General Assembly President calls for food democracy in face of global crisis

“Without innovative and broad changes in our food policies, we will see hunger once again spread across the world like a mediaeval plague,” he told a conference on the politics of food at Columbia University in New York.“The shameful reality is that, despite the fact that we have the knowledge, the financial and technological means to prevent it, half of the human population subsists at levels of malnutrition and poverty completely incompatible with their inherent dignity and rights. This is not only shameful – it is, to use religious terminology, downright sinful.”Mr. D’Escoto called for an end to the dominance by the monoculture of industrialized food giants and the birth of a multi-functional policy focused on the poor and their right to food.“In food politics, I would advocate food democracy,” he said. “We can move our food provisioning away from dominance by a few very large corporations to the control of people-oriented food systems that respect communities and their right to food sovereignty, and localized and regionalized food systems at the local and regional levels.”But for many, solutions are coming too late. “Hunger and malnutrition, exclusion and poverty are taking thousands of lives each day,” he said. “We must stop deluding ourselves and face up to the fact that the ‘haves’ of this world must change their way of life, the patterns of consumption that show little or no regard for the disastrous impact of their lifestyle on the wellbeing of their neighbours, our brothers and sisters, and our shared home, the planet Earth.” 19 November 2008General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto today called for a new politics “that starts from the bottom up, not the top down” in the face of the current global food crisis of soaring prices and mass hunger. read more

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Kosovo UN envoy condemns stonethrowing against returnees

Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, echoed Pristina’s strong condemnation of the harassment, which continued for several nights against returnees living in tents in the town of Zallq/Žać.“Such incidents can influence negatively the delicate process of returns of displaced people to their homes throughout Kosovo,” he said.Mr. Ban’s latest report to the Security Council on Kosovo found that although voluntary minority returns remain low, there has been an increase from 2008, with more than 1,100 people returning from both inside and outside Kosovo last year, compared with just 679 in 2008.In the first two months of this year, 259 uprooted members of ethnic minority communities – 22 Albanians, 90 Serbs, 30 Roma, 89 Ashkali and Egyptians, 16 Bosniaks and 12 Goranis – voluntarily returned to Kosovo, up from 55 in the same period last year.A registration effort last year carried out by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Serbian Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija and the Ministry for Communities and Returns in Pristina, the report noted, “has revived interest among the displaced and has given new impetus to the returns process.”But the Secretary-General pointed out that in spite of the recent spike in numbers of returns compared to previous periods, “the overall numbers of returns remains disappointingly low,” calling on cooperation between all parties to enhance returns.Mr. Zannier, who heads the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), today welcomed Pristina’s strong condemnation of the attacks against those returning to Zallq/Žać.“Pristina authorities rightfully termed the incidents ‘cowardly and intolerable,’” as well as calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, he noted.In spite of the efforts by authorities to be visible on the ground and investigate the incidents, the envoy underscored the need for a “long-term commitment to the process” to ensure that there will be no more such provocative actions, with the only durable solution to the issue of returns lying in “open and honest dialogue.”UNMIK, deployed in Kosovo in 1999 after North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians, gave up its administrative role after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in early 2008, a move that Serbia rejects. 23 April 2010The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today voiced his concern over stone-throwing against people returning to a town in the east, urging dialogue between the ethnic Serb and Albanian communities “that must live side by side.” read more

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Brantford standoff ends

(Updated)A police stand-off in downtown Brantford is over.The incident began about 6:30 Sunday morning, when a man barricaded himself inside an apartment located above a store at the corner of Pearl and Palace streets.Initial reports indicated a hostage was involved, but police say that was not the case.  They say they are investigating an assault that happened early Sunday morning.Several residents were kept from their homes throughout the day, even though police maintained there was no threat to the public.Then, at around 11:45 last night, neighbours say police entered the apartment, but didn’t bring anyone out.About 45 minutes later witnesses say a forensics van arrived.  At this point police are only saying they’ve cleared the scene, but the investigation is ongoing.

