Resentment in UP bureaucracy over Yogis 9 am diktat

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s latest diktat, asking all government officers to reach their offices by 9 a.m. is causing considerable resentment in the bureaucracy, particularly among officers posted in the districts. The Chief Minister, in his order, has said that all officers should reach officer by 9 a.m. and all District Magistrates and Police chiefs should meet the public from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The order comes in the wake of complaints that District Magistrates and Police chiefs were not available for the common man. The Chief Minister’s office has made it clear that officers who do not reach office in time would face action. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah However, officers feel that if the Chief Minister has set 9 a.m. as the office time, he should also fix a time for going home. “The Chief Minister’s meetings often extend till late in the night. If we are reaching home at 11 p.m., should we be expected to return to office at 9 a.m. the following morning?” asked a Principal Secretary rank officer. The Police chiefs in the districts are particularly distressed with the order. A Police chief in Western UP said: “As Superintendent of Police, I am expected to be available till the wee hours of the morning. For instance, there was an accident in my district and I was on duty till 4.a.m. How can I be expected to be back in office at 9 a.m. then? In the districts, we are on duty almost 24×7.” Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony Most of the officers that this correspondent spoke to said that the Chief Minister’s new order would leave them with almost no family time. An Additional Chief Secretary rank officer said: “More than me, it is my staff that is upset with this order. If I have to reach office by 9 a.m., my driver will have to leave home at 7.30 a.m., so that he can reach my house in time. The similar is the case with the other staff that stays back in the office till I leave. There should be some flexibility.” According to officer: “The Chief Minister should ensure that there are no pending files and work is done on time. What is the use of sitting in office and doing no work?”last_img read more

Committed to addressing all outstanding issues with Pak bilaterally Govt tells LS

first_imgNew Delhi: The government Wednesday said it wants normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and was committed to addressing all outstanding issues bilaterally as it asserted that the onus is on Islamabad for creating a terror-free environment for a meaningful dialogue.In written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said India has asked Pakistan to take “credible and irreversible” steps to end cross-border terrorism and dismantle terrorist Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’infrastructure in territory under its control. Till then, he said, India will continue to take firm and decisive steps to respond to all attempts at cross border terrorist infiltration and supporting cover fire by Pakistan forces. “The government desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and is committed to addressing all outstanding issues bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration,” Muraleedharan said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, any meaningful dialogue can only be held in an atmosphere free from terror, hostility and violence, he said. “The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere,” he said. The minister said following major cross-border terror attacks in India, Indian forces carried out counter-terror surgical strike against terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control in September 2016 and a pre-emptive counter terrorism air strike against terrorist camp in Balakot, Pakistan, in February. After the Pulwama cross-border terror attack in February, India withdrew the most favoured nation status accorded to Pakistan and imposed a customs duty of 200 per cent on all goods originating in or exported from Pakistan, he said. The Indian government suspended cross-LoC trade from April 19, 2019, on receiving reports that cross-LoC trade routes are being misused by Pakistan-based elements for funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency, Muraleedharan said. He said that as a result of the government’s persistent efforts, there is enhanced concern in the international community over terrorism emanating from Pakistan, including the continuing activities of internationally designated terrorist entities and individuals such as Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen. International community strongly condemned the cross-border terrorist attack in Pulwama in February and major partner countries have called upon Pakistan to not allow its territory to be used for terrorism in any manner, he said.last_img read more

