Bengal govt was first in India to launch State Action Plan for

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Sunday, the occasion of Child Protection Day, that her government was the first in India to have launched State Action Plan for Children and has taken several important initiatives in combating human trafficking of women and children.”We are observing Child Protection Day today (Sunday). In December 2014, the #Bangla Govt launched State Action Plan for Children 2014-2018, the first state in India to do so. The state government has undertaken several important initiatives in combating human trafficking of women and children,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt may be mentioned that the state Women and Child Development & Social Welfare department is trying to have a database of the private placement agencies and for this it has sought assistance from the Labour department. A draft regarding the plan has already been submitted to the department. A number of women go missing and then are trafficked with the lure of lucrative jobs. It was December 2014 when the department had launched State Plan of Action Against Human Trafficking in Women and Children (SPAHT) as a pilot project in Jalpaiguri and South 24-Parganas. Buoyed by the good response, the department is now escalating the project in the other districts as well. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersUNICEF is the state government’s key technical partner in the SPAHT process and various NGOs working with women and child trafficking have also been roped in. “There are Child Protection Committees (CPCs) in every block in the state, which will be organising meetings to finalise the action plan,” an official in the department said. The committee consists of teachers, doctors, anganwadi workers etc. The implementation of SPAHT is visualised through the convergence of various departments and agencies, where victims remain central. The department has already come out with a handbook, stating clearly the responsibilities of government departments like Youth Affairs, School Education, Home, Panchayat & Rural Development, Urban Development, Public Works Department, Health & Family Welfare and Industries, to curb child and human trafficking. The SPAHT uses a child-rights framework to comprehensively map the responsibilities of key government departments that are tasked with affirmative action for children. These responsibilities are operationalised through the implementation of central and state government schemes, as well as specific actions taking into account the local needs and critical issues of the states.last_img read more

Canopy Growths venture capital arm goes public on TSX Venture exchange

first_imgTORONTO – Shares of the venture capital arm of marijuana company Canopy Growth went on a roller coaster ride on its first day of trading on the TSX Venture exchange as an investor craze over cannabis stocks continued.Canopy Rivers, a subsidiary which pursues investment opportunities in the marijuana sector, closed at $8.75, down more than 18 per cent from its opening price Thursday of $10.75. However, that price marked a nearly 150 per cent increase from the stock’s previous close, before Canopy Rivers’ reverse takeover of AIM2.Canopy Rivers began trading Thursday under the ticker symbol “RIV” amid a cannabis stock frenzy as Canada prepares to legalize the drug for recreational use on Oct. 17. During its trading debut, Canopy Rivers surged as high as $11.82 but slipped as low as $7.60.Its investment portfolio includes licensed producer Agripharm and Solo Growth, a retail cannabis distributor.Canopy Growth’s chief executive and acting chief executive of Canopy Rivers Bruce Linton says the subsidiary allows the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based cannabis company to grow its lead in the industry.“Canopy Rivers presents a world of opportunity for its partners and for Canopy Growth… Whether it’s access to new brands, new technologies, differentiated products, first rights to future financing opportunities, and even rights to future full acquisition, Rivers will build value for shareholders,” he said in a statement.Its listing comes one day after shares of Nanaimo, B.C.-based Tilray went on a wild ride, surging more than 90 per cent before briefly dropping into negative territory and then rebounding to close up roughly 38 per cent, at more than US$214. A day earlier, Tilray’s stock saw a 30 per cent jump as well.Tilray, which completed its initial public offering on the Nasdaq in July with shares priced at US$17, earlier this week said it got approval to export medical cannabis to the U.S. for a clinical trial.On Thursday, however, its shares took a breather, closing at US$172.16, down nearly 20 per cent from its opening price. Still, at that price Tilray’s market capitalization of US$16 billion not only surpassed the US$11.8 billion market cap of Canopy Growth, but also brewing company Molson Coors and Mexican fast food chain Chipotle.last_img read more

