Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee Launched

first_img The Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. This was announced at the launch of the Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan. The Jamaican High Commission will host the joint UK launch of Jamaica 55 celebrations and the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Thursday, June 1, in London.This was announced at the launch of the Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan.The Steering Committee, which will be co-chaired by Business Consultant and member of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Taskforce, Rudi Page, and Events Planner, Janelle Raeburn, will coordinate activities, with the primary purpose of encouraging second-, third- and fourth-generation Jamaican-UK citizens to expand on the legacy built by their parents for the upliftment of the Jamaican-UK community and Jamaica.“I am truly delighted to launch this Steering Committee as we seek to further promote Jamaica in the UK, under the national theme ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’,” said High Commissioner Ramocan.He told participants, which included members of the various subcommittees, that “our mission is to heighten public awareness of the significant achievements of the Jamaican- UK community and its outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom. So, this year, we will celebrate, collaborate and elevate,” the High Commissioner said.The High Commission will also be working with the Jamaican community during the year, in relation to the organisation of a number of core and endorsed events that will showcase Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage and its influence in the UK.The subcommittees comprise Jamaicans of various backgrounds and experiences, some of whom are first- and second-generation Jamaicans.The Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. Story Highlights The Jamaican High Commission will host the joint UK launch of Jamaica 55 celebrations and the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Thursday, June 1, in London.last_img read more

Patent Awarded to SeaChange for Eco-Hybrid Fuel Technology

first_imgctech, April 3, 2014 zoom SeaChange Group, has won a patent for an eco-hybrid fuel technology proven to reduce NOx, particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions.In collaboration with the Maine Maritime Academy, the SeaChange Group has developed a hybrid fuel technology for direct-injection engines. The solution comprises diesel and glycerol, an inexpensive, renewable by-product of the bio-diesel industry.The team observed a reduction of 25 to 50 percent in smoke emissions compared to an ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel at an equivalent power output. Emissions of mono-nitrogen oxides (NOx) were reduced by five to 15 percent, with the team finding a general trend in emission reductions in line with an increasing glycerol concentration.Also corresponding to a higher concentration of glycerol in the fuel however is a lower energy density and therefore, an increase in overall engine fuel consumption.Dr Richard Kimball, Director and Associate Professor of Engineering at the Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory (METEL) said, “International shipping has come under stringent emissions regulations and ship operators around the world are looking for drop-in fuels such as this one to reduce emissions and maintain engine power and fuel efficiency.”last_img read more

Rosneft Deepens Export Ties with Egypt

first_imgzoom Russian oil and gas major Rosneft has signed two term sheets with Egyptian energy importers for future supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and oil products.Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has agreed to import LNG from Rosneft, and the term sheet signed yesterday defines key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies.Rosneft says that the implementation of the terms of the signed document will allow the company to access the high growth potential of the Egyptian gas market.The second term sheet was signed by Rosneft and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) for prospective supplies of oil products and LPG.The document, signed in continuation of agreements reached at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, defines key terms of cooperation between the companies in the area of oil products and LPG direct supplies.Rosneft and EGPC expect binding agreements based on the agreed term sheet to be signed within the third quarter of 2015.Rosneft has been an accredited supplier of EGPC since the beginning of 2015. So far, Rosneft has won the right to supply 425,000 mt of oil products totaling approximately USD 150 million throughout April, May and June 2015.last_img read more