Colin Farrell Speaks At Gatepaths Power Of Possibilities Event

first_imgActor Colin Farrell was the featured guest at Gatepath’s annual The Power of Possibilities event.Colin Farrell joins Gatepath’s Power of Possibilities eventAs a parent of a child with special needs, Farrell has a personal connection to Gatepath’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included. The accomplished Irish-born actor, who has a 13-year-old son diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, shared his insights and journey as a parent in an open and heartfelt conversation moderated by Bay Area journalist Diane Dwyer.“I learned early on that you can’t let others put limitations on your child,” Farrell said. “Your child will decide what his or her limitations will be.” Farrell went on to recount the powerful story of how he was told his son would probably never walk. “Think about how important a child’s first steps are in their development. When my son took his first steps after we heard he would never walk, it was an important lesson for us to never let others put limits on his abilities.”When discussing his wishes for his son and others with special needs, Farrell spoke of the importance of inclusive schools and organizations – such as Gatepath – that allow people of all abilities to be bold, compassionate individuals.The Power of Possibilities brings like-minded people together, raising awareness for children, youth, and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities. “It shines a light on how our differences are beautiful and reminds us to see with our hearts in addition to our eyes,” said Gatepath CEO Bryan Neider.“This is an event for everyone who wants to create a community that is healthy, friendly, thriving, and inclusive,” said Neider. “It’s for those who want to join Gatepath in celebrating the accomplishments of those we serve who have overcome obstacles to achieve meaningful employment, providing a path to independence and fulfilling their dreams.”In addition to the discussion with Farrell, Gatepath announced the recipient of this year’s Neal Poppin Award, which honors an individual whose determination, spirit, and enthusiasm transcends any limitations he or she has faced. This year’s award recipient, Fernando Arce, was born nearly three months premature. He weighed less than two pounds, was in the hospital for several months after his birth, and was not expected to live.Over time, Fernando overcame remarkable odds of being both blind and profoundly hearing impaired, and exceeded expectations in his work and personal endeavors. He is now employed at the The Magnolia of Millbrae, a retirement community, where his gentle nature and warm spirit are an inspiration and lesson for all.In a video tribute to Fernando, Vincent Muzzi, owner of The Magnolia of Millbrae, spoke about how the interaction between Fernando and other staff members helps everyone benefit from working in an inclusive environment that embraces differences, and enriching all. “When hiring someone with a disability, it’s not just the employee with the disability who gains an advantage in the workplace,” said Muzzi. “It’s a working relationship that benefits everyone involved; it’s beyond the paycheck.”Muzzi also commented on the advantages that businesses can gain by following inclusive hiring practices. “It’s important to provide opportunities for Fernando and others with special needs and disabilities,” said Muzzi, “but it’s also important to note that businesses can derive a great benefit from this type of hiring practice. I think of it as a win-win.”“Employers like The Magnolia of Millbrae who partner with Gatepath are not only providing meaningful employment,” Neider added, “but they are also helping create opportunities for independence and building self-confidence for future success in all phases of their life.”The Power of Possibilities was sponsored by Bailard, Peggy Bort Jones, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Gatepath Auxiliary, GoPro, Sutter Health Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Boston Private Bank, Electronic Arts, Linda and Richard Leao, Carole Middleton Foundation, Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equipment, Bon Appétit Management Company, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Wells Fargo, Kathryn and Richard Breaux, CBRE, Elaine and George Cohen, Diane Christensen Mason and Charles H. Mason Jr., D’Elia Construction Inc., Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Barbara and Paul Regan, and Lilli Rey.“There’s no greater joy than watching individuals with special needs and disabilities flourish and attain their dreams,” said Kate Breaux, President of the Gatepath Auxiliary, who co-hosted The Power of Possibilities. For more than 66 years, the Gatepath Auxiliary has partnered with Gatepath and is fully committed to the mission of creating a world where individuals of all abilities are accepted, respected and included. “It’s wonderful to come together for an event like this to celebrate and recognize such incredible and inspirational achievements by people throughout our community.”last_img read more

Feds provide more details on revisions to controversial tax proposals

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government released more details Wednesday on changes to its controversial tax proposals in hopes of further addressing deep concerns over reforms that have angered the small-business community.The Liberals unveiled tweaks to a proposal that, as of Jan. 1, would tighten existing rules enabling small-business owners to lower their tax burden by sharing some of their earnings with family members — a practice known as income sprinkling.The changes are designed to make it more difficult for owners to share their income with relatives who do not make significant contributions to their companies.“For those that are passing income to family members that aren’t involved in the business, it’s clear that that’s no longer going to be considered appropriate,” said federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who insisted the changes would create new hurdles for about 45,000 business owners, less than three per cent of Canada’s total.The government contends those owners have been using incorporation of their small businesses to gain an unfair tax advantage.“More than 97 per cent of businesses will have absolutely no change in their situation,” Morneau said.The reform was among several adjustments the government made to a tax-reform package that, following its release last summer, triggered an onslaught of complaints from doctors, lawyers, accountants, tax experts, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers.Vocal opponents have spent months criticizing the proposals, contending they would hurt the very middle class the Trudeau government claimed to be trying to help.Earlier Wednesday, the Senate finance committee urged the government to abandon its controversial tax proposals — or at the very least delay their implementation for one year, until 2019.The committee — five Conservatives, five independents and two Independent Liberals — made the demand after studying the potential impacts of the entire package of proposals. Two senators on the committee, both of whom were appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, declined to support the call for the whole tax plan to be withdrawn.The government insisted that Wednesday’s revisions to the income-sprinkling rules contain clear, simple tests — including whether a family member has made a substantial capital investment in the business or meets minimum age and number of hours worked requirements — to determine whether a relative has made a meaningful contribution to the business.The revisions follow complaints from business groups that the initial plan to apply an undefined “reasonableness test” to determine when income sprinkling would be allowed was too uncertain and would add an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on businesses.Initially, the government expected the income sprinkling reform to bring in another $250 million per year to federal coffers, but that’s been revised to $220 million per year by 2022-23.A coalition of industry associations, including a national group representing small and medium-sized businesses, has criticized Ottawa for waiting until a couple of weeks before the end of the year to provide clarity on the tax changes, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.On Wednesday, political opponents warned the changes will force small business owners to scramble over the holiday period to arrange their affairs. They also criticized Morneau’s decision to release the revisions right before the Christmas break with little chance for proper debate.Tory MP Pierre Poilievre called the announcement a “complicated web of rules” that would burden small business owners and could cost the government more in lawyers fees than it will bring in.But Morneau said owners will have all of next year to adjust to the changes before having to file their 2018 tax returns.One tax expert says people who are not exempt from the new rules will still face subjective, complicated compliance rules. And because of this, Jan. 1, 2018, will still be a “hard deadline” for them to arrange their affairs.“We still have some significant concerns around the complexity,” said Bruce Ball, vice-president of tax for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.The political and business-sector backlash over Morneau’s suite of tax proposals has dogged the finance minister for months. Wednesday’s Senate recommendations added to the pressure.The criticism has forced Morneau to back away from some elements of the package.In hope of soothing its critics, the government announced in October it would abandon an element of the income-sprinkling proposal that would have limited access to the lifetime capital gains exemption. Morneau said he made the change to avoid unintended negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.He also narrowed the scope of his proposal on passive-investment income — what some believe is the most contentious piece of the government’s tax-reform plan — so that only about three per cent of the most wealthy private corporations will have to pay higher taxes.Morneau said the goal of the change was to enable small business owners to sock away money inside their corporations for future business-related needs, while still targeting wealthy people who use their corporate structures purely as a way to reduce their taxes. The government is to release draft legislation on this element as part of next year’s budget.Morneau also dropped altogether a proposal related to converting income into capital gains, which had raised concerns, particularly among those in the agricultural community, that it would become too costly to pass family businesses on to the next generation.After last fall’s outcry, the government also announced it would revive a 2015 campaign promise to cut taxes for all small businesses. Trudeau promised to gradually trim the small-business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019, down from its current level of 10.5 per cent.last_img read more

