Women’s Tennis Announces The Signing of Kozlowski and Webb

first_img“We are very excited to welcome Alex Kozlowski to the Bulldog family this upcoming spring season. Alex is a talented, hard working player with tremendous potential,” Tran said. “I am excited about her willingness to get better. She fits into our team perfectly and will have an immediate impact on our program.” Kozlowski won the 2016 Iowa 2A State Champion after finishing sixth in 2015. She helped the Rough Riders to an Iowa 2A team state championship in 2015. Kozlowski is ranked third in the state of Iowa and 26th in the Plains Region by TennisRecruiting.net. She is the daughter of Drake head men’s tennis coach Davidson Kozlowski.  Webb is ranked the top U18 singles player in England. She advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 Winter National Tour Grade 2 doubles. Last year, Webb made it to the semifinals of the Great Britain National U16 Junior Championships and won numerous regional tournaments in doubles and singles. In 2014, she was included into the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) Aegon FutureStars program, which recognizes and supports some of the best juniors in England. She also reached top-30 in the U16 national rankings and top-50 in the U18 national rankings in 2014. “We are also thrilled to welcome Megan Webb to the Bulldog family. Megan brings passion and maturity to our team. She is a very competitive person and is disciplined in everything she does,” Tran said. “We look forward to having her on campus and she will be a great representative of Drake women’s tennis.”  DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team has signed high school standouts Alex Kozlowski (Des Moines, Iowa) and Megan Webb (Wotton-Under-Edge, England) to National Letter of Intent, head coach Mai-Ly Tran announced. Kozlowski is a local product from Des Moines Roosevelt High School and will join the team in January, while Webb will join the squad in August.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Daffy Daffodil Darwinism

first_imgThe daffodil flower has an extra part.  This can only mean it evolved.  That’s what science reporters are saying, leading some readers to wonder how they got there from here.    Most flowers are made of petals, sepals, carpels and stamens, but the distinctive trumpet-shaped corona of the daffodil seems unrelated.  The BBC News began with a tame article that buried the E-word evolution in the text: “It’s the way novelties evolve in nature,” claimed Robert Scotland of the University of Oxford.  His team dissected bulbs looking for the developmental origins of the corona, and found that it develops later and independently of the four other flower parts.  “The evolution of novelty within such a highly conserved but diverse system is interesting,” Scotland continued.  “It’s part of understanding the natural world.  Whether that’s new species, new genera or just what the trumpet of a daffodil is.”  (Note: conserved means unevolved.)    By next day, the BBC News Wales was ready for a Darwin Parade, with Robert Scotland acting as Grand Marshall.  A video clip called the daffodil “an example of evolution in action,” putting the evil-lution in the pronunciation that Brits are wont to do.  After celebrating the daffodil as the national flower of Wales and praising its chemical extracts that help slow the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease, the narrator called the daffodil “a symbol of evolution as well as a symbol of Wales.”Did Robert tie the corona to a mutation?  No.  Did he identify a common ancestor?  No.  Did he explain how the corona produced better fitness?  No.  (No fair saying that it manipulated humans to plant more of them.)  Did he contribute to understanding the natural world?  You decide if this is understanding or evil-illusion.    Happy St. David’s Day anyway.  “Brothers be ye constant.  The yoke which with single mind ye have taken, bear ye to the end; and whatsoever ye have seen with me and heard, keep and fulfil.” – David, patron saint of Wales, March 1, 588.  Yes, brethren, bear the yoke of defeating dumb Darwinism with constancy.  For relief, search on Google or Bing for images of daffodils and resolve to plant some bulbs next fall.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Community’s future in berry farming

