President Ty Handy of Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that one of the signature business/labor/education partnership programs delivered at the college — The Verizon/CWA/IBEW Next Step Program — won the Stevie Award® for Best Human Resource Team in the 2007 American Business Awards on June 11, 2007.Stevie Awards were presented in over 40 categories including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, and Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. More than 2,000 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” (New York Post,April 27, 2005), The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business.In winning the Stevie Award®, this education program for line maintenance personnel beat out other finalists including DHL Express and Marriott. Dan Crocitto, Verizon’s Next Step Program Co-Director was presented the Stevie Award®, before a packed ballroom at Marriott Marquis in New York City. In accepting the Stevie Award®, Crocitto said, “The award acknowledges the successes of our educational partnership and the quality of work and creative talent of every individual on our team; a team that has maintained a clear focus on the value of an education and the significant impact it has on the individual students, as well as the program’s partners.”Dr. Joseph N. Joyce Jr., Director the Next Step Program in New England noted, “The selection of Next Step in this competitive process is testimony to the success of this pioneering corporate, union and educational initiative.”Next Step Program:By the mid-1990s the senior leaders of NYNEX (now Verizon) and its two principal employee unions, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), knew they must adapt if the company was to survive and thrive in a business environment of deregulation, global competition, and rapid technological change.The Next Step Program (NSP) became the vehicle for achieving the desired results. The company and the union together turned to partner public institutions, like Vermont Technical College, and others throughout New York and New England for program development and implementation. In total, a coalition of twenty-five colleges teamed to develop, accredit, and deliver a common AAS degree program at twenty-eight locations.Today, the Next Step Program boasts:Over 3,200 graduates, 21,152 applicants since its inception.On average, 7 employees applying for each available seat.Participants who surpass their national counterparts in higher GPA ranges.A participant retention rate of 75%, versus a 48% national rate, and 30% of graduates who continue their formal education.The Program takes participants four years to complete, taking classes one day per week as part of their regular work duty. It is funded entirely by Verizon, and managed by Co-Directors from the company, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
There was nothing to separate the two teams on the day (Getty Images)On one of the most highly-anticipated games of the season, Manchester United and Liverpool shared a point after playing out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.An injury-interrupted game never really got going and in the end, both teams will have accepted that the end result was a just one. Liverpool will have hoped for more but the stalemate takes them a point ahead of Manchester City at the Premier League summit.Here are the key talking points from Old Trafford.Solskjaer sends Sanchez a messageOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s preparations for the game had taken a hit after both Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial were ruled out on the eve of it and his plans suffered a further dent inside the opening 25 minutes as both Ander Herrera and Juan Mata hobbled away from the action.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt looked at one stage as though the Norwegian would have to use his full complement of substitutes inside the opening half-hour with Marcus Rashford also struggling after receiving a hefty whack to his ankle from England colleague Jordan Henderson. The adrenaline probably got the Mancunian through it.Although chucking Alexis Sanchez on in place of Herrera would have been a ballsy move, switching the Chilean on for the Mata would have been a more straightforward decision. Instead, Solskjaer called upon a half-fit Jesse Lingard to plug the gap – a rather damning indictment of Sanchez’s current standing in the pecking order. 