New Gabonese Defense Minister to Swear Oath in Morocco with Ali…

Rabat – Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba will receive the new defense minister he appointed in January after the foiled coup attempt.Gabon’s new Minister of National Defense and Territorial Security Rose Christiane Ossouka at the Gabonese embassy in Morocco, where she will swear an oath to officially assume her office.According to a statement from the presidential office, several members of the constitutional council will attend the ceremony. Read Also: Gabonese President Ali Bongo Returns to Morocco for TreatmentBongo also appointed a new prime minister after the attempted coup d’etat.Bongo has been in Morocco since November recovering from a stroke he suffered in Saudi Arabia in October 2018.In January, a group of rebels seized a state broadcaster and announced their plans to establish a National Restoration Council.Security officers killed two rebels and retook the National Radio Office.Bongo visited Gabon briefly in mid-January to chair a ceremony of the new government swearing in. Bongo then came back to Morocco to after a one day visit to continue his recovery. read more

Radovan Karadžić transferred to UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague

Mr. Karadžić, 63, was detained in Serbia last week, nearly 13 years after the first indictment against him was confirmed at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He faces charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, wilful killing, persecutions, deportation, inhumane acts and other crimes related to his roles during the 1990s as the president of Republika Srpska, head of the Serbian Democratic Party and Supreme Commander of Bosnian Serb military forces, known as VRS.Mr. Karadžić is being held at the UN Detention Unit in The Hague and is scheduled to appear before the tribunal on Thursday.“The arrest of Radovan Karadžić is immensely important for the victims who had to wait far too long for this day,” ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said in a statement issued today. “It is also important for international justice because it clearly demonstrates that there is no alternative to the arrest of war criminals and that there can be no safe haven for fugitives.” Mr. Karadžić is indicted for the most serious crimes under international law: genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, said the Prosecutor. “He is charged with the ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs from large areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the commission of the crimes alleged in the indictment. He is charged with a campaign of shelling and sniping to terrorise the civilian population of Sarajevo. “He is also charged with the genocide committed in Srebrenica in July 1995 when close to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed. In addition, he is charged with taking UN peacekeepers and military observers hostage.”Mr. Brammertz said his team is currently reviewing the indictment which was last amended in 2000. “We will ensure that it reflects the current case law, facts already established by the court and evidence collected over the past eight years.”Hailing Mr. Karadžić’s arrest as a “major achievement” in Serbia’s cooperation with the tribunal, the Prosecutor said he hoped it would lead to the arrest of the two remaining fugitives, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadžić. “Without these arrests we cannot complete our mandate,” he stated. 30 July 2008Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić has been transferred to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to stand trial for alleged atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. read more

