Funding commitment gaps threaten gains in curbing measles deaths UN warns

3 December 2009Global measles deaths have fallen by 78 per cent within the past decade, with vaccinations saving some 4.3 million lives, but the disease could make a deadly comeback if funding and political will are not sustained, a United Nations-backed study warned today. All regions except South-East Asia – where India alone, with its 1-billion strong population, accounted for three out of four measles deaths in 2008 – have achieved the UN goal of reducing measles mortality by 90 per cent from 2000 to 2010, two years ahead of target, according to the Measles Initiative, a partnership led by UN and United States organizations.Overall, the annual number of deaths worldwide has plunged from an estimated 733,000 in 2000 to about 164,000 last year.But the Measles Initiative cautioned that a let-up in effort could send annual deaths surging to more than half a million in 2013. “So much has been achieved in the past several years thanks to the hard work and commitment of national governments and donors, but with only two years until the target date, there are signs of stalling momentum,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said.“This is a highly contagious disease that can quickly take advantage of any lapse in effort,” she added, citing a funding gap of $59 million for 2010. Immunization experts fear the combined effect of decreased political and financial commitment could result in an estimated 1.7 million measles-related deaths between 2010 and 2013, stressing that even the current reduced rate of 450 deaths a day is still hundreds too many for a disease that can be easily prevented.In the hold-out region of South-East Asia, which beyond India includes heavily populated Indonesia and Bangladesh, measles deaths declined by only 46 per cent between 2000 and 2008, with delayed implementation of large-scale vaccination campaigns in India largely accountable for the lack of progress.“Three out of four children who died from measles in 2008 were in India,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “India’s plan to scale up its measles vaccination campaign in many parts of the country is very encouraging.” Kathy Calvin, Chief Executive Officer for the UN Foundation, a public charity created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes, noted that more children than ever are scheduled to be vaccinated in 2010. “Next year, some of the most populous countries – China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Nigeria, and Ethiopia – are planning national immunization campaigns. We’re looking at a pivotal year for measles vaccination and the financial commitments haven’t kept up with the demand,” she stressed. Measles is among the world’s most contagious diseases and one of the leading causes of death among children. Even the healthy and well-nourished, if unvaccinated, are at risk, with pneumonia, diarrhoea, and encephalitis among the severe complications. But in vulnerable populations the disease is deadly. The Measles Initiative – a partnership launched in 2001 and led by the UN Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, the American Red Cross and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – provides technical and financial support to governments and communities on vaccination campaigns and disease surveillance worldwide. It works with several key partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Japanese Agency for Development Cooperation, among others. read more

UN awaiting reply from Governing Council on OilforFood probe spokesman

With Secretary-General Kofi Annan set to appoint an independent panel this week to look into allegations of corruption within the United Nations Oil-for-Food humanitarian operation for Iraq, the country’s Governing Council still has not replied to Mr. Annan’s request for help in investigating the charges, a UN spokesman said today.The UN’s in-house watchdog – the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) – has written the Governing Council twice, on 6 February and 11 March, asking for cooperation, spokesman Fred Eckhard said in answer to press questions in New York. The United Nations did not know why it had not yet received a response.He noted that OIOS has received a letter from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), signed by Administrator L. Paul Bremer, promising support to the Office and that the UN’s auditing branch was satisfied by the response.Yesterday Mr. Eckhard announced that Mr. Annan expected to communicate to the Security Council the details of the panel’s terms of reference and the names of its members.Asked today whether the Secretary-General would need a response from the Council, the spokesman said Mr. Annan did not feel that there needed to be a Council resolution, but there could be a statement or letter in response.”The whole point of this consultation with Council members over the last two weeks was to convince them of the need for such an independent investigation in the hopes that he would get their support,” Mr. Eckhard said. “Without government support this investigation is not going to go very far, so he is hoping for some kind of signal from the Council that they support this effort.”Responding to a question about the growing number of UN and outside investigations into the allegations, Mr. Eckhard said the United Nations would only have one probe, with OIOS turning over to the panel whatever evidence it has gathered.”The Secretary-General has been working for several weeks to get this broader investigation going. I think he would welcome any additional light that others could shed on the situation, either out of Baghdad or out a national capital,” the spokesman said. “But I think he feels it’s his responsibility to launch a UN-based investigation of this UN programme.” read more