School Sports Teams Don Antibullying Message

first_imgChad Samson’s hoop dream is bigger than sinking the game-winning basket against an arch-rival team. The 15-year-old Bible Hill Junior High basketball player is also looking to score points against a more menacing opponent — school bullies. The Grade 9 student is teaming up with other student athletes, the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) and the Department of Education to take the anti-bullying message to sports fields, school gyms and hockey arenas across the province. The message will be on a crest displayed on team uniforms. Modelled after the stop sign on the back of minor hockey jerseys, the pink crest will be in the shape of a stop sign with a strike through the word Bully. “I think this is a great way to get the message out that bullying has no place in our schools,” said Mr. Samson, who also plays on school soccer and badminton teams. “Every time we play a game, people will get the message. They won’t miss it.” Education Minister Karen Casey said she is pleased to see students and the NSSAF take an active role promoting respect within member schools and communities. “Putting a stop to bullying really is a team effort in more ways than one,” said Ms. Casey. “We all need to work together to address the issue, and this kind of campaign is a good example of what can be done to promote safe and respectful learning environments.” The crest, available in English and French, is the idea of Bible Hill Junior High guidance counsellor and coach Eric Boutilier. He was inspired by Central Kings Rural High School students Travis Price and David Shepherd, who last year launched the pink T-shirt campaign in support of a student, teased for wearing a pink shirt on his first day at his new school. The symbol of the pink t-shirt struck a chord with students from coast to coast, and made news around North America. “When I saw what Travis and David did to raise awareness, I and many of my students thought, what else can we do to help keep the message alive?” said Mr. Boutilier. “Student athletes are positive role models in many of our schools. They set an example for others, so what better way to get the message out than to display it on their uniforms?” Ms. Casey and the NSSAF, agreed to support Mr. Boutilier’s idea. Tom Fahie, executive director of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation, expects the anti-bullying message will be well-received by schools participating in interscholastic sports. “We have almost 40,000 students at 182 schools playing 19 school sports in front of thousands of fans, parents and students every year. That represents a lot of people in stands or on the sidelines getting a very, very powerful message,” said Mr. Fahie. The crests will be available to participating NSSAF schools, as well as elementary schools, through the Department of Education Book Bureau later this spring. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union also recently endorsed the anti-bullying crest.last_img read more

Manitoba appears open to private marijuana sales when pot becomes legal

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government raised the distinct possibility Thursday that it may allow private retailers to sell marijuana when recreational use of the drug becomes legal next July.The Progressive Conservative government called for expressions of interest from potential producers and vendors in a 10-page document issued to “gauge options and possible participants in the new cannabis industry in Manitoba.”Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said the government is willing to consider private sales for cannabis and go beyond stores run by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.“No options are off the table right now. We are opening this up to get more ideas about how to do this,” Stefanson said.“We welcome (Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries) to give their expression of interest as well as all Manitobans with respect to the distribution.”The Opposition New Democrats called on the government to ban private cannabis retailers in Winnipeg and other communities large enough to have government-run liquor stores, at least initially.The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union, which represents liquor-store workers, also called for a fully public sales model. Even if separate stores are set up for cannabis and alcohol, they should be run and staffed by liquor and lotteries employees, union president Michelle Gawronsky said.“They’ve already built a huge organization that keeps liquor accountable. It keeps people responsible. It provides proper training. So why would we want to reinvent that? Why don’t we just use what we’ve got now?”The province has a mixed approach to liquor sales. Only government stores can sell the full spectrum of hard liquor, beer and wine. There is a large number of private beer vendors, mainly at hotels, and a small number of private wine stores. Products are purchased through the government’s wholesale agency.Stefanson said it is too early to determine what sales might look like. People interested in supplying and selling cannabis have until Sept. 8 to respond to the government’s request for input.“Manitoba intends to develop a local, broad-based, adaptable and ongoing framework for the implementation of legalized recreational cannabis,” the document issued Thursday reads.“Key measures of success for the framework include: restricting access to minors; competitive pricing; quality product, variety and knowledge; limits on density and locations of storefronts; accessibility for all Manitobans.”last_img read more

9year old Treaty 6 girl pens book about Treaties

first_imgcstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchris Chris StewartAPTN NewsThere are many books published about Treaties in this country.But now there’s one that was written from the perspective of a nine-year-old.Bella Morrisseau says the idea started from a speech.“I really like writing,” she said. “Ever since I can get pen to paper, I think I started to write when I was three.“I would write every day.”Watch Bella’s full speech herelast_img

SD60 and 59 receiving money for school upgrades

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has handed out $198 million to school districts for the School Enhancement Program.  A total of 176 projects from around B.C. will use the funding to make upgrades at local schools.In Peace River North, $1.2 million will be spent on roof upgrades at Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary, Robert Ogilvie Elementary and at Charlie Lake Elementary and three school buses will be replaced, costing $398,417.In Peace River South, $2.35 million will be spent on mechanical upgrades at Ecole Frank Ross Elementary and Dawson Creek Secondary and one school bus will be replaced, costing $127,562. “Students deserve to learn in schools that are well maintained and operating the way they should. That’s why we’ve boosted funding to these programs by more than $20 million over last year,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “We are supporting B.C. schools with this funding, so students, teachers and school district staff can focus their energy to where it matters most – in the classroom.”last_img read more

