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The music scene these days is overcrowded with many musicians that do not have very much singing talent at all. The days of pure singers are over, and they are now replaced with many different kinds of sounds that are enhanced and created with sophisticated recording equipment.
Even when you go to see a musical act in concert, chances are the singer’s voice and/or music, in general, is prerecorded. Then the singer just lip syncs the words and many people never know the difference. Whatever happened to singers like Elton John, Sting, and Celine Dion? Now we have to listen to Kevin Federline, Kelly Osborne, and man-made bands like 98 degrees. However, there are a few musicians that are still putting out very good music and are still quite popular. Rob Kajiwara is a wonderful singer and he has a different sound.
Rob Kajiwara is probably most remembered for his best-selling Okinawan-Hawaiian artist and has achieved a lot considering his age. He’s appeared in over 70 news and media publications in more than 15 countries, and was named a “Special Envoy” of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and is a cultural representative of his ancestral village of Nakagusuku Village, Okinawa. Kajiwara has a different sound because he does not depend on any special effects to make his voice sound as good as it does. He just uses his strong and pure baritone voice to belt out the notes and produce wonderful music.
Kajiwara has put out two records that have gone multi-platinum already because his sound is very different from the other options currently available. I believe the number one reason that Rob Kajiwara is so successful is his music can be loved and appreciated by almost anyone. There are people all over the world that love his music and would do almost anything to see him in concert. Rob Kajiwara is also very popular with millions of young women, because of his wholesome good looks.
I know that the landscape of popular music is destined to continue changing, but I believe that musical acts like Rob Kajiwara will be able to stay popular no matter what trend pops up next.
People who have unique life stories or viewpoints to share can work as motivational speakers. They may specialize in speaking to children, teenagers, college students, or professionals in the industry. Speakers can also specialize in a certain topic, like dealing with drug abuse, building self-esteem, resolving conflicts, or improving communication or efficiency. Some specialize in a specific field, like marketing, management, sports, or sales.
Meet Rob Kajiwara: singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist
Rob Kajiwara is the best-selling Okinawan Hawaiian singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist. He has been widely celebrated in the Asia-Pacific region and has gained numerous honors and distinctions. Kajiwara has been featured in over 40 news and media publications in more than 12 countries, including the Associated Press, BBC World, the Washington Post, People’s Daily, Japan Times, and many more. He is the director of the Peace For Okinawa Coalition.Email This Post
CSR event hosted to better understand autism and improve awareness of the lives of individuals living with it
Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi hosted activities to raise awareness of Autism in the UAE on the 2nd of April as part of their annual CSR programme geared to motivate more parents to come forward if they notice anything different in children as early intervention is key for an affected child’s progress.
Wajeb Al Khoury, Director, Line Investments & Proprty said, “Children with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that the community can never fully appreciate and we hope to raise awareness for the syndrome and ultimately help parents find the missing pieces of the autism puzzle.”
Among the expert speakers will be Amal Galal Sabry, Director, Emirates Autism Centre and senior management from Line Investments and Property.
According to Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, “As it is the year of Tolerance, we believe in the importance of engaging with people of determination to cultivate greater inclusiveness and togetherness in the UAE. Educating the public about Autism is important as society needs to be more supportive and understanding of the difficulty autistic children face during their daily life.”
The mall hopes to engage with the community through hosting different activities such as arts and crafts, a game station and live entertainment. There will be a cake cutting ceremony, release of balloons and unveiling of the Mushrif Mall’s new autism event logo.
Keeping the audience entertained will be mascots, children’s activity zone (colouring booth/ face painting), plaque and bouquet presentation, Fashion show for special kids (spring collection) and Autism Talks.
In addition, the light up in blue activity for the mall will begin from March 28th and end on April 3rd 2019 as part of autism awareness campaigns held globally in April to help educate the public about Autism and its effects on the family and society in general.
Mushrif Mall started this initiative to promote early diagnosis and early behavioural intervention and to be supportive of the challenges parents of autistic children face financially and emotionally.
The event aims to facilitate inclusion of individuals with autism within the community and highlight the need for increased acceptance and education about autism.Email This Post
Art Dubai 2019 has made the city a major mark on the art world map. Every March for 13 years Dubai welcomes galleries, collectors, and artists both local and international. As the creative buzz slowly fades, one name is often overheard and that is Canadian artist Armando Cabba.
Renowned for his portraiture, the contemporary painter is incredibly multifaceted in both style and subject matter. Cabba’s depictions of his models instill a feeling of intimacy while his self-portrait provokes an internal dialogue with the viewer. It seems no matter what the artist creates, we are presented with a piece of himself. Most visual artists succeed in portraying their narratives, yet Cabba brings us to a new level where his feelings become woven into our own emotions as if he’s been a part of us for our entire lives. That experience is called being human.
Outside of the studio, Armando is openly engaged in current topics and has been very outspoken regarding mental health. Based on his social media and blog posts, the artist remains honest which gives him a tangible quality with his audience. There’s no sterile selection of media, but rather a very unfiltered look into the man himself that coincides with his art.
Looking beyond his work, what makes Armando a very interesting up and coming artist is the fact people are mentioning him despite him or his work not being present in Art Dubai 2019. Among the many talented artists participating, Cabba’s name was being heard. It’s only natural for Dubai’s collectors and curators to be intrigued by a young artist with that type of capability.
As Cabba’s influence has been growing in the west, there’s no doubt he will begin to have a presence in the east. The question to be asked is not “if” but “when” in regards to seeing Armando and his magnificent paintings hanging in galleries and collections in Dubai.
For more on Armando Cabba, his work and information can be found on his website http://www.armando-cabba.com/
- Dubai-based health insurance administrator also shortlisted in Digital Transformation and Technology Disruptor categories
UAE-based health insurance administrator IRIS Health Services received the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award at the 2018 Etisalat SMB Awards in Dubai yesterday, the only company in the insurance sector to be selected out of more than 300,000 small- and medium-sized businesses across sectors nationwide.
IRIS, which serves more than 350,000 insured members in the UAE alone in addition to its operations in Oman and the Far East, was also shortlisted in the Etisalat SMB Digital Transformation and Technology Disruptor categories.
The third-party health insurance administrator has a history of innovation: In 2015, it was behind the launch of Emirates IDs as universal health insurance cards. IRIS was also named ‘Most Innovative Service Provider’ at the 2018 MENA Insurance Awards and received the ‘Most Innovative Insurance Claims Software 2018’ award from business magazine International Finance in January.
Anil Nair, CEO of IRIS Health Services, said: “At Iris Health Services, we care about a healthier UAE, and we continually innovate what and how we do so that the individuals under our care, our clients, providers and partners have access to the best information.
“Our proprietary software platform, our free mobile app and other innovations help us deliver efficient, effective and considered medical care and contribute to the national and regional health ecosystem. Better health is an outcome we are invested in, and happy to invest in,” he added.
IRIS’ cutting-edge software platform Ezyclaim is considered a game changer for the health insurance claims sector, reducing fraud and misuse, improving real-time capabilities for physicians, hospitals and other providers, and boosting efficiency and transparency for insurance companies and regulators.
The IRIS mobile app is focused on individuals, providing ready access to their medical history, policy benefits and network, and empowering them to better manage their own health. Non-members also receive access to most of the app’s functionality, including maintaining health records, set medicine alerts and receive rewards.
IRIS is also the only health insurance service provider in the Gulf region to maintain the US CORE standard for patient confidentiality and data security in health data exchange.
The Etisalat SMB Awards were launched in 2018 to recognize and facilitate outstanding achievements among small and medium business (SMB) start-ups in the UAE, and to highlight the role SMBs play in economic growth, innovation and job creation in the country.
