“These deplorable outrages again underscore the urgent need for all Iraqis to reject violence and together choose the path of peace and reconciliation,” the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement issued in the name of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi.Terming the attacks “particularly heinous and criminal,” Mr. Qazi – as he has done frequently in the past – again called on the Iraqi authorities to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. In another development, the UN refugee agency reported that 17 Palestinian men sheltered in a Baghdad apartment building rented by the agency were taken away today by men dressed in Iraqi security force uniforms and driving security vehicles. A relative of one of those taken and a local aid worker said they were later released, but the agency was unable to immediately confirm this. Over the past year the agency has voiced increasing alarm for the Palestinians, who fled to Iraq following the creation of Israel in 1948. Some received preferential treatment under ousted President Saddam Hussein, and they have become targets for attack since his overthrow in 2003. Nearly 20,000 of them have already fled the country. Witnesses said the security men broke into the Palestinians’ apartments at 5 a.m., smashing doors and windows, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “UNHCR is very concerned and is seeking further information,” he said. Mr. Qazi’s office was also taking it up with senior Iraqi officials, he added.Those taken away and their families had been evicted from their homes in 2003 after the change of regime and were initially housed in tents. There are still an estimated 15,000 Palestinians remaining in Iraq, “living in constant fear of harassment, killings and kidnappings,” Mr. Redmond said.Those who try to leave cannot get proper documents, and hundreds are stuck at the Syrian border. Another group has been stuck in an isolated camp in Jordan since 2003. “It is urgent that international support is found to bring at least a temporary solution for Palestinians from Iraq,” Mr. Redmond said.He noted that UNHCR had already tried, to no avail, to secure them entry into Jordan and Syria, return to the Palestinian territory with the permission of Israel, relocation to other Arab states, and resettlement outside the region. “At the same time, we continue to advocate for better protection of the Palestinian community inside Iraq. But under the present circumstances, return to Iraq is no option unless security is restored. Right now, it’s an untenable situation for the Palestinians and it is deteriorating on a daily basis,” he said. 23 January 2007The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called on its political and religious leaders to do all in their power to “save the country from sliding further into the abyss of sectarianism” after yesterday’s bombings in Baghdad which killed or injured more than 200 innocent civilians.
19 January 2010The top United Nations envoy in Sudan has announced he will step down from the post at the end of next month after more than two years in the African nation. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), issued a statement yesterday announcing the end of his tenure. A successor will be named soon.The former Pakistani ambassador has served as head of UNMIS since late 2007 and before that had been the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq.In a statement a spokesperson for UNMIS said Mr. Qazi was stepping down “after more than two years of a challenging but fulfilling and productive assignment.”The statement noted that Mr. Qazi was leaving at a time when the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the long-running north-south civil war in early 2005, was “firmly moving forward towards elections and the referendum.”National elections are scheduled to take place in April and a referendum is expected to be held next year to determine whether the south secedes or remains as part of Sudan.UNMIS added that its “support and technical expertise have played a vital role in keeping the agreement on track thanks to Mr. Qazi’s leadership that kept the mission focused on the mandate.”
The Sri Lankan Rupee dropped to a new record low against the US Dollar today.The Rupee was selling at Rs. 164.37 against the US Dollar and buying at RS 160.94.
“Triple jumping disgrace Vasanatha Senanayake has not signed the affidavit of 122. So attempts by @MaithripalaS and #FakePM to say we lost one from our ranks is pure imagination. Please don’t try to beg to come back to @officialunp we@don’t want you,” Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted. The United National Party (UNP) has termed UNP Parliamentarian Vasantha Senanayake as a “triple jumping disgrace” after he rejoined the cabinet of President Maithripala Sirisena.UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the UNP will not take back Senanayake if he attempts to return once again. He had also said that he will be resigning from his Ministerial post but he was never replaced in the cabinet.Yesterday Senanayake attended the cabinet meeting as the Minister of Tourism. (Colombo Gazette) After October 26th Senanayake extended support to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.However last week he said the Government did not have majority support in the Government so he had decided to extend support to the United National Party. Senanayake has been crossing between the UNP and Maithripala Sirisena-Mahinda Rajapaksa camps over the past few days.
