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At UN island and landlocked States urge concerted action against climate change

2 October 2007At the annual high-level United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate today, leaders of small island and mountainous landlocked countries alike called for intensified measures to tackle climate change. “The Maldives, as a low-lying small island State, is particularly vulnerable to the perils of global climate change, a point brought sharply into focus by the recent sea swells which submerged a large part of the country,” the Indian Ocean nation’s Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said.Despite myriad conferences, summits and plans aimed at combating climate change, rhetoric exceeds implementation and “the past 20 years has been an era of missed opportunities,” he noted.Underscoring the importance of “collective responsibility” in addressing the issue, Mr. Shahid expressed optimism that the upcoming major climate change summit in Bali, Indonesia, in December provides an occasion to make up for lost time.Kiribati, another small island developing State (SIDS), stressed that it, too, is greatly threatened by the prospect of sea level rise.Natanaera Kirata, the country’s Minister of Public Works and Utilities, pointed out that most of Kiribati’s islands are barely two metres above mean sea level, making global warming a crucial security concern.He called on the international community to adopt a unified response to the challenges posed by climate change and for the issue to receive increased political support and commitment at the UN.“There is no more time to debate on the issue as climate change is now a fact of life,” Mr. Kirata said. “It is now time to put words into action so that this living planet is protected from complete destruction and is preserved for use by our many generations to come.”Although a mountainous country, Bhutan – situated in the Himalayas – is also severely affected by climate change, its Foreign Secretary said. The small nation’s agricultural sector, which is the mainstay of nearly 80 per cent of the population, is jeopardized by global warming.“More serious and more immediate” is the speed at which Himalayan glaciers are receding, Yeshey Dorji told the debate. Of Bhutan’s 3,000 glacial lakes, 24 have been identified as potentially dangerous, and glacial lake outburst floods, which have devastated the country in the past, could be much more destructive in the future.“Our capacity to carry out research, monitor developments, forecast outbursts and take mitigation measures are severely constrained by lack of scientific, technical and financial resources,” he said, adding that climate change must be confronted within the context of sustainable development and on the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.”Also calling for sustainable development measures was the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan.In the long term, “sustainable development depends on the stability of human relationships based on knowledge of how to use resources available for current socio-economic development and at the same time conserving for future generations,” Foreign Minister Ednan Karabaev noted.He stressed the importance of the convening of the Second Global Mountain Summit to establish a sustainable development policy for mountainous regions.“The strategy of every single country should contain social responsibility as a basic characteristic for elaborating approaches toward regional and global coordination thus improving the environment and reducing energy shortages,” he said. read more

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UN Security Council renews group monitoring arms embargo against Somalia

The action came in a unanimously adopted resolution which called on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to re-establish the group within a month to identify and report on violators and recommend ways of strengthening compliance with the measures.Noting the 11 August report on the situation that the experts recently submitted, the Council said their recommendations would be given “due consideration” so that steps cam be taken to improve compliance with the embargo.The resolution called on the experts to “continue refining and updating information on the draft list of those who continue to violate the arms embargo inside and outside Somalia, and their active supporters, for possible future measures by the Council and to present such information to the Committee as and when the Committee deems appropriate.”The August report recommends postponing the deadline for submitting names of alleged violators to be considered for a blacklist while they work out the duration of the violations by both previously named warlords and faction leaders and the new violators, who are businesspeople. The report carries some names from all three groups.Also to be decided is whether accountability should date back to 2002, when the first Monitoring Group was formed, or to 1992, when the embargo was first imposed.Difficulties could arise from imposing travel bans, or freezing the assets of violators, since most have family members outside Somalia and their finances were yet to be definitively determined, the report says, adding that some of the people who could be on the list may carry multiple passports, or have several nationalities, in addition to the fact that they have hardly ever been in Somalia.The report recommends that the Council draw up a highly confidential draft “watch list” of Somalis who possibly contravened the embargo, including those whose names have consistently appeared in previous reports. Subsequently, a draft list of non-Somalis who have had a part in the illicit arms trade should be compiled.Those who continued to transgress should have sanctions imposed on them, while other names should be dropped from the list, it says.The frontline and neighbouring states – Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen – should implement anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorist measures to strengthen the capacity of their financial institutions to trace client funds that might be linked to trafficking and smuggling, according to the report.Dhow traffic in the region should be regulated, while the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in consultation with neighbouring countries and related organizations, should develop a practical monitoring programme for Somalia’s 3,200-kilometre coastline, the second longest in Africa.Though arms transfers by air had dropped in number, Somalia’s neighbours should put all their airstrips under the control of their national airport regulators and should more closely monitor their own borders and their vehicular traffic, the report says. read more

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MTS Allstream reports firstquarter profit and revenue down from year ago

