MTV Staying Alive Foundation recently announced that its newest celebrity ambassador is the multi-award-winning and Grammy nominated singer/ songwriter Leona Lewis.“It is a great honour to be working with MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation as an ambassador,” she said. “I’m eager to raise awareness of the ongoing global HIV crisis. By empowering young people with knowledge about the disease – particularly women and girls who are disproportionately affected – we can help treat it and ultimately prevent it altogether.”Leona’s support for MTV Staying Alive comes at a pivotal time in the fight against HIV/AIDS, when millions of young people are at risk of infection and millions more face barriers to their sexual and reproductive health. While reports continue to laud the progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the data actually shows that young people, specifically young women and adolescent girls, are still at great risk.“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the extremely passionate and talented Leona Lewis join our ranks this year,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation. “Aside from her awesome voice – which we’ll be hearing later in the year – Leona is deeply committed to improving the lives of young people worldwide and especially those most vulnerable which of course includes adolescent girls.“Currently 90% of new infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa occur in girls. Leona’s role as ambassador to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation could not come at a more crucial moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We’re really looking forward to working with Leona throughout 2017 to raise awareness of HIV and the devastating impact it continues to have on millions of young people globally.”AIDS is still the biggest killer of adolescents in Africa and the second biggest worldwide. In 2015 alone there were 2.1 million new infections and 7,500 women aged 15-24 became infected per week.Young girls are being hit particularly hard by the epidemic – in sub-Saharan Africa, 90% of all new infections among adolescents occurred in girls. That’s why, within the 37 youth-led HIV organisations MTV Staying Alive is working with in 2017, they are supporting some projects with a specific focus on women and girls.
Posted: November 20, 2017 Investigation underway after food cart destroyed by fire at Horton Plaza November 20, 2017 , Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A suspected arsonist was arrested Monday after a spate of suspicious fires erupted outside Westfield Horton Plaza mall, destroying a food kiosk, damaging a roadside trash receptacle and scorching a discarded suitcase.The first of the three blazes broke out shortly before 5 a.m. and gutted a dessert-crepe cart outside the main entrance to the shopping center.Less than an hour later, the contents of a refuse container in the 200 block of Broadway and a small piece of luggage lying next to a nearby bus stop also were found burning, said Sgt. Rick Pechin of the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team.A surveillance camera captured images of a man setting fire to the trash can, and investigators used the footage to track down the alleged perpetrator, identified as 58-year-old Brian Keith Smith. The suspect was taken into custody in the area without incident about 6 a.m., Pechin said.Smith was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of one count of arson. He was being held on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday.The fires occurred two months after a hot dog cart was torched at the same downtown mall. Smith is under investigation in connection with that blaze as well as the three that took place Monday morning, the sergeant said.