Success in The Midst of Hardship

first_imgSuccess in The Midst of Hardship CommunityJune 22, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Story HighlightsThe inadequacy of resources has always been a challenge for Ralston Wilson, but this was not a major hindrance to him when unfortunate circumstances abruptly flung him into playing the role of both mother and father to his two young children.Unfortunately, his son’s mother was killed shortly after their relationship ended; and his daughter’s mother, having fallen ill, died soon after child birth.A former security guard, the struggling father tells JIS News that following those tragic incidents, he did the best he could to care for his children with the help of close family members, like his mother and sister. Photo: JIS PhotographerA photo of Ralston Wilson (standing), a dedicated single father of two children. In a matriarchal society, where there is a tendency for fathers to be deemed as not fully embracing their responsibilities, the value of a good father such as Mr. Wilson should never be underestimated, but celebrated. RelatedHouseholders Urged to be Vigilant in Preventing Mosquito Breeding RelatedGovt. Looking at Legislation to Better Protect Household Workers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Success in The Midst of HardshipJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedDifferent Approach to Policing in St. James The inadequacy of resources has always been a challenge for Ralston Wilson, but this was not a major hindrance to him when unfortunate circumstances abruptly flung him into playing the role of both mother and father to his two young children.Unfortunately, his son’s mother was killed shortly after their relationship ended; and his daughter’s mother, having fallen ill, died soon after child birth.A former security guard, the struggling father tells JIS News that following those tragic incidents, he did the best he could to care for his children with the help of close family members, like his mother and sister.“I had to try to be strong with the help of the Almighty. I tried to put those things behind (me) and just go forward,” he says.He notes that this period was very difficult, not only financially, but emotionally as he tried to cope with raising two small children, on his meagre salary, and what he earned as a farmer, part time.Mr. Wilson, who will soon be 58 years old, shares that he did not shy away from undertaking tasks normally ascribed to mothers, such as washing his children’s clothes, or bathing them when they were young.He admits that he shares a very close bond with his 23 year-old daughter Kimberly, noting that he did his best to ensure she had all she needed “so she will never be in a position to depend on anyone else or beg or anything”. He adds that he is particularly grateful for the help he received from his mother in raising her.The doting father says he is very proud of Kimberly who is now in her final year at the Northern Caribbean University in Manchester, where she is pursuing a degree in Mass Communication.Though a student loan is financing his daughter’s schooling, Mr. Wilson laments that he is unable to help her with her other day-to-day living expenses as he would like to. He is however grateful that Kimberly gets some financial assistance from family members from time to time.While limited finances are always at the forefront of Mr. Wilson’s concerns, Kimberly tells JIS News that she never felt deprived while growing up, as she was never short of the love and affection of her father, who is also her mother.“He is an amazing parent, the most amazing father anybody could ever ask for,” Kimberly gushes, pointing to the close knit relationship she has with her father, where she freely shares “anything at all” with him.Kimberly admits that not having known her mother “is a bitter sweet experience”, and is an absence which is normally felt more strongly during Mother’s Day. However, she says she is always able to cope because, “my father is always there for me”.She notes that her father who has now taken up farming full time “went above and beyond to provide for me.”Kimberly says her father is not highly educated, having not completed high school, and so he made sure she had a solid education. “He made a lot of sacrifices for me to go to community college and university,” she notes.Kimberly says even now, though she is working, she can still call on her father for assistance whenever she is short on cash. She says he is always worrying about her and whether she is able to afford food and transportation to work and school.The aspiring media practitioner says she appreciates that her father has worked very hard to provide for her, and she is now focused on completing her degree and getting a good job, so that she can take care of her father.“He is who I am doing everything for…if I feel like giving up….I worry about “how will this affect daddy”…he works very hard, but he’ll have to stop at some point. So I want to ensure I will be able to provide for him when that time comes,” she says.Mr. Wilson, who hails from the deep rural Potosi District in St. James, shares that his only regret is that he doesn’t have a closer relationship with his 33 year old son, Machel, who is a taxi operator.Kimberly often acts as the mediator between the two men who sometimes don’t see eye to eye, which results in quarrels. “If they have a problem, they both call me and then I’d have to try and rectify the situation,” she says, noting that she sees her father’s approach as “tough love”.Mr. Wilson says though he is not too pleased with what his son has done with his life after leaving St. James High, and how nonchalantly he deals with certain situations, he notes that he is “not a bad guy”. He just wishes Machel, whose mother died when he was 13, would try harder to have a more prosperous life than he did.It is clear that this father loves both his children unconditionally, and only wants what’s best for them. This is the kind of responsible parenting the Government and other well thinking Jamaicans would like to be emulated and encouraged for a more cohesive society.Admittedly, parenting is certainly not an easy task, and is even more overwhelming as a single parent. These individuals may feel there is nowhere to turn for support, but the Government has recognised the tremendous value of good parenting, and has put several initiatives in place to assist the nation’s parents.Importantly, it established the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) in 2013 which seeks to increase national awareness on the various issues affecting parents, provide support strategies to help parents address these issues, as well as to help parents connect with other parents and community members in an effort to cultivate an environment of positive parenting.In addition, the Ministry of National Security, through its Unite For Change Initiative, in collaboration with the NPSC as well as other private and public sector groups, has been working to empower parents in several communities across the island.According to Director of Crime Prevention and Community Safety in the Ministry of National Security, Courtney Brown, under the initiative, there is a series known as ‘Street Talk to Real Talk’, geared at targeted communities.“This involves…going house to house, corner to corner…and raising the issue of parenting and to hear from persons what are some of the challenges that they are facing in terms of parenting…and to engage them in a conversation as to how we can start to change how we approach parenting,” he says.The initiative provides parents with support from several non-governmental organizations.Importantly, Mr. Brown says, men are encouraged to not primarily be financial providers, but also extend themselves to other vital areas of child rearing, “being caring, being connected to that child, even in circumstances where you might not still be in a relationship with the mother of that child.”Though sometimes overwhelming, being a father has been a rewarding experience for Mr. Wilson, and is a role he would never rescind.In a matriarchal society, where there is a tendency for fathers to be deemed as not fully embracing their responsibilities, the value of a good father such as Mr. Wilson should be never be underestimated, but celebrated. 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Oakridge football team bounces back with a 62-0 victory over Hart

