Oakland nonprofit hosts inaugural event giving students laptops

 

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Students are able to complete projects on the go with laptops.

Oakland, CA, November 8, 2015 – Oakland-based nonprofit Andrew Fluegelman Foundation, which was established in 2011, purchased over 50 new MacPro laptop computers for deserving college-bound students from the Oakland area. To raise funds for more computers and computer skills training, the Foundation is hosting its first annual Oakland Holiday Reggae Party & Fundraiser on December 6, at Kingston 11 Cuisine, 2270 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94612. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m.

“We want to send more of these future community leaders off to college with new laptops,” said Fluegelman Founder David Bunnell, “because having a personal state-of-the-art laptop levels the playing field for students who otherwise have to share library computers.”

Student proudly hold her laptop.

Student proudly hold her laptop.

The foundation also offers students free computer skills training and visitations to leading technology companies including Google and Twitter. Tickets for the event cost $100, which can be purchased at reggaeparty.brownpapertickets.com. The event will feature live reggae entertainment from Ryan the Operator & Reggae All-Stars, dancing, sweet & savory Jamaican treats, complimentary champagne and valet parking.

The Andrew Fluegelman Foundation was established in the memory of our friend, Andrew Cardozo Fluegelman. The high tech genius was a publisher, photographer, programmer and attorney, best known as a pioneer of what is now known as the shareware business model for software marketing. He was also the founding editor of both PCWorld and MacWorld magazines, and leader of the 1970’s New Games movement, which advocated the development of noncompetitive games.

Fluegelman, who died in 1986, believed that owning a personal computer can permanently change a person’s life for the better. In keeping with his vision, we award new MacPro laptop computers to college-bound minority students based on need, achievement, and a commitment to a better tomorrow. A link to the application for the 2015-2016 school year will be available in January, 2016 on our Facebook page: facebook.com/AndrewFluegelman.–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaica wins big at South Africa’s annual diplomatic fair

Left to right: Mr. John Clarke, Minister Counsellor in JHC Pretoria, High Commissioner Spencer, Mrs. Refilwe Nyathi, Specialist, International Relations Unit of the City of Tshwane

Left to right: Mr. John Clarke, Minister Counsellor in JHC Pretoria, High Commissioner Cheryl Spencer, Mrs. Refilwe Nyathi, Specialist, International Relations Unit of the City of Tshwane

The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria walked away with the top prize for the Most Authentic Stall at the Annual Diplomatic Fair held at the grounds of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday 31 October 2015. This award is the second highest of those granted by the organisers – the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and is the award sponsored by the Mayor of the City of Tshwane.

A patron expressing appreciation for Bob Marley

A patron expressing appreciation for Bob Marley

The Diplomatic Fair is one of the key events on South Africa’s calendar and is held every year to allow the 134 Embassies and High Commissions, as well as International Organizations, based in South Africa, to showcase their history, culture, food and provide information on trade, investment and other opportunities in their countries. As it is also intended to educate the ordinary South African citizen about the diversity of countries, it is a free event, open to the public. Along with the most Authentic, Stalls are judged on, inter alia, the most Informative, the most flavourful, the most interactive and the most entertaining.

H.E. Cheryl Spencer, Jamaican High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa receiving the award on behalf of the High Commission from Ms. Nomthandazo Maseko of the City of Tshwane. Looking on from left to right are the Acting Mayor of Tshwane, Ms. Nozipho Tyobeka-Makeke and the Acting Speaker of the City of Tshwane, Ms. Refilwe Kekana

H.E. Cheryl Spencer, Jamaican High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa receiving the award on behalf of the High Commission from Ms. Nomthandazo Maseko of the City of Tshwane. Looking on from left to right are the Acting Mayor of Tshwane, Ms. Nozipho Tyobeka-Makeke and the Acting Speaker of the City of Tshwane, Ms. Refilwe Kekana

Jamaica’s Stall featured product samples, wide ranging information on Jamaican cuisine, complete with photographs of prepared Jamaican dishes as well as on Jamaica’s economy, with emphasis on agriculture production (including references to marijuana and the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act). The latter which was intended to debunk the myths in South Africa surrounding the role of marijuana in Jamaica, achieved the desired result and sparked much interest and debate among those who visited the Stall.

In addition, patrons who flocked to the stall were able to sample the “Jerk Chicken Special” – a meal of Jerk chicken, festival, a slice of rum cake and rum punch–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaica joins the global observation of United Nations Day 2015

October 24 is United Nations Day and the beautiful island of Jamaica joins the global observations of this important day on the calendar.

