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Bill Clinton Visits Clinton Foundation Investments In Haiti

first_imgOn a trip to Haiti on Monday and Tuesday, President Clinton visited several sites where Clinton Foundation investments and partnerships have made a difference and begun yielding results.The Clinton Foundation has been actively engaged in Haiti since 2009, focusing on economic diversification, private sector investment and job creation in order to create long-term, sustainable economic development.In 2013 the Haiti team provided approximately $1 million in grants and investments to support Haitian entrepreneurs, small businesses, and farming cooperatives, helped to facilitate more than $30 million in foreign direct investment into Haiti, and continued to provide capacity building and access to markets for Haitian businesses and the Haitian Center for Investment Facilitation.DigicelOn Monday, President Clinton visited the Union Des Apotres – Prodev School, which was built by Digicel as part of their CGI commitment to build 150 schools throughout Haiti. The school has also had significant support from NRG Energy, Urban Zen and Happy Hearts Fund. It is currently the only solar powered school in Cite Soleil.The Clinton Foundation made a grant to the school last year for Earth Day to support a tree planting activity and Earth Day celebration, which has evolved into a school garden program that will help add fresh, nutritional content to school feeding programs. In addition, the Foundation linked the school with NRG Energy, which has helped build a new canteen and a solar canopy for the school that is expected to produce enough energy to meet 100 percent of the school’s power needs.MarriottDigicel also announced this weekend that they will soon be topping off their $45 million Marriott hotel in Port au Prince. Digicel and Marriott’s partnership, facilitated by the Foundation, has brought new investment and new training opportunities to Haiti.Marriott, working with the Minister of Tourism, will soon announce the youth who have been selected for their Hospitality Leadership Development Program. This group of 10 young Haitians has interviewed (with the Ministry and with Marriott) for internships at the JW Marriott in the Dominican Republic and will begin working at this location when it opens in a few months. The youth will return to Haiti with newly learned skills and on-the-job experience to pursue a new opportunity — to be a member of the team at the Haiti Marriott as it prepares to open in February 2015.Thiotte/Coffee AcademyLater on Monday, President Clinton visited the Haiti Coffee Academy (HCA) in Thiotte, one of Haiti’s primary coffee growing regions. The Clinton Foundation has contributed over $150,000 to the creation of the Academy, and the Foundation has been working to promote Haitian coffee to US and international buyers to revitalize the industry. Coffee is the main source of income for more than 100,000 farmers in Haiti.Yesterday, the Clinton Foundation announced a $28,000 grant to Fonkoze, the leading microfinance organization in Haiti, to provide literacy training programs to up to 600 small-holder farmers and others in Thiotte.SRSOn Tuesday, President Clinton visited the recycling collection and bailing center of Sustainable Recycling Solutions Haiti (SRS). The Clinton Foundation worked to help relaunch SRS last year with a joint $250,000 investment with Todd Wagner.In just the past three months SRS, working with their network of collectors, have taken over 10 million bottles off the streets. In addition, the Foundation has worked with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park who co-founded SRS, to bring more visibility to this project. Eco Wear has partnered with SRS to buy plastic bottles to create a variety of consumer products, including merchandise for Linkin Park.In addition, Giant Dragon, which has recycling operations in Hong Kong and the Dominican Republic, has partnered with SRS and announced that it has committed to purchasing a minimum of 4 million pounds of SRS plastic over the next year.IRIIPresident Clinton also visited Industrial Revolution II (IRII), a new apparel manufacturer in SONAPI Industrial Park that invests 50 percent of profits into their workers, their families and the local community. IRII currently employs over 100 people, primarily women, and with increased orders and business they have incredible potential to expand.Garments constitute 90% of Haiti’s exports, earning $800 million a year, and the sector currently employs 31,000 people. The Foundation has been working with IRII’s founding partners – Joey Adler, Rob Broggi, Richard Coles, and Matt Damon – for close to three years, helping them work through issues in Haiti and connecting them with potential apparel buyers.last_img read more

