Caregiver Communication Skills: A Voice for Change Webinar

first_imgMake plans to attend the Caregiver Communication Skills: A Voice for Change web conference at 11:00 a.m. CST on Thursday, December 6, presented by Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D. and Rachel Brauner.The caregiver communication conference is a 75-minute webinar tailored to older adult caregivers and military caregivers.Focusing on Caregiver Communication SkillsCaregivers communicate with their care receiver, family members, and health care professionals throughout their caregiver journey.  Sometimes conversations go awry resulting in misunderstandings which can lead to heated and emotional exchanges, hurt feelings and even relationship problems.Learning and practicing how to use the communication skills of “I” messages, Assertive and Aikido will help caregivers change the way they have communicated in the past. By gaining this new knowledge they can prepare for difficult conversations they have been avoiding or putting off.Program Objectives:After this program, participants will be able to:Distinguish the differences between the communication skills of “I” messages, Assertive, and Aikido and the types of situations they are best used in.Identify caregiver situations in their life where one of the communication skills could be used.Prepare to use one of the communication skills in a conversation they need or want to have in the near future.PresentersDr. Mary Brintnall-Peterson, owner of MBP Consulting, LLC, provides over 25 years’ experience in educating family caregivers. Having both personal and professional caregiving experience has made Dr. Brintnall-Peterson passionate about family caregiving. Mary is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Extension. She has worked with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service–Wounded Warrior Program, with whom she met Rachel Brauner.Brauner is an Extension Associate at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the Wounded Warrior Program. While working for the Wounded Warrior Program, Brauner has strived to create educational programs for military caregivers that address specific warrior medical conditions, coping and resiliency strategies, and concerns of the seriously wounded service member families.No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to Caregiver Communication Skills: A Voice for Change to attend.This blog post is part of a series of Military Caregiving articles published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenselast_img read more

