Stephen Curry makes signature shoes available to girls online after nine-year-old’s letter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Anthony Causi / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is working to make his signature basketball shoes available to girls, in response to a letter from a nine-year-old Warriors fan. In the letter, posted to Instagram by her father, Riley Morrison said she lives in Napa, California, who enjoys going to Warriors games with her dad. Ahead of her upcoming basketball season,Morrison said she and her father tried to purchase the Curry 5s on Under Armour’s website, but were “disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5’s for sale under the girls section.”Pointing out Curry’s support of girls sports, and his two daughters, Morrison asked the two-time MVP to work with the apparel company to solve her problem.Curry responded to Morrison Thursday morning, promising to send her a pair of the shoes, as well as making her one of the first to receive the upcoming Curry 6s. He also invited her to travel to Oakland in March to celebrate International Women’s Day, saying there is “something special in the works.”Morrison spoke to Teen Vogue, which originally reported the story, saying that she “wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball too.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. November 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Stephen Curry makes signature shoes available to girls online after nine-year-old’s letter Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Brain Provides Shortcuts for the Will

first_imgThe brain is like a smart assistant, allowing previously-learned actions to be called up on demand.A typist flies over the keyboard without error. A pianist executes a rapid passage of a piano concerto flawlessly. A gymnast executes a dozen complex somersaults and flips in a tumbling run. Thank goodness they don’t have to think about each move.In an article titled “How the brain prepares for movement and actions” on The Conversation, Myrto Mantziara from Bangor University describes how humans and primates are able to store a sequence of moves and execute them in rapid-fire succession. The code for each move in the sequence is stored simultaneously, but the activation potential determines the order in which they will be executed. This is called “simultaneous planning” and “competitive queueing.” It’s competitive because each move competes for the highest activation potential; after the previous move is executed, the move with the next highest activation potential moves up in the queue. This is how a simultaneous code becomes a sequence.Participants were trained to associate dot patterns with finger actions, and then perform them the next day.Looking at the brain signals, the team was able to distinguish participants’ neural patterns as they planned and executed the movements. The researchers found that, milliseconds before the start of the movement, all the finger presses were queued and “stacked” in an ordered manner. The activation pattern of the finger presses reflected their position in the sequence that was performed immediately after. This competitive queuing pattern showed that the brain prepared the sequence by organising the individual actions in the correct order.The researchers also looked at whether this preparatory queuing activity was shared across different sequences which had different rhythms or different finger orders, and found that it was. The competitive queuing mechanism acted as a template to guide each action into a position, and provided the base for the accurate production of new sequences. In this way the brain stays flexible and efficient enough to be ready to produce unknown combinations of sequences by organising them using this preparatory template.Voice Activation in the BrainThe voice is key to making sense of the words in our brain (Medical Xpress). Another capability of the brain is to extract information from the tone of speech beyond the mere words. Imagine a sentence read by a monotone speech synthesizer. Now imagine it read with all the expressiveness of a Shakesperean actor. As epigenetics is to genetics, vocal inflection is to simple words in a dictionary. Think of how many ways you can pronounce “all right” to express a wealth of emotional information beyond what the words mean in a dictionary. New experiments confirm what we all know from experience.Now, a study by the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian concludes that sound waves effectively transmit information beyond the lexical meaning of words. This research, published online in the Journal of Memory and Language, has proven that words carry information indexed through the voice.Led by Efthymia Kapnoula, the paper determines that the meaning we give to words is conditioned by factors that are not simply limited to lexical information. People, and more specifically their voices, have much to say in the mental representation of words.Hear them roar: How humans and chickadees understand each other (Science Daily). This ability to extract information from the voice is not limited to humans. Any