More women …better conservation

first_imgHaving more women involved in governing bodies that make decisions about land management can help boost conservation, as well as help reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, a study has found. The research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, showed that when more women are involved in decision making, the group conserves more – particularly when offered financial incentives to do so. The study, involving 440 forest users from three developing countries, sheds new light on the role gender quotas for local governing bodies could play in reducing global deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions while also curbing local inequalities. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”When policymakers think about what to do to increase conservation around the world, gender quotas don’t even come up as a viable policy instrument,” said Krister Andersson, a professor at University of Colorado Boulder in the US. Previous research has shown, women tend to have a greater affinity for environment, support conservation measures more and are more concerned than men are about problems of inequality. However, because women often are at a financial disadvantage or are underrepresented in decision-making bodies, they may not have the opportunity to put those preferences into action. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMembers of the research team traveled to 31 villages near collectively-managed forests in Indonesia, Peru and Tanzania. They staged a day-long tabletop simulation game in which local forest users were divided into groups of eight and asked to make decisions about how many trees they would harvest from a shared forest. Half the groups had gender quotas requiring that 50 per cent of members were women. Half had no quotas. In the first stage of the game, all participants anonymously chose how many trees they would cut down, knowing that they would receive a small payment (5 tokens) for each tree. In the second stage, the participants were told that an external organisation would pay them 160 tokens as a group if they did not cut any trees down and the elected leader would decide how to distribute those tokens. “We found that the groups with the gender quota reduced their harvesting rate far more when the incentive was introduced and also distributed the payments for conserving more equally,” said Nathan Cook, a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Colorado Boulder. Notably, there was no difference between the groups when there was no financial incentive. However, once cash was offered, the groups with a quota reduced their harvesting by 51 per cent while the control group cut its harvesting by 39 per cent. “It appears that it is not the gender quota by itself that is making a difference, but rather the combination with the conservation incentive,” said Andersson.last_img read more

Does antibiotic use raise risk of nerve damage?

first_imgLondon: A common class of antibiotics — used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections — may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage by almost 50 per cent. Scientists from the University of Dundee in the UK looked at a database of 1.3 million adults issued one or more prescriptions of fluoroquinolone or amoxicillin-clavulanate antibiotics with no diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy at the outset of treatment. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPeripheral neuropathy has long been recognised as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolone antibiotics — that are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses such as respiratory and urinary tract infections. The study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, found that current use of systemic fluoroquinolone antibiotics appeared to increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy by 47 per cent, causing an additional 2.4 cases per 10,000 patients per year of treatment. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA person prescribed with amoxicillin-clavulanate were not significantly more likely to experience peripheral neuropathy. The risk was higher for men and rose with age and with the length of fluoroquinolone treatment. A peripheral neuropathy diagnosis remained more likely to be diagnosed for up to six months after the fluoroquinolone prescription. Older men, the group most likely to experience the condition after taking a 28-day course of fluoroquinolones, were said to have a one in 34,000 chance of doing so.last_img read more

Renowned Egyptian Actor Gamil Ratib Dies at 91

Rabat – The Egyptian actor of the golden era, Gamil Ratib, died this morning at the age of 91.Ratib’s agent announced the death of the iconic actor in a statement today.The actor’s funeral will take place this afternoon at the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, according to Egyptian local media. The Egyptian-French star was born in 1962 in Cairo. The actor spent 65 years in both Egyptian and French television shows.A lover of theater, Ratib spent some time in the French theater during his early life in France.Ratib graduated from the School of French Law and then completed his education in a university in France. Ratib made his first appearance on screen in “1946,” a movie released in that year.In the mid-seventies, the actor started appearing in Egyptian movies, taking part in multiple Egyptian works, including “No consolation for women,” “Love in the Prison,” “The Beginning,” and “The Birds of the Dark.”Ratib also participated in television dramas, including “The Friends,” “Yawmiyat Wanis,” and “The Face Of the Moon,” according to IMDb. read more

Security Council voices concern over maritime piracy in West Africas Gulf of

30 August 2011The Security Council today voiced concern over increasing maritime piracy, armed robbery and reports of hostage-taking in the Gulf of Guinea, saying the crimes were having an adverse impact on security, trade and other economic activities in the sub-region. The Council took note of efforts by countries in the Gulf of Guinea to tackle the problem, including joint coastline patrols by Nigeria and Benin and plans to convene a summit of Gulf of Guinea heads of State to discuss a regional response.“In this context, members of the Council underlined the need for regional coordination and leadership in developing a comprehensive strategy to address this threat,” said a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month.The Council urged the international community to support countries in the region, as well as the regional organizations – the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) ¬¬– and other relevant bodies, in securing international navigation along the Gulf of Guinea, including through information exchange, improved coordination and capacity building.The Council took note of the intention by the Secretary-General to send a UN assessment mission to look into the situation in the region and explore possible options for UN support.Members of the Council also stressed the need for the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the UN Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) to work, within their current mandates, with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as with all concerned countries and regional organizations. read more