Rohtak is Haryana’s crime den

first_imgTwo persons arrested on charge of drug-peddling. A special “Clean Rohtak Operation” has been launched in the district against drug-peddling, illegal arms supply, bootlegging and gambling.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Dimpi Gulati, a relationship manager with a nationalised bank, being honoured by Mr. Nain for chasing and catching a snatcher. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in a meeting with senior police officers in Chandigarh recently announced a reward of ₹1 lakh for anyone providing information on snatchers, highlighting the growing menace.Drug abuseThe number of cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act this year till June 30 has increased more than double to 49 compared to 21 last year for the corresponding period.The Rohtak police have so far seized 12.18 kg opium, 700 gm Charas, 16.5 kg poppy husk, 55 gm smack, 112.5 kg ganja and 75 bottles of a cough syrup with the arrest of 52 people in one of the largest seizures over the past few years. The drugs are mostly supplied to this region from Jharkhand and Odisha and the consumption is on the rise on account of a huge population of students, said the police officers.‘Operation Clean Rohtak’Mr. Nain said that “Operation Clean Rohtak” was kicked off three months ago for improved detection of drug-peddling, illegal arms supply, bootlegging and gambling. The police officer claimed that the increased number of cases under these Acts proved that the operation was a success and would continue. “The action taken under the operation shows decrease in the number of heinous crimes such as murder and attempt to murder this year. Also, there has been no substantial increase in the number of theft cases and the incidents of burglary have actually come down,” said Mr. Nain. For a safer city: Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain cycling with over 200 students and teachers of MDN Public School to create awareness about traffic rules  Crime RecordWoman chases down snatchersEven as the city police are struggling to deal with the increasing cases of snatching in Rohtak, a young woman relationship manager with a nationalised bank displayed exemplary courage to chase down a snatcher and get him arrested.Dimpi Gulati, a resident of Sector 1, was on her way to work on a two-wheeler on July 5 morning when a man on a motorcycle came from behind and snatched her bag containing cash, mobile phone and important bank documents. However, Dimpi followed the snatcher and rammed her two-wheeler into the motorcycle from behind.The accused fell on the road and Dimpi raised an alarm seeking help from the passers-by to catch him. The accused, Diwan Singh, a resident of Sunariya Khurd village, hit himself with a stone to implicate Dimpi, but he was arrested. Diwan purportedly told the police that he was a drugaddict and had snatched the bag to arrange money for drugs. Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain invited Dimpi and her family to his office and honoured her.Thieves flee leaving booty, pistolThe day Dimpi Gulati chased and caught the snatcher, two young men allegedly tried to flee with cash from the counter of a juice corner. According to the FIR, the accused came to Nandal Juice Corner at Bhiwani Chungi around 6.30 p.m. and ordered two glasses of juice. When the shop owner, Pawan, turned to serve juice to the duo, they ran off with the cash chest. Pawan, a resident of Rajendra Colony, gave them a chase and raised an alarm.At this, one of the two men allegedly fired on the ground to scare Pawan. When Pawan continued to chase them, they left the cash chest and pistol behind and ran away. Mohit, a passer-by, ran after them, but they managed to escape.Pawan in his complaint said that ₹500 was found missing from the chest. No arrests have been made in the case so far.Fire in ATM, cash missingIn February, three youth on a motorcycle set an ATM booth at Gandhi Camp in Rohtak afire and made off with the mobile phone of the security guard. The case was worked out within 24 hours with the arrest of four employees of a company entrusted with the replenishment of ATM booths of the bank.The story emerged that the accused loaded ₹4.5 lakh in the ATM at Gandhi Camp, but showed in their records that they had loaded ₹34 lakh so as to siphon off the remaining amount. They burnt the ATM to destroy the evidence. However, the investigation revealed that only ₹58,800 was recovered from the burnt ATM and ₹4 lakh was withdrawn form the machine. This exposed their plan. The police recovered ₹27.5 lakh from the arrested persons. While Arun and Balraj used to load cash in ATMs, Sukhwinder and Jaibir worked as gunmen with the firm.Double murder over ₹800While murders in Gurugram and Sonipat are mostly committed over property-related disputes, the motive behind most of the killings in Rohtak is found to be personal enmity or vendetta. In one such case, an auto-rickshaw driver and his tea-seller father were beaten to death with iron rods and bricks over delay in payment of just ₹800.Amit, a resident of Karor village, had bought a music-player, a speaker and a memory card from Rampal, also an auto-rickshaw driver, but was dilly-dallying over the payment of ₹800. Enraged, Rampal hatched a plan with his friends Sohan, Rohit and Sandeep and murdered Amit at his father’s tea shop on May 14 night. When his father, Shri Bhagwan, tried to stop them, they killed him as well. The double murder came to light the next morning when Amit’s brother found the bodies lying in the fields near the tea-stall. In a dramatic turn of events, Rampal too ended his life by jumping in front of a train. However, his three accomplices were arrested in the case.center_img  “We have observed during our meetings that Dalit women, migrant labourers, their girl children and physically or mentally challenged women are being increasingly targeted in Rohtak. The response of the police is found to be delayed and the government agencies such as the Social Welfare Department lack the resources to help the victims. The only so-called achievement of the present government in opening Mahila Thanas is already a failed experiment. It is at the best an attempt to adjust the women police officers due for promotions as male officers do not prefer to work under them,” said Ms. Sangwan.Snatching menaceEven as robbery and theft show an upward trend, coupled with poor work-out rate, there has been a sudden spurt in snatching cases in the town this year. While only 45 cases of snatching were reported last year till June 30, 85 cases have been reported this year so far. In 2014, only 70 snatching cases were reported. According to the police officers, the increase in the number of snatching cases is directly connected to the increase in drug abuse. “There are a few organised gangs involved in snatchings. Most of the accused arrested are drug addicts operating on their own to arrange money for drugs. In some cases, school and college students are also found involved,” said Rohtak Police, PRO, head constable Sunny. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Not to be left behind in this age of information technology, the Rohtak police now have presence on Facebook and Twitter to connect directly with the residents and share information on traffic situation and new initiatives.Police in a soupMr. Nain, after he took charge in December last year, not just ensured that the social networking websites of the Rohtak police were updated daily, but also launched a WhatsApp number announcing a reward of ₹1,000 for any complaint related to a police personnel.“A common man hardly goes to a police station to make a complaint against the police. So we decided to reach out to them through WhatsApp and also announced a reward. It was a huge success and we were inundated with pictures of police personnel violating traffic rules. It helps more and more residents connect with the police and also keeps a check on traffic violations by the policemen,” said Mr. Nain. One of Haryana’s fastest growing and politically important towns, Rohtak, around 70 km north-west of Delhi, has been in the news over the past few months for some of the most sensational and gruesome crime cases.The town recently grabbed national headlines when a young Dalit woman, kidnapped from neighbouring Sonipat, was gangraped and bludgeoned to death in Rohtak.A few months earlier, a man was killed and five others were injured after unidentified assailants dressed as women opened fired outside a court premises in Rohtak in broad daylight. In March last year, a national-level Kabaddi player, Sukhwinder, was shot dead point-blank in his village. Besides, the brutal gang-rape and murder of a mentally unstable Nepalese woman, a minor girl impregnated by her step-father and the murder of a politician sent shock waves across the region.Crimes against womenThe figures of crimes against women for the first six months this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, indicate a considerable increase in cases of molestation and dowry, even as there is no let-up in rape cases. Superintendent of Police, Rohtak, Pankaj Nain argued that a mechanism was put in place in the wake of the rape of a Dalit woman earlier this year, to ensure that FIRs were registered in all cases of crimes against women. This resulted in an increase in the number of cases registered.“The Women Helpline (1091) is informed about all complaints regarding crimes against women, a designated woman DSP speaks to all the complainants the next day and a case is promptly registered. I myself and the Inspector-General of Police office keep track of the serious cases of crime against women,” said Mr. Nain.Pressure on policeAll-India Democratic Women’s Association vice-president Jagmati Sangwan, a Rohtak resident, argued that though there was pressure on the police to register FIRs in cases of crime against women following the Nirbhaya gang-rape, there was no denying the fact that such cases were on the rise.last_img read more

