Gov’t Placing Focus on Foster Care

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Government has placed renewed focus on the foster care programme with the objective of encouraging more persons to open their homes to children in State care. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Government has placed renewed focus on the foster care programme with the objective of encouraging more persons to open their homes to children in State care.He noted that a five-year development plan to advance the system has been instituted.“We want to get more of you who are passionate about our children, who have the space… taking some of our children from our residential care facilities and giving them a home,” he noted.Mr. Green was speaking at the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) 2019 National Foster Care Week Church Service at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church in St. Ann on Sunday (February 10).Up to September 2018, a total of 4,443 children were in the childcare and protection system. Of that number 1,853 were in traditional residential care facilities or in foster care.The State Minister said that CPFSA has identified 70 children who are ready to be placed in foster care.“Our goal is to place more children in families because, as I have said before, the research shows that children do better when they are placed in caring family environments, Mr. Green said.“There are tremendous success stories about children who came from very difficult backgrounds but found loving foster parents… and we have seen how through their love, though the inspiration of hope, these children are now prospering and now able to fulfil their true potential,” he added.National Foster Care Week is being observed from February 10 to 15 under the theme ‘Give love, Inspire Hope, Foster a Child’. Story Highlights “We want to get more of you who are passionate about our children, who have the space… taking some of our children from our residential care facilities and giving them a home,” he noted. He noted that a five-year development plan to advance the system has been instituted.last_img read more


Ukraines top cop walks thin blue line between Russian meddling free election

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA — Two weeks after Serhii Kniaziev’s military career ended, the Iron Curtain fell, the Soviet Union crumbled and the young ex-soldier returned to Ukraine and quickly found his calling — the thin blue line of policing.In the latter days of his military service, he was posted to the volatile Caucuses region, where ethnic conflict and strife rose amid the Soviet Union’s disintegration.“I came back to an independent Ukraine,” Kniaziev said through a translator on a recent visit to Ottawa. “That was also the reason I decided to become a policeman because I was exposed during my military service to blood and to fighting that took place in that time, at that area.”A generation later, Kniaziev is the chief of the National Police of Ukraine at a pivotal moment in his country’s history. He is now responsible for protecting the integrity of Ukraine’s March 31 presidential election.The election faces daily threats from a familiar source: a determined Russia bent on using cyberspace to sow disinformation to undermine the democratic ambitions of a country it still considers part of its orbit.“I feel a great sense of responsibility, ensuring the proper elections,” said Kniaziev, whose furrowed brow and strapping, thick frame suggests the presence of invisible anvils on each of his broad shoulders.“Unfortunately we are in a position that Russia is our enemy now, and Russia has never been weak. We have to be very honest and very realistic in assessing the capabilities of Russia.”Kniaziev spent time with RCMP counterparts, Toronto police and other leading federal government officials in Canada’s diplomatic and security apparatus in Ottawa earlier this winter. Canada has been helping Ukraine build its national police force following the tumultuous events of early 2014 that saw the ouster of the country’s Kremlin-backed president after pro-democracy Maidan protests in Kyiv, and Moscow’s subsequent invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.The Police Training Assistance Project, run by Global Affairs Canada, is part of the government’s broader assistance to Ukraine, which includes a Canadian Armed Forces mission of 200 trainers that was extended last week, the deployment of hundreds of election observers for the upcoming ballot and the imposition of sanctions on more than 100 Russians.Kniaziev and his Canadian counterparts exchanged information and best practices on how to cope with the inevitable threat of foreign interference in elections.Canada has struck a special committee, a “critical election protocol,” composed of five senior public servants who will decide whether a malign act of interference in this October’s federal election warrants going public in the middle of the campaign.Kniaziev and his Ukrainian colleagues describe their country as a petri dish for Russian cyberattacks — known in 21st Century military doctrine as “hybrid war” — and say the countries that partner with it, such as a Canada, have a lot to learn from them as well.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland echoed that sentiment recently, calling Ukraine a “laboratory” for Russian disinformation campaigns in cyberspace that Canada has learned from.Russia has also undertaken traditional military manoeuvres against Ukraine by seizing Crimea and supporting separatist rebels in its eastern Donbass region, but cyberspace has become the main battlefield.“In 2014, these were military activities — war fighting. But in 2015, ’16, ’17, ’18 they’ve changed their ways and we are in the midst of hybrid war,” said Kniaziev.That has come to encompass a wide spectrum of malign activity, from trying to directly hack the online infrastructure of elections, to influencing public opinion through misinformation and generally sowing unrest.“Whenever Russia doesn’t feel like it wants to be involved in direct, naked aggression they are involved in all of these subversive hybrid activities,” said Kniaziev.Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, said as the election nears, Russia has launched daily cyberattacks on Ukraine’s digital election infrastructure, its critical infrastructure and media.Ukrainian police and the Mounties are also working together on a daily basis. “It’s a very practical co-operation,” he said. “We can witness true camaraderie between Canadians and Ukrainians.”The constant state of vigilance has also created a heightened state of national stress, something Kniaziev only realized after spending time on the beat with rank and file Toronto police officers during his recent trip.As he headed back to Ukraine, he came to recognize the need to incorporate mental health professionals into the daily patrols of his country’s police officers as part of their regular interactions with Ukrainian citizens.“We have quite a number of people who have so-called Vietnam syndrome, meaning some mental issues,” he said.“The society in general does not understand who these people are, where they are coming from. The approach we saw in Toronto really impressed us.”Kniaziev blames the ongoing strife with Russia for affecting his country’s national psyche.“It’s been six years of ongoing war with our neighbour, so Ukrainian society lives in a totally different reality, if we were to compare with the Canadian society.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