Reality check All carbon policies carry a price despite HarperMulcair hot air

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2012 3:08 pm MDT OTTAWA – Any measure to reduce carbon emissions has a price — regardless of what Stephen Harper or Tom Mulcair has to say.Whether it be a cap-and-trade system, a full-fledged carbon tax or the federal government’s sector-by-sector regulations, each policy to curtail the amount of greenhouse gases sent into the atmosphere comes with a hefty price tag — as well as considerable benefits.The differences between the policies are many, however. Who pays the price? How transparent is the price on carbon? And how effective is the policy in reducing emissions in time to meet international commitments?These questions are barely being discussed in the deafening Conservative attack on NDP climate policies that kicked off this week’s new session of Parliament.“What my concern is is that there is no way to have a rational debate about sound policy against climate change in Canada. Without carbon pricing, you cannot succeed,” a frustrated Liberal MP Stephane Dion said.“It’s not the only answer, but it’s part of the answer.”The Conservatives are accusing the NDP of trying to spring a nasty “tax on everything” on the public, through its carbon-pricing proposal to set up a cap-and-trade system.“Canadians and people across the globe know we have a government smart enough to reject dumb ideas like a $20-billion carbon tax,” Harper told the House of Commons on Monday.A cap-and-trade system is not the same as a carbon tax.Both policies would reduce carbon emissions and would come with a cost that industry and consumers would have to pay in one way or another. But they function in very different ways.With a cap-and-trade system, the country’s main emitters would pay the government to buy permits to emit greenhouse gases, and then trade them so that the companies that can cut emissions most efficiently is effectively paid by other companies to do so.It’s the policy favoured by the NDP, and it used to be the leading option for the federal Conservatives as well. Alberta has already adopted a version of cap-and-trade, as has Quebec. Ontario and Manitoba have committed to moving in that direction.Analysis done by American officials has shown that a cap-and-trade system in the United States reduced the cost of reducing emissions by about 50 per cent, compared to a traditional regulatory approach, says University of Ottawa professor Stewart Elgie, chair of the Sustainable Prosperity think tank.A carbon tax is even cheaper, if the British Columbia experience is a guide, Elgie said.There, the provincial government has been able to use revenue from its carbon tax to lower income tax, more than making up for the higher cost of gasoline that consumers feel at the pumps, he said.Plus, a carbon tax can be implemented quickly, without the government having to go industry by industry to examine who is emitting what, and how, and then decide how to limit the emissions.“They’re different systems. One limits emissions, the other puts a price on carbon. They both can work. They’re both more effective than conventional…regulation,” Elgie said.“The idea that either a tax or a trading system would hurt the economy is dead wrong. The evidence is all to the contrary. Just look at B.C. and Alberta, look at six European countries that have done this. In fact it’s the absence of a carbon price that can hurt the economy.”Indeed, federal documentation shows there is no free lunch.The federal policy of regulating emitters sector by sector — “command and control,” as business likes to call the approach — also carries hidden costs.Buried deep in federal regulations to restrict emissions in the coal-fired electricity sector, officials explain that the costs of those new rules is about $16 billion in today’s terms. About half of the cost is due to increased consumption of natural gas that will be the side-effect of cracking down on coal.The coal regs come with benefits too, which federal officials estimate will more than offset the costs by a margin of $7 billion. That’s because of the savings on health care, power generation and dealing with climate change.Similarly, the cost associated with regulations on emissions for heavy vehicles is about $800 million, by far offset by benefits worth $5 billion. And passenger vehicle rules are expected to cost Canada $4.2 billion, offset by benefits of $13.4 billion.So even though the Conservatives are not even close to finishing regulating emitters — they still have to do oil and gas, and several other major sectors — the costs are already well above the $20 billion Harper accuses Mulcair’s plan of costing.The benefits are also substantial, just as they would be with a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, experts say.But sector-by-sector regulations require heavy-handed government control and lead to uncertainty and unpredictable politicking, businesses frequently complain.Plus, numerous experts including the federal environment auditor and the now-defunct National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy say that the policies will not be in place soon enough for Canada to reach its international commitments to cut emissions by 2020.Elgie argued that delaying a clear price on carbon is also costing Canadians dearly. He points to B.C. forests decimated by pine beetles, and the loss of a way of life in the North.Regardless of what is said at the federal level, a price on carbon is steadily becoming a reality in Canada — through provincial policy, and through international market pressure, says Josh Laughren, director of climate and energy at the Canadian branch of the World Wildlife Fund.Carbon pricing “is not a dirty word anywhere except in the Ottawa bubble,” he said in a recent interview.With most of the big provinces already having adopted or moving towards emissions-control schemes, it’s only a matter of time before a pan-Canadian arrangement becomes a necessity, he added.“Price on carbon is coming. It’s here, to some extent.” Reality check: All carbon policies carry a price, despite Harper-Mulcair hot air AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

