Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe No matter how racist, bigoted, anti-women, or the other attributes that tell us who President-elect Donald Trump is, the burden of decency remains in the hands of parents preparing children for the world in which they will have to live.Black folks – Black parents, that is – should have a jump start on The Donald’s influence on non-minorities in their zeal to follow his lead and take America back to “white-only” drinking fountains.Truth be known, Trump didn’t unleash racism. It’s been haunting Black American families ever since we were released from bondage. Simply put, White America either didn’t know this or found it best to think America had improved.But many Black families have continuously prepared their children for the name-calling, the unequal education, the shoddy treatment, and other exclusionary tactics that have made us second-class citizens.“If you wanna move forward in this life,” the old folks have cautioned, “ You’ve got to get up earlier and stay up later than the White folks you’re working with or sitting next to in class.”In case some Black parents forgot to tell this to their children because their split-level home in the suburbs fooled them into believing they had arrived, let me welcome these families to the new day – which is actually the old day – same ol‘ same ol’.In some schools, news reports say, White students have been chanting “White Power.”Time for a Black History lesson. Have a dinner conversation about the treatment of James Meredith when he went to Ole Miss Law School back in the ’60‘s.Have a little breakfast conversation about the results of Topeka Kansas and Brown vs their Board of Education court decision.Hmm, think about the lessons those parents were having to teach their children.But surviving on a daily basis, in spite of racism, has always been at the top of the list for preparing our kids for life in the USA.Any Black family fooled over the years into believing they’d arrived are now forced to acknowledge that in their quest to climb to the top in White America, the Black folk they left behind are just like them.Donald and his blatant agenda have not started any of the turmoil. It’s been here. It never went away.America has shown its true colors. Now, all parents have some serious lessons to teach. Black ones already know but too many have tried to ignore reality. White ones never took the time to find out. All the other groups The Donald has targeted had an inkling as to how society saw them; but now they know for sure.Knowledge being power gives us the opportunity to stop turning our backs on the ugly truth and instead measure up to the challenge. Make a comment More Cool Stuff Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Shirlee Smith is a former Pasadena Star-News Opinion Columnist. She is a Los Angeles Press Club first place awardee and author of They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends and the Spanish edition, “Son Tus Hijos, No Tus Amigos.” Smith can be reached by email at [email protected] Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week SHIRLEE SMITH,Columnist Shirlee Smith | Parents Are the Answer By SHIRLEE SMITH Published on Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 9:15 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” The following is the schedule for the 2013 Fire Hydrant testing in Wellington.Â The schedule will be followed as close as possible.Â At times, due to unforeseen circumstances, changes to the schedule will be necessary.Â Announcements for any changes will be made as soon as possible.Â Hydrant testing will start on Sunday Sept.8th and will continue on weekdays only until all of the hydrants are tested.Crews will be trying to keep the water as clear as possible.Â Some â€œdirtyingâ€ of the water may occur in the area that is being tested.Â The possibility exists for adjacent areas to receive some of the â€œdirtyâ€ water also.Sept. 8th â€“Sept. 13th, 2013:â€¢Downtown hydrants from 2nd and 9th StreetÂ on Washingtonâ€¢Washington from 10thÂ St. to 16thÂ St.â€¢Jefferson from 1stÂ St. to 16th St.â€¢â€œAâ€ St, and â€œBâ€ St. from Lincoln to 16thÂ St.â€¢â€œCâ€ St. from 2ndÂ St. to 15thÂ St.â€¢â€œGâ€, â€œHâ€, Blaine, and Olive from 2ndÂ St. to Harvey.â€¢â€œFâ€ from 2ndÂ to 15th.â€¢Vandenburgh and Harvey, Olive from Harvey to 8th.â€¢Crestview Heights and Coyote.â€¢All hydrants west from Poplar and south of 16th St.Sept. 16thâ€“ Sept. 20th, 2013:Â â€¢All hydrants west from Poplar and south of 16th St.(continue).â€¢Crestview Heights and Coyote Ridge ( continue).â€¢All hydrants from Ash to Gardner from 3rdÂ to Waldoâ€¢All hydrants east of â€œAâ€ St and north of 16th to the city limitsâ€¢All hydrants north of 16thÂ St. on â€œAâ€ St. to the City LimitsÂ (This will include the Industrial Park areas).â€¢â€œGâ€ & 12th, â€œHâ€ St. from 11th to the north City Limits.â€¢All hydrants south of BNSF tracks from â€œCâ€ St. to Woodlawn.Sept. 23rdâ€“ Sept. 27th, 2013: â€¢Jefferson to â€œBâ€ St. from 16th to Vandenburgh.Â â€¢All hydrants south of BNSF tracks from Washington to Blaine.â€¢Blaine, Olive from 9th to 22nd.Â â€¢Poplar, Park, Plum, & High from 16th to 22nd.Â â€¢All hydrants north of BNSF tracks and from Woodlawn east.â€¢Finish remainder of rural hydrants.