October 24 is United Nations Day and the beautiful island of Jamaica joins the global observations of this important day on the calendar.

October 24, Kingston, Jamaica: As the United Nations celebrates seventy years of existence, Jamaica is pleased to join the international community in observing United Nations Day 2015.

The UN is a unique multilateral organisation in which all countries, large and small, developed and developing, have a voice and can participate as equals to resolve the enormous challenges of our time. It is indisputable that over the last seven decades, the United Nations has remained an essential forum for the conduct of multilateral affairs. It is the only institution with unquestioned legitimacy to marshal the international community around the promotion of international peace and security, fundamental human rights and freedoms, economic and social development and prosperity.

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Its expansion from 50 members at inception to 193 in 2015 provides ample evidence of not only its relevance, but also the faith and confidence of the international community in its capacity to address the challenges that confront us. Born out of the noble ideal to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, the UN has done remarkably well in preventing a third world war. UN peacekeeping missions across the globe have contributed to making the world a safer and more secure place.

The UN has provided much-needed humanitarian assistance to countries in the aftermath of natural hazards and populations in conflict situations. The work of the UN in combating organized crime, addressing the world drug problem, curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons and stemming the proliferation of nuclear weapons is worthy of note.

Food from around the world will be a featured part of the UN Day festivities.

Food from around the world will be a featured part of the UN Day festivities.

The UN, through the Human Rights Council and the various treaty bodies, continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring that fundamental rights and freedoms are respected. It is noteworthy that all States have ratified at least one, and eighty percent of States have ratified four or more, of the core human rights treaties, a signal of the universality of respect for human rights. The erection earlier this year of a Permanent Memorial at UN Headquarters, New York, in honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, an initiative pioneered by Jamaica and other members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as well as the African Group, serves as testimony to the work of the Organisation in championing human rights.

​​​​​​​​​As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), Jamaica has special reason to celebrate the United Nations and attaches particular importance to the work of the United Nations in social and economic development. The UN has sought to ensure that the needs of the poor and marginalised are addressed. Its effectiveness in spearheading the paradigm shift towards sustainable development over the last few decades, to ensure that the interests of future generations are safeguarded, is significant.

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From Agenda 21, to the Millennium Development Goals, and now the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to securing “The Future we want”. By defining an agenda for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships, the international community has sought to ensure that people are placed at the center of the development process, no one is left behind and that our stewardship of the planet is characterized by respect for its resources. These are the ingredients that will make for a world free of extreme poverty, where prosperity can be achieved and sustained.

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In carrying out its mandate, the UN has counted on a cadre of international public servants, whose professionalism and dedication stand out for commendation. Among them are many Jamaican nationals, who have provided distinguished service locally, at the offices of the UN Headquarters and its agencies overseas and as diplomatic representatives of the Government of Jamaica. Under the theme “The UN we serve, serves us”, we use the occasion of this seventieth anniversary to pay special tribute to them and to express our pride in their accomplishments.

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We acknowledge that in some respects, the UN has not met its own lofty expectations. Nevertheless, the 70th anniversary affords us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the aims and objectives of the Organisation. The entire sustainable development framework, inclusive of the upcoming 21st Meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), provides a test of our collective commitment to this end.

It is Jamaica’s hope and expectation that COP21 will agree on an ambitious, legally binding agreement which will ensure the sustainability of planet earth. At this defining moment, now more than ever, the United Nations must reform and re-position itself to respond more effectively to the multidimensional challenges of the 21st century. We must unite in the common purpose to forge global solutions to our common problems. We must commit to making the coming decades ones of extraordinary progress, and the UN an organization which is fit for purpose. Happy United Nations Day!–OnPointPress.net–

College students host branding panel, provide tips for aspiring entrepreneurs

(From Left to Right) Kim Brown – Entertainment Journalist Franklin Oates – Proven Prodigy Productions Omar Crenshaw – CPCC Student Life Coordinator DaVita Galloway – Co-Owner of Dupp&Swatt Devin Johnson – Film Producer (ShotByDJ) Calvin Cleveland – Co-Owner of F.O.S. Lifestyle What is your Brand Panelist

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Kim Brown – Entertainment Journalist
Franklin Oates – Proven Prodigy Productions
Omar Crenshaw – CPCC Student Life Coordinator
DaVita Galloway – Co-Owner of Dupp&Swatt
Devin Johnson – Film Producer (ShotByDJ)
Calvin Cleveland – Co-Owner of F.O.S. Lifestyle
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On September 30th 2015, some of Charlotte’s youngest, most creative minds came together for a branding panel at Central Piedmont Community College.

