Janice McIntosh, chief representative officer of the JN Bank Florida Representative Office SOUTH FLORIDA – Residents in Lauderhill and the surrounding communities in South Florida are invited to attend the JN Bank Florida Community Connection event at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center on June 30.Janice McIntosh, chief representative officer of the JN Bank Florida Representative Office, said that the event is designed to connect the community with Jamaica, through the promotion of real estate, savings, airlines, tourist destinations, food and wellness.“This event is a ‘mash up’ of all things Jamaican, to give Jamaican residents in the Lauderhill community a reason to visit the country, as a tourist; or think seriously about planning to return to the land of their birth,” she said.Mrs McIntosh outlined that the event promises to be fun, exciting and a gateway to sample many things Jamaican. “It will also be an opportunity to ask questions, receive information about real estate investment and savings; as well as, sample some of Jamaica’s tasty island cuisine,” she related.Patrons will also be able to learn about Jamaica, as a unique tourist destination; and to familiarise themselves with information about flight and accommodations and tours.Partners in the promotion of the event include: Sandals Jamaica; realtors and developers such as, the Gates of Edgehill; Better Homes Jamaica; Howard Johnson Realty Limited; Immobilien Real Estate Merchants and Keller Williams Realty.The Community Connection starts at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by special guest speaker, Jamaican Consul General to Miami, the Hon. Oliver Mair.
“We’re excited to welcome Georgia State University to NACE,” said Michael Brooks, NACE Executive Director. “Georgia State represents our second institution in as many weeks to join out of the state of Georgia. I’m certain their leadership in esports will serve as the model of varsity esports in the southeast for decades to come.”“We are honoured that Georgia State has become one of the Georgia Esports League’s inaugural members,” said Andrew Greenberg, President of the Georgia Game Developers Association, the organisation sponsoring GEL. “This gives its students the chance to earn both scholarships and internships, as well as compete with varsity college teams around the state. Georgia State clearly recognises its students’ interest in esports. We have no doubt this means even more smart, talented students applying to the university.”Esports Insider says: More activity in the university space. Brawlhalla and Paladins are interesting games to start with, so it’ll be interesting to see if the “GEL” branches out. Georgia State University has become the 34th member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (“NACE”) with new programs for those interested in esports. The announcement states that the University has joined NACE and will also start the Georgia Esports League (“GEL”) in September. Students from Georgia State will battle it out in Hi-Rez studio’s Paladins and Brawlhalla against students from Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, the University of Georgia and others. Furthermore, Georgia State will provide practice suits, a venue for tournament play and a small number of scholarships for those qualifying to compete in NACE tournaments. Additionally, the Georgia Esports League will provide scholarships to those winning statewide events. Having joined NACE, Georgia State University will be eligible to compete in the national league from early September. The university will also enable students to learn about the broadcasting, production and marketing of esports and tournaments as well as coaching, student management and game development. “The skills developed by esports-interested students are the very skills most needed for success in the 21st century economy, including collaborative soft skills and computer coding,” said David Cheshier, Director of the Georgia State Creative Media Industries Institute. “We see this initiative as building essential links to emerging creative careers in animation, 3D and immersive world creation, and other media industries.”
Facebook203Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rainy City Roller DollsRebecca Parvin (star cap) shrugs off a hit at a recent bout. Photo credit: Regularman PhotographyThis weekend is chalk full of derby with an upcoming double-header, featuring the Rainy City Roller Dolls versus the Wine Country Crushers and Overbeaters Anonymous versus the Skate-O-Holics on Saturday June 20. It’s sure to be a spectacular sight filled with competition, support and superior athleticism.And, in the world of roller derby, support and service is at the foundation and core of every roller derby team and certainly every player.“No matter which way you slice it, we play for ourselves and we play for each other,” said Rainy City Roller Dolls President, Rebecca Parvin, also known on the track as Ivanna Pop-A-Tart, “I support my teammates and do what I can for each of them and the team, just as they would for me. That’s why supporting Twin Cities Mission is so important to us.”Twin Cities’ House Mother and Director, Tracy Scott, went to the mission in 2005, running from abuse. “I was running from abuse and running from myself,” said Scott, “I stayed for eight months.”Twin Cities Mission is a Centralia based 501 (c) 3 non-profit group home that helps women from different backgrounds and life experiences. The organization is 13 years old now and is still going strong.Players Naughty Mommy and Holy Eep helping each other with skates in between jams. Photo Credit Regularman Photography“This home helped me change my life,” Tracy said in an email, “I (now) have been running this house for 3 years since the (the founder) retired. I (still) keep in close contact with her.”As an independent and very small non-profit, Twin Cities Mission has no government funding and the organization relies solely on financial donations, donated items and donated service help.And, their return to the community is ten-fold when it comes to supporting women and getting them back on their feet.“We help ladies getting out of jail, older displaced women and many women (who are) getting off of drugs. Our average stay is 90 (days).” said Tracy.This weekend’s double-header event is sure to draw a crowd and Rainy City Roller Dolls is hoping the community can deliver results, for Twin Cities Mission and for Tracy.Parvin is excited for this weekend. “We are looking forward to an incredible turnout not only for roller derby but for the women utilizing Twin Cities Mission,” she said, “every little bit helps; whether it’s five dollars or five rolls of toilet paper, these women need our support.”Tracy is thankful for the support and is looking forward to the turnout as well in addition to the overwhelming support they’ve received from Rainy City Roller Dolls thus far.Her final words before this Saturday, “Some ladies stay as long as a year. As long as they are continuing to better their lives, we want to help them.”Location: Centralia Rollerdrome 216 W. Maple St. , Centralia, WA 98531***Beer Garden for 21 and over***Saturday, June 20 – Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; first whistle at 6:00 p.m.Players Pi Slicer and Holy Eep giving thanks to the fans.Photo credit: Regularman Photography$10 Presale/Online; $15 at the doorKids age 10 and under are free.Buy Tickets Online HereREMEMBER: When you make a donation, you will receive 3 raffle tickets to win a prizeTheir current needs are as follows:Money to pay off homeToilet paperPaper towelsNapkinsBleachLysol wipesSugarCoffeeDishwasher soapLaundry soapTall kitchen trash bagsEasy daily use mopsBroom & dust pan