Image Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsgfi68Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eexw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) a9smwWould you ever consider trying this?😱6nqjCan your students do this? 🌚25Roller skating! Powered by Firework There is an ongoing stigma against the wives and partners of cricketers, as the ladies aren’t allowed when their men are on tours. Now, Sania Mirza has come forward in support of all the ladies, defending them as strength rather than a distraction.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSIn an interview at the India Economic Summit on Thursday, the 32 year old argued that the bad performance on field has no relation to the presence of wives or girlfriends in the stadium, and they deserve no blame.“Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero, like what does that have anything to do with anything. It makes no sense.” Mirza opened up in defence of the actress.Advertisement Mirza, who married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010, lamented that she herself was targeted after Pakistan’s defeat in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.“And I’m not even from there, what powers I must have”. she said.Advertisement Speaking to NDTV, the former tennis star said: “Many a times, including our cricket team and in many teams I have seen that wives or girlfriends are not allowed on tour because the boys will be distracted. What does that mean? What is it that the women are doing that is going to distract the men so much?”The six times Grand Slam winner also said that sportsmen perform better on field in presence of their significant other in the stands.“They don’t come back to an empty room, they can go out and have dinner … when you have your wife or your partner there it gives you support, it gives you love,” she added.The South Asian UN Women Goodwill Ambassador also urged for the encouragement of young girls to take up a career in sports so they feel free from family and society’s pressure, because of their gender.“To start with, parents, neighbours, aunties and the uncles (need to) stop telling you how dark you will become and no one will marry you if you play a sport.” she said.Since her retirement in 2013, Mirza, now the mother of one, last appeared in the court in the 2017 China Open, but revealed her plans to return to the sport next year.“I’ve started practicing and the plan is to try to comeback by January. Hopefully my body will support me. If my body allows me and is letting me compete at my best level that I think that I can compete at then I will definitely give it a go.” she told the reporters. Advertisement
A Donegal County Councillor says he fears that a serious accident will occur if nothing is done to improve safety at a road bend in St Johnston. Cllr Gerry Crawford is calling on the council to take whatever action possible to slow traffic at the corner opposite the village church.“There has been numerous accidents at this location recently and I fear worse will happen. Measures must be taken to slow traffic,” Cllr Crawford said. “I also appeal to drivers to slow down and exercise caution over the Easter Holiday,” he added.Urgent action needed at dangerous bend, warns Cllr was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Gerry Crawfordroad safetySt Johnston
(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new biochemical atlas finds consistency, complexity, and precision in the human brain.The Allen Institute for Brain Science has just published its Human Brain Atlas in Nature (Hawlyrycz et al., “An anatomically comprehensive atlas of the adult human brain transcriptome, Nature 489, 20 Sept. 2012, pp. 391–399, doi:10.1038/nature11405). Science Daily printed this summary of what they did:The results of this study are based on extensive analysis of the Allen Human Brain Atlas, specifically the detailed all-genes, all-structures survey of genes at work throughout the human brain. This dataset profiles 400 to 500 distinct brain areas per hemisphere using microarray technology and comprises more than 100 million gene expression measurements covering three individual human brains to date. Among other findings, these data show that 84% of all genes are expressed somewhere in the human brain and in patterns that are substantially similar from one brain to the next.Even so, they “only scratched the surface” of the contents of their data set. The