All Bodo Minority Students’ Union president shot dead in Kokrajhar

first_imgPresident of the All Bodo Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) Lafikul Islam Ahmed was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kokrajhar town of Assam on Tuesday, police said.Two motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire from an AK-47 rifle at the popular minority leader near a shop where he had gone to buy tiles in Titaguri Market. He died on the spot and the shopkeeper was seriously injured, Superintendent of Police Rajen Singh said. Police recovered three empty AK-47 cartridges from the spot.Soon after the killing, protesters took to the streets. A volatile situation was reported from some places along the National Highway 31.The ABMSU has called an indefinite bandh in protest against the killing and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits.Security in all the districts of Lower Assam have been intensified.“Investigation is on to nab the culprits. I have already asked one IG to rush to the spot and sent reinforcement to maintain peace and order,” Director-General of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay told PTI in Kokrajhar. Mr. Sahay said he would also visit the spot.Mr. Ahmed was very popular among minorities in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts and a strong voice of the youth from the community. He was attacked by some miscreants earlier also, after which police had provided him with personal bodyguards.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the incident and asked the DGP to review the prevailing situation. A massive hunt has been launched to nab the killers and further investigation was on, the police said.Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora demanded a high level inquiry into the incident. “The Assam government must show its courage and sincerity by apprehending the culprits immediately and we demand the government to ensure security of the life and property of the people,” he wrote on Facebook.CPI(M) secretary Deben Bhattacharya demanded a proper inquiry and strict vigil by law enforcing agencies to maintain peace in the State. Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president Akhil Gogoi termed it a political killing. He said there were “deep conspiracies behind this to destabilise the region and incite communal clash”.All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) secretary Haidor Hussain Bora said the culprits should get the maximum punishment for killing the very popular youth leader. The Democratic Youth Federation of India, the Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti, the Char-Chapori Sahitya Parishad and many other organisations too condemned the killing and demanded a speedy investigation.last_img read more

Yao Ming Rockets deal rumors fizzle out

first_imgFormer NBA star Yao Ming attends a press conference after being elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in Beijing on February 23, 2017.NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming called for “urgent” reform and said he was facing a multitude of problems as he was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on February 23. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTFormer NBA star Yao Ming has scotched rumors he was interested in buying his old team the Houston Rockets, saying he was too busy to consider the possibility. Yao, who played for the Rockets from 2002 to 2011 before retiring, told the official Xinhua news agency on Friday he was dedicated to his role as president of the Chinese Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of Indiacenter_img “I have no time to consider anything else (including buying Houston Rockets),” said Yao, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last September.His comments came after long-time Rockets owner Leslie Alexander put the club up for sale last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Chinese centre’s strong ties to the club had fueled speculation about his possible interest in buying. He was feted by the Rockets earlier this year when they retired the ground-breaking Chinese player’s number 11 jersey. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Yao, who averaged 19.2 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, became a global ambassador for the sport during his eight NBA seasons. He continued promoting the game after he was forced into retirement by repeated foot injuries and purchased his hometown team, the Shanghai Sharks, after returning to China. The Rockets are the eighth most valuable franchise in the league at $1.65 billion and their annual revenue is $244 million, according to Forbes magazine. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Pujara hits fifty as India reach 217 for 5 ahead of England test series

first_imgCheteshwar PujaraCheteshwar Pujara struck his second successive half-century of the tour as India reached 217 for five at tea on the second day of the practice game against Derbyshire ahead of the five-Test series against England in Derbyshire on Wednesday.Pujara continued his rich form and scored 81 runs off 131 balls with the help of 13 fours before retiring to give other batsmen match practice.India accumulated their runs in 62 overs. At the post-lunch break, Ravindra Jadeja (14 not out) and Stuart Binny (3 not out) were at the crease with the former having been dropped on zero.Among prominent batsmen, Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma are yet to bat in this innings.Pujara and Virat Kohli (36) carried on after lunch, but were able to add only five runs to their partnership when the latter was bowled.Kohli played on a delivery from Ben Cotton (2/20) who picked up his second wicket of the innings. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni then walked in to bat, having not had a hit in the middle so far, after sitting out in the first innings at Leicester.The Indian skipper made good use of the placid conditions and played some attacking shots, scoring 46 runs off 56 balls, hitting foue boundaries and one six. He perished in the same manner, charging spinner David Wainwright (1/40), only to be bowled. .At the other end, Pujara calmly accumulated his runs, reaching his second half-century of the tour off 98 balls which nine fours. Along with Dhoni he added 119 runs for the fourth wicket.After Dhoni was dismissed in the 55th over, two balls later, Pujara retired when he was just 19 short of a triple-figure score.advertisementEarlier, India made slow progress in the morning session, in reply to Derbyshire’s first innings’ score of 326 for five 5.Kohli and Pujara were at the crease at the lunch break, having put up a partnership of 58 runs for the third wicket, after Shikhar Dhawan (6) and Murali Vijay (6) were dismissed cheaply earlier in the session.Vijay was out LBW to Mark Turner (1/30) with the score reading just 18, although the batsman was clearly disappointed with the decision. Four balls later, Cotton had Dhawan caught behind.Both the openers were out for identical scores, each having faced 26 balls and hit one four apiece.Derbyshire had won the toss yesterday and rode on half-centuries from Wes Durston (95), Ben Slater (54) and Harvey Hossein (53 not out) to pile up the runs against a listless Indian bowling attack.Ravindra Jadeja (2/27), Pankaj Singh (1/63), Ishwar Pandey (1/34) and Stuart Binny (1/25) were the wicket-takers for the visitors.last_img read more

