Former ‘Foreclosure Capital’ Experiments With Anti-Poverty Measure

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Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure Poverty Universal Basic Income Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Foreclosure Poverty Universal Basic Income 2018-07-11 David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Share 1Save Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Former ‘Foreclosure Capital’ Experiments With Anti-Poverty Measure  Print This Postcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Only a few years back, in 2012, the city of Stockton, California, was the “foreclosure capital” of the nation, with one in every 135 homes in foreclosure. The city was hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis, becoming the second-largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection. Stockton left its bankruptcy in the rearview in February 2015, and now the city is trying out something potentially revolutionary—attempting to help its struggling residents escape the grip of poverty and housing insecurity with an experiment in Universal Basic Income (UBI).The notion of a Universal Basic Income is nothing new, but it’s gained popularity among tech giants such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Proponents of UBI posit that providing a guaranteed monthly income could help pull people out of poverty, provide stability during hard financial times, and even mitigate the impact of increasing automation as it renders more jobs or career fields obsolete.Stockton isn’t looking to solve all those problems right out the gate. They’re starting small—as reported by CNN, the city’s UBI program will give 100 local residents $500 a month for 18 months. For residents who qualify, there are no work requirements or any other “strings” attached.During a CNNMoney interview earlier this year, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes said, “It is such a fundamental idea behind America that if you work hard, you can get ahead—and you certainly don’t live in poverty. But that isn’t true today, and it hasn’t been true in the country for decades. I believe that unless we make significant changes today, the income inequality in our country will continue to grow and call into question the very nature of our social contract.”Even having moved beyond bankruptcy, Stockton is still a strong candidate for a trial run at UBI. One in four of the city’s residents currently live in poverty. The city’s median income is a little over $49k, well below the national median of $57,617. The project is expected to launch in 2019.While $500 a month might not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, its consistent, guaranteed nature could be quite a comfort for families struggling to make ends meet. As CNN describes it, “The goal is to create an income floor no one will fall beneath.”Some 16.1 million U.S. households currently live in poverty. Moreover, according to the United Way’s ALICE Project, another 34.7 million families fit under the category that gave ALICE its name. It stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” Members of this group are technically above the Federal Poverty Line but are unable to meet the basic needs of housing, food, healthcare, childcare, and transportation. Households that fall below the “ALICE Threshold” account for 43 percent of American households, and ALICE persists across all regions of the nation and among all ages, races, and ethnicities.More than two-thirds of U.S. jobs pay less than $20 per hour, according to ALICE Project data, and “the dominance of low-paying jobs shows no signs of slowing down.” More than 30 percent of households in each state fall below the ALICE-defined “basic survival budget.” Moreover, “One of the most difficult conditions that most ALICE households face is the high cost of housing,” according to the ALICE Project.The ALICE Project identified a “mismatch between the number of households with income below the ALICE Threshold and the number of housing units that they can afford in a given county.” While markets generally adapt to what consumers are able and willing to pay, the United Way said, “there are many constraints on the housing market that prevent it from adjusting quickly.” David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Journal, Market Studies, News Former ‘Foreclosure Capital’ Experiments With Anti-Poverty Measure July 11, 2018 2,175 Views last_img read more

Gawande New Yorker article on end-of-life care wins National Magazine Award

first_img Read Full Story Atul Gawande, associate professor in HSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has won a National Magazine Award for his story “Letting Go,” which appeared in the August 2, 2010, issue of The New Yorker. Gawande is a contributor to the magazine.Gawande’s story looks at a U.S. health care system that works assiduously to save lives, but is not as adept at helping terminally ill patients and their families make the best of the time they have left.Read the article.Read the press release announcing the awards.last_img