findings should lay to rest two common misconceptions in popular mythology, (1) that humans only use 10% of their brains, and (2) that right-brained people are different than left-brained. Science Daily said,The right and left hemispheres show no significant differences in molecular architecture. This suggests that functions such as language, which are generally handled by one side of the brain, likely result from more subtle differences between hemispheres or structural variation in size or circuitry, but not from a deeper molecular basis.In addition, they found high homogeneity in the gray matter, suggesting that “same basic functional elements are used throughout the cortex”.The statement that brain patterns are substantially similar between brains may inform philosophical questions about how well we can communicate with one another. The three examined were “high-quality, clinically unremarkable brains,” they said – i.e., not geniuses, but ordinary folks. (The sample size is still too small to make generalizations about differences due to sex and ethnicity.)Overall, the complexity of the brain was the story. Science Daily put it this way: “human brains share a consistent genetic blueprint and possess enormous biochemical complexity.” One collaborator said, “The tremendous variety of synapses we see in the human brain is quite striking.” The paper began, “The enormous complexity of the human brain is a function of its precise circuitry, its structural and cellular diversity, and, ultimately, the regulation of its underlying transcriptome.” The “transcriptome” refers to the set of genes that are transcribed into proteins. As stated, the team found 84% of all genes are expressed in the brain.There was only one reference to evolution in the paper, and that in the last sentence. The team was discussing differences between brains of animals and humans. “The primary feature that distinguishes the human brain from that of other species is the enormous expansion of the neocortex relative to total brain volume.” They commented on the fact that transcription appears relatively uniform across brain regions. All they could say about evolution was a suggestion: “the relative homogeneity of the two largest neuronal structures… is striking and suggests an evolutionary expansion of a canonical cortical blueprint.”Evolution was useless in the paper, as usual. Their final comment has the hallmarks of a required pinch of incense to Caesar Darwin. The team was looking for transcription (a design function) and structure (a design function) and found a lot of it. They found precision. They found complexity. They found consistency. What’s Darwin got to do with it?It’s worth remembering that examination of the structure of the brain has little bearing on the soul. You can look all you want at gene, neuronal, and protein activity and never see “consciousness” or personality. It would be like looking at the inner workings of Big Ben and looking for time. You will not see time. You will see machinery and processes, but time is a concept beyond the materials and methods used to measure it.The data set will also not support common ancestry. Take any strict Christian or Jew and they will agree that we have much in common with the animals, including eyes, legs, and brains. They believe we are creations made for the same habitat as the other animals. We breathe the same air and eat similar food. It is not surprising we share the same basic machinery with similar structure and composition. Chimpanzees have a cerebellum; so do we. Since the soul is not located in neurons or proteins, this says nothing about the existence of the soul. The paper did point out that only humans have a much larger neocortex. That’s reasonable, because we reason.Similarity can show common design or common ancestry. Precision machinery of high complexity, by contrast, points to a factor beyond its components: intelligence. To say the brain created itself by an aimless process is just as foolish as claiming a supercomputer network with multiple interacting components (both hardware and software) emerged out of random shuffling of metals and electrons. Only intelligence can bring together multiple disparate parts and fashion them for complex function and communication. What more evidence does anyone need for an intelligent cause commensurate with the product observed? The very act of thinking about that shows we share that kind of intelligence.
marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The consumption of news — that formerly-respected category of information outside of humorous cat and music videos that impacts hundreds of millions of peoples’ lives — could be substantially improved by new methods of subscription offered online. Unfortunately, that’s not happening. Numbers from web traffic analysts Hitwise released tonight indicate that almost nothing has changed in 10 years when it comes to popular consumption of news online. The big portals and search engines, delivering their version of news, remain in control. That’s bad for independent thinking and human free will.If you were hoping that a new world of web technology would empower free-thinking people to subscribe to diverse sources of information and analysis about the world’s news, then Facebook, albeit a little awkward as a news-reading platform today, may be your best hope.On Monday we argued that Facebook’s call to users to subscribe to news outlets on the social network could soon make it the world’s leading news-reading platform. Hitwise picked up on that story and ran some numbers today. Their conclusion: Facebook already drives 350 times as much traffic to other websites in the “news and media” category (3.5%) as Google Reader does (.01%). Perhaps more importantly, though, Facebook, Google News (1.4%). and Google Reader together account for less than 5% of news sites’ total traffic. The #1, 2 and 3 drivers of traffic to news sites? Google, Yahoo and MSN – portals and search engines where the editorial judgement is made by centralized algorithms and powerful front-page editors.So Facebook is the web’s most popular subscription-enabled place to read news; be it from links shared by friends or by becoming a Fan of news organizations like Facebook is now encouraging. That doesn’t mean that Facebook is yet a better news-reading service than dedicated RSS readers are. But it has certainly caught on as a way to read news far better than dedicated news-reading software has. In fact, it may offer the only meaningful chance that the technologies of online self-publishing and simple subscription are going to change the world like they ought to.According to Hitwise’s Heather Hopkins tonight:We detailed on Monday a number of ways in which Facebook was already the best place for millions of people to read and share news, but when looking at these Hitwise stats it’s important to realize that it’s traffic that’s being counted. So full feeds inside Google Reader deliver the whole story, whereas Facebook snippets require that readers click all the way through to the source site. None the less, a multiple of 350 is a multiple of 350.Last week, Google Reader accounted for .01% of upstream visits to News and Media websites, about the same level as a year ago. Google News accounted for 1.39% of visits and Facebook 3.52%. Facebook was the #4 source of visits to News and Media sites last week, after Google, Yahoo! and msn. News and Media is the #11 downstream industry after Facebook, receiving 3.69% of the social networking site’s traffic. To offer a comparison, 6% of downstream traffic from Facebook went to Shopping and Classifieds last week and 6% to Business and Finance and 15% went to Entertainment websites (YouTube in particular). Google News, the 2nd leading news reader according to Hitwise, made some nice changes this week around starring stories to track over time. That could increase its marketshare. But Do-It-Yourself subscription to diverse selections of news sources may be contrary to the contemporary human condition, as desirable as it may be. As web standards guru Jeffrey Zeldman said in an unrelated post this week about the closed nature of the iPad: “The bulk of humanity doesn’t want a computing experience it can tinker with; it wants a computing experience that works.” The same could probably be said for news about the world, and look where it’s gotten us.I’m not saying Facebook is a better way to read news than through an RSS reader. I’m saying no one uses RSS readers, even after years of their being as obviously life-changing as many of us know they are. Instead, people are beginning to use Facebook to read news. That’s good, because platforms that encourage independent subscription instead of just consumption of pre-selected news are very important.Facebook Could Be Our Only Hope (Online)The big story is of course that the vast, vast majority (like 95%) of traffic to news sites doesn’t come from news readers like Google Reader, Google News or Facebook at all. It comes from search engines and portals. Google, Yahoo and MSN. That’s what these numbers appear to indicate. Sure there’s a long tail of other sites like Twitter, Digg, HuffingtonPost etc. but it’s hard to imagine all those other sources at less than 1% each are adding up to much in aggregate. (We’ve asked Hitwise and await their response.)Hitwise reported in September that of traffic leaving Twitter, for example, only 3.4% of it went to News and Media sites.In other words, consumption of online news may not really have changed much for almost anyone in the last 10 years. You, dear reader who probably came here from Twitter or Google Reader or Facebook (maybe Digg if we’re lucky), appear to remain part of a freakishly small minority.That minority may be disproportionately powerful, driving market trends (maybe) and running circles around information streams online (definitely), but the experience of finding out news about what’s going on in the world may not be a structurally different thing for almost anyone else, as it is for us. This is your news on portals.That doesn’t bode well for the long-tail of publishers, small voices given volume by easy publishing tools online. The subscription tools to make those long-tail voices a regular part of our news life have arrived – but no one is using them. Except Facebook, in growing numbers.Above: News outlets post to Twitter using RSS, manually or with applications like Networked Blogs.Facebook is the player to watch. Facebook – the dreaded privacy-violating, Farmville-drenched, closed-data, social networking megalith (which is also fun to use and great in many ways) – could be the web’s best hope for transforming the world through the power of online syndication and subscription.So what are you going to do, Facebook? Are you going to move news about the world to an honored and important place on the site, are you going to reverse your December move pushing Fan-page subscriptions irrevocably public (a hostile environment for subscription) or are you just going to post an occasional post to the company’s blog about how you can use Facebook to subscribe to news feeds – through a tedious process?I’m hoping Facebook will take this opportunity and encourage its giant nation of users to add subscriptions to diverse news sources to their news feeds of updates from friends and family. 