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UN envoy visits floodravaged southern PakistanUN envoy visits floodravaged southern Pakistan

13 October 2010Just two weeks after having been appointed as the new United Nations Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, Rauf Engin Soysal is on the ground to assess the impact of the deadly floods, cautioning that the bulk of the rebuilding effort is still ahead. “Seeing the devastation first-hand and speaking with flood-affected families confirmed the astonishing reality of a continuing emergency for millions of people,” he said in Sindh province. “And even two months on, the world must not forget those in Pakistan still in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Soysal added.He noted that he and his wife are in Pakistan to “assure the affected people of our strong feelings of solidarity. Their sorrow is our sorrow and their happiness is our happiness.”Sindh remains one of the hardest-hit areas of the South Asian nation, with more than one million people uprooted by the flooding and 27,000 square kilometres of land under water. Some 1.1 million homes have been destroyed or damaged.“It is clearly a serious challenge for all of us to access all the displaced given the vast scale of the disaster and the massive movement of flood-affected people,” Mr. Soysal noted. “We must do more to help these families return to their home districts and to rebuild – the heaviest workload is yet to be done.”Waterborne diseases resulting from limited or poor access to safe water and sanitation are the biggest public health threats, with millions at risk of contracting deadly diseases through contaminated water and insects, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that malaria cases are on the rise.In Dadu district in western Sindh, Mr. Soysal met with people forced to flee their homes when Manchar Lake burst its banks. He visited one family living in a temporary shelter and heard about their lack of food and sufficient access to clean water.Together with the Pakistani Government, the UN and its partners have reached millions with life-saving assistance and are working to help many millions more affected by what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the worst such disaster that the world body has facedLast month, the UN and other agencies launched their largest-ever natural disaster appeal, seeking more than $2 billion for Pakistani flood victims, more than quadrupling the original $460 million sought in August. The funds are intended to assist up to 14 million people over a 12-month period. read more

UNrun camps for Somalia refugees in Kenya enter 20th year of existenceUNrun camps for Somalia refugees in Kenya enter 20th year of existence

21 February 2012The world’s largest refugee camp – the Dadaab settlement in eastern Kenya – set up to host tens of thousands of people who fled Somalia following the 1991 collapse of the government and the ensuing civil war-related humanitarian crisis is marking its 20th anniversary with the population having grown exponentially, the United Nations refugee agency said today. The world’s largest refugee camp – the Dadaab settlement in eastern Kenya – set up to host tens of thousands of people who fled Somalia following the 1991 collapse of the government and the ensuing civil war-related humanitarian crisis is marking its 20th anniversary with the population having grown exponentially, the United Nations refugee agency said today.The original three camps in Dadaab – Ifo, Dagahaley and Hagadera – were established by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) between October 1991 and June 1992 to host up to 90,000 people. They are currently home to more than 463,000 refugees, including some 10,000 third-generation refugees born in Dadaab to refugee parents who were themselves born there.During last year’s famine in Somalia, arrival rates frequently exceeded 1,000 people a day, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.About 30,000 people arrived in June, 40,000 in July and 38,000 in August last year, placing additional strain on services. Local authorities and UNHCR and partners managed to address the influx by establishing reception centres and rapid response assistance for new arrivals.The agency, the Kenyan Government and other relief organizations have been providing protection, shelter and humanitarian assistance, often under difficult and complex circumstances. Chronic overcrowding, risk of disease, and seasonal floods are among the challenges.On the 20th anniversary, UNHCR is renewing its appeal to the international community to ensure continued support to the approximately one million Somali refugees in the region, and to Kenya and the other countries hosting them.The past two decades have also underlined the need for the restoration of peace in Somalia so that the refugees can have a prospect of going back.The situation at Dadaab is currently extremely challenging. The kidnapping of three aid workers late last year and more recently, the killing of two refugee leaders and several Kenyan policemen, as well as threats against humanitarian staff have forced UNHCR and its partners to rethink the way relief is delivered.“Life-saving assistance such as the provision of food, water and health care never stopped and has always been our priority,” said Mr. Mahecic. “In addition, schools run mostly by refugee teachers have been open and managed to conduct Kenyan national exams at the end of 2011 despite the insecure environment.”Humanitarian agencies have since the end of last year looked at various ways to resume activities, using different methodologies and most importantly, shifting more responsibilities to the refugee communities. read more

