Funds allotted for ‘flying doctors’ in Manipur

first_imgManipur Governor Najma Heptulla announced on Sunday that the Civil Aviation Ministry had sanctioned ₹25 crore through the North-Eastern Council for a flying doctors’ service in the State.Speaking at the prize distribution function of Japan Hospital Manipur, Ms. Heptulla said that she had been urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others to take up the project. She said she first came to know of the flying doctors during her visits to Australia and other countries, where doctors and paramedical staff rush in well-stocked helicopters to treat patients who have no access to hospitals.“Now all districts and villages in the valley and hills in Manipur shall be covered by the flying doctors,” she said. Though Manipur Health Minister L. Jayentakumar has been trying to ensure that all hospitals and dispensaries in the remote areas are open round the clock, it has become difficult as the doctors and other staff face shortage of accommodation. Some weeks back, doctors and paramedical staff who were going to join duty in the newly created Kamjong district were robbed of cash, mobile handsets and valuables.There are reports of avoidable deaths and childbirths by the roadside as the people in the hills and remote villages are deprived of medicare. Ms. Heptulla said she was glad that flying doctors would be a reality soon.last_img read more

Boxing chief ‘understands IOC concerns’ over troubled AIBA

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “The former leadership of AIBA left our organization in a complete mess, not only financially but also in terms of governance, anti-doping and refereeing,” he claimed.Boxing’s Tokyo fate depends on the outcome of an investigation into the AIBA by the International Olympic Committee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe IOC has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte, who will then report back to the IOC.Rakhimov boasted that under his leadership the AIBA has “improved dramatically on all fronts”. View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “AIBA members and boxers from around the world should be proud of this,” he added, declaring that the organization “is healthy now and in better shape than ever before”.He urged the IOC to end the uncertainty over boxing’s presence in Tokyo.“Our boxers are waiting, they need to know when, where or how to qualify for the Olympic Games next year. They must be the priority of everybody!”Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.Rakhimov’s election in November also caused friction as the US Treasury Department has linked him to “transnational criminal organizations”, a charge he vehemently denies, calling his presence on the list “a mistake”.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Hotshooting Cignal-Ateneo dumps Go for Gold-CSB in PBA D-League opener Xiaoli Yang of China (in red) reacts after her win during the +81kg category final fight at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on November 24, 2018. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)Boxing chief Gafur Rakhimov says he “understands” IOC concerns over the troubled AIBA which has led to a freeze on the sport’s preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The Uzbek businessman laid the blame for “an extremely serious” situation squarely at the door of previous president Wu Ching-Kuo.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Mar 31 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 Mumbai, Mar 31 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 semifinal between India and the West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, here today.India:R Sharma lbw b Badree 43 A Rahane c Bravo b Russell 40 V Kohli not out 89 MS Dhoni not out 15 Extras (LB-1, WD-2, NB-2) 5Total (For 2 wickets in 20 overs) 192 Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-128.Bowling: A Russell4-0-47-1, S Badree4-0-26-1, C Brathwaite4-0-38-0, S Benn 4-0-36-0, D Bravo 4-0-44-0. More PTI AT ATlast_img read more

IPL 2016: KL Rahul confident Royal Challengers Bangalore will bounce back

first_imgDespite his team’s failure to live up to the billing in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore opener KL Rahul remains positive of his team bouncing back soon. (Kohli blasts bowlers)”It is just about one or two wins for us to get us going.”With the kind of team we have, if we can get those two wins, I don’t think there is any team that can stop us. With the kind of batting line up we have, we just have to sort out the bowling a little bit,” Rahul said at the post-match press conference.While RCB’s batting line-up has been formidable, it is their bowling attack that needs to be addressed. The franchise has signed up Chris Jordan, who was part of the England team that reached the World Twenty20 final last month.”With Chris Jordan coming in from the next game, it will be a big inclusion to our bowling line up. Our team is looking good. We just need to learn from the six games and see how we can pick ourselves up. I think we are peaking very well. I am very positive that our team is going to bounce back,” he added.RCB will be taking on Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru on Monday, followed by Rising Pune Supergiants on May 7 and Rahul said that the team is aiming to bounce back with victories in the next two home games.”We, obviously, as a team sit in the meetings and discuss what to do. Once you are in the middle, with the pressure, sometimes you cannot execute your plans too well. That happens to all the teams and we have had rough six games.advertisement”We now have couple of games at home. So, if we can get those two victories at home, we are on our way to the top,” he said.Rahul feels it is not easy to bowl at the death overs.”The only way to stop runs in T20 is to get wickets and if you see the last five-six games, we haven’t got wickets early on and put pressure. I think that’s the only reason.”It’s big pressure to bowl in the death overs and you cannot blame the bowlers,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Watch: German fans cry after World Cup humiliation