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UN health agency urges steps to prevent bird flu causing human pandemic

“While these outbreaks thus far remain restricted to poultry populations, they nevertheless increase the chances of virus transmission and human infection of the disease,” the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said of the new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 reported in China, Thailand and Viet Nam. The same virus killed 22 people in Thailand and Viet Nam earlier this year when more than 100 million birds died or were culled in at least nine countries across Southern and Eastern Asia. WHO re-emphasized the need to protect individuals involved in culling infected poultry by giving them proper equipment, including protective clothing, masks and goggles, since there is a high risk of exposure during the slaughtering process. It also recommended that all those involved in mass cullings, transportation and burial or inclination of carcasses should be vaccinated with the WHO-recommended influenza vaccine to avoid the co-infection of avian and human influenza, which could lead to the emergence of a pandemic influenza virus. Other recommendations include close monitoring of all those exposed to infected poultry or to farms under suspicion, and antiviral treatment for suspected human cases. If antivirals are available in sufficient quantities, prophylactic use should be considered. Meanwhile the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urged against culling wild birds in the present outbreak. “Killing wild birds will not help to prevent or control avian influenza outbreaks,” Juan Lubroth of the FAO Animal Health Service said. “Wild birds are an important element of the ecosystem and should not be destroyed.” Although certain species of water fowl can be a reservoir of bird flu viruses, “to date, there is no scientific evidence that wildlife is the major factor in the resurgence of the disease in the region,” he added. The major factors contributing to the spread of the virus are poor hygienic practices related to the production, processing and marketing of poultry, contaminated products, gaps in biosecurity and individuals not following recommended control measures, FAO said. read more

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Religious communities must embrace shared values to foster peace – UN officials

“All of the world’s great religions share the values of peace, human dignity and respect for others,” said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, at a special event at UN Headquarters to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week. “We welcome opportunities to join forces with people of faith who are working for peace, development, human rights and the rule of law.”Mr. Eliasson noted that many religious groups have been at the forefront of grassroots efforts to help the poor, provide health services and support young people. However, he warned that religious extremism is causing lasting damage and widespread suffering.“We cannot let small numbers of extremists of any faith obscure the good work of the vast majority of believers in our world.”In particular, he expressed concern over young people who turn to extremists promising rewards or salvation, and are conscripted to campaigns of hate and violence. “Young people naturally have much energy and idealism. We should find ways to help them use these positive qualities to improve conditions of life.”While many conflicts in the world are marked by religious disputes, Mr. Eliasson underlined that inter-faith dialogue can help resolve conflicts. “With dialogue, we can combat hate. With inter-faith harmony, we can build bridges to a better future.” The President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, said the UN can greatly benefit from engaging with religious leaders around the world who are working to achieve peace, and pointed out that many UN agencies have strengthened their partnerships with faith-based groups.“We ought to re-embrace the calls of our respective faiths for individuals to show respect for all and compassion for the most vulnerable, notwithstanding their differences, in recognition of God’s image not only in ourselves but in everyone else – however they may worship and wherever they may live,” Mr. Jeremic said.“Let us reach out to one another, on equal footing, and truly work on healing the wounds of centuries of conflict between peoples of different religions – vigilantly mindful of the danger that the ills and grievances of bygone centuries, if they continue to be reawakened, can engulf us in a maelstrom of unmatched ferocity.”The event, entitled “United for a Culture of Peace Through Interfaith Harmony,” was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) and the Committee of Religious Non-Governmental Organizations. read more

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Knightsbridge School placed into lockdown after nearby stabbing

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “When something like this happens we go into lockdown and make sure the children are safe and that’s what happened on this occasion.”  A top London school reportedly went into lockdown on Monday after a man collapsed at the entrance following a knife attack.Police responded to reports of a stabbing in Lennox Gardens in southwest London around 4pm.The man in his 20s was understood to have been attacked by two males on a moped before seeking help at the nearby Knightsbridge School.  Teachers helped the man, who was reportedly stabbed in the leg, until paramedics arrived and he was taken to hospital, it was reported.  A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “The man – believed aged in his 20s – was taken to a central London hospital; at this early stage it is not thought his condition is life threatening.”The victim was approached by two males on a moped before being attacked. The moped then drove away from the scene. One line of enquiry is that this was an attempted robbery.”Police say inquiries are continuing.Magoo Giles, principal of Knightsbridge School, told MailOnline that teachers found the man in the school’s doorway bleeding heavily. “The victim sought refuge in our doorway. That’s when we became aware something had happened and he was then supported by my teachers and staff until the ambulance arrived. read more

