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Annan ARC is 5-star

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAnnan ARC has received a 5-star report from the Care Inspectorate.It scored 5 (very good) for quality of care and support and quality of management and leadership.Following the unannounced inspection of the Adult Resource Centre, the Care Inspectorate concluded:• The service continues to support the meaningful involvement of the people it supports and their families and to use their views and comments to develop the service• During the inspection, we had the opportunity to speak with people at the service. They commented positively about the care and support provided by the management and staff team at Annan ARC.• The care and support needs of the people who use Annan ARC are managed and met by a caring and skilled staff team.• The management team demonstrated a commitment to the continued review, development and improvement of the overall service.• The entire staff group demonstrated a commitment to ensure that the ethos of Annan ARC is welcoming and friendly.The Care Inspectorate highlighted:• Well trained, skilled and knowledgeable staff who were able to respond to health issues that affected people using the service.• The staff practice observed was of a high quality and the approach of staff was patient and respectful.• The performance of the service was very good.• The service delivered quality care that resulted in positive outcomes for people using the service.Alison Voss, Annan ARC manager, said, “This grade wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and skills of all staff working at Annan ARC. This is the result of team effort. Staff have overcome challenges and pulled together to ensure that the service we provide continues to be of a high standard and meets the need to deliver individual outcomes.”Councillor Ted Thompson, vice-chairman of the Social Work Services Committee, said, “Protecting our most vulnerable people and being inclusive are priorities for our Council. This report from the Care Inspectorate shows that Annan ARC is delivering on both. I thank and congratulate all staff who have been responsible for this significant achievement.”last_img read more

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Jamaica and Guatemala sign visa abolition agreement

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first_imgA visa abolition agreement has been expanded between Jamaica and Guatemala that will now seen holders of diplomatic and official passports being granted visa exemptions.The agreement was signed in Mexico last  Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith and Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso .Jamaica and Guatemala already have a Visa Abolishment Agreement for citizens who travel between the two countries for tourism purposes.Last month, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic signed a visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports.last_img read more

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Florida online voter registration website is live

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first_imgOn October 1, the Florida Department of State launched the state’s new online voter registration website  RegisterToVote Florida.gov. The website offers Florida residents an alternative to register to vote or update an existing registration, in a manner that’s convenient, secure and user-friendly.Florida Legislature passed lawIn 2015, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill directing the Department of State to implement online voter registration on October 1, 2017.Florida’s 67 county Supervisor of Elections now join 35 other states and the District of Columbia that have online voter registration available to their residents.RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, the website for the online voter registration is offered in English and Spanish and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.At your fingertips“Voter registration is now at your fingertips,” says Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes. “People can register to vote in the comfort of their own homes.”Florida residents who register to vote online will need a Florida driver license or state identification (ID) card and the last four digits of their social security number to complete and submit the voter registration application electronically.If the information cannot be validated, as prompted by the system, voters will be required to print the application from the website and mail or hand-deliver it to the Elections Office.Send printed applications to: Broward County Supervisor of elections, PO Box 029001, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302.For more on voter registration in Broward County, visit: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/community-news/search-voters/last_img read more

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Haitians Facing A “Dramatic” Food Crisis Says World Food Programme