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT) said Wednesday it earned $30.9 million in its first quarter, down from $45.4 million a year ago, as revenue fell more than five per cent.The telecommunications company said the profit amounted to 46 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a profit of 69 cents per share a year ago.Revenue was $406.7 million, down from $435.1 million.“Our ability to move quickly to take costs out of the business in response to changing market conditions helped offset declines from our MTS wholesale wireless revenues, and legacy revenues at Allstream,” chief executive Pierre Blouin said in a statement.The company said its MTS business earned operating revenue of $243.5 million, down slightly from $243.7 million a year ago, while its Allstream business saw operating revenue drop to $171.7 million from $200.2 million.Included in the MTS operations was $91.5 million, up from $89.8 million in the first quarter of last year as total wireless subscribers grew to 493,216 from 488,571 a year ago. Average revenue per user was $60.25, up from $59.78.Local access revenue, the company’s traditional telephone business at MTS, fell to $64 million from $66.9 million a year ago, while long distance and legacy data revenue fell to $18.1 million from $19.1 million.MTS provides telecommunications services for home and business customers in Manitoba including wireless, broadband, IPTV, voice services, and home security, while Allstream offers services to business customers across Canada. MTS Allstream reports first-quarter profit and revenue down from year ago by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2013 4:59 pm MDT read more

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Higher minimumwage proposals gain ground in New York and California 15 an

Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground in New York and California; $15 an hour is the goal FILE – In this June 15, 2015, file photo, demonstrators rally for a $15 minimum wage before a meeting of the state Wage Board in New York. The New York state Wage Board is expected to recommend a higher minimum wage for the industry during a meeting Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in New York City. Board members say they support an increase, though they haven’t offered a specific amount. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) SAN FRANCISCO – The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees.“How we support our workers and their families impacts Californians who might never set foot on one of our campuses,” said UC President Janet Napolitano, who oversees 10 campuses, including UCLA and Berkeley. “It’s the right thing to do.”The 240,000-student University of California becomes the nation’s first public university to commit itself to the $15-an-hour wage that has become the rallying cry of many labour groups in recent months.So far, the cities of Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley have approved phased-in increases that eventually will take their minimum wage to $15 an hour, or about $31,200 a year. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous county, voted to craft a law to do the same over five years.In New York, the state Wage Board endorsed a proposal to set a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations. The increase would be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere.Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has the final say, and he has signalled his support. New York would become the first state to single out a specific industry for such an increase. The state minimum wage is now $8.75.“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 a year in the state of New York — period,” Cuomo said at a New York City rally celebrating the proposal. “This is just the beginning. We will not stop until we reach true economic justice.”Restaurant owners warned that higher wages could force them to raise prices, cut employee hours and hire fewer workers, and they said they may challenge the move in court.“Singling out fast-food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory,” said Jack Bert, who owns seven McDonald’s restaurants in New York City.But Rebecca Cornick, a 60-year-old woman who makes $9 an hour at a Wendy’s in Brooklyn, said, “If I made $15, I could pay my rent on time, I could put food on the table, I could hold my head up.”At the University of California, the hourly wage earners include students and full-time contract employees who work in dining halls, dorms and bookstores or labour as gardeners, housekeepers and custodians. Many start at the state minimum wage of $9 an hour.Napolitano said she will boost that to $13 in October for employees who work at least 20 hours a week and will raise it some more in stages to $15 by the fall of 2017.About 3,200 UC employees and a much larger but undetermined number of people employed by outside contractors at the university will receive the higher wage, UC said. The university is California’s third-largest employer, with a staff of 195,000.“I just thought it was important for a public university to plant the flag here for low-wage workers and a more livable wage,” said Napolitano, who was President Barack Obama’s homeland security secretary before she assumed leadership of the university nearly two years ago.Napolitano’s plan does not need approval from the university’s governing Board of Regents.The higher minimum-wage argument has gained traction amid concerns over the shrinking middle class and rising income inequality.Supporters argue a higher wage floor will help lift the working poor into the middle class. Opponents warn higher wages will kill jobs and lead to higher prices. Sixteen states have passed laws barring local governments from setting their own minimum wage.Democrats, including presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, have said they support a higher federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.Vice-President Joe Biden promoted a higher minimum wage of at least $12 an hour during a stop Wednesday at a washroom equipment manufacturer in Los Angeles, where he chatted with employees as they assembled soap dispensers.Biden said the wage hikes approved by the city’s mayor and county supervisors would be “life-changing” for some 700,000 workers in the Los Angeles area.“Maybe you’ll be able to have meat on the table a couple of times a week instead of once a month,” Biden told workers at Bobrick Washroom Equipment, whose CEO backed the city’s wage ordinance.Other public university systems, including ones in Washington state, Indiana and Tennessee, have adopted minimum wages higher than those set under state or federal law. But none have committed to going as high as the University of California.University officials estimated that the raises for workers directly employed by UC will cost $14 million a year, a fraction of the system’s $12.6 billion annual payroll. UC said it also expects contractors will pass some of the cost of higher wages onto the university.The Republican leader of the California Assembly criticized the university’s plan to extend the higher wage to outside contractors.“The university should be teaching engineering, not spending student dollars to practice social engineering by limiting who campuses can do businesses with,” Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen said.In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, election officials approved the language of a proposed ballot measure that would make the nation’s capital the first East Coast city to adopt a $15 minimum wage. Supporters will have to gather about 23,000 signatures to get the proposal on next year’s ballot.___Klepper reported from Albany, N.Y. Associated Press writer Robert Jablon in Los Angeles contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show that the number of affected university employees is about 3,200 instead of 4,200. by Lisa Leff And David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2015 1:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 9:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Blurring effect comes to iPhone 7 Plus with software update