Air Canada trails global peers in fee revenue but Aeroplan poised to

MONTREAL — A new report finds that Air Canada lags behind other global airlines in revenue from passenger fees, but is poised to catch up after its recent purchase of the Aeroplan rewards program.The report from airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany says the country’s biggest airline took in US$1.45 billion in so-called ancillary revenue last year, or about US$28.54 per passenger.The per-passenger figure didn’t break the top 10, with U.S. competitors United Airlines Inc. and American Airlines Inc. and Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd. reaping between US$35 and US$42 per traveller in ancillary income.Nonetheless, report author Jay Sorensen says Air Canada’s deal to buy Aeroplan from Aimia Inc. will earn the Montreal-based airline a much bigger revenue stream in the coming years.So-called ancillary revenue, which includes payments for meals and baggage, hotel commissions and frequent-flyer program income, is playing an increasingly critical role for the airline industry.Popularized by low-cost airlines more than a decade ago, ancillary revenue streams have helped diversify revenue and insulate airlines from fluctuations in fuel price and competition. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM)The Canadian Press read more

UN human rights office urges Israel to halt mass demolition of Bedouin

“These mass demolitions raise serious concerns about the prohibition on forced evictions under international human rights law, and Israel’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of Palestinians to adequate housing and freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family and home,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).In July, OHCHR urged Israel to reconsider a proposed law that would result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages, displacing as many as 40,000 members of these communities from their ancestral homes. However, demolitions began on 19 August and have been carried out by Israeli authorities in at least six different locations, including East Jerusalem. Subsequently, on 11 September all but two residential structures in the Bedouin community of Az Za’ayyem on the edge of Jerusalem were demolished. The latest wave of demolitions occurred on 16 September, when 58 structures were knocked down, including all residential structures and livestock shelters in the herding community of Mak-hul in the northern Jordan Valley. According to OHCHR, all 10 families inhabiting the structures were rendered homeless and no alternative housing options were offered.“Israeli authorities denied the provision of emergency shelter assistance to the community by humanitarian organizations,” Mr. Colville said. “The community remains vulnerable to further demolitions and repeated displacement due to lack of legal security of tenure and the consequent inability to obtain building permits.”Mr. Colville added that the obligations of Israel with respect to the right of adequate housing of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory include ensuring access to basic shelter and housing, and refraining from interfering with the enjoyment of these rights. read more

