Dominion Beach Maintenance Underway

first_imgSun and surf enthusiasts at Dominion Beach, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will soon see improvements at the provincial park. Work has begun to address damage caused by winter storms. “We have a plan to renew the walkways and grounds so Dominion Beach Provincial Park remains a fine family attraction,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. The department will re-align walkways from the parking lot to the beach and replace sections of boardwalk with a crusher-dust pathway. Wooden walkways between the park’s parking lot and the change house will be repaired. The boardwalk that has been repeatedly rebuilt in the past because of winter damage will not be replaced. Instead, a new pathway will allow access to the beach from the smaller parking area, next to the park. “Rather than continue to fight Mother Nature, we’ve chosen to work with her,” said Mr. Parker. Cobblestone brought ashore by the ocean will be left in place as erosion protection. The department will take steps to address water collecting around the main park building, including building a drainage ditch. The upgrades are expected to be completed within a few weeks. Efforts will be made to limit disruptions to visitors. Later this summer, department officials will begin working on a plan to guide the park’s long-term management. The Department of Natural Resources manages more than 125 parks throughout the province, including 71 with public beaches. For more information about Nova Scotia’s provincial beach parks, visit .last_img read more

Crown Attorneys Appointed in Halifax and Dartmouth

first_imgThe appointment of two new Crown attorneys was announced today, Sept. 25, by the Public Prosecution Service. They are Adam McCulley in Halifax and Katrina Trask in Dartmouth. “Mr. McCulley and Ms. Trask each have a unique legal background,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “Their experience and enthusiasm will be an asset to our team.” Adam McCulley is from Lower Sackville. He graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts and from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2006 with a paralegal diploma. While working as a litigation paralegal with the child protection team at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Mr. McCulley entered the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University graduating in 2017. He articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. Mr. McCulley is chair and past treasurer of the Sackville Heights Community Centre Board. He is a certified Hockey Canada coach. A native of Winnipeg, Ms. Trask graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a bachelor of arts and in 2012 with a juris doctor. Ms. Trask articled with Taylor McCaffrey in Winnipeg. In 2013, she was appointed a research lawyer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal. In 2016 she was appointed decisions administrator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2018 she was appointed a Crown prosecutor for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in North Battleford. Ms. Trask is a former board member of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and has volunteered with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. She is fluent in both official languages.last_img read more

Bombardment kills 20 civilians in northwest Syria monitor

first_imgBeirut: Bombardment by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally killed 20 civilians including five children Wednesday in the latest violence to hit northwest Syria.The Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up their deadly raids on the Idlib region since late April, despite an international deal intended to prevent a full-scale offensive on the area of some three million people.In almost three months, 730 civilians have been killed there in air strikes and ground-to-ground fire by the Damascus government and its allies. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bombardment has also hit two dozen hospitals in the opposition area, which is made up of most of Idlib province as well as slivers of adjacent governorates.On Wednesday, Russian air strikes killed 10 people from the same family, including three children, on a farm near the town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Ten others lost their lives in regime air strikes and artillery fire in other parts of the jihadist-run bastion, the Britain-based monitoring group said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAmong these, regime war planes killed five civilians including two children in the town of Ariha in Idlib province, it said.A rescue worker in the town lifted the limp body of a toddler out of the rubble and rushed the child to an ambulance, according to footage shared by his White Helmets organisation.His team members hurriedly worked through the debris and twisted sheets of corrugated iron, finding a young man on his back covered in grey dust — but still alive. On Monday, air strikes killed at least 50 civilians in various parts of the bastion.The Observatory said the majority were killed in Russian air raids on a busy market, but Moscow has denied any involvement.The monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria, says it determines who carries out air strikes according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and ammunition involved.Mark Cutts, UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, this week described a worsening “nightmare” unfolding in Idlib.He said Monday’s aerial onslaught was “one of the deadliest attacks on civilian areas that we have seen since the upsurge in fighting”.The Idlib region has since January been administered by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — a group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate — but other jihadists and rebels are also present in the area bordering Turkey.A September accord struck between Moscow and Ankara was supposed to set up a buffer zone around the region, but it was never fully implemented after jihadists refused to withdraw from that planned security cordon.The recent violence has forced more than 330,000 people from their homes, the United Nations says, many seeking shelter further north in camps or olive groves along the Turkish border.Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.last_img read more

