MINUSTAH mission to Haiti to end in six months

first_imgArgentinean UN peacekeeper holds a baby download during distribution of water and food to victims of tropical storm Hanna The head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission  (MINUSTAH) Sandra Honoré, says the mission will cease operations in Haiti within six months.Addressing the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Honoré said that the progress achieved during the past 13 years in Haiti’s stabilization process is notable and it “is therefore timely to reshape the partnership among the international community, the United Nations and Haiti with a view to ensuring the sustainability of this progressIt is with this in mind, that the Secretary-General has recommended the closure of MINUSTAH in six months from now and the establishment of a smaller peacekeeping operation with concentrated focus on the rule of law and police development, with strong good offices and human rights monitoring roles.“With your support, the transition from MINUSTAH to a new and smaller Mission would be guided by a Joint Transition Plan that underpins the gradual transfer of tasks to the Government, international partners and the UN Country Team,” she added.The UN mission, established in June 2004 by a UN Security Council resolution, succeeded a Multinational Interim Force (MIF) after then President Bertrand Aristide departed Haiti for exile in the aftermath of an armed conflict which spread to several cities across the country.In January 2010, the Security Council, by resolution, endorsed the Secretary-General’s recommendation to increase the overall force levels of MINUSTAH to support the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts in the country.last_img read more

Dominica Independence – celebrating 39 years

first_imgDominica Independence – celebrating 39 yearsOn Friday, November 3, for it’s 39th year even as the country recovers from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the celebration continues for Dominica independence.Addressing the nation, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged citizens not to be daunted by the task of rebuilding the nation.Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on September 18 as a Category 5 storm, killing at least 28 people and leaving billions of dollars in damage.Unlike previous years when nationals were honored for their contribution to the socio-economic development of the island, this year’s national awards ceremony was postponed to next year.Still standingIn his address marking the Dominica independence anniversary,  Skerrit said Dominica ‘is still standing” despite facing the “fiercest floods, the most ferocious winds. “We are sorrow-stricken; we swallow hard, but it still catches in our throat; but we are still standing! Difficulties envelope every aspect of life, uncertainties swirl; and we are still standing! The outside world wondered aloud whether this is the kind of devastation from which you don’t recover. We are still standing.Hope is infinite“We, the children of Dominica, have shown the world that disaster is finite; but, hope is infinite! Maria stole everything money can buy, everything you can put a price on; but left you with that which is priceless! We will determine the value of those things through our actions in coming days and weeks. A moment comes, but rarely in history, when a nation’s soul is revealed.”He told the Dominica Independence Day rally at the Windsor Park Stadium attended by thousands of people that how the island responds to the storm “will define us, will make us; will become us.”Skerrit said he’s confident that people who fled the island after the storm as they did in 1979 when Dominica was hit by Hurricane David, would soon return.“Sometimes it takes a crisis to remind everyone of the importance of our journey. Remember, you only see the stars clearly at the darkest hour. Ladies and Gentlemen, on this our Independence Day, Dominica stands forth on the edge of a great triumph to come, on the edge of a triumph not just for Dominica but for the world.”Outlines re-development plans The prime minister also outlined new plans for the re-development of the island saying there are moves to establish the Climate Resilient Economic Agency of Dominica, (CREAD) to support the rapid implementation of the plans once they are funded.He said following his visit to the United States, London and Brussels over the last few weeks over 50 per cent of the funding needed to rebuild the island had been forthcoming. “We will be presenting our plans to a partners conference in New York later in the month to help raise part of the balance needed. We will support the private sector as it rebuilds and restores.”For recent article on Dominica, click the link: FAO calls for immediate food production in Dominicalast_img read more

