Diocese of Juneau finds ‘credible evidence’ of sexual misconduct by Southeast Alaska priests

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | SoutheastDiocese of Juneau finds ‘credible evidence’ of sexual misconduct by Southeast Alaska priestsAugust 21, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Bishop Andrew Bellisario addresses reporters at St. Ann’s Parish Hall on Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)The Diocese of Juneau announced Wednesday that there is enough evidence to conclude that at least seven people who served the Roman Catholic Church in Southeast Alaska since 1951 engaged in sexual misconduct involving minors or vulnerable adults.The individuals named in the report are priests Francis Cowgill, Javier Gutierrez, Patrick Hurley, Michael Nash, Edmund Penisten and Henry Leo Sweeney, and brother Frederick Raehsler.Each of them served in several churches throughout Southeast Alaska. One of them also served in Kodiak and Anchorage.Bishop Andrew Bellisario commissioned the independent investigation last December.During a press conference Wednesday, Bellisario expressed his remorse at the findings.“I want to offer a very sincere apology. It brings a lot of shame and a lot of regret, a lot of sorrow to me personally as the bishop of this diocese,” Bellisario said. “But it is something that needs to be expressed to those who have been harmed.”The most recent allegation involves Edmund Penisten, who recently served in Klawock at St. John by the Sea Parish before being placed on administrative leave earlier this year.Penisten was also removed from his post in Sitka in 2010 after being accused of accessing child pornography from a parish computer. An investigation at the time concluded that he could return to ministry. He then lived in Juneau from 2011-2014 before moving to Klawock in 2015.Bellisario said the decision to remove Penisten again resulted directly from a review of the 2010 case by the commission. His case is still being reviewed by the diocese.Another former priest named in the report, Michael Nash, died in a plane crash near Ketchikan in July.Nash was dismissed from the clergy after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused young boys while serving at churches in Juneau and elsewhere in Southeast. He was living in Wrangell at the time of his death.The investigation relied on personnel records going back to 1951, when the diocese was founded. The independent commission tasked with conducting it was made up of retired Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell and retired judges Keith Levy and Thomas Nave. Levy and Nave replaced retired judges Patricia Collins and Thomas Schulz, who were both unable to continue for personal reasons and left early in the investigation, according to the diocese. Bellisario acknowledged that there may be more victims and perpetrators than the investigation was able to reveal.“What we’re hoping for, of course, is if somebody, whether they were a past victim and sees this, or a new victim, that they will be willing to come forward and share with us,” he said.The diocese will update the list of offenders if new information becomes available.Share this story:last_img read more

Arctic cold air mass brings Juneau snow, freezing rain and rain mixed with ice pellets

first_imgJuneau | WeatherArctic cold air mass brings Juneau snow, freezing rain and rain mixed with ice pelletsNovember 2, 2020 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Niko Sanguinetti and Terry Hoskinson shovel snow while Roux plays in it on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)The winter storm warning for Juneau expired at 9 a.m. on Monday morning, but the National Weather Service still expects two to five inches of more snow through Tuesday.Meteorologist Pete Boyd said the weather service expected a powerful winter storm to dump a lot of precipitation on the panhandle Sunday night and Monday morning, but forecasters had a hard time figuring out where exactly in the region that rain would turn into snow.“Tricky is not the word for it,” Boyd says.A boundary of cold Arctic air moved farther south than expected, dramatically dropping temperatures in Haines, Skagway and Juneau. For example, at Boyd’s office in the Mendenhall Valley, it was 27 degrees at 8 a.m. Monday while it was 51 degrees in Petersburg. At the same time, a low-pressure system with warm air and lots of precipitation moved directly east into the central panhandle instead of heading further north.“Rain, snow, rain mixed with snow, rain mixed with ice pellets, freezing rain in addition to some breezy conditions,” Boyd says.Unofficial snow depth measurement at the KTOO studios in downtown Juneau on Nov. 2, 2020. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)About 7.6 inches of snow fell at the Juneau airport by 8 a.m. Monday morning and 11.5 inches fell at Lena Point.Blizzard conditions were reported in Haines and Skagway while heavy rain and flooding was reported in the southern part of the panhandle. Sixty-mile-per-hour winds were also reported throughout the panhandle.Boyd says drivers should take extra caution. Road conditions are “horrendous” with the combination of rain, freezing rain and snow falling Sunday night and Monday.Bonnie Walters shovels snow off of her Nordic Tug “Madeline“ at Statter Harbor on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)“This would be the day [or] the morning to say inside if you can,” Boyd advises.The Juneau Police Department reported at least eighteen vehicles went into the ditch because of slippery driving conditions Monday morning. Lt. Krag Campbell says there were no major crashes or any injuries.Campbell says they also had reports of debris, like trees and powerlines, in the roadway.Share this story:last_img read more