Belles for Life and the Cartesian Society host pro-choice, pro-life discussion, hoping to start conversations on campus

first_imgBelles for Life and the Cartesian Society invited Saint Mary’s students into open conversation Wednesday night with a pro-life and pro-choice discussion.Those who participated in the discussion were required to register beforehand and declare their stance on the issue. Upon arriving, the students were split into small groups of mixed opinions.On each table, sheets of paper posed six discussion questions for the small group, asking students to consider their own identity on the pro-choice to pro-life spectrum, the personal experiences that formed this opinion, issues surrounding reproductive rights and any positive or negative experiences they’ve had on campus.Other printed handouts outlined “Five Ways to Respond to Someone You Disagree With,” including “respecting honesty,” “understanding different values,” “giving something back,” “finding a middle ground” and “being a good human.”Megan Zwart, philosophy professor and department chair, said she was excited to see how the discussion mirrored the style of her course in dialogue and civil discourse.“My hope is that students will learn skills in that class, but then they’ll get excited about having conversations about difficult topics outside of class,” Zwart said. “And so this is the perfect example of students taking initiative and, you know, seeing the conversation that they think we need to work on around campus and then doing that work. So I’m proud to see it happen.”Senior Elisabeth Barrett, president of the Cartesian Society, the new philosophy club approved just after fall break, said the discussion was arranged in a manner similar to those that took place in Zwart’s class, with small groups of mixed opinions.“No one is going to be overloaded or feel one-sided,” Barrett said. “We’re listening with the intention to learn and understand rather than debate, combat. It’s not an argument. It’s a learning opportunity, I would say. I’m really hoping that it brings everyone who comes here closer together. Ideally, the entire campus.”Belles for Life has been working on a discussion session for a long time, but struggled to find a group that would act as a co-host, Barrett said. The philosophy club was quick to collaborate, she said.“I think coming out as a philosophy club, it paints us as pretty neutral,” she said. “In philosophy, you explore different perspectives. It’s very open. There isn’t really such a thing as, ‘That’s a bad idea’ or like, ‘That’s a bad opinion.’ And that’s pretty much what philosophy is — building upon different thoughts, different values, opinions, beliefs — all that.”Many of the Cartesian Society board members are pro-choice, Barrett said, but all were open to joining the discussion and excited to tackle an issue that they believe to be urgent and important.“We’re very excited to jump at this because … this is a conversation we need to have on campus and it is extremely divided,” Barrett said. “You’ll see posters up that Belles for Life have around campus and other people will write on it, like slander it. And personally, I am pro-choice, but I don’t think that you should disrespect other opinions like that still at the end of the day.”The event was intended to be more of a discussion than a debate, Barrett said, and overall, an exercise in listening and learning.“I think what’s great about this event is that it encompasses a lot of listening, a lot of learning and respect and it kind of reminds us all that we are all women, that we do care about people,” she said. “It’s shown that … at the end of the day, we all care about life in whichever capacity.”This type of open-minded conversation is meant to create safe spaces on campus, senior Morgan Chichester, president of Belles for Life, said.“It’s just basically just opening up the discussion in a civil way,” Chichester said. “This is just an event just for people to express their beliefs in an open safe environment on campus.”Chichester said she hopes participants leave the discussion having felt heard and encouraged to continue these conversations outside of their small groups.“I hope that people walk away with just a sense that they can express what they believe and … just growing in a deeper sense of listening to different people’s beliefs, and that we can just have more discussions like this on campus,” she said.Sophomore transfer student Annastacia Thompson said she identifies as pro-choice, and did not expect her opinions to change after the discussion.“I came to listen,” Thompson said, “Just to hear the other side and maybe understand it more.”Tags: Belles for Life, Cartesian Society, dialogue and discourse, discussion, philosophy, Pro-choice, Pro-lifelast_img read more

Game 5 disaster has Sharks once again on brink of elimination

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — It’s hard to imagine how Game 5 of the Western Conference Final could have gone any worse for the Sharks.They were outworked and outclassed to start what was a decisive second period. They finished Sunday’s game with just 14 skaters, as Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi all had to leave early, due to various injuries. Donskoi eventually came back, but Evander Kane was both given …last_img

