UNDP chief pays tribute to outgoing head of campaign on antipoverty goals

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today hailed the efforts of the outgoing head of the world body’s campaign to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as he announces he is leaving his position to assume the top post at the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International.Salil Shetty has served as the Director of the UN Millennium Campaign – which seeks to bolster support for the MDGs, eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline – since shortly after it was established by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2002.“Under his leadership the UN Millennium Campaign has grown into a powerful global campaigning force supporting citizens in their efforts to hold their governments accountable for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.Mr. Shetty’s successor is expected to be named in the coming months, as preparations get under way for next September’s meeting of world leaders on the MDGs. He is expected to take up his new position as Secretary General of Amnesty International, a 1978 recipient of the UN Human Rights Prize, in June. 21 December 2009The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today hailed the efforts of the outgoing head of the world body’s campaign to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as he announces he is leaving his position to assume the top post at the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International. read more

Visiting Egypt Ban urges country to serve as inspiration for wider Arab

20 March 2011A successful transition in Egypt towards greater democracy can inspire the rest of the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the country to continue with its recent reforms by holding fair and transparent elections soon, upholding the rights of women and minorities and encouraging the development of a free press. In his first visit to Egypt since long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak was toppled by popular protests in January, Mr. Ban pledged that the United Nations would help the country as it “walks this very difficult, very important road? towards fuller democracy and more participatory democracy.”The Secretary-General held talks today in Cairo with many senior officials, including Foreign Minister Nabil el-Araby, and tomorrow he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ezzad Sharaf and the country’s High Council of the Armed Forces.Today’s talks focused in part on yesterday’s referendum, in which Egyptians voted on a number of proposals for constitutional reform, including reducing the number and length of presidential terms and altering the criteria for eligible presidential candidates. Media reports indicated an extremely high voter turnout for the referendum.Mr. Ban told journalists in Cairo that he would stress during his visit that there must be “transparent and inclusive national dialogue that spans the spectrum of Egyptian society,” as well as the staging of free and fair elections on a mutually agreed timetable.“These are the key expectations of the Egyptian people and also by the international community,” he said. “Other essential steps include free and vibrant political parties, new programmes for social equity, equal rights for women and minorities, a free press [and] open space for civil society groups driving change.“Egypt’s success will be first and foremost for Egyptians to decide and share, but, given the country’s standing in the world, a successful transition can inspire the rest of the world.”Popular protests have swept North Africa and the Middle East in recent months and the long-term regime in Tunisia also fell earlier this year. Mr. Ban said “we are at a historic moment. Democracy is on the march across the Arab world, and the United Nations stands ready always to work together with the Egyptian Government and people for a better world and better region here.”The Secretary-General said the UN was able to assist Egypt with its social and economic development, including the promotion of further tourism, as well as technical support for elections expected to be held later this year. read more

UN anticrime chief highlights Kenyas role in tackling regional security threats

“Kenya’s role is pivotal in East Africa and the country is a vital partner in tackling emerging threats to regional and international security in areas such as piracy and illicit drugs,” said Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the Vienna-based UNODC.Mr. Fedotov’s visit to the Horn of Africa nation will include discussions with non-governmental organizations and other partners on drug dependency issues, as well as with Government officials on topics such as criminal justice and counter-terrorism.UNODC’s work in Kenya forms part of the wider Eastern Africa regional approach designed to take into account overlapping geographic and thematic issues such as capacity building of international cooperation on law enforcement, strengthening of border control, anti-corruption and prison reform.Mr. Fedotov will visit the Shimo Le Tewa prison and court house in Mombasa as part of UNODC’s counter-piracy work in the region. The agency has been particularly active in Shimo La Tewa, where the newly built courtroom and refurbished prison ensures sufficient levels of security, as well as humane prison conditions, for on-trial prisoners, officials and witnesses.UNODC has also been working extensively with Kenyan authorities on streamlining the country’s prosecution services, which is critical move in the counter-piracy effort. Mr. Fedotov reiterated the agency’s commitment to furthering assistance in drug dependence treatment. This follows a sudden surge for demand of drug dependence treatment services in January 2011 and UNODC played a pivotal role in assisting the Government in its response. “UNODC recognizes that drug dependence is a disease and not a crime. Treatment is a critical component when we talk about countering the use of illicit drugs and it has been proven that this offers a far more effective cure than punishment,” he stated. 28 March 2011The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today met with Kenyan officials in the capital, Nairobi, to discuss a number of issues such as counter-piracy, police reform and illicit drug trafficking. read more