Big Pickup for Salvation Army Thanks to Donation by FortisTCI

first_img FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (November, 11 2014 / Fortis TCI Press Release) – The Salvation Army recently received a helpful donation in the form of a pickup truck donated to them by FortisTCI. The truck, once a part of the FortisTCI fleet, will aid the Salvation Army in taking care of their day-to-day tasks which typically involves moving large amounts of donated goods.FortisTCI Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Devon Cox and Vice President of Customer & Corporate Services Allan Robinson made the hand-off. Mr. Cox commented on the donation adding, “We enjoy giving back to the community and embrace the work of organizations such as the Salvation Army. We know that they will take this donation and do even more amazing work throughout the islands.”The gold 2009 Ford F-150 was turned over in excellent used condition to Captain Derick Miller. He plans to use the truck for transporting goods, emergency items and food, as well as picking up donations and transporting Salvation Army workers and volunteers to various events. Speaking about the donation, Capt. Miller said, “It’s through donations like these that the Salvation Army can continue to do the work it does in aiding the community. We appreciate the assistance that FortisTCI has given us, and we’re glad to have their partnership in this regard.”As a part of the Company’s mission, FortisTCI believes in being a good corporate citizen. FortisTCI, therefore, looks forward to making meaningful contributions that have a positive impact on the community.-###-Notes to Editors:1) FortisTCI Limited (FTCI) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc. located inNewfoundland, Canada in August 2006. Turks and Caicos Utility Limited (TCU), which is thesole provider of electricity on the Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, was acquired by FTCI inAugust 2012. FTCI is the sole provider of electricity in Providenciales, North Caicos, MiddleCaicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays, and South Caicos. Together the two companies serveapproximately 13,000 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Utilities have anaggregate diesel-fired generating capacity of approximately 75 megawatts. Additionalinformation on FortisTCI can be accessed at www.fortistci.com.2) Fortis is the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, with total assetsapproaching $25 billion and fiscal 2013 revenue exceeding $4 billion. Its regulated utilitiesaccount for approximately 93% of total assets and serve more than 3 million customers acrossCanada and in the United States and the Caribbean. Fortis owns non-regulated hydroelectricgeneration assets in Canada, Belize and Upstate New York. The Corporation’s non-utilityinvestment is comprised of hotels and commercial real estate in Canada. For more information,visit www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.CONTACT:Allan RobinsonVP, Customer & Corporate ServicesFortisTCI LtdTel: 649-946-4313Email: arobinson@fortistci.com Related Items:allan robinson, Captain Derick Miller, Devon Cox, donation, fortis tci, salvation armylast_img read more

SAIL to shell out Rs 6000 crore as capital expenditure this fiscal

first_imgSteel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), which is the largest integrated iron and steel producer in the country, will shell out Rs. 6,000 crore in the current financial year. The amount will be spent on modernisation and expansion plans, as well as towards research and development (R&D).The public sector entity had forked out about Rs. 4,483 crore as capital expenditure last year.The money invested will be utilised towards energy-saving methods, pollution control, development of mines and to enrich product mix, Press Trust of India reports.”SAIL will spend around Rs. 6,000 crore as capex this financial year. This includes the expansion programme as well as R&D,” a source was quoted as saying by the PTI.The New Delhi-based company is currently in the process of improving its hot metal production capacity from to 23.46 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), which was previously 13.82 MTPA. It also made an investment of Rs. 61,870 crore, which will be completed by the end of the present financial year.The steel-maker will also spend Rs. 10,200 crore towards mine development in Odisha and Jharkhand.Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, during a Steel and Mines Ministry meeting, had asked domestic companies to accept the external realities of the steel sector.”In the long term, industry has to accept external realities and learn to compete and emerge stronger in spite of them (challenges). Time is of essence and all plans and actions by the companies must be well-planned and executed,” Tomar was quoted by PTI as telling the companies.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Meghan Markles controversial politics angering the Royal Family

