Next five nonpermanent members of Security Council chosen

15 October 2009Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria will serve two-year terms on the Security Council starting next January after they won elections to the 15-member body today. The five countries were chosen after running uncontested races for the non-permanent seats, and they were duly elected by the General Assembly during a secret ballot at United Nations Headquarters in New York this morning.To be elected to the Security Council, candidate countries need a two-thirds majority of ballots of Member States that are present and voting. The seats are allocated on the basis of geographical groupings.Nigeria, which received 186 votes today for one of two African seats available, has served three times previously on the Council, in 1966-67, 1978-79 and 1994-95. Gabon, which picked up 184 votes, served in 1978-79 and in 1998-99.Lebanon, which was chosen after receiving 180 votes, is returning to the Council after a break of more than half a century. Its only other stint was in 1953-54.Bosnia and Herzegovina, which won the seat allocated for Eastern European States after receiving 183 votes, has never served before on the Council.Brazil was chosen for the Latin American and Caribbean category after being awarded 182 votes. It has served on the Council on nine other occasions: 1946-47, 1951-52, 1954-55, 1963-64, 1967-68, 1988-89, 1993-94, 1998-99 and 2004-05.The five countries will join Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda, whose terms on the Council end on 31 December 2010. The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. read more

UN health body issues firstever guidelines on procuring safe malaria medicines

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today issued new guidelines for malaria treatment, marking the first time the agency has released guidance on procuring safe and effective medicines to treat the disease.The agency warned that if not used properly, artemisinin-based combination therapy, known as ACTs, which have transformed treatment in recent years, could become ineffective.“The world now has the means to rapidly diagnose malaria and treat it effectively,” said Robert Newman, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme (GMP).Half of the world’s population is at risk of contracting malaria. Every year, there are 250 million new cases, resulting in 860,000 deaths, the overwhelming majority of which are among African children.In Africa, it also affects over 50 million pregnant women and is responsible for 10 per cent of all maternal mortalities every year.The second edition of the Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria provides evidence-based recommendations for countries on both diagnosis and treatment.The main changes in this edition from its first, which was published in 2006, are the emphasis on testing before treatment and the addition of a new ACT to the list of recommended treatments.“WHO now recommends diagnostic testing in all cases of suspected malaria,” Dr. Newman said. “Treatment based on clinical symptoms alone should be reserved for settings where diagnostic tests are not available.”In 2008, less than 25 per cent of suspected malaria cases were tested in 18 of the 35 African countries which reported results. Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), which use a dip stick and a drop of blood, have recently been developed, which can replace microscopy. These new tests can reliably find the malaria parasites in the blood and can be carried out at all levels of the health system, including in community settings.WHO said that moving towards universal diagnostic testing of malaria is a critical step forward in the fight against the disease since it will allow for the targeted use of ACTs by those who actually have malaria.The aim, the agency said, is to reduce the emergency and spread of drug resistance, with better management of malaria helping to tackle other problems, like childhood illness and child survival.The new guidelines are also the first time they have included a 16-step checklist on the selection and procurement of ACTs.“Pharmaceutical markets in malaria-endemic countries are often unregulated and national authorities need practical help to assess the quality of malaria medicines before they buy them,” said Andrea Bosman, Coordinator of the Medicines and Diganostics Unit at WHO’s GMP, warning that there are too many medicines of varying quality on the market.Low-quality medicines impact the health and lives of patients, damage health services’ credibility and can boost resistance to treatment, WHO cautioned.“These guidelines will help countries select and procure effective medicines of good quality and save lives by improving the way patients are diagnosed and treated,” said George Ki-Zerbo, Malaria Programme Manager at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, located in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo (ROC).Last month, dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to address the challenges facing the continent in the effort to meet the UN target of ensuring universal access to malaria control measures by the end of this year.More than two dozen heads of State convened the first working session of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) during the annual African Union (AU) summit.ALMA was launched during the General Assembly in September to provide a forum to ensure efficient procurement, distribution, and utilization of malaria control interventions; facilitate the sharing of effective malaria control practices; and ensure malaria remains high on the global political agenda.As much as 40 per cent of health-care spending in endemic countries goes to malaria, costing the continent around $12 billion a year, according ALMA.The 26-nation ALMA coalition said that in the past 12 months alone at least 90 million long-lasting, insecticidal mosquito nets were delivered in Africa, and overall 200 million such nets have been distributed to 400 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, where virtually all malaria deaths occur.“The world is closer than ever before to ending malaria deaths,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers, with the WHO’s 2009 World Malaria Report indicating that more than one-third of malaria-affected countries have documented reductions in cases of more than 50 per cent. 9 March 2010The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today issued new guidelines for malaria treatment, marking the first time the agency has released guidance on procuring safe and effective medicines to treat the disease. read more

Veteran relief official named head of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

