SecretaryGeneral to depart on twoweek visit to Europe

27 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart this weekend for a two-week trip to Europe that will take him to Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the United Kingdom, a spokesperson for the world body announced today. Mr. Ban’s first stop will be Geneva, where he is scheduled to open the high-level portion of the annual month-long session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 2 July, spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.From Geneva, he will travel to Rome to attend the Conference on the Rule of Law in Afghanistan, which will be chaired by the UN and the Afghan and Italian Governments.Mr. Ban will travel back to Geneva for the Global Compact Leaders Summit on 5-6 July, which is expected to be the largest gathering ever held by the UN on the issue of corporate citizenship, featuring an international roster of business leaders, government ministers and heads of civil society. After that, the Secretary-General will embark on an official visit to Portugal.He will then head to Brussels, where he plans to attend the first meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, hosted by the Belgian Government from 9 to 11 July. The idea for such a forum was first proposed by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006.Mr. Ban will also make an official visit to the United Kingdom, before returning to New York on 12 July, Ms. Montas said. read more

Lankans in Chennai given citizenship

“The time has come where our people are now wishing to return to Sri Lanka. We now welcome all our citizens back to the motherland,” Rajakaruna said.The mission has issued 4,033 birth certificates and citizenship certificates since 2009. (Times of India) The deputy high commissioner of Sri Lanka in India R K M A Rajakaruna on Saturday gave away 58 birth and citizenship certificates to children of Sri Lankan Tamils living in refugee camps in the state.The envoy thanked the state government for providing the Sri Lankan nationals relief measures. read more

Afghanistan Taliban reject truce appeal by UN refugee official

Taliban “Foreign Minister” Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil conveyed the message to Ruud Lubbers, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), during a meeting in Kabul, according to a UN spokesman. Mr. Lubbers met with the Taliban official to press for the truce, but the Taliban “did not agree to halt the fighting,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The High Commissioner met yesterday in Faisabad with Afghanistan’s President, Burhanuddin Rabbani, who had agreed with the idea of the proposed truce on the condition the other side did the same.After trips to Iran and Afghanistan, Mr. Lubbers next heads for Pakistan, where he will visit newly arrived Afghans and meet Pakistan’s Chief Executive, Pervez Musharraf, and other government officials.Afghanistan has been devastated by the combined effects of fighting and massive population displacements, as well as major human rights abuses, drought, a looming famine and an economy in shambles. According to UNHCR, Pakistan and Iran are bearing a heavy part of the burden from the Afghan crisis, hosting some 4 million refugees — one third of the world’s refugee population. read more

Annan hails Summits intellectual breakthrough on security development rights

“I think in a way we did make a sort of intellectual breakthrough at the Summit, as the Member States accepted, or acknowledged, for the first time the indivisible links between security, development and human rights,” he told an Executive Committee meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.”It was clear that security cannot be enjoyed without development, that development can not be enjoyed without human rights, and neither can be enjoyed without respect for human rights,” he added in an address devoted to analyzing the Summit outcome, particularly with regard to UNHCR’s agenda.He called the agreement to establish a Peacebuilding Commission “perhaps the biggest innovation” and the clear acceptance of all UN members of the responsibility to protect civilian populations against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity “another very important step.”He also stressed the pledge to improve the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and applaud UNHCR’s commitment to strengthen its efforts to protect IDPs and take a lead role in assuring emergency shelter and coordination in the camps. But the full cooperation of Members States is vital.”With the commitment to strengthening the humanitarian system comes the hope that the world will guarantee a swifter and more predictable response to the victims of war and natural calamities,” Mr. Annan declared.”But let us acknowledge that humanitarian agencies alone, vital as their work may be, will not resolve crises unless States uphold their responsibilities, address root causes of displacement, and do the political work necessary.”The Secretary-General also visited the headquarters of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) where he reviewed efforts to prepare for a potentially deadly human flu pandemic, possibly generated by the current outbreak of bird flu in Asia.”As you heard earlier on, the only way to prevent the catastrophe is to prepare and to have early warning systems and for governments to work together,” he said of the concern that bird flu could mutate into a worldwide human pandemic which, in a worst-case scenario, could kill tens of millions of people.”So I would appeal to leaders around the world to come together, to pool their efforts, to make the resources available and to assist those countries which do not have capacity to set up their own systems because we are in this together.”Asked whether he felt enough countries were doing enough seeing that only 40 had preparedness plan, Mr. Annan replied: “No, there is much more to be done. And the question is why aren’t other countries doing it?”Some are blatantly, obviously complacent, others do not have the capacity and need help to be able to do it. And we need to identify those countries and offer them the help to be able to bring their preparedness to the level that we think it should be.” read more

