Rolling out success, one khakra at a time

first_imgFor 31-year-old Baby Gupta of Parli village, life with an alcoholic, unemployed husband was one long struggle. She and her two young sons had to depend on her father-in-law, who often belittled them for the hand outs. Finding a job was not an option as her family had not encouraged her education. But when her husband died in 2009, Ms. Gupta decided to find a job — much against her in-laws’ wishes.She approached the Shramik Naari Sangh (Sa-Ni-Sa), a charitable society with a vocational centre at Rajnagar, not far from Parli in western Maharashtra. Ms. Gupta joined the society’s Mahila Gruh Udyog, which manufactures khakhras — a thicker Gujarati cousin of the papad — under the brand name Chaakri, which means service.Speedy road to success“I had never heard of khakhras, much less knew how they looked or tasted,” says Ms. Gupta. However, she quickly learnt how to roll out the crisp snack and soon became one of the unit’s top performers. Today, she makes khakhras from as much as 18 kg to 20 kg of dough every day. “I have learnt to make different varieties,” she says with a smile. “And I teach the juniors too.”Most of Ms. Gupta’s fellow workers at the unit have a similar story of domestic conflict and deprivation. They come from around 20 hamlets in the underdeveloped Sudhagad taluk of the arid Raigad district, west of Pune. With little employment for the men, these women have taken on the task of keeping the home fires burning.The Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre started Sa Ni Sa in 2004, says Simi Thapar, a trustee. It aimed at providing employment opportunities for the women of Parli. But monetising their skills was a challenge.“Unlike women in rural areas in the rest of the country, those in Sudhagad lacked a specialised local skill,” says Shruti Sheth, who heads the Chaakri unit. “We felt that the one thing every Indian woman has mastered is the art of rolling rotis (flat breads). We decided to tap this and started the khakhra project in 2005.” Quality assuranceJyotsnaben Shah, who began training tribal women in the process, and oversees the quality and audit functions, says the unit started in a small kitchen with two or three women making a single variety of khakhra. Today, 60 women, aged between 18 and 45, make around 10 varieties of the savoury.“We stringently follow quality assurance processes,” says Ms. Shah. “Laboratory testing is done to ensure quality and that the product range is compliant with the statutory food grade packaging norms and licensing requirements. The Chaakri unit has an FSSAI licence.”Bosky Bavisi, who heads Sa Ni Sa’s sales operations and is also a trustee, is proud that the khakhras now have a global presence. “We are available in 95 to 100 stores in the U.S. in California, Illinois, Nevada and Texas. Very soon our products will be launched in some premium stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The khakhras are also available in some of the leading stores in Dubai and [will be available] very soon in Singapore.”Perhaps more important than those international markets is how the work has transformed the lives of women in the area.Identity, independenceSanchita Sachin Jhambulkar, 32, a resident of Gothavade village, who has been working with Chaakri for the past eight years, says, “Before I started working here, it used to be difficult to make ends meet. My husband works at construction sites, and his income is erratic. I wanted my son to get an education, unlike his parents.” Ms. Jhambulkar’s 12-year-old son studies in Class VI.Megha Jadhav (23), was able to resume her studies, thanks to Chaakri. She dropped out of school to support her family after her father was struck by paraly- sis. Financial independence after joining the unit meant she could resume her studies via distance education. “Chaakri encouraged me to study again, and funded all my expenses towards admission, books, conveyance and tuitions,” says Ms. Jadhav. “We faced a lot of challenges after my father was paralysed as we didn’t have any savings. My mother and I started working at Chaakri. It has given us a means of earning with dignity.” Ms. Jadhav completed Class XII this year.In 2007, Chaakri diversified into ‘Udaan’, to develop tribal women’s craft skills. “Udaan, which in Hindi means flight, is aimed at giving tribal women the freedom to achieve their dreams,” says Bhavna Parikh, its creative head. Udaan’s journey, though, was challenging. Most of the tribal women were not willing to think about their future. “We began our employment-generation programme with training in making diyas (clay lamps). Their grasping abilities, skill and talent encouraged us to expand the product range and set up the vocational training centre in the unit itself.”Today, women at Udaan make a wide range of handmade products from paper bags to garlands, door strings, shoulder bags and mobile pouches to yoga mats, jewellery and room fresheners.In 2014, Sa Ni Sa bought a bus to provide transport to and from work for the women. They are also served breakfast every day. “Our vision is to provide employment to 800-900 women and open centres in various surrounding hamlets,” says Ms. Sheth.Caring communityChaitanyaben Rambhia, who supervises the training and helps with administrative work and staff welfare, says, “It is fulfilling to see the girls progress, not just socio-economically but also in terms of their confidence and self-reliance.”For the women in the units, life revolves around home and the workplace. “Many of them have never travelled beyond their villages. Picnics are organised for them twice a year to places such as Mumbai, Pune and Alibaug, which the staff look forward to eagerly,” says Ms. Sheth. Sa Ni Sa also conducts free, medical camps for women and their families every quarter. It also organises workshops on issues such as teamwork, motivation, self-expression and awareness of government schemes.Above all, there is the sense of community. “We are given surprise gifts,” says 23-year-old Surekha Ghute, who has been working with Udaan for the past eight years. And birthdays are a big deal. “I had never heard of birthday celebrations before,” says Ms. Rambhia. “It is such an emotional moment when we cut cakes.”last_img read more

