Haiti’s MINUSTAH Downsizes Mission as President-elect Martelly Takes Office

first_img In December 1972, Edmond Mulet, a cub reporter for the weekly Guatemalan newspaper Alerta, arrived in Managua the day after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake devastated Nicaragua’s capital city. Thirty-eight years later, Mulet landed in Port-au-Prince the day after a massive quake leveled the Haitian capital. Mulet was assigned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to take the place of Tunisia’s Hédi Annabi, head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and one of the estimated 300,000 or more lives claimed by the earthquake. “These were very difficult, very sad moments,” he recalled. “When I arrived, we were still looking for our colleagues, searching with dogs and rescue teams and thinking they might still be alive. The UN lost 102 staffers; in the political section, only one of 10 survived. All our houses had been destroyed. The only one left intact was our logistics warehouse near the airport, so this is where we moved to. We had three showers for 400 people.” On June 1, Mulet will return to his old job in New York as the UN’s assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations — 15 months after an incredibly difficult assignment in Haiti, and only two weeks after the May 14 inauguration of Haiti’s recently elected president, Michel Martelly, who has vowed to reconstitute the Haitian Army during his first 100 days in office. “MINUSTAH has been on the ground here for seven years, so we would now like to downsize,” Mulet said. “Our role has changed dramatically, from guaranteeing safety and security to humanitarian assistance, then the delivery of food and water, then the cholera outbreak. And during the election, we played a very important role with logistical support. Now we need to work with the new government.” As chief of MINUSTAH, Mulet oversees an annual budget of $793 million — up from $570 million before the earthquake — and 15,000 peacekeepers, police officers and administrative staff. About 70 percent of MINUSTAH’s peacekeeping troops are from Latin America, with the largest contingents coming from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. “Ideally, it would take about five years for Haiti to take over most of our security and stabilization responsibilities,” he said. “For now, I want to keep the additional engineering units we received from South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Paraguay since the earthquake. We’ve also reinforced the Ecuadorean-Chilean unit and the Brazilian unit. In the downsizing, I think it would be good if we could send back some infantry troops and keep these engineering assets in order to help the government remove rubble.” Mulet said roughly 22.5 percent of the estimated 15 million to 20 million cubic meters of debris left by the magnitude-7.0 earthquake — the worst natural disaster in Haitian history — has been cleared. In addition to the massive death toll, the quake left some 1.5 million people homeless and caused damages that actually exceeded the country’s meager GDP by at least $1 billion. While the National Palace remains in ruins, MINUSTAH last month completed a prefabricated structure for Haiti’s legislature to meet, exactly on the same site where the old parliament building used to be. “It’s really amazing. You don’t see any rubble in the main arteries anymore,” Mulet said. “All schools have been cleared of rubble and UNICEF has been able to set up temporary structures. More people are cleaning up their own pieces of land, though it’s mainly been a private-sector effort.” Mulet has experience solving problems in Haiti. “I was head of MINUSTAH in 2006-07, just after [President René] Préval’s inauguration,” he recalled. “The problems then were different than the problems of today. We were facing gangs and insecurity, so my main task at that time was to get rid of all the gang leaders in Port-au-Prince. We arrested more than 850 of them and liberated many neighborhoods that were terrorized by these gangs. But all of them who were in jail escaped the day of the earthquake.” Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere when the earthquake hit, with per-capita income hovering around $300 a year. In the quake’s aftermath, just about every major government building was destroyed. Yet Mulet says he’s been encouraged by the outpouring of support from throughout Latin America, but particularly from the neighboring Dominican Republic. “We’ve never seen this level of solidarity,” he said. “The Dominicans are building a whole new university in Cap-Haitien, in the north. Since the earthquake, they’ve been providing food, water, shelter and other assistance. The key question now is how can we make this sustainable so that Haiti can develop these things on its own.” He added: “Somebody has to pay for the Haitian army. It’s not going to come from peacekeeping funds, so we have to create the conditions for economic development. That’s why MINUSTAH will be very much engaged in the rule of law. We’ll be working in support of that — not only police, corrections and justice, but also in civil and land registry, helping the state collect taxes and creating guarantees for foreign investment.” MINUSTAH’s mission became even more difficult after a cholera outbreak last October, which occurred after a 100-year absence of that disease in Haiti. Nearly 3,000 Haitians are still hospitalized with cholera after the outbreak infected around 300,000 people. The death toll has already reached 5,000, and a study published in the British medical journal Lancet suggests there might be 779,000 cases of cholera between March and November of this year alone — nearly twice the number predicted by the United Nations. Mulet said, “the response from the government itself has been really incredible. The Ministry of Health brought the death rate down to 1.2 percent. The problem is that cholera will remain endemic in Haiti, and with the rainy season upon us, we will see a surge in new cases.” Whoever takes over the leadership of MINUSTAH come June won’t have an easy time of it — but Mulet said he has no option but to be optimistic. “The main problem in Haiti is not the weakness or fragility of the state; it’s the complete absence of state,” he said. “However, this new government can be a real turning point for Haiti, if we do things right.” By Dialogo May 12, 2011last_img read more