Fight for 15 minimum wage puts businesses economists at odds

Ontario’s minimum wage workers are set to get a bump in their paycheques after the province voted in favour of raising the standard to $15 an hour over the next two years.Currently at $11.60 an hour, the minimum wage will rise under the legislation to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, with the increase to $15 coming in 2019.The push to raise the minimum wage is also gaining traction in Alberta and British Columbia.But the validity of raising wages depends on who you ask.Ontario reforms labour laws, boosts minimum wage to $15 in 2019Small business tax cut never promised to offset minimum wage hike: WynneMany businesses are crying foul — pointing to research that suggests mass layoffs and other detrimental effects could be part of the fallout.Some economists, meanwhile, believe those concerns are overstated because more money in the pockets of the nation’s lowest earners means more consumer spending, boosting the economy.Fifty-three economists signed an open letter supporting Ontario‘s proposed hike, saying such increases can “lead to little or no job loss.”However, Ontario’s financial watchdog has said that the province’s wage increase could result in more than 50,000 job losses because the tight timeline will provide incentive for businesses to aggressively reduce costs. It added that the new policy will increase the number of minimum wage workers in Ontario from just over 500,000 to 1.6 million in 2019.Meanwhile, a Canadian Centre of Economic Analysis (CANCEA), study found Ontario’s plan could cost the province’s businesses $23 billion over two years and risk 185,000 jobs, representing about 2.4 per cent of all employees.However, Paul Smetanin, president of CANCEA, noted that the majority of jobs at risk are those that employers may have created had they not been forced to increase their payroll costs.“Bill 148 is really good if you’ve got a job,” he said, referring to the Ontario bill.The bill benefits those who already have jobs by giving them more money and inadvertently discriminates against those who don’t, Smetanin said. Young people, new immigrants and individuals moving between provinces may have a more difficult time finding work as a result, he added.As many businesses are quick to point out, minimum wage hikes could result in an accelerated push toward automation, replacing more workers replaced with technology.A report from the Brookfield Institute on the Canadian jobs most at risk of automation found employees in the lowest-paid sectors, such as cashiers and food and beverage servers, are most vulnerable.Canadian retailers such as Dollarama Inc. and Metro Inc., have said they are speeding up studies of automation as they consider options for offsetting the pending wage increase.Employers have also said they could offset higher payroll expenditures by passing some of their costs down to consumers. Movie theatre owner Cineplex Odeon Corp., for instance, has already increased ticket prices in anticipation of raises for much of its workforce.Some businesses are also worried that a higher minimum wage will have a ripple effect and employers will have to pay more to anyone who earns close to the new minimum, increasing their payroll burden even more.In 2011, B.C. decided to raise its minimum wage to $10.25. Between 2010-13, the province’s employment for 15 to 24 year olds fell by 1.6 per cent, despite much larger estimates after the wage hike was announced, according to a report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.Only a small number of jobs are lost following such changes because the fate of low-paid employees is more tied to whether economic growth is good, said David Macdonald, a senior economist for the centre.“In the real world, what usually happens is low-income folks are better off because they’ve gotten a raise and they spend that money.”One common argument is that most employees making minimum wage are youths and do not have a family to support.In Canada, 50.2 per cent of workers earning minimum wage are between 15 and 19 years old, according to Statistic Canada’s most recent figures from 2013.However, other reports have debunked the image of the teenager as a low-income earner. A Wellesley Institute report found 61 per cent of people in Ontario making just over minimum wage (between $10.25 and $14.25 an hour) were 25 years old or more.The debate, it appears, does not end once higher minimum wage becomes the norm.The jury is still out on three-year-old pledge to hike minimum wages to $15 an hour in Seattle, with one recent University of Washington study suggesting an annual increase in 2016 to $13 an hour caused low-wage workers’ annual pay to fall rather than rise, and overall low-wage jobs to fall. However, a University of California study looking at restaurant workers during the same period, found wages went up and employment levels were unaffected. read more

Head of UN antiAIDS agency urges political commitment to fight epidemic

“It is now clear that the AIDS epidemic is still in its early stages,” Dr. Peter Piot, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme of HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), told the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona on Sunday. “And let us be equally clear: our fight back is at an even earlier stage.”Dr. Piot called for stepped up efforts to meet global anti-AIDS targets set at recent international conferences, including last year’s UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS. “The promises have been made,” he said. “Now they must be kept.”The UNAIDS chief also warned that failing to act immediately would have catastrophic consequences. “We stood by while AIDS overwhelmed sub-Saharan Africa,” he said. “Never again. We cannot stand by as passive observers while other continents repeat history, and we must not fail Africa now, in her attempts to turn back the epidemic’s devastation.” Dr. Piot said the forces of global inequality underpinning the AIDS epidemic must also be addressed to make real progress against the epidemic. “International trade negotiations may have as great an impact on how many people get AIDS treatment as any number of national treatment access plans,” he said.A report recently released by UNAIDS shows that the AIDS epidemic is still in its early phase, with no sign of levelling off in the hardest hit countries. The Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic 2002 warns that AIDS is erasing decades of development and cutting life expectancy by nearly half in the most affected areas. Today, 40 million people live with HIV/AIDS in the world, according to the UN. Last year, 5 million people were newly infected with HIV, and 3 million died of AIDS. read more

