Haitian reconstruction must ensure human rights, says UN

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Share Kyung-wha Kang, United Nations deputy high commissioner for human rights. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — A senior United Nations human rights official said on Tuesday that post-earthquake development efforts in Haiti should be based on people’s rights, ensuring there is no discrimination in reconstruction plans and that they are guided by transparency and participation of beneficiaries in decision-making.Kyung-wha Kang, the UN deputy high commissioner for human rights, who has been on a five-day mission to Haiti, said she was encouraged by President Michel Martelly’s commitment to achieving the fundamental rights of the Haitian people, including economic and social rights, such as housing, education and health.“Strong leadership and support of the president on human rights is essential to address the systemic shortcomings of the rule of law and to make solid progress on economic development and reconstruction efforts,” Kang told a news conference in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.Kang pointed out foreign aid alone cannot address impediments to human rights in Haiti, which she said were complex and entrenched. She said initiatives by the international community must be part of a broader plan to increase access to adequate housing in the camps and in poor neighbourhoods.“Only a comprehensive plan for housing, combined with a massive job creation, can break the cycle of extreme poverty and the inability to achieve economic and social rights, in which Haiti has been imprisoned for so many years.”The deputy high commissioner said she had taken note of reports of trafficking of children across the border into the Dominican Republic, and praised the work of national and local authorities, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in trying to stop the practice.Kang, however, stressed the need for devoting additional resources to institutions responsible for protecting children and strengthening the legal framework to curb human trafficking.She also voiced concern over high levels of gender-based violence, including rape.“I welcome the existence of a national action plan to combat domestic violence, and I encourage all state authorities to work closely and to increase their efforts to address these endemic and odious practices that cause so much suffering to so many women in Haiti,” she added.She welcomed the efforts by the judiciary to reduce prolonged pre-trial detention, stressing that the judicial reforms approved four years ago should be implemented for greater judicial capacity and autonomy.“More investment is needed in the judicial system, not just in buildings, but also in adequate working conditions for its staff. It is imperative that transparent, fair and timely [procedures] are established for the selection and dismissal of judges.”Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Haitian reconstruction must ensure human rights, says UN by: – July 7, 2011last_img read more

Cold Weather Brings Potential Dangers For Residents

first_imgWith temperatures remaining in the teens for the majority of Friday, it serves as an appropriate time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips.“Winter can be a difficult time, as the harsh conditions especially impact seniors,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. “We want to make sure seniors and their loved ones are aware of simple ways they can stay safe and warm throughout the season.”Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature decreases, creating an insensitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear.Symptoms of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary.The leading reason for hypothermia in the elderly is due to poorly heated homes, which is entirely preventable. Follow these simple tips to ensure a warm household:• Keep the thermostat at 65 degrees, at least. Consistently check it to make sure your home is sufficiently warm. Even as heating costs rise, your safety should be a priority.• Put a carbon monoxide detector near where you sleep.• Ensure that there is adequate insulation, and check and clean the fireplace and furnace. Furnace filters should be replaced monthly.• Minimize drafts by filling old socks with sand and using them in drafty windowsills and door jams. Weather-strip around windows and doors. Keep doors to unused rooms closed and close curtains at night.• Add an extra blanket to the bed and warm the bed in advance with a hot water bottle. Never use an electric blanket – it may be difficult to operate the controls if the temperature needs to be adjusted in the night.• Dress in layers of loose fitting clothing. If you go outside, make sure your head is covered.Every year, more than 1.6 million seniors end up in the emergency room because of a fall. With icy conditions, the chances of falling are even greater. Follow these steps to potentially preventing falls:• Take a couple minutes per day and stretch your limbs in order to loosen muscles.• Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole.• Have handrails installed on outside walls for frequently used walkways.• If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth.Winter weather can take a toll on everyone, especially seniors. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can occur in seniors and impact their emotional health. Some signs to watch for with SAD include: a loss of energy, an increased appetite and an enhanced feeling of lethargy and tiredness. If symptoms are present, talk to your medical provider about treatment options.Additionally, winter storms can be unpredictable. It is important to be prepared in case of an emergency:• Stay in touch in with family, friends and neighbors. Schedule phone calls, or enlist the help of a professional caregiver to come in for an hour a week.• Make arrangements for assistance in case of a blizzard or power outage. Keep important numbers in an emergency kit, along with non-perishable foods, water and medications.• Be familiar with your local resources. Visit ready.gov, NOAA or the Red Cross for more information about cold weather.last_img read more

