Nathan Ebanks Foundation’s Expo to Focus on Disaster Preparedness and Disabled Persons

first_img She noted that the emphasis is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to build the capacity of vulnerable persons within the society to cope with the impacts of climate change-related hazards and other shocks. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Marsha Henry-Martin, has welcomed the focus of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation (NEF) on the issue of disaster preparedness and the impact on the disabled community, through the staging of its annual fair and expo. Story Highlights “The Ministry… has continually maintained the concept of inclusion as a primary consideration, especially in times of emergencies,” she noted.center_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Marsha Henry-Martin, has welcomed the focus of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation (NEF) on the issue of disaster preparedness and the impact on the disabled community, through the staging of its annual fair and expo.She noted that the emphasis is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to build the capacity of vulnerable persons within the society to cope with the impacts of climate change-related hazards and other shocks.“The Ministry… has continually maintained the concept of inclusion as a primary consideration, especially in times of emergencies,” she noted.“We must continue to raise awareness among persons with disabilities on disaster management plans at the local level and enhance the capacity of aid workers on the needs of persons with disabilities in humanitarian actions,” she added.Mrs. Henry-Martin was delivering the keynote address at the media launch of the NEF’s third annual Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair on Wednesday (April 10) at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, St. Andrew.Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Marsha Henry-Martin, delivering the keynote address at the media launch of the third annual Nathan Ebanks Foundation’s (NEF) Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair on Wednesday (April 10), at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, St. Andrew. This year’s event will focus on climate change, disaster preparedness and resilience for persons with disabilities, particularly children and the elderly.Co-founder and President of the Foundation, Christine Staple-Ebanks, said while natural disasters and emergencies affect everyone, the community of persons with disabilities and special needs is severely impacted by these events.“This is compounded by factors such as reliance on a wheelchair, accessible transportation and communication. All of these can be compromising for persons with disabilities and their families in emergency situations,” she noted.“The evidence shows that persons with disabilities are often among the first victims of natural disasters as early warning systems may fail to reach them in time. Persons with physical disabilities such as blindness, hearing impairment/ deafness, or wheelchair users might not be able to act on the warnings quickly enough,” she said further.Mrs. Staple-Ebanks said that raising awareness through public education campaigns and informing disaster preparedness and emergency management planning for persons with disability, should be a priority.To this end, she said that the Foundation has established partnerships with several national emergency agencies, among them the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).The Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair will be staged at two venues this year – Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on May 25 and at the Alpart Sports Club in St. Elizabeth on July 4.The theme is ‘Encourage, Enable, Include Me’, with the subtheme ‘Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management for Persons with Disabilities’.Activities will include disaster preparedness talks and drills; health checks (blood pressure, cholesterol and dental); developmental and educational screenings; and sports and recreation. Families will be connected to support services and provided with information on early detection and childhood intervention, among other things.The second edition of the Children and Special Needs Resource Guide, focused on disaster preparedness and emergency management for persons with disabilities, will be launched.NEF is a registered Jamaican non-profit organisation that works for inclusion, and participation and empowerment of children with disabilities and special needs.The staging of the annual expo and fair seeks to bring together products and services for children, families and the special needs community, engage stakeholders and facilitate networking in an all-inclusive setting.last_img read more

Ocean Yield Cancels Third LEG at Sinopacific

first_imgzoom Norwegian ship owner Ocean Yield ASA has reached an agreement to cancel the final of three newbuilding Liquefied Ethylene Gas (LEG) carriers which were ordered from China’s shipbuilder Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering in May 2014.Ocean Yield has paid USD 16.2 million in pre-delivery instalments to the shipyard, which is secured by bank guarantees.“These funds shall be repaid to the company with 5% interest upon cancellation of the shipbuilding contract. Funds repaid will be re-invested into new projects” Ocean Yield said.The company added that the cancellation is not expected to have any material accounting effect in the fourth quarter.The cancellation was a result of the negotiations which were undertaken by the parties after Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering filed for receivership in August 2016.The first vessel under the contract is expected to be delivered towards the end of October 2016 and will thereafter enter into its long term charter with Hartmann/SABIC, while the second vessel is expected to join its owner on July 1, 2017.Sumec Marine Co. Ltd. will finance and finalise the construction of the second vessel at the Dayang Shipyard.Scheduled for 15-year “hell and high water” bareboat charters to the German Hartmann Group, the 36,000 cbm vessels have 10-year sub-charters to SABIC Petrochemicals B.V.Ocean Yield said that the bareboat charter and the sub-charter contract have been amended accordingly.last_img read more

JD SCOTT OF HGTVS PROPERTY BROTHERS REVEALS BATTLE WITH MYSTERY ILLNESS

first_imgDrew Scott (left to right), Jonathan Scott, JD Scott and Annalee Belle are shown in a handout photo from the episode of Property Brothers: Forever Home. JD Scott, the older brother of renovation twins Drew and Jonathan Scott, says he’s recovering from a debilitating illness that mystified doctors for over a year, and had him believing he was on the verge of death. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-HGTV-Dennys Ilic The 43-year-old says it all started with strange symptoms that included intense heat sensitivity and fatigue. That had doctors thinking it was lupus, then a brain aneurysm, and then possibly two brain aneurysms.In the meantime, the Las Vegas-based Scott says he couldn’t venture far from home and could only work for about 15 minutes at a time. He often wore a cooling vest that pumped ice water to keep his temperature down.Eventually, a medical doctor who was also an expert in holistic medicine diagnosed a severe gastrointestinal infection. Scott says he began to feel better within days of starting antibiotics and a restricted diet that cut out wheat, dairy, gluten, soy and sugar.Scott, who appears on the finale of the HGTV series “Property Brothers: Forever Home” on Monday, says it’s been a month since his treatment and that he’s starting to feel like himself again.“The world and life works in mysterious ways. I’m so grateful for this one right here because I wouldn’t have made it,” Scott says while gesturing to a teary Belle.The couple, who got engaged in October, assured fans that Scott appears to have turned a corner after months of “having to live like a bubble boy.”“I felt at times recently like I did before this all started over a year ago. To me that’s huge progress,” says Scott, who has also appeared in the twins’ HGTV series, “Brother Vs. Brother.”Scott says he was actually sick during the filming of Monday’s episode of “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” even though it may not be apparent to viewers.In that finale episode, the twins embark on a full-scale renovation of their big brother’s Las Vegas home, with help from their father.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement TORONTO – The older brother of renovation twins Drew and Jonathan Scott says he’s recovering from a debilitating illness that mystified doctors for over a year, and had him believing he was on the verge of death.The Vancouver-born JD (James Daniel) Scott details his health struggle in a video posted to Instagram, occasionally tearing up with his equally emotional fiancee Annalee Belle at his side. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more