News / Ambitious drayage provider Duckbill raises $30m in new funding round

first_img Shanghai-based digital trucking platform Duckbill has raised US$30m in a series-B funding round.Founded in 2017, Duckbill, Yazuishou in Chinese, uses AI-based dispatching to connect freight forwarders with local truck drivers.It offers drayage services at the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao and Taicang, with plans to expand to Shenzhen and others in China.The platform handles 70,000 teu a month, up 200% year on year, with orders subcontracted to a fleet of around 1,000 trucks, which are mostly driver-owned and operated.Duckbill says its business model allows it to create a “super fleet” of trucks, more efficient than traditional large fleets owned by a single haulage firm, while also helping drivers significantly increase their monthly income.Tang Hongbin, the company’s founder and CEO, said China’s trucking industry remained very fragmented, making consolidation necesary to scale and make the industry more efficient.“In the future, truck companies will only survive on a large scale. Although the industry has been greatly affected by the epidemic, Duckbill has achieved faster growth than the same period last year, which proves that industry integration has begun and the advantages of leading companies will gradually expand.”Indeed, China’s truck capacity took a huge hit at the onset of the country’s virus outbreak in February, as lockdowns and travel restrictions prevented drivers from returning to key port hubs, post-lunar new year.And, according to David Fan, sales manager at local forwarder Twings Supply Chain, China’s trucking market is yet to fully recover.“Many truck drivers have withdrawn from the market due to the impact of the epidemic,” he told The Loadstar. “And because the work of container transport is very tiring, this profession is not very popular among young people.“In addition, the current strict environmental protection requirements have forced many older-generation trucks to be eliminated. All these factors have reduced the number of container trucks and drivers in China.”Moreover, Mr Fan claimed, the emergence of marketplace-based platform companies such as Duckbill had “further disrupted the balance”.“Platform companies are focused on getting venture capital funding,” he said. “And good looking data is what venture capital companies like. The emergence of these companies will affect the original price system in the short term, impact some small and medium truck companies and even threaten their survival.“But in the long run, these platform companies will certainly not be able to maintain such low prices. After acquiring customers, they will increase prices after a period of time. Therefore, for the traditional container truck freight market, the fewer such companies the better,” said Mr Fan. By Sam Whelan 15/09/2020last_img read more

Premium / Against the odds: AP Møller-Maersk – put logistics on the magic block

first_img Password* LOGIN Premium subscriber LOGIN Transparency, what a wonderful thing that is – AP Møller-Maersk Group (APMM) surely knows that.A reminder needed? To slap the critics (getting thinner on the ground), who often complain about a paucity of details concerning its strategy in logistics and the total lack of apparent care for supply chain neutrality, there is more APMM can do while delivering value to its shareholders.As we near Stay Ahead 3.0 – the transformational options I delved into in September, may indeed be too transformational M&A-wise … Email* Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Reset Please Login Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium New Premium subscriber REGISTER Forgotten your password? Please click here << Go back Reset Your Password By Alessandro Pasetti 10/12/2020last_img read more