Today’s wet weather put a damper on many events taking place across the region most notably in Hamilton the rain affected the final day of the Soaring Spirit Aboriginal Festival.The free community event held its weekend long celebration at Pier 4 for the first year time in its near 20 year existence.Even though the weather did not co-operate for people turning out for the final pow wow of the those involved saw the rain in a different light.The aim of the festival is not only to celebrate indigenous culture in the Hamilton region but to educate others as well, with the hopes of improving community relations.
Asked by reporters to react to moves by the Iraqi Parliament opposing the inspections, he said, “I’m waiting for a formal response from the Government. I don’t think the Iraqi Parliament was talking to me. I think it was addressed to the people of Iraq.”Mr. Annan stressed that Iraq is expected to comply with the Security Council requirements, which he called “very clear.” He also noted that the Council’s decision was unanimous and had been endorsed by the Arab League. “I hope the message will get through,” he said.Asked about the timetable, the Secretary-General said Iraq should respond formally that it accepts the resolution by 15 November. “I am expecting that letter,” he said. Iraq would then have to declare, within 30 days, its holdings of weapons of mass destruction, he noted. An advance team of UN arms inspectors is scheduled to arrive in the country on 18 November. “The Security Council resolution becomes effective from day one – the moment it is approved,” the Secretary-General pointed out. To a question on how the situation impacts on the UN, he recalled that although there had been some impatience “that we were not moving fast enough,” democracy required that Security Council members discuss the issue seriously. “It was a grave decision and I’m happy they took their time to discuss it and in the end come up with the best possible decision,” he said.While acknowledging that the outcome and how this issue evolves could strengthen the UN and multilateralism, he added, “I do not accept the statement that this is do or die for the UN.”On the subject of the Middle East, and reports that Israel might deport Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, the Secretary-General voiced hope that this would not come to pass. He noted that many governments around the world “have indicated that it would be unwise to exile Chairman Arafat.”
According to the Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), the latest reduction in administrative and operational costs brings the overall savings on overhead to $272 million since September 2000. Meanwhile, Iraqi oil exports under the UN scheme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to buy humanitarian supplies, totalled 15.1 million barrels for the week ending 17 January. Those sales brought in an estimated €398 million euros, or $424 million, in revenue.
Employee Benefits Live 2018, the largest dedicated reward and benefits event in Europe, is set to welcome delegates to ExCeL London for its 20th anniversary this week.The event, held on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018, will allow HR, reward and benefits professionals to explore the latest industry innovations at the expansive exhibition, as well as gain valuable insight through the varied conference programme.Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with peers, industry experts and providers as they gather in East London for the two-day event.Delegates will hear experts discuss a wide variety of topics impacting the reward, benefits and compensation sectors. The conference programme will comprise five different subject streams on each day, including workplace pensions, health and wellbeing, employee engagement, HR strategy, benefits strategy, financial wellbeing, benefits technology, global reward, diversity and inclusion and benefits on a budget.Keynote discussions on day one include ‘Putting health and wellbeing at the heart of your benefits strategy’ and ‘Reimagining the employee experience: adventures in artificial intelligence‘, as Kavitha Sivasubramaniam, editor of Employee Benefits, is joined by session speakers Cayla Kitayama, EMEA benefits at Google, and Keith Williams, reimagine HR services director at Unilever, respectively.Day two will open with a discussion on ‘Breaking with conventions’, featuring Damien Hooper-Campbell, vice president and chief diversity officer at eBay. Wrapping up the event will be a session on ‘Unleashing your inner HR superstar’ with Marc Woods, gold medallist, BBC commentator and author.Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.For more information or to book your place…
Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know More From Roadshow Concept Cars New York Auto Show 2019 • Tags Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup reading • Genesis Mint Concept is perfectly sized for a New York debut Genesis’ tiny, electric Mint concept zips into the New York Auto Show Genesis is a luxury automaker, and its current lineup is rich with larger cars — as it should be, considering size imparts feelings of wealth and prosperity. So it was quite the surprise, then, when the company decided to bring a twee electric car to the 2019 New York Auto Show. But, according to Genesis, perhaps it’s not that surprising.”Mint belongs in the city,” Manfred Fitzgerald, global head of the Genesis brand, said in a statement. The Korean automaker believes more and more people will move to city centers in the coming years, and there will be a need for pint-size premium cars. “There’s a white spot on the map,” Fitzgerald told Roadshow at a New York Auto Show preview event this week. New York Auto Show 2019 Genesis Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Comment Share your voice 1 Indeed, the Mint is a tiny little thing — it looks to be about the length of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. Those 21-inch wheels are almost comical by contrast, pushed way out to the car’s corners. But view the concept from the dead-on front or rear views, and you’ll notice its width, further accentuated by the LED lights that span the length of the front and rear fascias.The coolest part of the Mint might be its rear doors — which aren’t really even doors at all. Rather than a conventional hatchback with a trunk, two small hatches flip up and back, allowing you to access the cargo hold from the sides of the vehicle. The low, wide loan-in aperture offers surprisingly good access to the space behind the front seats. It’s easy to imagine this car parallel parked on a busy street, and just flipping the side hatch open so you can toss your belongings inside.It may be purely conceptual for now, but it’s not hard to imagine something like on the road. “I don’t believe in a concept being too ‘la-la-land,'” SangYup Lee, head of Genesis’ parent company Hyundai’s global design center, told Roadshow.Enlarge ImageThe rear-hinged side hatches provide access to the cargo area. Steven Pham/Roadshow The Mint’s powertrain isn’t some far-fetched thing, either. It’s a concept, of course, so this is all hypothetical. But in theory, the Mint uses an all-electric powertrain with a range of about 200 miles, with the ability to use 350-kilowatt fast charging. Genesis imagines this car would have at least Level 3 partially autonomous capabilities, as well.Fitzgerald says it would send “the wrong message” to do the Mint concept with a internal combustion powertrain, and Genesis believes this car is better served as an EV. As for the range, Fitzgerald says Genesis “would like to have a flexible concept” — if it comes to production, multiple ranges could be offered. “If this is a city car, you don’t need a lot of range,” he says.You don’t need a crazy interior, either. Open the front doors, and the Mint reveals its very simplistic cabin: one bench with seating for two, and an armrest in the middle, with a one-piece dashboard that’s free of any clutter. In fact, when you open the door, the bench seat turns toward you, and the dash moves away — not only does this help with ingress and egress, it’s really inviting.Enlarge ImageThe bench seat swivels toward you as you open the driver’s door. Steven Pham/Roadshow The car’s central infotainment screen is small and housed inside the steering wheel. Small stacks of buttons flank the wheel, offering shortcuts to commonly used features. At the end of the armrest, you’ll find a sphere that rotates and lights up when the car is on, and it’s how you put the car into park, reverse, neutral and drive. Similar spheres are found on the doors, which serve as the electronic locks and window switches.The main interior theme is Genesis’ “G-Matrix” pattern. It’s designed into the floor liner, and a similar pattern is used on the cargo cover behind the seats. We first saw this design on the Genesis Essentia coupe concept from last year’s New York show, and we’re told it’s something that will come to the company’s production cars soon. “You will see a lot of daring statements from Genesis in the future,” SangYup Lee told us.But will we see a production version of the Mint? That, of course, is up in the air. “We really hope to see this in the very near future,” Fitzgerald said — it might even be more viable than a road-going version of the Essentia.This is one small car that makes a big statement.Enlarge ImageThe concept’s hypothetical electric powertrain is said to offer 200 miles of range. Steven Pham/Roadshow Update, April 17: Adds additional information 2019 Infiniti Q50 review: Aged, but with youthful charm 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter Genesis Mazda 42 Photos See All 2019 Genesis G90 review: Luxury’s most screaming deal?