We are late but not too late to fight and win this

Briefing the General Assembly on the situation on the ground, Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), via-video link from the operation’s headquarters in Ghana warned that the crisis caused by the outbreak is severe and unprecedented. “The world has never seen anything like it. Time is our enemy. The virus is far ahead of us,” he said, emphasizing that the outbreak is more than a health crisis as it is now impacting every level of society in the most-affected countries Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – killing people, disrupting health systems, and derailing socioeconomic progress. Joining Mr. Banbury in the briefing, which also included an update on the wider UN response, were the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson; Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola Dr. David Nabarro; and President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa. Mr. Banbury noted that traditional social and cultural practices in the affected countries are among the factors contributing to the spread of the virus. “Many people in the affected countries are still denying Ebola is real. We must understand and respect social mores and practices…while finding methods to combat the disease” that are acceptable at community levels, he said. As for his initial assessment of the situation in the early days of UNMEER’s roll-out, Mr. Banbury said: “The challenge is immense. We are late, but it is not too late to fight and win this battle. We are moving resources to where it is needed most. We will support national leadership and ownership. We shall play the role of ‘crisis manager’ not just ‘response coordinator.’ We shall fill gaps and support that which needs backstopping.”But, he continued, UNMEER could not fight the battle alone; its contribution would need to be supported by an array of national and international partners. “To achieve results fast, we must have the world’s support,” he said calling for strengthened treatment centres and diagnostic laboratories on the ground, scaled up financial support for aid agencies, and reliable arrangements in place to treat and if necessary evacuate workers treating the disease. Mr. Banbury also said that even as the international community works hard to turn the tide on the outbreak “we need to be incorporating early recovery and long-term needs into the response.”“The world must now act to help the people and governments of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Failing to help will lead to unpredictable but very dire consequences for the people of the countries and well beyond. As long as there is once case of Ebola in any of these three countries, no country is safe,” he said calling for a broad global coalition to battle the spread of the virus. “We must rise to the occasion. We must defeat this disease.”Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that the Ebola outbreak was putting “hard-won development progress in jeopardy, neighbours are at risk and none of us are insulated from the threat posed by Ebola. No country, no organization can tackle Ebola alone,” he said, adding that the crisis requires collective mobilization inside and outside the affected countries. The UN is on the ground with over 80 staff but many more will be needed to reach those areas where support is needed, especially at the local level. The Deputy Secretary-General appealed to Member States to act generously and swiftly, adding that a “contribution within days is much more important than a larger contribution within weeks.” Closing borders or imposing travel bans will not isolate the disease but rather the affected countries and will prevent urgent aid from reaching those in need. More funds are needed as well as a surge in trained personnel who can deploy to Ebola Treatment Centres. “Hospitals are overburdened and people are even worried to go to the hospitals. So you can imagine the number of people that are suffering and that are dying from other diseases – malaria, tuberculosis, all the things that you would normally treat,” Mr. Eliasson said. In his briefing, Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola, focused on the history of the current outbreak, its significance, the actions being undertaken to scale up response, as well as partnerships being built, national leadership, and the global coalition leading the combat against further spread of the virus.“I’ve worked as a public health doctor for 35 years…but I have never encountered a public health crisis like this in my life,” he said, explaining that this is because the Ebola virus had spread from isolated areas and through major urban areas and regions. He warned that without the mass mobilization of the international community to support the affected countries in West Africa, “it will be impossible to get this disease quickly under control, and the world will have to live with the Ebola virus forever.”So, while the disease is now spreading faster than efforts to contain it, “we know what needs to be done and we are going to do it before this virus can cause more death and misery.”President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa said that despite the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses, the epidemic continues to ravage communities, with the death toll rising with each passing day. There are grave concerns also that the outbreak could quickly spread from a regional to an international crisis, Mr. Kutesa said, adding that “Ebola is a threat that can easily land at any nation’s doorstep.” “In a situation where each day potentially means more lives lost, the rapid response of UNMEER supports the implementation of critical prevention and containment measures,” he said. Much more needs to be done, starting with UN Member States redoubling their efforts and following through on their financial pledges. Given the unprecedented nature of the epidemic, the international community must work together to come up with innovative solutions to contain the further spread of Ebola, declared the Assembly President. read more

El Niño is not a oneoff event UN says calling for action

Mr. Oh noted that the meeting – which was convened at the request of the UN General Assembly – would provide insights into the health, socio-economic and environmental dimensions of El Niño and share effective steps taken to reduce its impact, with a particular focus on what can be done to mitigate risks, losses and suffering related to such events in the future. Unprecedented weather events are entering ‘unchartered territories’Also speaking at the special meeting was Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), who highlighted that while the scientific understanding of El Niño has increased greatly in recent years, the current 2015/16 unprecedented El Niño and future events are entering “uncharted territories.” “Our planet has altered dramatically because of climate change, the general trend towards a warmer global ocean, the loss of Arctic sea ice and of over a million square kilometres of summer snow cover in the northern hemisphere. This naturally occurring El Niño event and human induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways, which we have never before experienced,” she said. Ms. Manaenkova noted that, for its part, the WMO Strategic Plan 2016-2019 sets the directions and priorities to guide the activities of members and all WMO constituent bodies to enable all members to “improve their core information, products and services, maintain necessary infrastructure, and to directly benefit from advancements in science and technology.” Noting that climate services as well as disaster risk reduction and capacity development are among the WMO’s top strategic priorities, she called on government and development partners to support and invest resources in the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, especially in least developed countries and small island development States, to enhance and sustain their contribution to climate- and disaster-resilient sustainable development. Need for long-term development strategiesAlong those lines, Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, noted that although it is too early to assess the full impacts of the current El Niño, it is certain that countries have greater economic exposure to El Niño-related events, while the proportional impact on people and their livelihoods is higher in low-income countries and small island developing States. “Climate change is also likely to increase El Niño risk further, highlighting the need for long-term development strategies to factor-in these risks,” he said. Mr. Glasser underscored that as a result of more accurate seasonal forecasts, there is an increased predictability of occurrence of El Niño cycles and occurrence of extreme events in general. “With this in mind, countries have better opportunities to take action to manage and reduce the related risks and impacts,” he stressed. He also highlighted that the current El Niño has manifested in extreme weather events that have had an impact on a number of countries across the world and affected an estimated 60 million people so far. Some countries have experienced greater precipitation leading to floods, while others have experienced severe droughts affecting crop yields, and livestock production leading to food and water shortages. To reduce the impacts of El Niño, it is necessary to translate seasonal forecasts and risk data into risk-informed decision-making and actionable guidance so that different development sectors can take proactive measures, Mr. Glasser emphasized. “If development sectors get these forecasts early enough, action can be taken to reduce the impact of El Niño,” he said. He also noted that preventing new and reducing existing disaster risk is the core goal of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 adopted by the international community this past year. “Together with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework provides a way forward for addressing future El Niño events,” he said. The ECOSOC special meeting was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and WMO. “We must remember that El Niño is not a one-off event but recurring global phenomena that we must address for future generations and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said ECOSOC President Oh Joon at the opening of a special meeting on Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon: Reducing risks and capturing opportunities at UN Headquarters in New York. “All partners, the United Nations, international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector and the scientific community, need to take coordinated and fortified action to tackle El Niño risks,” he added. Mr. Oh underscored that since 2015, the world has witnessed the largest El Niño occurrence to date, with many developing countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific suffering under its “devastating and far-reaching impacts”. “Extreme weather conditions have become more frequent with climate change, bringing droughts, fire, destruction of agricultural production, poor health and diseases, and displacement of people all over the world. These conditions also affect commodity prices and the prospects for sustainable development,” he stressed. Noting that El Niño is a good example of climate change affecting the livelihood of people, the ECOSOC President said that Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau have all declared states of emergency due to drought conditions from El Niño, while Malawi has declared “a state of disaster.” According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as of February 2016, almost one million children needed treatment for acute malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa from food shortages due to El Niño weather extremes. ECOSOC President Oh Joon addresses the opening of a special meeting on impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

