Financial Planning for Military Caregivers Webinar Discussions

first_imgAudience member question:Do you have any opinion of leading military caregiver families through Dave Ramsey’s class?Answer from audience member: I usually encourage clients to study personal finance resources beyond the popular financial gurus. I think it helps clients build a better understanding of the important fundamentals involved in effective personal finance. I also think it helps them to develop their own understanding grounded in their own study and experience. Caregiving may involve…Less personal timeLess family timeNeed for work-life balanceFinancial issuesPhysical and emotional stressThought from audience member: It can be difficult sometimes for a caregiver to openly acknowledge those costs.What are the most common issues families face?Audience member #1: Many of our soldiers are overwhelmed by the idea that they can no longer do what they know and they have to figure out another direction. I often have to use MRT to help them look past this concern and find the answers within themselves.Speaker: Where are the jobs in the whole bubble of your experience? There are plenty of jobs around what you’ve done. Where can you use your experience in the bigger picture.Audience member #2: Being a MFLC counselor referrals are made to financial consultants at the installations.What are the most common questions military family caregivers ask?Audience member #1: Most of my families are looking at when their payments will begin – there are so many different sources of income that come from different pots they may become overwhelmed. They have a hard time creating a budget without absolute answersAudience member #2: I like that “you have two choices, to know where your money is going or wonder where it went.” Unfortunately a lot of people live by wondering where their money wentAudience member #3: We call it a spending planAudience member #4 to audience member #1: yes, task & info overload is a common challenge. Sometimes the support we can offer is to help families to sort and manage the info & tasks. When we’re under physical & psychological stress, it can be a challenge to remain objective, focused, prioritized, etc…How do you get service members & caregivers to open up about their needs?Audience member #1: Taking the time and making the effort to build rapport/relationship with clients can help them to feel safe about talking.Audience member #2: flexibility and active listening skills are very importantSpeaker mentioned humor was very helpful when done respectfully. Good Resources suggest by speaker and participants:Military One Source – Financial & LegalPowerpay.orgConsumerFinance.govFinrafoundation.orgEbenefits.va.goveXtension.orgeXtenion.org – Online Resources for You!WarriorCare.DoDLive.milAFBA.comEach military installation has a personal financial manager at the Military and Family Support Center Below are questions and discussions from our Financial Planning for Military Caregivers Webinar. center_img This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published January 29, 2016.last_img read more

NAB 2019: Wipster Announces Collaborative Audio Review

first_imgAT NAB 2019, the video review and feedback platform Wipster has announced the introduction of dynamic audio waveform review.This audio upgrade enables video creators, podcasters, audio engineers, and musicians to dynamically share and receive feedback in real-time — eliminating the time-consuming email review process. This will be compatible with .WAV, .MP3, and .M4A files, welcoming a wide range of different creatives to the platform.Robyn Hough, the VP of Product at Wipster, had the following to say:We kept hearing how difficult it was for audio producers and video creators alike to share audio for feedback. Instead of simply storing a static audio file and calling it done, we wanted to create an engaging review experience that solves the real problem of getting fast, actionable, and organized feedback.Wipster has also had this to say about audio review:Wipster’s new audio review is the first to enable collaboration directly on the waveform, creating an experience that is intuitive, efficient, and enjoyable for teams and reviewers alike. Audio editors simply drag and drop audio into Wipster, and the platform encodes and generates a playable waveform from which reviewers can listen, comment on, and download if needed. The waveform is what makes Wipster’s audio review unique and understandable to collaborators.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2019/04/10112034/04-Commenting-Audio-v1.mp400:0000:0000:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These new audio features include the following:Waveform visualization for accurate feedbackTime-code accurate commenting tools that are simple and intuitive for reviewers.MP3, .WAV and .M4A file compatibilityVersion stacking to ensure teams work off of the most up-to-date file versionDownloadable uncompressed file option for final file delivery approvalRelease: April 16, 2019Images via Wipster.Looking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in SecondsNAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless System NAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They AnnouncedNAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF ExtenderNAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND Filterlast_img read more

