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Atlanta Jamaican Association awards 13 Scholarships

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, August 17, 2017 – Atlanta – The Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA) has awarded 13 academic scholarships to students pursuing tertiary studies in Jamaica and Atlanta, Georgia.  The presentations were made at the AJA’s annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards ceremony held on August 12 at the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Atlanta.Of the recipients, five are Jamaican students. They are Cadell Green and Joy-Ann Mason, who attend the University of Technology (UTech); University of the West Indies (UWI) students, Tiffany Mason and Dominique Spence; and Janiqua Thelwell, who is studying early-childhood education at The Mico University College.The other eight scholarship awardees are Ghiselle Brown, Georgia State University; Stone Crews, University of Georgia; Jazz Duncan and Keyanna Ennis, Emory University; Peter Gai Groves, Florida State University; Brianna Ramsey, Mercy University; Natahlia Robinson, Kennesaw University; and Sierra Hart, Washington University.In her address, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, lauded the AJA for providing scholarships to deserving students in Jamaica and Atlanta over the past 22 years.“It is very commendable that after starting out with just two scholarships in the early days of the association, tonight, 13 students will be the beneficiaries of scholarships from your organisation,” she said.The Ambassador noted that the awards have assisted tremendously to advance the educational development of the recipients, some of whom will undoubtedly be among the next generation of leaders.   Ambassador Marks also lauded the work of the AJA, which is celebrating 40 years of service this year.President of the AJA, Alan Stewart, in his remarks said the association is pleased to assist in furthering the education of these worthy students.    “Our way of giving back to our country is to provide these scholarships to college-bound students, both here in Atlanta and in Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Stewart informed that the scholarship programme was established in 1995 to assist graduating high-school seniors of Jamaican heritage in Atlanta, as well as students in Jamaica, to continue their education.    He said that to date, the organisation has provided more than US$100,000 to students in Jamaica and in the Metro Atlanta area as well as individual awards of US$25,000 to students facing financial hardship.Mr. Stewart said next year, the association plans to provide funding for full scholarships. Applications for the scholarships are posted on the AJA website at atlantajamaicanassociation.org.During the function, lifetime membership awards were presented to Joy Booth and Alvin Thomas for giving more than 25 years of service to the AJA, while founding membership awards went to Dr. Juan Reid, Neville Barrett, Dr. Noel Erskine and Glenda Erskine.last_img read more

Industrial design students create solar bag that purifies water while person walks

first_imgThe two say that their Solar Bag can purify two and a half gallons of water in six hours, the same amount of time it typically takes other systems to treat much less water. Unfortunately, the bags aren’t yet being commercially produced; the two are currently looking for a backer. They say that the material costs for one Solar Bag amount to just $5, and possibly less if manufactured in bulk. (Phys.org) — It’s common knowledge that a lot of people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. In some parts of Africa, people, particularly children fall victim to bacteria in the water they drink; a lot of them die. For some, getting to a water source, even one that isn’t clean can mean walking for several miles, and then carrying it back. It’s for these people that industrial design students Ryan Lynch and Marcus Triest have designed and created what they call the Solar Bag, it’s a bag that holds water and hangs off the shoulders and lies on a person’s back and uses UV radiation from the sun to kill bacteria in the water while the person is walking or after they have arrived at their destination. To create their bag, they turned to a method of water purification known as SODIS, where PET (made of polyethylene terephthalate – the type of plastic used for soft drinks) bottles filled with water are exposed to sunlight for up to six hours, allowing UV radiation to kill most of the bacteria in it. Instead of bottles they created a two sided bag. On the outer side, the one that faces the sun when a person walks, is clear plastic that allows the UV rays to enter. On the inner side is black plastic that absorbs heat, helping the UV rays do their job. The bag is then connected to straps that allow the water to be carried like books in a common backpack. The bag can be hung on a wall as well, for continued treatment after the person carrying it arrives at their destination. It also has a tap at the bottom to let the water out and a squeeze balloon with filter for additional purification. © 2012 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Using UV rays to kill bacteria in water is nothing new, there are many gadgets that do so, though many require electricity to help the process and virtually all of them are centered around treating the water once it has arrived. Lynch and Triest saw that as inefficient and cruel. Why make seriously thirsty people sit around for hours waiting for their water to become safe to drink when the process could have been started right after filling the container that was brought back? More information: www.byrye.com/solar-bag.html New gadget for water purification: a ‘nano tea bag’ Citation: Industrial design students create solar bag that purifies water while person walks (2012, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-industrial-students-solar-bag-purifies.htmllast_img read more

