Caribbean Tree Planting Week: A Cultural Celebration of Trees

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Next week (July 5 to 11, 2021) is the first Caribbean Tree Planting Week. So what, you may ask? This is certainly not a symbolic week, but the result of over a year of activities and networking (Zoom was working overtime!) among citizens of all ages and backgrounds (including a major youth contingent) – in no less than 22 countries across the Caribbean.

Please join the amazing tree planters and their friends and supporters, next week. Take a look at the program below – more events may be added. You can register for all events (free) at thisZoom linkand also watch on Facebook Live.

An 18-year-old youth ambassador in Haiti (screen shot from the launch of the CariPhil Alliance Tree Planting Ambassadors on Zoom, which visited every corner of the Caribbean!)

The Caribbean Tree Planting Project (CTPP) has resulted in the planting of 1.4 million trees across the…

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Timeless Classics


May you be enabled
This friendly feedback by —
Where you might have limped before
May you learn to fly

Though the information might
Be somewhat difficult to swallow
It comes from authenticity,
Not from platitudes all hollow

From authentic friendship
Genuine concern
That by it you may what will make
More happiness learn

And after your life gladdened
By mine insight be
I hope your happy heart will still
Have left a little room for me


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British Columbia reports 230+ deaths during heat wave – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“Since the onset of the heat wave late last week, the BC Coroners Service has experienced a significant increase in deaths reported where it is suspected that extreme heat has been contributory,” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement.

The coroner’s service normally receives about 130 death reports over a four-day period. From Friday through Monday, at least 233 deaths were reported, the chief coroner said, adding “this number will increase as data continues to be updated.”

Coroners are now gathering information to determine the cause and manner of deaths and whether heat played a role, the statement said.

Source: British Columbia reports 230+ deaths during heat wave – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Pandemic response requires early and robust verification – The Lancet

This report proposes the creation of an international treaty on pandemics, to be negotiated under the auspices of WHO, and a Global Health Threats Council to serve as an independent authority at the head of state and government level, endorsed by the UN General Assembly.

These instruments alone are inadequate. Effective compliance requires robust and independent mechanisms for reviewing progress and doing investigations that are empowered at the highest political level and armed with both incentives and consequences. On the basis of a review of institutional mechanisms and a mandate to enforce compliance with international agreements,

we propose several aspects to complement the proposal.

First, the Universal Health and Preparedness Review, currently planned as voluntary, should be obligatory. Using independent experts, similar to what is done for human rights treaties, would mitigate political pressure inherent to state-led processes and promote independence and transparency. Independent experts should be used to identify issues with compliance and to help countries by providing necessary support in preparedness.
Second, state parties to the treaty should not be able to block on-site investigations. Such investigations are crucial for identifying the origin of disease outbreaks and assessing preparedness and response. The model by the Committee on Prevention of Torture could lend itself to treaty monitoring and outbreak investigations on short notice or unannounced. Investigations should be stipulated as part of the treaty with a clear protocol, definitions, and assigned authority for the process to justify invoking an extraordinary power. Visits without state-specific consent should be done by an independent expert group reporting to the UN to help mitigate political pressure on any individual UN agency.
Third, any new mechanism should include incentives such as technical support and political stimulus. WHO can play a key role in this area by providing countries with technical assistance, normative guidelines, and tools to strengthen preparedness and response capacities.
Finally, the treaty needs to be based on several core principles: compliance to encourage state adherence to the agreement; accountability to trigger a high political response in cases of concern; independence to reduce financial and political dependencies; transparency and data sharing to ensure prompt access to information; speed to activate an investigation; assessment of capabilities including political factors and leadership; and incentives to motivate states to comply.

Source: Pandemic response requires early and robust verification – The Lancet

Intermission Story (8) – Jimmy Stewart

Commander and bomber pilot

Pacific Paratrooper

James Maitland Stewart

Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after being a bomber pilot in World War II that he acted out his mental distress during ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.  Stewart played George Bailey in the classic movie and channeled his anger and guilt into the scenes where he rages at his family.

Stewart was haunted by ‘a thousand black memories’ from his time as an Air Force commanding officer that he took with him back to Hollywood after the war.  Pilots who flew with him said that became ‘Flak Happy’ during World War II, a term to describe what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany including one instance where they destroyed the wrong city by mistake.

Stewart felt responsible for the death of his men and especially one bloodbath where…

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Life lessons

Mmeme Mbambo

At some point we are gonna be alone, learn to treasure the moments you have with your loved ones while they last

There is no guarantee that you’re gonna wake up tomorrow, why not treasure the moments you have today with your loved ones when you still can.

Stop holding grudges, stop fighting unnecessarily with others, forgive them and live life to the fullest. Live your live in a way that when you die you won’t have any regret and any unsaid words.

Quote of the day

Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
Smile 😃😃😃

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Variante Delta Covid-19: “la más rápida” y puede aprovechar relajación medidas.

Dr. Jean Carlos Duluc

La variante Delta del coronavirus causante de la COVID-19, primero detectada en la India, es la que se transmite con mayor velocidad, y puede aprovechar la relajación de las medidas de prevención sanitaria en muchos países para expandirse, advirtió hoy la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS)

La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) señaló que la variante Delta del coronavirus (COVID-19) tiene el potencial de ser más letal y pone a las personas más vulnerables en un riesgo aún mayor.

A su vez, el director de emergencias de la OMS, Michael Ryan, lamentó el “fallo moral catastrófico” que supone no haber vacunado a la población en más alto riesgo en todos los países.

“Esta variante Delta es más rápida, más capaz, atacará a los más vulnerables de forma más eficaz que las anteriores y si hay gente vulnerable sin vacunar, están en mayor riesgo. Todas estas variantes…

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