EYEWITNESS Reporting on…

…“Granger, Ganja and Goadie”It’s rather pathetic how the putative Prime Minister of Guyana, Moses Nagamootoo, has embraced his relegation to being the mouthpiece of David Granger’s PNC government. A few weeks ago, in Granger’s “Guyana Review” — now published as an insert in the Stabber News — there was such a cloyingly sycophantic puff piece on Granger that health centres across the country were inundated by readers who couldn’t stop gagging!!Unfortunately, just when the medical staff might be taking a well-earned break, they’ll be getting another tsunami of “vomiters” who read Nagamootoo’s piece in his Chronic column on Granger’s address to Parliament!! But you’ve got to hand it to the man who’d been promised a testosteroned Prime Ministership and ended up with the “larwah” of a weekly column: he takes that column very, very seriously!!This week, he wrote that on seeing 3 groups outside Parliament, he “thought immediately that this week’s column should be titled: ‘Granger, Ganja and Paisa’!! The man is always thinking about his job!! Sadly, it’s a job that rests on the carcasses of the two outside columnists – David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis – whom he knifed in the back. He’s now showing them what kind of columns the PNC boss-man demands: hagiographic and propagandistic!!Nagamootoo used an extended cricketing analogy in his column, which he captioned, “Light roller on 20/20 pitch”!! Having never played T-20 cricket, he obviously doesn’t know that on such a pitch, the bowler – Granger in this case – would be consistently clobbered for sixes!!He waxed eloquently about the “slow spin” used by Granger, missing his Freudian slip with the word “spin” when used in communication!! He wrote, “I realised that his was no ordinary address: he was cataloguing achievements just three years after taking office”. Granger was giving his spin on how he’d delivered the good life after three years!And what were these “achievements”?? Let’s go to the horse’s mouth: “…building a first-class education system, with emphasis on providing access to education, attendance and achievement. The first round of applause greeted the announcement that the Public Education Transport Service has distributed 1,254 bicycles, 28 buses and nine boats to help get our children to school, “without expending a dollar from the Government coffers.”Imagine that!! Nagamootoo praising the PNC-government for “building a first-class education state” with bicycle donations from private citizens! While pissing off teachers – who’re responsible for delivering that education – by refusing to give them a living wage!! The impasse with teachers, brought on by the PNC’s unilateralism, went unmentioned and unreported by Nagamootoo!!One may understand “a mouth muzzled by the hand that feeds it”.But how does Nagamootoo explain his mouth spewing crap? Goadie?…(stillborn) constitutional changeOnce again, there are drumbeats – faint, but growing in intensity – for “constitutional change”. Your Eyewitness asks, ‘What’s the point?” Two recent events illustrate his scepticism. First, relating to the matter of stipulating constitutionally the need for the PNC and PPP to work together in some sort of collaborative mechanism.But just read David Hinds’s column for this week. The caption alone says it all – “The APNU+AFC Coalition has collapsed: It has become a PNC government”. Of course, your Eyewitness has been saying this all along; but Hinds is a self-confessed “supporter” of the Government, and an executive member of one of its coalition partners, the WPA! This is a view from “inside”. He details how the AFC – even with the Cummingsburg Accord — had been neutered!But some may retort that the Accord isn’t a “Constitutional imperative”. Well, what about Art 162 (2)? Wasn’t that a constitutional imperative to foster “consensus” between the parties??Fact is, until the PNC’s weaned off sucking (unilateralism) eggs, we’re spinning wheels!…the Berbice BridgeWith all the hullabaloo over the announced toll increases by the BBCI, the Government still refuses to act. Its primary duty is to other shareholders – especially NIS and commuters.It should buy out other shareholders and ensure NIS’s long-term cash flow. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Gutless…October 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”PPP urging APNU to play its role in addressing unemploymentSeptember 2, 2013In “Local News”Column: EyewitnessMarch 18, 2018In “Opinion” read more