A veteran United Nations relief official was today named head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the body that has been the main source of support for Palestinian refugees for the past 55 years.Karen AbuZayd, a United States national who was already UNRWA’s Deputy Commissioner-General for the past five years and Acting Commissioner-General since Peter Hansen of Denmark relinquished the post in March, worked for 19 years for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) before joining the agency.In a statement issued by his spokesman, Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced his delight that Ms. AbuZayd has agreed to serve a full three-year term as Commissioner-General. “The Secretary-General believes that under her leadership UNRWA will carry out its mandate and fully live up to its responsibilities, during a period which, we all hope, will see decisive progress towards lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, based on United Nations resolutions and a negotiated settlement of all outstanding issues, including the refugee problem,” the statement added.From her base in Gaza Ms. AbuZayd has helped oversee the education, health, social services and micro-enterprise programmes for 4.1 million Palestinian refugees.During her time at UNHCR she first worked in Sudan in 1981, dealing with Ugandan, Chadian and Ethiopian refugees fleeing from war and famine in their own countries. In 1989 she moved to Namibia to help coordinate the return of apartheid-era refugees. A year later the Liberian civil war erupted and she moved to neighbouring Sierra Leone, and helped settle 100,000 Liberians in 600 villages along the joint border.From 1991-93 she directed the South African repatriation and Kenya-Somali border operations from UNHCR headquarters in Geneva before serving as chief of mission in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where 4 million people displaced or otherwise affected by the war there were kept alive by the agency’s airlift and convoy activities.In her final four years at UNHCR she was chef de cabinet to High Commissioner Sadako Ogata. read more

UN rights chief urges Israel to reconsider bill that would displace thousands

“As citizens of Israel, the Arab Bedouins are entitled to the same rights to property, housing and public services as any other group in Israel,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “The Government must recognize and respect the specific rights of its Bedouin communities, including recognition of Bedouin land ownership claims.” The first reading of the proposed bill, known as the Prawer-Begin Bill, passed by a narrow margin in the Knesset on 24 June, and is expected to go through the second and third readings before the end of July, according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR).Ms. Pillay said she was “alarmed” that the bill seeks to legitimize the forced displacement and dispossession of indigenous Bedouin communities in the Negev desert in southern Israel, without recognizing that they traditionally owned land titles in the region.Instead, the bill offers Bedouins limited compensation on the condition that they move to one of the seven officially recognized urban Bedouin townships the Government has created.“If this bill becomes law, it will accelerate the demolition of entire Bedouin communities, forcing them to give up their homes, denying them their rights to land ownership, and decimating their traditional cultural and social life in the name of development,” Ms. Pillay said. The High Commissioner also pointed out that the 2008 Goldberg Commission set up by the Israeli Government recognized that the Negev Bedouins must be viewed as equal citizens with historic ties to the land, and that they were legitimate residents of the Negev.“Respect for the legitimate rights of minorities is a fundamental tenet of democracy,” she said, adding that it was regrettable that the Government continues to actively pursue a discriminatory policy against its own Arab citizens.Ms. Pillay added that a reconsideration of the bill must involve a genuinely consultative and participatory process that involves all representatives of Bedouin communities in the Negev. read more

UN partners with Rugby World Cup to tackle hunger provide meals to

According to a WFP statement, the focus of the drive in the run-up to the world’s third-largest sporting event, which kicks off on September 18, 2015 will be a “Million Meal Challenge”. The goal is to raise funds for WFP to provide meals to school children in developing countries.“There is a powerful connection between good nutrition and sporting excellence and as the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, WFP is instrumental in ensuring that young children get the food they need to reach their full physical and intellectual potential,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin in a statement.The Rugby World Cup Tackle Hunger partnership has been hugely successful in raising awareness and support of WFP’s work feeding the world’s hungry. And with England 2015 set to be the biggest Rugby World Cup to date, fans are digging deep to support the Million Meal Challenge.“From the armchair to the stadia, we are calling on fans to join us in supporting the Million Meal Challenge to help nourish the bodies and minds of those who face a daily challenge of malnutrition and starvation,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.More than $21,000 has already been raised by voluntary online donations through the English Rugby Community ticket sales phase, and with global public ticket sales set to launch on September 12, the Rugby family is set to get behind the campaign.Rugby World Cup 2015 is set to be a global celebration of Rugby and its character-building values with more than 2.3 million fans expected to attend the 48-match, six-week showcase. As at every Rugby World Cup since 2003, the Tackle Hunger partnership will feature prominently throughout the tournament across all media.Now in its eleventh year, the Tackle Hunger partnership between WFP and the IRB was launched at Rugby World Cup 2003 in Australia and featured at France 2007 and New Zealand 2011 as well as Rugby World Cup Sevens, Women’s Rugby World Cup and the IRB Junior World Championship. Shortly after the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the IRB organised an exhibition match in London between players from northern and southern hemisphere teams that raised more than $3 million for WFP. read more

