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Use COVID Lessons to ‘do Things Right’ for Future, Urges UN Chief

first_img Oct 16, 2020 (United Nations News) Lessons learnt from efforts to address the global pandemic must be used to “do things right for the future”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, addressing a gathering of leading parliamentarians.  Oct 16, 2020 Climate emergency already upon us   “Even before the virus, our societies were on shaky footing, with rising inequalities, worsening degradation of the environment, shrinking civic space, inadequate public health and untenable social frictions rooted in governance failures and a lack of opportunities,” said Mr. Guterres.  “And so we cannot go back to what was, but rather must turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future”, he added.  In his remarks online to the World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, the Secretary-General said that COVID-19 was highlighting the challenges plaguing societies and had exposed some major systemic fragilities.  Oct 15, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Read more at: United Nations News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet – Guterres(United Nations News) UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic.  Addressing ministers at a virtual meeting on sustainable recovery from COVID-19 on Thursday, the UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change. …September 4, 2020In “CCCCC”UN launches major humanitarian appeal to keep COVID-19 from ‘circling back around the globe’(United Nations News) To confront the unprecedented worldwide challenge posed by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, top UN officials on Wednesday, launched a massive humanitarian appeal to mitigate its impact, particularly on fragile countries with weak health systems. At a joint virtual press briefing, Secretary-General António Guterres, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark…March 25, 2020In “CARPHA”Generations of Progress for Women, Girls Could be Lost to COVID Pandemic – UN Chief(United Nations News) Highlighting the disproportionate and devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally, The UN chief António Guterres called on Monday for a major push to prevent “years, even generations” worth of progress on women’s empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic.  In an address to a virtual…September 1, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 The Secretary-General underscored that this is all the more important in responding to the climate crisis, with climate-related destruction continuing to intensify and ambition for climate action falling short of what is needed. last_img read more

Opera singer wins in online competition

first_imgCharlotte Mhlongo, a Lansdowne resident and post-graduate music student at the University of Cape Town, was among the winners of Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing competition – the worlds first online opera singing competition. Charlotte Mhlongo, 34, is elated that she was awarded The Gus and Nina prize in an online opera singing competition – the first of its kind in the world.The Lansdowne resident and University of Cape Town (UCT) post-graduate music student, entered the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition, not really expecting to win anything, but just as an encouragement to herself, as lockdown has hit her craft and livelihood hard.The competition is an initiative of London-based South African baritone, Njabulo Madlala, in response to lockdown, as singers could not perform live for audiences. Mr Madlala founded the Voices of South Africa Trust, a non-profit organisation in 2013, to support young singers from southern Africa. Ms Mhlongo, was among the soprano winners and was awarded the Gus and Nina prize, donated by Sarah-Jane Davis.She grew up listening to artists such as Sibongile Khumalo, and had a love for choral music. She was also part of her school choir, and it was while still in primary school, that her teacher entered her in an eisteddfod, where she took second place in the national competition.“Receiving a second prize on a national level is quite big and epic, and that kindled everything I am about today,” Ms Mhlongo said.She swayed from her dream when she obtained a business administration degree and worked in the corporate world for some time, but “something in you calls you back”. Lockdown has not been easy on her, she said. “It’s quite terrible. Everything just came to a standstill. I tutor high school pupils the theory of music. Now I don’t have students to teach, and no live concerts. My livelihood is now zero, and I have bills to pay. I am a wife and mother of two beautiful boys, and it did not make sense for us to move back to Nelspruit for lockdown, as we initially thought it would only be for 21 days.”She said being chosen as a winner came as a surprise. “I did not think my singing was up to standard when I entered. I did it to encourage myself. The others sounded like gold, and I did not expect to win at all. It was a pleasant surprise. “I would like to acknowledge Mr Madlala for this, because it is not just about the music, but taking us out of this dark hole. He made a huge impact. “I am also really grateful to Ms Davis for sponsoring my prize. I hope their lights keep on shining even brighter,” Ms Mhlongo said.The judges included internationally renowned South African soprano, Pumeza Matshikiza, Puerto Rican bass-baritone and opera director, Dr Carlos Conde, American conductor and pianist Kamal Khan, international British soprano Susan McCulloch and American opera star mezzo-soprano Tichina Vaughn.Said Mr Madlala: “Despite the many challenges facing South African singers at the moment, including basic needs like food and internet (access), all the singers managed to put on a great show. Our distinguished and international jury was very impressed by the level of musicality and quality of the voices.last_img read more