Founder of black North Carolina newspaper dies at 88

GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Kilimanjaro, who founded a North Carolina newspaper that provided information to the black community despite lacking a background in journalism, has died. He was 88.Afrique Kilimanjaro said her father died Wednesday morning, the same day his newspaper, the Carolina Peacemaker, is printed.The News & Record of Greensboro reports Kilimanjaro was an Arkansas native who disavowed his family’s slave name and adopted one that referenced the mountain in Africa.The newspaper, founded in 1967, included coverage of efforts to desegregate schools and a battle to establish a district system that would make it easier for local black people to be elected to political office.Kilimanjaro also taught drama at North Carolina A&T State University. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Greensboro.The Associated Press read more

Apple confirms ECG app for smartwatch coming to Canada but timing isnt

TORONTO — Apple Inc. confirms that previously announced software that enables its latest smartwatch to perform electro-cardiograms has received Canadian approval but declines to predict when it will be available for download. The company says in a statement to The Canadian Press that it will bring the heart health features of Apple Watch Series 4 to Canada “as quickly as possible” but a spokeswoman declined to provide an estimated time of arrival.The statement follows a flurry of social media speculation after reports this week that Health Canada has approved the Apple Watch software for performing ECGs and providing notifications of irregular heart rhythms.Apple executives said in September when the watch was officially announced that the features would be initially available in the United States and available in other countries as they received regulatory approvals. A Health Canada representative said in an email Friday that the government agency’s medical device section has approved two Apple licences but referred questions about Canadian release dates to the manufacturer.    A person with knowledge of Apple’s procedures said on background that the heart features will be enabled in Canada when the company updates the watch’s operating system software but the timing of the update wasn’t known.The Canadian Press read more

Continuing violence in Central African Republic sparks Security Councils concern

14 December 2010The Security Council today voiced serious concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) as the country prepares for already delayed presidential and legislative elections next month. In a presidential statement, the 15-member body condemned “all attacks by local and foreign armed groups that threaten the population as well as peace and stability” in a country that has seen significant ethnic conflict in its north, an overflow of violence from neighbouring Chad and Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, and attacks in the east from the brutal rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).“The Security Council calls upon the Government of the Central African Republic and all national stakeholders to continue their efforts to move forward expeditiously with the preparation and conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections,” the statement said. The first round of the polls is scheduled for 23 January. It acknowledged progress made so far in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants, calling on “all politico-military groups to take the necessary measures for a transparent and accountable completion” of the process and on the Government to quickly implement a national reintegration strategy for former fighters with the transparent funding “critical to the programme’s long-term success.”The Council stressed the need for the Government to revive efforts to reform the security sector and address widespread impunity, and commended regional States for their increased cooperation in dealing with the LRA threat.It hailed the work of the UN peacebuilding office in CAR (BINUCA), which has been assisting with reconciliation, the DDR process, electoral and other efforts to restore state authority throughout the country, security sector reform and the promotion of the rule of law and respect of human rights.On Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendation the Council has extended BINUCA for another year until 31 December 2011.Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for CAR, Sahle Work-Zewde, warned the Council last week that that despite relative stability in the capital, Bangui, and the south-western region, eastern areas remained prone to persistent acts of banditry, attacks by foreign armed groups, including the LRA, and local politico-military factions that are not part of the peace process. read more

CCD ordered to investigate incident involving Rohingya refugees

UNHCR is equally concerned for the safety and security of its partner’s staff present during the incident who were providing humanitarian assistance to the refugees.UNHCR emphasizes that refugees are victims of violence and persecution who need international protection and assistance. UNHCR urges the public and all those concerned with refugees to continue extending protection and to show empathy for civilians fleeing persecution and violence. In Sri Lanka, the presence of refugees and asylum-seekers is authorized by the Government. In consultation with the authorities, UNHCR provides assistance to refugees until longer-term solutions can be found. (Colombo Gazette) The refugees were eventually evacuated to safety by the authorities to whom UNHCR is grateful for support and protection extended to refugees. On Tuesday, a group protested outside the shelter housing 31 refugees – most of them women and children – who had been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy from a boat in Sri Lankan waters in April this year. The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has been ordered to investigate the incident in Mount Lavinia involving Rohingya refugees.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had said yesterday it was alarmed and concerned by the incident at a refugee shelter housing mostly women and children. read more

