COP22 Side Event Highlights Economic Importance of Resilient Oceans

Ellen AsermelyRabat – An event held by the Moroccan Agriculture Minister at COP22 this weekend on the topic of Africa in Action for Fisheries and Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change focused on sustainable growth in the maritime industry, or Blue Growth.Participants discussed the importance of oceans as a natural resource for many African states, and of the fisheries sector as a source of economic and social development. Oceans are also very vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as rising acidification and declining biodiversity, which are made worse by unsustainable fishing practices. According to the EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Karmenu Vella, around 12 million people are employed in the aquaculture sector in Africa. “A successful blue economy depends on maintaining healthy oceans,” he saidThe event highlighted the interconnected nature of the environment and the economy — climate change would have disastrous consequences for the economies of several African states.Many organizations announced their plans to support resilient oceans and sustainable practices.Vella said the EU has set aside 140 million euros in support of the African maritime industry. The Food and Agriculture Organization also announced its cooperation with the World Bank and the African Development Bank to provide a 3.5 billion dollar package for climate resilience in Africa from 2017 to 2020. The National Fisheries Institute also presented the goals of the Morocco-led Blue Belt Initiative.The focus of these programs is promoting resilience to climate change and sustainable fishing practices in order to reduce poverty and improve food security in African states. read more

Release of delimitation committee report further delayed

He said the report was to be released today by the chairman of the committee Asoka Peiris. The much-awaited report was scheduled to be handed over on the 15th of December but it was delayed as the report had to be translated to English and Tamil.The Ministry of Local Government appointed the five-member committee on 1st December 2015 to look into discrepancies regarding demarcation of boundaries and shortcomings of the report submitted by the National Delimitation Commission (NDC). The release of the report by the delimitation committee reviewing the demarcation of electoral boundaries in local government wards, has been further delayed.The Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils said the release of the report has been delayed owing to some administrative issues. However the delimitation committee has said there will be a delay in releasing the report as some administrative work is yet to be completed. It was entrusted to carryout demarcation activities after reviewing the appeals made with regards to the demarcation of 206 out of 336 local government areas.Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya had said earlier the Local Government elections can be held within two months after the receipt of the Delimitation Committee report. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Report More people are supporting nonprofit news sites

NEW YORK — Non-profit news organizations, a growth area in the troubled field of journalism, are broadening their base of support to take in almost as much from individual donors as they do from foundations.A report issued Wednesday by the Institute for Non-profit News said nearly three-quarters of its 240 members have launched since 2008, an average of one start-up per month.Non-profit organizations include probing sites like ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Journalism, regional organizations like Texas Tribune and VT Digger and specialized organizations such as North Carolina Health News and the Food and Environment Reporting Network. INN members employ nearly 2,000 journalists; there are an estimated 100 more such sites that aren’t members of the trade group, said Sue Cross, the institute’s executive director.At a time when newspapers are closing and cutting back staff, the organizations are the landing spot for more of the nation’s public service and investigative journalism.Last year, these sites received 43% of their funding from foundations and 39% from individuals, with advertising and events accounting for the rest, the institute said. Individual donors accounted for a quarter of the funding in 2011, according to the Pew Research Center.“It’s a very heartening development,” Cross said.With many questioning whether people will pay to support online journalism, the numbers indicate more people recognize the industry needs to be supported, she said.Most of her calls a few years ago used to be from journalists looking for work, Cross said. Now she’s hearing from more business people, concerned citizens and even politicians wondering what can be done to support journalism.While the percentage of overall foundation giving may be going down, the amount of money being put in is still increasing, particularly for supporting journalism on specific issues like the environment and social justice, the report said.Forty-two per cent of non-profit news organizations describe their mission as investigative journalism, and 78% employ at least one reporter who specializes in such digging, the report said. Thirty-nine per cent describe their role as explanatory journalism or analysis.About half of the sites distribute their product themselves, with 29% relying mostly on third parties like newspapers. The rest rely on a mix.David Bauder, The Associated Press read more

