First Nations should be prepared for major conflict Nelson

first_imgAPTN National NewsFormer Roseau River chief Terry Nelson held an unofficial campaign event Thursday.Nelson is running for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.He held a public forum to share his thoughts about the possibility of a conflict between First Nations and the Canadian military.Nelson says the likelihood is small, but First Nations should be prepared.Queen’s University professor and retired Lt.-Col. Douglas Bland was on hand with Nelson.He lent expertise and knowledge of the Canadian military to the crowd.last_img

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Somali drought worsening driving herders with livestock into capital UN says

21 January 2011The drought is worsening in many parts of strife-torn Somalia, with herders reported to be moving into Mogadishu, the capital, with their livestock for the first time ever due to lack of pasture and water, the United Nations reported today. In the south-western Gedo region, where the situation is reportedly critical, water, food and medical aid are said to be the priority needs for the drought-affected population, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.The Horn of Africa nation, which has not had a functioning central government since 1991 and has been torn apart by decades of conflict and factional strife, is already facing a dire humanitarian crisis in which 3.2 million people, more than 40 per cent of the population, is in need of aid.According to field and media reports, many people are arriving on the outskirts of Mogadishu every day, mainly from Middle and Lower Shabelle regions. The exact number of those displaced by the drought is not yet available but recent UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports put the number at 12,000 at least. Some families have started selling their assets to get money for transport to refugee camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.An inter-agency assessment is to be conducted in the southwest part of Mogadishu to assess humanitarian needs, including the number of people affected and priority areas of response.In response to the increased needs for both the host community and people displaced by drought as well as continued conflicts in the central regions, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has scaled up its aid, adding 105,400 additional displaced and nearly 20,000 new beneficiaries from host communities for the January food distribution. WFP is currently targeting some 2.5 million people for food aid across Somalia, although 625,000 of those are in areas where operations are currently suspended due to pressure from Al-Shabaab Islamist militants in the south. In 2009, WFP reached 3.3 million people in Somalia with food supplies. read more

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Gajen briefs Danish MPs

He also said that there was a serious danger for the Tamils if they rely on the LLRC or any other domestic accountability process for answers. Ponnambalam also spoke of the grave inadequacy of the two UNHRC resolutions to curb the systematic anti Tamil measures that he claims are being unleashed in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) President of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) and General Secretary of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) Gajen Ponnambalam, who is currently in Denmark, has briefed Danish parliamentarians on the situation in Sri Lanka.Speaking at a conference in the Danish Parliament, Ponnambalam said that there was a systematic dismantling of the Tamils living as a distinct nation in Sri Lanka.

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Middle East at most dangerous moment in a decade UN envoy says

“There are those on both sides who believe that blood must wash blood,” said the Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, in a statement released in Gaza. “The leaders carry a heavy burden to break this dangerous logic.” Mr. Roed-Larsen said it was necessary for both leaders to take very unpopular decisions, which were in the long-term security and political interests of the Palestinian and Israeli people. “This is the essence of leadership,” he said. Despite the current deep crisis and impasse, Mr. Roed-Larsen said it was still possible to see a road forward. “A majority of Israelis support the creation of a Palestinian state; a majority of Israelis support the evacuation of the settlements; a majority of Palestinians still support a peace deal with Israel; and a majority of Palestinians still support reconciliation with Israel in the context of a peace deal,” he said. “We need courage and creativity to move forward.” At UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said that besides receiving constant updates from Mr. Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General has been in touch by telephone with the key players. “His position on the Middle East is unchanged,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “The Secretary-General feels that the United States yesterday gave very wise advice to the parties and they should heed that advice,” he said, referring to a US statement calling for the Israelis to withdraw from Palestinian-controlled areas and for the Palestinian Authority to do all in its power to control violence and bring terrorists to justice. Meanwhile, the representatives of Mali and Qatar have written to the President of the Security Council requesting a meeting of the Council “in order to take the necessary action to ensure the full and immediate withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from Palestinian areas it has reoccupied recently.” read more

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Environmental and health issues deserve priority in development agenda – UN report