Colorados sustainable tourism push shows signs of success

DENVER — Colorado officials say the state took in more tourism money without increasing the overall number of visitors in what is perceived as a success for sustainable tourism.The Colorado Sun reports the Colorado Tourism Office research released Thursday shows travellers spent $22.3 billion in 2018, a nearly 7% increase over 2017.Officials say overall visitation numbers remained flat as revenues rose, indicating a two-year plan to bring tourists to less-visited areas of the state is working.Tourism authorities began a focused campaign in 2017 promoting travel while protecting the state’s natural resources and landscapes.A brochure offers advice such as avoiding shortcuts that erode trails and carrying out trash.A survey of 2,500 travellers showed an increasing number of people chose Colorado because of its environmental protection and sustainability focus.___Information from: The Colorado Sun, http://coloradosun.comThe Associated Press read more

UN nuclear watchdog awaiting US report on Iraqi weapons

Asked by UN Radio to comment on reports that Dr. David Kay, the US arms expert, had told Congress Thursday that no WMDs had been found, Mark Gwozdecky, a spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said: “We cannot comment on Dr. Kay’s report without access to the detailed findings of his group which has been working for more than three months in Iraq.”The IAEA still has an inspection mandate in Iraq, both under Security Council resolutions and under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to insure that Iraq has no nuclear weapon-related activities,” he added. “We therefore expect that Dr. Kay’s findings will be shared with us in accordance with paragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 1441 and this will enable us to fulfil our responsibilities.” read more

In Djibouti UN refugee agency increasingly concerned about Ethiopian defectors

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced increasing concern that three Ethiopian airmen who reportedly defected to Djibouti in a helicopter last month may have been forcibly returned to Ethiopia despite repeated agency requests for access to them to determine whether they wanted to seek asylum.UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane has written to the Government of Djibouti expressing “deep preoccupation” over their fate, agency spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We are increasingly concerned that the men may have been forcibly returned to Ethiopia,” he said, noting contradictory information on their fate, with some officials saying they were returned to Ethiopia and others saying at least two of them remain in Djibouti.Mr. Redmond stressed that the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, which Djibouti has signed, clearly prohibits expulsion or return of a refugee to a country where his or her life or freedom may be threatened on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular group or political opinion.The principle of non-refoulement (non-return) applies by definition to any person requesting asylum, pending full examination of his or her refugee claim, he added. read more

UN event highlights need to provide access to financial services to the

“The rapid spread of new information and communications technologies, and, in particular, mobile technologies, is increasingly making more services available to the world’s poor,” the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, said earlier this week at an event that brought together members of the private sector, development agencies as well as policymakers on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. “Access to mobile phones can be a game changer for the poor, particularly for those 2.5 billion adults who do not currently have access to financial services. Yet such access can contribute to poverty alleviation, development, and growth. With mobile technology, it is within reach.”Miss Clark emphasized the role of partnerships in making financial services more accessible. Partnerships, she said, bring leadership, expertise and experiences together, and this is only possible if there is collaboration among various sectors of society.“At UNDP, we firmly believe that by partnering together and leveraging the world’s current digital transformation, financial inclusion and inclusive growth can be significantly advanced.”During the event, attendees had the opportunity to hear from leaders in the digital technology field – including philanthropist and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates – on how they see technology driving greater financial inclusion.Miss Clark spotlighted UNDP initiatives across the globe which have used technology for social inclusion. In Haiti for example, the UNDP CARMEN project introduced the first ever mobile money transfer mechanism to support post-disaster housing reconstruction.In India, UNDP worked with local banks and mobile providers to enable rural workers to open bank accounts remotely. And in Fiji, UNDP and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) supported the department of welfare to ensure 24,000 social welfare recipients received their benefits on time without having to undertake long journeys to pick up cash.“The future will be digital in support of so many, often small, everyday activities – easing and facilitating our daily lives,” said the Executive Secretary of UNCDF, Marc Bichler, adding that the benefits of this will greatly impact the post-2015 development agenda.The event was co-hosted by UNDP, UNCDF and the Better than Cash Alliance, an initiative that partners with governments, the development community and the private sector to empower people by shifting from cash to electronic payments. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, USAID and Visa Inc. are the founders of the Alliance and the UNCDF serves as the secretariat. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 22 April 2016

