Digicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedDigicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market RelatedDigicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market Digicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market Office of the Prime MinisterJune 17, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Restoration work on Coronation Market in downtown Kingston is scheduled to commence on Monday, June 21, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications, and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has disclosed.A portion of the market, situated in the heart of the commercial downtown Kingston district, was torched during the violent upsurge in sections of West Kingston in May.Speaking at Wednesday’s (June 16) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz, who indicated that the cost of the damage was a preliminary figure, said that telecommunications firm, Digicel, will fund the short term first phase of the repairs to the tune of $100 million.This phase, he told journalists, included the installation of a new roof and floor, as well as a water system, which will include the collection of rainwater for re-use.The works are expected to be completed by August, and will facilitate vendors being able to operate in a “much more enhanced atmosphere.”Mr. Vaz said that Digicel’s input resulted from their decision to fast-track a commitment, made several months ago, to assist with the market’s refurbishing, following a tour of the facility by company Chairman, Dennis O’Brien, and Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, the Hon. Bruce Golding, as well as other Government officials.While admitting that the vendors would suffer “minor displacement” consequent on the work, the Information Minister indicated that Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Desmond McKenzie, had assured him that the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) had identified an area for them to be temporarily housed, with minimum dislocation.Regarding other activities, such as repairs to stalls and sanitary conveniences, Mr. Vaz advised that these would be executed in the medium to long term, and would form part of an overall comprehensive plan to be undertaken by a committee incorporating representatives of the government in partnership with the private sector, and involving multilateral agencies with whom Jamaica has relationships.He said that the government had been having discussions with the private sector, with a view to using the opportunity to really look at the needs and improvements that Coronation Market requires, in order to serve all of the vendors and farmers, and these meetings have been going well.Regarding the remaining $900 million required to complete the work, Mr. Vaz, said that while the administration had “minimal money” to inject into the initiative, members of the private sector and multilaterals were “at the table”.“It’s a comprehensive plan, and we will be in a position to speak better about it as soon as these discussions are concluded. So there is a plan that will be coming forward, in terms of what will be the requirements of government, and what the committee is recommending,” Mr. Vaz assured. RelatedDigicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Marketlast_img read more

Luminati Vacates Grumman Building

first_imgLuminati Aerospace, part of the group that intends to purchase 1643 acres of Enterprise Park in Calverton, is in the news again.About the last thing the would-be purchasers of Riverhead Town’s EPCAL property, Calverton Aviation and Technology, needs is negative publicity, but its minority partner Luminati can’t seem to help itself.Luminati Aerospace, owned by Daniel Preston, is said to have a 25-percent stake in CAT. The mall developer Triple Five Group, which is best known for developing large shopping malls like the Mall of America, owns the remainder.“All of his business deals have ended badly,” said Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith of Preston. She acknowledged Luminati is still tethered to the Enterprise deal with CAT. “He hasn’t done business with anyone who hasn’t sued him,” the supervisor added.Last week, Luminati reportedly agreed to leave the former Grumman Plant 6 in response to an eviction action filed by Laoudis of Calverton, the owner of the plant.The building is not part of the bigger deal, which will transfer the 1643 acres to CAT for $40 million should it go through.Jens-Smith acknowledged she views the pending deal through a cynic’s lens. “This all started as a bromance between Daniel and Sean Walter,” Jen-Smith said, referring to the former town supervisor, “before I took office.”She characterized the sale as a “rush” orchestrated by Walter, adding she thought it was “a good deal” for CAT, but not necessarily the town. Preston’s penchant for getting sued could eventually put the bigger deal in jeopardy, Jens-Smith said. “We’ve contacted our attorneys about it,” she [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Militants raid Ethiopian base in latest Somalia attack

first_img© AU UN IST/AFP/File | File picture shows Ethopian soldiers wearing their new African Union berets, in Baidoa, Somalia Al- Shabaab fighters attacked an Ethiopian army base in central Somalia early Thursday in the latest raid targeting foreign soldiers deployed as part of an African Union force in the country, rebels and local residents said.The Al-Qaeda linked militants attacked the base in Halgan in Hiran region, the group said in a statement distributed on its Telegram messaging channel.© AU UN IST/AFP/File | File picture shows Ethopian soldiers wearing their new African Union berets, in Baidoa, SomaliaIt claimed that fighters had killed “at least 43” Ethiopian soldiers, but this could not be verified independently.Residents in the area close to Halgan said the attack began when a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded, after which jihadist gunmen fought their way into the base.“There was a huge blast and then heavy exchange of gunfire started,” said Osman Adan, a nearby resident.Shabaab launched this style of “swarming” attack a year ago and have since overrun forward operating bases manned by Burundian troops in Lego in June, Ugandan troops in Janale in September and Kenyan troops in El Adde in January.The contributing countries refuse to confirm casualty numbers but it is believed that scores of soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been killed in each attack.This is the first such attack on an Ethiopian outpost.“Mujahideen fighters stormed the base and massacred many of the Ethiopians,” the Shabaab statement said.The Shabaab was forced out of the capital Mogadishu five years ago but continues to carry out regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets in its battle to overthrow the internationally-backed administration.The group commonly steps up its attacks during Ramadan, but this year is an especially critical one with Al- Shabaab eager to disrupt an expected change of government leadership due in the coming months.last_img read more