LANY Is The Modern Thoughtful Pop Group The World Needs Right Now

Posted On Sep 12 2019 by

first_imgWhen you first started you toured in support of artists like Ellie Goulding and Troye Sivan, and pretty quickly you started headlining shows yourselves. What was the biggest change you felt, and what did learn touring with artists of those followings? Paul: The first show we ever played was our own show, so that’s cool. It was amazing and we learned a lot just from that show alone. Then the next few shows after that were maybe right off the bat with this girl named Tove Styrke. Then we did SXSW.So it was a mix, but supporting an artist teaches you how to be in a room and nobody’s really there for you. We’ve got to showcase who we are. We’ve got 25 minutes pretty much to make them never forget the night they saw us play.Jake: Being in an arena and nobody knows who you are is pretty intense.Paul: Yeah. Then also a lot of times it’s half empty because they’re going to be for the main act.We had such a good time on all of those tours because there’s something to learn in each one. There’s one time we went on tour with a band when we were experiencing a lot of growth as a group. It was weird. As the support act, a lot of people were coming for us, so we learned how to deal with that, where a lot of people were in the room for us, but we only had 20 minutes. We learned so much.Then there was times we went on tour with a band that they’re the kind of band that everyone shows up late to even the main act. There was one person in Saskatchewan that we played just to them. I feel like we have played every kind of show there’s ever been and we know how to get through it and make it awesome. Cuco Announces Valentine’s Day Tour, Unveils New VideoRead more LANY Is The Modern, Thoughtful Pop Group The World Needs Right Now Facebook Twitter Do you feel like you play the same show for one person versus a sold-out crowd?Paul: Yeah, oh yeah.Jake: I wish we had videotape of Paul.Paul: Always shirts off. One guy in the crowd, shirt’s off, standing on the kick drum.Where you feel most creatively inspired by in L.A.?Jake: By the ocean.Paul: I was going to say that, yeah. We lived in Malibu for a long time. We all recently just moved out. I haven’t seen the water for a week or so. When I went up there, I was like, “Oh my god, I’ve missed the water,” because we used to see it 100 times a day. I would never write a song on the beach, I don’t think. But I love to drive, it puts me in a nice space.If you could say anything to your fans, what would you say?Paul: Thank you so much. There’s some fans tonight that I ran into at another friend’s show maybe two weeks ago. But they’ve been to 10 LANY shows. That’s so cool. You start to really see these people grow up with you. You see them bring their friends. That’s what’s cool about playing in L.A. and being here and being an L.A. band, you see a lot of these L.A. kids that have been coming to your shows since 2015.To the ones that have been with us forever, thank you so much. To the ones that are just coming here off Malibu Nights, it feels so good to have you. We’re going to do this for a while and give you everything we’ve got.center_img News Email LANY Talk Growth, Fan Appreciation & More lany-modern-thoughtful-pop-group-world-needs-right-now In an exclusive interview, frontman Paul Klein shares: “I think we’re very 2018, but we’re very also 2028″Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 25, 2018 – 7:31 am Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest, the three men of L.A.-based chill-pop outfit LANY, look like the kind of guys you would want to kick it with (and take you thrift shopping). Klein, who leads with vocals, piano and guitar, is wearing a vintage “Sopranos” T-shirt (which he later changed for the show) with several ’90s throwback ball-chain necklaces and his bleached hair tying his cool-casual look together. Goss, who plays the drums, is also wearing a graphic T-shirt (it reads “support your friends”), and Priest, who plays keyboards and guitar, has opted for a black T-shirt with ripped jeans and vintage white loafers.The guys are clearly all good friends and are excited about the music they’re making together. They’ve seen a fast and steady rise from zero followers to earning over 4.5 million views on YouTube for “Malibu Nights,” the title track of their sophomore album released on Oct. 5, 2018.They proudly put heart and soul into their fresh brand of pop music, which I recently witnessed during their show at the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. As I watched, I noticed how LANY went out of their way to connect with the audience, making them a heartfelt, modern boy band with the sort of positive energy the world could really use today. As Klein shared, “I don’t think that we’re very trendy in the way that we approach our music. I think we’re very 2018, but we’re very also 2028.”Below, LANY expand further on their journey as a group, and open up about touring, love songs, their biggest inspirations (they love Coldplay) and more.You guys formed LANY in Nashville, then moved to L.A. How did you meet and why was Los Angeles your home?Paul: I met Jake at a YMCA through a mutual friend in Nashville. I moved to L.A. without even talking to these guys at all, about being in the band or making music. Then they started this duo called “WRLDS,” and I thought it was sick. I was like, “Well, can I fly back to Nashville and write a song with you guys and maybe we could start a band, too?” I flew there March of 2014. We wrote and recorded our first two songs, put them on the internet, and then things started taking off. We put out “I Love You So Bad.” Then that’s when they’re like, “Okay we’re moving to L.A. and we’re going to actually do this thing through.”So you tested things out and then decided “Okay, we’re doing this”?Paul: It wasn’t really a test. We just wanted to make some songs and be a band. I don’t