Governments urged by UN to take action against HIVAIDS in Europe

“Countries of the newly enlarged European Union (EU) now have a prime opportunity to convert their commitment into concrete actions and programmes against AIDS,” said Jack Chow, a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO), shortly before the start of the European Ministerial Conference on AIDS in Vilnius, Lithuania.The two-day conference, entitled “Europe and HIV/AIDS: “New Challenges, New Opportunities,” is being hosted by the European Union and the Lithuanian Government.For its part, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said more European cooperation and investment is needed in the region. “We would like to support the European Union for their renewed efforts to fight AIDS in Europe, particularly its commitment to assist the most-affected countries in its neighbourhood,” Henning Mikkelsen, UNAID’s Regional Coordinator, told a news conference in Vilnius.WHO officials say nearly two million people in the region were already living with HIV/AIDS, adding that the epidemic poses a serious threat to the lives of thousands of people.WHO studies show that deaths from AIDS have declined in Western Europe, but infection rates continue to rise, mainly because of the lack of prevention efforts by governments in the region.With the highest infection rate in Eastern Europe, the epidemic continues to spread unchecked in Estonia, Latvia, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.The number of people living with HIV in Western Europe increased to 580,000 in 2003 from 540,000 in 2001.”Given that 80 per cent of those infected in Eastern Europe are young people, there is an urgent need for a massive and comprehensive response to reduce the vulnerability of young people and empower them to become active partners in the fight against AIDS,” said Lars O. Kallings, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe. “If no action is taken, we will be faced with a larger AIDS epidemic that risks crippling the region’s social and economic development and undermining national security.”Stressing the need to launch “targeted awareness-raising campaigns,” Mr. Kallings said since HIV transmission in Eastern Europe was mainly driven by the use of drug injections, information, counselling and treatment should be readily made available to drug users to reduce the risk of HIV.In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, about 120,000 people need antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, but currently only 15,000 are able to receive this treatment. read more

Service and Sacrifice UN peacekeeping assignment lifetime opportunity for Nepalese doctor

UN Photo/Amin IsmailCaptain Poonam Khadka while on mission in Sudan’s Darfur region. UN News spoke with one such peacekeeper, Captain Poonam Khadka, who served with the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) in the Darfur region of Sudan last year. Captain Khadka completed her assignment in Darfur and returned home to Nepal in January of this year. The following interview took place while she was still serving with the Mission.UN News: Please state your name, position and where you are from; tell us a little bit about your background.Poonam Khadka: I’m Captain Dr. Poonam Racal Khadka, the Senior Medical Officer working with the Nepal Force Reserve Company (FRC) Level 1 Hospital at UNAMID headquarters in El Fasher, North Darfur. I joined the Nepal Armed Forces in 2011 and have worked in its military hospitals ever since. My family background is rooted in the Nepalese military; my husband, my father-in-law and my brother-in-law, literally most of my immediate and extended family, have worked in the military. The strong military background is my main motivation in my work, especially when you get this rare opportunity to serve in UN peacekeeping missions, where I can make a contribution to global peace and stability and provide support to people in need all over the world. I am gratified by the chance to work in a UN peacekeeping mission, as this has offered me the opportunity to internalise gender-related issues. UN News: How long have you been with UNAMID and what are your responsibilities?Poonam Khadka: I joined UNAMID in mid-2017. My main responsibility is to treat and care for patients who come or are admitted to our Level 1 Hospital. Additionally, I am the Gender Focal Point for the Nepal Contingent. The latter assignment affords me the opportunity to interact with the local communities during sensitization campaigns where we educate them on the importance of health care and hygiene, particularly in the IDP [internally displaced persons] camps. These sensitisation campaigns focus mainly on the critical need for handwashing during cooking or toilet use, drinking safe water, eating healthy food in addition to the protection of the environment through organizing clean-up campaigns in their communities.  UN News: What led you to join UN peacekeeping?Poonam Khadka: Actually, I was nominated by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as well as my Government. It is compulsory, in my country, for everyone working in our military hospitals to work in a UN peacekeeping mission before he/she completes a master’s degree.  Personally, I was driven by the need to serve humanity and to support vulnerable people, particularly those living in conflict areas or those affected by natural calamities.UN News: Which UN missions have you served with? Poonam Khadka: This is my second UN peacekeeping assignment. Prior to joining UNAMID, I served with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) from 2014 to 2015. ►See our photo story Nepal: Over six decades of service with UN peacekeeping UN News: Describe what a typical day at the mission is like for you.Poonam Khadka: In UNAMID, we are on duty 24/7. This also depends on the patient conditions in our hospital as sometimes we have to stay overnight to attend to very sick patients and other emergencies. Otherwise, we work the normal 6 hours per day.We have also done external assignments as was the case during the last Nelson Mandela Day commemorative event held in ZamZam IDP Camp, near El Fasher, North Darfur where we partnered with other military personnel from the Indonesian and Egypt Contingents to conduct a health camp. We sensitised residents there about water-borne diseases, the usage of oral rehydration solutions at home and how to keep hands clean to minimise food contamination.UN News: What are some of the highlights of serving with the peacekeeping mission?Poonam Khadka: UN peacekeeping missions operate in a multi-cultural environment where each and every member learns new things and exchanges ideas with colleagues and the host community.  During my tenure with UNAMID, I have taken the initiative to attend HIV/AIDS awareness sessions and participated in various cultural and sporting activities organized by the Nepal Contingent to mark various UN International Day observances.UN News: What are some of the challenges for you personally?Poonam Khadka: The long distance and time away from close family is perhaps my greatest challenge as my current location is very far from my country.  The weather in Darfur sometimes is challenging for me, especially during the sandstorm season and the incessant humid and hot weather.UN News: What do your family and friends back home think about your service with UN peacekeeping?Poonam Khadka: My family and friends are very proud of what I do as they know that we are in Darfur representing our country, Nepal. My family appreciates that our Nepal Contingent is in Darfur to build peace and security and to assist in conflict resolution in the region.Working as a peacekeeper and being a female military officer, who is also a doctor working in UN peacekeeping, fills me and my family with a lot of pride.   UN News: How would you describe your overall experience as a UN peacekeeper? Is there one particular experience/memory you will take back with you when you return home?Poonam Khadka: Coming from a South Asian, male-dominated environment, where female voices are gradually being understood by our communities, I am encouraged that lately gender equality issues are being mainstreamed into the workplace and in families. For instance, I come from a family of five brothers and sisters. My parents opted to send me, a woman, to China to study for five years, while my brothers studied locally in government engineering colleges.Nowadays, in the larger cities in my country, people are changing their mindsets about gender parity but the women in the remote areas still encounter problems in accessing education and theirs voices remain unheard in their communities and families.Personally, I am gratified by the chance to work in a UN peacekeeping mission, as this has offered me the opportunity to internalise gender-related issues. Working for MONUSCO and now for UNAMID has helped build my self-confidence immensely, especially in gender-related approaches in the workplace.UN News: What would you say to others in your home country who are considering serving with the UN?Poonam Khadka: Working in a UN peacekeeping mission is a lifetime opportunity as it accords people like me a chance to interact with people from different countries with different norms and cultures. I learn from them and they learn from me. As a female peacekeeper, I feel proud and grateful that I have the chance to work with other female and male peacekeepers from around the globe. UN Photo/Amin IsmailCaptain Poonam Khadka while on mission in Sudan’s Darfur region. read more