Mergers approvals are off to a slow start this year

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA approved 15 mergers in February 2016 which is equal to the number of approvals from last month. Although a fairly low approval number it is nearly twice the number of mergers from February of last year.The combined assets of merged credit unions is up nearly $40 million compared to last month.  For the month of February the total merged assets was $550 million compared to last year’s $210 million.  The mean and median assets of merged credit unions were $36.6 million and $14.6 million respectively.  In contrast, last month the mean assets was $34.0 million.LARGE CREDIT UNION MERGERSThere was one acquisition of credit unions with assets exceeding $100 million this month.The largest merger was Woodbridge, VA based Belvoir Credit Union ($325M) merging into Pentagon ($19B) headquartered in Arlington, VA.  Belvoir CU is well capitalized (8.3% Net Worth), has low delinquency (0.9%) and profitable (0.3% ROA).  “Expanded Services” was given as the reason for the merger. continue reading »last_img read more

Indonesia reports 54th avian flu case

first_imgJul 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health officials are reporting that a 44-year-old man who died last week tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to news services.If the man’s lab results are confirmed by a World Health Organization (WHO) accredited laboratory in Hong Kong, he will be Indonesia’s 42nd avian flu fatality and 54th confirmed case. Also, Indonesia will be tied with Vietnam for the highest avian flu death toll.The man, who lived in East Jakarta, died Jul 12 after being hospitalized for 2 days with high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties, Indonesian health official I Nyoman Kandun told The Jakarta Post. Kandun said the man had a history of contact with chickens, and the article said he was a fried-chicken vendor.With the latest death, the case-fatality rate for avian flu in Indonesia is 78%, whereas Vietnam, with 93 cases and 42 deaths, has a fatality rate of 45%. According to the WHO tally, the overall case-fatality rate is 57% (230 cases, 132 deaths).Kandun said Indonesia expects more human H5N1 cases because the disease continues to circulate throughout the country, with a presence in 27 of 32 provinces. He added that culling millions of chickens throughout the country would be too costly and urged Indonesians to take basic safety measures such as washing their hands after handling sick birds.Vietnam seems to have stemmed avian flu outbreaks. The country has not reported a human fatality this year, whereas Indonesia has had several cases each month.According to the Post report, the Indonesian government needs $980 million to finance its avian influenza programs from 2006 to 2008. The funds would go toward activities such as compensating farmers for culled chickens, purchasing vaccines, and planning for a pandemic.A senior WHO official in Indonesia, Steven Bjorge, told the Post that worldwide concern about the avian flu situation in Indonesia is continuing and said he hoped that health and agriculture ministries would work more closely to fight the disease. He suggested that that comparisons between Indonesia and Vietnam can be misleading, because Indonesia is much larger than Vietnam. (Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest population and the 16th largest area, whereas Vietnam ranks 12th and 65th in those measures.)In other developments, yesterday at the Group of Eight summit meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, world leaders issued a joint statement supporting a Russian proposal to build “the WHO Collaborating Centre on Influenza for Eurasia and Central Asia,” provided the center meets WHO and other international standards. Leaders also vowed to follow through on the commitments they made last January at the Beijing International Pledging Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza.Meanwhile, Channel NewsAsia reported that Singapore will stage a large-scale test of its pandemic response plan on Jul 21 and 22. The test, called Exercise Sparrowhawk II, will involve 1,000 personnel from key government agencies and 19 locations, including transportation terminals, hospitals, clinics, and schools.The report said masks will be given to visitors at hospitals, and the health ministry will ask the public to wear masks if they experience flu-like symptoms. Rapid-response teams are slated to institute infection control measures and manage initial cases at healthcare facilities. Hundreds of volunteers will play the role of patients, and police will practice for crowd-control situations, such as when people descend on clinics to purchase antiviral medications.See also:G8 summit statement on global fight against infectious diseaseshttp://www.en.g8russia.ru/docs/10.htmllast_img read more