Peace Advocate Gets UNOY West and Central African Appointment

first_imgUnited Network of Young Peace Builders, with headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, announced last week the appointment of Ms. Gwendolyn S. Myers of Liberia as Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa.Myers is Founder & Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia Inc., and was named a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She is expected to serve alongside two other Regional Focal Point Coordinators for East and Southern Africa on a Regional Advocacy Team (RAT) to monitor advocacy activities related to the implementation of the Amman Youth Declaration as well as the work of youths in peace building in general. That includes mapping key stakeholders in the region and assisting in the coordination of advocacy activities by linking-up individuals or organizations that plan to execute similar activities, like outreach in schools, workshops, among others. The focal points will also be responsible for reporting those activities to the UNOY International Secretariat in the Netherlands, which will feed into an online strategy.Ms. Myers would advocate for regional integration as a strategic prerequisite for sustainable peace and accelerated growth and development.Gwendolyn has extensive experience in managing programs for young people through a well-established coaching and mentoring program for adolescent girls and the establishment of peace clubs in schools and poor communities in and around Monrovia. As Liberia’s Ambassador to the World Peace is Possible Foundation in the Netherlands, a 2015/2016 Center for Women Faith & Leadership Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, USA, Ms. Myers comes to the network with a wealth of knowledge and experience in peace advocacy.Ms. Myers holds a B.Sc degree in Biology & Chemistry from the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Liberia, and a Graduate Certificate in Peace Building & Leadership from the Women’s Peace Building Leadership Cohort Program at the Center for Justice and Peace Building, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, USA. Gwendolyn S. Myers has over seven years of experience working in peace and non-violence education among in and out of school youth as well using various media such as radio, print and community outreach to implement and evaluate peace programs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RnaG’s Damien Ó Dónaill nominated for ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award

first_imgRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter and sports commentator Damien Ó Dónaill has been nominate for a prestigious award. An tOireachtas announced the shortlist for the Rising Star of the Year Award, one of the award categories in their annual Irish Language Media Awards. Ó Dónaill is one of the people listed – alongside Niamh Ní Chróinín (Raidió RíRá / RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta / Spin1038), Ciara Ní É (Blogger), Doireann Ní Ghlacáin (Fleadh TV, TG4) and Eoghan Ó Loideáin (Dochreidte Gan Dabt, TG4).  Sláine Ní Chathalláin, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, was voted Young Rising Star of the Year in 2017.In 2013, Damien won the RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta/GAA commentary competition.The Rannafast man succeeded the late Seamus Mac Geidigh as the voice of Donegal GAA on RnaThe Rising Star Award is determined by public vote. Voting lines are now open and will close at midday on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. Texts cost €1.00/£1.00. “ To vote for Damien:Text: GRADAM102 To: 57003RnaG’s Damien Ó Dónaill nominated for ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award was last modified: September 11th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