first_imgIt was tears of grief rolling down the eyes of German fans after their national team was eliminated from the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia on Wednesday.Germany, the champions four years ago in Brazil, came into the tournament as top contenders to lift the World Cup but endured a disastrous campaign.This was also Germany’s worst World Cup performance since 1938. This is only the second time in 80 years that they were knocked out in the first round.Germany became the third successive defending champion to crash out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stages. Spain were eliminated in the first round in 2014 while Italy had bowed out of the group stages in 2010.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThey managed just one win in the group stage while suffered shocking defeats to Mexico and South Korea to crash out of the tournament.Fans in tears and shock after Germany eliminated from #WorldCup#KORGER (@Ruptly) 27 June 2018Questions were raised when they were humbled after by Mexico in their tournament opener. Germany, though, fought back in their next match against Sweden and when Toni Kroos hit that magical free kick, the world sat up and applauded the world champions for their magic.Mexico, South Korea fans celebrate together after knocking out GermanyUp against South Korea, the number-one ranked Germany were expected to have an easy ride. The Koreans had lost both their matches against Mexico and Sweden. But in a shocking turn of events, Germany lost to South Korea, ranked a lowly 57th.advertisement Fans react after Germany were eliminated from the World Cup (AP Photo)All Germany had to do was beat South Korea 1-0. To think, the world’s best team failed to do that.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyStoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loews sorry Germany side, who finished bottom of the group on three points.Germany have won four World Cup titles. They also finished runners-up four times. But in Russia, they bowed out in humiliation.South Korea 2-0 GermanyGerman fans react as champions are knocked out of #WorldCupHow in the world is this happening?? How in the world is this happening?!?!#WorldCup2018 #GERKOR #GER #GermanyvsSouthKorea #KORGER Video by Guardian Football (@football_welove) June 28, 2018German fans responded with shock and dismay after the national team suffered their first elimination in the first round of the World Cup for 80 years.German coach Joachim Low shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationTop selling daily Bild splashed “OUT!” across its website after the defending champions’ 2-0 defeat by South Korea, calling it a nightmare but adding “We didn’t deserve any better”.”The biggest disgrace in German World Cup History. The 0:2 loss is the embarrassing end to a catastrophic group phase,” it wrote on its website.Missed opportunities will haunt me, says German star HummelsIn West Berlin, along the swanky shopping avenue Kurfuerstendamm normally filled with cheering fans and honking cars, the mood was eerily silent. Glum-faced fans in Germany shirts moved slowly and quietly away from cafes and bars.Tens of thousands of German supporters who had gathered to view the game at the Brandenburg Gate stood stunned after the South Korea loss, some moved to tears.”It didn’t go well from the start. The first game wasn’t great, the second game wasn’t great and we shouldn’t even talk about today,” said Robert Koeschinger, one emotional fan.”We deserved to lose. Something definitely has to change now.””The team just didn’t even fight. It was a terrible game,” said Janin Roethig with tears in her eyes. Germany were knocked out in the first round of the World Cup for the first time in 80 years (AP Photo)Coach Joachim Loew told broadcaster ZDF it was too soon to answer a question about his future as the national trainer.”I’m terribly disappointed,” Loew said. “I need a few hours to digest it.”Die Welt newspaper dismissed the team’s performance as “disgraceful.” “Tame, lacking in ideas and passion – the team deservedly lost against South Korea,” it said.”‘The miracle of Sochi’ was not repeated today,” the German interior ministry tweeted. “Out in the group stage. The sports ministry is as sad as you all are.”Felix Kroos, brother of Germany midfielder Toni, tweeted, “That’s sport. Heads high for all those who truly cheered on.”German comedian Jan Boehmermann offered hope for the future.advertisement”Chin up. In the next World Cup, Germany will form a joint European team with Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and Spain, and will be world champion every time thereafter,” he said on Twitter.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Restorative Justice Deemed Effective in Reducing Reoffending