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Neville suffers new low in derby defeat

first_imgVictory revitalises Levante’s chances of beating relegation as they remain bottom of the table but move to within three points of safety.Valencia’s season now hinges upon overturning a 1-0 first-leg deficit at home to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday.Despite making five changes from the side that lost in the Basque country in awful weather conditions in midweek, Valencia looked weary from their European exploits as Levante should have had just their sixth win of the season sewn up before half-time.Rossi hit the post, whilst Diego Alves made fine saves from Deyverson and Zouhair Feddal.Sofiane Feghouli also had the visitors’ two best chances before half-time, but was firstly denied by Diego Marino and then curled wide.The second-half was shorter on goalmouth action, but despite Neville’s pre-match warning that they had to improve, Valencia were made to pay once more for poor defending at set-pieces as Rossi swivelled to volley a long-throw into the far corner 25 minutes from time.Neville also insisted before the game that he will fulfil his duties as an England coach during a 10-day international break later this month.That decision is likely to come under further scrutiny in the coming week with his future at the Mestalla far from secure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Valencia coach Gary Neville is under pressure after a string of poor results at the Spanish club (AFP Photo/Biel Alino)MADRID, March 13 – Gary Neville’s troubles as Valencia boss continued as Giuseppe Rossi’s solitary strike handed Levante a deserved 1-0 win in the Valencian derby on Sunday.Neville has now won just three of 15 La Liga games in charge with Valencia rooted in mid-table mediocrity in 12th, just eight points above the relegation zone.last_img read more

Stop forking NFV! And thrive.

