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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Centre stops rations for Bru relief camps

first_imgThe Centre has stopped free rations and other facilities such as daily cash allowance for Bru refugees who have refused to vacate the relief camps in Tripura and return to Mizoram. The deadline for the refugees to return expired on Sunday.“We have stopped the supplies as per the directive of the Centre. At the same time, we are trying to convince the refugees to accept the rehabilitation package and go back to Mizoram,” R. Darlong, magistrate of Panisagar subdivision in North Tripura district, said. There are three relief camps each in Panisagar and Kanchanpur subdivisions of Tripura bordering Mamit district of Mizoram. Most of the Bru refugees are from Mamit, from where they had fled in 1997 following an alleged ethnic cleansing by the majority Mizos. Each adult was being provided 600 gm of rice and ₹5 per day, while each minor was entitled to 300 gm of rice and ₹2.5 daily at the relief camps. Other facilities included 7 gm of salt per day, a pair of slippers per year and a set of dress every two or three years. “It is not easy for people who have lost everything to return with the package on offer. We have certain issues to be addressed. Besides, the government should have provided more time for repatriation,” A. Sawibunga of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee, said. Of the 5,407 refugee families comprising 32,876 members, only 45 families have accepted the package so far and returned. The package includes ₹4 lakh in fixed deposit per family, ₹5,000 as monthly cash assistance, free rations for two years and ₹1.5 lakh in three instalments as house building assistance.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Parliament passes historic Judicial Appointments Commission Bill

first_imgUnion Minister Ravi Shankar PrasadThe Narendra Modi government succeeded in getting the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014 passed in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is in minority, on Thursday.Moving the Bill in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the amendments will ensure transparency in the appointments of judges. “The effort now is that we restore the spirit of original Constitution,” Jaitley said.Defending the Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured the House that the changes will not result in the political executive dominating over the judiciary. “There is no provision for executive primacy in the Bill,” he said.”My heartiest congratulations to Parliament for passing National Judicial Appointments Commission, 2014 bill unanimously,” the Law Minister later tweeted.The Bill, still being contested by top judges as it seeks to change the way they are appointed, had passed the Lok Sabha test on Wednesday.The proposed legislation seeks to scrap the collegium system of appointing judges and in its place set up a commission for the same.The Bill proposes that the Chief Justice of India will head a six-member National Judicial Appointments Commission, other members of which would be the law minister, two senior Supreme Court judges and two eminent people.A collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the leader of the single largest party in the Lok Sabha will select the two eminent people.One eminent person will be nominated from among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs, minorities or women.The Congress supported the Bill in Lok Sabha after the government dropped the word “unanimous” from a clause that said all members of the commission have to agree to a judge’s appointment if there are objections and the President sends back the same name for reconsideration.advertisementMeanwhile, in an exclusive interview to Headlines Today, top jurist and leading constitutional expert Fali Nariman has opposed the Bill in its present form stating that it would be completely unacceptable to him.Nariman also said that he will challenge the Bill in the Supreme Court. He maintained that the Supreme Court has the power to strike down the Bill even if it passes the Rajya Sabha test.CPM leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury backed Nariman. “Yesterday, I raised this issue. I told the House that this was ultra vires. First you have to amend the constitution and get consent from 15 states and only after that can you bring in the amendments,” he said.Earlier, Chief Justice R.M. Lodha had deplored the criticism of the collegium system of appointment of judges, saying a misleading campaign was on to defame the judiciary which would shake people’s confidence in democracy.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg BMW launches 320d Edition Sport priced at Rs 38.6 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) German luxury carmaker BMW today launched its new BMW 320d Edition Sport priced at Rs 38.6 lakh (ex-showroom), expanding its 3 Series model portfolio.The new car, which will be locally assembled at the companys plant at Chennai, is powered by a TwinPower Turbo diesel engine producing an output of 190 hp with a top speed of of 250 km/hr, BMW India said in a statement.”With the launch of the new BMW 320d Edition Sport, we go a step further in presenting a well-balanced portfolio of the BMW 3 Series,” BMW Group India President Vikram Pawah said.The model is equipped with safety features such as six air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, dynamic stability control (DSC) and side-impact protection, among others.It also has ISOFIX child seat mounting, runflat tyres (RFT) with reinforced sidewalls and electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor, the company added. PTI RKL BALlast_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Fiorentina use victory as a coping mechanism after death of Astori

