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Jamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Education

first_imgJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Education UncategorizedSeptember 11, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Wife of the Prime Minister, Lorna Golding, has appealed to Jamaicans in Atlanta, to give more support to the island’s schools.“I implore you all to contribute more to education, so that the children of Jamaica can get the right start,” she pleaded.Mrs. Golding was speaking at the Benevolent Mission of Atlanta fund-raising tea party, at the Villa Christina Restaurant in Atlanta, on September 7.Acknowledging that Jamaicans overseas have contributed greatly towards meeting the needs of persons back home, she said even more help is needed at this particular time, to meet the growing challenges.“My dream for Jamaica, is one that I share with my husband; it is a dream for a Jamaica where no child is left illiterate and without hope, where no child knows hunger, irrespective of his or her economic needs,” she said.Mrs. Golding also used the occasion to laud the Benevolent Mission of Atlanta, for its outstanding contribution to charitable organisations, making special mention of its support for education in the island.“The true spirit of volunteerism is a concept that should be recognised and celebrated in our daily lives,” she told the audience.Meanwhile, Benevolent Mission of Atlanta President, Dr. Conrad Ingram, explained that the mission of the organisation is to “harness and leverage the time, talent, and resources of our partners to assist disadvantaged kids in Jamaica and Metro Atlanta.”“Our mission is also to prepare these students for a lifetime of responsible citizenship and to help prepare students for the difficult times, as they move from primary school to higher education,” he added.In his remarks, Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Atlanta, Vin Martin, acknowledged the timeliness of the Mission’s focus on education in Jamaica, noting that with the recent passing of Tropical Storm Gustav, several schools were damaged and are now in need of great assistance.Mr. Martin appealed to the Jamaican community in Atlanta, to give financial support, as that would provide a very welcome boost for efforts to rehabilitate schools.Also attending the tea party were Jamaican-born Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Beverly Hall, and District Attorney for Clayton County, Atlanta, Jewell Scott.Proceeds from the event will go towards assisting the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation, of which Mrs. Golding is Chairman. RelatedJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Education RelatedJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Educationcenter_img Advertisements RelatedJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Educationlast_img read more

Covering all bases – insurance versus climate change in Zimbabwe

first_imgCovering all bases – insurance versus climate change in Zimbabwe WFPWith extreme weather pushing the country to the brink, a World Food Programme-backed scheme offers people protectionsLoveness waits to pick up a month’s worth of food assistance. Photo: WFP/Adrienne Bolen“These past years of drought have been the worst that I’ve experienced,” says Loveness, a 64-year-old grandmother who has lived off the land in Rushinga, one of Zimbabwe’s worst drought-hit regions, for as long as she can remember. “I wasn’t able to harvest anything – all of our crops were written off, both the maize and the sorghum.”A makeshift bridge constructed after Cyclone Idai struck in 2019. Photo: WFP/Zimbabwe Climate change is intensifying extreme weather events hitting the country, leaving almost half the population of 15 million unsure of where they’ll find their next meal. At the peak of this hunger season, 3.4 million people, more than a third of the entire rural population, are expected to face emergency or crisis levels of hunger.Over the past two decades, droughts have proved an insurmountable challenge for the smallholder farmers who produce most of the country’s food.Loveness with her family. Photo: WFP/Zimbabwe“In 2018, we would harvest 50 bags of 50kg for each crop but last year we harvested nothing,” says Loveness.In January 2020 drought was at an ominous peak in Zimbabwe, leaving farmers unable to harvest even half of the maize they needed to make it through the year. It’s impossible to imagine any crop flourishing in Rushinga’s parched earth and sweltering heat. Rushinga’s streams had run completely dry; farmers were bereft with no water source for their fields.Two years after Idai, many are still living in tents. Photo: WFP/Zimbabwe“With ten of us in this family, we’ve struggled to find food for our children and grandchildren,” says Loveness. “Times were especially hard during the drought, I often felt very unwell because I didn’t have enough to eat.”The World Food Programme (WFP) provided Loveness and her family with vital food assistance thanks to the ARC Replica initiative (or African Risk Capacity), a new climate insurance innovation which provides payouts to smallholder farmers in the event of extreme weather events.Zimbabwe: ‘Coronavirus will affect women and girls more than anyone’A mother shares her fears as the country’s hunger crisis deepens while looming threat of coronavirus adds extra layer After walking about 2 km from her homestead to the distribution point, Loveness picked up her WFP food basket, full of enough pulses, grains and cooking oil to sustain her family for the whole month. This food was purchased with the ARC Replica payout and is intended to substitute the food she and her family would have harvested had drought not occurred.The Ngangu township in Chimanimani was at the epicentre of Idai in 2019. Photo: WFP/ZimbabweWhen a climate disaster is on the horizon, ARC Replica’s cutting-edge weather forecasts trigger an early warning so that WFP can respond in time to protect both Zimbabwe’s infrastructure and its most vulnerable people.People in Rushinga are already used to the intense heat of the dry season, but when temperatures soar even higher during a drought, the community is severely stressed.Elvin, Loveness’s husband, says, “[We are] still reeling from impact of last year’s drought and WFP’s food assistance is helping to hold everyone together. At least we have something to eat.”No time to lose…Floods and cyclones strike, too, and things are only expected to get worse. Climate scientists anticipate severe droughts in Zimbabwe to increase by 21 percent over the next few decades which could lead to enormous losses.“There is an urgent need to collectively advocate for shifts in our approach to finance and deliver humanitarian assistance to mitigate impacts of extreme climate risks in the country,” says Jyothi Bylappa, WFP’s Climate Risk Programme Officer in Zimbabwe.Last year’s drought was the third to hit Zimbabwe in as many years. WFP/ZimbabweWFP took out an ARC Replica policy in 2019, piggybacking the Government’s own policy. Last year, when the third consecutive drought hit Zimbabwe, it received a payout of US$300,000. This funded WFP’s food assistance to over 40,000 people reeling from the effects of drought. WFP delivered to complement the Government’s own drought response after they received a payout of US $1.75 million from ARC.Bylappa says: “WFP is committed to saving lives in climate-related crises and, with the extreme and unpredictable weather patterns in Zimbabwe expected to worsen, climate risk financing is a smart solution to ensure Zimbabweans like Loveness won’t suffer from future drought as they have in the past.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, African, climate change, coronavirus, Emergency, Government, grandchildren, Humanitarian, infrastructure, innovation, insurance, Scientists, U.S., weather forecast, WFP, Zimbabwelast_img read more