first_imgRay Maota The Amajuba Berries Project will bethe largest berry project in the southernhemisphere when it is completed by theend of 2012.(Image: Wikipedia) Moemise Motsepe, NEF’s marketing andcommunications manager, said that theNEF tries to redress the inequalitiesbrought on by apartheid, which madeblack economic participation oblique.(Image: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Goodman SkhosanaAmajuba Berries: HR Manager+27 17 735 5410The people of Charlestown in KwaZulu-Natal are reaping the sweet benefits of land restitution.The once-dispossessed community now have their ancestral land back – 45 years after being forcibly removed by the apartheid government.They are using their land to grow raspberries and strawberries, and plan to create the largest farm of its kind in the southern hemisphere within the next five years.The Amajuba Berries Project started in 2007, after the land was returned to the community in 2003 under the Restitution of Land Rights Act.The community of over 1 000 all stand to gain from the berry farm, which currently sees 59 local people permanently employed in the project, with a further 300 finding jobs seasonally as pickers and packers.Amajuba is owned by the Charlestown Community Trust and is supported financially to the tune of almost R40-million (US$5-million) by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Empowerment Fund (NEF).Berry farming was a clear choice for Amajuba because, according to Goodman Skhosana, the project’s human resource manager, “there are very few berry producers in South Africa, and the market price of berries is higher than other fruits”.Charlestown also turned out to be the ideal location. “A climatic crop mapping study showed berries were best suited to the climate.”Raspberries are ripe for picking between November and June and the strawberry season runs from October to May. The current crops are looking good, says Skhosana.Reaping the benefits of ancestral landThe project is an example of how successful land restitution can be.In 1967 the community was forcibly removed under the Group Areas Act of 1950, which separated racial groupings from living together. The families were moved to the mountainous area of Madadeni in KwaZulu-Natal.Like most communities in those circumstances, the people battled extreme poverty, joblessness and social dislocation.In 2003 the Charlestown Community Trust acquired Farm Belfast to resettle those families and a big decision was taken – to set up a commercial farming operation to improve the livelihood of those who moved back to the land.The jobs created from this venture, says Skhosana, are mainly for women.Farm Belfast covers an area of 60 hectares and is expected to produce 12 tons of berries per hectare annually at optimum.During the 2008/2009 season – its first – Amajuba produced 25 000 tons.Phase 1 of the farm is complete, with 20 ha of cultivated land. The second, and final, phase is expected to be finished by the end of 2012.Amajuba is just one of the farming projects run by the trust, which has 1 100 beneficiaries, represented by an 11-member board of trustees.“The trust owns 12 farms in Charlestown totalling 8 054 ha, and has other projects including cattle breeding, a commercial timber project and a dairy project, although the berry project is the cream of the crop,” Skhosana says.Project ownershipHoldings in Amajuba Berries are shared between the NEF (51%), the IDC (39%) and investor Frans Fourie’s Prosperity Trust (10%).The NEF sees its investment as vital to redressing economic inequalities.Moemise Motsepe, NEF’s marketing and communications manager, said: “South Africa was for many years characterised by apartheid which made black economic participation oblique.“The role that the NEF plays is to try to redress those inequalities by funding projects like Amajuba Berries.”Another investor is Frans Fourie, a Free State raspberry farmer, who has invested R3.8-million ($458 000) worth of expertise, equipment and plant in Amajuba. He’s also brought his own experience and guidance to the project.However, the community trust will be repaying the debts and once this is done will own 90% of the project.Skhosana says: “After the investment money has been paid back with interest, only then will the people of Charlestown benefit financially from the project.”In the meantime the community are learning a multitude of skills from management techniques to hands-on farming.last_img read more