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is known for her vocal opinions. Especially when it comes to politics. The Duchess of Sussex made it quite clear how she feels about U.S. President Donald Trump. Even refusing to meet him when he came over to the U.K.Reportedly, Meghan has been warned her activism through her work as Duchess of Sussex may create “problems” for the Royal Family. It is being reported that after the Duchess of Sussex was revealed as a guest editor for Vogue issue focused on promoting female trailblazers, Meghan was warned against diving too close to the “political sphere.” Journalist Toby Young claimed the Duchess has been trying to make the Royal Family more aware of specific social issues.  Meghan Markle was a popular actress in the US before her weddingAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesSpeaking to talkRADIO, Mr. Young said: “The problem is his wife clearly has a particular political agenda – she is the woke Duchess and she sees it as her life’s work to make the Royal Family woke…..For a member of the Royal Family to take such an inadvertently political stance is always a bad idea because they are funded by the taxpayers and therefore they have an obligation to remain above the political sphere.”The Royal Family has to be neutral, especially when the country is in such turmoil. The Queen herself has been decisively detached, even when it came to her thoughts on Brexit. However, Meghan Markle isn’t the first Royal to show an interest in politics. Prince Charles has tried his hand at politics too. But Meghan isn’t trying to be a politician, she is already a Royal. But perhaps, she needs to use a lighter touch when spreading awareness. She is a member of the Royal Family after all. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Language veteran Halima Khatun dies

first_imgHalima KhatunLanguage movement veteran Halima Khatun died on Tuesday in a city hospital, says UNB.The language veteran breathed her last around 2:00pm at the United Hospital after suffering from heart, kidney and blood-related diseases.Prominent actress Suborna Mustafa, a niece of the language movement veteran, informed newsmen about the death of Halima.Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed profound shock at her death and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.Conveying sympathy to her bereaved family members, Asaduzzaman Noor said “Halima was one of the organisers who participated actively in the movement. Especially, she played a vital role in organising and inspiring women to participate in the movement.””She will be remembered forever for this participation in the movement and contribution to the Bangla literature,” the cultural affairs minister added.She was born on 25 August, 1933, in Bagherhat. She was the youngest child of Maulovi Abdur Rahman, who completed his graduation from Kolkata Alia Madrasa.Halima Khatun completed her MA in English Literature from Dhaka University and received Doctorate in Education in 1968 from University of Northern Colorado, USA.She got involved with the language movement since 1948 and took part in the movement actively after admitting into Dhaka University in 1951.Halima, also a writer who completed her Doctorate in Children Literature, received Bangla Academy Award for contribution in children literature.Alongside, she was also honoured with Bangladesh Shishu Academy Sahitya Puraskar (Award for Children Literature of Bangladesh Shishu Academy) in 1999.last_img read more

3 sentenced to death for Mymensingh murder

first_img.A court in Mymensingh on Sunday sentenced three people to death for killing an auto-rickshaw driver in a bid to snatch away the vehicle in 2011, reports UNB.The convicts are Ziaul Hasan, 25, son of Abdul Halim of ujanpara village in Trishal upazila, Ismail Hossain, 24, son of Afaz uddin of Bhaluka upazila and Suruj Mia, 25, son of Sirajuddin of Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district.According to the prosecution, three convicts, in guise of passengers, hired the auto-rickshaw of Shafiqul Islam at Kachina Bazar in Bhaluka upazila on 12 March 2011.Later, they stabbed and strangled Shafiqul to death after tying his hands and legs and dumped the body in Bilaijura canal near Jamidia Masterbari in the upazila.Locals spotted the body on the following day and being informed by them, police recovered the body from the water body.Abul Hossain, father of the victim, filed a murder case with Bhaluka police station.Police arrested Ismail Hossain and he gave a statement before the court under section 164, admitting his guilt in the killing.After examining records and witnesses, Mymensingh additional district and session judge court-1 Mohammad Iqbal Hossain handed down the verdict.last_img read more