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Treasures from Annabels nightclub to go up for auction

Among the 250 lots is the red velvet corner sofa, which was famously favoured by 90s supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. It is expected to go for between £2,000 and £4,000. Christie’s is preparing to auction off everything from inside Annabel’s Credit: Paul Grover Christian Voigt’s picture of Annabel’s, taken just before it shutCredit:Christian Voigt Christian Voigt's picture of Annabel's, taken just before it shut For decades, the exclusive Annabel’s nightclub was the go-to destination for the rich and famous. Now, as the original site closes down, buyers can finally get a table at the late-night venue as its interiors go under the hammer at Christie’s.Because of its secretive nature, the club was a favourite of the Royal family and is rumoured to be the only nightclub ever visited by The Queen. It is where Sarah Ferguson and the Princess of Wales gatecrashed Prince Andrew’s stag night disguised as policewomen.Now, the public will be allowed a rare glimpse of the exclusive night spot during the preview for the auction, and even get the opportunity to take a table home.Along with a table, the buyer gets eight chairs and eight place settings including plates, cutlery, wine glasses, napkins, salt and pepper and a toast rack. The price is estimated to be between £1,000-£1,500.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The public can next month purchase chairs, tables, statues and even urinals as the furniture used by such stars as Kate Moss, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Leonardo DiCaprio is put on sale. Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman, said: “Everyone has a story to tell about Annabel’s, the iconic and visionary London nightclub founded by Mark Birley over half a century ago. Emerging from the ashes of London’s post-war gloom, Annabel’s became synonymous with glamorous sophistication, epitomising the heady cocktail where ‘old’ and ‘new’ worlds collided. Christie's is preparing to auction off everything from inside Annabel's  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Each and every lot – from The Buddha Room’s Bodhisattva to the well-trodden dance floor and even the toast racks – is sure to evoke many memories and excite collectors internationally who want to celebrate the unique atmosphere, laughter and friendships that Annabel’s represents.”Christie’s will hold the auction celebrating Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· on 20 November 2018. Also on sale are ten framed framed prints by photographer Richard Young of famous faces seen at Annabel’s over the years – of royals and celebrities including Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine.Businessman Richard Caring, who now owns Annabel’s, said he thought the original founder Mark Birley would be “extremely upset” about him flogging off the interiors of the private club.“I’m sure he’d be extremely upset, initially,” he told the Financial Times. “He would probably scream at me the way he screamed at me the first time I met him.“But I think after a short period of time, and his experience of what we’ve done with the name — I still see it as Mark Birley’s legacy. I hope we’ll continue it for another 50 years — I think he’d be proud.”Caring this year opened a new Annabel’s, which appears just as elegant as the old venue. Members are greeted by a £50m Picasso as they enter the opulent rooms, which are designed in keeping with the old world glamour of the previous club. read more