Livestock producers encouraged to attend training sessions

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is conducting three trainings for livestock producers interested in the Certified Livestock Producer Program.This voluntary program is open to all livestock species and recognizes producers that go above and beyond in their farm management in the areas of environmental stewardship, animal well-being, biosecurity, emergency planning and community relations.“Since the program began in 2008, more than 140 producers have earned the certification,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “I’ve heard many times that it helped them, not only strengthen their emergency preparedness, but also demonstrate their commitment to the community.”To become certified, producers will have to work with their veterinarian to develop a biosecurity plan and meet with their local fire department to create an emergency management plan. They will also be responsible for conducting a self-assessment in several areas, as well as participating in their industry’s quality assurance program, such as Beef Quality Assurance or Pork Quality Assurance.Once a producer completes the certification and is approved by the department, they will be eligible to receive the official Certified Livestock Producer signage and will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.The following list includes the Certified Livestock Producer trainings.Friday, February 22, 2019When: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (ET)Where: Noble County Purdue Extension, 2090 N State Road 9, Suite D, Albion, IN 46701Friday, March 1, 2019When: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (ET)Where: Washington County Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance office, 813 S. Jackson St., Salem, IN 47167Friday, March 8, 2019When: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET)Where: Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance office, 225 South East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202To register, visit www.in.gov/isda/2395 or call 317.220.3711.last_img read more

New endowment to aid international SCA students

first_imgThe School of Cinematic Arts will launch a partnership with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to financially support foreign filmmaking students through a $2 million endowment starting in Fall 2017.Recipients of the gift will be dubbed HFPA International Scholars in efforts to promote international diversity and inclusivity. SCA Dean Elizabeth Daley and HFPA President Lorenzo Soria announced the establishment of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Endowed International Student Support Fund on March 17. The fund, the largest donation exclusively in service of international students, will ensure that financial circumstances do not deter non-U.S. students from applying to or attending SCA due to a lack of financial aid. HFPA is a nonprofit organization, known for producing the annual Golden Globe Awards. The HFPA furthers entertainment-related charities and enterprises, including funding scholarships and educational programs for prospective film and television professionals. Soria lauded SCA as a fitting location for the inauguration of the international student fund due to its distinguished reputation in the entertainment world. “Tt has been our pleasure and honor for years to help hopeful storytellers and the industry leaders of tomorrow experience the best education, in hopes that they may pursue their dreams to share their stories and have their distinct voices heard,” Soria toldUSC News. Daley expressed gratitude and admiration to the HFPA for spearheading the inclusion initiative. “We are incredibly grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this generous and impactful gift for international students,” Daley told USC News. “It will allow us to attract and fund the education of diverse storytellers from around the world, which is an important step toward enacting real change within our industry. Support like this is usually talked about but never instituted, so we are indebted to the HFPA for having the vision to actually do it. We look forward to seeing the global impact the HFPA International Scholars will make”last_img read more

Caribbean countries now named on US list of illicit drug producing…

first_imgAt least four Caribbean countries have been named by the United States as major illicit drug producing countries.In its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the State Department noted the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica were also described as major drug-transit countries.According to Washington, a major illicit drug producing country is one in which 1,000 hectares or more of illicit opium poppy and illicit coca is cultivated or harvested during a year; or 5,000 hectares or more of illicit cannabis is cultivated or harvested during a year.Jamaica highlightedThe report notes that Jamaica remains the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the US and other Caribbean islands.“Although cocaine and synthetic drugs are not produced locally, Jamaica is a transit point for drugs trafficked from South America to North America and other international markets,” the report noted, stating that in 2016, drug production and trafficking were enabled and accompanied by organized crime, domestic and international gang activity, and police and government corruption.“Illicit drugs are also a means of exchange for illegally-trafficked firearms entering the country, exacerbating Jamaica’s security situation,” the report stated.It said drugs flow from and through Jamaica by maritime conveyance, air freight, human couriers, and private aircraft.“Marijuana and cocaine are trafficked from and through Jamaica into other Caribbean nations, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Jamaica is a transit point for cocaine moving from Central America to the United States, and some drug trafficking organizations exchange Jamaican marijuana for cocaine.”Jamaica has advantagesThe report noted factors that contribute to drug trafficking include Jamaica’s convenient geographic position as a waypoint for illicit drugs trafficked from Latin America include its lengthy, rugged, and difficult-to patrol coastline; a high volume of tourist travel and airline traffic; its status as a major transshipment hub for maritime containerized cargo,  inadequate educational and employment opportunities for at-risk youth who engage in crime, and a struggling economy that encourages marijuana cultivation in rural areas.Law enforcement authorities moderately effectiveThe report notes that while the government and law enforcement authorities are committed to combating narcotics and illicit trafficking “their efforts were only moderately effective in 2016 because of insufficient resources, corruption, an inefficient criminal justice system, and the inability of lawmakers to adopt meaningful legislation to combat corruption.“In 2015, legislation to decriminalize the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana for personal use (including religious purposes) went into effect.”Belize The State Department also named Belize as the lone CARICOM country with major sources of precursor or essential chemicals used in the production of illicit narcotics.Money launderingRegarding money laundering, Washington named all the15 member CARICOM countries “whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking.”But it acknowledged that the “complex nature of money laundering transactions today makes it difficult in many cases to distinguish the proceeds of narcotics trafficking from the proceeds of other serious crime. “Moreover, financial institutions engaging in transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds of other serious crime are vulnerable to narcotics-related money laundering.”Washington said this year’s list of major money laundering countries “recognizes this relationship by including all countries and other jurisdictions, whose financial institutions engage in transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from all serious crime.”last_img read more