Innovation research needs more investment

first_imgTo improve the economy, it is crucial to improve education and the number and level of maths and science graduates. They, in turn, need to be fed into the research and innovation sector, it was discussed at the launch of the South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators. Dr. Azar Jammine said it is vital that South Africa sells more innovation abroad and more is done to get investments for research in science, technology and innovation. (Image: Supplied, Department of Science and Technology) • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power • African entrepreneur sold his belongings to start Kisua • Africa played a role in ending World War 2 • MeerKAT reaches another milestone • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap Melissa JavanThere is a need for South Africa to sell more innovation abroad and to invest in research in science, technology and innovation, according to Dr Azar Jammine, an economist and member of the National Advisory Council of Innovation (NACI).Jammine, the director and chief economist of Econometrix, an independent economic consultancy, was speaking at the launch of the 2014 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators booklet on 15 May in Pretoria.The NACI advises the minister of science and technology, and through the minister the Cabinet, on the role and contribution of innovation, including science and technology, in promoting and achieving national objectives. These objectives include improving quality of life for South Africans as well as promoting sustainable growth and international competitiveness.Indicators included in the booklet are the rising unemployment rate, the amount of researchers in South Africa compared to other countries, and the number of schoolchildren who pass science and maths.According to the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa’s exports of pharmaceuticals increased by 43.5% between 2012 and 2013, while imports decreased by 3%. “The report [booklet] provides aggregated data from various sources to evaluate the state of science, technology and innovation in South Africa by appraising, among other things, the country’s human capital development, research capacity and export performance, and the impact this has on quality of life and wealth creation.Trend analysis“The 2014 report focuses mainly on data for the period 2004 to 2014, which allows for a proper trend analysis over a period of time.”Speaking at the launch, Jammine said that there were early signs of import substitution – the replacing of foreign imports with domestic production – in the pharmaceutical industry, but more time was needed to monitor the new development.A lot needed to be done to complete the booklet, he added. “We need the various government departments to start collaborating and integrating [in the science, technology and innovation sector].”New factors included in the report this year were Dineledi Schools data, data on matric physical science, knowledge on network data, foreign direct investment and data on mobility of South African researchers. Jammine explained that it showed:That over 25% of university enrolments should be at postgraduate level by 2030;That there should be an increase in access to science and maths, especially for underprivileged schools;That there should be an increase in the number of university students eligible for maths and science courses; and,That the number of schoolchildren passing maths and science above 60% should increase. Jammine said that the number of schoolchildren passing maths and science above 60% should increase. “The link between unemployment and education is undeniable.” (Image: Media Club SA)Education as an economic challenge“I find it terrifying when addressing the economy of the future. [The level of education] is a single economic challenge. Unless we get that right, we’re not going to get the economy right,” Jammine said, adding that 20% of pupils should leave Grade 12 with 50% in maths and science.“The link between unemployment and education is undeniable. We have to address this to have success [in the future of our economy.]”In addition, the number of people involved in research should be increased. “Currently there are 1.5 per 1 000 people employed in South Africa in the research fields. China, for example, has 1.8 and the Russia Federation has 6.2.”Jammine pointed out that the majority of the researchers in South Africa were white males.There was a lack of capital investment from business as well as a lack of investment for research, which was worrying. “Currently, there’s a missing link between the government and the private sector. There has been a lack of trust that has developed in the government in the last five years.”Investment in researchHe said businesses should invest in research, so that the government could put more into it. “The government is currently under pressure.”During a question and answer session, there were comments from the audience that there needed to be a space for businesses to communicate with the government effectively. One commentator said the government needed to ensure that businesses were real partners and that they had a voice.Thiru Swettenham, the programme co-ordinator of the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, said there was a need for more integration and co-ordination in the public sector to support innovations coming out of the small business sector. “[The] government has to create an environment which can take risk to support innovation.”The programme, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a four-year pilot project that seeks to guide innovation in southern Africa. It supports collaboration between the innovation systems of African countries in order to create a positive impact on economic and social development in the region.last_img read more

