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NLJ’s 2016 Distinguished Lecture

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We have a NEW DATE!

The 2016 NLJ Distinguished Lecture has been rescheduled to THIS Sunday, October 9, 2016 – 11 A.M. @ The National Library of Jamaica.

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Reparation

In recent years, there has been an increasing cry for restitutions (monetary and otherwise) for the decades of brutality, genocide, exploitation and massacre of enslaved Africans and those involved in rebellions and protests against slavery. In Jamaica, The National Commission on Reparations, launched under Professor Barry Chevannes’ leadership and now headed by Professor Verene Shepherd, was established by the Government of Jamaica in 2009 to “consider and make recommendations on proposals, seeking compensation from countries formerly engaged in the slave trade for the descendants of slaves.” Events such as the World Conference on Racism” held in Durban, South Africa in 2001 and the 2007 “Bicentennial Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slavery” have further inspired the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to establish a regional commission with the common goal of providing some momentum to the reparations movement.

For more information on reparations here are some useful websites:

http://jis.gov.jm/features/national-commission-reparations/

http://jis.gov.jm/national-commission-on-reparation-needs-26-million/

Legacies of British slave ownership

http://www.humejohnson.com/solving-jamaicas-identity-issues-reparation-r…

Source (National Library of Jamaica)

Adult coloring books reduce stress, strengthens relationships

Coloring sheets for adults go beyond flowers and ponies. Most involve intricate designs and patterns such as this fabulous feline. Photo courtesy of Chrissy Carr

Kids, prepare to share your crayons because grown-ups like to color, too.

Whether it’s for artists-at-heart, those looking to relieve stress or simply individuals who enjoy creating, the adult coloring craze is, well, getting colorful.

Coloring books are flying out of publishing houses, landing at the top of best-sellers’ lists and inspiring classes, workshops, parties and even book club-like groups to form, designed for those who want to stay both inside and outside the lines.

“I love to color. I find it extremely meditative and relaxing. Sometimes I start my day with a cup of coffee and a coloring book, and sometimes I end my day with a glass of wine and a coloring book,” said Erika Lopez, with a chuckle.

And now her 95-year-old mother wants to give it a try.

Lopez and her daughter Anna Lopez have included the fun into their business as well. They host twice monthly painting and wine classes at their Boulevard 34 gift shop/creative space in Glendale. Lynette Rozine Prock, author of the book “Mandala Meditation,” which is used for drawing and painting, is the instructor.

One of the hottest coloring titles this year has been Los Angeles-based Souris Hong’s New York Times best-seller “Outside The Lines,” which actually hit shelves in 2013 and was published under the name Souris Hong-Porretta. Hong has since followed it up with the recent debut of “Outside The Lines, Too.” She curated both Penguin Random House works that feature work from 100 animators, cartoonists, musicians and street artists.

“I’m an advocate of anyone who likes thinking outside the box, who likes to do things differently and think differently,” said Hong, who plans to have an Oct. 3 book signing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.

As part of the fun, Hong hopes to have materials set up encouraging visitors to go wild. When Hong did a similar event for the first book, more than 1,000 people showed up.

“Museums used to always be don’t-touch places. For this event, yes, you can color on the walls,” she said.

A portion of Hong’s coloring book sales will be donated to the museum’s education fund.

“Most of us grew up coloring, but this last generation has grown up with computer screens in front of them. It’s a nice reprieve from all the iPads and tablets. You actually hold something in your hands and create,” Hong said. “I enjoy the creativity, the colors that reflect your mood and are an expression of ourselves. There is no right or wrong.”

And you’re never too old to color, said Ileene Parker, executive director of the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center.

”Some of us closet colorers have been doing this all our lives,” Parker said.

Volunteer Ardeth Hurvitz gets the credit for urging Parker to start weekly coloring sessions at the center every Wednesday, and they’re a huge hit.

“We’re always trying to come up with activities to engage seniors in hobbies. This is perfect. It’s low cost — at our sessions we provide everything — and you can do it anywhere,” Parker said.

Research shows coloring is relaxing, can lower a person’s blood pressure and is a great way to keep your mind stimulated.

“People who come share and talk. Even though we provide coloring sheets, you still have to be a bit of an artist. You create. You decide what colors to use, where to shade. It’s a great brain activity for any age,” Parker said.

Fern Decena of Santa Monica, who recently created a coloring book club, agrees.

“Coloring helps me focus, stimulates my creativity, and I find it enjoyable,” Decena said. “Plus, it’s a way to gather my girlfriends and spend some quality time with them all.”

Coloring can also strengthen intergenerational relationships. For instance, Parker and her 44-year-old daughter enjoy coloring together.

“It’s fun and brings back memories of when she was a little girl,” she said.

Source: (Daily News)

Resources for Right to Know Day

The right of access to information is an important human right, necessary for the enjoyment of other human rights. It is also essential for transparent and accountable a country’s government and the operation of their Ministries/Departments and sub-agencies. International Right to Know Day began on September 28, 2002, when freedom of information organizations from around the world came together in Sofia, Bulgaria and created the FOI Advocates Network, a global coalition working together to promote the right of access to information for all people and the benefits of open, transparent, and accountable governments.
Resources:
  1. FreedomInfo
  2. International FOI and ATI Cases (PowerPoint)
  3. ATI Comparative Chart, Jamaica (PDF)
  4. ATI Frequently Asked Questions, Jamaica (PDF)
  5. Investigative Journalism ATI (PowerPoint)
  6. Jamaica Minister Pledges introduction of ATI Bill
  7. The Right to Information and Privacy: Balancing Rights and Managing Conflicts – David Banisar
  8. Proactive Transparency: The future of the right to information – Helen Darbishire
  9. Global Right to Information Update: An Analysis by Region
  10. Note: Information & Communication Technologies and Access to Public Information Laws

Library Wants Sustainability – Jamaica Library Service

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015

 THE JAMAICA Library Service (JLS) Director General Karen Barton recently met with members of the newly established National Advocacy Committee (NAC) to brief them on the JLS’s thrust in advocating for the sustainability of public libraries.

This initiative is in keeping with the mandate of the recently launched Global Libraries ICT project titled ‘JLS: Using Technology to Empower Individuals and Communities for Development’.

The members will act as library advocates in support of the JLS advocacy campaign, in order to garner additional support from key stakeholders in various sectors.

In addressing the audience, the director general gave a comprehensive overview of the key milestones and deliverables of the project. She also extended sincere gratitude to the attendees from the various organisations who have kindly consented to becoming a part of the advocacy initiative. Barton further reiterated that their contribution to the advocacy campaign is critical in building additional support in the form of cash/kind from key stakeholders in both private- and public-sector organisations.

Importance Of

Public Libraries

She also emphasised the importance of public libraries to communities, based on a recently commissioned baseline impact study which indicated that 96 per cent of library users highly value free access to computers and the Internet.

Maureen Thompson, senior director of the JLS, said the ultimate goal of the advocacy committee is “to create greater awareness of the value of public libraries in communities in order to build local and national support”. She further said public libraries continue to impact lives in a positive way and urged committee members to become effective library advocates.

(Source: Jamaica Gleaner)