Test woes irrelevant to Australia ODI side, says New Zealand coach

first_imgThe troubles plaguing the Australian Test team will have little bearing on their one-day side’s performance in the three-match series against New Zealand starting on Sunday, according to Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.Steve Smith’s Test side have been pilloried by fans and their own media after they lost their latest series 2-1 at home to South Africa.That defeat came on the back of a 5-0 one-day series loss in South Africa and a 3-0 Test series defeat in Sri Lanka, leading to plenty of questions being asked about administrators, management and the players. (Glenn Maxwell back on the big stage to push credentials for India)Hesson, however, said Australia’s one-day unit was far more settled than the Test team and his side could not presume such turmoil would be evident at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.”It has been remarkably consistent barring the South African series,” Hesson told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.”They have been very good for a number of years and are currently number one in the world.”I don’t think the unsettled nature of the Test side will carry over to the one-day side.”The timing of the one-dayers, which includes matches in Canberra on December 6 and ends in Melbourne on December 9, has been questioned by some Australian pundits, with it falling between Test series against the Proteas and Pakistan.Smith also told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday it was not “ideal” but his team would just need to adapt, something Hesson agreed with.advertisement”Both teams have been aware about that calendar for the last 18 months so I don’t think it has snuck up on anybody,” Hesson said.”We are all aware that we have to rotate from one form or another on a weekly basis and that’s just part of being an international cricketer.”Hesson added with the international retirements of players like former captain Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliott, Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills, his team were in transition from the one that lost the 2015 World Cup final against Australia.”We are missing some key players. We lost over 1,000 international games (of experience) since the World Cup,” Hesson said. “Replacing that experience is a real challenge, but we have got a few new guys who are unknown.”Lockie (Ferguson) is one of those,” Hesson added of the uncapped fast bowler. “Lockie is capable of bowling at pace and… with Adam Milne missing he gives us that point of difference in our attack.”It’s difficult because it is his first series and there will be some nerves but he’s a confident character.”last_img read more

Dalic: English press didn’t respect Croatia at World Cup

first_imgCroatia head coach Zlatko Dalic feels the English media did not respect his side at the World Cup as the two nations prepare to go head-to-head in a rematch of their Russia 2018 semi-final.Dalic’s Croatia and Gareth Southgate’s England will meet in a behind-closed-doors Nations League fixture in Rijeka on Friday.It will be the first time the two countries have clashed since Croatia overcame England after extra-time in the World Cup semi-final in July. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Looking back at Croatia’s triumphant evening in Moscow, Dalic was asked if the English press underestimated his team at the Luzhniki Stadium and the 51-year-old told reporters: “We had a special motive because we felt they didn’t respect us enough. Not the players or coach, we respect each other.”They [the press] didn’t expect us to be in the semi-final and saw themselves in the final a little too early. We felt extra motivation, and were extra charged because of that.”There always has to be respect in football, but most important is to believe in yourself.”Dalic named Croatia’s starting XI on the eve of the match, with Dominik Livakovic, Tin Jedvaj, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Josip Pivaric, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric and Ante Rebic in the line-up.He also questioned the Nations League and its physical toll on players following the World Cup.Luka Modric Zlatko Dalic Croatia World Cup 2018Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described the new international format as “the most senseless competition in the world”, believing it places a further burden on players.Asked about the Nations League, Dalic said: “Not a bad idea, not a bad competition. But I think they didn’t count in that it’s being played shortly after the World Cup, that the players are worn out and didn’t have enough time to rest.”They are not robots, they need at least a month-long vacation. And all of them who came pretty late to their clubs were under a great deal of workload and couldn’t prepare for the season properly.”last_img read more

