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Retno moves forward with planned Indonesia-Afghanistan women’s network

first_imgIndonesia plans to establish a women’s network with Afghanistan to encourage Afghan women to contribute to the peace process in the war-torn country, the Indonesian Foreign Minister announced on Monday.”In early March, together with Indonesian women leaders, I plan to visit Kabul to formalize the formation of the Afghanistan-Indonesia Women’s Women’s Network,” Retno L.P. Marsudi said in a press statement issued on Monday in Geneva. The minister is a speaker at an event of the Good Human Rights Stories Initiative being held on the sidelines of the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which runs from Feb. 24 to March 20 in the Swiss capital.Indonesia was elected in 2019 as a council member for the 2020-2022 term. “Indonesian women have played a role in promoting peace not only at the national level, but also at regional and global levels,” said Retno, referring to the many Indonesian women working in a variety of UN peacekeeping operations around the world.The UN has encouraged countries to deploy a peacekeeping force composed of at least 15 percent female personnel, and Jakarta has declared a commitment to increase the composition of women in its peacekeeping force to 10 percent.According to the Indonesian Military, however, the current ratio of women in Indonesia’s peacekeeping delegations hovers at just 4 percent. “Women’s empowerment is an important element in the promotion and protection of human rights,” said Retno, who also spoke about women’s empowerment during the UNHRC session.In addition, she mentioned the importance of preventing human rights violations and strengthening the UNHRC’s synergy in promoting and protecting human rights, in particular the issue of human rights for the Palestinian people.”Non-fulfillment of the basic rights of the Palestinian people, exacerbated by the plan to build more illegal settlements on Palestinian land, is an example of human rights violations that must be resolved immediately,” she said. Indonesia was also working on establishing the Southeast Asia Network of Women Peace Negotiators and Mediators in an aim to “strengthen the contribution of women in promoting sustainable peace in the region” the statement said.Toward this end, Indonesia has hosted regional training workshops on women, peace and security to increase the capacity of female peace negotiators and mediators in conflict resolution and mediation, it added.Topics : As Indonesia’s first female foreign minister who has championed women’s empowerment in foreign policy and peacebuilding, Retno has been encouraging the empowerment of Afghan women so they might play a more significant role in peacebuilding. She has consistently called for more inclusive policies and the promotion of affirmative action in the ultra-patriarchal country.Last year, Indonesia hosted a dialogue featuring dozens of Afghan women led by Acting Minister for Information and Culture Hasina Safi, and promised to follow the dialogue with training and skilling projects for Afghan women. Indonesia has offered various forms of assistance over the years in support of the Afghan peace process, from training Afghan diplomats and hosting dialogues, to establishing the Indonesia Islamic Center (IIC) in Kabul.In May 2019, Jakarta hosted a trilateral ulema conference with participants from Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Two months later in July, then-vice president Jusuf Kalla met with the Taliban’s de facto political leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, in an effort to broker peace between the movement and the Afghan government.last_img read more

Pennsylvanians Reminded to Take Precautions in Extreme Summer Heat to Protect Themselves, Families, Neighbors, Elderly and Pets