Tunis Terrorist Attack King Mohammed VI Holds Phone Call with Tunisian

Rabat  – King Mohammed VI on Wednesday held a phone call with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi following the despicable terrorist attack that targeted members of the presidential guard in Tunis, the King’s Office said.During this phone call, the King reiterated to the Tunisian president His condemnation of this criminal act which aims to undermine the security and stability of Tunisia, assuring him of Morocco’s continued support to fight this abject terrorism, the King’s Office underlined in a statement.The Sovereign also expressed Morocco’s absolute solidarity with Tunisia and the kingdom’s support to this country to continue and consolidate its democratic and development process in unity, security and stability, the statement added. The King reiterated to the Tunisian President and, through him, the brotherly Tunisian people and the bereaved families, his condolences over the victims of this cowardly terrorist act, and his prayers for a speedy recovery to the injure read more

Draft Law to Let Citizens Send Complaints about TV Channels to

Rabat – A draft law in the House of Representatives will give citizens the option to file complaints against television channels and other media outlets violating Moroccan laws in the audiovisual communications sector, according to a report by Medias24. Driss Dahak, the secretary-general of the government, submitted the draft law, which expanded the duties of the Supreme Council for Audiovisual Communication to include the reception and management of complaints sent to the government by Moroccans.Article six of the law states that Supreme Council has 60 days to investigate a submitted compliant, but the period can be extended by another 30 days if need be. After the investigation, the complaint can be forwarded to a court for a verdict if the violation merits judicial repercussions. The council currently consists of the High Council for Audiovisual Communications and the General Administration for Audiovisual Communications.Dahak said in a presentation that the project aims to reorganize the Supreme Council and strengthen its role as an independent body to regulate the industry under its purview.The bill, numbered 11-15, will also help the government entity accommodate the technical and technological development  in the field on information and communication sciences, especially in regards to multimedia platforms.Medias24 said the draft law represents an effort by the government to highlight the positive image of women, fight against negative racial stereotypes, and protect the “mental integrity” of children, personably by preventing broadcasts containing sexual explicit scenes. The initiative will also seek to ensure the Moroccans with disabilities, including those who are blind or deaf, have equal access to audiovisual communications and the information embedded within them. read more

Norwegian rock and jazz festivals link with UN to become climate friendly

21 July 2008Two music festivals in Norway are both aiming to become a blueprint for a green global music festival movement in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The HoveFestival – a rock event that this year featured major acts including Beck, Duffy and rapper Jay-Z – and Canal Street – a jazz and blues festival that opens today and features John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and the Waterboys – have signed on to UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network.“The greening of live musical events represents an opportunity to lower the carbon footprint of not only the entertainment industry, but those of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of people worldwide,” Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director, said.Participants at the HoveFestival, including staff and acts, were invited to pay for their individual carbon footprint caused by their travel to the event. Solar-charging points were provided for mobile phones, LED lighting systems were powered by wind and solar power, and a target of 50 per cent was set for recycling materials used during the festival.“We are sure that this new UNEP-led music network can grow to become as powerful as the network UNEP already has established with the sports industry, including the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup,” said festival organizer Morten Sandberg.The Canal Street festival – which like the HoveFestival takes place in the southern city of Arendal – is using certified green energy sources for the concerts, as well as introducing organic cotton and paper bags in the city area to reduce the use of plastic, as well as selling organic and fair trade T-shirts.Funds raised from both projects are going to support UN-approved Clean Development Mechanism projects in China.UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network – which includes countries such as Costa Rica and New Zealand as participants, as well as cities and companies – aims to create a low, or even zero, pollution world.“The HoveFestival and the Canal Street can serve as models for musical and entertainment events everywhere. Climate change tops the charts as the number one challenge facing this planet. Unless all sectors of society step up to the bar and address this challenge, we will all be singing the blues,” Mr. Steiner said. read more

