Sligoville – Jamaica’s First Free Village

first_img Mr. Crawford says that several other free villages were set up across the island, which were modelled after Sligoville. These are Sturge Town, St. Ann; Bethel Town, Westmoreland; Mount Carey, St. James and Islington, St. Mary. Located about 10 miles north of Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is Jamaica’s first free village, Sligoville. Story Highlights Mr. McLaughlin says there are plans to launch a website to promote the heritage and culture of the area. Located about 10 miles north of Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is Jamaica’s first free village, Sligoville.The property was purchased by Baptist Minister and abolitionist, Rev. James Mursell Phillippo, who arrived in Jamaica in 1823.He campaigned for the abolition of slavery, which came in 1834, and for the establishment of free villages for the emancipated slaves.It was in anticipation of full freedom that Phillippo, on July 10, 1835, bought 25 acres of land for £100, on which the village of Sligoville was established.The land was subdivided into 1/4 acre lots and sold to the emancipated slaves for the sum of £3.The property was originally called Highgate, and was renamed Sligoville on June 12, 1840 in honour of Howe Peter Browne, the second Marquis of Sligo, who was governor of Jamaica from 1834 until 1836.He was sent from England to supervise the emancipation process for the newly freed slaves and the transition from the apprenticeship system to full freedom.Phillipo, with Sligo’s support, constructed a school and church on the property.Relics of Jamaica’s past can still be seen at the site. Among them is the ruins of Highgate House, where successive British governors lived; and the St. John’s Anglican Church built in 1840 by John Agustus O’Sullivan as a private chapel for his family. It was O’Sullivan also who built the Sligoville Great house.Remnants of a coffee mill and a tank where the ex-slaves got their water can still be seen in the area.Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), Vivian Crawford, tells JIS NEWS that Sligoville has a lot of historical significance as it was the first free village to be established in the West Indies.He notes that “because of the pride of the (former slaves) they did not want to be squatters. They wanted structure in which they could raise their families.”Mr. Crawford says that several other free villages were set up across the island, which were modelled after Sligoville. These are Sturge Town, St. Ann; Bethel Town, Westmoreland; Mount Carey, St. James and Islington, St. Mary.Most of them were established by ministers of religion, who supplied land to the ex-slaves, who had never owned property before.“We owe a debt of gratitude to the Baptist church for the effort with regard to these free villages,” Mr. Crawford says.The IoJ head, in noting the rich heritage of the area, says Sligoville is the birthplace of the Rastafarian movement, with the first Rastafarian village named Pinnacle established there in 1940.Meanwhile, residents of Sligoville, many of whom are direct descendants of the freed slaves, who settled there are proud of the area’s history.They have formed the Sligoville Heritage Foundation Benevolent Society with the goal of preserving the heritage and safeguarding the legacy of the area.Secretary of the Society, Girsham McLaughlin, tells JIS NEWS that the village remains an important part of Jamaica’s history.“We are trying to promote Sligoville as a heritage site because we were the first free village to be established after the abolition of slavery. There are specific structures that date back to the time of slavery and we are trying to get funding to preserve what is left of those (structures). If we don’t preserve them we will have lost a significant part our history,” he notes.The community has organsied several fundraising activities including fish fries and the annual Sligoville Emanci-Fest in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).Mr. McLaughlin says there are plans to launch a website to promote the heritage and culture of the area.last_img read more

Thunder Bay inquest into death of students reopening old wounds

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a stressful time for the students at staff at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay.Seven First Nation students died in various circumstances while attending the school.Now people are bracing for more painful revelations as a coroner’s inquest into their deaths resumes this week.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story from Thunder Bay.last_img

Calling all entrepreneurial spirited youths for the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition

first_imgThese chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements. The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the final Competition on April 29, 2019.Submission Deadline is March 15, 2019To participate in the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition, or to download an application follow the direct link; CLICK HERE Junior Dragon Den’s FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- This year’s Junior Dragons Den is gearing up by looking for applicants to enter the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.If you know a youth that has a business or business idea and needs help developing their concept. Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business, business idea or expansion of a current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Once applications have been received and reviewed, five applicants from each category will advance to the regional competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills.last_img read more

