VIDEO: Gergen speaks at HLS on the 2012 presidential race

first_imgRarely has a presidential race been so hard to call, said David Gergen ’67, during a talk on Oct. 26 at Harvard Law School Fall Reunions. A former adviser to four presidents, a regular contributor to CNN, and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Gergen put the race between fellow HLS graduates Mitt Romney ’75 and President Barack Obama ’91 in historical perspective, analyzed its development, talked about its import—and made some predictions.Gergen broke the campaign into three stages: The first started “before all the fisticuffs,” when observations on the state of the economy, including studies using economic and political forecasting models which have successfully predicted many past elections, indicated that Obama was going to lose, and in fact be a “45 percent candidate.”The second stage started, he said, in October 2011 as the campaign got under way, “President Obama forged into the lead and defied expectations and remained steadily in the lead against all comers, including Mitt Romney, for an entire year.” Why was that, Gergen asked? “Simply put, it was that the Obama campaign was a better run campaign.“That was stage 2. It all ended on October 3 at 9:00 at night.” That first presidential debate changed everything, said Gergen, “and turned this into a real horserace. I don’t know what happened with either side.”Read more about Gergen’s take on the Presidential race on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Low-fat diet not most effective in long-term weight loss

first_img Read Full Story The effectiveness of low-fat diet on weight-loss has been debated for decades, and hundreds of randomized clinical trials aimed at evaluating this issue have been conducted with mixed results. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) conducted a comprehensive review of the data generated from randomized clinical trials that explored the efficacy of a low-fat diet and found that low-fat interventions were no more successful than higher-fat interventions in achieving and maintaining weight loss for periods longer than one year.These results were published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on October 30, 2015.“Despite the pervasive dogma that one needs to cut fat from their diet in order to lose weight, the existing scientific evidence does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss,” said Deirdre Tobias, a researcher in the Division of Preventive Medicine at BWH. “In fact, we did not find evidence that is particularly supportive of any specific proportion of calories from fat for meaningful long-term weight loss. We need to look beyond the ratios of calories from fat, carbs, and protein to a discussion of healthy eating patterns, whole foods, and portion sizes. Finding new ways to improve diet adherence for the long-term and preventing weight gain in the first place are important strategies for maintaining a healthy weight.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s President spends night in dorm, bonds with residents

first_imgIn an effort to better understand the student experience, Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli gave dorm life the old college try, spending the night in a quad in Le Mans Hall on Thursday.“Since I began as President, I’ve wanted to experience daily life in a Saint Mary’s dorm from a firsthand perspective,” Cervelli said. “I received an invitation from juniors Abbie Spica, Sam Allen and Katie Long to join them for a slumber party. It was a great opportunity to see how our students live, learn and socialize in our residence halls and to personally experience if our dorms are meeting students’ needs and keeping them engaged.”Cervelli said her night included a section event with the residents of the second annex in Le Mans, during which she was able to meet and talk with residents in the hall while celebrating one student’s birthday. Cervelli said she also brought her guitar and performed a number of Joni Mitchell songs. Tags: cervelli, Le Mans Hall, residence halls, sleepover Photo courtesy of Kara Kelly Students pose with Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli in Le Mans Hall on Thursday night. Cervelli spent the night in a dorm room with three students to gain a better understanding of what residential life is like for students at the College.Spica, who lives in the room Cervelli slept in, said she enjoyed the experience.“It was so cool to see a social and human side of an administrator,” Spica said. “She genuinely showed that she wanted to connect with us and that she likes spending time with students.”Cervelli said her favorite part of the slumber party was interacting with students.“I really enjoyed the gathering of second annex residents, stopping by and checking out various rooms and chatting with students about a wide range of subjects,” she said. “Abbie, Sam and Katie were warm and welcoming and made sure my every need was met, including giving me the most comfortable bed in their room. I learned about their studies, their hopes and dreams for the future and how dedicated they are to helping make the world a better place. I feel a special bond with these wonderful women.”Cervelli said participating in the sleepover will help her better lead the College.“I better understand the quality and depth of our students’ connection with one another,” she said. “I saw that the physical structure and layout of the historic building does a good job of accommodating students’ needs but that we need to make continuous improvements to Le Mans and other residence halls to keep the quality high. I learned that students really like living on campus and are mostly satisfied with their living environment and that the camaraderie between residents living on campus far outweighs occasional slow WiFi.”The sleepover mostly consisted of talking about student life at Saint Mary’s, according to Spica.“I learned that President Cervelli is not only devoted to helping Saint Mary’s grow as a community, but I also learned that she cares about students on an individual basis,” Spica said. “She wants to know about personal lives of students, and I think that is unique because it makes us feel valued.”Cervelli said she has received other invitations for sleepovers and hopes to make it an annual event.last_img read more