WWE SummerSlam 2012 Results

first_imgSummerSlam (2012), a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE , took place on August 19, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the twenty-fifth annual SummerSlam, and the fourth consecutive one to be held at the Staples Center.To see SummerSlam 2012 Results, click here World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company dealing majorly in professional wrestling. Currently, it is the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, reaching 13 million viewers in the US.last_img read more

Arm candy: Gucci

first_imgExclusivity carries its own tag, but in this case, it comes loaded with the Gucci savoir faire. Following the success of the special edition India Exclusive bags over the last three years, Gucci has launched a luxurious evening bag just for India. The elegant rectangular clutch in a deep copper Anaconda skin, bag sports a leather tassel detail with a zippered pull, while the light gold hardware and hanging Horsebit underlines the brands icons. Perfect for the coming wedding season (the bag will be available in stores from November 2012), this bespoke bag features an India Exclusive?? metal plaque on the inside. Clearly its India shining all over again.Price on requestlast_img read more

No one had dinner after losing to India in World T20, says Mashrafe Mortaza

first_imgBangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has revealed that he and his teammates skipped dinner after their heart-breaking one-run defeat against India in the group stages of the recently-concluded World Twenty20.Mortaza, who is holidaying in Kashmir, interacted with local youngsters.”We were very upset with that defeat. None of us had dinner that evening. Losing is a part of the game and we did not want to lose that match,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by a local website, when a local boy asked about Bangladesh not being able to score two runs off the last three balls during their group-league encounter against India.It was a chance encounter for the locals with the Bangladeshi captain as he stopped by at a village on Srinagar-Sonamarg road on Sunday.”On his way back to summer capital (Srinagar) from Sonamarg, he saw a few youngsters playing cricket at Kullan.”Mortaza stopped the vehicle and met the players,” the website report stated.The seamer gave some tips to the young players and even displayed his skills by bowling a few deliveries.last_img read more


first_imgAlmost sixty Nebraska counties have been declared federal disaster areas following last month’s blizzards and flooding.FEMA spokesman Paul Corah says federal dollars are now coming in to the state:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FEMA3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..into the state. ;15Twenty seven Nebraska counties have been designated for individual assistance.Corah says that could lead to almost immediate help:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FEMA4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..low interest loan. :22Corah says people who may have had damage need to register with FEMA by May 20th:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FEMA5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..ready to go. :27The toll-free registration line is 800-621-3362.Jerry Oster WNAXlast_img read more

10 months agoUNCOVERED: The 3-step process for Liverpool to make new signings

first_imgUNCOVERED: The 3-step process for Liverpool to make new signingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s three-step approach to making new signings has been revealed.The Times has detailed how different members of Liverpool’s management structure work together to bring in new additions.The three-step policy is as follows:Firstly, a footballer cannot be signed unless he is wanted by the manager.Secondly, the player must also have the blessing of FSG. The owners have the right to say no and stop all plans to sign the player.For example, if manager Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring in an older striker in for £40 million, but FSG did not want to part ways with that kind of cash for a player whose career could soon be over, then the choice would rest with them.Thirdly, the transfer must be in keeping with the latest trends of the transfer market. Spotting opportunities and assessing availability should set guidelines for purchasing and selling. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

