ELBASAN, Albania (AP):Portugal closed in on a spot at the European Championship after midfielder Miguel Veloso scored in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win from Albania in qualifying yesterday.Both teams had hit the woodwork before Veloso headed in substitute Ricardo Quaresma’s pass for the late winner.”I thought the ball was for me, and fortunately, it made it,” Veloso said.Elsewhere, Denmark was stymied by Armenia for a second 0-0 draw in four days, complicating the Danes’ chances to secure a berth for the 2016 tournament with a top-two finish in the group.Portugal increased its lead of Group I to 15 points. Denmark has 12 while Albania has 11, but both Portugal and Albania have a game in hand.Portugal’s Nani hit the goal frame in the 13th minute, while Sokol Cikalleshi of Albania sent a shot off the bar in the 75th.Two minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo had an opportunity to put Portugal in front, but goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a save.The victory came exactly one year after Albania stunned Portugal 1-0.Armenia has two points, while Serbia is in last place with one.”After halftime our team had one of its worst matches,” said Denmark coach Morten Olsen. “We failed in the last 20 minutes. The Armenians also proved they can play. The fact they have only got two points must be a mistake.”Portugal hosts Denmark on Oct. 8 when a draw will be enough to qualify, while Albania plays Serbia at home.
Donegal is home to many bird coloniesTwo Irish wildlife charities have pleaded with parents to keep their children under control around bird colonies including Donegal this summer.The Irish Wildlife Trust and BirdWatch Ireland, are urging people to visit Ireland’s magnificent coastal and island bird colonies this summer but to ensure that birds, their nests and eggs are not disturbed.The two organisations have issued a joint code of conduct highlighting the fact that all breeding birds in Ireland are protected under the Wildlife Act 1976. They have asked that people keep their distance, even though many coastal birds seem quite tame.Ireland’s coastal habitats and islands are among the most important areas in Europe for breeding seabirds such as Puffins, Cormorants, Razorbills and a variety of gulls.Breeding grounds such as on Tory and Arranmore, the Saltee Islands in Wexford, Ireland’s Eye in Dublin and the Skelligs in Kerry are among our most amazing wildlife spectacles and thousands of people visit them every year.IWT Campaigns Officer, Pádraic Fogarty, says photographers and children are the biggest offenders. “Last year we received a number of complaints about a minority of people behaving inappropriately, such as photographers walking among Gannet nests and children chasing birds.“These are amazing places to appreciate our wildlife but people need to remember that they are protected sites and that disturbing birds is against the law.”Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland said Ireland’s seabird colonies are amongst the finest in Europe and offer a wonderful opportunity for nature-lovers to see these special birds at close quarters and to get a glimpse into their otherwise hidden lives.“ We would urge visitors who go to watch this spectacle always to put the welfare of the birds first and to ensure that they don’t cause any disturbance or distress to them during the nesting season.” PARENTS ASKED TO CONTROL CHILDREN AROUND DONEGAL’S BIRD COLONIES was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bird coloniesBirdwatch Irelandchildren
The British Medical Journal 12 June cover story1 says that recent advances in magnetic resonance imaging may soon make MRI supersede X-ray as the preferred technology for whole body imaging. MRI avoids the damage caused by X-rays and provides more contrast and detail, especially in the detection of cancer. MRI is also replacing traditional autopsy techniques. See the summary on EurekAlert.1Eustace and Nelson, “Whole body magnetic resonance imaging,” British Medical Journal 2004;328:1387-1388 (12 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1387.The article mentions Raymond Damadian and references his seminal 1971 paper. Damadian was slighted by the Nobel committee last year (see 10/10/2003 headline) but won the Ben Franklin Medal and Bower Award this year to add to his lifetime honors for inventing this life-saving technology. Answers in Genesis found a quote by evolutionist Michael Ruse, in which he speculates that the main reason the Nobel committee bypassed Damadian was because of his creationism. That is scandalous. Though an ardent anti-creationist, Ruse sympathized with the outrage over the unjust decision, stating, “I cringe at the thought that Raymond Damadian was refused his just honor because of his religious beliefs.”(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