Beaumont Commons offers rock painting event

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Beaumont Commons Senior Community in Farmington Hills will host an event on Tuesday, August 13, that gives seniors and their grandkids an opportunity to paint positive messages on rocks and hide them for others to find.“Rock Art and More” begins at 3 p.m. in the 1W Assisted Living Community Room on the campus at 21400 Archwood Circle. There will be a scavenger hunt, prizes and and plenty of rocks to paint.For more information, or to RSVP, contact Suzanne Lipar, [email protected] or 248-426-6943. Reported bylast_img read more

Remembering Fred McLeod and His Endless Passion for the Cavs

first_img Related TopicsCleveland CavaliersfeaturedFred McLeodLebron James I never had the pleasure of meeting Fred McLeod. We’ve passed each other in while walking through Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, but I never got a chance to introduce myself.That said, I know enough about him that the endless praise and kind words being spoken about him today don’t come off the least bit surprising. I know enough to feel pure shock and sadness when hearing the news of his passing this morning.While I never spoke with Fred, I know him as many other Cleveland Cavaliers fans do, as the voice who narrated countless game broadcasts, the first of which I vividly remember watching from my college dorm room.The reaction I had when hearing my first Fred McLeod broadcast is the same I felt when hearing his last.“Wow, this guy really cares about this team.”That never waned. His enthusiasm for the Cavs never faded. It didn’t matter if he was giving play-by-play for a Cleveland team led by LeBron James or Jamario Moon. You may not have seen the Cavs give 100% on a given night, but McLeod never gave you less than that.Think of the level of difficulty involved here. Your career as a Cavs play-by-play announcer begins with calling games featuring the greatest player on the planet, then shifts to finding a way to hype up a 19-win team a few years later.If it was hard for Fred, you never knew it. The passion was present every night, yet it also never felt forced.Not when the Cavs lost 26-straight games.Not when Cleveland looked aimless while its former star thrived in Miami.Not when ill-fated rebuild attempts imploded on a nightly basis.This is what I’ll always remember about McLeod. It didn’t matter how badly the Cavs were struggling in a given season, he never let his passion for the team take a night off.Of course, my greatest memory is undoubtedly shared by many who’ve followed this team. I’ve re-watched McLeod’s call of the final seconds of the 2016 NBA Finals enough to practically have it memorized. To this day, I’ve never been able to make it through without getting chills.There’s no way to listen to this call and not marvel in the love McLeod feels for the Cavs, to not know how badly he wanted that win. He could’ve attempted to hold his own, to try to not let his emotions take over.But it was impossible to do so. If you truly loved the Cavs, if you endured the string of heartbreak and struggles this team experienced for the better part of its existence, it was impossible to keep your composure and hold back true joy in that moment.That goes double for McLeod. He wanted it just as bad as we did, and when it happened, he wanted to soak it in just like us.It goes without saying Cavs broadcasts won’t be the same in his absence. The pleasure of watching a “wine and gold winner,” the thrill of a seeing a clutch Cleveland three hit “the bottom!” These things may happen this season, but without McLeod there to throw out his trademark exclamations, the experience just won’t be as enjoyable.That said, as tough as it may be, Cavs fans will have to carry on. Despite the fact watching this team will forever be missing something moving forward, supporters’ appreciation for the team can’t disappear.After all, McLeod’s never did.With that, I’ll just say goodnight, Fred. We’ll let ourselves out, even though we wish we could stay. Casey Drottarlast_img read more

Harrison Ford confirms new ‘Indiana Jones’ movie to begin shooting this summer

first_imgAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — That new Indiana Jones movie is one step closer to becoming a reality.  Harrison Ford himself confirms that shooting on it is scheduled to begin this summer.The actor provided the update Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying “We hope to start soon, this summer, this late summer” when Ellen pressed Ford for details.Ford also confessed that he was “excited” to begin work on the film, declaring, “They’re great fun to make.”The as-yet untitled Indiana Jones movie will be the fifth in the 39-year-old franchise.  Disney’s already announced a premiere date of August 9, 2021, which gives the studio about 18 months to do their thing.This will also probably be the last Indiana Jones film — at least, the final one starring Ford.  The Indy 5 premiere date is about a month after Ford’s 79th birthday, making the prospect of him donning his trademark fedora for a sixth Indiana Jones film unlikely.Ford can next be seen starring in The Call of the Wild, debuting Friday, February 21.Disney’s the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more