Legend Slater rules J-Bay again

first_img19 July 2008American surfing legend Kelly Slater added yet another chapter to his storied career by convincingly winning the 2008 Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay. The victory puts him in prime position to lay claim to an unprecedented ninth ASP World Title after his fourth win in five events this year.Unfazed by the difficult conditions created by the fresh onshore wind that chopped up the waves at Supertubes, Slater’s superior wave selection and decision-making on the waves he rode left reigning ASP world champion Mick Fanning still needing to improve both of his counting waves when the siren sounded to end the final.‘I was lucky’“I was lucky in the final; I got a wave under Mick’s priority that turned out to be my best score,” Slater said on the podium. “In conditions like that you need to go on anything that looks like you can get three manoeuvres in.”Slater earned $30 000 (approx R225 000) and 1 200 ratings points, giving him a lead of 1 268 points over second placed Joel Parkinson in the 2008 rankings.With six events still to be run, the Floridian has yet to be beaten by any of his World Tour opponents, having lost to a wildcard in the Billabong Pro Tahiti – the only event he didn’t win.Mandela sculptureSlater’s name went onto the Billabong Pro J-Bay trophy for a record fourth time and was presented with a sculptured bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela, chosen by the organisers to celebrate Madiba’s 90th birthday.“What an honour,” Slater exclaimed when presented with the trophy. “Happy birthday Madiba, you’ve been an inspiration to us all.”Despite feeling that he could have won the event, Fanning was gracious in defeat, congratulating Slater on his victory. He vowed to use his second place finish, and jump from seventh to fourth on the ratings, as a springboard to challenge for honours in the upcoming events.“I guess it’s not over ’til it’s over,” Fanning said of the 2008 world title race. “But it’s going to be like climbing Everest and he (Slater) is halfway up the hill.”Biggest wavesAfter three days of awesome conditions for the opening rounds of the 2008 Billabong Pro, the final day started out with the biggest waves of the event, giving the 12 remaining contenders the opportunity to perform their entire repertoire of manoeuvres on rides lasting more than 300 metres.Fanning and former world champions CJ Hobgood and Andy Irons were joined by defending event champion Taj Burrow in making it a clean sweep of the top eight seeds into the quarterfinals.In round four, Burrow eliminated Jordy Smith, the last South African left in the event, sending the Durbanite home with equal ninth place overall. Smith, in his rookie year on the ASP World Tour, jumped from 19th to 16th on the ratings.After a windless start, a north-east onshore breeze started ruffling the faces of the waves during the quarterfinals where current world number two Parkinson got the better of world number three Bede Durbidge. Slater overcame world number four Adriano de Souza, Fanning eliminated Hobgood, and Burrow stayed on track for a second successive victory by edging out Irons.SemifinalsBy the semifinals the wind had increased in velocity and, despite Parkinson starting out with the highest score of their match-up – an outstanding 9.17 out of 10 – Slater chipped away at the lead with rides of 8.0 and 7.0. When the Aussie failed to find anything better than a 5.0 for his second counting ride, Slater was into the final.The second semi went Fanning’s way thanks to an opening 7.67, followed by an excellent 9.17, while Burrow’s best two rides in the 30-minute encounter earned 6.0 and 5.83.Californian Taylor Knox was the recipient of the WTA prize of a custom handcrafted Nixon timepiece valued at US $10 000 for the highest heat tally of the event. He racked up 19.70 points out of a possible 20 in Round 1 action last Thursday, claiming the winner-takes-all award for near perfect rides of 9.90 and 9.80.SA’s nemesisTaj Burrow’s spectacular form throughout the event prevented three of the five South African contenders from posting a serious challenge in their home event. Burrow beat wildcard Rudy Palmboom Jr. in round one, eliminated Royden Bryson in round three, and Jordy Smith in round four.Travis Logie was a victim of Slater’s victory charge, bowing out in round three, while Ricky Basnett, who has yet to win a single heat in 2008, was sidelined by Jeremy Flores in round two.Billabong Pro Jeffreys BayFinal Kelly Slater (USA) 16.73 def Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.40 Semifinals SF1: Slater 15.00 def Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.17SF2: Fanning 16.84 def Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.83 Quarterfinals QF1: Parkinson 17.74 def Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.00QF2: Slater 15.17 def Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.84QF3: Fanning 14.27 def C J Hobgood (USA) 9.60QF4: Burrow 13.57 def Andy Irons (HAW) 8.47 2008 ASP World Tour Ratings 1. Kelly Slater (USA), 52102. Joel Parkinson (AUS), 39483. Bede Durbidge (AUS), 37824. Mick Fanning (AUS), 37535. Taj Burrow (AUS), 36386. Adriano de Souza (BRA), 35407. C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34608. Andy Irons (HAW), 33389. Bobby Martinez (USA), 302810. Adrian Buchan (AUS), 2884 South Africans 16. Jordy Smith, 224534. Royden Bryson, 168039. Travis Logie, 149544. Ricky Basnett, 1125 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