first_imgStory Highlights “What is happening now is that we have instances where offenders are becoming Restorative Justice Volunteers [and] are now helping individuals to heal and go about their lives,” she said. Meanwhile, the Ministry, through the Unit, will this year host a series of restorative justice training sessions for 1500 beneficiaries, inclusive of school administrators, Justices of the Peace, members of the clergy, and probation and police officers. Restorative Justice is regarded as effective in reducing likelihood of offences being recommitted.This is according to Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Unit in the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Kahilah Whyte.“What is happening now is that we have instances where offenders are becoming Restorative Justice Volunteers [and] are now helping individuals to heal and go about their lives,” she said.Between December 2018 and January 2019, the Ministry, through the Unit convened 810 Restorative Justice Dispute Resolution Sessions (referred to as a Conferences) with a success rate of 85.3 per cent. The Ministry hopes to increase this to 90 per cent by 2020.“What Restorative Justice provides is that further healing, that further opportunity to look at all the grey shades, because it’s not just black or white with the restorative justice process,” Dr. Whyte further stated.She was speaking with JIS News at the 10th Conference on Restorative Justice at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 8.Dr. Whyte said restorative justice can also aid in reducing the backlog of court cases.A total of 637 of the 810 restorative justice dispute sessions held were cases referred from the courts, in an attempt to reduce the backlog.Meanwhile, the Ministry, through the Unit, will this year host a series of restorative justice training sessions for 1500 beneficiaries, inclusive of school administrators, Justices of the Peace, members of the clergy, and probation and police officers.Restorative Justice (RJ) is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to collectively resolve the underlying issues and resulting harm.It focuses on holding offenders accountable and aids them to reintegrate in their communities by providing a sense of healing for both themselves and the victims. She was speaking with JIS News at the 10th Conference on Restorative Justice at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 8.last_img read more

Government to Leverage New Opportunities in Partner Countries to Support Trade

first_img He noted that CARICOM, as an important partner, will be engaged towards the full implementation of the Single Market and Economy, including the provisions for free movement of a wider category of skilled nationals across the region. Story Highlights This was stated by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech to open the 2019/20 Parliamentary Year at Gordon House on February 14. The Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will work assiduously to leverage new opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional partner countries to support trade, investment and technical cooperation pursuits. The Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will work assiduously to leverage new opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional partner countries to support trade, investment and technical cooperation pursuits.This was stated by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech to open the 2019/20 Parliamentary Year at Gordon House on February 14.He noted that CARICOM, as an important partner, will be engaged towards the full implementation of the Single Market and Economy, including the provisions for free movement of a wider category of skilled nationals across the region.“The conclusion of a robust post-Cotonou Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union is essential to maintaining the momentum of Jamaica’s valuable partnership with the European Union, which remains Jamaica’s most significant donor partner. We will continue to play our role in seeking to conclude successful negotiations this year,” the Governor-General said.He said that even as the United Kingdom prepares to exit the European Union in the coming weeks, the Government has been ardently engaged with the rest of CARIFORUM in working towards the conclusion of an Economic Partnership Agreement with the United Kingdom that mirrors the acquis of the current agreement with the EU, preserving preferential terms for trade in goods and services.The Governor-General said that at the level of the United Nations (UN), the Government will, through the mandate given to the Prime Minister by the UN Secretary General, “seek to sensitise and garner the rest of the international community in relation to our collective responsibility to provide funding to address the global impact of climate change”.Meanwhile, for the legislative year, the Ministry will bring to the Houses of Parliament the UN Security Council Resolution Implementation Act (Amendment), the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act and a Bill to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention and the related UN Security Council Resolution 154.“Jamaica’s visibility and leadership in international affairs has been magnified over the past three years and the Government will use the momentum of an extremely active 2018 to build even further on the successes achieved,” the Governor-General said.He stated that engagements will continue at the bilateral, regional and international levels with partners, including and especially the diaspora.Also, the Ministry will focus on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals derived from Agenda 2030 and Vision 2030.The primary objectives are to further Jamaica’s inclusive sustainable economic growth and job creation agenda as well as the promotion of peace and prosperity for peoples across the globe.In addition, the Government will implement a new foreign affairs management strategy to include the restructuring and strengthening of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters and overseas representational functions.“The newly constructed office building in downtown Kingston will, undoubtedly, facilitate the Ministry’s improved operational capacity,” the Governor- General said.last_img read more