South Sudan UN official says worlds youngest nation struggling to meet needs

Just back from a visit aimed at keeping the global spotlight on the complex humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, Kyung-Wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said she had sought ways to strengthen partnership and cooperation with regional actors and Governments to help tackle the country’s myriad challenges.“Although the humanitarian situation in the country has improved slightly over the last year, and United Nations agencies and aid partners continue to work with the Government to meet the needs of communities affected by crises, it was very clear that much more needs to be done,” she said briefing reporters at Headquarters. Ms. Kang, who is also the Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, visited several crisis hit counties in Jonglei, including Pibor, Bor and Twic East. Travelling through the region, she met families impacted by the sporadic violence that has afflicted those communities, as well as those affected by recent seasonal floods. “As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan is struggling to provide security and meet the basic needs of its people,” she said, noting that 4.5 million need humanitarian assistance and 1.5 million are severely food insecure.Further, Ms. Kang said 345,000 people had been affected by the floods, as countless homes and farms were destroyed. Throughout Jonglei, “I heard harrowing stories of suffering and loss due to displacement,” she said.In her meetings with officials in Jonglei and in the capital, Juba, she had focused on the need to find sustainable solutions to the protracted crises facing South Sudan, including finding ways to improve disaster management, scale up investment in basic infrastructure and promote broader sustainable developmentWith all this in mind, she said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will seek a different approach to its response in South Sudan next year. The Office has recently launched a multi-year plan, to start in 2014, that will focus on immediate emergency needs as well as longer-term measures, including community resilience and national capacity-building.“We want to work with local communities, authorities and the Government to help South Sudan cope better with crises. We want communities affected by disasters to recover and build back stronger,” she said.Responding to questions, Ms. Kang said that during her trip, she had been struck by the number of orphans she saw. “Countless children are on the streets – not in school – and there is very little capacity to take care of them,” she said, noting that many had been orphaned due to revenge killings or as a result of cattle rustling. Some non-governmental organizations were working hard to address the issue, “but more needs to be done.” Asked about the cycle of inter-communal fighting that has plagued Jonglei, she said that the dry season always brings the possibility of renewed violence and clashes. As such, there must be active political leadership to bring about reconciliation between ethnic groups. On that front, she said that there are hopeful peace initiatives – for example, a peace offer from the Government to the David Yau Yau armed group ¬– but that there is also a heightened possibility of renewed conflict.She said that her Office talked with all parties, including armed groups, in an attempt to ensure humanitarian access to those in need. She decried the lack of access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, “which is very unfortunate,” due to the huge needs in both areas and the stalled vaccination campaign.After South Sudan, she visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for two days, where she participated in the annual Regional Coordination Mechanism meeting, which brings together UN and African Union actors to discuss better ways of coordinating efforts in support of capacity-building for AU institutions. The last leg of her mission took her to Nairobi, Kenya, where she co-chaired the Great Lakes Consultation with Modibo Touré, advisor to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson. read more

Kevin Garnett Tell LeBron to Worry About Miami

Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett says Miami Heat’s LeBron James should worry about his own team.Earlier in the week James said that Garnett and Paul Pierce should apologize for their criticism of Ray Allen for departing Boston and then leaving the Celtics themselves.“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business,” Garnett said in response.“I left Boston?” Pierce said when asked about James’ comments, hinting that the Celtics let him go as free agent.Garnett and Pierce were upset that Allen left the Celtics for the Heat last offseason. Pierce said he hadn’t forgiven Allen for leaving Boston, and KG said he lost his phone number and didn’t communicate with him anymore.“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” James said. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc [Rivers, former Celtics coach], KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.” read more

Stone Cold Steve Austin and other legends now set for RAW 25th

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Stone Cold Steve Austin and other legends now set for RAW 25th AnniversaryFollowing the announcements made on last night’s 1/8 episode of RAW in Memphis, here is the updated list of WWE legends set to appear during the 25th Anniversary episode of RAW in New York City on January 22.* Stone Cold Steve Austin* The Undertaker* Ric Flair* D-Generation X* Scott Hall and Kevin Nash* The New Age Outlaws* The APA* The Dudley Boyz* Jim Ross* Jerry “The King” Lawler* The Bella Twins205 Live PreviewWWE 205 Live takes place tonight at 10:00 PM ET on WWE Network following Smackdown Live in Birmingham, Alabama.As of this writing, no matches have been announced for the show, but there would appear to be continuation in the rivalries between Enzo Amore and Cedric Alexander and Hideo Itami and Jack will have results from 205 Live later tonight.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair HospitalizedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:41 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 Google+ Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jared Letocenter_img Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Ric Flair Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Report Payet set for shock West Ham comeback