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Roma Benevento Or even, indeed, to the people who used to work with him every day. Yet, there is no question in the minds of Fiorentina’s players and coaches that this run owes a great deal to his influence. A week ago, following the 2-0 victory at Udinese, the manager, Stefano Pioli, observed: “After the tragedy, our team pulled together. These lads have shown an uncommon strength in the way they have carried forward the work Davide left us.”A more prolonged reflection was offered by Riccardo Saponara in this week’s edition of Sportweek magazine. The Fiorentina playmaker shared a devastatingly raw moment-by-moment account of the morning when Astori died, of piecing the news together in stages: his friend failing to show up at breakfast, before an ambulance appeared outside the team hotel and then a pale Stefano Pioli at his bedroom door.There were tears and bewilderment that day. In Saponara’s account, some Fiorentina players wept, others paced the halls and others still sat in silence outside Astori’s room and simply stared at the walls. “If it had happened on the pitch, when the heart is under stress, perhaps I would even have accepted it,” Saponara said. “But this way is hard.”So, too, is knowing how to continue. “Every now and then we talk about it, we remember him. We ask ourselves: ‘What would Davide have done? How would he have carried himself? Imagine if he was in this situation; Davide used to say …’“But it’s difficult. Sometimes what happened, even saying his name, still feels like a taboo. We keep the pain that we have felt locked up inside us. We have decided to press ahead and we are doing it well but it seems as though each of us is also afraid to re-evoke that suffering.”That sentiment was echoed by Giovanni Simeone on Saturday. The 22-year-old striker had scored the second goal in a 2-0 win at Roma. It was a win that set Fiorentina on course for a place in Europe, as well as the first time in the current run that they had beaten a team ahead of them in the standings.“We have stayed united through the difficulty we have faced,” he said. “And this is a thing that gives you strength. After every training session, for example, nobody wants to go home because staying is the only way not to think about what happened.”Victory as a path of pain avoidance? It is not the neat healing narrative we might want for those closest to Astori but the idea of throwing yourself into work as a coping mechanism for grief is one that many people will be able to relate to. This column has been as guilty as any of trying to apply some grand story arc to football at times, when in fact it is just real life. Only Fiorentina’s players can fully understand how they have experienced this tragedy. As observers, the aspects most visible to us are those extraordinary results on the pitch. Fiorentina were missing two key starters on Saturday, with Federico Chiesa suspended and Milan Badelj injured, yet they were absolutely ruthless when it mattered.Both goals were exceptionally well taken. Marco Benassi’s first-time effort from a Saponara cross was placed expertly into the bottom corner. Simeone showed impressive strength as Kostas Manolas barged him into Bruno Peres, bouncing off each opponent like a pinball before finishing coolly past Alisson. Pinterest European club football Since Davide Astori died, Fiorentina cannot stop winning. To lay it out in such blunt terms feels almost too crude and yet how else should we put it? The Viola have strung together six consecutive victories in Serie A, a feat they last achieved in 1960. Only the first game in this sequence was played with their captain, who died on 4 March.How do we talk about these events in a way that is honest and respectful? Football results are a trivial thing in the context of a lost life. A few Fiorentina wins are unlikely to offer great solace to Astori’s family, his partner, his two-year-old daughter. Benevento 2-4 Juventus, Roma 0-2 Fiorentina, Spal 1-1 Atalanta, Sampdoria 0-0 Genoa, Torino 1-0 Internazionale, Crotone 1-0 Bologne, Napoli 2-1 Chievo, Verona 1-0 Cagliari, Udinese 1-2 Lazio, Milan 1-1 Sassuolo. 1Juventus315681 Quick guide Serie A results PosTeamPGDPts 11Bologna31-835 Reuse this content 2Napoli314577 Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger 20Benevento31-4713 Was this helpful? 13Udinese31-933 Juventus Share on Twitter 6AC Milan31752 Read more Griezmann earns Atlético a draw after Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid 9Atalanta311348 10Torino31845 features It was, conversely, a frustrating day for Roma, who mustered 25 shots to their opponents’ three without ever finding the net. Edin Dzeko, Patrik Schick and Federico Fazio all hit the woodwork but manager Eusebio Di Francesco insisted afterwards that this defeat owed less to ill-fortune than insufficient application during training throughout the week. Perhaps Roma were also distracted by the prospect of their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona on Tuesday. In any case, Roma slipped to fourth. It could have been worse but Torino did them a favour by beating Inter a day later. Fiorentina climbed to seventh, good enough for a spot in Europe if the season ended today – since Coppa Italia finalists Juventus and Milan are both in the top six.Hundreds of fans were waiting to greet the victors as they returned to Florence. They sang Astori’s name and remembered him in countless social media posts. For Fiorentina, he is at once ever-present and always absent.