Earthquake monument a timely reminder

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 30, 2017 – The 1907 Earthquake Monument is among the starkest reminders of one of the most fateful days in Jamaica’s history.  The towering structure sits on land at Bumper Hall in Greenwich Town, St. Andrew, where 501 unidentified victims of the quake, which occurred 110 years ago on January 14, were interred.History recounts that they were among the over 1,000 persons who perished during the 6.5 magnitude earthquake at approximately 3:30 p.m. which, for 36 seconds, rocked the foundation of the growing Kingston metropolis. “Screams split the air. Within 10 to 20 seconds, a town of 446,000 had been rendered immobile,” one report recounts.  Its devastating impact was superseded only by the 1692 earthquake which sank a significant portion of Port Royal, resulting in the survivors of that devastation resettling on the adjacent area of land across the harbour which is now Kingston.The 1907 earthquake’s destruction was compounded by a fire which broke out, limiting rescue efforts by first responders searching for survivors and bodies amongst the rubble to which numerous buildings had been reduced.  The fire, according to historians, swept an area bounded to the east by Mark Lane; north by South Parade; west along Orange Street; and south by the Caribbean Sea.  Persons who were trapped by the rubble or otherwise unable to escape the flames perished. This, as the city was rendered helpless consequent on the destruction of the Jamaica Fire Brigade’s equipment and infrastructure, and broken water mains.The next day, after the dust had settled and the smoke dissipated, over 1,000 persons lay dead either amidst the rubble or at the public hospital where numerous victims succumbed to injuries after being admitted.   Half of the victims were found burnt and charred along the principal streets of the city, which was plunged into semi-darkness, with the overall damage estimated at £2 million (approximately $316 million).  Survivors, whose homes or businesses were destroyed, sought refuge in parks or on the adjoining lawns of wrecked houses.Among the victims were: Deputy Chairman of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company of London and Member of Parliament, Sir James Ferguson; importer and plantation owner, Edgar deCordova; Head of the West India Regiment Royal Army, who was only identified as Lieutenant R.R.; and Cuban Consul General, J. Perez.  Others included: seven European and 13 native West India Regiment Army Non-Commissioned Officers and their families; 90 children reportedly killed when the school building they were in collapsed; 120 Cuban employees of the Machado Cigar Factory; 35 employees of the local tourist bureau; and 10 Americans who were buried in unmarked graves.Among the buildings either severely damaged or destroyed were: the Supreme Court; Nova Scotia Bank; Congregational Churches; the Myrtle Bank Hotel; the City Council’s office; the Jamaica Club; Hope College; the railway terminus; all newspaper offices; and the cable company’s office.Following the earthquake, a special committee was established to spearhead the monument’s erection at Bumper Hall. Among its members were representatives of The Gleaner Company, which reported extensively on the devastation.  Research conducted by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) shows that the structure was built using reinforced concrete.Speaking at a recent 110th anniversary commemorative ceremony organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) at Bumper Hall, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, who has portfolio responsibility for the JNHT, said the agency was asked to analyse and assess various aspects of  the monument in 2015.  “Excavations carried out around the monument confirmed that the most significant aspect…was actually buried. A section of the wall surrounding the burial chamber of the approximately 500 unknown victims was discerned by the JNHT team in March 2015, and its presence was confirmed in an article of the Daily Gleaner of Thursday, June 3, 1909,” she informed.  Ms. Grange further advised that the structure, which was restored, is located in the centre of the two burial trenches extending north and south.Opposition Leader and Member of Parliament for South West St. Andrew, where the monument is located, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who also spoke at the ceremony, hailed the community support mobilised in the restoration effort.  “The people of Greenwich Town and residents of Little Eighth Street in particular have been the guardians of this national heritage site for the past 110 years. They are, therefore, deserving of commendation as we pay respect to those whose remains lay here,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller also expressed gratitude for the input of several entities in the exercise. They include: the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo).  “We also thank other agencies such as the Social Development Commission (SDC), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT); Urban Development Corporation (UDC); and National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA),” she said.     Mrs. Simpson Miller also praised the ODPEM for continuing to highlight the importance of earthquake awareness.While earthquake awareness is observed annually in January, ODPEM has, this year, embarked on a three-month campaign, from January to March, under the theme: ‘Drop. Cover. Hold…Earthquake Readiness is within Your Control’.ODPEM’s Director General, Major Clive Davis, who also spoke at the ceremony, said that for the duration of the campaign, “we will endeavour to bring information to the public, to sensitise and remind the populace of the earthquake hazards and how to manage them.” Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Webbys Announce Best Magazine Nominees

first_imgThe Webby Awards—the “Internet’s highest honor” according to the New York Times—today announced its nominees for this year’s best magazine Web site.The five candidates in the running for this international award include Interview, Dwell.com, JPG, T Magazine and TheAtlantic.com. “The Web is now the dominant force reshaping everything from business to popular culture,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “We are thrilled to now honor the magazine innovators who are taking the medium in exciting new creative directions.” Each Webby Award category receives two distinct awards: the first presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy with members including David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, and the other, The Webby People’s Voice Awards, chosen by public online voting beginning today through April 30. Winners will be announced on May 5 and honored on June 8 in a New York City ceremony. A full list of Webby Award nominees can be found here.last_img read more