dog owner knows that the family pet can tell a lot about mood without understanding the words, just by the type of expression. Fear, excitement, or other types of arousal come through the tone of voice, say researchers at the University of Alberta. Even little birds in the yard can tell the emotional state of not only humans, but other animals. As they showed, this capability comes built into the brain.Under the supervision of Professor Chris Sturdy, Congdon conducted two experiments, one examining chickadees and another examining humans. In the experiments, participants distinguished between high- and low-arousal vocalizations produced by other species, including alligators, chickadees, elephants, humans, pandas, piglets, ravens, macaques, and tree frogs. Human subjects were able to identify high arousal in different species.“Black-capped chickadees were also able to identify high arousal in other chickadees, humans, and giant pandas,” said Congdon. “This is fascinating, because a chickadee that has never come across a giant panda before is able to categorize high — and low — arousal vocalizations.“The little birds could not have evolved this ability, because they never encountered giant pandas before. It must be part of the software package in the brain, like bundled apps that are included in a smartphone. Our brains use the apps, but the decision to use an app requires the will of a non-material being. Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor takes on materialism and supports dualism (i.e., that the mind is distinct from the body) in two interviews on ID the Future: Part 1 and Part 2.In a very interesting video on YouTube, Dr Randy Guliuzza of ICR goes into more detail about the human hand in mind/body coordination. During typewriting or piano playing, the brain has to respond within a fraction of an eyeblink’s time to send the right information down the arm for the next letter or note in the sequence. Guliuzza also shares unique features of the human hand not present in chimpanzees or other primates. We are unique in the biosphere in many ways; “fearfully and wonderfully made” like it says in Psalm 139. Are you thankful for your hardware and software endowments? Are you using them for good?See biographies of some 50 scientists who believed in intelligent design, not evolution.(Visited 259 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Product Announcement: KineMAX 6K

first_imgColor DepthUp to 14-bit in 3K, 12-bit in 6K, 4K, 2K, and HD Frame RateUp to 100fps in HD, 96fps in 2K, 50fps in 4K, 30fps in 6K OutputSDI, dual HDMI ports SensorSuper35 CMOS Audio2 48v XLR ports BatteryV-mount or Anton Baur type batteries Dynamic RangeUp to 16-stops of dynamic range in 3K, 14-stops in 6K, 4K,2K, and HD CompressionRAW, DNG Compressed/Uncompressed, Apple Pro Res 4444, H264, H265 ColorBlack and Metallic MonitoringiPhone monitoring and controlling over wifi, along with SDI and HDMI Lens MountPL Mount, Other lenses work with adapter Recording DeviceUp to 2 internal KineMAG SSD drives Kinfinity just announced their first 6K consumer camera and the specs are amazing.The rumors we’ve been hearing for a while are true. Chinese camera maker Kinefinity have just announced a line of new cameras, the KineMINI 4K and the KineMAX 6K. At this time there is limited information about the cameras but here’s what we know so far:The KineMAX 6K camera is a Super 35 CMOS camera which can record 5760 x 3240 resolution footage at up to 30fps. Kinefinity is claiming that the camera has over 14 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit color depth.They even claim that by using a process known as “pixel binning” users can get put to 16 stops of dynamic range with 14-bit color depth but you can only achieve this when recording in 3K. If this is true, the KineMAX would have more dynamic range than any other video/film camera on the market.Recording 6K is no easy task, but Kinefinity has found a way to store all that information using dual SSD drives at the same time. Because of the large file size they can only record DNG files when shooting in 6K but this isn’t a problem as you can still shoot uncompressed.If users want compressed DNG files they can record to one SSD and if they want Uncompressed DNG files they must record to two. Those who enjoy shooting in camera RAW can still do so but only in 4K and HD. The camera is said to have an optical low-pass filter and an asa of 800.KiniMAX Known Specs ResolutionUp to 5760×3240, 6K,4K,2K, & HD Price and Release DatePricing of both the KineMAX and the KineMINI have not been officially announced but we can expect it to be less than $10,000 dollars. We have also heard rumors that the KineMAX and KineMINI could be released as soon as April 2014. These details are expected to be confirmed at NAB in April.This Chinese response to the Blackmagic 4K Production Camera and Panasonic GH4 seems to be very impressive. However, with no test footage or reviews out yet it’s hard to say if the Kinefinity will prove to be a great alternative to some of the more popular brands.If their technical claims are backed up with footage at NAB than the KineMAX will be one of the most powerful cameras in the world.Thanks to Dan Chung at NewsShooter for translating the press conference.Is the KineMAX going to as impressive as it’s specs lead-on? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Curry on mouthpiece-tossing incident: ‘I’ve got to be better than that’