3 – Manchester United are the first team to make three substitutions in the first half of a Premier League game since Burnley in January 2015 vs Newcastle United. Ailing. #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/tjWhNuxLMy— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2019 Jurgen Klopp cut a frustrated figure throughout the game at Old Trafford (Getty Images)A draw against Old Trafford must never be taken for granted, of course, particularly given the exhilarating form United have been in under their interim manager, yet given all of the problems the hosts faced in the build-up and during the game itself, this was a huge opportunity for Liverpool to lay down a marker and get a massive victory.AdvertisementInstead, they offered a damp squib of a performance, failing to test David De Gea with anything of note and struggling to dominate against an opponent whose match plans were thrown into disarray in the first half and who virtually played the entire second half a man light due to Rashford’s restrictive injury.Liverpool may yet end their long wait for a Premier League title come what May but their recent wobble has thrown up valid question marks over their temperament and ability to overcome that mental hurdle and get over the line.A reaction against in-form Watford on Wednesday is most certainly required.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Oliver Young-MylesSunday 24 Feb 2019 4:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link66Shares Liverpool fail to capitalise against injury-hit Manchester United When Lingard himself had to come off shortly after being brilliantly thwarted by Alisson as he tried to round the Brazilian, Solskjaer had virtually no option to turn to Sanchez. Had one of Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly or Fred been preferred in that scenario the obituaries of Sanchez’s career would undoubtedly have started to have been written.One of Solskjaer’s biggest accomplishments since assuming the reigns at Old Trafford has been to resurrect the form of Paul Pogba, Martial and Rashford yet Sanchez has been the exception to the rule. A goal against former club Arsenal aside, he has continued to be a colossal disappointment in a United shirt under new management.In fairness to United’s No.7, the circumstances weren’t there for him to make much of an impact today. Solskjaer re-jigged his side at the interval with United set-up in a defensive 4-5-1 shape with Sanchez virtually playing as a second left-back. Still, it was another game in which he failed to make an impact and the clock is ticking on his United career.Subdued Salah subbed offIn the opening minutes of the game, Mohamed Salah danced away from his opposite man Luke Shaw in a piece of play that made you worry it could be a long afternoon for the United left-back. That was as good as it got for Salah, though, as yet again he struggled to exert any influence in a big game.The Egyptian failed to score or provide an assist for the seventh time in eight games against top-six opponents this season. Furthermore, his only strike against one of Liverpool’s direct rivals came from the penalty spot against Arsenal in December.After smashing records galore during his first season in a Liverpool shirt, Salah was always going to become a marked man in his second campaign making things more difficult for him to have quite the same remarkable impact as before. Advertisement Mohamed Salah had a dreadful afternoon at Old Trafford (Getty Images)Being doubled up on by opponents hasn’t stopped Salah smashing goals in against lesser opponents as a record of 17 league goals already demonstrates, yet in the bigger games against the cream of the crop, he is undoubtedly finding it difficult.AdvertisementAdvertisementNothing came off for Salah on the day. His touch deserted him, his decision-making was all over the place and he failed to register a single shot on target or create a chance during his time on the pitch. With Liverpool chasing a winner, it was Salah who made way for Divock Origi. Such a scenario would have been unthinkable last season.Shaw was excellent, winning the man of the match award for his efforts in stifling Salah, yet he isn’t the first left-back to do so this term. Liverpool have not been at their best for a number of weeks now and they will need their ‘Egyptian King’ to rediscover his mojo quickly if they are to get their title challenge back on track.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLiverpool show title nerves againHaving not won a top-flight title since 1990, the big question on everyone’s lips has been can Liverpool handle the pressure of being Premier League title favourites?During the first half of the season, there were no signs of nerves as Liverpool racked up victories and clean sheets for fun en route to opening up a seven-point gap over their nearest challengers Manchester City.As the season has progressed, though, Liverpool have looked far less assured, dropping points against Leicester City and West Ham to allow City back in. The swashbuckling football has subsided of late, making way for a series of nervy performances. Advertisement Comment