Army Postpones Move to Downsize Brigade at JB ElmendorfRichardson

first_imgThe Army on Monday officially suspended the planned downsizing of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 25th Infantry Division, citing a variety of global threats facing the nation.“The 4/25 is ready to rapidly deploy and conduct decisive operations in urban and mountainous environments,” explained Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy. “Given continued Russian aggression, the nuclear provocations of North Korea, and the continued threat from ISIL, we need this capability,” Murphy said.Converting the Army’s only airborne BCT in the Pacific theater into an infantry battalion task force would have resulted in the loss of about 2,600 personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where the 4th BCT is based. The realignment was announced last July as part of a restructuring intended to shrink the Army’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers.The decision to postpone the move is not surprising, as top Army officials in recent months had said they were considering it in light of the security environment. The delay represents a victory for Alaska’s congressional delegation, which had lobbied vigorously against the Army’s plan since it was announced in July, reported Alaska Dispatch News. Last month, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), “It would be contrary to strategic national security interests to go ahead and pull out the 4/25 at this time. So my thought is that we should extend them at least a year to see how the strategic situation develops and then move from there.”  With the announcement, “the Army sent a strong message that America remains dedicated to our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, understands our leading role in the Arctic, and is unyielding in our support for our critical alliances with Japan and South Korea,” according to a statement from Sen. Dan Sullivan (R).  Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Aladdin New images from liveaction remake bring Will Smiths Genie to life

first_img 0 Entertainment Weekly heads to Agrabah.  Entertainment Weekly Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin won’t hit theaters until May, but we got a look at a handful pictures from the movie, Wednesday.  Entertainment Weekly magazine has new photos of Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar and Genie (played by Will Smith), who you might remember from the 1992 animated film. Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin, also tweeted the photos joking, “This is what is looks like when Genie tells Aladdin what he wants for Christmas,” referencing a photo with Massoud and Smith. Just saw Will Smith as the genie in the live action Aladdin remake. My reaction……. #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/v6irLIjRC5— Jason Wesney (@JasonWesney) December 19, 2018 The photos show the streets of Agrabah, the Sultan’s palace and even Aladdin’s monkey buddy Abu. Aladdin is slated for May 24, 2019.The photos of Genie — who was originally voiced by Robin Williams — are getting lots of reaction on social media. One Twitter user lamented: “Genie ain’t blue.” Though some are tweeting out concern that Genie isn’t blue in this batch of pictures, Smith took to Instagram to say he will, in fact, be blue. Post a comment Genie ain’t blue :'( #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/Ia9taqV1nj— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 19, 2018 Share your voice This is what it looks like when Genie tells #Aladdin what he wants for Christmas. Thanks @EW for the exclusive pics and interview! pic.twitter.com/nukhzYscu3— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) December 19, 2018 We can show you the world… of Disney’s live-action #Aladdin! Get a shining, shimmering, splendid first look at the reimagined classic in our magical First Look issue: https://t.co/Kwkcdfen5v pic.twitter.com/7NbyiRRcLH— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2018 Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more

Strengthening bonds

first_imgWith the view of strengthening the bond between India and UK , a grand celebration , ‘UK-India year of culture 2017’, took place in the national Capital on Thursday evening with the re-inauguration of British Council Centre by Sir Ciaren Devane, Chief Executive of British Council.The iconic British Council Centre is the epicentre to showcase the strong cultural relationship that India and UK share. Over the time, the British Council keeps on refurbishing its interiors as well as the technology based library, auditorium and the beautiful art gallery according to the highest modern standards. The art gallery demonstrate the variety of British art since 1920 to the present. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking at the event, Ciaren Divane emphasized the necessity to promote cultural exchange for stronger ties between the two nations. He also announced that 2017 will be ‘UK-India year of culture’.He was also accompanied by Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Council Commissioner to India and Alan Gemmell , Director of British Council of India. They both spoke about the traditional and cultural values for connecting both the countries and also gave a glimpse of future projects that will take place within a year. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn this event , the renowned personalities of British Council addressed the importance of relationship between India and UK to face the challenges of 21st century.The main purpose behind ‘UK- India 2017 year of celebration’ was to enhance the appreciation of contemporary UK in India and vice versa in order to establish a profound and relevant long standing relationship between the two big culturally heritage countries.Apart from this, ‘UK-India 2017’ will seek to challenge the outdated perception of UK with an inspiring programme, demonstrating the quality of contemporary British art and culture. Gemmell, Director of British Council of India , also launched the trailor of ‘Mix the Play’,a special edition of the popular ‘Mix the City’ platform to promote Shakespeare life. Gemmell said , “‘Mix the Play’ will offer digital audiences an exclusive chance to play director of one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays : A Midsummer Night’s Dream and visitors to ‘Mix the Play’ website will be invited to make a short film from a scene in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.The duration of a scene will be under 3 minutes.”  The main purpose behind the project is to make a close interaction between audience and Shakespeare’s play and to educate them about theatre in a fun way. He also added, “We are working closely with the Indian High Commissioner and his team in London to identify how best we can support each other’s programme.” The programme is basically designed for the youth of both nations and with the help of digital technology it will reach a numerous number of audience.The event also saw the launch of some great British artsist work .Last year, Prime Ministers of India and UK, Narendra Modi and David Cameron announced a celebration for the bilateral cultural year to promote deeper connection on India’s 70 years of Independence. Sir Ciaren Devane said, “2017 will see an exciting and surprising UK programmes across in India.”last_img read more