Organizations around the globe have always been looking for ways to give back. In the present, many have been inspired by the events of the ongoing pandemic and a commitment to uplifting disenfranchised members of the community. Groups that have had prior experience organizing humanitarian efforts serve as a blueprint for these organizations.Mission E4 stands out as one such group. Utilizing its commitment to scripture and a firm dedication to the people, members work to positively impact Haitian communities. In 2020, the organization completed work on a temporary school in Baussan, Haiti- and Mission E4 has its sights set on launching additional schools in 2021.Mission E4’s GoalAs is the case for most organizations that perform mission trips, Mission E4 uses scripture as the primary inspiration of its work. Ephesians 4:11-13 stands out as the passage most central to the organization’s message.“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. “Mission E4’s leaders share the meaning of the scripture with each of its one-week visitors, maintaining that “God calls all Christians to be missionaries”.In upholding this message, they realized just how willing team members are to drop denominational boundaries to focus on sharing the Gospel of Jesus and helping individuals currently in need. Assisting the local church in its efforts to equip God’s people for service, instill maturity in believers, and bring unity, continues to serve as the main theme and call of Mission E4. Commitment to these values allow Mission E4’s team to provide the assistance necessary to bring sustainable change.What Have Mission E4’s Haitian School Programs Accomplished?Since its founding in 2005, Mission E4 has completed crucial infrastructural work for the people of Haiti through its mission trips. Mission E4 currently has ten elementary schools, a high school, and a trade school located in Haiti, with over 3000 children being served between these facilities. The organization also provides access to employment opportunities for over 200 full-time indigenous workersMuch work has been done to further improve facilities completed by the organization as well. This includes the construction of new bathrooms with improved handwashing stations at five schools, a new generator and trash incinerator at Mission E4’s Leogane campus, and vast improvements to its orphanages in Batso, Fauche, and Leogane, Haiti.Mission E4 Board Member, Ed Rarick, speaks to the scope of the improvements the organization has made between his first mission trip in October 2010 and his seventh in April of 2020.Rarick’s first trip was just months after the devastating earthquake that had an estimated death toll of 250,000. Unfortunately, the earthquake effected millions more. He recalls that many people were living in tents due to the destruction of their homes, and that there was a lack of potable water, toilets, and electricity throughout the region that he visited.Scott Long, Mission E4’s late co-founder, spoke with Rarick about the organization’s goal of bringing sustainable improvements to Haiti- both for its team members and individuals in the communities that they serve.As of 2020, Long made good on those promises of helping to bring sustainable development to the region. Mission teams now stay at the Mission E4 Administrative Campus, in buildings that contain showers and toilets. A garbage incinerator is scheduled to be operational in a few months, ensuring that Mission E4 can effectively dispose of trash. In addition, the organization has completed development on several schools and facilities since Ed Rarick’s first visit.Mission E4 recognizes the impact that widespread hunger has on the communities it serves and has worked to improve the public’s access to hot meals as a crucial part of missionary work. Morning and evening meals are served by the staff of Christella’s Restaurant, a woman that grew up in Mission E4’s girls’ orphanage. She manages the restaurant, which provides jobs for as many as 15 community members during its peak times, serving both missionaries and members of the public.Looking to the FutureMission E4 continues to embody the philosophy that inspired the organization since the beginning. To this point, the group continues to look to ways that it can make practical improvements to aid the Haitian community.Currently, Mission E4 is dedicated to several projects that will continue to build upon the foundation it has laid in the time since its founding in 2005.One such development is the goal of completing a permanent school building in Lafferonay, Haiti. This is a major undertaking by the organization, and its team will collaborate with the mission’s Haitian workers to ensure the project is completed in 2021. Mission E4 is also working towards completing development on four new elementary schools this year, one of which has recently launched.Perhaps the largest project that Mission E4 currently has in development is the construction of a new church across from its Administrative Center. This church is being paid for and built by members of the community that Mission E4 has continued to serve for 16 years. By buying the land, the materials, and facilitating construction, the community is proudly showing that Scott Long’s vision is still in motion.The organization acknowledges that there is still much work to do, both in Haiti and at Massachusetts-based ministries that require assistance. Fortunately, a variety of organizations are seeing the importance of assisting communities local and abroad with the wide range of challenges that exist in the present. The organization maintains that with a strong mission, a commitment to goals, and a dedication to the work, groups just getting started can bring positive change.
UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 StumbleUpon Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director August 6, 2020 Related Articles Share SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels June 25, 2020 Share Submit The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has become the latest sporting body to confirm that, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, British greyhound racing is to move behind closed doors at all licensed stadia in England.At the time of writing, the decision does not affect racing at Shawfield, as a result of the stadium being under Scottish Parliament’s jurisdiction.The decision follows further discussions with veterinary experts and representatives from across the industry, taking into account the most recent advice from the UK government and Public Health England on this rapidly evolving situation.Managing Director of GBGB, Mark Bird, said of the announcement: “These are uncertain and unprecedented times and our utmost priority is always the welfare and care of the greyhounds at the centre of our sport. We are likewise mindful of the health and wellbeing of everyone associated with British greyhound racing and of course our wider social responsibility to help minimise the transmission and impact of COVID-19.“As a sport, we have therefore taken the collective decision to move all racing behind closed doors from today across our licensed stadia in England. We believe that this is the best way of the sport continuing to operate safely and successfully for the moment; minimising risk but maintaining the cashflow that is essential to everyone’s livelihoods and to the care of our greyhounds.“Likewise, after Saturday this week, all open racing will be suspended temporarily to reduce the need for travelling between stadia. We will be working alongside track owners and promoters to support those most affected by this, with greyhounds being entered into graded races where possible in the short term.“These measures will help to safeguard the welfare of our greyhounds by ensuring that, although behind closed doors, racing continues wherever possible at this stage.“However, as the situation develops at pace, we are also continuing to put in place contingencies and ring-fencing funds to support those working in the sport, should racing eventually need to pause altogether. We will be joining other industries in urging the government to widen the financial support for businesses and the self-employed in case of this eventuality.”
CEOs Know Campaign: Tourism Sector is Attractive for Foreign Direct InvestmentTsabeng Nthite – “There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism.Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998).Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South AfricaSouth Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences. Stunning as the coastline and the game parks are, there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region. Ntshona says however that ‘South Africa is more than just the 3 Bs (the beach, the berg and the bush),’ – stating that the country’s secret weapon is its diversity and people.“I am constantly inspired about how South Africa fights above its weight. South African’s are ambitious, driven and passionate people. We are a diverse people who love out country, and our space and we want to share our hoe with the world for them to be part of our ever growing story,” concluded Ntshona.And it’s not just South Africa – the entire continent is set for a tourism boon. Speaking at the launch of Indaba in 2017, Africa’s top travel trade show, Ntshona predicted that Africa would be the new tourism frontier. He reported that the continent had an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by 13%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Bollywood actor Angad Bedi has denied drawing inspiration from former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his role in the web series Inside Edge. Bedi is playing a role of a captain, who is upright and honest.Inside Edge revolves around a cricket team franchise — Mumbai Mavericks — playing in the Powerplay League T20 league. The 10 episode show is about conflicts, sex, money, and power.Speaking exclusively to IndiaToday.in, Bedi said his cricketing background helped him fit into the character and he drew inspiration from his father and former India captain, Bishan Singh Bedi.Here are the excerpts from the interview.Jepher C Nickels: You are playing a cricket captain in Inside Edge. Having been so closely associated with the IPL, was it difficult to not draw inspiration from some real-life cricketers?Angad Bedi: Honestly, when I am playing any character, I don’t like drawing inspiration from anyone becuse in the mind if you start thinking of anybody else then there is a tendency for the human mind to make you start acting like that particular person.JCN: A lot of fans feel your character bears some resemblance to MS Dhoni. Was that intentional or did that come about because you have seen him from such close quarters?Bedi: The good part has been my cricket background has helped. I have a fair enough understanding of the game and know a players’ body language all that helped. No resemblance to MS Dhoni or any other cricketer.In fact if there is any inspiration it’s from Bishan Bedi, my father. I play a character who is very honest and upright individual. If you are thinking of MS Dhoni, it’s not. My father captained India for 5 years, he played international cricket for 17 years. The way he led his life, the way he stood up for what is right. He was quite honest, he was heard the most. I drew inspiration from that perspective.advertisementJCN: Your dad is a cricket legend. How has he enjoyed watching you play a cricketer?Bedi: I played age group cricket. But I wanted to be an actor. I used to bowl left-arm spin, but obviously to bowl like him nobody can do. I had my own style. I have a fair bit of understanding as to what fitness levels are required, what kind of body language cricketers should have. All those things came kind of organically to me.JCN: As an IPL host, have you ever noticed any fallouts or problems affecting teams from close quarters? Did those memories help you shape your character?Bedi: No, not at all. This is all fictional. There could be some similarities with the Indian Premier League but it’s a complete work of fiction. When I hosted the IPL, we didn’t get so close to the players, team owners or establishments. We just did our job.