LG dévoile sa première tablette la LG Optimus Pad LTE

first_imgLG dévoile sa première tablette : la LG Optimus Pad LTELG a dévoilé, mardi, à la surprise générale, sa première tablette tactile : la LG Optimus Pad LTE, fonctionnant sous Android 3.2. Le fabricant coréen LG a dévoilé sa première tablette sous Android : la LG Optimus Pad LTE. Alors que certaines rumeurs pouvaient laisser entendre que cet appareil pourrait être un smartphone HD, l’Optimus Pad LTE sera la toute première tablette du constructeur, fonctionnant sous Android 3.2. et compatible 4G/LTE. Surprise !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La tablette, dévoilée mardi soir par LG, possède un écran 8,9 pouces tactile IPS True HD affichant en 1280 X 768 pixels. Elle est équipée d’un processeur double-cœur Qualcomm cadencé à 1,5 Ghz. Elle sera par ailleurs dotée d’un capteur photo de 8 Megapixels au dos et d’une caméra frontale de 2 Megapixels.L’Optimus Pad LTE dispose, par ailleurs, d’une sortie HDMI, d’un slot SD (32Go) et supporte la technologie DLNA. La tablette mesure moins d’un centimètre d’épaisseur (9,34 millimètres) et pèse 497 grammes. Cette première tablette du fabricant coréen est très alléchante au niveau de ses spécifications. Reste à voir si elle sera prochainement commercialisée en Europe. Le 22 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CAM Academy closed Monday after leak

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — CAM Academy in Battle Ground was closed Monday after a leak in the fire sprinkler system flooded two classrooms.District spokeswoman Rita Sanders said there were a couple of inches of water in two third-grade classrooms at the campus at 715 N.W. Onsdorff Blvd. Battle Ground.Water had to be turned off in the building, prompting Monday’s closure. The campus was open Tuesday.Battle Ground leases the building, so the owner’s insurance will cover the cost of repairs and restoration in the rooms, Sanders said.last_img read more


Tourist Board Resumes Public Service Training

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 21, 2017 – The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board today announced that training for persons interested in public service transportation has resumed.  Training will be conducted throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. All interested persons residing in Providenciales and Grand Turk are encouraged to visit the Tourist Board’s office, request a TIDES Public Service Driver’s Application, complete and submit the application to the office receptionist.The Training Manager will vet all submitted applications. Once vetting is completed, registered persons will receive a courtesy call from the Training Manager confirming your date, time and location for training.Interested persons residing in North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos or Salt Cay are encouraged to register through their respective District Commissioner’s Office or contact the Tourist Board Office in Providenciales at (649) 946-4970 or the Tourist Board Office in Grand Turk at (649) 946-2321.The Tourist Board will also be conducting customer service training with the Immigration Department during the month of February.#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more


Michael Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

first_imgCohen’s lawyer hasn’t returned a message.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a deal that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigations.New York City taxi magnate Evgeny Freidman entered the guilty plea on Tuesday at a court in Albany.A person briefed on the plea deal says Freidman agreed to cooperate with federal or state authorities.The person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.State prosecutors charged Freidman last year with pocketing $5 million in state taxes on taxis he managed.For years he’s managed hundreds of cabs, including more than two dozen owned by Cohen.Cohen’s business dealings are under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York. last_img read more