Moving to university has devastating effect on childhood social circles according to

first_imgMoving away to university will see you lose friends at a rate of 40% every 6 months, Oxford University says Prof Dunbar also said that having too many friends could make women more stressed and even impact fertility. However, having five close female friends could cancel out the effect. “The stresses you incur destabilise the menstrual system endocrinology and very quickly lead to infertility,” he said. “Women’s infertility is heavily driven by social stresses.”It’s the number of people bumping into you. It’s the commuter problem – they’re not attacking you in the underground, they’re just crowding you. It’s social stresses“There is a suggestion that your core friends – the shoulder to cry on friends – can bolster your fertility.“A core of five best friends are crucial in buffering you against the stress of other people.“If you do not have these friends, you are more likely to have your menstrual cycle and endocrinology disrupted.”Prof Dunbar was speaking at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.  Moving away to university will see you lose friends at a rate of 40 per cent every six monthsCredit:Julian Simmonds Evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar said: “These were a bunch of secondary school kids. They all went off to university. Couldn’t go back see friends at weekend as used to. We followed them through their first year.  “We looked at what happened to the original set of friendships – they deteriorate really rapidly over a matter of months. The churn was phenomenal. Forty per turnover every six months.”What determined with original friendships whether they survived with girls was whether they made effort to talk more to each other on the phone. “The telephone was only of any use to the girls though. Talking had absolutely no effect on boys’ relationships at all. What held up their friendships was doing stuff together. Going to a football match, going to the pub for a drink, playing five a side. They had to make the effort.”Prof Dunbar said there was a “very striking sex difference” between men and women’s social groups. “Women clearly have much more intense close friendships,” he said. “They’re very intense, very like romantic relationships – in the sense if they break they break catastrophically. “Guys tend not to have that relationship. They tend to have a group of four guys that they do stuff with. That is much more casual.”If you move away to another town, girls will be on the phone or Facebook with each other to keep the relationship going. With guys it is out of sight out of mind. They just find four more guys to go drinking with.” The cast of university-themed sitcom Fresh Meatcenter_img The cast of Channel 4’s university-themed sitcom Fresh MeatCredit:Channel 4 Leaving home to study at university has a devastating impact on friendship groups, with students losing 40 per cent of friends every six months, Oxford University has found.Researchers discovered that original social circles rapidly deteriorated when people could not get home to see their friends at weekends.They also found that girls needed to talk regularly on the phone to keep friendships together, while men needed to meet up in person.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgYouTube: fed potapow EVERY MORNING, THEJOURNAL.IE brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #CORRIE: British actor Michael Le Vell, best known for playing Kevin in Coronation Street, has been charged with a string of sex offences, including child rape and indecent assault.2. #MURDER: Olympian and Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius is due in court this morning, charged with the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Tributes have been paid to the 30-year-old who “loved everybody” and whose “future has been cut short”.3. #TALKS: As relations between senior management and rank-and-file gardaí deteriorate, Commissioner Martin Callinan is to meet with the GRA, which has plans for members to “turn off the goodwill tap” from 22 February if the government refuses to budge on pay cut proposals.4. #DOB: The Associated Newspapers group said it will consider appealing the High Court decision to award businessman Denis O’Brien €150,000 in damages in his defamation case against the Irish Daily Mail.5. #PROM NOTES: A member of the ECB’s governing council has criticised Ireland’s promissory note swap in an interview with Bloomberg, highlighting the difficulties encountered when there is no clear line between monetary and fiscal policies.6. #ABORTION: In some more bad news for the Enda Kenny, former taoiseach John Bruton has written about his concerns on the proposed abortion legislation in the Irish Times today. He wrote that to include the threat of suicide in legislation is “not consistent with the plain words of the Constitution”.7. #BURGLARY: Two men have been arrested in Kildare following a break-in at a pub near Maynooth yesterday. Gardaí say the perpetrators were wearing balaclavas and carrying crowbars when they were arrested at the scene.8. #HORSEMEAT: Fresh food has been implicated in the horsemeat scandal for the first time with Asda taking Greencore products off its shelf after one of its beef products test positive for traces of equine DNA. Greencore’s share price has dropped 19.8 per cent this morning.9. #METEORS: A meteor shower sparked panic in central Russia overnight as the hurtling space debris exploded in the air, blew out windows and left more than 250 people injured.last_img read more