Adityanath to begin poll campaign from Saharanpur

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that he will kick off his poll campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday. In a tweet in Hindi, Adityanath said that with the “blessings of Ma Shakummbhari, I will be launching the campaign from Saharanpur, the land known for its wood work, to wipe out dynastic politics and take the victory chariot of the BJP further”. In Saharanpur, he will also address a public rally after which he will fly to Mathura, where he will seek votes for actress-turned-politician Hema Malini, who has been fielded for a second term from the seat. An aide told IANS that the Chief Minister will also hold rallies in Gorakhpur and Varanasi on March 26. He has represented Gorakhpur for five straight terms in the Lok Sabha before he resigned to take over as Chief Minister.last_img read more

Rs 8100crore loan fraud case Hitesh Patel held in Albania

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitesh Patel, an accused in the Rs 8,100-crore bank loan fraud allegedly perpetrated by Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech group, has been detained in Albania on the basis of an Interpol notice issued against him by the ED, officials said Friday.Hitesh Narender Bhai Patel was apprehended by law enforcement officials of that country from the capital city of Tirana on March 20, they said. The officials later informed Indian investigative agencies about the development and the Enforcement Directorate officials are expected to reach Albania soon to secure his extradition. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Patel is an accused in the case and is the brother-in-law of one of the main accused, Chetan Sandesara. The other prime accused is Nitin Sandesara. Patel is expected to be extradited to India soon,” they said. The ED had ensued a red corner notice against him from the Interpol on March 11. The detention has happened based on this warrant, the officials said. The agency said Patel was instrumental in getting dummy directors for shell companies used by Sandesaras. The Sandesara brothers are also stated to be in Albania and on March 19, a Delhi court had allowed the ED to send extradition requests to that country against the two.last_img read more

Light rains likely in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites are likely to get some relief from the scorching heat on Monday as the weatherman has forecast light rains. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, said the minimum temperature settled at 25 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 39 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 AM was 63 per cent. The weatherman has predicted cloudy sky with possibility of rain, thunderstorm or dust storm. On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 39 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius.last_img

Passion for Caftan More than a runway show

first_imgBy Najoua Bijjir – Rotterdam, NetherlandsPassion for Caftan is a fashion event held twice a year in Belgium. On Sunday, March 30, the sixth edition of the event will take place in the city of Antwerp. Nasim Tesoudali, an organizer of the event, reveals secrets behind the successful event.What can you tell us about Passion for Caftan? “Passion for Caftan is a fashion event, which focuses on Moroccan and Arab haute couture. With this event we want to make a contribution to the fashion industry, where the caftan certainly has earned its place,” Tesoudali said.What can the audience expect during the upcoming event?“This year we have 24 designers from Europe, Morocco and Dubai. Every year we invite special guests of honour to participate in the event. And I’m proud to announce that this year our guests are actresses Samia Akkariou, Nora Skali, Leila Hadioui, and TV-host Samira el Beloui. Furthermore, we have a few surprise acts in store. This way Passion for Caftan is more than a runway show. It’s also an experience reminiscent of a fashion gala.What is the secret behind the success?The first edition of Passion for Caftan was held in 2009, and was officially opened by former Prime Minister Yves Leterme. Since then, the event has grown each year. Even though the caftan is a Moroccan gown, our visitors have different ethnical backgrounds, and are interested in wearing a caftan as well. The Moroccan caftan is similar to the Moroccan kitchen, it’s rich in ingredients and everything is possible. Therein lies the success of Passion for Caftan. We’re especially looking forward to cross borders with our concept.The gown that never disappeared What makes the caftan a special gown?To answer this question, we asked the Moroccan couture designer and Passion For Caftan ambassador, Amine M’rani, about his experience with the upcoming event. “Passion for Caftan is the number one caftan event in Europe. We’ve never imagined it could be such a success. We are the place for brides-to-be looking for a Moroccan wedding gown. We always add a new twist to the caftan, and make the gown look very stylish in each collection we present.”“The caftan is actually a very rare gown among others, and through the ages it never disappeared. In fact, the caftan keeps developing and modernizing. It’s the only gown that is suitable for different styles and different purposes, such as a modern soiree or a very traditional one. The caftan is very suitable to wear in every country, that’s because the gown blends easily in different cultures. This is what inspires me most about the caftan,” M’rani said.How did you begin designing caftans?“I was born into a family that always was into fashion and designing. From my father’s side as well as my mother’s. I’ve always been surrounded by the most beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship of a high quality. When it comes to designing a caftan I always keep this in mind.”What can we expect from your collection during the upcoming event?“We are the first doorsteps to weddings. Therefore our upcoming collection focuses especially on bridal collection. We added many new twists to the Caftan, as a wedding gown, in our new collection.”Arab fashion meets the westDuring Passion for Caftan we will not only admire the works of Moroccan fashion designers, but also that of the Dutch fashion designer Irving Vorster, head designer at the label IRVINX. We asked Irving Vorster to tell us about his contribution to the fashion event. “For the upcoming show I was asked to design a special caftan gown. Previously, I designed a dress for Kristiane Backer, author of the book From MTV to Mecca, and enjoyed working on this dress. Now, I’m looking forward to designing a unique caftan, featured with my design mark. These are my distinctive asymmetric lines in every gown.”Dutch fashion designer Irving VorsterWhat do you think about a fashion event dedicated to the Caftan?“Passion for Caftan is a beautiful concept where the Arab fashion meets the West.As a designer I am very excited to discover the Moroccan culture, and I am even considering designing an exclusive collection of caftans within my regular collection.”What do you think about Moroccan and Arab fashion in general?“What strikes me most about many Muslim women in the West, is that they always look very groomed and beautiful. In my opinion, a woman doesn’t necessarily have to be naked to look her best. When a woman looks grooming, she looks very feminine. This is clearly reflected in the Islamic culture.”Dutch fashion designer Irving Vorster, showing a caftan in progress© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Thad Matta to Jake Lorbach Dont be another Mark Titus