Unless Africa’s leaders prioritize environmental and health issues, and prevent the degradation of health-promoting food and medicinal plants, people’s health and productivity will continue to suffer, warns a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “Africa’s population is growing at the fastest rate in the world and its economy is expanding at a commensurate rate, yet not enough focus has been placed on the role environmental concerns play in ensuring the well-being of this expanding, dynamic continent’s citizens,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.Environmental risks contribute to 28 per cent of Africa’s diseases, according to the African Environment Outlook-3 (AEO-3). Diarrhoea, respiratory infections and malaria account for 60 per cent of known environmental health impacts in Africa.Commissioned by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), a permanent forum that meets every two years, the report highlights emerging issues and trends related to the environment, and proposes policy changes at the national, regional and global levels.Among its finding, the air pollutant ‘particulate matter’ is a threat in poor rural areas, where little access to cleaner stoves and fuels causes significant health impacts through indoor pollution. Air pollution throughout the continent can be up to 30 times higher than World Health Organization (WHO) limits. Health-related risks in Africa come from agrochemicals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), chemical stockpiles, e-waste and petroleum waste, according to the report.In Côte d’Ivoire, for example, the National Centre for Agronomical Research in Abidjan estimates that 65 per cent of the illnesses suffered by market gardeners, cotton growers, mango producers and consumers are due to pesticides.The report also spotlights a lack of capacity to deal with the growing effects of climate change; inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene – in 2010, only 60 per cent of the sub-Saharan Africa population had access to safe water; and poor waste disposal practices.Other issues highlighted include the negative impact of degradation of health-promoting goods and services such as food and medicinal plants made possible by land and marine biodiversity. For example, 80 per cent of Africa’s rural population depends on traditional medicines harvested from nature.Climate change and variability impact human health because of Africa’s underdeveloped capacity to cope with the negative impacts. The report issued today provides policy changes that include incorporating climate-related scientific findings into decision making; building adaptive capacity; and strengthening early warning systems, preparedness and response.The report “gives policy-makers a clear pathway to a sustainable and healthy future,” Mr. Steiner said. “Africa is moving into a new phase that could see the continent become a major player in the transition to a global inclusive Green Economy, but to do that it needs a healthy population with guaranteed access to well-managed natural resources,” he added.The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently signed an agreement with the East African Development Bank to increase participation in clean development projects. The agreement establishes a regional collaboration centre in Kampala, Uganda, that will support the identification of projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), provide assistance for their design, and offer opportunities to reduce transaction costs. According to UNFCCC, there are more than 6,000 projects already registered in 83 developing countries. However, today’s report cautions that in addition to new projects, there are already many good policies to address environmental change on the books; the challenge lies in their implementation. “These policies must be strongly implemented to have an impact, and enforcement mechanisms should be put in place and strengthened to reduce the negative consequences,” said Terezya Huvisa, Minister of State – Environment of Tanzania and President of AMCEN.“If the recommendations in AEO-3 are followed, our citizens can look forward to healthier, and ultimately more productive, lives.” read more

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At Open House thousands pour in

Prospective Brock students and their families shopped around dozens of information booths in the Ian Beddis gym.More than 3,500 guests, including 1,200 prospective students, arrived on campus on Sunday March 1 for the annual Open House. Lying in wait was a large Brock welcoming team that included professors, vice-presidents, staff members and more than 80 enthused student volunteers.On a day dedicated to converting university applicants into confirmed Brock students, the visitors were plied with tours and information sessions on a wide range of topics: academic programs, residences, student supports, recreation, health and wellness programs, and more.Brock has a great story to tell, and Admissions staff had already worked hard getting a high volume of Offers of Admission out to applicants prior to Sunday, to prompt them to attend Open House.The bottom line: choose Brock.“I personally convinced one girl to come here,” said one staff member. “When she told me it was between Brock and Windsor, I made it my mission to show her why she had no choice but Brock. When she left, her mind was made up.”View photos from Open HouseThe Ian Beddis gym was buzzing as crowds checked out information booths and spoke with students, faculty and staff from Brock’s academic programs and University services. Meanwhile, staff volunteers from departments across the University helped with registration and way-finding.Highlights of the day included:• A virtual tour of the new home of the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, opening this spring in downtown St Catharines, examined the new learning facilities and what they will mean for the student experience;• Alumni Association volunteers and staff, situated in a high-traffic zone, did huge business distributing free Bring the General Home t-shirts;• Dining Services brought in additional staff in Walker, Tim Hortons, Guernsey, Lowenberger and DeCew Dining Halls, providing discounts for guests and a wide range of samplers throughout the campus tour stations;• Athletics and Rec Services students and staff collaborated to show a wide scope of athletic activities in the Bob Davis Gym, and generate excitement about student life• Residence Life staff toured guests through residences;• BUSU welcomed guests into the Alumni Student Centre, providing a multimedia presentation and touring their facilities. read more

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The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #ANGLO: A 2008 letter from David Drumm to Brian Lenihan released for the first time shows that Drumm expressed concern about the possibility that Anglo Irish Bank would become liable for the failure of other financial institutions in the State guarantee scheme.2. #COURT: A 32-year-old man is to appear in court today in relation to the death of Michael O’Dwyer.3. #PUB SITTING: The Irish Independent reports that the Courts Service is looking to end court sittings in premises such as pubs as the public house ‘Brian Boru on the Hill’ becomes world renowned after the Jennifer Lauren court case.4. #SHIPWRECK: The 111-year-old shipwreck washed ashore on a Kerry beach is a protected structure, warned the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and anyone that interferes with it could be fined up to €50,000 or jailed.5. #WWI: Death records of 49,000 Irish men and women who died in World War I have been digitalised and are now available online.6.#ABUSE: A helpline for parents has said parents are suffering violent attacks at the hands of their children.7.#LOVE/HATE: The real-life detective who attracted controversy after he appeared in the Love/Hate drama playing an undercover garda has been transferred from his job on the drugs squad to immigration, reports The Irish Independent.8.#REGENERATION: The Irish Times reports that Dublin City Council is seeking to spend €15 million on the regeneration of dilapidated St Teresa’s Garden’s.9.#CAR: The emergency evacuations of the first of thousands of foreigners stranded in the Central African Republic are due to begin today, reports the BBC.last_img read more