2 cases filed over 4 killings in Cumilla

first_imgMap of CumillaTwo separate cases were filed on Thursday with Debidwar police station in connection with the killing of three people by a man who was subsequently killed in a mob beating in Debidwar uapzila on Wednesday, reports UNB.Zahirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Debidwar police station, said Rubel Hossain, brother of deceased Najma Begum, filed a case against Mokhlesur for killing three people including a child while Mokhlesur’s wife Rabeya Khatun filed another case against 1,500 unnamed people for killing her husband.Three people -Anwara Begum, 45, wife of Shah Alam, her son Abu Hanif, 12 and Nazma Begum, 40, wife of Nurul Islam were killed in an attack allegedly by Mokhlesur Rahman, 35, a rickshawpuller, at Radhanagar in the upazila on Wednesday.Later local people caught Mokhlesur and beat him to death.last_img read more

Bengal comes calling in photographs

first_imgAn exhibition of photographs kicked off in the Capital on 1 March which blends art aficionados into the religion, culture and traditions of West Bengal. Bengal has always been known for a land where festivals are more than the seasons. All through the year there is a festive aura, as each season brings surplus of festivals along with Faith as an important aspect in the life of Bengal and its people.This exhibition inaugurated by Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal will clutch the attention of the art lovers till 17 March. Shutterbug Sanjay Das has put up 20 photographs out of his stupendous collection of 2000 photographs in his exhibition with an aim of personifying the charm of different religion, culture and heritage budding all together in the city of joy- Kolkata. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Photographs portraying the riverine, making of gods, Buddhist monastery, Churches in Pandel, Mosques in Murshidabad are also a part of this exhibition.Das said, ‘Faith in Bengal is a mix of religious folk beliefs and practices which are imperishable. It is knitted in the highly spiritual, mystical songs of the Baul singers and Fakirs, the itinerant religious folk musicians.’ He stressed more on the photograph which discloses about the very renowned festival of Tarpan in every house of Bengal which signifies the worship of their ancestors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Faith exists as a way of life   Bengal, in its lanes and by-lanes, through its sublime culture, inherently religious people and rituals that are in harmony with nature,’ he added.Adherence and spiritualism revolves around the vibrant traditions of goddess worship in many forms such as Durga and Kali, with bountiful rituals and decorated statues. Behind the faces of goddesses and the spirit of festivals are the hands of numerous idol-makers in different regions of Bengal. Union with God is sometimes sought through Kirtan, a chant inspired singing or Sufi music whose ultimate goal is to discover the divine inner knowledge. The sound of prayer wheels and chanting of monks in the glory of the Buddhist monasteries, take life in Bengal to a realm of tranquility and solace.last_img read more

