CARICOM Assessment Team Views Ragged Island After Hurricane Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 20, 2017 – Ragged Island – Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield led a delegation to Duncan Town, Ragged Island, on September 16, 2017, so that regional partners could see firsthand the damage raged on the island by Category-5 Hurricane Irma.Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque joined other senior CARICOM officials as they rode on trucks and spoke to residents, Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and disaster responders stationed on the island.Among the Bahamian officials in the delegation were Minister of Labour, Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes; Foreign Affairs Acting Permanent Secretary Donna Lowe; Bahamas Ambassador-Designate to CARICOM His Excellency Reuben Rahming; Director-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock; and National Emergency Management Agency Director Captain Stephen Russell.Among the damaged properties they inspected were the police station, the “fish house” where thousands of dollars of seafood was stored, government administrative facilities, and a number of private residents — some of which were flattened by the hurricane.One resident in particular, 53-year-old Mr. Terence Wallace told the delegation about his riding out the storm.    He pointed out that the house that he lived in was leveled by Hurricane Irma’s winds, as the eye passed over the island.“I came here by my cuz to be safe,” he said, as he gestured towards a concrete block home next to the destroyed “fish house.”He also showed Ambassador LaRocque his family’s pigeon house and smiled at the Ambassador’s amazement at the fact the birds rode out the storm in their facility.“The birds, they know what to do,” Mr. Wallace said quietly.By: Eric RosePHOTO CAPTIONSHeader Photo:  Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield (left) speaks, on September 16, 2017, as (from second left) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Minister of Labour Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes and Bahamas Ambassador-Designate to CARICOM His Excellency Reuben Rahming listen, during a delegation visit to Ragged Island to see firsthand the damaged raged by Hurricane Irma.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert 1: Remnants of a home and its contents after Hurricane Irma’s rampage through Duncan Town, Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert 2:  A number of delegation members traveling on a truck, on September 16, 2017, to see firsthand the damage caused by Hurricane Irma on Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)Insert 3:  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (left) speaks, on September 16, 2017, with 53-year-old resident Mr. Terence Wallace, concerning his ordeal during the passage of Hurricane Irma over Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Coachella Goes AR With Immersive Stage Experience

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety And while there will be some filters available during performances, the experience really starts to shine during change-overs, with Goldenvoice’s spokesperson promising “space objects like planets, asteroids, and stars,” space stations and a life-size space shuttle, as well as tie-ins with a variety of on-site installations, including one that chronicles “the spacefaring attempt from a group of discombobulated hippos.”The AR-enabled stage is just a first step for Goldenvoice to bring these kinds of technologies to music festivals, according to the company’s spokesperson. “We always like to be on the cutting edge of technology in the space, and we’ll be nimble to change what we do depending on what is technically feasible,” he said.center_img Coachella is embracing augmented reality (AR) with an immersive stage experience that encourages the audience to take out their phones and participate with audio-reactive AR filters. The experience, which has been produced by Coachella’s digital innovation team, will debut this Friday, and will be available during both festival weekends.“We want to provide fun and cutting edge experiences for the people who attend the show,” said a spokesperson for Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella. “During sets, attendees can use a number of different AR filters that react to the audio coming out of the speakers.”The AR experience will be available at the festival’s Sahara stage, where acts like Diplo, Jaden Smith, Kid Cudi, Whiz Califa and Gucci Gang are scheduled to play. Audience members can access the experience right from within the Coachella app via the Coachela Camera option. The app also offers the ability to capture and save photos and videos of the AR experience.last_img read more

Influential students can help reduce bullying

first_imgEngaging students who have considerable influence over their peers can lead up to 30 per cent reduction in bullying incidents in schools, says a new study.“We think the best way to change social norms is to have these student influencers speak in their own voices. Encouraging their messages to bubble up from the bottom using a grassroots approach can be very powerful,” said lead author Elizabeth Paluck from Princeton University in New Jersey, US.The researchers engaged groups of influential students in 56 New Jersey middle schools to spread messages about the dangers of bullying and school conflict. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using messaging platforms such as Instagram, print posters and colourful wristbands, the selected students were encouraged to discuss in their own voices positive ways to handle conflict, using terms with which their peers could identify. The research team wanted to test whether certain students, who they label “social referents” or social influencers, have an outsized influence over school climate or the social norms and behavioural patterns in their schools. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThese social referents were not necessarily the most popular kids school-wide, but rather students who demonstrate influence within their smaller peer group. All activities were designed to test whether, by making their anti-conflict stance well known, these social influencers could shape their peers’ behaviours and social norms.The study was published in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).last_img read more