RS polls Hry: Sketch pen was provided to mark votes, says RO

first_imgChandigarh, Jun 13 (PTI) Haryana Vidhan Sabha Secretary and Returning Officer for the recently-held Rajya Sabha polls for the two seats in the state today said a sketch pen had been provided to the legislators to mark their votes and the entire process was videographed.Returning Officer R K Nandal said the results were declared late in the night on Saturday after due permission from the Election Commission.Notably, Congress today approached the Election Commission to demand countermanding of the election to both Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana, alleging a “conspiracy” by BJP-RSS that led to the defeat of a candidate, backed by the party and the main opposition INLD, under controversial circumstances.The INLD also shot off a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner today, saying the party is convinced that the matter calls for a thorough inquiry and it is in the interest of democracy to get to the bottom of the truth.Nandal said that the polling and counting of votes had been videographed.”On part of the Assembly and Assembly Secretariat the videography was done. The results were declared with due permission of the Election Commission,” Nandal told PTI. He said in addition to the staff of the Assembly secretariat, officials from the Election Commission were also present in the room where polling was taking place in one corner. “Haryanas Chief Electoral Officer was the lead observer. Besides, Additional CEO from the state was also present along with him right from 8 AM to 11 PM on Saturday,” he said. Asked to comment on allegations being made by opposition parties that someone had changed the original pen provided by the election officials with another one for a while which resulted in some votes being declared as invalid, Nandal said, “I cannot comment on what political parties or individual MLAs are saying.” At the same time, he said, “We had arranged a pen, which was tied to a thread. It was a sketch pen with violet ink, with which all 90 MLAs were supposed to mark their voting preference. We had also written a letter to all 90 MLAs on June 8 explaining in detail the instructions on how to vote. They were told that they could mark their votes with this pen only”.advertisementNandal also said that members were registering their vote in one corner where the pen had been kept tied to a thread. “I cannot comment on allegations that somebody changed the pen. This is not for me to comment. The MLAs could register their votes in one corner, and no one could go there expect those marking their votes,” he said. (MORE) PTI SUN KND SK KNDlast_img read more

Suranga Lakmal is brilliant when he gets green track: Nic Pothas

first_imgSri Lanka interim coach Nic Pothas was all praise for pacer Suranga Lakmal, whose 4/13 in 10 overs went a long way in island nation’s first ODI win 13 matches as they beat India by seven wickets in series opener.”Look, Suranga is a world-class bowler. If you give him the conditions that suits him, doesn’t matter to whom he bowls, he is always going to make life difficult.””In his career so far, he had bowled on flat, dry wickets. You give him some greenery, he will be brilliant. In South Africa at the start of this year, he was superb again.”He is a class performer and gutsy individual and great guy to have in the team,” Pothas said in the post-match press conference.An elated Pothas said that his team is slowly getting closer to the formula of success.”We have had guys in this team who have gone through the processes. We have obviously tried lot of people and we are getting closer and closer to a formula we think will be successful for us in the future,” Pothas told reporters.”We are in a nice place. We have built this team up nicely and we can now hand it to the new coach and he can run with it,” he said referring to Chandika Hathurusingha, who has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Sri Lanka National Team recently.Sri Lanka today dismissed India for 112 and then chased down the total with ease and Pothas said his team tried a different strategy against India today.advertisement”It is a good place to be. We enjoyed the win. We haven’t had lot of success in white ball cricket. We are at a position now things are quite settled, players understand roles. We used a different strategy and very pleased with the way things worked out for us today,” he said.”Whenever you play a quality team like India, you have to adapt. We have seen historically, if you want to win against India — this game was different but you have to play spin well in the middle overs.”We acknowledged that we have some very good players of spin, worked around the batting line up a bit. We gave ourselves the best chance,” Pothas said.The coach also singled out Angelo Mathews for special mention.”Angelo looked great again. He has got his work load in.”The physio has done some great work with him. He is not full capacity yet. Angelo is world class performer and the way he handled that situation with the bat showed how important he is for us.”Asked how close was Dushamantha Chameera getting a game, the South African said: “He was very close but we have got a formula for how we want to play our ODI cricket. It is tough when you have to meet tough selections.”But that is what we are getting paid for, it was a tough call on him. But as I said, Suranga came up with goods and Nuwan Pradeep on his comeback was awesome. We are happy that everything turned out very well.”Pothas said toss and the no-ball dismissal of Upul Tharanga by Jasprit Bumrah were the defining moments of the match.”I firmly believe that there were two massive moments in the game. It had to be said that the toss was massive in the game and the no-ball to Upul Tharanga,” he said referring to Bumrah’s dismissal of Tharanga on a no-ball in the sixth over.”If you lose another one we are suddenly 15 for three and that is hugely different situation. We have looked at two situations, where for me they sort of defined the day.”last_img read more