“Sometimes he would send me WhatsApp messages of encouragement during our coach journeys,” Saponara remembered in his Sportweek interview. “Instead of listening to music through his headphones like everyone else, he was busy thinking about others.” And now, we all think of him.Talking points• It looked as if the Scudetto race might be over on Sunday, as Napoli fell behind at home to Chievo in the 73rd minute of a game they had dominated. The score was still 1-0 in the 89th minute before Arkadiusz Milik and Amadou Diawara turned it on its head. The impact made by the former, in particular, served as a vivid reminder of what a valuable – and, crucially, different – forward this team was missing through the middle part of this season.• Juventus did not have things all their own way against Benevento – twice seeing leads wiped out before eventually winning 4-2. Will it be a regret, for Benevento, that they took so long to tap into the potential of Cheick Diabaté after his January arrival from Osmanlispor? He got both goals here and has five in only 195 minutes of Serie A action – two more than anybody else on the team has managed.• A unique sight in Udinese’s game against Lazio, as the hosts lined up in 11 different shirts – every player wearing a different one from the recent past. The shirts would be auctioned, with each raising funds for a specific supporter’s dream project. Lazio did nothing to help the prices, mind, by winning the game 2-1.• It might be too little too late for a run at Europe, given the competition ahead of them, but Torino made it three wins in eight days by beating Inter. “Now everyone has understood what I’m asking for and you can see it from the spirit of sacrifice shown by players like Iago Falqué and [goalscorer Adem] Ljajic,” Walter Mazzarri said at full-time. “This means we are becoming a Team with a capital T.” Share on Facebook 7Fiorentina311150 5Inter Milan312859 16Cagliari31-2329 Show Twitter 4Roma312460 Fiorentina Topics Giovanni Simeone, centre, slips between Kostas Manolas and Bruno Peres to score Fiorentina’s second goal. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA Share via Email Serie A Napoli 15Chievo31-2229 12Genoa31-735 14Sassuolo31-3030 Hide Share on WhatsApp 18Crotone31-2727 3Lazio313560 8Sampdoria31448 Share on Pinterest Facebook 17SPAL31-2227 19Verona31-3625last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 13, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). MHTF is supporting their project, Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: ICDDR,BThe Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health: Culture and Capacity for Change project staff have successfully reviewed national and international evidence including both published and unpublished studies regarding the role of TBAs in maternal and neonatal health in Bangladesh. The question of the appropriate role for TBAs was identified by national stakeholders as an area of policy and programmatic importance to Bangladesh. The review will be presented at a workshop organized by the SRHR Platform. The workshop will include NGOs and implementing agencies working on safe motherhood and will provide an opportunity to discuss the research evidence in the context of NGO implementation realities. The background review for the workshop will be written up as a paper for wider dissemination. The workshop was initially to be held on November 30, 2010 but due to political instability it had to be postponed until December 14, 2010.A shared internal repository of best-practice and peer-reviewed literature has been created which is organized by topic area related to maternal and neonatal health. A successful knowledge translation example has been featured on the website of ICDDR,B and generated outside interest in knowing more about study results.A meeting with OGSB (Obstetricians and Gynecologists Society Bangladesh) was held on 03 November, 2010 to facilitate development of partnerships with health care professionals. Another meeting with DGHS was held on 07 November, 2010 to discuss the project activities and identify translational champions.A background paper on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health for HPNSSP 2011-2016 is in progress. The ‘Access for All’ website of the project will be developed and launched by end of December 2010.The course materials for high impact writing are finalized and will be piloted with a small group of researchers by mid December, 2010. The course materials will be revised based on feedback or suggestions and then the course will be offered on a regular basis.One of the MHTF researchers attended the ‘First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research’ held from 16-19 November, 2010 in Montreux, Switzerland on behalf of another project and she benefitted from attending several sessions on current best practices in knowledge translation.Share this:last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Rapport du Comité consultatif de la Stratégie sur la santé mentale et