first_imgDimitri Payet’s representatives have offered West Ham United the opportunity to re-sign their former star player this summer, claims The GuardianThe France international had left the Hammers two years ago in some rather controversial circumstances, that had soured his relationship with the club, for a return back to Marseille.Payet had handed in a transfer request to the West Ham board in the middle of the 2016/17 campaign after growing discontent with life at the club.However, the London club stood firm and rejected the request.But Payet eventually did seal his dream return to Marseille in a £25m deal after his refusal to play for West Ham any longer.Marseille needing to replace Florian Thauvin Taimoor Khan – September 12, 2019 Florian Thauvin is out of action due to an ankle injury which means that Olympique de Marseille have to quickly seek a solution. It’s…Although, the 31-year-old apparently does still hold some affection for his former club and is now understood to be keen on a reunion due to Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment as the new head coach.The new West Ham boss is concerned about the reaction of the club supporters and has taken to consulting his senior players over the move before taking any final decision, despite the fact that he is currently in the market for a creative player.Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is understood to be in negotiations over joining West Ham this summer, although Payet may still have a chance at rejoining the club due to Manuel Lanzini’s long-term injury.But the Frenchman will first have to prove his own fitness, having suffered a big injury of his own in Marseille’s Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid back in May – which saw him miss out on a place for the World Cup with France.last_img read more

Neville United strikers should emulate Mane and Salah

first_imgGary Neville has urged Manchester United’s strikers to pick a cue from Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah if they want to be clinical in front of goal.A much improved second half attacking performance saw Mourinho’s men overcome a goal deficit to lead Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge but were eventually pegged back by Barkley’s last-gasp equaliser.“They need more from the front three, there’s so much talent there,” he told the Mirror via Sky Sports.“If you think of Lukaku, [Alexis] Sanchez, Martial, and Rashford, they need more from them.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I want to see more runs past Lukaku. I want the two wide players, whoever they are – you see what Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah do for Liverpool, how they make those narrow runs inside.“I’m not saying they have to play narrow but wherever you start, you’ve got to end up in goalscoring positions more often and you’ve got to show that little bit of quality and composure in the final third.United fans would be hoping for a win when the Red Devils trade tackles with Juve in the Champions League at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Bahamas Selects Four Say Yes Winners

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 22, 2018 – Plantation, FL – Four winners have been selected from the recent “Say Yes” Marriage Proposal contest, which ended December 15, 2017 and was organized by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) in conjunction with Paparazzi Proposals of New York.   More than 300 grooms from throughout the United States of America submitted entries into the six weeks social media contest, with hopes of winning a surprise marriage proposal and four days three nights stay at any of four islands in The Bahamas:  Abaco, Exuma, Nassau or Paradise Island.   The winners, who were selected from a panel of qualified judges, have been notified but will be named after their proposal on February 14, 2018.The marriage proposals are expected to take place January 18-21, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Resort at Baha Mar in Nassau, January 20-23, the Warwick Hotel on Paradise Island January 23-26, Lumina Resort in Exuma and at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge in Abaco, January 26-30, 2018.According to Freda Malcolm, Director of Romance at the BMOTA, “The Bahamas are known the world over for its romance, tranquility and unspoiled beauty and we are just eager to share our unique product with these incredible winners.   All of them can expect to experience complete romance bliss, inclusive of luxurious beachfront accommodations, private dinners, indigenous flowers, sparkling champagne toasts, authentic and intimate settings to the personal and memorable romantic proposals that are planned”.“It has been an absolute pleasure working with the BMOTA,” said James Ambler, CEO of Paparazzi Proposal.“We are really excited about showcasing the variety and beauty of the Islands in The Bahamas and the diverse proposals the couples will experience.   It has been fun providing and helping the winners plan their dream marriage proposal, and we cannot wait to capture it on film,” he said.Also partnering with the BMOTA on this initiative is Froggies Out Islands Adventures.Named the World’s Leading Wedding Destination by World Travel Awards in 2015, the Islands of The Bahamas also held previously, three world wide wedding promotions, called “16 Islands, 16 Weddings One Priceless Day Ceremonies” for couples in Europe, the USA and Canada in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.Release: Ministry of Tourism & Aviationlast_img read more