Steven Sabados breaks silence on Chris Hyndmans deathSteven Sabados breaks silence on Chris Hyndmans death

Steven Sabados has issued a statement on the death of his husband Chris Hyndman. Hyndman, who co-hosted the show “Steven and Chris”, died this week at age 49. His body was found in an alley outside their Toronto condo. In a statement on their Facebook page , Sabados wrote about the years they’d spent together, saying: “I, our families and friends, wish to express our deepest gratitude for the overwhelming expressions of tenderness, love and tribute in honour of my beloved Christopher. Our hearts are broken, but we find comfort knowing his generous, larger-than-life spirit lives on.From the moment I met Christopher, we went forward in life, side by side and shoulder to shoulder. He was my best friend, my confidante, my partner, my one love.Over 27 years, we built a beautiful life together; always remembered, always cherished. As we find our way through this difficult time, we are asking for privacy.Thank you for your understanding.”Earlier this week Hyndman’s mother told the Toronto Star she believed her son fell to his death while sleepwalking. read more

EYEWITNESS Still waiting…EYEWITNESS Still waiting…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS Facing…August 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Betrayal…March 27, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”‘Time to up your game’ – Code of Conduct coming soon for minibus driversOctober 22, 2018In “latest news” …for public officials’ Code of ConductOur dual-citizen Minister of Business, Gaskin, announced that by this Friday, Guyana will have a “Minibus Code of Conduct”!! Imagine that!! We’ll have minibus drivers and conductors wearing slick-looking uniforms instead of those ratty and dingy outfits that looked like they were handed down by gold miners on their return from the bush!! Conductors will be politely inquiring, with a smile, whether you’d like to travel in their spanking new “carriages” and inform you of the fare in advance!!No more pulling or tugging between competing touts vying for your body and being willing to tear you apart –- in addition to parting you with your money!! And best of all, they will address you as “Ma’am or Sir” and turn off the music the moment you let them know you’re going crazy with the cacophony!! Truly, Guyana will be creating transportation history in the Region.But as your Eyewitness breathed a deep sigh of satisfaction as he contemplated this coming nirvana, he wondered what had become of that Code of Conduct which had been promised in the PNC-led coalition’s Manifesto.The PNC and AFC had made quite a sturm and drang about the PPP officials when they’d been in office. All sorts of accusations had been hurled their way from the then Opposition parties both in and out of the National Assembly – graft, corruption, inaccessible, and so on and so forth.When they got into office, they (fervently) promised, they’d institute a Code of Conduct (COC) so thorough, their people in Government would be purer than Caesar’s wife!!Within three months of forming the Government in 2015, with great fanfare and trumpeting, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo announced that Raphael Trotman would be heading a Committee to draft their COC.And within another few months a Draft was submitted which proposed “ten guiding principles” that rivalled the ten commandments brought down by the other Moses: Accountability, Dignity, Diligence, Duty, Honour, Integrity. Loyalty, Objectivity, Responsibility and Transparency!!Sadly, it soon became clear that these COC principles were not cast in stone. Nagamootoo hemmed and hawed about combining the COC with the Integrity Legislation – which none of the Opposition had bothered with. Then claimed he’d have to submit it to the Parliamentary Drafters, etc – much like the foot-dragging exercise now being conducted by GECOM!!In the meantime, Ministers signed away Guyana’s oil for a pittance; assaulted and jailed security guards to get to their fried rice, issued sole-sourced contracts; insisted that only PNC members could “get wuk”; dabbled in hocking fuel and evading taxes, etc, etc!!…but isn’t it great minibus operators will follow rules of etiquette and social graces!! They got a COC!!…“Political Reform”Another promise made by the PNC-led coalition in their Manifesto was “Political Reforms”: “APNU/AFC recognise that the Constitution, in its present form, does not serve the best interest of Guyana or its people”. They promised a “new constitution which will put the necessary checks and balances in place to consolidate our ethos of liberal democracy.” But as with the COC, a Committee was speedily set up; it made recommendations to Moses Nagamootoo and then…deafening silence!!!Sadly, the Manifesto had already spelled out a specific change – taken from the Cummingsburg Accord – for the President to share power with the PM! They labelled it, “Shared Executive Responsibilities” and it was supposed to’ve been implemented as soon as they got into office. It would’ve seen Nagamootoo “chairing the Cabinet and in charge of domestic affairs”, not to mention “appointing heads of agencies”.But why go on? Like with Nagamootoo, this government thinks the Guyanese people are a pack of fools.Prove them wrong next elections. Payback’s a b*tch!!…for freedom?Simona “I is” Broomes was caught on video booming out her “cover” of Marley’s “War”! Broomes says she’s ready to wage “war” all over Guyana – against the PPP!What now?? Firing more sugar workers?? Isn’t that “sub human bondage” Marley warned against?? read more