Mets’ Big Rally Bounces Braves, 10-8

first_imgNEW YORK — Dilson Herrera put paper cups on his ears. Rally cups.Juan Lagares wore orange wristbands that feature a funny-looking drawing of himself.Whatever the New York Mets did June 14 to inspire some positive mojo, it certainly worked.Lagares hit a go-ahead homer and the Mets used a surprising power surge to erase a five-run deficit, beating the Atlanta Braves 10-8 for their biggest comeback victory since 2011.“That’s an amazing win right there,” said Lagares, given a replica championship belt as the star of the game. “The whole team battled the whole game.”Darrell Ceciliani launched his first major league home run, and Herrera also had a solo shot in the fourth inning. Travis d’Arnaud’s two-run drive off reliever Brandon Cunniff trimmed the deficit to 8-7 in the fifth.Pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson singled in the sixth before Lagares pulled a 1-2 breaking ball from Luis Avilan (2-2) into the left-field stands.Lagares held his bat aloft for a moment as he began his trot around the bases, then celebrated in the dugout with excited teammates who pointed at his wristbands.“I don’t think anybody ever felt like we were out of it,” d’Arnaud said. “Shows the fight and resiliency this team has.”Wilmer Flores had an early two-run single for the Mets, who took two of three in the series. The hitters bailed out Dillon Gee, knocked around in a spot start five days after his first relief appearance in more than four years.Lagares and Granderson both finished with three hits on Banner Day at Citi Field. None of the four Mets who went deep have more than three homers this season.The previous time New York won after trailing by at least five runs was Sept. 22, 2011, at St. Louis.New father Jeurys Familia got four outs for his 19th save in 20 tries, aided by Herrera’s sensational play at second base to end the eighth.Sean Gilmartin (1-0) worked two hitless innings for his first career win, striking out three. “He did a great job. Right when we needed those innings, he gave them to us,” Manager Terry Collins said.Jace Peterson hit his second major league homer for the Braves, a three-run shot. He tied a career high with three hits and scored three times from the leadoff spot.Kelly Johnson had three hits and two RBIs, and Juan Uribe also got three hits. But rookie starter Mike Foltynewicz failed to make it through five innings after he was handed leads of 5-1 and 8-3.“I just didn’t have it today,” Foltynewicz said. “It’s not a question of confidence. I know how good I am and what I’m capable of. I just have to keep attacking, and work my way through it.”After he was pulled, the latest meltdown by a struggling bullpen left the Braves with their 10th loss in 14 games at Citi Field.Atlanta lost for the fourth time this year when scoring at least eight runs. New York had not won when allowing eight or more since beating San Diego 9-8 on Aug. 8, 2011. That was the longest current drought in the majors.“Couldn’t stop them from scoring,” Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2004 QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CUP

first_imgThe Glasshouse Mountains were last weekend inundated with a record number of teams and young touch players for the 2004 Queensland Junior State Cup. Over 97 junior teams from around Queensland participated in the event, travelling from as far north as Rockhampton, as far west as Chinchilla and Toowoomba and south from Ballina. The local Sunshine Coast Region was well represented with 28 teams attending, including representatives from Maleny Witta, Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Noosa, Kawana and the host venue Glasshouse Mountains. Gold Coast and Brisbane once again dominated the finals day, winning all major finals except the Under 11 boys, which was won by Hervey Bay. Several local teams from the Sunshine Coast Region also performed well, including Caboolture, Hervey Bay and Maleny Witta, claiming Plate final titles and making many finals appearances. Melanie Woosnam, Executive Officer of Queensland Touch, was extremely pleased with the success of the 2004 Junior State Cup. “This is QTA’s flagship event and is the most popular junior participation on the Queensland Touch calendar. It is great to see such a wide representation of teams from throughout Queensland. However, the QTA realise that this event would not be the success that it is without the support from the parents, coaches and managers and the wonderful band of volunteers that the sport so heavily relies upon,” said Ms Woosnam. The Junior State Cup is the largest participation event for Queensland junior association players and provides young players with the opportunity to compete in a fun atmosphere where participation and enjoyment are the key elements. The Glasshouse Mountains Touch committee and the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club did a fabulous job in preparing the venue for the sixth consecutive year proving the popularity of the Sunshine Coast. RESULTS Under 11’s Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Bundaberg 4-2 Boys Plate Final: Redlands def Toowoomba 3-2 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro def Caboolture 4-0 Player of Final: Kate Deagon (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Katelyn Horsnell (Labrador Dodgers) Boys Final: Hervey Bay def Labrador Dodgers 7-4 Player of Final: Mitchell Broom (Hervey Bay) Player of Series: Lochie Pearce (Toowoomba) Under 13 Division Girls Plate Final: Ballina def Toowoomba 3-1 Boys Plate Final: Gold Coast def Toowoomba 2-1 Girls Final: Gold Coast A def Caboolture A 4-0 Player of Final: Jessica McCabe (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Lisa Golding (Glasshouse Mountains) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Labrador Dodgers 5-2 Player of Final: Matt Hopkins (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Blair Forsyth (Redlands) Under 15 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Gold Coast B 6-1 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Maleny Witta 14-0 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro Red def Gold Coast A 7-1 Player of Final: Ali Brigginshaw (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kendal Bonner (Gold Coast) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Ballina 9-4 Player of Final: Wyman Kingi (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kyle Everate (Ballina) Under 17 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Mangia def Rockhampton 4-3 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Caboolture 10-5 Girls Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro Red 6-0 Player of Final: Alyce Hulbert (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Ashleigh Fanning (Redlands) Boys Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro 2-1 Player of Final: Jerome Waitohi (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Chris Small (Redlands) Kerry Norman Medal: Toni Etherington (Gold Coast) Scott Notley Medal: Ben Matheson (Rockhampton) Rachel Moyle: media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery hasn’t forgotten Sevilla midfielder Banega

