and elephants, also expressed his opposition to the live elephant trade, saying: “Having studied elephants, I know how important an elephant’s childhood is – every elephant child learns how to thrive in their family’s habitat and that habitat benefits from the elephants. To separate a young elephant from his or her family for a life of social and sensory deprivation in captivity is bad for the captive, bad for the grieving family left behind, and bad for the habitat.”At present, African elephants in Zimbabwe and Botswana are allowed to be captured and exported to so-called “appropriate and acceptable” destinations based on the annotation to the Appendix II listing of their elephant populations. However, it is under these conditions that Zimbabwe has captured more than 100 live baby African elephants in the wild and exported them to zoos in China since 2012. If the EU supports the ban and it is voted through, such international trade in live wild African elephants from Zimbabwe and Botswana will cease and be limited to only “in situ conservation programmes or secure areas in the wild within the species’ natural range, except in the case of temporary transfers in emergency situations”. read more

Stars To Attend 5th Biennial A Brighter Future For Children Gala

The A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala will take place in Los Angeles tonight, September 26.The Dream Builders Project presents the 5th Biennial black tie charity gala, celebrity poker tournament and silent auction. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Stars expected to attend include David Arquette (Scream, Never Been Kissed), Jared Harris (Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes, Chernobyl), Dulé Hill (Psych, Suits, She’s All That) , NFL player Kerry Rhodes, David Sullivan (Sharp Objects, Flaked), Eric Roberts (Head full of Honey, The Dark Knight), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill, Colony), Mekhi Phifer (ER, Honey, 8 Mile, Dawn of the Dead), Beth Hall (CBS – Mom), Cassandra Scerbo (Grand Hotel, Bring It On: In It to Win it), Loni Love (Comedian and Actress – Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central), Tiffany Michelle (TV Host, Actress, Producer), Stephen Kramer Glickman (Storks, Workaholics), Mimi G Ford, Wesley Jonathan (The Rookie, What I Like About You), Jonathan Adams, Adam Fergus, Ellen Hollman, Patsy Palmer, Spencer Trinwith, Angela Martini, Natalia Safran, Ozlem Altingoz, Juan Riedinger, Rachel Mullins, Dario, Neko Sparks, Elise Neal, Emily Shah, Anjelika Washington and many more!Red Carpet Arrivals: 6:30 p.m.Dinner: 8:00 p.m.Poker: 8:30 p.m.Where: 1201 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 – The Taglyan Complex. read more

Gabrielles Angel Foundation To Host Angel Ball 2019

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research announced today that they will honor Amy & Brian France, Co-Owner, NASCAR and founders of the Luke & Meadow Foundation along with Marc J. Leder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Sun Capital Partners, Inc. at Angel Ball 2019 on Monday, October 28th at Cipriani Wall Street.The evening will be emceed by actress, singer, and co-host of ‘GMA3: Strahan, Sara, & Keke,’ Keke Palmer and will feature unforgettable performances by Boy George and Patti LaBelle. Additional performers and presenters will include Star Jones, DJ Ruckus, and many more surprises.The highly-anticipated annual black-tie benefit is hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter. The evening honors the memory of Gabrielle Rich Aouad and benefits Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, which funds the best and brightest early career scientists whose research focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood cancers.“It’s an honor to recognize these three unbelievable entrepreneurs and philanthropists. We are truly blessed for their unwavering support in helping us find a cure for cancer. This year’s event is going to be one for the books and I’m humbled to be able to continue the work that my daughter has inspired” said Denise Rich.Harry Santa-Olalla will lead the event’s highly anticipated live auction which will feature exclusive opportunities and items – including LOVE LIFE, 2019 by Peter Tunney; and a one-of-a-kind design of the Angel Wing Bag, created by Judith Leiber Couture in partnership with Nicky Hilton Rothschild.Sponsors for the event include celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and Porsche Cars North America.Camilla Olsson, Michèle Rella, Ofira Sandberg and Lorraine Schwartz will serve as the Gala Chairs.Co-Owner of NASCAR Brian France, and his wife Amy France, founded the Luke and Meadow Foundation — named after their five-year old twins — in 2011. The mission of the Frances, who live and raise their children in New York City, is to drive progress on issues that threaten the health and wellness of children. The Frances partner with dozens of world-class charitable organizations, devote significant time and make multimillion dollar donations to combat a wide-range of issues related to disease, poverty and education. The Frances, blessed and thankful to have happy and healthy children, are passionate about helping others and support many of the most impactful charities in the world.The Luke and Meadow Foundation, which is a personal passion of the Frances, complements NASCAR’s long history of social responsibility. As NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian is championing meaningful changes within the industry through the NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR Green and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.Brian grew up at the track in Daytona Beach and followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and NASCAR founder “Big Bill” France and his father “Bill Jr.” Since taking over as Chairman and CEO in 2003, Brian has firmly positioned NASCAR among the most successful sports and entertainment properties in the world. TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in America and Sports Business Daily named him one of the top ten most influential people in sports.Amy is a passionate philanthropist and co-founder of the Luke and Meadow Foundation. She spends her time raising the couple’s two children and generating awareness for a wide-range of charitable causes.As the co-founder and co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., Marc Leder has overseen the investment and management of over 365 companies since the firm was founded in 1995. Under his guidance, Sun Capital has become a leading global private investment firm with approximately $12 billion of cumulative capital commitments.Mr. Leder is an active philanthropist who supports a wide number of causes, both personally and through the Sun Capital Partners Foundation, including Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Boca Helping Hands and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. He is a long-time supporter of the arts and arts education, currently serving as a member of the International Council for the Museum Berggruen Berlin, and as a Board Director at the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania — his alma mater — where he recently endowed the Marc J. Leder Director of Curatorial Affairs.Mr. Leder is a sports enthusiast who is a co-owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, and the English Premier League’s Crystal Palace Football Club.For more information about the Angel Ball and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, visit read more

