A soldier first transgender veteran of Afghanistan war fights for identity

first_imgAt 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds, the soldier was “petit gars” — little boy — to 41 male Canadian Forces comrades. To their Afghan army allies, the armed woman in full combat gear was an object of unwanted flirtation.Looking back, Cpl. Vincent Lamarre now realizes his Canadian comrades were closer to the truth of what he felt he was at the time, and has since become — a man.And he’s amused by how amorously he was regarded by the Afghan National Army.“They were very surprised to see a woman do a man’s job,” Lamarre explains in an interview. “I found it funny at the beginning, but sometimes I had to make them understand I am not an object.”Lamarre was a woman when he was deployed to southern Afghanistan’s blood-soaked Panjwaii region in 2010. Every other day, he drove a truck supplying gasoline, ammunition and food down a hazardous highway, through enemy terrain.Toiling within the heart of the Taliban insurgency offered Lamarre a brief respite from the emotional war that had been raging inside him since he was three years old. Here, he needed only one label: soldier.Six years later, Lamarre is nearing the end of another long, hard road: he’s changed his gender to become a man in uniform. He is prevailing with the full support of an institution that’s also grappling to accommodate transgender military personnel.The Forces have been waiting for what happened Thursday when the Senate passed Bill C-16, which makes it a crime to discriminate on the grounds of gender identity and expression. Now, military policy planners hope to update their own transgender policy for commanders and rank-and-file personnel to ensure that soldiers such as Lamarre are more readily absorbed into their ranks.“We went from Forces that weren’t tolerant at all about things like ‘other-than-heterosexual’ to a Forces that is tolerant,” said Lt.-Col. Pierre Sasseville, a 32-year veteran who is the director of the human rights and diversity branch.“If you don’t accept it, the message is clear: get out of the Forces, or we’re going to make sure that you’re going to get out.”Lamarre, 31, was raised in St. Jean, Que., near Montreal, with an older brother and sister. His father died when he was two. A year later, when his older brother was getting circumcised, he asked his mother when he would get a penis, so he could do the same thing one day.As a teen, he would refer to himself using the masculine French pronoun and people would always correct his grammar. Back then, his mom would ask him about transitioning, and is answer was always a “big no.”When he announced his decision a decade later, she was not surprised.In 2008, Lamarre joined the Canadian Forces because he wanted to make a bigger contribution to his country. In addition to his time Afghanistan, he’s served in the Far North and took part in recent military efforts to beat back floodwaters in Quebec.Coming home from Afghanistan was hard. He was engulfed by post-deployment stress on top of the ongoing gender struggle.Life was good, on the surface. He found his first girlfriend, a woman he thought was the love of his life. He played on the men’s hockey team as a woman. But he had the nagging feeling something was wrong.The turning point came on a holiday to Cayo Coco, Cuba. He went scuba diving, and dove deep into the clear Caribbean waters. But no air reached his lungs.A huge wave engulfed him as he crashed upwards, gasping. “I was so afraid to die that I realized after I came back to the beach that I want to live my life and feel good. So I have to do something right now.”Back in Valcartier in early 2015, Lamarre began researching a change of gender on the Internet. He also found a Quebec City support group and went to a meeting.The gathering that night marked the first time he was called by his newly chosen first name: Vincent.He went home, and waited up into the early morning hours for his girlfriend to come home at the end of her work shift.“I tell her I want to transition, I am not feeling good, I am depressed,” he recalled. “She reacted aggressively, and now she is my ex-girlfriend because of that.”And so began the process. Psychological therapy. Then, on to hormones and a mastectomy, including follow-up surgery earlier this month.He told his family, he told his military commander. That too, was a process, but it went well.He used his sister as a bridge to his mother. She told him not to worry, and of course his mom accepted his decision. His brother wanted him to be the “godmother” to his first child. They worked out the details, and Lamarre’s spiritual stewardship was put in place.He got some good advice from his old master corporal from Afghanistan. When he told his commanding officer, he was pleasantly surprised: Vincent wasn’t his first transgender soldier.Sasseville said no one knows for sure how many transgender personnel are in the Forces, but an estimate of 200 would not be far off.Moving forward, the Forces policy will balance two competing interests: educating the troops while ensuring cohesion in the ranks.“Not all of the soldiers we enrol have PhDs and have seen the world,” said Sasseville. “So when we talk about cohesion, let’s talk about educating our soldiers, reassuring them there’s nothing wrong there … life goes on.”For Lamarre, that means more plastic surgery. He expects it will take years, not months, to fully recover. He’s also found a new girlfriend, who accepts him for who he is. And he’s planning on a long career in the military.When he looks back on Afghanistan, he realizes how he always had the power to seize control of his life.“I would have liked to go back there because of the change we were bringing,” he says.“But it’s out of my hands.”last_img read more