43 projects receive a total of 9M through the CMF Convergent Digital

first_imgAdvertisement Click Here to view a complete list of new projects that received fundingAbout the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit Facebook Toronto, October 18, 2018 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today an investment of $9M to 43 projects that applied for funding through the 2018-2019 Convergent Digital Media Incentive. The Incentive is designed to encourage the production of digital media components that are related to CMF-funded television productions, so as to provide audiences with the opportunity to access content on different platforms.Of the 43 selected projects, 15 are in English and 28 in French; 12 are children’s and youth projects, 13 are documentaries, 17 are drama projects, and one is in the Variety and Performing Arts genre.Including this round of funding, since 2010, the CMF has invested more than $85.2M in 496 projects that received funding through the Convergent Digital Media Incentive. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Two decades of studies undercut Ottawas plan to combat violence against Indigenous

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA — The federal government’s strategy to deal with the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women is not supported by nearly 60 studies that have examined the issue, according to a new report.The Harper government has rejected calls for a national inquiry into the causes behind the nearly 1,200 Indigenous women who have been murdered or gone missing since 1980, arguing the issue has been studied enough and now is the time for “action.” Justice Canada has even released a list of 40 reports to support that position.A report released Thursday shows that those 40 studies do not “support the government’s stance.” The report, by the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC), reviewed a total of 58 studies dating back to 1994.The LSC report said the federal government wrongly believes that violence against Indigenous women is not a sociological problem, but rather one as a “series of crimes.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he personally doesn’t believe the issue to be a sociological one.“Despite diverse authors, the reports reviewed show strong consensus about the root causes of this violence; it is a sociological issue,” said the report. “The recommendations that are repeated time and again in so many of the reports highlight exactly why and inquiry is needed: to ascertain the extent to which these recommendations have been implemented and to identify and address obstacles to implementation.”The report said that many of the studies “stress that the economic and social marginalization of Indigenous women makes them more susceptible to violence and less able to escape violent circumstances.”The LSC report found that many of the studies found that a toxic mix of family breakdowns, overcrowded housing, food insecurity, lack of access to education and chronic underfunding for services targeting Indigenous women increased their exposure and vulnerability to violence.Added to this is the continuing racism and sexism in Canada, the legacies of colonialism, the shadow of residential schools and discriminatory legislation like the Indian Act.“And yet, police and health care professionals fail to adequately prioritize the health and safety of Indigenous women and a lack of culturally sensitive programs prevent the services that already exist from addressing challenges specific to Indigenous women’s experiences,” said the report.Executive Summary of LSC reportDownload (PDF, Unknown)The report was released a day before a planned roundtable on murdered and missing Indigenous women that will include federal and provincial premiers and cabinet ministers along with Indigenous leaders and the families of victims.The roundtable aims to hammer out a strategy to stem the disproportionate level of violence faced by Indigenous women.LSC includes a number of First Nation, universities and human rights organizations including Amnesty International, the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, Dalhousie University, University of Saskatchewan, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, among read more

Lone Wolf Golf Club hires new General Manager

first_img“I’m just really excited to be a part of the District team and the Lone Wolf Team. I had a chance to meet everyone over here at the Office and at the Golf Course. I’m excited to be a part of that brand and team.”Mayor Rob Fraser says he is looking forward to seeing Galay and the new team work together.“Thank you very much for taking the position and we’re looking forward to you and the team, there’s a new team there at the Golf Course, so we’re interested in how you are going to gel them together and we’re interested in your new ideas. Welcome, and thank you.”Prior to this position, Galay was General Manager and Lead Pro at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club in Charlie Lake. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a recent District of Taylor Council Meeting, Council introduced the new General Manager for the Lone Wolf Golf Club.Ryan Galay was hired by the District as the new General Manager for the Golf Course, replacing Dave Callum.Galay says he is very excited to join the Lone Wolf Team as a General Manager.last_img read more