think we ever thought anything was actually going to come of it. Then it just started getting bigger and bigger. Our whole goal we started the band was like, “One day what if we can maybe play South By Southwest?” That was our loftiest dream and then we played SXSW within our first ten shows as a band.How did it feel once you started getting that positive reception? Paul: In the beginning, we had emails from record labels within the first week of putting out our songs, but we had zero followers, seriously. We all followed our band account on Instagram, but nobody else did. We seriously put out those songs to pretty much nobody. We were getting those emails and I think at first, it was, “Wow, it’s so cool.” This was back in the day when music blogs were still pretty fiery. People would read them and they’d write about us. It was so cool to read what other people would say about your music. “Oh my god, they really think that about us?”Again, the beginning was all really fun. It still is really fun, but now the more people you reach, the more, you know. We always know that we’re doing really well and when people start talking really bad about us, that’s a good sign. But we’ve reached a lot of people.You just released your sophomore album, Malibu Nights, this past October. How do you feel you’ve changed since releasing your debut LP last year?Paul: I hope that we’re always growing and trying new things and stretching ourselves. I think we definitely did that with this album. If you were to look at our growth over the years, it’s just been a steady incline. I think we’re twice as big or three times as big as we were last year. We measure that stuff. If you were to look at LANY like a stock, it’d be the one you’d want to put your money in because it’s always like that. It’s just steady.You have a few more than zero followers now.Paul: Yeah, it’s no ups or downs really. It’s just been all steady. I figure that’s probably how it’s going to keep going as long as we keep doing what we do and staying true to who we are.You’re going to be touring the world in 2019 with your new music. What songs are you most excited to play? What are you most excited about with this tour?Paul: We did a mini tour called The Moon Tour where we played, I think, seven cities in Europe and seven or six in America, so we know what these songs off the album feel like to play live.”Thru These Tears” is always really special because of the song and also because of where it sits in the set. By the time we play “Thru These Tears,” we pretty much have everyone in the palm of our hand. Then everyone else feels like they’re in the palm of everyone else’s hand in the room. Everyone feels like a big family by the time we get to that part. That’s always so much fun to play and a really powerful moment in the set.Have you had fans reach out about your songs having a personal impact on them?Paul: All the time. We get comments like, “This song saved my life,” or “This song got me through this season,” or “You make me feel not alone.” I think a lot of people find themselves in the people that they look up to. I had that growing up and would associate myself with bands, and then my friends who listened to that band and then you dress like that band. I think it’s really cool that we can be that for people on a daily basis.Who are your biggest influences in music, in fashion, in general?Paul: I think it’s changing all the time. It sounds silly, but I can be inspired by anyone or anything. I think we’re at such a lucky time in life, 2018, where you can be exposed to pretty much everything instantaneously. I’m inspired and influenced by everything around me that’s happening right now, but then growing up, of course, I had my favorites, like John Mayer was my favorite artist and still really is. I think he’s one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.Then this new Coldplay documentary came out. They’re so cool. They’re such a global band. They’re in stadiums literally in every city in the world. We’ve always looked up to them.That’s what we aspire to be, is a band that can be in arenas in every city in the world. We take our live show and our tours very seriously. We play a lot of shows. I think that’s why we’re here today is because we put on a pretty damn good show.So what’s your favorite Coldplay song of all time?Jake: “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.”Paul: I bet I could name both of theirs. “Strawberry Swing”?Les: Yeah, that’s the one. Dang.Paul: It’s really hard to say. Then after the documentary, of course, I listened to their whole discography. I’d have to say “In My Place.”Jake: I actually went back and listened to Ghost Stories because it came out around the same time that we started.Paul: “Magic” came out when we were writing “Walk Away.”Jake: I associate that record with our beginning so much.A lot of your music is about love and relationships. What do each of you think is the best love song ever? Paul: Every song’s a love song, right?Jake: Any Beatles song. Gosh, I don’t know.Les: Who did “Isn’t She Lovely”?Jake: Stevie Wonder.Les: “Isn’t She Lovely” is such a good song.Paul: I don’t know. That’s impossible. [Laughs.] I think that’s impossible.Do you see yourselves as a modern boy band? How would you describe LANY? Paul: I would never push our band on anyone. I think maybe one of the best things about us is that we are just LANY. LANY’s starting to become its own adjective, if that makes sense.Our songs come from a very honest place. I feel like we communicate our message pretty clearly. I think we pick our sounds really well. Hopefully, they’re songs that people don’t ever really get tired of, they can always come back to.I don’t think that we’re very trendy in the way that we approach our music. I think we’re very 2018, but we’re very also 2028. I don’t think that what you’re listening to now you will be, “Ah, I can’t listen to that anymore. It feels gimmicky.”last_img read more