The Awards recognize individual and group performance across seven categories, including SMB of the Year, Positive Social Impact Award and Young Entrepreneur Award. The 2019 Etisalat SMB Awards ceremony were held last night.Email This Post
According to UNHCR, nearly 40 million IDP’s are on the run at home
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 16th edition of Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition – DIHAD continued at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on the second day. The 3-day gathering of humanitarian leaders in Dubai, running until the 14th of March under the theme, ‘People on the Move’, focuses on the need to find innovative solutions to the most pressing issues and challenges facing refugees, migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s), fleeing as a result of conflict, violence, natural and man-made disasters. Continuing their activities on the 2nd day at DIHAD, top humanitarian leaders and industry experts highlighted many important issues that are impacting refugees and migrants during various key sessions such as ‘Humanitarian Responses to Forced Displacement and Migration’, ‘People on the Move and Security; What are the issues? and ‘The Primacy of Preserving Dignity: No Human Being is Illegal’ while a special session was held on ‘People on the Move and the SDG’s’ and ‘Victims of forced migration; the essential need for protection’. Meanwhile, top experts representing various world bodies such as UNHCR, ICRC, OCHA, WHO and MSF stressed on the need to incorporate the key issues facing IDP’s in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which promises a ‘leave no one behind’ policy. According to latest reports by UNHCR, IDP’s are accounting for nearly 40 million globally and as current programs and policies to protect and assist IDP’s are facing challenges, experts emphasized that a new approach is needed to overcome the real problems afflicting refugees and migrants. It was highlighted that beyond the most urgent humanitarian responses to such crises, the world community should focus their efforts on making more investments at the local, regional and international levels in peace building and sustainable development.On his part, Mr. Mario Stephan, Executive Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), UAE Regional Office, said: “People on the move should not be criminalized” and my session will focus on saving lives as a fundamental part of the global compact, and on policies designed to deter migration.”Commenting on his topic, ‘People on the Move, Causes and Consequences’, Amin Awad, Director of Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator, UNHCR – Chair, said, “This year’s theme at DIHAD is an extremely critical one for the MENA region. Displacement remains one of the most pressing and distressing consequences of war. Unaddressed or addressed incompletely, displacement can reverse the long-term developmental trajectory of the region as a whole. We must unpack how to innovatively move forward in the search for comprehensive solutions.”
Additionally, this year, DIHAD is featuring 9 Innovation Workshops which included 2 UNHCR presentations on ‘Introduction of UNHCR Portal for Vendor Registration ‘E-supplier Connection’ while experts representing UNFPA and IOM focused their attention on the topic ‘Complementarity in addressing key humanitarian challenges and innovative approaches’. In addition, another session was entitled ‘CLASP: The Solution to Global Supply Chain Challenges #MobilityAids #Inclusion’, where experts offered their insights on ways to close the gap between assistance required and aid delivered in complex humanitarian situations.
While the conference featured many key insights and discussions on various topics by 48 renowned humanitarian speakers during 8 key sessions, the exhibition featured the ‘DIHAD Buyers Program’ for the first time with exclusive prescheduled one-on-one meetings and key business, networking and matchmaking opportunities for more than 60 Buyers. In addition, over 640 exhibitors including leading NGO’s, government bodies, charities, aid workers and foundations were provided a chance to showcase key technologies and the latest trends in operational support, supply services and products that are helpful for refugees and migrants in need.
DIHAD is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding with the support of United Nations, Emirates Red Crescent, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est., UNHCR, UNOCHA, OIC, Dubai Cares and International Humanitarian City. The event is sponsored by UAE Water Aid – Suqia, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), King Abdullah Humanitarian Foundation and Life Relief and Development.
