Theresa May rows back from Brexit transition extension after Tory backlash

first_imgThursday 18 October 2018 7:42 pm More From Our Partners Kansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 In his own remarks to the press, European Council president Donald Tusk revealed EU leaders had not actually discussed a longer transition period after May brought up the idea.“I am sure the leaders would be ready to consider it positively,” he added.EU leaders decided on Wednesday not to give the go-ahead for a special Brexit summit to be held in November, as sufficient progress has not been made over the Irish backstop issue.Despite the stalemate, Tusk tried to sound upbeat in his press conference – a contrast to his remarks at the close of a summit in Salzburg last month when said May’s plan for a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU would not work.“We are in a much better mood than after Salzburg,” said Tusk, adding that his optimism was “maybe more emotional” than “rational”. Speaking in Brussels, the PM claimed keeping the UK signed up to EU rules for a further year was not her idea – but could indeed be a solution to the Irish backstop issue.Her comments came less than 24 hours after she had told her EU counterparts an extension to the transition period past December 2020 was an option to secure a post-Brexit trade deal.The suggestion provoked anger from many Tory MPs, with veteran eurosceptic Bill Cash dubbing it “unthinkable”, while former Remain campaigner Nick Boles branded it “madness”.Extending the transition period would see the UK continuing to pay billions into the EU budget and following Brussels’s rules on trade, free movement and regulation.However, the UK would have no voice in the European Parliament and no formal position in other EU institutions. Speaking at the conclusion of the latest EU summit, May tried to dampen the row, but also admitted extending the transition period was under consideration.She said: “I’ve always been very clear that we negotiated an implementation period with the EU and we negotiated that that implementation period would end at the end of December 2020.“What has now emerged is the idea that an option to extend the implementation period could be a further solution to this issue of backstop in Northern Ireland.“What we are not doing, we are not standing her proposing an extension to the implementation period.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a post-summit press conference to suggest an extra period of transition would not be needed once a “political solution” to the impasse was found. Tags: Brexit Donald Tusk People Theresa May Theresa May rows back from Brexit transition extension after Tory backlash Share whatsapp Theresa May has tried to downplay anger over a plan to extend the UK’s post-Brexit transition period, just hours after flagging the idea to EU leaders. Owen Bennett whatsapplast_img read more

News / UK haulage fury as Whitehall scraps lorry park plan to replace Operation Stack

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 16/11/2017 The UK government has returned to the drawing board after scrapping plans for a £250m lorry park in Kent, intended to deal with road congestion around the Channel Tunnel and Dover.Industry bodies greeted the withdrawal with strong criticism: the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA) slammed the decision as “beyond belief”.Reaffirming its commitment to a “permanent alternative” to Operation Stack – a procedure operated by Kent Police and the port of Dover during times of port congestion when lorries are parked along the M20 – the government said it would no longer defend a judicial review of the park, called by protesting residents.Today, Highways England project director John Kerner said severe disruption during the summer of 2015 had underlined the need for a long-term solution to congestion when cross-Channel services are interrupted.“Improvements at the port and changes in traffic management on the A20 near Dover have shown real improvements and helped prevent Operation Stack being implemented,” said Mr Kerner.“[Now lorry park plans at Stanford West have been withdrawn] we have been asked by the transport secretary to immediately develop both an interim and a permanent solution to reduce the local traffic impacts if there is cross-channel disruption.”Roads minister Jesse Norman said an arrangement with Manston Airfield and the Department for Transport had been extended to allow for continued use during severe disruption.Highways England said it was working on several interim options, including continuing to hold HGVs on the M20, but allowing non-port traffic to travel in both directions.One method would be to hold lorries in the centre of the motorway rather than on the coastbound carriageway.FTA spokesperson Natalie Chapman told The Loadstar this would not solve the problem, as it still removed capacity for driving and would hinder HGV driver welfare.While longer-term options were not specified, Highways England said it hoped to submit a planning application in 2019 after consultations early next year. These would likely coincide with a decision on an interim option, with implementation complete by March 2019.But with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU expected that month, the FTA has said any failure in the solution could lead to “increasing problems” for Kent “in the years to come”.Head of national and regional policy Christopher Snelling said: “As always with Stack, the best solution would be not to need it. With Brexit on the horizon and all the other issues that can occur on the Dover-Calais route, we simply won’t be able to guarantee that.”The government abandoned its defence of 2016’s judicial review – called on the grounds that it had not properly accounted for the environmental impact of the lorry park – after deciding it couldn’t defend its own plans.After that, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the DfT would “immediately” start the process to promote a lorry park through the normal planning process.“This will include a full environmental assessment and we will reassess the scope, scale and location, considering changes since the original lorry park concept was promoted,” said Mr Grayling. “In particular, the UK’s exit from the EU but also the need for ‘business-as-usual’ lorry parking in Kent.“This demonstrates that the government is still serious about finding both interim and permanent solutions to tackle traffic problems occurring from disruption at our busiest border for lorry freight,” he added.However, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said he found it “beyond belief” that an environmental assessment was not undertaken, “simply on the assumption that it was not needed”.“This red tape debacle is a complete disaster for hauliers coming over from the continent; can you imagine Operation Stack becoming a daily way of life?” asked Mr Burnett. “Two years ago we saw the misery of operators who, for many days, were caught up in the gridlock.“Even the most basic requirements for HGV drivers, such as toilet facilities and drinking water, were non-existent; and for the people and economy of Kent, the cost was enormous.”Mr Snelling added: “Whatever the solution, everyone from the hauliers to the residents of Kent all agree a better solution for Operation Stack is needed.“The withdrawal of this application is a major disappointment and means proper management of a Stack situation may be many more years off”. © Sue Martinlast_img read more