PM has no plans to strip Macdonalds name from federal buildings sites

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has no plans to delete the name of Sir John A. Macdonald — Canada’s first prime minister — from anything under federal responsibility.Trudeau made the comment today outside of Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, following a cabinet shuffle.Ottawa has faced increased pressure from Indigenous advocates to confront the way historical figures are celebrated after an Ontario teachers’ union passed a motion last week calling for the removal of Macdonald’s name from elementary schools in the province.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde commended the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for its motion, but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she thought it missed the mark.In June, Trudeau decided to remove the name of Hector-Louis Langevin, a father of Confederation, from the Ottawa building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office.Trudeau made the announcement after Bellegarde and Indigenous MPs called for the change because Langevin was an architect of the residential school system.The teacher’s motion urged that Macdonald’s name be dropped from schools because of what it called Macdonald’s role as the “architect of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.”last_img read more

Federal NDP want voters to hear theyre In it for You on

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal New Democrats have settled on “In it for You” as their slogan for the upcoming federal election campaign.They’re launching it today with a new advertisement featuring leader Jagmeet Singh saying he’s different from the other leaders, not because he’s the first visible-minority leading a major party, but because he doesn’t work for “the wealthy and the well-connected.”Instead, he says, he and the NDP believe “that government should work for all of us.”The New Democrats’ slogan has some of the same direct appeal to voters’ own interests as the Conservatives’ “It’s Time for You to Get Ahead.”The Liberals have announced that their slogan is “Choose Forward.”The federal election is set for Oct. 21, though the campaign hasn’t officially begun yet.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ban aid workers expulsion from Sudan impeding peacekeeping relief efforts

21 April 2009The expulsion of humanitarian and human rights agencies from Sudan following the issuance of an arrest warrant for the Sudanese president for war crimes is thwarting the United Nations’ efforts in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid, Secretary-General Ban K-moon said. Mr. Ban characterized the Government’s decision to eject 16 humanitarian and human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), following the indictment on 4 March of President Omar Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC), as an “extremely negative” development.“While joint United Nations-Government of the Sudan efforts can address some of the most critical gaps in aid delivery in the coming weeks, the cumulative effects over time of the removal of such a large amount of humanitarian capacity puts well over 1 million people at life-threatening risk,” he wrote in his latest report to the Security Council on the deployment of the hybrid UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Darfur region.The start of the rainy season next month could exacerbate the already dire situation, he added.The Secretary-General called on authorities to urgently “re-establish an atmosphere of trust and mutual confidence with the humanitarian community,” stressing the importance of cooperation to fill the most immediate gaps.The impact of the expulsions on the work of the UN-AU mission, known as UNAMID, cannot be underestimated, he said. “A significant disruption in the provision of humanitarian assistance will almost certainly lead to a serious heightening of tensions among internally displaced persons [IDPs], particularly in the larger camps for the displaced.”As a result, the risk of violence could rise, complicating UNAMID’s ability to carry out its protection mandate, Mr. Ban underlined.He also voiced concern over continued insecurity – including clashes between Government forces and armed groups, the recurrence of tribal fighting and the build-up of troops along the Chad-Sudan border – which has impeded the mission’s ability to visit locations to assess the impact of bombardments on civilians.The Secretary-General wrote that the security of UN and associated personnel is also a critical issue, with vehicle hijackings and compound invasions growing increasingly deliberate in nature.“The latest security developments highlight, once again, the fundamental challenges that UNAMID continues to face while operating in an environment where the parties show no intent to give up the use of force, and further underscore the urgent need for a comprehensive settlement to the Darfur crisis,” he said.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.In spite of the challenges UNAMID faces, Mr. Ban said that the mission has “been able to make a difference on the ground.”But the report called on Member States to provide critical equipment, especially military helicopters, to increase UNAMID’s mobility and operational impact. read more