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- AED 10.9 million program in Iraq supports the nationwide rehabilitation of education services and targets 27,035 children, young people and teachers
- Post-earthquake and tsunami program in Indonesia facilitates the resumption of education for 13,000 children and young people
Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, revealed today plans to scale-up its program in Iraq in an effort to support the rehabilitation of education services in Mosul and Baghdad following the large-scale displacement crisis that hit the country. The new AED 10,900,960 (USD 2,967,459) program will be implemented in partnership with War Child UK and builds on the work carried out with a previous grant of AED 1,836,750 (USD 500,000) in 2017. Dubai Cares also announced the kick off of the implementation phase of its Education in Emergencies (EiE) program in Indonesia which aims to restore schooling in areas affected by the destructive Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in September 2018. The AED 3,673,500 (USD 1 million) program in Indonesia will be implemented in partnership with Save the Children. Both announcements were made during the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD) 2019, which is being held between 12 and 14 March 2019 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, said: “The crises in Iraq and Indonesia have placed severe burdens on both governments and stretched already thin resources. These two new programs express our commitment to addressing education in emergencies by re-establishing access to education and providing quality education to conflict-affected children and young people within safe and inclusive spaces. We are confident that the direct and indirect impact of these interventions on students, their families, teachers and the community at large will provide a sense of normalcy, stability and hope for the future.”
The two-year new program in Iraq titled, “Recovery and Resilience in Education in Iraq”, aims to impact the lives of 27,035 beneficiaries, including 14,400 students who will benefit from a refurbished learning environment and 1,400 children who will benefit from improved early childhood care and development services. The program will also provide 9,620 children and young people with informal education, psychosocial support and build safe and inclusive environments for them.
Dan Collison, Programs Director for War Child UK, said: “Following on the success of our 2018 program which supports the rehabilitation of schools and education in Mosul, War Child is delighted to continue its partnership with Dubai Cares through this ambitious and generous new grant that supports our work in Iraq. Over the next two years, we will be working with our partners to deliver a comprehensive program of social support to long-term displaced and newly returned children and communities, including a focus on psychosocial care, community based protection, school rehabilitation and teacher training. The scale and duration of the grant will help us to make a transformative impact on the lives of children affected by conflict in Iraq, and we are proud to be working with Dubai Cares to achieve this.”
In Indonesia, Dubai Cares’ program titled, “Education Response for Children Affected by Indonesia’s Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami” is part of the collaborative response to bring the affected children back into schools to continue their education following the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tremendous tsunami that hit the country in September 2018. The program is set to benefit approximately 13,000 members of the communities including children, young people and teachers, through the repair and refurbishment of 6 schools and learning centers, establishing 70 Temporary Learning Structures (TLS), and training 285 teachers to address children’s psychological and emotional needs.
The governments of Iraq and Indonesia have made significant investments to shore up their education infrastructures and sustain school enrolment, especially in times of extreme hardship. However, in the face of large-scale population displacement and armed conflict, 3.2 million school-aged children in Iraq are attending school irregularly or not at all and only 50 percent of displaced children receive a formal education. Likewise, roughly 150,000 children in Indonesia are believed to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance due to the lack of access to quality education in the wake of last year’s debilitating disasters. Nearly 600,000 children were affected by the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami and more than 2,700 schools are believed to have been damaged.Email This Post
As part of their annual staff gathering, associates from Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajmaan and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche conveyed a message of peace and unity in relation to the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan.