Do You Speak Global Innovation?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We at ReadWriteWeb believe that innovation is a global business (as we noted in an earlier post on the Global Innovation Graph). The “death of distance” – the notion that the Internet makes location irrelevant – may be an exaggeration. Face to face always matters, and that will happen where hubs of expertise and capital emerge. Silicon Valley will likely remain the uber-hub for a long time. But the Internet does dramatically make it possible for an entrepreneur to start from anywhere and assemble a dream team of experts, partners, and customers from anywhere else. Innovation is not just a Valley story or a US story: it is a global story. And we want to write more about this exciting story. In this post, we’ll tell you a bit about how we are starting to do that.Language MattersEnglish is the de facto lingua franca of global business (pardon the Latin). If you want to do business globally, you have to be able to speak and write English. But most of the world’s conversations occur in other languages. We want ReadWriteWeb to be a venue for conversations about innovation not just in English but in all major languages. We want to hear stories about innovation in those languages by people who live and work in those countries. We also want some of those stories to be translated back into English for a global audience – English serving as the hub, as it were.Our Trailblazing Site in France bernard lunn ReadWriteWeb France is blazing a trail that we want to follow into other countries. Web innovators in France can now read a selection of posts from ReadWriteWeb in French. Fabrice Epelboin and his team translate ReadWriteWeb posts into French, localize the stories, adding bits that make them relevant to France, and create new stories specific to France. Some of these stories are clearly important to readers outside of France, and we will be bringing these to our global audience. One example is Fabrice’s crusade against the Hadopi law. The law is specific to France, but the issues are global, and other governments are working on similar issues that could have alarming outcomes. We hope that ReadWriteWeb becomes both a local and global voice on issues such as this.5 Other Country Versions in the PipelineVersions of ReadWriteWeb are currently being created for:ChinaKoreaSpainHollandBrazilIn each country, we are working with an entrepreneur who is passionate about Web technology.These countries are all large economies. We already know how many people from these countries read our content in English. Many more will read and engage if the content is in their local language.Engagement is critical. Reading is easier than writing. Many people are comfortable reading a post in a foreign language: even if they don’t understand everything, they at least get critical information that is not available in their native language. But writing a comment and engaging in a conversation is much harder in a foreign language.Why We Naturally Take a Global ViewMany people assume, looking at our content, that ReadWriteWeb is based in Silicon Valley. We are not. We do have writers in the Valley, and we congregate there frequently for major events. But ReadWriteWeb’s founder and editor, Richard MacManus, is based in New Zealand. Our COO, Bernard Lunn, is based in New York but is a Brit who was born in Berlin and has lived and worked all around the world. We are a networked business, with no single location, using the online tools that we write about to run our business. So viewing anywhere in the world as a good place to report from and not regarding any place as “foreign” comes natural to us. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web last_img read more

Unclaimed Assets: An Overlooked Source of Cash

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] families move around a lot and this can lead to instances of “missing money.” It is estimated that some $300 billion in personal financial assets are “missing” nationwide. This figure includes wages, insurance proceeds and dividends, bank accounts, stock and bond payments, utility company deposits, pension benefits, and tax refunds.How does so much money get “lost” by so many people? There are a number of reasons:People neglect to retrieve a utility security deposit after movingStock dividends or other payments are sent to the wrong address and never forwardedPeople move or switch banks and fail to close out all their accountsPeople change jobs and former employers don’t know where to send pension benefits or final wagesClueless heirs are unaware that they are entitled to life insurance or cash left by a deceased relative“Snowbirds” lose mail between their summer and winter homesThe good news is that, thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to search for unclaimed property. The Web site, www.missingmoney.com, run by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, allows people to easily conduct a search. Another helpful resource is state unclaimed property agencies.What do state governments have to do with unclaimed property? Plenty! By law, after a certain period of time (generally 3 to 10 years), unclaimed assets must be turned over to the state through a process called escheat. Hundreds of millions of dollars are escheated to states each year. Companies that don’t comply can be assessed fines. States keep this money until a rightful owner shows up to claim it.It is advisable to conduct a search of every other state you (or a deceased relative) have lived in, as well as New York and Delaware, because that’s where a lot of financial institutions are incorporated. If you are due money, you’ll be sent an abandoned property claim form, which should be returned with proof of identity.Another source of missing money is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 800-829-1040. You can also check with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation for missing pensions. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. says it’s holding $265 million in unclaimed pensions and the average lost pension is worth about $1,100.Will military families become wealthy from unclaimed property? Probably not. While there are some exceptionally large payments that occasionally make headlines, most claims are for less than $1,000. Nevertheless, a dollar is a dollar. Why not check to see if there’s hidden treasure with your name on it?For further information about unclaimed assets, see MissingMoney.com and “6 Things to Know About Finding Unclaimed Assets.”last_img read more