Charming video captures the thought process behind the Christmas Day swim

first_imgEVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEONE who decides to put all reason aside and jump into some icy cold water on the morning of December 25th.Or at least, that’s what you think as your see their tweets and Facebook posts from the warmth of your sitting room.Now, via a video from director Vincent Gallagher and production company Tiny Ark, you can get an idea of exactly what makes them do it. Source: Tiny ArkYou’d almost consider it.11 incredible GIFs of beautiful winter scenes around the world>You’ll know you were a Speech and Drama kid if…>last_img read more

Opinion Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this

first_imgTHE INTERNET ERUPTED in a torrent of vitriol and righteous indignation last night as Gaeilgeoirí throughout the country realised that An Taoiseach’s nominee for the office of Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, doesn’t speak Irish. As the minister who will be most in contact with Irish-language organisations and Gaeltacht residents, it’s usually been understood by successive administrations that the Minister should be able to communicate with Irish speakers in either of the official languages of the State. Joe McHugh’s appointment has been seen as a sign of disrespect by thousands.Older people felt the same way when the current administration appointed Kathleen Lynch as junior minister in 2011. Deputy Lynch was given responsibility for Disability, Equality Mental Health, whereas her predecessors Áine Brady and Máire Hoctor had been given the task of representing older people. Advocacy groups were dismayed and campaigned for a minister for older people. Fine Gael and Labour moved quickly to add older people’s issues to Lynch’s portfolio, underlining their commitment to make Ireland “the best small country in the world in which to grow old”.Grinding to a standstillMinister Lynch and the Department of Health oversaw some positive moves for older people in Ireland. They had responsibility for organising the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations in 2012, which was followed in 2013 by the publication of the National Positive Ageing Strategy, Ireland’s framework for creating an age-friendly country for all her citizens.Then things began to grind inexorably toward a standstill. The National Positive Ageing Strategy, while far-reaching and ambitious, still doesn’t have an implementation plan a staggering 16 months on; the Government’s commitment to making Ireland a better place for older people has been undermined by cuts to the Household Benefits Package and the weakening of the spending power of a State Pension, which is still sitting at 2008 levels despite increases in the cost of fuel, food, motor tax, health insurance and medicine.Most keenly felt among the blows to older people was the removal of the telephone allowance, a payment that helped thousands of older people to have personal security alarms linked to their landlines. In 2014, uptake of these alarms, which are provided by community groups through a government grant, is down. Many older people cannot afford to keep a landline without the €10 per month they received in previous years.Change in titleThis de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been seemingly rubber-stamped in the recent reshuffle by the removal of older people’s issues from Minister Lynch’s title. The Minister’s office released a statement last night saying that, despite the change in title to Minister of State at the Department of Health with Special Responsibility for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability, she would still oversee older people’s issues in Ireland. The implication to many older people’s organisations was clear – it just wouldn’t be as important as before. Ageing is now a “primary care” or “social care” issue, rather than something that will hopefully affect all of us.Ireland recently placed 12th in the world in HelpAge International’s Global Age Watch study. This little island ranked as the 12th best place in the world for older people. This was not down to government prioritising financial support for older people (we were 24th), health (14th) or employment and education opportunities for people over 50 (a disappointing 32nd). Ireland did so well because of our “enabling societies and environment”. We were ranked 3rd in informal, non-governmental community supports for older people. We essentially became a good place for older people in spite of our Government’s actions, not because of them.Disenfranchised Irish speakers have at least one option for recourse, an Coimisinéir Teanga/The Language Commissioner, established after the Official Languages Act, 2004. Likewise, children’s issues can be dealt with by the Children’s Ombudsman. Older people have no such office to appeal to.The sooner this Government, and those who support it, realise that ageing is something that affects all of us, the sooner we can truly become a country for all ages.Peter Kavanagh is a Social Gerontologist and Political Commentator who works in Communications and Advocacy with Active Retirement Ireland, the country’s largest community-based organisation for older people.Read: The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish>last_img read more

