Quinn on course to build homes and sports hub in Herne Bay

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Op-Ed: Caribbean island states need differentiated treatment due to COVID-19.…

first_img High unemployment and aging populations, with a concomitant prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), add to this region’s troubles. Regional unemployment ranges from 10% – 25%. COVID-related job losses within the service industry, will exacerbate this situation. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are characterised by their exposure to a variety of risks and limited capacity to deal with them when they occur. This is particularly true in the Eastern Caribbean, being especially prone to natural disasters that are up to 6 times more damaging when compared to developed countries. Border closures and travel restrictions within the COVID-19 context, have taken a toll, impacting citizens of all walks of life from hair braiders and crafts persons on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada to large tour operators and hoteliers on Barbados’ prized West Coast. No one is exempt! Limited resources and economic diversification in Eastern Caribbean countries, compounded by their small size and remoteness, constrain development. Regional integration when fully realised will contribute to widening markets, but until then doing business will call for some ingenuity. Tourism-dependent, climate-vulnerable states need to respond to the devastation of COVID-19 with a hurricane season around the corner CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Effective response demands decisive leadership and commitment from all partners around the globe to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ and ‘no country is left behind. This is why the United Nations COVID-19 Multi-sectoral Response Plan and Funding Appeal for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean states was launchedon 6th May to support the region to tackle this crisis with resources it urgently needs. This appeal will prioritize health and wellness, food security, economic recovery, social protection, education, and protecting the most vulnerable. Oct 16, 2020 With old age-dependency above the global average, pressures on public finances to meet the health, pension and social security commitments are high. Health systems have become further stretched by a high prevalence of NCDs. While spending on health varies across the region (between 3% and 7% of GDP), Eastern Caribbean health systems perform substantially below the global average, forcing this region on the back foot as it tackles this health crisis. You may be interested in… Didier Trebucq is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Ends Now we are bracing up for yet another hurricane season, while dealing with the dramatic impacts of COVID-19. Oct 15, 2020 Countries in the region have responded well on the health front, despite the global tension to access medical and protective equipment and supplies. However, the implications of the COVID-19 crisis are manifold given this region’s economic, social and environmental vulnerabilities. The regularity of natural disasters – as evidenced by Dominica during the deadly 2017 hurricane season – gives countries a very narrow window of opportunity to recover and rebuild their resilience. Economic vulnerabilities facing the Eastern Caribbeancenter_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… After COVID-19, the Caribbean’s needs will be far from over. Climate change – an existential threat – will continue to put significant financial strain on Caribbean countries. The need for increased investment for resilience is ever-present. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for Caribbean countries to reassess their preparedness against a wider range of increasing risks – including health pandemics. Accustomed to the impacts from natural disasters, the Caribbean will not only need resilience against global warming but also to a new wave of health risks that threaten the lives and livelihoods of its citizens. Oct 16, 2020 Aside from wasted economic potential, joblessness induced by this pandemic harbours a darker side and could further fuel a host of other socially adverse consequences. The poor and vulnerable are particularly at risk, including employees who would have lost their jobs in the tourism sector and fisherfolk belonging to vulnerable households suffering from the lockdown. Many also operate in the informal sector (accounting for as much as 40% of GDP), are uninsured and have difficulty accessing social protection schemes. A lot has been done in the region to protect the most vulnerable. However Caribbean Governments will require adequate fiscal space to develop effective and progressive social safety nets, as they seek to restore livelihoods and income security following this crisis. The Caribbean has successfully used its natural patrimony to develop service-based economies, which account for as much as 75% of GDP. Tourism can account for up to one-half of GDP and provide jobs for a similar proportion of the labour force. It is without doubt the region’s most prized asset. However, with 80% of tourists from the US, Canada and the UK, it has become a key vulnerability with COVID-19. Oct 15, 2020 Social and environmental vulnerabilities facing the Eastern Caribbean St. Lucia records more cases of COVID It complements the ongoing advocacy by the SIDS nations for a differential treatment, based on their vulnerability. But the sustainability of this response will depend on solidarity and international support. A regional compact to deliver debt relief and increase resilience financing is also needed between Caribbean countries, bilateral, multilateral agencies and private sector. This will augur well in disrupting the vicious circle of uncertainty, debt-dependency and unrealised sustainable development potential. It cannot be business as usual The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley is the Prime Minister of Barbados and Chair of CARICOM Lingering reconstruction costs of past disasters squeeze fiscal space to tackle COVID-19. Financing past disaster recoveries through debt has, for many, crowded-out development expenditures. High public debt – domestic plus external – levels of well over 60% of GDP were commonplace before COVID and limit fiscal space for years to come. As governments resort to fiscal stimulus measures to keep their economies afloat, COVID-19 will only add to this region’s debt burden. The time for debt forgiveness is now.  Opinion: Beyond the hurricanes, how do we finance resilience in the Caribbean?by Deodat Maharaj UNDP Senior Advisor for the Caribbean As a new hurricane season approaches in the Caribbean, I attended last week’s dialogue focused on “Financing Resilience in SIDS” held in Antigua and Barbuda and sponsored by the host government and Belgium.  The gathering sought to identify the main risks…June 18, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”How to build back better after a hurricane with the next one a few months awayOP-ED By Irwin LaRocque and Achim Steiner*  Imagine relocating the entire population of your country in the face of a colossal hurricane and two months later still not being able to get back home. Now imagine spending several nights in a shelter and taking a stroll the next morning only…November 17, 2017In “Anguilla”CARICOM and Argentina looking towards closer cooperationArgentina is offering the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) a platform to engage the global community when it hosts the “Second United Nations High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation, PABA 40” in March next year. It has proposed, as a side-event, a conference for CARICOM with the invited countries and organisations, which…December 19, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Ballot lists finalized