India take unassailable 2-0 lead over Korea, clinch women’s hockey series

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team came from a goal down to eke out a close 2-1 win over South Korea in the second game and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, here Wednesday.The Indians had earlier defeated Korea by identical margin in the opening game of the series.India will take on Korea in the inconsequential last match of the series on Friday.On Wednesday, skipper Rani Rampal (37th minute) and Navjot Kaur (50th) scored for India after Lee Seungju gave South Korea the lead in the 19th minute through a field strike.The match started on a fast-paced note with both India and Korea trading penalty corners in the first quarter but goalkeepers of both the teams made some fine saves to keep a clean slate.Four minutes into the second quarter, Korea took the lead through Seungju’s field goal.Stunned by the Koreans, the Indians made a strong comeback after the change of ends and pulled a goal back seven minutes into the third quarter through captain Rani’s brilliant field effort.India kept up the pressure on the Korean defence and surged ahead in the 50th minute through Navjot’s strike.”Our performance was much better than the first match. Our skill control in today’s game was much better and the quality was good and consistent. I believe we could have scored more goals but the intensity and effort was good from the team,” India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said after the game.Marijne said good results here would boost the team’s confidence ahead of the important c in Hiroshima later this year.advertisement”I am happy with the adjustments the team made. We played our first match just 24 hours after we arrived in Jincheon. It is nice we have won two matches in this three-match series. This will surely boost the team’s spirit ahead of the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019,” he added.High on confidence after their impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year, India had won the opening game with identical margin.Also Read | Indian women’s hockey team beat South Korea 2-1 in tour openerAlso Read | Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham ReidAlso Watch:last_img read more

Team Appointed to Lead Kingston Port Privatisation

first_imgAn enterprise team has been appointed to spearhead the privatisation of the operations at the Port of Kingston. Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, made the announcement on Thursday, March 7, at a stakeholders’ consultation with representatives of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), at Newport West, Kingston. The Government is moving to put the management of the facility in private hands, as part of activities in the development of Jamaica’s global transshipment and logistics hub, expected to cost upwards of US$8 billion. Development of the hub is intended to position Jamaica to take advantage of the anticipated increased maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, slated for completion in 2015. Minister Hylton said “unsolicited tenders” for the operation of the facility have already been received from several global shipping interests. “I am in no doubt about who is at the table and who is willing to come to the table… because they understand the concept (of the hub) and share the view that Jamaica will be a major beneficiary of the expansion of the Panama Canal,” he stated. Mr. Hylton is confident that the requisite investments needed to finance the hub’s development will be forthcoming. This is in light of growing interest and support at the local and global levels. The Minister pointed out that multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the International Finance Centre (IFC), have indicated their support for the undertaking, which is being positioned as a global asset. “The world recognises it as such. The same people, who invested in (developing logistics hubs in) Singapore; Dubai (United Arab Emirates); and Rotterdam (Netherlands), know the value of this. So this hub is of great interest to the global investor community,” he stated. Mr. Hylton advised that several countries have also indicated a willingness to “build everything that we need”. He noted, however, that this might not be the best option for the country. “We have to ensure that these investments redound to the benefit of the Jamaican people and the Jamaican economy, so we are in no haste to respond to some of the entreaties that are on the table,” he stated.last_img read more

