Jamaica to help coordinate Irma relief

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 14, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that Jamaica is to assist with the coordination of relief activities for Caribbean countries affected by the passage of hurricane Irma.He said at the request of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Government activated the Subregional Coordination Centre, which will provide support with rapid damage assessment and procure relief items for the affected states.   The Centre will also make logistical arrangements for transportation of relief and response resources.Minister McKenzie was speaking during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 12).   He informed that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is actively pursuing the deployment of specialist teams for rapid needs assessment for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and The Bahamas.    This includes members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA) and other technical-support partners.He further informed that ODPEM is facilitating the movement of humanitarian workers, including a United Nations 16-member team, to the TCI and procuring and transporting relief to the TCI and The Bahamas, which includes emergency roofing supplies, water, hygiene kits and food items.In addition, the Local Government Minister said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been working with the high commission office in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the consulate in TCI and community leaders in the affected territories in order to ascertain the number of Jamaicans affected by the disaster, and their immediate needs.He informed that the Jamaican High Commissioner in Trinidad has deployed an officer to Antigua to meet with Jamaicans affected by the hurricane, at a reception centre set up by CDEMA at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua.“The Government is looking at the possibility of sending a delegation to at least have a first-hand look at what has taken place in the region and to offer much closer assistance and contact with our Jamaican nationals in these respective areas,”  Mr. McKenzie said.Meanwhile, in response to a question from Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Morais Guy, Minister McKenzie told the House that the Government is looking into the possibility of bringing back those Jamaicans, who are desirous of returning to the island.“Based on what has taken place so far, it is difficult to find almost everybody.    A proper assessment has to be done.    There are many islanders who sound like Jamaicans, and you don’t want to take the wrong person,” he said.“It is only fair that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, working through CDEMA, that some time is given to facilitate the information, so that the kind of decision that will be made will be one that will satisfy everybody.    We have been in contact with a number of individuals and already efforts are being made to ensure that that is done,” the Local Government Minister added.Jamaica has also launched an Irma Relief Fund at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Oxford Road in the name of ODPEM Donation.    Persons can make donations to the account number 212387304.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Jack Boyle

first_img(NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Chris GreccoIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Graham SmithIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Riley ZayaIn “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — This is the seventh in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Jack BoyleBeginning his baseball career on the small diamond at the North and ending it on the North’s Big diamond, Jack Boyle played all 10 years he was eligible for Wilmington Little League. From the Rookie Cyclones to the Senior Astros, Jack is the embodiment of a Little Leaguer, playing at all levels and on all fields.Although he might not have been the biggest or fastest player, that did not deter him from finding success. Over the course of his WLL career he played for his father every single season except one, where he played for Coach Fred Russell. Jack may be the ultimate coaches kid, but he is much more than that. He is an intelligent, versatile player who not only loved to play but spent hours watching and going to games. Over the years, Jack has developed into an outstanding defensive outfielder.  However, whenever a need arose Jack would step in and play any position (excluding catcher). If a coach needed a position filled Jack eagerly volunteered and filled in. There was never a position he would not try for the good of the team. As he got older he became like a coach on the field but never lost the joy of just playing the game.Jack’s first season of WLL, Rookie Cyclones, he played for his father and Cliff Lord. When he hit the diamond it was not like it was the first time he played baseball.  Jack had been playing catch, running bases and hitting since he was in diapers. He was fortunate to play every position for the Cyclones and turned an unassisted triple play while playing pitcher. It was his basic knowledge of the game that helped understand how to turn it. No one understood what happened and stood around not knowing what to do.  Jack continued his career with the Rookie Avalanche, Single A Astros, and finally the AA Giants, before heading to the Majors.Jack was drafted by the Indians as an 11 year old and spent 2 seasons playing for Coach Fred Russell and coaches Jim Boyle and Joe Aucoin.  A defensive stalwart, Jack played 2B and CF for the Indians. One highlight as a 11 year old, were all the walk off wins. Especially the walk off homerun hit by teammate Scott Edwards.  A disappointing end to his first season was a first round loss to the Tigers. This helped motivate Jack into his final Major season. That final season brought several outstanding wins and was highlighted by a Web Gem catch in CF vs the Orioles. Helping the Indians advance to the Semifinals of the playoffs, an improvement from his first year, also stands out. Jack played on the Indians with future Wildcats Riley Zaya and Jarred Aucoin. He really enjoyed hanging out at Rotary and watching his friends play.After completing his Majors career, Jack went on to play four years on the big diamond. It was on the big diamond that he began to focus on becoming an outfielder. He was part of the first group of Juniors to play cross town games vs North Reading, Stoneham and Woburn. He enjoyed traveling to compete against a new set of opponents. Along with the spring teams, Jack played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams in the summer. He was also a integral part of the first Wilmington Middle School team and helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs.   The highlight of his summer WLL career was playing on the 2016 Northeast team which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship.This will be Jack’s first year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the past three years. He played four years on the WHS Varsity Golf team and two years on the WHS Basketball team.Jack’s family has been an essential part of his baseball career. His mother Kelli, enjoyed watching him play for his dad. Going to Rotary Park, sitting out on the picnic table in left center field, and watching the games is also another memory of hers. For father Jim, there are too many memories to mention however, getting the opportunity to coach Jack for ten years has to be his favorite.Jack will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall to study business, where he will be joining his sister Amanda.last_img read more