pete warden Why do they do this? The organization of the data enables them to run more efficient queries only against the relevant data. When they have a job that requires analyzing Twitter retweets for example, they can just pull out the content, sender and time for each message, and ignore all other metadata. This process is made a lot easier thanks to their use of Thrift for the data storage. Everything in their system is described by a graph-like Thrift schema, which controls the folder hierarchy the data is stored into, and automagically creates the Java/Python/etc code for serialization. Though they are not yet ready for release, Storm and Thunderlog are being actively developed and will soon replace their more hand-coded speed layer. The system will incorporate many of the tips they picked up building their first system. For instance, to avoid concurrency issues without paying a performance penalty, you can group events by key so that possibly conflicting changes happen on the same machine in a serial fashion. Christopher GoldaMichael MontanoNathan MarzIt has pulled this off with only seed funding and just three employees: Christopher Golda, Michael Montano and Nathan Marz. They’re all engineers, so there’s not even any sysadmins to take some of the load. At the end of the tour of their technology, I was left very impressed by how much they have accomplished with so few engineers. Instead of the firefighting and housekeeping burden I’d expect from such a complex system, they seem to spend most of their time focused on applications that solve customer problems. Because the Hadoop processing is run once or twice a day, the fast layer only has to keep track of a few hours of data to produce its results. The smaller volume makes it easy to use database technologies like MySQL, Tokyo Tyrant and Cassandra in the speed layer. Crawlers put new data on Gearman queues and workers process and write to a database. When the API is called, a thin layer of code queries both the speed layer database and the batch ElephantDB system, and merges the information from both to produce the final output that’s shown to the outside world. The start of the pipeline is a group of machines that ingest data from the Twitter firehose, Facebook API and millions of sites and other social media services. The first interesting feature of the architecture is that it actually has two different pipelines, one the traditional batch layer that takes hours to produce results, and a “speed layer” that reflects new changes immediately. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The final part of the batch processing puzzle is how to get the results of your analysis to the final user. They experimented with writing out the data to a Cassandra cluster, but ran into performance issues. What they ended up creating instead was a system they call ElephantDB. It takes all the data from a batch job, splits it up into shards, each of which is written out to disk as BerkeleyDB-format files. After that they fire up an ElephantDB cluster to serve the shards. Unlike many traditional databases, it’s read-only, so to update data served from the batch layer you create a new set of shards. Coping with that volume of data with limited resources has forced them to be extremely creative. They’ve invented their own language, Cascalog, to make analysis easy, and their own database, ElephantDB, to simplify delivering the results of their analysis to users. They’ve even written a system to update traditional batch processing of massive data sets with new information in near real-time. Its power has enabled them to quickly add features like domain-level statistics and per-user influence scores with just a couple of screens of code. It’s spread beyond BackType and has an active user community including companies like eHarmony, PBworks and Metamarkets. Cascalog is one of their secret weapons, a Clojure-based query language for Hadoop that makes it simple for them to analyze their data in new ways. Inspired by the venerable Datalog, and built on top of Cascading, it allows you to write queries in Clojure and define even complex operations in simple code. Unlike alternatives like Pig or Hive, it’s written within a general-purpose language, so there’s no need for separate user-defined functions, but it’s still a highly-structured way of defining queries. Related Posts How do three guys with only seed funding process a hundred million messages a day? I sat down with the BackType team to discover how they built a service relied upon by companies like bit.ly, Hunch and The New York Times. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid The secret is their ability to automate the routine tasks with tools like Cascalog, ElephantDB and Thunderlog. Writing those allows them to spend their limited time on writing new applications that offer direct value to their users, without having to wrestle with screenfuls of boilerplate code first. They are on the lookout for new team members, and say they’ve only stayed so small because they are so committed to only hiring the very best. If you’re interested in working on the cutting edge of big data processing, drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To give you an idea of the scale of its task, it has about 25 terabytes of compressed binary data on its servers, holding over 100 billion individual records. Its API serves 400 requests per second on average, and it has 60 EC2 servers around at all