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Appeal for witnesses after man in 60s killed in Tipperary collision

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses following a single vehicle collision in Tipperary in which a man in his 60s was killed.The incident occurred shortly after 4pm today on the M8 motorway, (northbound) near Junction 7 Cahir, when the car left the motorway before colliding with a ditch.The driver of the car, a man in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger in his 20s was taken by ambulance to Clonmel Hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.The road is closed and forensic collision investigators have been notified to attend the scene. Traffic diversions are in place.Gardaí are asking anyone with information to contact Cahir Garda Station 052- 7445630 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Man becomes 14th motorcyclist to die on Irish roads this year>last_img read more

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On this night in 1992 you were listening to Snap

first_imgTHIS SONG HAS possibly one of the worst rhyming couplets in the history of songwriting, but we forgive its faults because the rest of the track is genius.With a video filmed in a space-age factory/shuttle launchpad/site of an alien invasion, it is a slice of off-the-wall 90s video action… and we salute Snap for making what could be the defining 90s classic.(mysterious2b/YouTube)On this night in 1994 you were listening to… BlurOn this night in 1997 you were listening to… Sash!On this night in 1993 you were listening to… Snowlast_img

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Man who defaced Trumps Hollywood star with a sledgehammer arrested

first_imgMan who defaced Trump’s Hollywood star with a sledgehammer arrested James Otis was detained before he could give a press conference. Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:59 PM Share11 Tweet Email1 Image: Richard Vogel/PA A MAN WHO admitted to defacing Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was arrested this morning.James Otis had planned to hold a news conference at the site of Trump’s star and then surrender to police, but he was arrested beforehand.Otis, who had his misdeed filmed on Wednesday, said he initially wanted to remove the star and auction it in New York on Election Day.SledgehammerThe proceeds, he said, would go to nearly a dozen women who have accused the 70-year-old Trump of sexual misconduct.Otis ended up taking a sledgehammer and pickaxe to the star but could not totally remove the slab, as the “stone was like marble,” he told the news agency.The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce quickly moved to repair the star, which was awarded to the billionaire businessman in 2007 for his work on his reality television show “The Apprentice”. Oct 27th 2016, 9:59 PM Gregg Donovan, who calls himself the unofficial ambassador of Hollywood, places a Trump sticker on the vandalised star. Source: Richard Vogel“When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California state landmark,” chamber head Leron Gubler said.“Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”Gubler said the chamber planned to pursue the case against Otis, who was charged with one felony count of vandalism.Nearly a dozen women have accused Trump of groping, forcibly kissing or being sexually aggressive toward them in the past. Donald Trump, with his wife, Melania , and their son, Barron, after he was given the star on the walk of fame. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe has denied the allegations and vowed to sue the women after the November 8 election.Latest polls have shown Trump closing the gap on Hillary Clinton.Some poll show just a four point gap between the two as the 8 November election draws closer. http://jrnl.ie/3050786 25 Comments Image: Richard Vogel/PA Short URL To live and die in Ireland: New CSO figures reveal the state of the nation >Travel around Dublin city centre? More traffic changes for Luas works > 13,479 Views By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Mariappa is an example to others Watford boss

first_imgFor the Hornets manager Javi Gracia, the 32-year-old is playing well in the English Premier League and has helped his team do good thingsEnglish defender Adrian Mariappa joined Watford for the second time in 2016, he previously played with the team from 2005 to 2012, but he hasn’t found a lot of playing time.In two years, the 32-year-old has played only in 35 matches, but lately, he’s been required to play more and more for his team.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He’s one of the captains, he’s always an example for the rest of the players and he’s always ready,” manager Javi Gracia told the Watford Observer.“You can tell him ‘you are going to play right-back, you are going to play center back, you are going to play left-back’ and he’s always ready and always with a smile on his face.”“He’s always trying to do his best and trying to help everybody and for me, it’s a pleasure to have players like Mariappa,” he concluded.last_img read more