As world faces interconnected threats General Assembly focuses on human security

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told the Assembly, which is holding an informal debate on human security, that recent events such as the tsunami and earthquake in Japan or the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa show that populations – whether in countries rich or poor – are as vulnerable as never before.“That is why we need an expanded paradigm of security that encompasses a broad range of conditions threatening the survival, livelihoods and dignity of individuals,” Ms. Migiro said, noting that “threats can be as sudden and unpredictable as a tsunami or they can be as protracted and unyielding as an oppressive dictatorship.”Today’s debate and panel discussions, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, follow the release of a human security report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year in which he urged governments to devise policies that are “people-centred.”UN Member States are discussing how to define human security, beyond the outline from the World Summit in 2005, when global leaders agreed that it includes both freedom from fear and freedom from want.General Assembly President Joseph Deiss told today’s debate that any definition or concept of human security must put the three pillars of security, development and human rights at the heart.He stressed that events today indicate the need for holistic responses to crises and problems which transcend national borders and clear subject boundaries.The participants at today’s panel discussions include: Margareta Wahlström, the Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo; and Cheick Sidi Diarra, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. 14 April 2011The interconnected risks that the modern world faces, from conflicts and natural disasters to deep poverty and disease, means a much broader definition of security is needed to ensure that individuals can live their lives with dignity and autonomy, the General Assembly heard today. read more

Aeroplan flying high after TD signs up extraordinary 275000 new cardholders in

MONTREAL — Travel rewards company Aimia anticipates strong growth from its Aeroplan program in the years to come after TD Bank exceeded expectations by signing up 275,000 new credit card holders in the first three months of its partnership.In a typical year, between 50,000 and 80,000 new cardholders are added, so achieving such a large increase in one quarter was “extraordinary,” Aimia CEO Rupert Duchesne said Wednesday after the company’s annual meeting.The new TD Aeroplan cardholders are in addition to nearly 550,000 that were transferred from CIBC as part of a 10-year deal making TD Aeroplan’s primary issuer of Visa credit cards. American Express also added 30% more new cardholders, raising the total number of co-branded credit cards to 1.4 million.If these new cardholders spend the same way as existing cardholders have historically, it would mean significant growth for Aeroplan, Duchesne said in an interview.He says it could take six to nine months until Aimia knows whether spending patters will be different, but initial results suggest the pattern is continuing.In addition to new customers, Aeroplan is receiving 15% more for each mile purchased from the banks, which is being used to alter Aeroplan’s program by reducing the number of miles needed to purchase flights.Duchesne says the changes, which make Aeroplan more competitive with rival plans such as RBC Avion, helped to boost redemptions by 13% last quarter.Whereas 2013 was a year of uncertainty over its Canadian banking partner, he says 2014 will be one of stability and promoting the value of the new Aeroplan rewards system.Montreal-based Aimia is increasing its dividend almost 6% despite swinging to a loss in the first quarter on revenue that was relatively flat year over year.The company, which also operates or has stakes in other loyalty programs around the world, reported after markets closed Tuesday that it had a net loss of $16.3 million or 13 cents per share in the quarter.That was a reversal of its results a year ago when it posted a first-quarter profit of $45.7 million or 22 cents per share.Total revenue for the three months ended March 31 slumped slightly to $608.9 million from $609.5 million in the same 2013 period.Despite the net loss, Aimia reported higher gross billings and an increase in adjusted earnings and said it was increasing its quarterly dividend a penny, or 5.9%, to 18 cents per share “in line with annual policy.”Adjusted net earnings were 48 cents, up from 27 cents a year ago and well above analyst expectations of 34 cents, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Aimia’s shares were up 4.23% or 78 cents to $19.21 in Wednesday afternoon trading. read more

Metro hikes dividend reports sales up from year ago

MONTREAL — Metro Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a first-quarter profit of $203.1 million.The grocery and drug store company says it will pay a quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share, up from 18 cents per share.Metro reported its profit amounted to 79 cents per diluted share for the 12 weeks ended Dec. 22, compared with a profit of nearly $1.3 billion or $5.67 per diluted share for the same period a year earlier.At that time, it benefited from the sale of its stake in Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. to help fund its deal to buy the Jean Coutu Group Inc.On an adjusted basis, Metro says it earned $172.2 million or 67 cents per diluted share for its latest quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $126.7 million or 55 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 68 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for what was the company’s first quarter totalled $3.98 billion, up from $3.11 billion a year earlier. read more