New WHO chief begins duties pledging focus on countries and HIVAIDS

The new chief of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), Jong-Wook Lee, took office today with a pledge to focus the agency on achieving results in countries, helping to tackle the widespread human resources crisis in the health sector and prioritizing HIV/AIDS. “Our work together in the coming years will be guided by three principles. We must do the right things. We must do them in the right places. And we must do them the right way,” Dr. Lee said in his inaugural address to WHO staff in Geneva. The new WHO Director-General also stressed that the agency’s work must have the clear and explicit aim of achieving results in countries. “This idea is as old as the Organization itself. What has changed is the urgency of our commitment, and the determination to back this commitment with resources. We are putting countries where they should be – at the heart of WHO’s work,” Dr. Lee said. The shortage of skilled health personnel, however, slows progress towards achieving such health goals, he said, pledging to work closely with countries and communities to “build the health work force using innovative methods of training, deployment and supervision of allied and community health workers.” Dr Lee – who succeeds Gro Harlem Brundtland – said HIV/AIDS would be given a renewed emphasis as one of WHO’s priority programmes, particularly focusing on the target of providing three million people in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2005, the “Three by Five” goal. “Today, as the HIV/AIDS pandemic enters its third decade, fresh political will and new technologies have created an opportunity to turn the tide of this global killer. The international community must act now,” he said. “I am, therefore, constituting an HIV/AIDS leadership team to ensure that WHO, working with local, national and international partners, will be at the forefront of this effort.” read more

UN refugee agency concerned over attacks on rights workers in Colombia

Issuing a statement in Bogotá today, the agency condemned last Friday’s attack on the Colombian non-governmental organization (NGO) Corporación Casa de la Mujer by a group of unidentified armed men who stole computer files and documents.That NGO partners with UNHCR in helping internally displaced women and their families. The UN agency has replaced the stolen equipment so work can continue.The break-in was the latest in a series of incidents – some deadly – involving individuals and groups working for Colombia’s internally displaced people (IDPs). Last September, a member of a women’s IDP association in the southern city of Puerto Asís, Francis Girón Quilindo, was murdered. Another activist, Esperanza Amaris Miranda, was slain on 16 October in the northern city of Barrancabermeja. Other attacks and threats have been carried out against women involved in IDP groups in the Caribbean Coast region of Colombia.UNHCR called on authorities to investigate all of these incidents and to prosecute those responsible. It also urged authorities to protect of those who have been threatened, as well as their families. The agency is in Colombia to promote the rights of IDPs and strengthen the response of the Government and civil society to forced displacement. It works in coordination with Colombian authorities, church groups, NGOs, IDP associations and other UN agencies.Although 1 million IDPs are registered in Colombia, NGOs estimate that there could actually be close to 3 million. According to official sources, 74 per cent of the displaced are women and children. read more