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThere were no 11th hour candidate filings last month for the Laguna Madre region’s upcoming May elections.In the Town of Laguna Vista, places 4, 5, and 6 on the Town Council are up for election. For Place 4, incumbent Leti Keplinger is being challenged by Jessica Hedrick. Incumbent Gary Meschi is running unopposed for Place 5, while Place 6 incumbent Nadine Smith is being challenged by Richard Hinojosa.Laguna Vista is holding their elections on May 9 along with the Point Isabel Independent School District. The District is seeking to fill two board positions. Incumbent Bertha Zamora is running unopposed for trustee, Place 1. At Place 2, incumbent Rene A. Valdez is being challenged by Alicia Baldovinos and Jimmy Vela.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedEarly voting underwayBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com Early voting has commenced for elections to fill seats on the Laguna Vista Town Council, the Port Isabel City Commission and the Point Isabel Independent School District Board. One of the fiercest Port Isabel elections in recent memory is between incumbent Commissioner Guillermo…May 1, 2015In “News”Laguna Vista ballot setBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The ballot is set for the May 6 general and special elections in Laguna Vista. Incumbent Mayor Susie Houston is unopposed in her bid for reelection. Three council members in Places 1, 2 and 3 will be determined, along with the mayor in the…March 3, 2017In “News”Voters prepare for Election DayBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer press@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Election Day is tomorrow and is the communities’ last chance to cast its vote for United States president, municipalities and boards for this election cycle. Voters did not have to vote in the primary election in order to qualify to vote in the general election.…November 5, 2012In “Gallery”last_img read more

Convicted, Chambers still running for sheriff

first_img RelatedChambers removed from ballotBy PETE BANDA Special to the PRESS reporter@sbnewspaper.com Two months ago, former Indian Lake Police Chief John Chambers was found guilty on 14 charges of tampering with government records. He was given a five year probation sentence and stripped of his law enforcement license. To the surprise of many, however, Chambers maintained…March 18, 2016In “News”Rodriguez announces plans to run for sheriffBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Longtime lawman Robert Rodriguez has announced plans to run for Cameron County Sheriff in the 2016 election, he told the PRESS during an exclusive interview. Rodriguez, who served as the chief of police for the City of South Padre Island for almost a…April 17, 2015In “News”Laguna Vista man dies in car fireBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Laguna Vista man died after his vehicle became engulfed in flames last Wednesday evening. Laguna Vista Chief of Police Tony David confirmed Tuesday that the victim — the sole occupant of the vehicle — was 90-year-old Laguna Vista resident George Chambers. Laguna…November 16, 2018In “News” By PETE BANDASpecial to the PRESSreporter@sbnewspaper.comWith election season less than two months away, many people are surprised to see John Chambers’ name still on the ballot for Cameron County Sheriff. That’s because Chambers, the former Chief of Police of Indian Lake, was found guilty on 14 counts of tampering with government records earlier this month where he was sentenced to five years of probation. However, because Chambers is appealing the ruling, he remains eligible for the March primary elections.Although the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement would be forced to revoke Chambers’ law enforcement license because of the conviction, the former police chief noted that his license can’t legally be revoked unless the conviction becomes final if his appeal is denied. Despite all the controversy surrounding him, Chambers maintains his innocence and offered up his own theory about why he was charged in the first place.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Bale left out of Real Madrid squad for Munich friendlies