Grab ecofriendly flags this IDay

first_imgWith the ban on plastic in the national Capital, the manufacturers of Tricolour have created eco-friendly flags in order to celebrate the country’s Independence responsibly. According to traders at Sadar Bazar, the business of small flags is at an all time high as people love to display them on Independence Day.“These flags are made of paper and a layer of varnish has been applied to ensure its shine. These flags can be easily decomposed in soil in a couple of days,” said Chaman Gupta, a flag manufacturer at Sadar Bazar. The flags will fully decompose in soil in two to four days, he said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIUsing Tricolour, the manufacturers have created over hundred items like bands, caps, pens, cross flags, T-shirts, badges, map of India, medal, pen stand, watch and Angrakha.“This year we have seen a big jump in demand. People have realised the importance of the national flag and proudly display it publicly,” added Gupta.“It has now taken the form of fashion. The business this time has increased manifold.  Vendors and shopkeepers earn handsome profits. Besides, we get bulk orders from government offices, schools, children and RWAs for these flags to hold Independence Day functions,” said Anil Gupta, another manufacturer in the area.It is pertinent to mention that the central government had imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of plastic national flags as they pollute the environment and sometimes found under the feet of pedestrians.last_img read more

This Flying Vehicle Could One Day Be Your Uber

first_img With every passing year, we grow more disappointed by the fact that science fiction hasn’t come true, and we still aren’t riding around in flying cars. But maybe it’s time to re-evaluate what a flying car would actually look like.German startup Volocopter (formerly E-Volo) has been developing drone-like VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles for the better part of a decade, and this week at CES, the electric-powered Volocopter 200VC took its first autonomous flight in North America at CES in Las Vegas. During Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote address, Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter joined him onstage to announce a partnership between the two companies and kick off the flight demonstration. Related: Check Out the Coolest Cars and Concept Vehicles at CES 2018Last year, automotive corporation Daimler invested $30 million in Volocopter after a succesful test flight in Dubai and the launch of an autonomous air taxi testing program with the city. The partnership with Intel serves to bolster Volocopter’s safety and data processing.Volocopter is not the only air taxi at CES. Workhorse Group is also showcasing its SureFly “octocopter” at the show, and Bell Helicopter unveiled an “air taxi” in partnership with Uber.Volocopter flying in front of a huge audience on the stage of @ParkTheaterLV during the @intel keynote here at #CES 2018! #futurenow #allin #volocopter pic.twitter.com/spJKDVPw0m— Volocopter (@volocopter) January 9, 2018Krzanich himself flew in a more advanced model of the Volocopter, the 2X, in Munich, Germany, last month. Watch his ride in the video below.  Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals January 10, 2018 2 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more