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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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First remarks of New UK Prime Minister, Keir Starmer of the Labour Party; Wins 412 seats in Landslide Victory

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#UnitedKingdom, July 5, 2024

 

“I have just returned from Buckingham Palace… Where I accepted an invitation from His Majesty the King…

To form the next government of this great nation.  I want to thank the outgoing Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.

His achievement as the first British Asian Prime Minister of our country… The extra effort that will have required…  Should not be underestimated by anyone.

We pay tribute to that today… And we also recognise the dedication and hard work he brought to his leadership.

But now our country has voted, decisively… For change.  For national renewal. And a return of politics to public service. When the gap between the sacrifices made by people…

And the service they receive from politicians…Grows this big.

It leads to a weariness in the heart of a nation.

A draining away of the hope, the spirit, the belief in a better future… That we need to move forward, together.

Now, this wound…This lack of trust…

Can only be healed by actions not words… I know that.

But we can make a start today… With the simple acknowledgment…

That public service is a privilege.

And that your government should treat every single person in this country… With respect.

If you voted for Labour yesterday… We will carry the responsibility of your trust, as we rebuild our country.

But whether you voted Labour or not… In fact – especially if you did not…

I say to you, directly…My government will serve you.

Politics can be a force for good – we will show that.

And that is how we will govern.

Country first, party second.

Yet, if I’m honest… Service is merely a pre-condition for hope.

And it is surely clear to everyone… That our country needs a bigger reset…

A rediscovery of who we are.

Because no matter how fierce the storms of history… One of the great strengths of this nation…Has always been our ability to navigate a way through to calmer waters.

And yet this depends upon politicians… Particularly those who stand for stability and moderation – as I do… Recognising when we must change course.

For too long now… We have turned a blind eye as millions slid into greater insecurity.

Nurses, builders, drivers, carers… People doing the right thing

Working harder than ever… Recognised – at moments like this, before.

Yet as soon as the cameras stop rolling… Their lives are ignored.

I want to say very clearly to those people – not this time.

Changing a country is not like flicking a switch… And the world is now a more volatile place.

This will take a while.

But have no doubt that the work of change begins – immediately.

Have no doubt – that we will rebuild Britain… With wealth created in every community.

Our NHS back on its feet, facing the future. Secure borders…Safer streets… Everyone treated with dignity and respect at work.

The opportunity of clean British power…Cutting your energy bills for good.

And, brick by brick… We will rebuild the infrastructure of opportunity…

The world class schools and colleges…The affordable homes that I know… Are the ingredients of hope for working people…

The security that working class families like mine… Could build their lives around.

Because if I asked you, now… Whether you believe that Britain will be better for your children… I know – too many of you would say: no.

And so my government will fight, every day… Until you believe again.

From now on… You have a government unburdened by doctrine… Guided only by a determination to serve your interests…To defy, quietly…

Those who have written our country off.

You have given us a clear mandate… And we will use it to deliver change… To restore service and respect to politics… End the era of noisy performance…

Tread more lightly on your lives… And unite our country.

Four nations… Standing together again… Facing down, as we have so often in our past…

The challenges of an insecure world…Committed – to a calm and patient rebuilding.

So with respect and humility… I invite you all… To join this government of service…

In the mission of national renewal. Our work is urgent…

And we begin it today.

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At least 3 million children at risk as Hurricane Beryl hits the Caribbean

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UNICEF and partners have pre-positioned life-saving supplies and stand ready to provide services to children and families in several countries

 

PANAMA CITY, July 3, 2024 – The first major hurricane of the year, Hurricane Beryl, made landfall in the southeast Caribbean on Monday, 1 July, causing widespread damage.  The winds, torrential rains and flash flooding could put at least 3 million children in the Caribbean at risk, according to UNICEF estimates.

Hurricane Beryl tore through Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Saint Lucia, bringing high winds, storm surges and heavy rain that has damaged safe spaces for children, including homes and schools.