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Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We’re just lucky they missed their foul shots and we made our shots in regulation,” Fernandez said.Flash Sadiwa missed a chance to secure the win for Perpetual in the fourth quarter, muffing his freebies which allowed San Beda to make the game-tying play.Kemark Cariño added 10 markers, five rebounds, and a block, while Arnaud Noah also chipped in 10 for the Red Lions.Daryl Singontiko topped Perpetual (2-5) with 19 points and six rebounds in the heartbreaker.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven coach Boyet Fernandez admitted that San Beda just got lucky in its 64-61 victory over Perpetual in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“If I were to give the game, I’ll give it to Perpetual,” lamented the mentor.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And he has every reason to feel so.Robert Bolick flubbed three of his four chances at the charity stripe in the overtime period, but his lone bucket was enough to hold off the Altas in the end, keeping the Red Lions unscathed through four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They deserved this win. We didn’t deserve the win,” said Fernandez.Despite his off-shooting night from the free throw line, the extra period won’t be possible if not for Bolick, who converted the putback off a Javee Mocon miss in the waning seconds of regulation. He finished with 12 points on a 5-of-9 shooting clip to lead San Beda. SAN BEDA 64 – Bolick 12, Noah 10, Cariño 10, Soberano 9, Adamos 6, Potts 5, Mocon 3, Doliguez 3, Tongco 2, Oftana 2, Bahio 2, Presbitero 0, Toba 0, Abuda 0.PERPETUAL 61 – Singontiko 19, Sadiwa 12, Eze 12, Ylagan 6, Lucente 6, Pido 4, Coronel 2, Casas 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0, Clemente 0.Quarters: 19-13, 28-30, 41-41, 55-55, 64-61. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES NBA launches official online store in PH View comments
TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 13: The Arizona Wildcats tip off against The Missouri Tigers to begin the college basketball game at McKale Center on December 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.(Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images)Arizona scored a huge victory over No. 13 Utah on the road last night, and the Wildcats are making a serious case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament later this month. To celebration the big win, two Wildcats decided to say a few words in the locker room. But it wasn’t your normal “rah rah” type of motivational speech. Nope, it was an ode to former professional wrestler Ric Flair. Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the way:Here’s a video of Flair’s shtick. We’re not sure why the Arizona players identify with it, but it’s definitely amusing.
The fairs will take the form of information sessions and mini workshops Story Highlights medical personnel will be conducting free health checks for students These fairs will provide assistance to parents whose children will be attending secondary schools in the new academic year The Ministry of Education, through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), will host a series of Information Fairs during the month of August, under the theme: ‘Surviving the Transition to Secondary School’.These fairs are being staged to provide assistance to parents whose children will be attending secondary schools in the new academic year. The first in the series will take place on Sunday, August 11 at Jamaica College, Kingston, while the second takes place on Saturday, August 24, at Port Antonio High School in Portland.The third and final fair will be held on Tuesday, August 27, at the St. Hilda’s High School in St. Ann. The fairs will commence at 12:00 noon daily.“We want to teach parents how to help their children through this transition by providing them with coping mechanisms, and parents should be able to pass on these coping mechanisms to their children,” Executive Director of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles told JIS in an interview.Dr. Charles emphasised that this initiative demonstrates the commitment of the Government towards providing support for parents.The fairs will take the form of information sessions and mini workshops. Parents will be given the opportunity to interact with each other and exchange notes.The main highlights of the fairs will be workshops targeting fathers, and the showcasing of a model ‘parent place’.“We are going to be engaging fathers. We want them to better understand their role and the impact it has on their children’s lives and how it enhances the relationship between them and the children,” Dr. Charles said.Several State agencies, including Office of the Children’s Advocate, Child Development Agency, Registrar General’s Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, National Health Fund (NHF) and National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), will be on hand to assist parents.In addition, medical personnel, including doctors, will be conducting free health checks for students. The Ministry of Education Guidance Counsellors Association will also host counselling sessions.The NPSC, which operates through the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), has a mandate to co-ordinate activities relating to parenting and parenting support.Its main objective is to implement the National Parenting Policy of Jamaica that gives support to parental organisations, by teaching them about the laws of the Child Protection Act, and ensuring that children are protected and not neglected.