Jamaicans Urged To Plant Trees

first_imgStory Highlights “We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned. Jamaicans are being encouraged to plant trees to support the ‘Trees for Life’ initiative, aimed at strengthening the island’s diverse flora and improving its resilience to climate change.Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.In an interview with JIS News, Communications Specialist for the project, Patrice Gilpin, said the campaign started in October 2016 with a target set for Jamaica to plant one million trees by June 30, 2019.“Trees provide an abundance of benefits, as they give us clean air, cleaner water, they are homes to our wildlife, they take in carbon dioxide from the environment and let out oxygen, which means we are breathing better air. So, one tree can mean so much, and you would be planting today to benefit generations to come,” Miss Gilpin outlined.The whole idea, she added, is that with more trees planted, the more the green coverage of the island will be improved and the more resilient the country will be to the impacts of climate change.She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda.Miss Gilpin noted that the Forestry Department and NEPA have been instrumental in the distribution of trees to persons across the island.“The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has also come on board 100 per cent and is fully committed to planting 155,000 trees throughout the year beginning Labour Day, in celebration of Jamaica 55,” she said.“We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned.She encouraged corporate entities and groups to celebrate their special anniversaries and milestones by planting a tree.“We want Jamaicans to get back to the habit of planting a tree for your baby and watch that tree grow as you watch your child grow, so that we can achieve our target come 2019,” the Communications Specialist urged.For more details and to participate in the initiative, persons can visit NEPA’s website at www.nepa.gov.jm to access the ‘Trees for Life’ web page. She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda. Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.last_img read more

Mike Tyson Launches Charity Foundation In Las Vegas

first_imgFormer world heavyweight champion turned acclaimed entertainer and devoted family man, Mike Tyson is giving back to the community with the launch of his charity, Mike Tyson Cares Foundation.The charity, whose mission is to “give kids a fighting chance” by offering innovative centers that provide for the comprehensive needs of children from broken homes, will kick off with a star-studded gala at Las Vegas hotspot TABU on December 7th, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Shade Tree Foundation as well as Awakenings both of which benefit needy and at-risk children in the Las Vegas area.Mike, who has had stunning success as an entertainer in recent years both in the “The Hangover” series and with his critically acclaimed, one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife and children, and is thrilled to give back to the community that he calls home.“I am very proud to launch Mike Tyson Cares Foundation,” said Tyson. “I want my legacy to be about charity and helping children. This is my start.”The Mike Tyson Cares Foundation launch event goes from 7pm-10pm at Tabu in Las Vegas ’ MGM Grand. Media check in is at 6:30 and red carpet arrivals are from 7pm-8pm. To purchase your tickets, click here.To further benefit Mike Tyson Cares, Mike is also auctioning off the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit ringside with him at the December 8, 2012 Pacquiao vs. Marquez Fight in Las Vegas on CharityBuzz.com. Proceeds from the auction will go directly to the charity. To bid, click here.Find out more about Mike Tyson Cares here.last_img read more

Commonlaw husband not guilty in toddlers death

first_imgAPTN National NewsReporter Tiar Wilson joins Michael Hutchinson to talk about the case of baby Venetia Audy.Audy was in the care of her mother and her mother’s common-law husband when she died, at three years old. The husband was charged with the murder of the little girl, but a judge in Dauphin determined he wasn’t guilty.Audy’s grandmother and aunt had asked the courts to let the child live with them, but were denied.last_img