Top Stories2G Net Speed Imposed In J&K Amid Lockdown Virtually Takes Away Right To Internet, Says PIL Filed In SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 April 2020 8:09 AMShare This – xThe decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to restrict the speed of mobile internet as 2G amid the COVID-19 lockdown has been challenged in the Supreme Court.A Public Interest Litigation filed by one Soayib Qureshi, a Kashmir-based lawyer, challenged the order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on April 3 to retain the existing restrictions till April 15.”The restriction…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to restrict the speed of mobile internet as 2G amid the COVID-19 lockdown has been challenged in the Supreme Court.A Public Interest Litigation filed by one Soayib Qureshi, a Kashmir-based lawyer, challenged the order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on April 3 to retain the existing restrictions till April 15.”The restriction on Internet Speed by the Respondent has pushed the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in dark ages by restricting the use of internet which has not only hampered business activities, but has also impacted imparting of online education, online research and with it mode of communication and entertainment for people. The said restriction has been imposed without any reasonable basis and without disclosing any cogent reason”, the plea stated.In the order issued on April 3, the J&K Home Secretary had observed that the speed restrictions have not not posed any hindrance to “COVID-19 control measures or to access online educational content”. Countering this claim, the PIL stated that the speed restrictions on internet during the lockdown period has brought “life of commercial and educational institutions to a standstill”.”Once access to Internet has been allowed, putting a restraint on the speed amounts to virtually taking back the benefits of Internet which also amounts to suspending internet in perpetuity, which is impermissible. The restriction on speed has no reasonable nexus with the object the Respondent is seeking to achieve. Presently, there is neither a public emergency in place nor any emergency has been declared, hence, the imposition of restraints on speed is completely illegal”, the plea stated.The petitioner further stated that 2G is an out-dated technology and considering the speed and the data with which an internet site downloads, the right to internet becomes redundant due to the restrictions.The Home Secretary had also stated that the the recent changes in J&K domicile law has the potential to be exploited by those “inimical to public peace”. It was also stated that there have been major recovery of arms on one hand and killings of civilians by terrorists on the other, apart from attempts to “encourage terrorism through uploading of provocative material”.In this connection, the petitioner argued that the 2G speed restriction fails the test of proportionality as explained by the SC in the case Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India.”The imposition of restriction on internet speed amounts to virtually denying the inhabitants of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir right to Internet which has been accepted by the Hon’ble Kerela High Court, in the case of Faheema Shirin R.K v. State of Kerala as a Fundamental Right and held by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India to be constitutionally protected”, the petitioner argued.The petitioner therefore sought removal of all speed restrictions on internet in J&K, and to quash the orders issued by the J&K administration in that regard.Another petition was filed in the Supreme Court on April 2 seeking restoration of 4G mobile services in the area during the period of lockdown. At 2G mobile internet speeds, the patients, doctors, and the general public of Jammu & Kashmir are unable to access the latest information, guidelines, advisories, and restrictions about COVID19 that are being made available and continuously updated online on a daily basis, stated that plea filed by “Foundation of Media Professionals”. The petitioner asserted that doctors are not able to access online resources on measures to curb COVID-19 at all, due to the internet speed being too slow to download heavy files. Further it was averred that slow internet speeds rendered “telemedicine” or online video consultation impossible. The petition stated that restoration of full-fledged internet services is also crucial to strictly implement the “work from home” policy being promoted by the government.The Central government had imposed a complete communications blackout in the erstwhile state of J&K in August 2019, right after abrogation of Article 370. Five months later in January 2020, on the basis of a Supreme Court order , the services were partially restored, only at 2G speed for mobile users. Access was provided only to a selected “white-listed” sites, and social media was completely blocked. The Supreme Court had observed that indefinite suspension of internet is not permissible and restrictions on internet have to follow the principles of proportionality under Article 19(2). The blockade on social media was lifted on March 4, but the speed was retained as 2G for mobile data.Next Story