The event was called “What Is Your Brand.”The panel was created to give students insight into what it takes to be successful in the business world, specifically for those who are interested in owning their own businesses.

Panelists included influential community members such as Devin Johnson, known as ShotbyDJ, who is a film producer in the area. He has worked with many well-known rap artists in the music industry; entertainment Journalist Kim Brown, who has contributed to publications such as XXL, BET and the Charlotte Fashion Week; and the duo known as Dupp and Swatt, owners of a multipurpose creative space where people are encouraged to create in whatever way suits them.

The panel was exceptional and the students were eager with questions during the event. Students were given the realities of working in entertainment and the sacrifices that have to be made to be successful. Students were also given insight into professional etiquette, and what kinds of things employers seek in their employees. The event ended with students quickly approaching the stage to ask more questions.

There was a focus on mentoring during the event, and many of the students took down the information provided by panelists. Some of the panelists stated that they were more than happy to serve as mentors and it is expected that they are able to connect with the students. This was a successful event and many students are asking for another chance to pick the brains of some of the most influential people in the community–OnPointPress.net.

Jamaica’s Heroes’ Day celebrated with grand Berlin concert

Tenor Soloist, Steve Higgins, delighting the audience with his rendition of popular Jamaican songs. In the photograph are Honorary Consuls for Jamaica, Mr. Mirko Miljus, from Serbia (centre),  Mr. Joern Follmer, from Munich (second right) and Mr. Marian Valko (right) from the Slovak Republic.

Tenor Soloist, Steve Higgins, delighting the audience with his rendition of popular Jamaican songs. In the photograph are Honorary Consuls for Jamaica, Mr. Mirko Miljus, from Serbia (center), Mr. Joern Follmer, from Munich (second right) and Mr. Marian Valko (right) from the Slovak Republic.

The Jamaican Embassy in Berlin celebrated an early National Heroes’ Day on October 8, 2015, capitalizing on the presence in Germany of tenor soloist, Steve Higgins, the main performer at a reception/concert to commemorate the important historical day.

Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Jobson gave brief remarks to an audience of approximately 150, comprising members of the Diplomatic Corps, Jamaica’s Honorary Consuls in Munich, Serbia and the Slovak Republic, the public and private sectors and the Jamaican community. In her address, she pointed to the significance of National Heroes Day and the contribution of the seven heroes in changing the course of Jamaica’s history.

Members of the Jamaican community in Berlin.

Members of the Jamaican community in Berlin.

On exhibition were mounted photographs of the heroes with brief biographical data on each. Two short videos, From Tainos to Morant and Discovery and National Heroes were shown during the cocktail hour before the concert. As the Jamaica Tourist Board co-sponsored the event, a short tourism promotional video showcasing the varied tourism product that Jamaica has to offer was also presented along with a display of collateral material.

Her Excellency Margaret Jobson (centre), Ambassador of Jamaica to Germany, is pictured here alongside Gregory Shervington (left), Jamaica Tourist Board Regional Director for Continental Europe based in Germany, and Embassy of Jamaica in Berlin staff members, Deniese Sealey, Counsellor and Troy Levy, Attaché, Accounts and Administration during the Heroes’ Day concert/reception held on Thursday, October 8, at the Jamaican Embassy in Berlin.

Her Excellency Margaret Jobson (center), Ambassador of Jamaica to Germany, is pictured here alongside Gregory Shervington (left), Jamaica Tourist Board Regional Director for Continental Europe based in Germany, and Embassy of Jamaica in Berlin staff members, Deniese Sealey, Counsellor and Troy Levy, Attaché, Accounts and Administration during the Heroes’ Day concert/reception held
on Thursday, October 8, at the Jamaican Embassy in Berlin.

The concert opened with drumming by Joseph ‘Blue’ Grant, a Jamaican singer, Songwriter and Producer who resides in Berlin. Mr. Steve Higgins gave a masterful performance, entertaining the gathering with songs of a wide variety of musical genres from traditional folk to classical. Also presenting some traditional dance moves were the Prime Time Dancers, a German dance group which specializes in Jamaican dance forms.

The Western Regional Foundation for Disabled Children/Westhaven Children’s Home was the beneficiary of donations from those attending the event. This charity will also receive the offering collected at the Embassy’s Independence Church service in August–OnPointPress.net–.

NABJ congratulates member Kevin Merida on new ESPN job

Longtime NABJ member Kevin Merida is leaving his post as managing editor at the Washington Post for an executive level position at ESPN.