first_img Investir dans la promotion de la santé, dans l’intervention précoce et dans un accès plus rapide aux services Corriger les lacunes dans les systèmes de soins Créer des collectivités favorables Renforcer la collaboration entre les équipes de soins Le gouvernement provincial est heureux d’accepter le rapport du Comité consultatif de la Stratégie sur la santé mentale, publié aujourd’hui 23 avril. Il se servira des recommandations formulées pour élaborer la première Stratégie sur la santé mentale et le traitement des dépendances de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport aidera à offrir de meilleurs soins plus tôt aux Néo-Écossais qui souffrent de maladies mentales et de dépendances et à leurs familles. « Un Canadien sur cinq connaîtra un problème de santé mentale cette année, a dit le Dr Michael Ungar, coprésident du comité. En Nouvelle-Écosse, il s’agit donc de près de 200 000 personnes qui auront besoin de soins de santé mentale. De nombreux Néo-Écossais sont également aux prises avec des dépendances, ou sont touchés par des dépendances. » Le rapport, intitulé « S’unir pour mieux intervenir », formule 61 recommandations visant à aider le gouvernement provincial à bâtir un système de soins de santé mentale et de traitement des dépendances plus collaboratif et efficace. « Nos recommandations sont une feuille de route pour l’amélioration des services de santé mentale et de traitement des dépendances pour les Néo-Écossais, a dit le Dr Ungar. L’objectif est de modifier le système de soins de santé mentale et de traitement des dépendances, d’aborder la stigmatisation et de faire en sorte que tous les Néo-Écossais qui en ont besoin peuvent obtenir une intervention, un traitement et du soutien le plus tôt possible pour leur permettre de se rétablir. » Le rapport cerne quatre domaines prioritaires : « Ce rapport est le résultat de près de deux années de travail dévoué et passionné par le comité consultatif, qui est formé de bénévoles ayant de l’expérience personnelle et professionnelle dans le domaine de la santé mentale et des dépendances, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. Leurs recommandations contribueront à façonner l’avenir des services de santé mentale et de traitement des dépendances en Nouvelle-Écosse. » « Au nom du gouvernement provincial, je leur transmets mes remerciements les plus sincères. Nous allons utiliser leurs recommandations pour orienter notre travail visant à améliorer la vie des Néo-Écossais qui sont touchés par la santé mentale et les dépendances, et celle de leurs familles. » Le comité a reçu les commentaires de 1 200 Néo-Écossais lors d’un processus de consultation à grande échelle et a évalué la recherche, les pratiques exemplaires et les leçons apprises dans d’autres provinces et d’autres pays. Il a examiné attentivement tous ces renseignements dans l’élaboration des recommandations et du rapport. Le Comité consultatif de la Stratégie sur la santé mentale et le traitement des dépendances est formé de 14 personnes ayant de l’expérience en matière de santé mentale et de dépendances. Les coprésidents sont le Dr Ungar, un travailleur social et thérapeute familiale de renommée internationale, et Joyce McDonald, qui a des antécédents en soins infirmiers psychiatriques et qui est ancienne directrice exécutive de la division de Colchester East Hants de l’Association canadienne pour la santé mentale. Pour lire le rapport (en anglais seulement), consultez le gov.ns.ca/dhw. Pour lire le sommaire du rapport, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/french.asp.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg UN fund provides 60 million for humanitarian efforts in DR Congo