9 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Toy flies the flag at Royal St George’s Emily Toy became the latest England women’s squad player to push the professionals all the way with another quality performance in the fourth event of the Rose Ladies Series at Royal St George’s.The reigning British Women’s Amateur champ had leader and eventual winner Gemma Dryburgh firmly in her sights for most of her round and was in hot pursuit as she approached a tough closing stretch of holes.Eventually, Toy signed for a two-over par round of 72 to finish in a tie for fourth and three shots behind Scots ace Dryburgh who followed up her win last week at Buckinghamshire Golf Club with another landmark success on the Kent coast.Playing in the first ever professional ladies’ event at the Open Championship venue, Toy proudly blazed a trail on behalf of England Golf alongside fellow England internationals Charlotte Heath and Amelia Williamson.For the fourth week in a row, an England Golf amateur player was able to claim a top ten finish in a field of mostly LET professionals. Lily May Humphreys, Annabell Fuller, Samantha Fuller and Mimi Rhodes had previously gatecrashed the professional party.Toy proved last summer that she had the game for tough links conditions having claimed the British Amateur crown at Royal County Down.On a course playing all of its 6,300 yard length with a very tough par of 70, Toy’s latest showing will give her great belief going into the rest of an abbreviated season of events.Two consecutive birdies on the sixth and seventh holes allowed the Cornish golfer to reach the turn in level par.Four straight pars from the 10th kept Toy (pictured below) level with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull just a shot adrift of Dryburgh before the setback of a bogey six at the tough 14th.A dropped shot on the testing 18th should not take away from Toy’s showing in another superb field.Elsewhere, there were positives for the other England Golf participants.Heath showed real nerve and ability to win the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship in January.In very different, blustery conditions on the Kent coast, the Yorkshire golfer was out in the first group of the day and once again showed signs of her talents.An eagle two at the 360-yard ninth hole helped the England women’s squad player reach the turn in one over par.Another two, this time at the 175-yard par three, 11th hole, was another highlight of a day which saw the 18-year-old eventually sign for an eight over par round of 78.Also joining her on that score was England overseas squad member Williamson (pictured above).The 20-year-old from Norfolk was looking forward to testing herself on one of only four English courses currently on the Open rota.For the University of Florida student, 11 pars and a birdie at the par 5, 15th hole will give her plenty to build on in the weeks ahead.Full scores from the fourth event in the Rose Ladies Series can be found here.The next tournament will be staged on Thursday 15 July at the JCB Golf and Country Club. Tags: Amelia Williamson, Charlotte Heath, Emily Toy, Rose Ladies Series
“It is another challenge and we expect a good result because last time we tried and got some good results against Mauritius. This time we are lucky because we have almost the same group that did the job in the first game and that gives us a slight advantage,” Kimanzi said as the team left on Sunday.He added; “We expect a tough game but we are looking forward for positive results.”Kimanzi’s charges will look on for a positive result in the first leg before welcoming the Sudanese to the return fixture in Nairobi next Tuesday with the winner of this tie facing either Nigeria or Libya after which the winner earns a place in Egypt.Consequently, taking part in the U23 AFCON will be used as a qualification tournament for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.“We go to Sudan with huge motivation and we hope we can sustain it to the game and earn a positive result. We are focused and we have a set of players who have been active competitively in the league and that gives us an edge,” Kimanzi further stated.This is the second time in three years Kenya heads out to Sudan for an age-grade competition with the first having been in the Under-20 qualifiers in 2016 where Kenya drew 1-1 but the second leg was called off after a successful Sudanese protest on the documents of some Kenyan players.Harambee Stars Under-23 head coach Francis Kimanzi watches on during training. PHOTO/FKFIn that match, Teddy Osok, now the assistant captain of the U23 team played a vital role in midfield and he hopes to have the same influence this time round and aid the team to victory.