UWI Open Campus Making Mark on Caribbean Higher Education

first_img Described as the best kept secret in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, the 10-year-old University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) has been quietly making an indelible mark on the region’s tertiary-education landscape.Its precursor, the Extra Mural Campus, was established in 1948, the same year as the University of the West Indies (originally University College of the West Indies), and later renamed the School of Continuing Studies.Registrar of the UWIOC, Karen Ford-Warner, tells JIS News that the institution’s genesis was the result of advocacy from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, and others, who wanted to have a campus that caters to the needs of their communities.She says the visionary who established UWI 70 years ago, realised from the beginning that the institution had to be about outreach.“It was not only about the landed campuses such as those in Jamaica, Barbados or Trinidad and Tobago, but it was also about ensuring that the university has an impact on everyone in the contributing countries, and that we were able to contribute to intellectual discourse, development and cultural explosion, which have been taking place in the region from 1948,” she explains.UWIOC, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers a wide range of attractive options for academic progress, lifelong learning and career development in a variety of formats and modes of delivery under the motto ‘Online, on-site, on demand’. Approximately 50 online courses and degree programmes are accessible to individuals in 17 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.There are 40 physical locations operating in these countries, with 11 in Jamaica.The courses offered online and on-site range from pre-university to doctoral.They include Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) courses; professional intensive (short) courses; one-year management and one-year professional courses; undergraduate degree programmes; postgraduate diplomas; master’s programmes and doctor of education programmes.Mrs. Ford-Warner says that the programmes offered are relevant and are designed to meet the needs of the individual learner.She notes that “we tend to have a more mature student population. The median age of the students is in the mid-30s age group, who have a family, who have a career but want a way to be able to advance their professional and personal development, so they come looking for courses that are relevant to their lives, such as management, business, and education courses”.“We have also expanded the suite of offerings to areas such as social work, youth development and early-childhood education,” she adds.Mrs. Ford-Warner says that learners are given the opportunity to decide how they want to pursue their studies, whether to pay per credit, or take two or up to five courses per year.“We allow you to really organise your life and manage your finances to fit your pocket,” she points out.UWIOC also employs the “laddering” method, which enables learners, for example persons who complete studies at a diploma level, to return when they are ready to gain additional certification and also move up to the bachelor’s level or beyond.“We allow our students to start from where they are and then take them to where they want to be. We try to ensure that we are speaking, listening, marketing and meeting the needs of our clients,” Mrs. Ford-Warner says.She says that the institution is moving forward under the UWI’s 2017-2022 strategic plan, and is being guided by the triple ‘A’ strategy that is focused on expanding access to tertiary education, alignment of industry and academia for wealth creation and distribution, and agility to global opportunity.“One of the most exciting developments is plans to offer our courses beyond our Caribbean shores to an international market,” Mrs. Ford-Warner informs.“The vision of the Vice Chancellor, Hilary Beckles, is to have a UWI presence on every continent. Today, we have a joint institute with the State University of New York (SUNY), and joint programmes with universities in Nigeria and China,” she notes.Mrs. Ford-Warner says “our focus is being able to provide opportunities for our Caribbean nationals, as a Caribbean university with a global reach. We endeavour to find ways to be to make meaningful contribution to Caribbean development”. Described as the best kept secret in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, the 10-year-old University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) has been quietly making an indelible mark on the region’s tertiary-education landscape. Story Highlights Registrar of the UWIOC, Karen Ford-Warner, tells JIS News that the institution’s genesis was the result of advocacy from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, and others, who wanted to have a campus that caters to the needs of their communities. Its precursor, the Extra Mural Campus, was established in 1948, the same year as the University of the West Indies (originally University College of the West Indies), and later renamed the School of Continuing Studies.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Last month, Reyez shared a photo on Instagram of her frowning while sitting in the grass with a bag of ice against her leg.“Busted my knee giving my guitar away today,” the two-time Juno Award winner said with a hashtag for the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware.Reyez will have several weeks off to mend since her schedule is clear of tour dates until the Squamish Constellation Music Festival in B.C. (July 27), Osheaga in Montreal (Aug. 2) and Riverfest in Elora, Ont. (Aug. 16).Ottawa’s Bluesfest runs through July 14 with performances by the Killers, Wu-Tang Clan, Backstreet Boys and Alexisonfire.THE CANADIAN PRESS Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jessie Reyez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)center_img Advertisement Jessie Reyez is sitting out a performance at this year’s Ottawa RBC Bluesfest as she heals from a recent leg injury.Organizers for the 10-day music event say Reyez has been told to stay off her feet after hurting herself last month at another music festival.The Toronto singer was originally booked to perform at Bluesfest on July 10 as part of a lineup that included American rapper Logic.“Unfortunately, Jessie Reyez was injured during a recent performance and has been advised not to fly or perform for the next few weeks in order to heal properly,” Bluesfest organizers said on Twitter. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Europa quarter-finals: ManU face Messi again