first_imgGareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid took another twist when he was left out of the Spanish side’s squad for two friendly matches in Munich, starting with Tuesday’s game against his old club Tottenham Hotspur.“Bale did not travel in order to resolve his future,” Spanish sports  news reported on Tuesday, adding that Real Madrid was still in talks with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning who had offered the Welshman a three-year-deal worth £1 million ($1.1 million) a week.However, the Chinese club appears to have shut the door on Bale and sports daily as says he could be headed for a Premier League return.“Bale wanted to stay (at Real Madrid) but Zidane has made that impossible,” said as.“The preferred destination for Bale is the Premier League which closes its transfer window on August 8. There are only 10 days to find a team there.”Real Madrid held up the proposed transfer to Jiangsu Suning on Sunday in a dispute over the fee and the Chinese club announced Monday they had signed Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht instead.Bale, 30, has been at the centre of transfer talk since Zinedine Zidane returned as coach of Real in March.The Frenchman has made no secret of his desire to offload Bale who joined Real Madrid in a then-world record £85 million move from Tottenham in 2013.The Spanish press has been mooting a possible return to Champions League finalists Tottenham although Bale’s salary demands are likely to be far beyond the pay structure at the north London club.Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has already insisted that any deal which sees the Welshman leave the Bernabeu would have to be a permanent one and not one that sees him shipped out on loan.“Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club,” said Barnett.Bale was not the only familiar name missing from the 24-man squad for Munich. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who shipped seven goals last week against Atletico Madrid, is injured while James Rodriguez came back late from holiday after playing for Colombia in the Copa America.Following the Spurs match, real will face either Fenerbahce or Bayern Munich on Wednesday.last_img read more

Bears at Home: ‘We wanted to be there every day’

first_imgAnd so ‘Bears at Home’ was born – a daily online video service aimed at maintaining relationships with the Foundation’s SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) pupils and their families and ensuring they stay active and engaged through the most challenging of times.From dance sessions and story time, to Makaton lessons, staff at the Community Foundation delivered lessons every weekday at 11am, including throughout the school holidays.Fast forward four months, 87 episodes and more than 900 hours of viewing time, Bears at Home is entering its final week, bringing the curtain down on a life-changing project during which staff from the Community Foundation have gone above and beyond to serve the young people in the community most in need.On YouTube alone, Bears at Home has racked up nearly 30,000 views, 800 hours of viewing time and an average of 1,600 views per week, with the month of July attracting 153 hours of viewing on its own.“The ‘Bears at Home’ concept was intended from the outset to help maintain those relationships we hold so close to our hearts with the young people and families we are blessed enough to work with each day,” said Spectrum programme manager, Kris Tavender.“The lockdown provision was always meant for the long haul, knowing that establishing and maintaining a sense of routine and familiarity at this time for young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) across Bristol would be more important than ever.“We wanted to be there for people every day; Whatever else changed, Bears at Home would be there, and that’s what we did. 11am every morning, every weekday for 17 weeks straight – we event went through the school holidays. 87 days in total – and whilst hard work, we loved every minute of it!“Creating a sense of variety within our routine was vital also-to keep things fresh but also to make sure we included a little something for EVERY child with a disability that was missing out on so much due to COVID-19. We knew we could not do everything – but we also knew we had a responsibility to do something.“The engagement from families has been truly humbling – it really touches our hearts and helps to keep us going at a time when we miss our young people so much. We cannot express enough how thankful we are for the parents, carers, families and friends that have supported their young people to make ‘Bears at Home’ what is was – something that truly belonged to everyone.”last_img read more