The results of the previous part of the tourist year are presented

first_imgPhoto: Casanova Tour, Istra Inspirit Vir, Rovinj and Medulin they are the leading destinations during July and August, according to the total turnover measured by overnight stays. Porec, Rovinj and Dubrovnik they recorded the most hotel nights. Crikvenica is a leading destination family accommodation, in front of Rab and Medulin camping, leading her Rovinj, in front of Funtana and Tara. In July and August, we realized 5.2 million arrivals or 54% of turnover at the level of 2019, while 39.8 million overnight stays or 62 percent of overnight stays were realized in July and August compared to 2019.  See the entire presentation in the attachment. Today, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports presented the results of the current part of the tourist year and announced plans and activities for the coming period. During the first eight months of 2020, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (11,9 million), in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (9,7 million), while in Zadar County 8,6 million overnight stays were realized. They are followed by Split-Dalmatia County with 8,3 million overnight stays and Šibenik-Knin County with 3,6 million overnight stays. Dubrovnik-Neretva County realized 2,5 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj County 1,7 million overnight stays, while Zagreb realized 550.000 overnight stays and other continental counties 835.000 overnight stays.  At the national level, during the first eight months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (11,2 million), Slovenia (7,6 million), Poland (4 million), the Czech Republic (3,1 million), Austria (2,3 million) , Italy (1,4 million), Hungary (1,3 million) and Slovakia (1,1 million), and looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in household facilities (20,3 million) and campsites million) and hotels (7,9 million). The top destinations in the first eight months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Vir, Rovinj, Medulin, Poreč, Crikvenica and Mali Lošinj.  When looking at the results from the beginning of the year to the end of August (January – August) compared to the same period in 2019, there were 6,8 million arrivals (41% at the 2019 level) and 47,5 million overnight stays (53%). Of that, foreign tourists realized 5,5 million arrivals and 38,3 million overnight stays, while domestic tourists realized 1,3 million arrivals and 9,2 million overnight stays.  So far this year, 53 percent of last year’s result in the same periodcenter_img In the period July-August, the most successful index of tourist traffic, compared to 2019, was recorded local market, and then Poland, Slovenia, Germany and the Czech Republic. Side dish: Analysis of tourist traffic and review of activities carried out during July and August 2020 When looking at the types of accommodation, hotels are at 40% of traffic compared to last year, campsites at 57%, facilities in households and family farms at 66% and nautical charter at the level of 70%. Nikolina Brnjac, Minister of Tourism and Sports: Behind us, given the circumstances, is a very successful eight months of the tourist year The current results of tourist traffic in Croatia have exceeded the initial forecasts of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the realization of 30 percent of last year’s tourist traffic, she emphasized in the introduction. Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac and added that behind us, given the circumstances, is a very successful eight months of the tourist year in which our tourism workers and those working in tourism-related activities have once again shown that they are extremely adaptable and innovative. “This Government recognizes tourism and all the measures taken so far, from the very beginning of the pandemic, before the summer and now for the rest of the year, in which we have worked with many stakeholders inside and outside the sector, have laid the groundwork for these results. We are now facing the realization of the rest of the tourist year and preparation for next year, the development of a new strategic document and a series of activities aimed at maintaining the stability of the tourist system, strengthening its resilience and accelerating the recovery process. Our wish is for tourism to be an instrument and a model as it has been so far, for the development of the economy and the encouragement of other industries.” Brnjac points out.   In the main summer part of the tourist year, we achieved an excellent result, which ranks Croatia at the top of the Mediterranean in terms of tourist traffic, said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić and added: “Final preparations are underway for the implementation of activities aimed at promoting the post-season, during which we will focus on nautical, continental offer, eno-gastronomy and the offer of Croatian national parks and nature parks. Also, through September, we will conduct a campaign in our most important markets, as part of which we will express our gratitude to all tourists for their trust in choosing Croatian destinations for their destinations this year. We are also working very intensively on preparations for 2021, in which we will position Croatia even more strongly as a safe tourist destination with a focus on the markets that reacted best to promotional activities this year, such as Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia and Hungary” Istria County leads, followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Split-Dalmatia County in the number of arrivals and overnight stays, and in July and August the Zadar and Kvarner clusters lead the most in terms of clusters, while the lowest rates are recorded in Zagreb and Dubrovnik, which are related to air traffic.last_img read more