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first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – As the months of violent protests slowly subside in Haiti, the country’s residents now face another major crisis- extreme hunger and famine.According to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Haiti is approaching famine-like conditions, with more than 1 in 3 people in the country of 11 million in need of urgent assistance for food.A food assessment done by WFP in October found that 1 million of the nearly 3.7 million people suffering severe food shortages in Haiti are now facing an emergency and are on the brink of famine.Additionally, the assessment shows that food insecurity in Haiti’s rural areas has increased by 15% since the last analysis in December 2018. For the first time, some 850,000 people in the capital Port-au-Prince are suffering severe hunger, with many not sure when they will eat again.To add insult to injury, the violent protests in Haiti have made it extremely difficult for organizations to give residents the assistance that they need. WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel said humanitarian agencies’ efforts to reach people in need have been hampered by security problems during the past seven weeks.For example, he said WFP school feeding programs have been badly affected and many deliveries have had to be postponed. He said this is creating hardships for some of the most vulnerable communities in Haiti, which count on this assistance to provide food to families.In early November, President of Haiti Jovenel Moise made a formal request to the United States, asking them for humanitarian assistance for residents. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), days later, honored his request by distributing, through the United Nations World Food Program, 2,000 metric tons of food from its emergency stockpile stored in Haiti.Though the USAID provided much-needed assistance, there is still much more that Haiti needs. Verhoosel warns that without immediate help, conditions in Haiti will deteriorate further. He says it is expected the number of people needing food aid will increase to more than 4 million by early next year.last_img read more

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HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency for Puerto Rico Following…

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first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A series of earthquakes and aftershocks in Puerto Rico this week prompted Health and Human Services Secretary Alex. M. Azar II to declare a public health emergency for the U.S. territory.In declaring the public health emergency and authorizing flexibilities for CMS beneficiaries, Secretary Azar acted within his authority under the Public Health Service Act and Social Security Act. These actions and flexibilities are retroactive to Dec. 28, 2019.“We are concerned about potential impacts of this week’s earthquakes on the lives of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. Across HHS, we have worked closely with the territory’s health and human services authorities on disaster recovery, and will continue to do everything we can to help ensure the health and well-being of people across the island.”Health care facilities in Puerto Rico will have the flexibility to ensure that sufficient health care and services are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).Assets are available to quickly assist health authorities and healthcare facilities respond to medical needs if needed, including medical teams from the National Disaster Medical System and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, along with their equipment and supplies.To assist residents in the impacted area in coping with the stress, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration activated the Disaster Distress Helpline. The helpline provides immediate 24/7, 365-days-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Residents in Puerto Rico can call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (for Spanish, press 2 or text Hablanos to 66746) to connect with a trained crisis counselor.During a public health emergency, the Secretary may waive sanctions and penalties against a covered hospital that does not comply with certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Secretary’s waiver only applies in the following instances: (1) in the emergency area and for the emergency period identified in the public health emergency declaration; (2) to hospitals that have instituted a disaster protocol; and (3) for up to 72 hours from the time the hospital implements its disaster protocol. Visit the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information on HIPAA and Emergency Preparedness and Response.Recent natural disasters have demonstrated the importance of ensuring accessibility to health and human services for everyone living in the United States, including individuals in need of interpretation and translation services. HHS’s Office for Civil Rights led efforts by the HHS Language Access Steering Committee to develop a plain language checklist to help first responders provide services during emergency response and recovery in accordance with federal civil rights laws. The checklist includes recommendations, specific action steps, and resources to assist first responders in providing on-the-ground language assistance and communicating effectively in disasters. Practical tips range from how to identify language needs in a disaster-impacted community to effectively utilizing interpreters.HHS’ U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also actively responding to the situation in Puerto Rico. The agency has made outreach to its Puerto Rico office and is receiving the latest updates on the status of the FDA’s staff, facilities, and regulated industry. At this time, the FDA has not become aware of any potential shortages of critical medical products. The FDA will continue to be in communication with its staff as well as regulated industry on the island.Information on disaster health and HHS actions is available on https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=82777b96-de2362ea-82774aa9-0cc47adc5fa2-2597e624c4651ab1&u=http://www.phe.gov/emergency.last_img read more

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NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS Players Boycott Games in Response to…

