Slum Upgrading Programme to Address Social Needs

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerUnited Nations Habitat Coordinator in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Alicia Smith, said the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) will also address the social needs of residents. She was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Wednesday, January 21, at the agency’s head office in Kingston. RelatedPhase 2 of UN Habitat’s Slum Upgrading Project to be Launched Slum Upgrading Programme to Address Social NeedsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedOld Porus Road to be Rehabilitated Story HighlightsThe Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), being implemented by the Government, will improve the housing infrastructure within informal communities while also addressing the social needs of residents.The Government is set to launch Phase Two of the programme, which will run from January to September 2015. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) has provided US$125,000 to undertake the second phase, which will involve action planning and programme document formulation.center_img The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), being implemented by the Government, will improve the housing infrastructure within informal communities while also addressing the social needs of residents.The Government is set to launch Phase Two of the programme, which will run from January to September 2015.  The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) has provided US$125,000 to undertake the second phase, which will involve action planning and programme document formulation.It will be implemented in three towns, Old Harbour/Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine; May Pen, Clarendon; and Montego Bay, St. James.UN Habitat Coordinator in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Alicia Smith, said the programme, which is being implemented in three phases, will have a positive social impact.“This programme is really good. It does not only deal with infrastructure, but it will also deal with the social sustainability of the community members. Going into the communities, we realise that they are interested in capacity building that will help to sustain their social livelihood,” she said.Ms. Smith, who was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on January 21, said residents of informal communities have been proactive, with some already implementing their own social programmes and sharing plans for future initiatives.“The main thing that we realise in all the communities that we have visited is that the residents really want to participate and they need the help. They have been showing signs that they have been doing so on a regular basis without our help, so just imagine when we go in to formalise the process of what they are supposed to do,” she stated.PSUP is a regional project of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), in collaboration with the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Community.Jamaica is among 33 countries benefitting from the programme, which is designed to improve the living conditions of the urban poor living in slums.Segment one was administered by the University of Technology and encompassed the rapid profiling of the country’s cities and towns. Phase Three will see the pilot implementation of the programme in one selected community. RelatedJUTC To Remove ‘Pay For Other’ Feature Slum Upgrading Programme to Address Social Needs TransportJanuary 23, 2015Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer Advertisementslast_img read more

Call the Midwife series 9 episode 8 preview

first_img Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productionscenter_img Call the Midwife‘s final series 9 episode arrives on BBC One tomorrow night.If you want to avoid spoilers for Call the Midwife, stop reading now.In episode 7 Dr Kevin McNulty (Lee Armstrong) performed an excellent forceps delivery for his final supervision under Dr Turner (Stephen McGann). Miss Higgins (Georgie Glen) congratulated Kevin but still kept her eye on him.Kevin’s next patient was Yvonne (Sophie Melville) who was eight and a half months pregnant. She had trouble at home with an abusive and alcoholic husband.Ahead of clinic, the team finally received the long-awaited incubator for the maternity home with ribbon cutting and speeches to thank all those who donated. Among the many mothers at clinic were new patient Marion (Ellie Wallwork) and her husband Stewart (Dylan Llewellyn). Marion had a rare form of retinitis pigmentosa that had left her blind.Trixie (Helen George) was on hand to assist Marion.Meanwhile Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) started to struggle with the cubs so Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) suggested that he and Lucille (Leonie Elliott) should help.The synopsis for episode 8 is:Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) decides it is time to take matters in hand, when a letter arrives from the council saying that they will cut funding to Nonnatus House and no longer pay for their accommodation.After an unsuccessful meeting with the council, Sister Julienne broaches the subject with the rest of the team and a forthright Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) goes with Sister Julienne to try and tackle the issue with Violet (Annabelle Apsion) at one of her open sessions as a local councillor.Violet seems more on the side of the council than the Nonnatus House team at this point, but later comes up with a window of opportunity to give them one chance to put their case in person to the council.At clinic, Nurse Crane meets and cares for heavily pregnant, bohemian Bonnie (Ruby Thomas), not married but committed to the baby’s father, Eddie (Thomas Howes). Nurse Crane suggests that with Bonnie’s headache it may be wise to come into the maternity home until the baby arrives.Meanwhile, Petra (Kitty Archer) and her mother Ada (Sue Elliott-Nicholls) make hasty plans with Violet for Petra’s wedding to come forward – now that Petra is unexpectedly in the family way.Call the Midwife continues at 8pm Sunday on BBC One. Preview the episode with our gallery below: Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productionslast_img read more

UNICEF: Drought puts 2.3 million people at risk in Angola

first_imgA severe drought in Angola has plunged 2.3 million people into a food security crisis with thousands of children being treated for malnutrition, a report compiled by the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF said.It said there had been an inadequate response after below-average and erratic rainfall.Angolan President João Lourenço declared a state of emergency in January, but UNICEF said the response has been hampered by a lack of funding. The organisation’s own action plan for Angola has secured only 28 percent of its intended funding, it said.Angola’s presidency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In the southern province of Cunene, on the border with Namibia, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has more than trebled from around 250,000 in January to 850,000 in March, the report said.Across the oil-producing country, which has been plunged into an economic crisis since the price of oil fell in 2014, nearly 500,000 children are at risk of being without sufficient food.Around 2,500 children under five were treated for severe acute malnutrition between January and March in the provinces of Lunda Norte, Huila, Cunene, Bie and Namibe, the report said.Related One million at risk in drought-stricken Madagascar Half a Million People Infected with Malaria in Angolacenter_img UN: More than 100 million people at risk of starvation globallylast_img read more

Cuban Ambassador hails ‘new’ US/Cuba relations

first_imgAmbassador Juan Carlos FrómetaCuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frómeta has hailed the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States as a step in the right direction.US President Barack Obama announced “a new chapter” in US/Cuba relations on Wednesday 17 December to include moves to normalize diplomatic and economic ties.President Obama said the US’ current approach was “outdated” and the changes were the “most significant” in its policy towards Cuba in 50 years.That move included the release of three Cubans who were held in the US as well as a US contractor Alan Gross.“This is the first step to normalize the Cuban and US relations…It was a great decision; both governments decide to establish diplomatic relations,” Ambassador Frómeta told Dominica Vibes on Wednesday.In 1959 former President Fidel Castro and his guerrilla army defeat the US-backed Cuban regime of Fulgencio Batista and between1960-1961 the US broke off diplomatic relations and imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in response.Cuban President Raul Castro (loeft) and US President Barack Obama“So after more than fifty-six years, fighting with the American Government because they wanted to destroy the Cuban Revolution, after a long period of negotiation, both governments decide to establish diplomatic relations,” Ambassador Frómeta said.The Ambassador noted that the US embargo, which more than one hundred countries of the United Nations General Assembly have repeatedly voted against, has not yet been lifted.“There is something very important that we want to highlight, is that the Embargo policy is still pending”.“So this is a matter that we have to discuss in the coming days and months because to have normal relations, the American Government has to eliminate the blockade,” the Ambassador said. President Obama also announced that the US is looking to open an embassy in Havana in the coming months.Plans set out in a White House statement also include reviewing the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, easing a travel ban for US citizens, easing financial restrictions, increasing telecommunications links and efforts to lift the 54-year-old trade embargo.Ambassador Frómeta acknowledged however that “this is a process but the most important step was to establish diplomatic relations”. Cuban President Raul Castro said he welcomed the shift in a TV address. Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 291 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Share LocalNews Cuban Ambassador hails ‘new’ US/Cuba relations by: Dominica Vibes News – December 17, 2014last_img read more