Naloxone saves mans life

OPP are crediting the quick thinking of a bystander with saving a man’s life, after administering naloxone.On Sunday morning police and paramedics were called to an address in Delhi for a man in medical distress.When the first responders arrived a female resident had already recognized the male’s distress was from an opioid overdose and immediately administered naloxone.As a result, the man was conscious, responsive, and walking by the time paramedics were on scene.“The bystander recognized that the male was in medical crisis and administered naloxone that ultimately saved his life. When someone is overdosing, minutes can make the difference between life and death,” said Norfolk OPP Inspector Joseph Varga. read more

Can we talk Study touts free informed consent as key to resource

OTTAWA – Resource companies, financial institutions, First Nations and conservation groups have issued a new report that stresses the critical importance of getting the green light from indigenous communities before development can go ahead.The study by the Boreal Leadership Council lays out principles for establishing free, prior and informed consent to resource projects, which it says is not only a legal imperative in Canada but also benefits both the affected communities and the companies involved.Robert Walker of NEI Investments, who is a member of the Boreal Leadership Council, says full engagement with First Nations before a project begins can give resource companies certainty and helps assure long-term benefits for First Nations.The 23-page report notes that free, prior and informed consent cannot be obtained by force, coercion, intimidation, manipulation or pressure from the government or company seeking project approval. It also says consent cannot exist when a community does not have an option to meaningfully say no.“Free, prior, and informed consent — the right of indigenous peoples to offer or withhold consent to development that may have an impact on their territories or resources — is the key to development, not a barrier,” Walker said in a release accompanying the report’s release.The report arrives in the middle of a federal election campaign in which opposition parties have accused Stephen Harper’s pro-development Conservatives of actually hampering oil and gas infrastructure projects in their over-eagerness to boost the resource sector.“That sector needs a government that is on its side. We want to see this sector grow and develop,” said Harper last week during a leaders’ debate on the economy in Calgary.“The public is not onside,” shot back NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “He thought he was helping the energy companies by destroying that (environmental) legislation. He’s actually made their lives tougher.”The Boreal Leadership Council study doesn’t wade into such partisan territory, but nonetheless suggests more could be done by government to smooth the relationship between resource developers and indigenous communities.It notes that most Canadian environmental assessment and regulatory bodies “are not empowered to determine whether consent has been granted or whether consultation has been adequate.”And it cites at length from last year’s “Report of the Special (UN) Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” which criticized the Canadian government for claiming the duty to consult First Nations could be met through existing processes and regulatory bodies.The message, coming from a group that includes financiers and resource industry representatives, may have fresh impact, but it’s not new.Doug Eyford, appointed by Harper as his special envoy on West Coast energy issues, reported in 2013 that engagement with aboriginal groups was critical.“It’s never too late to engage and do so in a process of good faith negotiations,” Eyford said in December 2013.Whether the message got through is another matter.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press show the Harper government used a two-year, $4.5 million “Outreach Fund” to pay for projects in 2014 that included addressing “knowledge gaps among British Columbia First Nations communities related to energy and energy infrastructure for the purpose of increasing energy literacy.”The Natural Resources Canada documents make only passing mention of community engagement.“Projects (under the Outreach Fund) are measured against the objectives of: protecting access to markets for Canadian energy and mining sectors; targeting key stakeholders; promoting Canada as an environmentally responsible developer of natural resources; and addressing persistent misinformation …. A number of projects relate to First Nations West Coast market access and meet the criteria for the program,” said the memorandum to the minister, dated June 4, 2014.Follow @BCheadle on Twitter by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 20, 2015 6:08 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Can we talk? Study touts free, informed consent as key to resource development read more