times, scaling up to 150 for peak loads. BackType captures online conversations, everything from tweets to blog comments to checkins and Facebook interactions. Its business is aimed at helping marketers and others understand those conversations by measuring them in a lot of ways, which means processing a massive amount of data. So that’s how the heavy processing is done, but what about instant updates? The speed layer exists to compensate for the high latency of the batch layer. It is completely transient and because the batch layer is constantly running it only needs to worry about new data. The speed layer can often make aggressive trade-offs for performance because the batch layer will later extract deep insights and run tougher computations. It takes the data that came in after the last batch processing job and applies fast running algorithms. Instead, Marz and Montano have been working on a new framework based on their own experiences. The technology managing the streaming processing and guaranteeing reliability of messages is called Storm, and though it can run a variety of languages, they’ve designed one especially for it called Thunderlog, based on Cascalog. Tags:#hack#Profiles Why You Love Online Quizzes Captured data is fed into the batch layer through processes on each machine called collectors. These append new data to a local file, which is then copied over to S3 periodically. This raw data is then put through a process they call shredding, which organizes it in two different ways. First, data units are stored with others of the same type. For example the content of tweets or blog comments would be stored together and separate from the names of their authors. Second, the same data is sliced by time, so everything within a single day will be stored together. Instead of the firefighting and housekeeping burden I’d expect from such a complex system, they seem to spend most of their time focused on applications that solve customer problems. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? The backbone of BackType’s pipeline is Amazon Web Services, using S3 for storage and EC2 for servers. It leverages technologies such as Clojure, Python, Hadoop, Cassandra and Thrift to process this data in batch and real-time. BackType isn’t the only startup to split its processing using this combination of speed and batch layers; Hunch does something similar for its user recommendations. The trouble is that nobody has found an approach that is as elegant or generally applicable as MapReduce for real-time processing of continuous streams of data.Yahoo’s S4 “Distributed Stream Computing Platform” is an interesting start, but Marz explained that they weren’t able to build on top of it because it didn’t offer any reliability guarantees, thanks to its use of UDP for communication. The lack of unit tests also made it daunting, since it would be tough to spot if any modifications they needed to make had introduced subtle bugs.
By Barbara O’NeillHow can Personal Finance Management Program Staff assist service members with ways to teach young children about financial management?Explain to service members that money management is a developmental process and that children learn by doing, watching, and listening. Encourage service members to process their thoughts out loud when performing a money-related task around their children. For example, at the grocery store, say, “I see these green beans are 76 cents a unit, and this brand is 56 cents per unit. I will save money if I buy the cheaper brand.”A good website for more information and exercises to do with children is Thrive By Five.Watch the Military Families Learning Network’s Talking with Military Kids About Money webinar:Browse more military personal finance articles and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 18, 2013
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR To the delight of the fans, who braved the unforgiving heat before the rains fell and muddied the track, the 26-year-old Saulog, fresh from a one-month sojourn to the United States, started slow but finished strong to relegate the 12-year-old Reyes and Jasmin Jao to second and third places, respetively.‘‘No big deal for me. I’m actually rooting for Quiana because I heard that she lost in the 4th leg due to mechanical failure,’’ said Saulog, who said that she was actually looking forward to racing against two-leg winner Pia Gabriel. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGabriel watched the race but didn’t compete. Saulog remained non-commital on her plans. ‘‘Racing is in my blood, think I’m stuck with the sport. Right now, I want to help my father run a racing series but I still don’t know whether I’ll continue competing.’’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Despite not having as single practice round, Saulog managed to overtake Reyes in the third of the five-lap race to collar the top spot.The fans cheered loudly as Jao took the holeshot before Reyes, an incoming Grade 7 student at St. Paul College in Bocaue, grabbed the lead only to lose it when Saulog steered her Honda CRF 450 to perfection.