Fort St John Tourism seeks separation to be own entity

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recently the FSJ Tourism Board made a presentation to City Council regarding their role working with the City as well as their desire to change a bylaw to allow them to become a society.In 2010, Tourism Fort St. John board was developed with a bylaw that has prevented and limits potential growth opportunities for the tourism organization to operate efficiently in Fort St John.The Board made a request to Council to rescind the bylaw and allow the board to incorporate as registered Society in BC rather than a Board of Council as well as retaining ownership of the branding and name ‘Tourism Fort St. John’. The Tourism Board also requested a financial commitment in the amount of $52,000.00 annually for a three year period (2020 – 2022). The annual funding would continue to provide Fort St. John with tourism services and capacity development through the creation of a business plan, a Tap Know & Go development study, professional development, stakeholder engagement, marketing, administration costs and would take over the NE BCTourism Marketing Cooperative, currently undertaken by the Visitor Centre.Council approved the motion and a repeal bylaw will be drafted for Tourism Fort St.John Bylaw No. 2049, 2010 and a fee for service agreement developed.last_img read more

SC seeks reply from Vodafone Airtel on CBIs plea alleging noncooperation

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought reply form Vodafone and Airtel on a plea by the CBI alleging that they were not cooperating with the investigation in the Saradha chit fund case.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi listed the agency’s plea on April 8 after the mobile service providers denied the allegations. A bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the CBI that there was complete lawlessness and anarchy in West Bengal. He said recently police tried to arrest a custom officer for checking the baggage of wife of a TMC leader at the international airport in Kolkata. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said the complete incident was recorded in the CCTV. The agency had recently filed a status report relating to the interrogation of the then Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the scam. The apex court had on March 26 termed as “very very serious” the revelations made by the CBI in its status report relating to interrogation of Kumar. The top court had said that it cannot “close its eyes” if some “very very serious facts” were disclosed to it and directed the agency to file an application seeking appropriate relief against Kumar, who had earlier headed the state SIT to probe the chit fund scam. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe top court had refused to drop the contempt proceedings against the West Bengal DGP, the chief secretary and Kumar. It was hearing CBI’s contempt application against various senior officials of the West Bengal government on the ground of non-cooperation in its probe and alleged tampering of evidence, including call data records (CDRs) of key accused and Sardha group CMD Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee. The court, which had earlier directed the CBI director to file an affidavit giving details about the alleged contempt committed by West Bengal cops and others in the case, had perused the reply of the CBI chief and the fresh status report, pertaining to quizzing of Kumar. The agency had earlier alleged non-cooperation on the West Bengal Police for providing incomplete information and tampering with details to the probe agency. The apex court had said that the allegations made by the CBI were serious enough and it was an “obligation” on part of the agency to disclose full details of the alleged contempt committed by the then police commissioner.last_img read more

UNmanaged Asian tsunami trust fund broadened to cover disaster preparedness

“The Tsunami Regional Trust Fund has served its purpose well, especially with the establishment of a regional early warning service,” said Noeleen Heyzer, ESCAP’s Executive Secretary, during the signing of the agreement with Kasit Piromya, Thailand’s Minster of Foreign Affairs, at the Commission’s headquarters in Bangkok.“It is now time to step forward in expanding this fund to target disaster preparedness to counter all coastal disasters threatening our communities,” said Ms. Heyzer.Mr. Piromya noted that “Thailand’s contribution to the fund is part of our comprehensive efforts to enhance regional and international disaster management.”One major result of the fund was the establishment of the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), which provides early warning services to 26 members for tsunamis and extreme weather events.The fund was established in 2005, with generous support from Thailand and Sweden, following the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 which killed at least 200,000 people.Contributions to the fund have also been received from the Governments of Turkey, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Netherlands.Since 2005, the fund has supported projects resulting in improved risk knowledge, monitoring and warning services, communication and community preparedness.ESCAP, Thailand and Sweden recently agreed to expand the core areas of support of the fund to include climate and disaster preparedness in the light of the increased number of extreme weather events, as well as the to strengthen early warning systems, changing its name to the ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian Countries.Sweden, a significant donor to the fund, strongly supported transforming its work. “Sweden welcomes the decision to broaden the scope of the fund to include overall disaster and climate preparedness,” said Lennart Linner, Sweden’s ambassador to Thailand. “We look forward to continued fruitful cooperation with the partners of the new ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund.” 7 March 2011The head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Thailand’s foreign minister today signed an agreement expanding the scope of the regional tsunami trust fund to include support for disaster preparedness projects. read more

