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Bill And Melinda Gates Honored With Spirit Of Helen Keller Award

first_imgHelen Keller International (HKI), a leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the causes and consequences of preventable blindness and malnutrition, continued its year-long Centennial Celebration with the 2015 Spirit of Helen Keller Gala on Monday, May 18, 2015.Melinda Gates was in attendance to receive the 2015 Spirit of Helen Keller AwardCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event raised more than $1.5 Million in support of its sight- and lifesaving efforts in in 21 African and Asian countries, and in the United States.The sold out event hosted 400 supporters at the New York Public Library in New York City in celebrating the landmark anniversary, as well as two of the organization’s many prestigious partners in the fight against preventable vision loss and malnutrition.Melinda Gates accepted The Spirit of Helen Keller Award, on behalf of herself and husband, Bill Gates, for their transformational leadership, efforts in reducing malnutrition and hunger, and focus on empowering women as co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The award was established in 1959, during Helen Keller’s lifetime, to honor those whose work embraces the legacy of courage and promise of our founder.“One of my favorite Helen Keller quotes is ‘Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.’ And the proof is this great organization that has brought us all together and done so much over the course of 100 years,” Gates said. “It is an honor to receive an award from an organization that has taught me so much, and I am humbled to be associated in any way with the spirit of Helen Keller.”Bill Gates, who was not able to attend, also shared a special message to HKI via a pre- recorded video. “Helen Keller International is one of the most innovative and important organizations in the field of health. Our Foundation is proud to partner with you on some breakthrough initiatives.”Dr. David Nabarro, United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy on Ebola and Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition, was honored with the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to position malnutrition as a central issue within the development dialogue, and to ensure an effective response to the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa.“I first encountered Helen Keller International when I was working in Nepal several decades ago and saw, first hand, how exemplary their approach to nutrition is,” he said in accepting the award. “HKI has remained steadfast in its commitment to help the world’s most vulnerable by designing programs that can be owned and sustained by the people it serves. I am honored to receive this prestigious award from an organization that has helped millions of families.”“On this – our centennial anniversary – we are full of hope and optimism for the future as we have made great progress in the fight against avoidable vision loss, malnutrition and disease, although we know there is more to be done” said HKI President and CEO, Kathy Spahn. “We are thrilled and privileged to celebrate this incredible milestone with wonderful partners like Bill and Melinda Gates and David Nabarro, whose dedication and generosity have been crucial in helping to build a healthier, brighter future for those most in need.”Karin and Henry Barkhorn, D. Brooks Betts, and Desmond G. FitzGerald served as Gala Co-Chairs. Kate Ganz has led the year-long anniversary celebration as Centennial Chair.Other guests included Bruno and Véronique Bich; Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations; Geoffrey and Sarah Gund; Charles Merrill, Managing Director, Citi Private Bank; Iman Oubou, Miss New York; Felipe Martins and Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls; Bradford Perkins, Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects; Douglas Peterson, President & CEO, McGraw Hill Financial; Guillermo E. Rishchynski, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations; Zygi and Audrey Wilf, Principal Owners of the Minnesota Vikings; Anthony Walton, Vice Chairman, Americas, Standard Chartered Bank.Helen Keller International was founded in November 1915 by a then 35 year old Helen Keller, already a renowned advocate for the disabled, and George Kessler, a wealthy New York City wine merchant who survived the sinking of the Lusitania, to help soldiers blinded during World War I. Today, nearly 300 million people benefit from Helen Keller International’s 180 programs in 21 African and Asian countries, as well as in the United States.Central to the organization’s work is its continuing focus on preventing blindness and vision loss for millions of vulnerable people in the world’s poorest communities by providing cataract surgery, vision correction, vitamin A supplementation, screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy, and treatments for Neglected Tropical Diseases. HKI is also dedicated to reducing malnutrition through vitamin A supplementation, fortification of staple foods with essential nutrients, homestead food production, and community based management of acute malnutrition. HKI also reaches thousands of underserved youth in the United States each year through ChildSight. This unique program provides free vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses to students living in poverty in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, and California.last_img read more

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Morocco’s Education: Private Schools Receive Only 14% of Students

Rabat – Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, and Scientific Research Said Amzazi has presented figures of the 2017-2018 school year at the 14th session of the Higher Council of Education.Of Morocco’s 7,031,355 students, 1 out of 7 are enrolled in private schools. Although many Moroccan parents enroll their children in private schools, there are still more students in public schools. While over 6 million students go to public schools, just under 1 million go to private schools. According to Amzazi at the July 16-17 session, 52 percent of students are boys and 48 percent are girls. The total number of students has increased by 15 percent since the 2008-2009 school year. The statistics were published in the news outlet Lakome. While the number of students enrolled in primary schools is high, comparatively few reach the high school level in Morocco. According to Amzazi, nearly 62 percent of students in Morocco are enrolled in primary school, 24 percent in secondary school, and only 14 percent in high school.Chart by MWN“In the past, a student could pass with an average of less than 5 out of 10 in primary school and less than 10 out of 20 in secondary school. Now this will end. Starting from the next school year, a student who do not get 5 in primary school and 10 in secondary and high school will not pass,” Amzazi explained.Figures on schools and teachersAmzazi’s statistics showed that there were 219,672 teachers in the previous school year.He also noted Morocco has 16,285 schools, 10,905 (67 percent) of which are public and 5,380 (33 percent) of which are private. Fifty-four percent of public schools are in urban areas, while 46 percent are in rural areas.Private schools, which represent 1/3 of the total number of schools in Morocco, receive only 14 percent of the students. The figure reveals that there are more students per school in public schools.On July 12, Amzazi said that the ministry will launch a education in Morocco of generalization and reform of the pre-primary education in Morocco. The program, including the 2018-2019 academic year, will start on July 18 and run to 2028. read more