Maintain momentum towards nuclear disarmament Ban tells Security Council

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to make the most of its historic meeting today on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and find ways to build on growing international momentum towards the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.For the first time, the Council held a summit-level meeting on non-proliferation and disarmament – chaired today by United States President Barack Obama – and Mr. Ban told the 15-member body that it can help offer “a fresh start toward a new future.”In a resolution adopted unanimously at the outset of the meeting, the Council called on all States that are not parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to accede to it as non-nuclear-weapon States so as to achieve its universality at the earliest. The text also called on all States to refrain from conducting a nuclear test explosion and to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), thereby bringing it into force as soon as possible.Stressing that “nuclear disarmament is the only sane path to a safer world,” Mr. Ban said that “nothing would work better in eliminating the risk of use than eliminating the weapons themselves.”In his address yesterday to the opening of the annual General Debate at the General Assembly, he called on Member States to “let us make this the year we agreed to banish the bomb.”Today he praised the examples of Russia and the United States, which earlier this year committed themselves to cutting their arsenals of strategic warheads.“I urge the Security Council to make the most of this moment. This should not be a one-time event. We must sustain the momentum.”Last year Mr. Ban unveiled a five-point nuclear disarmament plan that included a stronger role for the Security Council in non-proliferation matters.Today the Secretary-General called for new ways to boost the transparency of the weapons programmes of those countries that are recognized as having nuclear weapons. He also urged greater use of the UN’s disarmament machinery, including existing negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty, and for more resources to be given to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).The Secretary-General added that he would spare no effort to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and achieve success for the sake of global peace and security, in a statement issued following the summit, in which he welcomed the resolution adopted today.IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told delegates of the current fragility and many shortcomings of the global non-proliferation regime and of the need to strengthen and empower the Agency if it is to play a role in nuclear disarmament.“Our verification mandate is centred on nuclear material. If the Agency is to be expected to pursue possible weaponization activities, it must be empowered with the corresponding legal authority,” he said.He also highlighted the links between nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, calling on nuclear-weapon States to demonstrate their irreversible commitment to achieving a world free from nuclear weapons.“I am gratified to see nuclear disarmament back at the top of the international agenda, as well as recognition of the intrinsic link between nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” he said.Coinciding with the Council’s meeting is a two-day conference that began at UN Headquarters today to try to promote the CTBT and its entry into force. The treaty has been signed by 181 countries and ratified by 150. However, it needs to be ratified by nine others – China, Egypt, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States – before it can enter into force. 24 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to make the most of its historic meeting today on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and find ways to build on growing international momentum towards the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. read more

