TVS joins hand with MASESA to enter Central America; export 13 products

first_imgTVS Motor Company globally announced on Thursday its alliance with MASESA (Mayor Servicios Socieda Anonima), a Guatemala based company that is a leader in the commercialization of motorcycles and Tuk Tuks in the Central American region. This alliance is in line with the company’s plan to expand and strengthen its presence in Central America, LATAM, South East Asia and Middle East.TVS products to be marketed throughout Central America are listed below:  From India     From Indonesia Scooter     Scooty Zest 110 and Wego 110    Max 125 and Neo 110 Motorcycle     StaR HLX 100/125, Sport 100 ES, Phoenix 125, Stryker 125, Apache 160/180/200    NA 3-wheeler     TVS King DLX    NAIn this alliance, MASESA will develop exclusive TVS Motor Company concessionaires in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.MASESA currently operates through a network of 500 touch points throughout the region, which are managed by an extraordinary team, who will manage a wide catalogue of parts and service centres duly equipped, guaranteeing the adequate support of the brand and making this alliance one of the most important ones of the industry in recent years in the region.R. Dilip, Sr. Vice President- International Business of TVS Motor Company, said, “We are very pleased to partner with a well-known company such as MASESA, which has a rich experience and immense knowledge of the market and the needs of customers in this region. The unique network of distribution that MASESA has developed makes them the best strategic ally for TVS Motor Company. With this alliance we will be able to personalize our value offers and provide the right products for our future clients throughout Central America and consolidate our presence in the area.”advertisement”We at MASESA will represent TVS Motor Company with great passion and pride, with the objective of satisfying the demanding needs of our current and potential clients, and we will work hard to successfully consolidate our new strategic alliance. In MASESA we will distribute, with the responsibility that characterizes us, all the products that TVS Motor Company provides us and we will be the best bridge between the best technology available in India and our important clients throughout Central America,” said Samuel Espina, Regional Manager of Public Relations at MASESA.In the first phase of this association, 5 emblematic exhibition and sales rooms will be installed in the region, which will also offer the entire range of spare parts and technical service, in turn the products of TVS Motor Company will be available in the 500 dealers MASESA has throughout Central America.last_img read more

Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team

first_imgShare on Messenger Afghanistan captain Shabnam Mobarez on a footballing mission in Denmark Share on Pinterest Twitter Facebook Senior figures associated with the Afghanistan women’s team have told the Guardian that abuse took place inside the country, including at the federation’s headquarters, and at a training camp in Jordan last February.Khalida Popal, a former head of the women’s football department at the AFF, who was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark, has spoken to the Guardian, together with the players Shabnam Mobarez and Mina Ahmadi and the head coach, Kelly Lindsey, about the ordeal of players within the country and their frustrations with a system that, they feel, has failed to protect them.The AFF said in a statement that it “vigorously rejects the false accusations made with regard to the AFF’s women’s national team”. It added that it has a “zero-tolerance policy towards any such type of behaviour”.Fifa confirmed it was investigating the claims and a source at world football’s governing body told the Guardian it had been working with the United Nations on some players’ safety.The source said: “Fifa has been fully aware of the situation in Afghanistan and has been working hard to secure the safety of the girls. They have been working very discreetly with those involved – given the sensitive nature of the accusations and danger to life posed – since March to pull together evidence for a formal investigation and have brought in the UN. Such is the extent of their concern for the girls still in the country and the need to bring in an organisation that can make political and legal interventions outside of Fifa’s abilities.”In its statement Fifa said: “The serious subjects mentioned are being looked into by Fifa. As some aspects of these allegations involve sensitive topics linked to the protection of those involved, we have sought support from relevant parties who willingly offered their support to Fifa.”Popal said that, in the course of an investigation she has carried out into the allegations, she heard claims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, death threats and rape. She said: “It was very difficult for us, living in the country, to talk about these things because these are very powerful guys. If a player from Afghanistan raised a voice they can get killed.”Having fled the country two years ago, Popal organised national team training camps in Jordan, Japan and the UAE which have brought together players from inside and outside Afghanistan.She told the Guardian that for the first such gathering, in Jordan in February, the players arriving from Afghanistan were accompanied by two men.“They sent two male representatives, going under the title of ‘head of women’s football’ and ‘assistant coach’,” she said. “They were bullying and harassing the girls, particularly the ones from Afghanistan because they knew they wouldn’t speak up. I confronted them, told them they can’t do that and I’d make a complaint.“It continued. These guys were calling on the rooms of the players and sleeping with the girls. AFF staff members would say to girls that they could get them on the team list and would pay them £100 a month if they would say yes to everything. They were pushing and forcing the girls. Coercing them.”She said players reported to her what was going on and told her she needed to get it stopped. Popal said: “I phoned the president and said: ‘You should stop this. If you don’t stop it I cannot stop the girls from going to the media with their stories.’ He was promising that he would take serious action.“He said to just keep playing football and we should keep it quiet until they come back and then they [the men] will be punished.”According to the American Lindsey, the two male officials alleged to have abused players in Jordan “were promoted and moved to other areas within the AFF”. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Read more Afghanistan’s Shabnam Mobarez has said a contract she was asked to sign by the FA is ‘taking away my basic human rights away from me, and my rights as a female’. Photograph: Haris Rahimi/Cloud 9 Productions An AFC spokesperson told the Guardian: “The AFC is looking into the various media reports which have been published and the complaints that some Afghanistan players have made on social media. There have been no reports of any sexual abuse to the AFC from any Afghanistan player.”The Afghan federation said it would fight to support and protect all its players and that “these very serious allegations seem to come from former employees, without ever having directly contacted the AFF and/or provided any specific information to help the AFF to investigate”.It added: “Should the AFF receive specific factual information and/or evidence, it will not hesitate to initiate further investigations immediately and to take all appropriate steps to prevent such actions and prosecute those responsible for them.”A further development was the arrival of women’s national team contracts that those involved describe as “aggressive”, “one-way” and about “silencing” players.Those that did not sign were kicked off the team. Mobarez tweeted that the contract prevented her from being paid for playing, limited their ability to get sponsorship elsewhere or pursue other promotional ventures, and removed mediation in disciplinary proceedings.“I think this contract is very inhumane because it’s taking away my basic human rights away from me, and my rights as a female,” Mobarez, the captain, who plays in Denmark, said. Ahmadi said: “It empowers us more and makes us more motivated to spread the message and accomplish great things. We all still have the same goal. They can’t break us.”Hummel said it had “clear documentation of breach of contract as well as the fact that AFF leadership has been aware of the allegations since February this year without taking actions or informing sponsors. The documentation of unacceptable behaviour includes, but is not limited to, a new contract stripping player of several basic human rights.” Popal said that shortly after the camp in Jordan ended “nine players, who are based in Afghanistan, some of our best players, were kicked off the national team, accused of being lesbians”. It was, she claimed: “Because some of them were going to talk to the media. The president [privately] labelled them lesbians to silence them from speaking out about the sexual abuse in Jordan and abuses by coaches. He beat one of the girls with a snooker cue. He beat the player and said she was a lesbian and she was kicked out of the federation.“If they spoke out, no one would listen to them because being accused of being lesbian or gay in Afghanistan is a topic you don’t speak about and puts you and your family in a lot of danger.”Popal said that when she learned nine players had been sidelined she started an investigation and multiple allegations were made regarding Karim, a former governor of Panjshir province and chief of staff in the ministry of defence before he took over the presidency of the AFF in 2004. She said: “While I was doing the investigation with these players I found out the huge extent of the abuse, sexually, mentally, physically, happening from the president himself.”She claimed: “Not only that, he has a room inside his office that is a bedroom with a bed. The doors of his office [use] fingerprint recognition, so when players go in they can’t get out without the fingerprint of the president.“I tried to search for the girls. I found some of the girls that were sexually abused, and physically abused if they said no. The federation would make an excuse to get rid of the player so that if they came out [and spoke publicly], it would look like they were just upset about being kicked off the team. That investigation took me half a year and there was physical abuse, sexual abuse, death threats and rape cases.”Lindsey said they tried to raise the issue with the Asian Football Confederation. “They basically said: ‘We can’t speak to you about this because you’re not a member association, we need your president or your general secretary to speak with us.’”center_img Share on Twitter news Afghanistan Khalida Popal, Afghanistan football pioneer: ‘If the haters couldn’t stop me, Trump can’t’ Topics Share on LinkedIn Football Share via Email Read more Fifa is examining allegations that members of the Afghanistan national women’s team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country’s football federation, including its president, Keramuudin Karim.The claims have prompted the team’s principal sponsor, Hummel, to cut ties with the Afghan federation (AFF) and call for new leadership. The Danish sportswear manufacturer said it was “presented with strong allegations of severe mental, physical, sexual and equal-rights abuse of the female players by male AFF officials”. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Gynaecological Cancer Report Released

