Jamaica to Host Preparatory Meeting for Conference on SIDS

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedJamaica to Host Preparatory Meeting for Conference on SIDS RelatedJamaica to Host Preparatory Meeting for Conference on SIDS FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica will host the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), beginning Tuesday, July 2, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.The Caribbean preparatory meeting is one of three regional meetings which will be held this year as groundwork for the SIDS conference in Samoa next year and will last from July 2 to 4. The others will be held in Fiji for the Pacific region on July 10-12; and in the Seychelles from July 17-19 for the African, Indian, Mediterranean and South China Seas (AIMS).Director of the Environment Division, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Gillian Guthrie, said the meeting will provide a forum for the region to discuss what has been done so far on the sustainable development blue prints; assess the challenges and plan the way forward.She explained that the blue prints, under the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the 2005 Mauritius Strategy of Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, articulates what must be done at the national, regional and international levels.Issues discussed in Kingston will be raised at the Conference in Samoa, which is expected to provide an opportunity for increased attention to the concerns of Caribbean nations.Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony, which begins at 9:00 a.m., while the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative, Dr. Arun Kashyap ; Chair, Alliance of Small Island Developing States, Her Excellency Marlene Moses; and Director, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Nikhil Seth, will also address the event.The year 2014 has been declared the International Year for Small Island Developing States and as such, increased focus will be placed on addressing their vulnerabilities and challenges. These include ways to build resilience to natural disasters and adaptation to climate change; ways to bolster the countries’ small and open economies through equitable trading arrangements and a strategic approach to trade in services; ways to build on issues of critical relevance to SIDS – energy, education, and health; and ways to place on the international agenda the problems faced by SIDS in accessing financing for developmental purposes.Contact: Andrea Brahamcenter_img Jamaica to Host Preparatory Meeting for Conference on SIDS Foreign AffairsMarch 26, 2013 RelatedJamaica to Host Preparatory Meeting for Conference on SIDSlast_img read more

Person in Michigan wins Mega Millions’ $1 billion jackpot, 2nd-largest total ever

first_imgAlec051/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO and ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) — One lucky person is taking home the Mega Millions jackpot cash.At around 1 a.m. ET Saturday, the list of lottery winners was announced. A person in Michigan won the jackpot, estimated at $1 billion or $739.6 million as a lump-sum, before taxes.The winning ticket was sold at a Kroger located in Novi, a northern suburb of Detroit — about a 30-minute drive from the city — the state lottery website confirmed. The winning numbers were 4-26-42-50-60 with a Mega Ball number of 24.The winner’s identity has not been revealed, but, per state lottery rules, they must come forward to claim their winnings.The winner will have two options to collect the record prize, the lottery said in a statement: “The first is an escalating annuity that offers an initial payment, then annual payments for 29 years. The player also may select a one-time cash payment of about $739 million. If a player selects the cash option, they will receive about $530 million after tax withholdings.”The Mega Millions jackpot increased to $1 billion for Friday night’s drawing.It is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the third-largest in U.S. lottery history, Mega Millions lottery officials said. The $1.537 billion won by a person in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018 is still the world’s largest lotto prize ever awarded on a single ticket.This is the 18th Mega Millions jackpot won in Michigan, according to a lottery press release. The last winner in the state shared the prize with a Rhode Island winner on Oct. 13, 2017. Until Friday night’s win, the largest lottery prize ever won by a Michigan player was a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won it on Aug. 15, 2012. On April 22, 2005, Port Huron couple Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million playing Mega Millions — it was the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state.Michigan is one of the original founding members of Mega Millions.“About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers,” the state lottery said in a statement. “In the 2019 fiscal year, the Lottery provided more than $1 billion for Michigan’s public schools, its fifth record contribution in a row. Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $23 billion to support public education in Michigan.”The Match 5 winners were two people in Florida, one in Maryland, one in Missouri, one in New Jersey, one in New York and two in Pennsylvania. Each will take home $1 million. Also, two people — one in North Carolina and one in Virginia — won the Match 5 + Megaplier. Each will take home $2 million.On Wednesday, a winning Powerball ticket worth $731.1 million was sold in Allegany County, Maryland. The ticket was the fourth-largest in Powerball history and the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history. Lottery winners in Maryland have the right to remain anonymous.The previous jackpot, which was worth $120 million, was won by a person in Wisconsin on Sept. 15, 2020.Powerball’s jackpot is resetting to $20 million for Saturday’s drawing. The next drawing is on Tuesday, Jan. 26.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more