Irans Hassan Rouhani orders lifting of all nuclear RD limits

first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ordered all limits on nuclear research and development to be lifted, the country’s third step in scaling down its commitments to a 2015 deal with world powers. His announcement came shortly after the US hit the Islamic Republic with further sanctions, the latest in a series of punitive measures including an embargo on Iranian oil exports. Iran and three European countries — Britain, France and Germany — have been engaged in talks to reduce tensions and save the nuclear deal that has been unravelling since US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut late Wednesday, Rouhani made good on a declared intention to take another step away from the multilateral deal signed with the permanent five United Nations Security Council powers and Germany (P5+1). “I, as of now, announce the third step,” he said on state television. “The atomic energy organisation (of Iran) is ordered to immediately start whatever is needed in the field of research and development, and abandon all the commitments that were in place regarding research and development,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe referred to “expansions in the field of research and development, centrifuges, different types of new centrifuges, and whatever we need for enrichment”. Iran in July abandoned two other nuclear commitments: to keep its stockpile of enriched uranium below 300-kilogrammes, and a 3.67-percent cap on the purity of its uranium stocks. Rouhani had earlier on Wednesday told a cabinet meeting: “I don’t think that… we will reach a deal”. But the Iranian president had also said Tehran and the European powers had been getting closer to an agreement on a way to resolve burning issues. “If we had 20 issues of disagreement with the Europeans in the past, today there are three issues,” he said. French President Emmanuel Macron, meeting Trump last month in France, encouraged him to offer economic incentives for Tehran and dangled the possibility of a summit between the US and Iranian presidents. Trump made clear Wednesday that he was still interested in meeting Rouhani when the Iranian leader visits New York for the annual UN General Assembly. “Sure, anything is possible,” Trump told reporters. But Rouhani has already ruled out a summit without sanctions relief, and on Wednesday the Trump administration issued its third set of sanctions on Iran in less than a week. In the latest salvo, the Treasury Department put on its blacklist a shipping network of 16 entities, 10 people and 11 vessels that it said was selling oil on behalf of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ Qods Force. The network sold more than USD 500 million worth of oil this spring, mostly to Syria, benefitting both President Bashar al-Assad and militant Lebanese allies Hezbollah, the Treasury Department said. A US official said that the move showed Washington’s position on relaxing sanctions — and warned that more would come. “We can’t make it any more clear that we are committed to this campaign of maximum pressure and we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers,” Brian Hook, the State Department coordinator on Iran, told reporters. Iran has said it will resume full compliance with the nuclear deal if it reaches a deal with France on a USD 15-billion credit line, which Tehran would repay once it resumes oil exports. The US is currently trying to block such shipments with unilateral sanctions. Hook stopped short of criticising the credit line itself, saying there was no “concrete” proposal. Speaking days after a trip to France, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi ruled out renegotiation of the 2015 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “Returning to full implementation of the JCPOA is subject to receiving USD 15 billion over a period of four months, otherwise the process of Iran reducing its commitments will continue,” said Araghchi, quoted by the state news agency IRNA. Hawks in the Trump administration adamantly oppose any easing of pressure, saying their goal is not only to contain Iran’s nuclear programme but to curb the clerical state’s influence across the Middle East. Iran had long threatened to carry out a third set of nuclear countermeasures by Friday unless other parties to the deal offset the effect of US sanctions in return for its continued compliance. Tensions rose significantly in July since Iran took the first two steps away from the nuclear deal and seized a British-flagged tanker — the Stena Impero — in the Strait of Hormuz for “failing to respect international maritime rules”. But some members of the crew of this Swedish-owned tanker have been released, Stockholm said late Wednesday. “A part of the crew of the Stena Impero… has been released,” Sweden’s foreign ministry said in a message to AFP, without giving details of how many of the crew had been freed.last_img read more

Ontario premier calls Trumps withdrawal from climate change agreement appalling

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier is joining a growing number of politicians condemning Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement.Kathleen Wynne says the U.S. president’s rejection of the 190-country agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is appalling and shows he is abandoning his responsibility to fight the biggest threat currently confronting the world.Wynne’s criticism on Friday comes after the federal environment minister called Trump’s decision disappointing and suggested the president was costing the U.S. a key opportunity to profit from the inevitable growth of clean-tech initiatives around the globe.Wynne says co-operation between sub-national governments has become even more important after Trump’s announcement, and she pledged to continue to work with other leaders, particularly U.S. governors, to combat climate change.“It’s really appalling to me that the president of the United States would abdicate his responsibility in the face of the greatest threat confronting humanity,” Wynne said Friday, at an event in Barrie, Ont. “The reality is the whole world needs to be involved in fighting climate change.”A group of mayors from communities in the Great Lakes region issued similar criticism Friday.“The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the people of the United States, Canada, or the world,” said the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition representing 130 Canadian and United States mayors and their communities of over 17 million people.Ontario’s Liberal government launched a cap-and-trade program this year, which puts caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit and allows polluters to buy allowances at auction or from other companies that come in under their limits.Ontario is expected to join the Quebec-California carbon market next year.Ontario’s four-year climate change action plan is funded by cap-and-trade revenues of between $5.9 billion and $8.3 billion, which will go to green initiatives such as social housing retrofits, an electric vehicle incentive program and public transit.Since Jan. 1, cap and trade has added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.The Liberals have been criticized in recent months for high electricity rates in the province, something the Progressive Conservatives seized upon during a byelection campaign in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., that resulted in a Tory win Thursday night.Wynne said Friday that she knew the race was going to be a tough one for her party and wished the winner — Progressive Conservative Ross Romano — well.The Liberals had held the seat from 2003 until December, when former Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti stepped down.Romano won with about 40 per cent of the vote, followed by NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich with 33 per cent and Amaroso trailed behind, with 23 per cent.last_img read more