Ford repairs Austin police SUVs but questions linger

FILE – In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, file photo, Austin police Ford utility vehicles are parked on East Eighth Street outside police headquarters in Austin, Texas. Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them. But the company faces lingering questions about the safety of thousands of other Explorers on the road. Ford says it’s still investigating complaints of exhaust fumes in its non-police Explorers. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File) Ford repairs Austin police SUVs, but questions linger DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin, Texas, that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them. But the company faces lingering questions about the safety of thousands of other Explorers on the road.Ford is repairing police SUVs in Austin and other cities for free. Austin city spokesman David Green said a team from Ford took five of the police department’s Explorers to local dealers Monday to teach them how to fix the issue.Austin pulled nearly 400 Explorers off its patrol fleet late last month because of concerns about carbon monoxide. Green says the city will likely send its entire fleet out for repairs, but he didn’t know how long it would take to get them all fixed.“When we are confident our employees will be safe, they’ll be back on the road,” Green said.Ford blames the issue on non-factory outfitters that drill holes into police SUVs to install extra equipment like lights and radios. In visits to police departments, the company has seen multiple examples of holes that weren’t sealed properly after the equipment and wiring was installed.But Ford is still investigating why many non-police consumers have also complained to the automaker and the government about exhaust fumes — which contain odourless, colorless carbon monoxide as well as sulfur and other chemicals — in their vehicles. It also can’t explain why there have been no carbon monoxide complaints about a rival SUV, the Chevrolet Tahoe, which is also used by police.It’s a critical issue for the automaker. The Explorer makes up more than half of all U.S. police vehicle sales, and the seven-passenger SUV is also a big profit generator for the company. Ford has sold more than 1.35 million Explorers since 2011, the model year in which the Explorer was last redesigned.Bill Gubing, the chief engineer for the Ford Explorer, said Tuesday that Ford hasn’t found elevated levels of carbon monoxide in non-police vehicles. One explanation is that police vehicles drive differently than normal SUVs. Police often have to accelerate to full speed from a stopped position, for example, which causes the engine to work harder and emit more exhaust.“Most average retail customers don’t drive like that in freeways,” Gubing told The Associated Press.But Ford clearly knows it has a problem with non-police Explorers. It has issued two bulletins to dealers — in December and March — telling them how to repair vehicles with exhaust in their cabins, and has told customers with concerns to take their Explorers to a dealer. It also settled a class action lawsuit over the issue in Florida last fall.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found more than 2,700 complaints of exhaust odours in the passenger compartment in an investigation started a year ago. Among the complaints were three crashes and 41 injuries, mostly loss of consciousness, nausea and headaches. Many — but not all — of the complaints came from police departments.The agency tested multiple vehicles at its Ohio research centre, and made field inspections of police vehicles involved in crashes. As of Thursday, NHTSA said it had no evidence or data to support claims that injuries or crash allegations were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. It said tests suggested carbon monoxide levels may be higher in certain driving conditions, but the significance and effect of those levels remain under investigation.Gubing said the problem isn’t found in police cars like the Ford Taurus because the exhaust is usually trapped in the trunk. But he couldn’t explain why police departments haven’t complained about the Chevrolet Tahoe, which is also fitted with extra equipment. Darrel Stephens, head of the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association, said he hasn’t heard about exhaust problems in the Tahoe.“I wish I could comment on their product design, but I don’t have that,” Gubing said. “This is not a Ford-specific design problem.”Gubing also said Ford has ruled out cracks in the exhaust manifold as a cause of the problem. NHTSA says tiny cracks in the manifold — a cast iron or stainless steel tube that carries combustion gasses to the exhaust — could explain why exhaust is entering the cabin. But Gubing said there is no pathway for exhaust to escape from the manifold and into the car.___AP Writer Jim Vertuno in Austin contributed. by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Yemen UN voices deep concern over ongoing human rights violations abuses

