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World Bank’s Haiti strategy for 2012 focuses on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs

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first_imgImage via: topnews.inWASHINGTON, USA — The World Bank board of directors on Thursday endorsed a new 12-month strategy for Haiti that will help protect the country’s population from natural disasters, support the return of 22,500 people to safe housing, improve neighborhoods for 75,000 people, finance tuition for 100,000 children and school feeding for 75,000 children. In addition, the strategy aims to revitalize the economy, improve conditions for investment, and strengthen the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and rural development. The 2012 Haiti Interim Strategy Note (ISN) programs US$255 million in grants from the International Development Association’s (IDA) Crisis Response Window.“The new interim strategy underlines the World Bank’s commitment to Haiti’s ongoing reconstruction and longer-term economic recovery efforts,” said Pamela Cox, World Bank vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The strategy is closely aligned with the Government’s priorities and designed to provide substantial support for physical reconstruction and institutional strengthening in order to deliver concrete short-term results, while increasing the country’s capacity to rebuild itself.”The ISN lays out the World Bank Group’s program for the next year and includes the following additional results:• Greater resilience to natural disasters and other crises (such as cholera) through improved performance of national institutions and infrastructure. • Improvements in the business environment and the launching of investments that will create jobs outside of the capital. • Improved public procurement, transparency and financial management.As part of the ISN’s envelope, the board of directors approved US$180 million on Thursday for the following three projects:Education for All (US$70 million) • 175,000 children to benefit• 8,000 student-teachers to be trainedThe second phase of the Education for All Project will support Haiti’s strategy for rebuilding the education system by increasing access to primary education for poor children aged 6-12 and improving equity and quality of the education sector. The project will benefit a total of 175,000 Haitian children.In peri-urban areas, the project will allow about 100,000 students per year in approximately 1,200 schools to attend school free of charge, while 75,000 children will receive hot meals in school every day. In addition, 8,280 student-teachers will benefit from accelerated teacher training, resulting in thousands of additional qualified primary teachers.For those children living in rural areas without access to primary education services, the project’s community-based approach will reach 6,250 students in 200 communities, and generate an estimated 36,000 spaces for students in the coming years.Disaster Risk Management (US$60 million)The US$60 million Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction Project will help Haiti improve its disaster response capacity and enhance the resiliency of critical transport infrastructure. Haiti ranks as one of the countries with the highest exposure to multiple natural hazards, with 96 percent of its population living at risk.Following the January 2010 earthquake, the Bank helped to restore critical capacities for recovery and planning of disaster-resilient reconstruction. This project will further strengthen the country’s capacity for disaster preparedness and response through the following activities:• Support the National Disaster Risk Management by strengthening the national network of civil protection committees, setting up a reliable emergency communications system, and expanding the national emergency shelter network.• Strengthen the capacity of key ministries to integrate knowledge on disaster risk in policy and decision making processes.• Rehabilitate vulnerable and damaged critical transport infrastructure.Re-launching Agriculture (US$50 million)• 50,000 producers to benefit The third project approved onThursday for US$50 million, including US$10 million co-financing from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Trust Fund (GAFSP), supports Haiti’s National Agriculture Investment Plan to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the agriculture sector, while improving food security and nutrition among the most vulnerable groups. Agriculture plays a dominant role in Haiti’s economy, contributing 25 percent of GDP and accounting for around 50 percent of overall employment.Specifically, the project will:• Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) to implement the National Agriculture Extension Strategy.• Increase access of 50,000 small and medium producers to the latest in agriculture technologies and training on animal and plant health throughout the country.• Provide financial assistance in the case of an agriculture sector emergency.The devastating earthquake, which struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, significantly worsened the poverty and living conditions of the Haitian population and exacerbated the country’s development challenges. Over 220,000 people were killed and 300,000 wounded. The disaster brought the entire economy to a halt, wiping out an estimated 120 percent of GDP. The economy is projected to grow by 7.5 percent in 2011 in large part due to reconstruction efforts.Despite weak capacity, much has been done. Four of 11 million m3 of debris have been removed, camp occupancy has dropped from an estimated 1.3 million to around 600,000, schools have reopened for the 2011-2012 school year, and capacity to prepare for hurricanes has been strengthened as demonstrated by the limited impacts of Hurricane Tomas in October 2010 and the preparation of the 2011 hurricane season.Caribbean News Now Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 9 Views   no discussions NewsRegional World Bank’s Haiti strategy for 2012 focuses on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs by: – December 2, 2011last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Middle School Battle Lady Indians