Drink coffee? It won’t hurt you, and may reduce your risk of an early death

first_img Tags patientsresearch By Max Blau July 10, 2017 Reprints HealthDrink coffee? It won’t hurt you, and may reduce your risk of an early death Good news, coffee drinkers: A couple of massive new studies that looked at hundreds of thousands of people for about 16 years finds that a few cups of coffee a day won’t hurt you and could lower your risk of dying prematurely.The studies reinforce previous findings that drinking an 8-ounce cup of joe (or three) won’t hurt you, but the authors of the new works and other experts say caveats abound.“Our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking, up to about three cups a day, is not harmful to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits,” said Neil Murphy, of the World Health Organization, a lead author on one of two studies published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “[We] found no evidence that coffee drinking above a certain level is detrimental to health.”advertisement Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Coffee doesn’t cause cancer after all, may be protective, says WHO Related:center_img Please enter a valid email address. Bryan Thomas/Getty Images Murphy told STAT his is the largest study on coffee and mortality to date. Leave this field empty if you’re human: However, Setiawan said the study didn’t find the same relationship between coffee and deaths related to influenza, pneumonia, Alzheimer’s disease, or intentional self-harm.Dr. Eliseo Guallar, an epidemiologist with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who was not involved in the study, wrote in an editorial accompanying the studies that he’s hesitant to draw too many positive conclusions about coffee’s health. “Recommending coffee intake to reduce mortality or prevent chronic disease would be premature,” he wrote.Setiawan, like Murphy and Guallar, is cautious about hype.“We cannot say coffee will prolong your life,” Setiawan said. “We can say moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into diet for a healthy lifestyle. For most, it seems, it likely won’t cause harm.” In the study, researchers with the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London tracked 521,000 adults from 10 European countries who self-reported their coffee consumption over an average of 16 years. They looked for associations between the amount of coffee consumed and various health indications, but it’s not a cause-and-effect relationship. In investigating more than 40,000 deaths from this group, the team found that participants who fell into the highest 25 percent of coffee consumers had a lower risk of death due to any cause compared to non-coffee drinkers. They saw a reduced risk of early death by diseases related to the digestive and circulatory systems. The researchers also discovered a link between higher coffee consumption and lower risk of early death by lung cancer in men.advertisement And they also looked at suicide — completed suicides were lower for coffee drinkers, but only in men. In a second study of 180,000 people tracked for an average of 16 years, University of Southern California investigators found drinking one to six cups of coffee per week led to a decreased risk of early death. The study was focused on non-white populations, and their findings proved consistent for coffee drinkers across racial and ethnic groups.Both studies adjusted findings to take into account that people who drink larger amounts of coffee are likely to smoke tobacco products as well.One of the USC study’s senior authors, V. Wendy Setiawan, an assistant professor at Keck School of Medicine, said coffee consumption may be linked a lower risk of early death for people with heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Drink one cup per day, and the risk of dying early from those diseases decreases by 12 percent, she said.last_img read more

Head of the ‘worlds biggest family’ dead at 76

first_imgSWFL nurse heading to India to help fight COVID-19 crisis May 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments MIZORAM, India / CNN — The head of what may be the world’s biggest family has died in India, according to the director of the hospital where he was being treated. Ziona, who went only by his first name, died on Sunday at the age of 76.He had 38 wives and 89 children, according to a tweet from Zoramthanga, the chief minister of Mizoram, the northeastern Indian state where Ziona lived.The patriarch belonged to a Christian tribal sect that promotes polygamy as God’s will. Polygamy is illegal in India under the country’s penal code. There is an exception under the code for Muslims, though it is not widely used. Advertisement AdvertisementZiona’s father founded the sect in Mizoram’s Baktwang village, where his vast family lives across a single property.It’s not known if Ziona was legally married to all of the women he described as his wives — the first of which he married at age 17. Indian authorities usually don’t prosecute tribal communities for polygamy.Lalrintluanga Jahau, a politician and director of the hospital where Ziona died, said he was brought to the hospital’s emergency department. Biden administration to restrict travel from India May 3, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS “Our Emergency (Department) Team tried in vain to resuscitate him. He to be declared dead after 45 mins of CPR,” Jahau wrote on Twitter.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: Indiaweird news Police officer fired after faking report to get out of a meeting May 15, 2021 Hundreds of shallow graves found along Indian riverbanks May 17, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, July 30, 2020