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Can Building Architecture Boost Workplace Collaboration

Is Your Office Built for the Future of Work? Roopam Jain May 09, 2019 Workplace innovation and redesign will become critical success factors moving forward. Earlier this year, the Chicago Tribune published a story about how older, enormous buildings suddenly became tech company darlings — purely for carpeted office space. Each of these relics have up to 260,000 square feet per floor. These spaces are now hot because the notion of “different floor, different planet,” as one commercial broker put it, is seeping into every boardroom. There’s a need to get out of the office and be together in today’s business. MerchandiseMart_11-02.jpg Supply chains have used “just in time” principles to streamline process. Communication and collaboration need a similar approach. Architects, space planners, and social scientists offer a framework to build physically efficient and collaborative workspaces. It’s up to technology vendors to activate those spaces in a way that captures the sparks of innovation that drive business forward. UNStudio_Rabobank_11-02.jpg WorkSpace Connect: Uniting People, Places, Technology Beth Schultz April 02, 2019 IT, A/V, facilities, real estate, HR, and other groups must come together to develop cohesive, worker-centric workplaces — and we’re here to help. Workstreams Paving the Way for the New World of Work Iain Scholnick June 04, 2019 Workstreams can thread all the necessary information, knowledge, people, and business tools into a single point of productivity. Each office design echoed the Royal Society study by combining private working spaces with more nomadic and collaborative spaces. One project will house 4,500 tech employees in Amsterdam where work patterns were analyzed and brought to life to serve a variety of requirements. Assigned seating melted into nomad areas where usually remote workers could spend a day. Collaboration spaces, ranging from informal “huddle” areas to full-blown meeting spaces equipped with technology walls capable of snatching distant participants and documents from the cloud, connect the edges of more private working areas. A recent survey by commercial real estate broker CBRE reports 45% of respondents “anticipate migrating to an activity-based workspace,” while 52% “anticipate implementing some level of unassigned seating.” A recent study published by the Royal Society underscores that boundaryless workspaces hinder collaboration. In these buildings, collaboration is a funnel from personal spots for concentration to private group spaces, each enabled by different tools. Spaces are essentially technology toolboxes driven by a personal laptop or smartphone. Collaboration technologies, meanwhile, enable uninterrupted communication flow between fixed and mobile, and the up-revving of communications from text-based to face-to-face to audio/video-enabled groups. Part of the push to collaborative spaces is the urbanization of a younger workforce. In Chicago, McDonald’s abandoned its sprawling suburban campus headquarters for the city this year, and Allstate Insurance is moving 400 tech jobs downtown onto a single floor. Each believes a big driver is the availability of younger talent in urban cores. Younger talent also soaks up the type of collaboration technologies our marketplace produces. We have all been witness to impactful change in the enterprise communications market. We talk about new ways to work and build technologies that aim to serve. But what about the actual physical spaces we work in? We espouse mobility and ubiquity of experience, but what about when employees actually sit in their Aeron chairs? That too is changing. UNStudio-designed Rabobank office in Eindhoven,Netherlands (source: UNStudio) GoogleLondon_11-02.jpg This drive for collaborative spaces is only beginning — like many of the technologies underpinning their enablement. Does the study reveal the emperor’s new clothes? Well, with all things, moderation is key. Along with hip messages touting collaboration and productivity are real cost savings. Office layouts with “no fixed abode” seating take up less real estate and therefore cost less. Coupled with remote working, the cost of a single hot-desk workstation serves several formerly onsite workers. Many employees easily make the tradeoff from a fixed office for the added flexibility. According to the Royal Society report, the trick is to understand the interplay of privacy and collaboration, realizing not all work is a group activity. Wikipedia; User:Dschwen Chicago’s Merchandise Mart This means collaboration. But as the Royal Society study noted, complete openness is detrimental to collaboration. Walled workspaces are still needed for solitary work, reserving collaborative spaces for when they’re needed. Organizing public collaboration spaces against a backdrop of privacy creates collaboration zones instead of a barrier-free fishbowl of desktops. Selling Collaboration to ArchitectsThese examples show how organizations embrace the collaborative working concepts espoused by our industry. But they’re not creating the limitless surveillance that drags productivity from completely open-plan offices either. Flexible Work Has its Bright Side… and its Dark Side Dave Michels July 02, 2019 Top takeaways from a Fuze-hosted summit on the future of work Another UNStudio-designed example, the multistory office for Rabobank, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, shown above, is grouped into three-floor blocks for “concentration” separated by “identity” floors. These are the collaboration floors for formal and casual meetings. The three concentration floors are laterally offset from each other, for the addition of outdoor collaborative areas. Building New Collaborative EnvironmentsIn May, I learned of a lecture by Christian Veddeler, a partner with architecture firm United Network Studio (UNStudio). One project he featured was a proposal for a European tech company’s headquarters. It vividly illustrated that workspaces are evolving along with technology. Flicker; martinvarsavsky Collaborative space at Google London Be a Change Agent for Your Workspaces Beth Schultz May 20, 2019 Everyone’s No. 1 focus should be on creating great employee experiences. In my 25 years of IT vendor experience, I’ve found it rare to work with a client and its architect from a project’s inception. We’re usually shoehorning into a prescribed space. That’s why leading-edge communication vendors and commercial architects would better serve their clients by working together earlier in the overall design process, to deliver a better overall workspace environment for the eventual “cubicle denizens.” We vendors do a good job filling spaces with evolving gear to serve new business needs and worker modalities. Learning and understanding from the get-go how architects structure the spaces that technology is supposed to enhance could be invaluable. We’d serve our shared customers better than an ad hoc approach of shoehorning a screen here, a phone there, while Wi-Fi-ing everything.Tags:News & ViewscollaborationWorkspacesFuture of WorkDigital WorkplaceOrganization & ManagementVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like See All in Future of Work » read more