Lukaku tells Henry Im coming for you

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has his eyes set on Thierry Henry’s Premier League goal tally after surpassing idol Didier Drogba’s recordThe Manchester United striker’s effort at Watford last month was his 105th goal in the English top-flight, which is one more than Drogba’s.Lukaku, who revealed he gets advice from old Chelsea teammate, has now turned his attention towards Arsenal legend and former Belgium assistant coach Henry’s goal tally in the all-time league standings.“When that happened he sent me four cups [for his four Premier League titles] on Snapchat! We speak every day and it’s really nice because he’s been part of the process,” Lukaku told the club website on Drogba’s reaction to passing him.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Now I’m talking to Thierry Henry saying ‘I’m coming for you’ on 175! I’m laughing saying it to him but, deep down, inside he knows I’m dead serious! “Lukaku joined United from Everton last year for £75m and has since managed 31 goals in 62 appearances in all competitions under former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho.The Red Devils will be back in action on Saturday away to Lukaku and Mourinho’s old club Chelsea.last_img read more

Police shoot teen after knife scuffle at Honolulu high school

first_imgAt least one young person was hurt after an officer-involved shooting at a high school in Honolulu on Tuesday morning, according to Honolulu police.A spokesman for the Honolulu Police Department told reporters three officers went to Roosevelt High School after a 17-year-old runaway showed up at the school.After police encountered the young man in a school office, he “became combative” and struck two of the officers, the spokesman said.The 17-year-old pulled out a knife and “began slashing” the officers, the spokesman said. An officer fired two shots at the boy before subduing him.Three officers received minor injuries.Emergency Medical Services Division told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser a 17-year-old boy was shot in the wrist and was taken to the local hospital.KHON-TV reported the head of the local police union was at the scene after the incident.Parents and relatives flocked to Roosevelt High School after the school went into lockdown.“I cannot not be here. This is my child,” the parent of a 10th-grader told KHON-TV.Another woman who identified herself as the grandmother of a student told KHON-TV that “my grandson was texting me, telling me he loved me.”The woman added, “I was fearful for him and the other children to have to experience something like that here in Hawaii.”last_img read more

Effort To Recall Representative Gary Knopp Moves Ahead

first_imgFloyd: “The Division of Elections has to vet our application. There are four grounds that a candidate can be recalled and we have three of those.”  A committee formed and registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to gather signatures needed to request a recall petition from Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer. The committee would need to collect about 1,000 signatures initially, and if the application is accepted, they would then need to gather about 3,000 signatures in order to hold a recall election. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The recall effort to remove Kenai Peninsula Representative Gary Knopp has been set in motion by members of the local community. Representative Knopp: “In the recall petition, they are welcome to do what they want to do. I don’t think they have cause, but if they want to move forward with it that’s their prerogative. I just wish it would be done by people in the district not the haters across the state who aren’t getting what they want.” In a statement from the organization “Recall Gary Knopp” they stated “Representatives should fulfill the duties of their office and represent their constituents. Gary Knopp has failed to perform the duties of his office. Knopp should be recalled from office as soon as possible and replaced by a representative who is committed to representing the people of Kenai and Soldotna”.center_img Two people have filed with APOC to run for Knopp’s seat. Ron Gillham, who challenged Senator Peter Micciche, and former Representative Kelly Wolf. Jason Floyd, Committee Chairman with the campaign: “I was upset, just as many others were, that he had represented himself as a conservative. The first thing he did though was tell everyone he was going to stand against the governor and his agenda, and because he carried the tie-breaking vote he was in a power position to do so. This upset me because on the peninsula we overwhelmingly voted for Governor Dunleavy.”  The move to recall Knopp came roughly a month after “he prevented the House from organizing for 30 days at the beginning of the session.” The group goes on to state that “due to his indecision the House was not been able to finish its work and forced the Legislature into a special session.”last_img read more