Buddy Hield goes sixth to New Orleans PelicansBuddy Hield goes sixth to New Orleans Pelicans

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas, June 24, 2016 – Buddy Heild will get a multi-million dollar deal as he was the sixth pick last night at the NBA drafts in New York.  Heild, who hails from Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock in Grand Bahama also has very close TCI ties through his mother and when asked what he will do with his first big paycheck… Heild said put some in church and buy his mother a house.  Buddy Heild was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans.center_img Photo:  Brad Pennerlast_img

Miami Beach Police capture subject who forced closure of Collins AveMiami Beach Police capture subject who forced closure of Collins Ave

first_imgUPDATE: WANTED SUBJECT IS NOW IN POLICE CUSTODY.— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 23, 2017Miami-Dade Police, as well as MBPD K-9 officers and on-duty SWAT officers assisted in the search.Walker was reportedly spotted by police and security guards at the back of the Fontainebleau Hotel, where he was later captured.Police said a stolen weapon was also found in the car Walker fled from. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Police have in custody a subject whom they  had believed to be armed and dangerous and to forced them to block off several blocks along Collins Avenue.Miami Beach Police had to shut down all vehicular traffic between 41st and 46th Streets, along Collins Avenue, as they searched for the armed subject, identified as Jasper Walker, who fled from a stolen vehicle, Wednesday morning. The roads were reopened just after 2:15 p.m. after the search was completed and they later took the suspect into custody. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sonia Gandhi named Interim Congress PresidentSonia Gandhi named Interim Congress President

first_imgNew Delhi: As the evening wore on into night, Sonia Gandhi’s coterie trumped Rahul Gandhi’s Young Turk to appoint her as the interim Congress President. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) — the highest decision-making body of the party, finally accepted Rahul’s resignation at its second meeting of the day. Sonia Gandhi, who is ailing and had stepped down as party President in December 2017, will again head the party as an interim measure. Her name was announced at the Congress Working Committee meeting, which ended its second session of deliberations after more than two hours. With all the five party sub-groups unitedly proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name as party chief, and Rahul refusing to go back on his decision, the mantle fell on Sonia again to shepherd the party.last_img read more

We Do It All From the Beginning to the EndWe Do It All From the Beginning to the End