The financial aid will be used to support the humanitarian work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies in the country. Some $55 million will go toward interventions across DRC, while $5 million will be held in reserve to provide a rapid response in case of humanitarian emergencies. The Pooled Fund is aimed at improving health and education, food security, water and sanitation, nutrition and protection for the vast African nation’s population. Last month, the UN mission in DRC (MONUC) reported that a large proportion of the country, which is as big as Western Europe, remains at peace, but that enormous challenges remain, such as human rights violations, high infant and maternal mortality, and what was described as an “epidemic” of sexual violence. So far $205 million from the Pooled Fund has supported more than 400 projects in the country, reaching 20 million of the most vulnerable people. This year’s donors to the Pooled Fund are the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. 7 May 2008The “Pooled Fund” which was established by the international community in 2006 and is coordinated by the United Nations has allocated $60 million to 163 humanitarian projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Trudeau to push trade pact in EU leaders summit as France moves

MONTREAL — Lawmakers in France begin their ratification of the comprehensive trade agreement between the European Union and Canada as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes the leaders of the 28-country bloc to Montreal today.Trudeau has been pushing hard for a win on trade and foreign policy after two difficult years marked by a rough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with the Trump administration and the deterioration of political and trade relations with China.Trudeau will talk up the merits of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a series of events in Montreal over the next two days.But Wednesday’s legal development when the French National Assembly begins its consideration of France’s ratification bill is also a prime focus for Canada’s Liberal prime minister, who will be fighting a federal election this fall.Sources in France and Canada, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the talks, say Trudeau lobbied French President Emmanuel Macron for more than a year to introduce the bill, and that those efforts finally paid off last month in Paris during their most recent face-to-face meeting.Almost all of CETA — in excess of 90 per cent — went into force in September 2017 under what is known as provisional application, but individual ratifications by EU member countries will bring it fully into effect.That would mean a win for the international trading order that has been under assault by U.S. President Donald Trump.“It’s an essential step. We’re very pleased with our co-operation with the French government,” International Trade Minister Jim Carr said in an interview.Carr will be meeting his EU counterpart Cecilia Malmstrom in Montreal. He said the French move towards ratification is a significant step in Canada’s broader goal of diversifying Canada’s export markets.Trudeau was in Paris in early June after attending the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day in France and Britain, and he and Macron emerged with news that France would move forward with CETA’s ratification. The introduction of the bill in the National Assembly is a first step in a process that the French government hopes will lead to full ratification by the end of 2019.Macron and Trudeau have talked about the agreement repeatedly — in Paris in April 2018, in a telephone conversation a year later, and other face-to-face meetings. Macron is a staunch Europhile and open supporter of CETA, but he has had to tread cautiously because of populist opposition to trade deals in France and across Europe.Canada has lobbied French lawmakers, businesspeople and farmers, an effort that included more than two dozen visits to various regions of France by Isabelle Hudon, the Canadian ambassador.Trudeau also made a direct appeal to French lawmakers in an April 2018 speech to the National Assembly, the first time a Canadian prime minister addressed that body.“Let us ask ourselves this question: If France cannot ratify a free-trade agreement with Canada, what country can you imagine doing it with?” Trudeau asked.CETA gives Canadian businesses preferred access to 500 million European consumers, and a $24 trillion market. In 2018, Canada’s exports to the EU increased by seven per cent to more than $44 billion.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Number of displaced people grows as Syria violence continues says UN agency

The humanitarian crisis generated by the ongoing Syrian conflict is rapidly growing as refugees from the Middle Eastern country continue to flee the ongoing violence and spill over into neighbouring areas, the United Nations refugee agency said today. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the amount of registered refugees seeking sanctuary in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq has grown by over 12,000 – increasing from 157,577 to 170,116 in just the past three days. The agency has noted, however, that the real number of refugees was likely to be higher than the reported amount as not all refugees were registering with authorities.Syria has been wracked by violence, with an estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. In the previous two weeks, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.Pointing to the situation in Turkey, a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, told a media briefing in Geneva, that the country had witnessed “a further sharp rise” in the number of Syrians crossing its borders. “UNHCR is scaling up its humanitarian assistance in Turkey and will provide family tents, blankets, kitchen sets and other relief on an emergency basis to assist the Government of Turkey in addressing urgent needs,” Mr. Edwards said, adding that with the latest arrivals there were now almost 65,000 Syrians spread across nine Turkish refugee camps. Mr. Edwards also noted that the situation in Jordan, where refugee numbers were also climbing, was equally grim. Over 60 per cent of those arriving at the country’s Za’atri camp in the past week have been children and the camp was now hosting some 7,655 people.“At the Za’atri camp we are working to improve conditions for the refugees, including the possibility of replacing tents with prefabs,” he said, speaking of UNHCR’s relief efforts. “More sanitation facilities are also being built and the ratio of people to toilets is improving.”Along with the refugee agency’s presence, Mr. Edwards told reporters that UNICEF was also actively participating in relief efforts at Za’atri, bringing in water to the camp on a daily basis, while the World Food Programme (WFP) was providing over 12,000 meals a day.In Iraq, where an estimated 15,096 Syrians have sought refuge, the spokesperson said that UNHCR will continue to help local authorities expand a camp in Al-Qaem while discussions for a fourth camp in the Al-Kasak area of Rabi’aa were underway. Despite the recent reports indicating an escalation in violence across the country, Mr. Edwards also noted that UNHCR operations in Syria were continuing undeterred, providing refugees with food, registration and counselling. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that a lack of access to medical facilities, compounded with severe staffing shortages in hospitals, was further aggravating the Syrian health care system.Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, WHO’s Director of the Department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, Dr. Richard Brennan, said that the UN health agency would continue to support four mobile clinics, serving approximately 90,000 people in the governorates of Rural Damascus and Homs. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Senior UN relief official warns of demographic challenges and growing humanitarian needs

