Ban calls for raising the cost for those who use rape as

31 January 2011Only when rape in armed conflict becomes a liability for armed groups rather than a tool in the struggle for power – a war crime that will bring inevitable punishment – will progress be made in eliminating the scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “We have to raise the cost of committing atrocities to the point where they harm the perpetrators even more than the victims,” he told a news conference on sexual violence in conflicts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is attending an African Union (AU) summit.“That means that when a peace process begins, perpetrators are never permitted to get or to retain positions of military, political or economic influence. Where sexual violence has been part of the fighting, ending it must be part of making peace.”Mr. Ban noted that Africa has some of the world’s most progressive legal instruments to address sexual violence in conflict and advance women’s rights, including the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa and the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, and he hailed the AU’s decision to ensure that its Peace and Security Council holds an annual session on women and children in armed conflict. “The challenge now is to ensure these laudable commitments are felt where they matter most, in the marketplaces where women trade, at water-points, and along the roads where girls walk to school,” he said.“The United Nations wants to work closely with the African Union and African troop contributors to better prepare our peacekeepers to respond to sexual violence as a security threat. We need Africa’s leaders and leaders around the world to support this campaign.”Stressing that prevention is possible, Mr. Ban noted that in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, joint so-called “firewood” patrols by the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have increased women’s freedom of movement and cut the number of rapes. Women were often attacked when they left internally displaced persons (IDP) camps to fetch firewood or water. In Liberia, the presence of female police has improved reporting and response, he added. Just this month, UN officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported at least 120 alleged cases of rape perpetrated by both rebels and the national army in the conflict-rife eastern part of the country, where more than 300 civilians, including some boys and men, were raped in a single weekend last summer by members of rebel armed groups.But Mr. Ban’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström stressed that the scourge is not just African but global. “I have recently been to Sarajevo, where you know 15 years ago, maybe between 15,000 and 16,000 women were held in rape camps,” she said, referring to the 1992-1995 Balkans war between Bosnia and Herzegovina (whose capital is Sarajevo), Serbia and Croatia. “We know reports today from Haiti. From everywhere, we have heard that this is the weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and very effective… this is an element, a phenomenon that we have to stop. And it takes political leadership, political ownership of this issue and a very strong sense of the line of command. Because it has to start with the political leaders who say: ‘this has to stop, this is an international crime, it is criminal, not cultural or sexual, it is criminal.’” Describing the terrible trauma that befalls rape victims Ms. Wallström recounted the story of a woman she met in Sarajevo who had been raped and held in one of these rape camps: “She said ‘sometimes I wish that they had shot me instead because they took my life without killing me.’ “But it is a kind of invisible war damage, the way she has been wounded. And others with visible wounds, they will become war veterans, they will be honoured by their societies, but [there is no access to justice for the woman]. She meets her rapist in the bank, and he smiles at her.” read more

Symposium studies the history of health

Researchers from across the globe will be at Brock this week to explore nutritional practices of the past in hopes of impacting health policies of the future.Using a conference grant from the Canadian government, Elizabeth Neswald, associate professor of History, has organized a symposium for this Friday and Saturday focusing on the history and politics of nutritional practices.The two-day event, which includes lead researchers from the United States, Germany, Scotland and two researchers from Brock, will be a chance for colleagues from around the world to swap notes on their research. It will also include invited guests from today’s public health schools, and a chance to ask critical questions about current public health policy.“If you look at the history of nutrition, you can contribute to the understanding of the practices of today,” said Neswald, Brock’s first professor of the history of science and technology. “Some assumptions are still the same. We need to take a step back and critically examine how these ideas developed.”Neswald’s former colleague and co-organizer, David Smith, is an international expert on the history of nutrition. He will travel from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland to talk about his research on the history of nutrition and nutrition and food policy in 20th-century Britain. Smith researches historical debates on protein and calorie needs as wells as the impact of class and gender on nutrition.Other speakers include Brock’s own Ian Ritchie, associate professor of Physical Education and Kinesiology. Ritchie will speak on nutritional supplementation in athletics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ulrike Thoms, from Charité Medical School in Berlin, will talk about the evolution of food given to soldiers in Germany between 1850 and 1960.  Suzanne Junod, from the United States Food and Drug Administration, who will speak on the origins of U.S. mandatory food labelling.An edited volume of the symposium will be produced in the near future.Neswald, who came to Brock in 2006, currently holds a five-year grant from CIHR to investigate the history of energetic theories of nutrition in late 19th- and early 20th-century Germany and the United States, and the translation of these physiological theories into nutritional practices. read more

