My friend June Wong shared these photos taken by her husband Tony on Sunday night. They travelled to Hollywell in Jamaica's Blue Mountains to enjoy the beautiful coincidence of a Harvest Moon and Lunar eclipse.
Monday, September 28, 2015
by Jean Lowrie-Chin
|Their Excellencies Governor-General Sir Patrick and Lady Allen cut the ribbon for the opening of Phoenix Central while our daughter Anita Chin looks on.|
|Our family: our children Noel and Anita Chin, Mother Maisie Lowrie, yours truly Jean, Sister Sandra Lowrie, Hubie Chin|
|Phoenix Central professional complex - Collin Reid photo|
|19-y-o Hubie and 17-y-o me|
|PROComm Team membersenjoy doing 5Ks together|
|Every birthday is celebrated at PROComm|
Monday, September 21, 2015
Message from Sidjae Walia ...
Good day leaders,
Valuing Your Team
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a keynote address by Mike Abrashoff, author of the bestselling book It's Your Ship! Mike shared his strategy and leadership style that transformed one of the least battle-ready ships with one of the highest turnover rates in the Navy into a Spokane award-winning ship for battle readiness with a near perfect retention rate. His 'magic bullet' was to have conversations with each member of his 310 member crew to better understand their goals and to see how he could help them to achieve them. Each crew member was treated with respect and dignity and reminded that rank does not make anyone more important than another. He further instilled a sense of ownership among crew members to take care of the ship, be diligent about their duties, and not be tied to only their tasks. When individuals are valued, they are willing to go the extra mile for you. When individuals take ownership, they are willing to go the extra mile for the organization.
What conversations have you had with your team in recent times? How have you demonstrated that you value their input and you are interested in their goals? What steps can you take to help your team members take ownership of their responsibilities and be willing to go the extra mile?
To Your Unlimited Possibilities,
Training that expands your mind and life
"The mind, once expanded to dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Sunday, September 13, 2015
REPORT FROM DR LLOYD TENN
At Sunday devotion today for the football squad, Fr. Rohan Tulloch took the reading from today's gospel, Mark 8:27-35. 'The Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected.. and to be put to death....'.
Fr. Tulloch explored how suffering and pain should be viewed by the disciple. Hardship should be viewed as a part of the Christian experience which brings growth and redemption.
Fr. Tulloch encouraged the players to put in 110% tomorrow; to play fair and hard.
Coach Bell told the group that the journey is about to start and now it is about performance. Quite simply, tomorrow you put all the training into action and you show the substance you are made of.
Match time is 3:30pm. Park at Emmet Park or the North Street Parking lot and walk on to the campus.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (right) is deeply engrossed in the display of work from infant school children at the launch
of National Baking Foundation at the Jamaica Pegasus. Joining him from left are: Christine Scott-Brown, Executive Director of the National Baking Foundation and Patron of the Foundation, Gary Hendrickson.
National Baking Company staff and volunteers actively packing the learning kits for the National Baking Foundation. The packages are distributed to over 2,500 early childhood institutions islandwide.
Kingston, Jamaica, September 4: The National Baking Company has invested $200 million over four years to assist nearly 3,000 children, primarily by providing learning kits to basic schools and by giving support to early childhood education programmes.
This was announced by Mr. Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, CEO and Chairman of the National Baking Company at the recent launch of the National Baking Company Foundation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
At the launch, Mr. Hendrickson said most of the intervention programmes for children were administered through the Crayons Count project, of which National Baking Company is the major sponsor.
He said the National Baking Foundation would seek to continue the company's focus on providing well needed resources for early childhood education, which is a critical part of nation-building.
"The National Baking Foundation is our way of sustaining meaningful partnerships and establishing sustainable initiatives throughout Jamaica," said Mr. Hendrickson.
"The synergies created in our collaboration with thousands of people across Jamaica have motivated us to keep doing more. Their dedication, commitment and vision certainly provide an impetus for national development in Jamaica," he continued.
Four years ago, the National Baking Company made a commitment to develop the Crayons Count programme based on an idea broached by Deika Morris on. They committed to providing learning tool kits to some 2,500 basic schools and to actively participate in the campaign to make Jamaicans aware of the importance of early childhood education.
The National Baking Foundation will continue to be involved in the importation, packing and distribution of the learning materials and operate the mobile unit for Crayons Count. In fact, the female employees who pack products at the National Baking Company are the ones who prepare the learning kits that are distributed to the schools.
"The Crayons Count-branded mobile unit is especially important in the campaign to make Jamaicans aware of the need to invest in early childhood education as it passes through the various districts," Mr. Hendrickson said.
The National Baking Company is also the major sponsor of such projects as: Bold Ones of Manufacturing, Talk Up Yout and Union Gardens Foundation. Additionally, the company has donated to some 25 charitable organizations, including Food for the Poor, while investing over $20 million in providing school furniture islandwide.
For further information on the National Baking Company please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nationalbakery
Monday, September 7, 2015
I wrote this column in August 2006, as Jamaica mourned the passing of our beloved Louise Bennett.
Miss Lou made us 'smaddy'
Baps, Hitla get him fall –
Yu doan haffe cross out nutten
Beg yuh pardon Federation
Independance wid a vengeance!
Yuh wi haffe tap sing "Auld lang syne"
Fenky-fenky voice gain vigour pon
Sunday, September 6, 2015
It was a blessing to do the First Reading at our Stella Maris evening Mass yesterday - the Prophet Isaiah reminds us of God's protection and provision.
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1IS 35:4-7A
Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.
Responsorial PsalmPS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
Reading 2JAS 2:1-5
My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
comes into your assembly,
and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
and say, "Sit here, please, "
while you say to the poor one, "Stand there, " or "Sit at my feet, "
have you not made distinctions among yourselves
and become judges with evil designs?
Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?
AlleluiaCF. MT 4:23R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
GospelMK 7:31-37Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man's ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
"Ephphatha!"— that is, "Be opened!" —
And immediately the man's ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
"He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
Friday, September 4, 2015
|Photo from LoopJamaica|
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Major Milestone for Trend Media's flagship app
Thursday 3rd September 2015 - Kingston, Jamaica: Loop News, the Caribbean's leading news resource, today announced that it has hit a major milestone having reached a whopping 500,000 downloads from the Google Play store since its entry in the market just over a year ago.
Following on from its early successes in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Cayman and Curacao, the app, which showcases the best local, regional and international news, was recently launched in several new countries including Haiti, St. Lucia, Suriname, Aruba and Bonaire. To complement the new market launches, Loop released a new and improved version of the app for both Android and iOS users - as well as launching a Windows Phone version for the first time.
Speaking from the company's Kingston, Jamaica headquarters, Trend Media Group CEO, Richie Kelly, said; "Today is a terrific day for Loop, celebrating such an important milestone and reaching so many users across the Caribbean. As a Caribbean company, born and bred, we are extremely proud to have passed that 500,000th download so soon after launch - a fantastic achievement and testament to our hard working teams across the region."
"That said, this is only the beginning! We're in the process of finalising another major release of our app which will come with many more great new features – further cementing our position as the go-to app for news in the region. With such a huge reception for Loop in such a short period of time, we are now setting our sights on 1 million downloads and 10 more market launches before the year is out. Watch this space," concluded Kelly.
With its cutting-edge product development and unique local news offering, the Loop news app has seen exponential growth, making it the Caribbean's number one news app in just six months.
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