An estimated 500,000 newborn lives have been saved and 100 million women and their newborns protected from the deadly disease, maternal and newborn tetanus, thanks to a ten-year long partnership between Pampers and UNICEF that helped achieve this milestone.Video: Pampers UNICEF 10 Year AnniversaryThe partners marked the tenth anniversary of their work today by celebrating the contributions of their joint effort that has helped in the elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus in 17 countries, with the success of the ‘1 Pack = 1 Vaccine’ initiative.Long-standing spokesperson for the 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine campaign, Emma Bunton, united with Pampers and UNICEF during a global summit in New York to celebrate the progress for mothers and babies as a result of the partnership.At the event, Emma reflected on the decade-long initiative and invited everyone to mark the 10th anniversary by resolving to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus entirely.“Working with the people who have been instrumental in the success of this partnership, and meeting some of the mothers and babies who have enjoyed better, healthier lives as a result of the initiative has been an unforgettable experience,” said former Spice Girl Emma Bunton.The 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine campaign has combined two components that are essential to defeating a disease like maternal and newborn tetanus: Raising funds, and raising profile.“The partnership between Pampers and UNICEF has resulted in much greater awareness of maternal and newborn tetanus.” said Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “It will take even more commitment and investment, but we can and must accelerate elimination efforts in the remaining 21 countries where the key challenge remains universal access to life saving interventions, including maternal and newborn tetanus vaccines.”And although much has already been achieved, there is more work to be done, as maternal and newborn tetanus still threatens the lives of 71 million women and their newborns.Sirma Umur, Pampers VP babycare E-IMEA says “We continue to partner with UNICEF to help protect the world’s babies against this deadly disease and invite everyone to join us in our 10th anniversary wish to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus entirely.”Tetanus is caused by bacteria that live in soil. Newborns are often infected as a result of unhygienic birth practices, such as cutting the umbilical cord with un-sterile instruments or handling it with dirty hands. Once contracted, there is no real cure. Nearly all babies who contract tetanus die, unless they receive treatment.The true extent of the newborn tetanus death toll is not fully known, since the population at the highest risk of contracting the disease tends to live in rural areas with little or no access to health care services or education.Newborn tetanus can be prevented through a simple vaccination given to pregnant women and women of a child-bearing age, to protect both the woman and her unborn child during this vulnerable period. Following administration of the tetanus vaccine to a pregnant mother, the antibodies pass across the placenta to her foetus.World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF recommend three appropriately spaced doses of the tetanus vaccine in order to ensure long-lasting immunity. After two doses, a woman who is vaccinated before she gives birth will be protected against the disease for three years. After three doses she will be protected for five years, and in both cases, will share her protection with her baby for the first two months of life
WASHINGTON – Unwilling to yield, President Donald Trump and China’s government escalated their trade clash Friday, with Beijing vowing to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump follows through on threats to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods.Trump made his out-of-the-blue move when China threatened to retaliate for the first round of tariffs planned by the United States. But for someone who has long fashioned himself as a master negotiator, Trump left it unclear whether he was bluffing or willing to enter a protracted trade war pitting the world’s two biggest economies against each other, with steep consequences for consumers, businesses and an already shaken stock market.“They aren’t going to bully him into backing down,” said Stephen Moore, a former Trump campaign adviser who is now a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He said the Chinese “are going to have to make concessions — period.”The White House sent mixed signals on Friday as financial markets slid from investor concern about a significant trade fight. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC he was “cautiously optimistic” that the U.S. and China could reach an agreement before any tariffs are implemented but added, “there is the potential of a trade war.”White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters the U.S. was “not in a trade war,” adding, “China is the problem. Blame China, not Trump.”Trump’s latest proposal intensified what was already shaping up to be the biggest trade battle for more than a half century. The U.S. bought more than $500 billion in goods from China last year and now is planning or considering penalties on some $150 billion of those imports. The U.S. sold about $130 billion in goods to China in 2017 and faces a potentially devastating hit to its market there if China responds in kind.Global financial markets have fallen sharply as the world’s two biggest economies squared off — the Dow Jones industrial average sank 572 points Friday.Trump told advisers Thursday he was unhappy with China’s decision to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U.S. move this week to impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods.Rather than waiting weeks for the U.S. tariffs to be implemented, Trump backed a plan by Robert Lighthizer, his trade representative, and was encouraged by Peter Navarro, a top White House trade adviser, to seek the enhanced tariffs, upping the ante.White House chief of staff John Kelly and Mnuchin concurred with the move, as did Kudlow, who travelled with the president to West Virginia.China said negotiations were impossible under the circumstances but Trump officials said the president and his team remained in contact with President Xi Jinping and expressed hope to him of resolving the dispute through talks. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the two sides remained in “routine contact.”In Beijing, a Commerce Ministry spokesman said China doesn’t want a trade war — but isn’t afraid to fight one.“If the U.S. side announces the list of products for $100 billion in tariffs, the Chinese side has fully prepared and will without hesitation counterattack with great strength,” spokesman Gao Feng said. He gave no indication what measures Beijing might take.Trump has also pushed for a crackdown on China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property, and he criticized the World Trade Organization, an arbiter of trade disputes, in a tweet Friday for allegedly favouring China. Trump asserted the WTO gives the Asian superpower “tremendous perks and advantages, especially over the U.S.”U.S. officials have played down the threat of a broader trade dispute, saying a negotiated outcome is still possible. But economists warn that the tit-for-tat moves bear the hallmarks of a classic trade rift that could keep growing. Worry is intensifying among Republicans, who traditionally have favoured liberalized trade.“The administration needs to be thinking about the unintended consequences and what are those ripple effects, those domino effects, and what are the retaliatory actions that are likely to be taken,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the Senate’s No. 3 Republican, in an interview with KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls.The standoff over the trade penalties began last month when the U.S. slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. China countered by announcing tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. products. The next day, the United States proposed the $50 billion in duties on Chinese imports, and Beijing lashed back within hours with a threat of further tariffs of its own.Further escalation could be in the offing. The U.S. Treasury is working on plans to restrict Chinese technology investments in the United States. And there’s talk that the U.S. could also put limits on visas for Chinese who want to visit or study in this country.Kudlow told reporters the U.S. may provide a list of suggestions to China “as to what we would like to have come out of this,” and those issues were under discussion.“Negotiations are better than tariffs,” Kudlow said. “A solution in the next three months would be better than anything. I think that’s eminently doable.” He added: “But Trump is not just using tariffs as a negotiating card. He said that to me.”For Trump, the dispute runs the risk of blunting the economic benefits of his tax overhaul, which is at the centre of congressional Republicans’ case for voters to keep them in power in the 2018 mid-term elections. China’s retaliation so far has targeted Midwest farmers, including growers of soybeans, corn and wheat. That could specifically harm core Trump supporters.“With respect to the Trump administration, its political success will rise and fall with the economy,” Kudlow said. “And the economy is doing rather well now and I expect it to do even better.”___Associated Press writers Gillian Wong and Henry Hou in Beijing, and Jill Colvin, Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report.__On Twitter follow Ken Thomas at https://twitter.com/KThomasDC
PHILADELPHIA – Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He said he hopes to meet with the two men in the next couple of days and apologize face to face. A company spokesman said the men have agreed to a meeting with Johnson, but it was not immediately known when it would take place.“I’d like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through,” said Johnson, who has been CEO for about a year. Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes “something productive for the community” can come out of such a meeting.The incident is a major blow to Starbucks’ image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighbourhood hangouts where anyone is welcome. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.And on Monday morning, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” A Starbucks regional vice-president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down.“We don’t want this Starbucks to make any money today. That’s our goal,” said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest’s organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police.Officials have said the officers were told the men had asked to use the store’s restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything, and they refused to leave.Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong. A white man identified as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe arrives and tells the officers the two men were waiting for him. An officer says the men were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing.“Why would they be asked to leave?” Yaffe says. “Does anybody else think this is ridiculous? It’s absolute discrimination.”A woman can be heard in the video saying “they didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who met with Johnson on Monday, said the city will review its guidelines on how to respond to future requests for police assistance.Police haven’t announced the names of the men, who were released after the district attorney’s office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed.Asked if the incident was a case of racism, Johnson responded: “Starbucks was built around the concept of a third place where we create a warm and welcoming environment for all customers. What I do know is that did not happen in this instance. And that is what we’re focused on.”Philadelphia-born comedian Kevin Hart had taken to Twitter on Monday to vent about the arrests, saying the company failed to take advantage of an opportunity to call out racial profiling. He says the employee who called police should have been fired.On Sunday he tweeted, “Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now. Please make this situation right.”Seattle-based Starbucks had posted a statement on Twitter over the weekend about the arrests, followed by an apology from Johnson.“Every company makes mistakes, but great companies are the ones that learn from those mistakes and take appropriate action,” Johnson said Monday. “And that’s exactly what I intend to do. We’re reviewing all aspects of this.”_____Pisani reported from New York.