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first_imgBucks guard George Hill said after Blake’s shooting that he felt players shouldn’t have come to Disney. The lone match played was between Orlando City and Nashville SC. Added Jeanie Buss, the governor of the Lakers, in a tweet: “I stand behind our players, today and always. After more than 400 years of cruelty, racism and injustice, we all need to work together to say enough is enough.” “NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled.  We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday.  There is a videoconference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps.” Many players wrestled for weeks about whether it was even right to play, fearing that a return to games would take attention off the deaths of, among others, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in recent months. Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake in Kenosha. More discussions among players on teams still in the bubble were scheduled Wednesday, presumably on how — or if — to go forward with the season, but even before that the Bucks apparently decided they would act. The reverberations quickly moved into Major League Baseball, the WNBA and Major League Soccer, and even professional tennis with Naomi Osaka foregoing the semis for the Southern Open on Thursday. The Milwaukee Brewers’ home game with the Cincinnati Reds was called off, by player decision, as was the Seattle Mariners’ game against the San Diego Padres. WNBA players chose not to play their three regular-season games scheduled for Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida. Later in the evening, five of the six MLS games that were scheduled to be played Wednesday were called off. In the WNBA bubble, Washington was set to play Atlanta, Minnesota was going to face Los Angeles and Connecticut was going to meet Phoenix. Players from the Mystics, Dream, Sparks and Lynx were talking on the court for about an hour deciding whether to play or not. The decision was announced shortly before the expected 7 p.m. Eastern tip for the Mystics and Dream. “Today we stand united with the NBA Office, the National Basketball Players Association, the Milwaukee Bucks and the rest of the league condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color,” the Magic and its ownership group, the DeVos family, said in a statement. ORIGINAL STORY: Less than two hours later, the Bucks wouldn’t take the floor. “We stand in solidarity with the Black community, with our players, our city and our fans in the fight against injustice,” the statement said. “We must use our voices to be the change.” UPDATE: The Celtics and Toronto Raptors met Tuesday to discuss boycotting Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, which had been scheduled for Thursday. Members of the National Basketball Players Association were also part of those meetings, and Miami forward Andre Iguodala—a union officer—said around 2:15 p.m. that he did not believe a boycott plan had been finalized. Magic players and referees were on the basketball court for the game but Milwaukee never took the floor. The National Basketball Referees Association said it “stands in solidarity with our players’ decision to boycott tonight’s games” and the National Basketball Players Association tweeted that the “revolution will be televised.” Dream player Elizabeth Williams read a statement on ESPN saying that the “consensus is not to play in tonight’s games. We stand in solidarity with our brothers in the NBA.” Williams is the secretary of the players’ union. “We weren’t given advanced notice about the decision but we are happy to stand in solidarity with Milwaukee, Jacob, and the entire NBA community,” Orlando guard Michael Carter-Williams said. “Change is coming.” Players from MLS games between Atlanta United and Inter Miami, FC Dallas and Colorado, Portland and San Jose, Real Salt Lake and LAFC, and the LA Galaxy and Seattle all decided not to play in solidarity. There are three other playoff games scheduled Thursday. It was unclear if they would be affected. Several NBA players, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, tweeted out messages demanding change and the Boston Celtics’ official Twitter account did the same. All four teams took a knee at center court right before leaving the court. Atlanta United released a statement before its scheduled game against Inter Miami in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The players all gathered on the field before the game, arm in arm. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville, Kentucky apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation on March 13. The warrant was in connection with a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found. Then on May 25, Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into the Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes—all captured on a cell phone video. “We’re the ones getting killed,” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is Black, said in an emotional postgame speech Tuesday night. “We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung. We’ve been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back. And it’s just, it’s really so sad.” Called off: Games between Milwaukee and Orlando, Houston and Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when. Demanding societal change and ending racial injustice has been a major part of the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is painted on the arena courts, players are wearing messages urging change on their jerseys and coaches are donning pins demanding racial justice as well. All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed, with players around the league choosing to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice. “We fully support our players and the decision they made,” Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan said in a joint statement. “Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them. The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us. Our players have done that and we will continue to stand alongside them and demand accountability and change.” The dramatic series of moves began when the Bucks—the NBA’s team from Wisconsin, a state rocked in recent days by the shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man—didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Magic. The teams were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round. The Bucks remained in their locker room past 6 p.m., more than two hours after they made the decision to boycott. It was not immediately clear why they were staying in the arena. NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass issued the following statement regarding NBA playoff games:  NBPA President Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder and guard Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets were seen emerging from a conversation, not long before it became known that their teams also decided to not play their scheduled game Wednesday. “When you talk about boycotting a game, everyone’s antenna goes up,” Iguodala said. “It’s sad you have to make threats like that—I wouldn’t say threats—but you have to be willing to sacrifice corporate money for people to realize there’s a big problem out there.”last_img read more