“As Hurricane Beryl continues its path through the Caribbean Sea, all efforts must be made to prevent loss of life and keep children safe,” said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Our teams across the Caribbean are ready to support national efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to families in need.”

While extreme weather events put the lives of the most vulnerable children and families at risk, UNICEF supports emergency preparedness efforts throughout the region. “Investing in national capacities to prepare for and respond to climate-related emergencies and provide essential services for children is critical,” added Karin Hulshof.

UNICEF and partners have pre-positioned life-saving supplies in several countries in the Caribbean Basin, including medical kits, educational kits, essential water supplies, sanitation and hygiene materials (such as water tanks, large bottles and water purification tablets), and key equipment such as high-quality tents, which will be deployed as needed.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the second most disaster-prone region in the world. In the Caribbean, 1.9 million people, including half a million children and adolescents, are affected by disasters each yearSmall Island and Developing States in the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to climate shocks due to their small size and extreme exposure to natural hazards, and the effects of climate change.

This year, UNICEF has requested US$12.4 million to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies in Latin America and the Caribbean, including in countries in the Caribbean Basin.

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Inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight arrives for historic Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM 2024) in The Bahamas

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By LINDSAY THOMPSON
Bahamas Information Services

HE Mahamadou Issoufou, former president, Republic of Niger, and Leader of the African Continental Free Trade Area

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Just before 5pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Ethiopian Airlines – a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner — touched down at Jet Aviation bringing 241 delegates for the historic 31st Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM 2024), and the Third Edition of the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF) in the capital.

It was also history in the making for Ethiopian Airlines – its inaugural flight to The Bahamas: touching down under hazy skies and warm conditions indicative of June weather.

On hand for the arrival was the Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Immigration and National Insurance, as well as other officials.

The Department of Immigration and Jet Aviation set up a welcome desk near the tarmac, to allow for a smooth process, and offered water and soft drinks.

Among delegates were His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, Former President, Republic of Niger and Leader of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, former prime minister of Ethiopia; Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson for the African Union Commission/United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; international media, performers and musicians, and other conference participants.

It is the first time AAM will be held in the Caribbean region. The meetings will run June 12 – 14, 2024 at Baha Mar Resort, Cable Beach. The theme for the event is: “Owning Our Destiny: Economic Prosperity on the Platform of Global Africa.”

It is envisioned that the impact of the three-day event will be heightened by the Opening Ceremony, the Presidential Plenary, and high-level panel sessions.

On April 11, 2024, The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) signed an Agreement for The Bahamas to host the 31st Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM) and the third edition of the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF) from 12 – 14 June 2024.

At that signing, Prime Minister Davis underscored the importance of his country hosting the historic meetings.

He said: “Hosting both the AAM and ACTIF demonstrates the determination and commitment of The Bahamas to leverage on the shared history, identities, and cultures of AfriCaribbean nations to forge significantly greater trade, investment, and direct transport linkages.”

Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson for the African Union Commission escorted by Ivan Thompson, Protocol Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs

And added: “Doing so will stimulate economic growth and development, which will feed through to immensely beneficial societal impact. It is also vital that we enhance our global influence by speaking with a unified voice on matters such as securing global action to meaningfully address climate change.”

The focus will be on the emerging neo-protectionism from advanced economies and the need for Africans to pursue self-determination in the context of a global Africa that includes the Caribbean and the Diaspora generally.

The AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF) will be marked by colourful events to celebrate shared AfriCaribbean culture, as well as elevate the essence of the two regions’ shared socio-economic aspirations.

Among the Keynote Speakers are: the Hon Philip Davis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; the Hon Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali, Chairperson of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and President of Guyana; and His Excellency Issoufou, Former President, Republic of Niger and Leader of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Other speakers include Senator the Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of Economic Affairs, The Bahamas; His Excellency Ulrich “Rick” Alexander Fox, Ambassador-at-Large of The Bahamas and CEO of Partanna Global; Dr. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Former Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve, USA; and Mr. Jeannel Wyclef Jean, Musician, Muse IC Incorporated.

(BIS Photos/Mark Ford)

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