Magazines No Longer the Center of the Universe

first_imgPublisher Survival, especially for those supported mainly by print advertising, was the topic of debate, and some contention, during a Folio: Show Virtual panel discussion last month called “Big Ideas and New Opportunities for 2010 and Beyond.”“The magazine business, particularly if you’re dominated by print advertising, is going to continue to be no-growth to a declining business—probably forever,” said panelist David Nussbaum, CEO of enthusiast magazine and book publisher F+W Media. Other panelists included Mann Media CEO Bernie Mann; Eric Biener, Nielsen Business Media’s vice president of business development; and Daniel McCarthy, chairman and CEO of Network Communications, Inc.While some print magazines will survive, publishers “can’t bank on them being the driver” of their business, Nussbaum argued. At F+W, magazine publishing depends largely on subscription and newsstand revenues. “Advertising, which we love and we want, will be gravy on top of that,” he said.Mann, who publishes North Carolina’s Our State, countered that losses in print don’t pertain to the entire industry. “Trust is very important and is hard to find. How many people trust television today? How many people trust their daily newspapers,” he said. “If you can build trust in magazines, you have some long, long legs.” Growing CompetitionWith bloggers and other online publishers are continuing to pop up and take market share, traditional magazine publishers in the future won’t hold sole ownership of the markets they serve, the panelists largely agreed. Publishers now should focus more on core products, the panelists said, and on being “active participants” in the markets they serve.“I don’t think we’re ever going back to the day when we were the center of the universe. We have to recognize that,” Nussbaum said. “We now are part of the overall community. If we can grasp that role then we can begin to get back to levels of profitability.”The Paid Content DebateAnd, of course, what’s a panel discussion today without talk about charging for content online? “Allowing people to parse out the pieces of content they find valuable, and to make nickels on those pieces on an economy of scale is one of the future models we are looking at for our businesses,” Biener said. “I think micropayments are going to play successfully in the future of media business, specifically content.”last_img read more


Kolkata Book Fair Walk down literary lane

first_imgKolkata’s love affair with literature is intense. And the city’s signature Book Fair is a symbol of that relationship. The world’s largest book fair, The Kolkata Book Fair (KBF), is a phenomenon. Large, crowded, noisy, intellectual, musical, artistic, controversial, chaotic, in its own way, it encapsulates the character of the city and brings out its most visible tribe: The literary Bengali. Each year since 1976, it takes over the city for 12 days. Sure, the Frankfurt Book Fair displays more books and arguably wheels more deals than any other. London has one too, and then there’s Book Expo America, and so many others. But these are regulated, staid, predictable and very different from the Kolkata Book Fair. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These are trade fairs, meant for negotiations and transactions among those who run the commerce of reading. KBF is for the reader, the retail buyer, for those who revel in the proximity of books.The Book Fair started on March 9, 1976. Not the best season in Kolkata, with the mercury mounting and the threat of nor’westers. It was not till the 4th year of the fair that the Guild resolved to hold it at the same time every year: starting on the last Wednesday in January and running till the second Sunday of February, a total of 12 days, a schedule that has been maintained, for the most part of 38 years. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe 39th edition of the 12-day event will begin on January 28, which will be held till February, at Kolkata’s Milan Mela ground. The focal theme of this year is Great Britain. The fair was inaugurated on January 27 at 4.30 p.m. in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the fair claimed to have received a footfall of over 1.8 million in 2014 and sold books worth 200 million. A similar feat is expected this year as well. This time, the fair will be divided into five halls marking the anniversaries of important authors and playwrights. There will be halls dedicated to William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas (Welsh poet), Suniti Kumar Chattopadhyay (linguist and educationalist) and Sombhu Mitra (legendary actor, director and playwright). The 5th hall will have an exact replica of the British National History Museum and is named after Charlie Chaplin on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary.Star authors at the fair will include British author of Bangladeshi origin Zia Haider Rahman, whose 2014 debut novel In The Light of What We Know was short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Guardian First Book Award; and radio and television journalist Anita Anand, whose book Sophia, gave a detailed biography of princess-in-exile Sophia Duleep Singh, which talks about her struggle for Independence, female suffrage and for the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War.UK authors at the fair will include Shereen El Feki of the Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World fame and Naomi Alderman, who was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. Professional storyteller Sarah Rundell will perform at the fair, while Tracy Irish, the Education Programme Developer for the World Shakespeare Festival will also be present.The fair will have separate art/culture book pavilion, apart from a math delegation and Ghazalaw – the music note, initiated to celebrate the affinity between Indian ghazals and the Welsh folk tradition. “Ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn will weave love poetry from their own ancient lineages with harp, tabla, guitar and harmonium,” said general secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, Tridib Chatterjee.This year participating nations would include Bangladesh, the US, France, Germany, Japan, among others. As the fair goes tech-friendly for the first time, the organisers have developed an Android mobile application to help book lovers locate book stalls in the fairground. British Council’s Director (east India) Sujata Sen said their theme for the book fair is ‘Knowledge is Great’ and would focus on ideas, culture and writing. “It is the 100th birth anniversary of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. We did  an event on Walking Cities by bringing two exciting Welsh writers to Kolkata to understand the city. Along with two Indian writers they went around Kolkata, before the book fair. They will present something inspired by how they understood, absorbed and responded to the city through their writings,” she said. To mark Shakespeare’s 451st birth anniversary, an event is planned to track how his works have been interpreted differently over time from country to country.  UK will be showcasing the best of what it has to offer in arts and culture, education and research through the UK government’s Great Britain campaign, which includes information on a huge range of scholarships available for studying in the UK. There will be a range of activities at the fair including sessions with contemporary authors and artistes. English language experts and top speakers from the UK’s Higher Education sector will also be at the fair. Workshops, seminars and panel discussions will be held around English language and higher education.Books and online resources from the UK will be displayed at the British Council pavilion. The collection will help visitors to access information about professional opportunities through English teaching and learning, enriching professional life in the Arts, developing new understanding and partnerships related to UK education, and engage with contemporary UK.The 39th Kolkata Book Fair, this year, is set green with National Jute Board and the Publishers and Booksellers Guild entering in a tie-up to promote jute and jute products at the venue. “This is to restrict use of plastic bags. We want to make people aware of the benefits of using jute products because they are biodegradable and eco-friendly. Such initiatives help in creating a greener and cleaner world and a book fair is the biggest platform that can be used for the promotion of jute products,” said Tridib Chatterjee.Street theatre, poetry readings, artists’ corner and musical performances are also a part of the event. It may seem quite surprising today but the first Kolkata Book Fair materialised within a year of ideation, with 34 publishers setting up 56 stalls in the heart of the city, on a patch of land between the Victoria Memorial and the Academy of Fine Arts. There are many such stories attached to the Kolkata Book Fair, it has history, tradition and as one may see, a big future too. So if you are a die-hard bookworm, make sure you pack your bags and head to Kolkata.last_img read more