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories Review: iPhone 7 feels very different from previous versions Blurring effect comes to iPhone 7 Plus with software update Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is getting a new camera capability — the blurring of backgrounds to focus attention on people or other objects in the foreground.Apple’s “portrait mode” feature was announced in September but was unavailable until the company released its iOS 10.1 software update Monday.It replicates an effect typically limited to larger cameras known as SLRs.Portrait mode requires an iPhone 7 Plus because it uses the phone’s two lenses to sense depth. Other iPhones have only one camera lens.The software update will still be available for other iPhones because it also comes with bug fixes and other improvements.The update comes three days before Apple holds a product event in Cupertino, California, during which the company is expected to unveil new Mac computers. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 12:33 pm MDT apple|iPhone 7|iPhone 7 Plus|technology read more

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Chaos on the trains with mass cancellations on day of timetable change

The usual nightmare on @GNRailUK @hitchincommuter this is my journey home from London to Hitchin on the first day of your new timetable after many trains cancelled today already due to lack of drivers, could you tell me why you have a lack of drivers on your first day? #rubbish— tallestrob (@tallestrob) May 20, 2018 ⏰🚉 Our new expanded timetable starts this today. With up to 18 trains an hour through central London. Check your trains now 👉— Thameslink (@TLRailUK) May 20, 2018 Service levels improved slightly through the day but by 6pm more than 170 of 1,280 trains across the network had been cancelled or arrived at least half an hour late.Last week GTR chief executive Charles Horton said: “We are introducing the biggest ever change to a rail timetables to significantly boost capacity on the UK’s most congested network. “We don’t want passengers to get caught out and so we strongly advise them to look up the times of their trains as they will find that from 20 May each and every one of them has changed.“Due to the sheer scale of the changes, we will have to redeploy a large number of trains and crews and services may not run at normal times during the introductory phase, although the impact on peak time services during the transition will be minimal.”Emily Yates, founder of the Association of British Commuters (ABC) said: “GTR has been short-staffed since the beginning of its contract in 2014, as two independent reports have confirmed.“For weeks ABC has been hearing from GTR sources that there would not be enough drivers for the new timetable, and that driver trainers were having to be redeployed to drive trains.“If the company is still so short of train crew that it is unable to run the full ‘Rail 2020’ timetable, then we are entering the first week of a whole new era of chaos.”A GTR spokesman said: “We are introducing the biggest change to rail timetables in a generation and, as we have been informing passengers, we expect some disruption to services in the initial stages. Wow @TLRailUK you’ve surpassed yourselves. The 1st train out of #Streatham (no longer 5.48 but 6.03, which will make me late for work) is CANCELLED! So the 1st train tomorrow is at 6.18. Half an hour later! And this new timetable is an improvement?! This is a joke @ChukaUmunna— Catherine Russell (@catherinerusse2) May 20, 2018 By 9am Great Northern had announced a “short term amended timetable” had been put in place.It said: “This is resulting in a reduced service operating with trains being cancelled or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.”A GTR source told The Telegraph: “What angers me is they’re telling the paying public it’s just short term timetable amendments, but it’s actually because they haven’t got organised in time and are trying to hide the driver shortage.“I haven’t seen the figure this high for ages. I shudder to think what will happen on Monday morning.”A GTR spokesman said the company had sufficient staff but was working to match driver skills to work rosters.By midday, twenty percent of GTR’s trains had been cancelled or had arrived more than 30 minutes late, including nearly 40 percent of Brighton services. 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. A train timetable revolution is in disarray after dozens of trains were cancelled on day one, with chaos for commuters set to continue for up to a month.On Sunday the times of more than 3,000 trains operated by the UK’s largest rail franchise changed.Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – which runs Southern Rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern – have said that the timetable overhaul will mean there are 400 more trains a day and will allow 50,000 extra passengers to get to London during morning peak hours.However, on the first day of the new timetable dozens of trains had been cancelled before 9am.The company has apologised, but last week Thameslink admitted on Twitter that it anticipated it will be June 11 before the new timetable is fully operational on its routes. Train drivers and commuter groups have warned that the worst is yet to come.It also has been claimed by commuter groups that while GTR is advertising that the cancellations are the result of “operational incidents”, the problem is actually that GTR has insufficient drivers for its services. “This is a significant logistical challenge as we make rolling incremental changes across more than 3,000 daily services.“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused during the initial stages of the timetable change.“The improvements we are making will lead to a significant boost in capacity with a 13 per cent increase in services across the GTR network immediately.” An internal GTR email sent at 7.30am on Sunday warned of 66 “potential cancellations” across the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express routes due to “train crew position”. Remember folks @TLRailUK have changed the timetable so your regular trains will now be cancelled at a different time.— Lee Sparey (@grooveyardmusic) May 20, 2018 read more