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery hasn’t forgotten Sevilla midfielder Banegaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hasn’t forgotten about Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega.The Sun says Emery is set to launch an £18m January raid for Banega – the Argentine midfielder he’s worked with at Valencia and Sevilla.The offer will be tabled next month, but Serie A giants Inter Milan are also keen.The midfielder could act as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who is leaving the club on a free transfer next summer. last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Nicol: FSG to blame for FA Cup exit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Nicol: FSG to blame for FA Cup exitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol has slammed the club’s owners over their FA Cup exit at Wolves on Monday night.With Liverpool suffering Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup Final defeats since FSG bought the club in 2010, it leaves the 2012 League Cup as both the Reds’ last trophy and only silverware of the American group’s Anfield stewardship.Nicol told ESPN FC: “For the big teams, particularly in England, it’s about the Premier League and Champions League.“Let’s not forget, that Kenny Dalglish got the sack after winning silverware at Liverpool, and losing the FA Cup final. So, work that one out.“So the owners want the Premier League and the Champions League clearly.“If Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to sacrifice anybody in order to win the Premier League or the Champions League then he’s going to do what he did the other night and play what, three first team [players]?”Nicol accused his former side of disregarding the competition as they suffered their fourth-successive third or fourth round exit under Klopp.“Well, yes, because of the era I played in – yes I do (have a problem with domestic cups not being taken seriously).“All the other trophies meant something, the Carabao Cup used to mean a lot.“The FA Cup was absolutely huge, it for me was basically the player’s tournament.“But times have changed, and now it’s about Premier League and Champions League.” last_img read more

12 days agoMarchisio happy seeing Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marchisio happy seeing Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventusby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaudio Marchisio is happy seeing Aaron Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventus.The former Juve announced his retirement last week.”I haven’t ruled out anything, but for the moment I have not decided what I will do,” Marchisio told the Daily Mail when asked if he plans to coach.“My No 8 jersey is in the best hands. Aaron Ramsey is a fantastic player. “The No 8 is such a beautiful number that it had to end up on someone’s back. My preferences were two, Ramsey or an academy player who moved up to the first team.” last_img read more

Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses in 1st main draw appearance in Melbourne

first_img Next India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 10:33 IST Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s lack of net points pegged him back against Frances Tiafoe. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrajnesh Gunneswaran was playing his first match in a Grand Slam tournament main drawPrajnesh made 8 more unforced errors than Frances TiafoePrajnesh is India’s highest-ranked singles player at 112Prajnesh Gunneswaran fell short in his first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam tournament as he lost to his more fancied opponent in the first round at Melbourne Park on Sunday. USA’s Frances Tiafoe beat Prajnesh 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes to advance to the second round.Tiafoe will next be up against fifth seed Kevin Anderson while Prajnesh will return home and ponder over missed opportunities. Prajnesh had his opportunities in the first set and the second set, where he even broke Tiafoe’s serve but got broken back immediately to let slip the advantage.Despite having a good percentage of first serve in, Tiafoe won more points on his first and second serve while Prajnesh could not match those numbers. Also what went against Prajnesh Gunneswaran was his net play.Tiafoe won 88 per cent of the net points he played while Prajnesh won only 67 per cent. Also Prajnesh made more unforced errors than Tiafoe. @FTiafoe gets the win over Gunneswaran 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 #AusOpen #gamesetmatch pic.twitter.com/TomlCR6UXU #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Prajnesh had gone past three opponents in the qualifiers to make it to the main draw but could not go past the first hurdle.Gunneswaran is India’s highest-ranked singles player at 112 and he had said ahead of the tournament that India needed a system place in produce more and better singles players.”I don’t think there is any lack of motivation. We don’t have the system in place to produce players so no matter how much motivation is there we will not produce any players even if I make the final,” Gunneswaran told Reuters in an interview.advertisement”Somdev has been 70 and we had other players in the past who have been top 30 but that didn’t produce another 100 players.”Prajnesh had also made it clear that India’s search for quality singles players would not end anytime soon.”We need an entire system and infrastructure, from coaches to fitness trainers, a centre where the youngsters can go and play and develop and get better,” he said. “We don’t have that kind of a consistent system in India.”Also Read | Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first roundAlso Read | Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie MauresmoAlso Read | Tennis going to be hot at Australian OpenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Australian OpenFollow Tennis Australian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses in 1st main draw appearance in MelbourneAustralian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost 6-7(7), 3-6, 3-6 to USA’s Frances Tiafoe in the first round at Melbourne Park on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

