UN agencies mobilize aid for Dominican flood victims

21 December 2007United Nations relief agencies are providing food and hygiene items in the Dominican Republic, where more than 60,000 people remain displaced following Tropical Storm Olga, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. United Nations relief agencies are providing food and hygiene items in the Dominican Republic, where more than 60,000 people remain displaced following Tropical Storm Olga, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is distributing food packages and hygiene items to the survivors of last week’s deadly storm which killed at least 22 people in the small Caribbean nation. Meanwhile, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing hygiene items, cleaning equipment and medical supplies. For their part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization, are providing additional staff for the relief effort and are helping with health and sanitation management in shelters. Last week OCHA estimated that at least 35,000 Dominicans have been internally displaced, while more than 7,500 houses have been destroyed or substantially damaged and 76 communities left isolated. However, the overall impact is thought to be less severe than that caused by Tropical Storm Noel, which struck at the end of October and start of November. read more

Simon Mayo launches new classical radio station after joining BBC exodus

In a statement released after Evans left the Radio 2 studio, he said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead.”In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.”Our plan is, to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.” Simon Mayo has announced the launch of a new classical radio station, becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC.Scala Radio is billing itself as “a brand-new classical entertainment radio station, offering classical music for modern life,” and has picked up Mayo after he left his Radio 2 drivetime show just before Christmas.The popular DJ joins Chris Evans in turning his back on the BBC, with the latter returning to his “spiritual home” of Virgin Radio.52-year-old Evans was the second highest-earning star at the BBC, taking home between £1.6 million and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show. He previously hosted the Virgin Breakfast Show from 1997 to 2001, and had his first broadcast back at the station yesterday morning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chris Evans in his studio at the News building fo his first Virgin Radio breakfast show. Chris Evans rejoined Virgin radio and hosted their breakfast show on MondayCredit:Dan Charity / The Sun Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson described the appointment as a “major coup”.Commenting on the launch of Scala radio, Simon Mayo said: “There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations – until now. We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today”.Drum and bass DJ Goldie will host ‘Goldie’s Classic Life,’ which will feature classical music mixes, alongside a narration of his own journey into classical music, explaining how it inspires him to write, perform and paint – as well as introducing listeners to exciting new classical artists.Launching on the 4th of March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. The sound of the station has been created with modern bespoke scores recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic. read more