Jamaica Festival Song Competition 2018 to launch on November 30

first_imgCanceled in 2017, the popular Jamaica Festival Song is to be held in 2018 following an official launch on November 30. Plans are under way for the 2018 staging of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, which is scheduled to be launched on November 30.Last week, commissioners and senior officers at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)  met with songwriters and producers  to discuss the plans.The talks focused on the vision for the competition, criteria for the selection of the winning song, incentives for winners, and increasing participation from the local music fraternity.Interim Executive Director of the JCDC, Orville Hill said that the meeting was important in order to hear the views of the producers.“The conversation was important so as to get some of the ideas from the producers, who are critical to the Festival Song and as part of the process for it to be more inclusive,” he said.He noted that the ideas that came out of the talks will be examined “to see to what extent we can incorporate them in the plans for the Festival Song 2018”.He said the decision to launch the competition in November is to mobilize singers, writers and producers, “to get them to start creating a product that will ultimately be satisfactory to the Jamaican people”.He said the early launch will also help to generate public interest in the contest before the submission of entries.Entry forms are available here.last_img read more

Omar McLeod wins in Diamond League

first_imgReigning Jamaican Olympic champion Omar McLeod barely held off Spain’s Orlando Ortega to win the men’s 110 meters hurdles on a rain-drenched night at the Shanghai Diamond League in China Saturday.Running out of lane five, McLeod led from the start and cleared the final hurdle still in front, but was forced into a leaning finish, in order to prevent Ortega from sprinting through in lane eight to take the win.The result was a world-leading 13.16 seconds while Ortega was timed at 13.17 seconds, with Russian Sergey Shubenkov finishing third in 13.27.“I was kind of overcome with emotions because I’ve been through a lot this season,” said McLeod, who missed last month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia through injury. “I was hurt a month ago. I still was feeling some slight pain, but I was like, ‘I’m here. “My leg is a little bit sore but my body’s in shock because it’s just fatigue and I haven’t been able to do a 110 workout in like a month. It’s just a lot of emotions.”Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games champion and fellow Jamaican, Ronald Levy, trailed in fourth in 13.33 while fellow countryman Hansle Parchment, who took silver in Gold Coast, Australia, was fifth in 13.48.Bahamian Gardiner and Miller-Ubio also winnersBahamian Steven Gardiner won the 400m men event in a record time of 43.99 seconds run, pushing Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, 44.23 into second place. Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Ubio was also a winner, winning the 200m women event in a meet record and PB time of 22.06 sec, Second was the Netherland’s Dafne Schippers in 22.24, while Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson was third in 22.36 seconds.Other Jamaican placementsAt the same event Jamaican and Commonwealth champion Janieve Russell continued her excellent start to the season, placing second in 400m hurdles with her best-ever time of 53.78.  She was nipped at the finishing line by American Olympic Champion Dalilah Muhammad who had a time of 53.77. Jamaica’s Leah Nugent finished sixth in 56.54. Jamaican athletes also placed in other events. These included Commonwealth shot put champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd’s with a throw of 18.70m, placed second in the event, behind China’s Gong Lijiao, 19.99m; Shanieka Ricketts, 14.55m and Kimberly Williams, 14.35m, were second and third in the triple jump, behind Colombian Caterine Ibarguen, who leaped 14.80m for the win.last_img read more

AT&T Awards Dibia Dream Foundation $15,000 Aspire Grant

first_imgDibia DREAM was recently awarded $15,000 through AT&T’s  Aspire initiative, in support of the organization’s STEM Saturday program which transforms community centers across Miami-Dade County into “Incubators of Excellence,” by engaging youth in STEM activities on the weekends at no cost to participants and their families. Funds will be used to cover the creation of STEM kits being used by high school students participating in the monthly program. The STEM kits include materials, science equipment, and tools used during monthly hands-on, science-based activities tied to specific STEM curriculum as part of the nine-month program. Projects include the creation of working mechanical lungs, hearts, robots and other cool projects that are then applied to real-world lessons.  AT&T employees will also serve as volunteers for this week’s event. “We are always looking for innovative and interesting ways to retain, as well as attract, children to our STEM Saturdays program,” states Dibia DREAM Founder, Brandon Okpalobi. We thank AT&T for their generous donation, that will allow our high school participants access to hands-on science and technology activities”.Dibia DREAM’s work with AT&T Aspire allows them to maximize resources for the specific needs of their high school students.“AT&T believes it is critical for students to have access to the resources and support systems they need to graduate, succeed in college or enter the workforce as they strive to reach their full potential,” said Cristal Cole, Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Florida. “We are proud to support organizations like Dibia Dream who provide year-round community programming and help foster a safe environment where children can dream big, nurture their interest in science and technology, and access the resources they need to be successful in life.”STEM Saturdays provide hands-on interactive programs and critical thinking. Even if students don’t choose a path of science, the lessons learned at STEM Saturdays can be applied to most fields of interest whether scientific or artistic.Dibia DREAMDibia DREAM fosters life skills development through STEM and recreational education for underserved youth in Miami and New Orleans. At Dibia DREAM, we help youth win at life.About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. We have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. Our AT&T Aspire initiative uses innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships, and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.last_img read more

CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers

first_imgAt Juan Ramón Loubriel:(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico)Puerto Rico lost to Grenada 0-2GRN – Antonio German 27th, Arthur Paterson 74th. At Estadio Cibao:(SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS, Dominican Republic)Dominican Republic lost to Bermuda 1-3DR – Enmy Pena 3rd.BER – Zeiko Lewis 15th, Nahki Wells 64th, Justin Donawa 74th. At Stade Sylvio Cator:Haiti beat Cuba 2-1.HAI – Duckens Nazon 26th, Kevin Lafrance 87th.CUB – Luis Paradela 61st. Photo Courtesy of Jamaica Football Federation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Results of matches played in the final round of CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers on Sunday, March 24:Scores:At Raymond E. Guishard Technical Center:(THE VALLEY, Anguilla)Bonaire lost to British Virgin Islands 1-2BVI – Jermaine Windster 7th, 88th,BON – Jamie Wilson 76th (pen)center_img At BC Place:(VANCOUVER, Canada)Canada beat French Guiana 4-1CAN – Junior Hoilett 12th, Lucas Cavallini 39th, 50th, Jonathan David 41st.GUI – Kevin Rimane 26th. At Wildey Astro Turf:(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados)Barbados lost to Nicaragua 0-1.NCA – Juan Barrera 65th.last_img read more

The Embrace Girls Foundation Presents Africa Umoja from February 25 –…

first_imgMIAMI, FL –– As the Lion King and yes, Black Panther continue to break box office records, another story that celebrates the African continent and its unbreakable spirit is set to arrive in South Florida. AFRICA UMOJA, The Spirit of Togetherness, sponsored by Aetna and benefiting The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., will premiere for a two-week celebration during Black History Month. Opening Tuesday, February 25, 2020 the production will run, at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center, until March 8, 2020.“We are so excited that this dynamic event is returning to South Florida. We invite the community to come out and experience this internationally acclaimed highly uplifting musical that families from all Diasporas will embrace” says Velma Lawrence, CEO of The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc.About Embrace Girl PowerThe Embrace Girls Foundation’s Embrace Girl Power! After School Program & Camps is a non-profit 501©3 organization established in 2001, where little girls learn to be healthy, confident, ambitious and educated young ladies who strive for excellence in action and service before self. They also improve the lives of elementary and middle school-aged girls through data-driven and measured academic enrichment programs, their signature Tea Parties and Author Experiences which showcase the girls social, communication and etiquette skills that have featured many dignitaries and celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Chelsea Clinton,  U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo-Orshan, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Former First Lady, Columba Bush, Florida Senator, Donna Shalala, Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Al Sharpton, Actresses, Keke Palmer,  Kim Wayans and Celebrity TV Court Show Judges, Lynn Toler, Glenda Hatchett, Marilyn Milian and  Karen Mills-Francis to name a few.Offers opportunities to help girls thrive academically and socially“All children should have access to opportunities that will help them thrive academically and socially. The Embrace Girls Foundation fills this need in under-served and low-income communities, ensuring that the students they serve are exposed to important and meaningful academic, wellness and enrichment programs,” said Richard Weiss, Aetna’s market president in Florida. “Aetna is proud to support this organization, while building on our longstanding commitment to celebrate black history.”UmojaConceived by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni and produced by Joe Theron, Africa Umoja was developed to educate a new generation of South Africans about their rich heritage and the power of unity (Umoja is the Swahili word for unity) by showcasing the glory days of South African music and dance, that persisted even during the country’s hardships. However, the show has become much more than either of its founders could ever have imagined, dazzling audiences and receiving standing ovations and breathtaking reviews in more than 50 countries across the globe over the last two decades.Fueled by history, the cast of 33 young adults are arguably South Africa’s most versatile and dynamic singers, dancers and drummers, drawn from the myriad of cultures that compose their rural worlds. The production will feature traditional love songs, lullabies, and internationally acclaimed choreography that narrates in passionate song and dance the moving tale of love and community that helped Black South Africans triumph during some of their country’s stormiest passagesFor ticket information call the Miramar Cultural Arts Box Office at 954-602-4500 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.last_img read more

