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Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is pleased with the interest from the private sector in the use of former sugar-cane lands for agricultural ventures.He said that the Ministry completed an audit of Government-owned lands managed by the SCJ Holdings Limited and “invited private-sector investors to partner with us by leasing the lands no longer needed for sugar-cane production to cultivate appropriate crops”.“I am pleased to inform you that the response, to date, has been very favourable, and we look forward to getting these lands into production in the shortest possible time,” he noted.“Our vision is to see our irrigable lands in full agricultural production, where we can provide high-quality, primary and value-added products for both the local and international markets, including CARICOM and the tourism industry,” he added.He was speaking at the opening of the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018 at the University of Technology on Wednesday (June 27).Minister Shaw said that events such as the Caribbean Urban Forum can help with spreading the message of the need to have more private investments in agriculture, not only in Jamaica, but the entire region.The Caribbean Urban Forum, being held from June 27 to 29, is designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean urban sector and further advance land-use planning and urban management within the region.More than 200 participants from countries across the region are in attendance, including land-use practitioners, policymakers, academics and allied professionals interested in urban and management issues within the Caribbean.
Researchers have found that students who feel a greater sense of belonging with their peers, family and school community are less likely to become bullies. The findings suggest that parents and teachers should consider ways to create a supportive and accepting environment both at home and at school. “What we have found is that students’ perceptions of how supportive their school environment is has the power to alter bullying behaviour. This means that even acts of simple compassion and efforts to create an accepting and supportive space for students can help prevent bullying in schools,” said Chad Rose, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, researchers analysed survey responses from more than 900 middle school students from rural schools throughout the US. The survey addressed their sense of belonging as well as bullying behaviour. The results indicate that the more a student feels like they belong among their peers and family, the more likely they will feel like they belong at school. In addition, the more they feel like they belong within their school community, the less likely they were to report bullying behaviour. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThis indicates that parents might be able to play a proactive role in increasing their child’s sense of belonging at school by focusing on improving family belongingness. “If you have children with varying interests, it might be beneficial to suggest the whole family get together to attend each other’s events and activities, even if it does not please the whole crowd every time,” said Christopher Slaten, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. The study suggests that one of the ways parents can increase a child’s sense of family belonging is to organise activities that cater to every child’s interests.
The Canadian Press CALGARY — Opponents of Alberta’s law allowing gay-straight alliances in schools have been dealt another legal setback.Religious schools, public interest groups and parents filed a lawsuit last year seeking to have the legislation put on hold until there’s a ruling on its constitutionality.The coalition led by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was denied its request, but it appealed.Two of three Alberta Court of Appeal justices have dismissed the appeal, while the third said part of it should be allowed.Justices Frederica Schutz and Dawn Pentelechuk wrote in their decision that the public good of protecting the safety and privacy of children, as well as promoting an inclusive school environment, is extremely high.Dissenting Justice Bruce McDonald wrote that schools should not have their funding withheld or lose their accreditation for the next academic year when the constitutional challenge has yet to be heard.Gay-straight alliances are clubs meant to make LGBTQ students feel welcome and to prevent bullying.Amendments to Alberta’s School Act brought in by the outgoing NDP government prohibit schools from informing parents if their children join the groups.Incoming United Conservative premier Jason Kenney has said his government will revert to old legislation that allows gay-straight alliances, but without blanket privacy protection for students.Teachers who felt a student’s health or safety is at risk would have the option to tell parents their child had joined a GSA.
What sets Coverjunkie apart from other cover sites is both the quantity of posts, and the fact that it’s well-organized and highly searchable. Biemans collects covers by publication, theme (9/11, split-run, premier issues), and art director, and he also publishes complete credit information, a rarity. His tastes are very egalitarian; there’s a healthy mix of consumer, mass market, enthusiast, trade, city and regional, and altweekly covers, with selections from Italy, England, Germany, Russian, and of course, The Netherlands. He also has a strong social media presence on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, which helps spread the Coverjunkie cover selects fast and far.Coverjunkie is a one-person labor of love for Biemans, but it’s a project that is helping to redefine the essence of how magazines design and promote their covers. In a recent interview, Biemans gave the lowdown on how he puts the site together, and what makes a good Coverjunkie cover.Why did you start Coverjunkie?Biemans: I wanted to celebrate creativity in magazine design, to spread the love for ace cover design. And it was also a response to the “print is dead” statement, which I think is a lot of rubbish! I think a cover is more than just about selling itself, it’s also a reflection of our visual culture. On Coverjunkie you can see this reflection from all around the world, as well as from different decades. How do you find the covers you post? Biemans: I browse the good old newsstand and look online and on Twitter. Right now I get 10-15 covers a day by email, some good, some bad. The best thing about Coverjunkie is that some mags send me hard copies. I love that; it gives me a fab feeling. How do you select what goes on Coverjunkie?Biemans: Posting everything would be impossible; I get too many covers sent to me. I post the most creative ones, the remarkable ones, the covers that stand out. The hardest part about Coverjunkie is editing the covers and then telling art directors that their covers are not creative enough, and that I can’t post them. I try to email everyone to explain. I hate disappointing people because I know they’re trying to create sweet stuff. But again, I have to be rigorous; when there are weak covers on the website it loses its strength. What makes a good