Woman who developed back pain aged 18 left bed bound in agony

first_imgMcNicholas explained that no other consultant in the country will take on Elizabeth’s case as it’s so complex.“Her current consultant is the only person who can refer her for treatment abroad as the referral must come from a consultant who deals with the condition that the treatment is being sought for.“If we don’t stick with him, Elizabeth won’t have any consultant.”Elizabeth’s mother also explained that they can’t seek funding from their private health insurance provider as they don’t cover the hospital she has been referred to. “We would also have to pay up front and claim back at a later date which we just can’t afford to do”.‘Cries for the life she missed out on’Elizabeth has missed out on all her young life and been forced to put college on hold indefinitely while she watches all of her friends move on with their lives.McNicholas told this website how Elizabeth had her first operation in 2008 and started using a wheelchair intermittently, but has been in the wheelchair full-time for the past four years.However, she added that her daughter rarely uses the wheelchair now as she needs to be harnessed into it with her back brace as she can’t sit up independently.Elizabeth, who once had a bright future ahead of her, now faces a life of no hope and never-ending pain.“She has absolutely no quality of life, every minute is spent in unbearable pain. She is on a huge amount of medication but this gives her very little relief. Her condition is continuing to deteriorate.She cries for the life she missed out on. She sees no light at the end of the tunnel and at the moment, neither do I.Constant painElizabeth needs 24 hour care and is steroid dependent. Her family, including her two younger siblings Sean and Úna, help out in caring for their older sister. Úna won Dublin young carer of the year last year. Source: Mark StedmanMcNicholas said the pain Elizabeth experiences can be so intense that she needs to be left alone and can’t bear to have anybody sitting near her.She said that her daughter often spends the night curled up and crying in agony.Speaking about the operation, McNicholas said, “I would hope it would free her of some of the pain and that she could walk again.“The operation may get her back on her feet, if anything, it would stop further deterioration.At the moment it feels like she’s facing a life of no hope. She’s in constant pain and has no rest-bite.McNicolas added, “We are heart-broken at the condition she’s been left in, especially at knowing that there is something that can be done to improve her situation.”Read: ‘I see my daughter crying in pain, her body bending over. We can’t wait two years’>Read: Stories of people on hospital waiting lists are “absolutely inexcusable”, says Simon Harris> Woman who developed back pain aged 18 left bed bound in agony as HSE refuses to fund operation Her mother described how her daughter, who once had a bright future ahead of her, now faces a life of no hope and never-ending pain. Feb 11th 2017, 12:05 AM Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 12:05 AM By Cliodhna Russell “I HAVE BEEN left confined to bed with absolutely no quality of life. I can’t remember the last time I had fun or enjoyed myself.”Those are the words of 27-year-old Elizabeth McNicholas who was living a full and busy life until she started developing back pain in her Leaving Cert year.She has had numerous major spinal surgeries along with many procedures and treatments – all of which have been unsuccessful.Elizabeth has also developed a Hypothalamic Pituitary injury which has resulted in her developing narcolepsy with cataplexy and an adrenal insufficiency, which is a life threatening condition caused by the inability to produce the life-sustaining hormone cortisol, and she is also in severe neuropathic pain.She has run out of treatment options in Ireland and has been referred to the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in London, which is a world-class centre and specialises in the treatment of her condition.Despite being referred by her consultant, the funding has been refused by the HSE. Her family has appealed the decision a number of times over the past two years but it has been repeatedly refused.‘I have been left to suffer and deteriorate’Elizabeth has been confined to her bed for the past three years and her pain, which she describes as ‘unbearable’, leaves her trembling and squirming through the days. Elizabeth with her assistance dog, Bart.She told that in the past year she has only been able to leave her house in Lucan a handful of times.For three years I have been left to suffer and deteriorate while waiting on urgent revision spinal surgery.“My life is now centered around hospital appointments and admissions, some of which could be avoided if I could just have the surgery.“Dealing with the effects of my condition and the complications I have suffered is difficult enough without having to fight for the treatment I so desperately need, all while struggling to breathe and dealing with never-ending, unbearable pain.Nobody wants to be told they need to undergo major spinal surgery but to then be made beg for that same surgery is beyond belief. There are no words to describe how desperate I am for something to be done.Elizabeth added that her mother’s days are spent making phone calls, writing letters, and trying to find a solution, all to no avail.Brenda McNicholas described to how the hospital in London is willing to do the operation but the problem is on the Irish side.“Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s consultant, the only one who can deal with her condition, no longer sits in the public sector and the HSE won’t accept referrals from consultants who sit privately.”The refusal letter McNicholas received from the HSE states:Your daughter is a private patient being referred from a private facility. Referrals from private hospital consultants are not eligible for consideration under the HSE TAS.Private patients should apply to their private health insurance provider in relation to accessing funding towards the cost of treatment abroad. 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Playstation Store Sony va limiter les téléchargements

first_imgPlaystation Store : Sony va limiter les téléchargements Sony vient de prendre une mesure destinée à limiter l’utilisation de jeux vidéos sur toutes les consoles de la marque. Sony a décidé a décidé de limiter l’utilisation de jeux vidéos acquis depuis le Playstation Store à deux consoles de jeu seulement. Il était possible jusqu’à présent d’utiliser les jeux sur toutes les consoles sans limites, ce qui permettait à des joueurs d’user gratuitement de certains titres en s’identifiant subtilement depuis un autre compte utilisateur.Sony a donc décidé d’une mesure rassurant les éditeurs de jeux qui s’étaient plaint de cette possibilité, trop avantageuse, de disposer des jeux sur tous les supports du fabricant japonais. Cet usage devra donc être changé dès le 18 novembre prochain. Une maintenance du PlayStation Network aura d’ailleurs lieu à cette date. Il est possible que la nouvelle mesure s’applique aux jeux sortis après le 18 novembre seulement, mais il affectera les futurs possesseurs de PSVita. La gestion des  comptes utilisateurs sera également révisée par Sony.Le 5 novembre 2011 à 14:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Master Mosquito Control