Cuba Confirms First Three Cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

first_imgHAVANA, Cuba – Cuba is the latest Caribbean county to have confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19)  following confirmation from health officials that tourists have been diagnosed.The three Italian tourists are now at the Pedro Kouri Medicine Institute in isolation.According to Cuban public health officials, four Italian tourists traveling together arrived to Havana on Monday. They traveled to the Sancti Spiritus province to stay at a hostel in the city of Trinidad, officials said.On Tuesday, the four Italians were tested for COVID-19. Only three tested positive, officials said. The epidemiological investigation into the cases continues.A press release from the Ministry of Public Health said:The evolution of the three confirmed patients is favorable and none to date presents a danger to their lives.Our country has been preparing to confront the pandemic caused by the appearance of the new coronavirus, which affects more than one hundred countries today and has caused a considerable number of sick and deceased.As a result of the implementation of the National Plan for the Prevention and Control of this disease, and the intensive surveillance of Respiratory Syndromes, suspicious cases have been identified and hospitalized.On March 10, 2020, four Italian tourists with respiratory symptoms were identified who were staying in a hostel in the city of Trinidad in Sancti Spíritus province and who had arrived at the José Martí International Airport in Havana on Monday, March 9, traveling that same day to Trinidad.They were immediately admitted to the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), in Havana.On March 11, 2020, the IPK National Reference Laboratory reported that three of the four tourists isolated since the previous day were positive for the New Coronavirus SARS CoV-2.Epidemiological surveillance and control actions are being carried out on people identified as contacts, who remain asymptomatic.The evolution of the three confirmed patients is favorable and none to date have been in life-threatening situations.last_img read more

The Premier League Returns, As Ligue 1 Enters Week Two

first_imgFRANCEEarly pace setters Lyon, appear to be coping admirably following life after the departure of Alexandre Lacazette. They dumped Strasbourg 4-0 last weekend to race to the top of the summit.They have another opportunity to bag maximum points away from home on Friday, albeit against more difficult opponents Rennes. It will be a difficult but not impossible task for OL, who can count on the goals and industry of Mariano Diaz and Nabil Fekir for a second successive weekend.Champions Monaco are on the road to face a Dijon side who were blown apart 3-0 by a rejuvenated Marseille team at the Stade Velodrome on the opening weekend.Monaco needs to tighten things at the back if they are to enjoy a successful title defence this campaign, though they shouldn’t break much sweat discarding Dijon based on the gulf in class between both teams.Big spending Paris Saint Germain, who are fifth on the table, plays their first away game of the season against Guingamp. They comfortably secured maximum points on the opening weekend without world record signing Neymar, who watched from the stands. Despite the bureaucratic bottle neck still involved in getting the Brazilian internationals paperwork signed off by erstwhile club Barcelona, it will be in the interest of all parties involved including the watching global audience for the star player to make his official PSG debut on Sunday, in order to begin to justify the huge figures splashed on him.They comfortably secured maximum points on the opening weekend without world record signing Neymar, who watched from the stands. Despite the bureaucratic bottle neck still involved in getting the Brazilian internationals paperwork signed off by erstwhile club Barcelona, it will be in the interest of all parties involved including the watching global audience for the star player to make his official PSG debut on Sunday, in order to begin to justify the huge figures splashed on him.Despite the bureaucratic bottle neck still involved in getting the Brazilian internationals paperwork signed off by erstwhile club Barcelona, it will be in the interest of all parties involved including the watching global audience for the star player to make his official PSG debut on Sunday, in order to begin to justify the huge figures splashed on him.Related ENGLANDThe Premier League returns in England starting from Friday night at the Emirates Stadium following a three-month break.Arsenal will take on Leicester City-who have clearly been busy in the transfer market- in a game Arsene Wenger’s side need to set an early season marker.Alexis Sanchez is confirmed absent for the next couple of Arsenal games, following an abdominal strain sustained in training. The Nigerian interest will be the trio of Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. Iheanacho a new signing for the Foxes will look to force his way into the starting.The Nigerian interest will be the trio of Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. Iheanacho a new signing for the Foxes will look to force his way into the starting lineup in the coming weeks but might have to be content with a place on the bench behind Shinji Okazaki for Friday’s match.Champions Chelsea begins the season with an all-too-familiar fixture against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.It would be recalled that ahead of the Blues league triumph in 2015, they started the season with a 3-1 against Burnley, before repeating same last season on Matchday 3 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.Eden Hazard expectedly will be missing as he continues his recovery from injury, while Antonio Conte has to decide between the pair of Michy Batshuayi and record signing Alvaro Morata for the sole slot to lead the forward line.On Burnley’s part, forward Andre Gray has departed the club to sign for Watford in a £18milion switch, leaving Sean Dyche’s men short of bodies in attack.On Sunday at Saint James Park, Newcastle United mark their return to the top flight after a year’s absence with a tough and testing fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.In the days leading up to the season opener, Spurs left-back Danny Rose, categorically frowned at the clubs inactivity in the transfer market, demanding for world class players to walk through the door, rather than players whose names and profile have to be searched on Google.Newcastle United on their part have had a fairly quiet summer, recruiting Christian Atsu permanently from Chelsea, added to Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid, as Rafael Benitez looks to bolster his squad.The last time the pair met in the Premier League on this ground, coincidentally on the last day of 2015/16-Newcastle last in the top flight- the Magpies handed Spurs a comprehensive dressing down, running out 5-1 winners on the day.last_img read more

