St. Ann Recognizes Seven Local “Heroes”

first_img By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter RelatedSt. Ann Recognizes Seven Local “Heroes” St. Ann Recognizes Seven Local “Heroes” CommunityOctober 19, 2011 RelatedSt. Ann Recognizes Seven Local “Heroes” Advertisements RelatedSt. Ann Recognizes Seven Local “Heroes” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — St. Ann, birthplace of Jamaica’s first national hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, recognized seven persons and honoured them for serving the parish, as it celebrated National Heroes Day on Monday (October 17) with a civic ceremony at Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay. Those honoured were: John Greaves, for philanthropy and community service; Dorothy Salmon and Hyacinth Archer, volunteerism; Pastor Yvette Brown, community service; Alpheus Lewis, trade unionism; Claudeth Brown, education; and Sergeant Levi Powell, for long and meritorious Service in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Two companies, Noranda Bauxite Partners and the Franklyn D Resort, were also recognized for community service. Her Worship, the Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Councillor Vinnette Oddman, Custos of St. Ann, Hon. R. O. Walters and Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Hon Shahine Robinson, were among those hailing the awardees, and commending them for their unselfish contributions to nation building. Mrs. Robinson described the awards ceremony as a noble act, noting that there is no greater honour than being recognized by one’s peers. “St. Ann, though known the world over for its rich natural flora and fauna, would not have achieved its full potential without some of our honourees today, who have given of their time, financially or through sweat equity to preserve and enhance what we call the garden parish,” she said. She added that the greatest potential of the parish was its human resources, who must be recognized for going the extra mile in nation building. “They have created positive changes in our community, they have contributed to the quality of life that most of us enjoy: It is because they have made a lasting impact on that quality of life in St. Ann, and made a difference in making St. Ann what it is today, that we honour them,” she explained. She also pleaded with the honourees to continue their good work, and invited other residents to engage hands and heart, as valued partners, in serving their fellow Jamaicans. In the main address, Dr. Phillip Henry, said that the time was ripe for the emergence of a new crop of national heroes and heroines. He noted that suggestions have already been forwarded for consideration, and insisted that, from a socio-political standpoint, there are conditions crying out for attention. “It is not just about the emergence of a hero in the form of an acclaimed individual, but also a journey about finding the hero within ourselves, in our pursuit of personal aspirations and meaningful human endeavour,” he said. He argued that there will be that single individual, every two or three generations, who will lead the charge and shine with exemplary brilliance.last_img read more

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Jens Voigt Gets Custom Chrome Trek, Gear, and More for Farewell Tour

first_imgNo stranger to custom bikes from Trek, Jens’ final design definitely takes the cake. Finished with a Chrome look, the design took Trek’s Project One team over a week to complete. Fighter pilots get kill marks, Jens gets crushed soul marks. Covering the down tube are markings to commemorate all of the times Jens broke away and “got paid to hurt people.” Trek mentions that this is only a “conservative estimate.”The bike also features a colorful top tube graphic that represents Jens’ family, his home, and his career. Those graphics and style carry over into limited edition Bontrager gear including the Velocis helmet and XXX shoes. The Trek Race Shop Limited jersey and shorts bear the message ‘Farewell Fans!’ and ‘One Last Time’ on the back to salute fans as he rides off into the sunset.Along with the special gear, Trek will have Jens Farewell Tour t-shirts available at the Aspen and Vail stages. These are also the stages that will host the Retirement parties. Follow along with the #Farewelljens tour on twitter, facebook, and instagram as well as the Trek Factory Racing website to get all the details. By this point, Jens Voigt is essentially a household name in the world of cycling. Famous for his “shut up legs” and many other sound bites, the tenacious German even inspired a legion of followers under Team JVA. But as they say, all good things must come to an end and the pro peloton will be losing Jens’ charisma at the conclusion of the Colorado US Pro Challenge.To commemorate the occasion and help Jens go out in style, Trek has put together the Jens Voigt Farewell Tour. A combination of special livery, team kit, shirts, and parties at the event, Jens’ final race looks to be a good one.Get all the soul crushing details next…last_img read more