Schedule for WrestleMania 32 Week on WWE Network

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE issued the following on Thursday:WWE® NETWORK UNVEILS WRESTLEMANIA® WEEK PROGRAMMINGSTAMFORD, Conn., March 24, 2016 – WWE Network unveiled its WrestleMania Week programming line-up filled with a series of all-new episodes, specials and live coverage beginning Monday, March 28 and culminating with WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania on Sunday, April 3, live at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.WrestleMania Week will include the premiere of WWE 24: “Thank You Daniel,” a new episode of Legends with JBL® featuring 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Michael Hayes, WWE Ride Along™ featuring WWE Superstars Dean Ambrose® and Roman Reigns®, and WWE Divas Paige™ and Alicia Fox™, and Stone Cold® Podcast Live! featuring WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley. In addition, fans can also watch NXT® Takeover: Dallas, the WWE Hall of Fame 2016 Red Carpet and the WWE Hall of Fame 2016, along with WrestleMania Kickoff and the year’s main attraction, WrestleMania.New subscribers can get all of this programming as part of a free month trial by signing up at now. The schedule of WrestleMania Week programming on WWE Network is as follows:WWE 24: “Thank You Daniel”Monday, March 28 immediately following Monday Night Raw®Witness Daniel Bryan’s emotional farewell, as WWE 24 cameras bring you unprecedented access inside the last day of his stellar career.Legends with JBL: Michael HayesTuesday, March 29 at 8 pm ETHost John Bradshaw Layfield, former WWE Champion and current Monday Night Raw analyst, presses the biggest and most influential names in WWE on the most controversial topics in sports entertainment history. JBL sits down with 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Hayes and discusses the Fabulous Freebirds’ legendary career in the ring, his creative role behind-the-scenes, as well as the controversies surrounding him.NXTWednesday, March 30 at 8 pm ETWith only two days to go before his rematch for Finn Bálor’s title at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, Samoa Joe is in action against Bull Dempsey. Fans will also get an exclusive look at the upcoming NXT TakeOver match between NXT Champion Bayley and Asuka.WWE Ride Along featuring WWE Superstars Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and WWE Divas Paige and Alicia FoxWednesday, March 30 at 9 pm ETOn WWE Ride Along, the WWE Universe rides shotgun with the Superstars and Divas as they travel from city to city on the tour that never ends. On the road to WrestleMania, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose get chased by fans, while Paige and Alicia Fox engage in some Divas hijinks! Hear inside stories and witness over-the-top hilarity that can only take place within the confines of a car.Stone Cold Podcast Live! featuring WWE Hall of Famer Mick FoleyThursday, March 31 at 10 pm ETWWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin hosts a no-holds-barred interview with the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley, LIVE from WrestleMania Axxess.NXT TakeOver: DallasFriday, April 1 at 10 pm ETThe biggest names in NXT face off in front of a sold-out crowd at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. NXT Champion Finn Bálor puts the NXT Championship on the line against Samoa Joe, NXT Women’s Champion Bayley will defend her title against Asuka™, and Jason Jordan™ and Chad Gable™ will face Blake™ & Murphy™ for the NXT Tag Team Titles.WWE Hall of Fame 2016 Red CarpetSaturday, April 2 at 7 pm ETJoin host Maria Menounos and WWE announcer Byron Saxton from the red carpet at WWE’s most glamourous event of the year. Watch all the glitz and glamour as Superstars, Divas, Legends and celebrities tell all on the eve of WrestleMania.WWE Hall of Fame 2016Saturday, April 2 at 8 pm ETSting, The Fabulous Freebirds, Big Boss Man, Godfather, Jacqueline and Stan Hansen will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The WrestleMania eve tradition will telecast from the sold-out American Airlines Center in Dallas.WrestleMania KickoffSunday, April 3 at 5 pm ETThe WWE Universe prepares for the biggest event of the year with the annual WrestleMania Kickoff show. This year’s show starts the night off with one of WrestleMania’s fastest-growing traditions, the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, featuring 20 Superstars.WrestleManiaSunday, April 3 at 7 pm ETAn unprecedented sold-out crowd is expected at AT&T Stadium for WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania. Triple H® will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar® takes on Dean Ambrose in a no-holds-barred street fight, Shane McMahon® returns to in-ring action for the first time in seven years to face Undertaker® inside Hell in a Cell and WWE Divas Champion Charlotte™ puts her title on the line in a triple threat match against Sasha Banks™ and Becky Lynch™.About WWE NetworkWWE Network is the only place to get all 12 WWE pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania, at no additional cost plus 24/7 programming featuring ground-breaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and the most comprehensive video-on-demand library with nearly 5,000 hours of content, including every WWE, WCW® and ECW® pay-per-view.Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu, fans are able to sign up for WWE Network online by going to, and can watch WWE Network on their TVs through connected devices such as Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices as well as Smart TVs including Sony, Samsung and Panasonic.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WhatsApp SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Twitter Videos Articles Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Insight Editions announces “WWE: The Official Cookbook” set for release on March 19 Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Facebook Ronda Rousey WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Google+ Pinterest Kalisto tries to redeem infamous promo, Vince McMahon on The Rock making Forbes listlast_img read more