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Cogeco opposes revised BellAstral deal saying its not good for consumers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cogeco opposes revised Bell-Astral deal, saying it’s not good for consumers MONTREAL – Cogeco Cable Inc. is still opposed to BCE Inc. buying specialty broadcaster Astral Media despite changes to the deal, arguing that consumers will have higher costs and less choice.Cogeco (TSX: CCA) said Monday that its reasons for being against the $3.38-billion deal haven’t changed.“Canadian consumers of television entertainment can only expect rising costs for their viewing options on fixed and mobile platforms, more forced packaging of BCE services and less choice in the selection of services they actually wish to use,” the company said in a news release.The CRTC will hold hearings in May to consider Bell’s revised application after Montreal-based Astral agreed to sell some of its television assets to make the deal more acceptable.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission killed the deal last fall, saying it wasn’t in the best interests of Canadians.Cogeco said if the deal is approved, it would still give an already dominant BCE (TSX:BCE) too large a share of the broadcasting market.“It would be excessively complex, burdensome, costly and ineffective in the end to try to discipline Bell’s overwhelming market power through regulatory measures whether from the Competition Bureau or from the CRTC,” Cogeco said in a news release.Last year, Cogeco formed a coalition with Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) and cable company Eastlink to block the deal.However, the Competition Bureau has given its OK for Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) to buy the remaining half of Teletoon and other specialty TV interests from Astral (TSX:ACM.A).The sale of those assets was a condition of the Competition Bureau’s approval of Astral’s takeover by BCE Inc.BCE has said it wants to buy Astral, which owns specialty channels including the Movie Network, to use its content on traditional TV sets and on smartphones, tablets and personal computers and to help it compete against online service Netflix.The Public Interest Advocacy Centre said it also remains against the revised Bell-Astral deal.Bell would have enough content to sell to make its competitors’ cable packages larger and more similar, said John Lawford, executive director and general counsel of the consumer advocacy group.As a result, there would be no pressure for prices to come down, Lawford said from Ottawa.“Price is related to choice,” he said.Ryerson University’s Suanne Kelman said Cogeco is portraying itself as the underdog.“The real underdog here is the consumer,” said Kelman, associate chair at Ryerson’s School of Journalism in Toronto.She said she shares some of Cogeco’s objections to the deal, but noted there aren’t many buyers in Canada.“Would it make things better if Cogeco or Quebecor bought some of these assets? We restrict foreign ownership and we just don’t have enough players,” Kelman said.“If this stuff were redistributed and they all shared it equally, would it make any difference to us as consumers? No, it would not.”BCE said it was looking forward to the CRTC hearings to show how Bell and Astral will provide more choice, competition and more new Canadian content.“Astral and Bell Media are talking about how much new investment and innovation we plan for Canadian broadcasting.” said Bell Media spokesman Jason Laszlo.“Meanwhile cablecos like Cogeco are basically demanding the regulator protect their profit margins — which at about 50 per cent are actually already the highest in the North American cable industry,” he said in an email.Cogeco also noted the Canadian broadcasting market is highly concentrated among four players, BCE, Shaw (TSX:SJR.B), Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) and Quebecor.The proposed sale of some of Astral’s assets wouldn’t decrease the level of concentration in the Canadian market and would further increase the market dominance of BCE and Shaw, which owns Corus, Cogeco said. by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 10:48 am MDT read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2013 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,220.20 down 109.31 points):Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down 24 cents, or 5.76 per cent, at $3.93 on 5.9 million shares. The base metals sector led decliner on the TSX, down 37.22 points, or 4.53 per cent, to 785.15.International Forest Products Ltd. (TSX:IFP.A). Up 19 cents, or 1.86 per cent, at $10.39 on 5.3 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX: ABX). Miner. Down 65 cents, or 3.34 per cent, at $18.81 on 4.9 million shares. The gold sector lost 7.64 points, or 3.72 per cent, to 197.61 while the June gold bullion contract shed early gains to close down $8.40 at US$1,453.60 an ounce.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 23 cents, or 3.97 per cent, at $5.56 on 4.3 million shares.GuestLogix Inc. (TSX:GXI): Retail technology. Up seven cents, or 6.80 per cent, at $1.10 on 4.2 million shares.Orezone Gold Corp. (TSX:ORE): Miner. Up two cents, or 2.78 per cent, at 74 cents on 3.5 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (965.22 up 0.55 of a point):Colorado Resources Ltd. (TSXV:CXO). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 20.37 per cent, at 65 cents on 4.5 million shares.Reunion Gold Corp. (TSXV:RGD). Miner. Up three cents, or 37.50 per cent, at 11 cents on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Down three cents, or 0.07 per cent, at $43.55 on 254,637 shares. The company says Ottawa’s decision to ban it from bidding on Canadian International Development Agency contracts in the wake of a 10-year ban by the World Bank will have little impact. The Montreal-based firm says it only has a couple of small contracts with the aid agency and hasn’t bid on new ones for some time.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP): Oil and gas. Down 63 cents, or 1.27 per cent, at $49.14 on 1.35 million shares. The company reported it earned $446 million, or 63 cents per share, in its first quarter, up from 50 cents per share or $352 million in the first quarter of 2012. read more