On eve of election UN envoy appeals to Liberians to ensure peaceful

“Regardless of your political views, I appeal to all Liberians to say no to violence on Election Day,” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Ms. Løj made her appeal in a radio address ahead of tomorrow’s second round of voting in which the incumbent, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is set to face challenger Winston Tubman, who came second in the first round of the vote on 11 October. However, Mr. Tubman has reportedly refused to participate in the run-off, alleging that it will not be fair, and there have been calls to boycott the poll – the second presidential election since the country emerged from war in 2005.“To vote is an individual democratic right – it is your personal right and it is your personal choice,” stated Ms. Løj. “All Liberians who wish to exercise their right to vote should be able to do so in peace and without intimidation.“Peaceful, credible, and transparent elections are important to ensure that the peace in Liberia is maintained,” she added. Ahead of the poll, both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have called on Liberians to refrain from violence and conclude the electoral process in a peaceful manner. Ms. Løj pledged that UNMIL staff, police and military will continue to protect Liberians as they exercise their democratic rights. In addition, international observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the Carter Center and others are there to monitor the electoral process. 7 November 2011All Liberians who wish to vote in the presidential run-off election must be able to do so freely and in safety, the top United Nations envoy to the country said on Monday as she addressed the nation on the eve of the poll. read more

Uni girls sexually molested

There was a huge public outcry after the video was published on the YouTube channel of the Colombo Gazette (see video below) and also on Derana and Swarnavahini.The video shows new university entrants being humiliated and forced to roll on mud, have paint all over their clothes and faces and later be bathed with water. The High Education Ministry is investigating reports that four female students were sexually molested at a local University.According to reports the four girls, all new entrants to the University, were forced into a dark room and forced to massage some male seniors. The four girls have reportedly lodged a complaint over the incident with the University Grants Commission (UGC). The latest incident comes just days after an investigation was launched into a video containing visuals of students being ragged at a university. Anti-ragging groups said that university ragging has left 15 dead and 25 paralyzed over the past few years while a further 6000 students had left university, 2 committed suicide and 2 were raped. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Markets Right Now Mixed start for stocks on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for technology companies are offset by losses in banks and other sectors.Apple added 1.1% early Monday, but Citigroup fell 1.8% despite reporting higher profits in the latest quarter. Citi is the first big U.S. bank to report its second-quarter results.Symantec slumped 13.7% after CNBC reported that deal talks between the cybersecurity company and Broadcom have ended.The S&P 500 index was little changed at 3,013.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 6 points to 27,339. The Nasdaq added 7 points to 8,249.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.11%.The Associated Press read more

Stocks ease as investors shrug off victory by Greek party feared to

Stocks ease as investors shrug off victory by Greek party feared to shake up eurozone NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is opening slightly lower as investors shrug off an election victory by a Greece party opposed to that country’s bailout plan.The main focus in markets was Sunday’s victory by Syriza, a left-wing party that has vowed to end Greece’s painful austerity policies.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eased five points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,046 in early U.S. trading Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 64 points, 0.4 per cent, to 17,608.In Europe, Germany’s DAX was up 0.9 per cent while the CAC-40 in France rose 0.4 per cent. In Greece, the main stock market recouped some of its early losses to trade 3 per cent lower. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 7:43 am MDT read more

Drought in DPR Korea threatens food supply during ongoing lean season

“DPR Korea’s crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population,” according to a new report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Rainfall from April to June in key crop producing areas is “well below the long-term average,” severely disrupting planting activities and damaging the 2017 main season crops. The rainfall is below the level in 2001, when cereal production dropped to an “unprecedented” two million tonnes. The lack of food caused a large part of the population to go hungry, the UN agency reported. “Immediate interventions are needed to support affected farmers and prevent undesirable coping strategies for the most vulnerable, such as reducing daily food intakes,” said Vincent Martin, FAO Representative in China and DPRK.He said it was “critical” that farmers receive appropriate and timely agricultural assistance, including irrigation equipment and machinery. Increased food imports, commercial or through food aid, would be required during the next three months at the peak of the lean season, to make sure there is adequate food supply for the most vulnerable, including children and the elderly. read more