N.C. Medicaid reform waiver application available for public comment

first_imgApril 13, 6-8 p.m.University of North Carolina-Wilmington, McNeill Hall Lecture Hall, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington April 5, 4-6 p.m.Southwestern Community College Myers Auditorium, 447 College Dr., Sylva April 6, 12-2 p.m. Holiday Inn Express, 1943 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Guilford County Health and Human Services, 1203 Maple St., Greensboro April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Mission Health /A-B Tech Conference Center, 340 Victoria Rd., Asheville People with disabilities who need assistance to participate in the public hearings are requested to notify the Division of Health Benefits at 919-855-3470 in advance so accommodations can be arranged.In addition to submitting comments online and at public hearings, written comments may be submitted by email to [email protected]; by U.S. Mail to Division of Health Benefits, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 2501 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2501; or in person at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 101 Blair Drive, Adams Building, Raleigh, N.C.Visit the N.C. Medicaid Reform website at www.ncdhhs.gov/nc-medicaid-reform for more details and updates.About N.C. Medicaid ReformN.C. Medicaid Reform is the result of nearly three years of public engagement and planning, and is an important step in accomplishing the joint vision of Governor Pat McCrory and the N.C. General Assembly. The Medicaid Reform plan will achieve better patient care, better community health, improved doctor-patient engagement and cost containment.Medicaid covers nearly two million North Carolina citizens at an annual cost of $13 billion to the state and the federal government. It serves approximately one in five North Carolinians, and covers about 55 percent of births in the state. About 80,000 health care providers in the state serve Medicaid clients. March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Central Piedmont Community College, Merancas Campus Auditorium,11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville April 8, 2-4 p.m.Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Meeting Room 1 & 2, 799 North Highland Ave., Winston-Salem The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is receiving public comments through April 18, 2016, on the draft N.C. Medicaid reform waiver application. Public feedback is important to shape the final application before it is submitted June 1, 2016, to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.The public is able to submit comments online using the N.C. Medicaid Reform website atwww.ncddhs.gov/nc-medicaid-reform, or at one of 12 public hearings planned across the state. Dates and locations for the public hearings are below:March 30, 6-8 p.m.McKimmon Center, Room 6, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh April 14, 2-4 p.m.Greenville Convention Center, Emerald Ballroom, 303 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville April 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.College of The Albemarle, AE 208, 1208 N. Road St., Elizabeth City April 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m.University of North Carolina-Pembroke, Moore Hall Auditorium, 1 University Dr., Pembroke March 31, 2-4 p.m.Union County Department of Social Services, Auditorium,1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroelast_img read more

Google Gears Coming to Gmail and Google Calendar Soon

first_imgAccording to Andrew Fogg from kusiri, Google will start rolling out offline support for both Gmail and Google Calendar through Google Gears within the next six weeks. Google enabled offline access to Google Docs earlier this year, after they had already been using if for Google Reader for over a year. Fogg also found out that Google will start supporting SyncML for synchronizing contacts in Gmail around the same time.As Google is trying to push more of its products into small businesses and enterprises, having offline access to email and calendar functions is becoming an absolute necessity for Google. Even as mobile Internet access is becoming more ubiquitous every day, few business users would want to risk being caught in a situation where they don’t have access to their email or calendaring clients.Some of Google’s competitors such as Zimbra or Zoho are already offering some of these capabilities based on Google Gears. MySpace, too, is working on making its messaging platform available offline using Gears.As Alex Chitu from the Google Operating System blog observes, Google’s support for SyncML is also noteworthy. SyncML is an open standard for synchronizing information between different devices and, so far, has mostly been adopted by the mobile phone industry, with all the major companies such as Motorola, Nokia, Sony, LG, as well as IBM and Siemens supporting it in at least some of their products.The latest version of SyncML has added support for push email. According to Andrew Fogg, Google is using SyncML for synchronizing its contacts database with the iPhone, but in the long run, it is probably worth speculating if Google might also start pushing email to the iPhone (or any other phone for that matter), using the SyncML push technology. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Why you may need to reboot

first_imgIn Ctrl Alt Delete Mitch Joel issues a wake-up call for those that may find themselves lost in a rapidly evolving landscape of technology, media, and marketing. Joel, president of the digital marketing agency Twist Image, offers sharp insights on how these changes affect the way we learn, shop, communicate, and work. It’s an important reality check for nonprofit marketers because these factors directly affect how supporters and partners will interact with your cause. Organizations that understand and adapt to these new opportunities will thrive, while those who resist will find themselves struggling to connect with donors in the years to come.The book starts off with one of the most critical lessons for any marketer, especially those working in the nonprofit sector: embracing the shift toward more direct relationships with your consumers (donors), is no longer optional. People now have more access to information about your nonprofit, your impact, and *you* than ever before. Organizations and supporters are at each other’s fingertips, so it’s impossible (and unwise) to avoid direct contact with those who are interested in your work. Online or off, focus on creating and building relationships to succeed in raising money, spreading your message, and serving your cause. By the way, these relationships should be the two-way street kind. If you’re only broadcasting messages focused on your organization’s needs, you may need a reboot.Here are four tactics Mitch Joel recommends for building those direct relationships, and what they mean for your nonprofit.1) Deliver value. Stand out and earn loyalty by first providing value to your supporters. Of course, you’re doing great work for the people and communities you serve, but if you’re not building long-term relationships with potential supporters, you’re missing out on a bigger opportunity. How do you do this? Start by focusing more on providing valuable resources to the people you’re trying to reach, instead of only talking about your needs. 2) Be open.You can’t build meaningful relationships without trust and transparency. This is paramount for nonprofits. Donors won’t fork over their hard-earned cash to support your cause if they aren’t sure where the money goes. Show that you are an organization they can trust by being open about how your organization is run and how you use donated funds. Welcome questions and be upfront and honest if you make a mistake. Hiding in the shadows only makes people nervous, which is not a great relationship-building vibe.3) Be clear and consistent.Do donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit? Can they count on you for all the right reasons? Review your organization’s outreach to make sure you’re saying what you think you’re saying. Consistency also includes communicating with your donors on a regular basis to help them feel involved in your work. This means not waiting to reach out to supporters when you’re looking for gifts in December. 4) Focus on fans. Joel says, “The majority of people do not want to friend or like your brand. They use their social graphs for friends, family, and those they made fun of in high school.” Ouch! My guess is that many nonprofits may have it a little easier than most corporate brands, but it’s important to remember. Rather than working to get as many “Likes” as possible, focus instead on providing value through your social media content and focus on your truly passionate superfans. Put these champions to work spreading the message about what you do and why it matters. Of course, these suggestions are just the tip of the reboot iceberg. Ctrl Alt Delete delivers plenty of juicy nuggets for all marketers to heed. What aspect of your outreach or fundraising strategy would you like to reboot?last_img read more

