Foreign Secretary statement With UK aid support, people in Ivory Coast to be first vaccinated through COVAX

first_imgForeign Secretary statement With UK aid support, people in Ivory Coast to be first vaccinated through COVAX Today, Monday 1 March, people in the Ivory Coast will receive the first Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX. To date the UK has committed £548 million to COVAX to ensure global access to vaccines, and has consistently called other donors to step up their support. The vaccines are the first of more than a billion doses going to developing countries this year through COVAX.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:Today, with UK aid support, people in Côte d’Ivoire are the first to receive vaccinations through COVAX – the biggest ever global vaccine campaign to end the pandemic.We’re proud to be one of the biggest donors to COVAX, securing over one billion doses for the most vulnerable around the world. We do it because we want to be a force for good in the world, and because we need a global solution to a global pandemic.This follows the news last week of the unanimous agreement of UN Security Council Resolution 2565 for ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the delivery of vaccines to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The UK called for this resolution as Chair of the UN Security Council last month. The resolution was co-sponsored by 112 countries, including all 15 members of the Security Council. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, campaign, conflict, council, covid-19, Government, ivory, pandemic, resolution, Secretary, security, Security Council, UK, UK Government, UN, Vaccines, worldlast_img read more

RADA CEO Urges Farmers To Register With ABIS

first_imgRADA CEO Urges Farmers To Register With ABIS AgricultureDecember 30, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedFarmers Urged To Increase Production to Supply Bethel Town Sorrel Plant FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGovt Looking to Use Mined-Out Lands for Bamboo Cultivation Story HighlightsChief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, is encouraging more of the island’s farmers to register with the Government’s Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS).ABIS is a web-based information programme developed by RADA, which provides information on crops, livestock, and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders, to support the business of agriculture.It provides data to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders, and better measurement of capacity and performance to Government, agro-processors, food retailers, restaurateurs, and the consuming public.center_img RelatedLocal Bamboo Ketchup Now Available Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, is encouraging more of the island’s farmers to register with the Government’s Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS).ABIS is a web-based information programme developed by RADA, which provides information on crops, livestock, and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders, to support the business of agriculture.It provides data to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders, and better measurement of capacity and performance to Government, agro-processors, food retailers, restaurateurs, and the consuming public.Making the appeal during a recent interview with JIS News, Mr. Fulton informed that a total of 170,513 farmers have registered with ABIS, adding that it has been doing “very well” since its implementation.“It will be the major tool that the police will use to fight praedial larceny. We will meet with the police hierarchy very soon to determine how the police will use this database to question people who are transporting agricultural produce, because it will have all the data (needed),” he said.Mr. Fulton noted that through ABIS, RADA is able to “reach” the farmers and provide vital information regarding best practices, among other things. “For us, it is a tool that we would have to reach you, and you would be in the database where we know where you are and what crop you are growing,” he added.The CEO urged farmers to visit their RADA parish office for more details on how to become registered.Additionally, he said that from ABIS, a tracker has been developed to identify the most important crops, “so that in real time, any marketer can go on the system and get those farmers…and offer them a price for what they have; so it is another marketing tool and another protective tool.”Mr. Fulton said based on figures from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), a total of 220,000 farmers are in the island. Advertisementslast_img read more

Telenor confident in strategy after stable Q1

first_imgHome Telenor confident in strategy after stable Q1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 MAY 2017 Telenor advances multi-vendor SA 5G Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-off Author Tags Telenor focussed on strong data uptake across emerging markets in a stable set of Q1 results, as CEO Sigve Brekke insisted the company is laying a “solid foundation” following its decision to exit India.The Norway-headquartered operator entered into a definitive agreement with India-based Bharti Airtel to sell its struggling unit in the country in February, and the deal is expected to close within 12 months.Telenor said its Q1 results had been adjusted to reflect its new group structure, with India now presented as a discontinued operation. As a result of the decision, Telenor raised its 2017 outlook slightly. Its 2017 EBITDA margin is now expected to hit 37 per cent, 1 per cent higher than the previous guidance.In a statement, Brekke reiterated “simplification and efficiency improvements” were top of the agenda to improve profitability, and recent moves by the company “are all examples of these efforts”. In addition to its decision to exit India, Telenor is also in the process of selling off its stake in Veon (formerly VimpelCom), as well as taking the decision to reorganise its business units into four regional clusters.EarningsTelenor’s net income in Q1 2017 of NOK4.2 billion ($484.7 million) was marginally lower than the NOK4.3 billion generated in the comparable period of 2016. Revenue of NOK30.5 billion was 3 per cent lower, due to currency effects.The company explained its net income figure still included India, and was largely on par with Q1 2016 “as reduced net income from associated companies was offset by improved net income from the discontinued operation”.Telenor said revenue continued to be positively impacted by both ARPU uplift and a higher number of customers in Bangladesh (1.9 million additions in total), as well as sustained growth in the customer base in both Myanmar and Pakistan. However, the growth was offset by lower handset sales and decreased interconnection rates.Brekke added the company introduced a number of new and improved mobile offers in several markets during the recent quarter, while data consumption in Asia continued to be strong, particularly in Myanmar and Pakistan.The total share of active data users increased by 1 percentage point to 50 per cent during the quarter, while overall mobile subscriptions increased by 2 million in the quarter, giving Telenor a total of 172 million. Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Related Previous ArticleMobile fuels Facebook ad revenue growthNext ArticleTelecom Italia reveals earnings boost ahead of key AGM Telenor, Axiata plot Malaysian merger Kavit Majithia Q1Telenorlast_img read more