40 killed as Brazil fights yellow fever outbreak

first_imgThe WHO advises that people get a vaccine at least 10 days before travelling to a yellow-fever area. Photo: AFPBrazil is fighting an outbreak of yellow fever that has killed at least 40 people in two months, officials say.The health ministry said in a report Tuesday that it was the highest rate of deaths recorded from the disease in 14 years.Yellow fever is carried by monkeys and can be transmitted to humans by mosquito bites.It can be prevented by a common vaccine.But the ministry’s infectious diseases chief Eduardo Hage told AFP that 22 infections had recently been detected in Espirito Santo state, where vaccines are not carried out because it is considered a low-risk area.Hage said it was not likely to reach urban non-vaccine areas since there were not enough mosquitos to spread it.“We are in a state of alert, but there is no cause for panic,” Hage said.The fever cause shivers, aches and vomiting. In severe cases it can be deadly, causing kidney and liver failure and hemorrhages.Brazil is recovering from an outbreak of the Zika virus, which authorities say has caused brain damage in thousands of newborn babies over the past year.last_img read more

After A Monthslong Legal Battle Rep Dawnna Dukes Has Been Cleared Of

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraRep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, on the House floor Aug. 2, 2017.What you need to knowTravis County prosecutors’ months-long legal battle against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes drew its last breath Monday. Here’s what you need to know: • “Felony charges should not have been pursued,“ said Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore on Monday in announcing that her office was dropping its case against Dukes. At hand were allegations that the Austin Democrat had abused public office, stemming from claims Dukes had falsified entries on travel vouchers to get money for expenses she was not entitled to. A grand jury handed her 13 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges in January because of it — which had carried a possible punishment of up to 28 years in jail and fines of up to $138,000.• Where the two sides left it: In addition to dropping the felony charges, Moore said her office agreed to drop the misdemeanors if Dukes repaid the state around $1,500 to reimburse a former staffer who had babysat the lawmaker’s daughter, plus a couple additional fines. In a statement, Moore also acknowledged that charges against Dukes would not have been filed had Texas House officials been clearer from the start about travel reimbursement policy.• What does this mean for 2018? Dukes made clear in a Facebook post Monday night she is looking forward to running for a 13th term to House District 46 in 2018 — a race that has already drawn several hopefuls who had been banking on competing for a vacated seat. The Austin American-Statesman reports that at least four Democrats are still planning to challenge Dukes for the slot in 2018, including former Austin City Council member Sheryl Cole. Now, your take• In the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, 47 percent of Texas voters identify with the GOP, while 42 percent side with Democrats. Also, while voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction by a two-to-one margin, the outlook appears to be more optimistic when we’re talking about the state: 43 percent say Texas is on the right track, while 40 percent say it’s headed down the wrong path. Do you think Texas is headed in the right or wrong direction? Tell us with #MyTexasTake on Twitter and Facebook.last_img read more