Amplify Your Fundraising with Recurring Gifts

first_imgDoes your nonprofit offer donors a recurring giving plan? If not, you’re leaving a lot of money on the table and ignoring some very dedicated supporters. Small monthly gifts can add up to a hefty sum at year end—maybe as much as four times your current donation rate. If you’re looking for a path to sustainable income, setting up a monthly giving program is the ideal way to get there.What is monthly giving?Also called recurring gifts, monthly giving plans simply allow donors to give a specified amount every month. It’s common in Europe, where donors are comfortable with the idea of “subscribing” to charities in the form of an automatic monthly credit card charge or electronic funds transfer (EFT). European nonprofits typically have 80% of their donors on a monthly giving plan.In a recent Nonprofit 911 webinar on recurring giving, only 24% of participants said their organization has a monthly giving program. We have a little work to do here, but recurring gifts are starting to gain momentum.Who are your monthly donors? Typically, monthly donors are what we’d call small givers, as in $100 or less per year. Unlike once-a-year donors, however, they’re super-committed and really care about your organization and its mission. They give automatically and usually with no end date. In fact, some organizations have monthly donors who’ve been giving that way for 20 years or more.Recurring gifts are great for reaching smaller donors who want to make a bigger difference but can’t write that $250 check. Many are happy to give just $10 or $20 per month, which is like writing a big check but shows even more commitment.Why is monthly giving so important?The primary benefit to recurring gifts, of course, is having regular income to sustain your nonprofit’s mission. You can count on a certain amount of money coming in each month and throughout your planning year. You’ll also get more money over time. Let’s say you have 100 one-time donors who each give $35. That equals $3,500 for the year. But when 100 people give $35 per month for a year? That’s $15,500 to benefit your cause. You’ve more than quadrupled your annual revenue!Another benefit: vastly improved retention rates. New-donor retention rates average less than 23%, meaning that only 23 of 100 first-time donors give again the next year. Of those 23 who renew their donations, you’ll typically retain only 61%, or 14 donors. Monthly giving programs, on the other hand, typically enjoy retention rates of 86% after one year and 95% after five years. The moral of the story: If you want to increase giving, build sustainable income, and improve retention rates, including a recurring gift option on your donation page is an absolute must. Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “How You Can Generate Long-Term Revenue from Recurring Giving” with Erica Waasdorp, president of A Direct Solution and author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant. Download the archived presentation.last_img read more

USAID Announces New Award to Prevent and Repair Obstetric Fistula

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 7, 2014November 7, 2016By: Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)USAID sent out a press release yesterday announcing the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and the Population Council. We, at the Maternal Health Task Force, look forward to working with EngenderHealth to reduce the incidence of fistula around the world.Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. Obstetric fistula, a hole that develops between the birth canal and one or more of a woman’s internal organs, is caused by obstructed labor without access to timely and skilled medical care, such as cesarean section. Delaying the age of first pregnancy and increasing access to contraception are also critical to the prevention of fistula. Fistula results in chronic, uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces, a devastating lifelong disability that affects a significant number of girls and women in Africa and Asia. New cases, all preventable, are continuing to occur. Often women who have fistula from obstructed labor also bear the sorrow of the loss of the baby.To read the entire press release, please click here.Share this:last_img read more