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSDeaths in Laois News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Thursday, July 30, 2020 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Michael DOYLE58 Hillbrook Estate, Tullow, Carlow / Ballickmoyler, Carlow / Ballickmoyler, LaoisMichael Doyle of 58 Hillbrook Estate, Tullow, Co. Carlow and formerly of Ashfield, Arles, Ballickmoyler, Co. Laois, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on July 29th, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.Beloved father of Jackie, much loved grandfather of Helen, David and the late Paul and T.J, great-grandfather Thomas, Chelsey, Brandon, Paul and Kyla and cherished brother of the late Christina and Sister Mary Jervase.He will be sadly missed by his loving daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, relatives, friends, especially his good friend Pat.May Michael Rest In PeaceReposing at Carpenter Bros Funeral Home, Barrack St., Carlow on Thursday from 5pm until 8p.m.Funeral Mass for family and close friends, with up to 50 people in attendance, on Friday at 11am, in The Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Tullow, followed by burial in Arles Cemetery, Arles, Co. Laois.Michael’s Funeral Mass can be viewed from The Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Tullow, online streaming service on Friday, 31st July, 2020, at 11am by using the following link to Covid restrictions and goverment guidelines, people are welcome to enter the graveyard while observing social distancing.Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Tullow Daycare Centre.Bernard DowlingParkside, Portlaoise, Laois / Bray, WicklowDowling, Bernard, Parkside Portlaoise and Trumera. Late of Bray. Son of the late John and Ann Dowling. Recently predeceased by his sisters Mary Harrington and Ann Mulhall and niece Tina. Deeply regretted by his loving brother John, sister-in-law Mary, nephews and nieces Annette, John, Deirdre, Michael, Caroline, Ellen, Annette H. Ger and Noelle.Rest in peaceReposing at Keegans Funeral Home, Portlaoise on Thursday evening from 7 pm with rosary at 8 pm. Given the exceptional climate and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him, a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place, at 12 noon on Friday in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam Burial afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Catherine (Kaye) Kane (née Duffy)Heather Lane, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, Laois / Kilmeague, KildareFormerly of the Liberties, Dublin. Peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Sadly missed by her loving daughters Lisa, Anita and Amanda, sons Raymond, David and Stephen and their father Patrick, daughters-in-law Jane, Mel and Jane, sons-in-law Pete and Paul, grandchildren, great-grandchild Carter, sisters, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and close friends.May Kaye Rest In PeaceIn line with Government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place. Kaye will be reposing for family and close friends at her daughter Lisa’s home (Castlebawn, Kilmeague) on Tuesday with rosary at 7pm. Removal on Wednesday to The Church of The Holy Trinity, Allen, for 11am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in Allen Cemetery.Brendan TuohyOld Mill Road, Portlaoise, Laois/Mountmellick, LaoisFormerly of The Bay Road, Mountmellick. Deeply regretted by his partner Deirdre and his parents Patrick and Brigid, brothers and sisters Michael, Sheila, Mary, Eileen, Patrick, Cristine, John Paul and their partners, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, relatives and many friends.Rest in Peace.Reposing in the home of his parents Pat and Brigid 34 Lake Drive Kilminchy Portlaois on Tuesday from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary 8pm. Family time thereafter. Requiem Mass on Wednesday in St.Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick 11am. Burial after in St.Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick.Due to Covid restrictions Social Distancing will apply at all times. The Requiem Mass will be for Brendan’s immediate family and will be streamed live on Mountmellick Parish Webcam website. Mourners are welcome outside the church and in the cemetery. WhatsApp Previous article13-goal thriller as Timahoe claim victory over St Paul’sNext articlePreviewing Thursday night’s Laois club hurling championship action LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 30th July 2020 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Deaths in Laois – Thursday, July 30, 2020 Facebook Facebook Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Twitterlast_img read more