Kevin Durant Closes The Door On LeBron

CLEVELAND — After Golden State snatched what would’ve been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed a prophetic word he’d shared with teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the season.“To be honest with you, we don’t really need you that much in the regular season,” Green recalled telling Durant, who silenced the crowd with the biggest shot of his career — a 26-foot, go-ahead 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James with just under a minute to play — in the 118-113 victory. “But you know when those NBA Finals come around we’re really going to need you to play big for us.”When all’s said and done, and this club inevitably wraps up its second NBA title in three years, the degree to which the Warriors didn’t need to rely on Durant earlier this year will stand out; if only in contrast to the mileage James accumulated carrying the Cavs all season.Durant was spectacular and will undoubtedly be named Finals MVP once the Dubs win a fourth game.1Even though Stephen Curry is almost averaging a triple-double in the Finals, which is crazy. His impressive showing here, largely against the best player of the past generation, figures to prompt conversation about whether we’re seeing a changing of the guard concerning which player deserves to be considered the best in the world.We watched this movie play out for a third straight game on Wednesday night: LeBron being on fire for a half, then suddenly becoming less aggressive when he runs out of gas in the fourth quarter, while Durant saves his best for last. LeBron James3925211170%71%40%36% PLAYERQ1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Kevin Durant2628173165523967 LeBron’s 4th-quarters lag in the 2017 Finals, Durant’s improve Source: NBA The pace in this matchup has played a key role in that dynamic — particularly for James. But the accumulation of minutes and miles on James’s legs this season — and over the past seven seasons, during his incredible Finals streak — probably hasn’t helped, either. This year alone, in which the 32-year-old averaged an NBA-high in minutes per game, James has run 47 miles more than the 28-year-old Durant,2This was the disparity heading into the NBA Finals, when combining both regular and postseason games. who missed just over a month’s worth of games during the regular season following an injury. (Golden State went 16-4 without him.)It would be unfair to the Warriors, who figure to go down in NBA history as perhaps its greatest team, to suggest that fatigue alone is the deciding factor in what may be a four-game sweep. The Warriors have so much more talent, and defensive skill, than the Cavs do. But James — who was sensational, and finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists — having more burst in the fourth quarter Wednesday might have at least helped Cleveland hold onto that game. And a 2-1 series, with Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, would have been promising.Warriors dominated with LeBron sittingRecognizing the importance of Game 3, James got hardly any breathers. Of the game’s 48 minutes, he took a seat for a grand total of two minutes, 24 seconds. Yet in that span of rest, his Cavaliers were outscored 12-0, an enormous margin in a game decided by just five points.3Yes, it’s only fair to point out that James was on the court for Golden State’s stunning 11-0 run to end the game over the final three-plus minutes of play.Almost all of the trouble stemmed from a lack of ball movement, starting with Kyrie Irving, who played a fabulous game with 38 points, but didn’t look good in this stretch.4He also got a very poor 1-on-1 look against Klay Thompson that misfired just before Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer. Cleveland had six offensive possessions without James on the floor; five of them featured one pass5Not counting outlet or inbound passes or no passes, while the other possession was this.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, the Cavs didn’t take advantage while the Warriors’ superstars sat. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a handful of costly rotation choices in last year’s NBA Finals, trotted out lineups without Durant or Stephen Curry on Wednesday. (This is likely the biggest reason why the Warriors have struggled in second quarters this postseason relative to their dominance in the other three periods.) In fact, Kerr did this twice, for a total of five minutes, 34 seconds. Yet Cleveland didn’t create a real gap, only outscoring Golden State by three, 14-11, in that time.Curry’s unexpected rebounding was criticalWhen you think about the NBA’s most gritty players, people like Green, Tony Allen and Patrick Beverley might come to mind. Curry? Not so much.But the 6-foot-3-inch sharpshooter came up big in the trenches Wednesday, logging 13 rebounds,6This was tied for a game-high, along with Kevin Love’s 13 boards. the most for a point guard in the NBA Finals since at least 1984, according to’s Play Index.7The Play Index only goes back to 1984 in some categories. Even more impressive: Five of those rebounds were offensive, and the Warriors ended up scoring seven points off those extra chances — a huge boost in a five-point victory.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To put Curry’s rebounding into context, consider that he had more total boards on Wednesday alone than ace rebounder Tristan Thompson — whom the Warriors have neutralized beautifully by getting bodies on him while the ball is in the air — has had in this entire series.Curry doesn’t get quite enough credit for mixing it up to help his team win. Aside from defending pick and rolls a bit differently in this year’s finals, he’s also been arguably the NBA’s best off-ball screener, because of how much opponents sell out on the threat of his jumper, and how it opens up things for his teammates.For one night, Curry’s offensive rebounds were just about as lethal as his 3-point shooting. And in part because of them, we may have a new NBA champion by tomorrow night. POINTSFIELD GOAL % read more