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A car crash caused by texting while driving caught on camera

first_img FMPDADMIN)POLICE IN FLORIDA released a video of a car crash caused by texting while driving to warn of the dangers of using a phone and the road at the same time.“Texting and driving is a serious epidemic” at the moment, according to Fort Myers Lieutenant Victor Medico.“We hope the in-car video in this incident is a wake-up call to those that text and drive.”Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the incident. But the driver, Michael James Woody, was cited for careless driving and texting while driving.As he travelled down Veronica Shoemaker and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr boulevards on 4 January, Officer Ivan Moorer noticed some unusual behaviour from the vehicle in front of him. The driver was swerving and slowing for no apparent reason, he said.His dashcam caught the whole episode, including when the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am accelerated across the inside lane, drove up onto the path and violently struck a guardrail, bus stop sign and tree before rolling over.Woody eventually got out and crawled to safety before telling the officer that he had been texting on his mobile phone.Read: Woman fined because her puppy wasn’t wearing a seatbeltlast_img read more

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From Bud to GoDaddy The best and worst Super Bowl XLVII commercials

first_imgIt’s by far the most expensive commercial minute in broadcast television, and those breaks in the action are often the most talked about things for days after they air. Especially this year, where the Super Bowl broke viewing records, the most important part of your commercial is to be good or bad enough that you’re on everyone’s mind. This year was no different, with commercials that hit every kind of consumer for the four hour long spectacle that is the Super Bowl.Team spiritNo one knows the outcome of the game, so when you write commercials that play on team spirit you have to be careful not to ruffle the feathers of either team’s fans. The Tide Commercial was easily the best of the game, making sure to give fans on both sides of the coin toss a reason to cheer.Upcoming moviesThe commercials you see during the Super Bowl for movies that are about to hit the theaters are almost always blockbusters. This year was no different with Oz: The Great and Powerful, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, and a hilarious “extended look” at Iron Man 3.Just plain wrongThe team responsible for GoDaddy’s commercial minute had a decision to make — they could either make a commercial that made people laugh, or they could make a commercial that made people cringe. While their commercial was by far the most disturbing, at least people aren’t talking about their involvement in SOPA anymore. GoDaddy’s objectification of women, and now geeks, knows no bounds.Samsung vs. BlackBerrySamsung and Blackberry both offered commercials for the Super Bowl this year. Samsung thought theirs was so good that they teased a prequel a few days before the big game. BlackBerry’s Z10 commercial focused on confusing as many people as possible for most of their commercial, but ended it with just enough to pique interest for the new phone.Food and drinkTaco Bell, Doritos, and Pizza Hut all put their best foot forward to give you something to laugh about, but only one of these commercials featured a goat with a mean streak.Budweiser managed to release more commercials for the Super Bowl than any other company, but their best commercial features one of their oldest staples, the Clydesdales.While Pepsi and Coke battle back and forth to convince you that their flavor is the one you really want in your mouth, there was a Milk commercial featuring The Rock that targeted more age groups than you’d think possible in a single commercial.For most people, Super Bowl commercials are the only advertisements of the year that they go and watch on purpose. There are plenty other commercials worth watching, and fortunately Hulu and YouTube have all of them ready for you to watch for free.last_img read more