NoNonsense Educator Named DC Public Schools 2018 Teacher of the Year

first_imgMore than half of Tumeka Coleman’s 40 students came into her third grade English Language Arts classroom in September performing below their grade level. “When they come to me, I have to teach them where they are and then fast-forward them to where they need to be,” Coleman told the AFRO. “But sometimes it’s a struggle—a lot of them don’t know sight words, they don’t know how to write sentences, many don’t even know how to read.”Tumeka Coleman, D.C. Public Schools 2018 Teacher of the Year (AFRO Photo/Christina Sturdivant-Sani)For her work, Coleman was named the D.C. Public Schools 2018 Teacher of the Year. She is an educator at Walker-Jones Education Campus, a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school in Northwest D.C. While Walker-Jones students achieve gains of about three percent each year on their annual PARCC exams, the overall rankings at the school are significantly low. During the 2016-2017 school year, only 10 percent of students met expectations for the English Language Arts and Literacy portion of the exam, and just one percent of students exceeded expectations. On a Tuesday morning in mid-January, Coleman spent much of her time split between students. She’s found that the best way to cater to her youth is working with them in small groups and individually, based on their needs. “I’m drill sergeant in here, we do not play—we don’t have time to,” said Coleman, who said she was inspired to become a teacher by her mother while growing up in North Carolina. “I have expectations and I have things that I need to make sure they are successful with.” She also promotes honest conversations. “I let them know ‘this is why you’re in this group, this is what we’re working on, and this is how we move forward.’” Coleman has been an educator for 17 years, the last six with DCPS and the last three at Walker-Jones. She also serves as a team lead for nine teachers across grades three through five. “I’ve always been a no-nonsense teacher—I don’t take excuses from my students or my team,” she said. “There are going to be problems that are going to present themselves but we have to come up with realistic solutions to solve them.” Every day is a test day for students in Coleman’s classroom. “I always want to see what growth we’ve made,” she said. But each day is also an opportunity to nurture students, who write down and share how they would like to be treated every morning. They also express their feelings about the previous day and how things could have gone better. “We get to know them on a deeper level, an emotional level—it’s all about them being happy in the classroom,” said Coleman, who also gets insight from parents into students’ lives outside of school walls. Four months into the school year, more than half of Coleman’s students are now reading on a third grade level. And she expects at least 75 percent of them to be prepared for fourth grade by the end of the year. “I enjoy seeing the kids’ light bulbs go off when they’re actually getting it—I’m very passionate about what I do,” she said. “And I like for the students to see that despite their circumstances, they can be successful.”last_img read more

Twitter Seeking to Hire Tweeter in Chief to Run Its Main Account

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Hackers Take Over Account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Tweet Racial Slurs & Bomb Threat Popular on Variety The company is pretty flexible about where the Tweeter in Chief may be located, listing the location as “San Francisco, New York or any office in the U.S.”The new role will report to the director of social and editorial — another newly created position Twitter is looking to fill — who will set strategy and manage day-to-day content operations. The director of social and editorial, to be based in San Francisco, will report to Oliver Snoddy, Twitter’s global head of brand and social.“Twitter isn’t like other brands. We’re not Netflix or Burger King or Wendy’s, who are all amazing brand voices on our platform,” the company says in one version of the job listing for the Tweeter in Chief. “We have our own distinct story to tell, but we’re also host to the most amazing conversations in the world. And if we want Twitter to be where the world comes to talk, it’s crucial that we set the best example.”Part of the job entails promoting Twitter’s new features, like its recently introduced ability for users to retweet with GIFs. But more broadly, the role encompasses crafting or retweeting clever, timely observations about using Twitter (as in this post) and engaging with users. Twitter is looking for a “master in the art of Twitter” to be its “Tweeter in Chief” — someone who will be in charge of how the social network portrays itself on its own platform.“You’ll set the tone of who we are and how we act, and tell our unique story every single day. No big deal,” according to a job listing posted earlier this month, which was reported previously by CNBC.In addition to composing the tweets for @Twitter, which currently has more than 56 million followers, the Tweeter in Chief is responsible for setting the editorial direction and leading the company’s community managers. To date, the main @Twitter handle has been managed by a team of staffers in the company’s marketing and communications group.As far as requirements, the company says the Tweeter in Chief must be “extremely plugged into Twitter culture, stan culture, and culture in general” and have a proven track record of leading the “voice/social copywriting for influential brands, with a particular emphasis on Twitter.” The ideal candidate also will “love Twitter” and is “passionate about our purpose and story.” Related Sacha Baron Cohen Says Trump Wouldn’t Be President Without Twitterlast_img read more