It’s Sweater Weather for the Grand Central Market

first_imgArtIt’s Sweater Weather for the Grand Central MarketThe L.A. icon gets yarn bombedBy Scarlett Zhiqi Chen – November 14, 2014466ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe Grand Central market just got a new seasonal look, but it doesn’t include the wreaths and Christmas lights. Eight columns in the market are covered from floor to ceiling in bright blue dots and hot pink stripes made from yarn. Collected by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, the fiber art pieces came from knitters and crocheters in the United States, England, Germany, and several other countries.Walk closer to the columns and you’ll notice that each one features two designs that showcase downtown icons like City Hall and Chinatown. The yarn installations are meant to connect visitors to the historical side of the city.“There is a lot of Greek-and-Rome-inspired architecture in downtown L.A.,” says Carol Zou, the head of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles. “We thought about Greek columns and the idea of Agora in Polis when we saw the columns at the market.”As a historical shopping site, the Grand Central Market, which has brought in a wave of new vendors this past year, is an embodiment of two ideas that originated in Greece: western democracy and the shopping square.“We want to use the project as an inspiration to make the functions of the market visible,” Zou says.The yarn on each column was made in collaboration by 80 knitters. Participants from overseas mailed their 12-inch-by-18-inch pieces to Yarn Bombing Los Angeles. The group worked with community members from the Downtown Women’s Center Knitting Program, the L.A. Public Library, and visually impaired students at the Braille Institute; the group also held free workshops around the city where people were invited to contribute to the project.Zou said that the wrapping for each column required knitters at all levels to spend at least 100 hours working with yarn. The cozy columns, which debuted yesterday, will remain colorful and covered in yarn through January 2015. TAGSYarn-o-polisYarn Bombing Los AnglesThe Grand Central marketiconsDTLAPrevious articleNew York vs. L.A.: Is Our City a Better Place for Women to Walk? Check Out Our ExperimentNext articleGetting to the Nutcracker Shows the Sugarplum-Sweet Side of Putting Up a BalletScarlett Zhiqi Chen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAfter COVID-19, Can Downtown L.A. Get Back Up?A DTLA Gallery Reemerges After a Frightening Explosion and a Prolonged Pandemic ShutdownProtesters Met by Multitudes of Police in Downtown L.A. on Saturday Nightlast_img read more

Instagram accidentally hid likes for some users

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Instagram New Instagram feature will restrict messaging between adults and teens March 17, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Trump banned from Facebook and Instagram until 2023 June 7, 2021 Instagram to let users filter out abusive messages April 22, 2021 AdvertisementWhile followers wouldn’t be able to see the total number of likes a post received, the owner of the account still could, Instagram said at the time. Users could click to see a full list of the accounts who liked the post, but they wouldn’t be able to see a number highlighting how many people liked it.Instagram framed the move as a way to help reduce pressure to rack up likes on the platform. Likes, which appear as hearts on Instagram, are often used as a measure of popularity.— CNN Business’ Kaya Yurieff contributed to this report. (CNN) — An Instagram bug briefly hid likes from some of its users on Tuesday, after the company accidentally expanded a long-running test of the feature.“We’ve been testing a new experience to hide likes on… posts,” a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, told CNN Business. “We unintentionally added more people to the test today, which was a bug — we’re fixing this issue and restoring like counts to those people as soon as possible.”Several users reported seeing the change on their profiles Tuesday, with the number of likes replaced with the phrase “and others.”Instagram has been running limited tests of that change for years — in 2019, the company said it would start removing the number of likes from a limited number of accounts in Canada. Instagram has not provided a timeline for when it expects the hidden likes to roll out widely. Advertisement Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Instagram tests feature that lets users choose if they want to see likes April 15, 2021last_img read more