Survivor Anthony Merculief of St. George Island (right) speaks with Wes Kuhns and Billy Pepper of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the apology ceremony at the St. George community center.(Laura Kraegel/KUCB)75 years after supervising the Unangan internment during World War II, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has finally apologized to the people of St. George Island.Listen nowFederal officials visited the island last month to make amends in person.Before a small crowd at the St. George community center, Wes Kuhns, acting captain of a USFWS research vessel, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ready to take responsibility for its actions.“I’m here to deliver a long overdue apology for the tragedies that befell the Aleut people on our watch,” Kuhns said.In 1942, the agency removed St. George Islanders from their homes and sent them to internment camps, following the Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor. Almost 50 of them died from sickness and starvation.“To the Aleut people interned at Funter Bay and their descendants, who continue to carry this burden, I am sorry,” Kuhns said.Here to receive the apology was Anthony Merculief, a 78-year-old survivor.Merculief was sent to Funter Bay as a toddler, so he doesn’t remember details from the three-year internment. But the experience has stayed with him.“It has an effect on you when you’re treated the way we were treated,” Merculief said. “It never wears off.”Still, Merculief said he accepts the apology. To him, the most important thing is to continue healing and keep this history alive.“The suffering we went through, how many people died because of the poor conditions … hopefully, it’ll never be repeated,” Merculief said.That’s why Merculief is glad his grandniece is at the apology ceremony.Leah Lekanof, 15, said the commemoration has motivated her to learn more about what her people endured.“When I get home, I’m going to ask my grandma about it more and my uncle,” Lekanof said.For now, though, Lekanof said she’s happy to watch her great-uncle Anthony as he received an official letter of apology.“I saw him smile so hard, in a way I haven’t seen in a long time,” Lekanofsaid. “I was just so happy to him smile.”
The town is an hour’s drive, around fifty miles, from the gay hub of Fort Lauderdale. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive from Miami and a hundred miles from the Florida Keys.So is there anything behind the glittering facade for the normal person? Say a gay guy looking for a relaxed weekend?With beautiful weather all year round, I headed on a premium seat with Norwegian.Inside the Clocktower, one of the top beach sites in the Palm Beaches | Joe MorganFrom the second I stepped onto the flight from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, I knew I’d be encountering some people who lived the high life. My seat neighbor was an American woman who has houses in both Palm Beach and London. Accompanying her was a ‘therapy dog’, the cutest little ball of fluff.‘She’s not allergic!’ she said, her insanely white teeth glaring at me. ‘She has hair just like us!’Thankfully, the service was splendid, the seat was comfortable and the dog was quiet.Delray Beach at night | Discover the Palm BeachesArriving in the cool tropical climate, I headed straight to the boutique hotel.Crane’s Beach House is a hideaway in Delray Beach with two pools, lined with palm trees. I stayed in one of the luxury villas, and it was everything I could want.With an open floorplan, the king bedroom was very large and comfy. There is a state of the art 60″ flat screen smart TV with digital cable and complimentary Netflix access.There’s also a private patio, a kitchen, complimentary bicycles and yoga mats.Stuff to doArts GarageJazz at the Arts Garage | Joe MorganArts Garage was one of the go-to places for me at Delray Beach. An innovative independent creative arts venue, it plays host to many up-and-coming performers in South Florida.Garage Queen is a pageant style contest for 12 drag queens, hosted every Friday during the summer.I went to go see the Markus Gottshlich Trio, led by the Austrian jazz pianist. It was held in an intimate setting and I can’t ever complain about a place that has a policy of bringing your own booze.Island Living TourJoe stopping for a break while biking in Palm Beach | Joe MorganPerhaps the quickest and easiest ways of getting to know Palm Beach is by bike.Led by the hilarious and knowledgeable Leslie Diver, I learned everything about the town from famous residents to its colorful history. We spotted Donald Trump’s gaudy gold-trimmed mansion next door to Rod Stewart’s rocking abode.Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Speaking as a Londoner, it’s always hilarious to me when Americans try to say something that was built a century ago is really ‘old’. And don’t get me wrong, comparisons are relative, but the Henry Morrison Flagler museum was only built in 1902.Flagler is known as the ‘grandfather of Palm Beach’, an oil monopolist who created the Florida East Cost Railway and a series of luxury hotels. If you’re a fan of the Gilded Age, it’s somewhere I would recommend. However, it’s not essential.Delray Yacht CruiseSee amazing lakes and mansions on the yacht tour | Joe MorganI probably went on the wrong day for the Delray Yacht Cruise. It was perhaps not the greatest planning that I ended up alone on the special Father’s Day voyage. Palm Beach, Florida is home to the super-rich. Extravagant mansions are commonplace and luxurious miles of beaches are the norm.You might wonder if there is anything attainable behind the glittering facade for the normal person. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The brunch cruise, which includes a buffet of cooked meats and continental options, was passable. I spent the majority of the trip sunning myself on the upper deck. If you wanted to see even more of the area’s beautiful mansions, this is a place to go.Eat and drinkSant Ambreous Palm BeachSant Ambreous is serving Milan meets Manhattan. This perfect brunch spot combines a classic 1950s style Italian cafe with the coffee bars typical of New York. Service was impeccable.Grato Grato is all about simple Italian fare done excellently. Chef Clay Conley creates homemade pasta of high quality, offering an array of classic Mediterranean dishes. Easily the best pasta I’ve ever had in the United States.Yaxche Tearoom and EmporiumYaxche (pronounced ‘yaw-chee’) has its own water filtering system that hopes to create the ‘purest water possible’. You go in, and you’re first asked about your taste preferences. The baristas will then create the perfect concoction for you. I had a beautiful chicken, strawberry and goat’s cheese salad.Dada Inside an offbeat old house, Dada is perhaps the coolest restaurant in Palm Beach.Featuring live events and open mic nights and concerts, it’s an affordable and delicious meal. Make sure to try the Dada Dates, their speciality. They are bacon wrapped medjoool with goat’s cheese and chorizo. I also tried their crab cake – very fresh. For main, I had the crispy skin chicken breast with sweet potato puree, kale walnut craisin salad and a blackberry vinaigrette. Light, unusual, but very filling.The Breakers It’s always time for a cocktail at The Breakers | Joe MorganThe Breakers is arguably one of the most luxurious hotels in town. Featuring a plethora of amenities, I headed there for cocktails and tapas-style bites.Head to HMF, named after Flagler, for old school glamor. Try the Korean short ribs, the duck bao buns, and wagyu beef sliders.Caffe Luna RosaCaffe Luna Rosa, founded as a simple ice cream and panini place, now has an expansive menu. If you fancy a simple meal with great service with sea views, this is a great place to come.LGBTI life in Palm BeachTake in the sights of gay polo | Sara Cole/Gay Polo LeagueWhile Palm Beach may not have as much LGBT nightlife compared to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, there is still fun to be had.Palm Beach is home to the Gay Polo League, a group representing a crosssecton of ages and abilities. We interviewed the founder, Chip McKinney, and we will posting a full article when the league comes to London for a special tournament.Rooster’s is one of the most popular spots, having been going strong since the early ’80s. Check out some of the best drag southern Florida has to offer on the weekends.Fort Dix is a friendly diverse dive bar. Cheap beer and a bar lined with games, it’s one for the locals.The one thing I feared was that Palm Beach would just be pretty on the outside. If you’re not a multi-millionaire, can you even enjoy yourself?I learned you absolutely can. It has a soulful, relaxed, chilled atmosphere with amazing views. And for the food, well, I might go back just for the pasta.For more information about the area, go to Discover The Palm Beaches.Norwegian operates three weekly flights year round nonstop between London Gatwick and Fort Lauderdale International Airport.Flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with two cabins – premium and economy. Fares start from £165 one way / £309 return in economy and £505 one way / £1,055 return in Premium including all taxes and charges. To book, visit Norwegian’s website. To book visit their website. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . 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5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Chai said Berlusconi traveled to Kenya with Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrives in Kenya a week after an Italian court convicted him of tax fraud and sentenced him to four years in prison.Berlusconi arrived Thursday in Malindi _ a fishing and resort village where many Italians live and visit. His arrival was confirmed by Phillip Chai, the manager of the exclusive Lion in the Sun resort.Berlusconi, who dominated Italian politics for nearly two decades, has seen his image tarnished by sex and tax scandals. Last week a court found him guilty of inflating the price his media empire paid for TV rights to movies from the United States and pocketing the difference. Berlusconi is appealing the ruling. Check your body, save your life Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
By contrast, manufacturing job growth remained basically flat, reflecting the beating the industry is taking from the rise in the value of the dollar. A strong dollar makes U.S. exports less competitive in overseas markets because they become more expensive. It also makes imports cheaper for U.S. consumers.Manufacturers added just 1,000 jobs in March and April combined.Overall, U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent, the lowest level since May 2008.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction and manufacturing — two bedrock sectors of the American economy — landed on opposite ends of April’s jobs report.Construction companies added 45,000 jobs during the month, bringing their year-to-date total to 108,000. Most of April’s gains came from the “specialty trade contractors” subsector, which includes carpenters, electricians, plumbers and painters. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Comments Share How men can have a healthy 2019
Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ROME (AP) — The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.Countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean showed the most progress in reducing hunger, thanks in part to economic growth that didn’t exclude the poor, investments in agriculture and political stability, the agencies said in their annual State of Food Insecurity report. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The report found that a majority of the countries monitored — 72 out of 129 — have met the U.N.’s ambitious Millennium Development Goals to halve undernourishment by 2015.“The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime,” said U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s chief, Jose Graziano da Silva.The agencies said the reduction in hunger and undernourishment came despite natural disasters, political instability and conflict in much of the developing world — even though the world’s population had grown by 1.9 billion people since 1990.The agencies said improved agricultural productivity, especially by family and small-scale farmers, and better social protection measures like food vouchers or school meal programs had had the most impact in reducing hunger.Sub-Saharan Africa still had the highest levels of undernourishment in the world: Almost one in four people there don’t get enough food to live an active and healthy life. Some West African countries that did invest in agricultural productivity and infrastructure managed to meet the U.N. hunger targets, the report found.
03Mar In-home stair lifts will be more accessible, affordable under Pscholka/Nesbitt bills Categories: News The House Commerce and Trade Committee today approved a package of bills to remove regulations on residential stair lift installation, after hearing testimony from local state Reps. Al Pscholka and Aric Nesbitt on how removing the regulations could provide more affordable access for Michigan residents while still maintaining safety standards.Rep. Pscholka’s House Bill 4163 and Rep. Nesbitt’s House Bill 4162 clarify that residential stair lifts are not subject to the same regulatory standards as elevator installations. Currently, Michigan law regulates residential stair lifts in the same way that it oversees commercial elevators. This misclassification means that state inspectors and commercially-certified contractors are required to install simple stair lifts, which is more expensive for the homeowner. Their bills require that the installer be a licensed elevator contractor or certified by the manufacturer of the residential lift.“The current law requiring stair lifts to be installed by commercial contractors puts Michigan residents at a major disadvantage and costs nearly double that of surrounding states,” said Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “This is especially of detriment to our seniors, disabled veterans, and mobility-impaired individuals, as it keeps them from being able to afford a simple tool that allows them to stay in their homes.”Rep. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said: “These burdensome roadblocks hinder local job creators and, in some cases, increase costs on Michigan residents. This legislation maintains effective safety standards, while also making the common sense reforms necessary to ease a burden facing many senior and disabled homeowners who use these helpful tools to stay in their homes.”Both bills were approved by the committee and now head to the House floor for further legislative action.
Categories: News,VanderWall News 25Jun Rep. VanderWall-supported law gives high school students credit for internships State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced a new state law will allow high school students to earn course credit for completing an internship or work-study program, citing the need for expanding education beyond the classroom.“We have to give our state’s future generations more opportunities to learn and gain real-world experience, not just expect success because they completed 12 years of education in a classroom,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “Whether a student is set to go to college or start a career right after earning their diploma, an internship can be invaluable for deciding what is best for themselves. This will help the students and our local businesses to prepare for their respective futures.”Michigan Department of Education guidelines already allow work-based paid or volunteer internships in grades 9-12, but this new law cuts through the state administrative hurdles by giving the local district board of education authority to approve and oversee the internship for course credit. The new law also protects funding, allowing school districts to count anyone participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus as a full-time student.“Giving local schools more say is crucial because matching the right students to the right program has clear educational benefits,” VanderWall said. “If a high school junior has an interest in being an electrician, how does it not help to spend five hours a week on a construction site while helping a journeyman electrician? That’s on-the-job training and skill development that is not available in every high school. Opening that door is all about opportunities with it being up to the student, their family and the school to work together.”House Bills 4106 and 5676 are now Public Acts 184 and 185, respectively, of 2018.#####