Money and Marriage

first_imgBy Carol ChurchWhen two people walk down the aisle with stars in their eyes, we hope that fights and arguments are the farthest thing from their minds. But of course, for all couples, some conflict is inevitable.Did you know that financial issues are one of the top problem areas in marriage? According to research, money is one of the most frequent causes of marital arguments; one study found it to be the #1 source of conflicts for newlyweds. Money troubles may even be the marital problem that predicts divorce most strongly of all.These concerns can be cyclical, too. Lack of money and money problems create stress, which leads to fighting and unhappiness, which may even lead to communication problems that cause more money issues! This issue can get especially bad if couples tend to fight about money in an angry, bitter, and unproductive way.For service members, who face often other challenges, fights about money are another stressor that they definitely don’t need. However, as we all know, money can sometimes be a tough issue in military families, what with unexpected expenses, “up and down” compensation, and lower pay for many.So, what can couples do to manage money proactively and productively so that this issue doesn’t sabotage their happiness? Relationship experts and financial gurus offer some advice that can help.Image via Pixabay.com/CC0Ways to Reduce Money Problems and Financial Conflict Within a MarriageCommunicate about financial habits and beliefs: The financial attitudes, habits, and beliefs that we learn in childhood and further develop in adulthood can have a huge effect on how we manage our finances as adults…but styles definitely vary. (Are you a saver or spender? Do you embrace, tolerate, or fear risk?) To make the money merger a smooth one, couples should start talking about this issue long before wedding bells are ringing. For instance, will all accounts be shared? How much “fun money” does each spouse get? Getting on the “same page” can eliminate a lot of strife. Check out the Money Habitudes program to learn more about these concepts. Be cautious of debt: For most couples, some debt will be inevitable. However, it’s important to draw a distinction between consumer debt, such as credit card balances, car payments, or payday loans, and other types of debt, like mortgages and student loans. Studies find that consumer debt is linked to lower marriage satisfaction, more fights, and more feelings that things are “unfair” in the marriage. What’s more, over time, couples that continue to take on debt may be more likely to split up. To give marriages their best chance, keep consumer debt balances low. Have a plan: Our financial lives proceed more smoothly when we create measurable, achievable goals and a plan to meet them. Couples who make time to set this into motion will benefit from the feeling of accomplishment and teamwork that follows. Don’t forget to discuss your hopes and dreams for your financial future, too. Prioritize savings and build an emergency fund: Wise couples start early in building savings, even when money is tight. Setting early goals of putting a certain percentage of each paycheck away will do wonders in keeping the financial wolf away from the door and preventing the stress and conflict that can tear couples apart when emergency strikes. Programs like America Saves and Military Saves can help.What Do Happy Couples Do?Here’s one last thought. An interesting study looked at about 65 “very happy” married couples and asked them how they managed money in their relationships. While not every couple handled things the same way, there were some interesting patterns. On the whole, these blissful men and women tended to:Avoid debtDeputize one person to be the “money manager”Live a frugal lifestyleEnjoy high levels of trust and communicationFor couples wanting to build a strong, lifelong partnership, trust and healthy communication about money and finances are definitely part of the picture. A big part of accomplishing this is simply being deliberate about money rather than making assumptions or letting things “just happen.” Service members and their families have unique resources available to them to help them manage their financial lives; with assistance, they can create a healthy financial partnership.Save the dates of our 3-part Family Finances Series which begins July 10 with a webinar on Separation & Single Parenting in the Military.References:Dew, J. (2008). Debt change and marital satisfaction change in recently married couples. Family Relations, 57(1), 60-71.Dew, J. (2011). The association between consumer debt and the likelihood of divorce. Journal of Family Economic Issues, 32, 554-564. doi: 10.1007/s10834-011-9274-zDew, J., Britt, S., & Huston, S. (2012). Examining the relationship between financial issues and divorce. Family Relations 61, 628-615. DOI:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00715.xNational Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families. (n.d.) Strong families: Tips for healthy financial management.Skogrand, L., Johnson, A.C., Horrocks, A.M. et al. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. (2011) 32: 27. doi:10.1007/s10834-010-9195-2 Learn to budget and live within the family’s means: Gaining a basic grasp of how money goes in and out of the family and learning where to cut may seem basic, but it’s easy to put off or avoid. Apps and money management programs can help make this process easier.last_img read more