Stocks slide as rate cuts stoke fear of an economic slowdown

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks tumbled in early trading Wednesday as central banks around the world cut interest rates and increased fears that global growth is being crimped by the U.S.-China trade war.Every major U.S. index fell in the early going, putting stocks back on a course for losses after briefly breaking a six-day losing streak on Tuesday. Investors were back in defensive mode headed for relatively safe holdings.Bond prices spiked again, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury down to 1.62% from 1.74% late Tuesday, a very large move. Yields are at their lowest level in nearly three years. That benchmark yield has retreated from its recent high of 3.23% last November as expectations of economic growth have steadily faded.“The Treasury market is trading much higher this morning as investors continue to seek a safer haven, completely unsure as to what may happen next,” Kevin Giddis, head of fixed income capital markets at Raymond James wrote in a report.Banks sustained some of the worst losses as bond yields fell sharply. Lower bond yields mean lower interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans, which mean lower profits for banks. JPMorgan Chase fell 3.2% and Bank of America fell 3.6%.The dimming expectations for global growth also send the price of crude oil sharply lower. Benchmark U.S. crude was down 3% at $52 a barrel. That helped pull energy sector stocks lower. Occidental Petroleum gave up 3.1%.Big technology stocks, longtime investor favourites, also posted hefty losses. IBM lost 2%.The S&P 500 index fell 1.1% as of 10:16 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 352 points, or 1.4%, to 25,509. It was down as much as 589 earlier.The Nasdaq fell 0.6%China on Monday allowed its currency, the yuan, to weaken against the U.S. dollar in response to U.S. threats to add more tariffs to Chinese goods. China stabilized the yuan on Tuesday and that helped lift U.S. stocks a day after they endured their worst day of the year. The volatile trading has already put a dent in the major indexes yearly gains. The S&P 500 is down 4.3% for August.Central banks in New Zealand, India and Thailand cut key interest rates Wednesday and investors around the world fear that the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China will severely damage global growth.After the surprise interest-rate cuts, bond yields sank around the world as investors scrambled for safety. They also poured into gold, which jumped to its highest price in more than six years.“There is almost a paranoia amongst central bankers to avoid any potential financial hiccups that might hurt the real economy and cause a slowdown,” Jefferies strategist Sean Darby wrote in a report.A key gauge of fear in the marketplace surged 13.7%. The VIX index, which measures how much traders are paying to protect themselves from swings in the S&P 500, was still below where it was at the start of the year, when recession fears were surging, but it’s close to its highest level of the year.European and Asian indexes were mixed.Disney fell 5.8% after disappointing investors with a sharp third quarter profit plunge that fell far short of Wall Street forecasts. The entertainment company said underperformance from its Fox movie and TV studio helped weigh down the fiscal third quarter financial results. It bought Fox’s entertainment business in March for $71 billion.Match Group shares jumped 19.5% after the operator of Tinder, OKCupid and other dating sights beat Wall Street’s second quarter earnings forecasts. The company reported a surge in Tinder subscribers and raised its revenue forecast for the year.Drugstore operator CVS Health rose 5.8 % after swinging to a second quarter profit and handily beating Wall Street forecasts. The company attributed part of the gains to health insurer Aetna, which it bought for $69 billion in November.Damian J. Troise And Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

Almost 23 of anglophone Canadians on social media mobile usage surging poll

TORONTO – While the number of Canadians using social media appears to be edging up gradually toward a possible plateau, mobile growth is strong, according to a new report.Almost two-thirds of the 4,009 anglophone Canadians polled by telephone late last year for the Media Technology Monitor said they had used social media in the past month, while about one in four said they avoided social networking, and 11 per cent said they did not use the Internet.Of the Internet users, 71 per cent said they were active social media users, which was up just three percentage points from 2012.But there was significant growth in the number of respondents using a mobile device to access social networks.Just over three in five social media users said they used a smartphone to read or post in the past month, up by 20 per cent from the previous year.And about one in three said they used a tablet to log on to their social networks, which was up by about 50 per cent.Facebook maintained its huge lead over its social media rivals in the past year, according to the survey.About 93 per cent of the social media users polled said they were on Facebook, compared to 31 per cent for LinkedIn, 27 per cent for Twitter, and 18 per cent for Pinterest.Almost half of the social media users said they only use one social network regularly, while one in three said they use two. Just 15 per cent said they logged onto three different social networks every month.The poll was conducted by Forum Research between Oct. 7 and Dec. 1, 2013 and the results are considered accurate within 1.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Almost 2/3 of anglophone Canadians on social media, mobile usage surging: poll by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2014 9:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Toronto judge approves hardship fund for former Sears Canada employees

Toronto judge approves hardship fund for former Sears Canada employees by Mary Gazze, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 7:43 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A Toronto judge approved a hardship fund on Friday for former Sears Canada employees that will come from a pool of money set aside to pay bonuses for executives.The $500,000 fund will help former employees facing difficulty who would have otherwise been eligible for severance payments when they lost their jobs at the retailer.Employees will have to apply to receive money from the fund and prove that they face “urgent or immediate hardship” in their financial situation. They can receive up to eight weeks pay to a maximum of $12,000.About 3,100 Sears employees have been laid off since the once-popular retailer began a restructuring process.The department store chain has come under fire for forgoing retirement benefits or severance pay for former employees, while paying $9.2 million in bonuses to keep key employees on board while under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.A group of laid off Sears employees in court for the hardship fund proceedings Friday said they were happy the fund was created, but added even more money should have been made available to help all employees, not just those deemed to be in the greatest need.“It’s still not what really they should’ve done,” said Vera Asselin, who worked in inventory management at Sears Canada’s head office.“It should’ve been a proper severance where everyone had enough time to deal with the situation and carry on until they were able to find their own replacement work.”The court has not yet heard a motion filed by a group of creditors that wants to sue the company’s executive officers and directors, alleging negligent misrepresentation and oppression. The claims have not been proven in court.The retailer’s court-appointed monitor says the group wants an Ontario judge’s permission to launch their case against the company. The next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.In a report prepared ahead of Friday’s court hearing, the monitor said it has advised the creditor group that it believes such motions should be delayed.However, it said the creditor group will ask the court to schedule a time to hear their claim.The retailer announced a plan in June to close 59 locations across the country. It plans to finish liquidation sales by Oct. 12 and hopes to complete its restructuring this year.Once a go-to for shoppers, Sears Canada has struggled in recent years despite efforts to change along with the shifting retail landscape.The company has also dealt with several changes in executive leadership over the last four years. A group of Sears Canada creditors wants to sue the company’s executive officers and directors, alleging negligent misrepresentation and oppression. Bargain hunters are seen at the Sears store in St. Eustache, Que., Friday, July 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

