~~~GLOBAL CHILD DEVELOPMENT GROUP TO HOST WORKING MEETING IN JAMAICA The Global Child Development Group, whose secretariat is hosted by the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC) of the University of West Indies' (UWI) Open Campus and the Child Development Research Group at the UWI, Mona, is hosting its working meeting from December 8-11, 2009 at the Breezes Resorts and Spa, Rio Bueno, Jamaica. The meeting is supported by The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvL) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). This group aims to use scientific evidence to promote optimal child development. The focus will be on children under the age of five (5) years old in low- and middle-income countries. The approach will be a combination of programmes and policies aimed at improving the nutrition, health, cognitive and psycho-social development, education and social protection of young children. The working meeting will review new research and progress in programme implementation and evaluation since the 2007 Lancet Series on Child Development. This seminal meeting will provide an opportunity for researchers from several countries, including Bangladesh, India, Jamaica, the USA, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Turkey, among others, to share their research. Together they, with other international agencies, will formulate recommendations for programmes and policies to promote optimal early child development. For further information on the Global Child Development Group, please contact Dr. Priya Anaokar, at email@example.com.
~ ~ ~BELLO & FRIENDS SHOW The inaugural staging of the ‘Bello and Friends show’ is at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, 2009 December 11 at the Comfitanya Restaurant and Lounge, 1 Creiffe Road, Kingston 3 (off Mountain View Avenue, near National Stadium). The event headlines Gunter of Comedy Bus fame, Tubeless, Joan Andrea Hutchinson with her poetry and writings and Deon Andrea doing musical renditions, with Blakka and a few other friends passing through. Bello will host the artistic blend of comedy and music which will be staged every 2nd Friday each month adding a great family, after work product to the Jamaican entertainment landscape at the relaxing Comfitanya facility. Tickets for the event cost $1,000 and are available at Comfitanya and by calling any of the hotline numbers: 353 9548, 874 7211 or 544 9506. Special group rates are available for over 10 persons. Part proceeds from the event will go to the work of the ‘I AM THE CHANGE – Jamaica’ Group whose mantra is “National Pride through Individual Action”. The event will also be offered pay-per-view at www.dramayard.com. For further informaion, contact: George Scott, 544-9506, firstname.lastname@example.org
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