Education Minister Highlights Need for Skills Training

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid has reiterated the importance for today’s youth to be trained and certified in specialised skill areas that are in demand in an increasingly competitive labour market.He made the call at the closing ceremony for the National Skills Competition held at the National Arena on February 22.He encouraged the youth to make use of training opportunities at the HEART Trust/ NTA and other training institutions.“This economy is poised for take-off. The rate of job growth is going way ahead of the labour force. We don’t have enough trained persons. In fact, we are running out of Jamaicans for the jobs that are becoming available,” Mr. Reid said.Jamaica’s overall labour force comprised 1.34 million persons as at October 2017, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) survey, reflecting a decrease of 6, 500, compared to the previous year.Senator Reid stated that with new developments and the restructuring of some major sectors in Jamaica, more skilled-based job opportunities will become available for which Jamaicans need to be prepared for.“If the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector continues to grow at the rate it is going, and then it goes to 100,000 and 200,000 [employees], we are going to need enough workers for that,” he said.Mr. Reid also mentioned the Chinese investment of US$6 billion to develop an industrial park and special economic zone alongside the JISCO/Alpart operations in Nain, the St Elizabeth and the proposed Vernamfield aerodrome in Clarendon.“We can’t allow all these developments to occur in our country and not ensure that our young people are ready for these opportunities. So this Skills Competition is not only showcasing our capabilities, but also our possibilities, because equally, we as Jamaicans are competing for markets, investment, logistics and international business,” he said.More than 6,000 students participated in the 2018 National Careers Week (NCW) and Skills Competition.Under the theme ‘Building the Future by Guiding the Present, the initiative, organised by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in collaboration with public- and private-sector partners, aims to promote and introduce new skills and entrepreneurial opportunities to youth. More than 6,000 students participated in the 2018 National Careers Week (NCW) and Skills Competition. Jamaica’s overall labour force comprised 1.34 million persons as at October 2017, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) survey, reflecting a decrease of 6, 500, compared to the previous year. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid has reiterated the importance for today’s youth to be trained and certified in specialised skill areas that are in demand in an increasingly competitive labour market.last_img read more

Starkey Partners with Juliet Holness Foundation to Bring Hearing to More Jamaicans

first_img More Jamaicans with hearing difficulties are to benefit from free hearing aids and aftercare under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Juliet A. Holness Foundation and the United States-based Starkey Hearing Foundation. More Jamaicans with hearing difficulties are to benefit from free hearing aids and aftercare under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Juliet A. Holness Foundation and the United States-based Starkey Hearing Foundation.The MOU follows a special mission to the island by members of the foundation in June, where more than 400 persons received custom hearing aids.More than 800 people were fitted with hearing aids by the Starkey team in 2017, who continue to receive monthly aftercare free of cost.The agreement, which was signed on Tuesday (September 4) at Jamaica House, will also seek to establish a framework of cooperation and collaboration with stakeholders to expand Starkey Foundation’s hearing health programme in the Caribbean.Speaking with JIS News, Mrs. Holness said the initiative is important in creating a more inclusive society.“This is an initiative that we will be able to carry across Jamaica to ensure that every single child and adult who is unable to hear can do so,” she said.Mrs. Holness commended Starkey for its commitment to improving the lives of persons with hearing disabilities.“It not only provides hearing aids; it has been able to maintain a programme of continuous checks and ensuring that the hearing is supported long-term. They provide maintenance and follow-up throughout life, and that is very special for those who cannot afford it,” she noted.Director of Global Development for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Owen Olende, said the agreement is an important step in building multiple partnerships as it seeks to widen its operations in the Caribbean region.He hailed the cooperation with the Juliet A. Holness Foundation to “enable us to get the right stakeholders on board” in order to extend the reach of the initiative.To ensure the sustainability of the programme, Mr. Olende said that training will be done at the community level to build capacity.“Part of the sustainability plan is engaging in research with local universities to come up with more Jamaica-relevant programmes and be able to scale up the programme throughout the four regions in Jamaica. We will work closely with the Ministry of Health through the Juliet A. Holness Foundation to make sure we achieve that within the next year or so,” he said.“With your support, we will be able to scale up the programme not only in Jamaica, but in the wider Caribbean region. Through the signing of this MOU, you will officially be our ambassador for the region,” he added.The partnership is the first activity under the recently launched Juliet A. Holness Foundation, which seeks to advance Mrs. Holness’ passion for health, education and family values.Starkey Hearing Foundation is a global organisation that provides custom hearing aids to people in need.It has community-based programmes in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central America, the Middle East, South-East Asia and the Caribbean, with the aim of providing services at no cost to the beneficiaries and to promote healthy hearing medical care worldwide. The MOU follows a special mission to the island by members of the foundation in June, where more than 400 persons received custom hearing aids. More than 800 people were fitted with hearing aids by the Starkey team in 2017, who continue to receive monthly aftercare free of cost. Story Highlightslast_img read more