It’s been said that there are no atheists in foxholes, but a new study led by Joseph Henrich has shown that the impact of war on religion extends well beyond the front lines.The chair of the Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology, Henrich and a team of international collaborators gathered survey data from several locations around the globe and found that, following the trauma of seeing a friend or loved one killed or injured during conflict, many became more religious. The study is described in a Jan. 28 paper published in Nature Human Behavior.“I became interested in this question through my prior work, which has been focused on how religious beliefs can cause people to cooperate more in a group,” Henrich said. “The idea is that if you can expand the sphere of cooperation, then that group can more successfully compete against others, sometimes even through violent conflict.“But this study suggests that this could lead to a vicious circle,” Henrich continued. “If you receive a war shock and become very religious, and then begin to outcompete other groups through conflict, that could result in a runaway effect.”To understand the relationship between war and religion, Henrich and his colleagues gathered data from more than 1,700 interviews with people in 71 villages scattered throughout Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, and Uganda. Their results showed that, among those who were most exposed to war, membership in religious groups increased by 12, 14, and 41 percentage points, respectively.In addition, the researchers found that those who experienced the trauma of war were likelier to attend religious services and were likelier to rank religion as being significant in their lives than those who were not. And in some cases, those effects were surprisingly long-lived.“One of the more interesting findings was that in some cases we found the effect endures,” Henrich said. “In Tajikistan we find the effect even 13 years post-conflict, and there’s no sense in which it declines.” The three locations were selected, he said, because although all three had experienced civil conflict, none of them included a clear religious or ethnic dimension.“In places like Sierra Leone, both the rebels and the government would go into villages and fire indiscriminately,” Henrich explained. “Some people would be killed or injured and others wouldn’t. That creates a natural experiment — some people are more exposed to the war and some people are less exposed, and then we were able to look at the effect of having this shock on their religiosity.”Importantly, Henrich said, the study only compared those changes in religious devotion among individuals in the same village.“There could be many reasons why people in different villages might be more or less religious,” Henrich said. “It could also be that a particular village was attacked more than another, but by comparing people from the same village we were able to eliminate that variation.”Ultimately, though, Henrich said the study supports the notion, often embraced by historians, that war can drive social changes down the road.“It could affect the direction in which institutions evolve, or the policies that governments pursue,” he suggested. “And there are policy implications as well, because if you’re concerned about religious extremism and you deal with it through violence, then you could make it worse.“Because it has this psychological effect, when you shock a population … new institutions that were impossible previously are more likely to emerge,” he added. “So these war shocks may redirect history in different directions by reshaping institutions and influencing how people think.”This research was supported with funding from the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium, the John Templeton Foundation, the Czech Science Foundation, Title VIII/Department of State, and the University of San Francisco. Related Religion as social unifier Belief in a deity helps humans cooperate and live in large groups, studies say
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice Homes The homes in the Rob Rice Community of Villages at South Hill in Puyallup are attracting buyers who want a home with uncompromising quality and long-term investment value.Unique to this community is its Legacy series or “cottage homes.” With low maintenance living and a reasonable price, these homes have become a popular choice for first-time homebuyers, military families, retired couples and professionals like nurses and teachers.These charming cottage homes include bungalow, craftsman and prairie style homes that are nested around a park-like green space creating community and convenience. The community lawns are fully maintained and the homes have welcoming and spacious front porches suitable for summer lounging.An Opportunity to Own your Own HomeWhether looking to retire in the much sought-after area of South Hill or seeking to exchange rent payments for mortgage payments, homebuyers find these quality-built cottage homes a solid investment for their hard-earned money.“They are perfect for people who have been renting a townhome or a condo,” says Heather Keating the sales manager at the new home community. “For the same monthly payment or even less they get into their own home and have a personal investment that builds equity up over time. There are also the tax advantages to homeownership that can save homeowners thousands of dollars every year.”Heather has had several military families decide to buy a Legacy home because of their low maintenance living.