Longtime NABJ member Kevin Merida is leaving his post as managing editor at the Washington Post for an executive level position at ESPN.

WASHINGTON (October 20, 2015) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Kevin Merida on his appointment as editor of “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s website centering on the intersection of race, culture, and sports.

Merida will be a senior vice president and editor and oversee the content, the direction, and the strategic initiatives undertaken by the site. He joins “The Undefeated” from The Washington Post where he had been managing editor since February 2013 and on staff for 22 years. Upon his appointment at the Post, he became the paper’s first African-American managing editor.

“Kevin is an exceptional journalist who has worked his way up from reporter to editor covering a range of topics, from news of the day to national politics,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Kevin is a transformative leader who has driven pointed editorial coverage of important news stories while balancing the need to create newsrooms that are nimble, flexible, adaptable, and creative. He has mentored talented journalists and helped them to create notable work.”

“Kevin is a remarkably accomplished journalist, editor and leader whom we have long admired and desired to join ‘The Undefeated,'” said Marie Donoghue, ESPN Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Original Content. “Today’s announcement represents a key step in the evolution of the site and ESPN’s commitment to this ambitious project.”

Before serving as managing editor Merida was the paper’s national editor. Merida was named NABJ’s Journalist of the Year in 2000 in recognition of his storytelling abilities, his commitment to the craft of journalism, and his drive to be an industry influencer by encouraging others to raise the bar.

Merida a Washington, D.C.-area native graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism. He is the co-author of the biography “Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas” and co-author of the bestselling “Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs.” Merida who will remain in Washington, D.C., is married to author and former Post columnist Donna Britt with whom he has three sons. NABJ congratulates ESPN on this appointment and wishes Mr. Merida much success at ESPN.

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit, www.nabj.org.–OnPointPress.net.

MBDA allocates $10.2 million for new business, job creation grants

Learning the keys to starting a new business is crucial to success, experts say.

Learning the key rules to starting a new business is crucial to success, experts say.

WASHINGTON (October 7, 2015) — On October 7, the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) launched a search for prospective partners to operate their newly improved business center program. MBDA plans to award 29 individual cooperative agreements to operate MBDA Business Centers beginning April 1, 2016. The awards will cover a 5-year period and total $10.2 million annually. The centers will be located in areas with substantial minority populations and minority-owned firms.ad small

“Our new and improved business center program was developed based on performance outcomes of our most successful centers and where we’ve had the most impact,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “Under the new program, the nationwide business center network is more integrated, places more emphasis on collaboration, and was designed to ensure the quality and consistency of service delivery throughout our nationwide network of business centers.”

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Starting a new business is an alternative that many career changers find appealing.

MBDA is looking for organizations to deliver business consulting services to minority-owned firms, providing them increased access to public and private sector contracting opportunities, financing, and capital investments. Successful applicants will be those that have experience in assisting minority firms with obtaining large-scale contracts and financial transactions; accessing corporate supply chains; facilitating joint ventures, teaming arrangements, mergers and acquisitions; conducting export transactions; and performing minority business advocacy.

It takes courage, determination and conviction to live your life's purpose and embrace new career opportunities.

It takes courage, determination and conviction to live your life’s purpose and embrace new career opportunities.

The types of organizations are encouraged to apply include for-profit entities, non-profit organizations, state and local government entities, Native American tribes and educational institutions. Applications are due December 3, 2016. More information can be found on at www.grants.gov or www.mbda.gov. A pre-application teleconference will be conducted October 15, 2015 to provide background information and answer questions about the program and application process. Details are on www.mbda.gov.

Many new college graduates and veteran employees have decided that it makes more sense to create their own jobs rather than compete for uncertain careers.

Many new college graduates and veteran employees have decided that it makes more sense to create their own jobs rather than compete for uncertain careers.

MBDA will announce more funding opportunities in coming months for additional cities and programs.This grant competition is to operate business centers in locations including Albuquerque, NM;  Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Columbia, SC; Dallas, TX, Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; El Paso, TX; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Mobile, AL;New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL;Philadelphia, PA;Phoenix, AZ; Raleigh or Charlotte or Durham, NC; San Antonio, TX; San Jose, CA;San Juan, Puerto Rico; Seattle, WA; New York, NY or Northern New Jersey; Washington, DC or Northern Virginia.

Transitioning to a new phase on your professional path is often at the root of career and personal fulfillment yet many employees find it to scary to take the first step.

Transitioning to a new phase on your professional path is often at the root of career and personal fulfillment yet many employees find it to scary to take the first step.

MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow them on Twitter @usmbda.–OnPointPress.net–