Jamaica Language Unit Moves to get Jamaican Creole Officially Recognized

August 31, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, – The Jamaican Language Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), says it will be leading the national conversation on the appropriate positioning of the Jamaican language in official spaces.The discussion, under the slogan ‘Make Jamaican Official… Just Do it’, is the unit’s contribution to the 100 days of activities planned to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the birth of cultural icon, Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley, popularly known as ”Miss Lou”.The Unit said it hopes that coming out of the discussion, the government will move to make the Jamaican language official, alongside English.Professor Emeritus at the Jamaican Language Unit, Hubert Devonish, said a meeting will be held with “friends” of the Jamaican language on September 26, to plan the public discussion, which is scheduled to begin October 1.“We want to go to all the parish capitals, churches, community groups, and so on, where we would be having a discussion about whether the Jamaican language should be made official and what does that mean,” he told a Jamaica Information Service Reporter.Devonish said that the meeting will also identify the needs at government entities “so that when people visit [public officers] can provide the service in any of the languages that people feel that they want to use, offering respectful and efficient service”.He said that on November 1, the Language Unit will launch a 40-day online petition “to ask Parliament to pass legislation to grant official status to the Jamaican language alongside English”.This will be followed by a symposium at UWI on December 10, “which will pull together all the discussions that we would have had with the groups with a view to putting together a report.“This report, we hope, backed by hundreds of thousands of signatures from the online petition, will represent our gift to the government and eventually the Parliament that will form the basis for legislation that would grant official status to the Jamaican language, alongside English,” Devonish said.The centenary anniversary celebrations for Miss Lou are being spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in partnership with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office and other stakeholders.Miss Lou was born on September 7, 1919, and died on July 26, 2006, in Canada.last_img read more

Dele Alli’s pals’ plan to make stolen £350k watches impossible to sell

May 31, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgPREMIER League friends of Dele Alli have come up with a plan to make his stolen watches too hot to handle so they can’t be sold on.Three prized timepieces worth at least £350,000 were nicked in a terrifying raid at the England ace’s £2million home — as exclusively revealed in yesterday’s Sun.7 Dele Alli’s Premier League pals have hatched a plan to make the £350k watches, that were stolen from his home, impossible to sellCredit: Paul Edwards – The SunDele, 24, has circulated details of their makes and models.Footie pals have said they will alert their watch dealers, and let him know if anyone is offering anything suspicious.A source said: “These robbers might think they have hit the jackpot stealing these watches, but they are going to face real problems cashing them in.“Footballers use a handful of dealers and none will touch a stolen watch because they know it could cause serious problems down the line.7 The footballer’s girlfriend Ruby Mae drives away from the house todayCredit: Paul Edwards – The Sun“It’s not unusual for cops in Dubai and Italy to demand to see papers for watches when passengers pass through security.“Can you imagine if a watch stolen in a violent robbery ends up on a wrist of a player who then gets arrested?“Dele is well connected through the England squad and knows players in Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and London where all the main dealers are.“These dealers know if they accidentally bought any watch that turned out to be one of Dele’s, then they would never sell to a footballer again.”7 The £2m home Dele was in with his girlfriend and brother Harry at the time of the raidCredit: Paul Edwards – The SunThe prized pieces are a £150,000 Richard Mille 11-03, a £150,000 Patek Philippe 5980 Nautilus and a £50,000 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chrono.Dele was struck in the face by two robbers armed with knives who burst into his North London home at 12.30am on Wednesday.He had been playing pool with girlfriend Ruby and brother Harry.Dele was seen driving back from a training session yesterday, while Ruby was also behind the wheel of a car after a brief trip out from their locked down home.7 Dele cast a cautious look as he left the plush property todayCredit: Paul Edwards – The SunFollowing the raid in the early hours of Wednesday, the Tottenham midfield ace tweeted: “Thank you for all the messages.“Horrible experience but we’re all okay now.“Appreciate the support.”Met officers are investigating.In March, a machete gang targeted the home of Dele’s team-mate Jan Vertonghen while he was playing for Spurs in Germany.His young family were left traumatised by the ordeal.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubCrystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho lost items worth more than £500,000 when his London house was raided in January.Arsenal duo Mesut Özil and Sead Kolašinac were targeted by armed moped robbers for their watches in North London.But they fought them off and kept hold of their possessions.7 The Richard Mille 1103 is worth £150,0007 Patek Philippe 5980 Nautilus is also worth £150,0007 The Audumars Piguet Royal Oak Chrono is worth £50,000Alli had guardBy Mike SullivanA SECURITY  guard was in a hut at the front of Dele Alli’s home while robbers got in through the back, it was revealed yesterday.A local security firm director said the employee was hired by Alli, 24, to protect his Herts mansion.It is feared Spurs stars are being targeted after Jan Vertonghen was robbed in March.  Ex-Met boss Barry Phillips said criminals may be trailing them  from the training ground.Ex-top cop explains why high profile footballers like Dele Alli are likely targets for violent criminals GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected]last_img read more