Not all there: My mother’s lobotomy

first_imgLeave this field empty if you’re human: And Freddie was there for more serious reasons as well. My mother’s seizures terrified me, erupting without warning. She would fall to the floor in a heap, her body shaking, her voice strangled. Sometimes we would have to call an ambulance, and my mother would be carted away to the hospital.At some point when I was young, Freddie tried to explain to me that something happened to my mother’s brain. “That’s why she is the way she is, dear, she can’t help it.” But what does that mean, I remember thinking. Can she be fixed? Will she ever get better?Mostly my mother seemed lost in her own world, oblivious to me unless I irritated her. Yet when I was 7, she demanded that I share a room with her because my father no longer wanted to sleep with her. I was shocked, inconsolable. I cried to Freddie for days. My mother didn’t even love me; why would she want this? But there was nothing Freddie could do. I prayed my father would rescue me, put a stop to my mother’s insanity. He didn’t. I felt like I had been thrown to the wolves.I slept in a room with my mother for the next nine years. We had twin beds and matching chenille bedspreads. We shared a closet: her cocktail dresses, hats, wigs, and high heels on one side, my dresses, sweaters, and tennis shoes on the other. Initially I coped with her invasion by reading. In the closet was a bookcase, stacked with books and National Geographics. I’d sit on a stool reading for hours, looking for escape. Then my mother would burst in, ordering me to get out.When I was 9 or 10, she started going out at night and drinking. She would call a cab, then trot out the front door down the walkway to the curb, her red lipstick perfect, smelling of Chanel No. 5. My father was mostly absent by now, off in Palm Springs playing golf, or off at Carol’s house, the woman who would become my stepmother. I found it hard to sleep. I’d lie there in the dark, waiting for her to stumble in the door, drunk. She was always drunk. There were nights when she didn’t come home at all. When I was old enough to stay over at friends’ houses, I stopped coming home, too.Throughout, my mother was an enigma to me. No one could tell me why she was so strange. But for years, wanting to escape her, wanting to be sure I was nothing like her — bonkers, embarrassing, helpless — it’s perhaps equally true that I didn’t want to know. When I left home to go to college at Berkeley, I was ecstatic, I was finally free of her. I could begin my life, become someone new.It wasn’t until my 20s, when I started therapy, that I began to feel compassion for my mother, and began researching her medical history. It wasn’t easy; her medical records had been destroyed in a hospital fire. My father had died, without having ever revealed to me my mother’s tumors or subsequent surgery.But slowly I began to piece together her story, the changes she endured after she was butchered. I tracked down the neurologist who treated her when I was a child. One afternoon I called him on the phone from work. I remember holding my breath before he answered. Oh, yes, he remembered her, he said laughing. She was his worst patient. Wouldn’t do anything he said. Hated taking her medication. He’s the one who told me my mother had the lobotomy. I cried after we hung up. When my mother’s cataclysmic surgery took place, she was 33, a wife and mother of four children under age 9. I don’t remember ever hearing a reason for mom’s illness; my brothers never shared with me their recollections of her in earlier years. My father was a respected doctor, with patients ranging from sportswriters to football players. But he never told me what happened to her or alluded to her brain surgeries. We just didn’t talk about my mother.As a child I didn’t find this strange at all. As far as I was concerned, my father was a saint. He was quiet and kind. He went out on house calls and made sick people well. His patients adored him. I know because when I visited him in his office near Balboa Park, they told me. @monalgable Growing up, I didn’t know what was wrong with my mother. I was 25, maybe 26, when I learned she had a lobotomy. I am still trying to make sense of it.My mother had two brain tumors. The first one, in July 1945, was operated on in Oklahoma City and she survived, her bright mind intact. The second one, in November 1953, occurred when she was pregnant with me. Shortly after I was born, my mother flew from San Diego, where we lived, to Oklahoma City. This time there was trouble during surgery, and to staunch the trouble they took both her frontal lobes.I never knew my mother when she was well, but I do know that after the lobotomy, she was never the same. She developed grand mal epilepsy. She could not taste or smell. She drank like a fish and cursed like a sailor. Her short-term memory was shot, her vocabulary frozen in the 1950s. She had what we now call “poor impulse control,” meaning she said and did whatever sailed into her head.advertisement My mother, in contrast, was a holy terror. She raged at me for nothing. She raged at my father the moment he walked in the door, poured himself a glass of gin. The last thing I wanted was to upset him, so I swallowed my anxiety and learned not to ask questions. Besides, the stigma of mental illness at the time was intense. No one I knew had a mother like mine.Did she just wake up one day like this? I wondered. Disassembled and furious? How could I explain her to other people if I couldn’t fathom her?The author’s parents, circa 1943 Courtesy Mona GableFor a long time the only thing I knew was what I could see. Beneath my mother’s bangs was an ugly square dent, as hard and shiny as a flattened