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US interim coach says Italy will not have it easy

first_imgThe United States and the Azzurri will play in Belgium in their last friendly match of the year 2018Italy will host the United States tomorrow night, in their last friendly match of this year.And for U.S. interim manager Dave Sarachan, the Azzurri will have a difficult time playing against the Americans.“Over the course of 12 months, in all the matches we’ve played, we’ve made it somewhat hard on teams; whether it’s getting in on tackles or blocking passing lanes or making it difficult for teams to really create a lot of chances,” Sarachan said according to ESPN.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I thought in the England game we lost that element a little bit.”“We’ve addressed that, being a little more of a risk-taking team and being more aggressive, not in a way to foul but just making it hard on the opponent. I think that’s what we’re looking for [on Tuesday].”“We’re always looking for goal scorers, and I think Josh has a fairly bright future with the program,” Sarachan added.“We felt it was important for him to get a head start in gaining experience and being a part of these important games, and I think in the big picture that’s going to go a long way.”last_img read more

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First holiday weekend for motorized scooters in San Diego raises concern

first_imgFirst holiday weekend for motorized scooters in San Diego raises concern Posted: May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018 John Soderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — With the beginning of the first holiday of the Summer season, there has been increased scrutiny towards the new, motorized scooters that have become popular in San Diego.Earlier this week, the city council rejected an emergency ban on them.With ten of thousands expected to visit San Diego beaches during Memorial Day weekend, concerns have been raised about the safety of these scooters.At Mission Beach, the motorized scooters are all over the place. Lifeguards have reported 13 injury crashes involving these scooters since March 2.The concern is that as Summer rolls into town, the injury count could increase.This concern is why city councilmember Lori Zapf pushed so hard to get an emergency scooter ban enforced along boardwalks.The city council ultimately voted against the proposed ban by Zapf.Despite the concerns, the scooters are immensely popular among beach-goers, and as long as users follow the rules of the road — wearing helmets, having a driver’s lisence, and not scootering under the influence — they could become a regular part of the San Diego beach boardwalk scene. John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Police Man runs over estranged wifes boyfriend

first_imgLONGVIEW — A Longview, Washington, man is in jail Friday on investigation of assault after he allegedly ran over his estranged wife’s boyfriend with his car.Longview Police Capt. Robert Huhta says 39-year-old Thomas Nolan was driving with his estranged wife Thursday when he spotted the other man. Huhta says Nolan veered off the roadway and drove his car over the victim.The victim, identified as 34-year-old Nickolas Peterson, was treated and released from a local hospital with a broken foot.Tammy Nolan, who recently separated from her husband, says he was giving her a ride to work Thursday. She tells The Daily News that her husband “just gunned it” when he saw the other man. Thomas Nolan was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on investigation of first-degree assault.last_img

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Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast Tour Heading To Europe In 2018

first_img Twitter Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast Tour Heading To Europe In 2018 Email Bruce Dickinson & Co. will embark on a tour starting in summer 2018 with a set list packed full of hits and fan favoritesBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 4:53 pm Metal pioneers Iron Maiden are still crushing arenas around the world well into the fourth decade of their musical career. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2015 – 3:21 pm Iron Maiden Win Best Metal Performance Facebook News The huge success of their 2016–2017 world tour in support of their 16th (!) studio album, Book Of Souls, erased any doubt that fans around the world are still ravenous for more of Maiden’s signature metal sound. This week, the band have announced plans for a new celebratory best-of tour encompassing a 34-show run across Europe in summer 2018.The band’s manager Rod Smallwood has hinted that the concept for Iron Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast tour will feature set designs showcasing a series of interconnected “worlds” and a set list stacked full of ’80s hits and fan favorites, plus a few key surprises.”For this History/Hits tour we decided to base the theme around the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun,” explained Smallwood. “We hope to give our fans a fantastic experience when they come to see this very special show.”The Legacy Of The Beast 2018 tour will kick off on May 26 in Tallinn, Estonia, and run through the summer before wrapping up in London on Aug. 10. Additional tour stops and territories will be announced at a later date, and the tour is expected to continue on into 2019. Killswitch Engage has been tapped as a supporting guest for the May 26 – July 1 shows, with additional opening acts still to be announced.Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Nov. 24, with a special limited presale available to Iron Maiden fan club members on Nov. 20.UK Music Consumers Gravitate Toward Media You Can TouchRead more Iron Maiden Announce 2018 European Tour iron-maiden-legacy-beast-tour-heading-europe-2018last_img read more