British Armed Forces have retention not recruitment crisis new figures show

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We can’t keep resettling the family and we’re not prepared to do that anymore. The military is too inflexible.”I’ll always be a working mother, but when I went back after maternity leave whilst I thought ‘thank god’, it was written on their faces – why are you 10 minutes late? I couldn’t explain that I’d just spent 10 minutes on the way to nursery staring at a fascinating puddle.” Crew members from HMS Westminster exercise their "Freedom of the City" by marching past Nelson's Column and Westminster on August 07, 2019 in London. RAF personnel were pivotal in saving the Toddbrook Reservoir dam near the village of Whaley Bridge. Here a Chinook Mk6a helicopter is directed from the ground as it approaches the dam. Aug 6, 2019. Credit:Cpl Rob Travis/MoD/PA RAF personnel were pivotal in saving the Toddbrook Reservoir dam near the village of Whaley Bridge. Here a Chinook Mk6a helicopter is directed from the ground as it approaches the dam. Aug 6, 2019. The top factor influencing people to leave was ‘impact of service life on family and personal life’, which was cited by 62 per cent of service leavers’ as a reason for going. The second most stated reason, at 56 per cent, were job opportunities outside the service, a constant drain on military personnel when the country experiences high employment. The impact of service life on a spouse or partner’s career was cited by half of service leavers as the reason they ‘turned to the right’; the military expression for leaving.  Collectively the figures suggest the military, which is always criticised for being 20 years behind wider society, is experiencing changes the civilian workforce went through a generation ago and the MoD can no longer expect partner’s of service personnel to not have their own careers and to move every two to three years.Sasha Lilley, who served in the RAF for 12 years alongside her husband and has two children, both of which had been to four nurseries before the age of five, said: “I’m a very different woman from the one who joined the military. As I’ve got older I’ve changed and the military can’t accommodate me anymore. The British armed forces now have a retention crisis rather than a recruitment crisis, new figures suggest, as modern soldiers are no longer willing to move around the world.Government data released on Thursday revealed that the strength of the British military fell for the ninth year in a row.The figures also showed that recruitment is increasing but the Army, with 74,400 regular fully-trained troops, is over 7,000 short of the target figure of 82,000, a deficit of over nine per cent.The Royal Navy and Royal Marines with 29,090 “full-time trained strength” are under the requirement of 30,600, and the RAF, with 29,930 personnel, is six per cent under the MoD’s target of 31,840.A survey of those leaving the armed forces reveals that the recruitment crisis is largely down to personnel being unwilling to uproot their families to move posting. Most service leavers – 61 per cent – went for voluntary reasons, with just over a quarter reaching the end of their engagements and around 14 per cent leaving for medical or compassionate reasons, being discharged for poor conduct or dying whilst in service. Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith said: “Ministers are either in complete denial about this crisis in recruitment and retention, or they are actively in favour of cutting the Armed Forces to these historically low levels.  Crew members from HMS Westminster exercise their “Freedom of the City” by marching past Nelson’s Column and Westminster on August 07, 2019 in London.Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Europe Possible reasons for dissatisfaction with military service and the decline in numbers were shown in the recent Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey. “The new Defence Secretary should come clean about which it is.” However, the data show that Britain’s armed forces may actually be suffering a retention, rather than recruitment crisis.Encouragingly for the MoD, the figures show that recruitment is increasing, possibly indicating that controversial campaigns such as the Army’s ‘Snowflake’ series resonated with target audiences.The recruitment campaign – officially called  ‘Your Army Needs You’ – caused controversy when launched in January this year as it featured Kitchener-style illustrations of soldiers with labels such as ‘snowflakes’, ‘phone zombies’, ‘binge gamers’ and ‘selfie addicts’.  Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, Commander Home Command, said at the time: “You may feel like the army is dumbing down on who it seeks to recruit as these ads are a change to the norm, [but] the army is open for business”.But more worryingly for the military the new personnel statistics suggest the trend for servicemen and women is against regular employment, with Britain’s reserve forces enjoying an increase in numbers as the regular totals decline.It is not possible to prove that the increase in part-time military service has been exclusively filled by ex-regular service personnel, but all three services have shown an increase in reserves and decrease in regulars in recent years.  read more

Heres who Labour has picked as its Dublin candidate for the European

first_imgLABOUR HAS SELECTED current MEP Emer Costello to stand in the Dublin constituency in the elections to the European Parliament in May.Costello, who became an MEP following the resignation of  party colleague Pronsias de Rossa in 2012 and who has been vocal about youth unemployment and human rights, was the sole candidate from the party.Party members met in Liberty Hall this afternoon to confirm Costello as the candidate and to choose a substitute list of people who would take her place if she were to leave the role.Party leader Eamon Gilmore and deputy leader Joan Burton both spoke at the convention to praise Costello for her work in the European Parliament.Separately, Fine Gael is holding its selection convention for the Midlands-North West European constituency today. Sitting MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins are set to get the seal of approval from their party to stand again.Read: Mitchell cites technicality as he is only Irish MEP to abstain from EU anti-homophobia vote > Read: Emer Costello says former colleague Nessa Childers is in ‘a political abyss’ >last_img read more