tin can. The dent both fascinated and repelled me. No wonder she tried to cover it up with bangs. But how did it get there? Did someone punch her? Did she fall during a seizure and smash her head? Does the painful-looking impression hurt? My mother hated the dent. The times she caught me glancing at it she would snap, “What the hell are you looking at?”I eventually learned what it was. The dent had been caused by a metal plate put inside my mother’s forehead to prevent her brain from swelling. The swelling would have killed her.We lived in a ranch-style house in a middle-class neighborhood in San Diego. When I was a baby, my father hired a middle-aged Irish woman named Freddie to take care of us. She stayed for 16 years.Freddie did everything my mother couldn’t do. She went grocery shopping, kept the house tidy, cooked our dinner every night. She tucked me in bed and read me Irish fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Because my mother wasn’t allowed to drive — one of many restrictions that infuriated her to no end — Freddie ferried me to my swimming lessons and Girl Scout meetings, my brothers to their baseball games. She took me to church, where I sang in the choir.Freddie also corralled my erratic mother. When Freddie arrived, my mother often wouldn’t bathe or get dressed. She lay about in her room, the curtains closed, chain-smoking in bed, her hair a wiry brown mess. She sat on the couch in the family room for hours, watching “Dialing for Dollars” and “Queen for A Day.”Freddie would yank her gently out of her lassitude and stubbornness, get her functioning again. She encouraged her to take her meds, took her to the beauty parlor to get her hair done. My sister made her end-of-life wishes clear. Then dementia took hold I spoke with an aunt in Oklahoma, my father’s sister-in-law. She had known my parents before they got married. She gave me a packet of old family letters between members of my father’s family, some of them written by my grandfather from his ranch in Southern California, where he had retired in the 1940s. They spoke of my mother’s first brain surgery, their anxiety waiting for the call from my father, their hopes for the tumor to be safely removed. Little did they know. The lobotomy was yet to come.Few people remained who could tell me who my mother was before the surgery: She was an only child, with few living relatives. Eventually I found an address for one of her cousins, Dorothy, who lived in Arizona. I wrote her a long letter, explaining my wish to learn more about my mother. She was delighted to hear from me, happy to share her memories, and we arranged to talk on the phone. She told me how smart and beautiful my mother had been. How sweet. All the fun they had as teenage girls, the summers they spent at their grandparents’ in Colorado, going to dances, flirting with boys. My mother had gone to college in Tennessee. She had been engaged to an Air Force pilot before she met my father. I was dumbstruck. I had never known any of this. When Dorothy saw my mother a few years after her surgery, she told me, she was shocked, heartbroken, by the changes in her.With all that, I finally began to grieve for my mother, the young woman she had been. And for losing her.By then she lived alone in San Diego, in an apartment complex where Freddie had an apartment too. She still did things that made me nuts. I could call her umpteen times before I visited, and she would still forget we had a lunch date. Answer the door in her housecoat. She would call me in the middle of the night, oblivious of the time. “Whatcha doin’?” she’d chirp. “Sleepin’ mom,” I’d say. She’d send me birthday cards on the wrong date, signing them with quotation marks: “Lovingly, mom.” But when I was good and patient, I was able to catch myself. It’s not her fault. Sometimes I wonder whether the surgeons made the right choice to save my mother’s life, when she was left so debilitated after her lobotomy. I wonder if she’d had her surgery today, if she would have woken up whole, intact. This makes me feel terrible. But as medicine comes up with treatments that increasingly extend our lives, we’re all having to face wrenching decisions like this. Do we want to live if we lose who we are?In one respect, my mother was lucky. She had the gift of not remembering her past, so she could not mourn the person she was. She lived vividly — and often, for me — infuriatingly in the present.Learning about her past changed how I felt about her. I was finally able to stop expecting her to be the mother I never had, and to accept her to be the mother she was. Privacy Policy 5 lessons from my decades of struggle with depression and anxiety Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Please enter a valid email address. Related: Tags brain cancerneuroscience Eros Dervishi for STAT Related: By Mona Gable Oct. 27, 2016 Reprints First OpinionNot all there: My mother’s lobotomy Mona Gable About the Author Reprints Mona Gable is a writer in Los Angeles. She is working on a book for Simon & Schuster about the murder of Savanna Greywind and the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women. This might involve any number of wild and alarming stunts. Sneaking the keys to our station wagon and going on a joy ride. Sleeping with military guys she met in the bars on Shelter Island. Running up my father’s credit cards. Frying up hamburgers for my brothers and me at 5:30 in the morning because she thought it was dinnertime. Chasing my brothers around the house with a baseball bat.What my mother really suffered, though, was the brutal loss of her self. But it’s taken me decades to understand that, and to excavate who exactly it was that was lost.advertisementlast_img read more