Mali election officials end strike three weeks to presidential poll

first_imgMali’s election officials have ended a two-week strike over alleged poor working conditions, a union said on Wednesday, easing fears ahead of the country’s presidential vote scheduled for 29 July.The election organizers agreed to end their strike on Tuesday, paving way for the continuation of distribution of voting cards.Malians hope the presidential poll will chart a way out of six years of political unrest and jihadist violence.Attacks by militants had cast doubt on the government’s ability to hold the poll on time even before the officials’ strike.Last week, militants raided the headquarters of a regional military base in central Mali, leaving at least six people dead. Four civilians were also killed on Sunday by a car bomb that targeted French troops in the north.The end of the strike however gives hope that the presidential vote will be held on the scheduled date, which lies less than four weeks away.Reuters reports that an agreement between two unions and the government gave the election workers a salary raise. But secretary-general of the National Syndicate of Civil Administrators, Ousmane Christian Diarra, said officers would continue to press for more concessions.“We have not accepted the government’s offer for bonuses and allowances, but we have agreed to suspend the strike while negotiations continue,” said Diarra.“This is to avoid undermining the electoral process with the strike,” he added.Mali has been dogged by conflict since Tuareg rebels and loosely allied jihadists seized its desert north in 2012, prompting French forces to intervene to push them back the following year.Those groups have since regained a foothold in the north and centre, using the sparsely-populated Sahel as a launchpad for attacks across the region.Related Polls open in Togolese presidential election Mali election organisers extend strike indefinitely weeks before electionscenter_img Madagascar’s presidential poll scheduled for Nov. 7last_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz adds passive model to its portfolio of broadband probes

first_imgRohde & Schwarz adds the rugged, passive R&S RT ZZ80 broadband probe to its portfolio. This probe offers a bandwidth of 8 GHz. When analyzing electronic circuits, passive broadband probes such as the R&S RT-ZZ80 are a cost-efficient, rugged alternative to active, high bandwidth probes. They are well-suited for testing transmission lines with low impedance (20 Ohm to 100 Ohm). Users in the most diverse of industries, from consumer electronics to medical engineering and A&D, can use the R&S RT-ZZ80 to perform precision analyses on electronic circuits. The probe excels wherever the timing of fast signals must be measured accurately. The Rohde & Schwarz portfolio of probes now offers an ideal probe for every broadband application. The family of differential broadband probes with the top-of-the-line R&S RT ZD40 model (4.5 GHz bandwidth) is sure to impress with its high input impedance of 1 MOhm at very low capacitive loading. The single-ended probes from Rohde & Schwarz, including the high end R&S RT-ZS60 (6 GHz bandwidth), make it possible to test ground referenced signals, even at high amplitudes of up to 8 V. The R&S RT-ZZ80 passive broadband probe is now available from Rohde & Schwarz.last_img read more