One Billion Rose Against Violence On Valentines Day

first_imgOn Valentine’s Day, activist Eve Ensler received a welcome gift. People around the world walked out of their offices and schools to dance on the street to protest the violence that is occurring against women and girls.When she launched the One Billion Rising campaign a year ago, Ensler’s plan was to get a billion people around the world to take action to end violence against females, the action being a specific dance preformed globally on 14 February 2013.“Think of the alarms raised about the impact of violence against women and girls during the past 15 years, since we launched V-Day to raise awareness about the horror,” Ensler wrote in The Guardian. “Think of how, when I have spoken out about the women and girls who have been raped in Congo’s 13-year war for minerals to parliaments around the world, I have often been cautioned that my language is inflammatory or extreme, when in fact I have not come close to finding the words with which to express the horrors I have heard and witnessed.”Last Thursday, thousands of events took place in over 200 countries in support of One Billion Rising, from tiny gatherings to flash mobs to parties of hundreds, endorsed by the UN, prime ministers and celebrities.“One billion women and young girls will be raped or beaten in their lifetime,” says actor and activist Robert Redford, a supporter of the campaign. “I am one of the billion rising to help stop violence against women. Statistics tell us that one in three women will become victims to violence, but it is not a women’s issue. It’s a global crisis. One billion rising is the movement that seeks to put an end to violence against women.”Actor-activist Jane Fonda, another supporter of the campaign, said, “I’m rising because my mother was sexually abused when she was eight years old and it damaged her life forever. She was never able to really love or to not feel guilty. She killed herself when she was 42 and those two things are related. I’m rising because I work with young girls, most of whom are poor, most of whom have been victims of sexual abuse, and I’m rising because I’m over it. We have to stop violence against women. And when that happens, everything in the world will change.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Greenpeace in standoff over Greenland Arctic drilling

first_imgAPTN National NewsGreenpeace says two of its ships tracking an oil rig on the Greenland side of Baffin Bay are being warned off by the Danish Navy.The environmental group wants to stop all drilling in the Arctic.And for once, Greenpeace and Nunavut are, for at least for the time being, on the same side.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img

BCbased pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge net loss

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. — B.C.-based cannabis producer Tilray reported an 85 per cent jump in quarterly revenue year-over-year to US$10 million, but a wider net loss during its third quarter.  The Nanaimo-based company posted a quarterly net loss of US$18.7 million during the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to US$1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017.Analysts had expected revenues of US$10.1 million and a loss of US$12.7 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The marijuana producer, which has a market capitalization of roughly US$10.2 billion, says the higher net loss was due to higher operating expenses related to growth and international expansion.Tilray says other factors driving up its net loss include costs related to financing and its initial public offering on the Nasdaq in July.  The company’s average net selling price was US$6.21 per gram in the quarter, down from US$7.53 during the same period a year ago, primarily due to an increase in bulk sales as a percentage of total revenue.“The cannabis industry remains very robust and we are pleased with our revenue momentum and strategic achievements in the third quarter,” said Tilray’s chief executive officer Brendan Kennedy in a statement.“We are in the early stages of achieving our growth potential and our team continues to strategically execute on disciplined operational initiatives and investments to support Tilray’s long-term, sustainable growth as the pace of legalization continues to accelerate around the world.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Vigilance is vital Ban Kimoon stresses at Rwandan genocide exhibition opening

Opening an exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the lessons learned from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight called on the international community to ensure that it never forgets what took place and never stops working to prevent another genocide.“Preventing genocide is a collective and individual responsibility,” Mr. Ban said, stressing that governments, the media, religious organizations, civil society groups and even individuals have their own role to play in this fight.He urged governments of UN Member States to give “real meaning” to the principle that they have a ‘responsibility to protect’ populations in danger of genocide or war crimes – which they agreed upon at a global summit in 2005 – by making that concept operational through practical steps.Estimates vary but some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda are thought to have been killed by Hutu militias, often by machete or club, during a three-month period starting in April 1994.“As we open this exhibition, our thoughts go to the victims – the more than 800,000 innocent people who lost their lives with terrifying speed. May they continue to rest in peace,” Mr. Ban said.He recalled visiting the memorial in Rwanda before becoming Secretary-General, and said the impression would stay with him forever. “Anybody who visits there cannot come out without crying, without being very humbled about what had happened and what the international community failed to react,” he said.“Our thoughts go to the survivors. Their resilience continues to inspire us. And our thoughts go to fallen colleagues of the UN family: peacekeepers and civilians who lost their lives in the line of duty as the genocide unfolded.”In a message earlier this month marking the anniversary of the start of the genocide, the Secretary-General said he would strengthen UN mechanisms to try to help ensure that genocide never recurs.The post of UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide – currently held by Juan E. Méndez of Argentina – will be upgraded to a full-time position, while the UN Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention will also be boosted.The exhibition at UN Headquarters, postponed from earlier this month, highlights the role of States in preventing genocide, examines what happened in Rwanda, emphasizes the plight of victims, particularly those who suffered from sexual violence, and details the warning signs for genocide.The Aegis Trust, a British non-governmental organization (NGO), produced the exhibit – which will be on display for the next three weeks – in partnership with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). The exhibit includes information panels and a film containing the testimony of three female survivors of the genocide. 30 April 2007Opening an exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the lessons learned from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight called on the international community to ensure that it never forgets what took place and never stops working to prevent another genocide. read more