On Day four of UN Assembly debate leaders from vulnerable island States

UN Photo/Manuel EliasPrime Minister Prime Minister Timothy Harris of Saint Kitts and Nevis addresses the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.It was a theme taken up by fellow Caribbean leader, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados. “Barbados, the Caribbean and other small islands have had to confront the reality that our percentage in trade of goods and services is miniscule, but we are bound by the same rules that apply to those who dominate and can distort global trade,” she said.“Small States like mine were shepherded out of agriculture and told that services were the route we should use for development. My country, for example, tried financial services pursuant to double taxation treaties, utilizing due diligence, operating a clean jurisdiction that is not a tax haven and complying with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) requirements.“Now we are being told our tax practices are harmful and unfair competition to those who still enjoy the bulk of the revenues in global trade and service.”As if pre-planned to highlight climate change’s devastating effects, Tropical Storm Kirk churned past her country even as she addressed the Assembly, and she left UN Headquarters to return home.[We] strongly urge the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses to take urgent actions in reducing this harmful emission. Reduce now or regret later – Prime Minister Houenipwela of Solomon IslandsBut before she departed, Mrs. Motley, the island nation’s first woman Prime Minister, used the podium to make a fervent appeal for recognition of women’s role in humanity’s progress.“This United Nations must show leadership in recognizing the talents and contributions of women to human civilization and progress,” she told the Assembly, explain that women have value and give much, whether they labour over smoking wood fires; whether [they] are trapped in poverty because of a lack of opportunity, equality and respect; whether they lead countries; whether they stay at home to care for families; or whether they come to the UN.”Reduce now or regret laterIn the exponentially vaster Pacific region, Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama laid out the human toll. “I meet thousands of Fijian women, men and children every year who have suffered from the latest wave of climate-related impacts; the cyclones, the flooding, the prolonged droughts, and the steadily rising seas, he said.“I meet with the farmers whose crops have been washed away, the teachers and students who have lost their schools and the families whose homes have been destroyed. They want their Prime Minister to demand that the world take action on their behalf.”UN Photo/Kim HaughtonFellow Pacific Islander, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas of Vanuatu demanded that the industrial world step up to plate with the aid they pledged for climate mitigation. “The Governments of the industrialized countries promised to release $100 billion a year in climate funds for vulnerable countries by 2020,” he said.“We demand that the highest priority be accorded to these pledges and a concrete road plan to mobilize and constitute the promised funds be put in place in the shortest possible time, because climate change is raging fiercely.”               Solomon Islands Prime Minister Ricky Nelson Houenipwela also called for collective global leadership in climate change action and appropriate financial support.“Solomon Islands joins other Pacific island States in strongly urging the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses to take urgent actions in reducing this harmful emission. Reduce now or regret later,” he warned.Though their focus was on the potential climatic catastrophe looming over them, this is not to say that the island speakers ignored other world crises including conflict, security and development that figured in the speeches of scores of other world leaders who mounted the podium on day four. Island States have spoken on previous days, but on Friday a total of 10 island leaders took turns explaining to world Heads of State and Government not only the catastrophic impacts of climate change caused by centuries of industrial pollution from northern nations, but the disadvantages they face in the financial domain as soon as they improve the lot of their people.A jumble of acronyms, but little action      As soon as a country graduates from the status of low income country – or least developed country (LDC) in UN parlance – with an annual per capita gross national income (GNI) below $1,005, to middle-income country (MIC), with a GNI between $1,005 and $12,235, it loses access to concessionary financing, as St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet explained, noting the acronyms weighing down his Caribbean State.“I stand before you today as a leader of a small Island developing State – a SIDS, which is also a middle- income country – a MIC,’ he said.“The world acknowledges our ‘acronyms,’ but little or nothing changes… We continue to struggle under the weight of international frameworks that do not provide an enabling environment for my country to chart an effective sustainable development path, or even to be able to take control of our own destiny.”UN Photo/Kim HaughtonParis Accord can help turn the tide to fund climate actionFrom the Pacific island nation of Samoa, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, said it was a moral imperative for the world to act decisively and collectively, calling for full implementation of the Paris climate accord that seeks to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.“Climate change poses the single greatest threat especially to small Island developing states like Samoa, not through our doing or choice,” he said, alluding to the fact those most vulnerable to climate change’s impact are those who contributed least to global warming.“The Pacific region is already facing the destructive impacts of climate change and disasters – cyclones, floods, droughts. Sea level rise and ocean acidification are taking their toll on the health and the wellbeing of our peoples, environment and economies. Disaster-related economic losses in Pacific island countries as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) are higher than almost anywhere else in the world,” he added.“The United Nations remains our last best hope to provide the political will and the necessary commitment to turn the tide against climate change.”UN Photo/Kim HaughtonFrom the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth of Mauritius took a global view of the issue.“As we have seen in California, the Carolinas, the Philippines, China, Europe and elsewhere, the frequency of extreme weather events demonstrates that the impacts of climate change can affect every country on every continent. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, and wildfires are becoming deadlier,” he warned.“Without a renewed global commitment to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects we will fail to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, and endanger our planet as well as our own survival.”On cue, Tropical Storm Kirk barrels down on the Caribbean   Prime Minister Hubert A. Minnis of the Bahamas highlighted the enormous dangers facing the Caribbean islands, with economies dependent on tourism under dire threat. “We see this in rising sea levels, the loss of coral reefs, the increased volume of acid in our oceans, and more severe and frequent hurricanes and typhoons,” he said.“Tourism is the world’s largest industry. It is also the lifeblood of the Bahamian economy. Millions of tourists travel to the Bahamas annually because of our beautiful turquoise waters and biodiversity,” he added, stressing the vital importance of the sustainable use of the world’s seas and oceans free from pollution, especially of plastics.We see this in rising sea levels, the loss of coral reefs, and more severe and frequent hurricanes and typhoons – Prime Minister Hubert of the Bahamas For fellow Caribbean leader, Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis, it was the unfairness of island States paying for the sins of polluters from elsewhere. “Climate change is largely the consequence of actions of more developed countries, their carbon emissions and harmful lifestyles. Yet SIDS pay an unfair price ­– a price so high that, for many of us, climate change presents an existential threat.”He too criticized the financial quirk that punished middle-income countries for their progress. “We reiterate our calls for the international community to address with urgency the sterile measure of per capita income now employed,” he said.“The international community cannot on the one hand claim to help SIDS while in the same vein classify us as middle- and high-income countries based on archaic financial models that ultimately deny access to critical developmental assistance and hinder investment financing.” read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse loses 5th game of the season falls to