first_imgNYON (Switzerland): Barcelona will meet Manchester United in the Champions League last eight in a repeat of the 2009 and 2011 finals which were both won by the Catalans, with the help of goals from Lionel Messi. Manchester City face Tottenham Hotspur in an all-Premier League clash, their first European meeting, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus meet Ajax Amsterdam, who are back in the last eight after a 16-year absence. Five-times European champions Liverpool, the fourth English representatives and beaten finalists last year, will face Porto in a repeat of last year’s last-16 tie which they won 5-0 on aggregate. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe semi-final pairings were also made with Tottenham or City to face Ajax or Juventus and Manchester United or Barcelona to meet either Liverpool or Porto. The draw had an unusual feel with neither Bayern Munich nor Real Madrid in the hat, the first time both European giants have failed to reach the last eight since 2005-06. Five-times winners Barcelona, who are in the last eight for the 12th successive season, will be away in the first leg after UEFA switched the order to avoid United’s home match clashing with Manchester City, who host Spurs in their second leg. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryTottenham and City will meet three times in 10 days in April with a Premier League fixture following hot on the heels of their second leg. “We have already proved last season against Real Madrid and Dortmund, this season against Inter or Barca away, that we are ready to compete,” Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. “Then you need a little luck and team spirit.” Ajax, once a major European power who struggle to compete financially with clubs from bigger leagues, ousted Real Madrid in the last 16 and their tie against Juventus will be a repeat of the 1996 final, which the Serie A club won on penalties. They also met in the final of the old European Cup in 1973 with the Dutch side winning 1-0. “I’m neither happy nor sad. Ajax eliminated Madrid so they are no joke,” Juventus director Pavel Nedved said. “I liked them a lot against Madrid so we will have to be very careful. We will have to face Ajax with great commitment. I expect two great games.” Juventus are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Ajax, winning five of the last six. Porto, who won the competition in 2004 under Jose Mourinho, are confident they can spring an upset after last year’s mauling. “We have to keep dreaming and believe we can go further,” said midfielder Jesus Corona. “What can I say?” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, whose side knocked out Bayern in the round of 16. “It’s Porto, we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year. We saw the character and quality Porto have.” Chelsea were the last English team to win the Champion League in 2012. The two-legged quarter-finals take place on April 9-10 and 16-17.last_img read more

Landmark UN climate change conference kicks off in Copenhagen

Over 15,000 people, including government officials and representatives from the private sector, environmental organizations and research institutions, as well as 110 heads of State and government – including United States President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao – are expected to take part in the two-week summit, making it the largest gathering on climate change ever.“The costs of responding to climate change will become progressively higher as time goes on,” Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said at the conference’s opening. “Therefore, we must take action now.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be travelling to Copenhagen next week to attend the high-level segment of the summit which begins on 17 December.“We must seize this moment and continue pushing for still higher ambition… and result,” he said, noting that Copenhagen must serve as the turning point in the world’s efforts to rein in climate change and usher in a new era of green growth for all.According to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), there is unprecedented political momentum for a new deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “World leaders are calling for an agreement that offers serious emission limitation goals and that captures the provision of significant financial and technological support to developing countries,” he said. “At the same time, Copenhagen will only be a success if it delivers significant and immediate action that begins the day the conference ends.”There are three layers of action, the official has emphasized, that nations must agree on during the gathering: quick and effective implementation of immediate action on climate change; ambitious commitments to cut and limit emissions; and a long-term shared vision on a low-emissions future for all.The IPCC has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050.Mr. Ban and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, following a meeting in New York today that also touched on the situations in Afghanistan and Sudan, issued a joint statement highlighting the necessity of strong action in Copenhagen.“The more ambitious, the stronger the agreement we have in Copenhagen,” the easier the process towards setting up a legally-binding treaty in 2010, the Secretary-General said.He expressed his strong appreciation for the commitment made by France in furthering the talks towards a new climate agreement, as well as for the European nation’s efforts to generate innovative financing to combat global warming.In a related development, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced in Copenhagen today that some of the world’s top football teams have committed to helping save the planet.Over half of the countries which have qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup – including Argentina, Brazil, England, Japan, the United States and Uruguay – have pledged to offset their teams’ and officials’ flights to South Africa for the competition.“Today, footballing nations representing millions, if not billions, of fans are standing up and being counted as environmental ambassadors for one of the greatest spectator events on the calendar,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, voicing hope that other nations will “come on-side for the climate in order to score their own green goals in 2010.”It was also announced today that Richard Branson and Wangari Maathai are among the 1,000 people expected to gather in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21 to 23 April 2010 for the first major gathering to discuss environmental action after Copenhagen.The 4th annual Business for Environment Global Summit – co-hosted by UNEP, the UN Global Compact, the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) and the Korean Ministry of Environment – will discuss areas such as resource efficiency, renewable energies, new green business models and climate strategies with the aim of setting a path to a low carbon future.“What makes this summit truly valuable is that leaders from both public and private sectors gather and provide their unique perspectives on this critical subject,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability and responsibility initiative, which currently involves over 5,000 companies across 130 countries. 7 December 2009The highly-anticipated United Nations climate change conference kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark, today with countries issuing urgent calls for action to curb global warming. read more