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Master Mosquito Control.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

POLICE LOG for June 15 Parent Driving Scooter 30 MPH With 6YearOld

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 15, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash occurred at the Lucci’s plaza. No injuries. One driver cited for a marked lanes violation. (10:14am)An orange patio umbrella floated to the beach at Silver Lake and was retrieve from the water by lifeguards. (12:47pm)A Brentwood Avenue caller reported a landscaping trailer has been left in front of her house since yesterday, preventing her from backing in or out of her driveway. A Woburn Street house was getting landscaping done and will contact owner of trailer to move. (6:06pm)North Reading Police reported a scooter going approx. 30 MPH headed towards Wilmington on Salem Street. Operator appeared to have a 2-year-old on her back. North Reading stooped scooter prior to entering Wilmington. Operator, who had a 6-year-old on back, was advised to register scooter and of the rules regarding having children on your back while driving a scooter 30 MPH. (6:28pm)A passerby reported three teens playing on the tracks near Eames Street. Police unable to locate. (10:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Microsoft Integrates Outlook With Google Chat

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Outlook and SkyDrive users will now be able to chat with their Gmail contacts without leaving Microsoft’s service.Tech giant Microsoft announced a new feature today that some business owners who rely on online chatting tools to communicate with colleagues and others might find useful.Since releasing the new version of its popular webmail service last fall, Microsoft has been busy rolling out new features and tools for it. The latest: Microsoft is making it possible for users to chat with their Gmail contacts on Outlook. The new chat feature will be made available to users over the next few days, Microsoft says.Once you link up your Google account with Outlook, your Gmail friends will appear in your contact list and you’ll be able to chat with them. Users will also be able to chat with their Google-bound friends through SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud data storage service. This can, for instance, provide a useful way to communicate with colleagues while working on documents together.While Google Talk — Gmail’s instant messaging service — has text, audio and video chat options, Microsoft’s new chat will be text-only, for the time being at least. But thanks to a recent integration with Skype, users have access to video web calling.The new replaces Microsoft’s Hotmail service. It also features SkyDrive integration, a sleek new calendar and two-step verification for email accounts. Microsoft migrated the remaining Hotmail users to the new email client earlier this month, while keeping their mail, calendars, contacts and settings intact.Related: Microsoft Working on Major Update to Windows 8 2 min read Enroll Now for Free May 14, 2013last_img read more

Azamara Club Cruises has announced a leading World

first_imgAzamara Club Cruises has announced a leading World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation expert will present a series of insightful lectures on board one of Azamara Journey’s Australia and New Zealand voyages during her maiden season.Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, a Senior Species Conservation Expert with WWF, joins several international conservation leaders taking part in Azamara’s brand-new WWF Guest Speakers Series. The company revealed details of their new WWF global partnership earlier this year, pledging a commitment to help ensure the long-term health of the oceans, not only through reducing Azamara’s global footprint, but also by raising awareness about ocean conservation to guests.Dr Klenzendorf provides leadership for the WWF Arctic Program on polar bear conservation issues and will join Azamara Journey’s 15-night Australia & New Zealand voyage, departing Sydney 19 February 2017.“We’re honoured to have Dr Klezendorf share her knowledge and experience with our guests during this unique voyage through some of the most beautiful, and precious parts of our region” says Adam Armstrong, Managing Director of Azamara Club Cruises in Australia and New Zealand.“Our partnership with the WWF cements our commitment to protecting our ocean’s wildlife, and ensuring future generations can continue to be inspired by their awesome power and beauty,” he continued.During the cruise, Dr Klenzendorf will enrich guests’ on board experiences with lectures on topics including climate change impacts on polar bears and other key marine species, wildlife trafficking and trade and consumerism. Guests will also hear fascinating stories of Dr Klenzendorf’s interactions with wildlife during her 25-year career in conservation.Azamara Journey makes her Australian debut in February 2017, fresh from an extensive US $25 million rejuvenation, which left no space on the ship untouched. The revitalisation saw not only the addition of new venues and technologies, but also a beautiful redesign and rework of her suites and staterooms, as well as a complete refresh of all public spaces.Fares for an Interior stateroom on Azamara Journey’s WWF voyage start from $4599. Departing Sydney on 19 February 2017, Journey will call at Melbourne, Port Arthur and Hobart, where she overnights, before cruising to Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Napier and Tauranga, where she spends another night before reaching her final port, Auckland. A number of unique wildlife experiences are available to guests along the way, including a day trip to Bruny Island in Tasmania to learn about the endangered forty-spotted pardalote bird, and Hectors dolphin and Pohatu penguin tours in Akaroa.Other dedicated international WWF voyages include a 10-night West Indies Hideaway voyage on board Azamara Quest departing Miami 11 November 2016 with Cassie O’Connor, coral reef expert and Manager of the Foundation Relations team at WWF, and Azamara Journey’s 14-night Spice Route Voyage, departing Dubai 3 November 2016, with Asian species expert and WWF’s Wildlife Conservation Program Officer, Nilanga Jayasinghe.Azamara will also contribute to WWF through sales of the organisation’s iconic plush panda bears on board, with 100 per cent of proceeds going directly to the foundation.last_img read more

