Daily Archives: March 13, 2019

Lions Sight First Eye Hospital Honored for Championing Global Health Work with Golisano Global Health Leadership Award

Honoree Announced at Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics honored Lions Sight First Eye Hospital for bringing essential health care services to the most marginalized people on earth, those with intellectual disabilities (ID).

2019 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award Honorees. Seated from left to right: Luc Marks, Ann Costello, Nyasha Derera, Kamal Bani-Hani, Ashok Dhoble. Standing from left to right: Adnon Villamayor, Ying Feng, Javier Vasquez, Manoj Shah, Jayna Shah, Peter Seidenberg, Renee Manfredi, Drew Boshell, Reena Kumar

The Golisano Global Health Leadership Award, named for philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano, was presented to seven recipients at a ceremony today in Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.

The Golisano Global Health Leadership Award was established in 2017 to recognize the progress being made around the world to increase access to essential health care for people with ID. It is Special Olympics’ highest honor for health partners.

Lions Sight First Eye Hospital has made significant impact for follow-up care for Special Olympics Kenya athletes. In the past 5 years, the hospital has donated more than 1,000 eye glasses and conducted more than 15 surgeries free of charge for Special Olympics Kenya’s athletes.

“As we honor the 2019 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award honorees we recognize the impressive work health care professionals can achieve to care for a marginalized population,” shared Ann Costello, Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation. “We applaud these individuals and organizations and challenge others to make the same strides for people with ID.”

Special Olympics Health Lockup

The Golisano Foundation is making Special Olympics Health work possible globally and has invested $37 million to create and expand Special Olympics Healthy Communities throughout the world. Golisano’s gift is the largest received by Special Olympics, and is also the largest single gift ever given by Tom Golisano and his Foundation.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in more than 190 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including Bank of America, the Christmas Records Trust, The Coca-Cola Company, ESPN, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Lions Clubs International, Microsoft, Safilo Group, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, TOYOTA, United Airlines, and The Walt Disney Company.

Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundation

Tom Golisano — entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader — is the founder and chairman of the board of Paychex, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, NY, USA. With more than 12,000 employees and 100 office locations nationwide, Paychex is a leading national provider of payroll, human resource, and benefit outsourcing solutions for more than a half-million small and medium-sized businesses. Tom’s vision, perseverance and action have left an indelible mark on a broad spectrum of issues that touch our lives – in business, healthcare, education, voter policies, politics, and tax reform. A fierce advocate for dignity and inclusion, Tom Golisano applied his pioneering spirit to establish the Golisano Foundation to help make the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to Tom’s personal philanthropic contributions to hospitals, educational institutions and other organizations exceeding $300 million, the Golisano Foundation is now one of the largest private foundations in the United States devoted exclusively to supporting programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1985, the Foundation is focused on “Imagining the Possibilities.” With more than $40 million in gross assets, it has awarded more than $24 million in grants, about $2 million annually, to non-profit organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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UN: DR Congo Intercommunal Violence Was Orchestrated

GENEVA United Nations investigators say intercommunal attacks that killed more than 500 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo were orchestrated. The investigators from the U.N. human rights office in Congo say the attacks may amount to crimes against humanity.

The clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities took place in Yumbi territory, in Mai-Ndombe province, between December 16 and 18.

U.N. investigators who went there found the violence was planned and carried out with the support of traditional chiefs.

U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says the investigators verified at least 535 people were killed and more than 100 others injured.

These figures are most likely an underestimate,” she said. “The number of casualties is believed to be much higher as the bodies of some who died are believed to have been thrown into the Congo River. It is also not possible to confirm the number of people who are still missing as an estimated 19,000 people were displaced by the violence, 16,000 of whom crossed over into the Republic of Congo.

Shamdasani says fights between the two communities over land and fishing resources have broken out in the past, but never on this scale.

She says the violence was triggered by a dispute over the burial of a Banunu chief. She says the similarity of the attacks carried out over a three-day period across four different villages indicates prior consultation and organization.

Certain chiefs of the Batende-majority villages were cited by many sources as having taken part in the planning of the attacks. The investigation concluded that the crimes documented in Yumbi may amount to crimes against humanity of murder, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence, as well as persecution, said Shamdasani.