Iraq envoy reaffirms UNs commitment to constitutionwriting process

In discussions with Humam Hamoudi, Chairman of the Constitutional Committee of the Iraqi Transitional National Assembly and Vice Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi encouraged a rapid conclusion to talks between the constitutional committee and those groups to allow it to begin substantive work as soon as possible.Sunni Arabs, who represent about 20 per cent of the population, largely absented themselves from elections in January, thus securing little representation in the body drafting the new constitution.Since then, Mr. Qazi has been stressing the need for full participation by all sectors in the process. Shiite Arabs, who voted enthusiastically in January, represent about 60 per cent of the population, while mainly Sunni Kurds, who also turned out en masse, represent about a further 20 per cent. Sunni Arabs were the dominant political force in the regime of ousted Saddam Hussein. read more

Honduras must address widespread impunity for crimes against women girls – UN

“In Honduras, violence against women is widespread and systematic and it impacts women and girls in numerous ways,” the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, said in a statement delivered on Monday following an eight-day mission to the country.“The climate of fear, in both the public and private spheres, and the lack of accountability for violations of human rights of women, is the norm rather than the exception,” she added.During her mission, which took her to Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba, Ms. Manjoo noted “scores of concerns as regards the high levels of domestic violence, femicide and sexual violence.”Noting that Honduras is currently in a state of transition, she welcomed current attempts “to build institutions; foster trust and confidence in the new Government set up in January 2014; and address the climate of widespread and systematic crime, corruption and impunity.”In particular, she welcomed the legislative, policy and programmatic measures taken by the Government to fight violence against women, including the recent amendments to the Penal Code to incorporate femicide as a specific crime. However, Ms. Manjoo noted that incidents of violence against women appear to be on the rise, with an increase of 263.4 per cent in the number of violent deaths of women between 2005 and 2013. Regrettably, without accurate, reliable and uncontested data, it is impossible to grasp the magnitude of violence against women in Honduras and to develop appropriate policies and responses to address it, she said. Trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation purposes is also underreported in Honduras, mainly due the hidden nature of the crime and also the prevalence of organized crime. The expert identified persisting and significant challenges in addressing violence against women, including the lack of effective implementation of legislation, gender discrimination in the justice system, inconsistencies in the interpretation and implementation of legislation, and the lack of access to services that promote safety and help prevent future acts of violence. The lack of accountability for acts of violence against women and girls also remains a major obstacle, Ms. Manjoo said. It is reported that there is a 95 per cent impunity rate for sexual violence and femicide crimes. She underlined that the State has a responsibility to hold accountable State authorities who fail to protect and prevent the violations of women’s human rights, due to a lack of response or due to ineffective responses. “The best interests of all women and girls should guide the response of the Honduran Government,” she stated. “The importance of accountability as the norm for acts of violence against women cannot be over-emphasised, more especially within a context of generalised impunity for violence in the public and private spheres,” said Ms. Manjoo. “The lack of focus and effective measures to address women’s empowerment needs is also a factor that contributes to continuing insecurity and fear, and precludes the possibility of eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. “I have noted with concern, the ineffective measures to address social transformation through activities that are not sustainable and that do not meet the goal of addressing myths and stereotypes about gender roles and responsibilities.”Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Ms. Manjoo’s report on her mission will be presented to the Geneva-based Council in June 2015. read more

Lebanon Ban appoints Special Coordinator as country continues to face political vacuum

