Tourism industry, celebrities offer aid after Hurricane Dorian pummels the Bahamas

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — The Red Cross estimates 76,000 people in the Bahamas have been affected by Hurricane Dorian. Many reside on the battered Abaco Islands and the island of Grand Bahama.Food, clean water, shelter, health and sanitation services are critical needs in the hurricane’s aftermath. Businesses and celebrities are making commitments to assist the Bahamas and organizations are asking the public to help with the relief efforts.The tourism industry, perhaps unsurprisingly, has been quite proactive with Dorian relief activities.Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, is working with its international and local Bahamian ground partners, including The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association, HeadKnowles, Odyssey Aviation Bahamas, Food for the Poor and Sandals Royal Bahamian, a Sandals representative told ABC News.Additionally, Sandals Foundation delivered 30,240 bottles of water on Sept. 3 to the northern Bahamian islands in partnership with the Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association, HeadKnowles and Odyssey Aviation Bahamas.The Sandals Foundation also started a Hurricane Relief Fund and has pledged on #InternationalDayofCharity (which is Thursday) to match every dollar donated.In a partnership with Food for the Poor, the Sandals Foundation spokesperson said the first air shipment of over 400 personal hygiene kits, 400 disaster blankets and over 1,500 instant pre-packaged meals, as well as 100 two-burner stoves are presently being air freighted to Nassau for distribution to the northern Bahamian islands.“We are also presently packing a container of in-kind donations valued at $150,000 U.S. dollars of first response items such as chainsaws, generators, flashlights, tarp holdings, water coolers, energy sports drinks and cleaning supplies,” the spokesperson said via email.The Sandals Foundation also donated over $54,000 worth of towels and linen to doctors and nurses traveling by boats to the northern Bahamas Thursday and Friday to assist with medical response.The spokesperson confirmed that Sandals’ three Bahamian resorts were not impacted by Dorian.Norwegian Cruise Line committed a minimum of $1 million “toward immediate short-term relief aid” according to a press release from the company.Royal Caribbean also pledged $1 million in disaster relief, according to a post from its verified Twitter account.In a tweet, an organization founded by Barbados-born entertainer and entrepreneur Rihanna, stated it committed grants to World Central Kitchen — a hunger relief initiative founded by chef Jose Andres — and humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief.On Facebook, financial guru Suze Orman said she was working with the Discovery Land Company Foundation’s Abaco Relief Fund.And on Instagram, Lenny Kravitz said he has donated to the National Association of the Bahamas. The musician’s mother, late actress Roxie Roker, was of Bahamian descent.Bahamian athlete Shaunae Miller-Uibo posted on Instagram that she would contribute $25,000 to assist two churches, one in Abaco and the other in Grand Bahama. She said that she also created a GoFundMe page for others to donate.The official website of the Islands of Bahamas also offers ways the public can help. There are links to donate to the Bahamas Red Cross Society, the National Association of the Bahamas and the Atlantis Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund.The site also lists several drop-off locations throughout Florida. Needed supplies include construction and cleaning materials, groceries, first aid kits and baby products.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chilean and Ecuadorean Defense Ministers Review Cooperation Agreements

first_imgBy Dialogo January 31, 2012 The defense ministers of Chile, Andrés Allamand, and Ecuador, Javier Ponce, reviewed the military cooperation agreements in effect between the two countries and signed a memorandum for the peace missions in Haiti, the Ecuadorean Government announced on 27 January. Allamand, who was concluding a two-day visit to Ecuador, met with Ponce to evaluate, in particular, a strategic alliance between the Chilean munitions firm Fábrica de Maestranzas del Ejército and the Ecuadorean munitions firm Santa Bárbara S.A. The ministers also signed an addendum to the memorandum of understanding for the Joint Company of Engineers participating in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), with the aim of improving the military participation of both contingents. They also “reviewed the progress made by the South American Defense Council in 2011, particularly with regard to confidence-building and transparency measures, as well as that organization’s future prospects,” the statement added. Quito and Santiago signed an agreement in 2009 to make their arms purchases public, while Chile has been working on renovating two Ecuadorean submarines in order to prolong their useful lives for an additional 20 years. Allamand also presented a Chilean project to develop risk maps, directed at promoting natural-disaster prevention in the region, and visited aviation and naval schools in the coastal city of Salinas.last_img read more

Contenders to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

first_imgJose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea is expected to be followed by confirmation of Guus Hiddink arriving as interim manager. The club sit just one point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after losing nine of 16 games this season. Here Press Association Sport looks at the candidates to succeed the self-proclaimed Special One on a long-term basis. :: Guus Hiddink Dutchman Hiddink’s three-month spell at Chelsea from February 2009, after the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari, saw Chelsea win the FA Cup and finish third in the Premier League. It is not clear whether he would want the job beyond this summer. :: Antonio Conte The Italy boss may not move ahead of Euro 2016, but he reportedly has admirers among the Chelsea hierarchy. He had a glowing caeer at Juventus, first as a player, then as a manager, guiding them to three successive Serie A titles. :: Massimiliano Allegri The Italian led Juventus to the Serie A title and Champions League final in 2015. :: John Terry The club captain, now 35, has been reading management books for the last few years and recently had Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘Leading’ for company on a flight back from a match. :: Pep Guardiola The former Barcelona boss was reportedly coveted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich while on sabbatical before the former Spain midfielder opted for Bayern Munich. His contract with the Bavarians ends this summer and speculation of a switch to Manchester City is growing in strength. But Chelsea may still try to tempt him. :: Diego Simeone The former Argentina midfielder has enjoyed a fine period as Atletico Madrid boss, breaching the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid with an attractive style, while beating Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup and Champions League in the process. The Blues have looked to Atletico for players, now for a manager? :: Carlo Ancelotti The Italian, who won the 2010 Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea and finished second the following season before being sacked, is available after leaving Real Madrid. He was popular at Stamford Bridge and apparently wishes to return to England. :: Fabio Capello The autocratic Italian’s reputation in England is far from strong after his poor reign as national team boss. But his club pedigree with AC Milan and Real Madrid is good and he is still in touch with his former England captain John Terry. He is out of work after leaving Russia and could be an interim option. Press Associationlast_img read more