“The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen has documented serious violations committed by all sides,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva today, explaining that such violations include the killing of civilians, arbitrary detentions, the recruitment of children and the targeting of schools and hospitals as well as private property.Of particular concern, Mr. Colville said, is the situation of children, especially those that have been seen manning checkpoints, on board armed vehicles, patrolling streets and present in schools that have been used for military purposes. OHCHR continues to document civilian deaths and injuries in the country. However, he said, some families have been afraid of speaking out for fear of reprisals.Given that no official investigations have been conducted, “OHCHR urges the authorities to ensure that violations of international human rights law are promptly investigated by independent and impartial bodies in order to ensure that victims’ right to justice and remedy is upheld,” said Mr. Colville.Urging that all parties involved in the recent violence in the south to allow immediate access to humanitarian assistance in conflict-affected areas, including in Al-Shabwa and Al-Baida Governorates, he said the agency is closely monitoring the situation in the region and call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and to resolve their differences peacefully. Despite the formation of a recent new Government as a result of national efforts, “OHCHR calls on all sides of the political divide in Yemen to renounce the use of violence and to participate in the ongoing national processes,” said Mr. Colville, adding that those include “the drafting of the new Constitution and the implementation of the outcomes of the national dialogue to avoid a descent into further instability and bloodshed.”According to Mr. Colville, the OHCHR and other UN actors in Yemen continue to be closely involved in the constitution-building and reform processes in the country.On 7 November 2014, a formation of a new Peace and National Partnership Government in Yemen was announced, aiming at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy in the country. In 2011, the OHCHR recommended the Government to establish a national commission of inquiry to look into violations. Unfortunately, that recommendation had never been acted upon. read more

Puck drops Friday for Ohio State against Wisconsin

Ohio State redhshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsAfter the Ohio State men’s hockey team surprised the nation last year, the Buckeyes are coming out this season to prove their success was no fluke.Ohio State will get a chance to prove that early, with a season-opening series at No. 12 Wisconsin this weekend. The No. 19 Buckeyes are coming into this year after a season in which they finished 21-12-6, which was enough to earn the team’s seventh all-time NCAA tournament appearance and the first in eight years.In the tournament, the Buckeyes lost to eventual NCAA-runner-up Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in overtime in the first round.  “We watched [the film] a couple of weeks ago in the locker room, and all those chances we had in overtime, I thought we were right there and hopefully we can get back to that point and make it further,” junior forward Mason Jobst said.Jobst is the most pivotal player returning to the Buckeyes this season, as he led the Big Ten in points last year with 55, and was named team captain.The Buckeyes lost their only exhibition game 7-4 to Ryerson. Ohio State roared out to a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, then proceeded to give up six unanswered goals, leading to the defeat.“[Ryerson] came in here and they were the better team no question,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s going to take hard work, and how we prepare Monday through Thursday is when you win the game, not showing up on Friday.”Ohio State had less than a week to get back on track after the defeat as it opens its season with a pair of road games at Wisconsin, the team that eliminated the Buckeyes from the 2017 Big Ten tournament. Ohio State opens the season against the Badgers Friday at 8 p.m. and the two teams return to action the next day at 7 p.m.“It’s going to be exciting,” junior defenseman Sasha Larocque said.  “Obviously they’re a great team and it’s going to be a great test for us to see where we’re at at the start of the year.”The Buckeyes lost several All-Big Ten players from the previous season, including top goal-scorer Nick Schilkey, forward David Gust, defenseman Josh Healey and starting goalie Christian Frey.Now, the team will rely on their remaining talent, starting with two NHL draft picks — junior forward Dakota Joshua and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski — who were fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively. “I think I need to be more consistent,” Laczynski said. “Night in, night out not taking any games off, really just work hard and try to be a leader out there.”The Buckeyes managed to remain consistent on the road all last year, with an impressive 13-2-3 record away from home, the best in the NCAA.  The problem was their record at the Schottenstein Center, which was a much less glamorous 7-7-2.When asked about improving the home record, Rohlik said, “Well if you know that answer let me know. I just think it’s a mindset of coming out here and just, in that locker room knowing that we have to step on the ice and win games here at home, and I think that’s something our guys want to do.”Season PredictionThis Ohio State team is going to need players to step up in big ways for them to have the same level of success they achieved last year, especially considering the Big Ten got even stronger with the addition of No. 8 Notre Dame to the conference.  The good news is that this leaves Ohio State with numerous chances scattered throughout the schedule to prove themselves as a legitimate contender to make the NCAA tournament.Jobst will be a major factor if this team will want to succeed, as his incredible playmaking abilities allow for other players on his line to really strive. Ohio State will also need help from its newcomers, as transfers redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege and redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo could help the team massively on the defensive end, where it struggled mightily against Ryerson.The power-play success will be essential, as the Buckeyes were by far the best team in college last year with a man up, boasting a 31.4 percent success rate. That success had a lot to do with both Schilkey and Gust, who scored 26 of the team’s 49 goals with a man advantage. Still, Jobst had nine of the goals, and set up plenty of others, leaving open the possibility the power play will again be among the NCAA’s best.The road to the NCAA tournament will be tough, but it’s not completely out of the question.  The opening series against Wisconsin will answer more questions as to where exactly this team sits, and just how much of a threat they will be in the Big Ten, but if the team gets stronger defensively, keeps its impressive power play, and gets Jobst some added help from some new faces, the Buckeyes could match last season’s success. read more