Man seriously injured in potential hit and run in Dublin

first_img Share34 Tweet Email GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are appealing for information about a potential hit and run early this morning.A 24-year-old man was found lying on the road near the intersection of Parnell Road and Clogher Road in Dublin 12 at approximately 5.55am.Investigating gardaí believe he may have been struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene. The injured man was removed to St James’s Hospital with serious head injuries.It’s understood that the man had made his way from Camden Street at about 4.30am towards Portobello, Harrington Street, South Circular Road, Harold’s Cross Bridge, Parnell Road and Clogher Road.A garda technical team has examined the scene.Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information or drivers with relevant dash cam footage to contact Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01 666 6600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666 -111 or any garda station.Investigations are continuing.Read: Man seriously injured after being hit by bus in Limerick cityRead: Gardaí recover knife used in stabbing incident as 21-year-old man remains in critical condition Feb 18th 2018, 2:21 PM 29,055 Views Short URL The intersection of Parnell Road and Clogher Road Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 2:21 PM 6 Comments center_img The intersection of Parnell Road and Clogher Road Image: Google Maps Man seriously injured in potential hit and run in Dublin Gardaí have appealed for information. Image: Google Maps By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Timeline Angela Kerins charity salaries and the saga of the baying PAC

first_img Source: Shane Ross/Twitter Letter to PAC from Rehab’s solicitors!At tomorrow’s meeting they will refuse to answer ANY questions on pay.Two fingers to Dail. Won’t Run,— Shane Ross (@Shane_RossTD) February 26, 2014 33 Comments Jan 31st 2017, 4:22 PM Timeline: Angela Kerins, charity salaries, and the saga of the baying PAC Today’s High Court judgement against the former Rehab Group CEO brought to an end a saga that lasted almost three years. Share96 Tweet Email1 Short URL center_img Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 4:22 PM By Cianan Brennan Angela Kerins Source: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ieTODAY, FORMER REHAB chief executive Angela Kerins officially lost a High Court action she had taken against the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, stemming from an appearance she made before it in February 2014.The fallout from that appearance was seismic. Pay at executive level at Ireland’s charities became a hot topic. A series of scandals regarding oversight and accountability followed, with the demise of suicide charity Console last year just the tip of the iceberg.Kerins herself resigned her post after divulging her salary to the PAC, the loss of her career being just one of the grievances cited in her action seeking damages against the committee.Today’s hearing finally brought that particular saga to a conclusion. Here’s a timeline of the key events:2006Waterford native and former nurse Angela Kerins is appointed chief executive of the Rehab Group after 15 years with the charity.March 2012It is disclosed that, on top of a €234,000 salary, Kerins has benefited to the tune of €23,000 from her role on the boards of two state bodies. She subsequently claims that the funds received from those roles are donated to charity.January 2014Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Kerins declines to say what her current salary is. In the aftermath of that interview, the charity comes under increasing pressure to disclose its CEO’s remuneration. It eventually states it will make a decision on whether or not to disclose the information the following month. Kerins, pictured at a meeting of Rehab Group’s board Source: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ieFebruary 2014Rehab reveals that Kerins’ annual pay amounts to €240,000, together with a company car. The charity does not pay for its chief executive’s health insurance however.In the fallout from this disclosure, Kerins agrees to appear before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the 27 February. In advance of that hearing, solicitors for Kerins send a letter to the members of the committee instructing them not to ask her any questions relating to her salary. The request is met with scorn by members of the PAC – then Independent TD Shane Ross describing it as “two fingers to the Dáil”. It is duly ignored. The subsequent hearing lasts nearly seven hours. From the off Kerins receives a grilling as to the extent of her salary. She defends herself from Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, saying it is not funded by the taxpayer: “I don’t decide what my salary is.” Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeThe executives appearing with Kerins (Laura Keane, John Maguire, and Marie Kelly) refuse to disclose their own pay deals under questioning. HSE chief Tony O’Brien, also appearing before the committee, then says he will provide that information later under absolute privilege. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeVarious members of the committee express their dissatisfaction that Kerins’ predecessor as Rehab CEO (and then Fine Gael director of elections and member of Rehab’s remuneration committee) Frank Flannery has not presented himself in order to answer questions as to how the chief executive’s salary is determined.March 2014In the fallout from Kerin’s infamous PAC appearance, the committee requests that Flannery appear to face questioning, and that Kerins likewise appear once more to clarify details given during her first session.On 11 March the salaries of all Rehab’s executives are disclosed as promised – and it’s revealed that 12 of them earn more than €100,000.April 2014Kerins resigns from her role as chief executive on the 2 April, citing “the toll that public controversy has taken on the Rehab Group and my own family”.Despite this, the PAC insists that both Kerins and Flannery are “absolutely expected” to appear before it the following week. Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins, pictured in September 2002 while Flannery was still CEO of Rehab Source: Gareth Chaney/Rollingnews.ieThe ensuing will-they-won’t-they saga lasts until the following week, when both inform the committee they won’t be keeping their scheduled appointment for 10 April. Flannery, in a statement, says he had wanted to appear but had “no alternative but to decline to attend” given the “partisan political agenda” displayed by the PAC’s members.Rehab subsequently tells PAC on the same date that they have been ordered legally by Kerins and Flannery not to reveal any further details as to their pension or salary arrangements. In the absence of either of the invitees, PAC instead pores over the details of a coffin-importing business involving Kerins’ husband Seán and a Rehab enterprise in Kilkenny.May 2014PAC  searches for powers of compellability in an attempt to coerce Flannery and Kerins to appear before it. The two respond with legal letters which Mary Lou McDonald describes as effectively throwing “the kitchen sink at the committee”. The letter from Kerins’ solicitor claims that the former-CEO was hospitalised in the wake of her previous PAC appearance. Source: Oireachtas.ieIn the aftermath committee chairman John McGuinness declares that the contretemps “isn’t anything personal”.July 2014In a move seemingly determined to bring the saga to a close, the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges directs that PAC can not compel Flannery and Kerins to appear before it.One week later, Kerins announces that she will take legal proceedings seeking damages against the committee members, saying that its probes into her involvement with Rehab were “unfair, unlawful, and prejudicial”. Such a move is unusual given the generally accepted status quo that the judiciary and parliamentary activity work independently of each other per the separation of powers enshrined in the Irish Constitution.March 2015In a preliminary hearing for the case, senior counsel representing the committee’s members (all of whom are named as respondents to the legal action) Paul Gallagher says that it would be “both novel and astounding” to hold members of the Oireachtas liable for utterances they made in conducting an inquiry. Kerins pictured leaving the Four Courts in October 2016 Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieJuly 2016On the first day of the High Court hearing, counsel for Kerins reveals that his client “self-harmed” and became unconscious in her own home on 14 March 2014 in the aftermath of her appearance before the PAC. Kerins is present in court for much of the ensuing trial.“This is absolutely critical,” barrister John Rogers tells the three-judge panel regarding the PAC hearing. “From the very beginning Ms Kerins was asked about things that are totally unrelated to what she was there for.”Rogers draws particular attention to the input of now-Minister for Transport Shane Ross at the PAC hearing on 27 February 2014. “I will not focus on individuals in this matter, apart from to say that Shane Ross does not take no for an answer,” he says. The key to Kerins’ case is the suggestion that the members of the PAC overstepped their remit in their questioning of her.A letter from Kerins’ doctor in Waterford is later read to the court, in which the doctor suggest that Kerins had suffered from anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia, cardiac arrhythmia, abdominal and chest pain, and had collapsed repeatedly in the months prior to March 2014 as media attention and her appearance before the PAC took its toll.January 2017Angela Kerins loses her case for damages against the PAC. In his ruling, President of the High Court Peter Kelly states that the separation of powers means that “Oireachtas respondents cannot be made amenable to the jurisdiction of the court”.“For upwards of four centuries it has been recognised in common law jurisdictions throughout the world that the courts exercise no function in relation to speech in parliament,” he says.“The court is of the opinion that this claim must fail,” he concludes.Kerins is not present in court to hear the verdict. The issue of legal costs in the case has yet to be decided.Read: Woman subjected to ‘grossly offensive comments’ on fatal foetal abnormality on 98FM showRead: CAB seize 125 cattle after 11-year investigation into Kilkenny farmer 18,062 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Energy Secretary Rick Perry visits Hanford reservation

first_imgRICHLAND — Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first visit Tuesday to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which has been plagued by a series of problems.Perry kicked off his tour at McNary Dam near the Tri-Cities on Monday. Tuesday he toured the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other Hanford sites near Richland.“I’m proud to be a part of your team,” Perry told workers at the national laboratory. “Your work saves lives.”Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in a massive cleanup of nuclear wastes that is expected to take decades and cost $100 billion.The Tri-City Herald reported that the Trump Administration has proposed cutting $120 million from Hanford’s budget next year, but the House and Senate budget proposals have restored a large portion of those cuts.In the first of two high-profile incidents this year, thousands of Hanford workers were evacuated May 9 when the roof of a 1950s rail tunnel storing a lethal mix of nuclear waste collapsed. Tests showed no radiation was released into the environment.last_img read more