South Florida Cricket Round-Up

first_imgFor the second time, the Lauderhill Jammers got the better of the St. Bess cricket team as the two sides faced-off last Sunday, April 29th at the John Stretch Park in Palm Beach County, Florida.St. Bess won the toss and decided to take first strike. The team was struggling at 25 for 2 in 7.4 overs when O’Brian Jones and Brian Gayle came together and staged a recovery, taking the score to 141 for 3. Jones then departed for 35 after a knock of 3 fours and 1 six and Gayle followed soon after following a well-played 66, which included 7 fours and 2 sixes.At that point, the score was 143 for 4 and after their departure, wickets kept on tumbling at regular intervals and St. Bess was eventually bowled out 175 in 37.2 overs. The only other batsman to get into double figure was Ifran Mohammed with a mere 11 runs. The pick of the bowlers for Lauderhill Jammers were Adam Khan, who bagged 5 for 37 and David Brathwaite, 2 for 37. In reply, Lauderhill Jammers got off to a flying start, posting 95 runs when the wicket of Simeon Pierre fell for 27 after a knock of 3 fours and 1 six in the 12th over. Lauderhill Jammers, however, went on to reach 176 runs in 26.1 overs, losing only 4 wickets. Mark ‘Soup Bone’ Johnson top scored with 53 runs, which included 6 fours and two massive sixes while Shawn Finley added 27 not-out, including 3 fours and 1 six. Elvis Watson contributed 23, including 2 fours, and Rajesh Sharmoi 11 helping Lauderhill Jammers win by a whopping 6 wickets. Bowling for St. Bess, Chrishna Graham grabbed 2 for 30 and Sherwlyn Powell 2 for 46.At the MAQ Ground in Delray Beach Florida, Port St. Lucie won the toss and decided to bat, posting a paltry 126 runs in 33.5 overs of their allotted 40 overs. Charles Reid added 41 and Richard Louis, 21. Bowling for Tropics United, Marcel Graham bagged 2 for 10; Terry Mills, 2 for 28 and Olive Taffe, 2 for 36. In reply, Tropics United reached 127 for 2 in 28.5 overs. Ramario Forbes was 52 not-out while Nicholas Mittoo reached 34 and Keith Bazil added 11. Bowling for Port St. Lucie, Richard Louis grabbed 1 for 24 and Elton Tucker, 1 for 44. Tropics United won by 8 wickets.last_img read more

Ghana names 25 for World Cup double

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has named a 25-man squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Sudan and Lesotho.Dominic Adiyiah returns to the Black Stars as Appiah includes four home-based players for the two away matches.Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Ashgold), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals), Stephen Adams (Aduana)Full-backs: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Samuel Inkoom (Bastia, France), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Baba Rahman (Greuther Furth)Central Defenders: John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Rashid Sumaila (Kotoko)Defensive midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Edwin Gyimah (SuperSport, South Africa) Isaac Coffie (Chievo Verona, Italy) Right midfielders: Albert Adomah (Bristol City), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)Left midfielders: Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy) Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal)Offensive midfielder: Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy)Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Dominic Adiyiah (Arsenal Kiev, Ukraine), Richard Boakye Yiadom (Sassuolo, Italy), Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak)last_img read more

Edin Džeko Targeted by Barcelona?