Modi Sirisena discuss reconciliation process

The Indian Prime Minister’s office said that the reconciliation process and Indian investment in various projects in Sri Lanka also came up for discussion. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Maithripala Sirisena in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.Modi complimented the Sri Lankan President for the two elections that were successfully conducted in Sri Lanka this year, saying that this showed the deep-rooted democratic traditions of that country.

UN labour chief urges textile industry actors to smooth rough edges of

“This sector symbolizes the potentials and problems of global production systems,” Juan Somavia, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), told the Tripartite Meeting on Promoting Fair Globalization in Textiles and Clothing on Monday. “We need to address the transformation of the textiles and clothing sector in a socially responsible way,” he added.Since the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing terminated at the beginning of year while the international system of import/export quotas under the Multifibre Agreement was phased out, the $350 million textile and clothing industry employing 40 million workers has shifted to accommodate the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), creating huge uncertainty among producing countries, workers and enterprises worldwide, according to the ILO.”The goal is to craft strategies and policy responses on how best to adapt to the changing environment so that …we can combine competitiveness, decent work, and fair rules of the game,” Mr. Somavia said of the shift.He noted that recent global agreements, including the Outcome Document adopted by the 2005 World Summit, have reaffirmed the need for attention to decent work and fair globalization. The challenge now, he added, is translating the broad vision into a practical approach.Now that quotas have been lifted, ILO said more work is flowing to large, low-cost producer countries, and markets drying up in smaller nations that benefited previously from the restrictions. In response, Mr. Somavia called for efforts to “upgrade the skills and employability of workers and managers entering and leaving the industry.””If we have the vision and the will, the end of the quota system can herald the beginning of a commonly agreed, new people-centred approach to promoting fair globalization in the textile and clothing industry,” Mr. Somavia said.The ILO three-day tripartite meeting and will review strategies that have been put in place for promoting fair globalization in the worldwide textiles and clothing sector. read more

US filings for jobless aid climbed to 282000 last week but job

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US filings for jobless aid climbed to 282,000 last week; but job market still looks healthy FILE – In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a job seeker fills out an application during a National Career Fairs job fair in Chicago. According to information released by the Labor Department on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, applications for U.S. jobless aid climbed in the week earlier, but the number of Americans seeking benefits remains close to historic lows in a positive sign for the job market. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) WASHINGTON – Applications for U.S. jobless aid climbed last week, but the number of Americans seeking benefits remains close to historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless aid rose 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less volatile four-week average was 270,750.The weekly filings have stayed near historic lows for the past nine months. Applications below 300,000 usually correspond with net monthly job gains in excess of 200,000.THE TAKEAWAY: The low numbers point to a solid environment for hiring, suggesting that employers are holding onto workers and potentially looking to add staff on the expectation of further growth.KEY DRIVERS: More Americans have returned to work during the past three years, as the economy has slowly recovered from the Great Recession. The influx has enabled the economy to grow at a moderate pace of roughly 2 per cent a year, enough for employers to retain their workers and steadily expand their payrolls.BIG PICTURE: Jobless claims are a proxy for layoffs, so the low level indicates that job growth will continue. The economy added roughly 211,000 jobs in the November and 298,000 in October, the government said last week. The unemployment rate has held at 5 per cent. Monthly job growth has averaged more than 200,000 so far this year, enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. read more

UNbrokered Cyprus talks to reconvene on 20 November significant progress achieved