Whats in a name Why Archie Harrison MountbattenWindsor may not have a

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby sonCredit:PA The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Just £100 was staked on ‘Archie’ name, according to LadbrokesIn the days after the baby boy’s birth, they had settled on Alexander, Arthur, James, Philip and Spencer as the most likely options, with their punters preoccupied with how the couple would honour the late Diana, Princess of Wales. By Wednesday, when the baby was two days old, senior members of the Royal Family including his Uncle William and Auntie Catherine had not yet been made aware of the name.  The duchess added: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.” Bookies, who until Monday had overwhelmingly predicted the baby would be a girl, have tipped Alexander and Arthur as the front-runners for a boy’s name, with a longlist imbued with tradition. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, it has been announced.The couple posted the news on their Instagram page, along with a black and white photograph of the newborn baby being introduced to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.With the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland by their sides, the duchess held the baby in her arms as the Queen beamed.The middle name of Harrison is understood to be a conscious reference to “son of Harry”, while the couple simply like the name of Archie. By deciding to call their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess have signified they will not use a title for their first born.The baby could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, but instead he will simply be Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.A source said: “They have chosen not to use a courtesy title at this time.”Harry and Meghan’s first born, who is seventh in line to the throne, made his world debut with his besotted parents at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.Proud mother Meghan described him as having the “sweetest temperament”, while a delighted Harry called him “our own little bundle of joy”. As is the custom for royal babies, Harry and Meghan will have shared news of their choice with the monarch before releasing it to the public.The duke and duchess’s son arrived on Monday May 6 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz.Harry said, when announcing the birth, that the baby’s late arrival had given them longer to decide on a name.”The baby is a little bit overdue, so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it,” he said.While the bookies had safely predicted the names of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, they were left confounded by the Sussex’s selection.  read more

Police arrest 93yearold Nazi concentration camp medic

first_imgGERMAN POLICE HAVE arrested a former Nazi medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp, on multiple charges of aiding and abetting murder.The 93-year-old, who was arrested at his home near Neubrandenburg north of Berlin, underwent a medical checkup before he faced a judge and was taken into pre-trial detention.The former SS member allegedly assisted in the mass murder of prisoners who arrived on eight transports from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia in September 1944.Gas chambersOf the arrivals, 1,721 were killed in gas chambers after they were deemed unfit for forced labour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, located in Oswiecim, southern Poland, prosecutors said.The pensioner’s arrest followed a tip-off from the German office investigating Nazi war crimes with a recommendation to bring charges.It was the latest in a series of arrests since Germany launched a renewed drive to bring to justice the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust.War criminalsFor more than 60 years German courts had only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they had personally committed atrocities.But in 2011 a Munich court sentenced John Demjanjuk to five years in prison for complicity in the extermination of Jews at the Sobibor camp, establishing that all former camp guards can be tried.Auschwitz has become an enduring symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of European Jews, of whom one million were killed there from 1940 to 1945.More than 100,000 others, including non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals and anti-Nazi partisans also died at the camp in occupied Poland before it was liberated by Russian forces on January 27, 1945.- © AFP, 2014Last month: Three suspected Auschwitz guards — aged 88, 92 and 94 — arrested in Germany >Read: New Yorkers to see ads warning that neighbours might be Nazis >last_img read more