32 teams, 32 World Cup base camps

first_img25 February 2010Fifa has released a list of base camps for the 32 teams participating in the 2010 World Cup, with hosts Bafana Bafana to be based at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel and to train at Sandown High School in Johannesburg.Fourteen other teams will be in Gauteng province along with Bafana Bafana, while six teams will be based in KwaZulu-Natal, four in the Western Cape, three in North West province and one each in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.Other teams that will be based in and around Johannesburg include Honduras at the Indaba Hotel, Mexico at Thaba ya Batswana, Netherlands at the Hilton Sandton, North Korea at the Protea Hotel Midrand, Serbia at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, and Slovenia at the Hyde Park Southern Sun.Teams to be based around Pretoria include Argentina, at the High Performance Centre, Germany at the Velmore Hotel in Centurion, Italy at the Leriba Lodge outside Pretoria, Slovakia at the Villas Luxury Suite Hotel, and the United States at the Irene Country Lodge.Australia will be based at the Kloofzicht Lodge near Muldersdrift on the West Rand, New Zealand at Serengeti Estate near OR Tambo International Airport, and Switzerland at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark, to the south of Johannesburg.Those that will be based in KwaZulu-Natal province include Algeria at the Monduzur in San Lameer, Cameroon at the Oyster Box in Umhlanga, Greece at the Beverly Hills Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks, Ivory Coast at the Riverside Hotel and Spa in Durban, Nigeria at the Hampshire in Durban, Paraguay at Woodridge Country Estate in the Midlands, and Portugal at the Valley Lodge in Hillcrest.The Western Cape will play host to Brazil at the Fairway in Cape Town, Denmark at the Simola Hotel Country Club in Knysna, France at the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna, and Japan at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club outside George.Teams that will be based in North West province include England at the Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg, Spain at North West University campus in Potchefstroom, and South Korea at the Hunters Rest Hotel in Rustenburg.Provinces that will host only a single team include Mpumalanga, with Chile based at the Ingwenyama Conference Centre; the Eastern Cape, with Ghana based at Rhoode Valley; and the Northern Cape, with Uruguay based at the Protea Hotel Kimberley.Fifa says the list is subject to change, as teams could still move their base camps.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Neymar smart to protect himself from injury- Klopp