Junior midfielder Turner Evans (5) watches the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern reporterThe struggle to piece wins together continues for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team.The Buckeyes (1-5, 0-0) dropped their third straight game early in the season after falling to No. 9 Denver, 9-5, Saturday.Playing as non-conference opponents for the first time since before 1998, freshman midfielder John Kelly opened up the scoring after recording his first career goal on an assist from junior midfielder David Planning, who led the Buckeyes with a career-high three goals and four points.However, Denver responded quickly as freshman attackman Zach Miller scored his first of five goals just more than a minute later.After two more goals put the Pioneers up 3-1, the Buckeyes used a man-up goal from Planning as well as a goal from freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh to tie the game at three before halftime.Junior midfielder Jesse King, who leads OSU in scoring with 22 points on the year, recorded the assist on Blubaugh’s goal to extend his point streak to 29 games.The teams traded goals coming out of the break, but Denver used a five-goal run to seize a 9-4 lead late in the fourth quarter.Planning scored the fifth goal for the Buckeyes off an assist from Kelly, but OSU — who was stymied for much of the second half — could not draw any closer as the Pioneers closed out the victory.This was the second consecutive game the Buckeyes were limited to five goals, after they fell to Hofstra, 7-5, March 8.Offensively, the Pioneers were led by Miller, who finished with a career-best seven points on five goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Jeremy Noble, who was drafted sixth overall in January’s Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Denver Outlaws, had three points (one goal, two assists) on the night.OSU senior goaltender Dutton made six saves for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return home next week for its first of three straight games in Columbus, set to take on ECAC opponent Bellarmine (4-2, 0-2). read more