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Mrs Browns Boys and a Daniel ODonnell special what RTÉ are showing

first_imgMrs Brown’s Boys and a Daniel O’Donnell special – what RTÉ are showing this Christmas RTE this morning announced its festive schedule. By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Dec 1st 2016, 6:15 AM Daniel O’Donnell Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesIT’S THE TIME of year when people of a certain age would wait for the bumper edition of the RTÉ uide to come out, highlighters at the ready, ready to tick off what needed to be watched.The highlighter can be put away because RTÉ announced its full lineup his moning.Top of their festive list is two Mrs Brown’s Boys specials with the first to be aired at 22.35pm on Christmas Day.Here’s a pick of the entertainment shows: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 6:15 AM 22 Jump Street (RTÉ One – 18 December  21:30) After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Love, Actually  (RTÉ One -23 December 21:25) Christmas classic at this stage. It follow the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales.The Lego Movie (RTÉ One – Christmas Eve 18:15) Your favourite toys – voiced by movie stars. What’s not to like?Despicable Me 2 (RTÉ One – Christmas Day 16:55) More madness from the movie franchise which brought you those minions.Frozen (RTÉ One – Christmas Day 18:35) – “Let it go….Let it gooo”. The film more famous for its soundtrack than its plot.The Flag (RTÉ One – Christmas Day 23:00) Pat Shortt plays sad sack Harry Hambridge, who returns home for his father’s funeral and learns that his grandfather was the man who placed the tricolour atop the GPO in 1916.Calvary (RTÉ One – St. Stephen’s Day 21:15) After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.Die Hard 2 (RTÉ2 – 17 December 21:00) – Yet another classic. It’s Bruce Willis. It’s Christmas and there’s terrorists about.Read: Frozen in time: Looking inside the abandoned towns inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone>Read: Bomb on Dublin-bound bus during Queen’s visit would have caused “complete destruction”center_img http://jrnl.ie/3112149 17,554 Views Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 Source: YouTubeAnd it wouldn’t be Christmas unless you passed out in front of the sofa with a classic film on.Luckily, there’s going to be a decent selection this year,Here’s a pick of the movies being shown on RTÉ television over Christmas: 45 Comments Share165 Tweet Email2 Carrick On Stag (RTÉ2 – 21 December 21:30) In Carrick-On-Stag RTÉ joins ‘brides & grooms to be’ for one last raucous weekend before they get married.Christmas Carols From Cork (RTÉ One – Christmas Eve 20:10) Presented by Mary Kennedy, this year the Christmas carols show is set beside the River Lee in the beautiful grounds of University College Cork.Christmas With Daniel (RTÉ One – Christmas Eve 21:30) Join Daniel O’Donnell this Christmas Eve for a festive celebration, exclusively recorded at his sold out Christmas show at the Convention Centre Dublin. Midnight Mass (RTÉ One – Christmas Eve 23:15) Midnight Mass live from Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, Dublin.Other Voices: Gavin James Christmas Special (RTÉ2 – Christmas Day 20:30) Recorded live at the Other Voices festival in Dingle earlier this month. Choice music prize winner Gavin James gives an intimate performance from one the most unique music festivals in Ireland.Bridget & Eamon – Christmas Special (RTÉ2 – Christmas Eve 22:05)Fair City (RTÉ One – Christmas Day 20:25) It’s a case of the ghosts of Christmas past for Paul Brennan this year as Niamh plans the ultimate Christmas dinner with Paul’s ex-lovers and children.Mrs. Brown’s Boys – Mammy’s Forest (RTÉ One – Christmas Day 22:25) Something isn’t quite right in the Brown household this Christmas. Agnes Brown has had enough hassle with Christmas trees to last a lifetime.Senior Moments (RTÉ One –  27 December 20:30) Senior Moments is a comedy show where the senior members of our society display their charm, warmth and wit, both out on the street pranking unsuspecting young folk.The Nathan Carter Show Christmas Special (RTÉ One – 28 December 21:30) There are plenty of festive treats lined up as Nathan Carter hosts this special Christmas edition of his show.EURO 2016 – Two Shades of Green (RTÉ2 – 29 December 21:30). Two Shades of Green will look back on those heady few weeks through the eyes of those who were there.last_img read more