GFC working with GRA to recover monies owed by BaiShanLin Dow

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Jocelyn Dow, on Monday asserted that Chinese company BaiShanLin owes the Commission in excess of $80M and that moves are afoot to have that recovered in collaboration with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).Chairman of the Board of Directors of the GFC, Jocelyn DowIn September of 2016, the GFC had repossessed concessions held by BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc (BIFDI), since it “failed to deliver on agreed actions to introduce investors to the Commission and having been given time to prove that it had an acceptable plan to clear an approximately GY$80 million debt”.Earlier that same year, it was reported that the Long Jiang Forest Industries Group, a Chinese State-owned company, had acquired 55 per cent of the shares in BaiShanLin and had intended to fully take over the company in 2016.The GFC said, in an effort to conclude the matter, representatives of BaiShanLin were invited to a meeting on April 8, 2016 to provide an update on its plans to clear the debt.When the company started its operations locally in 2007, it had also committed under its investment agreement to establish a US$100 million wood processing plant in order to engage in value added exports – this too was never built.The Commission said during the meeting company representatives had indicated that BaiShanLin suffered financial constraints, which affected the establishing of the wood processing facility, and the company was engaging a new partner that would contribute significantly to its investment in Guyana.The GFC Board said it was, at the time, assured of the financial strength of the new partner, who had committed to pay off the debt owed by the company to the Commission.“To date, the BIFDI has failed to fulfil any of its commitments to the Government of Guyana, effectively failing on the obligations it made, which were accepted in good faith.”As such, the GFC had said, “In keeping with Forest Governance Practices, the GFC will be formally repossessing the concessions owned by the company and accelerating efforts to recover the debt owed.”The GRA in April of 2016 had seized a Lexus SUV, PRR 2888, and a Nissan minivan, PRR 3888, from the Chinese logging company after it had failed to pay import taxes for the two luxury vehicles.SEIZED: One of BaiShanLin’s luxury vehicle (a black Lexus) being towed awayIn the same year, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman indicated that Government was moving to up the ante in order to recover outstanding monies owed to the State.The Administration had also banned the logging company from exporting any logs from Guyana until a resolution could be met.BaiShanLin has repeatedly been accused of unscrupulous and sometimes illegal practices in Guyana’s forests and its export of logs.The Chinese company has also been accused of contravening local laws to get around logging quotas by purchasing from small loggers and exporting those logs to China under their names.BaiShanLin reportedly closed its operations in Guyana in September of 2016. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChinese Bank, BaiShanLin discuss future in GuyanaSeptember 12, 2016In “Local News”GFC to repossess forest concessions from BaiShanlinSeptember 7, 2016In “latest news”BaiShanLin writes UN on vehicles’ seizureMay 18, 2016In “latest news” read more

RIO 2016 Brazil beat Norway in worlds champions opener

← Previous Story Men’s U20 EURO 2016: Spain and Germany for the gold! Next Story → Strong France and furious Russia celebrate first wins! brazil handballrio 2016 Brazilian girls going for gold! The world champions from 2013 beat the reigning worlds’ champions from Norway – 31:28 (17:16) in the first match of the Women’s Olympic tournament. Future Arena in Rio wasn’t sold-out, but home fans showed great passion in supporting home team, who had great leader in playmaker  Anna Paula Belo. She netted 12 goals for the winners and was unstoppable during 60 minutes of great fight of two great teams.The crucial period of the game was between 40th and 50th minute, when team coached by Morten Soubak made 6:1 series to went on 27:21. Despite they were fully concentrated to get back in the match, expect Nora Mork (12 goals), Norway had no player on the level necessary to outplay host team in Rio.Deonise Faschinello netted five goals for Brazil, while in Norway, Heidi Loke ended match with six goals.Brazil will play against Romania on Monday, while Norway wait for Spain. read more