Vidal admitted that he has got many offers

first_imgArturo Vidal has still one more year on his contract with Bayern Munich but the midfielder admitted that he has got a lot of offers from other clubs and he will consider his future.The former Juventus player claimed that it is possible that he will change teams but he will only move to the club which is at least fighting for the Champions League because he knows his worth and qualities.The Chilean spoke about his future as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I still have a year left on my contract with Bayern, I am very calm. I know my worth and know how to play important games. For this reason, I have many offers every time the market opens.”“This time I am going to take it easy, my agent will think of this. I will look only to relax and recover in the best way possible and to see if I am changing squads or not.”“The most important thing is to be 100%. If I change teams, it will be to go to a team who fights for the Champions League.”last_img read more

ASA Soy Social and Auction – Sure to be A Grand Slam

first_imgThe 2013 ASA Soy Social and Auction on Thursday, Feb. 28 during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. is lining up to offer attendees “A Grand Slam” of a time, with many activities and high-dollar items sure to please everyone.ASA is pleased to announce the following sponsors for the 2013 Soy Social and Auction: Farm Credit, Cargill, Rabo AgriFinance, Renewable Energy Group, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, Illinois Soybean Association and ADM.Items offered this year include: 100 hours usage of Gleaner S77 combine with Dyna Flex draper head; complimentary one-year lease on J&M Model 375ST SeedTender; Hawaiian getaway; and so much more.And don’t miss the…First Sighting Party – A special early viewing opportunity limited to the first 50 individuals to register for this event.VIP Seating Areas – The First Base and Second Base VIP Seating Areas have already been auctioned off; Third Base Seating Area will be a silent auction item at the Soy Social and Auction registration area; the Pitcher’s Mound VIP Seating Area will be auctioned off live at dinner prior to the start of the auction. Each VIP seating area will feature comfortable couches and chairs and your own private server so you don’t miss a minute of the action.Commemorative Hat and Jersey Auction – Sponsored by Renewable Energy Group, ASA will auction off 10 limited edition commemorative hats and baseball jerseys. Each of the 10 winner will be entered into a drawing for a prize.The ASA Soy Social and Auction benefits SoyPAC, ASA’s political action committee. Register online or download a registration form at more information or if you would like to sponsor the auction or donate an item, contact Byron Keelin at (314) 754-1355 or read more

Seeking a new fit at Bluer Denim

Jeff Shafer has spent almost two dozen years as a clothing industry entrepreneur, and his Ridgefield-based Agave Denim is a nationally recognized brand for high-end jeans and other denim apparel.Now Shafer is focusing his entrepreneurial skills on a new brand of jeans and denim products, called Bluer Denim. Separate from Agave, the new company being launched this month is built on direct sales to young consumers to appeal to their social awareness.The online retailer hopes to address the challenge of allowing customers to touch and try on clothing with a new concept — free delivery of up to three clothing items, which can be returned with no shipping cost within seven days.Shafer is aiming his product line, which will offer 15 products each for men and women, at 18-to-24 years olds who value quality and appreciate a Made-in-USA label. In addition, he wants to tap into what he sees as a high level of social consciousness by paying $5 to buy back one pair of usable used jeans for each new pair purchased. Those jeans will be cleaned and donated to organizations for reuse by those in need.At $95 to $145 a pair, Bluer’s jeans will be less expensive than Agave’s high-end products that appeal to an older, more affluent demographic, but more costly than many name-brand jeans sold at most department stores. But the online-only sales strategy will keep prices far lower than they’d be if they were sold through conventional retail channels, Shafer said. And, he argues, the quality is far higher than that of mass-produced, imported brands. read more