New European laws to face costcutting measures

The motor industry has welcomed moves to cut red tape and streamline the introduction of new European laws. In a report published last week headed Regulation – Less is More, the Better Regulation Task Force called for the UK government to slash industry costs by cutting the administrative burden of Brussels-led regulations. It also recommended a ‘one in one out’ approach to new regulation as well as a review of costs associated with the operation of existing European rules. The Task Force message was delivered soon after a Budget statement in which the Chancellor committed the UK to a light regulatory touch. His message also signalled an end to gold plating, the practice of making laws more onerous in the UK than that required under an EU directive. This was welcome news to the motor industry, which has long complained that increased costs associated with gold plating were making UK-based companies less competitive. Last week the European Commission echoed the UK approach, launching its own package for better regulation under the title Less Red Tape = More Growth. Enterprise and Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen said that every single one of the 900 pieces of EU law currently in the pipeline would be subject to review. If costs outweigh its economic benefits, a law would be scrapped, Verheugen promised. Less Red Tape = More Growthhttp://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/05/93&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=frClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

EYEWITNESS Paramount President…

…and GECOM ChairThe Appellate Court just AFFIRMED President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM!! The backwards slide into the Imperial Presidency of Forbes Burnham continues apace, since we’re back to having the President selecting whomever he damn well pleases to the crucial position of the individual exercising the casting vote on electoral matters.For a country as divided as we are between matching blocks – and having the sordid history of the PNC massively and flagrantly rigging elections to stay in power and exclude the “other half” – the decision makes a mockery of the efforts to institute a system that would include both sides. What the Court decreed, in effect, is the President doesn’t even glance at the list of six persons submitted by the Opposition Leader. He can just toss it into the garbage bin and blithely choose the person he wanted to from the beginning!It smacks of the days before “meaningful consultation” was constitutionally defined and Burnham just had to “consult” with Opposition Leader Jagan on crucial decisions. He’d call up Jagan, enquire about the weather, and gleefully chortle to his attendees that he’d just “consulted” Jagan!!While the Appellate Court purported to give the proper “normative” basis for their decision by alluding to the “intent” of the framers, they completely ignored the historical context. They referred only to the impact on the President’s prerogative of the rule that a list of six nominees must be presented by the Opposition Leader. So what’s the Opposition Leader? Chopped liver?The “Carter Formula” gave substance to the fact that the latter is also a constitutional office like the Presidency. So, in the circumstances that led to the acceptance of consultation by both the PNC and PPP, he was given due consideration in light of the nature of politics in Guyana, so as to give legitimacy to the results of elections. It is a historical fact that when the Premier/President, under the prior rule, could unilaterally choose the GECOM Chair – once he was a Judge — Burnham picked individuals who were slavishly loyal to him, and rigged elections with impunity!! Does anyone in Guyana – including the three Justices who just made that decision – believe otherwise of Patterson?He’s totally unacceptable to the Opposition Leader. Doesn’t this mean anything to the “Justices”? If, as one of them said, the President’s choice should be subject to the “reasonable man’s test”….shouldn’t his rejections from the list also be subjected to this test??Which reasonable man can justify rejecting Major General (retd) Joe Singh – who’d already served with distinction as GECOM’s Chair?Oh Judgement, thou art fled to savage beasts!!…on sugarHow’d you respond to President Granger’s declaration to Parliament: “Sugar workers have not been abandoned to an uncertain future”??!! Since we know he isn’t living in some parallel universe, we have to assume he thinks sugar workers’ brains have gone soft after fetching 3 tonnes of cane daily for years!! He unilaterally fired 5700 sugar workers from GuySuCo and another 2000 from private cane farmers in an economy that isn’t creating jobs, and can he say their future isn’t “UNCERTAIN”??He said, “The Government will continue to work diligently to ensure that the displaced workers are provided with opportunities to participate actively in other sectors of the economy. These include production and processing of rice and other crops, livestock, fisheries, construction, manufacturing, services and mining.” Continue to work?? Two years after the firings, not even a penny’s been allocated for such activities!! Are workers to simply trust his words?? In fact, it took a year of militant action by workers to finally have moneys allocated for their SEVERANCE pay – which is LEGALLY owed to them!!Who does he think he’s fooling? Nagamootoo?…and oilOfficially, five Ministries are under the Presidency. And with Ramjattan in charge of just the 2am bar curfew, the President also handles Security.Now with the Oil Portfolio, does he need Ministers? But then, they’re all his “creatures”!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: A political problem…January 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”Granger’s “fortified democracy” far from reality – PPPJuly 26, 2019In “latest news” read more