first_imgRobert Mills says his work as an autopsy technician is more a calling than a job.On a rainy Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, just after 7 a.m., the lifeless, contorted bodies of seven men of assorted ages and races lie separately on steel carts within the autopsy suite at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).One man with a mangled motorcycle helmet still strapped to his head, had on a dark gray work shirt with an “Utz” tag sewn into it. Another man was clad only in a hospital gown. While a third man was dressed in stylish knee length shorts and a baggy short sleeved designer shirt, most exposed areas of his skin inscribed with various tattoos.Each of them with a story most of us — outside their circle of friends and loved ones — will never know.Yet, many of the stories of the state’s deceased, those who perish in the wake of empirical violence and mayhem or under suspicious circumstances, are often the burden of the state’s 12 autopsy technicians.“We take it home, it’s personal you know? It could easily be one of our family members,” said Robert Mills who has worked in the OCME for six years and performed the same work in Georgia for 13 years. “No family is left alone, we are part of that family when their loved one comes through that door,” Mills added.What Mills alludes to is the reality that autopsy techs (whose entry level salary is $23,584) are not only responsible for all aspects of performing postmortem examinations, they are also charged with the often heart wrenching work of interacting directly with the loved ones of the deceased. Mills and his colleagues call this task, “working the desk.” Those duties include assigning cases to the techs “working the floor” (performing autopsies), assisting families, funeral homes and law enforcement via phone and in person and releasing the deceased to funeral homes.Indeed, the spiritual and emotional work of the state’s autopsy techs takes a toll. But the list of physical duties in the performance of their job is formidable.The techs perform lodox (X-ray) and CT scans, advise doctors and alert them to specific scenarios, maintain the sanitation of equipment and the autopsy suites, stock and monitor supplies and equipment, among myriad other duties.And then there is the actual performance of the autopsy. Watching Mills perform the gruesome and grueling work of eviscerating a body (which they most often do autonomously without a doctor’s supervision) is at once fascinating and horrifying. They remove all the organs and obtain fluids for toxicology, trace bullet paths, mark exit wounds, remove projectiles (like bullets), to name a few elements of the procedure.The task is inherently wrought with peril for the autopsy techs. Last week, the examination of a 24-day-old infant with meningitis, compelled several of them to take an antibiotic known as “Cipro” (Ciprofloxacin).They are under the constant threat of exposure to a variety of potentially deadly diseases and viruses like meningitis, hepatitis, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The recent ebola scare in West Africa (which was contracted by two Americans who have subsequently been brought to the United States for treatment) that has dominated news reports has been a frightening reminder of the danger inherent in their jobs.“What we’re doing is a high risk job; it’s like working at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). At the end of the day we really don’t know what a person comes in here with,” Mills said.“The techs are looking to be treated at an equal level, to be treated as if we are PA’s (pathologist assistants) because in the long run we are the doctor’s eyes…they are relying on us. We do it all from the beginning to the end,” Mills added.Although the state’s 12 autopsy technicians argue they are woefully underpaid (attorney J. Wyndal Gordon is representing the group pro bono) and not treated with the respect they deserve given the importance of their job; they assert that they perform it with a high level of professionalism and maintain that the work they do is more than a paycheck for them.“We want the family to know that we’re not here just for money purposes, we’re here to serve and help families (find) closure, their pain is our pain,” Mills said.“And that’s something people need to realize. What we do for a living, working with flesh, is a God-given ability; we’ve been chosen to do this.”last_img read more

Desires revealed in nine parts on Delhi stageDesires revealed in nine parts on Delhi stage

first_imgWhat is the meaning of the word ‘liberation’? Its connotations are several, open to all kinds of interpretations from men and women of all colours and creeds. Is there a ‘real picture’ of liberation? Can it ever mean one thing, and isn’t the fuzziness of meaning a liberating facet of the word itself? That is the answer that Ishwar Shunya in his play, Nine Parts of Desire, tries to seek. Shunya says the play, which is making its debut in the Capital and is directed by Kanchan Ujjal Singh, is an attempt to find a catharsis for the lack of female agency in today’s world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The play is based on nine stories of nine Iraqi women post or during the Gulf War. The play embodies the argument of what liberation means for each of the women. Inspired by the work of Geraldine Brooks and Heather Raffo, it is a portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of Iraqi women – a sexually alluring painter, a radical Communist, doctors, exiles, wives and lovers. It portrays the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war,’ says Shunya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe nine monologues span through different situations, varied sufferings, both imaginary and real, of the nine characters. It further explores love, life, desires, wishes and whims seen from the women’s perspective. ‘One of the nine characters is an innocent child who lives her strife-ridden life in the war-struck Iraq. There is lament for how American forces, under the garb of welfare, have only carried out vested interests for their own countrymen,’ he added.last_img read more