Secretary in favour of repealing MCQ exam method

first_imgSecretary to the education ministry’s secondary and higher secondary division Sohrab Hossain has suggested the withdrawal of the MCQ method from the secondary and higher secondary level examinations, reports UNB.He came up with the suggestion at a function marking the handover of six modified textbooks of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) level.”I think the MCQ method should be removed and it’s my personal opinion. We’ll definitely sit with educationists over the issue,” Sohrab said while talking to reporters after the function.Eleven SSC-level textbooks have been modified by a committee formed earlier to do so.Committee members Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) professor Mohammad Kaikobad and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal handed over six textbooks to education minister Nurul Islam Nahid at the function.The modified books will be distributed among the students in the next academic yearThe education ministry has formed the committee to modify 12 textbooks of the SSC level. The committee has already handed over 11 books to the ministry after modifying those.Nahid said they will receive the remaining modified book soon. “The textbooks of other classes will be modified in phases,” he said.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 35 Sexual Allegations And The Texas Legislature

first_imgOn this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: Listen Official House portraitsU.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis. The Texas Education Agency fired their new special education director. Governor Greg Abbott vows to appoint aide Jimmy Blacklock to Texas Supreme Court if Justice Don Willett gets appointed to the federal appellate court. Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller admits he shared fake news on Facebook but hasn’t removed it, yet.  Then, the guys get into the impact of the ongoing sexual allegations revelations of the Texas Legislature, this week featuring Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis), who has said he won’t run for re-election after a naked Tweet of him was shared from a consensual relationship and Rep. Al Green (D-Tx 9th District) who addressed issues he’d had in a previous relationship. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Texas abortion law is unconstitutional, so says Judge Lee Yeakel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. 00:00 /17:41 X  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation intensifies antilarvae drive

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has intensified its anti-larvae drive during the monsoon.Monsoon serves as the ideal breeding time for the mosquitoes. It takes only seven days for the mosquitoes to become adults from eggs. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the civic bodies throughout the state to conduct anti-larvae drives seriously.There are 41 wards under the jurisdiction of BMC, among which 27 are situated in Rajarhat, while the remaining 14 are in Salt Lake. Senior BMC officials, including Commissioner Pritha Sarkar held meetings with mayor Sabyasachi Dutta and Pranay Roy, member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) to prepare a foolproof plan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTeams have been formed that visit the houses to ensure that garbage have been cleaned regularly, drains are not clogged and empty plastic cups and bottles do not lay strewn across the open space.The team contacts senior officials when they find any resident suffering from fever.Everyday reports are prepared and send to the headquarters. Intense drives like fogging are done in the area, where residents are found to be suffering from fever. Dr Kushum Adhikary said 16 NS (+) cases had been detected in areas under BMC from January to July. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBMC has released 1.6 lakh Gappi fishes in the canals and drains as a part of the anti-larvae drive in collaboration with the state Fisheries department. Special drives have been conducted to clear the drains that have been clogged particularly in Rajarhat.BMC has opened three centres at Narayanpur, Deshbandhu Hospital and Bidhannagar Matri Sadan where examination of blood is done free of cost.Pranay Roy, MIC (health), said massive awareness drives have been launched since January. Billboards to create awareness about the do’s and don’t’s have been put up at important road intersections.He said to conduct the anti-larvae drives successful cooperation between BMC and people is required.last_img read more

Mamata declares rural Bengal open defecation free

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural West Bengal as open defecation free (ODF) and said that her government will now focus on solid waste management. Around 1.35 crore households in rural Bengal have been covered by the ‘Mission Nirmal Bangla’, which aimed at making all villages open defecation free (ODF) by October 2. “I’m happy to share with all of you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Government of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards cleaner and greener environment and safe living,” Banerjee tweeted on Friday night. “Our next focus will be solid waste management,” she added.last_img read more

Xbox Controller Support Added to Elon Musks Boring Company Machines

first_imgSeptember 10, 2018 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Elon Musk’s Boring Company exists to create giant tunnels under the ground through which traffic-beating platforms carry your vehicle at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. That’s the theory, anyway. There are plans for tunnels in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, which means lots of boring machines are required.The latest boring machine Musk took delivery of has an extra feature: the ability to control it using an Xbox pad. Proof of that was provided by The Boring Company over the weekend as you can see in the video below:The “upgrade” announcement was made via Twitter with the tweet simply reading, “Best video game ever.” You have to wonder why this has been done, or is it simply a case of why not?The Xbox controller does pack in quite a few different types of control methods including buttons, triggers and thumbsticks. Could it be that this combination works really well for the different parts of the boring machine? The video suggests it does.It’s also very easy and cheap to buy new control pads, suggesting The Boring Company realized it could save some cash by embracing Microsoft’s controller. And finally, teaching someone to control a machine using an Xbox pad is going to be easier than using a bespoke set of controls. There’s a good chance new recruits have used the pad already.Whatever the case, The Boring Company and Elon Musk have managed once again to grab some media attention and in the process reminded everyone underground transport tunnels are happening. Register Now »last_img read more