Duke Nukem Forever Coming Out May 3rd Really

first_imgDreams do come true. Fourteen years after production began on Duke Nukem Forever, the game’s publisher, 2K Games (the title’s fourth), has finally announced a release date–a “landmark date in gaming history.” The Duke will arrive on on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on May 3rd in North American (and three days later in the rest of the world).Says 2K’s president, Christoph Hartmann, The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here. May 3, 2011 marks Duke’s return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history! We’ll see, Christoph. We’ll see. Censored trailer, after the jump.last_img

UNDP Offices join forces

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 11, 2017 – Kingston – UN Development Programme (UNDP) offices in the Caribbean have joined forces in a Regional Recovery Strategy for Irma-affected Small Island Developing States.   This includes debris and waste removal, immediate short-term employment for affected women and men and community infrastructure rehabilitation, focusing on Dutch and English-speaking Caribbean countries.The strategy will be developed and implemented in support of and upon request from national authorities, coordinated by UNDP in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, which also cover several other island states.The temporary training and employment for affected women and men aims to quickly inject cash in affected communities, tools, equipment and technical capacity of professionals such as engineers and architects. The strategy also entails training and support to community-based micro and small businesses to help resume economic activities.A dozen UNDP crisis recovery experts have been deployed to the region and are immediately available to provide assistance.“Whatever challenges lie ahead, the nations of the Caribbean do not stand alone,”  said UNDP Jamaica Resident Representative Bruno Pouezat.“UNDP continues to monitor all hurricane systems in the region and is on standby to support the region make full recovery, rebuild more resilient economies and institutions, and fulfill the global pledge to leave no one behind”.Recovery activities will immediately kick off in most affected areas with initiatives showing quick tangible results that can be easily replicated in other areas as needed“Based on these initial assessments, we will then support the coordination of relief and reconstruction and the mobilization of international resources for the recovery period,”  Mr. Poezat added.UNDP is establishing a technical team that will provide direct support to country offices and affected countries.   Implementation could start in the next two weeks depending on government engagement, community interest and logistics.UNDP has joined forces with sister UN agencies, funds and programmes in deploying first-responder teams.   The UNDP office in Jamaica, which also supports Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Bermuda is coordinating first responder teams which started arriving in Jamaica 8 September to travel to Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas together with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.   The team includes a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team, to strengthen national capacity to assess damage to infrastructure including water and sanitation and coordinate relief efforts, as well as a UNDP Disaster Reduction Specialist.To this end, UNDP is also collecting donations online to help women and men in Irma-affected countries rebuild their lives: https://give.undp.org/Irma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Pallotta sends out a strong message to Roma

first_imgRoma President James Pallotta sent out a massive statement of intent concerning the club’s future and commitment after meeting Monchi.Director Monchi flew out to Boston this week for talks, including the transfer strategy and the role of Coach Eusebio Di Francesco.This evening, Pallotta released a statement via the official club’s website.“We had a very productive three days together in Boston discussing both the football and business activities of the club,” said Pallotta.#Pallotta: “No one at the club is happy with the results. Together we haven’t met the very high expectations we have set for ourselves – and have tried to deliver on in recent seasons – and that must improve.”https://t.co/Wg1oXqqvzJ— RomaPress (@ASRomaPress) December 19, 2018Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“It goes without saying that no one at the club is happy with the results and performances so far this season and we had an open and honest conversation about issues that we need to address and improve as a matter of urgency to get our season back on track.“There was a lot of straight talking and everything was put on the table. Our only goal now is to do better in everything we do and we will work on that together – from me, our board, our management team, Monchi, Di Francesco, our football operations staff, the players and all the staff.“Together we haven’t met the very high expectations we have set for ourselves – and have tried to deliver on in recent seasons – and that must improve. Together we are working to address that.“If anyone at the club is not committed to being part of a team effort, there’s no place for them here.”last_img read more