Sudanese woman who escaped death row charged with forgery

first_imgA SUDANESE CHRISTIAN woman who faces death threats after a court cleared her of apostasy has been charged with forgery after trying to leave the country, a lawyer said today.“She is arrested,” Mohanad Mustafa told AFP.The charge against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 26, relates to the South Sudanese travel document she was carrying when authorities stopped the family from leaving Sudan yesterday following an annulment of her apostasy death sentence.Ishag is also charged with providing false information, Mustafa said. She was detained by national security agents at Khartoum airport, despite the presence of US diplomats who were escorting her and her family, her American husband Daniel Wani said.They were trying to travel to Washington, Wani said, insisting there was nothing wrong with the travel documents. Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs today summoned the charges d’affaires of both the United States and South Sudan over the incident, official media reported.The ministry criticised South Sudan’s issuing of the travel permit, “despite their knowledge that she is a Sudanese national”, while condemning the US for trying to help the women leave Sudan “via illegal (false) travel document,” the SUNA news agency said.“We are worried. That’s why we want to get out of here as soon as possible,” Wani said of death threats against his wife.A lower court judge sentenced Ishag to hang for apostasy on May 15, in a case that raised questions of religious freedom and sparked an outcry from Western governments and human rights groups.An appeal court freed her on Monday from the women’s prison where she had been detained with her children, but she immediately went into hiding because of the threats to her life.Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told AFP the woman should have used a Sudanese passport, but her lawyer said she does not have one.“That is the whole problem, she took a foreign document for travelling,” he said. “What she has done is an illegal act.”However, Osman suggested the situation can be resolved. Kau Nak, South Sudan’s charge d’affaires, said Ishag was entitled to the travel document because her husband and children are South Sudanese.“I’m the one who issued that travel document to her,” he told AFP. “My signature is on the back of the document.”After being stopped at the airport, the family and its two children, including a baby girl born while Ishag was on death row, were taken to a police station, a two-storey building on a rough, unpaved alley in Khartoum’s Arkawet district.Ishag remains in custody there.On May 15, a lower court judge, referring to her by her father’s Muslim name Abrar al-Hadi Mohamed Abdalla, sentenced her to death for apostasy.It convicted her under Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions on pain of death.A family ‘problem’ On Monday, an appeals court freed her from the women’s prison where she had been detained with her children, but she immediately went into hiding.Christian activists say her “alleged brother” stated that the family would carry out the death sentence if she were acquitted.According to the church, Ishag was born to a Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother.When Ishag was five her father abandoned the family, leaving her to be raised by her mother, according to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum, which said she joined the Catholic church shortly before she married.It said the original legal action against her was filed by men “who claim to be” her relatives.“The problem is not with the Sudanese government, is not with the court. The problem is with her family,” said Information Minister Osman.- © AFP 2014.Read: Woman who escaped death row has been re-arrested in Sudan>More: Sudan releases woman sentenced to hanging for apostasylast_img read more

ASA Voices Opposition to Harbinson WTO Compromise

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today outlined the concerns of its 26,000 producer members before the House Committee on Agriculture regarding the compromise advanced by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agriculture Committee Chairman Stuart Harbinson, which proposes much smaller percentage reductions in tariffs, and allows self-designated developing countries to exempt “special products” from any cuts.”The Harbinson approach falls well short of achieving ASA’s goal to offset increasing global production of oilseeds and oilseed products through expanded market access for soybeans, soybean products, poultry, pork, beef, and dairy,” said ASA First Vice President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “The Administration needs to develop an alternative or risk failure at the upcoming WTO negotiations in Cancun, Mexico in September. Our purpose for raising concerns is not to undermine support for reaching an agreement on agriculture in the Doha Round, but to build support for a successful agreement.”ASA strongly endorsed and continues to support the United States proposal first advanced by the Clinton Administration in 1999 and reaffirmed by the Bush Administration last year. In the area of export competition, ASA supports the Administration’s proposal to phase out export subsidies and to establish common rules for export credits and government-backed financing programs used by all exporting countries. ASA opposes continuing the Uruguay Round approach of equal percentage reductions in trade-distorting domestic support, which would preserve the significant advantage enjoyed by the European Union.”ASA also finds totally unacceptable Harbinson’s proposal that would allow developing countries, including Brazil, to fund major programs to develop and expand their agricultural production and transportation infrastructure without discipline while similar programs in “developed countries,” including the United States, are subject to reductions,” Heck said. “If the purpose of the Doha negotiations is to reduce trade-distorting practices, it should not require sharp reductions in support in developed countries while giving equally-competitive developing countries a blank check to expand similar programs.”Harbinson would subject food aid programs to various disciplines, including replacing donations of agricultural commodities and food products with monetary contributions. This approach is not acceptable to ASA and other commodity organizations that view food assistance as an important market development tool as well as a means to help feed the poor in other countries. ASA and other agriculture groups are circulating a letter addressed to United States Trade Ambassador Robert Zoellick detailing a number of concerns with the Harbinson text.”While we support regional or bilateral negotiations, particularly with countries that offer significant opportunities for U.S. agriculture,” Heck said, “ASA’s top trade priority is to obtain a meaningful WTO outcome. The WTO offers the best prospects for achieving a significant improvement in worldwide market access and the global income growth that is so critical to the future success of U.S. agriculture.”Heck told the Committee that the United States must substantially increase market access through aggressive reductions in tariffs and elimination of non-tariff barriers on soybeans, soy-based products, poultry, pork, beef, and dairy. Heck said this is particularly important in populous developing countries in Asia, where per capita consumption of animal protein and vegetable oil is currently low. As global production and exports of soybeans and soy-based products increase in coming years, the U.S. must make demand and imports grow as well.Exports of U.S. soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil have expanded to the equivalent of 1.4 billion bushels, while exports of soy-fed pork and poultry products accounted for an additional 130 million bushels in 2002. Taken together, exports of soybeans and value-added soybean products represented 53 percent of last year’s total U.S. soybean production.Past trade agreements have been beneficial for U.S. soybean producers. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. soybean exports to Mexico doubled. The free trade agreement with Chile that President George W. Bush signed in early June will improve market access for U.S. soybeans. The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and Central American Free Trade Agreement will also be beneficial to the U.S. soybean growers, and the Southern Africa Customs Union free trade agreement can be of some benefit for both commercial and humanitarian purposes.U.S. soybean producers have seen the benefits of tariff reductions under the Uruguay Round and NAFTA in the form of expanding foreign demand and exports in the years since these agreements were completed. While the U.S. soybean and livestock industries have benefited greatly from the growth in foreign demand and imports, competition is from other exporting countries.”To protect against devalued foreign currency exchange rates, cut-rate pricing resulting from hidden subsidies, lack of enforcement for intellectual property rights, and discriminatory trade practices, the United States must maintain an adequate farm income safety net for U.S. producers,” Heck said. “Competitors such as Brazil must be subject to the same commitments and disciplines regarding domestic support that we are required to meet in the United States.”last_img read more