Aladdin Shows Us How a Savior Can Survive on Once Upon a

first_img Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time Stay on target This week, Once Upon a Time took us to a land, to a faraway place where the caravan camels roam. Sorry, it’s just that they’re finally including one of my favorite childhood Disney movies and it’s taking every ounce of self-control not to fill this recap with song lyrics. Oh, there’s also some stuff with Emma, but we’ll get to that later. For now, Aladdin!We begin in Agrabah, city of mystery, of enchantment. Jafar has caught a few thieves stealing food and makes an example out of them by turning them into literal street rats (I don’t buy that). Aladdin uses the distraction to pick a few pockets and steal some food. He’s caught by Jasmine, but instead of turning him in, she enlists him, under threat of having him arrested, in her quest to get rid of Jafar.Together, they go to the Cave of Wonders to seek the Diamond in the Rough. They find a diamond in the cave, carefully balanced on a sword. Sensing some sort of trap, Aladdin grabs a small golden monkey and does a little Indiana Jones impersonation to grab the diamond. As soon as it’s in his hands, though, the diamond crumbles. Jasmine’s suspicions are confirmed. Aladdin is the Diamond and will be the savor of Agrabah.Jasmine (Karen David) and Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) in the Cave of Wonders. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Aladdin is initially reluctant, but Jasmine is confident that he’ll come around and gives him a gift for saving the city. She leaves him in the cave to think and Jafar suddenly appears along with his bird. Though this version of Iago lacks Gilbert Gottfried’s voice, he is able to show Aladdin a vision of his future, revealing to him that saviors die. He offers Aladdin another future: use magic shears to sever himself from his fate and live.Jasmine rushes to her father but finds he’s being controlled by Jafar. Assuming that Aladdin has taken his offer, Jafar appears and locks Jasmine in the hourglass. Man, we are speeding right through this movie, huh? Ever the hero, Aladdin flies in on a magic carpet, reveals he didn’t take the deal, rescues the princess and breaks Jafar’s staff. The sultan is suddenly himself again and Jafar warns Aladdin that he will pay for taking the path of the savior.Jasmine offers Aladdin any reward he wants, and he requests that she come with him so they can fight Jafar together. He even offers to show her the world (shining, shimmering, spleeeendiid–OK, I’ll stop)! She turns him down, saying she still has work to do in Agrabah. As he walks away, we learn that Jafar has given him a gift: the scissors and a note instructing him to use them when the savior’s burden becomes too much.Jafar loves his hourglass trap. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Back in Storybrooke, Emma and Hopper are searching for the oracle. They find her dead, and Shireen is fleeing the scene. Emma arrests her during the interrogation, Shireen reveals that she is Princess Jasmine (shocking, I know), and that she’s looking for Aladdin. She also reveals that Aladdin is the savior and, she thinks is still alive.Meanwhile, at Hopper’s office, The Evil Queen shows up and demands to know what Emma sees in her visions. She admits to killing the oracle before kidnapping Hopper and taking on his form. She delivers him to Zelena for safekeeping. He tries to convince her that she doesn’t have to be evil like her sister, but it doesn’t work. The Evil Queen eventually shows up to take Zelena out and convince her to embrace her full wicked self. Zelena does, turning Hopper back into a cricket and keeping him in a cage above her baby’s crib.Convinced that Aladdin is proof that saviors don’t have to die, Emma rushes off to find him. The Evil Queen, disguised as Hopper tries to find out what she’s been seeing in her visions. She tells him/her that if she can find Aladdin, she’ll be able to tell her family. When finding him proves to be harder than they thought, Hopper/Queen follows Emma into her home and convinces her to tell her family her secret.The Evil Queen disguises herself as Dr. Hopper Raphael Sbarge). (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Regina is not pleased to learn that Emma suspects that she will eventually kill her and runs off to try a different kind of locator spell. If she can’t be helpful in the future, she’ll be sure to do her part now, she reasons.The spell leads them to a tomb full of skeletons. When Jasmine finds the gift she gave to Aladdin back in Agrabah, she thinks he must be dead. Emma, seeing that all saviors do have to die, says she needs to be alone for a minute. Henry blames himself for making her the savior in the first place, but Emma reassures him she wouldn’t have it any other way.That’s when Aladdin shows up, not nearly as dead as we had assumed. He reveals that he used the scissors Jafar left for him and is no longer the savior. She convinces him to go to Jasmine and tell her everything. She then asks Hook to get rid of the scissors. Hook pretends to drop them in the ocean, but remember, he was never completely OK with the fact that the woman he loves is destined to die. As the episode ends, he pockets the scissors and heads back into town.Regina (Lana Parilla) holds the scissors that can sever a person from fate. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)While the Storybrooke sequences were a little weak this time around, the Aladdin storyline held my attention. Flying in on a magic carpet to defeat an evil sorcerer is always cool, and anything that gives me the slightest excuse to belt out Alan Menken songs in my apartment is fine by me. It also helps that the casting for the Agrabah scenes is perfect. Especially Oded Fehr as a truly frightening Jafar. We’ll see if the addition of the scissors raises the stakes in any meaningful way, but for now that plotline will have to make way for Prince Ali.last_img read more