AI system can create novel drug candidates in just 46 days, study finds

first_img National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. AI system can create novel drug candidates in just 46 days, study finds [email protected] GET STARTED It often takes years and hundreds of millions of dollars to discover a novel drug candidate. It requires the identification of promising molecules that can grab on to the right protein, synthesizing a compound, and then testing it. The process is so complicated that it has defied most computational methods to shorten it.But a paper published Monday in Nature Biotechnology describes a new method using artificial intelligence that, within 46 days, generated compounds capable of hitting a specific disease target. By Casey Ross Sept. 2, 2019 Reprints @caseymross What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More center_img Tags Artificial Intelligencedrug discoverySTAT+ Health Tech Adobe Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Casey Ross Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints What is it?last_img read more

Immigration boosts economy: National Bank

James Langton Immigration is proving a strong source of population growth for Canada, and it’s driving the formation of new households in particular, which provides an important boost to the economy, says a new report from National Bank Financial Inc. (NBF). “At a time when the drivers of Canadian economic growth are losing steam and many observers are bearish on the country’s housing market, we think it is important to highlight a reassuring factor in the economic backdrop,” NBF says in its report. Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BIS Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Housing,  ImmigrantsCompanies National Bank Financial And that reassuring factor is what it terms “highly favourable net migration” that is strongly skewed to the 20-44 age group. It reports that, in 2012, this slice of the population grew at its fastest pace in more than 20 years, and at a substantially higher rate than for other developed countries. “Without the immigration contribution, this cohort would be shrinking in Canada,” it says. And this is particularly notable because this age group is most closely associated with the formation of new households, which is, in turn, a strong source of demand for both housing and durable consumer goods. “In short, immigration is a major boost for the country’s economy,” it says. NBF says that the growth of the 20-44 age group likely peaked last year, and is set to decelerate over the next five years, but it is still “likely to remain positive and well above the trend line of other advanced economies”, it says. And, it expects that this phenomenon “will cushion the effect of rising mortgage rates on the Canadian housing market.” “With economic prosperity depending on a country’s ability to attract capital and skilled labour, we are confident that Canada can hold its own for now,” it concludes. Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia read more