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Landmine casualties high for third consecutive year despite record funding latest monitor

The annual Landmine Monitor, which is dedicated to reporting a global overview of the landmine situation, showed that 2017 saw more than 7,000 casualties caused by mines and other ERW materials, including nearly 2,800 deaths.Armed conflict, namely in Afghanistan and Syria, contributed to last year’s exceptionally high casualties, with 2,300 and more than 1,900 recorded in these States alone, respectively.Thousands of casualties more were accounted for in Ukraine, Iraq Pakistan, Nigeria, Libya, Yemen and Myanmar collectively – with Myanmar recognized as the only state to use landmines in the past year.While a decrease compared to last year’s numbers, this marks the third consecutive year of high numbers of recorded casualties, with civilians accounting for 87 per cent, and children making up half among them.Monitor authors state “it is certain” the number of casualties is significantly higher than recorded.Report editor, Loren Persi, said: “Civilians are by far the majority of casualties, and victims continue to require support long after conflicts pass, and the last mines are cleared.”In 2017, international investment in mine action increased by over 200 million dollars, Mr. Persi said, totaling over 770 million in international and national support combined.  “Regrettably,” she said, support allocated for victim assistance has reached an all-time low.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has declared landmines a “health threat,” and states that survivors require adequate health-care response, yet those most affected by landmines and ERW tend to be in urban areas, where health services are limited.Those who survive explosions with permanent disabilities also face “social and environmental barriers that can preclude their full and equal participation within their communities,” the agency reports.Work of demining must happen in places facing acute conflict, but also in States and territories facing threats of unexploded remnants of war, Amelie Chayer, of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, told UN News.“The work of demining must also continue in places like Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, where mines have been in the ground for 50 years long,” she said.Sixty countries are known to have mine contamination, with over half committed to the Mine Ban Treaty, which orders contamination to be cleared within 10 years–only four are on track to meet their deadlinesThe Monitor reports that Mauritania completed clearance of landmines last year, and estimates that most countries can achieve this by the year 2025. read more

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Global response to poverty and environmental goals not ambitious enough