first_imgLiverpool, Sept 18 (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended Neymar’s play-acting at the World Cup and believes it will be impossible to completely snuff out the Brazilian’s threat when Paris Saint-Germain visit Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday. Klopp insisted Neymar wasn’t fully fit in Russia after breaking a bone in his foot in February that forced him to miss the rest of the club season with the French giants before the World Cup. However, the world’s most expensive player earned few plaudits for his performances and became a figure of fun for his constant feigning of injury as Brazil crashed out at the quarter-finals to Belgium. “When I saw a few games at the World Cup and I know people are talking about that and it looked like he made a bit more of situations. But it’s a normal reaction because players are going for him, that’s the truth, and he wants to protect himself. I understand that,” said Klopp on Monday. “I’m not sure it’s possible to avoid his quality 100 percent. He’s a fantastic footballer, outstanding.” “He was not fit at the World Cup and he tried to take the responsibility for his country. Belgium played an outstanding game against Brazil, but if Neymar is fit, Brazil wins it. That’s how it is. “He was injured and so he had to save himself a bit. He’s not a person who wants to act because if you are like that you cannot play football. “He got rested at the weekend so he will be 100 percent fresh, he’s not injured any more. We will see the full package Neymar.”advertisement – Tuchel ‘one of the best’ -============================ Despite splashing over 400 million euros on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG failed to progress beyond the last 16 in their quest to win a first ever Champions League. But Klopp, who led Liverpool to the final in May, believes marrying a richly talented squad with new coach Thomas Tuchel makes the French giants an even bigger threat to win the competition this season. “The players they have, the manager they have, they all brought it together to go as far as possible in the Champions League,” he added. “He is an outstanding coach. I really thought it was a smart decision of PSG to sign Tuchel,” said Klopp. “For this kind of team with unbelievable individual quality, you still need a manager who can teach or educate them in playing together and they brought in one of the best I know. That makes them quite a big challenge for us.” However, in contrast to the five-time winners’ storied history in the competition, PSG have never in their history even made the final of the European Cup. And Tuchel believes they can only still be considered challengers to Europe’s elite rather than one of the favourites for the competition. “Sometimes you need a special victory to gain special confidence to go far in a competition. In sport, if you want to go all the way, sometimes you have to have the experience that you can do something exceptional,” he said of the prospect of winning at fortress Anfield. “This makes the challenge even greater. Liverpool have won five Champions Leagues. “This club has great experience, particularly in this stadium. We are working towards that but it is no big deal. “We are still a challenger in the Champions League, not yet a favorite.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

In the news today Feb 26

first_imgFour stories in the news for Tuesday, Feb. 26———JAGMEET SINGH WINS CRUCIAL BYELECTIONNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has won his do-or-die bid to capture a British Columbia seat in the House of Commons. The victory in the riding of Burnaby South tightens Singh’s shaky grip on the reins of the federal New Democrats. However, the challenge ahead is underscored by the simultaneous loss to the Liberals of the Montreal riding that launched the party’s 2011 orange wave that swept Quebec. Outremont was a longtime Liberal stronghold until 2007, when former NDP leader Tom Mulcair scored an upset byelection victory. In the third byelection Monday, the Conservatives easily hung onto the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe.———KHADR BACK IN COURT TO ASK FOR SENTENCE TO EXPIREFormer Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr is to ask Alberta’s youth court today to declare his eight-year sentence to have expired. The sentence, which was imposed in 2010 by a military commission in the United States, would have ended last October had he remained in custody. But the clock stopped ticking when an Alberta judge freed him on bail in May 2015 pending Khadr’s appeal of a military commission conviction for war crimes — a years-long process that has no end in sight. His lawyer, Nate Whitling, has said that the youth court judge has the authority to terminate the sentence and say it’s over.———TRUDEAU LIFTS RESTRICTIONS ON WILSON-RAYBOULD Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is waiving both solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for his former attorney general, paving the way for Jody Wilson-Raybould to finally tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin saga to the House of Commons justice committee and the ethics commissioner. An order-in-council published Monday evening lifts both confidentiality restrictions on Wilson-Raybould and anyone she talked to about her role in deciding whether to prosecute SNC-Lavalin for bribery and fraud. Wilson-Raybould may appear at the House of Commons justice committee as early as Wednesday to explain what type of pressure she felt she was under not to pursue a criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant, and allow the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement instead.———NEW ONTARIO HEALTH-CARE PLAN TO BE UNVEILEDOntarians are set to learn the government’s plans today for an overhaul of the health-care system. Health Minister Christine Elliott is set to introduce legislation this afternoon and will make an announcement on it this morning. A leaked draft version of the bill that the NDP revealed late last month showed that Ontario was planning a health “super agency.” That draft legislation indicated the government could roll local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario and other government health agencies under the super agency umbrella. Elliott says there have been changes since the draft bill was leaked.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The deputy minister of Global Affairs Canada, along with senior officials from the auditor general’s office, will testify on physical security at Canada’s missions abroad.— Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, will provide a briefing to the Commons defence committee.— George Weston Ltd. will discuss its fourth-quarter results in a conference call with analysts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Danny Glover Raises Awareness Of Widespread Neurologic Condition