According to a press release, Ms. Kaag will bring to the role her “wealth of experience” in political, humanitarian and development affairs as well as her deep understanding of the diplomatic world following her service in regions including the Middle East. Prior to appointment, Ms. Kaag was a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General and previously served as the Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic, from October 2013 to September 2014. She will succeed Derek Plumbly of the United Kingdom in her new role. The Secretary-General said he was grateful for Mr. Plumbly’s service to the UN and for his work in Lebanon amid mounting political insecurity.“Since January 2012, he has led the work of the United Nations in Lebanon with outstanding diplomatic experience and skill during a critical time for the country and the region,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. There has been a presidential vacuum in Lebanon after the term of Michel Sleiman came to an end on 25 May. UN officials and the Security Council have repeatedly urged the Lebanese Parliament to elect a new leader without delay.The country has also been dealing with renewed terrorist threats and a growing refugee population resulting from the conflict in neighbouring Syria. read more

Drought and conflict leave millions more hungry in 2017 – UNbacked report

“Reports such as this give us the vital data and analysis to better understand the challenge. It is now up to us to take action to meet the needs of those facing the daily scourge of hunger and to tackle its root causes,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in a video message on the report.Presented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union at a briefing Thursday, the Global Report on Food Crises finds that food emergencies are increasingly determined by complex causes such as conflict, extreme climatic shocks and high prices of staple food – often acting at the same time.“We must acknowledge and address the link between hunger and conflict if we are to achieve zero hunger,” said José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.The report points out that conflict continued to be the main driver of acute food insecurity in 18 countries – 15 in Africa or the Middle East – accounting for 60 per cent of the global total.The increase is largely attributable to new or intensified conflict and insecurity in Myanmar, north-east Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Yemen.“The fighting must stop now and the world must come together to avert these crises often happening right in front of our eyes,” underscored David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.Mr. da Silva stated: “Investing in food security and livelihood in conflict situations saves lives, strengthens resilience and can also contribute to sustaining peace.”We must acknowledge and address the link between hunger and conflict if we are to achieve zero hunger— José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-GeneralThe report finds that food crises are increasingly determined by other complex causes as well, such as extreme climatic shocks and high prices of staple food – often acting at the same time.For instance, prolonged drought conditions resulted in consecutive poor harvests in countries already facing high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in eastern and southern Africa.“The consequences of conflict and climate change are stark: millions of more people severely, even desperately, hungry,” maintained Mr. Beasley.The report also flags that entire communities and more children and women are in need of nutritional support compared to last year, indicating the need for long-lasting solutions to revert the trend. Moreover, it highlights the urgent need for simultaneous action to save lives, livelihoods and to address the root causes of food crises. The report, which brings together regional and national data and analysis from multiple sources, demonstrates that in addition to critically needed humanitarian aid, development action needs to engage much earlier so as to tackle the root causes of extreme vulnerability, therefore, building resilience.   “This Global Report on Food Crises shows the magnitude of today’s crises but also shows us that if we bring together political will and today’s technology, we can have a world that’s more peaceful, more stable and where hunger becomes a thing of the past,” Mr. Beasley concluded.Maps with interactive data from the report can be found here. read more

Local Woman Uses Side Business to Benefit the Community

Tina Henrie (right) presents a donation to  Scottie Draper from ETV News for the No Grave Goes Unadorned project.Many people have come to know Tina Henrie throughout the years through the local hospitality and tourism industry. Most recently, Henrie secured a spot as the face of the Carbon County Office of Tourism, serving as the specialist for the county.Throughout her career, Henrie has nurtured her love of people and meaningful relationships, which prompted her to create a business that she operates after her traditional workday is done.Over one year ago, Henrie began work as an Independent Scentsy Consultant. Early on, she knew she wanted to give back any chance that she could.“One important motto attached to Scentsy and its consultants is to ‘give back more than you take,’” Henrie said. “With this idea in mind, I am able to donate to groups or individuals that I feel strongly about.”In October, she donated over $200 to a local breast cancer resident who was traveling daily for treatments. Recently, she raised over $170 for the American Heart Association, a very personal fundraiser since her mother passed way a short time ago from heart disease. Her desire to give back has grown from there.“After reading an article online about the No Grave Goes Unadorned program, I knew I wanted to do something to help,” Henrie said. “I contacted Scottie Draper with ETV News and told her I wanted to do a fundraiser to help raise money for the program.”Each month, Henrie offers a personal special to her customers where they can get a personalized scent crate. With her recent scent crate, she donated 20% of her commissions to the No Grave Goes Unadorned program. She was able to raise $140 for the project, which will help purchase supplies to ensure each grave is adorned with a handmade flower this Memorial Day.Already looking to give back again, Henrie is currently organizing fundraiser to benefit Wellington Pioneer Days. If you or your organization are interested in a fundraiser and would like more information, please contact Tina Henrie at (435) 630-1670. read more