Nexus 7 Moto X Chromecast and Legos on Geekout 16

first_imgWith all the news coming from Google this week, it’s not hard to guess what the theme of this week’s Geekout is going to be!What was expected to be a fairly low key announcement from Google, largely due to the belief that most of the news regarding Android 4.3 and the Nexus 7 had already been leaked out to the world, turned out to be an exciting reveal for Chromecast and Google Games. Google’s third attempt at putting their products inside your television have been met with a great deal of excitement, especially once the $35 HDMI stick started showing up on shelves and arriving at doorsteps earlier than expected. With such a low barrier to entry, anyone with WiFi and access to the Chrome browser can take advantage of this new hardware.The new Nexus 7, and its shiny new flavor of Android, are going to be hitting shelves in a few days. Google has bumped up the hardware in all the right places for this new version of their 7-inch tablet, with a new focus on landscape orientation. With the logo horizontally positioned across the back and the speakers at the center of the narrow edges, it is clear that the device is meant to be held with two hands in landscape. It still works just fine in portrait view, like the original Nexus 7, but the new design suggests the position Google thinks you should use the tablet.We were fortunate enough to be joined by GigaOm’s Kevin Tofel this week, who on top of sharing his thoughts on the Google announcement, talked for a bit about the upcoming Moto X. We’ve learned that the new Droid family of phones for Verizon Wireless are very similar in some aspects to the soon-to-be-released Motorola flagship, but there’s still quite a few questions left to be answered. One of the more curious things from the Droid announcement was the confusing language used in describing the processor used in these new phones, which we’ve been told will also be in the new Moto X. The X8 is described as an octo-core computer system, and while we didn’t find it to be that exactly, there’s plenty of reasons to be excited about what this hardware will be capable of.If you’d like to join us on our weekly Geekouts, or if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on next week’s broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.last_img read more

The Superstar ShakeUp kicks off this week tonight live on WWE RAW

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE RAW is live tonight from Hartford, Connecticut.Tonight is the first night of the two-night Superstar Shake-Up, as wrestlers from RAW and Smackdown Live will be switching brands over the course of the week.With no live events scheduled, almost all of the Smackdown Live roster is scheduled to be at tonight’s RAW taping in preparation for the two-night will have live coverage of RAW beginning tonight at 8:00 PM ET.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Kurt Angle WhatsApp Facebook WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27center_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

Health Hotels Team Up for Tourism workshop opened today

first_img Total Community Involvement Essential to Fighting the Aedes aegypti Mosquito Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2015 – CARPHA, the Caribbean Public Health Agency is in country for a two day workshop where a national plan is being formed as health and hotel and tourism professionals filled the Occasions conference room for day one of the session, earlier. Health Data, Public Health Concerns and their impact, Prevention of foodborne disease in hotels, Food & Environment safety activities and prevention of Norovirus were apart of today’s agenda. Dr. Lisa Indar is in from CARPHA and at the opening this morning said this initiative has been years in the making. Effects of Norovirus on the TCI Tourism industry two years ago, Dengue Fever and ChikV have all provided reason for pause; officials say the aim is to be on the side of prevention. The training event is sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, the TC Hotel and Tourism Association, the TCI Tourist Board and CARPHA. Dr. Shandey Malcolm, Deputy Director of Epidemiology has been appointed leader of the national campaign for enhanced synergy between health and tourism. The workshop to enhance health safety in the tourism sector wraps up tomorrow. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Related Items:carpha, dr. lisa indar, dr. shandey malcolmlast_img read more

Thousands of UCSD service workers begin threeday strike

first_img May 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) — Thousands of University of California service workers began a three-day strike Monday at campuses and medical facilities across the state, including at UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla.Service workers represented by Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted overwhelmingly last month to authorize a strike if no progress were made in negotiations.UC officials have repeatedly criticized the union for calling the strike, accusing it of rejecting an offer of “fair, multi-year wage increases and excellent medical and retirement benefits.”In light of the impasse, the university system last month imposed contract terms on the union for the 2017-18 fiscal year, including 2 percent pay increases. The UC’s latest contract offer to the union included annual 3 percent raises over the next four years, according to the university.The union denounced the move to impose contract terms, responding by issuing a notice of a strike set to last until Wednesday.“We’ve bargained in good faith for over a year to address the widening income, racial and gender disparities that front-line, low-wage workers at UC are living every day,” AFSCME Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger said. “Instead of joining us in the effort to arrest these trends, UC has insisted on deepening them — leaving workers no option but to strike.”UC officials said in a statement that they “strongly disagree with AFSCME’s decision to strike, which will negatively impact patients, students and the UC community.”“We are doing everything in our power to limit disruptions on our campuses and medical centers to ensure our patients get the care they need and our students the services they deserve,” according to the UC.The UC insisted that its service workers — including custodians, gardeners, food service workers and facilities maintenance staff — are compensated at or above the market rate, “and in some cases, by as much as 17 percent higher than comparable jobs.”University officials said the union is demanding a 6 percent annual wage increase, “which is twice what other UC employees have received.”They said their final offer included, in addition to the pay raises, a lump-sum payment upon contract ratification, health benefits consistent with those of other workers and continuation of pension benefits for existing employees. New employees would be given a choice between a pension or a 401(K)-style retirement plan.Lybarger, however, accused the university of “subverting” the bargaining process by imposing contract terms on workers.“Administrators are already showing us that we can expect more unequal treatment if we don’t stand up, fight back and hold UC accountable to its hollow claims of `pioneering a better future,”’ Lybarger said.According to the union, the strike will involve 9,000 service workers, but they will be joined by more than 15,000 Patient Care Technical workers.The union represents workers such as security guards, groundskeepers, custodians, respiratory therapists, nursing aides and surgical technicians. The workers span UC’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, numerous clinics and research laboratories, according to the union. Updated: 10:21 PM Posted: May 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom Thousands of UCSD service workers begin three-day strike KUSI Newsroom, last_img