first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With temperatures anticipated to reach the mid-90s, combined with high humidity toward the end of the week, The Wolf Administration is urging all Pennsylvanians to take steps to keep themselves and their loved ones, including pets, safe from potentially deadly heat-related illnesses. Infants and children, older adults, and people suffering from illness may be less able to respond to extreme temperatures and taking certain medications can affect how one’s body responds to heat.“Keeping Pennsylvanians safe is always top-of-mind and providing useful and important information is one way to accomplish safety,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “With the extreme heat and humidity forecast over the next five days, I want all Pennsylvanians – residents and visitors – to be cognizant of how to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, pets and livestock. It’s imperative to their well-being.”All Pennsylvanians are urged to follow these safety tips to avoid heat-related illnesses:• Drink plenty of water and do not wait until you are thirsty to drink more fluids;• Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar, as they can cause dehydration (loss of body fluids);• Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible – this is the best way to protect against heat-related illness and death;• Avoid long periods in the direct sun or in unventilated rooms;• If you must be outside in the heat, reschedule activities for cooler times of the day, and try to rest often in shady areas;• Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses – and use a sunscreen of SPF15 or higher;• Take frequent baths or showers and remain in a cool place;• Check on those who might be more at risk from high temperatures like infants, children, or older individuals; and• Never leave your children or pets inside vehicles.“With the extremely high temperatures we are expecting to see, it’s important that we check on our older neighbors, friends, and family members to make sure they are staying cool,” said Secretary of the Department of Aging Robert Torres. “Pennsylvania’s network of Area Agencies on Aging is a great resource for seniors or their caregivers to find senior centers acting as cooling centers if needed.”Local Area Agencies on Aging are ready to assist older adults facing dangerously hot weather. Area Agencies on Aging offer a broad range of services, including help with transporting older adults to cooler locations such as a local church or senior center. Find a local Area Agency on Aging here.“Extreme heat poses a danger to all Pennsylvanians, and we urge everyone to be aware of the potential for heat-related illnesses,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are both serious, and potentially life-threatening illnesses that can occur very quickly when high temperatures occur. Drink plenty of water and if you must be outside, take frequent breaks and use sunscreen.”Infants and people who are suffering from an illness are especially vulnerable to extreme heat. In addition to the tips for all people, specific to infants and children, remember:• Never leave infants or children in a parked car.• Even when it feels cool outside, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly.• Leaving a window open is not enough – temperatures inside the car can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes, even with a window cracked open.• Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death.As for people who are ill, the Department of Health recommends that they go somewhere where there is air conditioning, whether that is the local mall, library or other temperature-controlled locations.The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. Warning signs include extreme body temperature, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness and confusion. If you or loved ones develop heat stroke symptoms, get medical assistance right away. Heat exhaustion symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will be working closely with county emergency management officials in the event that state resources are needed to support efforts to keep people safe. Many counties will post information on their websites or social media accounts as cooling centers open and close. Anyone who needs specifics can call their county emergency management agency, keeping in mind that a closer location may be in a neighboring county rather than the one where they reside.Livestock and pet owners should take appropriate precautions to protect their animals from high temperatures that can cause them to suffer from heat-related stress and illness. Heavier, fattened livestock, those with dark coats, and chronic health conditions are at the greatest risk for stress from heat.Signs of stress in livestock include:• Animals bunching together• Heavy panting• Slobbering• Lack of coordination• TremblingIf you see any of the following heat exhaustion signs in your pet, seek immediate veterinary care:• Anxiousness• Excessive panting• Restlessness• Excessive drooling• Abnormal tongue color• CollapsePet owners should remember to not leave animals in vehicles. A car’s interior temperature can rise within minutes, creating suffocating temperatures that lead to animal health problems and often death. When pets are outdoors, it’s important to be sure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh, clean, cool water. Animals kept indoors should have proper ventilation.Additional tips to help pets and livestock deal with the heat:• Provide shade; move them to shaded pens if possible.• Provide water; the hotter it is, the more water they should drink (providing a sprinkler can also help them to cool down).• Don’t overwork livestock; it’s safest to work with livestock in the early morning when body temperatures are low.• Postpone routine procedures (such as vaccination, hoof trimming, dehorning) until the weather cools.• Avoid unnecessary transportation; if livestock must be moved, do so in the late evening or early morning hours.• Take dogs for early morning or late-evening walks.“Excessive heat can put tremendous stress on both people and animals, and Pennsylvanians should take care to ensure the safety of domestic animals as well as livestock,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “By knowing the signs of heat stress and taking the proper precautions – like providing shade, water, and plenty of ventilation – animal owners can protect the health of livestock and pets, whether they live in the home or in the barn.”For more information or if you have concerns about the health of your pets or livestock, contact your local veterinarian.For more information on how to prepare for and deal with extreme heat, visit Ready.PA.gov, health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). 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Norway to review active management at Government Pension Fund Global

first_imgTheir brief includes appraising possible investment opportunities and strategies, with an assessment of the theoretical and empirical rationale for these opportunities, which could improve the trade-off between expected return and risk.The panel will then suggest potential implications for the ministry’s mandate to NBIM.This will include a discussion of benchmarking, relevant risk measures and risk budgets and reporting requirements, and how other funds have implemented comparable strategies.The fund’s strategic benchmark is made up 60% of equities, with the rest in fixed income instruments and real estate.The geographical distribution of the fund’s equity portfolio is largely based on global market weightings, although it is moderately overweight Europe.Government bond investments are allocated according to the size of each country’s economy (GDP weighting).Corporate bond investments are based on market weightings.The ministry said the fund had outperformed its benchmark by an average of 24 basis points per year for the past 10 years, as of 30 June.However, the fund’s actual real rate of return is an average 3.4% per year between 1997 and the second quarter of 2013.This compares with a government estimate of expected real return over the long run of 4%.The ministry said the review to be carried out was simply a follow-up from the decision in 2010 to undertake regular reviews.It added that, in due course, a review would also be performed on the GPFG’s much smaller sister fund, the Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), run by asset managers Folketrygdfondet and invested largely in domestic securities.GPFN’s average actual real rate of return between 1998 and 2012 was 4.5% per year. Norway’s Ministry of Finance is to review the active management of its NOK4.76trn (€586bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the resulting report being presented to the Storting, Norway’s Parliament, in spring next year.A panel of three experts has been asked to review NBIM’s historical performance, assessing options on how it might improve the fund’s expected return and risk, over and above the current benchmark.The panel will not, however, review the choice of benchmark indices.The panel members are professor Andrew Ang of Columbia Business School, professor Michael Brandt of Duke University and David Denison, former head of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.last_img read more

Valley House construction making progress

first_imgBrookville, In. — Work is continuing on the Valley House Flats project in Brookville. The project is valued at $10 million and will include 20 market rate apartments and 27 more for low-income seniors.The apartments will range from 600 to 1,200-square-feet and will be in historic buildings and new buildings, some overlooking the river valley. The development also includes a restaurant that will be operated by the current Big Four Café owner, Devin Murchin.The project is expected to be complete by late summer 2019.last_img read more