“We have prepared very well in the few days we have been in camp and we know it will not be an easy game in Sudan. But we have to fight to get positive results,” the Wazito FC midfielder noted.Kimanzi’s squad to Khartoum is endowed with enough experience with skipper Joseph Okumu leading the foreign legion that travels in for the tie.Other foreign based players in the squad include winger Ovellah Ochieng and Georgia based Alwyn Tera.The new faces in the squad include Sofapaka striker John Avire who has scored five goals so far this season and he comes in place of teammate Piston Mutamba who has been overlooked for the away trip.Also included is Nairobi Stima midfielder Curtis Wekesa.Travelling squad to SudanGoalkeepersTimothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks)DefendersMike Kibwage (KCB), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United), Yusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs, USA), Boniface Onyango (Kariobangi Sharks), Moses Mudavadi (Bandari)MidfieldersTeddy Osok (Wazito), Tobias Otieno (Sony Sugar), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Alwyn Tera (FC Saburtalo, Georgia), Peter Thiongo (Kakamega Homeboyz), Curtis Wekesa (Nairobi Stima), Sven Yidah (Kariobangi Sharks)ForwardsBoniface Mukhekhe (Mt Kenya United), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund FC, Sweden), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Jafari Owiti (AFC Leopards), John Avire (Sofapaka)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars U23 defender Johnston Omurwa (centre) is congratulated by teammates Ovella Ochieng (left) and Chris Onyango (right) after scoring the opening goal during their Olympic 2020 Qualifier against Mauritius on November 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – The Harambee Stars Under-23 squad departed the country Sunday night for Khartoum, Sudan with focus sharply inclined towards earning a place in the Under-23 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be held in Egypt later this year.The Junior Stars under the tutelage of Mathare United tactician Francis Kimanzi are looking to emulate the seniors when they take on hosts Sudan in the first leg of the second qualification match in Khartoum on Wednesday night.
Box Score (PDF) Watch Live Next Game: at Southern Illinois 10/4/2019 – 6 p.m. Preview Live Stats CHICAGO, Ill. – The Loyola University volleyball team capitalized on Drake errors to defeat the Bulldogs in four sets Monday evening at Gentile Arena.The Ramblers took the Missouri Valley Conference match, 3-1, by set scores of 27-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-18 behind four players with double-figure kills, including Taylor Venuto with 15 kills on 33 attempts.Drake (7-9, 1-2 MVC) was led by Gillian Gergen’s 14 kills, six blocks and six digs. Emily Plock also added 12 kills and 10 digs. Haley Bush led all players with 20 kills, but they were tempered by 19 errors on a night in which the Bulldogs committed 34 attack errors.Paige Aspinwall continued to shine with a season-high 50 assists and a career-high 21 digs. Kylee Macke also added 20 digs for the Bulldogs.The first three sets were tightly contested throughout. However, Loyola (9-6, 2-0 MVC) pulled away for good in the fourth set by building up a six-point lead midway through the set to defeat the Bulldogs.Drake remains on the road for its next matches with an upcoming series at SIU and Missouri State. The MVC road swing continues Friday at SIU for a 6 p.m. match followed by a Saturday match at Missouri State scheduled for 6 p.m. Story Links Full Schedule Roster ESPN3 Print Friendly Version
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio FFA members Gabe Nichols, Slate Kellis, and Jonathan Seymore check out Case IH display in the trade show, one of their favorite stops. This special John Deere B commemorates the 75-year relationship between FFA and John Deere, the longest running corporate sponsor of the FFA. Ridgemont FFA was a Strengthening Agriculture National Chapter Award finalist. St. Marys FFA was a finalist in the Building Communities National Chapter Award. Matt Reese stopped and talked with some Wilmington College students at the National FFA Expo. FFA members from Kenton and A. B. Graham say “hello” from National Convention. State officers Grant Lach, Koleson McCoy, Bailey Eberhart, and Emma Dearth stopped by for an interview in the media room at National Convention. Ridgemont FFA was a Growing Leaders National Chapter Award finalist. Miami East FFA was a Growing Leaders National Chapter Award finalist. Morgan Anderson from Amanda-Clearcreek FFA completed in the Creed Speaking Contest. Aaron Sharp (left), Emma Dearth, Paige Hinton, and Noah Smith from Amanda-Clearcreek FFA competed in the 2018 Ag Communications CDE, finishing 8th nationally. Joel gets an update from Jacob Wuebker, Versailles about his Swine Production-Placement proficiency. Wuebker was one of 24 national proficiency finalists from Ohio in 2018. Joel and Matt spent a fair amount of time strolling FFA Way in Indianapolis at National FFA Convention this year. Meredith Bischoff-Kenton-OHP played in the National FFA Band. Carson Eyre, from Western Brown, was a proficiency winner inTurf Grass Management. State officers Grant Lach, Koleson McCoy, Bailey Eberhart, and Emma Dearth stopped by the media room for an interview. Ohio FFA State Officers at 2018 National FFA Convention. Photo courtesy of Koleson McCoy. Koleson talks with Joel backstage.
Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman is surrounded by North Korean officials and photographers upon his arrival at Sunan International Airport on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday after saying he wants to “open the door” to the regime and claiming that US President Donald Trump would be pleased with his mission.Sporting a baseball cap, sunglasses, multiple facial piercings and a black t-shirt emblazoned with the logo of sponsor PotCoin — a cryptocurrency for the legal cannabis industry — Rodman was greeted at Pyongyang airport by sports vice-minister Son Kwang Ho and journalists.ADVERTISEMENT Rodman has met Kim on some but not all of his previous trips.He has previously described his visits — including one in 2013 with the Harlem Globetrotters — as “basketball diplomacy” but has been roundly criticised for failing to raise human rights issues.A senior Trump administration official told Fox News Rodman was going to the North “as a private citizen”.Unlikely relationshipRodman, who is known as much for his piercings, ever-changing hair colours and off-court antics as his court skills, has developed an unlikely relationship with the North Korean leader since making his first trip there in 2013.The bombastic player — who once wore a wedding dress to promote one of his books — also knows Trump, having appeared as a contestant on his reality television show “Celebrity Apprentice”.Trump called Rodman “smart” for his 2013 trip to North Korea, Politico reported at the time.“The world is blowing up around us. Maybe Dennis is a lot better than what we have,” Trump was quoted as saying. “Dennis is not a stupid guy. He’s smart in many ways; he’s very street-wise.”Analyst Daniel Pinkston, a lecturer at Troy University, said he did not believe that Rodman was going as a back-channel emissary from Trump despite US media speculation.“I have high confidence that’s not the case but Dennis does know Trump and he does know Kim,” Pinkston said, adding that “it’s not a pre-planned thing, the White House, State Department calling him, saying ‘Take this envelope, say this thing’.” “I’m just trying to open the door,” the eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls power forward told reporters at Beijing airport before boarding his Air Koryo flight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAsked whether he had spoken with Trump about his trip, Rodman said: “I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need.”Rodman’s trip to North Korea is at least his fifth. Most recently in 2014 he attracted a deluge of criticism after being filmed singing happy birthday to his “friend for life”, leader Kim Jong-Un. LATEST STORIES View comments READ: North Korea expecting visit from Dennis Rodman Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The young Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, is reported to be a keen basketball fan and especially of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman played a key role in winning three NBA titles for them alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.Pinkston said the trip was likely part of an effort by the North’s foreign ministry to ease tensions with Washington.“They were looking at ways to do that and this was one of the instruments they were looking at, and the foreign ministry thought it was advisable to formally extend an invitation,” he told AFP.The North has occasionally jailed US citizens on charges ranging from hostile acts to illegal entry, and released them only after visits by high-profile figures including former president Bill Clinton. Rodman routinely distances himself from political events in North Korea. James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs The latest visit comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang — which is currently holding four Americans — following a series of missile tests by the North, which have triggered tightened UN sanctions.The 56-year-old NBA Hall of Famer, who was heavily criticised for failing to raise the plight of a jailed US missionary on a previous trip, said discussing detained US citizens was “not my purpose right now”.The player nicknamed “The Worm” is one of the few Westerners to have met Kim, who took over following the death of his father Kim Jong-Il in 2011.It is not clear whether Rodman, who once dated Madonna and was married to model and actress Carmen Electra, will be meeting Kim Jong-Un during the current trip or what its exact purpose is.He said in Beijing his aim is to try to “bring sports to North Korea”.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? 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BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)It’s been less than a week that new Alabama defensive backs coach Mel Tucker has been on the job. But it looks like he’s already become the victim of a rival team’s fan base having a little bit of fun on Twitter. Tucker joined the social media network on January 27, and sent out a few pro-Crimson Tide tweets in the days that followed. But over the past 18 hours, his account has tweeted out a number of pro-LSU messages instead. Clearly, someone with an affinity for the Tigers has taken over his account. Tucker may want to change up his password in the near future. Alabama’s recruits are probably a bit confused at the moment.