“During these past five days, the chapter on territory and all other issues were discussed interdependently. Significant progress has been achieved,” the UN spokesperson for Cyprus said in a statement released to the press yesterday. The Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, have been engaged in sustained negotiations in Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland, since 7 November under the auspices of the UN. Upon request of Mr. Anastasiades, it has been decided by the two leaders to take a recess and reconvene in Geneva on Sunday, 20 November, to continue their deliberations, the spokesperson said. “The two leaders, once again, wish to express their gratitude to the Government of Switzerland for its generosity and hospitality in hosting this event and for the invaluable support provided to them and their teams throughout the week,” the spokesperson added. According to the UN Department of Political Affairs, while efforts to reunify Cyprus continue, the UN exerts a stabilizing presence by deploying a peacekeeping mission on the island since 1964. The UN also works through the good offices of the Secretary-General to assist the two sides in the search for a comprehensive and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus problem.In addition to other methods, the UN chief uses his ‘good offices’ – diplomatic steps taken publicly and in private, drawing upon his independence, impartiality and integrity – to prevent international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading. read more

Marcus Ahlm to retire at the end of season

Legendary THW Kiel captain, Marcus Ahlm (35) has decided to end his fantastic career next summer. Swedish star spent fantastic 10 years in one of the best team on the Earth since 2003. Before his transfer to “Zebras”, Ahlm has played for several Swedish club. It was an option that Marcus continues his time in handball in some of the Swedish teams, but he decided to stop after this season and start another career in bussiness in Swedish city of Malmo. ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga: Kiel win over HSV – Flensburg demolish Fuchse in Berlin! Next Story → Serbian derby: Vojvodina beat Partizan – Fans was beaten by Police! (VIDEO) MalmoMarcus AhlmTHW Kiel read more

Une feuille artificielle capable dassurer les besoins énergétiques dune maison

first_imgUne feuille artificielle capable d’assurer les besoins énergétiques d’une maisonUne équipe de chercheurs du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a mis au point une feuille artificielle capable de produire de l’énergie bien plus rapidement que la photosynthèse naturelle. Une création conçue pour aider les pays en développement.Conçue avec du silicium, des circuits électroniques, et des catalyseurs, cette feuille artificielle a la taille d’une carte à jouer, mais elle est encore plus fine. Ses concepteurs l’ont présentée lors de la conférence annuelle de l’American Chemical Society en Californie. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéIl suffit de déposer cette feuille dans un récipient d’eau pour produire de l’énergie. Si la photosynthèse réalisée par une feuille naturelle utilise la lumière du soleil et l’eau pour fournir de la nourriture à la plante, la feuille artificielle utilise la lumière du soleil afin de séparer l’oxygène et l’hydrogène de l’eau, puis de les convertir en électricité. Si la feuille flotte dans quatre litres d’eau sous un ciel d’été, elle peut assurer les besoins en électricité quotidien d’une maison, assurent ses créateurs.”Cette feuille artificielle est la promesse d’une source d’énergie peu coûteuse pour les foyers pauvres des pays en développement. Notre but est d’offrir à chaque maison sa propre centrale électrique”, a souligné Daniel Nocera, chercheur au Massachusetts Institute of Technology dont les propos sont rapportés par le site Softpedia News. “Nous pouvons imaginer dans un futur proche des villages d’Inde et d’Afrique achetant un système de production d’électricité abordable basé sur cette technologie”, s’enthousiasme-t-il.Une feuille artificielle avait déjà été développée il y a une dizaine d’années. Mais le prototype ne fonctionnait pas plus d’une journée, en plus de coûter trop cher à la production pour être commercialisé.Le 30 mars 2011 à 12:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

County to expand use of EVerify

first_imgClark County commissioners on Tuesday voted to increase the number of public contracts that require bidders to prove they have signed up with a federal database that allows them to check the citizenship of their workers.As of Nov. 1, companies bidding on county contracts worth $25,000 or more will have to show they’ve entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the federal E-Verify database.Making E-Verify a requirement for contracts that trigger the sealed bid process means the county has taken the toughest stance locally on trying to ensure no public dollars are going to companies that employ illegal aliens.In the sealed bid process, the county has to advertise and go with the lowest bid that meets county requirements. Lack of controversyThe city of Vancouver uses E-Verify for contracts worth $500,000 or more. The city of Washougal uses it for contracts worth $100,000 or more. When Washougal’s policy took effect in February, city councils in Ridgefield and Camas discussed using E-Verify but decided to wait and see how well it works elsewhere.last_img read more