FlamingoPotrero News

first_imgThe 2nd Annual Stand-Up Paddle Challenge at Pura Vida Ride, Playa Danta, will be held June 23. This year the event will support La Paz Community School’s Guardians of La Paz, and it will be sponsored by Pura Vida Ride, Lola’s Norte and Surftech.It will feature great music, pickup volleyball games, slack-line challenges, great food, coffee and more. Come for the day with your family and compete, or just hang out and watch the fun. Register on our event page and pay your entry fee on race day.Despite the economy here in Costa Rica, there are still new restaurants being built and opening for business in Playa Flamingo. Ana’s Bakery is a panadería and repostería located a half-block from Banco Nacional. Ana’s Bakery has been open for two months, and the Nicaraguan owners, Elba Altamirano and her husband, William Salmeron, offer pastries, breads, cookies and cakes. They will bake for special occasions. Their hours are Mon.–Sat., 6 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 8588-6957.Another Flamingo establishment, Gastronomía-Pescadería, was opened three weeks ago by Italian owner, Demetrio Stecca. He offers a menu of fresh fish, cooked meals, specialty foods and hors d’oeuvres for takeout. Demetrio will provide catering for small groups and cooking in your home if you prefer. His hours of operation are Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 2654-6216.The road to Surfside/Potrero was grated recently and everyone is grateful (the roads previously had been very bumpy to drive on). Thanks to the Surfside Association!–Babe Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Nicaraguan government cracks down on doctors thousands hit the streets

first_imgRelated posts:Thousands march to back Nicaragua bishops after Ortega attacks Two dead in Nicaragua protest violence as Ortega calls for ‘peace’ US warns Nicaragua as more killed in unrest Nicaraguan student leaders meet with former President Oscar Arias According to rights groups, 317 people have been killed and 2,000 wounded in more than three months of unrest against the Ortega administration.The United States, the Organization of American States, and the Vatican all support demands from protesters that Ortega — in power since 2007 — resign, or at least agree to hold early elections.But Ortega claims the country would plunge into “anarchy” if he left power before the end of his mandate in early 2022.He called a counter-rally outside the Central American University on Saturday demanding “justice for victims of terrorism.”Marchers who rallied in support of the doctors wore masks and scarves over fears, they said, of being targeted for taking part.Meanwhile, a new economic analysis released on Saturday by consultants COPADES warned that Nicaragua’s economy will be seriously undercut by the crisis to the tune of more than $1 billion in losses, and shed about 200,000 jobs. Anti-government protesters who want President Daniel Ortega and his powerful vice president, wife Rosario Murillo to resign, march demanding justice for doctors dismissed from a public hospital for treating protesters wounded in demonstrations, in Managua on August 4, 2018. AFP Photo / Marvin Recinos Facebook Comments More than 40 doctors fired from hospital in Leoncenter_img MANAGUA, Nicaragua—Thousands marched Saturday against President Daniel Ortega’s government and his crackdown against doctors who treated injured protestors that Ortega calls terrorists.The demonstrators chanted “No more abuses,” “Long live doctors,” and “Doctors are not Terrorists,” in solidarity with doctors the government has punished for being opposition members or caring for them.About 100 doctors nationwide were fired from public hospitals for tending to people hurt in the anti-Ortega unrest.last_img read more

California Walnuts included in 16 billion trade a

first_img California Walnuts included in $16 billion trade a … Coastline Family Farms and Madison Ranches form ne … October 23 , 2018 Misionero announces new product launch under revit … PRESS RELEASELeuven, Belgium – Cavendish Farms, one of the largest processors of frozen potato products in North America, is equipping its new, state-of-the-art production facility in Lethbridge, Alberta with TOMRA’s Eco steam peelers.Cavendish Farms is committed to sustaining the environment and operates at the highest standards to protect the environment.“We are continuously looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our processing efficiency. To equip our new, state-of-the-art production facility in Lethbridge, we partnered with TOMRA Food,” said Andrew Macleod, Lethbridge Project Lead at Cavendish Farms.Cavendish Farms has existing solutions supplied by TOMRA at their processing facilities in New Annan, Prince Edward Island and Jamestown, North Dakota. The new production facility will include the latest steam peeling technology from TOMRA.Eamonn Cullen, market unit manager peeling at TOMRA Food: “Steam peeling has for a long time been the most efficient method of removing skin from the surface of vegetables. TOMRA’s Eco steam peeler is not only the fastest steam peeler; it is also the most efficient in the industry, using 28 per cent less steam than other peelers of its type.”Eamonn continues: “We were the first to introduce high pressure steam peeling to the vegetable processing industry and we continue to invent technologies to improve steam peeling performance. The Eco steam peeler enables processors to reduce the energy consumed in the process to levels not seen in the industry before.”Andrew Macleod further explains: “At Cavendish Farms, we pride ourselves on high quality products and exceeding our customers’ expectations. We are a family food company that puts pride, dedication and a whole lot of know-how into everything we grow, and everything we make. By partnering with TOMRA Food, we expect to achieve significant savings in energy costs and raw materials to produce the highest quality frozen potato products.” You might also be interested in Sunkist Growers names Cassie Howard as director o …last_img read more