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6 Shows You Need to Watch on Netflix Now

first_imgThey say we are living in the golden age of television…and it’s certainly easy to see why. The content available to us is endless, and now it can appear in mere seconds if we will it. Just look at all the streaming services out there. But having so many choices so easily accessible is overwhelming, we miss things, and good shows fall through the cracks. Luckily Netflix is here as a digital safety net. We here at Geek want to make sure you haven’t missed some of our favorites while skimming over the vastness of small screen options.Comedy Bang BangSubmitted by: Jordan MinorIn the world of podcasts, Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang is an improv institution. Since 2009 alt-comics have been coming to the Earwolf studio to play all sorts of bizarre characters. But heynong man, I thought we were writing about TV. Well if you don’t have IFC, you can watch the entirety of the Comedy Bang Bang TV spin-off on Netflix. The change in formats gives the show a different vibe compared to the podcast. The show is somewhere between talk show parody and Pee-wee’s Playhouse for folks ironically on the fringe of show business. But they share a surreal, hilarious core, as well as a few characters. If anything, it will make you angry that Reggie Watts’s deeply strange comedic talents are being wasted on James Corden’s dumb late night show. SpotlessSubmitted by: Sheilah VillariIf you’re a crime show fan this is the gem for you. It’s like CSI…but a little British, a little French and the line is blurred between the good guys and bad guys. Esquire picked this up last summer, and I only caught a few episodes but lucky for me Netflix nabbed it next. It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s two brothers trying to fix a broken relationship over crime scene cleanup business all while trying to keep their new gangster partners pleased. Spotless is the lovechild of Breaking Bad and Dexter. Dark secrets from past and present haunt these brothers. And moral dilemmas are prominently featured in each episode. It is an absolutely fascinating, gory, realistic, crime dramedy and I hope there is a season 2.  Plus our lead is played by Marc-André Grondin who is such a brilliant actor, I’m just glad more people can see it too!Grace and FrankieSubmitted by: Stephanie MlotIt’s rare these days to see women of a certain age on television. But Grace and Frankie handles postmenopause with dignity and honesty (the punny name just clicked). Type-A Wasp Grace (Jane Fonda) and former hippie Frankie (Lily Tomlin) are forced to live together when their husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, respectively) leave them to marry each other. The 21st century The Odd Couple feels like the perfect day you never want to end; the chemistry between the former 9 to 5 co-stars is palpable. And you can’t tell me that two septuagenarians starting a sex toy company for ladies over 60 isn’t the best plot line currently streaming.Penny Dreadfulsubmitted by: Keenan McClellandWith Universal unleashing its final attempts to reanimate The Mummy, along with the rest of the legendary monsters that started it all for the studio. Now is the perfect time to re-educate yourself on what made these creatures so classic in the first place. Within Showtime’s 2014-2016 gothic tale of romance and horror, you will not find cheesy one liners or big Hollywood budget explosions. Instead, Penny Dreadful goes back to the original literature that made these famous monsters so poetically memorable and puts them together to create what we wanted out of a true League of Extraordinary Gentlemen adaptation. May I also add that Doctor Who fans will get a kick out of seeing Billie Piper play one of the most fierce women in all of horror. She gives one of the best monologues have ever seen on television in my entire life (covered in blood, of course). Peaky Blinderssubmitted by: Dan StarkeyThink English Boardwalk Empire, that’s the spirit behind this English crime drama. A mob family has trouble hanging onto their power and influence in the shifting tides of 1920s Birmingham. Three seasons have aired so far, each dealing with a different challenge for the gang. The first sees leadership struggles and the struggle to return to normalcy after war. But throughout the season, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) takes over the legendary, eponymous gang. From there, the narrative is his struggle to manage the family and maintain his alliances. There’s no stunning new territory here — crime dramas are a genre unto themselves for a reason — but everyone on board brings their absolute best. Everything from set design and costuming to staggering performances of Blinders’ ensemble cast is stellar. Chill With Bob RossSubmitted by: K. Thor JensenThis world is a constant vortex of horror and misery, as President Trump leads us into pretty much every apocalypse possible all at the same time. So why not spend your last hours on Earth consuming television programming that will wash all of that away with vistas of happy little trees and snow-capped mountains. Constructed out of some of the afroed PBS painter’s most relaxing episodes, Chill With Bob Ross is a collection of peaceful journeys into wintry landscapes bereft of the stain of humanity, calmly and patiently painted by a man with pure Buddha nature. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Heels and Helmets Helps Level The Playing Field For Women In Business