Institutional investors increasingly turning to ETFs

first_img Keywords ETFs ETFs are becoming the investment vehicle of choice for Canadian institutional investors, suggests a new report from U.S. research firm Greenwich Associates. BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs The report, which is based on a survey of 53 Canadian institutional investors, found that they’re increasingly turning to ETFs. Of the firms that use ETFs, on average, 16% of total assets under management (AUM) are devoted to ETFs — and that allocation is projected to grow Specifically, the Greenwich report found that 28% of equity ETF users intend to increase their allocations in the coming year, as do 25% of fixed-income ETF users. “That growth could accelerate due to increasing skepticism among institutions about the ability of active management strategies to add value in large liquid markets,” the report says. Yet, the ongoing active vs passive debate isn’t the only factor driving the growth in ETF usage. Greenwich also found that institutions are looking to so-called “smart beta” ETFs to help provide new sources of return and to help manage volatility. In addition, approximately 30% say they using ETFs as a source of diversification and 80% of bond ETF users cite concerns about bond market liquidity as a reason for using ETFs. “Institutions in Canada are integrating ETFs into nearly every aspect of their portfolios, across asset classes, and into critical functions like risk, volatility and liquidity management,” says Greenwich Associates consultant, Andrew McCollum, in a statement. Finally, the research found that Canadian institutions say that their primary considerations for a potential ETF investment include the degree to which a fund matches their exposure needs, liquidity/trading volume, the expense ratio and performance/tracking error. Photo copyright: melpomen/123RF Related news Desjardins to close four ETFs Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton WisdomTree introduces three equity ETFs melpomen/123RF Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Office Manager of London High Commission Passes On

first_imgRelatedOffice Manager of London High Commission Passes On FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaican High Commission in London is mourning the loss of Donovan Hammond, the long serving Office Manager who died on November 26, after a battle with cancer.High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Burchell Whiteman, has expressed condolence to Mr. Hammond’s wife and family. He said Mr. Hammond’s family, the High Commission, the UK Jamaican community and indeed, all of Jamaica, had lost a truly wonderful and caring person.Mr. Hammond had often gone far beyond the call of duty to assist Governors General, Prime Ministers, and Ministers of Government, public officials, staff members and citizens in general, while carrying out his duties.“It will be difficult to imagine the High Commission without Don Hammond. After 35 years of selfless service, his passing marks the end of an era. I am pleased that the Government of Jamaica and the High Commission were able to show appreciation to him, when in March this year, I presented him with the insignia of the Order of Distinction for services to Jamaica and the Jamaican community in the United Kingdom, at a special ceremony in London. That occasion was shared with his wife Yvonne, his daughters, other family members, his colleagues and scores of his friends and well wishers,” Mr. Whiteman said.Mr. Hammond was loved and respected by the Jamaican and wider community. He possessed in depth knowledge of both the Jamaican and host communities and he was always willing to share this knowledge and his skills. He was a generous person and an outstanding ambassador for his country.The High Commission honoured him with a special reception last year, to celebrate both his birthday and his conferment with an Order of Distinction . He was praised for his loyalty and commitment to country, as well as his dedication and steadfastness in ensuring that the job was done well.In an interview then with JIS News Mr. Hammond expressed his pride and gratitude for the recognition.“I appreciate it very much. It is good to be rewarded when people see that you have done a job well. Sometimes, you may feel that your work and your efforts are not fully appreciated, so it is good when others recognised you and your work,” he said.Mr. Hammond started working for the Jamaican High Commission in 1974. He was originally from Allman Town in Kingston, but moved to the United Kingdom in 1962 to live with his grandmother and complete his education. He leaves behind wife Yvonne, five daughters, grand children and scores of other relatives and friends. RelatedOffice Manager of London High Commission Passes On RelatedOffice Manager of London High Commission Passes Oncenter_img Advertisements Office Manager of London High Commission Passes On UncategorizedNovember 27, 2008last_img read more