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, California.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Apart from being the most electrifying shooter in the NBA today, Stephen Curry is considered one of the sports’ best ambassadors for his supposedly “good boy” image.This is why fans were left baffled by the two-time NBA MVP’s “out of character” action during the Golden State Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend, as Curry got thrown out of the game for throwing his mouthpiece toward an official.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Still, the 29-year-old sniper acknowledged his mistake and vowed never to do it again.“It was embarrassing, and I know that,” he admitted, per Haynes. “I can’t do that. I know the league wants to crack down on that type of behavior and I understand why. I’ve got to be better than that.”Although he was fined for his infraction, Curry escaped suspension after the league reportedly couldn’t prove that he intended to throw the mouthpiece at the referee.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Steph Curry’s used mouthguard valued at $5k in auctionADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Griffin, Beverley lead Clippers past Jazz MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP READ: Stephen Curry fined $50,000 for tossing mouthguard at officialAfter paying a hefty $50,000 fine for his outburst, Curry addressed the incident to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s an expensive mouthpiece toss,” he told the veteran sports writer on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).  “At the end of the day, it’s not about the money, it’s about me not doing stupid stuff and losing my cool like that. It’s obviously a tough blow, but it’s more so about me recognizing how to handle myself on the court.”Curry’s mouthpiece has become sort of his trademark on the court, but he’s also been known to throw it on the floor when he becomes frustrated. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Blackwater junks KIA

first_imgView comments “I expected a bounce-back, but not like this. I am mildly surprised,” Isaac said after the rout. “While reviewing the tape [of our last game], I noticed that we lacked the energy and I asked the players to play with energy tonight.“I got that from them from both ends of the floor,” he went on. “I told them after the game that if we play with the same kind of energy, who knows how far that will take us in our last three games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGlobalPort snapped TNT KaTropa’s two-game winning streak with a 119-112 victory later in the night, climbing to a level 3-3 card in the process.Stanley Pringle scored 30 points and had eight rebounds and import Murphey Holloway had 24 and 17 as the Batang Pier dealt the Texters their third loss in seven games. The Elite established franchise marks in points scored in a quarter, 40 to open up against the Picanto, and 70 in a half, for a 39-point lead going into the third as Blackwater rebounded from a 117-96 loss to TNT KaTropa to rise to a level 4-4 card and stay in the playoff hunt.“We are very positive of our playoff chances,” Isaac said. “We will face whatever challenges are in front of us in our last three games. The team is ready.”Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo, Blackwater’s new acquisitions from Barangay Ginebra in a trade completed on Thursday, did not see action yet.Isaac said that he asked Ellis and Marcelo to report for practice on Monday and the duo, who enjoyed respectable playing time while with defending champion Barangay Ginebra, will have to earn their minutes with the team.Ellis and Marcelo will have some form of motivation with the Elite’s next game slated against the Gin Kings on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES ANTIPOLO—Coach Leo Isaac was looking for a bounce-back from his Blackwater crew and got something he didn’t really expect.Two days after losing horribly, and a day after making a blockbuster trade, the Elite flaunted their best form yet and dealt KIA Picanto an ugly beating, 118-97, Friday night that enhanced their playoff chances in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Profitable, yes; never again, please! Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But the old reliables were there for Isaac, with import Henry Walker shooting 25 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and issuing seven assists in just over 36 minutes as Isaac found the luxury of giving the NBA veteran some rest with the lopsided outcome.JP Erram had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Mike DiGregorio started out at the point to finish with 16 after making all of his five attempts from beyond trifectaville.KIA, meanwhile, all but bowed out after taking its eighth straight loss even after parading a new import in Geron Marquis Johnson, who scored 28 points but had nine of the Picanto’s 19 turnovers.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer parades new import Terik Bridgeman against slumping Alaska in a Petron Saturday Special Game at 5 p.m. at AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Australia send Williams and Addison out winners