first_imgShavannia Williams launched Heels and Helmets which uses sports analogies through its football training camps to help level the playing field for women in business. (Courtesy photo)At one of the great temples of college football Shavannia Williams learned to play the game with the big boys.Williams began her career in sports marketing as an undergrad at the University of Michigan across the hall from legendary coach Bo Schembechler when Tom Brady was fighting for time at quarterback.  Though Schembechler had long since hung up his whistle and put down the clipboard by the time she got to Ann Arbor the Hall of Fame coach uttered a game changing salvo in passing that would resonate with her as she began her career.“Don’t let the boys make you afraid,” Williams remembers.With that in mind Williams launched Heels and Helmets, an organization that helps women succeed and advance in the corporate world by breaking down communications barriers through the prism of sports.  The philosophy is to teach women how to speak and understand sports vernacular while using it to create gender equity in America’s workforce by helping them interact with male decisions makers and level the playing field for professional advancement.Williams launched Heels and Helmets as a blog in January 2010 hoping to give women the competitive advantage in the workplace by helping them direct business conversations in the context of sports.  The ability to comprehend sports analogies was something that she learned was intimidating to even most successful most women through conversations with friends who were lawyers and lobbyists on Capitol Hill.“I want women to be true to themselves,” said Williams.  “We’re not trying to change who they are.  This is just another tool in the toolbox to help compete in business”.Her friend Tiffany Moore was the inspiration that turned her concept into a company.  Moore, who was on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation at the time, asked her to explain what the football analogies meant after a corporate presentation she attended where they resonated with the larger audience.  Williams, who was a corporate sales representative with the Washington Wizards at the time, realized that her sports acumen and those in her inner circle gave them an advantage in relaxed corporate settings that could help lead them to greater professional success dealing with men.“That’s when the light bulb went off for me,” said Williams.  “The ability to communicate on a level that men can relate to helps break down barriers in the workplace.  Often it’s not about discrimination that hinders advancement it’s really about getting more women into the loop”.The Heels and Helmets mission brings women into that loop through professional development opportunities during sports themed workshops, events, and philanthropy.  Football and golf are the premise for the Football For Business Ladies Training Camp and the Afternoon Golf Tee.  Since the NFL is the most popular sport in the United States and golf is corporate America’s most popular recreational pastime Williams not only gives women the acumen to compete and communicate about those sports she prepares helps bridge the gap with men .“Relationships are key in business,” said Samira Cook, Vice President for Business Development at the National Reinvestment Coalition.  “The football training camp and golf clinic] provided our clients at the D.C. Women’s Business Center with tools to interact with their male counterparts.”Though 50 percent of America’s workforce is women less than 15 percent are in management.  Williams hopes Heels and Helmets will close the gap by giving them confidence to communicate effectively.“It’s a matter of breaking down language and cultural barriers that impede team building,” said Williams.  “Learning how to talk football and golf in particular teaches women how to chop it up with the big boys”.last_img read more

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Saluting our heroes

first_imgThe exhibition titled ‘Shauryanjali’ celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Indo-Pak War of 1965, opened at the India Gate lawns on Wednesday. The exhibition has recreated the battle scene in various sectors beginning from Rann of Kutch to the ceasefire and Tashkent Summit. The NCC enclosure in ‘Shauryanjali’, turned out to be one of the most popular enclosures.  Most of the school children thronged the NCC enclosure and were all praise for it. During the inauguration of ‘Shauryanjali’, the Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar and Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley heard the briefing of the cadets and appreciated the effort put in by NCC cadets during the 1968 War.  Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff also visited the enclosure and had an informal discussion with the cadets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Arun Jaitley, the Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting said that India scored a decisive victory in the War. Jaitley described it as a nostalgic occasion and recalled the overwhelming, emotional and material support that it generated nationwide for the Armed Forces. He said, “the enemy was shown its place by the professionalism of our Armed Forces.”  A special brochure was also released on the occasion. The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that he was deeply influenced by the heroism of Company Quarter Master Havildar (CQMH) Abdul Hamid. He added that this was first major war that India won hands-down. He said a nation that remembers its history and its martyrs is a developed and secure country.  The event was attended, among others, by Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan.last_img read more

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Breast cancer drug price prevents access for women in SA