B.C. offers $500 monthly rental rebate, moratorium on evictions, rent freeze

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Time for policymakers to focus on housing shortage: RBC People are being told to self-isolate at home during the pandemic and the possibility of being evicted must be prevented, he said.“We don’t want people to think that they may lose that home as a result of the pandemic,” Horgan said at a news conference.He said the $500 will be paid directly to landlords.Tenants who lose their jobs due to the pandemic or who must self-isolate can apply for the rebate in the coming days, Horgan said.The funding for the rental protection program will come from a $5-billion fund the B.C. government recently announced, he said.That plan includes a $1,000 tax-free payment to people economically affected by the pandemic. It also provides tax relief and other supports for businesses, people and organizations.Spencer Chandra Herbert, the legislature member for Vancouver-West End, said he consulted tenant and landlord organizations to get input on the needs of landlords and tenants during the pandemic.“We’ve been clear that no one will lose their housing because of COVID-19,” said Herbert, a New Democrat. “The stress is off the charts right now. We need to give people security.”Housing Minister Selina Robinson said tenants and landlords must talk to each other to find ways to cover rents and get through the pandemic.“It’s about the people we love,” she said. “It’s about our families. It is about our neighbours. It is about our communities.”Under the plan, landlords are also prevented from entering rental units without the consent of a tenant, unless there is a need to protect someone’s health and safety or to prevent damage to a unit.Landlords will also be allowed to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.Horgan said the measures being taken by the government acknowledge this is a difficult time for tenants and landlords.“With lost jobs and lost wages due to COVID-19, many tenants are worried they can’t make the rent,” he said in a statement. “It’s a challenging time for landlords too.” Dirk Meissner Trudeau promises cities help to lower high cost of housing The British Columbia government will offer financial relief to renters and landlords to ensure people have safe homes during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Premier John Horgan said Wednesday.Horgan said the government will provide a monthly rebate of up to $500 to help cover rents or portions of rents during the coming months. Evictions have also been suspended along with all rent increases. New stress test may moderate housing market: BMO businesswoman protects a house from the elements rain storm sun ptnphoto/123RF Keywords Housing,  Financial relief Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

RGD to Provide Free Birth Certificates for Children Born as at January 1

first_imgRelatedRGD to Provide Free Birth Certificates for Children Born as at January 1 RelatedRGD to Provide Free Birth Certificates for Children Born as at January 1 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As of January 1, 2007, the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will provide one free first copy of the birth certificate for every child born and is registered with a name at birth.The move is expected to result in significant savings for parents, who will only need to pay a $200 registration fee, rather than the $950 required for registration and the birth certificate.Chief Executive Officer of the RGD, Dr. Patricia Holness, who made the announcement at a press briefing held today (Dec. 28) at the Courtleigh Hotel, said the process was aimed at encouraging parents to name their babies.“We want to ensure that mothers are fully aware of the process of naming their children in hospital,” she said, noting that a free certified copy of the document, would also be provided for children not born in a formal birthing centre, but were registered within three weeks of birth.Dr. Holness explained that to benefit from the service, parents were required to pay the $200 fee at the hospital. The registration officers, to be placed in every hospital and birthing centre across the island, “will conduct registration and have the information sent back to the main location at RGD, so that the certificate can be processed within three weeks”.She informed that, “we have successfully visited over 34 locations across Jamaica and have had meetings with all our hospital and birthing centres so that we can be prepared to have this happened successfully.”According to Dr. Holness, the project was expected to increase the RGD’s revenue base as more parents would be encouraged to pay the $200 fee and reduce or eliminate the incidence of Late Entry of Names for children born in 2007 and beyond. Staff now employed to deal with Late Entry of Names, she pointed out, “could now be re-routed to the area of production, where we are expecting a 10 per cent increase in demand for certified copies based on this new initiative.”Dr. Holness said the RGD, over the years, had implemented a number of initiatives to encourage parents to name their children, including some 960 outreach meetings and visits to antenatal clinics by parish officers each year and the distribution of some 300,000 flyers and information packages on a regular basis focused mainly on naming children.She informed that despite these efforts “only 27.8 per cent of parents name their babies in hospital, while another 37.5 per cent of babies are named at the local district registrar office within the first six weeks of birth”. Another 34.7 per cent of babies born, were not named within the first year of birth, she lamented.Children, who are not named within a year of birth, would have to be named at the RGD through the Late Entry of Name and according to Dr. Holness, this process was very costly.“It is a costly venture not only to the person, but to the country. Late Entry of Name carries a greater social cost and this involves children missing out on health care, education and being unable to access social facilities such as PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education),” she pointed out.Meanwhile, she mentioned that the RGD would be encouraging parents to ensure that the relevant hospital fees were paid.Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester, Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health, called on parents to partner with the RGD and the Ministry to make the project work.“Parents, must make sure your child is named before leaving the hospital. This will make it easier for the RGD to process your child’s birth certificate. We must remember that we have a duty to give our children the best possible opportunities available to them,” she stated. RelatedRGD to Provide Free Birth Certificates for Children Born as at January 1center_img RGD to Provide Free Birth Certificates for Children Born as at January 1 UncategorizedDecember 28, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Education Minister Emphasises Role Literacy Plays in Violence Reduction