Barrel of fake tequila bound for Playa del Carmen

first_imgMérida, Yucatán — A barrel loaded with 16 kilograms of marijuana was seized Sunday by agents of the Federal Police at the Mérida International Airport. The barrel was part of an arriving shipment from the state of Jalisco. A narcotics dog alerted police to the likeliness of drugs. When opened, the barrel, which was labeled as tequila, contained several packages of marijuana. According to the statement from the Federal Police, it was at dawn that at the Aeropuerto Internacional Manuel Crescencio Rejón in Mérida when agents with trained canines secured the fake barrel of tequila. Photo: la Fiscalía General de la República The barrel, which contained 16 kilos of marijuana, arrived on a courier flight from Jalisco with a destination for Playa del Carmen. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Velas Resorts new agent website has sales materials virtual tours

first_imgVelas Resorts’ new agent website has sales materials, virtual tours Tags: Velas Resorts Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img PUERTO VALLARTA — Mexico’s Velas Resorts has a new website geared specifically to travel agents, offering everything from high-res sales materials, image libraries and current offers to virtual tours and a photo/video of the week.Velas Resorts is launching the site as it gets ready to open its fifth resort, Grand Velas Los Cabos, later this year. Currently available in English and Spanish, a French translation is coming soon, says the company. Contact information for the sales department at each resort and the worldwide sales team is also available at the site.Agents can send clients a personalized welcome card directly from the site in several different languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and German. Agents can also go directly from the homepage to the websites for the Velas Expert Program, Meetings by Velas Resorts and Weddings by Velas Resorts for more in-depth information on each entity.Velas Resorts properties include Casa Velas, the family-friendly Velas Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Riviera Nayarit and Grand Velas Riviera Maya. For more information see Share Wednesday, August 31, 2016 last_img read more


Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru

first_img Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru … You might also be interested in Sun Pacific hires citrus veteran for VP of sales … PRESS RELEASEKennesaw, Georgia – Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced the release of its GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker. This latest innovation is suitable for produce shippers who manage and monitor carbon dioxide to help extend shelf life of fruit, such as berries, apples, and pears. Managing carbon dioxide is one of the methods used globally by shippers to help ensure the utmost freshness of produce. In addition to monitoring carbon dioxide levels in real-time, this new version of the popular GO Real-Time Tracker also provides valuable features such as temperature, location and light sensing coupled with real-time actionable alerts. Applewood gears up for the 2019 harvest season as …center_img September 24 , 2018 Sakata Seed America announces new strategic allian … “In the produce industry, reputations are often built on delivering quality, fresh products safely to the consumer,” said Frank Landwehr, vice president and general manager, Cargo Solutions for Emerson. “Whether in a truck or in a sea cargo container, the GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker is another tool our customers can use to help protect their brands when their perishable shipments are in transit.”The GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker is available now. Customers can continue to leverage the online Oversight dashboard or Oversight mobile app to help monitor shipments during transport of cargo. To download the app or for more information on end-to-end cold chain monitoring solutions, visit demonstrations will take place at the 10th Cool Logistics Global Conference & Exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium October 2-4th and PMA Fresh Summit 2018 in Orlando, Florida October 19-20th, Booth #851.About EmersonEmerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business is a leader in helping process and discrete manufacturers automate and optimize production processes through our best-in-class technologies and industry expertise. Our Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business develops technologies and services that improve human comfort, safeguard food, protect the environment, enable sustainable food waste disposal and support efficient construction and maintenance of buildings and municipal infrastructure. For more information, visit read more