Startup airline Wataniya Airways has announced th

first_imgStart-up airline Wataniya Airways has announced that its first service will operate between Kuwait and Dubai, with the route due to start in February next year.Kuwait’s newest airline will operate a twice-daily service to and from the emirate, with tickets having gone on sale on November 24th.Wataniya will use Kuwait’s Royal Terminal as its base, the first time that a commercial airline will have taken off from a location other than Kuwait International Airport.Commenting on the new route, Wataniya Airways chairman and managing director Abdul Salam Al Bahar said that the announcement was a crucial step in allowing the airline to commence operations from early 2009.”We can now announce that the countdown has officially started for providing Kuwaitis with a new travelling experience – one that will start in the superb surroundings of the Royal Terminal,” he said.The airline will operate Airbus A320 aircraft and will offer passengers more space and legroom than any other airline using the same type of aeroplane.Wataniya announced in October that it had successfully completed its recruitment procedures to appoint its new pilots and cabin crew. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBahrain Air launches new service to Kuwait CityBahrain Air launches new service to Kuwait CityDubai expects more flight passengers for 2009 Shopping FestivalMore people could book flights to Dubai during the emirate’s 2009 Shopping FestivalJetBlue Airways launches flights to Baltimore/WashingtonThe airline will operate four daily flights to the north-eastern US city, with Boston becoming JetBlue’s 57th destinationlast_img read more

Trust fund approval sends more than 500000 to Crawford Roscommon

first_img Categories: Rendon News Rendon votes to allocate grants across MichiganLegislation approved by the House this week allocates funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF), and state Rep. Bruce Rendon is pleased to announce that three grants totaling $522,500 will directly benefit areas of Crawford and Roscommon counties.“Sharing our region’s natural resources with all Michiganders is an important aspect of these generous grants,” said Rendon, chair of the House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. “Our lakes and parks are a gift to this community, and I’m grateful that with the help of the trust fund we can improve them for everyone.”Annual revenues from the development of state-owned mineral resources—largely oil and natural gas—maintain the MNRTF, which financially assists local governments and the Department of Natural Resources with public land acquisition, natural resource protection and public outdoor recreation.The three local projects are as follows:A $300,000 grant will help fund improvements to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, which will include remodeling lodges and meeting barrier-free standards to attract visitors and improve the local economy.A $182,500 grant will assist barrier-free developments at Lakeview Park on Houghton Lake, including two family-style restrooms; a dual-height drinking fountain; van-accessible parking spaces; boardwalk and beach routes; swim area and foot wash; picnic area with tables and grills; and pergola, seating and plaza space.A $40,000 grant will help renovate Park 27—the largest park in Lyon Township—based on community feedback to construct two asphalt tennis courts for use as an ice-skating rink in the winter months.Applications for trust fund grants are reviewed and recommended by the MNRTF Board, then submitted to the Legislature for approval and appropriation. This year’s grants total more than $24 million and will be given to 69 projects in 40 Michigan counties.“Utilizing Michigan’s natural resources also requires a balancing act of protection and preservation, and distributing trust fund grants across the state help us maintain that balance,” said Rendon, R-Lake City.House Bill 4078—which authorizes the MNRTF allocations—passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and has been referred to the Senate. 06Feb Trust fund approval sends more than $500,000 to Crawford, Roscommonlast_img read more

Rep Calley congratulates two local organizations at Governors Service Awards

first_img Categories: Calley News,Calley Photos Two local organizations were recently honored with a Governor’s Service Award. The Ionia County Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and IM Kids 3rd Meal won the Education Service Leader and Outstanding Volunteer Program, respectively.The Governor’s Service Award winners are selfless individuals and organizations that mentor and tutor children, serve the hungry and homeless, assist the elderly, care for our environment and much more.Photo Information (left to right): Justin Miller, AmeriCorps VISTA IM Kids 3rd Meal; Deborah Wagner, Ionia County Intermediate School District Director of Grant and Special Projects; State Rep. Julie Calley; Drew Ward, Ionia YAC; Jason Mellema, Ionia County Intermediate School District Superintendent. 28Aug Rep. Calley congratulates two local organizations at Governor’s Service Awardslast_img read more