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Members of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign picketed outside pharmaceutical company Roche on 31 March to highlight the excessive price of a life-saving breast cancer medicine. These members include Advocates for Breast Cancer, the Cancer Alliance, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Doctors without Borders, amongst many others.Women with a specific form of breast cancer, HER2 positive, require a medicine called trastuzumab (marketed in South Africa as Herceptin). In the private sector, a 12-month course of Herceptin costs approximately R485 800, or more if higher dosing is required. Roche is able to charge such a high price as it holds multiple patents on the drug, which may block cheaper biosimilars from being sold in South Africa until 2033.“I was diagnosed with HER2 breast cancer in 2013,” explains Tobeka Daki. “Despite it being recommended by my doctor, my medical aid declined to cover Herceptin claiming that it was too expensive. There’s no way I could afford the half a million-rand price tag. Without access to Herceptin my cancer has spread and last year I was diagnosed with bone cancer of the spine. This medicine is a last hope for patients like me. Chemo alone isn’t enough.” The Fix the Patent Laws demanded that Roche should drop the price of trastuzumab so that all women who need it can have access to it. They said that this must include prices in both the public sector and the private sector. They also demanded that Roche should abandon all the secondary patents it holds on trastuzumab in South Africa. Most of these secondary patents were not granted in other countries and should not be granted here. These secondary patents may provide Roche with market exclusivity in South Africa for at least ten years longer than in countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, South Korea and India.“Should Roche fail to drop the price of trastuzumab to a level where all women who need it can have access to it, we will ask the Department of Health to grant a compulsory license that will allow for the use of more affordable biosimilar versions of trastuzumab that are shown to be safe and effective,” says Salome Meyer of Advocates for Breast Cancer.Trastuzumab is just one medicine identified by the Fix the Patent Laws campaign to be priced out of reach of those in need. “Appealing to Roche is just a step in our advocacy efforts,” says CANSA CEO, Elize Joubert. “We plan to highlight and fight for a number of cancer medicines that will help people live longer. Ultimately fixing South Africa’s patent laws will enable people living with cancer and many other diseases to have access to the medicines they need at affordable prices.”Fixing South Africa’s patent laws will enable women living with HER2 positive breast cancer and other diseases to have access to the medicines they need at affordable prices.*Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives.last_img read more

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Minister US weighing placement of army equipment in Poland

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. will “soon” take a decision to place heavy army equipment in warehouses in Poland for decades to come, the eastern European country’s defense minister said Sunday.A former Moscow satellite, Poland believes that its security is threatened by Russia’s hostile actions in neighboring Ukraine and is seeking permanent U.S. and NATO presence on its territory and in the region, as a deterrent. Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak tweeted Sunday that he and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter held talks about placing U.S. heavy army equipment in Poland last month.“Decisions are near,” he wrote.Siemoniak did not specify numbers or what type of equipment was being discussed. The White House and the U.S. defense secretary need to approve such a move.Siemoniak told the PAP news agency that if such warehouses with equipment are placed in Poland, they will remain “for years and for decades.”“It is not a temporary reaction to crisis,” he said.Poland’s General Command spokesman, Col. Artur Golawski, said on Twitter that efforts have been taken to find locations where the equipment could be placed.Commentators say that permanent stationing of heavy equipment near potential threat areas help speed up the reaction to an event, as relocation of troops is much easier and faster than relocation of large, heavy equipment.NATO is holding massive sea, land and air exercises this month in Poland, the Baltic states and Romania in response to calls from these members for greater security reassurance.Among the thousands of NATO troops is the new rapid reaction force, the so-called spearhead, agreed on at a NATO summit last year. It is testing it relocation and cooperation potential in southwestern Poland. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Moscow officials allow vote on restoring Sovietera statue

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The KGB’s main successor, the FSB, now occupies the landmark building on Moscow’s Lubyanka Square.Images of demonstrators dismantling the towering monument with the help of a construction crane were among the most powerful symbols of collapse of the Communist rule.Dzerzhinsky’s statue has remained at a Moscow park since then along with other sculptures of Soviet leaders removed from their original locations after the Soviet collapse.Communists and other hardliners long have pushed for restoring the statue to its original place, but authorities had ignored their demands until now.The proposed referendum caused dismay among liberal politicians and rights defenders.Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a 87-year old Soviet-era dissident who heads the respected Moscow Helsinki Group, denounced the planned vote as a “farce.”“I only can walk with assistance, but if they restore the Dzerzhinsky monument, I will come there to splash it with red paint, the color of blood that bloodsucker spilled,” she said, according to Interfax.The Moscow city legislature on Wednesday allowed the Communist Party to start collecting the nearly 150,000 signatures needed to hold a September referendum on restoring the statue to its original location. The Moscow Election Commission, which initially vowed to block the vote, abruptly reversed course Thursday and registered a group that would collect signatures for holding the vote.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow election officials cleared the way Thursday for a popular vote on whether to restore a statue of the Soviet secret police’s founder to a square in central Moscow.The referendum’s approval appears to reflect increased readiness by the Kremlin to resurrect Soviet-era symbols amid a showdown with the West over Ukraine.The statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the Bolshevik revolutionary nicknamed Iron Felix, stood outside KGB headquarters in Moscow until it was toppled by protesters in 1991 when the Soviet Union was falling. A statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police, stands in the Museon Park, also known as Fallen Monument Park, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The Moscow city legislature has agreed to allow residents to decide whether the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky should be restored to a square in central Moscow. The statue of the Bolshevik revolutionary known as Iron Felix stood outside KGB headquarters in Moscow until it was toppled by protesters in 1991 in the final months of the Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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Can LowIncome Buyers Overcome the Down Payment Hurdle