£5.8m loss in first JLL results

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Bantul teenager carried away by kite, hospitalized after fall

first_imgMayungan I hamlet head Marjana said the incident occurred at about 1 p.m., after the midday prayer.“It happens to be kite season, so the kids made and tried to fly their kites. [The teenager] was carried as high as three meters,” Marjana said on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Garuda Indonesia spends thousands of dollars to repair aircraft damaged by kitesGiant kites have been in style this season and have attracted many kite lovers, including the teenager and a number of his friends, who made a 50-meter-long kite in the form of a dragon.During their first trial of the kite at Murtigading Field in Bantul, the victim, who was holding the kite’s string, was carried away by a strong wind.The string broke and he fell to the ground, suffering a number of injuries, including to the wrist and hip.The victim was rushed to PKU Muhammadiyah Hospital in Bantul and is in intensive care. (syk)Topics : A teenager in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, was admitted to the hospital after being carried away by a giant kite and falling to the ground on Friday.The incident was recorded in a video that has gone viral on social media.The teenager was identified as a resident of Mayungan I hamlet in Murtigading village, Bantul.last_img read more

Accounting regulator cuts pension scheme levy, warns of future rises

first_imgAt the moment, defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes with more than 5,000 members are asked to contribute £3.12 (€3.52) per 100 members. In January, IPE revealed that some companies might have been unaware that the FRC’s annual levy was voluntary.One document obtained from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) using the Freedom of Information Act stated: “These guides could be read to indicate that the FRC has or is using statutory powers under the Companies Act 2004 to require payment of the preparers and insurance levy, (ie, the levy here is not voluntary).”Although the levy is voluntary, the FRC has used the threat of inviting the government to put it on a statutory footing if the voluntary arrangement collapses.Sources familiar with the issue have told IPE that some local authority pension schemes ignore the requests for payment. The ONS also established that some firms have refused to pay the levy.The issue came to the fore in March when Liberal Democrat peer Sharon Bowles tabled a parliamentary question in which she described the FRC’s fundraising efforts as “speculative invoicing”.The former MEP also challenged the government to assess “the impact of improper charging”.According to the FRC’s latest budget statement, roughly 4% of its funding comes from pension schemes, while exactly half is provIded by the accountancy and actuarial professions.In addition to its levy on pension schemes, the FRC also asks business and insurance companies to contribute to its funding requirement.It wants to raise £1.2m from the pension levy over the course of the next year. The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to reduce the payments it requests from pension schemes and insurers to fund its oversight work.The watchdog said it was able to cut its levy requests for the year 2018-19 because it had “collected more than originally estimated” through its pension and insurance levies.However, it went on to warn that it could be forced to request higher payments over the course of the next three years.The FRC said in its latest strategy document that it would confirm the level of future levy requests once it had completed a consultation on arrangements for monitoring the quality of actuarial work.last_img read more