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Broadcasting watchdog rejects complaints of bias during Eighth Amendment referendum TV debates

first_img Short URL 12,568 Views Image: Leah Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ceimin Burke 42 Comments THE BROADCASTING REGULATOR has rejected three complaints that programmes broadcast on Virgin Media Television in the run up to last year’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment failed to be fair, objective and impartial.Two of the complaints to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) were made against The Tonight Show, hosted by Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates, and the third was against The Pat Kenny Show Referendum Special.The three complaints were all made by Brendan O’Regan and the programmes were broadcast last May when the channel was known as TV3.The complaints against The Tonight Show focused on programmes that aired on 17 and 21 May ahead of the vote on 25 May.Both of the shows involved panel discussions on the referendum with representatives from each side of the debate.Each panelist set out their position at the beginning of each of the programmes and this was followed by an open discussion.Fact-checkingBoth programmes included fact-checking undertaken by a journalist from’Regan complained that the fact-checkers, Sinead O’Carroll and Susan Daly, did not remain impartial and, on occasion, provided their own viewpoints under the guise of providing facts.He said that the panelists should have been given the opportunity to challenge the fact-checkers.The complainant also expressed the view that the presenters put more challenging questions to the panelists advocating a ‘No’ vote. He claimed that the programmes were not fair, objective or impartial and were biased in favour of a ‘Yes’ vote.In responding to the complaint, Virgin Media Television said that the presenters engaged the fact-checkers from with a view to ensuring that the audience was provided with information which was “trustworthy, honest and credible”.It said that on both nights the fact-checkers provided accurate information and answered questions without expressing their own views.The broadcaster added that the presenters also challenged each side fairly and did not express their opinion.In unanimously rejecting the complaint the BAI’s Compliance Committee found that the fact-checking element of the programme was fair, objective and impartial and it found no evidence that the panelists advocating a ‘No’ vote were treated unfairly.The complainant made a similar complaint against The Pat Kenny Show Referendum Special, which was broadcast on 23 May.He said Kenny was “rude” to the ‘No’ panelists and challenged them in a more robust manner than those representing the ‘Yes’ side.O’Regan said this was most evident in Kenny’s treatment of, Iona Institute member, Maria Steen.Virgin Media Television said in its response that the discussion was fair to all sides and gave each of the contributors ample time to make their case. The broadcaster acknowledged that Kenny was “direct and strict” with the panelists and contributors on the programme but maintained that this approach was necessary given the nature of the debate.In unanimously rejecting the complaint the Compliance Committee found that Kenny moderated the debate fairly and found no indication of bias.It also found no evidence that Kenny’s treatment of any of the contributors infringed on the requirement to be fair, impartial and objective.The authority also dismissed a complaint made by the Kerry based company Bio Atlantis against the RTÉ One documentary series A Wild Irish Year.The rejected complaint stated that the show made false and unsubstantiated claims about seaweed harvesting. Broadcasting watchdog rejects complaints of bias during Eighth Amendment referendum TV debates The three complaints were made about shows broadcast on Virgin Media Television. Mar 21st 2019, 6:22 PM Image: Leah Farrell Share206 Tweet Email Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 6:22 PMlast_img read more

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TCI Ministry of Health Advises Persons Traveling to the 2018 FIFA World

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, May 22, 2018 – Providenciales – The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia June 14th to June 28th 2018.  It is a time when people from all regions of the world gather to cheer on their team.  With large gatherings of this kind, disease outbreaks are expected and vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are no exception.The measles virus has rebounded in the WHO European region. In 2017, there were 21,315 cases and 35 deaths caused by measles.  This is an increase from the reports of 2016 which was 5,273.  The World Health Organization (WHO) noted large outbreaks in countries such as Romania, Italy and Ukraine.The Region of the Americas have been certified free of Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome(CRS); this certification means that no measles, rubella or CRS can be contracted from within the countries in the Americas.The Region of the Americas has, however, seen imported cases from persons traveling from other affected regions of the world.  Between 2011 and 2017, there have been 58 measles outbreaks between the USA, Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.  In 2018, WHO have already reported 1,115 confirmed measles cases within the region, affecting seven other countries in addition to those already mentioned.  It is important for us to maintain the elimination status by protecting our population through vaccinations.Measles is a highly infectious disease characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat and conjunctivitis (red eyes).  Two to three days after the symptoms begin, tiny spots may appear inside the mouth.  Three to five days later, a red rash will appear which will begin at the hairline and spread downwards to the neck, abdomen, arms, legs and feet. When the rash appears, the fever may increase.  The incubation period for the measles virus is 7 to 14 days.Measles is spread through droplet infection when an infected person coughs or sneezes into the air. The virus can last on surfaces for up to two hours. Infected persons can spread the virus for four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. 90% of persons who are not immunized against the measles virus will contract it if they have an encounter with an infected person. The only way to prevent the measles virus is through immunization.To this end, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services wishes to advise persons traveling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup games who have not been vaccinated, or those who are unsure of their immunization status, to be vaccinated with the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) and the Yellow Fever vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel.The vaccines are offered free of charge at the Primary Health Care clinics throughout the TCI.For further information, please contact the following numbers: Strengthen your defense against vaccine preventable diseases and let us keep the TCI Vaccine Preventable Disease free! Senior Public Health Nurse (649) 338-5464Public Health Nurse (Cheshire Hall Medical Center clinic) (649) 338-5474Public Health Nurse (Blue Hills Community Clinic) (649) 946 5613Public Health Nurse (Grand Turk) (649) 338-5462 Related Items:last_img read more