Strong commercial pipeline sees Kambi ride out tough 2016 closing

first_img Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Continuing sector trends, Nordic Nasdaq-listed sports betting platform and software supplier Kambi Group is the latest industry stakeholder to have been impacted by unfavourable sporting results this December.A tough closing to its full-year 2016 performance, saw Kambi record an operating EBIT of €1.8 million down from Q4 2015’s corresponding €3.3 million. The industry supplier detailed that adverse sports results had seen its margin drop to 13% (Q4 2015: 23%).As a result, Kambi governance would declare Q4 2016 corporate profits (after tax) of €1.2 million (Q4 2015: €2.9 million).Despite a negative closing quarter, Kambi governance was pleased that the company was able to sustain performance throughout full-year 2016.The company expects to generate circa €56 million in group revenues aided by a strengthened commercial pipeline, following significant new client wins during the year.Further full-year 2016 metric results see Kambi post an underlying EBIT of €8.8 million (FY 2015: €7.5 million), with the Kambi governance expecting to declare full-year profits of approximately €7.5 million (FY2015: €6.4 million).In its corporate update, Kambi governance stated that it was looking forward to 2017, having secured further industry ‘Tier 1’ clients in Mexican media group Televisa and Greentube (Novomatic Group).  Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi commented on corporate performance“As widely reported across the industry, December produced many events with player-friendly outcomes. For our operators, these resulted in lower than average margins in the quarter, which in turn, together with increases in gaming-related taxes, impacted on Kambi’s revenues.Despite this, I’m very pleased to report that our operators continued to demonstrate the underlying strength of the Kambi Sportsbook and reported solid increases in turnover, even when compared to a strong Q4 2015.We will continue to invest in our world class Sportsbook offering, to maintain our position as the highest quality service in the market, in an evolving market landscape.In addition, I’m excited that Kambi has secured its first full contract in Latin America, with the signing of Mexican media giant Televisa, offering our premium Sportsbook across all channels. We are now looking forward to building on this foothold across the region.We are also delighted to see an immediate impact from our partnership with the Novomatic Group, as we have signed a contract with one of its subsidiaries, Greentube. We will help Greentube expand with Kambi’s premium Sportsbook.We are confident in our strategy of investing in people and technology to create the best Sportsbook on the market.” Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more