first_imgAlthough Australia had already won the series, they were determined to send out Australian stalwarts Sharyn Williams and Rachel Addison out on the right note.The two led the Women’s Open team out onto the field for their final appearance in Australian colours.Louise Winchester got Australia off to a great start with the opening touchdown and Stacey Lapham followed shortly afterwards.Conal Grant scored in the corner after lightning quick hands gave her some space down the right flank. Robyna Hokai scored shortly after finding space in the in-goal after a scoop to make it two apiece.Kristy Judd threw a long ball to the retiring Rachel Addison who managed to sneak in between two New Zealand defenders.Kelly Woods rang the ball to the line with Bo De La Cruz running a great line and Louise Winchester squeezed in for her second touchdown of the half and a 5-2 half-time.New Zealand needed to score first to remain in the game and they did so through Lillian Pompey.Stacey Lapham scored her second but New Zealand scored the next three touchdowns to Level the scores with Carla Hohepa scoring first and Janelle Cavanagh scoring two of her own. Momentum was now with the Kiwis for the first time in the series. Australia showed their class with Kelly McGennity scoring to regain the lead. Robyna Hokai was splits seconds from tying it up again but Australia rallied in defence.Bo De La Cruz scored a runaway touchdown to finish on a high in what completed a convincing series win for the Aussies. They also sent out Williams and Addison in deserving fashion.It was a class performance for the Aussies who showed great professionalism throughout. Kelly Woods was outstanding throughout the series but had a support cast of many with De La Cruz, Louise Winchester and Kristy Judd continue the high standard they set themselves.last_img read more

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6 days agoBorussia Dortmund coach Favre drops Sancho

first_imgBorussia Dortmund coach Favre drops Sanchoby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has dropped Jadon Sancho.Favre has axed Sancho after the England starlet returned late from international duty, according to German reports.The 19-year-old former Manchester City winger started for the Three Lions in their shock 2-1 loss to Czech Republic but was then dropped to the bench for the 6-0 win at Bulgaria.But the forward failed to report back to Germany in time and as a result has been punished, Kicker report.Favre has axed Sancho from the squad to face Borussia Monchengladbach this afternoon. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New CBB Polls: Kentucky Is Nation’s Lone Undefeated Team, Gonzaga Receives First Place Vote

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders holding up signs that say We Are UK.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 28: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The 'Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)The ‘Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)With Virginia’s loss to Duke, Kentucky is now the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball. However, the Wildcats aren’t quite the unanimous top team. One voter in the USA Today Coaches Poll selected the 22-1 Gonzaga Bulldogs as the nation’s No. 1 team. Kentucky received the other 31 votes in that poll, and all 65 first place votes in the AP Poll. After Kentucky and Gonzaga, Virginia hangs in at No. 3 despite its loss to Duke, which remains at No. 4, with Wisconsin at No. 5.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.GonzagaGonzaga3.VirginiaVirginia4.DukeWisconsin5.WisconsinDuke6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.KansasLouisville9.LouisvilleKansas10.Notre DameNotre Dame11.Iowa StateUtah12.North CarolinaWest Virginia13.UtahNorth Carolina14.Northern IowaIowa State15.West VirginiaNorthern Iowa16.Wichita StateMaryland17.MarylandWichita State18.VCUVCU19.BaylorBaylor20.Ohio StateOhio State21.OklahomaOklahoma22.ButlerButler23.SMUSMU24.GeorgetownGeorgetown25.TexasIndianalast_img read more

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TCI Premier on Resilient Communities