PI-ISD students can continue online schooling

first_img Share RelatedPI-ISD opts for online classes all year as COVID-19 cases riseBy Gaige Davila [email protected] Point-Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) will hold classes online for the upcoming school year, as COVID-19 cases continue rising in the Laguna Madre area, Cameron County and across the state.  In a unanimous decision, the PI-ISD School Board Trustees voted to delay on-campus instruction for the…July 20, 2020In “News”County order delays school, fall sports furtherBy Gaige Davila [email protected]  Cameron County students cannot physically return to school until late September, a new order from Cameron County states.  Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. and Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo ordered delaying in-person classroom instruction until after Monday, Sept. 28, citing rising COVID-19 cases…August 15, 2020In “News”PI-ISD considering both in-person and virtual learning for fall semesterBy Gaige Davila [email protected] Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) is considering offering in-person and virtual instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Rio Grande Valley.  PI-ISD superintendent Theresa Capistran told the PRESS in a phone call that the district is preparing for…July 4, 2020In “News” By Gaige [email protected] Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) students can continue attending school online, as the school district prepares partially reopening campuses on Sept. 21.Parents took to social media to share their concerns about a survey sent by PI-ISD on Sept. 8,  asking parents for comments on their Phase 2 reopening plan, which advised that school’s would reopen for in-person classes on Sept. 21 for a select number of students.  The next day, PI-ISD’s school board unanimously approved the district’s request for an extension waiver from the Texas Education Agency. The waiver would extend remote class instruction at PI-ISD for another four weeks, starting on Sept. 21, the same day PI-ISD must transition to having both in-person and virtual classes. According to TEA’s guidelines, some form of on-campus instruction must be held in Texas school districts during the extended four weeks of remote instruction, beginning with the fifth week of the school year. If there is no on-campus instruction, Texas school districts could risk losing funding from TEA.Capistran said TEA representatives told her that their requirements supersede Cameron County’s order to withhold in-person classes until after Sept. 28, insisting PI-ISD needed a transitional plan prepared for Sept. 21. With this in mind, PI-ISD created their Phase 2 reopening plan, beginning on Sept. 21, the fifth week of school. Students across the district having connectivity issues, and wish to return to school physically, are being given priority to return. For the sixth week, students choosing to return to the elementary schools, junior high and high school can begin attending classes in person. No more than 5 students can be in a classroom. If more than 5 students want to return to a specific class, the district will randomly draw interested students to attend. Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Paula Abdul, Green Day to perform on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020′

first_imgABC/Jeff Niera(NEW YORK) — Paula Abdul and Green Day are among the artists who’ll be ringing in the New Year on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.Both acts are performing on the West Coast portion of the annual December 31 special, which will be hosted from Hollywood by pop and R&B star Ciara.The West Coast celebration also will feature performances from pop singer Dua Lipa, country artists Dan + Shay and Kelsea Ballerini, indie-pop group SHAED and rappers Salt-N-Pepa and Megan Thee Stallion, among others. The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Ryan Seacrest will host additional performances from New York City’s Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and lead the traditional countdown to the New Year, while Billy Porter will host from New Orleans, and lead the countdown in the Central Time Zone.Performers for New York and New Orleans will be announced soon.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Retailers Struggled during Boom Times; What Happens if There’s a Recession?

first_imgHigh-profile bankruptcies and store closures have gutted some of the nation’s biggest retailers — and that’s during good economic times.Now, amid fears that the United States is headed toward recession, analysts say another reckoning might be in store as a slowing global economy, volatile stock market and new tariffs are likely to take their toll on American consumers in coming months.There is little middle ground left in the retail industry: Companies are either doing brisk business or struggling to hang on, analysts say — a trend that is likely to become even more pronounced if the economy sours.- Sponsor – “If there’s another recession — and I think there will be soon — everyone gets knocked down,” said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School and the former chief executive of Sears Canada… The Washington Post Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Legalization of pot should recognize systemic racism of status quo Liberal MP

first_imgOTTAWA – The plan to legalize marijuana should recognize that the black community has been overly criminalized for using the drug, says a Liberal MP who is calling on the government to consider that perspective.“We do know that black Canadians have been disproportionately charged with and are imprisoned for possession of small amounts of cannabis,” Greg Fergus, a Quebec MP who chairs the Liberal black caucus, said Tuesday.“I don’t think that’s because there is a greater propensity in the black community to consume marijuana,” he said.“We have to look at the questions of systemic racism.”Fergus added that the same could be said for Indigenous Peoples and he wants to make sure that is reflected in the ongoing debate over the proposed legislation to legalize marijuana, also known as Bill C-45, which the House of Commons health committee will begin studying next month.The MP, who gathered with other African-Canadian leaders in Ottawa this week to discuss this and other issues affecting people of colour, said they also want to reach out to the community to discuss the economic and social justice impacts of the proposed legislation.Fergus nonetheless said he agreed with the Liberal government’s decision not to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana for the time being.New Democrat MP Alistair MacGregor questioned Fergus’s logic.“How can the Liberals claim to understand this issue and yet choose to keep handing out possession charges and criminal records that unfairly target young people of colour?” he said in an emailed statement.Fergus, who appeared at a news conference in Ottawa alongside Michael Coteau, the Ontario minister responsible for anti-racism, and Independent Sen. Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard, said the leaders also discussed the need for more data on race across all levels of government.As well, they talked about the importance of seeking allies outside their communities and efforts to adopt the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent.They all spoke of having strong reactions to seeing the racism and hatred expressed by white supremacists who marched earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va., but expressed hope that those voices are in the minority.“It was shocking. I never expected to see in this day and age such baldly held views on anti-Semitism or on racism,” said Fergus.“The comforting thought that I had, of course, is the law of numbers,” he said, adding that he felt the same way when he saw that counter-protesters outnumbered those who were with La Meute, a group associated with the far right, in Quebec City over the weekend.“I feel strongly that most people don’t hold those views.”Thomas Bernard, a Nova Scotia senator, said it was a reminder of what her ancestors lived through, but she tried to focus on those who spoke out against the racism.“I think we need more of that around the world,” she said.“We need people who disagree with the narrative to take a stand, to express that in some way, to say ‘This is not acceptable.’”All three were more cautious when pressed on what they thought of the mixed messages U.S. President Donald Trump has been sending on what he thought of the events in Charlottesville, but Coteau said everyone has the responsibility to denounce hatred.“I think any form of hate that exists, any form of overt racism that’s out there publicly, it needs to be stopped and we need to speak against it,” said Coteau, who is also the minister for children and youth services.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Gillian Anderson Goes Nude With A Conga Eel