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Human brain networks developing in adolescence related to evolutionary expansion

first_imgEmail Share on Twitter Share LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img Adolescence marks not only the period of physical maturation bridging childhood and adulthood, but also a crucial period for remodeling of the human brain. A Penn study reveals new patterns of coordinated development in the outer layer of the cerebrum of the human brain and describes how these structural patterns relate to functional networks.The team found the convergence between structural and functional networks was inversely related to functional complexity. Motor, sensory, visual and functional networks aligned to distinct structural networks. This unique representation of brain maturation may open new opportunities for future studies into many psychiatric disorders that might begin during this age. A team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania publishes the findings this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Brain remodeling during adolescence supports the tuning of behavior and cognitive abilities, including reasoning, coordination, decision making, motivation, and regulation of emotions. Measuring these brain parameters during development is valuable for understanding both normal brain maturation and abnormalities associated with behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. In contrast to the small sample sizes in this subject area’s previous research, this cohort of 934 youths ages 8-22 from the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort, a collaboration between Penn Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (led by Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD, a professor of Psychiatry) offers the opportunity to evaluate these complex patterns of brain development. Share on Facebook Many previous studies have examined the structure and function of the brain, but there has been a gap between brain imaging studies and the biological processes that drive the development of brain networks. This team took high-dimensional, complex data that would otherwise be tough to understand – and boiled it down to a limited number of developing structural brain networks (18 in total).“In an era of big, complex data, it’s sometimes difficult to see what’s going on,” said Christos Davatzikos, PhD, professor of Radiology, and senior author on the paper. “So you look at this data and think there may be some relationships, but our brain and visual interpretation can only go so far. Now we have powerful multivariate methods that can put all the data together and see deeper what’s behind it, and find patterns never seen before.”To look deeper into these patterns of brain development, the team used a sophisticated technique called non-negative matrix factorization, to simultaneously analyze complex patterns of brain structure and identify patterns of development in adolescence. Unlike previous brain representations that relied on patterns of ridges and folds on the surface of the brain, called gyri and sulci, the team looked at how elements change together in a coordinated fashion.This approach revealed a set of structural brain networks that have clear functional and evolutionary significance. Indeed, the degree to which these structural networks change in adolescence is related to the rate of evolution, as measured by the expansion of the cortical areas, from the brain of a monkey.“The most plastic parts of the brain that change during adolescence are also those that make us most human,” said Theodore D. Satterthwaite, MD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and equally contributing senior author on the paper. “Without this method, we couldn’t see these coordinated patterns of change.”“Looking at the brain in a data-driven way, we see systematic relationships between certain regions,” said Aristeidis Sotiras, PhD, a research associate and first author on the paper. “This allows us to identify the moving parts of the brain, which opens new avenues for research into an individual’s risk for developing specific diseases based on understanding how these parts get broken during adolescence.”Similar to the use of height and weight growth charts in pediatrics, looking at which brain regions change significantly compared to a normal development baseline, could show how vulnerable someone is to a specific disorder. Deviations of processes that drive development and affect structural networks could lead to psychiatric disorders. Next, the team hopes to study the association between clinical symptoms and specific brain patterns.last_img read more

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Sutherland joins AFC Wimbledon on loan

See also:QPR midfielder set for loan moveQPR youngster clinches Crawley loan moveLoan deals for two QPR youngsters QPR midfielder Frankie Sutherland has joined AFC Wimbledon on a month’s loan.A number of clubs  expressed an interest in the 20-year-old, who spent time on loan at Leyton Orient last year.QPR Under-21 boss Steve Gallen said this week: “He’s had a lot of managers watching him in our games and he wants to go out.“The move needs to be right for everyone. There’s no point him going out and sitting on the bench somewhere. He needs to play.”AdChoices广告Rangers have also sent Jamie Sendles-White, Michael Petrasso and Michael Harriman out on loan this season. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook read more

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