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 12, 2017 – Providenciales –Salutations,It is with sincere thanks to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations for this platform to address you today having experienced Hurricanes Irma and Maria, not only as Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, but more so as a “Disaster Survivor,” since Hurricanes Ike and Tropical Storm Hanna in 2008.I also capitalize on this opportunity to showcase the solidarity within the region and further express gratitude to Agencies such as, CDEMA (to conduct critical damage assessments) and the Cayman Islands Governments (whose helicopter provided critical airlift), who comprised our early recovery niche after the devastating Hurricanes in September this year, arriving within days of the passage of Hurricane Irma.   We are also grateful for the visit of the Chairman and Secretary General of Caricom. These acts demonstrated that solidarity for which we are grateful.Overview of ImpactHurricane Irma and Maria impacted every island in the Turks and Caicos Islands chain.   Three (3) Islands under our disaster legislation were declared states of emergencies. Irma’s winds recording as high as 200 mph damaged all communication systems, water systems, electricity, damaged both major Hospitals on Grand Turk and Providenciales, destroyed one of our Community Clinics in a largely elderly populated settlement, damaged our two main Airports on Providenciales (our most populated Island and tourism center) and Grand Turk (our nation’s capital), displaced the Police Headquarters and critical services in Providenciales, displaced over 80% Government Offices, damaged 13 of 15 Government Schools, caused widespread damage to homes and critical infrastructure but greatly spared lives, major health challenges, our Cruise Ship Pier and our major Shipping Port.   Immediate challenges apart from the provision of basic human needs of food, water and shelter, were to restore communications which was the greatest source of discontentment as this is even more essential in a multiple Island nation, we were able restore electricity and water, support the Hospitals and to aid in the safe stay and departure of tourists that remained on Islands.  While we had few security concerns in the general population, we were forced to send additional resources to Grand Turk to assist the Police and provide support to the Prison as one of three Wings of the country’s Prison was burned and rendered uninhabitable.We have since made much progress in our recovery with our private electricity provider being able as of November 6th to restore electricity to 100% of its customers who were able to receive the services having to replant over 1500 Poles as the damage was thankfully restricted to Transmission and Distribution and not Generation. Water systems were fully restored within weeks and Communications has been restored but not fully to Pre Storm conditions. Government Offices are still displaced and the majority of school children began to return on October 6, 2017.   Only 6 students on the Island of Salt Cay, our tiniest inhabited Island, yet to return.   Most of our Resorts have completed repairs and reopened but the closure resulted in major loss of revenue for TCI’s economy.   We are currently engaged jointly with Private Sector stakeholders in an “Open For Business” campaign to ensure a strong upcoming tourism season which peaks at December and slows through to April.Humanitarian aid, particularly development action, is critical for the Turks and Caicos Islands at this time. Preliminary data captured by the CDEMA’s Initial Damage Assessment Report, revealed that 80% of the housing stock was damaged due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.   In other words, five thousand and eighty (5080) households across the islands received Levels 1 through 4 damages to their homes (level 4 being homes totally destroyed).   The damages were similar in nature throughout the Islands and largely roofing related.  We have already begun to ensure that the Code is reinforced and policing is strengthened.Moreover, statistics confirmed that South Caicos and Salt Cay suffered ninety-nine to one hundred percent destruction.   In South Caicos, a predominantly fishing community, would have seen only 2 of its homes spared damages.   The Post Disaster Needs Assessment, that is still underway highlighted that approximately one thousand and five hundred persons are displaced, and seven hundred and twenty of those persons are in serious need of housing.   In fact, this vulnerable population comprise the elderly, persons with income earnings of below, on average, twenty-five hundred US dollars per month, and in the most unfortunate and common case, are not Insurance Policy Holders.   These Storms saw a record breaking 1500 persons in Shelters and two months later, we still house shelterees in one (1) official shelter in Grand Turk and several unofficial in Providenciales.Coupled with the predicament regarding rebuilding of the housing stock, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government is also faced with approximately 11 million US dollars for repairs and retrofitting of public schools and public administration institutions.It is an understatement when I say, the Turks and Caicos Islands is in need of urgent Humanitarian Support.Critical assessments have shown that four to five feet of coastal erosion was recorded at the popular Grace Bay beach.   This paints a lucid picture on adverse effects on our coastal environment, that is hinged on our main bread winner, Tourism.   