Ensuring access to food and sexual and reproductive health services

first_imgEnsuring access to food and sexual and reproductive health services Thank you Chair, Excellencies,I am honoured to join you today as we conclude the 54th Session on the Commission on Population and Development. Today, Member States agreed to adopt a timely, and much needed resolution. Not only has it been 5 years since the last outcome of the commission, but this resolution demonstrates that the international community can come together and prioritise taking action to protect women, adolescents, girls and marginalised populations.We know that COVID-19 has had a profound impact on food security, the access to safe, nutritious and affordable food, and limited access to sexual and reproductive health services. Women and girls bare the brunt of this impact.While women produce 50% of the food worldwide, they account for 70% of the world’s hungry. There have been significant disruptions to essential sexual and reproductive health services including family planning, HIV testing and treatment, and safe abortions.Therefore, we welcome the timely commitments in the resolution to:* Prevent and eliminate sexual and gender based violence* Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights* Mitigate the impact of COVID-19 related school closures on girls, which puts them at greater risk of harmful practices such as early, child and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.* Stress the urgent need to build resilience to address the adverse impacts of climate change* Ensure access to social protection programmes for women* Close the gender gap in access to productive resources in agriculture, with a view to ensure equal access to property rights* Take a multisectoral approach to address the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women, women of a productive age, adolescents, infants and young children.* And, remove barriers to health facing youth and adolescents, including measures supporting the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.Importantly, the resolution reaffirms the critical role that UNFPA has in supporting member states to deliver upon the commitments made in this resolution and to ensure the full and effective implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Declaration.Member States have not only come together to agree to a resolution, but have worked toward tangible process on the realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights, the development of more sustainable food systems, and improved nutrition.We regret that the text does not include vital references to sexual rights and essential components such as comprehensive sexuality education. We lament that the text does not contain a stronger focus on the impact of food insecurity and COVID-19 on marginalised communities, and those facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.We know that COVID-19 is likely to exacerbate and reinforce the position of vulnerable and marginalised groups in society, including people living with HIV, LGBT+, sex workers, and refugees. These groups are facing increased risk of stigma, discrimination, sexual and gender based violence, loss of income and further restrictions to accessing essential supports and services. A survey conducted in nearly 140 countries on the impact of COVID-19 on LGBT communities found that 21% said their access to HIV treatment had been limited or complicated. The international community must come together to take timely action to prevent further marginalisation of these populations.As we set out in our national statement delivered earlier this week, we hope the conversations here are carried forward throughout the remainder of the year during discussions at the Food Systems Summit and COP 26. We will champion inclusivity throughout our COP Presidency. We will use our position to amplify the voices and solutions of women, adolescents and girls and those most marginalised, empowering them as decision-makers, advocates and leaders.We are immensely grateful to the work of the co-facilitators, Lebanon and Romania, UNFPA and DESA for the technical expertise, and the Chair, Burkina Faso for all their diligent work helping us reach this point. We look forward to reconvening next year as we discuss “Population and Sustainable Development, in particular sustained and inclusive economic growth.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Beijing, Burkina Faso, climate change, Government, health services, HIV, lebanon, lgbt, prevention, reproductive health, resilience, resolution, Romania:, sustainable, UK, UK Government, UNFPA, womenlast_img read more