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Tridents Botch Run Chase as Brilliant Zouks Make History

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first_imgWith six runs needed from the final ball, Nyeem Young spanked a low full toss to deep cover but it was not enough to save Tridents. Still, the task remained a simple one with Tridents needing 22 runs from the last five overs but nerves became frayed when Corey Anderson (11) was bowled by Nabi in the 18th and Rashid Khan (2) picked out long on with Glen in the penultimate over. There was no sign of the drama to come when Johnson Charles punched four fours in 39 from 42 deliveries in a 32-run stand with Hope (14). Chase was then brilliant in the final over, keeping Ashley Nurse (12) scoreless off the first ball and then getting him to hole out to mid-wicket off the second. Seamer Kesrick Williams (2-12) got the breakthrough when he brought one back sharply to hit Hope in front in the sixth over, extending the right-hander’s wretched run of form that has seen him scrape 113 runs from seven innings. However, Tridents then showed precious little intent as their run chase meandered aimlessly, and were three runs short of their target at the end to plunge to their second defeat in as many days and their fifth in seven games. PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – AUGUST 30: Javelle Glen (2nd R), Najibullah Zadran (R) and Andre Fletcher (2nd L) of St Lucia Zouks celebrate winning the Hero Caribbean Premier League match 19 between Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Zouks at Queen’s Park Oval on August 30, 2020 in Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images) Sent in on a turning Queen’s Park Oval pitch, Zouks struggled from the outset when they lost Rahkeem Cornwall (6) to the fourth ball of the morning and Andre Fletcher (6) in the following over, to slump to 12 for two. CMC Leniko Boucher (18), in his first match of the tournament, then paired with Chase (14) to post the best stand of the innings as they added 30 for the third wicket. Reigning champions Barbados Tridents bungled a straightforward run chase to slump to a shock defeat as St Lucia Zouks made history with the lowest total ever defended in Caribbean Premier League history on Sunday.center_img Mis-stumped on 12 by Shai Hope in the fifth over, Boucher perished in the following over when he was bowled by Walsh missing a badly timed cut. When Walsh bowled Chase with a full length delivery in his next over, Zouks were tottering on 50 for four in the ninth over and there was no recovery as the last eight wickets tumbled spectacularly for just 42 runs. The result seemed a foregone conclusion when leg-spinner Hayden Walsh’s three-wicket haul sent Zouks tumbling for 92 off 18 overs – the joint second lowest total in the franchise history and lowest in this year’s tournament. Tridents were still in the contest with nine runs needed from the final over but Chase held his nerve and conceded only five, to complete a quite remarkable turnaround for Zouks. With 10 points from five wins, Zouks lie second to leaders Trinbago Knight Riders, and on the verge of a spot in the final four. But the wheels began to come off when captain Jason Holder was deceived by a brilliant full length slower ball from seamer Kesrick Williams (2-12) and trapped lbw for one at the start of the 10th, and Charles holed out to long on off Glen at the start of the 14th over. And even when the in-form Kyle Mayers was beaten and bowled for two by a beauty from Zahir in the seventh over with five runs added, Tridents were still hot favourites to take full points. Raymon Reifer then missed a swipe at high wide full toss that was there for the taking before punching a couple to backward point and scrambling a bye off the fifth. They were suffocated by Zouks’ slow bowlers, leg-spinner Javelle Glen grabbing two for 11 from his three overs and left-armer Zahir Khan along with off-spinners Mohammad Nabi and Roston Chase combining to dry up the scoring in miserly spells.last_img read more