Senate committee advances Cox plan protecting sexual abuse victims from serial predators

first_img Categories: Cox News,News 06Jun Senate committee advances Cox plan protecting sexual abuse victims from serial predators Bipartisan bill package submitted in response to Larry Nassar scandalThe Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced state Rep. Laura Cox’s legislation to allow Michigan criminal courts to consider relevant information involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses.“Michigan has to identify sexual predators and punish them accordingly,” said Cox, of Livonia. “A predator’s pattern of assault can span decades. We must allow courts and juries to have access to as much information as possible involving a suspect’s history of sexual offenses, within a judge’s discretion. These dangerous individuals, whether they are strangers, family members, professionals or friends, need to be removed from our streets.”Cox’s legislation is part of a 25-bill bipartisan package approved by the Senate committee to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Her plan was previously approved by the House with a 104-5 vote.“This plan is a solution to better protect our children, while strengthening punishments against anyone who engages in sexual misconduct,” said Cox, of Livonia. “Today’s vote brings Michigan one step closer to being safer for everyone.”House Bill 5658 advances to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more

Rep Sheppard highlights school safety grants awarded in Monroe County

first_img29Mar Rep. Sheppard highlights school safety grants awarded in Monroe County Categories: Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance this week commended the announcement of $25 million in state grants being awarded to school districts throughout Michigan to improve school building safety.“We must continue to take a proactive, comprehensive approach to creating a safer learning environment for our students and teachers,” Rep. Sheppard said. “I was proud to support and vote for funding these grants, which will provide nearly $380,000 to assist local school districts make important safety upgrades.”Some of the grant recipients in the 56th District include Bedford Public Schools ($186,162), Dundee Community Schools ($144,394), and Whiteford Agricultural School District ($48,770). This funding is in addition to last fall’s award of over $55,000 to schools in Rep. Sheppard’s district.Funding for the grants is from the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program designed to improve the safety and security of students, staff and school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment.Note: A complete list of school safety grants is available on this Michigan State Police website:,4643,7-123-72297_34040_75045—,00.htmllast_img read more

SCOTUS ACA Decision Could Put Millions of Americans and Billions of Dollars

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 2, 2015; Miami HeraldWith the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell expected by the end of June, it is becoming clearer that the stakes are high for millions of Americans. The case challenges the legality of the federal government’s provision of health insurance premium subsidies through the Federal Insurance Exchange. A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs will affect 6,387,789 individuals who have purchased their insurance in those 34 states using the Federal Exchange. Plaintiffs say the law’s language limits those subsidies to people purchasing policies on the 13 state-run insurance exchanges.While residents in each of the 34 states that use the federal marketplace face the loss of their health insurance, Florida will be hit the hardest—1.3 million are receiving an average annual subsidy of $3,630, funds they will need to pay directly if they wish to retain their current health insurance. According to federal data, Florida residents who received a government subsidy to make their health plan more affordable paid an average premium of $82 in February, well below the national average of $101 a month. Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia would be the next three states hardest hit. In Texas, more than 830,000 people would lose subsidies, likewise for nearly 460,000 North Carolinians and more than 410,000 residents of Georgia.Leah Barber-Heinz, chief executive of Florida CHAIN, a nonprofit consumer health advocate in favor of the health law, said the Sunshine State risks more than financial assistance for low- and moderate-income residents to buy health insurance. “Lives are at stake when the courts rule on cases like King v. Burwell,” she said in a written statement. “When a million people lose their health insurance, some of them will face dire consequences.”In Florida, the millions of citizens who may find themselves less able to afford needed health services will join the 800,000 whose access to healthcare is being threatened by the state’s refusal to expand its Medicaid program as called for under the ACA.Opponents of ACA recognize that the loss of subsidies will create a problem, but believe that the marketplace will provide a new avenue for healthcare access with no need for federal intervention. Andres Malave, a spokesman for the Florida chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that opposes the ACA, said, “It’s legitimate anxiety that the Affordable Care Act has caused. And it’s forcing Floridians to unfortunately have to live in a world where they are unsure of how their coverage is going to be affected because the president’s administration decided that a big government solution was better for Floridians instead of allowing the free market to operate.” But specific plans have yet to be offered at a state level to provide a new path to healthcare for those who have been traditionally priced out of the health insurance market.At a national level, Republican congressional leaders have recognized the political risks of the loss of health insurance for millions of Americans. As reported by the Associated Press, “Republicans broadly agree that Congress should react by temporarily replacing that aid, aware that abruptly ending it would anger millions of voters before the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. Yet when it comes to choosing an overall response to a court ruling, GOP lawmakers have suggested at least five different proposals—so far. None has won consensus backing from Republicans.”If the Supreme Court upholds the federal subsidies and retains the basic framework of the ACA, the battle will not end, but will instead be fought out in the halls of Congress and in the 2016 ballot boxes. Should the Supreme Court rule against federal subsidies in the federal marketplace, the battle will move into the wallets of millions of Americans who will be challenged to choose between affording the much higher cost of their healthcare or running the risk of going uninsured.Table: 34 States Using Federal MarketplaceLocationNumber of People at Risk of Losing Tax CreditsTotal Monthly Tax Credit Dollars at RiskAverage Tax Credit per EnrolleePercent Increase in Average Premium if Tax Credit Is Not AvailableUnited States 6,387,789 $1,737,476,989 $272 287% Alabama 132,253 $35,708,310 $270 321% Alaska 16,583 $8,888,488 $536 520% Arizona 126,506 $19,987,948 $158 132% Arkansas 48,100 $13,660,400 $284 270% Delaware 19,128 $5,068,920 $265 191% Florida 1,324,516 $389,407,704 $294 359% Georgia 412,385 $112,993,490 $274 381% Illinois 232,371 $49,030,281 $211 169% Indiana 159,802 $51,136,640 $320 271% Iowa 34,172 $8,987,236 $263 244% Kansas 69,979 $14,695,590 $210 231% Louisiana 137,940 $44,554,620 $323 347% Maine 60,939 $20,536,443 $337 383% Michigan 228,388 $62,349,924 $273 294% Mississippi 75,613 $26,540,163 $351 650% Missouri 197,663 $54,950,314 $278 327% Montana 41,766 $9,606,180 $230 198% Nebraska 56,910 $14,625,870 $257 265% New Hampshire 29,996 $7,918,944 $264 218% New Jersey 172,345 $53,943,985 $313 199% North Carolina 458,738 $144,961,208 $316 336% North Dakota 14,115 $3,274,680 $232 169% Ohio 161,011 $41,057,805 $255 190% Oklahoma 87,136 $18,211,424 $209 243% Pennsylvania 348,823 $79,182,821 $227 177% South Carolina 154,221 $43,336,101 $281 335% South Dakota 16,811 $3,849,719 $229 178% Tennessee 155,753 $33,954,154 $218 222% Texas 832,334 $205,586,498 $247 305% Utah 86,330 $17,956,640 $208 520% Virginia 285,938 $73,772,004 $258 287% West Virginia 26,145 $8,209,530 $314 234% Wisconsin 166,142 $52,334,730 $315 252% Wyoming 16,937 $7,198,225 $425 340%—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