UNcreated health care fund welcomes US initiative on AIDS drugs

A Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases initiated by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a move by the United States to speed up review and approval of fixed-dose and co-packaged drugs to as little as a few weeks.US Secretary for Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson announced the fast-track review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday.”Recipients of Global Fund grants already have the opportunity to buy generic fixed-dose combinations, but clearly FDA approval of these drugs would lead many more countries to choose them,” said Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”The fact that the (US) President’s Emergency Plan also will allow the use of these drugs makes it much easier to harmonize drug protocols in countries where both the Global Fund and the President’s Emergency Plan finance drug purchases. It is important that patients can expect the same drugs no matter who they go to,” he added.Three pharmaceutical companies – Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Gilead Sciences and Merck & Co. – also said yesterday that they were developing plans for a fixed-dose combination of three HIV medicines and for co-packaging separate HIV drugs to make use easier.”I am delighted that the research muscle of big pharma is now being applied to expand the number of fixed-dose combinations and securing their effectiveness. This is reassuring and will bring benefits to people in all countries,” Mr. Feachem said.The Global Fund, a unique partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, is dedicated to attracting and disbursing supplementary resources to prevent and treat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Fund has disbursed $2.1 billion for programmes in 122 countries. read more

One year later Calgary businesses bounce back after historic flood

One year later, Calgary businesses bounce back after historic flood AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2014 12:25 pm MDT As we approach the one year anniversary of the flood, the work continues to get everything back to normal.A big part of that is getting businesses back up and running and Maggie Schofield with the Calgary Downtown Association tells 660News it’s been a lot of hard work but most have recovered well.“Through a lot of encouragement, through different advertising programs and different promotions that were done within the downtown core, a lot of people came back to the core and really supported the businesses down here, both retail and restaurants, so I think they were very grateful for that and they get through the year which is great,” she explained. “They were keen to make sure that they could capitalize on opportunities like the stampede actually going forward so there were a lot of those things that came together that without those components it would have been a pretty devastating summer and probably a year where we would have lost businesses.”She adds there aren’t any business in the core that are still struggling, but there are some buildings in the Beltline and Chinatown that won’t reopen.Schofield points out that’s only about a dozen businesses which is well below what you would have expected for a disaster of this size.As for those that bounced back, she says those owners have learned some valuable lessons.“Some of them have probably streamlined their business process a little bit more so they can get up and running again should there be something like this again,” said Schofield. “I think a lot of people found out what sort of insurance they had and perhaps changed those policies a little bit to better protect themselves.”She adds it has been good to see a re-engagement of the community to make sure people shop downtown and support the business close to where they live.She said the association isn’t having a big event to mark the anniversary but a commemorative art piece has been commissioned, there will be a block party and there will be extra programming throughout the summer. read more

Taxi driver accused of bypassing Al Roker for racial reasons admits service

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2016 6:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Al Roker arrives at the HBO Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A New York City taxi driver who black NBC “Today” show weatherman Roker said passed him by in favor of picking up another fare for racial reasons has pleaded guilty to a service refusal violation and has been fined. The Taxi and Limousine Commission says driver Mahabur Rahman made his plea in Dec. 2015, and was fined $500. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Taxi driver accused of bypassing Al Roker for racial reasons admits service refusal violation NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York City taxi driver who black NBC “Today” show weatherman Al Roker said passed him by in favour of picking up another fare for racial reasons has pleaded guilty to a service refusal violation and has been fined.The Taxi and Limousine Commission says driver Mahabur Rahman made his plea last month and was fined $500.Roker had filed a complaint in November and wrote on social media he and his son had been ignored for racial reasons. He said the driver picked up a white man a block away.The commission says it was the driver’s second refusal violation. The driver hung up a phone Monday when called for comment.The TLC says Roker was notified of the outcome. NBC hasn’t answered an email seeking comment. read more