“Military families can move in for four years and then rent their home when they are transferred without having to worry about lawn upkeep,” says Heather. “The homeowners’ association takes care of it. If a homeowner is deployed, there are no concerns about lawn maintenance.”Heather has also seen many retired couples, often previous Rob Rice Homes buyers, who are drawn to the quality and convenience of the Villages.“One retired couple who lived here moved to Montana. When they returned to Washington they bought a rambler in a senior community but eventually sold it and moved back to the Villages at South Hill!”Upscale Features all in the Price of the HomeWhether buying a home from the Heritage series, the community’s larger homes on oversized lots or a cottage home from the Legacy series, homebuyers who pick their lot and purchase their home in a pre-sale have a choice of features that are considered upgrades by most builders.There are no extra costs for the choices in fashionable flooring and surfaces in the homes at the Villages—rich cabinetry finishes, handsome hardwood floors, shiny granite countertops, designer backsplash tile and stylish lighting—to make a home unique to a each buyer’s taste.There are more than 6 acres of open space to enjoy in this coveted community. It even has an off-leash community dog park and a fun picnic and play area. There are sidewalks for evening strolls that thread throughout the neighborhood.So much Convenience in One Lovely SpotMinutes from shopping, the highway, entertainment, city parks and cultural attractions, the location of the Villages at South Hill is ideal.It is a quick walk to Sunrise Elementary and close to a brand new Group Health complex. The South Hill mall is only a mile and a half away and nearby downtown Puyallup offers its own adventure and ease in shopping.Close by is a YMCA, a nearby Lowes, and Pierce College. It is a short trip to Bradley Lake where there are acres of walking trails, a picnic area, ball fields and a beautiful lake.The Villages at South Hill is minutes from downtown Puyallup and the Sounder train. There is easy entrance onto Highway 512 and quick access to I-5. Even Seattle buyers are seeing the unparalleled value and moving to the convenience of a home in the Villages of South Hill.Find what you are Looking ForA new homebuyer, an employee of Microsoft in Redmond, explained why he and his wife are moving to this Rob Rice Community in Puyallup.“It is so convenient with easy access onto the highway and we can get twice the home here for our money.”His wife, who had done her homework asking friends and Realtors about the quality of Rob Rice Homes, is convinced of their new home investment.“We have been renting and looking for a home for a year and a half and made the decision to buy a home in the Villages,” she explained. “I was told that for quality and price you cannot beat a Rob Rice home. We are so glad he came to Puyallup. We have finally found what we have been looking for. Every small detail in the home is thought through. You can see it in the floor plans. It is not just building to make money. It is heart.”
GAME TO BE PLAYED AT LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL IN PASADENA AND WILL BE SPONSORED BY J. PAUL REDDAM’S CASHCALL & SANTA ANITA PARK ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015)–The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday night at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.“We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad. “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels kids, all of our families and the fans that come to support us. It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes. I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day approach will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School.
🤷♂️ Moose: ‘I was waiting for the famous Hampden Park roar but all I could hear was the Israel fans’😡 Brazil: ‘You’re so negative. You’re a miserable git!’🥊 Alan Brazil & @BroadcastMoose clash after The Moose was less than impressed by his visit to Scotland. pic.twitter.com/VdxEx8NnrZ— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 21, 2018 1 But it seems not everyone was so impressed with the game at Hampden, as the Moose angered Sports Breakfast host and former Scotland international Alan Brazil with his verdict…AB: “So Moose, what was your experience like?”IA: “It was ok… I was waiting for the famous Hampden Park roar and it came when they scored goals, but in between all I could hear was the Israeli fans.”AB: “You’re just a miserable git!”It’s not the first time Abrahams has laid into the game north of the border.The talkSPORT reporter angered Scottish supporters – including famous Celtic fan Sir Rod Stewart – when he branded the Scottish Premiership ‘a pub league’ back in August following the Hoops’ failure to qualify for the Champions League.Listen to the talkSPORT duo’s on-air ding dong below! talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams has aimed another dig at Scottish football by criticising the atmosphere at Hampden Park during Scotland’s 3-2 victory over Israel.Celtic winger James Forrest scored a brilliant hat-trick to see Scotland end 2018 on a high by winning their UEFA Nations League group.