President Medina was met at the steps of the aircraft by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who led him to the dais for the Royal Salute and inspection of the Guard of Honour formed by the JDF. Story Highlights The official party then travelled to National Heroes Park for a floral tribute at the Cenotaph in honour of those who died in the world wars. President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, arrived in the island at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday (November 27) for a one-day State Visit. President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, arrived in the island at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday (November 27) for a one-day State Visit.His arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston was greeted with a symbolic 21-gun salute from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).President Medina was met at the steps of the aircraft by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who led him to the dais for the Royal Salute and inspection of the Guard of Honour formed by the JDF.The Governor-General then presented the Dominican Republic President to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.The Prime Minister, in turn, introduced President Medina to members of the Cabinet, including Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw; Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague; and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.Also on hand to greet the President were Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Dr. José Tomás Ares Germán; Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Lisa Hanna, who represented Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade; Commissioner of Police, George Quallo;Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles; President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson; Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams; Cabinet Secretary, Douglas Saunders; Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla; and Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Elinor Felix.The official party then travelled to National Heroes Park for a floral tribute at the Cenotaph in honour of those who died in the world wars.Later today, he will have discussions with the Government, led by Prime Minister Holness, on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. The meeting is aimed at forging deeper ties between both countries.President Medina will also attend a State Luncheon hosted by the Governor-General at King’s House.Danilo Medina Sánchez is the Dominican Republic’s 53rd President. He has been in office since 2012.At the end of the State Visit, President Medina will depart Kingston for Montego Bay where he will participate in the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference from November 27-29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Rescue Dinner (formally Freedom Award Dinner) to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.The event will honor Spyros Galinos, Mayor of Lesbos, Greece and The Mack Family.The Freedom Award is presented annually to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. This year’s Freedom Award will be presented to Mayor Spyros Galinos. During the past two years, more than 660,000 refugees have passed through the Greek island of Lesbos, the epicenter of the largest migration of people since World War II. The island’s population is only 86,000, but these generous people have invited 25,000 Syrians, Afghanis and others to settle among them. Mayor Galinos is being recognized for his efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of refugees as they face a harrowing journey, and for working to bring awareness to the tragic human costs of the current refugee crisis.Additionally, Christy and John Mack, along with their children Jenna, John and Stephen K. Mack, will receive the John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award. This award was created in recognition of Mr. Whitehead’s half-century of transformational leadership of the IRC and is presented annually to individuals who embody Mr. Whitehead’s spirit and passion for humanitarian causes and who have made significant contributions to saving and improving lives around the world. The Mack family is being recognized for their incredible support and engagement in Greece, with the IRC’s mobile health programs in Jordan, and their support of women and girls across the Middle East.“This year’s Rescue Dinner honorees embody the best of humanity. In a climate that can seem downright hostile at times, Mayor Galinos and the Mack family are living examples of the good that is desperately needed in the world right now. The choices they have made and the work that they do every day results in life-saving opportunities for thousands of refugees around the globe. We are humbled to honor them at this year’s gala,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.David Miliband will be joined on stage by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, a member of the IRC Board of Directors. The evening will also feature a special performance by Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker.The Co-Chairs for this year’s Freedom Award Dinner are Katherine Farley, Merryl H. Tisch, Maureen White and Tracy R. Wolstencroft.