Dont Miss this Important Opportunity…Register for the Soybean Marketing and Production College

first_imgDon’t miss this important opportunity to learn how to “Maximize Your On-Farm Profit” from some of the best in agriculture. Register by Friday, July 19 for the ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College, July 30, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn and capitalize on new marketing and production practices.The ASA Marketing and Production College will feature three intensive education sessions, including a comprehensive program on “Developing an Integrated Weed Management Plan for Your Farm,” sponsored by Bayer CropScience. Other education sessions include “Utilizing Precision Agriculture to Maximize Yields, sponsored by AGCO and “The U.S. Soy Sustainability Pledge to the World.” The Soybean Marketing and Production College will also feature a keynote address from Ohio State University Economist Dr. Matthew Roberts.Sessions qualify for Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) in the following areas:Integrated Pest Management: 2Crop Management: 2Professional Development: 3Click here for more information and to register for the Soybean Marketing and Production College.last_img read more

RKM president unveils exhibition art galleries

first_imgKolkata: Swami Smarananandaji, president Ramakrishna Math and Mission inaugurated the annual exhibition 2019 titled Bharat Parikrama of Swami Vivekananda at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Golpark on Monday.He also inaugurated two art galleries at the institute. The sketches were made of line drawing on Swamiji’s travels in India as a wandering monk after the death of Sri Ramakrishna in 1886 till he left for The United States to attend the World’s Parliament of Religions which was held in Chicago in 1893 have been made by Rathin Mitra. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMitra has donated 138 line drawings to the institute. Inspired by the philosophy of Swamiji since school days, the nonagenarian artist travelled extensively in the country and visited the places where Swamiji had visited before he left for the US. Swamiji stayed in the houses of the kings, senior government officials among others and interacted with people all walks of life. The exhibition tells the story of Swamiji as a wandering monk. In modern India Swamiji was the first person who travelled extensively in the country to know the rich heritage and culture of the ancient country and its people. It will be held till May 4 from 11am to 6pm except Sundays and holidays. It may be mentioned that a museum was recently inaugurated by Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary Ramakrishna math and Mission at Khetri in Rajasthan. The Raja of Khetri Ajit Singh was Swamiji’s disciple and the latter stayed in his palace. Mitra was born in Howrah in 1926. His works have been appreciated both in the country and abroad and exhibitions have been held in different parts in the country, including the Victoria memorial Hall. From the 1980s he started working on the heritage buildings of Kolkata and made their sketches. It was around this time when many of the landmark buildings in the city had been demolished to make room for high-rises.last_img read more

AP sources Hill leaders to brief lawmakers on health care

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month whether subsidies under the 2010 law can continue to go to the roughly three dozen states that use the federal website and do not run their own insurance exchanges.The lawsuit, brought by conservatives and backed by Republicans, says the law’s wording limits the aid to states operating their own insurance marketplaces. Democrats say the overall bill’s context makes clear that the subsidies were designed to go to residents of every state.In the 34 states likeliest to be hit hardest should the justices erase those subsidies, about 6.4 million people receive the aid, averaging $272 monthly, according to the Health and Human Services Department. Analysts have warned that most of those people would no longer be able to afford health coverage if the assistance was ended.Many GOP leaders want to temporarily continue some form of aid but also pare back Obama’s law, including ending its requirements that most people buy coverage and most companies provide it to workers. They would also give states more power to decide what types of coverage insurers must provide.The health law’s subsidies are currently paid to recipients as tax credits. Two aides said under House Republican plans, states next year would be given federal block grants for aid programs they could establish, in amounts comparable to the tax credits people in each state would have received. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House and Senate Republicans plan to brief rank-and-file lawmakers on Wednesday on their plans should the Supreme Court erase federal subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional aides said.Some Republican aides said Tuesday that House and Senate leaders were working toward an agreement to temporarily continue some aid to the millions of people now receiving subsidies while curbing some requirements of the 2010 law. Others said the two chambers’ leaders had no final proposals to present lawmakers and said the separate House and Senate meetings were simply designed to give GOP lawmakers status reports and get feedback. Such legislation would all but certainly draw solid Democratic opposition and a veto from the president, should the GOP garner enough votes to send it to him. Republicans have so far been divided over what their response to the lawsuit should be, including some conservatives who say the statute’s subsidies should be completely ended and the law dismantled.Many Republicans say since Obama would not let them kill his law, a complete overhaul will have to await the 2016 elections, when the GOP hopes to capture the White House and retain congressional control.Donald Stewart, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said GOP leaders have been working toward “a responsible approach to protect families” from the health care law. He said the meeting with Republican senators would be “the latest in a series of briefings with our members.”Several other Republican aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly.___AP Special Correspondent David Espo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Tourist numbers up 5 in Northern Marianas