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Disney Rebrands FamilyFun

first_imgDisney Publishing Worldwide said today it is rebranding FamilyFun magazine into an integrated, multi-platform set of products, and is renaming the print edition Disney FamilyFun.According to group vice president and general manager Aparna Pande, it was important to more clearly connect the FamilyFun brand with the Disney name. “There is real value in uniting ‘Disney’ and ‘FamilyFun’ so that readers and advertisers immediately identify and benefit from our rich legacy and positive association with families.”Disney also said it will change the name of its U.S. consumer magazine publishing division to the Disney FamilyFun Group. As part of the rebranding, Disney expects the FamilyFun Group to roll out a number of branded initiatives this year, including a custom publishing division, a line of family cookbooks and a series of special interest publications, the first being a Halloween-themed book-a-zine.No “material changes” are immediately planned for FamilyFun’s Web site, Pande told FOLIO:. Pande joined Disney last summer after serving as general manager of Meredith’s Parenthood Group.In January, Disney said it would shutter three-year-old Wondertime magazine with its March issue. In February, Disney upped FamilyFun’s rate base from 2 million to 2.1 million.In addition to FamilyFun, Disney publishes 350,000-circ Spanish speaking quarterly Disney en Familia, which launched last fall.last_img read more

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Lionel Richie Will Join American Idol Reboot

first_img Email The next artist to join the lineup, which traditionally consists of three full-time judges, will be none other than four-time GRAMMY winner and 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Lionel Richie.”As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!” Richie said in a press release today.The first season of the rebirthed ‘Idol’ franchise begins filming next Tuesday, Oct. 3.Hip-Hop Reigns King As Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert Explode News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 2:36 am Lionel Richie wins Album Of The Year (1985) Earlier this week, it was announced that Luke Bryan would be joining the show’s lineup as a judge, alongside the previously announced Katy Perry. Lionel Richie Will Join “American Idol” Reboot Lionel Richie Says “Hello” To “American Idol” lionel-richie-will-join-american-idol-reboot GRAMMY winner to join Katy Perry and Luke Bryan as “American Idol” judges for the upcoming new seasonBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 29, 2017 – 5:32 pm ABC’s reboot of the smash-hit singing competition ‘American Idol’ is coming in March 2018, and big news about the show just keeps rolling in. Twitter read more

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Polling officers hacked ballot papers snatched

first_imgMap of NoakhaliBNP leaders and activists allegedly hacked six people including an on-duty presiding office and snatched away election martial including ballots form a polling station at Natershwaor in Sonaimuri Upazila of Noakhali on Saturday night.Among the injured, one is identified as presiding officer Mahmudul Hasan, the upazila family planning officer.The incident took place at Nateswar union’s Maddhya Nateswar Ebtedayii Nurani Madrasa polling centre around 10:30pm, said Elias Faruque, superintendent of Noakhali police.On information, a team from Sonaimuri police station rushed in and fired several rounds of gunshots on the air to disperse the attackers, he said.Police were conducting drives to recover the election materials till filling of this report around 00:30am, said the police super.After rescuing four injured including Mahmudul, police took them to Noakhali General Hospital.Meanwhile, Mahmudul was sent to Dhaka by an ambulance as his condition was critical, he said.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday April 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: the final day of the 2017 Legislative Session in Annapolis, Charles Robinson, reporter for Maryland Public Television’s, “State Circle,” gives us a final report on 2017. Plus, Bryan Sears of The Daily Record, gives us a report on Sen. Nat Oaks, charged with federal wire fraud and facing a maximum of 20 years in prison.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. WEAA FM 88.9 Listen at WEAA Live Stream: read more