Virgin Galactic Lands in Long Beach Unveils Plan to Launch Small Satellites

first_img Virgin Galactic is famous for its out of this world plans to ferry anyone who can afford a ticket into space, but Richard Branson’s commercial spaceflight company is also setting its sights on rocketing something else into orbit — small satellites.While the strategic move isn’t nearly as glamorous as shooting stars like Katy Perry and Brangelina into space, it signals a promising entrance into an unfolding “quiet revolution” of transporting compact satellites beyond Earth’s atmosphere, one that the company aims to compete in, mainly from its new industrial plant in Long Beach, Calif.Related: Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space RaceLast month, the U.S.-based offshoot of Branson’s Virgin Group opened a new manufacturing facility adjacent to the bustling port city’s airport. The step boosts Virgin Galactic’s ambitions of gaining a competitive foothold in the burgeoning private small satellite launch industry. Located in a huge hangar, the 150,000-square-foot plant is where local aerospace workers will design and assemble its LauncherOne vehicle.  We’re grateful to the civil leaders who came out to help us cut the ribbon. Thanks for welcoming us! pic.twitter.com/z35XMIklZa— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) March 10, 2015The LauncherOne, a two-stage rocket ship, will shepherd smaller government and commercial satellites into orbit. Virgin Galactic president and CEO George Whitesides, the former NASA chief of staff, says the program will make satellite launches more accessible and cost effective for entrepreneurs, startups and educational institutions alike.“We’re focused on small satellites,” says Whitesides. “They’re surging in popularity right now. All those technology trends that have made your cell phone shrink from a brick down to this little thing over the last 10 or 15 years are essentially making their way into satellites finally.”Related: The Winklevoss Twins Score Virgin Galactic Tickets to Space, Paying With BitcoinOn a sunny, clear morning on March 7, Whitesides was on hand for Virgin Galactic’s job fair and ribbon-cutting ceremony in Long Beach. More than 6,000 people attended the event, during which the company accepted thousands of résumés for up to 100 jobs at the new facility. Whitesides estimates that about 25 applicants were hired since the job fair, though positions for engineers, technicians and support staff remain available.Some 50 people are already working at the new facility today, Whitesides approximates. Several are on the shop floor building composite tanks and operating machines that can cut metal for rocket engines that were in development for a few years, he says. Employees are also already staffing the front-end administrative offices.Whitesides says Virgin Galactic chose to anchor its LauncherOne operations out of Long Beach for a host of reasons. For starters, the port city isn’t too far from the company’s Mojave, Calif. plant and test facilities.  Related: Richard Branson on Sticking Together in Times of Crisis“We also thought it was a nice benefit to be right next to the [Long Beach Airport] runway,” he says. “We don’t have to have that right now, but I think at some point it could prove useful given that we’re an air-launched design.”He also says the move to Long Beach is a nod to the city’s long, storied history in aviation and aeronautics manufacturing.The company’s arrival is welcome news to many local residents, particularly the many unemployed aircraft assemblers and aerospace technicians laid off (and those who will soon be laid off) by Boeing during ongoing downsizing efforts. The layoffs are the result of the imminent closure of Boeing’s massive C-17 Globemaster III plant. The 1.1-million-square-foot production facility, slated to be shuttered this summer, is located across the runway from the new Virgin Galactic plant.  Whitesides says he hopes some of the regional aerospace talent impacted by the coming Boeing closure will consider building a career with Virgin Galactic.   Related: Why This Entrepreneur Dreams of Living on Mars“There’s a great base of good people who we thought, if we came down there, it would give those people an opportunity, if they wanted, to join our team to come talk with us,” he says.After the bulk of the open positions are filled, next up will be securing contracts, building the LauncherOne, testing it and eventually streamlining production, Whitesides says. All the while, he expects hiring to increase proportionate to demand. He says Virgin hopes to test-pilot LauncherOne by “roughly the end of 2016.” Where the test flight will be launched from hasn’t been determined and, he notes, Virgin doesn’t yet have an FAA license to execute any launch operations from Long Beach Airport. However, Whitesides isn’t ruling the eventual possibility out, saying it would be “fantastic to fly out of Long Beach someday.”Want to join our team but missed the job fair? Don’t worry–but also don’t delay. Apply now! http://t.co/ZgX5PHln6o pic.twitter.com/dFHtNy2BXi— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) March 10, 2015Job seekers weren’t the only people to attend last month’s Virgin Galactic job fair. Several local fans of space travel and families with young children also stopped by to check out the new facility. Many were interested in the space tourism side of the business.   Related: These Famous People Have Tickets for Richard Branson’s Space FlightsWhitesides isn’t quite as eager to share details on the commercial flight side, particularly about when Virgin Galactic hopes to make its maiden suborbital journey with paying customers aboard. “It will only happen when the company’s test program is finished, and we feel ready to take people up,” he says.This somewhat guarded approach may be with good reason. Last October, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo broke up and crashed during a test flight over the Mojave Desert after experiencing an “in-flight anomaly.” The tragedy killed one of the experimental rocket plane’s co-pilots and injured the other, sparking a federal investigation into the accident and raising questions about the safety and future of space tourism.   “We think that what we’re doing is at least historic and really important for the future of humanity,” Whitesides says. “While it’s exciting, it also has some real risks to it. It involves human beings, family members. It’s something I take the responsibility of very seriously.”Related: Scientists to Search for Earth-Like Planets with World’s Largest Telescope April 13, 2015 How Success Happens 6 min readcenter_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more