The world must act now to stop this UN chief Guterres says

Families displaced by drought in Baidoa, Somalia, gather around Secretary-General António Guterres (white cap), who is in the region urging action to help them. Photo: UNSOM Hearing the heart-wrenching stories of desperate families displaced in Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged a massive scale up in international support to avert a famine in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa nation and curb the spread of cholera.“It is exactly because it is tragic and because it is hopeful that it makes sense to make a very strong appeal to the international community to support Somalia at the present moment,” Mr. Guterres told reporters in the country’s capital, Mogadishu.With almost half of the Somali population in need of assistance, including 330,000 children who are acutely malnourished, the UN chief reiterated an appeal for $825 million for the support of 5.5 million people for six months.“There is a chance in Somalia to avoid a situation like the one we had in 2011,” he said, referring to the previous famine that killed many in that country.He said that 3.3 million people are in need of health support and that cholera has been developing and making hunger even worse and more dangerous. In the last two months, there were 7,731 cases of cholera with 183 people dying. Just last week, there were 1,352 cases of cholera and 38 people dying. “It’s a process in acceleration,” he warned.VIDEO: Visiting displaced people in Baidoa, Somalia, Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a massive scale up in international support to avert a famine in Somalia and curb the spread of cholera. Credit: UN NewsBut now is also “a moment of hope” because Somalia is turning the page, with a new President elected and a new Prime Minister appointed, he said.“There is a very strong commitment to enhance security and at the same time to enhance the capacity of the government to start to provide effective services to the population,” he said.The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is doing a job that the world should be grateful for because it is not only protecting Somalis, but protecting all against terrorism, has not been effectively helped by the international community, he said.The severe climate is also forcing many people to leave their homes. Leving the capital, Mr. Guterres met and spoke with victims of the current drought when he visited a settlement for internally displaced people (IDPs) today in the town of Baidoa. According to estimates from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the Liibaan IDP settlement houses some 700 people driven by drought from rural villages since 14 February. Some walked for hours or even days in search of humanitarian assistance. One of the victims is Nuria Hussein. She and 10-month-old daughter Samira left home in Qansax Dheere district and moved to the settlement, 90 kilometers away, because of the drought. Ms. Hussein’s husband stayed behind. “If we have stability and if it rains, we can avoid famine and we’ll return home,” she told UN News. Another victim recalled her long journey to the settlement. A mother of four, she is alone with her children on the site. Her fifth child died of acute diarrhea.According to OCHA, estimates indicate that over 80 per cent of these newly arrived IDPs are women and children.In Baidoa, after meeting with President of the Southwest state of Somalia, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, Mr. Guterres visited two camps for internally displaced people just outside the city. For over an hour, he walked through the camp, asked question and listened to the stories of men, women and children who had come to Baidoa to seek food and water. Some had recently resettled from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya only to be forced to move again because of the drought. read more

About Time Carmelo Anthony Jim Brown and Others React

InstagramAfter Michael Jordan released a statement yesterday speaking up about violence by and against police, many in the sports world reacted to the retired NBA player’s stance. Atlanta Black Star reported Jordan was “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late” adding, “I can no longer stay silent.” Carmelo Anthony thought the Charlotte Hornets owner’s opinion was overdue.During a meeting on community issues between Team USA players and local police in Los Angeles, Anthony praised Jordan for finally speaking out about a political issue, especially one that relates to African-Americans. It is something the former Chicago Bulls player has steered clear of in the past.“I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said,” the New York Knicks forward told ESPN at the Boys and Girls Club in California. “Because at the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s an African-American above every powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf.”Carmelo Anthony on Michael Jordan’s statement today. “I thought it was brilliant and about time he stepped up.” pic.twitter.com/D3htGey0MI— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 25, 2016“And not also just step up – it’s not always about money and giving back,” he said, referring to Jordan’s $2 million contributions to organizations dedicated to improving police and community relations. “But for him to step up and put his money where his mouth at, the timing was perfect.”Social media reaction was mixed.Jaison Oliver encouraged doubters to read about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, one of the organizations Jordan gave $1 million to. But he also decried the other $1 million donation to the Institute for Community-Police Relations.However, Jordan absolutely could’ve better allocated the other $1mil he gave to the police chiefs org. Stop playing both sides, Mike.— Jaison Oliver (@oJaison) July 26, 2016And Beats Music’s director of influencer marketing Kenny Hamilton pointed out Jordan’s private philanthropy.Michael Jordan has donated money over the years for various causes in a silent manner. Yet people always criticize what they don’t know.— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) July 25, 2016Besides Anthony, at least one other athlete has also commended the billionaire ex-baller. Jim Brown – who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 – praised Jordan for finally speaking up about anti-violence.“I applaud Michael. He’s taken his time to, what I think, put his mind to what he was going say and represent,” Brown told the sports network. “He put his money there and the only thing I can do is praise him and thank him for reaching out for and using his tremendous people power in a way that I feel will make a difference in this country.”Still, some are more critical. Panelist Kevin Blackistone questioned why Jordan would donate to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the Legal Defense Fund over Black Lives Matter.“I’m hard pressed to believe how you can be emotionally moved by the extrajudicial killings of Black men in this country, and then cut a check for a million dollars to the police,” he said on Around The Horn Monday. “The police aren’t in need of funding when it comes to this situation.”“Why not give the Black Lives Matter movement a legal arm and fund – and seed some funding to start that as a new civil rights movement for a new generation,” he said of the Legal Defense Fund donation.He added the star should use his platform as a Hanes underwear spokesperson to urge the company to “bring back some of the 30 plants  they closed down in the early 2000s here and…bring those jobs back to urban America” to give Black youth better jobs. read more