Community leaders take part in free food distribution in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Community leaders came together in Miami Gardens to give back to the people that need it most.Feeding South Florida and city officials teamed up to put on a free food distribution event at Mount Zion AME Church, Saturday morning.Pastors, pageant queens and mayors lined up to feed their community.“I believe in helping those who are less fortunate,” said Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Erhabor Ighodaro. “We all have been blessed. To those to whom much has been given, much is required, so this is our responsibility, to help uplift the community.”The Feeding South Florida free community food distribution happens every month. Families in need can line up and receive bread, fruits, vegetables and other kitchen staples.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

With 1000th Issue Esquire Debuts Full Archive

first_img In alignment with the brand’s 1,000th issue, Esquire has also introduced its full 82-year archive—Esquire Classic—which includes more than 50,000 pieces of content, with bylines that include the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Foster Wallace and Stephen King. “For the last few years, we have been actively looking for ways to bring the magazine’s incredible past to life,” says editor-in-chief David Granger in a statement. “And to create new businesses based on the amazing work that’s been done. There is no reason for our past to remain there, locked in a closet. The Esquire archive includes thousands of remarkable pieces of writing, amazing works of art and photography, and penetrating analysis of the most important events of our time. And so much of it, when we resurface it using new and proprietary technology, seems entirely fresh and new.” Subscribers will pay $4.99 a month to access the premium website, or $45 annually. The company is offering the first month free, with no further commitments necessary.  Esquire has taken a page out of the playbook of many other legacy media brands like Vogue, Scientific American, Rolling Stone, Playboy and others, by digitizing its entire archive, thus opening up a new revenue stream.  Esquire Classic takes a unique approach to surfacing content for its subscribers. Instead of burying all the content into a database-like archive, Esquire teamed up with Shazam to improve discoverability and add curated, contextual references into all of its digitized content. It also partnered with Bondi, who helped Vogue launch its digital archive, the digital agency Cantilever and Piano Media, who developed the paywall architecture. last_img read more

Worst fire disasters in Bangladesh

first_imgFirefighters work at the scene of a fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse in Dhaka, Bangladesh 21 February 2019. Photo: ReutersDozens of people were killed in Old Dhaka on Thursday in a blaze that ripped through apartment buildings where chemicals were stored.Fires and building collapses are common in the country — particularly in the multi-billion dollar garment industry — where building regulations are lax and volatile chemicals are often improperly kept.Here are some of the worst incidents in Bangladesh.Chemical fireThis building is burnt in Nimtali fire on 3 June in 2010. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh’s deadliest industrial blaze was in Nimtali area in Dhaka in June 2010, when 117 people died in a fire that ripped through one of Dhaka’s most densely populated areas.The fire — fuelled by a chemical warehouse — destroyed several multi-storey apartment buildings and gutted a string of small shops.Industrial blazeFire broke out at Tazreen Fashion factory on 24 November 2012. File PhotoA fire swept through a nine-story garment factory near Dhaka in November 2012 killing 111 workers. An investigation later found it was caused by sabotage and managers at the plant prevented victims from escaping.”I broke open an exhaust fan in the second floor and jumped to the roof of a shed next to the factory,” said one survivor. “I broke my hand but survived somehow.”Packaging factory fireThirty-one people were killed when a fire triggered by a boiler explosion tore through a packaging factory north of the capital in September 2016.The blaze is thought to have spread quickly because of chemicals stored on the ground floor.Faulty boilerAn industrial boiler exploded at a factory killing 13 people and causing part of the six-storey building to collapse in July 2017.Most of the plant’s 5,000 workers were off for the Eid holidays when the boiler exploded during maintenance work.last_img read more

