KingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators

first_imgScores of creative industry players, policy makers, and students, as well as representatives of top international animation educational institutions and companies, turned out today (June 20) to participate in the much-anticipated two-day animation conference and film festival, KingstOOn.The conference and film festival, being held at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus, is designed to serve as a catalyst to the various efforts to develop the animation industry, and attract investors.Speaking at the opening session, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said Jamaica will be seeking to establish partnerships with Sheridan College’s Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Canada and Columbus College of Art and Design in the United States, for the development of a local animation industry.He explained that KingstOOn aims to provide young Jamaicans with an opportunity to explore the animation industry as a quality professional development career.  Targeted are youths enrolled in colleges that have visual arts programmes, as well as high schools.“In addition, KingstOOn also wants to engage young people, who may be out of school, but willing to participate in relevant skills development progammes, especially in inner city areas,” he stated.The Investment Minister said the event is providing a platform for discussing and taking action to move animation operations to a highly organised and well structured industry.“This means opportunities for talent development, for all types of professional development, and opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation. I’m convinced that KingstOOn will demonstrate the vast potential of our youth to participate in the global digital marketplace,” he stated.Meanwhile, World Bank Director for Latin America, Ede Jorge Ijjazs Vasquez, noted that worldwide, animation is a $100 billion industry, and there is potential for some 5,000 jobs in the region.“Many of the jobs that Jamaica can have in the future, particularly jobs for young people, have to be in areas that may not be seen as traditional. In the 21st century, these are industries with tremendous growth, industries that can be translated and transplanted everywhere around the world, through communications,” he stated.Mr. Vasquez noted that countries such as India and Korea, which have provided outsourcing services for large studios such as Disney and Nickelodeon, can chart the way for Jamaica, as it goes forward in building its own animation industry.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montreal-based Toon Boom Animation, Joan Vogelesang, told the gathering that with the industry taking off in parts of Africa and India, the goal is to create a Caribbean cluster.She said the industry is financially rewarding. “If you go to a place like India where there was no industry 10 years ago, today the people in the animation industry earn more than electrical industry do – so it is also an industry which is well paying. The day of the starving artist is over,” she stated.Organised by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO, KingstOOn seeks to chart the way forward for the country to develop a world class animation industry that will allow it to take advantage of the associated economic and social benefits.The conference and film exhibition aims to: raise awareness among key stakeholders, entrepreneurs and creators about the emerging opportunities in Jamaica; give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists; identify key challenges in the industry, and examine feasible solutions, which will allow Jamaica to be a part of the global network for outsourcing and creative content.Among the sponsors are Flow, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), and the Gleaner group. Collaborating partners include the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTech), and the Edna Manley College.Today’s opening day included a lively panel discussion with participation from State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, local television production representatives, and players in the international animation arena, such as Ron Saks of Columbus College of Art and Design.The discussions highlighted and examined the contributions to be made by government, the education and private sectors in the development of the animation industry, as well as the plans that are being put in place to ensure that Jamaica benefits from the dynamic and growing global sector.The forum also explored the issue of the digital divide; the business of animation as it relates to production, distribution, and exploitation of intellectual property; developing a career as an animator; and the challenges facing local animators and production companies.CONTACT: ALPHEA SAUNDERSlast_img read more

Natl Insurance the best social plan says Deputy Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bench warrants issued for TCI insurance defaulters Bahamas Police denies suspect hide out in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – The National Insurance Board tells the public that over the 23 years it has been in existence, there has been over $77 million dollars in payments to beneficiaries. This as the company recently announced a staggered approach to raising the wage ceiling over a three year period and giving increases in some of its plans. Deputy Director of Operations Walter Gardiner has been hard at work lately on the PR front for NIB, explaining in a media release issued recently that: ““The NIS legislation today is undoubtedly the best piece of social protection legislation ever implemented in the TCI. Introduced under an extremely dark cloud of suspicion, mistrust and opposition from employers, employees and self-employed alike, convincing the general public to ‘buy – in’ and comply was quite a challenge at that time as this was the very first time that monies were mandatorily deducted from salaries.” Gardiner admits that largely, the public saw NIB as a mere tax, that some businesses even threatened to cut staff and others had forecast failure… but the near quarter of a century of existence for the organization and the elephant sized payouts over this time, he says, proves it was a good move for the Turks and Caicos. Over 1,400 people are a part of the long term payouts, in the pensioners category – they get around $9 million of the monies distributed per year. Overall NIB is reported to pay out $12 million annually, with some $200 million in reserves and collections from the workers in the country announced at $25 million dollars per annum. Gardiner added: I believe that we have proven our worth to the people of the TCI … Today, thousands of people depend on us, but more importantly, thousands of people can depend on us”. Recommended for you Bahamas NIB Manager remanded, charged with extortion Related Items:national insurance board, NIB, walter T. gardinerlast_img read more

45K to Cat Island Regatta Sailing this Year to Honour Zeke Taylor

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img NASSAU, The Bahamas, July 10th 2017:The annual Cat Island Regatta will be held this year in New Bight, Cat Island, on Emancipation Weekend during the holiday of August 4-7, 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources announced, on July 6, at its offices.  Parliamentary Secretary Carlton Bowleg, Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton, and the Regatta Desk’s Cindy Gay presented a cheque for $45,000 to the Cat Island Regatta Association Chairman, Pat Strachan.“The Cat Island Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in The Bahamas. Therefore, I would like to encourage all Bahamians to support this event generously this year as they celebrate the contribution of Ezekiel “Zeke” Taylor, one of the outstanding leaders who is at the helm steering the Cat Island Regatta to the major event we see today,” said Mr Bowleg.“This year’s regatta will feature A, B, and C class Sailing sloops and some of the best entertainers in the country.  I’m advised the committee is anticipating a large crowd and made every effort to provide crowd pleasing events to make this year’s regatta enjoyable and memorable.”Mr. Bowleg also invited the public to join the North Andros/Berry Islands Regatta, taking place this weekend, starting July 7, 2017 at his hometown in North Andros. He added that regattas are known for generating economic stimulation to the Family Islands, so Bahamians are encouraged to support the local sloop sailing races.Story Courtesy: Gena Gibbs, Bahamas Information Serviceslast_img read more

BAHAMAS Digital system being explored for the courts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 15, 2018 – Nassau –  A digital recording system is being investigated for use in the Courts.   In his address at the ceremonies to officially open the Legal Year, Thursday, January 11, 2018, Acting Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs said the new system would bring some “relief” to Magistrates.“This has a lot of potential especially when it is considered that Magistrate’s Courts, in particular, can only engage stenographers on request.  That means that the recording of the evidence, submissions, exchanges between bench and bar are recorded by hand,” said Acting Chief Justice Isaacs.He explained that the stenographers in the Magistrate’s Court were removed years ago on the expectation that voice recording systems would be purchased and installed.“When the stenographers were removed, the work of the Magistrates was adversely affected.  The hand-written record is far slower to produce than a stenographic record.   This not only adversely affected the Magistrates but it slowed down the pace of trials and appeals being disposed of.”Acting Chief Justice Isaacs remarked that the exploration which is being conducted with the assistance of the United States Embassy is “anxiously” awaited. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Release: BISlast_img read more