Here are more stories about animals, plants and cells attracting scientists with their astonishing capabilities, proving that biomimetics is one of the hottest trends in science.Nutcracker sweet: The mantis shrimp won another gold medal after triumphing in the circularly-polarized eye competition. PhysOrg, New Scientist and Live Science all gave it thumbs up for its club-like hammer claw, found to be the “strongest club in the world” able to deliver a force 1,000 times its own weight without breaking. Not only that, the clubs accelerate to 10,000 g’s, have the fastest moving parts in the animal kingdom (23 m/sec), and are so durable they deliver a thousand blows before the next molt replaces them.Unsurprisingly, manufacturers of body armor are raising eyebrows with visions of joining the club. Mantis shrimp use their weapons to break open molluscs and crabs. They have been known to break aquarium glass with their little karate choppers. The clubs survive breakage through construction with hard, then medium, then soft layers that distribute the force and inhibit cracks from forming. The original paper in Science (8 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6086 pp. 1275-1280, DOI: 10.1126/science.1218764 ) calls the claw “A Formidable Damage-Tolerant Biological Hammer.”Al G. Lightner, NRG: Algae and bacteria accomplish a feat green engineers drool over: the ability to harvest light efficiently for energy. Artificial fuel cells need their secrets to make green energy competitive with fossil fuels (which, by the way, are by-products of plants that used photosynthesis to make the complex hydrocarbons). PhysOrg reported on new attempts at Lawrence Livermore Labs to use X-ray diffraction to probe the secrets of Photosystem II, the plant antenna where the magic happens and water is decomposed into hydrogen, oxygen and electrons. The article paid customary lip service to Mother Nature and long ages without explaining how the complex process arose:For more than two billion years, nature has employed photosynthesis to oxidize water into molecular oxygen. Photosystem II, the only known biological system that can harness visible light for the photooxidation of water, produces most of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere through a five-step catalytic cycle (S0-to-S4 oxidation states). Light-harvesting proteins in the complex capture solar photons that energize the manganese-calcium cluster and drive a series of oxidations and proton transfers that in the final S4 state forms the bond between oxygen atoms that yields molecular oxygen.Overall, though, the article was about how human designers, using cutting-edge tools to probe the “photosystem II complex” for secrets, have been unable to duplicate what single cells accomplish. “Doing this study was a monumental achievement that required a large team to make it happen,” one noted. Why so much effort? “We hope to learn from nature’s design principles and apply that knowledge to the design and development of artificial photosynthetic systems.”DNA Disk: Hey, DNA is already “the molecule that already stores the genetic blueprints of all living things,” PhysOrg says. Why not use it for a hard drive? Drew Endy, a pioneer in synthetic biology at Stanford, was interviewed in the article to explain how he intends to “turn the basic building blocks of nature into tools for designing living machines.” He’s thinking ahead to applications for waste treatment, medicine, manufacturing and others he can’t even imagine. As for his DNA hard drive, he didn’t say how the USB interface might work, but he did share his feelings a bit: “What we’re likely to end up with will not look like classical electronics. Biology is beginning to teach us how to be a little bit more sophisticated in our engineering designs, which is a lot of fun.”“Biomimetic” is a trendy word more frequently encountered in scientific papers every year, as in this paper’s title, “Biomimetic emulsions reveal the effect of mechanical forces on cell–cell adhesion” (PNAS, June 1, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201499109 PNAS June 1, 2012). The team in that paper not only studied cells for ideas about adhesion, but used a “biomimetic approach” to doing their science. The emphasis in these sciences is on (1) understanding and (2) application for the benefit of mankind.Was Darwinism ever “a lot of fun”? If it was, it was the fun of entertainment: telling tall tales around the cave campfire, not getting at the truth to produce understanding, for the purpose of designing tangible benefits for the world. All for biomimetics over Darwinism please signify by imitating the mantis-shrimp karate chop on useless speculation. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
With the NEX, Vivo was among the first OEMs to bring the in-display fingerprint sensor phone beginning this year. The rest of the Android smartphone manufacturers followed the trend. With the NEX series, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer takes innovation to an all new level. The company follows the same strategy with the new addition to the NEX series, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition. Vivo launches the long-time rumoured NEX Dual Display Edition in China on Tuesday for a price tag of CNY 4,998, which roughly translates to Rs 52,300.The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition has a lot to look for. Starting from the two screens, to the triple rear camera setup, the Lunar ring with dual LED flash, and the notch less design, Vivo NEX Dual Display is one of the most exciting smartphones that the company has announced in a long time now. The smartphone has been launched in only China for now, and there are no words if the device will head to other markets, including India, anytime soon. As far as we at India Today Tech are aware, the Vivo currently has no plans to bring the NEX Dual Display Edition to India anytime soon.Commenting on the launch of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, Spark Ni who’s the Senior Vice President of Vivo says, “As Vivo’s premium line-up, the NEX series offers not only an extraordinary user experience to consumers, it also unleashes our imagination towards the future of design and development of smartphones. Combining a futuristic dual-display design and innovative technologies, NEX Dual Display Edition demonstrates Vivo’s continuous exploration and pursuit of exceptional innovations for consumers.”advertisementLet’s take a quick look at what the newly launched innovative Vivo phone offers to the consumers.Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition specificationsDisplay: The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes with two screens, one on the front while the other one sits on the back. On the front, the smartphone includes a 6.39-inch Ultra FullView Display with an improved screen-to-body ratio of 91.63 per cent. The Super AMOLED front display “offers a notch-free and immersive viewing experience to users.” Coming to the rear panel display, it’s a slightly smaller one. On the back panel, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes packed with a 5.49-inch Super AMOLED display.Processor: The Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor like other flagships of 2019.RAM: 10GB RAMStorage: 128GB of internal storage. The phone comes in only one storage variant.Rear camera: The Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition comes packed with triple camera setup on the back panel. The NEX Dual Display Edition’s triple camera setup consists of a 12MP Dual-Pixel main camera featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor and 4-axis OIS, a specialized Night Video Camera, and the third one is a Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Camera. Front camera: There’s no selfie camera on the new Vivo phone.Software: The smartphone runs Funtouch OS 4.5 on top of Android 9.0 Pie.Battery: Under the hood, the Vivo phone includes a 3,500mAh battery with support for 22.5W fast charging.Colours: The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes in two colour variants — Ice Field Blue and Star purple.Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition features–Without any doubt, the “Dual Display” is the most highlighting factor about the new Vivo NEX. The smartphone comes with two screens, one of the usual front and the other one of the back side. The front 6.39-inch Ultra FullView Display is notchless and sports minimal bezels on the sides giving the users an “immersive” video experience. The rear panel screen of the Vivo phone is slightly smaller than the front one. On the back, the phone includes a 5.49-inch Super AMOLED display which also works as a normal phone screen. Unlike the front display, the back display of the Vivo phone includes the cameras and a Lunar Ring which equips dual LED flash. Vivo basically lets users switch between the displays by swiping sideways with three fingers.–10GB RAM. This is the first Vivo phone to come with 10GB of RAM memory. Previous we have seen phones like Mi Mix 3 to come with a 10GB RAM variant, and now the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also packs 10GB of RAM. Going by the innovation in the smartphone space, looks like 10GB RAM is going to be the next normal among the Android smartphone OEMs.–Triple cameras of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition work as both main camera and also selfie shooter. In simple works, with the main 12MP Dual-Pixel main camera the users will not only able to capture a landscape shot but also click selfies. The second specialized Night Video Camera will basically let “users film clear and stable footage in motion and low-light environments”. Lastly, with the TOF 3D Camera comes with 3D sensing capabilities which not only “enables point-to-point distance measuring, but also supports 3D Modeling of the user’s face for enhanced facial recognition, protection and personalized beautification.”advertisement–The Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition camera comes with two modes — Mirror Mode and Pose Director. Explaining the two camera modes Vivo says, “Mirror Mode allows users to see themselves in the rear display while being photographed or filmed, while Pose Director can show a posed image or video in the rear display as reference for imitation. Coupled with other camera modes such as AI Scene Recognition, AI Filters and AI Portrait Framing, along with the diffusion lighting from the Selfie Softlight as part of the Lunar Ring, capturing the perfect shot is easier than ever.” –The Lunar Ring that sits on the rear panel includes dual LED flash which will help users click clear shots in low-light circumstances. The Lunar Ring also creates a “glowing band of colors which can signify notifications and even pulse with music”.Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition price and availabilityThe Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition has been launched in only one variant with 10GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. In China, the smartphone has been priced CNY 4,998, which roughly translates to Rs 52,300. The smartphone has been launched in two colours — “Ice Field Blue” and “Star purple” and both the versions are up for pre-orders on Vivo’s China website and will start shipping from December 29 in the country. As of now, there’s no report if the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition will come to India or not.ALSO READ | Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition launches with 2 screens, 10GB RAM and Lunar RingALSO READ | Vivo V11 Pro Supernova Red variant launched in India for Rs 25,990ALSO READ | Vivo V11 Pro review: Almost perfect for the price