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first_img“You guys lost a great ally and a friend – we lost one, too. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” Some took to Twitter to broadcast their condolences: Our thoughts and prayers go out to @StuartScott’s family. He will be greatly missed. Great man! #RIPStuartScott— Bruce Arians (@BruceArians) January 4, 2015 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact We can all learn a little from the way Stuart Scott lived his life. Blessed to be able to …— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) January 4, 2015 The sports world lost one of its best Sunday with the passing of 49-year-old iconic sportscaster Stuart Scott. Scott passed away from cancer early Sunday morning, and as the news began to spread many Arizona Cardinals players and personnel offered their thoughts and condolences. “Obviously, we are still stinging from the loss, but I think when you come to work you find ways to put things into perspective,” head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Sunday. “We lost a football game, but we lost more this morning. I think one of the best members of the media I’ve ever dealt with, Stuart Scott, passed away. That’s more real than a football game. Take a minute everyday to ask yourself, “Am I fighting everyday for my dreams!” #iFight #RIPStuartScott— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) January 4, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Way to fight #StuartScott ; now rest easy! The legacy you’ve left behind in the sports world is unparalleled! #TarHeelFamily— Jonathan Cooper (@TheUnderDog_64) January 4, 2015center_img #RIPStuartScott— Stepfan Taylor (@KULABAFI) January 4, 2015 Top Stories RIP Stuart Scott. Prayers for his family and close friends during this tough time. #gamechanger #warrior— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) January 4, 2015 #RIPStuartScott— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) January 4, 2015 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Cabinet grants Gesy access to foreign nationals without paperwork Updated

first_imgThe cabinet on Wednesday agreed on temporary measures to allow access to the services of the national health scheme (Gesy) to those beneficiaries who have been unable to register for reasons relating to residence permits and citizenship.In the months leading up to the launch of Gesy on Saturday, it emerged that certain groups of foreign nationals residing in Cyprus were unable to register as beneficiaries due to lacking or inadequate personal documents.To temporarily resolve the matter until the necessary documents are issued by the civil registry, the cabinet decided to grant Gesy access to certain groups, with the costs to be shouldered by the state health services (Okypy).Until August 31, or until the necessary documents are issued, the cabinet agreed to allow access to Gesy to those members of the public who are medical card holders but do not have Cypriot citizenship.Members of this group include persons, mostly elderly, who have a medical card and an old Cypriot ID but no Cypriot citizenship and are unable to register with Gesy as their ID is no longer considered valid by the civil registry.Those awaiting their permanent residence status to be issued, as well as newborns and children who have been born in Cyprus to foreign nationals, and who have a birth certificate but not the necessary residence permits, are also included in this group.Access to Gesy was also granted to the members and families of the Greek military force in Cyprus, Eldyk, with Okypy to shoulder the costs indefinitely.The cabinet also agreed to allow Okypy to foot the cost of health services to third-country nationals who have a work permit but have yet to be issued a residence permit.The costs will be assumed by Okypy until their residence permit is issued or until the Gesy software is adjusted to allow the registration of these persons as beneficiaries.According to the health insurance organisation (HIO), the beneficiaries of these measures, who are unable to register with Gesy and register with a GP online, should visit their GP of choice who is able register them into their  list of patients.As these persons are also unable to access the updated list of available GPs through the online Gesy beneficiaries’ portal, they are advised to seek information by contacting the HIO or visiting a Gesy hospital or outpatient clinic. HIO phone number 17000. Email     You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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