Service Members Concerned about Quality of Work Enlisted Chiefs Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The military services’ enlisted leaders highlighted service members’ concerns about the impact of resource constraints — including the deteriorating condition of housing and other facilities — on their readiness, during a hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee on Friday.All four of the enlisted chiefs said their troops are troubled about having enough resources to get their work done and prepare for their mission, reported Army Times. “We call it quality of work,” Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens told the panel. He also cited sailors’ concerns about the deteriorating condition of buildings such as single sailors’ housing and work facilities.“Shore infrastructure is not in the spotlight and doesn’t get a lot of attention, but one of these days we’re going to wake up and realize we’ve got a disaster out there,” he said.Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green echoed Stevens’ comments about the condition of barracks and other buildings. “The budget we’ve been handed doesn’t support everything in the backpack,” he said.The Marine Corps “shouldn’t have to make decisions between quality of work and quality of life,” Green said.Beyond readiness, the impact of stringent budget caps on pay and compensation, and the new blended retirement system also are on the minds of military personnel, the witnesses said.As a result of discussions about budget cuts that have been going on at senior levels, Stevens said, sailors and families “feel it’s a matter of time before it actually occurs. There’s the perceived and the actual. It creates a level of anxiety that’s not healthy for the force.”last_img read more

Bangalore MP slams Kannada activists for vandalizing Hindi

first_imgBENGALURU: Two days ago, in the capital of Karnataka, Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya had hit out at a group of Kannada activists who allegedly vandalised Hindi banners which were put up for a Jain function, claiming that such incidents only serve to defame “genuine” lovers of the regional language. “Deeply hurt over the attack on our Jain brothers in B’luru over Hindi on a banner of a temple by few rowdy elements. They, however, never question the use of Urdu in Bengaluru. Assaulting peaceful Jains who contribute to Karnataka brings infamy to genuine Kannada lovers & activists,” the first-time parliamentarian tweeted. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He has been criticised for giving a “communal angle” to the incident. As per reports, on Saturday evening the Hindi banners that had been put up at the entrance of a Jain prayer hall on Infantry Road were vandalised by the Kannada activists. A complaint was registered with the police by the members of the Jain community. “The state government must respect and not suppress the movement for protecting the land, water and language of Kannadigas. Their demands, which are legitimate, must be met,” he tweeted in Kannada. The young politician, a surprise candidate fielded by the BJP, beat Congress veteran BK Hariprasad by over three lakh votes to claim the Bangalore South constituency in the recent Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

ATM fraud case Two more Romanians held

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police detained two more Romanians from Indore in connection with the ATM fraud case.So far, the Kolkata Police have arrested eight persons in this connection. On Wednesday, Customs officials caught a Romanian national named Nana, who was one of the masterminds behind the entire operation, from the Indo-Nepal border. He was later handed over to the Kolkata Police. Officers of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) interrogated Nana and came to know about two more Romanians, who were also allegedly involved in the racket. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBased on his information, the police conducted raids and detained the two more Romanians — Adrian and Karnel. This came as a major breakthrough for the Kolkata Police as the arrest of the members of the Romanian gang will help to check the cases of ATM fraud. The cops suspect that Adrian and Karnel were in constant touch with Nana, who was running the racket from Delhi. After the arrest of some members of the Romanian gang, Nana had realised that he would soon get caught. So he attempted to flee to Nepal to evade arrest. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the police suspect that there could be involvement of a person from another country in the racket. They are keeping a close watch at the situation and would take necessary moves as soon as they receive any information in this connection. In another major success, the Kolkata Police have got more significant leads about the operation of the gang. The police wanted to know the parameters on the basis of which they used to select the ATM counters to install skimming machines. Sources said during interrogation, the arrested people have stated that they used to install skimming machines in the ATM counters which are situated in busy areas and where there is always rush. The police have also come to know that they used to target ATM counters mainly near hospitals, shopping malls and colleges as people in these areas are always in a hurry to withdraw money and hardly notice if any skimming machine is fitted or not. The police have also come to know the reason behind targeting Kolkata for withdrawing money unauthorisedly from various bank accounts after gathering details of debit cards. The investigating officers have learnt that Kolkata was the new destination to carry out the crime as such practices had already taken place in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.last_img read more