Chromes Clear Browsing Data exempting Google AccountChromes Clear Browsing Data exempting Google Account

first_imgChrome’s Clear Browsing Data exempting Google Account by Martin Brinkmann on September 25, 2018 in Google Chrome – Last Update: September 26, 2018 – 21 commentsChrome users who open the Clear Browsing Data prompt of the browser may have noticed a new “you won’t be signed out of your Google Account” addendum to the Cookies and other site data clearing option recently.The change, which seems to have gone live for most users with the release of Chrome 69 to the Stable channel.Update: Google announced that the cookie clearing logic will include Google cookies again when it releases Chrome 70.Only users who are signed in to a Google Account when they open the Clear Browsing Data prompt in the browser see the notification. Users who are not signed in won’t see it.Google introduced a new sign-in experience in Chrome 69 for the desktop. Users who sign in to any Google service on the Internet are signed in to Chrome as well. The same is true for users who sign in to Chrome as they are signed in to any Google service on the Internet automatically as well.The company has been criticized heavily for the new experience by privacy advocates and some users. The behavioral change affects the Clear Browsing Data functionality of the browser.Chrome users may use the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Del to open the dialog or select Menu > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data instead.Signed-in users get the “you won’t be signed out of your Google Account” message while uses who are not signed in to a Google account won’t get the notification.What does it mean?If you select to delete cookies and other site data, you stay signed in to the Google Account. Users who used the clear browsing option to clear all traces on a machine and sign out of all accounts automatically won’t be able to do so anymore following the change.Staying signed in means that the tie to the Google account is not destroyed. It is quite possible that this was Google’s main intention from the get-go when it introduced the new sign-in experience in the Chrome browser.In other words: clearing cookies in Chrome won’t sign you out of any Google service on the Internet or in Chrome.What can you do?Users who are affected by this need to sign out of the Google Account in Google Chrome before they use the Clear Browsing Data dialog to delete cookies and other site data.Some cookies are removed automatically that would otherwise remain in the Chrome browser.Note that you can undo the sign-in experience change introduced in Chrome at this point. Google may remove the option from Chrome though eventually.Now You: What is your take on this?SummaryArticle NameChrome’s Clear Browsing Data exempting Google AccountDescriptionDeleting cookies in Chrome won’t sign out users of a Google Account in Google Chrome anymore in recent versions of the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Alaska Hawaii Mexico from San Francisco with Carnival in 2020Alaska Hawaii Mexico from San Francisco with Carnival in 2020

first_img Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Alaska, Hawaii & Mexico from San Francisco with Carnival in 2020 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img MIAMI — Carnival says it will debut a series of four- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico out of San Francisco onboard Carnival Miracle in 2020.Carnival Miracle will also return to the port for a winter 2020-21 schedule of three- to 15-day voyages.Meanwhile Carnival Panorama will sail from Long Beach in December 2019, the first new Carnival ship on the West Coast in 20 years.With the addition of San Francisco, Carnival operates from 19 North American homeports.Carnival’s first-ever schedule from San Francisco kicks off March 19, 2020, aboard Carnival Miracle, and will include four-day long weekend voyages to Ensenada departing Thursdays and returning Mondays throughout the spring and summer, as well as five-day and six-day cruises to Ensenada, Catalina Island and San Diego in the spring.The ship will also offer a summer schedule of 10-day Alaska cruises roundtrip from San Francisco featuring a variety of popular destinations throughout the Last Frontier, including Juneau, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point as well as opportunities to visit Sitka and cruise Tracy Arm Fjord.  There’s also a one-time 11-day Alaska cruise departing Aug. 9, 2020.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaA 15-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruise round-trip from San Francisco departs April 16, 2020, calling at destinations across the Aloha State, including Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, and Kauai, as well as a stop in Ensenada.Prior to its West Coast deployment, Carnival Miracle will offer a 17-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal transit March 2-19, 2020, calling at Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; and Limon, Costa Rica prior to the Panama Canal transit followed by calls at Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas.Carnival Journeys cruises offer unique local culinary and entertainment experiences as well as special activities, including a 1980s-themed Throwback Sea Day.Carnival Miracle will operate a winter schedule of voyages from San Diego beginning Oct. 4, 2020.  The program includes three-day getaways to Ensenada, four-day sailings to Ensenada and Catalina Island, and five-day departures that spend two full days in Cabo San Lucas.Also offered are four 15-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruises round-trip from San Diego departing Oct. 16 and Nov. 28, 2020, and Jan. 9 and Feb. 20, 2021.  Featured ports include Hilo, Kona, Kauai (Nawiliwili), Maui (Kahului) and Honolulu, as well as stop in Ensenada. Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Hawaii, Mexico, San Franciscolast_img read more