first_imgBy Chris BuergerI had the opportunity to participate in Dave Ward’s (CTO Cisco) presentation at the fantastic OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last month. As part of his session, he made a strong statement that warmed my (open source) heart.To repeat his assertion: “By creating a ‘whole stack’ framework with multiple, loosely coupled open source projects, we can satisfy the need in NFVI for advanced functionality without forking. Stop forking up NFV.”Let’s unpack Dave’s statement.In my mind, the ‘whole stack’ framework concept that Dave talked about is squarely aligned with the intent of mid-stream NFV open source initiatives such as the Open Platform for NFV Project. OPNFV’s mission is to accelerate NFV through the creation of an integrated open platform based on the adoption of leading upstream projects such as OpenStack and OpenDaylight (ODL).The Arno release represents the first step to making this goal a reality by releasing fundamental enabling platform integration and validation technology into the community. Two years ago, Rose Schooler articulated a similar vision at Open Networking Summit 2013 in her announcement of the Intel Open Network Platform. We have been steadily releasing quarterly updates of ONP on Intel’s 01.org, and partners such as HP and Oracle are starting to leverage its capabilities.The main point is the same. While there is no doubt that individual ingredient open source projects are critical and are being integrated/consumed into existing systems (or are augmenting/replacing proprietary solutions), the ‘whole stack’ is the ultimate catalyst and delivery framework to create a complete solution to rapidly deploy SDN and NFV.The whole stack concept of ‘loosely coupled open source projects’ also has challenges. One challenge is to provide one or multiple common (generally technical) capabilities that act as linkages between the different projects. Think of it like a red thread running through the whole stack.For Intel, one such connecting capability is the popular Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), a set of open source libraries and drivers for fast packet processing. This capability is enabled from OpenStack, through ODL and all the way into the Open Virtual Switch (OVS), providing a consistent approach to accelerating packet performance and to optimizing workload placement across the entire NFV/SDN stack.Having spent many years on both sides of the supply/demand equation for service provider software solutions, I am acutely aware of the benefits that tightly integrated, highly innovative proprietary software products can provide.I do believe that creating unique NFV/SDN intellectual property (IP) and technical innovation should generate a commensurate financial return. What I think is different in NFV today, and what I believe is center to Dave’s and my argument, is that vendors will not be successful by creating forks of the open source projects making up the entire NFV stack.The level and timeliness of adherence to the latest open source ingredients has risen to become a primary purchase decision-making criterion. It is perfectly okay to augment open source with unique monetizable IP, just do not attempt to lock-in a customer by having them buy into your fork.We have already seen this in OpenStack with different commercial solution vendors touting the ‘pureness’ and increasingly short timelines to adopt the latest community releases. I also believe that the same movement will occur as OpenDaylight matures.Rose quoted Intel founder Andy Grove in her presentation at ONS two years ago. Her point was that with SDN, the networking industry had reached a strategic inflection point that is changing the way the industry thinks and acts.Now, we are entering a new phase in this process, moving from the open source ingredient level to the complete NFV stack level while elevating the smart integration and non-forked nature of these different components as a main benefit to end-users.  Slightly rephrasing Dave’s statement: Don’t fork NFV if you want to thrive.last_img read more

Indian Navy recruiting Sailors under sports quota, apply by April 30

first_imgThe Indian Navy has invited job applications from unmarried male candidates for the post of Sailor under sports quota (02/2014 batch) in various disciplines. Interested and eligible candidates have to send their applications by April 30, 2014.The candidates will initially be recruited for 15 years, subject to successful completion of the training.Vacancy details:1. SailorStipend: Rs 5,700 per month (during training period)Pay Scale: Pay band of Rs 5,200-20,200 with grade pay of Rs 2,000 + MSP of Rs 2,000 + DA (on completion of training)a. Direct Entry Petty OfficerThe age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 22 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level team games at junior/senior level or represented a university in Inter-University tournament or he should have attained minimum 6th position in Senior National / 3rd position in Junior National / 3rd position in Inter-University meets in individual events.b. Senior Secondary Recruitment (SSR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level at junior/senior level or he must have represented a university in an Inter-University tournament.c. Matric Recruits (MR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 10 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Cooks/Stewards)advertisementd. Non Matric Recruits (NMR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 6 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Sanitary Hygienist)Selection procedure: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the trials and the prescribed medical examination to be conducted at INS Hamla, Mumbai.How to apply: Interested and eligible candidates can obtain the application forms from the official website: http://www.nausena-bharti.nic.in/sailor_entry.phpThey need to send their applications along with a recent colour passport size photograph (with blue background) with their name and signature on the reverse side by ordinary post to: The Secretary, Indian Navy Sports Control Board, 7th Floor, Chankya Bhavan, Integrated Headquarters, MoD (NAVY), New Delhi- 110021.The envelope (brown) containing the application should be superscribed with: The type of entry, sports discipline with achievements.Note: Each candidate is required to send only one application.Important dates:Last date for receipt of applications at the office: April 30, 2014May 7, 2014 (for candidates from the states of North-East, Sikkim, J&K, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy Island)last_img read more