Womens swimming Buckeyes cruise to victory over Wright State look forward to

Ohio State women’s swim team competes against Wright State during a meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Feb. 3. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s swimming team dominated in their final dual meet of the season with a score of 153-88, claiming first place in all but two events.Working to bounce back from a loss to Michigan last weekend, this victory over Wright State was a step in the right direction with just 12 days until the Big Ten Championships.“We’re kind of swimming off-events tonight, so it’s fun to just get up and race something different,” senior Kaitlyn Ferrara said. “Last week was a tough loss, but we all raced well … so we’re all looking forward to bringing it back for Big Tens.”Though the athletes may have been competing in races that they aren’t typically used to swimming, it served as a nice change of pace for the Buckeyes, Ferrara added.“It’s kind of good for Big Tens. The energy is not quite as hype, so it kind of gets you ready to race no matter what the situation is,” she said. “Every time you get up on the blocks is good practice for the end-of-the-season meet.”Senior Lindsey Clary said that the Big Tens will be an intense four days of swimming for the Buckeyes, and the last two dual meets have helped the team prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.“For conference, you kind of want to hit it at that peak physically, but that isn’t where we’re at right now and that’s okay,” Clary said. “Mentally, everyone is getting super excited. I think we’re all in a good spot and ready to be racing fast and racing for each other, and I think this meet is helping us with that.”The seniors concluded their final dual meet of their career at OSU. Clary, Ferrera, Taylor Vargo, Chantel Wynn, and Zulal Zeren were recognized for the past four years they dedicated to the program.Vargo and Clary finished their final dual meet with a couple of victories. Vargo recorded the fastest time for the Buckeyes in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:06.78, while Clary finished with a winning time of 2:17.71 in the 200-yard breaststroke.The freshmen dazzled in a couple of races, showing promise for the future of the program. Kathrin Demler won both the 100- yard backstroke with a time of 56.44 seconds, as well as the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.08. Freshmen Devin Landstra also picked up a victory, touching the wall at 53.51 to win the 100-yard freestyle.Clary was overwhelmed with emotions as the team concluded the meet, but her focus remained on the conference championships.“Everyone was making bets that I was going to cry, but I’m excited. I’m happy to have my last meet with this group of girls,” Clary said. “It’s a really great group, and I’m excited to see what we can do in the next couple of weeks.”The Ohio State Winter Invitational will be held on Feb. 11-12 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, just before the team travels to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships, taking place from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18. read more

UK Citizen Carl Greenidge is now acting Prime Minister of Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMP Dominic Gaskin a born Briton, AFC confirmsJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news”No ‘business as usual’ once Parliament reconvenes – MPMarch 24, 2019In “latest news”PPP’s Gail Teixeira prepared to renounce Canadian citizenship …following CJ’s rulingFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news” File photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge at the Opening Session of the 29th Inter-sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince, HaitiMinister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President Carl Greenidge is now acting in the capacity of Prime Minister (PM), since the current PM, Moses Nagamootoo, is acting within the capacity of President, with President David Granger in Cuba receiving treatment for his illness.Greenidge, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP), recently confirmed with a section of the media that he has United Kingdom (UK) citizenship, after leaving Guyana as a child.Following the no confidence motion that was passed against government, private citizen  Compton Reid filed legal proceedings challenging the validity of the vote of former Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud, stating that he had falsely declared that he was a Guyanese citizen.Persaud, a Guyanese, is also a citizen of Canada.Reid is arguing, among other things, that Persaud who has dual citizenship acted in contravention of Article 155 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Guyana “…by virtue of his own act and acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience and adherence to a foreign power to wit, the Sovereign State of Canada.” read more

Un bébé sur deux naît par césarienne aux EtatsUnis

first_imgUn bébé sur deux naît par césarienne aux Etats-UnisÉtats-Unis – La césarienne serait l’opération chirurgicale la plus pratiquée outre-Atlantique selon une étude réalisée par le Centre national des statistiques sur la santé.53% des naissances sont faites par césarienne aux États-Unis, contre 20,1% en France. En 2007, 32% des bébés seraient nés grâce à cette méthode, soit près de 1,4 million de naissances aux États-Unis. Ainsi, en l’espace de dix ans, le nombre de césariennes a augmenté de 71% et de 57% entre 2000 et 2007 chez les femmes de moins de 25 ans, pour qui elle est la plus pratiquée.La moitié des bébés nés de femmes de plus de 40 ans arrivent aussi par césarienne, car celle-ci apparaît comme une méthode d’accouchement plus confortable. L’augmentation des grossesses tardives, des césariennes de convenance, mais aussi l’évolution des pratiques des médecins et des techniques utilisées sont des facteurs importants qui peuvent expliquer cette hausse. En France, un bébé sur cinq naît par césarienne alors que celle-ci ne concernait qu’un bébé sur dix en 1981. Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), l’accouchement par césarienne concernerait 15% des naissances au niveau mondial.Le 26 mars 2010 à 11:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wwdc 2012 retour aux sources pour Apple