Brazil ready for France 2017 with European roster

Brazilian national handball team is on the new beginning. After era of Jordi Ribera, South American team begins with the new coach Washington Nunes the new Olympic cycle at World Championship 2017 in France. Brazil, quarter-finalists of the Olympic tournament in Rio, will play at Group A in Nantes with France, Poland, Russia, Norway and Japan.Serious challenge to qualify for the TOP 16 stage will be ahead of these 16 guys. Only two of them playing at domestic team Taubate. All others are in Europe.GoalkeeperCésar Augusto de Almeida ‘Bombom’ (OIF Arendal-Norway)Maik Santos (AL-Rayyan-Qatar)Left wingsClaryston David Cordeiro Novais (Taubaté)Guilherme Torriani (Taubaté)Left backsHaniel Lângaro (BM Naturhouse La Rioja-Spain)Thiago Alves Ponciano (BM Ciudad Encantada-Spain)Thiagus Petrus Gonçalves dos Santos (Mol-Pick Szeged-Hungary)Playmakers:Henrique Teixeira (CB Huesca-Spain)João Pedro Francisco da Silva (Chambery Savoie Handball-France)Right backsGabriel Ceretta Jung (FC Barcelona-Spain)José Guilherme de Toledo (Orlen Wisla Plock-Hungary)Oswaldo Maestro Guimarães (Anaitasuna-Spain)Right wingsFábio Chiuffa (KIF Kolding Kobenhav-Denmark)Lucas Cândido (BM Guadalajara-Spain)Line playersAlexandro Pozzer (Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto-Spain)Rogério Moraes (RK Vardar-Macedonia) ← Previous Story Siarhei Rutenka to Qatari Al Quiada Next Story → Russia and Belarus want Men’s EHF EURO 2022 brazil handball read more