FIFAs The Best Mens Coach award The candidates revealed

first_imgFIFA have released their shortlist of nominees for their annual Best Men’s Coach award with Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane leading the wayIn only his second season at Manchester City, Guardiola led the club to a record-breaking domestic double in England last season with City becoming the first team to ever break the 100-point barrier in the Premier League, while also breaking another eight records in the process and finishing 19 points ahead of runners-up Manchester United.Meanwhile, Zidane led Real Madrid to an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title and won the award last year.France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps has also made the list after leading Les Bleus to only their second world crown and becoming only the third person to win the competition as both a player and a coach in the men’s game.England manager Gareth Southgate is perhaps the surprise candidate on the list after leading a young Three Lions squad past the group stages of the World Cup and into the semi-finals, where they narrowly lost out to Croatia after over 120 minutes of football.It was also England’s first appearance in the last four of the World Cup in 28 years.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has also made the list after leading his side to the final of last season’s Champions League.Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic, Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde, Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov, and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are the other names to have made the list.OFFICIAL | The nominees for #TheBest FIFA Men’s Coach 2018: Massimiliano Allegri Stanislav Cherchesov Zlatko Dalic Didier Deschamps Pep Guardiola Jurgen Klopp Roberto Martinez Diego Simeone Gareth Southgate Ernesto Valverde Zinedine ZidaneFor the period 3 July 2017-15 July 2018— (@FIFAcom) July 24, 2018last_img read more

Lack of hygiene at 5meal canteen

first_imgMadhura Nagar: Annapurna Canteen (Rs 5 meals scheme centres), launched by GHMC, in Madhura Nagar is frequented by a lot of people, but lack of civic sense is turning the place an eyesore. Food and plates are strewn all over. The staff of the canteen neither provide a place nor do customers feel it necessary to dispose of the plates properly.The leftover food decomposes and starts to attract rodents and strays causing a lot of menace for the locals living there. The entire nearby area fills with disposable plates and plastic glasses.last_img read more

ObamaBacked Committee Targeting Races In 11 States Including Texas

first_imgAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastIn this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama address the participants at a summit on climate change involving mayors from around the globe in Chicago.A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama said this week it plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in 11 states this year, with its heaviest focus on Ohio.The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, said this year’s election cycle is critical to affecting the congressional redistricting process. It is the first cycle whose winners will participate in drawing congressional maps for the decade starting in 2021.The push comes amid bipartisan national concern that political gerrymandering, the process of drawing maps that benefit one party over another, has led to partisanship, gridlock and incivility in Washington.“In 2011, Republicans created gerrymandered districts that locked themselves into power and shut out voters from the electoral process,” Holder said in announcing the group’s electoral targets on Wednesday. “By focusing on these state and local races, we can ensure Democrats who will fight for fairness have a seat at the table when new maps are drawn in 2021.”The group is targeting races in 11 states, including nine gubernatorial races, 18 legislative chambers, two ballot initiatives and two down-ballot races. Eight more states are on the committee’s watch list.In Ohio, a perennial political battleground, the committee plans to support Democrats for five offices — governor, auditor, secretary of state, Ohio Senate and Ohio House — as well as pushing a redistricting ballot measure.Other target races include:— Colorado: Governor, state Senate— Florida: Governor, state Senate— Georgia: Governor, state Senate— Michigan: Governor, state Senate, state House, ballot initiative— Minnesota: Governor, state Senate, state House— Nevada: Governor, state Senate, state House— North Carolina: State Senate, state House— Pennsylvania: Governor, state Senate, state House— Texas: State Senate, state House— Wisconsin: Governor, state SenateThe group also participated in the Virginia House last year, and has targeted both its House and Senate in 2019.On its watch list are ballot initiatives in Arizona, Missouri, South Dakota and Utah; the governor’s and state Senate races in Maine; and the governor’s, state Senate and state House races in New Hampshire.Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, also has been championing redistricting reforms, including working with fellow Republican, movie star and ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminate Gerrymandering Crowdpac.Ohio lawmakers sent a bipartisan redistricting compromise to the statewide May ballot in a vote this week. Sharelast_img read more

Increased School Counselor Staffing Could Lead To Earlier Intervention

first_img 00:00 /00:52 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: iStockClassroom DesksBefore things get to the point of expulsion, the school usually has had numerous interactions with a student. Janet Pozmantier is with the Center for School Behavioral Health, and said early intervention is key, and that means increased staffing.“Counselors are so busy with academic concerns they are unable to provide mental health counseling to students. But that all goes back up to the willingness or our state legislature to allocate the resources necessary.”Pozmantier advocates treating physical and mental health care with equal importance.“Marrying traditional medicine with mental health care all in the same setting — early identification, early intervention is key, and that’s what a school-based clinic could do.”The man accused of killing 17 in a Florida high school is a former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. Xlast_img read more