BJP has continuously worked for development of Dalits Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: In an attempt to attract Dalit voters in the Capital, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Sunday addressed a Dalit Yuva Sammelan organised by the state unit of the saffron party, urging them to take an oath to vote BJP back into power in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Comparing Narendra Modi with the former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Tiwari said that their party is the only one that has continuously worked for the development of Dalit societies in India. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPlacing the Congress at a polar opposite, the MP from North East Delhi claimed that the INC has only used Dalits as a vote-bank and “played politics” in their name, without ever actually working for their development. Tiwari also attacked the Congress for apparently not allowing BR Ambedkar’s last rites to be performed in the Capital. He said, “Congress has brought shame to the Dalit community.” Citing examples of the BJP government developing monuments to honour Dalit pride, like the ‘panchteerth”, where five monuments were made to commemorate the achievements and life of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, Tiwari added that his party was that one that truly cares for the community. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further went on to say that by setting up the Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Modi has made information about Dalit history and achievements all the more accessible by informing people of the life of Ambedkar. Tiwari also claimed that Modi is working in all areas of society and that his re-election as Prime Minister will “shape the future of the country”. In addition to this, Tiwari also mentioned that under BJP, the central government has come up with schemes that support Dalits to set up their own businesses. He claimed that the central government under Modi’s leadership has approved loans for Dalits up to Rs 1 crore at interest rates as little as 4 per cent.last_img read more

Abdullah highlights Srinagars infrastructure issues blames Centre previous JK govt

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the urban life of Srinagar city was blight with various problems, adding that neither the Centre nor the Jammu and Kashmir government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the state capital in the last five years. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. The people of Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Abdullah said, addressing a party function where 11 corporators of the SMC joined the NC. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Abdullah said the NC, despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies, never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power, we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party, once in power, will hold the authorities accountable. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “For the last few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. The need of the hour, therefore, is proper planning to rise up to the demands of the growing population of Srinagar city,” he said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on (PDP chief) Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the Assembly in June last year, after being shown the door by its former ally, things would have been much different. “Today we would have had an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” Abdullah said.last_img read more

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

DETROIT — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency.Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart will lead the group, which also will have experts from the FAA and NASA. They’ll look at the plane’s automated system including the way it interacts with pilots. The group will meet Tuesday and is expected to finish in 90 days.The Boeing jetliner has been grounded around the world since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people. Investigators are focusing on anti-stall software that pushed the planes’ noses down based on erroneous sensor readings.The Associated Press read more

Peace process fragile in Sudan cautions UN envoy

“Each points up the fragility of the peace process. Each serves as a cautionary reminder of the potential consequences for Sudan and its people should the peace process unravel or derail,” Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, told reporters in the capital, Khartoum, today.After violence in May, tens of thousands of residents fled from Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between northern and southern Sudan. Also in May, members of the Darfur rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), launched an attack on Omdurman, near Khartoum.Mr. Qazi, who also heads the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), said there were also reasons for optimism, noting that the implementation of a recent agreement to settle the conflict over Abyei provided a strong indication of the parties’ commitment to peace. “I hope that the appointment of a Chief and Deputy Administrator will soon be followed by the full establishment of the interim administration and move us all closer to the day when those displaced by May’s fighting can return in safety and dignity to resume their lives in a secure environment,” he said.The UN envoy added that the results of the national census, which was carried out earlier this year, would provide a vital planning tool for development and public services and assist with delineation of electoral constituencies. He also noted that Sudan had passed an electoral law and work was under way to set up a National Electoral Commission.Mr. Qazi is to due to brief the Security Council on the work of UNMIS next week. 14 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Sudan says that recent violent clashes in the town of Abyei as well as the attack by a rebel group on the city of Omdurman have put the country’s 2005 peace agreement to the test and created challenges over the past months. read more

More patience needed in assessing UN human rights body its President says

The Council was set up in 2006 to replace the Commission on Human Rights, which had been dogged by accusations of bias and politicization, as part of ongoing UN reform.“All too often, and most times without any real justification, the Human Rights Council has been criticized in the manner and outcome of its work. Let me appeal for greater circumspection, objectivity and patience in assessing the work of the Council,” President Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria said.“Two years is hardly enough time to be overly critical of an institution which we strongly believe holds great promise as a universal human rights body.”The Assembly decision to establish the Council showed nations’ commitment to boosting the UN’s role in ensuring the enjoyment of human rights for all, said Mr. Uhomoibhi, who was elected for a one-year term in June.One of the reforms differentiating the Council from the Commission on Human Rights is the Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism to examine the record of every Member State.“In a very particular sense, the decision to empower the Council to consider human rights situations in all countries, through the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review, not only emphasized the principle of equality among all states, but also underscored the universality of all human rights,” the President said.He highlighted some of the Council’s activities to the 192-member body, including the adoption in June of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).The Council has also taken steps to address serious rights issues, with three special sessions being held during the reporting period on the situation in Myanmar, violations in the occupied Palestinian territory and the food crisis.“Given that we live in a globalizing world where an event in one part has the potential of affecting life in other parts, the Council found it necessary to remain vigilant and seized with all situations namely of growing inequality, continuing armed conflicts or other menaces such as climate change and food crisis,” Mr. Uhomoibhi noted. 4 November 2008Nearly three years since its creation, more patience is needed in judging the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is still in an “evolutionary” stage, the body’s President told the General Assembly today. read more