Paddy Purcell speaks on enjoyment coming back into Laois hurling and fulfilling potential

first_img Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApp Paddy Purcell speaks on enjoyment coming back into Laois hurling and fulfilling potential Community Previous articleMural celebrating history of Laois set to be unveiled this weekNext articleLaois Ladies name youthful panel for 2019 campaign Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Council By Siun Lennon – 23rd January 2019 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening TAGSLaois senior hurlersLaois senior hurling teamPaddy Purcell Facebook Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Community He outlined how he felt on receiving the call to be captain.“It’s a massive honour. I wouldn’t be known to be a speaker or whatever but it’s a huge honour for myself and my family as well like – they’re delighted for me. Hopefully we can drive on for the rest of the year now.”The Errill native spoke about how he feels enjoyment is coming back into the camp after a few trying years for the inter-county setup.“We’ve really enjoyed it to be honest. Maybe over the last couple of years maybe that was something that wasn’t going on, maybe players weren’t enjoying it but definitely the enjoyment’s back now with the players and we’re really driving on now.“Tommy [Fitzgerald, selector] was saying even since Christmas in training we’ve reached a new level. We’re trying to improve every night we go out like as well, trying to anet new targets and new standards and that’s all we can do and see where it takes us.”In terms of the league, Purcell spoke of an urge to not settle with just putting in a performance against bigger teams, such as upcoming opponents Galway.“We’re trying new things like, that’s the only way to improve is to try new things – it’s the only way to win. With Galway next week, with myself personally – we’ve never really beat a big team and sooner or later that has to change in this county if we’re to really drive on and fulfill our potential.”There is very much a feeling of neighbouring rivalries in division one, as Laois is set to face Offaly and Carlow, with former having been promoted to the division last yrear.“Carlow have bet us now for the last few years now so I’m mad to get one over on them,” admitted Purcell.As for a main aim for the year? Purcell echoes the thoughts of manager Brennan.“Obviously our main aim is the Joe McDonagh Cup and getting to Croke Park  but the way the league is set out it’s so important to stay in division one as well – it’s kind of two mini championships for us really.“We’re kind of only looking at the league so far and winning game-on-game. Being in division one is so important. All we can do is stay working hard in the training field and keep the intensity up.”Laois hurlers take on Galway in Pearse Stadium on Sunday, January 27 at 12.30pm.SEE ALSO – Four new faces join Laois hurling panel ahead of league opener with Galway Home Sport GAA Paddy Purcell speaks on enjoyment coming back into Laois hurling and fulfilling… SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Pinterest Last Friday night the new Laois hurling captain and vice-captain were revealed.Rathdowney-Errill talisman Paddy Purcell was selected as captain, while the role of vice-captain went to reliable Camross defender Joe Phelan.The captain’s role seems like a natural fit for the skillful Purcell, who has played for Laois since 2014. Twitterlast_img read more

Calastone to launch blockchain powered global funds marketplace

first_img James Langton Related news The system could reduce the overall global cost of fund distribution by as much as US$4.2 billion, it says.Also readThe Blockchain Effect“Funds remain a vital investment vehicle, though remain hampered by continually rising costs and threat of competition, ultimately rendering the current system economically and operationally unsustainable, says Julien Hammerson, CEO of Calastone, in a statement.Leveraging blockchain technology, would transform “the way in which funds are traded, enabling an investment management community that can meet the changing needs of investors,” adds Hammerson. London, U.K.-Calastone is migrating its fund processing operations to a blockchain-based system to reduce the costs of fund distribution, the global funds transaction network has announced.Calastone, which serves more than 1,700 financial organizations across 40 markets, will shift to a blockchain-based system in May 2019, the company says in a news release. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund IG Wealth amends product shelf fintech and blockchain icons on financial technology background monsitj/123RF Keywords Mutual funds,  Blockchain Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Why promising results from a large clinical trial into vitamin D and COVID-19 may not be all that they seem