first_imgIn March tourist arrivals to the Northern Marianas continue to rise, up five percent to 42,539 visitors, with 40,613 visitors during the same period last year. According to the Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA), arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota registered 42,539 visitors in March 2015, compared to 40,613 visitors received in March 2014.Arrivals from Korea soared 40% to 14,989 visitors. Jeju Air launched an additional daily flight to Saipan from Incheon beginning in late March, ensuring extremely rapid growth in the Korean arrivals for the remainder of this year.Arrivals from China also increased 31% in March to 16,246 visitors. The MVA also launched a variety of outdoor advertising campaigns in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu in support of China charter flights.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter > Go back to the e-newsletter >Tourists to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city can visit its various tourists site the cashless way with the just-launched KL PASS.The KL PASS, produced and managed by Meridian Tourist Access Sdn Bhd, provides seamless access to the attractions in and around Kuala Lumpur, and also includes various benefits, including:Skipping queues at tourist sites with Fast Track lanesEnabling tourists to get around the city on the KL Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus (with 22 stops around the city and running commentary in different languages)Discounts/offers at dining and retail outlets in various shopping mallsComplimentary 141-page, full-colour pocket-sized guidebook with useful information on participating tourist attractions and establishments and how to get to themThe KL PASS comes in validities of one, three and six days for both adults and children. It is available for purchase online at, travel agents and various sales outlets in the city and at the KL International Airport.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLos Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism) this week launched LA Insider, a new online training tool for travel trade professionals. The mobile- and tablet-friendly program is the first of its kind for LA Tourism. It has been designed to help Australian travel trade better sell the city and stay up-to-date with its latest offerings.Demand for a bespoke online portal of information and selling tools for the travel trade is strong and growing, as global demand to visit Los Angeles continues its rapid upward trajectory. A record 48.3 million tourists visited LA in 2017 (411,000 visitors from Australia), a figure that is expected to reach 50 million by 2020.“We’re proud to launch such an advanced training program, one that will help our clients discover LA like an insider and sell LA like an expert,” said Craig Gibbons, regional director – Australia & New Zealand, LA Tourism. “Los Angeles’ welcoming spirit, celebration of diversity and perfect weather are bringing visitors in greater numbers. New restaurants, attractions and hotels are opening up quickly to meet demand and it can be difficult to stay on top of all the new developments – LA Insider aims to provide the travel trade with a one-stop-shop platform for everything they need.”LA Insider, developed by TravPRO, which also launched Visit California’s STAR program, will provide easy access to LA Tourism’s marketing assets, sales collateral such as fact sheets, maps, videos and even neighbourhood tours in virtual reality. The program also provides information on the gateway to North America, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and updates on the airport’s multi-billion-dollar modernisation program with multimedia assets added as they become available.Participants who complete the LA Insider training will receive a certificate, access to discounts and specials from LA members, the opportunity to participate in FAMs and be entered to win a trip to one of LA’s award shows.The first 20 agents (in Australia only) who complete the program by 7 May will also receive season passes to Palace Cinemas that can be used to attend the American Essentials Film Festival in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra sponsored by Discover Los Angeles. Additionally, the first 100 travel agents from across both Australia and New Zealand who complete the LA Insider program by 31 May will receive a $25 gift card from Westfield or EFTPOS.“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support we receive from our industry partners,” said Ernest Wooden Jr, president and CEO of LA Tourism. “The launch of LA Insider speaks to our commitment to travel trade professionals by providing them with helpful tools they can use on a daily basis as well as recognition for their expertise.”LA Insider will be rolled out in Spanish, French, German, Korean and Japanese over the coming months with more languages to follow. The market-specific modules will feature videos of expats describing what it is they love about Los Angeles and tips to make the most of a visit. LA Tourism successfully launched a China-specific online training program, LA Angels Academy, in October 2015, with over 5,600 registered users and 1.45 million page views.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFollowing its acquisition of Emporium Hotel in January, award-winning Ovolo Hotel Group is continuing to stamp its mark on Queensland’s capital, this month revealing a major multi-million-dollar evolution of the iconic property which will see it become the flagship Queensland hotel for the group.Ovolo The Valley will debut in November, however the Ovolo Hotel Group is already accepting bookings online for stays effective immediately. The project by acclaimed global architecture firm Woods Bagot, the award-winning designers behind the revitalisation of Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves and The Ivy in Sydney, will take Emporium into the new era with a hotel theme inspired by the eclectic culture and iconic history of Fortitude Valley. Ovolo The Valley draws guests into a whimsical oasis of colour, art and surprising hints of quirk, curated throughout its 103 rooms.CEO and Chairman of the Ovolo Group, Girish Jhunjhnuwala says Ovolo has invested approximately $55 million in adding a niche boutique designer hotel to Brisbane’s booming tourism and hospitality market.“There are many newcomers to the Brisbane hotel market, but Ovolo’s biggest point of difference is our exceptional customer service and design. We strive to exceed expectations and our rankings and customer feedback says it all. We are confident Ovolo The Valley will be a market leader for Brisbane in the near future,” Jhunjhnuwala said.“Our brief to Woods Bagot was that each of our hotels must have their own unique personality and style, inspired by local surrounds, culture, heritage and Ovolo’s playful, forward-thinking spirit, and they’ve delivered exactly that with The Valley.“There is an element of fantasy, escapism and play in The Valley. We’re positioning it as the perfect contemporary oasis to escape our busy urban lives,” said Jhunjhnuwala.Woods Bagot’s Principal and Hotel Sector Leader (Australia), Bronwyn McColl, says the design of Ovolo The Valley celebrates Fortitude Valley’s eclectic mix: the rich colours of the streets and laneways, and its social and cultural diversity. At the same time, with rooms inspired by nature for a whimsical luxe experience, it provides an unexpected, private oasis for guests.“With an eccentric mix of art, fashion, style and a whole lot of fabulous, we’ve created a new personality in Brisbane’s hotel market. We started by exploring the spaces behind The Valley’s indiscernible facades and the spaces in between, and translated them into playful, yet sophisticated, experiences that take the Ovolo guest by surprise, including the most incredible rock star suites in honour of the late David Bowie, with 1970s-inspired velvet lounges and a gold bar, for those who dare!” said McColl.The interior design for the new hotel’s 103 rooms focus on creating a whimsical oasis for guests, replete with playful and colourful elements and commissioned art pieces including custom wallpaper and eccentric furniture and illustrations.Ovolo’s effortless living ethos is no stranger at The Valley, with 24-hour room service, large flatscreen televisions, Google Chromecast, additional wall plugs, phone chargers in rooms and Amazon’s Alexa cloud-based voice service, able to assist guests with just about every command.A rooftop swimming pool, gym, sauna, meeting rooms and Ovolo’s signature standard inclusions – free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free in-room mini-bar, free laundry and free happy hour drinks daily – make The Valley a distinguished luxury hotel experience.Food and drink is a big part of the Ovolo Hotel Group concept, with award-winning restaurants at its other Australian properties including Alibi at Ovolo Woolloomooloo (Sydney) fronted by restauranteur Matthew Kenney; Monster Kitchen & Bar at Ovolo Nishi (Canberra); and Salon De Co at Ovolo Inchcolm (Brisbane). The group recently opened Mister Percy at Ovolo 1888 (Sydney), a Mediterranean-style wine bar fronted by renowned chef Justin North.Rates start from $300 per night.For more information and to book,  see: back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2018 5:09 am PDT Last Updated Nov 12, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – More than 200 items belonging to Frank and Barbara Sinatra ranging from movie scripts to jewelry are going up for auction.Sotheby’s on Monday unveiled the contents of Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra, which will go on the block in a series of auctions in New York in December. Sotheby’s says the items, gathered over the couple’s 22-year marriage, portray their public and private lives.Barbara Sinatra’s 20-plus-carat diamond engagement ring, which Frank Sinatra presented to her in a glass of champagne, is among the jewelry up for bid.Copies of scripts include “From Here to Eternity,” for which Sinatra won an Academy Award, and “Ocean’s 11.”Paintings, signed letters and personal accessories also are available.A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Blue Eyes special: Frank, Barbara Sinatra auction upcominglast_img read more