first_img Share January 26, 2018 729 Views Can Low-Income Buyers Overcome the Down Payment Hurdle? Do all homebuyers need a lot of skin in the game? That’s a question the Urban Institute asked, trying to find out whether buyers really need a large downpayment to buy a house.Turns out, the answer is, maybe not. A new Urban Institute study of New Mexico-based homeownership support nonprofit Homewise suggests there could be an alternative‒‒and sustainable‒‒way to buy even if the buyer doesn’t have a large downpayment at the ready.For sure, the study states, low- and moderate- income households still need adequate savings, low levels of debt, good creditworthiness, and a steady source of income if they want to move from renting to buying. But the Homewise model, seems to fly in the face of mortgage logic. Or at least mortgage expectations.The model works like this: Homewise offered two mortgage packages, for 80 and 18 percent of a home’s value, respectively. The agency then resells the higher mortgage on the secondary market to raise capital for additional clients. But it holds on to the riskier second mortgage so that the client pays only a 2 percent down payment, while still eliminating the need for mortgage insurance. The agency services both loans, to monitor loan performance on each and intervene early if there is a problem.Where the approach counters the expected is, keeping the riskier loan is not causing problems for Homewise. The study found that  the “riskier” borrowers pay their loans just as well as anyone else; maybe better.“They actually have lower delinquency rates than similar households buying apart from the program,” the Urban Institute stated.By the numbers, the study found that Homewise clients have “6.3 fewer 30-day delinquencies, 2.3 fewer 60-day delinquencies, 1.8 fewer 90-day delinquencies, and 1.1 fewer 180-day delinquencies in the first two years of their mortgage than a matched comparison group of purchasers.”The Urban Institute stated that the reason for the lower delinquencies at Homewise is most likely due to the fact that the company doesn’t pick fights it can’t win. In other words, Homewise makes it a point to fit homes to budgets, without the additional monthly costs of private mortgage insurance.“The terms of the loans provided by Homewise are preferable to the terms of the piggyback loans that were common during the housing bubble,” the study reported. “Those loans usually required an 80-10-10 split rather than the 80-18-2 split (which Homewise provides), and they often required the purchaser to pay closing costs on both loans.”This, the report stated, means Homewise eliminates the need to pay double for things like origination fees and any other fees the lender charged.Another key reason the model seems to work well, the report stated, is that Homewise “also provides counseling, homebuyer education, real estate development, real estate sales, mortgage origination, and loan servicing, as well as an in-house incentivized savings program.The Institute sees the Homewise model as “an opportunity to break the wealth gap cycle” in home purchases. It also sees it as a way to reduce the race gap in homeownership.Compared to white buyers, black homebuyers in particular tend to have less wealth, according to a Stanford University study. That typically means lower credit scores as well. But the Urban Institute stated that the Homewise model could be a bridge to homeownership for families traditionally marginalized by the mortgage industry.center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Homewise low-income buyers mortgage Urban Institute 2018-01-26 ScottMorgan1last_img read more

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Close to the Bone is Much More than a Cancer Memoir Says

