JET and Coca-Cola remove over 1,000 pounds of garbage from Jamaican coastlines through Circular Seas cleanups

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The Old Hospital Park Beach in Montego Bay, St. James was abuzz with activity on the morning of Saturday July 3, 2021 as the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) hosted the final Circular Seas beach cleanup in collaboration with Coca-Cola Jamaica and Ocean Conservancy, supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation. 

Coca-Cola Brand Manager, Amoye Phillpotts- Brown, at the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track coastal cleanup on April 17, 2021. (Photo: JET)

“These cleanup activities are not only important for removing waste from the environment, but also for raising public awareness of poor solid waste management practices,” said Lauren Creary, JET Programme Director. Despite the threat of Hurricane Elsa, nearly 40 volunteers were able to collect over 30 large bags of garbage from the beach. “We are pleased with the turn out despite concerns that the activity would be cancelled due to inclement weather,” she continued.

This cleanup held at the Old Hospital Park Beach…

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Iceland’s four-day working week trials an ‘overwhelming success’, report finds – ABC News

Trials of a four-day working week in Iceland have been lauded an “overwhelming success”, with research revealing the initiative helped increase productivity, and led to an overall improvement in workers’ wellbeing.

The trials, run by Reykjavík City Council and the Icelandic government, were held between 2015 and 2019, and ultimately included more than 2,500 workers — or about one per cent of Iceland’s working population.

Source: Iceland’s four-day working week trials an ‘overwhelming success’, report finds – ABC News

A strictly security-focused approach to crime prevention is costly, ineffective and paves the way for human rights violations

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Just a couple of days ago, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said, frowning heavily as he spoke at the opening of a new police station in his own constituency of Olympic Gardens, Kingston:

There is no doubt that our use of States of Public Emergency has worked to reduce murders and shootings where ever they have been deployed. Of greater importance is that the public views the States of Emergency (SOEs) as effective in improving their safety and security.

We have to use exceptional powers to address this epidemic that we have of crime and violence.

There must never be a time when criminals feel that they are above the law. If advised, I am prepared to call a State of Public Emergency in Central Kingston to respond to those criminals who are putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness touting the positive impact of “exceptional…

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Congresswoman at Border With Trump Skipped In-Person House Vote Citing Pandemic

Rep. McClain voted by proxy last Tuesday and Wednesday in a letter seen by Newsweek where she said she was “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.”

Newsweek saw House clerk documents that showed Rep. McClain opted to cast an a vote remotely by proxy when she was in southern Texas as former President Donald Trump railed against the Democrats‘ handling of the ongoing border crisis.

Source: Congresswoman at Border With Trump Skipped In-Person House Vote Citing Pandemic

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De usted, identifico su nombre, sus apellidos y su rostro… oh, y también su alegría, sus palabras, sus silencios y sus ocurrencias. De usted, no olvido que es mi musa cuando la descubro en las rutas del arte, en mis expediciones en busca de inspiración, en las horas y en los días de encuentro conmigo y con las letras. De usted sé, por lo que defino en la lectura de sus rasgos, que su belleza y su encanto no son improvisados, que provienen de su interior y que tienen mucha similitud con la orquídea, el tulipán y la estrella. De usted, no desconozco que ha dado mucho de sí a la gente que ama y que, a veces, por lo mismo, carece de espacio y tiempo para sus aficiones. De usted, no ignoro que cada mañana, al despertar, su…

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Flogged, imprisoned, murdered: today, being a poet is a dangerous job | Poetry | The Guardian

The Gujarati poet Parul Khakhar recently received a similar dressing down about her now viral poem “Shav-vahini Ganga” (Ganges, the Carrier of Corpses), in an editorial published in a government-funded journal. It describes her work as “pointless angst expressed in a state of agitation”, going on to say: “Such people want to quickly spread chaos in India … they have jumped into literature with dirty intentions.” Khakhar’s poem is a 14-line lament for the deaths during India’s second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. She writes how there are no more spots in the crematoria, how India is out of pallbearers, mourners, tears. Narendra Modi, the prime minister, is not addressed directly, but the accusation is implicit: “O King, this entire city has at last seen your real face /… O King, in your Ram-Rajya, do you see bodies flow in the Ganges?”

Khakhar reportedly wrote the poem because she was distressed by the sight of dead bodies floating in India’s holiest river. In April the government decided to bring forward the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela that takes place every 12 years because the astrological configuration for 2021 was deemed more auspicious. Over nine million pilgrims thronged to the Ganges, mostly unmasked, creating the biggest superspreader event in the history of the pandemic. Since early May heavy rains have caused hundreds of corpses wrapped in saffron cloths to wash up on the river banks, some dug from shallow graves by dogs.

Khakhar’s poem and the subsequent editorial, titled “No, This Is Not a Poem, it is Misuse of a ‘Poem’ for Anarchy”, have divided India’s artistic community. Some have questioned Khakhar’s sudden foray into the political, others have said the poem is hardly a masterpiece. More than 150 people have signed a statement asking the magazine to withdraw its editorial, stressing the right to debate contemporary issues through poetry as an important part of a healthy democracy. Khakhar, who has been relentlessly trolled for being “anti-national” and a “demoness”, has locked her Facebook profile and refused interview requests, choosing instead to answer with a new poem: “You Will Not Speak”.

The question of what makes a poem a poem is something that the entire history of literary criticism still hasn’t been able to answer. Because a poet’s entire career can be judged on a single poem floating around social media, it’s easy to knock it down. The late Adam Zagajewski, in his essay “Against Poetry”writes about the uselessness of poets like Shelley writing defences of poetry (which his own essay, of course, also comes to be). “Poets live like the defenders of a besieged citadel, checking to see whether the enemy is approaching and where he’s coming from,” he writes. “This isn’t a healthy way of life.”

Source: Flogged, imprisoned, murdered: today, being a poet is a dangerous job | Poetry | The Guardian