magazine cover?Biemans: It’s the creativity that counts. My motto on the site is “covers that smack you in the face or that you want to lick!” I think the ace cover contains news, a vibe, and creativity. Most of the covers have only two out of three of these ingredients. But when it carries three out of three you have an epic one. For many magazines, newsstand used to be the big indicator, but it’s increasingly not that important, at least not in the U.S. I think a cover these days is more about making a statement instead of selling. It’s about creating a vibe that the reader likes (or maybe dislikes). A magazine cover is part of a brand, a very important part because it has a soul and it can give feeling and depth to a brand.What magazines do you think consistently do the most interesting or memorable covers? Biemans: I definitely prefer magazines that use a different approach with each cover, who use their cover design to make a statement or to spark and surprise their readers. I like The New Yorker when they put newsy items on their covers. And I think The New York Times Magazine and New York rock it hard. Bloomberg Businessweek, they’re crazy, and what I like about them is that creative director Richard Turley and his team take charge and are very brave. I love all the altweeklies from the U.S., like SF Weekly and San Antonio Current! They don’t have big budgets but they create extraordinary stuff. There’s Spanish Metropoli, Texas Monthly, Vice, IL from Italy, Wired from the U.S., UK and Italy, Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin from Germany….What advice do you have for editors, art directors and others to create great magazine covers? Biemans: Three things: guts, guts, and guts. Mix that with talented designers with soul and a fab editor to create the best headlines. I’m a strong believer that creativity brings great pleasure to readers, whether it’s on an iPad, website, magazine or even cellphone. I don’t care as long as it’s well-designed and made with soul. Days before last week’s debut of The New Republic’s redesign, its new cover was posted and circulating around the web. The buzz was on, and people were tweeting and commenting on it before the magazine itself was even available for viewing. Today, every editor and art director thinks about creating a magazine cover that can go viral, that will work at multiple sizes on a wide variety of displays and platforms and create hype. Along with this, websites like Coverjunkie, NASCAPAS, and others are now providing a visual forum for magazine covers from all over the world to be displayed and distributed.The Coverjunkie site just celebrated its second anniversary. It was launched in late 2010, the brainchild of Dutch art director Jaap Biemans [pictured below], who has done cover designs for the weekly Intermediair and the glossy, Vanity Fair-like Hollands Diep, before moving over to art direct Volkskrant Magazine, the weekly magazine supplement of a large Dutch newspaper (it’s basically The New York Times Magazine of the Netherlands). Biemans recognized early on that for many publications, the days of covers getting “heat” on the newsstand were a thing of the past. To date he’s posted over 11,500 covers, and Coverjunkie has become a daily must-destination for magazine art directors around the world.Biemans interned at a design firm in NYC in the late 90s, and that New York experience has informed his design and editorial sensibilities. And while Coverjunkie has a definite global reach, he has a big soft spot for very American style-magazine cover design, as well as for the funky, gonzo-style designs of altweekly newspapers like The Village Voice.
Thousands of Google employees walked out of offices worldwide last year to protest issues related to sexual assault, diversity and rights of contractors. James Martin/CNET Google released its latest diversity figures this week, and there’s good news and bad news.The good news is the search giant made progress. In 2018, women constituted 32.2% of new hires, up a bit from 31.3% the year before. The company also hired more black and Latino workers, though the gains were less dramatic. Black hires were up to 4.8% from 4.1%, and Latino hires were up to 6.8% from 6.3%.The bad news: That marginal improvement passes as progress in Silicon Valley, where the workforce is overwhelmingly white or Asian, and male. At Google, almost half of new hires are white, and 43.9% are Asian. “Even incremental progress in hiring, progression and retention is hard-won,” Danielle Brown, vice president of employee engagement, and Melonie Parker, global director of diversity, equity and inclusion, said in the report. “Only a holistic approach to these issues will produce meaningful, sustainable change.” A Google spokeswoman said in a statement that black and Latino representation had the “greatest gains we have seen since we began reporting,” and results in hiring women were “meaningful.”Still, here’s what may be most discouraging: Some Google employees have told me they believe the workforce is more in tune with social issues, such as inequality, than the company’s management is. On Monday, more than 2,000 Googlers signed a petition to remove a member of the company’s newly formed council on artificial intelligence ethics for alleged anti-trans and anti-immigrant views. A day later, 900 Google workers reportedly signed a different letter demanding better treatment of Google’s extended workforce, commonly known at the company as TVCs — temps, vendors and contractors. In response, Google said it would require temp companies to provide its workers with full benefits, including health care, a $15 dollar minimum wage and paid parental leave. Even incremental progress in hiring, progression, and retention is hard-won.” Danielle Brown and Melonie Parker, Google Tags Google’s workforce, not its management, has made it a hotbed for social protest in the tech industry. That steady churn of protest builds on work that employee organizers did last year. They protested the company’s military contracts and work in China. And organizers really captured the world’s attention with a global walkout to protest Google’s handling of sexual assault allegations directed at key executives. Roughly 20,000 Googlers walked away from their desks, tweeting as they did and appearing on television news reports in multiple time zones. The walkout was effective, but the organizers said it also highlighted a key failing in the company’s diversity effort. One of the demands of the protest was to elevate Brown, Google’s diversity chief. The protestors wanted her to report directly to CEO Sundar Pichai, rather than Eileen Naughton, head of people operations, to demonstrate Google’s commitment to diversity. Google didn’t capitulate to that demand, though it did give in on some other requests the protestors made.In the report, Brown and Parker say the company takes diversity seriously.”We’ve used this report to show progress towards a more representative workforce, and share both what we’ve learned along the way and our commitments moving forward,” they wrote. “We’ve also heard from our employees — loud and clear — that this work is more important than ever.”Maybe that message will resound in the C-suite as well. Tech Industry Share your voice Comments 2 Google Alphabet Inc.