UNICEF/UddinA family left homeless by cyclone Aila wait for assistance in Koira, Khulna District, Bangladesh. OCHA/GilesA displaced family sits in their tent in the Khamir IDP settlement in Yemen. The father, Ayoub Ali, is 25 years old and has four children with his wife Juma’a. © UNICEF/Frank DejonghMothers at the maternity health center in the village of Nassian, in the north-east of Côte d’Ivoire wait to have their children vaccinated against tuberculosis and other diseases. (file March 2017) In his latest report on the progress towards meeting the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, the UN chief António Guterres said that while a “wealth of action” had been taken by governments across the world “the most vulnerable people and countries continue to suffer the most.”The 17 SDGs commit countries to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Read more here about the goals.The report tracks progress across 17 goals in the UN’s 193 Member States and largely takes a global view, however while many trends regarding the SDGs are common to all regions, there are significant regional differences. Here are six things you need to know about progress towards some of the key SDGs.Launching the report at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, at the start of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) chief, Liu Zhenmin, said that the clock for taking decisive action on climate change is ticking. He stressed the importance of strengthening international cooperation and multilateral action. “The challenges highlighted in this report are global problems that require global solutions,” said Mr. Liu. “Just as problems are interrelated, the solutions to poverty, inequality, climate change and other global challenges are also interlinked.” Climate change Hunger is on the rise again globally, with an estimated 821 million people undernourished in 2017, up from 784 million in 2015. So, one in nine people across the world are not getting enough to eat. Africa remains the continent with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, affecting one fifth of its population, that’s more than 256 million people. Public investment in agriculture is declining globally, a situation that needs to be reversed according to the Secretary-General. “Small-scale food producers and family farmers require much greater support and increased investment in infrastructure and technology for sustainable agriculture, is urgently needed.” The developing world is most acutely affected by this lack of investment. The share of small-scale food producers in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America ranges from 40 per cent to 85 per cent, compared to less than 10 per cent in Europe.Health  World Bank/Enrico FabianWorkers at an integrated youth development skills center in Delhi, India. Extreme poverty, which the UN defines as a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, continues to decline but the decline has slowed to the extent that the world is not on track to achieve the target of less than three per cent of the world living in extreme poverty, by 2030. It’s more likely on current estimates to be around six per cent; that’s around 420 million people, a situation of “grave concern” according to the UN chief.  Violent conflicts and disasters have played a role here. In the Arab region, extreme poverty had previously been below three per cent. However, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen have raised the region’s poverty rate and left more people hungry and homeless.Historically speaking, there are reasons for optimism. The share of the world population living in extreme poverty was 10 per cent in 2015, down from 16 per cent in 2010 and 36 per cent in 1990.Hunger  Described by Mr Guterres last year as an “existential threat” to humanity, the outlook for meeting targets to reduce climate change is grim. With rising greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated and “its effects are clearly felt world-wide.” The target, and remember this was agreed by world leaders, is to keep the rate of global warming to below 2°C and, if possible to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The average global temperature is already 1°C above pre-industrial levels but if not enough is done then warming will continue at an unsustainable pace and could well exceed 3°C by the end of the century. While there are positive steps in terms of individual countries developing climate plans and the increase in the amount of money being found to finance those activities, Mr Guterres said that “far more ambitious plans and accelerated action is needed” on climate mitigation and adaptation.Poverty Major progress has been made in improving the health of millions of people, increasing life expectancy, reducing maternal and child mortality, and the fight against the most dangerous communicable diseases. Despite those improvements, an estimated 303,000 women around the world died due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth in 2015, the majority in sub-Saharan Africa.  Progress has stalled or is not happening fast enough in addressing major diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, while at least half of the global population, that’s some 3.5 billion people, do not have access to essential health services. Mr Guterres said that “concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage, sustainable financing for health and to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases including mental health.” Gender Equality  OCHA/Meridith KohutA mother feeds her malnourished son at an Médecins Sans Frontières clinic in the Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. UN Women/Lauren RooneyIn the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, Rawan Majali commemorates the opening ceremony of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with her hand print pledge. Gender violence persists. Globally, about a fifth of women aged 15 to 49, experienced physical or sexual partner-inflicted violence in the last 12 months. The prevalence is highest in the 47 poorest countries in the world, a group the UN calls the Least Developed Countries or LDCs. While some indicators of gender equality are progressing, such as a significant decline in the prevalence of female genital mutilation and early marriage, the overall numbers continue to be high. Moreover, insufficient progress on structural issues at the root of gender inequality, such as legal discrimination, unfair social norms and attitudes, decision making on sexual and reproductive issues and low levels of political participation, are undermining efforts to achieve targets.The UN Secretary-General has said “there is simply no way that we can achieve the 17 SDGs without achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.”Jobs and employment   Experts agrees that economic growth which includes all sections of society and which is sustainable, can drive progress and generate the means to implement the SDGs. Globally, labour productivity has increased and unemployment is back to levels seen before the financial crash of 2008, however, the global economy is growing at a slower rate. And young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Mr Guterres said that “more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, particularly for young people, reduce informal employment and the gender pay gap, and promote safe and secure working environments to create decent work for all.” read more

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Fugitive Pole wins battle against extradition after transforming his life

first_imgThis is a case which cried out for an explanation of the delay.Mr Justice Mitting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But Mr Justice Mitting, sitting in London, has blocked an extradition order made at Westminster Magistrates Court in May after hearing there was an unexplained six-year delay before the warrants were certified.The judge said Cieczka was “a young man with an unfortunate background” who had put the past behind him after coming to the UK.He had worked hard, established a relationship with a young woman who had a child by him and lived “a useful and blameless life”.The couple were no longer living together, “nevertheless he can say with justification he has transformed his life”, said the judge.He now wanted to stay in the UK and earn for his son. Cieczka was sentenced for a series of offences, including repeated attempts to rob the same individual and burglary.He was in custody for several months but then released on certain conditions, including having to inform the authorities of any change of address.He failed to comply and was later traced to the UK. He still has one year and eight months to serve for the robbery offences and some four months for burglary.The Polish authorities told the National Crime Agency in 2009 of their belief that he was in the UK but there was a six-year delay before the warrants were certified.No explanation had been given why.Discharging Cieczka, the judge said: “This is a case which cried out for an explanation of the delay.”The central issue in the case was whether extradition would be incompatible with Cieczka’s right to a family and private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The judge said Ciecka’s rights had to be weighed in the balance against the need to honour extradition arrangements with other countries.He ruled the delay in seeking his return and the lack of any explanation for it, was enough to tip the balance in favour of allowing Cieczka’s appeal against extradition.center_img A fugitive from Poland who came to the UK and “transformed” his life has won a High Court battle against extradition for old criminal offences.Polish judicial authorities issued European arrest warrants for the return of Karol Cieczka, 29, who has lived in England for seven years, first in Mildenhall and then Ipswich.He is wanted by the regional court in Lublin to finish serving jail sentences imposed for offences committed when aged 17 and 18.last_img read more