‘‘I’m glad but surprised that Ate Janelle joined the race. I’m very happy with the result,’’ said Quiana, whose 10-year-old brother Wenson reigned supreme in the kids 85cc and 65cc categories.By finishing second, Quiana won the overall title with a total of 97 points followed by Jao with 83 points.Gabriel, dubbed as the motocross princess, didn’t figure prominently in the race as she was unable to compete in three of the five legs of the series sponsored by Diamond Motors Corporation and supported by Dunlop Tires, Dickies, Tireshakk, Yamaha Motor Philippines, Go Pro Philippines, PTT Philippines Corporation, DC Shoes Philippines, Coffee Grounds and Xtreme Adrenaline Sports Entertainment Co. ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heated action in the ladies class. Photo by August dela Cruz/INQUIRERAs expected, Davao-pride Bornok Mangosong and Bulacan ace Sonnie Quiana Reyes topped the PTT Pro Open and DC Shoes Ladies Class. The bigger surprise, though, at the end of the much-applauded Diamond Motor Supercross Series last Saturday at the rain-filled Mx Messiah Fairgrounds at Taytay, Rizal was the appearance and the decision of motocross queen Janelle Saulog to compete in the ladies category against the rising stars.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast This was the same case with the ageless Glenn Aguilar of KTM racing. The 42-year-old racing idol outshone Mangosong in the first two legs but his tight schedule prevented him from completing the series, thus robbing him of crucial points.Mangosong of Yamaha roared in the next three legs to win handily with 119 overall points.‘‘Blessed morning for us. The best part of winning is knowing that you have overcome the toughest challenges to achieve victory,’’ said Mangosong, who also dedicated the win to his future wife Shela Mae. He will get married on June 18 at Samal Island.The victory was worth P50,000 for Mangosong, who never surrendered the lead after winning the holeshot.JC Rellosa of Bicol and Jerick Mitra of Nueva Ecija finished second and third overall with 107 and 95 points, respectively.Buboy Antonio, another rising star, trailed Mangosong in the early goings but his attack got stymied when he suffered a flat tire in the middle stages of the race.Jing Leongson (Veterans Open) and Maynard Mercado (GoPro Amateur) also triumphed in the event dubbed by organized and former pro rider Sam Tamayo of Generation Congregation and Xtreme Adrenaline Sports as ‘‘most stressful but rewarding.’’Credited by observers as one of the reasons for the renewed interest in motocross, Tamayo noted the gap between the veterans and the young turks is getting smaller.‘‘The sport is growing.The young riders are no longer intimidated, said Tamayo, also a Pastor of the Church of Nazarene based in Taytay. 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Look at the irony of it. I have a broken back, broken knees, I have torn my shoulders six or seven times and I’m playing a superhero.?? That’s 38-year-old actor Hrithik Roshan’s way of poking fun at his intimate enemy of 27 years: Constant and relentless pain. “I don’t remember those days when I did not have any pain.?? He was just 11, when his knees hurt and a “strange, shooting pain?? often hit him like a knife up the spine. At 19, he ended up with a herniated disc, excruciating pain and a long list of can’ts and don’ts. That was also the first time he heard the words: “You should not be an actor.?? He proved his doctors wrong. But at 33, when he was put on crutches for six months for arthritis on his right knee, he despaired. “The pain was unbearable. There was hardly any cartilage left. That’s when fear set in and made me imagine the worst.??His journey captures the story of seven million Indians, who live, work and fight with debilitating pain every year. Modern medicine has conquered many diseases andhalted others, but attitude towards patients in pain-even the terminally ill-has largely remained primitive. Roshan, however, is free of pain now. He happens to be a beneficiary of the new emerging science of pain. After decades of slow progress, an explosion of new research, treatments and therapeutics is changing the way pain is understood and managed. There is new hope in what scientists have learned about how pain works: That it’s not the reality of your injury or illness, pain is how unwell your brain thinks you are.advertisementIs a pain-free future on the horizon? Roshan, for one, certainly thinks so. He has gone through cutting-edge treatments-from functional manual therapy to myofascial tissue massage-that would have been impossible even a few years ago. Now Indian scientists have come up with a new drug that can target cells at the level of molecules and stop the brain from responding ’emotionally’ to what it perceives to be damage to the body-or pain. Now waiting for global patent, it is the only reported such pain molecule in the world to have gone through clinical trials.Pain hit the headlines this year with a vengeance, as Bollywood’s glamorous stars went in and out of hospitals. Amitabh Bachchan blogged in April about his “horrendous pain?? that made it difficult for him to “walk, stand, sit or lie down??. Shah Rukh Khan wrote on