02Jul Rep. Griffin measure eliminates an outdated, irrelevant law Categories: Griffin News A plan removing an obsolete section of Michigan law proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has been signed into law by the governor.Griffin’s new law removes a 1931 act that references the criminal sentencing guidelines in regard to ship officers making a false protest about a ship or its cargo with intent to defraud an insurer. Individuals who injure, deceive or defraud someone today would be charged with fraud rather than making a false protest.“The impact of cleaning up the books helps government run much more efficiently – which is something I know every hard-working taxpayer desires,” Griffin said. “While building on all the work we’ve accomplished already this legislative session, it is important we reduce unnecessary regulations in the process.”House Bill 5763 now becomes Public Act 285 of 2018.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 21, 2014; Hechinger Report and The NationIn 2011, Teach for America and Kenneth Maldonado were both finding a home in Seattle. For TFA, 2011 marked its founding year in the city, and Kenneth had applied to be one of its first recruits. TFA had had a monumental and ongoing growth spurt and Seattle was one of its most recent additions in its scaling effort. Maldonado, who had grown up in poverty and struggled for work before his TFA assignment, was beyond excited in looking at what the experience was to bring him.Maldonado’s experience did not start as he had hoped, and TFA’s arrival in Seattle also found challenges. According to a report shared by the Hechinger Report and The Nation, the Seattle Public School system was facing a $25 million deficit and saw more than 13,800 teachers apply for just 352 full- and part-time positions. In the midst of this, TFA obtained a contract with the district, charging over $4000 per teacher.The new relationship quickly became an issue. Board meetings were “sometimes standing room only, dozens of community members—including parents, teachers and high school students—signed up in record numbers to testify against the district’s contract with the organization, urging the administration to hire more experienced local teachers.” Maldonado was also feeling the conflict, but also noted that TFA’s national office had stumbled in dealing with the challenges in Seattle. Maldonado said that “TFA just hadn’t done the research” and “national staff came off as ‘arrogant…they were assigning the blame to everyone but themselves.’”TFA’s original 38 approved applicants had been reduced to just 13, serving ten schools, only three of which addressed the high-needs population, a critical part of TFA’s mission. An official with TFA cited that the issues in Seattle were a “complete aberration” by the organization.As Teach for America has grown, several of the organization’s positions and relationships have attained national attention. TFA has sought placements for recruits in wealthier school districts where teaching jobs are scarce, and Seattle is a perfect example. This, along with other controversies, has led many to ask for TFA to be more transparent. “I’m really troubled by public dollars going to TFA at the same moment teachers are being let go,” says Gloria Ladson-Billings, a professor of education and race theory at the University of Wisconsin.TFA in Seattle has made adjustments following the backlash. Lindsay Hill, the Seattle TFA Director, has eliminated all district fees, stating, “We have to make sure that our vision and our strategy meet our context.” Maldonado continues on in the program. He still “believes strongly in the organization,” and having worked at its summer institute in New York City in 2013, he is considering leaving the classroom for a full-time gig with TFA, something unforeseen just a few years earlier.—John BrothersShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Latvian telco Lattelecom has added 3D channel High TV to its programming line-up.The addition of the channel follows the launch of 3D on-demand movies earlier this year. Lattelecom TV director Inga Alik said High TV would be offered on a trial basis initially. The channel is available to customers with an internet connection of 8Mbps or above. Subscribers can sign up for the channel via an HD package for LVL3.80 (€5.40), or can sign up for individual à la carte channels for LVL1.20 each.
Turkish pay TV operator D-Smart has chosen CDN technology provider Broadpeak to support its deployment of over-the-top TV services.D-Smart has deployed Broadpeak’s BkS400 video servers to manage its OTT streaming services, using HTTP adaptive streaming technology to stream live and video-on-demand services to approximately two million subscribers on a wide range of devices, including TVs, PCs, and tablets.“With subscriber demand for OTT streaming services growing every day, D-Smart needed a more powerful and flexible server to support additional sessions and traffic,” said Erdogan Simsek, DTH technical director, D-Smart. “Broadpeak’s BkS400 uses adaptive bit rate technology to speed up OTT delivery while ensuring a high quality of service for viewers. Since deploying the new servers, we’ve dramatically increased the amount of content streamed to traditional and handheld devices.”