first_imgWhy promising results from a large clinical trial into vitamin D and COVID-19 may not be all that they seem Queen Mary University of LondonOn 13th February David Davis MP tweeted: “The findings of this large and well conducted study should result in this therapy being administered to every Covid patient in every hospital in the temperate latitudes.”The therapy in question was vitamin D and the Spanish study was a randomised trial purporting to show a 60 per cent drop in death rates amongst hospitalised patients. The story was covered in other media, but an avalanche of responses on twitter and directly to the website where the study details were posted, indicated that not everyone agreed with David Davis’ assessment, and the study was eventually removed from the website. So, what was wrong with this study?Over the past year, everyone has become increasingly familiar with clinical trials. The backbone of clinical research, clinical trials are based on the idea that to see if a treatment works we take a group of individuals who might benefit from the treatment if it does work, give the treatment to half of them and not to the other half and then compare what happens to the individuals in the two halves.Yes, trials can be more complicated but this is the essence. Furthermore, two things are key as we construct this comparison. First, there must be a large enough number of people involved in the comparison. Second, the comparison must be “fair”. Putting all older people in one group and younger in another group would obviously negate any findings, and if the government had tried to pursue policies for treatment of COVID-19 based on trials of, say, eight patients, no-one, no matter what their background, would have trusted them.Understanding how to get large enough numbers is fairly straightforward. To make the comparison as fair as possible, we use randomisation, a statistical technique for deciding whether individuals get the treatment or not. Though everything is done by computer nowadays, the easiest way to understand randomisation is to think of tossing a coin for every individual – heads you go in the treatment group, tails you go in the non-treatment group. It’s accepted as the best way of making sure the two groups end up being comparable.So, was this Spanish study large enough and did it use randomisation? With over 900 patients and described by the authors as a randomised trial, on the face of it, yes. However, dig a little deeper, like many of those who tweeted in response to David Davis, and things begin to fall apart. This study has a remarkably large number of flaws. Here I outline two, which, unfortunately, leave the purported results in tatters.Cluster randomised trialsFirst, although the study is described by the authors as a randomised controlled trial, it wasn’t the 900 plus individuals in the trial who were randomised, it was hospital wards, eight of them. Five of them were selected randomly to give vitamin D to their patients, and the other three wards did not receive vitamin D. Randomising entities other than actual patients is a perfectly legitimate clinical trial design; in this particular case, earning the trial the designation of a “cluster” randomised trial. However, eight is rather a small number.What if the wards have very different characteristics and, when randomised, just by chance the two groups aren’t very comparable? There might, for example, be one very large pioneering ward amongst the eight; whichever group that ward is randomised into will have an unfair advantage showing improved patient benefit. This is not quite the same as having only eight patients in a trial, which most people might consider suspect, but it has similarities. It doesn’t necessarily invalidate the trial, but some account of the variation between wards does need to be made in the trial analysis. This was not done in this trial, and this means the results presented are too precise.So, let’s solve this. Let’s give the trial data to some statisticians who know how to make the appropriate adjustments, and see how the results pan out. Unfortunately, a further fatal flaw in this trial means that that won’t rectify things. This flaw is in the way the patients themselves were assigned to the wards. It appears (though the publication is not very clear on this) that they were recruited to the trial by hospital staff who knew which wards were treatment wards and which were non-treatment wards.It doesn’t take very much thought to realise that this may have influenced the doctors’ decision on which patients to recruit into the trial, and which ward they were sent to. There were no safeguards to ensure that patients in the treated and non-treated groups were comparable in any way. Though some statistical techniques can go partway to account for this problem, sadly they cannot do so with absolute certainty; this is a case of unknown unknowns.With a bit of thought and the expertise of those versed in trial design this trial could have been conducted without these flaws. As it is, David Davis and others have been, sadly, misled. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:authors, avalanche, clinical trials, covid-19, death, Government, hospital, Media, older people, Queen Mary University of London, research, spanish, study, technique, treatment, trial, university, websitelast_img read more