Therefore, there is an urgency to engage in in coastal protection efforts.Hurricanes Irma and Maria have crippled our source of national level income over the past three months, resulting high deficits. Our fragile economy that serve as lucrative livelihoods are commonly derived from downstream activities, have been severely impacted.To further emphasize, our major hotel chain, Beaches Turks and Caicos which is responsible for 60% of our airlift, the second largest employer only to TCIG and a major contributor to our GDP, were forced to close its doors for an extended period of four months after sustaining some $25 million dollars in damages.   Resulting in a serious impact on visitor arrival numbers, airlift and employment.   Instances like those reinforce my statement and coagulates my request for assistance from you, in that despite the high income derived from being a preferred Caribbean tourist destination, a small developing island like the TCI, is challenged by the heavy reliance on tourism.   These Storms has pushed my less than 1 yr old Government to increase our efforts already underway in diversifying our economy and even our tourism product.Climate ChangeA Climate Change Committee led by the Office of the Premier was appointed early in my Administration and a draft Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation has been prepared for release in a few weeks with a Policy and Green Paper to follow.   This will ensure that climate change adaptation provision is included in all national strategies, policies, programs and operations.With such low lying areas, in August we have also agreed a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan and grant funding together with Government funding to conduct a consultancy on building critical climate resilient sea defenses in our most vulnerable Islands.   Research trends have revealed that changing climate attributes to future weather systems, that can be as equal or more deadly in intensity.   Having to prepare for the Category 3 Hurricane Maria and only two(2) weeks after Hurricane Irma can be a viable indication that there may a shorter return period of high intensity, weather events of this nature.In addition to the need for climate change adaptation solutions, the fact that Irma decapitated the electricity and telecommunication transmission and distribution networks, made it imperative that the Turks and Caicos Islands require expert solutions and improvements in areas such as a robust early warning mechanism and emergency communication systems.   My Government has already engaged in dialogue with the communications sector well as critical utility services about the need to invest in underground infrastructure.I also leverage this opportunity to encourage Experts with strong technical experience in urban and land use planning, building code application, particularly regarding roofing for structures, and design and build capacity to assist the Turks and Caicos in our rehabilitation process.I would also like to commend the UNDP and CDEMA on current Safer Schools Building Programme, that is scheduled to commence on November 27th, 2017 in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   We are also grateful for the full Team visit of the UN ECLAC and wish to extend our sincerest appreciation on behalf of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.You can agree that the solutions required for the TCI’s ability to not only build back better, but to be resilient for future events lie in sustainable development actions.It is within this regard, on behalf of my country, I emphasize your significant role in not only financial contributions, but in providing technical capacity to rethink traditional development principles, such as, “relief first and development later.”Building back better is expensive, and is not an easily attainable goal, especially as multi Island nations bring its own set of inherent challenges and when a high percentage of our population have been adversely impacted with no insurance benefits.   Nonetheless we must remain committed to our goals of rebuilding stronger than before.Our immediate challenges and priorities are rebuilding of our schools and other critical government infrastructure including the Prison and Police Housing, investing in critical underground infrastructure through welcomed private sector partnership, assistance for housing repairs and investment in housing construction, debris management, and addressing budget shortfalls, managing our coastlines, robust early warning mechanism and emergency communication systems.We have already begun to adopt the recommendations contained in the CDEMA Report and await the UN ECLAC’s Report due to be received soon.   We are committed to rebuilding stronger and have together with the Tourist Board tagged our recovery phase: TCI Strong, Rebuilding Stronger Than Before.”I urge you and your partners to honor your pledge to the 2030 Agenda commitment which states “leave no one behind,” and collaborate with us in achieving a proactive, climate-smart and community driven, bottom-up approach to a more sustainable and resilient Turks and Caicos Islands.Thank you CARICOM,Thank you United NationsThank you Donors. God Bless You AllHon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islandscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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