IFJ seeks support for Sri Lankan journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Sri Lankan Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) have called for more dialogue and discussion on improving working conditions for journalists in Sri Lanka if the country is to rebuild a strong, robust and professional media industry in the country.The IFJ joined the International Media Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka from May 8 to 14 to follow-up on its recent assessments of media freedom situation since the January 8 presidential election. During discussions with government officials, the Right to Information Act (RTI) was also vigorously discussed. The IFJ said: “There is an urgent and present need to build the capacity of journalists and their right to advocate as an industry on working conditions as well as on press freedom issues in the North and East provinces. Importantly, efforts need to be made to bring journalists and their employers together to discuss and engage on the future of the industry.” Increased training opportunities to support professional and ethical journalism and improved understanding and dialogue with media employers on journalists’ right to form were two of the key strategies highlighted by FMM and SLWJA as well as the long-awaited RTI Act.The government overwhelmingly supported the RTI Act and provided the draft law to the mission. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Act would be presented following the general elections, which legally must be held in Sri Lanka before April 2016. The IFJ said: “We join the International Media Assessment Mission in welcoming the changes made by the government to ensure that media freedom has opened up across Sri Lanka. But throughout this latest mission we again heard of challenges for journalists including poor working conditions and pay scales and barriers being put in front of journalists when it comes to advocating on their rights.”“The IFJ joins FMM and SLWJA in highlighting these issues and finding solutions for a stronger, more vibrant media industry in the country as the government takes on its media reform agenda.”Last week’s mission follows an earlier International Media Solidarity Delegation to the country in March organised by FMM in cooperation with the IFJ, the International Press Institute and IFEX. · A broad, multi-stakeholder consultation should be held to identify needs in the area of professionalization of journalists and media workers, and this should be followed up by a series of concrete actions to deliver on those needs. While both FMM and SLWJA said the government has made a number of important positive steps in its media reform agenda; further work was still urgently needed to ensure the media industry in Sri Lanka is to grow and thrive. The IFJ affiliates particularly highlighted some of the obstacles preventing journalists from joining and being active in unions and said further support was needed for journalists in exile trying to return. The IFJ endorsed the issues raised by its affiliates and in its meetings with government. In the mission statement, a number of recommendations were presented, including:· An independent Commission of Inquiry should be created with a mandate and adequate powers to investigate past killings of, threats to, disappearances of and other attacks on journalists, media workers and media outlets, with a view to ensuring that those responsible are prosecuted and that appropriate compensation is paid to the victims and their families.· Media owners should recognise and support journalists’ and media workers’ right to form unions to negotiate and advocate on behalf of their members. read more

Sixteen Colonels promoted to the rank of Brigadier

President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, promoted sixteen Senior Colonels of the Army to the rank of temporary Brigadier.Those promoted are Colonel A.S.P Podiralahamie, Colonel I.P Kandanaarachchi, Colonel M.I.P Nanayakkarawasam, Colonel T.M Abeyratne, Colonel L.D.S.S Liyanage, Colonel M.K Jayawardena, Colonel M.G.T.D Rathnasekara, Colonel K.H.K Kottawattha, Colonel W.R.M.M Rathnayake, Colonel U.U.K.L.S Perera, Colonel J.M.C Jayaweera, Colonel S.R.K Hettiarachchi, Colonel H.M.L.D Herath, Colonel P.S.K Sanjeewa, Colonel P.S Thilakaratna and Colonel W.G.R.P Peiris.

Reforms needed for further economic progress in Russia Brazil China and India

Mr. Annan’s remarks were delivered at the 10th St. Petersburg International Forum by Marek Belka, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), to an audience of high-level policy makers, industrialists, bankers and representatives from various international organizations and financial institutions gathered in the Russian city.Ministers of Economic Affairs of Brazil, India, China and Russia – countries that in recent years have been the world leaders in economic growth rate – are also attending the three-day event.“The remarkable economic growth of Brazil, China, India and Russia has brought prosperity to many, and lifted millions more out of extreme poverty. Yet tremendous challenges remain. Economic gains have been unevenly distributed, and the ranks of the poor are still large.”“Our challenge is to sustain the progress that has been achieved while addressing the remaining backlog of need. For this, further reforms – economic, political, legal, judicial and regulatory – are essential. We must clarify and institutionalize the rules underpinning investment and development, while increasing investments in health, education, training and research.”Mr. Annan said that such an “ambitious agenda” demands the active participation of both the public and the private sectors, working together to achieve shared goals, but he added that the trend in this regard was promising.“Cooperation between civil society and governments is on the rise, environmentally sustainable practices are gaining ground, corporate social responsibility enjoys wider acceptance, and public-private partnerships are increasingly being employed to investment in critical sectors such as education and infrastructure.”The Secretary-General said that such developments are important not only to sustain economic growth, but also for the broader objective of defeating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills by 2015.“Developing countries should not be condemned, by the weight of tradition or their own poverty, to do what their predecessors have done. We cannot deny their need to industrialize, but this can be done in cleaner ways. And the developed countries have a responsibility to help by, for instance, building capacity and transferring technology and know-how.”Mr. Annan said that the Forum can not only contribute to dialogue on these issues but can also provide a basis for discussion by leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialised countries at next month’s summit that will also be held in St. Petersburg. read more