first_imgThough you are comfortable with writing but putting together this book must not have been easy. What were your challenges?It was hard and I needed help with the structure. There were other struggles too—my own inner struggle, some practical constraints. There was a very different version of the book that was supposed to be published originally but I was not happy with it. I withdrew it from the original publisher and everyone around me said I was mad. Finally, it found its perfect home at Harper Collins India that understood what I wanted to do and supported my voice as a woman. It’s very difficult. You have to fight for your voice every time.There were difficulties but the book sort of organically began unpacking itself. As I started telling this story, it took on a life of its own. Because so many stories were contained within me, they started telling me how they wanted to be told. Close to the BoneClose to the Bone Lisa Raylisa rayLisa Ray book First Published: May 29, 2019, 10:56 AM IST Close to the Bone is an interesting title. How did you come up with it?I was actually going back and forth on the title. I had chosen a really long one, which apparently wasn’t very sexy. It was while I was writing a synopsis for the book that I came up with this. It is the story of a life lived, of emotions close to the bone. It just spilled out of me. I looked at it and I thought this works at so many different levels. It is a play on my cancer and on the way I have lead my life. It’s also a way of describing that the closer you get your essence, to the core of your being, the closer you are to your truth.How important was it to write this book?It was everything. This is a very special project for me. It’s not one of those fly-by-night kind. I read somewhere that you don’t choose to write a book, you’re compelled to write it. And I do feel that I was compelled to write this one.Lisa Ray at Close to the Bone’s launch in Mumbai on Monday. (Image: HarperCollins India) Follow @News18Movies for more. Most of what you’ve discussed in the book is very personal. Weren’t you hesitant about making your private life public? About judgement? Have you used filters, altered things to make it more readable or for better storytelling?I don’t think this way, but at the same time, I do consider myself a storyteller and primarily a writer. I am seeing this as my writing debut. I might have altered the language a bit but I have tried to be as candid in telling my truth from my perspective. You are going to get a taste of my soul. This is exactly how I see the world. I have tried to squeeze the juice out of every moment. And I don’t necessarily see it as good or bad. Are you looking at writing as a prospective career then?Yes, I don’t see this as a one off thing. I see this as a debut into a world that I have always felt most aligned with in terms of my nature, aspirations, longing. It is the first of many more books to come because it’s the way I process the world.I really love writing but I also want to gouge out my eyes when I am at it. It’s both the most blissful and the hardest thing to do. That’s how I know that it’s my calling.Read: Shweta Bachchan on Her Debut Novel Paradise Towers and the Inspiration Behind ItRead: Want to Get into Baking? This Self-Taught Star Chef Might be Your InspirationBattling a disease as fatal as cancer can be life altering. What has it changed in you?I’m still understanding what’s changed in me and that’s perhaps why this book took so long because I wrote the first draft right after my cancer diagnosis. I realized I had to digest a lot about it. Cancer clarifies a lot of things. For me, it made me make the changes in my life that helped me live closer to my truth, which means a life that’s simpler, a lot more still, a lot less public. Cancer helped me live a more authentic life.Also it taught me to value myself, to put my needs first, as a woman and a creative professional. I stopped procrastinating from pursuing my really big dreams.center_img How much of it is from your blog on your experiences with cancer—The Yellow Diaries?Not much. The blog was a starting point. It’s very hard to define the book but it is not a cancer memoir. Of course, I write about my cancer experiences but that comes right at the end. The book, in totality, is about my life, trying to reveal, unmask and embrace both the shadow and the light. It isn’t just limited to my life. I’d like to think that the best books have the ability to take something very specific and make it universal—you should find yourself in the book.There is a lot that people will relate to because I have written about my inner journey, the parts that we normally hide, the insecurities, the wounds, the traumas, the joys and the celebrations as well. I hope that it’d be a point of connection. Lisa Ray has the kind of wisdom that comes only to those who have had a close brush with death. The 47-year-old was diagnosed with the cancer of white blood cells—known as multiple myeloma—in 2009. Today, 10 years later, she is invincible—she is acting again, is raising two young daughters and has realised one of her long-standing dreams—that of becoming a writer.I meet her minutes before the release of her debut book Close to the Bone—the story of her eventful life and personal musings—and she confesses that she’s nervous. This, despite having led a very public life, being one of India’s first supermodels and the lead actor of Deepa Mehta’s 2005 film Water, which was nominated at the 79th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. “I am nervous most of the time,” she tells me, adding, “We cultivate this kind of a persona. It’s the result of years of being in this business. But I am profoundly a misfit in many ways and I say that with great affection, not with any judgement. I am an introvert, I have social anxiety and I write about all of that in the book.”Here, she discusses her writing debut, which she says was always in the offing. How long did it take you to write Close to the Bone?I like saying that it’s been 25 years. It may look like a revelation to others but I have always seen myself as a writer. I have always been writing, taking notes. That’s my way of processing the world. I am also a fervent reader. I have this ability to be in a situation and yet be observant about it. In that sense, I have been doing the research and accumulating the material for this book for many years. However, I rewrote the manuscript in the last year-and-a-half.last_img read more

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Rihanna is Now Worlds Richest Female Musician Rents an Entire Island to

first_img Notably, Osea Island houses the Miloco Studios, which has, over the years, been used as a private space for musicians to work and can only be reached twice a day for four hours at a time thanks to tidal waves.According to The Mirror, Osea Island costs £20,000 to rent per day.Notably, Rihanna topped Forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women for 2019 as the highest paid woman in the music industry, estimating her worth to be USD 600 million. The Barbados native has amassed her wealth in large part from her Fenty Beauty line, which she launched in 2017. The icon is worth USD 600 million, Forbes reported on Tuesday, putting her ahead of Madonna (USD 570 million), Celine Dion (USD 450 million) and Beyonce (USD 400 million).Follow @News18Movies for more The news comes fresh after Rihanna stunned fans by revealing that she had secretly been living in London for a year and was enjoying the anonymity that came with it. OseaislandRihannaRihanna MusicRihanna rents island First Published: June 5, 2019, 2:31 PM ISTcenter_img Pop sensation Rihanna has reportedly rented an island in Essex to record her new album.According to a source to The Mirror, the 31-year-old has been renting a state-of-the-art studio on Osea Island replete with its own gym, cinema and pool as well as cottages for her entourage.The source further told The Mirror that Rihanna invited family to spend time with her while she works and that she had few stints in the studio since her last album. The source added, “She’s been really focused on her makeup, clothing and lingerie lines.”last_img read more

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