Two in three GC think Enosis vote was wrong but most say

first_imgNine out of ten Greek Cypriots believe the excuse Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci gave for leaving the negotiations was inadequate and eight in ten think his stated concerns were unjustified, according to a poll published on Sunday.Akinci walked away from the table after the House voted to allow schools to commemorate a 1950 plebiscite by Greek Cypriots for Enosis, or union with Greece. He said he would not return to the talks until it was rescinded.In Sunday’s poll, carried out by IMR and the University of Nicosia for Simerini, 64% believe the House vote was wrong but 77% disagreed that it should be changed to satisfy the conditions set by Akinci for a resumption of dialogue.Three quarters believe it was Akinci who walked out of the talks but 11% believed it was President Nicos Anastasiades and 14% said they did not know.Some 47% per cent of those polled thought Anastasiades’ handling of the issue was satisfactory compared with 30% who said it wasn’t great and 23% who thought it was bad.As far as the attitude of Greece to what transpired, 51% were satisfied with Athens’ stance compared with 49% per cent who were not.In the case of Turkey, 90% viewed Turkey’s reaction as unfavourable and 81% felt the same about the stance of the UN and EU.Three out of five of those polled blamed Turkey for the impasse. Below that was Akinci, blamed by 19%, the House of Representatives blamed by 14%. Anastasiades was blamed by 4%, and 3% believe all sides were to blame.In terms of the general degree of public confidence in the attitudes of those involved in the talks, 44% described their trust in Anastasiades as good or fairly good. Some 31% have some confidence in him but 25% have none at all.To the same question about Akinci, 24% said they trusted him a little but 71% per cent said they had no trust in him at all. Ninety five per cent of those polled do not trust Turkey at all. Only 18% of Greek Cypriots trust the UN and 19% the EU when it comes to the Cyprus talks.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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