Trans people should get gender care as children says Lancet study

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… I am pleased to welcome leading health journal the Lancet’s positive opinion on the benefits of helping trans people when they are children. Doctors must stop refusing to help trans people GAYSTARNEWS- The Sun is being slammed for ‘scaremongering’ trans drag queen storyBritish sexist advert overhaul could help LGBTI representationTory MP proposes American-style trans toilet restrictions in UKRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Australia’s robust position should help concerns in the NHS too. Their approach remains far too conservative.Most importantly, the guidance should give clinicians the confidence they need to take an individualized approach to treatment, without fear of recrimination.Rigid protocols all over the world prevent young people from accessing life-saving care.And it’s all based on a high standard of care for trans people in Australia.What is Australia doing that is different from the rest of the world?Australia believes in individualized care. They do not have a one size fits all ‘protocol.’ Something many healthcare systems adopt with gender dysphoria.They also believe that children do have the capacity to determine their treatment pathway. This is a controversial stance across the world, and particularly in the UK currently. But in reality what this is promoting is: listening to the child, hearing their story, learning from them.Essentially the focus is on treatment according to capacity to consent and understand, rather than by age.The UK has the regard of a forward-thinking nation. The NHS is supposed to be a flagship admired around the world. But its approach to treating transgender patients can be sorely lacking. I hope the NHS will adopt this into their protocols.Read more from Gay Star News:This doctor gives hormones to trans 12-year-olds and the establishment wants to shut her downcenter_img It comes from reviewing new guidance published by the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service, Melbourne.A key challenge for doctors and healthcare professionals, working in the field of gender care, has been the lack of published guidelines to support them in the treatment of gender variant children and young people.It’s part of the reason a sometimes hysterical debate continues in the UK press about if young trans people should get care when they are younger.So the Lancet’s acknowledgment of the significance of this guidance is a huge step forward. And it is an invitation to healthcare providers worldwide to take note.The guidance itself will offer much-needed safety and protection and finally, a clear structure.I have long said there robust clinical trials and medical evidence has hampered progression in this field.To date, clinical experience and case histories have not been enough to convince those who worry that we may be harming children, that taking affirmative action, rather than refusing to treat, actually saves lives.I am delighted that the authors have given due consideration to the current evidence that we do have and that they have drawn on the opinions and experience of those who have worked in the field.This Lancet study is significant, because of the huge consultation involvedPerhaps most importantly, they have consulted experts widely – hearing and listening to the voices of medical professionals, support groups and those who have the most expertise: young transgender people and their families.The key recommendations that support the social transition, and remove age restrictions on medical transition. This will surely help the severe mental distress that we see in this patient group. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Young trans youth showing their Pride in New York | Photo: GenderFamilyProject Instagram / Daniel Tepperlast_img read more

Massive wildfire at Parque Ecológico Xochimilco officially controlled

first_imgXochimilco, México City — The massive wildfire that affected the pastures of the Parque Ecológico Xochimilco and the Ciénega Grande on Wednesday has been controlled in its entirety. Photo: Medio Ambiente CDMX According the the Xochimilco mayor’s office, the fire, which began around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday affecting approximately 40 hectares of land, was completely contained by 11:00 p.m. that evening. Mayor José Carlos Acosta said, “We still do not know exactly what caused the fire, but what we know that it started inside the Ecological Park and from there it ran to the pasture area and to another point toward Ciénega Grande which is opposite the park.” The office says that so far, they detect dry conditions and high temperatures to be the cause. The fire, which quickly spread to the Ciénega Grande, was brought under control by elements of Protección Civil Xochimilco as well as the General Directorate of the Commission of Natural Resources and Rural Development, the General Directorate of the System of Protected Natural Areas and firefighters from the Ministry of National Defense. The mayor said no casualties were reported, nor was there any damage to homes or property since the fire did not spread to urban areas.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Industry knowledge reliability why I joined The Travel Agent Next Door