“This means that they are really on the verge of a life-threatening situation, and we must do more, better, and faster,” the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “I fear that it’s going to take an awful lot more than humanitarian aid – it’s going to take much greater engagement by the development partners,” he added. The Humanitarian Coordinator said that in the area around the Lake Chad Basin – which borders Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria – about 2.2 million people are displaced from their homes because of the “horrific” actions of Boko Haram as well as government counter-insurgencies. He also expressed concern over the fact that in 20 years’ time, the population of the Sahel region will double to 300 million from 150 million. “Unless the countries of the Sahel tackle this demographic challenge which faces them, the countries will get poorer, communities will suffer more, enrolment rates will go down, not up, fewer women will have access to health care, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – just to mention one hot topic – will not be met,” Mr. Lanzer said. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), across the entire Sahel region, more than 23.5 million people face food insecurity, 5.9 million children are malnourished, and at least 4.5 million are displaced by the effects of conflicts. The people in the region are among the world’s poorest and are struggling with food insecurity, environmental degradation and violent extremism at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, the Humanitarian Coordinator emphasized. “I believe the time is ripe and it’s absolutely vital that there be a greater, broader, deeper international engagement across the Sahel, whether it’s on questions of stability, trade, development, such as infrastructure, or, indeed, tackling the humanitarian issues, because if we do not, there’s no question in my mind, that a tempest with incalculable proportions awaits us in the future,” Mr. Lanzer said. In response to a journalist’s question on the threats posed by Boko Haram, the Humanitarian Coordinator emphasized that more awareness and a “deeper appreciation” are needed regarding the issue within the four governments of the region, as well as across the membership of the African Union (AU). Africa’s Sahel region covers parts of northern Senegal, southern Mauritania, central Mali, northern Burkina Faso, the extreme south of Algeria, Niger, the extreme north of Nigeria, central Chad, central and southern Sudan, the extreme north of South Sudan, Eritrea and the extreme north of Ethiopia. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Dealing with the heat

Joanne Boekestyn, administrative assistant, and her Psychology co-workers recently bought a new fan to handle the heat.As temperatures soar this week, Facilities Management recommends Brock staff refrain from opening windows or operating unnecessary heat-producing equipment.In an email to the Brock community July 6, Facilities Management advised that temperatures are nearing the mid 30s, with a humidex in the high 30s to low 40s. The heat wave will continue for the next several days, with humidity levels expected to exceed 70 per cent.The remainder of the message is as follows:“Higher than normal indoor temperatures on campus will be expected as the capacity of the central chilling plant will be exceeded. Please refrain from opening windows, propping open doors, operating any heat producing equipment which is not necessary, as well please shut off any lighting that is not required. Offices with windows should close blinds when possible to keep out radiant heat.If your area is experiencing any extreme or ongoing cooling issues please notify Facilities Management at x3717 or email facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca or David McArthur, manager of mechanical services, at x3278 or email dmcarthur@brocku.ca so the situation may be investigated.We thank you for your patience.Please notify your staff and co-workers.”The Weather Network forecast for St. Catharines is predicting 65 per cent humidity tonight and tomorrow. Temperatures will reach 30 C by tomorrow afternoon, but feel like 39 C, with a chance of thunder showers.To view the weather forecast at any time, click the weather button in the top right-hand corner of The Brock News. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Tayler Hill Ohio State womens basketball getting their legs back

With the Ohio State women’s basketball team on the verge of missing its first NCAA tournament berth since coach Jim Foster’s arrival in 2002, the possibility of coming up short is starting to sink in for the Buckeyes. However, it’s not the possible absence from the tourney that has shaken the team most, but rather the coming to terms with losing its star senior guard, Tayler Hill, at the conclusion of this season. Hill is averaging 21.1 points per game, which leads all scorers in the Big Ten. “I think (Hill) deserves to be one of the best players in the country despite the team’s record this year,” said Ohio State redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes. The Buckeyes (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) have been plagued by illnesses and injuries all season long, which are partly to blame for the 4-7 record in conference play. Yet even in times of trial, Hill’s performance on the court has rarely faltered. Following a 68-45 win against Indiana on Jan. 17, Foster said “Hill didn’t have her legs,” from being ill in the days before the game. Hill, though, still managed to keep Hoosiers’ standout senior forward Aulani Sinclair to five points on 2-for-15 shooting. “She is a hard worker and will do anything it takes to help this team to be successful,” Stokes said. Hill’s hard work and dedication to the game can be traced back to her basketball days at South High School in Minneapolis, Minn. Hill ended her four-year varsity career as Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer (boy or girl) with 3,888 points. After graduating from OSU, Hill said she wants to play in the WNBA and play basketball overseas. Foster said he believes Hill is going to be a high draft choice. “She’s a very good defensive player,” Foster said. “I think her versatility really makes her a valuable attribute. She can score, she can play the point, and she can play from the perimeter … All those things are a big deal to a coach.” While Hill said she would love to play on any team in the WNBA, she would prefer to play in Minnesota. “Playing at home would be great because of family,” Hill said. Hill’s native WNBA team, the Minnesota Lynx, are regarded as one of the top teams in the league, especially with the recent addition of former Connecticut standout Maya Moore. The Buckeyes, though, will likely have big shoes to fill with the loss of Hill. But Foster is assured that the offseason will serve as an opportunity to get better. “There are a number of candidates that are going to play for that position,” Foster said. After losing to Nebraska, 58-39, Thursday night in Lincoln, Neb., the Buckeyes are set to play Minnesota Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Womens Hockey Ohio State opens WCHA tournament with 60 win against Minnesota