Stay or go Tempers flare in heated TV debate about Scotlands independence

first_imgThe pro-independence “Yes” campaign in particular had seen the encounter as a vital opportunity to use Salmond’s talent for debating to close a stubborn gap in opinion polls.A poll tracker by the Financial Times newspaper currently puts the Yes vote at 36%, 10 points behind those who would vote No to independence. Some 16% remain undecided.There were a few moments of levity, sparked by Salmond’s complaint that for much of his life, Scotland had voted for left-of-centre parties but received a Conservative government.The SNP leader quipped that there were more pandas in Edinburgh Zoo (two) than Scottish Tories in the House of Commons in London (one).Darling responded by noting that he was Scottish but did not vote for the SNP. “I didn’t vote for him but I’m stuck with him,” he quipped.‘Opportunity of a lifetime’In his opening speech, Salmond argued that Scottish people should be able to decide their own future, a dream that could not be achieved under the current system of devolution. Source: AP Photo/PA, Devlin Photo Ltd“My case this evening is this: no one, no one will do a better job of running Scotland than the people who live and work in this country,” he said. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet THE LEADERS IN the battle for and against Scottish independence clashed in a heated live television debate tonight, six weeks ahead of a historic referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.First Minister Alex Salmond, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), went head-to-head for the first time with Alistair Darling, a fellow Scot and leader of the “Better Together” campaign.Darling, who was Britain’s finance minister during the 2008 economic crisis, pressed the SNP leader early on his crucial claim that an independent Scotland would continue to use the pound sterling — something London says will not be possible.Salmond insisted this would not be a problem, and hit back by asking Darling repeatedly whether he believed Scotland could successfully be an independent country, a question his opponent dodged.Their exchanges became increasingly heated, and at one point Salmond was accused by an audience member of being “snide” and giving a worrying impression of what an independent Scotland would be like. Source: Yes Scotland/YouTubeMembers of the public audience heckled, booed and cheered the two men throughout, prompting the moderator to ask them to show respect and allow the politicians to be heard.Both campaigns had said the debate could be a turning point in the campaign for the 18 September referendum, when four million Scots will vote on their future.But in the end neither side delivered a knock-out blow.center_img On 18 September we have the opportunity of a lifetime. We should seize that opportunity with both hands.But Darling warned of the risks of going it alone and argued that Scotland would pay too high a price to leave the union, saying:Remember this — if we decide to leave there is no going back, there is no second chance.Ahead of the debate, the leaders of Britain’s three main parties vowed to hand over more powers to Scotland’s devolved government if voters decide to stay in the 307-year-long union with England.Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat chief Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, signed a joint declaration that would give Edinburgh more tax-raising control.Darling said that with these new powers Scotland could have the “best of both worlds” — more control and the support of a strong United Kingdom.However, one of the key players in the campaign for Scottish devolution in the late 1990s, retired clergyman Kenyon Wright, branded the promise of new powers a “desperate bribe”.Scotland currently looks after its own education, health, environment and justice, but the UK parliament in London still decides defence and foreign policy.The debate was not shown on television in England, but Scottish broadcaster STV made it available worldwide online. However, many viewers complained that the website crashed continually.- © AFP, 2014Read: “It’s about putting Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hand” – Yes campaign looking to close referendum gap > Read: What both sides are saying in Scotland’s great debate >last_img read more

UPDATE House to vote Wednesday on debt ceiling

first_imgWASHINGTON — The House plans to vote Wednesday on a Republican proposal to extend the government’s debt ceiling for three months, but conservatives were waging a last-minute effort to defeat the bill because it would not force spending cuts.The proposal from Republican leaders would keep the $16.4 trillion ceiling intact but declare that it “shall not apply” until mid-May, or about three months after it was passed by the Senate and signed into law.The measure doesn’t seek spending cuts that many conservatives are demanding, but it does have strings attached: House and Senate members would forgo paychecks if Congress doesn’t approve a budget by April 15. That provision is designed to force the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a budget, something it hasn’t done in four years. Sponsors said they’ll still work to cut spending in other bills, and they stressed that they could always fall back on automatic spending cuts approved in 2011 but not yet implemented.At the White House, press secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama “would not stand in the way” of the short-term bill and likely would sign it if passed by the House and Senate. The administration added that a long-term solution is still preferred.“A temporary solution is not enough to remove the threat of default that the Republicans in the Congress have held over the economy,” the Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday in an administration statement of policy. “The Congress should commit to paying its bills and pass a long-term clean debt limit increase that lifts an unnecessary uncertainty from the nation’s economy.”last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Arctic sea ice drives climate around the globe

first_imgIce floats in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008. (Photo by Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)Arctic sea ice extent hit a new record low in March for the third year in a row. That sea ice, or lack of it, drives climate patterns around the globe.But how?Listen nowWe put that question to Brian Brettschneider for the segment, Ask a Climatologist.Brettschneider said it’s all about energy. Sea ice reflects most of the sun’s energy back into space. Less sea ice means the entire Arctic basin is absorbing a lot more energy.“So its like having a 60 watt light bulb, taking it out and replacing it with a 70 watt light bulb. Over time, that adds up,” Brettschneider said.Across the globe, the entire atmospheric circulation pattern is driven by temperature differences between the tropical latitudes and the Arctic. Brettschneider said that’s because the tropics have more warmth than they can handle and the Arctic is in a heat deficit. The winds in the atmosphere are constantly trying to equal that out.“It’s like pouring hot water into a cold bathtub,” Brettschneider said. “The temperature tries to even itself out, but if you change the temperature of the water, the way that evens out is going to be different.”Brettschneider said more warmth in the Arctic ocean affects the jet stream, the polar vortex and where big high and low pressure systems set up around the globe.last_img read more