first_img Cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers accounted for 94 per cent of all gynaecological cancers diagnosed between 1997 and 2001; Seventy-five per cent of all new invasive gynaecological cancers were diagnosed in women over the age of 50 years; Between 1997 and 2001, there are geographical variations in the incidence of cervical cancer. In Cape Breton and Victoria counties, the rates exceed the provincial average, while the rate in Kings County is well below the provincial average. More than 60 per cent of women had at least one Pap screen in the three-year period between 1999 and 2001. That is still well below the Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program target of 85 per cent. While the incidence of cervical cancer in Nova Scotia decreasedby 52 per cent between 1971 and 2001, Nova Scotia still has thehighest rate of cervical cancer in Canada, says a new reportreleased today, Oct. 17, by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. And thenumber of women getting annual Pap tests still falls well belowthe target set by medical officials. The report, A Portrait of Gynaecological Cancer and CervicalScreening in Nova Scotia, was prepared by Cancer Care NovaScotia’s Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program and theSurveillance and Epidemiology Unit. It includes information on Nova Scotia women diagnosed withgynaecological cancers, the number of new cases each year andpatterns of change in the types and number of gynaecologicalcancers seen over time. Information on mortality, survival andprojections for these cancers and cervical cancer screening datafrom 1993 to 2001 is also included. Other key findings from the report include: “We are definitely making progress,” said Dr. Rob Grimshaw,medical director, Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program. “Womenare living longer with gynaecological cancer because ofprevention and early detection initiatives and enhancedtreatments. We’re working with women, family doctors and otherhealth providers to emphasize that a regular Pap test is thesingle, most important weapon against cervical cancer – apreventable cancer. Our efforts are being rewarded, but there isstill work to be done.” Dr. Grimshaw said other gynaecological cancers are not as easilyprevented. However, by collecting, analyzing and monitoringpatterns of gynaecological cancer occurrence and outcomes, themedical community is able to better understand the disease andtake action. Statistical data included in the new report helps healthprofessionals understand the relative success of screening andtreatment methods and helps develop preventive measures. Healthproviders and managers also use the information to project andplan for the expected needs of communities. Researchers use thedata to generate hypotheses on specific cancer-related problems. “Data collection and analysis provides us with crucialinformation to direct our decision making in targetinginterventions that will reduce the number of women beingdiagnosed with a gynaecological cancer, in addition to assistingus in developing the best treatment options possible,” said Dr.Andrew Padmos, commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. The Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program is dedicated todecreasing the incidence of gynaecological cancer in Nova Scotia.Initial efforts focus on cervical cancer and are aimed atprevention, early detection and appropriate management. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening andresearch. It also aims to lessen the fear of cancer througheducation and information. Its programs are centred in thecommunity, compassionate to patients, cost-effective and based onsound research.last_img read more

Gary Sinise Foundation Partners With Carrington To Build Smart Homes For Veterans

first_imgThe Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF) is pleased to announce that it has formed a partnership with The Carrington Companies (Carrington) to provide donations and operational support for GSF’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program.LEFT: Bruce Rose, Carrington Holding Company CEO – CENTER: John Masson, Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassador – RIGHT: Gary SiniseAs part of the program, GSF is building Smart Homes for America’s most severely wounded service members and their families.“The Carrington Companies is the perfect partner to help the Gary Sinise Foundation build our Smart Homes and I’m very grateful for their support,” said Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Each project is a tremendous undertaking involving custom construction and cutting edge technologies tailored to the needs of these wounded service members and with the excellent Carrington team, we’ll continue to restore independence and improve the lives of these American heroes and their families.”Carrington’s non-profit organization, Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF), will be supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation and the R.I.S.E. program through its various fundraising endeavors, including its flagship event, the Annual Golf Classic, held at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California on October 6, 2014. Along with benefitting the Veterans Airlift Command, CCF’s event will raise funds for GSF’s custom home projects.For more information visit: www.carringtoncf.org/golf.In addition to fundraising support from CCF, Carrington will be donating the expertise of its real estate development group, Carrington Development Company, LLC (CDC) and real estate services group, Carrington Home Solutions, L.P. (CHS). CDC will be managing all aspects of the custom, Smart Home development, including land selection and purchasing, design management, permitting and approval, construction management, home automation, budgeting and reporting, and the coordination of the many material donations from vendors.CHS will be providing renovation services on properties donated from major financial institutions that are then sold upon completion of the renovations. Funds from the sales are donated to the construction of Veteran’s homes.“We are honored to have the privilege of working with the Gary Sinise Foundation to support this important program,” said Carrington Holding Company CEO Bruce Rose. “The Carrington Companies will bring forth all of our capabilities in securing and developing these custom homes for our country’s veterans. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to America’s service members, and are thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

US officials consider new tool to combat mine spills Robots

first_imgDENVER – Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains, and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface with devastating effects.One such disaster happened at the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado in 2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally triggered the release of 3 million gallons (11 million litres) of mustard-colored water laden with arsenic, lead and other contaminants. The spill tainted rivers in three states.Now, the EPA is considering using robots and other sophisticated technology to help prevent these types of “blowouts” or clean them up if they happen. But first the agency has to find out what’s inside the mines, some of which date to Colorado’s gold rush in the 1860s.Wastewater containing toxic heavy metals has been spewing from hundreds of inactive mines nationwide for decades, the product of complicated and sometimes poorly understood subterranean flows.Mining creates tainted water in steps: Blasting out tunnels and processing ore exposes long-buried, sulfur-bearing rocks to oxygen. The sulfur and oxygen mix with natural underground water flows to create sulfuric acid. The acidic water then leaches heavy metals out of the rocks.To manage and treat the wastewater, the EPA needs a clear idea of what’s inside the mines, some of which penetrate thousands of feet into the mountains. But many old mines are poorly documented.Investigating with robots would be cheaper, faster and safer than humans.“You can send a robot into an area that doesn’t have good air quality. You can send a robot into an area that doesn’t have much space,” said Rebecca Thomas, project manager for the EPA’s newly created Gold King Superfund site, officially known as the Bonita Peak Mining District.Instruments on the robots could map the mines and analyze pollutants in the water.They would look more like golf carts than the personable robots from “Star Wars” movies. Hao Zhang, an assistant professor of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines, envisions a battery-powered robot about 5 feet (1.5 metres) long with wheels or tracks to get through collapsing, rubble-strewn tunnels.Zhang and a team of students demonstrated a smaller robot in a mine west of Denver recently. It purred smoothly along flat tunnel floors but toppled over trying to negotiate a cluttered passage.“The terrain is pretty rough,” Zhang said. “It’s hard for even humans to navigate in that environment.”A commercial robot modified to explore abandoned mines — including those swamped with acidic wastewater — could cost about $90,000 and take three to four years to develop, Zhang said.Significant obstacles remain, including finding a way to operate remotely while deep inside a mine, beyond the reach of radio signals. One option is dropping signal-relay devices along the way so the robot stays in touch with operators. Another is designing an autonomous robot that could find its own way.Researchers also are developing sophisticated computerized maps showing mines in three dimensions. The maps illustrate where the shafts intersect with natural faults and provide clues about how water courses through the mountains.“It really helps us understand where we have certainty and where we have a lot of uncertainty about what we think’s happening in the subsurface,” said Ian Bowen, an EPA hydrologist. “So it’s a wonderful, wonderful tool.”The EPA also plans to drill into mines from the surface and lower instruments into the bore holes, measuring the depth, pressure and direction of underground water currents.Tracing the currents is a challenge because they flow through multiple mines and surface debris. Many tunnels and faults are connected, so blocking one might send water out another.“You put your finger in the dike here, where’s the water going to come out?” Thomas said.Once the EPA finishes investigating, it will look at technologies for cleansing the wastewater.Options range from traditional lime neutralization — which causes the heavy metals dissolved in the water to form particles and drop out — to more unusual techniques that involve introducing microbes.The choice has consequences for taxpayers. If no company is found financially responsible, the EPA pays the bill for about 10 years and then turns it over to the state. Colorado currently pays about $1 million a year to operate a treatment plant at one Superfund mine. By 2028, it will pay about $5.7 million annually to operate plants at three mines, not including anything at the Bonita Peak site.The EPA views the Colorado project as a chance for the government and entrepreneurs to take risks and try technology that might be useful elsewhere.But the agency — already dealing with a distrustful public and critical politicians after triggering the Gold King spill — said any technology deployed in Colorado will be tested first, and the public will have a chance to comment before decisions are made.“We’re certainly not going to be in the position of making things worse,” Thomas said. “So when I say we want to take risks, we do, but we want to take calculated, educated risks and not worsen water quality.”___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/dan%20elliott .last_img read more

Govt refuses to disclose details on RBI Governor’s appointment

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has refused to share details related to the appointment of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das citing a clause in the transparency law which bars disclosure of information, including “records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. Replying to an RTI query, it declined to share the details, including names of short-listed candidates and file notings related to the appointment. Das was on December 11, 2018 named as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for three years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The appointment came after Urjit Patel abruptly resigned amid a face-off with the government over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank. The RTI application was filed by this correspondent with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) seeking details like copy of any advertisement or vacancy circular issued by the government on appointment of RBI Governor, names of all applicants who had applied for the post and those short-listed for the top post. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The DFS was also asked to provide details on composition of search committee to short-list candidates and copy of minutes of meetings held on deciding the RBI Governor. In its reply, the DFS said the selection of Governor, RBI is done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on the basis of recommendation made by the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC). The committee is headed by cabinet secretary as its chairperson and has additional principal secretary to Prime Minister and secretary of the department concerned besides three outside experts as its members, the DFS said, without giving the names of the experts. It had then forwarded the application to the cabinet secretariat. “In this regard, it is informed that the requisite information about appointment of Shaktikanta Das as Governor, Reserve Bank of India, being Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) related file notings/documents/records, is exempted from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (i) of the Right to Information Act 205,” the cabinet secretariat said in its reply to the RTI application. The section bars disclosure of “cabinet papers, including records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. The section, however, says that the decisions of council of ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over. Das, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, retired as Economic Affairs Secretary in May 2017 and was since appointed India’s Sherpa to the G-20 and a member of the Finance Commission. Urjit Patel, who initially appeared to have toed the government line on issues like demonetisation, clashed with the Finance Ministry last year over issues of liquidity, reserves of the central bank and lending norms. The face-off had led to the government invoking a never-used-before provision of the RBI Act to bring the Governor to the negotiating table on these issues. After Das’ appointment was announced, Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee flayed the government for appointing the retired bureaucrat as the RBI Governor. He also warned that the decision leaves a lot of “frightening” questions about governance issues at key public institutions. Banerjee, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), had made a strong pitch for strengthening the credibility of all key institutions like the RBI. On Patel’s sudden resignation, he had said, “We should all worry if this is a sign of institutional stress.” Addressing a function a day after Das’ appointment, former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian said the central bank’s autonomy was “sacred” which should not be compromised.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral urges Israel to exercise restraint after latest violence in Gaza

28 April 2008Condemning today’s loss of civilian life in the Gaza Strip – including the “tragic” deaths of a mother and four of her children – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Israel to exercise maximum care and restraint. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban reminded the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) “of its responsibility to protect civilians under international humanitarian law during its military operations.”The Secretary-General spoke out against the continuing attacks and rockets fired by Hamas today against Israel, calling on it and other militant groups to end such acts of terrorism. He also noted that they should not use Gaza as a base of operations.“The mounting loss of civilian life in and around Gaza is deeply worrying,” Mr. Ban said, appealing for the situation to calm down immediately.In a related development, the Palestinian Petrol Association today delivered 55,000 litres of diesel to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), according to the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).Today’s supply will allow UNRWA, which has not been able to deliver food supplies for the past three days, to resume its distribution for roughly six days.However, the agency warned that the fuel delivery does not address the wider humanitarian problems in Gaza; the lack of diesel has impacted doctors’ commutes to hospitals and the ability of teachers and students to reach schools. Additionally, crops are not being irrigated, while cooking gas shortages have forced almost half of Gaza’s 47 bakeries to shut down operations.UNSCO said that in a bid to come up with a proper distribution plan and the resumption of all services in Gaza, the Petrol Association is seeking a commitment from the Israeli Government for sufficient fuel supplies. read more

Health care for women still far below need and expectation UN report

9 November 2009Many of the world’s countries continue to fail to meet the health-care needs of women at key stages of their lives, such as when they reach adolescence or when they are elderly, a new United Nations report has found. The report, issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, said urgent action is required to improve the health and lives of women, despite considerable progress in recent decades.Sexual and reproductive health services tend to focus exclusively on married women in too many countries, according to the report, noting that in those societies few services are made available to unmarried women and adolescents, and even fewer to marginalized groups such as sex workers, intravenous drug workers, ethnic workers and rural women.Up to 80 per cent of all health care worldwide takes place in the home, and is almost always provided by women, who are often unsupported and unremunerated in these activities.Launching the report, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said it was “time to pay girls and women back, to make sure that they get the care and support they need to enjoy a fundamental human right at every moment of their lives – that is, their right to health.”Dr. Chan questioned: “If women are denied a chance to develop their full human potential, including their potential to lead healthier and at least somewhat happier lives, is society as a whole really healthy? What does this say about the state of social progress in the 21st century?”The report observed that HIV, tuberculosis and pregnancy-related conditions remain the major killers of women aged between 15 and 45, but that as women age, non-communicable diseases – such as heart attacks and strokes – become leading causes of death and disability.However, in many countries heart attacks and strokes are considered “male” problems, leading to an under-diagnosis of heart disease in women.Females are also hampered from their lower socio-economic status, with a lack of access to education, income and decision-making positions limiting women’s ability to protect their health.This is particularly true in the case of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, where cultural pressures mean many women lack basic knowledge about HIV and how to negotiate safer sex practices.“We will not see significant progress as long as women are regarded as second-class citizens in so many parts of the world,” Dr. Chan said.“In so many societies, men exercise political, social and economic control. The health sector has to be concerned. These unequal power relations translate into unequal access to health care and unequal control over health resources.”The WHO report, entitled Women and health: today’s evidence tomorrow’s agenda, outlines proposals for reform to help women.These include strengthening health systems so they can better meet women’s needs, changing public policy to deal with the social and economic factors that adversely impact women’s health and identifying mechanisms to promote women’s leadership in health care. read more

UN agency launches new initiative to boost crops and protect environment

13 June 2011Building on the lessons learned from the Green Revolution of the 1960s, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new initiative to grow more food to feed the world’s growing population in an environmentally sustainable way. The agency notes in a news release that there is no option but to further intensify crop production in order to feed a world population projected to reach 9.2 billion by 2050. To eradicate hunger and meet demand by 2050, food production needs to increase by 70 per cent in the world and 100 per cent in developing countries, it adds. “The key to meeting the challenge lies in sustainable crop production intensification, or Save and Grow,” FAO stated, referring to the new approach that is outlined in a book by the same name and published by FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division. The Save and Grow model “applies external inputs at the right time and in the right amount – no more and no less than plants need,” says the agency.Green Revolution technology produced more than enough food for a world population that doubled from three to six billion between 1960 and 2000, FAO states, while pointing out that it focused on raising crop production without much attention to the environment. The new approach draws partly on conservation agriculture (CA) techniques which do away with or minimize ploughing and tilling, thus preserving soil structure and health. The Save and Grow toolkit also includes elements such as precision irrigation, which “delivers more crop for the drop,” and ‘precision placement’ of fertilizers, which can double the amount of nutrients absorbed by plants. Another element is integrated pest management, whose techniques discourage the development of pest populations and minimizes the need for pesticides.“Such methods help adapt crops to climate change and not only help grow more food but also contribute to reducing crops’ water needs by 30 per cent and energy costs by up to 60 per cent,” notes FAO.The new approach, the agency also points out, will require significant support to farmers so they can learn the new practices and technologies, while governments will also need to strengthen national plant-breeding programmes and overall domestic and foreign investments to the agriculture sector need to be increased. read more

TSX flat as Bombardier hit by CSeries delay

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was flat amid mixed commodities and a warning from transport giant Bombardier that its flagship new airliner will be going into service later than expected.The S&P/TSX composite index inched up 0.71 of a point to 13,773.29.Bombardier shares were down about 2.5% to $4.41 after the company announced the delay concerning its new CSeries aircraft. It said that the CS100 won’t be going into service until the second half of 2015 while the CS300 will go into service about six months later. The initial CSeries planes were expected to be ready for service late this year or early in 2015.The Canadian dollar rose 0.27 of a cent to 91.64 cents US.U.S. indexes were also lower following strong gains Wednesday amid earnings reports from the banking sector and data showing a continuing decline in jobless insurance claims and tame inflation. The Dow Jones industrials points to 16, the Nasdaq slipped 3.52 points to 4,211.36 while the S&P 500 index was down 3.32 points to 1,845.06.On the commodity markets, February crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 19 cents to US$93.98 a barrel. read more

Political solutions prerequisite to sustainable peace Lacroix tells Security Council

UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative 18 months ago, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, reminded the chamber, noting A4P calls on all participants to “collectively address peacekeeping challenges”. A “spirit of mutual and respective responsibility is at the core ofA4P”, said the peacekeeping chief, stressing that the “volatile political and security environments” of peacekeeping missions, require “capable military, police and civilian components” to undertake “flexible and rapid deployments”, which is why UN peacekeeping is “adapting mission footprints” to ensure a more “mobile, robust, aware and integrated operational approach”. He gave the example of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, which has “shifted away from static bases in some locations, replacing them with rapidly deployable battalions”, or RDBs for short. “RDBs strengthen our ‘mobility and robustness, and in MONUSCO are part of the mission’s ‘protection through projection’ concept”, elaborated Mr. Lacroix, adding that RDBs are “capable of swiftly deploying to prevent, mitigate and address protection threats as they emerge”. These changes have been complemented by other protection measures, such as community alert networks and country support to combat impunity. He painted a picture of “a spate of horrific attacks against civilians in Ituri province” in 2018, when MONUSCO’s RDB quickly sent out four temporary base deployments that provided “the necessary security space for civilian staff to conduct human rights monitoring and community engagement”, and offered “a degree of confidence amongst the population to allow them to return to their villages”. Fewer peacekeeping causalities Today, UN peacekeepers are successful in many countries, playing “a crucial preventative role” and protecting “millions of vulnerable people around the globe”, he stated, yet challenges remain.Mr. Lacroix drew attention to the importance of putting political solutions “at the center of this agenda”, noting that “in every country in which we are deployed and our mandates permit, our missions ‘are proactive in – and maintaining space for – political solutions to be pursued”.He pointed to the Central African Republic (CAR), as an example of where the UN is working in partnership with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission of Central African States (ECCAS).He flagged that the UN mission there, MINUSCA, has been taking advantage of its “stronger political mandate” and “robust security posture” to create an environment that led the Government and 14 main armed groups, to sign the Accord for Peace and Reconciliation last February.Adapting mission footprints .@UNPeacekeeping is a partnership w/ Member States, Troop/Police/Financial contributors, the Security Council & regional organizations. We need everyone on board to build stronger, more effective operations with leaner & more focused mandates. We all have a role to play. #A4P pic.twitter.com/oMcLUZhhoZ— Jean-Pierre Lacroix (@Lacroix_UN) September 9, 2019 Mr. Lacroix also revealed a reduction in peacekeeping fatalities, noting 58 deaths in 2018, 27 in 2018, and 21 so far this year. The mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is “still the most challenging situation for the security of peacekeepers”, but he credited a fall in fatalities to its ability to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices, better camp protection and mine-protected vehicles.Improved situational awareness is “another critical component of effective operations”, he elaborated, noting that Mission Peacekeeping-Intelligence Coordination Mechanisms had been established in MINUSMA, MONUSCO, MINUSCA and UNMISS (the UN Mission in South Sudan) to ensure coordination between all actors involved in peacekeeping intelligence under the leadership of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative. Women in peacekeeping More women peacekeepers are “key to improving peacekeeping performance”, according to Mr. Lacroix who maintained that they are “extremely effective in building trust with vulnerable communities, preventing tension and helping to reduce violence”.And while their numbers have increased, it is happening too slowly. “I call on troop and police contributors to redouble efforts to deploy more women”, he said.Turning to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), the peacekeeping chief indicated that these actions undermine “our standards of conduct”, saying that “continued vigilance remains an utmost priority”. Serving in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Brazilian peacekeeper Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga is the 2019 recipient of the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award., by MINUSCA/Hervé SerefioHe assured the Chamber that prevention and accountability for misconduct would be strengthened and assistance to victims enhanced.A change for the betterIn closing, Mr. Lacroix upheld that although “peacekeeping is changing for the better”, efforts must be bolstered to “support political processes” and ensure they make “a tangible difference in the lives of those we are mandated to serve”. He committed to enhancing peacekeeping and requested that the Council visit field missions and to evaluate progress in person. “We need your candid and field-based assessment to help us move forward and change course, if needed”, he concluded. read more

Massive Quellaveco copper project gets goahead

first_imgAnglo American’s Board has approved the development of the worldclass Quellaveco copper project in Peru. Ore Reserves total some 1,300 Mt at a Reserve grade of 0.58%TCu. Additional Mineral Resources are estimated at 1.500 Mt at a grade of 0.35%TCu.Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, commented: “Quellaveco is one of the world’s largest and most attractive undeveloped copper orebodies. We expect Quellaveco to generate a real, post tax IRR of greater than 15%, with a four-year payback(1) and an EBITDA margin of more than 50% due to its highly competitive first quartile cash cost position. We see significant potential to expand Quellaveco beyond its current 30-year reserve life as well as to increase throughput above the initial capacity of 127,500 t/d.“After several years of extensive preparatory work, we are very pleased to develop the project together with our partners Mitsubishi. We are grateful for the strong support we have gained from our host communities and at the national level. Quellaveco should bring very significant opportunities and sustainable benefits to the lives of those we employ, our business partners, the surrounding region and Peru as a whole, for decades to come.”The development phase of the project will commence following completion of the transaction, announced in June 2018, whereby Mitsubishi Corp will increase its interest in Anglo American Quellaveco S.A., (AAQSA), which owns the Quellaveco project, to 40%. The development has an expected capital cost of $5.0 to 5.3 billion and will be funded on an attributable basis: 60% by Anglo American and 40% by Mitsubishi, with Mitsubishi pre-funding the first $500 million of Anglo American’s share of the capital expenditure.First production of copper is expected in 2022, ramping up to full production in 2023. During the first ten years of full production Quellaveco is expected to produce approximately 300,000 t/y at a cash cost of $1.05/lb of copper.The support of local communities is the result of an innovative 18-month consultation with local authorities and community representatives from the Moquegua region. Through this ‘dialogue table’, Anglo American agreed 26 detailed and specific long-term commitments relating to water management, environmental protection and social investment. For example, by ensuring that the water required by the operation is drawn mainly from a river whose water is naturally unfit for human or agricultural use and additionally by collecting excess rainfall and sharing it with the communities, Anglo American is delivering on its promise of a positive water impact for local people and their livelihoods.Cutifani added: “This is an exciting moment for Anglo American. The approval of Quellaveco is an important step in delivering the full potential of our world class asset portfolio, with an expected project ROCE in excess of 20%, and we look forward to working responsibly with all our stakeholders to make it a reality.”last_img read more

Trump says Comey is cowardly over conversation leaks

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3438334 67 Comments Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 2:47 PM Jun 11th 2017, 2:47 PM Share Tweet Email 14,253 Views US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president, days after the ex-FBI director testified that Trump sought to derail the Russian probe.“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.“Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a “friend” identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russia probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.He branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation Trump has denied.On Friday, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticised Comey as not “man enough” for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.“He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski told NBC’s morning show “Today.”Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a “leaker,” he also claimed “total and complete vindication” following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony, focusing on Comey’s confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.© – AFP, 2017Read: In the age of Trump, two American newspapers are flying the flag for hard news journalism Trump says Comey is ‘cowardly’ over conversation leaks “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible.” Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New deal welcomes skilled workers to NT

first_imgThe Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced a new in-principal deal signed by the Territory government and the governing Council of Kalymnos, which will help Greek skilled workers access employment in Australia’s top end.The pilot agreement was negotiated in principal after two days of meetings with the council, by Territory representatives.Mr Giles told Neos Kosmos the arrangement was a push toward greater levels of migration, especially with regard to jobs. “Normally what happens is businesses will try to sponsor someone on an individual basis, but as part of the strategy that we’ve got for northern Australia we have to attract people to the Territory, we’re finding it very difficult to attract people from the southern parts of Australia.”Kalymnos is Darwin’s oldest sister-city, and with a rich Greek culture the chief minister said it was an opportunity to explore untapped resources. “We have a very good relationship with Greece and we want to be able to extend that, so a few months ago we signed a direct area migration agreement (DAMA), which allows us to try and get an additional 500 people into the Territory, to support some of those skill shortages that we have. When our meeting occurred on the 7th of September we said ‘well why don’t we try our first venture overseas to Greece’ – to Kalmynos – to start talking to local council over there to start forming a greater partnership to get a higher degree of people coming to the Territory.”Accordingly, there are approximately 63 skill-set shortages in the Northern Territory and this agreement will help in another 16, including opportunities in hospitality, bricklaying, hotel waiting and bar-service management, amongst others. “We’ll be calling a meeting of local Kalymnian business men and women, and Greek business men and women, and say ‘right, we’ve started this process, let’s get together collectively to identify issues that you have, how we can support you developing your employer credentials, such as things around mentoring, how you can be a more acceptable workplace for people who have come from overseas into the Territory, and what that might mean for those people and how you can have a more supportive environment’.”In his original press release Mr Giles stated two programs offering Northern Territory employers the opportunity to access workers from Greece – the DAMA and a Training and Research Occupational Trainee Visa. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Extreme heat causes Melbourne tram lines to be disrupted

first_imgExtreme heat has caused tram services in Melbourne to be cancelled. Temperature heights of 36C expected on Thursday and 35C on Friday and Saturday means that tram lines will continue to remain shut.Yarra Trams have been cancelled and replaced with buses due to the heatwave in Victoria.Three other routes were also disrupted by cancellations.Tram passengers have been advised to check timetables and allow for plenty of time for their journeys.As a result of the extreme weather conditions, there are more cars on the road and traffic congestion.A ‘blocking high’ on the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand is causing the intense heat.READ MORE: Greek Australian woman asks Melbourne inspector to wait while she continues her meditation for another six minutes Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Official Wolves complete signing of Adama Traore

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have announced the signing of winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough on a five-year dealThe newly-promoted Premier League side have paid a reported club-record fee of £18m for the Barcelona academy product after activating his buy-out clause at the Riverside Stadium.This will mark the second time in as many years that Wolves have smashed their transfer record after signing Ruben Neves from FC Porto last summer for £15m.“Wolves are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee,” read a statement.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The 22-year-old completed his medical on Tuesday morning and put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Molineux.”Traore could make his debut for Wolves in the opening game of their Premier League campaign against Everton on Saturday evening if he can recover in time from a shoulder injury.The Spain U-21 international is the club’s eighth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez, while making Diogo Jota and Willy Boly permanent members of the squad.last_img read more

Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for Israel

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for their winner takes all clash against Israel.The Scottish national team host Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League knowing a victory could help secure a playoff place for Euro 2020.Alex McLeish’s side lost the reverse fixture 2-1 in Israel last month but Fletcher thinks the Scots will be ready to deliver a more confident performance after a comfortable 4-0 against Albania on Saturday.Speaking to Sky Sports about the Israel game, the former Scotland international:“It’s going to be difficult but I think the biggest thing is they’ve saved a lot of legs and conserved a lot of energy.”edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I don’t think it was a difficult game for Scotland physically so there’ll have lots of energy about them come Tuesday.”“The turnaround will be quite short but they’ll be ready for it.”“It’s a must win game and it gives a great chance to qualify. We knew the performance level in Israel wasn’t good enough.”“We allowed them too much possession and we allowed them to control the game. We weren’t aggressive enough but I think that was partly down to the formation.“This time it will be 4-3-3, it will be pace, it will be aggressive, there will be pressing and it will be up and at them. I think you’ll see a totally different Scotland performance.”last_img read more

Dave Scotts World of Wonder California Tower in Balboa Park

first_img Posted: February 23, 2019 Updated: 9:08 PM KUSI Newsroom, AP 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dave Scott takes a deeper look at the tallest building in Balboa Park Dave Scott’s World of Wonder – California Tower in Balboa Parkcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, AP, February 23, 2019 Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more