Vectorborne diseases NDMC holds interactive session with school children

first_imgNew Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council Secretary (NDMC), Rashmi Singh on Tuesday said that school children pay a vital role in the fight against the spread of vector-borne diseases. She said that children “are capable of convincing their near and dear ones about how to make their habitat neat and clean”. Inaugurating an interactive session organised for principals, nodal officers and school children on the containment of vector-borne diseases, Singh said that children are crucial to spread awareness about the dangers of unclean areas and advocate for an environment that is free of diseases like dengue, malaria and Chikungunya. Around 200 children from 75 government and private schools in the NDMC area had attended the interactive session at the municipality’s Convention Centre here. At the session, Singh told the audience that medicine is still a long way from finding a cure for a lot of vector-borne diseases and that prevention is the safest way to control these illnesses. “The problem of vector-borne diseases might not be solved alone by the NDMC or any other civic body but it should be a joint venture of each and every segment of society to get rid of the dread diseases,” she said.last_img read more

New UN financing aims to help rural farmers in Lesotho boost production

20 December 2011The United Nations agency that works to improve the lives of the world’s rural poor is providing $10 million to help small farmers in Lesotho boost agricultural production. The agreement signed in Rome between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Lesotho comprises a $5 million loan and a $5 million grant to increase market opportunities for smallholder farmers and improve production in four of the tiny nation’s 10 districts.Over 70 per cent of Lesotho’s population lives in rural areas, according to a news release issued by IFAD, which adds that more than three quarters of them are involved in agriculture.Lesotho’s rural population has been hit hard in recent years by a steady decline in remittances from migrant mine workers in South Africa, a major source of cash for purchasing agricultural inputs or making other necessary investments.About 15,000 rural households are expected to benefit from the project, the latest in a total of eight programmes and projects IFAD has financed in Lesotho for about $60.3 million. For over three decades, IFAD has invested about $13.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to developing countries, empowering about 405 million people to break out of poverty and to create vibrant rural communities. read more

Karunanidhi to push for Ealam

Supporters were at their innovative best with posters around the city sporting pictures of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar alongside Karunanidhi.The posters in Tamil said that while the cricketing legend had completed the feat of 100 international hundreds, their Thalaivar Karunanidhi was approaching the mark as he turned 89.‘At Arivalayam, party workers showered the DMK leader with a slew of goodies, including carefully done crown, garlands made of rupee notes and their replica. (Deccan Chronicle) DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday announced that a conference would be held in Villupuram to pave way for a separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.Addressing a public meeting on the occasion of his 89th birthday celebration in Chennai, Karunanidhi said the Sri Lankan Tamil Reclamation Conference would be organised by the recently revived Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation. Earlier, leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Tamil superstar Rajnikanth extended their birthday greetings to Karunanidhi over phone. Karunanidhi said that the Sri Lankan government is suppressing the rights of Tamils. “We would hold the conference in Villupuram to pave way for creation of separate Tamil Eelam in Lanka,” he said, adding that besides his party, Dravidar Kazhagam and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi will take part in the conference. He paid homage at the memorials of his mentors, DMK founder C.N. Annadurai and Dravidar Kazhagam founder E.V. Ramasamy.Party workers who had come from various parts of the state to have a glimpse of their leader thronged DMK headquarters, Anna Arivalayam. read more

Thamilini set free from rehab

Report by Easwaran Rutnam “She was freed after she completed one year in rehabilitation,” Brigadier Dharshana Hettiarachi said. Former LTTE women’s wing political head, Thamilini, was freed today after completing rehabilitation, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Dharshana Hettiarachi said.He said that her mother and her sister together with the sister’s children met Thamilini and took her home from the Vavuniya rehabilitation camp. Subramaniam Shivathai, alias Thamilini, was arrested in May 2009 by a special police team, at the Vavuniya IDP camp while she was staying there with her mother and sister.Thamilini joined the LTTE in 1991, after listening to a lecture by the LTTE, and received battle training in a camp in Nirveli. When Nesmia, the previous head of the LTTE Women’s Wing, was killed in a clash with the Army in Muhamalai, Thamilini had been appointed in her place.  (Colombo Gazette) Thamilini is one of the most senior former LTTE members to have been released into society after undergoing rehabilitation. read more