The report warns violence is likely to flare up again if the tensions and resentment between the two communities are allowed to fester.

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, is calling for the perpetrators of the crimes to be punished.

She is also urging the government to establish a truth and reconciliation process to address the problems between the Banunu and Batende communities and prevent further violence.

Source: Voice of America

Father of Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Mourns Irrepressible Son

WASHINGTON When Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plummeted to earth Sunday, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members, the captain, Yared Getachew, was en route from his adopted home, Ethiopia, to his country of birth, Kenya.

Although he was the youngest captain at the airline, 29-year-old Yared had completed the route between the East African nations’ capitals many times.

A veteran pilot with more than 8,000 hours of flight time and more than 10 years of experience, Yared is being remembered not only as an accomplished flyer but also a special child.

Yared’s father, Dr. Getachew Tesema, a surgeon, told VOA’s Amharic service his son was an A student, a swimmer so strong that classmates nicknamed him Mr. Fish and a young man engaged to be married.

He was hard working and respected everyone, old or young, Getachew said. People loved him and respected him, and he was a blessing in so many ways. He was very close to me.

The fifth of six children, Yared was born in Kenya in 1989. His mother, Rayan Shapi, is also a doctor and is Kenyan.

Yared excelled in school and returned to Ethiopia for college, later becoming a pilot for the largest airline in Africa and completing additional training in the United States.

I convinced him to go to Ethiopia for education instead of South Africa. I brought him here. I have other children, but I thought he would bring change to Ethiopia, Getachew said.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash, and details are emerging about the final moments of the aircraft, which fell to earth just six minutes after takeoff. Flight tracker information shows the Boeing 737 MAX-8 jet’s vertical speed was unstable, and Yared had radioed air traffic control to request a return to Bole International Airport just after taking off.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke from the rear of the aircraft before it crashed, according to the Associated Press.

I just hope that they would have one stone to commemorate him, for history or for the next generation, Getachew said. Not only for him, but everybody who was lost. Something in their memory where their names are carved. That’s my only wish. I lost a son whom I loved.

As the world seeks answers about the second deadly Boeing 737 MAX-8 crash in less than six months, Yared’s father has yet to reconcile life without his son.

My brain is numb, Getachew said. There isn’t anybody in the family that could repress how good he is. He was a special generation, a special being.

Source: Voice of America

MEC Beverley SchAfer raises awareness for Jump app

MEC of Economic Opportunities Beverley SchAfer to show her support for Jump app by jumping out of a plane

A new online platform for small businesses is about to launch and MECBeverley SchAfer will be jumping out of a plane to show her support.

Jump is a new way for entrepreneurs and small businesses to connect with each other, with business support, with business experts and with digital tools.

Jump helps SMMEs see what support is available to them, and to more efficiently access that support whether it’s a mentor, a funder or business advice from an expert.

Jump’s beta version will go live later this month, however businesses can already register now, so that they are listed when it goes live. Over 1100 businesses have already signed up.

As part of the launch, small business owners could enter into a competition to win a chance to skydive with MEC SchAfer. Farouk Gabier from Grassy Park won the opportunity. He is setting up a gym for children in his area called Urchin-Wildchild.

The pair will be taking the leap this week. Professional video footage of the jump will be available to media outlets on Monday.

MEC SchAfer said: “As part of our focus on the future economy, we have developed this digital solution which will help small businesses to access a range of support and solutions. We’ve already seen a number of businesses sign up to be involved, and I encourage all small businesses to sign up”.

Source: Government of South Africa

First Greece-Kuwait Joint Interministerial Committee (Athens 13-15 March 2019)

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Sia Anagnostopoulou will co-chair, along with Kuwait’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Nayef F. Al-Hajraf, the 1st Greece-Kuwait Joint Interministerial Committee (JIC), which will be held in Athens on 13-15 March 2019.

Proceedings are expected to cover the full range of bilateral economic relations and, in the same context, the processing of a large number of legal texts which will serve as the basis for further developing relations between the two countries, in new areas of economic and commercial activity will take place.

Upon conclusion of the proceedings of the JIC, on 15 March, at approximately 14:00, brief statements will be made to the Press.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic