Alpha Boys’ School to Benefit From Sale of Posters

first_img This year’s competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide. Founder of the IRPC, Mr. Michael Thompson said that Alpha Boys’ School is a Jamaican success story. The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest. The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC).The IRPC 2013 exhibition, which will run for one week at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., was officially opened to the public on November 14.Founder of the IRPC, Mr. Michael Thompson said that Alpha Boys’ School is a Jamaican success story which has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s musical legacy.“This academy for underprivileged youth, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy Order, has produced some of the most notable legends in the history of Jamaican music. Some of these legends include Don Drummond of the Skatalites, top Rocksteady singer, Desmond Dekker and Yellowman, one of dancehall’s first superstars,” he said.Mr. Thompson noted that this year’s competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide. He said this has exceeded expectations and shows that Reggae music has touched the hearts and minds of music lovers the world over. Poster winners were selected from among 363 finalists.The International Reggae Poster Contest was established as a global platform to shine a powerful beam on the positive impact of reggae music and to present a bold vision.Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, in declaring the exhibition open, lauded the founders of the IRPC. The competition, he said, gives participants from around the world the opportunity to infuse art with Reggae music.He said the exhibition now on display at the embassy brings to the forefront how far Reggae music has gone around the world and highlights the reason why “we are proud of our culture.”The Ambassador also commended the IRPC for dedicating proceeds from the exhibition to the Alpha Boys’ School music department, which he said, will go far to help nurture and produce more outstanding musicians. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged To Plant Trees

first_imgStory Highlights “We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned. Jamaicans are being encouraged to plant trees to support the ‘Trees for Life’ initiative, aimed at strengthening the island’s diverse flora and improving its resilience to climate change.Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.In an interview with JIS News, Communications Specialist for the project, Patrice Gilpin, said the campaign started in October 2016 with a target set for Jamaica to plant one million trees by June 30, 2019.“Trees provide an abundance of benefits, as they give us clean air, cleaner water, they are homes to our wildlife, they take in carbon dioxide from the environment and let out oxygen, which means we are breathing better air. So, one tree can mean so much, and you would be planting today to benefit generations to come,” Miss Gilpin outlined.The whole idea, she added, is that with more trees planted, the more the green coverage of the island will be improved and the more resilient the country will be to the impacts of climate change.She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda.Miss Gilpin noted that the Forestry Department and NEPA have been instrumental in the distribution of trees to persons across the island.“The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has also come on board 100 per cent and is fully committed to planting 155,000 trees throughout the year beginning Labour Day, in celebration of Jamaica 55,” she said.“We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned.She encouraged corporate entities and groups to celebrate their special anniversaries and milestones by planting a tree.“We want Jamaicans to get back to the habit of planting a tree for your baby and watch that tree grow as you watch your child grow, so that we can achieve our target come 2019,” the Communications Specialist urged.For more details and to participate in the initiative, persons can visit NEPA’s website at www.nepa.gov.jm to access the ‘Trees for Life’ web page. She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda. Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.last_img read more

Ship Finance to Issue USD 200 Mn of Convertible Bonds

first_imgzoom New York-listed Ship Finance International Limited revealed its plans to offer USD 200 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2021. Net proceeds from the offering would be used for general corporate purposes, including working capital and the repurchase of all or a portion of its existing 3.25% convertible notes.The notes will pay interest quarterly in arrears, have a term of five years, and will be convertible into the company’s common shares.Upon conversion, Ship Finance will pay or deliver its common shares, or a combination of cash and the common shares, at the company’s election.Jefferies LLC, ABG Sundal Collier, Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC will act as underwriters, Seaport Global Securities LLC and Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc. will act as co-managers, for the offering of the notes.Ship Finance International’s fleet of more than 70 vessels is split between tankers, bulkers, container vessels and offshore assets.last_img read more