first_imgWwdc 2012 : retour aux sources pour AppleLa conférence de ce soir, au Wwdc 2012, au Moscone Center de San Francisco, a tenu ses promesses. Apple y a démontré quelques nouveaux produits, mais a surtout affiché sa volonté et sa technique. Après le décès de Steve Jobs et la semi-déception du nouvel iPad, la firme s’est souvenu d’où elle venait. C’est un éditeur de logiciel et un constructeur de hardware.Pas d’iTV, pas d’iPad Mini, pas d’iPhone 5…Les aficionados d’objet technologiques peuvent nourrir quelques regrets, surtout après la dernière présentation mi-figue, mi-raisin du nouvel iPad.Et pourtant, ceux qui ont connu Apple il y a quelques dizaines d’années auraient pu se croire revenu en arrière pour la méthode, avec des produits, eux, du 21ème siècle. Cet Apple-là n’est pas celui qui essuyait encore ses larmes du décès de son fondateur. Il est revenu à ses bases : le hardware et le logiciel, sans fioritures. Dans son comportement, il n’hésite pas à tacler Android, et son marché dit “segmenté”, données de parts d’adoption des OS affichées sur le mur. Dans ses démonstrations, cette même volonté s’est encore plus exprimée.Un constructeur de matérielIntel a présenté son architecture Ivy Bridge il y a trois semaines ? Les constructeurs ont encore du mal à lancer leurs produits ? Apple présente lui un nouveau Mac Book Air doté d’un processeur 2 Ghz dual-core i7, de 8 Go de mémoire RAM. 512 GB de stockage SSD, de ports USB3, d’une caméra 720p, et le tout en 11 et 13 pouces. Cerise sur le gâteau : il sera vendu moins cher que le modèle précédent (999 dollars). Et dans ce train Ivy Bridge, les MacBook Pro 13,15 et 17 pouces suivent sans perdre la cadence, en affichant un prix très agressif (à partir de 1199 dollars). Quant au fameux MacBook Pro “Nouvelle génération”, avec écran Retina (résolution de 2880 par 1800 pixels pour une diagonale de 15,4 pouces), il ferait presque office de mise en garde, pour rappeler à la concurrence que dans ce domaine, l’innovation est encore possible (mais à quel prix !), et que la firme de Cupertino peut encore repousser des limites pour s’affirmer comme référence.Un développeur et un éditeur de logicielsApple développe depuis un certain temps, et là aussi, n’a pas lésiné sur les moyens : édition photo, vidéo, production, navigateur web, élargissement des capacités de Siri, d’iCloud, de Messages, de reminders, de Notes, en passant par des changements de fond attendus depuis longtemps, comme l’intégration de Facebook dans le nouvel OS 6.La firme ne semble plus hésiter à faire le ménage et à renouveler ses gammes…Comme ses solutions : usage multiple et enfin unifié dans iOS 6 et dans le nouvel OS X Mountain Lion, qui, là encore, affiche un tarif terriblement agressif (19,99 dollars). Un prix qui pourrait faire réfléchir les assembleurs face à l’arrivée prochaine de Windows 8.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans cette volonté de croiser le fer, la sortie du nouveau Safari, avec un javascript plus rapide ou les recherches accessibles  la barre d’adresse n’en est qu’un exemple de plus; en l’occurrence, pour tenter de rattraper son retard sur Chrome.On notera également quelques modifications bien senties sous iOS 6, comme l’option de rappel ultérieur ou le mode “Je suis occupé” qui faciliteront les manipulations d’utilisateurs d’appareils iOS.Moins de Bling Bling (même si les longues séances d’autosatisfaction sur l’App Store, sur le nombre de terminaux iOS vendus et le taux d’intégration de Mac OS X Lion ont paru très longues !), et plus à l’essentiel : Apple semble avoir pansé ses plaies et revenir en meilleur forme. La rentrée s’annonce chaude !Le 12 juin 2012 à 00:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more