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Kaspersky antivirus update nukes Internet access for Windows XP

first_imgWhat seemed like a routine update to Kaspersky antivirus software resulted in thousands of corporate and home computers losing Internet access. The problem was traced to Kaspersky’s Web Antivirus protection, which appeared to be taking its job a little too seriously on computers that run Windows XP. All activity on typical web ports (like 80 and 443) as well as any user-configured proxy ports was being blocked.Those who needed Internet access immediately were able to get it back by configuring the scanner to stop monitoring the necessary ports — or by disabling the web component entirely. That’s not a good situation to leave your customers in, of course, and Kaspersky moved quickly to put things right. The company offered up an official apology shortly after reports began coming in and delivered an actual fix within a few hours.Getting an affected computer to retrieve the update from Kaspersky’s servers meant, of course, that the web scanner had to be shut down. Once the local update cache was cleared and new updates were downloaded, things returned to normal. The scanner could be re-activated without losing Internet connectivity.Lost Internet access for even a few hours can cost large corporations big time. Fortunately, in Kaspersky’s case it was just ‘net access that was affected. A few years ago, a McAfee update rendered thousands of computers completely unusable. Those systems wouldn’t boot, let alone surf the web. The incident was a major black eye for McAfee and no doubt resulted in scores of lost customers.last_img read more

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Direct rule to return to the North unless deal is done by

first_img Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and DUP Leader Arlene Foster. Source: Niall Carson/PA Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire makes a statement outside his office at Stormont House after the breakdown of power-sharing talks. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesBrokenshire confirmed to reporters this afternoon that Section 59 of the Northern Ireland Act will apply if there is no formal agreement in place by Wednesday. This would see senior civil servants in Westminster take charge of the North’s chequebook for the first time since 2007.“There will be widespread dismay amongst people in Northern Ireland. Over the past three weeks, we have been engaged in extensive talks and progress has been made. These included work to set a budget and a programme for government. We’ve also made further moves forward on agreeing a way to provide better support to victims and survivors of the Troubles,” Brokenshire said. Short URL Image: Niall Carson/PA 18,405 Views Mar 27th 2017, 5:03 PM THE 4PM DEADLINE for the DUP and Sinn Féin to come to an agreement and form a Government has passed and the North will now go back to direct rule from Westminster unless a deal is done in the coming days.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire said this afternoon that he was “extremely disappointed” that the two parties could not come to an agreement.He said that progress had been made by the DUP and Sinn Féin in relation to finances and certain policy issues. However, he cited divides over culture and identity as the main stumbling blocks holding up a return to devolved power-sharing.Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan shared his UK counterpart’s frustrations and said he “deeply regrets that it has not proven possible for the political parties in Northern Ireland to reach agreement on the establishment of a power-sharing executive”.He said: “The Irish Government is fully committed to ensuring that its principles and provisions are fully respected. In this regard, we will be consulting very closely with the British government in the days and weeks ahead and I will remain in close touch with the Secretary of State.” https://jrnl.ie/3309595 By Garreth MacNamee Image: Niall Carson/PA Direct rule to return to the North unless deal is done by Sinn Féin and DUP It would return for the first time in over a decade if an agreement is not reached. Monday 27 Mar 2017, 5:03 PM In addition, there was progress made about Northern Ireland and the decision to leave the EU as Article 50 is triggered on Wednesday. Yet, it is also clear that there remains significant gaps between the parties.There was speculation that the DUp declined to show up to crunch talks on Sunday due to strict religious views within the party about working on a Sunday (the party has its roots in Ian Paisley’s Free Presbyterian Church). In her statement, Foster indicated her party’s mind had been made up after Saturday’s proceedings went badly.Sinn Féin finished with 27 seats in the wake of this month’s election, which arose after the party called time on the last power-sharing arrangement due to Foster’s stance on the ‘cash for ash’ controversy.The DUP remain the largest party – but only just –  with 28 seats. The SDLP have 12 seats, the UUP 10 and the Alliance eight. The remaining five seats are divided between the Greens (2), smaller parties and independents.The DUP didn’t show up, Sinn Féin say they didn’t walk out. What happens now? > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share52 Tweet Email1 75 Comments last_img read more

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Juncker warns Greece not to quit eurozone

first_imgEurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker warned Greeks not to turn their backs on the euro, saying in a newspaper interview that a win by anti-bailout radical leftists in a vote on Sunday would have “unforeseeable” consequences for the monetary union.The radical leftist SYRIZA party is racing neck-and-neck with the conservative New Democracy party ahead of the election, which could decide if Greece stays in the euro zone and spread turmoil across global financial markets.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is threatening to tear up the punishing terms of the 130-billion-euro bailout that is keeping Greece from bankruptcy.“If the radical left wins – which cannot be ruled out – the consequences for the currency union are unforeseeable,» Juncker, head of the group of eurozone finance ministers, told Austrian paper Kurier on Saturday.“We will have to speak to any government. I can only warn everyone against leaving the currency union. The internal cohesion of the eurozone would be in danger.”In addition to the economic and social consequences for Greece itself, an exit would damage the entire currency union, he said, adding: «This has to be avoided. This would send a devastating signal. The Greeks must be aware of this.”Sunday’s vote is a re-run of a May 6 election that produced a stalemate. No matter who wins the repeat vote, Juncker said, European leaders would have to quickly address Greece’s reform program with the country’s new leadership. «A third election would not be a solution.”He made clear, however, that renegotiating the substance of the conditions for international aid to Athens was out of the question.Juncker said he would spend Sunday evening in telephone contact with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Government Looking for Bids to Rejuvenate Grand Turk