Podcast Revenues Poised to Skyrocket Industry Notes

first_img Jim Rutenberg, media columnist, The New York Times After jumping 72 percent last year to $119 million, advertising revenues from podcasts are set to nearly double over the course of 2017, according to a new study conducted by PwC for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). While direct response ads, long the bread-and-butter of podcast funding, continue to drive the vast majority of revenues (73 percent), brand awareness and branded content ads are slowly gaining, accounting for the remaining 27 percent of revenues in 2016, up from 17 percent in 2015. See this and other new job postings at careers.foliomag.com. Esquire to the rescue… Esquire Wisdom, the 83-year-old Hearst title’s first foray into voice-assistant technology, which comes on the heels of similar launches by other Hearst brands like Elle, Good Housekeeping, and O, The Oprah Magazine, is all part of an effort by Hearst Magazines Digital Media to identify opportunities for brand extensions in ways that play to the strengths of both the magazine title in question and the platform on which it will reside. Eric Bates, editor, The New Republic Podcasting on the rise… View the full report here. Lauren Duca, columnist, Teen Vogue Panelists include: From the job board… Folio: is delighted to unveil the latest addition to the Folio: Show program, “State of Siege: Examining the Craft and Business of Journalism,” a keynote panel bringing together five top journalists for a discussion of how an atmosphere of unprecedented hostility against the media influences their daily work.center_img “When packing the cooler, remember this order: Ice, Beer, Ice, Beer.” Timed to coincide with 4th of July weekend, Esquire Wisdom offers sage advice beyond backyard barbecue tips, too, like, “Your tie should be the same width as your lapel,” or “Never play cards with a man who wears a visor.” ​A journalistic A-Team joins the Folio: Show program… That’s one of 60 voice-activated tidbits smartphone users can receive through the Google Assistant app (launched about a year ago on Android devices, and newly available to iPhone users as of last month) courtesy of Esquire. The findings come on the heels of Apple’s revelation, just weeks ago, that the tech giant will finally start providing podcast creators and advertisers with some basic, anonymized analytics on listeners — a solid 12 years after “taking podcasting mainstream” with the launch of iTunes 4.9. “Esquire Wisdom is a fun extension of the brand that’s perfect for this medium,” said HMDM’s global president, Troy Young, in a release. Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor, New York Garden & Gun needs a production director. Based in Charleston, S.C., the ideal candidate has a minimum of five years’ experience in magazine production and will be responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the ten-year-old Southern lifestyle title’s bimonthly print schedule. “The idea of Esky Wisdom, as we call it in the magazine, came from the notion that no other men’s magazine has been as informed and as funny as Esquire,” added editor-in-chief Jay Fielden. Matt Thompson, deputy editor, The Atlantic ​For more on the Folio: Show, and to view the full program, click here.last_img read more