Ribery accuses media of negative reportage I do what I what I

first_imgAfter receiving backlash for buying an overpriced steak at ‘salt bae’ restaurant, Bayern Munich winger, Franck Ribery has accused the media of selectively reporting his activities.He claims the media only choose stories about him and frame them in negative ways especially about how he spends his money.“In addition, in reference to the pseudo-journalists that have always written negative articles about me,” his message began as recounted in Marca.“My actions (last example, the price of what I eat), when I make donations (because I have been taught to give when I receive a lot), why no national media attention?“No, you prefer to scrutinise my actions and gestures.“Oh yes, for that superficial stuff you are always there.”The well-known French journalist Audry Pulvar then decided to write about Ribery on Twitter.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Mr. Ribery, if you don’t know what to do with your money, there are many causes that need your financial support around the whole world,” Pulvar’s Tweet read.In response, Ribery replied with a message and a photo of an interview that Pulvar had done with the headline: ‘I do what I want with my money’.“To put an end to this controversy that has no reason,” Ribery’s third message commenced.“I am putting a headline of Audry Pulvar, or the woman, ‘I do what I want with my money, with glasses costing 3,000 euros from tortoise shell’.“I hope that they can see a better professional than that of the pseudo-journalist that you are.”Bayern Munich won’t recommence Bundesliga action until 18 January when they clash with Hoffenheim away from home.last_img read more

Wilmington Fire Department Promotes Walter Daly and Robert Varey To Lieutenants

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull recently announced the appointment of Walter Daly and Robert Varey III to the positions of Lieutenants in the Wilmington Fire Department.Walter Daly, who has been a firefighter in town for more than 24 years, will serve as the Lieutenant for Operations. Daly’s duties include managing the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) recertification and training for the department; ensuring that vehicle apparatus is scheduled for maintenance and repair as needed; maintaining the inventory of first aid supplies; and arranging for maintenance of stretchers, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and other equipment used by the department.Robert Varey III, who has been a firefighter in town for more than 11 years, will serve as the Fire Prevention Officer. His duties include inspection of industries throughout town; quarterly inspection of nursing homes and medical facilities; inspection of new construction prior to issuance of the occupancy permit; oil burner inspections; serving as a liaison with the seniors working with the Elderly Services Director; and providing education to students in the Wilmington Public Schools.“I welcome both individuals into their new roles and expect they will serve the businesses and residents of Wilmington with the same knowledge, professionalism, and commitment that have shown to date,” says Hull.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen Support Proposal To Hire EIGHT New Firefighters, First WFD Staffing Increase In A DecadeIn “Police Log”BREAKING NEWS: Town Manager Appoints Bill Cavanaugh As Wilmington Deputy Fire ChiefIn “Breaking News”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

Sardar Mahal set to be converted into museum

first_imgCharminar: ‘Sardar Mahal’ a Nizam-era palace near Charminar, built by Nizam VI, housing the GHMC Zonal office will be converted into a ‘city history museum’ within a couple of months, according to the GHMC officials. The museum will showcase the history of the region through maps, paintings, pictures and video archives, speaking on its own about the rich heritage of the erstwhile Hyderabad State which covered a large part of Deccan plateau. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The reason for converting it to a museum comes from the nature of the structure, which has heritage tag and remains one of the rare European style palaces of the city that still remains intact. “To save the heritage structure, firstly, the structure will be renovated and later converted into a museum which will attract the visitors and tourists interested in the historic Charminar and history of Hyderabad Deccan. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us “Charminar being a major tourist attraction, people visit here from all over the country and from abroad to view the rich heritage presented by the city, earlier known as wall city,” said an official. The place being historically considered to be one of the prosperous regions, which was ruled by Qutub Shahis and later Asafjahis, the officials are confident of attracting a large number of tourists paying visit to Charminar. The museum will have details about the important monuments including Charminar and Mecca Masjid and scores of other structures mostly spread all over the City. Advertise With Us “GHMC plans to acquire the antiques from different sources, including the private collections of old Hyderabadis. But firstly, renovation works will be taken up to restore the glory of Sardar Mahal,” added the official. New GHMC building GHMC which is now running its south zone office from Sardar Mahal will be shifted to a new building constructed in Chandrayangutta in the coming days. “Owing to the structure not able to accommodate increased staff and weakening of structure most of the circles and ward offices were already shifted to sports complex in Moghalpura about six months back and soon the entire GHMC south zone will be shifted in the newly-constructed building”, said B Venkanna, city planner, Charminar zone. He also said that the zonal office should have been shifted about a year back, but the delayed construction works of new building has made the decision to be postponed. “By September the entire GHMC south zone office will be shifted to a new building”, he hoped. History Sardar Mahal was built in European style by Nizam VI Mir Mahboob Ali Khan in 1900 for one of his wife Sardar Begum, hence the name ‘Sardar Mahal’. Interestingly, the civic body took Sardar Mahal under its control in 1965 as huge property tax was pending. In the meantime, the palace was also declared as a heritage structure by the Heritage Conservation Committee.last_img read more

