By Marcos Ommati / Diálogo April 01, 2020 The U.S. government has mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and is providing substantial foreign assistance. “Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the U.S. private sector, the American people continue to lead in responding to this pandemic,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a press statement released on March 26.Pompeo declared that the $274 million will provide resources to 64 of the world’s most at-risk countries to better combat the pandemic and enable the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees to assist some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.The new amount is in addition to funding the U.S. has already provided to international organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF. U.S. government agencies are prioritizing foreign assistance based on the potential for impact, where the help will be used to scale up communication efforts, water and sanitation, prevent and control infections, manage COVID-19 cases, strengthen laboratories, and more.Below are examples of the specific assistance the United States is providing for Latin America and the Caribbean, which is the region where U.S. Southern Command operates:Haiti: $2.2 million. The United States has invested $1.8 billion in health in Haiti and nearly $6.7 billion in total assistance over the past 20 years.Jamaica: $700,000. This assistance builds upon U.S. investments of nearly $87 million in health and nearly $619 million total over the past 20 years for Jamaica.Paraguay: $1.3 million. United States investment in Paraguay is long-term and includes more than $42 million in health and more than $456 million total over the past 20 years.The Caribbean: $1.7 million for countries in the Eastern Caribbean, which builds upon decades of strategic U.S. investment in the region, including more than $236 million in health and more than $840 million total over the past 20 years.Humanitarian assistance is also being provided to Colombia ($8.5 million) and Venezuela ($9 million). In Colombia, the United States has invested approximately $32.5 million in health over the past 20 years, and nearly $12 billion in total assistance in that same time frame. In Venezuela, the U.S. has invested more than $1.3 million in direct health assistance and more than $278 million in total long-term assistance over the past 20 years.In addition to the March 26 investments announced by Pompeo, two weeks earlier, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which includes $1.3 billion in additional U.S. foreign assistance to help countries around the world respond to the pandemic.Since 2009, American taxpayers have funded more than $100 billion in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance globally.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLawnmowers don’t mow lawns. People mow lawns. But, the lawnmowers make it easier and more likely for lawns to be mowed. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. When the hell are we going to come to our senses? When will we say enough is enough? When will our lawmakers put decency, empathy and common sense before power and money? Enough.Anthony J. SantoRotterdam More from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
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The virus has sent the Hong Kong economy into a tailspin, fuelling a record 8.9 percent contraction in the first three months of the year, with worse expected in the current quarter.”The very real threat now is the return of mass protests to the streets of Hong Kong, a downgrade in trade status with the US and potentially an exit of large companies from the SAR,” said OANDA’s Jeffrey Halley. “Overhanging this, are concerns that China and the United States are about to engage in a new round of trade wars.”The Hang Seng Index fell more than five percent on Friday.Property firms — already under pressure from the virus — were battered in early trade. Sino Land collapsed more than 10 percent, Sun Hung Kai Properties lost 7.8 percent and New World Development dropped 9.8 percent, while Wharf Real Estate Investment shed 9.4 percent.Swire Pacific and CK Asset Holdings were each more than eight percent off.And the picture was no less gloomy for financials, whose profits in the city could be threatened by companies leaving.Market heavyweight HSBC lost 6.9 percent and BOC Hong Kong shed 7.8 percent, while insurance giant AIA was down more than nine percent and China Life dropped 6.8 percent.Subway operator MTR Corp, which was battered during the protests as its stations were targeted by demonstrators, dived nearly 10 percent.The Hong Kong dollar, which has been at the strong end of its trading band with the US dollar for several weeks, also dropped as dealers began selling the unit.”Traders around the world are playing the waiting game to see details of the new Hong Kong law to gauge how severe the terms are,” said Stephen Innes of AxiCorp. “And more specifically, the White House response to decide whether Hong Kong’s special economic status will be affected.”– Bloomberg News contributed to this story –Topics : Plans for the proposal had sparked warnings of “the end of Hong Kong” and fears of further unrest, while the US State Department said the move was “highly destabilising, and would be met with strong condemnation from the United States and the international community”.President Trump promised a response, saying: “I don’t know what it is, because nobody knows yet. If it happens, we’ll address that issue very strongly.”Markets are now worried that the city’s freedoms — unseen on the mainland and protected by an agreement made before Britain handed the territory back in 1997 — could be curtailed. US lawmakers have already passed a law that would strip the city’s preferential trading status in the United States if it no longer enjoys autonomy from the mainland. Real estate companies and financials were among the biggest victims in a stock market sell-off in Hong Kong on Friday after China submitted a security law proposal for the city that has fanned fears of fresh protests.With the economy already on the ropes because of the coronavirus, investors fled for the hills with many worried about Beijing’s increasing influence in the semi-autonomous finance hub and what that could mean for doing business there. At its annual National People’s Congress, China’s lawmakers put forward a proposal to enact new legislation to strengthen “enforcement mechanisms” in Hong Kong, which was rocked last year by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests that crippled the city.