Protesters March On NRG Stadium

first_img Share Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Hundreds of protesters are marching to NRG Stadium from Hermann Park to demonstrate against President Donald Trump. They are upset with what they describe as racist, misogynistic and xenophobic policies and rhetoric. They hope to use the big masses and national media coverage of the Super Bowl to draw attention to their cause.center_img – / 8last_img read more

Wild Women Expeditions encourages guests

first_imgWild Women Expeditions encourages guestsWild Women Expeditions encourages guestsA new 11-day itinerary from Wild Women Expeditions plunges guests in a mindful way into India’s wild world. India Jungles and Jewels Adventure tasks small women-only groups to comprehend why, for example, tigers, waiver precariously on and off the endangered species list.“Environmental and conservation challenges can only be met when they are understood,” underscores Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director.Helping to make sense of this wild world and the people the travelers meet is Guide Dimple Bhati, who comes to Wild Women Expeditions by way of her home city, Jodhpur, India. Her husband, Tarun Bhati, a naturalist, is the grandson of Kailash Sankhala, one of the first to study tigers in the 1950s and who laid the foundation for Project Tiger, an early tiger conservation initiative in India. Her own immersion in the wild began while helping manage Kanha Jungle Lodges. More on Dimple Bhati’s.story: ( learning curve begins at Kanha Tiger Reserve in India’s Kanha National Park as participants interface with volunteers who are on alert around their villages for illegal wildlife activities (poachers, illegal wood choppers and those in the bush meat trade). Wild Women Expeditions has access to these volunteers through Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFTigers) that supports responsible tourism as a way to save the tiger and the wildlife and wilderness areas of India and Nepal. Kanha National Park was made famous in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is the home of Project Tiger.Haddow notes that the conservation-minded history and accommodations her guests enjoy on this adventure in turn contribute to preserving endangered wildlife. Wild Women Expeditions engages Kanha Jungle Lodge for guests who learn the importance of utilizing indigenous materials. Thanks to Dimple’s interests here, guests mingle with locals while exploring medicinal plants, learn how to drape a sari and apply ritual henna; experience community environmental awareness programs and learn the art of making masala chai. They even help to bathe elephants excused from poacher patrol and tiger-tracking duties. Habitat explorations are on foot and in 4×4 jeeps.Later in the journey, a luxury tented camp, Jamtara Wilderness Lodge in Pench National Park, is a glamping home near a savannah-like environment. Guests may also opt to sleep like a native under the stars in a Machaan, an open-air tent with mosquito netting atop. Villagers gain income when guests choose this sleeping accommodation. Dimple and her husband also look after the crucial tiger landscape here, where under the starry sky, as in Kanha, they spread their message of conservation from the lap of nature.At Satpura Tiger Reserve in Satpura National Park, Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, a conservation and wildlife-focused accommodation, embraces visitors who engage in jeep, elephant, boat and walking safaris.One night is spent wilderness camping, an experience unique to Wild Women Expeditions. On the last morning, guests canoe on the Satpura River, rife with winged creatures, before transfers to Bhopal airport to connect with international flights home.In addition to tigers, guests may expect to see elephants, cloven-hooved animals and birds aplenty on the trips scheduled Feb. 8-18, Feb. 27-March 9 and Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2018. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,995 including accommodations, all meals, sightseeing in and entry fees to national parks escorted by a naturalist guide in air-conditioned private coaches and 4×4 vehicles, the company of a safari specialist, an English-speaking female tour leader, guided canoe outing, applicable lodge taxes and gratuities and complimentary water and snacks. For more information please see details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ 2017-2018 programs, call 1 (888) 993-1222, email or visit online at Wild Women Expeditions Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Since its inception, Wild Women Expeditions ( has pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. After 25-plus years, Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women-only than any other company in the world and in more countries (26 in 2018). A high return-guest ratio indicates how hungry women are for baptism-by-wilderness experiences that can be extreme — or not – without men setting the pace. And always there’s a dollop of cultural interface to round out the edges.“What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become confident leaders,” says Haddow.Source = Wild Women Expeditionslast_img read more

Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates Normalize After Last Weeks Jump

