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Renu Bala gives India first gold in weightlifting

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first_imgRenu Bala Chanu gave India its first gold medal in Commonwealth Games weightlifting event after finishing on top in women’s 58-kg category in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium sports complex on Wednesday.Renu Bala outshone all her competitors as she smoothly lifted all the weights before failing in her last attempt of 103 kgs in clean and jerk event, but by then she had already pocketed the No. 1 position.And although Sean Lee of Australia tried to come close to her but she had to be satisfied with a silver medal, while Zoe Smith of England took bronze.Renu Bala looked comfortable from the very beginning. She ended the snatch event with a highest lift of 90 kgs that made her set a new Commonwealth Games record.Ciana Agricole with 87 kgs after the snatch event was placed second but she ultimately finished fourth.Then in the clean and jerk category, Renu Bala lifted 104 kgs in her very first attempt, and followed it up by 107 kgs to make it a total of 197.Lee, who with her successful lift of 106 in her second attempt in clean and jerk plus her 86 kgs lift in snatch event, acquired a total of 192.In her final lift, she opted for 111 kgs to pose some challenge to India but she failed. And that automatically handed Renu Bala the yellow medal.Renu Bala, on her part made an attempt to lift 113 kgs in her third and the final chance but she could not.The bronze medallist Zoe Smith, meanwhile ended with a total of 188 kgs.advertisementlast_img read more

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Work Far Advanced on Creative and Cultural Industries Policy

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first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says while work is still ongoing regarding the development of the Creative and Cultural Industries Policy, it is far advanced.“Much of the work has already been done. The studies have been written, and the analysis that tells us of the importance of our industries, is in place,” she said. Ms. Hanna was speaking at the opening of the third International Reggae Conference, held at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on Thursday, February 14.The Minister said that part of the policy development work now being done is ensuring that stakeholders, including the Government, have “a clear understanding what the concepts really mean for us in a holistic way for development.”“We have looked at the many ‘jobs’ and ‘entrepreneurs’ that already exist in Jamaica, as micro/small business operators. We have looked at the informal nature of these businesses, the intricacies of registration, legitimization and formalization, and the knowledge that the inclusion of these informal activities that are now being done in studios, in practitioners’ bedrooms and living rooms, can change Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures positively,” she said.The Minister noted that the cultural and creative industries policy will present the blueprint for how these industries fit into Jamaica’s national development plan for social, cultural, ideological and philosophical development.“The creative and cultural economy has to be seen holistically. To truly understand our cultural and creative economy, it is important to know these creative and cultural professionals who work in the converged creative and cultural economy, where music, film and video, design, dance, drama, production and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) all work together beyond the narrow scope of just the music industry,” she said.Miss Hanna pointed out that the policy formulation approach would be based on a private/public sector partnership. “When this government speaks of public/private sector partnership, we are not speaking only about the large captains of industry and holders of capital. We are speaking about the individual Jamaicans, acting in their private capacities as musicians, sound engineers, producers and other creative workers, who have built this industry into what it is, almost in spite of any government,” she said.Globally, the creative industries are estimated to account for more than seven per cent of the world’s GDP, and the sector is forecast to grow at a rate of 10 per cent annually. They include music, craft, cuisine, fashion, fine arts, publishing, film and video, advertising, architecture and a host of other creative goods and services. The three-day International Reggae Conference is being hosted under the theme: ‘Traditional and Emerging Themes in Popular Music’.It will highlight the international spread of reggae music and culture in affiliation with Europe’s acclaimed Rototom Sunsplash Festival, as it celebrates 20 years of showcasing reggae lifestyle and culture.The conference’s agenda include: academic panels, special presentations, roundtables, and a variety of cultural activities.last_img read more

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Gov’t Looking to Double Tertiary Enrolment by 2030

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first_img The Government is looking to double enrollment of students in tertiary institutions over the next 13 years. At least three indigenous degree-granting institutions have been established since Independence – the University of Technology (UTech), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), and Mico University College – as well as several other multi-disciplinary colleges. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, tells JIS NEWS that increasing the number of students benefiting from tertiary training is critical for the country to achieve development goals over the next 55 years and beyond. The Government is looking to double the enrolment of students in tertiary institutions over the next 13 years.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, tells JIS News that increasing the number of students benefiting from tertiary training is critical for the country to achieve development goals over the next 55 years and beyond.He informs that the gross enrolment rate of the tertiary age cohort (18-24 years) is approximately 28.5 per cent, while only about 15 per cent of the workforce has tertiary training and certification.He says the Government recognises that sustainable development goes hand in hand with higher education and, as such, will be providing increased opportunities for students to access tertiary studies at institutions across the island. This includes providing greater access to funding.“We are doing all that we can to find a pathway solution to ensure that all our students, who are aspiring for the highest achievement in education, that they are so supported,” Minister Reid says.Increased tertiary access is in keeping with the Education Sector Plan, which is part of the Vision 2030: National Development Plan.It envisions an education and training system for Jamaica that produces well-rounded and qualified people, who are able to function as creative and productive individuals in all spheres of the society, and be competitive in a global context.Under the plan, the average beneficiary of the education and training system is expected to: complete secondary level education; acquire a vocational skill; be proficient in  English language, a foreign language, mathematics, a science subject, and information and communications technology (ICT); participate in sports and the arts; be aware and proud of the local culture; and possess excellent interpersonal skills and workplace attitudes.A major focus of the sector is to build capacities at crucial levels to ensure that training and certification meet industry needs locally and for the international market.Minister Reid says the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) is a bold initiative to ensure that all students leaving secondary education have certification equivalent to an associate degree that they can build on at tertiary institutions.The merger of the HEART Trust/NTA, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), and the National Youth Service (NYS) will ensure that more students can access training and certification through a centralised system.“It is a human resource training institution and will be able to continue to improve and upgrade the skills of our workforce to ensure that they are cutting-edge to serve the Jamaican market as well as internationally,” Minister Reid says.Looking at achievements in the sector over the last 55 years, Minister Reid says Jamaica has built a quality system that is providing full access from early childhood to secondary schools, and options for tertiary training.At the dawn of Independence in 1962, education, which was largely regarded a privilege for a select few, become the right of every Jamaican.Over the years, there have been major policy initiatives and significant investments to improve infrastructure, access and outcomes, and provide the highest quality training for all citizens.center_img Notable achievements include the development of standards to guide the delivery of early childhood education through the establishment of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) and standardised textbooks and workbooks; universal primary education; tuition-free policy and implementation of a highly subsidised and accessible book rental scheme at the secondary level; and a subsidised lunch programme.In addition, there has been significant building and expansion of schools; development of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) to replace the Common Entrance Examination (CEE); development and the implementation of various educational policies.Minister Reid notes that prior to Independence, the majority of persons living in Jamaica did not have access to elementary education.He says that since then significant strides have been made by introducing early childhood education “which is now accessible to most children and the Government intends to…ensure that all children have universal access and participation at approved institutions.”Senator Reid notes that while at the point of Independence there was “low” access at secondary institutions, additional schools have been built enabling universal access to a full five years of secondary schooling.At least three indigenous degree-granting institutions have been established since Independence – the University of Technology (UTech), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), and The Mico University College – as well as several other multidisciplinary colleges.With all the advances made in education, Minister Reid says he is “inspired by where we are as a people.”“Looking back at the last 55 years, we have been through our successes, we have been through our challenges. Our vision is to give them (children) free access up to age 18 and ensure they can gain degrees by age 30, and move seamlessly into the world of work,” he notes.The Minister sees education as “very critical” in fighting crime, improving discipline in the society, and ensuring better governance. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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