KMC holds meeting to take stock of desiltation work

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) held a meeting with the state Irrigation & Waterways department on Monday, to take stock of desiltation work in the canals to ensure that water drains out through these canals properly during the monsoon and there is no accumulation of water. There are around 16 canals under the KMC area that come under the aegis of the state Irrigation department.”I had sought a report from the Irrigation department on March 13, on the progress in desiltation work of the clogged canals within a month. They have submitted a list of the canals and the projected time in which they will complete the work. They have also mentioned the time when they will take up such work again,” said Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSingh has directed his departmental DG Amit Roy to fix a date so that he can take stock of the desiltation work himself. “We have to ensure that during heavy rainfall, the water is able to pass through the gully pits into the underground drainage system, so that we can use our drainage pumping station to pump the water into the river through these canals,” said a senior official of the Drainage department who attended the meeting. The Kolkata Environment Improvement Investment Programme (KEIIP), with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has integrated a few pumping stations while several pipelines have been cleansed during the dry weather. Pump capacities have also been increased. The meeting in KMC headquarters on Monday was chaired by Singh. State Irrigation minister Saumen Kumar Mahapatra could not attend the meeting because of his preoccupation but senior officials of his department attended the meeting along with officials of KMC’s Drainage department.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | February 08, 2013 Identive Announces Radiation Resistant RFID Tracking Labels for Medical Industry Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more February 8, 2013 — Identive Group Inc. announced new radio frequency identification (RFID) labels for the medical industry that are specially designed to withstand the radiation processes commonly used to sterilize medical devices, equipment and supplies. 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Air Mauritius names APG as its GSA in Canada and the US

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Mauritius, APG, GSA Posted by Air Mauritius names APG as its GSA in Canada and the U.S. Sharecenter_img PORT LOUIS — Air Mauritius has chosen APG as its General Representative (GSA) in Canada and the U.S. “APG extensive coverage in North America is a perfect match with AIR MAURITIUS’ development ambitions in these markets,” says Philippe BRIEU – Manager France, Offline Europe & North America – Air Mauritius.“APG is delighted and honored to represent AIR MAURITIUS in countries as important as US and Canada. I am confident that our team of professionals in the field will ensure the success of the airline in these both markets,” says Sandrine de Saint Sauveur, CEO & President – APG Inc. See Travelweek Group Wednesday, September 26, 2018 last_img read more

Iran condemns Israeli attack on Gaza Strip

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran has condemned Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip.Iranian state TV on Thursday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as calling the Israeli bombardment of Gaza “organized terrorism.”Mehmanparast also said the silence of international organizations regarding Israel’s actions has encouraged the Jewish state to pursue more aggressive policies. He urged other countries to cut ties with Israel as a punitive measure. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Israel launched its military operation Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas’ top military commander in Gaza. It then pounded the seaside strip with a series of strikes from warplanes, tanks and naval gunboats. Israel warned that it could widen the offensive to include a ground attack.Iran is a close ally of Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Neither Hamas nor Iran recognizes Israel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Omani opulence in the city

first_imgIntertwining ancient tradition, history and spectacular sea and mountain scapes, Oman is perched to provide the best the Gulf region has to offer as a quality destination and has been focussing on enticing quality travellers, according to Ms Tannous.“Oman is a destination that is emerging for our market region. The rich cultural diversity lends the country to be a stand alone destination in its own right or for those limited to time, a mini stay of 3 or 4 nights.  The growth in tourism has been deliberately controlled to allow for the quality versus the quantity of visitors,” Ms Tannous said.Speaking exclusively to e-Travel Blackboard, Ms Tannous said she was thrilled with the increase in visitor arrivals from Australia and New Zealand which she attributed to an increase in co-operation with major wholesale partners focusing on Oman, and expected the trend to continue in 2011 as more  travellers experience the destination firsthand. The Sultanate of Oman Tourism is represented by The Walshe Group in Australia and New Zealand.For more information on Oman, call 02 9286 8930, email or visit The Sultante of Oman Tourism, Mona Tannous Showered in rose petals, The Walshe Group, Janaya Birse & The Sultanate of Oman Tourism, Mona Tannous An Omani Majlis set up for the special occasion The Walshe Group: Janaya Birse, Jacqui Walshe & Mona Tannous Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M The Sultanate of Oman Tourism hosted key industry partners to a petal-strewn affair at Sydney’s very own Souk in the City, marking the  launch of their new brand campaign in the region.Heralding a new phase of Oman tourism, Manager Australia and New Zealand, Mona Tannous said the new logo and brand manifesto represented a new direction for the country to take this year. “In essence, the new logo is a symbol of the best of what Oman has to offer in its vibrancy and diversity to other Gulf countries,” Ms Tannous said.The official launch of their latest international advertising campaign will be held at World Travel Mart in November, however as a prelude, the logo along with the new tag line, ‘Beauty has an address ~ Oman’, is already being used in several local promotions. last_img read more