The status of Vietnam vets in Alaska

first_img60,000 Americans died in the Vietnam war. Thousands more died in the following years. A new documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns examines the era. In the first of a series of discussions on the war, we’ll hear from Alaska Vietnam veterans about how they’re doing today, decades after their service and what we’ve learned as a nation.Listen HereHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Ric Davidge – Chair of Alaska Veterans Foundation and secretary of Alaska Vietnam veterans state council.Statewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:Department of Veterans Affairs Resources:Alaska Veterans Center – Provides free counseling for war zone veterans and their families, substance abuse assessment and referral, PTSD and marital counselingAnchorage (907) 563-6966, Wasilla (907) 376-4318, Kenai (907) 260-7640, Fairbanks (907) 456-4238Veterans’ Administration– Provides healthcare, counseling, and vocational benefits Veteran’s Choice program 866-606-8198Community resources:Alaska Veterans Organization for Women (AVOW) – provides connection, advocacy and retreats for women veteransAlaska Healing Hearts – Outdoor recreation for veterans to include hunting and fishing – 232-1527Project Healing Waters Alaska – Fly fishing for veterans – UAA: UAA Military and Community Resources – 786-6962VetSuccess on Campus – VA vocational assistanceTerry Jackson – 786-6962Student Veterans of UAAUAA Student Health and Counseling Center – 786-4040Web:National Center for PTSD – http://www.ptsd.va.gov/National Center for Telehealth and Technology- apps to support psychological health and TBIhttp://t2health.org/After Deployment  http://www.afterdeployment.org/Make the Connection  http://maketheconnection.net/Veterans Crisis Line   800-273-8255 – press 1Early screenings of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam WarAnchorage: Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017 at the Wendy Williamson Auditiorium2533 Providence DriveAnchorage, AK 99508Palmer: Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 at the Glenn Massay Theater8295 East College DrivePalmer, AK 99645Both shows’ doors open at 5:30 p.m. Screening begins at 6:00. Discussion at 7:00.last_img read more

Ships stuck aground on vulnerable Spanish beach

first_imgThe country’s maritime authority said large dredgers arrived Sunday to begin trying to clear a channel to sea after previous attempts failed.Just yards inland is Albufera Natural Park, wetlands used by many of Europe’s migrating birds. Around the rim of the park, farmers have for centuries cultivated rice prized for use in paella.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Patients with chronic pain give advice MADRID (AP) – Officials say they are struggling to free two ships that ran ashore on a stretch of ecologically valuable coastline in eastern Spain.The cargo ships Sunrise and Celia were run aground by powerful wind on Sept. 28 south of the port city of Valencia.The ships are carrying 180 metric tons of fuel, and officials are worried about oil and cargo spills. One of the ships is carrying empty containers and the other massive steel pipes.center_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Darwin Airport wins Asia Marketing Awards

first_imgSource = Darwin Airport Darwin International Airport has won the top prize at the Routes Asia Marketing Awards announced in Chengdu, China this week. “Being judged Overall Winner and Winner Oceania and South East Asia region is a tremendous accolade for Ian Kew and his team, who faced stiff competition from several capital city airports,” Tourism NT CEO John Fitzgerald said.“It comes on the back of several new flights by Jetstar, Silk Air and Virgin Australia that have commenced in recent weeks, and others by Airnorth and Qantas before that.“Together with the new terminal expansion, this award provides further evidence that Darwin is one of the best places in the world to visit in 2012.“Tourism NT works very closely with Darwin Airport on the introduction of new flights, and I am delighted that it has won such a prestigious award,” he said. Left to right: John Xu Tourism NT China Market Representative; Jim Parashos NT Airports Director of Airline and Airport Services; Raul Kohli Tourism NT Senior Aviation Analyst at the Routes Asia 2012, event in Chengdu China.last_img read more