NFL week 7 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Ben Roethlisberger: So much for being rusty. Big Ben returned from his suspension throwing for 257 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Browns. This week, he takes on a Dolphins defense that allows 22 points per game and Big Ben’s last game against Miami, 220 yards and three touchdowns. From here on out, Big Ben is a Top Ten quarterback. Matt Cassel: Cassel and the Chiefs offense woke up last week against the Texans, 209 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Cassel gets another great matchup against Jacksonville, who allows 264 passing yards per game. Look for Cassel to find Dwayne Bowe or Tony Moeaki around the goal line. Consider Cassel as a bye-week filler. Joe Flacco: Flacco has been solid in the past four weeks, throwing six touchdowns versus one interception. Flacco is a must-start this week against Buffalo. Buffalo is known for its horrid defense against the run, but showed holes in the secondary against David Garrard in Week Five, 178 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Expect Flacco to lean on Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin in the passing attack. Chris Ivory: Ivory took advantage of his rare playing time last week against Tampa Bay, 15 carries for 158 yards. Ivory will continue to get the workload if Pierre Thomas (high-ankle sprain) is out. Ivory will find running lanes against a Browns defense that has allowed 100 yards to opposing running backs in four out of the first six games. If you’re in a bind at the running back position, Ivory is worth picking up. Michael Bush: Darren McFadden is still nursing a hamstring injury, so Bush should see the majority of the carries. The Raiders face a Broncos defense that allows 128 rushing yards per game and Bush has had success against Denver, 133 yards and a touchdown. Before playing Bush, monitor McFadden’s health status. Jeremy Maclin: Maclin ran past the Falcons defense last week, 159 yards and two touchdowns. Maclin will be the focus of the Eagles’ offense because DeSean Jackson will be out with a concussion. Look for continued success as Maclin and Kevin Kolb are developing a tight bond and face a Titans’ pass defense that ranks 27th in the league. Bench ‘Em Chad Henne: Henne has now thrown two touchdowns passes in three straight games after his performance against Green Bay, 239 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. If you’re looking for quarterback help, avoid Henne this week against the Steelers. Henne’s last game against Pittsburgh wasn’t too impressive, 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Along with Henne, avoid running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Ryan Torain: Torain looks like the better back in Washington over Clinton Portis, but I’m not jumping on the bandwagon yet. I expect the Bears to bounce back from a poor outing against Seattle, 114 yards and two touchdowns allowed rushing. They will stack the box and force the Redskins to throw the ball. Until Torain puts up consistent numbers, I’ll continue to pass on “The Train.” LeSean McCoy: McCoy is dealing with a rib injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Even at full strength, I would advise sitting McCoy. The Titans have a stout run defense that allowed Maurice Jones-Drew 57 yards Monday Night. The Eagles still remain a pass-first offense and will take advantage of the Titans’ weak pass defense. Marques Colston: I am losing patience with the Saints receiver as he continues to be mediocre. He had 53 yards against Tampa Bay. Colston continues to get the majority of the targets, but is not involved in the red zone. It’s tempting to start Colston against Cleveland, but Lance Moore and Robert Meachem continue to be involved in this offense. read more