first_img About Latest Posts Jill WykesJill Wykes is a travel industry veteran who has held a series of senior management portfolios in travel corporations. A former chairman of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, she is now an independent communications consultant and writer since retiring in 2011. Latest posts by Jill Wykes (see all) Dispelling the myths against going home-based – May 22, 2019 Diversity pays off when agents go home-based: Survey – April 10, 2019 National Travel Agent survey suggests many agents considering going home-based – March 13, 2019 Share Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Tags: Sphere << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img By: Jill Wykes, The Travel Agent Next Door The Travel Agent Next Door asked some of its 280+ travel agents and associate agents what they’ve been able to take off their plate since they joined the fastest-growing agency network in Canada.Agents were also asked them what they would most recommend most about The Travel Agent Next Door to other agents, and why they should join.This column features Jerry Goudreault, AJ Travel the World with Pride, Ottawa.The top 3 things I no longer have to do now that I’m part of The Travel Agent Next Door:Commission splittingBasic accountingBack-office support of new staff, e.g. initial training, initial accounts, password setup, etc.The top 3 reasons I would recommend other agencies join The Travel Agent Next Door:Their professionalismTheir reliability to deliver on what they promiseTheir business and industry knowledge Industry knowledge, reliability: why I joined The Travel Agent Next Doorlast_img read more

The US Organic Trade Association has announced a

first_img The U.S. Organic Trade Association has announced an “engaged and bold plan” to move forward with a voluntary industry-invested organic research, promotion and education check-off program.It said the program will be collaboratively designed and implemented by organic stakeholders across the supply chain.”The Organic Trade Association recognizes great demand for coordinated organic research and promotion, and the organic sector is ready to work together on innovative solutions that will have key benefits for organic,” said Laura Batcha, OTA CEO and executive director.”In today’s political environment, organic companies and stakeholders are increasingly seeking private sector solutions, and the trade association is taking the lead in supporting these efforts.”There is a critical need to educate consumers about organic, for more technical assistance to help more farmers transition to organic, and to loudly promote the organic brand. Responding to that need, we are launching a two-track effort to develop a voluntary governance approach and to also advance initiatives that will deliver immediate big wins for the organic sector.”The trade association has formed a Steering Committee to coordinate and lead the efforts.The committee is charged with addressing the governance questions around a voluntary program to maximize good participation and decision making, and also to bring together right now multi-pronged private efforts to foster coordinated organic research and promotion. U.S.: Record-breaking organic sales rise over $50b … You might also be interested in September 06 , 2018 Helping organic GRO”These big ideas all live under the banner of GRO— shorthand for Generate Results and Opportunity for Organic,” said Batcha.”Everyone in our organic industry has a stake in eliminating consumer confusion, growing the market, and building the organic brand, so we’ll work collectively to ensure the future of organic.”The Steering Committee established two subcommittees to guide the process – a Governance subcommittee and an Immediate Programming subcommittee.The Immediate Programming subcommittee will identify programs to advance organic, and coordinate and fund those programs immediately.These prototype programs will invest in critical needs and serve as proven projects for investment when a formal voluntary program rolls out.Already collaborative programs are being developed and funded. The OTA is joining forces with Organic Voices and the group’s “It’s Not Complicated” campaign to fund a nationwide message drive to reduce the confusion about organic.The goal for the campaign is to raise a minimum of US$1 million for each of the next two years.last_img read more


first_imgairlinesLATAMsustainability LATAM Airlines Group has launched its ‘Recycle your Journey’ program, with the objective to recycle waste from Mercado LATAM, the company’s buy-on-board food service. The ‘Recycle your Journey’ program is part of the ‘Together, More Sustainable’ sustainability strategy of LATAM, considered one of the three most sustainable airline groups in the world.Mercado LATAM packaging on all domestic flights in Chile will be recycled with the segregation of aluminium, glass and plastic. As part of the airline group’s wider sustainability strategy and its commitment to be a leader in on-board recycling, this initiative will be gradually introduced throughout LATAM’s operation in Latin America.“Without the support and willingness of our passengers and the commitment of our cabin crew, on-board recycling is not possible,” said Ignacio Cueto, President of LATAM Airlines Group.Between August and December 2019, the company will recycle more than 20 tonnes of waste from domestic flights in Chile.last_img read more