LISBON, Portugal — While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly capturing control of the bloc’s critical energy and transport infrastructure, one of western Europe’s smallest economies is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.Chinese President Xi Jinping is due in Portugal on Tuesday for a 24-hour state visit. The Portuguese government hopes Beijing will invest in the country’s biggest Atlantic port and help expand national energy company Energias de Portugal overseas.France and other EU countries, and the European Commission, have deep misgivings about Portugal possibly signing up to China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative that seeks to link Asia to Europe, saying Beijing’s strategy could help fracture the EU.But Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva says Portugal is “very interested” in the multibillion-dollar infrastructure loan scheme.The Associated Press
India International Centre is coming up with an exhibition of Kanthas from the late 19th century till pre-independence; and contemporary Kantha created in the 1990s initiated by the renowned sculptor, late Meera Mukherjee. Titled ‘The Needle Reverence’ – a story stitched by the thrift of Bengali women, the art show will feature collection of Siddhartha Tagore and Mahesh Naithani as well as Meera Mukherjee’s kanthas from the collection of Dolly Narang. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo be inaugurated on April 3, at 5:30, by Jasleen Dhamija, veteran historian on Indian textiles, the exhibition is organised to honour Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. It will be on view from April 4 to 12, 11 am to 7 pm daily at the Art Gallery, IIC Annexe, New Delhi. A creation that started as a way to make life more comfortable has overtime developed into a more detailed and amplified Kantha tradition. Most Kanthas were made by illiterate rural women who would stitch stories into the quilts. Conventionally, these women used a simple running stitch and basic embroidery techniques to create quilts in addition to embroidered cloths for their homes with running stitches along the edges. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor generations of Bengali women, the technique of the age old craft were and still are being passed down from mother to daughter. These women would often personalise their work by either putting their name on it or by illustrating their relationship with the person for whom the gift was intended. As has been stated in the book ‘The Scared Textiles of India’, kanthas are as diverse as there have been women designing and embroidering them. Subsequently, the craft took a backbench, like many Indian handicrafts. In the 18th and 19th century the East India Company ruled a considerable section of the country. Though Kantha continued to be practised amongst rural women, the recognition of the craft faded as by then England was printing its own Indian textiles, with machinery and newly developed synthetic dyes. In the post-independence period, there were many a great attempts to revitalize and restore the dying craft with a new life. And now for decades the embroidery craft has been a source of economic independence for rural women. A revolutionary for Kantha today, Shamlu Dudeja took a great initiative in the early ’80s to empower women. Dudeja has worked to incorporate Kantha in today’s market with home decor, urban furnishing and clothing such as sarees. She points out that “creating new Kantha means lots of experimentations and payment to the artists, especially from the semi urban areas”. Kantha embroidery is a popular force even in the fashion world now. With designers displaying beautiful works with a contemporary flair. Kantha has been around for ages however, there is a growing need to maintain its authenticity. Although, a great boon to the handloom sector, which is now the second largest employer in rural India, some fear that with the profit oriented markets, the age old Indian heritage of hand weaving communities may lose their genuineness. The exhibition at IIC is organised in collaboration with MATI – Management of Art Treasures of India; with the support of Art Konsult; The Village Gallery; and Art and Deal Magazine.