JAMAICAN POSTCARD COLLECTION ON DISPLAY IN WASHINGTON DC

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7 (JIS): A collection of over 200 postcards, depicting Jamaica’s rich history, is currently on display at an exhibition being hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled: ‘Greetings from Jamaica, a Country of History in Postcards’, displays the compiled collection of Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, who resides in the United States capital.It was formally opened on December 3 by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie.The displays include the first locally produced postcard, titled ‘Jamaica 1877 Paid’, dating back to the year 1877.That initial production coincided with Jamaica’s admission to the membership of the International Postal Union (IPU), which facilitated locals with the opportunity to mail postcards overseas, unlike the previous arrangement which restricted them to intra-island postage.The exhibits also include several series capturing the January 1907 earthquake that rocked Jamaica; as well as the advent the island’s tourism industry during the early 20th century. Speaking at the exhibition’s opening, Ms. McIntosh said the displays also depict and cover several other themes topics. These include: the ingenuity of the Jamaican people; rivers and beaches; the military; grand hotels; sugar estates; art; cultural traditions; sports; churches and a synagogue; transportation; gardens and groves; markets; King Street, downtown Kingston; country life; education; health; mineral baths; memorials; and agriculture, specifically activities related to banana and sugar cane cultivation. Ms. McIntosh advised that most of the postcards being exhibited were mailed from Jamaica to Europe and North America. She said postcards were initially used in Jamaica for business purposes during the early years period they emerged, as well as friendly correspondence during World War II.She pointed out that postcards leaving the island during the war, between the 1930s and 1940s, were given special markings, which can still be seen on a number of the exhibits currently on display.Ms. McIntosh said the exhibits also include more recently produced postcards particularly those depicting the work of renowned Jamaican photographer, Ray Chen. Related Items:international postal union, jamaica, Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, postcard, stephen vasciannie Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for youlast_img read more

Prizewinning underwater photos will make you want to learn to dive

first_img Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 16 Photos Sci-Tech “This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers,” said Scott Gietler, owner of Bluewater Photo and Travel and publisher of Underwater Photography Guide. “Myself and the other three judges were honored to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.”More than $80,000 in prizes were awarded in 16 categories in the contest’s seventh year. Our gallery above displays the first-place winners from each category.The Best of Show image, taken by British-born photographer Duncan Murrell, shows three giant devil rays performing a graceful ballet. Other photographs include a clown fish caring for its eggs, a friendly seal, and a giant ray investigating an underwater diver. Not all of the shots are peaceful, however. In one, a crab devours a molted fellow crab, with a hungry gaze and no mercy. No one said underwater life was easy.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. Some of us can barely take respectable photographs on land, never mind trying to do it well below the ocean’s surface. That’s why these just-announced winning images from the 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, made such a splash.last_img read more

Love to Hate Bollywood

first_imgAs much as we love Bollywood, we love to hate it too. And what better way to celebrate the most irritating, the most frustrating and the most painful moments from Hindi films from last year than to sit around and have a hearty laugh at them while they get kelas. Literally and otherwise!The 5th Annual Golden Kela Awards were held in the Capital on a nice, unsuspecting Saturday afternoon when a group of movie buffs got together at India Habitat Center. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Golden Kelas celebrated half a decade in the industry by of course doing the usual – celebrating the worst of Indian cinema. The Golden Kelas have come to be an awards ceremony not every actor can rejoice but only the ones who have the wits to accept both good and bad that is thrown at them. The best and the funniest thing about this year’s awards was that most of the winners were the top grossers of Bollywood 2012.With over 6 lakh votes this year, the Kela Awards are making their presence felt strongly all over. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJatin Varma, founder, Golden Kela Awards, said, ‘Through the last five years we have lost all our minds and a lot of our money in this attempt to bring to light the Worst that Indian Cinema has to offer. But since we have lost our minds, the money doesn’t even matter anymore…so here’s looking at many more Kela-licious years to come. We will strive to bring the ‘worst’ to the forefront and remind them to make good cinema.”The top honor for the Worst Actor went to Ajay Devgan for Son Of Sardar & Bol Bachchan. Sonakshi Sinha won the Worst Actress award not for any one movie in particular, because according to GK team and the voters, she was worst at ‘Everything she did.’ Shirish Kunder’s Joker won two biggies of the night – Worst Film & Worst Director.Other big winners of the night were Dabangg 2 for the Worst Sequel, which proved that Salman can sell the crappiest of things to his fans, and that’s why even audiences voted for the Bawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award to Indian Moviegoers. Award for Most Irritating Song went to Chinta Ta Chita Chita (Rowdy Rathore) and Anvita Dutt won the award for Most Atrocious Lyrics for Ishq Wala Love (Student of the Year), for not writing the ‘Sense Wala Song.’Voters chose Jackky Bhagnani for an award as the name rightly says, a question that everyone wants to ask him after watching his films, Why Are You Still Trying? Award.last_img read more

Govt removes flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load

first_imgKolkata: The work to remove flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu has been initiated on Friday following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The decision to remove the flower tubs was taken to reduce load on the bridge and the move has come following the incident of a portion of Majerhat Bridge collapsing on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had given the direction on Thursday to remove the flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load on it. The flower tubs had been placed as a part of a beautification project of the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to an official, each of the flower tubs contains a huge quantity of soil and they become heavier when the plants are watered, which is done twice every day. Now, in a bid to avoid unnecessary load on the bridge, the decision has been taken to remove the flower tubs.The work to remove the tubs continued till evening and according to the officials, steps were taken to remove all the tubs as early as possible. Cranes were engaged to load the flower tubs on trucks to take them away from the bridge. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that flower tubs had also been placed on Maa Flyover earlier. Later, the tubs were removed for the same reason.A senior state government official said: “The flower tubs on bridges and flyovers increase their beauty. But we have to give priority to the longevity of the bridge.”This comes at the time when the Chief Minister has directed to take necessary steps to avoid recurrence of the incident that took place at Majerhat on September 4, which claimed three lives and left 24 injured. Soon after the incident, the state government has taken necessary steps to check the health of all bridges in the state.last_img read more