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first_img RelatedTravelport improves web itinerary toolTravel agents in the region also look set to benefit from the enhanced tool.Travelport rakes in GDS awardsA strew of January awards have seen Travelport claim that it is the favoured travel technology partner of OTA’s.GDS’ must adapt to LCC and legacy carrier Asian innovationLow cost airlines and ‘legacy carriers’ are catering to different markets and both should be accommodated by GDS systems. An interview with the chief executive of Travelport outlining the firm’s takeover of global distribution system (GDS) Worldspan has been named in a list of the most popular stories of 2007 on website Business Travel News Online.The site said that the interview with Jeff Clarke, which took place back in January, “ended the years of rumours surrounding the fate of Worldspan ownership.” Formed in 1990, Worldspan is now used by hundreds of travel agents and travel related websites to book airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and tour packages.Earlier this month, Travelport, which also owns Galileo GDS, revealed that it would be replacing its Worldspan rail booking tool with an improved Galileo version by 2008. Patrick Lukan, general manager of UK and Ireland for Travelport GDS, said: “Following Travelport’s acquisition of Worldspan, the Galileo and Worldspan teams have been working hard to combine their expertise to offer agents and their customers the most effective products in the marketplace.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

The Tides one of Kor Hotel Groups elite hotel br

first_imgThe Tides, one of Kor Hotel Group’s elite hotel brands, will honor “World Ocean Day” on June 8, 2008 with vacation packages that will continue to generate donations for the The Tides’ partnership with Oceana, the largest international organization working solely to protect the oceans and a major proponent of “World Ocean Day.” A percentage of each package booked will go to advance the organization’s efforts to protect essential ocean habitats and marine life and to reduce over-fishing. Packages are available at each Tides property – in South Beach, Riviera Maya and Zihuatanejo – and feature local, ecologically friendly seafood selections along with other ocean-based amenities and activities.Package Details:The Tides South Beach: Three nights accommodations in an Ocean Front Studio Suite; welcome “Coral VeeV” cocktail upon arrival and three-course, sumptuous sustainable seafood dinner at La Marea restaurant. Menu selections include: Seared Diver Scallops served with taggiasca olive tapenate and herbs oil; Fettuccini Maine Lobster with mint and cream; and Striped Bass Fillet steamed in an aromatic papillote (parchment pouch) to seal in flavors. Total price is $1,135 single occupancy or $1,256 double occupancy, including tax and gratuities. Available for Sunday through Thursday night stays only. No menu or cocktail substitutions. For reservations call 866-891-0950 or visit The Tides South Beach is located at 1220 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, FL.The Tides Riviera Maya: Three nights accommodations in a Luxury Villa; choice of sea kayaking -OR- day of diving for two; and ceviche tasting for two. Total price is $2,125, excluding tax and service charges. Based on double occupancy. For reservations call (866) 332 1672 or visit The Tides Riviera Maya is located on Playa Xcalacoco on the Riviera Maya, Mexico.The Tides Zihuatanejo: Three nights accommodations in a Lagoon Suite; Lava Shell Therapy treatment for two in the newly re-designed Tides Spa; and ceviche tasting for two. Total price is $2,080, excluding tax and service charges. Based on double occupancy. For reservations call (866) 905 9560 or visit The Tides Zihuatanejo is located on Playa la Ropa in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico.Guests can learn more about the partnership between Oceana and The Tides at, a page highlighting the efforts of the campaign. The site also offers special online-only Oceana room rates for all Tides locations, which donate a portion of the nightly pre-taxed rate to Oceana and are available year-around.last_img read more

FILE In this Jan 31 2019 file photo Don Cheadl

first_img FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2019, file photo Don Cheadle, a cast member in the Showtime series “Black Monday,” poses for a portrait during the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. On Saturday, Feb. 16, Cheadle delivered some political messages along with jokes as he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2019 6:13 am PDT NEW YORK — Don Cheadle delivered some political messages along with jokes as he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time.The actor sported a T-shirt that said “Protect Trans Kids” as he introduced musical guest Gary Clark Jr.And in closing Saturday’s show, Cheadle wore a jersey with the former Soviet Union’s initials on the front, while the back bore the name “Trump” and the number 45 — as in the 45th U.S. president, Donald Trump.Trump tweeted Sunday there’s “nothing funny” about “SNL.” Saturday’s show also featured Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Trump.The Republican president called the show “tired” and criticized TV networks for what he called “total Republican hit jobs.”Cheadle earned an Academy Award nomination for 2004’s “Hotel Rwanda.” His other films include “Traffic,” ”Crash” and some “Avengers” movies.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Don Cheadle sports political shirts as he hosts ‘SNL’last_img read more

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