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Wrangell Hospital Project Closes Contracts Starts Fresh

first_imgThe City and Borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Medical Center closed a settlement this month with a company formerly contracted to help finance a new hospital building. After the hospital project stalled in 2012 with more than a million dollars spent on contracts, city and hospital officials are hoping for a fresh start.Download AudioWrangell Borough Assembly and Wrangell Medical Center board members approved the settlement with InnoVative Capital at a special executive session, a closed-door meeting.Wrangell Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch said the settlement allowed both parties to walk away from the agreement.“The monies that we had already paid to InnoVative Capital, they were allowed to keep those. But we didn’t have to pay any additional funds, or there was no money that changed hands at all with the settlement,” Jabusch said. “So that was important to us.”Jabusch said InnoVative Capital was paid about $900,000 to help finance the hospital project. The company secured a $24 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for hospital construction due to start in 2011. But the loan was not used, and it is no longer valid.Jabusch said about $600,000 was paid to American Health Facilities Development for bid coordination services. That brought the total spent on contracts for the original hospital project to at least $1.5 million.“And there were two construction contracts that we just basically received letters, and if we didn’t take any action there was nothing really we paid them. The only ones we paid were [American Health Facilities Development] and InnoVative Capital,” Jabusch said.Jabusch said the work done under those two contracts is probably not applicable to the current hospital project. But he said some of the work done by InnoVative Capital to get the USDA loan could speed up the intense process of applying for a new loan in the future.The contracts for $1.5 million were a source of controversy in 2012. Petitioners cited the contracts as one of three reasons for a hospital board recall election that year. They alleged the board violated Wrangell’s municipal code by authorizing the former hospital CEO to enter two contracts for a borough-owned building.Wrangell officials declined to comment on the legitimacy of those contracts because of a settlement with the former CEO.Wrangell Medical Center CEO Marla Sanger said the settlement with InnoVative Capital allows more flexibility in decision-making for the hospital project.“It just seemed like it was time to start fresh and think about what kinds of financial services would we need now going forward, because things have changed, and it might be something completely different. So now we have that option,” Sanger said.Sanger said she is trying to secure pre-development help for the hospital project.Federal stimulus money made the old USDA loan possible. Sanger said even though those funds are no longer available, the USDA regional director has shown support for the project.“We’ve had a site visit from him as well as the state engineer, and they seem very favorable toward what we’re trying to do,” Sanger said. “It will depend on whether we can show that we’re financially ready to make a loan application like that.”Alaska Director for USDA-Rural Development Jim Nordlund confirmed the USDA’s support for the project and encouraged Wrangell to submit a new loan application.The Borough Assembly listed the hospital project fourth in its capital budget requests to the governor and legislature this year.A project team was formed early this year that includes Jabusch, Sanger, and others from the borough, hospital and Alaska Island Community Services.The team has been working on a conceptual design that would join the new hospital building to the existing AICS clinic.last_img read more

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Lullaby Project connects mothers to kids through prison walls