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first_imgThe 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs were able to pull out win # 2 last night against the Milan Indians 33-29.Good solid team play, tough defense, and never give up attitude helped to give them the win. Every player had some kind of hand in the win whether it was the rebounding of Laker, steals from Harrington and Davalos, passing of Raab, or the 3 put up by Saler, they worked together for 4 quarters to come away victorious 33-29.Scoring for the Dogs were: Chloe Saler 5, Denise Davalos, Katie Brewer, and Callie Main each with 4, Shalee Harrington 3, and Tatum Hanson with a free throw, and leading the team was Catherine Raab with 12 going 6 for 6 at the free throw line.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Horn.last_img

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first_img Associated Press February 24, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Florida State is the new leader in ACC men’s basketball after knocking Louisville from the top of the conference standings.Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime to rally the sixth-ranked Seminoles from a double-digit deficit in an 82-67 victory over the No. 11 Cardinals. FSU outscored Louisville, 50-27 in the second half, including a 15-0 run that was capped by Patrick Williams’ emphatic slam.Devin Vassell and M.J. Walker each scored 12 points for the Seminoles, who improved to 14-3 in the conference and set a school record for ACC victories with three games remaining.Ryan McMahon scored 14 points and Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-ah) added 13 with eight rebounds for Louisville.In other top-25 finals: NHL-HURRICANES-INJURIESHurricanes’ Reimer, Mrazek, Pesce all ‘longer term’ injuriesRALEIGH, N.C. (AP)— Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour says defenseman Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee), and goaltenders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek (mah-RA’-zehk) are all dealing with “longer term” injuries from Saturday’s win at Toronto.Brind’Amour says it was unclear exactly how long each would be out.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL Meanwhile, the Lions are keeping veteran receiver Danny Amendola, who had 62 catches for 678 yards and out touchdown last season. The lawsuit was filed as a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter was being held at the arena where Bryant played most of his career. In other NBA news:— Heat star Jimmy Butler is missing a second straight game tonight against Cleveland for personal reasons. Butler also missed Miami’s 124-106 rout of the Cavaliers on Saturday.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLSeminoles rally past Cardinals A weeping Michael Jordan told the crowd that “when Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died.” He said a piece of everyone in the crowd died as well. Jordan urged people to use the inspiration of Bryant’s life for their own.KOBE BRYANT LAWSUITBryant’s widow sues over helicopter crashUNDATED (AP) — The widow of Kobe Bryant has sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed her husband and her 13-year-old daughter last month.The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant in Los Angeles says the pilot was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions Jan. 26 and should have aborted the flight. The pilot was among the nine people killed in the crash. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter at a sold-out memorial service for the two.They were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband’s devotion as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center.The ceremony began with performances by Beyonce and Alicia Keys. The mourners included Lakers greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, plus other celebrities.NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said he and his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate had a complex relationship but that they always respected each other and never took things too seriously. The two won three NBA championships together. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 22 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 1:33 remaining in regulation.Bradley Beal poured in a career-high 55 points, one night after scoring 53 in a loss at Chicago. Beal delivered 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Washington erase a 17-point deficit.The Bucks’ third straight win leaves them 49-8, seven games ahead of Toronto in the Eastern Conference.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— James Harden’s 37 points, nine assists and six rebounds carried the Rockets to a 123-112 decision over the Knicks. Harden got to the arena an hour before the game after attending the memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant in Los Angeles hours earlier. Ben McLemore finished with 17 points and Eric Gordon had 16 in Houston’s fourth straight win, which puts them a half-game behind the third-place Clippers in the West. Kansas takes top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll following Saturday’s three-point win over previously top-ranked Baylor.The Jayhawks picked up 62 of 64 first-place votes, with the second-ranked Bears taking the remaining two. Gonzaga dropped a notch to third with its loss to BYU.Dayton and San Diego State round out the top five and are followed by Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland and Creighton.Michigan, Texas Tech and Michigan State returned to the poll. — Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) poured in a career-high 49 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the 76ers dumped the Hawks, 129-112. Furkan Kormaz (FUR’-kahn KOHRK’-mahs) chipped in 15 points for Philadelphia, which wasted a 21-point lead before improving to a league-best 27-2 at home. Trae Young led Atlanta with 28 points despite missing nine of 11 from 3-point range.— Kevin Porter Jr. came off the bench to deliver 30 points and eight rebounds as the Cavaliers stunned the Heat, 125-119 in overtime. Kevin Love had 17 points and 14 boards for the Cavaliers, who trailed by 19 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Southeast Division leaders, 45-20 the rest of the way. Cleveland had seven players score in double figures and sent Miami to its sixth loss in eight games.