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News June 19, 2015 501 Views Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates Normalize After Last Week’s Jump Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates Primary Mortgage Market Survey 2015-06-19 Staff Writer In Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) the rates for average fixed mortgages dropped from last week’s unusual high.The Government-Sponsored Enterprise reported that the 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.0 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending June 18, 2015. This is down from the previous week’s rate of 4.04 percent. A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.17 percent.Last week’s rate of 4.04 was the first time the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was above 4 percent for the first time since November 6,2014, when it averaged 4.02 percent. Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac’s deputy chief economist, attributed last week’s spike to the surge in Treasury yields as well as the strong employment data that was released.Additional stats from the report include:Fifteen-year FRMthis week averaged 3.23 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.25 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.30 percent.center_img One-year Treasury-indexed ARMaveraged 2.53 percent this week with an average 0.2 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.41 percent.”Mortgage rates were down this week while housing data were generally positive. Although housing starts dropped 11.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted pace of 1.04 million units in May, housing permits surged 11.8 percent to its highest level since August 2007. Reinforcing this positive momentum, the NAHB housing market index rose 5 points in June, suggesting home builders are very optimistic about home sales in the near future,” said Kiefer.Click here to view Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage(ARM) averaged 3.00 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.01 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.00 percent. Sharelast_img read more

MP says sexual harassment in schools not just isolated cases

first_imgA primary school teacher in Limassol has been reported for allegedly sexually harassing a student but the state has been unable to do anything but transfer him to another school, according to Disy MP Efthymios Diplaros.In a press conference on Thursday, Diplaros said he sought to make public two cases he was aware of, in a bid to raise awareness of the issue to resolve the problem.His admission a day earlier of one case from six years ago- which caused uproar during a television panel on Sigma TV which he was invited on – prompted the response of Anastasia Papadopoulou, the special adviser in preparing a national strategy to protect children from sexual abuse.While on the TV show, Diplaros said a parent had reported a specific teacher from a Limassol primary school to the education ministry but backed out at the last minute “because he was afraid for his child, the grades in school, that nothing would happen and because he didn’t believe in the system or that it would fire the teacher from the school”.The parent backed out from filing a report to police and as such, the state was unable to do anything about it, he said.Diplaros often used the plural tense suggesting the problem was more widespread that one isolated case, prompting the fury from other panelists who said ruling Disy which has been in power for over five years has evidently been unable to solve the problem.He responded saying that quite the contrary “the message we are sending out is that we are determined – all of us here at the panel and the education ministry – to take such cases before the court of law and drive the knife to the bone so that those in education – or any other post – are sent home and not transferred from one post to another.”Commenting on his statements, Papadopoulou wrote on Facebook that “it is irresponsible for the purposes of populism” to casually throw about such comments, stipulating that anyone who is aware of a sexual abuse case and doesn’t report it is liable to 15 years in prison.This applies to education ministry employees who have in their hands on such reports but not do anything about them, Papadopoulou said.During the press conference, Diplaros said there was also a second case, where a week ago, a high school student in Limassol turned to the Hope for Children NGO in Nicosia with her sister, to complain a teacher was sexually harassing her.According to Diplaros, as soon as he found out, he informed Limassol police, the police chief, the child protection commissioner who did not know about the case, the ombudswoman and the education ministry’s permanent secretary as the minister was abroad.He went on to say he had spoken to the district inspector and that the social services had asked the education ministry to not let this case go.Diplaros told reporters he had given two statements to police and would give a third on Friday so a disciplinary investigation could move forward as well as to examine if there are any omissions or gaps in their procedure.The problem in the case which happened six years ago was because the parents could not be convinced to give a written statement to police so the case could go to court.As a result, the teacher was called before the ministry’s district office where he appeared with his lawyer. “The decision to transfer him to another school was taken precisely because there was no written statement.”Diplaros said he was aware that there were excellent teachers but this kind – which could be counted on the fingers of his hand – should be removed from schools and parents should be supported so they could proceed with written complaints.He added the law should be changed so that the statement from parents of the victim or the victims themselves should not be the sole basis of the case.Diplaros denied he made the cases public in a bid to gain popularity, saying he had received threats ever since the revelations.Primary school teachers’ union Poed said this was a deliberate attempt to hurt the teaching world.You May LikeHealth & Human ResearchHere’s Why You Should Never Throw Away Banana PeelsHealth & Human ResearchUndoHealthZap50 Places No One Is Ever Allowed To VisitHealthZapUndoKayak.comKAYAK – Cheap Flights, Hotels, Airline Tickets, Cheap Tickets, Cheap Travel Deals – Compare Hundreds of Travel Sites At OnceKayak.comUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more