first_imgShawn Muese and Hilary Morgan teamed up for the Lullaby Project, where Muese wrote a song for her children. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)A program aimed at helping mothers who are in prison connect with their kids is called the Lullaby Project. Professional musicians work with inmates at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River to write songs for the inmate’s children then the musicians record them onto a CD.Listen nowWhen the program began about two months ago, Shawn Muese, an inmate at Hiland, sat down with musician Hilary Morgan. Muese carried a booklet she had filled with details about her seven kids and a letter addressed to them. She was ready to write them a lullaby – or so she thought.“She actually came and had already written something,” Morgan recalled. “And she said, ‘This is the song.’ And I knew that this wasn’t the song, because it didn’t have her heart in it.”Morgan said she tried to tease more out of Muese as they sat together, looking at photos of Muese’s kids and thought about the words they wanted to use. Muese was impressed by Morgan’s ability to connect to her feelings.“It was crazy because she could tell things I didn’t like just by my facial expressions, ‘Oh you didn’t like it. Okay, next.’”During the five-hour-long session, they wrote about the first moments Muese spent with her children and how sorry she was to be away from them.The goal of the Lullaby Project is to help mothers who are struggling to connect with their children. It was developed by the Carnegie Foundation about 8 years ago. Musicians have worked with teen mothers and women in homeless shelters and prisons. This is the first time it’s been done in Alaska. The project has three short phases – writing the songs, recording in a professional studio, then coming together to share them.While writing, Morgan and Muese were having trouble thinking of the music behind the words, so Morgan asked Muese to sing the lullabies of her childhood.“So she sings me this song and it’s in Samoan, and I’m like that doesn’t help. So I said, ‘That’s great. Did they sing any other songs?’ And she sings another song in Samoan, and a light bulb went on. I said, ‘Do your kids speak Samoan at home?’ She said, ‘Yeah, they do.’ ‘Do you want to write this in Samoan? And she said, ‘Can we do that?’”After their writing session, Morgan joined with a local Samoan choir to record the piece. When Muese sat with the other project participants to listen to the song for the first time, she erupted in sobs. After the song ended, she tossed her arms around Morgan.“You sound so awesome,” she said while choking on tears. “They would never think you’re white!”Muese knows the song won’t make up for the past, but she hopes it helps rebuild her relationship with her kids.“What I’m hoping to get out of this is restoration, and I want to be able to see my kids. It’s going on three years I haven’t seen my kids.”Women at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center listen to the songs they wrote together for their children. Hillman/Alaska Public Media)She said the song and the words in Samoan also give her pride in her culture. “The language is so beautiful. And just one line? It has a lot of meaning and that’s why I love my culture. I love my language. You can just say one word in my language and it means a lot of things. I came in here all sad, but when I heard that, it’s like angels from heaven.”She translated the words in the chorus as “angels from above, precious to my heart.”“And that’s what I believe in. My kids are angels from above. God gave me my kids as precious angels,” she paused. “I know I’m gonna get my angels back, I just gotta do me right now.”All of the lullabies will be performed by the musicians and some of the inmates during a public concert at Hiland Mountain on September 24 and will be available on a CD. The funds go straight back into the project through the nonprofit Keys To Life so another group of women can also write their children a lullaby.last_img read more

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Coast Guard Commandant visits Kodiak with several members of Congress

first_imgThe Healy will also play a role in the Operation Arctic Shield. That operation is the service’s annual deployment to provide a presence in the Far North, which is seeing increased vessel traffic because of melting sea ice. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl L. Shultz arrives at the City Dock to tour the CGC Healy which was in Kodiak enroute to the Arctic. (Photo by Maggie Wall/KMXT) The contingent that went to Kotzebue was expected to tour Air Station Kodiak’s forward deployment unit, which is operational part of the year. Helicopters and crew provide a fast response for fishermen and mariners who get in trouble in that region of the state. Kotzebue is one of the forward operating locations and typically they’re open through the summer and in the winter months to follow the fishing fleet for search and rescue response.            The Healy, a medium icebreaker, is one of two Coast Guard icebreakers. The other, the Polar Star, is the United States’ only heavy icebreaker. The Healy is newer, longer, and carries more advanced technology than the Polar Star. Both are homeported in Seattle. While in Kodiak, Admiral Karl L. Shultz toured a number of local units with a delegation of congress members and their staff. “We cover such a broad area of responsibility or AOR comparatively to other places in the Lower 48 with less resources,” Dean said. “We are appreciative of the Commandant and the congressional representatives taking the time to visit all the various units in Alaska. You don’t understand fully until you’re here in Alaska and you see what it’s like. And I think it was imperative that they were able to come to Alaska and get to actually see it and experience it for themselves.”center_img “They’re going to various units, not just here in Kodiak,” said Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist Lauren Dean. “They were in Juneau. They’ve been visiting different Coast Guard units throughout Alaska to get a broader scope and a feel for what we deal with operations wise.” Dean said the delegation split up, with some members going to Kotzebue while the bulk of the group stayed here. The commandant and the other part of the congressional group visited a number of local commands as well as taking a tour of the CGC Healy which was at the City Dock. The big, red-and-white icebreaker arrived in Kodiak on Saturday and left Monday shortly after the Commandant’s visit. Among the challenges facing the service is small units with big responsibilities. The Commandant of the Coast Guard, the highest ranking in the branch, was in Kodiak on Monday. The 420-foot-long icebreaker. It is on a months-long deployment to the Arctic Ocean where it will support a number of science missions.last_img read more