GCB gets $1.5M towards development of NSSCL

first_imgTHE Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Education signalled its commitment towards the continued development of cricket with the contribution of $1.5M to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) yesterday.The cheque was presented to the secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie, by Minister within the Ministry of Education, Hon. Nicolette Henry at her Main Street office.The funds are intended to be used by the GCB to purchase cricket balls for the National Secondary Schools Cricket League (NSSCL).During the presentation Minister Henry said this initiative follows one of the Ministry of Education’s mandate to promote a wider student participation in sports. This is the first official donation to sports from the Ministry for 2017.The GCB expressed elation and commended the efforts of the Ministry of Education and its National Sports Commission for conducting and promoting the NSSCL and dubbed the partnership a fruitful and purposeful exercise.The GCB/MoE NSSCL has enabled the GCB coaching personnel to identify and groom young talent and where necessary, to align student-players with Association Country and/or National teams.The NSSCL structure has been absorbing young talent while ensuring that at the school cricket level enough quality cricket is played countrywide, thereby enabling the technical staff access to measure talent, track and promote such talent along a systematic pathway of development.Such a systematic development pathway has allowed the NSSCL structure at an early age of students’ life, to promote a culture of professionalism among and between teams and players, make them more recognised and marketable, as well as making the NSSCL a more marketable activity.The GCB noted that the NSSCL has also encouraged and demanded higher levels of youth players’ investment and productivity, as many more students have an interest in cricket and are willing and able to dedicate more time, energy and finances on their game, which has led to higher levels of productivity.This collaborative effort between the Education Ministry and the Guyana Cricket Board is a critical developmental initiative which continues to promote a positive impact on structure of school cricket and its participating student-players.These efforts have made school cricket more organised, competitive, and have created a wider pool of players for the GCB to monitor and make its selection.last_img read more

Rossington signs new Middlesex deal

first_imgAdam Rossington has signed a one-year extension to his Middlesex contract.The 18-year old’s new deal means he will be with the club until at least the end of the 2013 season.“Adam is one of the most promising young batsmen/wicketkeepers in the country,” said Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser.AdChoices广告“Adam showed us all the brand of cricket he is capable of playing on several occasions in the second XI in 2011, and he has the potential to become a fine player.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Ulster bow out of Champions Cup

first_imgLes Kiss’s side needed a big win to keep their slim hopes alive, but they fell to a 31-19 defeat to the English side.Ulster’s tries came from Sean Reidy and two from Charles Piuteau.last_img

AC Milan: Sinisa Mihajlovic replaced by Cristian Brocchi as manager

first_imgAC Milan have sacked Sinisa Mihajlovic as manager and replaced him with their former midfielder Cristian Brocchi.Milan have reached the Coppa Italia final but remain sixth in Serie A, 27 points off leaders Juventus.Mihajlovic picked up two points from his last five games in charge and lost 2-1 at home to Juve in his final game.The 47-year-old was appointed as Milan boss in June 2015 and Brocchi, who had been working as youth team coach, will take over until the end of the season.In a statement, the 18-time Serie A winners said they wanted “to thank Mihajlovic for the dedication and hard work carried out this season”.Brocchi, 40, made 161 appearances for Milan between 2001 and 2008 and retired when a Lazio player in 2013.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Magic Johnson celebrates Dodgers’ World Series berth at Staples Center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers LOS ANGELES — When the Dodgers qualified for the World Series for the first time in 29 years, Magic Johnson was in a suite at Staples Center, his eyes darting between the basketball team he was enlisted to save earlier this year and the baseball team he helped buy in 2012.“I was sweating because of Lonzo Ball and I’m sweating because of the Dodgers, too,” Johnson said at halftime of the Lakers’ season opener against the Clippers. “Right now my shirt, I’m just drenched.”Johnson said he bounced from game to game: “Dammit, rebound! I’m happy we’re in the World Series – who’s got him!? I’m in the World Series!”The confluence of two major events for two storied L.A. franchises put Johnson in a tough spot. He said he was “torn” between being in Chicago and staying in L.A. for Ball’s rookie debut. Word of the Dodgers’ victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field began to spread through the Staples Center crowd between the first and second quarters. Fans stood and cheered as the news spread.Johnson, who began the task of rebuilding the Lakers by selecting Ball No. 2 overall in June’s draft, had plenty of praise for the Dodgers organization. He named Yasiel Puig and Kenley Jansen as pivotal to the team’s run. He marveled at Kike Hernandez’s three Game 5 home runs.But he saved his most glowing remarks for three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, whose sterling career has often been overshadowed by postseason struggles.“I’m so glad that Clayton Kershaw can finally pitch in the World Series,” Johnson said. “He deserves this moment. All of our players, but I want to really thank him because he’s been a great leader for our team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When Willson Contreras lined out to Charlie Culberson to seal the Dodgers’ 11-1 Game 5 victory, Johnson said he started screaming and kissed his wife Cookie as he delivered on one promise to put the Dodgers in position to win their first World Series since 1988. He then turned his attention back to the Lakers, a team that hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2012.“You’re going back and forth it’s crazy,” Johnson said. “What a night, what a night. I’m gonna celebrate regardless.”last_img read more