Need for talks to resume Anastasiades to tell UNSG breaks gavel in

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday he will stress to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in an impartial manner and without entering a blame game, the need for a substantive dialogue as regards the settlement negotiations.Anastasiades is scheduled to meet with Guterres on Wednesday, as part of the president’s trip to the United States, where he will address an investment conference on Cyprus.Speaking to members of the press upon his arrival in New York, the president said he will seek to explain to the secretary-general the problems the peace process is facing. While in New York, Anastasiades is to also meet with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.“We are not the ones who left the negotiating table,” he said. He reiterated that his goal is to continue the negotiations with a view to finding a functional and viable solution which will respect EU principles and values to the benefit of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.Asked what he expects from Guterres, the president repeated the need for substantive talks, stressing his determination to work hard towards a political settlement.Commenting on Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s statements – published in the Washington Times on Sunday – that a Cyprus solution would include the EU’s four freedoms for Turkish nationals, and the 1960 guarantees would remain, the president said that these demands were incompatible with a solution.“I have no wish to link the demands of the Turkish foreign minister to my meeting with the UNSG. I will however stress to the Secretary General that he can contribute to a lasting solution, which is compatible with the acquis communautaire. Unfortunately, Cavusoglu’s claims have nothing to do with what we are seeking to achieve,” he said.The settlement solution, he said, cannot serve the interests of a third country, it can only serve the interest of Cypriots.He added that certain claims by the Turkish side, regarding the four EU fundamental freedoms, effective participation in government “as they interpret it”, and the issue of guarantees, are not compatible with EU rules and regulations and Cyprus’ capacity as an EU member.“I cannot overlook the fact that there has been progress at the talks but I cannot ignore the difficulties we are facing,” Anastasiades said. He expressed hope that the talks would resume soon.Anastasiades arrived in New York on Monday, accompanied by government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides.Once there, he was scheduled to attend a dinner hosted in his honour by Cypriot expatriates in the US. On Tuesday, Anastasiades marked the end of the trading day at the New York stock exchange. He was accompanied by Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides. After Anastasiades brought down the gavel to close the day, the end flew off dropping to the traders below although no-one was hurt.The next day, in addition to meeting with Guterres, Anastasiades will have a meeting with Archbishop Demetrios of America, before addressing the international Invest in Cyprus conference at the Metropolitan Club.The forum is organised by Capital Link, in cooperation with the Cypriot association of ship-owners, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, and the commercial chambers of Cyprus and USA.It aims to inform large American corporations and investors of the investment opportunities available in Cyprus and promote business and commercial cooperation.In addition to the president, the ministers of finance, transport, and energy, will also address the conference.On Thursday, the president will hold separate meetings with the foreign ministers of Britain, Boris Johnson, and Slovakia, Miroslav Lajcak.Lajcak will chair the 72nd general assembly of the United Nations.Meanwhile, according to the daily Kathimerini, efforts are underway for Anastasiades to meet with the US president Donald Trump in the summer.Citing sources, the daily reported that the Archbishop Demetrios will play a major role in making this goal a reality. 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pro-democracy movement and three other activists of obstruction charges stemming from protests in 2014 The decision has renewed faith in the city’s judiciary which has taken a beating from Beijing Wong’s acquittal comes shortly after a visit to Hong Kong by the head of China’s rubber-stamp legislature As chair of the National Peoples Congress Zhang Dejiang is in effect China’s top lawmaker During his visit he darkly hinted that local authorities should crack down on those calling for more political freedoms and to "not appease acts that challenge the rule of law" Those comments follow remarks by Beijings top official in the territory Zhang Xiaoming who last year said that separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary "does not suit Hong Kong" They also come in the wake of the detention in mainland China of five members of a Hong Kongbased publishing firm that produced books critical of Chinese Communist Party officials in a case widely seen as a blatant violation of Hong Kong’s autonomy by Beijing "China has no rule of law it really is complete lawlessness" Democratic Party chairperson Emily Lau tells TIME She says that yesterday’s verdict wasn’t merely an exoneration of four youthful activists but a powerful testament to the vigor of the Hong Kong judiciary branch in the face of Chinese intimidation "I certainly hope that [the mainland