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A buffet of Ballet

first_imgAll the dance enthuisiasts can head over to experience some great ballet performances as Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra is up with their 11th Festival of Ballets that kick started on 9 May. The first day of the festival featured the dance performance Meera. The performance brought up the glory lies in her ability to articulate through her poetry the turbulence that transpired in her life. Meera’s life seems to be an allegory for most women, that centuries later, her name lives on. Wherever she went, through the effervescence of her poetry, she spread the message of liberation and urged an inner awakening. The performance was choreographed by Shashidharan Nair and the music was given by Shubha Mudgal under the production and direction by Shobha Deepak Singh.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second day of the festival (10 May) will feature the performance Shree Durga. The performance is choreographed by Shashidharan Nair and the vocal composition is by Shanti Sharma. The performance highlights that Durga and Kali are not vehicles of a bygone era but remain pertinent today. One reads daily about the atrocities on women. When the Gods give boons they themselves become victims of these boons and it is then that they invoke Shree Shakti; feminine power, to vanquish demons in society. Female power conquers over mindless demons of society. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the third day (15 May), the festival will  present Karna. It is choreographed by Late Guru Krishna Chandra Naik and Shashidharan Nair. The music is given by Barun Gupta. Towards no other persona of the epic of Mahabharata do circumstances remain consistently so hostile. Karna’s life and times are frozen in their entirety and his fortunes into a perpetual predicament. This ballet is dedicated to all the Karnas natural and unnatural, who are denied the rightful place in the social milieu, seen in its correct perspective. Karna’s life has been so unfair that it immediately elicits sympathy. His life in the epic is resplendent with magnificent misadventures and acts of valour. The closing day of the festival (17 May) will be featuring Kumar Sambhava. The music is been given by Barun Gupta and the scripting is done by Neelabh. The act is directed by Shobha Deepak Singh. It is an endearing story of the demon Tarak, who enjoyed sacred protection in the form of a boon of invincibility from Lord Brahma, of which he took blatant advantage and wreaked havoc on earth. In desperation, mankind appealed to Brahma and the gods to save them from Tarak’s oppression and Lord Brahma said that Tarak could only be killed by the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, with the intervention of Kamdeva, the god of love. Shiva and Parvati married. After a peaceful existence in the mountains, Kartikeya, their eldest son who was incubated in six wombs of celestial virgins, was born to allow the world to rejoice. Kartikeya was taught by Shiva. At the end of his training Shiva asked his son to lead the army into battle and rid the world of Tarak. After a ferocious battle, Kartikeya mustered all his powers and released a deadly bolt against Tarak, that instantly saw him crash to the ground, dead. And so, the darkness lifted from the heavens and earth and the gods and humans rejoiced. Kamdeva’s death and his wife Rati’s lamentation offer the poignant and sad reality of a tale, where good and evil coexist.Where:  Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus MargWhen: 10, 15, 17 May Timing: 7-8.30 pmlast_img read more

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Bullying bosses turn employees into bullies too

first_imgAccording to the researchers, such rude behaviour is common at a politically-charged workplace and this incivility is fast spreading.Experiencing such rude behaviour reduces employees’ self-control and leads them to act in a similar uncivil manner, say Russell Johnson and colleagues from Michigan State University. “People who are recipients of incivility at work feel mentally fatigued because uncivil behaviours are somewhat ambiguous and require employees to figure out whether there was any abusive intent,” said Johnson, associate professor of management. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“This mental fatigue, in turn, led them to act uncivil toward other workers. In other words, they paid the incivility forward,” he noted in a paper which appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology.While curt remarks and other forms of incivility do not involve openly hostile behaviour such as bullying and threats, they are a frequent occurrence in the workplace and have a significant effect on employees.For the study, 70 employees filled out a survey relating to incivility and its effects three times a day for 10 consecutive workdays. Interestingly, the researchers found that “incivility spirals” – when acts of incivility lead to subsequent acts of incivility – can occur unintentionally. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“When employees are mentally fatigued, it is more difficult for them to keep their negative impulses and emotions in check, which leads them to be condescending and rude to colleagues,” Johnson noted.The study also found that incivility spirals occurred in workplaces that were perceived as political (where co-workers “do what is best for them, not what is best for the organisation”).“Being the victim of incivility leaves employees depleted because they must expend energy to understand why they were targeted and how to respond,” the study stated.One way to reduce perceptions of politics, the study says, is by providing clear feedback to employees regarding the types of behaviours that are desired, the authors wrote.last_img read more

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Agents to win with Amadeus Travena

