The Coalition of Better Parenting (CBP), through its various agencies and organisations, is working tirelessly to improve parenting practises in Jamaica. This is in recognition of the important role that parents play in the development of their children. Co-ordinator of the CBP, Doret Crawford, told JIS News that the umbrella body works through its network of some 40 agencies and organisations throughout the island, to carry out a number of activities and programmes focussed on parenting issues. She noted, for example, that “when Hope for Children, one of our members, has parenting projects in Greenwich Town, Rema (Wilton Gardens) or Jungle (Arnett Gardens), that is the coalition at work.” “When the Women’s Centre steps out and carries out parenting workshops for young fathers and mothers, or when 3-D goes into homes and sensitizes and encourages the parents of children with disabilities to seek help for their children…that is the coalition at work,” she stressed. The coalition, this month, is collaborating with the Ministry of Education in hosting a series of parenting workshops in observance of Parent Month. These workshops will be held in all six education region of the Ministry of Education. Two of the coalition members organising the sessions are the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) and Parenting Partners Caribbean (PPC). The NPTAJ, established in 2006, brings together Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) in schools across Jamaica, to speak in a collective manner to issues relating to parents. “We also see to what extent parents, as important stakeholders of the education system, can be involved in the transformation of the education process,” explained President of NPTAJ, Everton Hannam. He said the NPTAJ tries to make an impact on the education system in a meaningful way by working with the parents in the local PTAs. “We also sit on representative structures within the Ministry of Education to discuss or to make input into important areas such as the Text Book Committee and Human and Family Life Education Committee, of which other members of the parenting coalition form a significant part,” he informed. Also, from time to time, the association is asked to provide feedback from parents relating to issues of importance. The PPC, through its ‘Parents’ Place’, is also engaging parents and children in a meaningful way. Vice President of the group, Janet Brown, explained that the initiative began in 2010 when the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) contracted the PPC to develop a strategy for parents at the early childhood level. “They wanted a programmatic strategy. We engaged in consultations with children, with parents and other stakeholders, and what emerged was the concept that we call the ‘Parents’ Place,’ she explained. The Parents’ Place, she said, “is a familiar neighbourhood place, which welcomes and supports all parents and families to raise their children well. This is a universal kind of approach…it is more than a building”. The services offered are varied and flexible and can be attached or linked to a wide range of public and private services, such as health clinics, schools, libraries, social service agencies and churches. “In other words it builds on existing effort,” Mrs. Brown stated. Any community group, private or public organisation, non-government or faith-based organisation may apply to be designated a ‘Parents’ Place’. They may send applications to [email protected] Certain criteria must be met before an organisation can be designated a Parents’ Place.
zoomImage Courtesy: Contopia, Shipping Container Utopia by Loginno The soon-to-be first digital shipping company, chosen out of 17 global applicants, is set to be revealed on June 6 in Oslo, Norway, during Nor-Shipping, the largest global shipping event of 2019.Earlier this week, the final scoring of the competition’s contestants had been performed, and a notice to the winning shipping company had been sent.The news would be revealed at the end of a Contopia-themed panel of experts discussing the various use cases for the first digital shipping company, according to Loginno, the company that is creating the world’s Internet-of-Shipping-Containers infrastructure named Contopia (Container Utopia).The digital shipping company would use the disruptive Israeli IoT technology for end to end supply chain visibility.Ahead of the The Contopia Factor competition winner announcement, Loginno is warming up the engines with a surprise reveal of the technological foundation upon which the winning shipping company’s digital infrastructure will be built.In a closed event held in Tel Aviv, Loginno unveiled the 5th generation of its critically acclaimed AGAM device, whose unique installation method as a standard container vent allows every container service depot to install it with no training.While this operational side of Loginno’s patent-protected hardware was already known, founder Amit Aflalo, got into the technical specifics of what he dubs “both the smartest and the most affordable shipping container brain in existence today.”“It is the only wide-area communications device with battery life of 10+ years without recharge, effectively making it a permanent solution for every shipping container, never to be taken off during its entire lifetime of usage,” Aflalo added.
The third annual summer “Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink” fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will be an event in two parts — a multi-skill level paddle boarding race and a benefit party co-hosted by prominent New Yorkers Lisa and Richard Perry and full-time Hamptons residents Maria and Larry Baum.The event will bring together hundreds of competitive paddle boarders, spectators and guests in support of raising critical funds for breast cancer research. The race will take place at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor; the party will take place at the spectacular residence of Lisa and Richard Perry.Co-chair Maria Baum, mother of four, investor, entrepreneur, and a partner of Tutto Il Giorno restaurants, took on paddle boarding as an exuberant activity to help her cope through her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent recovery. She will once again race alongside longtime paddler Richard Perry and the anticipated 100-plus paddlers. The race will follow World Paddle Association (WPA) racing rules and all racers will be timed with the WPA Blast Race Management System. Following the race, guests will revel at a sunset party.To celebrate the event, you can bid on paddle boards designed and signed by Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Bethenny Frankel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Donna Karan, Tony Burch, Aerin Lauder and more, as well as on the chance to enjoy a private workout with Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow. The auctions can be accessed here.Last year’s event, which drew such guests as Edie Falco, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, Aerin Lauder, William Lauder, and Donna Karan, raised over $1,200,000 in funds that went directly toward the Foundation. Highlights included heartfelt remarks from the Baums and an inspiring overview of the Foundation’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime from BCRF Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Clifford Hudis, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MSKCC).Find out more about the event here.The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, they invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible charities. They are the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002.