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Literacy plays an important part in reducing the intensity of violence in the society, as the inability to read or communicate effectively contributes significantly to the problem that is now affecting some schools.This was the view expressed by Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, yesterday (March 17), when he addressed the opening of the international conference on adult education, hosted by the Jamaica Council for Adult Education (JACAE), in collaboration with the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the HEART Trust/NTA. The three-day conference is being held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.Mr. Holness pointed out that much of the behaviour management strategies that the Ministry is exploring rests on ensuring that at the earliest level, students are trained to develop the skills, “so that as they move along the system, they can access the benefit of the curriculum to which they are exposed.”“If you can’t read and write, you can’t access properly, a secondary education. You become frustrated and you become a distraction to the teacher and to the rest of your classmates, and it puts the education system in chaos,” he argued.Therefore, Mr. Holness said, the challenge is to ensure that everyone has access. “If someone can’t read and write and they go for a job and the job requires them to sign a form, then they can’t access that job, and their behaviour oftentimes, is trying to cover up their inability to access, which leads to conflict and violence,” he noted.“So, the Ministry of Education takes it (lifelong learning) very seriously, and we will be moving within the transformation to have it implemented as an important strategy, not just to control violence in schools, but violence in the society,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, he stressed the importance of giving students time within the formal school system to hone their skills, thus the government’s plan to extend the school-leaving age.“Many of the students who leave the primary system are unable to access a secondary curriculum and many of the students leaving secondary schools are not leaving with the skills where they can positively access their environment, interpret their environment, articulate their problems, and navigate through the maze of decisions that they have to make. They just simply don’t have those skills. We have to make provisions to allow them to develop these skills,” the Minister emphasised.The conference, which is being held under the theme: ‘The Learning City: a Vehicle for Community Transformation’, will cover topics such as: ‘Family life in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean’; ‘Crime and violence (effects and counter trends)’; ‘Information and communication technology’; ‘HIV in Jamaica (progress and challenges); ‘poverty and socio-economic development’; and ‘Learning for transformation’, among other subjects. RelatedEducation Minister Emphasises Role Literacy Plays in Violence Reduction RelatedEducation Minister Emphasises Role Literacy Plays in Violence Reduction RelatedEducation Minister Emphasises Role Literacy Plays in Violence Reductioncenter_img Advertisements Education Minister Emphasises Role Literacy Plays in Violence Reduction UncategorizedMarch 19, 2008last_img read more

