Jamaica Targets Diaspora With COVID-19 Telathon

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture and Entertainment is aiming to target the diaspora for help through a fund-raising telethon.The initiative dubbed ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ is geared towards providing additional resources to health services in the wake of COVID-19.The telethon will be launched during a live online performance by Jamaican singer, Christopher Martin, on Sunday, April 5 beginning at 7:00 pm.The ministry said the telethon will be a six-hour live event, featuring performances by some of Jamaica’s leading artistes, which will be streamed live on the VP Records YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/VPRecords).The feed will also be rotated across various regions of the world so that all members of the Diaspora, and other well-wishers will be able to view and make donations, the ministry said.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Oliva Grange noted that proceeds from Telethon Jamaica will be used to provide “much-needed additional resources for our health services including ventilators in hospitals and personal protective equipment for frontline staff”.The minister also thanked members of the entertainment fraternity who have willingly agreed to participate in Telethon Jamaica.“We have always been able to rely on our artistes in times of crises; and I am really grateful for the way they have been responding to our invitation to participate in this life-saving effort,” she said.According to the ministry, ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ was inspired by the new single of the Jamaican Reggae singer, Richie Spice, titled ‘Together We Stand’.The platforms to make donations to ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ are now open.To make a donation, visit www.jatogetherwestand.com or call 1-866-228-8393 toll free from Jamaica, the United States or Canada; or +44 0808 189 6147 from the UK and Europe.last_img read more

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Athletes of Special Olympics BiH won 14 Medals in Austria

first_imgAthletes of Special Olympics of BiH, arrived in Sarajevo after participation in the Winter Olympics in Austria where they won a total of 14 medals.Director Executive of Special Olympics of BiH Kada Delic-Selimovic said that among those 14 medals five are gold, three silver, and six bronze.“When we departed, we said that we are going modestly and now we are proudly back with 14 medals,” said Delic-Selimovic.She especially noted two gold medals of Edna Sunjic in slalom and giant slalom, gold medals of Edita Dikonja and Kristina Klacar in Nordic walking, as well as the gold medal of Andrija Rados in the discipline Super G.Sanela Corovic, Hiba Sultanovic, Radenko Savanovic and Sanela Corovic won silver medals – all in Nordic walking.Winners of bronze medals are Merima Osmanovic – 2 bronze medals in slalom and giant slalom, Spomenko Martinovic in slalom and Radenko Savanovic, Selmedina Berisaj and Hiba Sultanovic in Nordic walking.Delic-Selimovic praised the good organization of the event and expressed the hope that some of the next ones will be held in Sarajevo.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Iowa to launch statewide rape kit tracking system

first_imgDES MOINES — After a recent survey found thousands of sexual assault evidence kits were left untested in Iowa, the state is launching a plan to keep close track of such rape kits in the future.Lynn Hicks, communications director for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, says a sample-tracking software company is being hired to roll out its Track-Kit system to all regions of the state by mid-2020.Hicks says, “Basically, it will follow the rape kits from the time a kit is at the medical facility or hospital and used in an exam, and then all the way through the final disposition of the case.”According to Hicks, the system will connect more than 1,200 users at Iowa medical facilities, law enforcement agencies, crime laboratories, and county attorney’s offices.“Most important, it will allow that sexual assault survivor to be able to get information on the status and location of the kit,” Hicks says, “so they would be able to follow it throughout the process.”A survey in 2017 by the Iowa Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division found more than 4,200 untested rape kits in police departments and sheriff’s offices across Iowa. Efforts are being made, Hicks says, to tackle that backlog, but the new tracking system is also crucial.“We think this is going to be a big step forward,” Hicks says. “This software will increase the accountability and transparency throughout the process and ultimately will empower survivors of sexual assault.”Of the 4,200 untested rape kits found statewide, more than 1,600 have been sent to private labs for testing. From those, Hicks says 235 DNA profiles have been entered into CODIS, the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System. Of those, 127 were hits, or matches to DNA in the database, enabling the information to be forwarded on to prosecutors.last_img read more

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