Romario Willis of St George’s College and Tyrese Williams of Kingston College will represent Jamaica at the FLOW Ultimate Football Experience Final in Trinidad and Tobago on May 7. Willis won the top spot, while Williams was second at the event staged at Ballaz Liberty Park, located at Devon Road in St Andrew, on Saturday. They won from of field of 67 boys and one female competitor. All 68 persons received certificates of participation. Sean Porteous and Dwight Merrick of Jamaica College received special awards. They were presented with Manchester United jerseys. Two winners from several Caribbean countries will advance to the two-day skills session in Trinidad next month, to experience one-on-one training with Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and Manchester United Soccer School coaches. There, they will participate in a series of drills, designed by the coaches for the for the two top finalists to win a trip to Old Trafford in Manchester, England to watch Manchester United against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on May 21. Willis who is a 15 year-old and in third form says that he was highly confident in winning the top prize for a chance to go to the final in Trinidad. “I came here expecting to win because I put in a lot of work. It is an overwhelming feeling. I am going to Trinidad and then I will be in Manchester next month,” he said confidently. Manchester United’s past player and academy coach, Quinton Fortune says it was a good experience in his first visit to Jamaica. “It is a good experience been here for the first time in Jamaica. I enjoyed the experience with the kids, they have talent and are wonderful,” Fortune who represented Manchester for six years said. Carlo Redwood, LIME vice-president of marketing and television said the kids aged 13 to 16 were selected from across the island. “It is good to see the kids here who were selected from across the country. FLOW is continuing to develop football in association with the CFU,” Redwood said. HIGHLY CONFIDENT
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that the U.S. Government will commit $1 billion to The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, in the 2015-2018 fiscal years to help vaccinate 300 million children worldwide.A statement from USAID indicates that the amount announced is subject to congressional approval.It further states that the U.S. contribution will support Gavi’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children and save at least 5 million lives by 2020.If approved by the U.S. Congress, the US$1 billion will benefit Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa where Polio, whopping cough, diphtheria and tetanus have been affecting children with Ebola now taking center stage.“Providing a new and underutilized vaccine to the world’s poorest countries is a key driver in ending preventable child deaths by 2035,” the statement notes.Accordingly, USAID will be working closely with host country governments, Ministries of Health and Finance, and in-country and global Alliance partners, and will bring its financial, technical, and diplomatic efforts together to support country immunization programs to reach all children with critical, safe vaccines.”GAVI represents a groundbreaking effort that has unified a global community of partners — from rural clinics to multinational corporations — in the fight to end the tragedy of preventable child death,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “In doing so, we are strengthening our own national security, economic prosperity, and moral leadership.”For the third year in a row in his State of the Union address, President Obama embraced the vision of eradicating extreme poverty. USAID’s support for vaccines and immunization is foundational to these efforts.In June 2012, the world came together for the Child Survival Call to Action: A Promise Renewed, to craft a global goal to end preventable child deaths by 2035 and pioneer new approaches to accelerate progress towards child and maternal survival. In the last two years alone, 24 priority countries – of which 16 are in Africa – have achieved an eight percent reduction in under-five mortality, saving 500,000 lives.Many of these lives were saved by simple, low-cost, high-impact health interventions like vaccines. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was created in 2000, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.Since then, GAVI has helped immunize nearly 500 million children; saving 7 million lives, driven down the costs of life-saving vaccinations, and has helped the poorest countries expand their vaccination programs, the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The weather was blamed for part of the setback. November and December had been unusually mild while more normal winter weather returned to much of the country in January, depressing building activity. However, economists said the depth of the decline showed that housing was still facing major problems after a five-year boom that ended last year with falling construction and declining sales of both new and existing homes. David Seiders, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders, said that builders were slashing sales prices and offering other incentives such as upgraded kitchens and free decks to move homes. “The use of incentives has not abated,” he said. “The percentage of builders trimming prices has been increasing and the use of nonprice incentives is expanding as well,” he said. The housing report showed that applications for new building permits, considered a good barometer of future activity, fell in January for the 11th month out of the past 12, dropping by 2.8 percent to an annual rate of 1.568 million units. WASHINGTON – Housing construction plunged to the lowest level in nearly a decade last month as the housing industry continued to struggle with a severe slowdown. Meanwhile, wholesale prices dropped by 0.6 percent in January, the biggest amount in three months, providing fresh evidence that inflation pressures are easing. Construction of new homes and apartments plunged by 14.3 percent in January, pushing total activity down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.408 million units, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The decline pushed activity to the slowest pace since August 1997 with construction in January 37.8 percent below the pace of a year ago. The steep decline last month followed two months of construction increases that had raised hopes that perhaps the worst of the housing slump was over.