BMW Jaguar and Porsche invest in mobility startup Urgently

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img BMW Land Rover Jaguar Porsche More about 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S is at the top of its game Share your voice 0 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 40 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Enlarge ImageAs someone who has diagnosed and remedied a problem in less time than it took a tow truck to arrive, Urgent.ly sounds like a fantastic innovation. Sam Edwards/Getty Images Three major automakers have invested good money into a startup that could change the way roadside assistance is handled.The venture arms of BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche have invested a combined $21 million in Urgent.ly, a US-based startup that offers its services in North America, Europe and Asia. The hope is that this system will reduce the time it takes help to arrive, as some service providers arranged through insurance companies or automakers can take hours to arrive.Urgent.ly is, in essence, a roadside assistance provider that takes an Uber-like approach to its operations, acting as a middleman connecting drivers in need to tow or mobile-service companies that are able to help. Instead of using humans to pair drivers to service providers, Urgent.ly does it all with algorithms built into its platform.”The old model of roadside assistance must make way for a modern, more digital approach,” said Kasper Sage, a partner at BMW i Ventures, in a statement. “Urgent.ly will allow OEMs around the world to provide their customers the kind of real-time and connected digital experience they now expect in everything from food delivery to ride-sharing.”For BMW at least, Urgent.ly will collaborate with the automaker’s own roadside service platform, offering its services to owners of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles in the US. With a majority of roadside-assistance providers already plugged into Urgent.ly’s system, this could be a huge boon for any driver looking for quick assistance on the roadside. Car Industry Auto Techlast_img read more


Bentley teases tech for new Flying Spur ahead of June 11 debut

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Not everything on the Flying Spur will be a carbon-copy carryover from the Conti. Bentley’s upcoming sedan will feature all-wheel steering, the first Bentley to do so, improving the low-speed turning radius while improving handling at higher speeds. It’ll also carry rear-biased all-wheel drive, only powering the rear wheels until it detects slippage. Adaptive suspension will also make an appearance.That’s about all we know for now. But we don’t have to wait too much longer to learn more — Bentley confirmed that it will introduce the world to the new Flying Spur on June 11 at 11 a.m. BST, or 6 a.m. ET.flying-spur-teaser-002Enlarge ImageWe’ll see the whole thing (without stickers) in just a couple weeks. Bentley Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer The 2019 Bentley Continental costs a packet, but it’s… More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder Comment 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise insidecenter_img 12:21 Enlarge ImageIf you’re wondering why it looks so much like the old one, that’s on purpose. Its new look is being disguised by stickers meant to resemble the outgoing Flying Spur. Bentley The third-generation Bentley Flying Spur is just around the corner, but before it makes its official debut, Bentley saw fit to offer up some teasers and a bit of information about the car’s new tech.Bentley on Wednesday put out two new teasers for the upcoming new Flying Spur. The pictures still show the car in camouflage — look closely enough, and you’ll see stickers over all the lights. Expect to see the same kind of design changes first implemented on the new Continental GT, including slimmer lights and a bit more expression from the body panels. The automaker also put out a video teaser on YouTube, offering up some surprisingly grumbly exhaust notes alongside a similarly camouflaged vehicle. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags 1 Bentley Superluxury Cars Sedanslast_img read more