Tuesday, 17 September 2013

COFFEE TALK: Talk Up Yout Tour hits the streets + The Sound of Music heading to NBC + Digicel Foundation bats for literacy

In celebration of last week's International Literacy Day, the Digicel Foundation handed over computers, loaded with literacy and numeracy software, to the Kintyre Early Childhood Institution, the Wilbert Stuart and Port Royal basic schools. The donations are in keeping with the foundation's Project 1000 initiative. Launched in April, Project 1000 will provide 1,000 early childhood and primary institutions across the island with Information Communication Technology equipment over the course of three years. Digicel foundation's donation to the Port Royal Basic School will mark the institution's first encounter with computer technology.

The Talk Up Yout' Tour made its first stop at Tivoli Gardens High last week, with hostess/conceptualizer Emprezz Golding (centre) leading the charge. Deejay Assassin (far right) served as a panellist, alongside staff and members of the student body for a discussion that centred on everything from gun violence to teenage pregnancy to the influence of agencies like the media on impressionable young Jamaican minds.
The iconic big-screen musical The Sound of Music is getting a makeover. Among the stars tapped to headline: country star Carrie Underwood has been selected to play Fraulein Maria, while Tony winner Audra McDonald will play Mother Abbess, the leader of the Nonnberg Abbey. The musical, originally made famous on Broadway, will be revived thanks to NBC. Other notable cast additions include Laura Benati and Christian Borle. It's slated to air on the network on December 5.

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