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JDTAN Announces Annual General Meeting on September 20

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first_imgThe Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN), the sector-based network with members across 21 countries, will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) under the theme Reflections from Our Partners: Diaspora Engagement for Jamaica’s Growth and Development. The JDTAN AGM takes place on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 4 PM US ET and 3 PM Jamaica time and will be moderated by Dervan Malcolm, popular Power 106 Broadcaster of the Saturday morning show, Diaspora Live. Lesleyann Samuel, Chair of  the AGM added that “JDTAN has invited these various partners that Taskforces have collaborated with over the years to share their thoughts on the ways the Diaspora has tangibly impacted their mandates and to suggest additional ways to collaborate in achieving Jamaican Vision 2030.” The AGM is open to the public go to, www.JDTAN.org/AGM2020  for details. Other speakers include: Dr Robert Runcie,  Jamaican Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools; Dr. Carey Wallace, Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund; Dr. Hansel Fletcher, Loma Linda University; Dr. Elizabeth Molina, Broward College; Dr. Rosalea Hamilton, CEO of the LASCO Chin Foundation; Charles Clayton, Program Director, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Mary McLaughlin, CEO of the Trees That Feed Foundation and Jasford Gabriel, President of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA.) “Mr. Jarret has a special relationship with the Diaspora and we are elated to have him as our Keynote speaker. The Diaspora movement has come a long way and he has been a major part of the transformation. We will learn from his broad experience with Diaspora matters, I’ve heard him present; He truly understands Diaspora engagement,” remarked Leo Gilling, Chairman, JDTAN. The keynote speaker for the AGM is none other than Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica National Group – Earl Jarrett.last_img read more

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Singer Elton John pledges millions to support LGBT people in Africa

By on September 26, 2020

first_imgSinger Elton John pledges millions to support LGBT people in AfricaElton John has pledged to spend his Aids Foundation’s money on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa who are stigmatized and penalized in their own countries.The singer has joined Pepfar, the US president’s emergency plan for Aids relief, in a $10m LGBT fund that will issue grants and provide expertise to help those living under homophobic regimes.Speaking at the International Aids Conference held in Durban, South Africa, he acknowledged that he could not persuade governments to change their values stating that he was sure some governments in Africa will not respond to someone like him telling them what to do.“What I can do is ensure that people who are LGBT – if their clinics are closed down because they are LGBT – we can give them medicine. If they are arrested, we will get them legal aid,” he said on Wednesday at the international Aids conference in Durban, South Africa.LGBT people, like sex workers and drug users, must be included in the fight against Aids, he said. “If you don’t, this campaign against Aids will be a disaster, all the groundwork, all the wonderful scientific work, all the hard work on the ground from countless people all over the world will come to nothing because if we leave these people behind the disease will spread further and further and further.” The guardian reports.last_img read more

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Mother & daughter use live snakes to raise awareness about the…

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first_imgSoweto’s Vilakazi Street was once home to former President Nelson Mandela, but now has another drawcard.A mother-and-daughter team is educating members of their community about snakes. The 19-year-old Lwandle and her mother, Lindiwe Mngomezulu, run an educational snake “show” from their home in Orlando West, in Vilakazi Street, Soweto.The street has become a buzzing tourist hub, and when Mngomezulu gives you directions to her house over the phone, she directs you past “Tutu’s house” and the “Nelson Mandela Museum”.The mother and daughter team has become so well-known that they have made international headlines. Lindiwe allows curiosity-seekers to get a close-up look at the non-venomous snakes she keeps in her home, and she drapes them over tourists’ shoulders for a small fee.CCTV’s Julie Scheier has more.last_img read more

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