first_imgLegendary actor and director Danny Glover joins Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in a new PBAFacts campaign designed to educate and encourage patients with neurologic conditions, and their caregivers, to learn more about Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) and to speak with their physician.The campaign hinges on the idea that an actor has the ability to cry and laugh on cue and how that contrasts with the lack of control experienced by people living with PBA episodes.While PBA is not well known, an estimated two million Americans suffer from PBA, a neurologic condition characterized by uncontrollable, sudden outbursts of crying and/or laughing that usually don’t match what the person is feeling on the inside. PBA occurs in people with brain injuries or certain neurologic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke or multiple sclerosis (MS). That’s why it is so important for consumers to learn that there is a name for this neurologic condition and that it is treatable.“Sudden outbursts of crying or laughing can be a sign of fine acting. But for some, it could be a sign of PBA,” said Danny Glover.“We believe Mr. Glover’s ability to ‘act’ PBA outbursts of crying and laughing will increase understanding and help undiagnosed people recognize their symptoms and inspire them to learn more,” said Rohan Palekar, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals. “What’s more, Mr. Glover’s respected status lends dignity to a condition that many sufferers find embarrassing.”The new campaign featuring Danny Glover can be seen on TV, print and digital ads as well as in print materials. It is also featured on, an educational website that explains the science of PBA, has videos from doctors and a PBA assessment that patients can share with their doctor.last_img read more

BahamasTCI Cultural Exchange in Grand Turk a hit

first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Related Items:bahamas, Bahamas National Children’s Choir, choir, cultural, grand turk, Tci Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jul 2015 – A great culture exchange when the Bahamas National Children’s Choir which this year celebrates 25 years of existence, put on a show in two locations in the capital yesterday. In Grand Turk the small group performed at the Cruise Center after arriving early yesterday morning on the Carnival Conquest. “This year, we are celebrating 25 years as a choir and so this is a part of the celebration, the trip and then we go to Florida later on this month and we do some more celebrations. We culminate at the end of the Year with the Adesa Weekend; it’s a weekend event where they do some community service, they have a grand ball, a children’s ball and then we have a ‘Chivival’ or a children’s revival service and that will end in November.”Led by Patricia Bazard, the group and chaperones next stops in the Dominican Republic… from there it’s Aruba and Curacao; Bazard believes it is important for the award winning group to see the islands of the region. The Bahamas National Children’s Choir was welcomed and hosted by the TCI Tourist Board and the Grand Turk Cruise Center; we spoke to Blythe Clare who gave the welcome and send off gifts to the delegation of 33 from nearby Bahamas, Who also put on a show at the Salem Baptist Church in Cockburn Town, GT.“When I saw them perform at the Cruise Center, with their beautifully adorned headpieces which reflects Bahamian Junkanoo, Bahamian culture and it brought joy to my heart not only because I was familiar with the songs that they sang and as I said, ‘All a We is one.’ The same folk songs they use in The Bahamas, we use it here, I felt so proud and then to see so many young people here this morning and knowing that the Bahamas just celebrated their 42nd independence under the theme, ‘Our Children, Our Future’ and our children are indeed our future because we are not going to be here forever.”Clare said not only is this a great idea for the Children’s Choir in Provo but just as the Bahamas’ children showed off their national flag colors and culture, the TCI could do the same.“I know if Provo they have a Children’s’ Choir and I know they have vibrant dance groups and I think what we can do is liaise with the schools, get together and for cruises you have to pay well in advance; but whether it’s a cruise or go to the Bahamas and perform on Bay Street, it can happen.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoslast_img read more