Tips for a green, affordable, joyful holiday season

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Dec. 14, 2017 • By Environmental Center The holidays are meant to be a time of celebration, connection and festivity. While we look forward to the holidays, we often dread this time of year for the stress it brings, in part, from the expectations around the “stuff” associated with it.During the holidays we can find ourselves giving people things we’re not sure they want or need or receiving things we may not want or need and then feigning appreciation. Economists have estimated this phenomenon leads to tens of billions of dollars in lost value every year. In other words: wasted money and wasted resources. When the person getting the gift doesn’t value it as much as the giver paid for it, value is lost. Here are some tips for maximizing the joy in your holiday season and minimizing the lost value.Give experiences, not thingsStudies have shown that experiences, not things, bring us the most happiness. Concert tickets, art museum passes, funds toward travel or maybe even your word in writing that you will help your friend stage a giant pillow fight are all gifts that will probably be remembered and cherished longer than . . . whatever you got them last year. You could even make a donation to a cause they care about and take time to volunteer for that cause together.Experiences that maximize true quality time with people you care about create holiday memories. An experience can’t be the wrong color or size, and they won’t have to figure out where to store it or find batteries for it.Talk about itThe moment when you have to pretend to like the sweater your mom gave you, or the moment you get a present from someone you didn’t get a present for—we’ve all had these moments, and they are awkward. The good news is, it’s possible to have potentially awkward conversations that might be able to save us from all of these types of moments in the future. Suggest to your family that you pool would-be gift funds toward a trip together. Let your friends and relatives know on social media they shouldn’t feel obligated to get you something. Or post that you will only accept gifts that are cookies, from a thrift store or a donation to an organization whose mission your support.Politely give grandma a really specific suggestion for something you actually need and want. Let your Uncle Charlie know some of the old records he has in the attic would make an excellent gift for you. Suggest a spending limit on each other’s gifts with your partner. Pitch your friends on organizing a gift exchange so you all have to buy less presents (and hopefully get better presents).The conversation might be awkward to start, but talking about it ahead of time could very likely save time, effort, waste and those internal cringe moments in the future.Choose consumable, homemade, reused, recyclable and compostableEven if your Challah bread, spiced nuts or popcorn balls don’t come out quite right, they will probably be pretty tasty, and no one will have to feel guilty donating or re-gifting them later. Your cinnamon salt dough ornaments or bottle-cap refrigerator magnets will be appreciated for the effort you put in and the waste they didn’t create (compared to their store-bought alternatives).This is a good principle for decorations, as well. You can eliminate unnecessary waste by trimming your tree with traditional popcorn and cranberries strings, making snowflakes from magazines, or a wreath with pinecones and a wire coat hanger.Check out Pinterest for ideas—if you made them, your friends and family will love even your #pinterestfails.Give durable thingsIf do have a great idea for a gift, read some reviews online, ask around and make sure you get a version that will have a long life of solid performance and make sure to get a gift receipt.Buy with values in mindGiving Fair Trade, organic, used, recycled, up-cycled, recyclable or otherwise socially responsible versions of gifts you would be buying anyway can give a different kind of value to the recipient.Be careful how you wrap itOld maps, magazines or stylish shopping bags make great affordable, recyclable wrapping options. There are so many creative and fun ways to save money, reduce waste and put more joy into your holiday season. Try one out this year!Categories:Getting InvolvedSustainabilityCampus Communitylast_img read more

PM Commissions New Synthetic Track at Calabar High

first_imgPM Commissions New Synthetic Track at Calabar High Office of the Prime MinisterJanuary 26, 2016Written by: OPM Communications Unit RelatedGovernment Treating Threat of ZIKA Virus with National Urgency FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPM Reinforces Support For Sporting Talent Advertisementscenter_img RelatedJa Moves Up Five Places In Forbes Business Report Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has commissioned a new synthetic track at Calabar High School noting that it is the first all weather, synthetic running track at a high school in Jamaica and anywhere in the English Speaking Caribbean. The official opening ceremony took place on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Calabar High School located at Red Hills Road in Kingston.The $66 million project is a collaborative effort between the school and the Government through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), which contributed $20 million towards the purchase and installation of the new track.The Prime Minister said the track is an important investment in present athletes and future stars adding that “There is information to show that training on a synthetic track minimizes the risk of injury for young athletes. This is important for their safety and health,” she said.Mrs Simpson Miller noted that the Government has invested over $1.5 billion on sports infrastructure in the last 3 years. In addition, the Government has been doing its part to support the development of talent at the school and community levels. She highlighted the High School Sport Infrastructure Improvement Project initiated about two years ago in partnership with the SDF and the Sugar Transformation Project, which is aimed at improving facilities including playfield, courts, bathrooms and changing facilities in 24 schools across Jamaica.“I thank the Calabar Trust for partnering with the Government to make this project a reality. I encourage Past Students Associations and Boards of Management of other high schools to see this as a great example of partnership in nation building”, said Prime Minister Simpson Miller.The Project commenced in June 2015 and was completed on January 11, 2016. Story HighlightsPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has commissioned a new synthetic track at Calabar High School noting that it is the first all weather, synthetic running track at a high school in Jamaica and anywhere in the English Speaking Caribbean. The official opening ceremony took place on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Calabar High School located at Red Hills Road in Kingston.The $66 million project is a collaborative effort between the school and the Government through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), which contributed $20 million towards the purchase and installation of the new track.last_img read more