Facebook in January about pain in his ribs: “Hurts only when I laugh or breathe.?? Salman Khan complained of “unbearable pain?? in his jaws and cheeks, a recurring issue. Roshan went public about his condition after completing 85 days of “non-stop, hardcore action?? for his forthcoming science fiction film, Krrish 3: “Hanging from a harness 100 feet off the ground is probably the worst thing for any spine.??It hasn’t quite made the headlines but the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (aiims) is organising lectures on pain management for mbbs students this year-the first such in India. “For years, chronic pain has been neglected by doctors,?? says Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, anaesthesiologist with the cancer centre at aiims. “Most treat it as a symptom of other diseases and not as a disorder that should be targeted in itself for relief.?? The Medical Council of India recognised it as an md specialisation in 2011, after global ngo Human Rights Watch revealed in its report the lack of basic knowledge among Indian doctors about pain management.The God is in biology. Way back in the 1990s, when behavioural neurologist V.S. Ramachandran experimented with mirrors on a patient tortured by “phantom pain?? in an amputated arm, it led to the most exciting story in all of pain science: That chronic pain has more to do with the way the brain rewires itself after mining all its data-thoughts, feelings, beliefs, expectations, memories and genetics.”It was a radical shift in opinion,?? says Ramachandran, now the director of Center for Brain and Cognition at University of California, San Diego, US. “We have been urging the new view that something like chronic pain is caused by a shift in equilibrium in the brain. Often, you just need a reset button to shift it back with very simple procedures.?? A decade-and-a-half of brain imaging has proved that.Imagine this: You get hurt. Your cells start oozing enzymes, signalling white blood cells to come over and heal. The heat produced in the rush upsets little ‘molecular thermometers’ located on the pain receptors of your skin. They communicate electrical impulses about what is happening in your body’s environment through the spinal cord to your brain. The brain immediately sends it to various units to interpret the signal: Where does the pain came from? What is it like? How does it compare with other pain it knows? The emotional hub, the limbic system, is the final interpreter. Depending on how it decides to ‘feel’ the pain, you yell, cry, break out in sweat, or your heart starts racing. All within a fraction of a second.advertisementWhat if there is a drug that can stop the little ‘thermometers’ from communicating with the brain? That’s exactly what a team of 60 scientists is trying to do at the sprawling Novel Chemical Entities lab of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd at Mahape in Navi Mumbai. A world of biotech is gathering momentum here since 2007 on pain therapeutics. Scientists are designing novel molecule structures and making new compounds. “The new science shows unique pain pathways,?? says chief scientist Neelima Joshi. The molecule they have discovered, GRC 15300, can act on one such pathway, ‘molecular thermometer’ TRPV3, and block it from transmitting signals to the brain. “No pharma company in the world has been able to discover and develop a TRPV3 molecule and take it to clinics,?? she adds. “There has been little breakthrough in pain therapeutics in the last 80-100 years,?? says Glenn Saldanha, chairman and md of Glenmark. “Old pain-relieving options like opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid) have limited impact, addiction potential and safety issues.?? But the market for painkillers is going up by 16-20 per cent a year, as chronic pain-lower-back pain, arthritis and headaches top the list-keeps 30 per cent of Indians from enjoying life, according to data compiled by the Delhi Pain Clinic. Moreover, with few or no drugs available for excruciating pain linked to cancer, osteoarthritis or neuropathies, there is a large unmet need for pain as an area of treatment.So what goes wrong in chronic pain? Shouldn’t the pain stop after an injury or damage heals? “In chronic pain, the body’s alarm system breaks down,?? says orthopaedic surgeon Dr Rajesh Malhotra of aiims. “There is no threat to the body, yet nerves continue to fire pain messages to the brain and that becomes the pattern.?? But why do some patients develop chronic pain while others don’t? The answer is likely to be genetic, he says.That raises another sticky issue: Is it possible to measure pain? “Most physicians work largely in the dark,?? says neurologist Dr Sumit Singh of Medanta-The Medicity in Gurgaon, “relying on patient narrative and the four vital signs: Temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.?? But new ways of rating pain, allowing patients to choose their pain level, are being devised: From verbal to numerical, facial expression to visual analogue scales.New treatment approaches are pouring out of clinics and hospitals. Hip-replacement surgeries are often being substituted by a newer