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KTR makes a surprise visit to Karimnagar Government Hospital

first_imgKarimnagar: Sircilla MLA and TRS working president KT Rama Rao advised doctors and paramedical staff to provide better medical services to the poor and have a permanent place in their hearts with their service. KTR conducted a surprise inspection at the district government hospital here on Friday after a series of complaints about the lack of gynaecologists in the district hospital and diverting pregnant women to Karimnagar and other private hospitals for delivery. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us He also conducted a review meeting on the performance of district hospital along with the MLA, District Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed, District Hospital Supervisor, doctors, staff and District Medical and Health Officer at the district government hospital. He discussed about the complaints and the reasons. KTR said the State government is giving utmost importance to public health since the formation of separate State and improved the government hospitals. Keeping in view of heavy rush of patients, various services like blood bank, ICU, dialysis centre etc have been set up at the district hospital. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us He also reminded that a super specialty hospital was granted to the district. He said a CT machine will be set up soon at the district hospital. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s Vision is to have a 300-bed super specialty hospital in all districts. The government is striving very hard to reach the target of strengthening public health system in the State, he said. Advertise With Us Stating that he will request Medical and Health Minister Eatala Rajender to visit the district hospital, KTR advised the doctors and staff to notify him regarding the infrastructure, staff shortage, hospital problems and personal problems in detail, which will be brought to the attention of the Union Minister of State for Health immediately. MLA KT Rama Rao spoke with Health Department Special Chief Secretary A Shanti Kumari over phone and requested her to appoint four dedicated amateur gynaecologists to the district hospital, who are expected to work here for at least two years. Later, he interacted with the patients and their relatives. He visited maternity wing and inquired about the medical services being provided to them.last_img read more

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EU US considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders

first_imgRohingya refugees who arrived from Myanmar last night by boat, get into other boats to go to the main land, in Teknaf. ReutersThe European Union and the United States are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, officials familiar with the discussions say.Interviews with more than a dozen diplomats and government officials based in Washington, Yangon and Europe revealed that punitive measures aimed specifically at top generals were among a range of options being discussed in response to the crisis.Nothing has yet been decided and Washington and Brussels may decide to hold off for now, the sources said. There are also discussions about increasing aid for violence-riven Rakhine state.The active discussion of sanctions – not even on the table a month ago – shows how the dramatic exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s northwest is putting pressure on Western policymakers to take action.While much of the outcry overseas has focused on Nobel laureate and Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, few Western diplomats see an alternative to her leadership. Suu Kyi does not control the military, which still wields considerable power under Myanmar’s army-written constitution.The EU Foreign Ministers Council will discuss Myanmar on Oct. 16, although officials do not expect any move on sanctions that soon. Danish minister for development cooperation, Ulla Tornaes, told Reuters that Copenhagen had been working to get the crisis on the agenda, “with the wish to put further pressure on the military”.Two Washington-based U.S. officials with knowledge of the Trump administration’s Myanmar deliberations said targeted sanctions against commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and several other generals, as well as leaders of ethnic Rakhine Buddhist militias accused of torching Rohingya villages, were under consideration.Such sanctions – if decided on – would likely entail U.S. asset freezes, bans on travel to the United States, prohibitions against Americans doing business with them and other unspecified penalties. Washington was moving cautiously as it consulted with governments in Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia, the U.S. officials said.A senior Yangon-based European diplomat also said Western countries were coordinating their response to the crisis and were in agreement that it was the military, and specifically the commander-in-chief, who needed to be targeted in any punitive action.Any punishment was likely to be symbolic at first to allow room for further talks, Yangon-based diplomats said, giving the example of formally banning the army chief, who over the past year visited Brussels, Berlin and Vienna, from further travel to Europe.Western diplomats admit their leverage is limited: compared with China, whose ties with Myanmar have warmed since Suu Kyi took office 18 months ago, U.S. and European investment and military engagement with the country are small.They are also wary of action that could hurt the wider economy or destabilise already tense ties between Suu Kyi and the army.PRESSURE BUILDINGThe United Nations is pressing for increased humanitarian access to other parts of Rakhine, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya remain. How Myanmar responds to calls for increased aid, the investigation of alleged atrocities or repatriation of refugees would be a key consideration in deciding what action to take, U.S. and EU diplomats in Myanmar said.”We can pile political pressure, look into financing we have in Myanmar. We have humanitarian aid, as well as development aid … the European Commission won’t invest in the development of Myanmar if the conditions, including security, are not there,” said a Brussels-based EU diplomat who follows Myanmar.”There is also the arms trade embargo and we discuss regularly whether we should reward the reforms in Myanmar and look at gradual easing of that, or the opposite.”EU economic sanctions on Myanmar were lifted after the army stepped back from direct rule of the country in 2012, beginning the democratic transition that brought Suu Kyi to power last year, but an arms embargo in force since the 1990s remains. The United States removed most sanctions on Myanmar last autumn. It too has kept an arms embargo in place.One Washington-based U.S. official said that, while there was no firm deadline, Washington hoped to have a plan of action on Myanmar in place by the time President Donald Trump travels to Asia for a series of summits in the first half of November.The administration wanted to send a strong message to Myanmar’s military, but was concerned that too drastic action could allow China to expand its growing diplomatic and economic influence in the country, the official said.There is little support in the administration for the re-imposition of broader economic sanctions, the official added.The White House declined comment on internal deliberations on the Rohingya crisis.STRAINED RELATIONSIn another sign of pressure building on Myanmar, New York-based diplomats said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the U.N. General Assembly was pushing for a human rights resolution on the country.Last year the EU announced that for the first time in 15 years it would not introduce a resolution at the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which focuses on human rights, condemning Myanmar’s record – rewarding it for progress.The European bloc could revive the resolution in the current session, taking on board the OIC draft and broadening it out beyond the Rohingya crisis, one diplomat in New York said.Diplomats said some members of the U.N. Security Council were exploring whether the 15-member body could agree a formal statement, or even a resolution, calling for an end to the violence, full access for aid and the safe return of refugees.However, Myanmar has said it was negotiating with China and Russia, which have veto powers in the Security Council, to protect it from any possible action. China and Russia have both expressed support for the Myanmar government.Myanmar’s relations with the U.N. have grown increasingly testy since the discovery of World Food Programme-branded biscuits at a suspected militant camp in July prompted the government to accuse the U.N. agency of supporting the insurgents, forcing it to shut down its operations in Rakhine.Myanmar is stalling on accepting a plan by the U.N. to upgrade the U.N. country head to the more powerful rank of Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) when its current top official, who is due to be rotated, is replaced.Thaung Tun, Suu Kyi’s National Security Advisor, told Reuters that the U.N. “must treat us equally”.”We’ll be fine with anybody if all member states have an ASG assigned. Not just us,” he said.last_img read more

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BJP a sinking ship

first_imgHe said the BJP will lose badly in the upcoming Assembly polls in spite of adopting “gimmicks” everyday to avert its defeat.“BJP knows that it is going to lose this election very badly and this is why this party has finally roped in Kiran Bedi so that she can be made scapegoat.“But no one can save this party now. This is a sinking ship and yet a new gimmick is being adopted everyday but the party will lose badly. BJP has now started losing its breath,” he said, addressing a rally at Seelampur constituency here. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreKejriwal said that BJP has been baffled by the low turnouts in the rallies that were addressed by its MPs.“BJP leaders and its pool of 200 MPs have failed to pull the masses in their rallies in Delhi. Even Modi’s rally was super flop,” he claimed. Kejriwal also referred to BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj’s controversial remarks where he asked Hindu women to have at least four children, saying that the BJP was “running after women”.“Before the election, BJP leaders promised to provide full safety and security to women, but after poll, this party is running after women. They are asking our women to give birth to four children. I ask them, whether our women are child bearing machines?,” he said.last_img read more

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