Chinese authorities] have learned a lesson and will leave Hong Kong alone" A social-science professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology David Zweig tells TIME that the Wong verdict thwarted Beijing’s demand that the judiciary "owe their loyalty to the state" He says "This is very important for the future of Hong Kong" 79 Days That Shook Hong Kong Pro-democracy demonstrators are sprayed with pepper spray during clashes with police officers during a rally near the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept 28 2014 Xaume Olleros—AFP/Getty Images A pro-democracy demonstrator gestures after police fired tear gas towards protesters near the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept 28 2014 Xaume Olleros—AFP/Getty Images Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people blocked a main road at the financial central district in Hong Kong Sept 28 2014 AP Policemen rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Sept 29 2014 Xaume Olleros—AFP/Getty Images A protester raises his arms as police officers try to disperse the crowd near the government headquarters in Hong Kong Sept 29 2014 Carlos Barria—Reuters Protesters gather in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Sept 29 2014 in Hong Kong Chris McGrath—Getty Images Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their mobile phones during a protest near the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept 29 2014 Dale de la Rey—AFP/Getty Images A protester sleeps on the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex at sunrise on Sept 30 2014 in Hong Kong Paula Bronstein—Getty Images Protesters take part in a rally on a street outside of Hong Kong Government Complex on Sept 30 2014 in Hong Kong Anthony Kwan—Getty Images Joshua Wong leader of the student movement delivers a speech as protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong Oct 1 2014 Carlos Barria—Reuters Protesters react as Joshua Wong (not pictured) leader of the student movement speaks to the crowd outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong Oct 1 2014 Carlos Barria—Reuters A protester holding an umbrella stands on the street close to the Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct 1 2014 in Hong Kong Chris McGrath—Getty Images A local resident breaks through police lines and attempts to reach the pro-democracy tent on Oct 3 2014 in Mong Kok Hong Kong Chris McGrath—Getty Images Policemen try to get a man to let go of a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong Kong on Oct 3 2014 Philippe Lopez—AFP/Getty Images A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a concrete road divider on a street outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct 5 2014 in Hong Kong Chris McGrath—Getty Images The statue "Umbrella Man" by the Hong Kong artist known as Milk is set up at a pro-democracy protest site next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on Oct 5 2014 Alex Ogle—AFP/Getty Images A pro-democracy protester uses bamboo to strengthen a barricade blocking a major road in Hong Kong on Oct 13 2014 Alex Ogle—AFP/Getty Images Demonstrators walk past notes hanging on a wall outside the Central Government Offices in the Admiralty business district in Hong Kong on Oct 17 2014 Brent Lewin—Bloomberg/Getty Images Tents set up by pro-democracy protesters are seen in an occupied area outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district Nov 12 2014 Vincent Yu—AP A young Hong Kong couple who did not give their names wear gas masks as they pose for a wedding photographer prior to their marriage next to the tents used by pro-deocracy demonstrators at the Admiralty protest site on Nov 14 2014 in Hong Kong Kevin Frayer—Getty Images Police face pro-democracy protesters on Nov 19 2014 outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong Alex Ogle—AFP/Getty Images Pro-democracy activists join arms as they face off with police outside the Legislative Council building on Nov 19 2014 in Hong Kong Chris McGrath—Getty Images Police officers disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Nov 19 2014 in Hong Kong Lam Yik Fei—Getty Images Pro-democracy protesters climb up a wall as police officers disperse them outside the Legislative Council building after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Nov 19 2014 in Hong Kong Lam Yik Fei—Getty Images Pro-democracy activists sleep outside the Legislative Council building after protesters clashed with police on Nov 19 2014 in Hong Kong Chris McGrath—Getty Images Police arrest a pro-democracy protester on Lung Wo Road outside Hong Kong’s Government complex on Nov 30 2014 in Hong Kong Anthony Kwan—Getty Images A young student studies in a makeshift classroom set up on a main road at a major pro-democracy protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Dec 1 2014 Anthony Wallace—AFP/Getty Images A demonstrator is taken away by policemen at an area previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Dec 11 2014 Athit Perawongmetha—Reuters Pro-democracy protesters remove signs placed up during the past two months of protests from the area around the protest camp but leave intact the notice "We are dreamers" in the Admiralty in Hong Kong on Dec 11 2014 Pedro Ugarte—AFP/Getty Images Hong Kong police dismantle the remains of the pro-democracy protest camp in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Dec 11 2014 Pedro Ugarte—AFP/Getty Images 1 of 30 Advertisement Michael Vidler founder of the law 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