Cops: Freeport Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 33-year-old Freeport man was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle crashed into a double parked tow truck in his hometown, Nassau County police said. Edgar Menendez was operating a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on North Main Street at 10:20 a.m. when he attempted to change lanes and struck the rear corner of a double parked tow truck, police said. Witnesses at the scene told police that the motorcycle was traveling at “a high rate of speed,” police said in a news release. Menendez suffered multiple chest injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The motorcycle was impounded for a brake and safety check, police said. The tow truck driver was issued a traffic ticket for being double parked, police said.last_img read more

How the Tourist Boards of Southern Istria read a small lesson about tourism

first_imgTourism connects various industries vertically and horizontally, and in the whole tourist mosaic, of course if we talk about strategic and sustainable development, a lot of people, products, services and details participate. Each cube in the mosaic is extremely important, no matter how small, because without it the mosaic is not complete.The Tourist Board of Southern Istria (Pula, Vodnjan, Medulin, Fažana, Ližnjan, Marčana Barban) has shown a standard that we must all strive for in tourism, a small but important piece of the tourist mosaic, and this small cube is called poster design. not so much the poster design itself, as the information on the poster for the event South on 2 wheels, six bike races intended to popularize cycling and presentation of bike trails in southern Istria, in several languages, more precisely in Croatian, English and Italian.If we know that most tourists are foreigners, shouldn’t it be logical and natural for tourist information to be in English? From museums, tourist information, exhibitions, various shops, written prices of products and services in kunas and euros, as well as posters for various contents and events that take place in the destination?We constantly talk about quality content, but if a tourist does not know about it, he cannot even consume it.Two years ago, at Advent in Zagreb, I saw so many posters from various events that were announced or in progress, but no poster is in English, although the content itself is intended for tourists or a foreign music group. And Zagreb certainly started living from tourism. This is the responsibility of the entire destination, ie all participants, and we must think about communication in order to inform tourists, and thus increase their consumption, which directly increases the satisfaction of tourists and by increasing tourist spending.Such a small but extremely important detail, isn’t it?Something that should be normal and always in our tourist destinations, especially those marine ones that live exclusively from tourism for years, but unfortunately in our destinations communication in English is a rarity.Also, there is a great responsibility in tourist destinations, through education and communication to the local community and the organizers of various events. First and foremost, it is necessary to start from yourself and lay the foundations, ie set an example for others, as well as when the Tourist Board co-finances or participates as a partner in organizing an event, it must set the standard for posters and communication in English.We must also communicate in English, and provide such important quality information to our tourists, of course if we want to deal with the development of tourism.A small but important lesson from tourism.Attachment:SOUTH on 2 wheels POSTER 1SOUTH on 2 wheels POSTER 2last_img read more

Fatal Road Crashes Involving Marijuana Double After Washington Legalizes Drug, New Report Finds 31 May 2016Family First Comment: Whoops! This slams the claim that ‘marijuana never killed anyone’!Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, but legal limits for marijuana use among drivers are arbitrary and unsupported by science.Those are the main findings of two new studies that looked at the impact of marijuana on driving safety released earlier this month by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit research and education association.One report examined fatal crashes before and after marijuana was legalized in Washington, one of the first two states to permit the drug’s recreational use in late 2012.The researchers found that the percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled from eight to 17 percent between 2013 and 2014.One in six drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had recently used marijuana, which is the most recent data available, the group said.“The significant increase in fatal crashes involving marijuana is alarming,” Peter Kissinger, president and chief executive of the AAA Foundation, said in a statement. “Washington serves as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience with road safety after legalizing the drug.”READ MORE: read more