first_imgCaptain of the National Football Team of BiH Edin Džeko is on the wish list of Barcelona, which will look for the forwards in the summer transfer period, it was written by Catalan media.On the cover of today’s Sport are Edin Džeko and Fernando Llorente, who is in this case the first option of Barcelona.As mentioned sports newspaper writes, if the transfer of the Juventus forward is not feasible, the management of the Catalan giants will go for the Diamond.Manchester City striker fits the ideal profile of the attacker being sought by Barcelona. He is on the market, he would come because he is not in the first team, and is taller than 190 cm, it was written in Sport.Furthermore, according to the newspaper, Barcelona is ready to offer up to 20 million Euros for Džeko. The problem may represent Džeko’s salary, says Sport.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Greg Orman, Paul Davis pass through Wellington Thursday morning

first_imgKansas U.S. Senator candidate Greg Orman was in Wellington todaySumner Newscow report — Greg Orman, the Independent Candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, swung through Wellington Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day Kansas Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Davis made an appearance in Wellington.Both challengers are in heated battles against Republican incumbents. Orman is an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate battling Pat Roberts, a Republican incumbent. Davis, a Democrat candidate for governor, is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.The election will be held Tuesday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -14 Vote up Vote down Thinking Voter · 302 weeks ago Orman an independent my azz! The guy is a liberal demorat. Orman gave money to the Obama and Reid campaigns. Do you really think as a Senator he will oppose those that he contributed money to? Report Reply 2 replies · active 302 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 302 weeks ago I sure hope not. Report Reply +11 Vote up Vote down guest · 302 weeks ago You watch too much TV. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down credence · 301 weeks ago So now Greg Orman is an independent. What short memories we all have. Greg Orman ran against Pat Roberts six years ago as a democrat and lost. So what has changed in the past six years? Orman is a democrat through and through and he fully supports Obama, Reid, Pelosi and their tax and spend agenda and he will vote however they tell him to, not what I would call an independent. If he can’t be forthcoming about his political affiliation, what else is he hiding? Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Timothy Ayieko: Cranes midfield dynamo dies

first_imgTimothy AyeikoKampala, Uganda | IAN KATUSIIME | Those who watched Timothy Ayeiko play say he was a midfield dynamo whose superb skills won him favour with fans at clubs where he played such as KCC FC in Uganda and Gor Mahia in Kenya where he enjoyed heroic status.Ayieko became Uganda Cranes coach at a time when appointing foreign coaches to manage the national team was a distant option. In 1995 when Ayieko was appointed Cranes coach, Federation of Football Association (FUFA) was keeping a tradition of either picking a former Cranes player or tasking one of the local coaches to take up the job.Naming Ayieko was, therefore, a stamp of his not being considered a ‘foreigner’. After all he had made a name as a Cranes player and come through Uganda’s ranks of league football. Ayieko was part of the golden generation of Cranes players that qualified for the 1978 AFCON tournament and reached the final where they lost to Ghana.But Ayeiko was, in fact, born in Kisumu, western Kenya, in 1954 to John Njoga and Hellen Anyango. His parents emigrated from Kenya to Uganda when he was a young boy.Ayieko’s talent as a footballer was seen at an early age. Ayieko went to Nsambya Primary School and Nakasero SSS but only studied up to O-Level in 1970 due to financial constraints.According to veteran sports journalist Badru Zziwa, Ayieko’s football career began in 1971 when he joined Nakivubo Boys. At the time, the club acted as a recruitment ground for Express FC, one of the most prominent clubs in Uganda. In 1972, Ayieko joined National Insurance Corporation in search of a more professional service and two years later he joined Express as a more experienced footballer where he won league titles in 1974 and 1975. It is at Express that Ayieko’s midfield artistry started getting noticed and KCC came calling.In a profile Zziwa wrote of Ayieko in 2010 in The Observer, he said the then Express midfielder was being courted by KCC manager Jaberi Bidandi Ssali. In 1976, KCC signed Ayieko and the highlight of his time at the club was during the 1978 CECAFA club championship where his exploits included a hat-trick in a 3-0 win against Luo-Union of Kenya.“This match is best remembered for the drama after the final whistle when the Kenyans were angry that one of their own (a Luo) had destroyed them.” Zziwa wrote.KCC FC won that championship, their only CECAFA club title to date, with a penalty shoot-out against Tanzania’s Simba.At the time he started playing for Express, Ayieko had joined the Cranes fold and was part of the Cranes team that took part in the 1978 tournament although he was unlucky not to take part in any of the Cranes five games due to injury and a logistical mishap that denied him a chance to play as a substitute in the final game. According to Zziwa, Ayieko’s passport was forgotten in the team hotel denying him a once in a lifetime opportunity.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more