Junior forward Jake Lorbach (34) takes a shot during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen Ohio State junior forward Jake Lorbach made the men’s basketball team as a walk-on before last season, coach Thad Matta had only one thing to say to him.“He (told me), ‘I don’t want another Mark Titus. So just try not to do that.’ But sometimes you can’t help yourself,” Lorbach said Friday.Titus, a former OSU walk-on who graduated in 2010, gained stardom in his Buckeye career after starting a blog known as Club Trillion. He has since written a book called “Don’t Put Me In, Coach,” chronicling his time as OSU’s goofball whose goal was to play in as many games as possible without recording any statistical significance.Matta’s lighter side is mentioned throughout Titus’ book, but the former player’s antics — making faces behind his head coach after the team won the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, for example — led some to believe his popularity got on the coach’s nerves. Lorbach hasn’t taken the goofing around to Titus’ level quite yet, but did photobomb LeBron James during a sideline interview when the football team was taking on Wisconsin Sept. 28.Matta denied having told Lorbach to avoid following in the footsteps of Titus, though.“I don’t think I told him that,” Matta said with a laugh Friday. “I love Mark, still do … (but) Jake’s done a tremendous job for us.”Lorbach made a splash Wednesday when he entered OSU’s 86-48 victory against Bryant and scored six points, the first two on a breakaway dunk where he barely jumped high enough to put the ball over the rim.“When I was sitting on the bench for the majority of the game, my knees were feeling kind of tired from that week of practice and so I think once I got the ball on the breakaway, it was just like a lot of adrenaline and then me thinking about my knees and whether or not I was going to get high enough,” Lorbach said. “It was a split second, so fortunately I was able to get up high enough and put it down and that’s all that matters.”The Schottenstein Center crowd — and his teammates on the bench — erupted every time Lorbach got the ball and scored against the Bulldogs, but if he had missed the dunk attempt, they might not have been so nice.“I’m pretty sure the crowd would have reacted a lot differently,” Lorbach said with a smile.“We might have laughed a little bit but told him to get it the next time,” junior guard Shannon Scott said Friday, speculating on the team’s reaction if Lorbach’s try had been unsuccessful.Lorbach, who played volleyball in addition to basketball at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, said his performance against Bryant has been recognized on campus and social media as well.“(I’ve) definitely gotten a lot more (Twitter) followers after that debut. People have come up to me a lot and said good job,” Lorbach said. “It’s cool getting the attention, it’s a lot different. Usually, I just walk through the shadows and now I’m kind of out there and people know who I am.”Having only played 10 minutes the past two seasons combined, the majority of Lorbach’s time is spent on the practice court getting the scholarship players ready for their next opponent. His hard work on his own game, though, doesn’t go unnoticed by his coach.“He does everything we need him to do,” Matta said. “For Jake, wanting to be a part of this basketball team and knowing that his role was never going to be significant by any stretch for the team, but we’re going to require him to be a great teammate and have a great attitude every single day and he’s definitely exceeding our expectations when it comes to that. For (the other players), basically the work he’s putting in, he’s here every second that they’re here and not getting to do the majority of the things they are, so when something happens, I think they’re excited for him.”Not getting the playing time others do is something that comes with being a walk-on, and even if he does not get a chance to play Saturday when the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on North Dakota State at 8:15 p.m., Lorbach said he is just happy to get any opportunity after all his hard work.“It definitely feels like it’s paying off finally,” Lorbach said. “I come to practice every day and do what I can to help the team and then finally, I was able to go out there and showcase what I’m able to do.” read more