CartagoSan José train is backCartagoSan José train is back

first_imgNo related posts. Forget about traffic jams and closed streets, there’s a new fast and comfortable way to travel from Cartago to San José and vice versa.The Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) last Friday inaugurated train service between the two provinces, at a distance of 21 kilometers and a trip duration of 43 minutes one-way.The first train leaves the station in Cartago at 5:30 a.m. and arrives at the Estación del Atlántico in downtown San José at about 6:13 a.m. A train leaves the station every 30 minutes until 8 a.m. Service starts again at 4 p.m. and runs every 30 minutes until 7:30 p.m.On the way, the train stops at stations in Tres Rios, Universidad Autonoma de Centroamérica, Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos (in Curridabat), Universidad Latina and University of Costa Rica (in San Pedro).“This new service allows me to get to class on time without worrying about traffic,” said Pamela López, a student from Cartago.Tickets are sold at the San José and Cartago stations or inside the train. The cost is ₡550 ($1.10).Train service between Cartago and San José was suspended 18 years ago, during the administration of President José María Figueres. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted May 24 2019 11by The Associated Press Posted May 24 2019 11

first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2019 11:18 am PDT Naomi Wolf and publisher discussing fixes for new book AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — The publisher of Naomi Wolf says it is discussing possible corrections in her new book after an interviewer challenged some of her conclusions.Wolf’s “Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love,” coming out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt next month, describes severe punishment for gays in the 19th century. But her contention that dozens in England were executed under sodomy law was questioned during a recent BBC conversation with historian Matthew Sweet. Sweet noted that sodomy laws didn’t only refer to gays, but to the abuse of children. He also pointed out that Wolf had misinterpreted the term “death recorded,” which the author had assumed meant the accused was executed. “Death recorded” meant the sentence was documented, but not carried out.Wolf responded by calling his observations an “important point.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Cypriot writer awarded prestigious Harvard prizeCypriot writer awarded prestigious Harvard prize

first_imgArgyro Nicolaou, a Cypriot writer and filmmaker, has been awarded one of Harvard University’s prestigious Bowdoin Prizes for her essay “‘Now That the World Has Become an Endless Hotel’: European Narratives of Displacement in the Middle East During the Second World War”.The award-winning essay brings to light the often-forgotten first-person narratives of Europeans displaced to the Middle East during the Second World War.It uses historical and literary sources to highlight a dark part of Europe’s history that undermines current stereotypes of refugees and migrants that dominate contemporary European politics.“I strongly believe that the stories we find in literature and other cultural works can be extremely powerful in shaping understanding of history, politics, and citizenship,” Nicolaou said. “Having my essay on refugee narratives recognised with this important award, in a moment of global political uncertainty, demonstrates how culture can and should have an active role in social and political debates.”The Bowdoin Prizes, some of Harvard’s oldest and most prestigious student awards, are designed to recognize essays of originality and high literary merit, written in a way that engages both specialists and non-specialists.Established in 1791, the Bowdoin Prizes have been awarded to many notable Harvard students, among them the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the former Harvard presidents Charles Eliot and Nathan Pusey, and the novelist John Updike.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Workshop focuses on how to overcome gender inequality in ICTWorkshop focuses on how to overcome gender inequality in ICT