Senator Lightbourne Opens Debate on Sexual Offences Bill in Senate

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Debate on the Sexual Offences Act 2009 began in the Senate Friday (May 22), with Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, making the opening contribution.The Bill, passed in the House of Representatives on March 31, seeks to amalgamate the various laws relating to incest and other sexual offences, and includes provision for a Sex Offenders Registry and a Sex Offenders Register to be established as a means of monitoring sex offenders.It will also repeal the Incest (Punishment) Act and several provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act.Minister Lightbourne noted that in 1995, the Offences Against the Person (Amendment) Bill, which sought to make amendments to the law relating to rape and other sexual offences, and the Incest (Punishment) (Amendment) Bill, seeking to make amendments to the law relating to incest, were tabled in Parliament and submitted to a Joint Select Committee for consideration and report.She said that there were matters on which the Joint Select Committee failed to reach agreement.“In those circumstances, the Bills fell off the Order Paper on the prorogation of Parliament and remained in abeyance until they were re-tabled in Parliament in 2006,” Minister Lightbourne said.She also explained that new Joint Select Committees were named in 2006 and 2007, to consider and report on the re-tabled Bills, with the intention of arriving at a consensus on the areas of controversy.“In light of the various changes which the Committee was minded to recommend, it decided that, instead of the enactment into law of the amending Bills with the agreed amendments to them, a new Act, the Sexual Offences Act, should be enacted,” she explained.In explaining the changes which the Sexual Offences Act will make, in relation to the various aspects of the law relating to rape, incest and other sexual offences and related matters, Senator Lightbourne noted that the offence of marital rape, which was previously exempt, will be statutorily established.She noted further that the Incest (Punishment) Act will be repealed and incest offences between persons closely related by blood will be established, in replacement of those under the repealed Act.Provisions will also be included in the Bill to deal with certain acts done by an adult for a sexual purpose in relation to a child under 16 years of age.She said that the Bill upheld the view that the term ‘sexual intercourse’ should maintain the traditional meaning of the penetration of the female sexual organ by the male sexual organ and that the offence of rape should continue to be a gender specific offence, that is, one which can only be committed by a male against a female person.The Bill, however, creates a new offence, that of grievous sexual assault, involving mainly various non-consensual gender neutral sexual acts, which can be performed by persons of either sex against persons of either sex and which will carry the same maximum penalty as the offence of rape.Additionally, the offences now known as the carnal knowledge offences will be replaced by the offence of sexual grooming of a child. RelatedSenator Lightbourne Opens Debate on Sexual Offences Bill in Senate RelatedSenator Lightbourne Opens Debate on Sexual Offences Bill in Senate RelatedSenator Lightbourne Opens Debate on Sexual Offences Bill in Senatecenter_img Senator Lightbourne Opens Debate on Sexual Offences Bill in Senate JusticeMay 24, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaican-Born Professor Gets Marcus Garvey/UNIA Award

first_imgRelatedJamaican-Born Professor Gets Marcus Garvey/UNIA Award RelatedJamaican-Born Professor Gets Marcus Garvey/UNIA Award Jamaican-Born Professor Gets Marcus Garvey/UNIA Award Foreign AffairsAugust 5, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaican-born Dean and Vice President of Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Professor E. Albert Reece, is this year’s recipient of the Marcus Garvey Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Award.The honour was conferred on him by the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM) at its annual Independence Ball commemorating Jamaica’s 47th year of Independence on August 1 in Baltimore, Maryland.Member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, in making the presentation, noted that “Dr. Reece is the first Caribbean-born person to serve as Dean at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the second person of colour to hold this prestigious position.”Under his leadership, she said, “the school of medicine continues to excel as one of the top medical schools in the nation.” She also singled out Dr. Reece’s many accomplishments, saying they reflect “Marcus Garvey’s vision for his people as he was a man, who saw the tremendous potential of the black race and influenced the lives of many young people and encouraged political leadership.”Delegate Nathan-Pulliam, herself Jamaican-born and a founding member of JAM, expressed pride in making the presentation. “I present you with this distinguished award for your outstanding contribution to the field of medicine and community service. As a Jamaican, we are proud of your contribution and JAM honours you by presenting you with the Marcus Garvey UNIA Award,” he added.Professor Reece said he was humbled to receive such a prestigious award named for Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Dr. Reece stressed that part of his own giving back to the country of his birth involved a project on which he was collaborating with the University of the West Indies (UWI) to devise a programme to assist in treating diabetes.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, who was the guest speaker, congratulated Professor Reece on behalf of the Government and the people of Jamaica on his achievements as well as for his efforts that won him the 2009 Marcus Garvey UNIA Award.He also read Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding’s Emancipation message, in which he called on Jamaicans not to allow their minds to be imprisoned in slavery.“As we reflect on our past, as we look at the scars of slavery, let us remind ourselves that the human spirit does heal. This is the legacy we have inherited – not a curse that we still carry, and slavery is only one part of that legacy.“Let us, as a free people, become a mighty people, who will accomplish what we can, what we will and what we must,” he stated.center_img RelatedJamaican-Born Professor Gets Marcus Garvey/UNIA Award Advertisementslast_img read more