first_img Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk EU Ambassador Concludes Hurricane Rebuild Project Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jan 2015 – A massive redevelopment is still coming for Grand Turk this fiscal year; it was laid out by the Finance Minister during budget debate in July and now the government has put out to tender jobs for companies interested in aiding the project to submit their bids. The Grand Turk Cruise Center has agreed to partner with TCIG on this initiative aimed at restoring the luster and historic elegance of the Capital, which in some areas is still in ruins from 2008’s Hurricane Ike. TCIG explains that the deadline to submit is February 17, 2015 and documents and the like can be obtained at the Ministry of Finance. Tender documents for what is being dubbed the Grand Turk Master plan are available upon request in electronic format only from the Project Manager, via e-mail at arthurbeen@gmail.com. Tenders are to be turned in to The Secretary to the Procurement Board, Central Purchasing Unit, White Sands Road, Grand Turk, by 9am on February 17. Recommended for you Related Items:grand turk cruise center, hurricane ike, restoring Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Contestants in the House of Assemblylast_img read more

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Pelagic Study stop yields law suit Blue Hills Member calls for Interim

first_img Related Items:attorney general, goldray ewing, interim administration, investigaTION, rhondalee knowles Recommended for you AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jun 2015 – During House of Assembly debate yesterday, member for Blue Hills, Goldray Ewing called for there to be an investigation into the Interim Administration resulting from a reported law suit filed against TCIG when the House of Assembly voted to terminate the long line fishing study. Ewing requested information on how much the law suit was costing the TCI and questioned the validity of any settlement with the group. This brought cautions from the governing side and the Attorney General; who said the Member from Blue Hills ought not have the information he claimed to have; it was labeled a breach in protocol because he seemed to have Cabinet minutes. In fact, AG Rhondalee Knowles informed the House Speaker that he was wrong for asking that the Government responds to the question raised by the Member from Blue Hills as the government is not under an obligation to do so. Hon Goldray Ewing, in wrapping up his question on the pelagic fish study had said if the former PNP Administration could be investigated for alleged ‘bad governance’, then so could the UK Interim Administration. Premier attends town hall meetings Veras confirmed as second murder, investigation launchedlast_img read more

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Immigrants take steps to the American dream

first_imgMaria Ruiz has felt both blessed and voiceless since 1989.That’s when she escaped a bad marriage and a bad economy in Mexico and came to the United States. Since then, she said, she has been living the American Dream: Working hard, providing a better life for her children, falling in love and marrying a wonderful partner, buying a home and settling down in Portland.“Save and work and save and work,” was her philosophy of life, said Ruiz, who works as a courier for medical testing laboratory. “This country has given me the opportunity to be treated like a human being. To be treated with respect. I love it very much. I feel like I belong here.”Does this country share the feeling? On Saturday, Ruiz came to a Citizenship Day hosted by Clark College where volunteer attorneys, paralegals, translators and other community resources offered free consultations and assistance with filling out citizenship applications.The answer for Ruiz was — not yet. She’s been a legal resident with a green card for the last two years; before that she was undocumented. To apply for legal citizenship you must have been a lawful, permanent resident for five years, or three years if you’re married to a U.S. citizen.“I cannot wait to become a citizen,” she said. “I care about what’s going on in this country, I care about getting involved. I want to vote. I am excited.”last_img read more

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Local immigrants dare to dream

first_img Two weeks ago, Juan got a text from his father while sitting in a Vancouver classroom. The news was big — big enough to potentially change the young man’s life.The Department of Homeland Security had just announced that certain young immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally could soon apply for what’s called “deferred action,” which means that for two years they would not be subject to deportation and would be eligible for a work permit.Juan looked at the requirements later that day and found that he met all of them. But he told himself not to get excited yet, as the new program wouldn’t be in place for a couple of months and many details remained to be worked out.He’s one of many Clark County residents whose lives may be greatly affected by the federal announcement. (Because of their precarious legal status, The Columbian is only using the first names of immigrants mentioned in this story).‘My dark secret’Juan and his parents came to Clark County from Mexico City when he was 5. Juan is 17 now and will be a senior in a Vancouver high school this fall. His grades are close to straight-As and his teachers tell him he can go far, Juan said. High school student Juan says the recent announcement by President Barack Obama that the Justice Department would no longer deport immigrant youth who fulfill certain requirements, gives him hope for college.last_img read more

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Flood threat to Chandrababu Naidus residence in Undavalli

first_imgAmaravati: With the increase of floodwater in Krishna river, the water levels have come close, endangering the constructions along the Karakatta in Undavalli, which includes the Lingamaneni guesthouse where Chandrababu Naidu and his family have been staying as tenants. The caretakers of the house have placed stone crush and sandbags in order to stop the entry of water and moved the items from the ground to the first floor. The security officials have already shifted Chandrababu’s convoy to Mangalagiri. Chandrababu Naidu and his family members have moved to Hyderabad, and no one is staying there at the moment. With the heavy inflow of water into Prakasam Barrage, all 70 gates have been lifted, releasing the floodwater into the sea.last_img