GAO Report Spotlights the Choice between Effective Work and Good Politics

first_imgShare7TweetShareEmail7 SharesAugust 9, 2016; Education Week BlogsNews is made when a president’s vision makes its way through Congress and becomes the law of the land. Yet it is at that moment that the real work begins, the labor of translating words into action in a complex, multilayered, and often underfinanced real world.Addressing concerns about the weaknesses of public education has been a priority for our last two presidents. From “No Child Left Behind” to “Race to The Top,” there have been consistent efforts to improve performance for all students and hold states, school districts, and individual schools accountable for their efforts. Last year, in a rare bipartisan moment, President Obama and Congress came to an agreement on how to extend federal education funding and fix problems observed under earlier laws. A presidential signature on what became known as the “Every Student Succeeds Act” seemed to bring about a happy ending. But, again, the real work has just begun.A major objective of the ESSA was to limit the role of the federal government in public education and return power to the states. Federal funding will still be tied to each state’s ability to demonstrate they are successfully educating students, but the states will be able to define how they go about producing and measuring desired outcomes. The federal government’s capacity will be less directive and more one of monitoring and advising. A recent Government Accountability Office report focused on the Department of Education’s efforts to give states greater independence during the implementation of NCLB. For years, the DoEd used its ability to grant waivers to states that felt they needed additional flexibility to meet federal funding requirements. What GAO found in these efforts has significant implications for how well the new law will work. Education Week underscored the implications of the GAO report:The Every Student Succeeds Act cedes a lot of control over accountability systems to states. But under No Child Left Behind waivers, some states didn’t do such a hot job of monitoring districts’ progress on things like school improvement and implementation of college- and career-ready standards.The GAO found that granting waivers was the easy part. Forty-three states were granted the right to modify some portion of Education’s policies for implementing federal law. At least 12 of those states were found to have significant difficulty implementing the modifications they requested, and the U.S. Department of Education hasn’t shown the ability to study these difficulties or develop solutions for the problems identified. With a new law giving every state the right to create new systems, not knowing why earlier efforts at granting flexibility failed is of great concern, as is the problem of translating those lessons into new practice.The report underscores the challenge of complexity. A large federal bureaucracy works with fifty state education departments, which are then responsible for working with 13,500 school districts with almost 100,000 schools. The GAO found that “overseeing local districts and schools was particularly challenging for states. […] Meanwhile, Education has not yet evaluated its process to review, approve, and monitor the Flexibility waivers given to states or incorporated any relevant lessons learned into its plans for implementing the December 2015 reauthorization of the [ESSA].”For some, this may seem another example of the inability of government, any government, to solve problems and operate effectively. In truth, it’s a clear illustration of the challenge any large, complex system faces when it needs to make change happen—one made more difficult with the expectation that this change must happen quickly, without the time and resources to understand and support the new direction. Learning from experience and using that new knowledge to modify a strategy may be textbook change management, but seems not to be good politics or make headlines. If we want real solutions and real improvement, we may have to choose to do the work and ignore the politics.—Martin LevineShare7TweetShareEmail7 Shareslast_img read more