Wave energy device to power Eni’s oil & gas ops

first_imgOcean Power Technologies (OPT) has signed an agreement with one of the world’s largest multinational oil and gas companies Eni to supply the PB3 PowerBuoy for a demonstration project in the Adriatic Sea.The agreement provides for a minimum 24-month contract that includes an 18-month PB3 PowerBuoy lease and associated project management, the US-based wave energy developer OPT informed.OPT will also provide deployment support, remote data collection and monitoring for the project that is expected to begin in March 2018.The OPT PowerBuoy will be deployed in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s Clean Sea technology for marine environmental monitoring and offshore asset inspection using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), according to OPT.The PowerBuoy will be used to demonstrate subsea battery charging, and eventually may be used to provide a stand-alone charging station and communications platform that would enable the long-term remote operation of AUVs, OPT said.Illustration/Concept of operation: PowerBuoy as a sustainable power source and communication platform for prepositioned Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) (Image: OPT) George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: “We believe the Eni deployment could lead to other applications including the charging of underwater unmanned vehicles, well monitoring and decommissioning applications in the oil and gas industry, as well as metocean data collection.“We hope to leverage this work to further expand the use of our PB3 PowerBuoy throughout our target markets including oil and gas, security, defense and telecommunications.”Kirby added that upon the end of the initial 18-month lease and achieving pre-defined technical metrics, Eni will have the option to either extend the lease for an additional 18 months or purchase the PB3 PowerBuoy.last_img read more

Call to end shady pokie dealings

first_imgOtago Daily Times 4 April 2012Corrupt behaviour in the pokies sector was “all pervasive and pernicious”, a damning report from a former industry association head alleges.Released to the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act, the report recommends wholesale changes to prevent “endemic non-compliance” in the sector, which had a turnover of $856 million in 2010-11.Former Community Gaming Association chief executive Francis Wevers told the ODT he stood by the report he sent to the Minister of Internal Affairs in January last year.“My views haven’t changed … I think something needs to be done and what I have proposed is what I consider quite a simple and elegant solution. I just hope the Government does something to address it.”His five-year involvement in the industry prompted him to write the 15-page report, which notes, for some in the [non-casino pokies] sector “the motivation to continue to operate unlawfully is more powerful than the motivation to comply”.Decisive action by the Department of Internal Affairs or the Government was needed to address corruption in the sector, and to stop organisations and key people from capturing pokie grants at the expense of others.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/204144/call-end-shady-pokie-dealingslast_img read more

Dorothea F. O’Neal

first_imgDorothea F. O’Neal of Brookville was born on October 28, 1940 in Charleston, W. VA a daughter of Hillard and Hazel Marie Chancey Tyree. In 1956 she married Donald R. O’Neal Sr. who died in 1998. Dorothea was an LPN working at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville and working until retirement at Elsie Dreyer Nursing Home in Brookville. She enjoyed spending time with her family, spending time working in her yard and garden, which was her pride and joy , and taking in injured and abandoned animals and caring for them. On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the age of 77, Dorothea died.Dorothea is survived by her children: Terry Reed ( Ron Stallo) of Brookville, Theresa Abernathy (Bret Weston) of Severn, MD, Donna Reed ( Ray Miller) of Connersville, Donald O’Neal Jr. of Brookville, Megan O’Neal (Fred Neeley) of Brookville; Grandchildren: Nickey Reed, Michael Reed, Missy Miller, Jason Stallo, Shannon Senefeld, Amy Reed, Daniel Reed Jr., Shawnya Reed, Stephanie Litzinger, Timothy Litzinger, Trevor O’Neal, Ray O’Neal, Savannah O’Neal, Alexander Ford, Elijah Ford; thirty-three great-grandchildren; a brother: Hillard Tyree Jr, ( Pat) of Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; a son: Anthony O’Neal; and a sister Barbara Holmes.Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service where memorial contributions may be made to Franklin County Humane Society. To sign the online guest book or to leave condolences please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Dorothea O’Neal.last_img read more