“Before I applied, I did research on some of the lecturers and they have done significant work in Africa and some underdeveloped countries, and I am impressed with how their work has impacted communities. I think that through their hands-on experience, I can acquire knowledge that can be used in Jamaica, particularly in rural development,” Miss Palmer tells JIS News. Today, Miss Palmer is preparing to commence a year-long stay in the United Kingdom, beginning September, where she will take up the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarship to read for a Master of Science Degree in Communication for Development, at the University of Reading. Story Highlights For the first three years as a student at Wolmer’s High School for Girls, Shari-Ann Palmer would struggle to maintain passing grades.Improvement came with the support of her mother and her school’s guidance counsellor, but still she describes herself as having been just an average student.Today, Miss Palmer is preparing to commence a year-long stay in the United Kingdom, beginning September, where she will take up the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarship to read for a Master of Science Degree in Communication for Development, at the University of Reading.“I don’t think I have really come to terms with the magnitude of it, but I am elated, excited and ecstatic, but with a little tinge of anxiety about what lies ahead,” the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Public Relations Officer says.She explains that while she did not recognise it at the time, the death of her father shortly before she started high school not only challenged her Christian faith but also significantly impacted her academic performance.“I grew up in a happy family, and being an only child, I was the centre of attention. All of that changed with the death of my father, when my mother really struggled to even send me to school,” she adds.However, drawing on an intrinsic drive to be successful, as well as on the support of her mother and church family, Shari-Ann excelled in her Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and matriculated to the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), where she read for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication, with specialisation in Radio.She was consistently an honours student and graduated cum laude in 2012.She then accepted a summer intern position at the JIS, which later became full-time occupation as an Assistant Television Producer.In 2014, having distinguished herself in the organisation, she was offered promotion to a Public Relations Officer, which included managing communication campaigns on behalf of government ministries, departments and agencies.These roles, which she notes gave her a deep appreciation of the importance of media to the country’s growth and development, are what inspired her to pursue Communications in Development.“Working at the JIS, being on the road, interacting with people at the grassroots level… seeing the whole work of Government and getting people to respond to programmes and policies and to understand how it translates to them and how it benefits them [made me want to focus on how communication can drive development],” she says.The modules in the master’s programme will cover areas such as poverty and inequality, gender, governance and accountability, climate change and food security.“Before I applied, I did research on some of the lecturers and they have done significant work in Africa and some underdeveloped countries, and I am impressed with how their work has impacted communities. I think that through their hands-on experience, I can acquire knowledge that can be used in Jamaica, particularly in rural development,” Miss Palmer tells JIS News.One of her goals after completing the degree is to partner with the relevant stakeholders to start a communication for development degree programme at her alma mater, NCU, which she believes will be valuable in getting communicators to focus their skills at the community level locally.Miss Palmer says she is looking forward to being exposed to the new and varied culture of the United Kingdom as well as the opportunity to travel to other areas in Europe.She is a Sunday-school teacher and Home Bible Study Officer, and holds a place on the national body of the Regional Evangelism and Mission (REAM) Team with her church, Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic. She is also a member of the National Youth Committee of the organisation.Miss Palmer is one of 14 Jamaicans who were selected for the 2017-18 Chevening Scholarships.The British High Commission, in a statement, said the scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential, who also have strong academic backgrounds.The scholarship offers full financial support for individuals to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university.Miss Palmer believes her genuine passion and desire to be able to positively impact her home country is what earned her a place among the 14.“What it means for me is that I am limitless. This, to me, was one of the major things on my to-do list, and the fact that I have accomplished it says to me that there is nothing I can’t accomplish once I put my mind to it and put in the work,” she says. For the first three years as a student at Wolmer’s High School for Girls, Shari-Ann Palmer would struggle to maintain passing grades.