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ACC approves chargesheet against 3 over urea embezzlement

first_imgThe logo of the Anti-Corruption Commission is seen in front of its building. File PhotoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday approved a charge-sheet against three people in a case filed for embezzling urea worth Tk 110334,401, reports UNB.Those to be charge-sheeted are former deputy chief engineer (mechanical) and in-charge of a buffer warehouse in Santahar of Bogura district Mohammad Nabi Uddin Khan, executive director of South Delta Shipping and Trading Limited anMohammad Moshiur Rahman Khan and proprietor of Raja Enterprises Mohammad Rashedul Islam Raja.The charge-sheet will be submitted before the court concerned soon, said ACC sources.ACC assistant director of Bogura coordinated district office Aminul Islam filed the case with Adamdighi Police Station of the district on 2 October, 2017.According to the case statement, the accused in connivance with each other misappropriated urea worth Tk 110334,401 from the buffer warehouse in 2015-16 fiscal year.last_img read more

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In An Old Warehouse In North Austin Fossils Are Unraveling The Mysteries

first_img X Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTThe Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collection houses row after row of shelves full of bones.This is a story about 10-million-year-old bones. But it starts in the 1930s.That’s when the federal government launched the Works Progress Administration, or WPA. The Depression-era program paid unemployed people to do things like build roads and paint murals.In Texas, it also paid people to dig up bones.The idea was that these bones would be brought back to the University of Texas for study, but it didn’t work out that way. 00:00 /03:58 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img “World War II happened and that put an end to the research that was going to happen,” says Chris Sagebiel, the collections manager at UT Austin’s Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collection, where the bones now reside.The UT building is a World War II era warehouse that used to be part of a magnesium mine. Inside sit row after row of shelves and cabinets – all full of bones.Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTChris Sagebiel, the collections manager, says he thinks most of the animals during the period of the “Texas Serengeti” were probably wiped out due to climate change.“These are pieces of a mammoth,” says Sagebiel, stopping at a shelf stacked with enormous jawbones. “Looking at that number, I know that’s one of our WPA specimens that was collected, probably [around] 1939.”Many of these bones are still in the burlap and plaster packaging, or “jackets,” they were wrapped in by those WPA workers. But more are now being opened, and they are telling a story of geologic upheaval, climate change and mass extinctions. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTA woolly mammoth skull is part of the collection in the old warehouse.“It’s incredibly exciting,” says UT researcher Steven May, who recently published a paper on the WPA bones. “You’re opening one of these jackets that was collected 80 years ago … and you’re pulling off pieces of newspaper from 1939 that they used to cover the fossil with.”May says he may have already found two new species of ancient animals in the collection: one is a kind of gomphothere, an ancient elephant-like creature with a massive drooping lower jaw; the other is a dog-like creature May says could be an early ancestor to modern canines.But beyond new species, he says, what’s interesting about the WPA fossils is their sheer diversity. The collection paints a detailed picture of what lived in South Texas about 10 million years ago – long after the dinosaurs, but long before the arrival of humans. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTResearchers are unwrapping bones dug up in Texas in the 1930s.“We have elephant-like creatures; a camel with a very long neck, so it’s sort of giraffe-like; horses,” May says. “We have this rhino, which had a hippopotamus-like lifestyle; they were semiaquatic, we think.” The fossil record shows such diversity, May calls the environment at this time “the Texas Serengeti.”“You start thinking about that composition of fauna … and it sounds very much like some of the modern African-type faunas today,” he says.But that leads to a simple question: What happened to the animals?Experts say a bunch of things probably wiped out most of these animals; theories range from asteroids to over-hunting when humans arrived.But, Sagebiel says, climate change is his “preferred” answer to the question.“There were large changes in the climate at the same time,” he says. “All the large mammals in North America went extinct.”Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTDebbie Wagner works on a fossil in the lab at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus.By the time the bones were pulled from the ground in the 1930s, the earth was experiencing a new change in climate – this one caused by humans. The effects of that global warming are now accelerating, which is why Sagebiel thinks this research could be more important today than it was even back then. By looking at the fossils, he says, “we can see what we might expect in the future, how quickly those effects can trickle down to the animals. This is the laboratory where we study those things.”There’s plenty more to study. Dozens of fossil packages at the collection haven’t even been opened. They could hold anything from a previously unknown animal – to a new clue in a great extinction.This piece was originally published on https://www.kut.org/ Sharelast_img read more

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Colin Kyrie Irving is officially injury prone

first_img Advertisement The Celtics announced that Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs following surgery on his left knee. Irving will now undergo an additional surgery to remove two screws that were inserted in his patella tendon after he injured his knee in the 2015 Finals. He’s expected to miss the next 4-5 months.#NEBHInjuryReport Kyrie Irving will undergo a procedure this Saturday to remove two screws implanted in his patella from an injury suffered during the 2015 NBA Finals.He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 months. https://t.co/WKQfPlUZ0u— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 5, 2018 The news is devastating for Celtics fans who were hoping for Irving to return and make a Finals run. Colin’s takeaway is that Irving is clearly an injury prone player who wore down in his first season without LeBron to lean on.Kyrie was hurt at Duke. Hurt before LeBron. Hurt during the 2015 Finals with LeBron. And he’s hurt now. Some guys just get hurt. Irving is one of them. It’s not what people want to hear, but sometimes the truth hurts.Watch Colin’s reaction to the news:“My first takeaway is Kyrie is an injury-prone player. Secondly, be very careful when you leave superstars. They make life a lot easier.”@ColinCowherd reacts to Kyrie Irving being out for the season pic.twitter.com/t8J072AxMC— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 5, 2018last_img read more

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