Lampard to give new recruits more time to integrate

first_img Loading… “And we knew the ban and all this talk, and it was important for me to try to improve the squad and with the players that we are bringing in, it feels that way. read also:No excuse for Lampard at Chelsea after spending spree “But we need to be careful of getting too far ahead of ourselves because we need to give time to players to come in and adapt, to the way I want us to play and to their team-mates, but I think the moves we are making our positive, so I am excited and then it is up to us to get our heads down and work very hard.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was coy on how quickly he expects his new signings to integrate. The Blues have added the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, and Ben Chilwell, with Kai Havertz also expecting to join. But Lampard does not want to put too much pressure on his new recruits, as he admits so many signings will take time to gel together. “We have an idea to try to add to improve, as you should do at a club of our level, and we know that has not been absolutely possible for us,” Lampard told the club’s website.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trump5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli hits sublime 25th century, equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record in Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli gave the cricketing world yet another display of his brilliance by smashing his 25th century on day 3 of the Perth Test against Australia on Sunday. The Indian skipper reached the landmark with a straight drive off Mitchell Starc to the long off fence. Following his milestone, he gestured to the crowd that his bat does all the talking as India continued to make good progress against Australia on a wicket still offering assistance to the bowlers. However, this was Kohli’s sixth century in Australia, equalling the mark set by Sachin Tendulkar. While Tendulkar took 38 innings to achieve this feat, Kohli has done it in just 19 innings.During the Adelaide Test, he became the fourth Indian batsman after Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid to score 1000 runs in Tests in Australia, getting there in just nine Tests. The knock also ended a rather lean run against the Australians, where he had managed scores of just 0,13,12,15,6,3 and 34 in the last four Tests. Among Indian batsmen, Kohli now stands third in the all-time list of centuries in Tests against Australia, behind Tendulkar’s 11 and Sunil Gavaskar’s mark of eight centuries.Read More | Live cricket score India vs Australia 2nd Test: Kohli hits 25th tonThe Indian skipper had signalled his intent on day 2 itself when he came out to bat after India were wobbling at 8/2. He displayed compact defence and got off the mark in style when he drove Josh Hazlewood straight down the ground for a magnificent boundary. He continued to target Hazlewood by slamming three boundaries in one over off Hazlewood. When the Australian bowlers bowled immaculate lines and lengths and dried up the scoring, Kohli displayed tremendous patience and discipline as he made steady progress and shared partnerships with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.Read More | Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team undone by too much greenWhen it comes to centuries in the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia), Kohli has the second-most number of Test centuries with 11, behind Tendulkar’s tally of 17. However, what makes Kohli stand-out is that the current Indian skipper has hit these centuries in just 27 games while Tendulkar took 63 innings.Kohli has always enjoyed himself in Tests in Australia. In the 2011/12 series, Kohli was the only batsman to hit a century when he smashed 116 in the fourth and final Test in Adelaide. In the 2014/15 series, Kohli smashed four centuries, including two in both innings of the Adelaide Test as he ended the series with 692 runs at an average of 86. However, this century has put India on the cusp of something special as they look to break their Test jinx against Australia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Coyotes owner, arena to pay part-time employees

first_imgThe WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___ 1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing. Associated Press Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___ The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. 12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___ 12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said. 11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too. 10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season. The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___ Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___ 2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.center_img The Latest: Coyotes owner, arena to pay part-time employees Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments. March 16, 2020 Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m. Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m. British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg. All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m. The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.” Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

A Day in South Florida with Miss Jamaica Universe

first_imgPHOTO CAPTION; Davina Bennett (c), Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, with (l-r) Lindell Douglas, Lawnda Jackson, Miss Jamaica Florida 2018, Danaisia Dyer, 1st Runner-up Miss Jamaica Diaspora 2017, and Cheryl Levy Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett passes through South Florida on her way to the Miss Universe pageant on November Tanya RagbeerLast week 21-year-old Davina Bennett, Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, stopped off in South Florida on her way to compete in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. The finals of the pageants will be held on Sunday, November 26.The guest of Cheryl Levy, producer of the Miss Jamaica Diaspora Pageant, Davina was offered a brief tour of South Florida, including a visit to the City of Lauderhill, and a meeting with Jamaica’s Consul General to the Southern USA, Franz Hall.“We work very closely with the Miss Universe Pageant in Jamaica,” explained Levy, “our winner will be going to Jamaica for the Miss Jamaica Universe Pageant.”Crowned on August 26Davina who stands at 5’ 9” was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe on August 26th at the grand coronation ceremony held at Kingston’s Pegasus Hotel.She’s a former Pulse model who walked the runway of London Fashion Week, and a 2nd year marketing student at the University of the West Indies. She told CNW she entered the Jamaican contest as she felt ‘unaccomplished,’ and wanted to “reach a wider platform.”Afro hair-styleDavina sports a 70’s style afro. She said, she didn’t plan the hair style but after her grandmother passed she had cut her hair and decided to let it go Afro. “It has become my greatest asset. I’m just gonna keep growing it.”  She said she is trying to “empower other females to embrace their natural hair.”Davina admitted being very excited to represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. “It’s a new adventure, definitely one of the biggest impacts in my life. I’m a bit nervous. but nerves are good,”  she said with confidence.Hard preparationShe prepared hard for the Miss Jamaica, and continues doing so for the Miss Universe pageant. This includes plenty gym time, speech training, sleepless nights… talking and motivating herself with her personal mantra, “just finish; execute and finish.”Advocate for the deafShe has adopted the mission to provide a platform for the deaf. She has been touring Jamaica promote the Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf to “bring awareness to the deaf by getting the exposure from the Miss Universe Pageant.”She currently coaches Jamaica’s first deaf model, who was her inspiration behind starting a foundation to help the deaf  “who need the opportunity, or someone, to stand up for them.”Davina was born in Mitchell Town, Clarendon, and attended Clarendon College where she said she learned a lot of “core values and morals.”Offering a message for the Jamaican Diaspora, Davina said, “Tell everybody to embrace themselves.  Just be confident, know you’re worthy, you’re beautiful and you’re good enough.”Jamaica has never won Miss Universe In the Miss Universe pageant, Jamaica has secured 6 top ten finalists: Sandra Foster in 1989, Kimberley Mais in 1991, Nicole Haughton in 1999 and Christine Straw in 2004. Two of the six placed in the top five: Yendi Phillips was 1st Runner-up in 2010, and in 2014 Kaci Fennell placed 4th Runner-up.last_img read more