College baseball: Former Airline star Davis hits home run in NSU victory

first_imgBEAUMONT, Texas – The Northwestern State baseball team’s version of Groundhog Day was even more productive than the original.The Demons used a mid-game offensive surge to batter Lamar, 15-3, on Tuesday night, scoring their second victory at Vincent-Beck Stadium in 14 days.Northwestern State (17-14) broke the game open by scoring 11 runs from the fifth to seventh innings, sparked by home runs by J.P. Lagreco and Peyton Davis, a former Airline star. It was Davis’ first home run at NSU.“I was fired up for Peyton,” hitting coach Taylor Dugas said. “The kid works his tail off. He’s stayed patient this whole time. He’s had a few more at-bats lately and really taking good BP all the time. He’s getting better. We were excited to see that home run.”Northwestern State Sports InformationPeyton Davis“(It was) a good offensive performance,” Dugas said. “We got some big performances from (Luke) Watson, who had three hits, and Lagreco, who was a triple away from the cycle. We did a good job of starting fast. We were ready to hit early in the count, got some mistakes out over the plate and put some good swings on them.”As they did two weeks ago, the Demons jumped on Lamar (7-26) early.The first four Demons delivered hits against Cardinals starter Chet Jones (0-2), who did not retire a batter.Kwan Adkins led off with a single, David Fry followed with an RBI double before Watson singled and Lagreco brought home both Fry and Watson with a two-run double.It was the start of a career night for Lagreco, whose three-run home run capped a four-run sixth inning that helped the Demons build a 10-2 lead.Lagreco went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs, becoming the second Demon in three games to knock in five runs. Lagreco’s home run came on the first pitch from Marcus Olivarez, the sixth of seven Cardinals pitchers.“My at-bats before, coach (Bobby) Barbier told me to be on time for the fastball,” Lagreco said. “I was late the two times before. I knew he was coming in with a fastball right off the bat. I was looking for it and put a good swing on it.”After the three-run first inning, the Demons did not score for the next three innings, allowing the Cardinals to slice the lead to 3-2 on Robin Adames’ third-inning RBI double.With Adames on third and two outs, Barbier summoned Tyler Pigott (1-0) from the bullpen, and Pigott responded with the longest outing of his career.The left-hander fanned Logan Lejeune to strand Adames and retired the first seven batters he faced. By the time Cole Coker led off the Lamar sixth with a double, the Demons’ lead stood at eight thanks to Pigott’s stellar relief work.“From the beginning, I try to go in and do my job the best I can, just throw strikes,” said Pigott, who struck out a career-high five batters. “I just let my defense work. When the hitters do that, it just brings your confidence up and lets you throw a lot of strikes.”The Demons continued to take advantage of Cardinals miscues, scoring six unearned runs off six Lamar errors, including four unearned runs in the seventh inning.Davis’ home run, a two-run opposite-field blast to right field, highlighted the inning.Five Northwestern State hitters had multi-hit games as the Demons banged out a season-high 16 hits.Watson (3-for-5, RBI) and Lagreco each had three hits while Kwan Adkins, Caleb Ricca and Austin Townsend (2 RBIs) each had two hits. Watson became the first Demon to score four runs in a game this season and has scored seven runs in two games against Lamar this season.The Demons return to action Friday when they host Southeastern Louisiana in the opener of a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field.— Jason Pugh, Assistant Sports Information Director, Northwestern StatePerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

West Ham or Crystal Palace fitting for Dries Mertens summer transfer,…

first_imgDries Mertens has been on fire this season. Twenty four goals across Serie A and the Champions League so far marks him out as not only one of the most exciting performers in Serie A but also across Europe.Therefore, it wouldn’t be too unreasonable to believe that if he were to leave Napoli this summer there’d be a queue of clubs with European football just waiting to sign him.Not so, believe Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. In their Wednesday edition it’s claimed that because of Mertens’ age, he turns 30 in May, the Napoli player would have to set his sights lower… to clubs like West Ham and Crystal Palace.At this point Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce may well be falling off their chairs and dreaming about a huge transfer, and Het Nieuwsblad clearly don’t think the prospect would be unreasonable.As well as West Ham and Crystal Palace, Newcastle United also get a mention, which would perhaps give the London clubs a better chance, especially the Hammers.If the claims are to be believed then it’s West Ham who would stand out over Crystal Palace as the team able to offer the higher league position and probably the most money.But, still, it’s hard to believe there wouldn’t be more interest. Mertens is turning 30 not 34.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndolast_img read more