first_imgWomen continue to be under-represented in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), both at an educational and professional level, speakers at a workshop on women’s role at the digital age stressed on Monday.The workshop was organised by the Office of the Commissioner of Gender Equality and the National Mechanism for Women’s Rights.“Women still face significant challenges in the digital technologies sector, which affect all stages of their professional and social development,” communications minister, Vassiliki Anastassiadou, said.Anastassiadou added that according to a study of the European Commission on Women in the Digital Age, four times more men than women studied information and communication technologies in 2015 in Europe overall. Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria recorded the best results in the EU, with three times more men than women.In addition, only 24 out of 1,000 women who obtained a higher education degree in the EU graduated from ICT departments and only six of them followed a professional career in the digital sector.The study showed that women working in the digital sector tend to leave their work between the ages of 30 and 44 at a rate of 8.7 per cent, four times higher than men. In terms of female entrepreneurship, in 2015, 23.4 per cent of ICT entrepreneurs in Europe were women, an increase of four per cent compared with five years before.Despite the limited percentage of women in entrepreneurship, the study showed that digital start-ups set up by women are more likely to be successful than those of men.Anastassiadou said her ministry would strengthen existing initiatives to address the fact that women lag behind in the digital technologies sector, “caused by stereotypes in the media, inadequate education of women in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and insufficient involvement of women in innovation and entrepreneurship”.Statistics of the European Institute for Gender Equality for the year 2017, cited by the gender equality commissioner, Iosifina Antoniou, showed that Cyprus ranks 22nd among 28 EU Member States, with 55.1 points out of 100.The effort, she noted, should aim at closing the digital gap between the two genders, promoting female employment and entrepreneurship and removing inequalities in the labour market.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgLoizos Tzionis, 33, the suspected mastermind behind the botched robbery and brutal murder of a couple last April, was described by interrogators as being “in conflict with the truth” during his interrogations, police sergeant Savvas Sammoutis told Nicosia criminal court on Monday.The trial on the double murder of Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59 in Strovolos, Nicosia on the night of April 18-19, reconvened on Monday for the cross-examination of police sergeant Sammoutis, a witness in the trial within a trial ordered by the court on November 28.This had been called to assess claims by Tzionis’ defence that his client had been pressured by police to give statements in the first stage of interrogations while suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms.Referring to the early stage of interrogations, Sammoutis said on Monday that Tzionis was constantly changing scenarios regarding over had happened and who had murdered the couple, to the extent that the interrogators had said that “Loizos Tzionis is in conflict with the truth.”Sammoutis told the court that there were constant changes in his mood during interrogations, and that he would often lose his patience when asked specific questions.Tzionis initially implicated two other brothers in the case, alleging they had threatened him with a gun, before changing his tune and naming one of his co-defendants, Marios Hadjixenophontos as the perpetrator, before changing his statement yet again and naming his half-brother and co-defendant, 23-year-old Lefteris Solomou.Tzionis had also pleaded guilty to the main charges initially and appeared in court without a lawyer but later changed his plea and then asked for legal representation.Sammoutis testified that during the interrogations, Tzionis constructed a story to direct police towards the idea that Solomou was the main agent of the murders, adding that as he told this version, Tzionis would appear deeply agitated, as if “it wasn’t easy giving up his brother”.Tzionis had told interrogators that Solomou was wearing his clothes on the night of the murder due to financial difficulties, Sammoutis said, adding that Tzionis had claimed that he had cut his hair to look like his half-brother, so that police would arrest him and not Solomou.The trial’s hearing on Friday was disrupted when Solomou broke down, claiming that Tzionis had falsely implicated him in the crime.Tzionis’ girlfriend Sarah Shams, 21, his half-brother Lefteris Solomou, 23, and 22-year-old Marios Hadjixenophontos, who are also on trial for the same case, have also denied all the charges including premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit felony, burglary, robbery and abduction.Sammoutis’ cross-examination was scheduled to continue on Thursday morning, while the trial is also scheduled to continue next Thursday. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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