— Aaron Gordon provided 27 points, 10 rebounds and a big blocked shot in the final seconds of the Magic’s 115-113 comeback over the Nets. Terrence Ross added 21 points and eight rebounds for Orlando, which trailed by 19 in the first half before moving without 1 ½ games of the seventh-place Nets in the Eastern Conference. Spencer Dinwiddie had 24 points and eight assists as Brooklyn lost for the first time in six home games.KOBE BRYANT MEMORIALBryant’s widow speaks at memorialcenter_img — Nick Ritchie is a Bruin after being traded by the Ducks for forward Danton Heinen.— The Flames acquired defensemen Erik Gustafsson from Chicago and Derek Forbort from Los Angeles.— The Avalanche picked up forward Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST’-nih-kahv) from Ottwa.— Forward Wayne Simmonds was dealt to the Sabres by the Devils for a conditional fifth-round selection in 2021.— The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Barclay Goodrow and a 2020 third-round pick from Sharks for a 2020 first-round pick and forward Anthony Greco. Nick Foligno scored twice and Boone Jenner had two assists as the Jackets pulled even with the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division standings, two points ahead of Carolina. The Isles and Hurricanes each have three games in hand.The Blue Jackets’ first win since Feb. 7 might have been a costly one after goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) departed in the second period following a big collision at the net with former Jackets forward Anthony Duclair.NHL-TRADE DEADLINEOttawa an active seller at trade deadlineUNDATED (AP) — — The Carolina Hurricanes were among the busiest teams at the NHL trade deadline as they acquired forward Vincent Trocheck (TROH’-chehk) from Florida, defenseman Brady Skjei (shay) from the Rangers and blueliner Sami Vatanen (SAM’-ee VAH’-tah-nehn) from New Jersey. — Texas posted a 67-57 victory over No. 20 West Virginia as Andrew Jones delivered 22 points in the Longhorns’ third straight win. Courtney Ramey added 21 points to help Texas avenge their 38-point loss to the Mountaineers on Jan. 20. WVU is 19-9 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12 following its sixth straight conference road loss.NHL-BLUE JACKETS/SENATORSJackets win in OT but lose MerzlikinsCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have moved into a virtual tie for the first wild-card in the NHL’s Eastern Conference while ending an eight-game losing streak.Emil Bemstrom scored 4:35 into overtime to send the Jackets past the Senators, 4-3. Ottawa took a 3-2 lead on Colin White’s goal 9:16 into the third period, but Columbus countered with Stefan Matteau’s (mah-TOHZ’) tally 29 seconds later. The Hurricanes parted with forwards Erik Haula (HAH’-lah) and Lucas Wallmark, along with two prospects for Trocheck.The Hurricanes also strengthened their blue line amid injuries to Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee) by getting Skjei and Vatanen.The Islanders acquired scoring help at the NHL trade deadline, and the Rangers worked out a long-term package with forward Chris Kreider rather than dealing him.The Isles signed center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) after getting him from Ottawa for a conditional first-round pick in this year’s draft, second-rounder in 2020 and a third-rounder if New York wins the Stanley Cup this spring.The Rangers and Kreider worked out a seven-year package reportedly worth $45 million after working themselves back into playoff contention. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards pushed the NBA’s best team to overtime before the Milwaukee Bucks avoided an embarrassing road loss.Khris Middleton scored the Bucks’ final nine points in a 137-134 triumph over the Wizards. Middleton dropped in 40 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 30.2 seconds left to give Milwaukee a 135-132 lead. In other NHL trade deadline moves:— The Oilers grabbed winger Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo) from Detroit and forward Tyler Ennis from Ottawa. The Oilers sent 2020 and 2021 second-round picks and forward Sam Gagner to Detroit for Athanansiou, who’s a restricted free agent after this season. The Oilers also got winger Ryan Kuffner in the Athanasiou trade and picked up Ennis for a 2021 fifth-rounder.— The Penguins have acquired forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues from the Buffalo Sabres for Dominik Kahun (kah-HOON’). Sheary helped Pittsburgh win two Stanley Cups.— Pittsburgh also came away with veteran forward Patrick Marleau, who was relinquished by the Sharks for a condition third-round pick in 2021.— The Golden Knights swapped out goaltenders, getting Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) in a deal that sends Malcolm Subban (SOO’-ban) to the Blackhawks. Chicago also receives forward Stanislav Demin and 2020 second-round pick while shipping forward Martins Dzierkals to Vegas, who was subsequently dealt to Toronto. MLB-ASTROS-FAN-LAWSUITBaseball urges judge to dismiss lawsuit over stolen signsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fantasy contestants over sign stealing by the Houston Astros.MLB says attempts at cheating are part of sports.Five men have sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan. Among their claims are fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws and negligence. NFL-NEWSPackers sign Crosby to extensionUNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed longtime placekicker Mason Crosby to a three-year contract extension.Crosby, who turns 36 in September, has been with the Packers since being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He’s appeared in every game since then. His string of 208 games are second in Packers history to Brett Favre’s 255.Crosby is one of four NFL players to appear in every regular-season game since 2007, joining former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Baltimore punter Sam Koch, and Dallas long snapper L.P. LaDouceur. He’s the franchise leader in points, field goals, 50-yard field goals and extra points. Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

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