Backcourt duo of DAngelo Russell Shannon Scott propel Buckeyes into Big Ten

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) both helped lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — The Ohio State men’s basketball team was struggling through a rough first half in the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota as it opened the game shooting 1-of-12 from long range.Enter the Yin-and-Yang combo of senior guard Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell.The pair combined for 44 points Thursday night as the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 79-73, in Chicago to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.Scott scored 21 points, setting a new career-high, in the win and said he was aggressive from the start of the game.“I just looked for my shot a little earlier in the game. I think a lot of times I settle and pass the ball around the perimeter,” he said. “I think I looked at the rim a lot more and when I felt I was open I attacked from there.”Scott finished 7-of-12 shooting from the field and added a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds.He said a motivating factor for his performance, and the team’s performance as a whole, was a 72-48 drubbing at home on Sunday against Wisconsin.“Our biggest thing was after our senior night loss, just to play our best basketball now. We went out at the (Schottenstein Center) not playing how we wanted to play,” Scott said. “So we had to move on past it and get going again.”Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored just four points in his first college tournament game, said looking to seniors like Scott is important as March gets in full swing.“We definitely have to look close to them, because they have been there before,” Tate said. “They know the atmosphere, and being freshmen, they may know what we’re feeling.”OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that he was proud of the way his team responded coming off of a tough loss.“We had a couple great practices leading into this,” Matta said. “I talked about it before the game tonight, I think, in terms of the way we came out. I was excited to see that.”Russell who had five turnovers against Wisconsin on Sunday, started Thursday’s game 0-of-6 from long range with eight points in the first half. He said it was Matta who woke him up in the second half.“Coach told me, ‘It’s time,’ and I started making shots for some reason,” Russell said. “I don’t know what it was. They started calling plays for me and putting me in positions to score and capitalize and create for others, and that’s what I did.”Russell’s biggest play of the game came with 1:41 on the clock when the Louisville, Ky., native stepped into a 3-point shot with the shot clock winding down and buried it to extend the OSU lead to seven and ultimately out of reach for Minnesota.Scott said even though he has only played with Russell for one season, he has come to expect those kinds of plays from the freshman.“That’s what he does … The whole year he has made some spectacular plays for us. He is uncanny scoring the ball,” Scott said. “When he has the ball in his hands, we know there is a good chance it is going in.”The game marked Russell’s first post-season college game and now that it is out of the way, he said he is looking forward to Friday’s matchup with Michigan State.“It’s win or go home, anything can happen,” he said. “Whoever our opponent is, we are just going to treat it like another game and trust the system.”The Buckeyes dropped their only matchup with the Spartans this season on Feb. 14 in East Lansing, Mich., 59-56, something Russell said he has not forgotten.“They only beat us by a buzzer beater,” Russell said. “I give a lot of credit to them. They played the gaps well, they were physical on me. They capitalized when we made mistakes.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to tip about 25 minutes after the Maryland vs. Indiana matchup on Friday night. read more

Sancho wont be playing for England if he stayed at City

first_imgJamie Redknapp believes Jadon Sancho won’t be playing for the England national team if he stayed at Manchester City.The former Liverpool midfielder was left in awe of the Borussia Dortmund youngster following his impressive display against the United States on Thursday but the pundit highlighted the player’s development since leaving City to get regular first-team action.Sancho left the Premier League champions in 2017, much to the surprise of manager Pep Guardiola, but has since established himself as one of the most promising teenage footballers in Europe.“Jadon Sancho, 18 years of age, what a talent. I was so impressed with him,” Redknapp said, according to Daily Mail.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He’s a great example actually of a young player who took the opportunity to go and play abroad, got himself into the first team because no disrespect to Manchester City, if he had stayed at City there is no way he will have played for England tonight. It’s just a fact.”“The fact that he has gone away, he’s taken a chance, a real gamble, been brave and it has paid off, it really has.”“I love his flair. This kid has got so much talent the game is easy for him. He dribbles past people like they are not there. He moves the ball so effortlessly and that is a real gift when you can travel like that at pace.”“He runs away from people, he has got step-overs, he wriggles away from people, can pick a pass. He’s so skillful. So skillful. To be doing that at 18 years of age on a big stage, it’s incredible. We are so lucky to have him.”last_img read more