alternative, visco-supplementation, a relatively painless procedure where a liquid is pumped into the joint for temporary relief for arthritic pain. Skin patches that deliver painkiller drugs are also being used to treat back-neck-shoulder pain due to a sedentary lifestyle, or chronic arthritis and muscle pain. Botulinum toxin A, a wrinkle-fighter, is gaining currency as a tool for fighting headaches. Botox blocks a neurotransmitter that sends messages from brain to muscles to clench.advertisementThe new approach to pain management is making seasoned hospital entrepreneurs to look for an edge in marketing healthcare in a new avatar: The pain clinic. Dr Gerd Mueller’s brand new pain boutique, ActivOrtho, in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, is one such. An orthopaedic surgeon and expert in pain and sports medicine, Mueller has been running centres in Germany. But the continuous flow of patients from India led him to the idea of creating a broader pain management clinic in Delhi.”We are bringing in the idea of European Rehabilitation focused on a multidisciplinary approach towards chronic pain,?? says Mueller. That means addressing all the dimensions of a person’s life to treat pain: Structural issues (is there any problem with the spine or bones?); functional (are the muscles in order?), social (what sort of lifestyle and social support does the patient have?) and psychological (is the patient suffering from anxiety and depression?).Clinics like Mueller’s show how quickly pain treatment is changing. As a student in the 1970s, Dr Rajesh Malhotra remembers how little was understood about the processes behind pain. “Most of the neurotransmitters were not known,?? he says. Can pain be conquered? “I certainly think so,?? he says with infectious optimism.Roshan still gives himself an hour a day to stay out of pain, but that old fear of mortality is gone. He can play with his children, act and lead an active life again. And he certainly does not have to say goodbye to dance or to his movies. “If I believed what was told to me by my doctors, I would have given up very early in life,?? he says. “But I’ve always believed that nothing is impossible. And here I am.??with Shilpa Mehta
The Jamaican delegation was led by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange. Press Release – Jamaica has been successful in securing a place on yet another high-profile UNESCO Committee. Press Release – Jamaica has been successful in securing a place on yet another high-profile UNESCO Committee.The country was elected unopposed to a seat on the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), at the General Assembly of the Convention which ended on June 6 in Paris, France.The Jamaican delegation was led by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange.In reacting to the successful bid, Minister Grange said:“Jamaica expresses its sincere thanks for the overwhelming support we have received. We are heartened by the show of camaraderie particularly by St. Kitts and Nevis, who withdrew and in the end provided full backing for Jamaica to sit on the Committee. We do not take this level of support for granted”.The following 12 countries are now members of the Committee:Group I – The NetherlandsGroup II – Azerbaijan, PolandGroup III – JamaicaGroup IV – China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Sri LankaGroup V(a) – Cameroon, Djibouti, TogoGroup V (b) – KuwaitThe election to the Committee marks the first time Jamaica is to serve on this prestigious UNESCO body. Having earlier this year seen the election of Minister Grange to the UNESCO Executive Board and her selection as Chair of the Conventions and Recommendations Committee, Jamaica now stands tall in thehalls of this hallowed World Cultural powerhouse.It was only last November that Jamaica completed a successful four-year mandate on the World Heritage Committee.In addressing the General Assembly, Minister Grange encouraged countries that are party to the Convention to make every effort to build capacity within local communities to increase sustainable development for creative practitioners, culture bearers and the community at large.The Minister emphasised the role which Jamaica’s intangible heritage has played in shaping the country’s identity and in providing economic benefits to communities and individuals in Jamaica.She told the General Assembly:“Jamaica is proud of the fact that the musical heritage of the Maroons has been recognised through its inscription in 2008. We also look forward to future inscriptions of our Reggae music and the new religion of Rastafari, which we have given the world. Jamaica encourages all countries to seek to work towards recognition of their indigenous elements through inscription”.The 13th session of the ICH Committee will take place in Mauritius in November 2018 where Jamaica’s submission for the inscription of Reggae music on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will be considered. Story Highlights The country was elected unopposed to a seat on the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), at the General Assembly of the Convention which ended on June 6 in Paris, France.