EducationHealthLifestyleLocalNewsPrimary PMH receives solar powered nano grid by: – June 4, 2018 Share Sharing is caring! 149 Views no discussions Share Share The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) now has a solar powered Nanogrid, which has the potential to enhance emergency responses in the event of a natural disaster.Sesame Solar Inc. donated the gird worth one hundred and fifty thousand US dollars (US$150, 000) to the Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday 1 June 2018.Sesame Solar Inc., which is a worldwide provider of turnkey and mobile solar nanogrid, partnered with the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU) to provide the self-contained off-grid power supply to the Hospital.Following Hurricane Maria, WAWU requested assistance from the International Trade Union Confederation for some form of electrification in order that its work could continue.In the process, the Confederation contacted Sesame Solar which agreed to donate this nanogrid to WAWU. “But of course that was too big for us, and we didn’t have a location to put it,” WAWU’s Secrretary/Treasurer, Kertist Augustus stated during the handing over ceremony.After discussions with various ministries, it was decided that the donation would go to the Ministries of Health and Education.“Following further discussions, it was felt that the hospital would do much better with this nanogrid, so therefore we held discussions with the Ministry of Health, and since Sesame Solar was also interested in providing some assistance to schools, we contacted also the Ministry of Education,” Augustus informed.The solar power supply is fully integrated inside an ISO shipping container, and can be easily transported to meet the need for off-grid solar power solutions, and is ideal for disaster recovery, industrial and military applications.“We at WAWU, we are indeed very pleased; we now have this nanogrid that could be used by the Ministry of Health, and more so the Princess Margaret Hospital, in the event that there is any blackout, and then they could utilize the nanogrid to power up the hospital,” Augustus said.He noted that the donation is an extension of WAWU’s responsibility in Dominica as it is interested in helping to develop the country.“This event is a tangible reflection of the forms of assistance that the union can in fact negotiate and sometimes receive and it is going to redound to the benefit of Dominica,” Augustus added.Meanwhile Vice President of Sesame Solar Inc., Jose Juan Garrigo stated that the donation came about with the help of many people in his organization as well as many other organizations that came onboard to assist.“This solar nanogrid allows them to be mobile, allows them to be a perfect solution for when it is a disaster and not only when it is a disaster, but after the disaster,” Garrigo said.After a disaster, Garrigo explained, the nanogrid can assist the hospital in being able to communicate and to know what to do in the case of an emergency.Garrigo added that because of the grid’s mobility and design, it can be used for multiple purposes; “as a classroom, it can be used as an office, and I understand that the hospital is going to use it to connect the network communications for disaster services, but it can be used for many other applications”.DSC_4523 Tweet
“This is a subject matter that has no place in our organization and so the magnitude and the serious nature that we take this allegation is very high,” the GM told reporters after Calgary’s practice.MORE: Akim Aliu describes alleged incident with Bill PetersFlames assistant coach Geoff Ward ran the team’s practice in Buffalo on Tuesday, sparking widespread speculation that Peters had been relieved of his duties. As Aliu shared a more detailed account of his incident with Peters, Treliving said the head coach remained at the team’s hotel while an investigation continues.A statement from #Flames GM Brad Treliving in Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/qcvqZpnjkF— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 26, 2019″We hope to have this completed quickly, but it’s got to be thorough,” Treliving told reporters. “It’s got to be thorough and it’s got to be done correctly and I’m not about to comment on anything halfway through or give tidbits or give soundbites at this point other than to say the serious nature of this is not lost on us. We take it with extreme seriousness and until such time as I personally can talk to all parties involved and everybody we want to as part of this, we’re not going to comment.”The Flames GM said he had spoken at length to both Peters and Aliu as well as other players on that IceHogs team and Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman about the situation, but declined to comment further “until such time that I can put everything together.” Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving told reporters on Tuesday that head coach Bill Peters has not been fired, but an investigation is underway into racist comments he allegedly made to a player he coached with the AHL Rockford IceHogs — a Chicago Blackhawks affiliate — during the 2009-10 season.Treliving said he was made aware of Akim Aliu’s tweet accusing Peters of “drop[ping] the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room” during the Flames’ loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. Treliving called the allegations against Peters “repulsive” and asserted the onus is on him to find out what took place. The Flames GM added that Calgary is currently handling the investigation, not the NHL and that he did not know whether the coach would be behind the bench for Wednesday’s game against the Sabres.”If it comes out that he did do this what’s the next step — I’m not going to speculate,” Treliving said. “My sole purpose here is to find out what’s taken place, get the facts and do that as quickly as possible, but as thorough as possible. And that’s what we’re going to do.”Peters earned his first NHL head coaching job with the Carolina Hurricanes franchise for the 2014-15 season and remained there for four years before Treliving hired him to coach the Flames in April 2018.
Israel responded to the committee vote by saying he will run in 2020 against the appointed Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and will be re-elected for a third time.Acting sheriff Gregory Tony, right, speaks after being introduced by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Fort Lauderdale headquarters, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The Florida Senate Rules Committee voted 9-7 along party lines on Monday night to uphold Governor Ron DeSantis’ removal of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.The vote came after 10 hours of testimony from special investigators, lawyers, and the public.DeSantis suspended Israel in January for his handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre and the 2017 mass shooting at Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.The matter now goes to a vote by the full Senate on Wednesday.
A Florida man fired shots after a dispute over making a sandwich.According to Palm Beach County sheriff officials 18-year-old Destin Garcia, and a co-worker at the Subway inside the Palm Springs, Florida, Walmart got into a dispute on Black Friday over a sandwich. Police say the co-worker made herself a wrap instead of a sandwich and did not pay the difference of about a dollar. Garcia became angry and showed up to the co-worker’s home the next morning.Investigators say Garcia pushed the woman, causing her husband to come outside. He then pulled out a gun and said “Do you think it’s a game?” and fired two shots near the woman’s feet. Police say the couple ran away and Garcia drove off. Garcia is now facing aggravated assault charges with a bail set at $100,000.Subway’s national office has not responded following the incident.
A Los Angeles man is behind bars after police said he kidnapped a woman and kept her in the back of his van which he had converted into a cage.The frightening rescue took place in Alabama and was captured on police body-cam Sunday.The victim suffered more than 30 blows to the head with a tire iron, police said. She is recovering at home.The suspect was identified as Sean Sanders, a homeless man from L.A. with an extensive and violent criminal record, according to police.Police said Sanders had tried to drag the victim into the woods when a witness heard her screams. Sanders then forced the woman into the van and fled. Thankfully, the good Samaritan followed behind and called police.“I didn’t have all the facts. The only thing I did know was that I wasn’t going to let him leave without the police checking it out,” said witness Jay Bostic.Authorities cornered Sanders, but he refused to give up, holding the victim at knife-point in the back of the van. Police eventually Tased Sanders as they pulled the woman to safety.Police report that the back of the vehicle was converted into a cage with wire and blankets covering the windows, and the doors were chained shut.Sanders is behind bars and facing a list of felony charges.
The amphitheater located at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach formerly known as the “Coral Sky Amphitheater” is now named “iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre.”iTHINK Financial announced a multi-year deal with Live Nation to become the new name-in-title-sponsor of the amphitheater on Thursday via Twitter: New Year, NEW NAME, New Shows! Introducing iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds! We’re gearing up for an epic 2020 Concert Season, & we’re proud to be partnering with iTHINK Financial as our new name-in-title sponsor.#iTHINKFiAmp pic.twitter.com/sfDSjtOFuH— iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre (@ithinkfiamp) January 16, 2020