Shooting investigation at Cloverfield/I-10

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeShooting investigation at Cloverfield/I-10 Aug. 15, 2018 at 5:10 pmCrimeFeaturedNewsShooting investigation at Cloverfield/I-10Matthew Hall3 years agocrimeSanta Monica Police Departmentshootingsmpd The Santa Monica Police Department is investigating a shooting on the 1900 block of Cloverfield.According to SMPD, one individual was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury to the leg.Officials sent out a notification on the City’s alert system at about 5 p.m. regarding the shooting that occurred at about 4:15 p.m.Residents were asked to avoid the area of Cloverfield and the I-10 Freeway pending the results of the investigation.Tags :crimeSanta Monica Police Departmentshootingsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMetro adding portable body scanners to bus/rail stopsSummer StreamsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press13 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agolast_img read more

COVID-19 Update Bermuda

first_img St. Lucia records more cases of COVID On Thursday there were 45 test results received by the Ministry of Health, and one was positive for COVID-19. Sadly, however, COVID has claimed another casualty and Bermuda has lost another life to this terrible disease. Today’s positive case is also the individual who passed away. You may be interested in… The average age of all of our confirmed positive cases is 59 and the age range of all of our positive cases is from 18 to 101 years.  “We must all do our part to shield them from the exponential danger that COVID-19 places them in because of their conditions,” explained the Minister of Health the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP. “We all have a duty to assist these persons to make sure they are not exposed.” Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… In light of us suffering yet another death, it is timely to remind us all of how important it is to continue to shield persons who are Extremely Clinically Vulnerable, as COVID-19 is poses particularly high risk for persons who already other health problems. The Ministry of Health would like to remind the public that as the overall restrictions on movement within the country are lowered, this group of persons very much still need to be protected by us – they are extremely clinically vulnerable. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 16, 2020 Bermuda’s has 122 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows: Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 there are 47 active cases, of which40 persons are under active public health monitoring, and7 persons are hospitalized, with2 of these in critical careA total of 66 have now recovered, andthe total deceased is now 9. The average age of all deceased cases is 74 and the age range is 57 to 91 years. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 The average age of persons hospitalized is 78 and their age ranges from 68 to 89 years. Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Nagamootoo congratulates Skerritt

first_imgPrime Minister and First Vice President, Moses Nagamootoo has written newly elected President of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Richard Skerritt seeking a hearing on “matters of mutual interests.” Skerritt was elected to the helm of CWI on Sunday after defeating former President, Dave Cameron for the post by an 8-4 margin.In the letter dated March 25 seen by this publication, the Prime Minister offered warm congratulations to Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow who was also elected by the same margin to the post of Vice President.Nagamootoo’s letter stated “As you are aware, the Guyanese people are passionate and unwavering fans of West Indies cricket and look forward to annual international cricket in our country. In this regard we look forward to engaging with you, Dr. Shallow and the CWI Board, soonest on matters of mutual interests towards the development and growth of West Indies Cricket.” The letter went on to confirm the Guyana government’s “keen” intentions of “forging a stronger and mutually beneficial working relationship with CWI at the bilateral level, and on matters which have engaged the attention of CARICOM Sub-Committee on Cricket, and the role of the sport in the region.”Nagamootoo’s correspondence entailed his acknowledgement of Skerritt’s background in West Indies cricket Administration as well as experience in government which is suggested to “serve you well during your term.”The letter also sought to suggest a speedy “healing of strained relationships with players and other stakeholders,” nothing their satisfaction with the Cricket First plan to which is expected to be executed fully region wide.” Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, Annand Sansei who is also a director on the Cricket West Indies panel had openly supported Cameron in his bid for a fourth consecutive term in office while rejecting Skerritt’s proposal for a hearing.Also, prior to the elections, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for sports had appointed Attorney-at-law, Stephen Lewis as the Cricket Ombudsman, acting on consultation of CWI.last_img read more