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Travel agents will soon be able to operate their businesses from “anywhere” and at “anytime” following the launch of Amadeus Travena, the industry’s first fully web-based booking solution for travel professionals. The latest offering by Amadeus will begin deployment in the United States and Canada later this year, with other markets to gain access to the solution in early 2012, through twelve languages. “Amadeus Travena was built for travel professionals, by travel professionals,” Amadeus North America president and chief executive Scott Gutz said. “This new solution combines powerful features, customization capabilities, and online convenience with extensive travel content to help agents demonstrate their difference and win in tomorrow’s travel arena.” As well as giving agents access to fully-integrated Amadeus content, the new web-based solution allows for quick deployment of new content and functionality from the travel technology provider. Additionally, Amadeus Travena will let agents apply the solution “the way they want, when they want”, with users able to set preferences and rules to access the program. Amadeus Travena was unveiled to the North American market at THE TRADESHOW, the American Society of Travel Agents’ (ASTA) annual conference in Las Vegas. e-Travel Blackboard attended THE TRADESHOW, which wrapped up on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carolina DC Steve Wilks is leaving New York without a contract according to my NY sources. Hearing he is on his way to Arizona and will interview with Cardinals tomorrow.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) January 9, 2018That Wilks will visit Arizona is a positive sign for the Cardinals. The Panthers’ defensive coordinator worked four years with newly-hired Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, and from reports out of New York, it appears Wilks drew an important attendee to his meeting. After the Arizona Cardinals reportedly met with Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong on Monday, they’ve yet to interview one known candidate.That would be Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, one of the hottest names in the mix for the remaining four NFL head coaching openings.Wilks, fresh off the Panthers’ NFC Wild Card loss, met with the New York Giants on Tuesday. He will visit the Cardinals on Wednesday and is expected to meet with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person. This is a 2014 photo of Steve Wilks of the Carolina Panthers NFL football team. This image reflects the Carolina Panthers active roster as of Friday, June 20, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)center_img 22 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Jourdan Rodrigue, Panthers Insider, Charlotte Observer “That’s why I keep going back to Steve maybe having a real shot in Arizona. It just seems like a better fit out there.”Wilks has also been linked to Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who the Cardinals reportedly interviewed this past week with regards to their head coach opening. From the FWIW department: Giants chairman Steve Tisch will sit on on today’s interview with Steve Wilks, sources say. It’s his first. Doesn’t necessarily mean Wilks is the favorite. But unlike other candidates, Wilks has a shot to wow all key parties today.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 9, 2018Other reports out of New York suggest Wilks isn’t the frontrunner, and stylistically, he could be a better fit with the Cardinals if they decide to go with a defense-first approach to follow the aggressive offensive identity of the Bruce Arians era.“Where I hesitate with (the Giants’ situation) is Steve is a defensive mind and it sounds to me like up in New York they really are going to try to do some rebuilding work offensively,” said Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, who on Tuesday joined 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf. Big week for Panthers DC Steve Wilks. NYG, AZ, IND are 1st interviews. Norv Turner and John DeFilippo among his OC possibilities if hired— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 9, 2018A defensive back who played for Appalachian State and exclusively coached defensive backs at five college stops and for four NFL teams in his career, the 48-year-old could potentially bring out the best for a talented Arizona secondary that includes Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Budda Baker.Personality-wise, Rodrigue said Wilks is commanding in the locker room, demanding in his expectations but also loving.“Stylistically, he’s something that a lot of general managers would like to have in a head coaching candidate,” she said. “He’s really stable but he also brings a lot of his own personality to the locker room.“I think he’s got the type of personality … when he speaks, you want to pay attention to him and you want to listen.”last_img read more

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New economic outlook report predicts robust growth

first_imgThe Cypriot economy is forecast to continue to grow at robust rates in 2018 and 2019, with real GDP expected to rise by 3.9 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively, the University of Cyprus (UCy) said on Wednesday.According to UCy’s economics research centre, the main drivers of the outlook in 2018 and 2019 include the vigorous growth in domestic activity, the ongoing improvements in the domestic labour market, strong fiscal performance, and favourable domestic financial conditions like low lending interest rates, deleveraging, expansion of domestic deposits and credit.The projected decline in GDP to 3.5 per cent next year is driven by the recent fall in economic sentiment in Cyprus, the pickup of energy inflation, the slowdown in the EU and the euro area, and European interest rates and spreads which reflect EU and euro area uncertainties, the centre said in its economic outlook report.However, according to the centre, there were still risks such as the high levels of private debt and non-performing loans (NPLs).Despite recent progress, high indebtedness and NPLs pose risks to the soundness of the banking system, economic confidence and growth prospects, the centre said.“The high level of public debt together with the stronger connection between bank and sovereign risk, after the resolution of the Cyprus Co-operative Bank, renders Cyprus vulnerable to shocks.”A failure to maintain fiscal discipline could add to the economy’s vulnerabilities.The report warned that given the high level of public debt and problematic loans, delays in the implementation of structural reforms, may dent economic confidence, the sustainability of public finances and growth.Other downside risks to the outlook include: higher uncertainty in the euro area due to Italy’s deviation from EU budget rules, with possible negative effects on the borrowing costs of other vulnerable euro area countries; slower-than-expected growth in the euro area; higher uncertainty and weaker-than-expected growth in the UK due to a failure of Brexit negotiations, and competitiveness pressures on the Cypriot tourist product from other destinations.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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