Poetry inspired by conventional life

first_imgThe book release function of six poetry collections and one anthology of Author Neelam Saxena Chandra was held at ICCR Azad Bhawan on April 20 in the presence of Amarendra Khatua, Director General ICCR and renowned poet, Laxmi Shankar Bajpai, Ex-Dy. Director General, AIR, Dr Mridula Tandon, Philanthropist and Founder Member of SAKSHI and Sudarshan K Cherry, Founder, Authorspress. The books released include two of her English poetry collections titled “The Soul Unbound” and “Trove of Musings” with co-poet Raksha Hegde and four Hindi poetry collections “Main Bahane Lagi Hun”, “Maine Rang Diye Alfaaz”, “Maine Tarashe hain Alfaaz” and “Rangi Main Tere Rang Mein”. An anthology “Ek Sahar Ummid Bhari” compiled by Neelam and edited by Shweta Bhatt was also released during the occasion. The books have been published by Authorspress, which is a publishing venture with a missionary zeal founded by Sudarshan K Cherry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAn author of four novels, one novella and five short story collections, 19 poetry collections and 10 children’s books, Neelam Saxena Chandra works as Joint Secretary for U.P.S.C., India. She was listed in Forbes as one among 78 most popular authors in the country in 2014.The evening began with the book release of “Main Bahne lagi hun”, followed by “Maine Rang Diye Alfaaz”, “Maine Tarashe hain Alfaaz”, “Rangi Main Tere Rang Mein”, “Trove of Musings” and “The Soul Unbound”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA very special feature of Neelam’s books is the cover pages which have been made by some well-known artists such as Janhavi Bhide, Pankaj Saxena, Ritu Bhatnagar and Raksha Hegde. This was followed by Neelam reading out a few poems from her collections that touched the heart of the audience. Neelam informed that she is motivated by day-today experiences in and around her in writing poems. The guests praised Neelam for her contribution to the world of literature.An anthology titled’ Ek Sahar Ummid Bhari’ compiled by Neelam Saxena Chandra and edited by Shweta Bhatt was also released on the occasion.last_img read more

Riviera18 Audience enthralled by the vibrant display of rich culture

first_imgRiviera 2018, the annual sports and cultural extravaganza event that attracts some of the finest young minds from all over the world commenced with a bang on February 15, at VIT in Vellore. After enthralling the audiences on its first day, the festival continued to present back to back performances, thereby highlighting the rich cultural heritage of different countries.Aikya, a commemoration of the unity in diversity that our nation is famous for and immensely proud of, was conducted on the second day of Riviera’18. Aikya was one of the vibrant displays of grace and power associated with Indian culture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event offered an important platform for the performers as well as an opportunity to spread awareness about varied cultures of Indian states. A key aspect of any culture is the clothing associated with it, and students of VIT went up and above in this regard, by dressing up in amazing vibrant colours.Another special highlight was ‘Infusion’, an International exhibit of cultures around the world, which was conducted on the third day of the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The main goal of Infusion is to motivate students from all over the world to form strong cross-culture relationships, which would help the students improve their cultural awareness on a global scale,” Said Ujjawal Surana, student organizer of Infusion.Krishna Radhakrishnan, President, Women Entrepreneur’s Welfare Association, Tamil Nadu graced the occasion as chief guest for the event.Apart from cultural performances, a workshop on Global Skills was conducted during the event. It was graced by the presence of the team from the upcoming Tamil movie Sagaa. Also, Khalbali, the street play was conducted by the students where they portrayed social problems through a creative medium. Hindi was used as the language of conversation throughout the play.The ‘Spokesperson’ event was also conducted to develop and improve the oration skills of students. What’s interesting to note is that students from around 29 countries have worked to put on a graceful display of the diverse cultures that exist around the world.last_img read more