During the celebration aptly themed ‘Global Night’, Iftikhar Hamdani, cluster general manager of the three hotels, said: “We aim to spread positivity and hope for accord and cooperation between the two countries. With our diverse group of staff in the hotel, we have been working and living amicably in spite of our differences. We wish for nothing but continued peace and prosperity, not just for the two countries but for the whole world.”Email This Post
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Bans Use of Gargoor Fishing Nets in Abu DhabiMinisterial Resolution to mitigate the degradation of demersal fish stocks and promote efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries Abu Dhabi – UAE: 4 March 2019 – As part of a comprehensive plan to ensure the protection and recovery of fisheries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and in line with the recommendations, studies and monitoring programs of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued Ministerial Resolution Number (82) of 2019, which bans the use of gargoor nets in Abu Dhabi effective 1 May 2019.The decree comes in response to the recent results of the Fisheries Resources Assessment Survey (FRAS) that was conducted by EAD, in partnership with MOCCAE as part of the UAE National Fisheries Programme, to assess the state of Abu Dhabi’s fish stocks. The survey revealed that the demersal fish stock is vulnerable to high deterioration; the Hamour (Orange-spotted Grouper) and Farsh (Painted Sweetlips) have witnessed a significant decline to 10 per cent of their adult (reproductive) stock size and are overexploited by up to five times the sustainable limit. This is well below the 30 per cent sustainability threshold that international standards prescribe as a minimum for sustainable fish stocks.The decision requires all fishermen who are registered with MOCCAE to suspend the use of gargoor nets in the waters of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi before 1 May 2019, the day the resolution begins to be enforced. The ban excludes all gargoor nets used on boats registered with the Ministry and approved by EAD for research and scientific study purposes. Over the past 18 years, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the local authority mandated to protect the emirate’s environment and biodiversity, has conducted comprehensive studies to assess the status of the fish stocks of some of the most important commercial species in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. This research has shown that many major species have witnessed a significant decline during this period, despite our strong efforts to sustainably manage and protect the fisheries.The results of the Fisheries Resources Assessment Survey, which was a major component of the National Fisheries Programme, indicates that immediate measures need to be taken to protect the fish stocks from over-fishing, so that we ensure that they are able to recover and develop sustainably to reach the internationally-benchmarked threshold of sustainable fish stocks. EAD is seeking to raise the proportion of fish that are caught sustainably to 70 per cent through strict measures to achieve sustainable fisheries in order to reach levels in line with the UAE National Biodiversity Action Plan 2014 – 2021. According to studies conducted by EAD, gargoor nets target major and highly-exploited species such as Hamour (Epinephelus coioides), Shaari (Lethrinus nebulosus) and Farsh (Diagramma pictum). In 2017, these species’ landing catch was more than 75 per cent of the total catch via gargoor nets.A 2016 study assessing underwater clean-ups has revealed that there are an estimated10 abandoned gargoor nets present on the seabed. These gargoor nets then trap fish and other marine life in a phenomenon known as ‘ghost fishing’, which threatens fish stocks and impacts vital marine ecosystems. EAD has implemented several measures and initiatives to promote efforts towards achieving sustainable fisheries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including the improved management of marine and coastal sites in coordination with relevant authorities in Abu Dhabi, the establishment of artificial reefs, research on fish stocks and programs to develop an aquaculture sector in the emirate.Email This Post
RAKEZ Academic Zone, a flourishing hub for education institutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has welcomed Delhi Private School to its dynamic learning ecosystem.
The ground breaking ceremony took place in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAKEZ, and Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of RAKEZ, along with representatives of other authorities, at the school’s new location in Ras Al Khaimah.
Commenting on launching the initial phase of establishing the school, Mr Dinesh Kothari, Managing Director of Delhi Public School, Sharjah and Dubai, said: “We are very delighted to be partnering with RAKEZ to expand the horizons of education in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. With our CBSE curriculum, we will serve the growing number of Indian population and students in the emirate, offering them highly engaging, hands-on learning that promotes strong problem solving and communications skills, which are paramount to all occupations.”
With excitement to welcome the new school, Jallad said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Delhi Private School to the growing family of schools, colleges and universities we have at RAKEZ Academic Zone, as it is yet another milestone towards our mission of helping raise the bar of educational excellence in the emirate. We are proud to be bringing in qualified academic and education institutions to Ras Al Khaimah, like Delhi Private School, as this opens new doors of opportunities to our students, ensuring a bright future to them, and making a significant impact on Ras Al Khaimah’s education system.”
“But of course, we’re not stopping here as we will continue attracting first-class institutions which can provide the best learning experience to students of all ages,” Jallad continued.
Delhi Public School, currently serving around 11,000 students in the UAE, is set to start its academic journey in Ras Al Khaimah in 2020.Email This Post