Salary increase for private sector set at 114 percent

first_imgPrivate sector workers earning minimum wage will get a 1.14 percent increase in their monthly salary starting in January.The wage increase followed the approval of a new calculation methodology that National Wage Council members say will benefit workers. The council includes representatives from the government, business chambers and labor unions.The approved increase, however, was lower than figures requested by labor unions, which ranged from 1.74 to 3.5 percent.Council Director Dennis Cabezas said at a press conference on Tuesday that he knows many workers might be wondering how the new formula benefits them if such a low figure was approved. He explained if the old formula had been used, the wage increase for next semester would have been even lower.“Using the previous formula, the wage increase would have resulted in a salary hike of just 0.49 percent,” Cabezas said.The new formula takes into account the expected inflation for the upcoming period, instead of the inflation recorded in the previous period, which is the figure that has been used for the past five years. Cabezas said that they will use and evaluate the new salary calculation formula for the next three years.Less frequent changesThe Wages Council also agreed to calculate wage-settings only once a year, in October.Previously, the council calculated salary settings for private-sector workers every six months, “usually resulting in increases that didn’t match workers’ expectations,” Cabezas said.Council members analyzed the formula for three months following recommendations from the International Labor Organisation.Representatives of the Labor Ministry, the Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP) and the National Wages Council unanimously approved the new formula on Oct. 31. The decision earned praise from Labor Minister Carlos Alvarado and UCCAEP President Franco Pacheco. Union leader Édgar Morales said workers had expected a higher increase, but in the end they are satisfied with the new formula.Cabezas said their main goal is for the new formula to give workers a fairer distribution of the country’s wealth.“The wealthier the country, the greater the salary hike for workers,” he said.According to the National Statistics and Census Institute, private-sector workers represent 85 percent of the country’s total workforce, estimated at 2.06 million people. Facebook Comments Related posts:0.5% pay increase approved for minimum-wage workers in private sector Private-sector employers offer 0.94 percent wage increase for second half of 2015 Private sector confidence remains lukewarm Is Costa Rica’s gender wage gap really among the world’s lowest?last_img read more

President promises thorough investigation into death of Mexicos

first_imgOfficials say the assassination was related to his personal dealings. Image: Yalibnan.com Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto has assured a thorough investigation will take place after the recently appointed tourism minister for western Jalisco state, Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez was shot dead.Officials said Minister Alvarez was shot on Saturday while driving through Zapopan outside Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city, Fox News reported.State Government General Secretary Arturo Zamora said preliminary investigations revealed the attack was not related to his tourism work, but rather personal business dealings.”We are working to resolve this case to the ultimate consequences,” Mr Zamora said.”The state will not allow such acts.”Minister Gallegos was sworn into the new role on 1 March 2013.According to the official, incidents against tourism ministers are rare in Mexico.Last year, Mexico Tourism Board regional director of the Americas, Alfonso Sumano told e-Travel Blackboard the US economy was a bigger threat to tourism than concerns over traveller safety.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

Minor Hotels upscale brand AVANI has announced

first_imgMinor Hotels’ upscale brand, AVANI, has announced its new family-friendly beachfront resort – AVANI Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas< – will be opening on the southeast coast of Koh Samui in September 2018.The resort is set within Pang Kha Bay, overlooking the sea and Five Islands, and is only a 40 minute drive from Samui International Airport. 2 bedroom Beachfront Pool VillaOcean View Room58 contemporary and stylish rooms with private balconies, and sea-facing villas with plunge pools, all feature a full range of modern comforts, including free WiFi, modern furnishings, large LCD TVs and bathrooms with a rain shower.Living Room – 2 bedroom Beachfront Pool VillaResort facilities will include two swimming pools, an AVANIFit gym and The Pantry, where guests will be able to grab a quick bite or picnic essentials, a chic beachside bar and restaurant, Watersports Centre, gym, and AVANISpa. TOP IMAGE: 2 Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa AVANIhotelsKoh Samuiresortslast_img read more