Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nurse at Syosset Hospital is asking online donors to help her make a difference in the lives of Haitian children by providing them the nutritional staples that they are lacking.Nina Ng, the hospital’s assistant director of nursing, was inspired to take up the cause after she visited Mounia’s Orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, where she noticed the lack of nutritional diversity in the children’s meals during a medical mission trip in 2012. In an effort to introduce a wider range of nutrients that extends beyond the typical rice and pasta-based carbohydrates that make up an average orphan’s food, Ng set up a fundraiser to fund the shipment of more nutritious food.“The fact that they lack certain nutrition stunts their growth, so what we are trying to provide for them is a more steady influx of fruits, vegetables and meats so that they can grow like healthy children,” Ng told CBS New York.To support the mission, she started a GoFundMe fundraiser, aptly titled Passion Project: Haiti, that has so far raised $1,500 of its $8,000 goal. The project sends shipments food such as chicken, eggs mangos, watermelon, spinach and yucca to the 20 to 25 children of Mounia’s Orphanage. Sept. 13 marked the first delivery of $200 worth of food, which included four chickens, 30 eggs, 17 eggplants, 18 oranges, 12 pineapples, and three packs of vegetables, mangos, and cherries.More shipments are being planned. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/f/passionprojecthaiti
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10 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Tourism Minister Edmnd Bartlett. Image via: nationnews.comKINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s position as a leader in the global tourism arena has been further bolstered after the destination was elected to serve in several key leadership positions within the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at the weekend. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett revealed that “Jamaica has been elected to serve as vice president for the 19th General Assembly of the UNWTO now underway in South Korea and as Jamaica’s representative I will again preside over several sessions of the Assembly. It is an honour for Jamaica to serve in this capacity and our selection further underscores our good standing in the international arena and the confidence our counterparts place in Jamaica as a leader within the tourism industry at the global level.”Bartlett is currently attending the 19th General Assembly, which runs from October 8-14. The minister explained that “Jamaica has previously served as vice president of the General Assembly, with the last occasion being when Jamaica was elected to this post during the 18th session of the General Assembly in Astana, Kazakhstan in October 2009. We look forward to serving in this esteemed role once again.” The tourism minister outlined that Jamaica has also been elected to serve on the Committee of Affiliate Members. Bartlett said, “I am extremely pleased that Jamaica has been elected to serve on the Committee of Affiliate Members as this will give us an opportunity to assist in broadening the membership of the UNWTO internationally. Jamaica is the only member from the Americas region on this global committee and we will use this platform to play our role in increasing wide-scale support for the UNWTO and its policies.”Among the critical meetings in which Bartlett will participate during the General Assembly is the Minister’s Roundtable, the meeting of the Commission for the Americas, as well as the meeting of the UNWTO Executive Council. Jamaica assumed its position on the Executive Council in January 2011 and will remain a member until 2013. Jamaica is one of three representatives of the entire Americas region on the body, which in consultation with the Secretary General deliberates on policies and strategies that affect tourism worldwide before making recommendations to the General Assembly for action.The minister explained that “As a member of the Executive Council, Jamaica will continue to offer strong representation for countries in the Americas and deliberate on tourism issues at the global level. We will also continue our drive to boost UNWTO membership within the region.” Meanwhile, Bartlett also praised The Bahamas which, on being nominated by Jamaica, was elected vice chairman of the Commission for the Americas.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Jamaica elected to UNWTO leadership positions by: – October 11, 2011
April 5, 2020 Hagans entering NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans is giving up his last two seasons of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft, saying the time is now to pursue his dream of playing professionally.The 6-foot-3 Hagans was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and became one of the country’s best point guards this past season.He averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals last season, but he also clashed with coach John Calipari. Hagans argued with forward Nick Richards and coach Calipari and reportedly refused to re-enter in the second half of a home loss to Tennessee. Calipari downplayed the incident afterward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Update on the latest sports William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual raceUNDATED (AP) — William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual race in a series put together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped sports.Byron easily captured the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing before the coronavirus pandemic caused sports to shut down.His victory came after he led the most laps in NASCAR’s first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills.The most entertaining part of Sunday’s event was the drivers’ gaming streams, where they argued and complained about one another. Bubba Wallace “rage quit” the game early after an accident and Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson were parked after virtually tangling on track. Associated Press Dempsey set an NFL record that stood for 43 years when he kicked a 63-yard, game-winning field goal for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. It wasn’t until 2013 that Matt Prater of the Broncos broke that record with a 64-yarder in Denver.Dempsey’s success came despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. Dempsey kicked for 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo.His daughter says Dempsey was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and was living in a New Orleans nursing home that was hit hard by the virus.The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-HAGANS-NBA In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Soccer’s 25th season is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, but league officials and coaches still hope the league will be able to get in a full season and with fans in attendance. The league had set a target date for re-starting on May 10, although that now seems unlikely. The anniversary of the first MLS match is Monday.— England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a party involving two sex workers at his home last week, breaking the government’s rules on social distancing. The country is in the middle of a three-week lockdown. The team says it will look into Walker’s conduct.— A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Striker Aleksandar Prijovic pleaded guilty at a video link trial in Belgrade on Saturday. Police had arrested him and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.— Soccer players in Spain are criticizing the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis. The league on Friday said the furloughs were needed because there was no agreement on the size of the salary cuts that players must take to reduce the financial impact of the pandemic. In a statement Sunday, Spain’s players’ association said the league should have created a financial cushion for this period. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. The Hall of Fame has announced that speedy halfback and receiver Bobby Mitchell has died at 84. The Hall of Fame didn’t provide other details.Mitchell spent 11 seasons in the NFL. He played halfback for the Browns from 1958-61 and was a flanker for Washington from 1962-68, becoming the first African American to sign with the Redskins. Mitchell was a three-time All-NFL selection and played in four Pro Bowls.Mitchell ran for 1,462 yards and accumulated over 3,700 total yards over four seasons for a Browns backfield that featured Jim Brown. He immediately became one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers upon arrival in Washington, leading the league with 72 receptions and 1,384 receiving yards in 1962. Mitchell also led the NFL with 1,436 receiving yards in 1963, including a 99-yard touchdown.Mitchell retired with the second-most combined offensive yards and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1983.Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey died late Saturday from what his family described as complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBITSHall of Famer Mitchell, ex-Saints kicker Dempsey dieUNDATED (AP) — A Pro Football Hall of Famer and a record-setting kicker have died this weekend. — Australia’s triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found virtual reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards. The three-time world ironman champion was competing against Jocelyn McCauley of the United States, Canada’s Angela Naeth and Jeanni Seymour of South Africa in the inaugural Ironman VR Pro Challenge women’s race when disaster struck: Her husband tripped over the cord of her smart trainer, disconnecting it and putting her out of the race.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6