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World’s first global photojournalism project recognising the healers of our time launches today

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Hong Kong, October 27, 2020 – The Global Institute of Tomorrow (GIFT), a pan-Asian think tank, is proud to present a one-of-a-kind photojournalism project that celebrates diverse acts of healing from around the world during the global pandemic: The Other Hundred Healers.

The Other Hundred Healers is the world’s first collection of inspiring photo-stories from 100 countries around the world, representing people who have been working towards healing their communities through selfless acts of caring, kindness and compassion. The Other Hundred Healers expands the definition of ‘healing society’ during a time of social trauma by recognising the contribution of people from people from all walks of life:  delivery workers, cleaners, waste collectors, food sellers, volunteers, teachers, government workers, community heads, village chiefs, practitioners of alternative wellness methods, therapists and, of course, the healthcare and emergency service professionals to whom we owe so much.

To mark its launch, plans are being laid to have exhibitions around the world, starting with Hong Kong.

Chandran Nair, Project Director of The Other Hundred Healers has remarked that “the pandemic of 2020 will be spoken about for decades to come, and this project successfully captures the moment from an entirely unique angle. We have been overwhelmed by the response of the photojournalists and the power of the photo-stories, which we sincerely hope will interest and inspire a global population in the process of healing and creating unity.”

In addition to the 100 photo-stories from all six continents, The Other Hundred Healers features essays from writers and thinkers from different parts of the world. Frederick Tsao, Chairman of IMC Industrial Group, provides the foreword, while essays are presented by South African politician and activist Mamphela Ramphele; former professor of Harvard Business School David Korten; leading Indian investigative journalist Josy Joseph; Chair of the India Institute of Competitiveness, Amit Kapoor; the Bhutan Former Minister of Education Thakur S. Powdyel; and internationally-recognised Chilean writer Lina Meruane.

This edition of The Other Hundred has been enabled by the generous support of AITIA Institute, Octave Institute, DBS, the C.F. and Nancy Tao Foundation, Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Al-Bayan International School, Massaleh Investments, and Annie Chen.

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Why the Haitian President’s Wife – Martine Moïse – was charged with his 2021 Assassination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti, February 21, 2024 – Martine Moïse, the widow of Haiti’s assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, is being charged for involvement in his July 2021 murder, according to recent reports on Monday February 19th, 2024.

She is charged for complicity and involvement in criminal associations.

In his report, Haitian Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire reveals there were questionable actions related to Martine Moïse as well as statements that simply didn’t add up.

For instance, Voltaire states that she mentions hiding under the marital bed for safety during the attack on her husband, but authorities expressed that this claim is illogical, saying that a giant rat measuring “between 35 and 45 centimeters,” could not fit under the bed.

This is due to the fact that the gap between the bed and the floor was 14 to 18 inches, according to the indictment.

Considering these revelations, Voltaire states that her claims were “so tainted with contradictions that they leave something to be desired and discredit her.”

There are other suspicious actions by Mrs. Moïse, reported by the Judge, as revealed by Lyonel Valbrun, former Secretary General of the National Palace.

Voltiare’s report says Valbrun claimed there was pressure from the late President’s wife to make available to Claude Joseph, former Prime Minister, office space for the organization of a Council of Ministers.  Additionally, Valbrun reported that Martine Moïse dedicated hours to remove objects from the Palace during the days leading up to her husband’s murder.

Joseph, like the former first lady is also being charged for complicity and involvement in criminal associations.  Also, they were both injured during the attack on Jovenel Moïse.

The accusations against Mrs. Moïse, reports say, are also based on information from Joseph Badio, former official in Haiti’s Justice Ministry, who is accused of being involved in planning the Haitian president’s 2021 assassination.

According to the indictment, linked in  Voltaire’s 122 page report highlights Badio “outing” Mrs. Moïse for plotting with others, Joseph included, to kill her husband to gain power.

Joining Joseph and Moïse with charges is Léon Charles, ex-chief of Haiti’s National Police, carrying the worst of the charges including, murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of weapons, conspiracy against the state’s internal security, and involvement in criminal associations.

Haitian-American pastor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, former DEA informant Joseph Vincent, presidential security chief Dimitri Hérard, former senator John Joël Joseph, and judge Windelle Coq, are also among the accused, some already sentenced and some handed over to the US to face Federal charges.

Media reports have exposed that after a two and a half year investigation, there are still unanswered questions.  And, despite going into details about the assassination, it fails to reveal the motive behind it and how it was financed.

A separate case on Moise’s killing is being tried in Miami.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust

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February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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WHO appeals for billions towards better health globally

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Rashaed Esson

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#WHO#Health#Funding, January 19th, 2023 – The World Health Organisation is making huge efforts towards global health, launching on January 15th, an appeal for 1.5 billion Us dollars to protect the health of the most vulnerable populations in 41 emergencies globally, this year. In a release, the organization informs that the money will cover health emergencies that need the highest level of response, aiming to reach 87 million people. This is crucial as many will require health assistance this year, according to the WHO Director General.

“This year, an estimated 166 million people will need life saving humanitarian health assistance; this is heartbreaking and it’s avoidable. To do this, we need support totaling 1.5 billion US dollars,” he said.

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