Ohio State redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) prepares to send the puck back down the ice in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team dominated Minnesota State in the first game of a three-game series in the opening round of the WCHA tournament Friday with a 6-0 victory at the OSU Ice Rink.Ohio State redshirt junior Kassidy Sauve did not play due to an injur. In her place, freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen saved all of the Mavericks’ 21 shots.“Zeglen controlled the pucks,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “The rebounds she got, she put them in the corner. It wasn’t just a win. It was a well deserved win.” Ohio State junior forward Maddy Field pulled off a hat trick, scoring one first-period goal and adding two more in the third period.“Maddy Field stepped up,” Muzerall said. “She’s been going in waves with scoring goals. Her role is a goal scorer, so mentally that was really good for her confidence and very deserving. She’s been working very hard on that part of her game.” Field’s final goal was her 16th of the season.“I’ve kind of been struggling on that end,” Field said. “It was nice to be able to put the puck in and I think it was a really nice start for the team.” Junior forward Charly Dahlquist, junior defender Lauren Boyle and freshman forward Emma Maltais also scored one goal apiece for the Buckeyes.“I thought we did a really good job of incorporated all five people in the offensive zone,” Muzerall said. “We did a good job on keeping their shots to the outside on Zeglen. She made some good [saves] but, I think we also did a good job, defensively, on keeping them to the perimeter.”Ohio State moved relentlessly early in the game and took a three-goal lead within the game’s first period. Dahlquist opened the game with a goal just 1:56 after the puck dropped, then Field and Boyle each scored with less than four minutes remaining in the first period.Minnesota State sophomore goaltender Chloe Crosby was replaced by junior goaltender Katie Bidulka after 46 minutes of play. Crosby had 16 saves and allowed six goals. Bidulka saved all five shots she faced.Muzerall said the Buckeyes’ strategy did not alter despite entering tournament play for the first time this season.“Our strategy is to simplify the game, at this point to me it’s a mental toughness,” Muzerall said. “We were just preparing them to have that toughness and to be relentless on the puck and no regrets.”Two weeks prior to the tournament opener, the Buckeyes traveled to Mankato, Minnesota, and split a series against the Mavericks. Earlier in the season, Ohio State swept a series against Minnesota State.“Six [to] nothing after we split with them two weeks ago,” Muzerall said. “I’m proud of the girls, they got it done tonight.” The Buckeyes will once again face off with the Mavericks at 3:07 p.m Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink with the chance to advance to the second round of the conference tournament. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Rio signs up three Chinese EPC contractors for Oyu Tolgoi power plan

first_imgRio Tinto has entered into agreements with three Chinese EPC contractors that could potentially solve the company’s domestic power challenge at its majority-owned Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold operation in Mongolia.The three state-owned contractors – China Machinery Engineering Corp, Harbin Electric International Co Ltd and Power Construction Corp of China – have been asked to submit a bid for the engineering, design and construction of a power station.“The agreement entered into with each bidder provides that, where a bidder submits a conforming bid and it is not accepted by Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Oyu Tolgoi LLC will pay $500,000 to that bidder to offset the costs of preparing that bid and the early engineering and design work packs,” Rio, which has a 33.5% indirect ownership interest in the limited company, said.In its June quarter results, released earlier this week, Rio said Oyu Tolgoi LLC was “progressing studies and preparations for suitable power solutions and continues to discuss the provision of domestic power with the Government of Mongolia”.Earlier in the year, the Southern Region Power Sector Co-operation Agreement, under which Oyu Tolgoi was committed to working with the Government of Mongolia on a Tavan Tolgoi Independent Power Provider project, was cancelled.The government gave the company four years, from February 2018, to find a domestic power supply for the operation.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Compass staff at Blackpool NHS hospitals conduct twoday strike in pay dispute