first_imgBritish taxpayer’s money is being given to French fishing trawlers to destroy the deep seabed in British waters. This is the message being promoted by Gillian Anderson and others in the latest collection of Fishlove images, the photographic campaign that is highlighting the issue of collapsing fish stocks.The collection, photographed by French portrait photographer Denis Rouvre, includes images of Gillian Anderson, Olivia Williams, Goldie and a number of French celebrities posing with fish.Anderson’s Fishlove portrait with a threatened deep sea Conger Eel is being released to coincide with last ditch efforts to end deep-sea bottom trawling in European waters, a practice that is wiping out deep sea ecosystems the size of London every day.A vote to ban the practice will take place in the European Parliament on the 10th December, and is presently being blocked by the French government.Deep sea trawling uses giant nets which drag along the seabed, destroying everything in its path. The practice has been condemned by scientists and campaigners as being the most destructive form of fishing in history.“What is really shocking is that deep sea fishing is wholly dependent on taxpayer’s money for its survival. The practice is not only environmentally but also economically unsustainable,” says Nicholas Röhl, who founded the Fishlove campaign with the actress Greta Scacchi.“Public money is being used to destroy the marine habitat for the gain of a tiny number of (predominantly French) fishermen,” he says.The majority of deep sea bottom trawling is conducted by less than a dozen French vessels, six of which belong to the fleet of the French retail giant Intermarché.All eyes are on whether the French government will continue to obstruct any moves to eliminate the most destructive deep-sea fishing gear in the lead up to the crucial vote on the 10th December.President Hollande’s administration is seen by campaigners as having caved in to intense pressure from the lobbyists representing Intermarché and the powerful French fishing industry.What is less clear is why the UK government is not doing more to oppose the French position.“The UK has no benefit in this fishery, and furthermore is losing invaluable ecosystems because of the activity of the French vessels,” says Claire Nouvian from the French non-profit organization BLOOM, which has set up a petition to end the practice.“It doesn’t make any sense that the UK government is effectively supporting French industrial fishers over and above the interests of UK citizens,” she says.“Despite receiving millions of euros in subsidies, these industrial vessels are in chronic deficit. Bottom trawling is a financial black hole that would not exist without our tax money,” Nouvian adds.“Deep-sea ecosystems are the greatest unexplored habitat in the world. An overwhelming body of scientific opinion suggests that we should be doing everything to protect them. Why, then, do we allow economically unprofitable practices that cause them significant long-term damage?” says Steven Devlin, economist at the New Economics Foundation.In campaigning for the end of deep sea fishing, Fishlove is hoping to build on its success in influencing various votes that have taken place this year.“We’ve helped turn the tide on years of mismanagement of European fisheries this year by putting the issue on the front covers and pages of the world’s media,” says Greta Scacchi, co-founder of the campaign.In recognition of its instrumental role in the campaign, Fishlove was recently asked by Maria Damanaki (European Commissioner in charge of Fisheries and Marine Conservation), to hold an exhibition of the Fishlove portraits within the European Commission building in Brussels.Earlier this year, the European Parliament voted to end over-fishing through the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, to restrict subsidies for boat construction and to ban shark finning on board vessels of the European Union.“The European Parliament just needs to vote for the elimination of the most destructive deep sea fishing methods to leave a perfect legacy behind,” says Scacchi.Find out more here.last_img read more

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