Introducing Dunkertons Organic Cider – Herefordshire, England

first_img Previous articlePurple Heart Wines Releases 2014 Vintage at Annual Purple Heart Foundation GalaNext articleAfternoon Brief, August 15 Press Release Pinterest AdvertisementIllinois-based importer Winesellers, Ltd. Expands Cider Portfolio with U.K. BrandWinesellers, Ltd. is pleased to introduce a new selection of premium organic ciders from Dunkertons Organic Cider.  Produced in the historic county of Herefordshire, England, the ciders will be available for the first time in the US market this September. Winesellers, Ltd. will initially import two organic craft ciders and a perry, a sparkling, cider-like beverage produced from pears.“We are very excited to be working with the Winesellers team to launch our ciders in the US,” said Jeremy Benson, Managing Director of Dunkertons.  “Our cider is crafted from traditional cider varieties grown in organic orchards in Herefordshire and we’re thrilled to have this fantastic opportunity to share the unique flavor of our cider with our new friends in the US.”The Dunkerton Cider Mill is set in the ancient parish of Pembridge in the English countryside (West Country), where owners Ivor and Susie Dunkerton have been producing cider since 1980.  Dunkertons’ unique blending method uses traditional varieties of organic apples and pears, grown in estate orchards as well as local organic orchards with longstanding ties to the cider mill.  The careful selection of fruit pressed and fermented on site gives the beverages their award-winning characteristics.“Following our introduction of artisan French and Spanish ciders to the US market, it was a natural fit to expand our European offerings with a top quality, craft producer from the U.K.,“ explained Jordan Sager, Vice President of Winesellers, Ltd. “Dunkertons is a true gem and perfect example of the very best of real English ciders.”The Dunkertons brand includes the medium-dry Black Fox Cider ($8 SRP), Dry Cider ($8 SRP) and Perry ($9 SRP). All three are certified organic by Soil Association Organic.  The three varieties will be initially available in 500ml bottles nationwide through the Winesellers, Ltd. wholesaler network.About Dunkertons Organic CiderThe Dunkerton Cider Mill is set in the ancient parish of Pembridge, an area of farmland, woods and hedgerows, where medieval half-timbered villages meet the stone market towns of Wales. Dunkertons history reaches back to 1980 when Ivor and Susie Dunkerton made the decision to escape London and buy a small holding in Herefordshire. The unique blending method uses traditional varieties of organic cider apples and pears grown on estate owned orchards. Only the finest tasting traditional varieties of certified organic apples and pears are sourced. It is this careful selection of fruit that gives our drinks the delicate and aromatic characteristics required to be award winning.  For more information, visit www.dunkertonscider.co.uk.About Winesellers, Ltd.Founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers, Ltd. is a second generation, family-owned and globally recognized importer and marketer of fine wines to the U.S. market. The company’s portfolio represents the finest quality of wines in their respective price category and has widespread distribution in all 50 U.S. states.   The Winesellers, Ltd. portfolio includes producers and brands from Argentina, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.winesellersltd.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Advertisement Email Share ReddIt Linkedin TAGSConsumerDunkertons Organic CiderWinesellers Ltd. Home Industry News Releases Introducing Dunkertons Organic Cider – Herefordshire, EnglandIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessIntroducing Dunkertons Organic Cider – Herefordshire, EnglandBy Press Release – August 15, 2016 128 0 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Debt Management Unit to be restructured

first_imgDebt Management Unit to be restructured Office of the Prime MinisterApril 23, 2011 RelatedDebt Management Unit to be restructured By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Cabinet has given approval for the restructuring of the Debt Management Unit in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Speaking at April 20 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz informed that the Unit will be fully operational by the middle of the financial year. He said the restructuring exercise will enable the body to execute the core functions of a debt management office; enhance analytical reporting on the Government’s debt; and enhance capacity building in the area of debt management. “The disbursement of functions currently performed by the Loan Administration Monitoring and Disbursement Unit is to be subsumed into the Debt Management Unit; and there will be recruitment of personnel with the requisite skills set to enhance the capacity of the Debt Management Unit,” he said. The Debt Management Unit is charged with responsibility for the management of the public and publicly-guaranteed debt of the Government of Jamaica. Currently, the Unit is organised by funding source, specifically domestic and external debt, and not along the functional lines as is the practise in modern debt offices. RelatedDebt Management Unit to be restructured RelatedDebt Management Unit to be restructured Advertisementslast_img read more

Airy Castle Community Gets $3.8M Computer Centre

first_imgRelatedGASPRO ‘Street Style Cook-Up’ Helping to Empower Communities RelatedKidney Support Foundation and Blind Society to Benefit from Tag Drive FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsA 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for schoolwork.It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access internet service. RelatedUSF Equips Computer Centre in Eastern St. Thomascenter_img Airy Castle Community Gets $3.8M Computer Centre CommunityNovember 18, 2014Written by: Rodger Hutchinson Advertisements A 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for schoolwork.It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access internet service.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who spoke at the official opening of the Airy Castle Community Computer Centre on November 13, said that the Government is ensuring that all Jamaicans have access to information technology.“We are making sure that our people have the latest in technology and that our youngsters and seniors become a part of this information age. It excites me because I know that this is going to make this a better community, a better society and a better country,” he said.Minister Paulwell informed that the centre will operate as a community access point with full Wi-Fi capabilities.“So now you can bring your own devices. The Government has removed duties on computers and smartphones, so you can bring them and log on to the world of the Internet,” he noted.The Airy Castle facility comprises 16 new computers, a server, local area network, printers, furniture, projection equipment, power support, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.Chief Executive Officer of the USF, Hugh Cross, encouraged students and community members to take ownership of the facility and ensure its proper use, and to guard the equipment provided.“So, you don’t have to go to Morant Bay anymore. You can pay your bills, transact business and even apply for your American visa.  I’m encouraging you to use it and to encourage your other community members to use it and use it wisely,” he urged.last_img read more