first_imgImage credit: UnisonApproximately 300 members of staff employed by private health contractor Compass, working at NHS hospitals in Blackpool, are undertaking two days of strike action in an ongoing pay dispute.Cleaners, caterers, porters, receptionists and security staff who are employed by Compass at Blackpool NHS Teaching Hospitals, St Helens Hospital and Whiston Hospital are conducting strike action, in conjunction with trade union Unison, on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August 2019.Unison has stated that Compass employees in Blackpool are paid the national minimum wage rate of £8.21 an hour, while comparable NHS staff earn at least £9.03. The trade union has calculated that this amounts to a difference of £1,600 a year for full-time employees.Compass staff on strike have further stated that they do not receive shift bonuses for working on weekends and bank holidays, and that they receive statutory sick pay, whereas NHS employees receive a more comprehensive sick pay scheme.Strike action was originally held on 31 July 2019. Negotiations between Unison and Compass stalled after a pay offer of £80 back pay to employees at St Helens and Whiston Hospitals was disapproved by trade union representatives.A spokesperson at Medirest, part of the Compass Group, said: “We are disappointed for patients and their families that Unison have decided to go ahead with this strike. Pay rates are set out in our client contracts and agreed in partnership with our NHS trust clients. Medirest has been working with employees, union representatives and our trust clients since May, endeavouring to reach a fair settlement.“We made an improved offer to our [employees] at Whiston last week which included a 16% increase in the hourly rate for domestic and catering staff and a 14% increase for security staff and is evidence of our commitment to finding a solution to this dispute. In the meantime our focus is to ensure that we maintain our duty of care and the high standards expected from Medirest during the industrial action.”last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg BSE Jumps 225 Points Ahead of Union Budget 2015

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley was set to present India’s national budget for 2015-16 amid high expectations from all stakeholders in lifting overall growth, reinforced by the positive agenda set by the Economic Survey for “big bang” reforms.”As the new government is to present its first full year budget, it appears India has reached a sweet spot and that there is a scope for big bang reforms now,” the survey, tabled by Jaitley Friday said, preparing the ground for the latest annual budget.Ahead of budget presentation, scheduled at 11 am in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley met President Pranab Mukherjee, who was himself a finance minister, and was also present at the customary meeting of the cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside Parliament House.In the meanwhile, the stock markets were all fired up, hoping for some positive outcomes from the budget to lift corporate fortunes, leading to the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) jump some 225 points, or 0.75 percent.The gain followed another rally Friday that saw the 30-share benchmark index gain zoom 474 points or 1.65 percent, based on the positive tone set by the Economic Survey, which predicted an 8-8.5 percent growth for the next fiscal and said double digit expansion was now within reach.This will be Jaitley’s second annual budget, with the first one tabled in the middle of the year after a major victory in the national elections for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In a way, the finance minister then had himself raised expectations from his second budget due Saturday.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Not many people have been part of a franchise so early in

first_imgTiger ShroffPR HandoutBaaghi has created a benchmark as the franchise has given Bollywood it’s youngest superstar with Tiger Shroff. Tiger Shroff is the face of this successful franchise, which has seen blockbuster numbers at the box office. Tiger is the only young actor in Bollywood to hold a franchise so early in his career.Now, the actor will be a part of the third installment of the action franchise Baaghi, which makes Tiger the youngest actor to have a film franchise after his name.Talking about the same Tiger said, “Over the years, Baaghi has become my home ground. It’s definitely a pressure that we have to scale up every time. Not many people have been a part of a franchise so early on their career, so the pressure was bigger because I had just stepped in the industry and my second project turned out to be a franchise film, and since then, I had to take that forward. Thanks to the audience that they accepted my work and while we are working on the next film, we are trying something new”.Tiger has gained an omnipresence amongst the masses with his acting skills, consistency as well as jaw-dropping dancing, donning his muscular appearance- which makes him the popular face across the tinsel town.Winning the label of Student of the Year after the release of the film, Tiger as Rohan has captivated the audience with his performance.After the humongous success of Baaghi 2, Tiger will be next seen in an untitled film with Hrithik Roshan, Baaghi 3 and an official remake of Rambo.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Edelweiss gets nod from IRDA to set up insurance company in India

first_imgEdelweiss General Insurance Company (EGIC) cleared the first step in becoming an insurance company in India with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) approving its registration application, as disclosed by Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. in a corporate filing.EGIC will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd., according to the corporate announcement.Edelweiss mainly focuses on general insurance broking market and its services include risk monitoring and management in business firms, managing insurance portfolio, designing insurance programs for companies and management services.The company also offers insurance products covering asset/property insurance, marine insurance, personal insurance, business interruption insurance, liability insurance and financial insurance.Shares of Edelweiss Financial posted a gain of 2.92 percent to close at Rs. 79.40 on the BSE on Monday.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg BCL man beaten to death in Chittagong

first_imgSudiptaA leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, was beaten to death by miscreants in Chittagong on Friday, says police.The deceased is Sudipta Biswas, 30, assistant secretary of BCL Chittagong city unit.Sadarghat police station officer-in-charge Marjina Akhter said someone called Sudipta on the phone and he went outside in the morning.Later, police recovered his body from Nalapara area around 11:30am.Police are investigating into the incident, she added.last_img read more

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