UNICEF hails progress toward ending female genital mutilation

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today praised efforts made by governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to outlaw female genital mutilation, a gruesome and debilitating practice that affects millions of girls every year on the African continent. Marking the fourth annual International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation, the head of the UN children’s agency said girls have the right to grow to womanhood without harm to their bodies. She said ending the practice was “essential” to improving maternal health, promoting gender equality and reducing child mortality.“We know what has to be done to abandon this harmful practice,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Strong support from governments encouraging communities and individuals to make the healthiest choices possible for girls will save lives and greatly benefit families and communities.”“We stand at a pivotal moment in history as we work toward a truly positive collective change,” she added. “The most effective approaches to this issue have been found not by punishing perpetrators but through encouraging and supporting healthy choices.”Some 3 million girls in 28 countries on the African continent are subjected to genital mutilation each year, as are thousands of girls in immigrant communities in Europe, North America and Australia, according to UNICEF, which describes this as one of the most “silently endured human rights violations.” Globally, between 100 and 140 million girls and women have been cut or mutilated. Most girls are cut between infancy and their 14th birthday. Many communities still hold firmly to the age-old tradition, which though not always stated outright is considered a prerequisite for marriage. UNICEF is supporting programmes to end female genital mutilation in 18 countries and conducting initial activities in four. They use a variety of approaches centred around mass education campaigns and working closely with local authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), religious and other leaders.For example in Senegal, largely thanks to the work of TOSTAN, an NGO that focuses on educating communities about human rights and human dignity, tens of thousands of people have declared their abandonment of the practice. Legislation to outlaw mutilation has also been put in place. In particular, this includes the Maputo Protocol, which was ratified by 15 African countries and entered into force in November 2005. A month later, 100 African parliamentarians adopted the groundbreaking “Dakar Declaration,” which underscores the importance of community involvement as well as legislation to end the practice.UNICEF also said that a regional conference will be held in Mali later this month, where discussions will centre on using legislation to enforce the Maputo Protocol resolutions. The practice of female genital mutilation will also be addressed in the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children, to be published in October this year. read more

Bank of Canada warns of risks costs from monetary stimulus and its

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2013 10:41 am MDT OTTAWA – Slashing interest rates and printing wads of money may have saved the global economy from catastrophe, but taking back all the monetary candy opens the world to new risks, the Bank of Canada warns in a research paper.The paper, written by economists Eric Santor and Lena Suchanek as part of the institution’s quarterly Bank of Canada Review, says efforts to stimulate the economy through the 2008-09 recession appear to have worked but risk remains.“Exiting too soon could undermine the recovery, while too slow an exit could lead to excess liquidity and contribute to inflationary pressures,” they write.The economists also make clear the successes so far have not come without costs — mostly punishing savers by pushing down interest rates and yields on safe investments, such as government bonds.The paper appears more directed at central bank policies in hard-hit economies such as Europe, Japan and the U.S., which radically increased the money supply through a policy known as quantitative easing.The Bank of Canada never took that step, but did slash interest rates to close to zero in 2009 and still retains a super-low overnight rate of one per cent.In a report issued Wednesday by the C.D. Howe Institute, former Bank of Canada special adviser Paul Masson argued that it was time for Canada’s central bank to start hiking interest rates.He cited some of the same risks to keeping rates low for long periods as the new Bank of Canada paper — creation of asset bubbles, as households take advantage of easy money conditions to purchase homes. As well, market distortions and risks as low yields hammer pension funds and insurance companies, which might be driven to riskier ventures to meet their longer-term liabilities.The Bank of Canada economists, however, do not offer an opinion on when to begin pulling back the stimulus, but agree that almost five years of super-low interest rates have come at a cost.Removing stimulus poses new risks, the economists add, including that central banks themselves could suffer losses from the risky assets they acquired.A bigger problem may arise if all the money central banks have poured into the system comes back to haunt them by spiking inflationary pressures.Still the authors say the central bank experiment with monetary easing was worth the potential price.“On balance, research to date suggests these measures were, and remain, effective. Without them, economic outcomes would have been much worse,” they say. Bank of Canada warns of risks, costs from monetary stimulus and its removal read more

US stock indexes tread water bond yields climb

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Railroad stocks chugged higher Thursday, but drops for utilities and other companies that pay big dividends meant U.S. stock indexes dipped modestly. Treasury yields continued their upward march.KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,267 as of 11:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 50 points, or 0.3 per cent, at 19,755. The Nasdaq composite index fell 10 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,546. Indexes have been trading in a tight range: The S&P 500 bounced around the flat line Thursday and has yet to close up or down by more than 0.4 per cent for over two weeks.Three stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange.RAIL RALLY: Railroad operators posted some of the biggest gains. CSX led the way with a jump of $6.47, or 17.5 per cent, to $43.35. An activist investor is reportedly teaming up with the executive who turned around Canadian Pacific Railway to target CSX.Union Pacific rose $2.60, or 2.5 per cent, to $106.37 after reporting stronger fourth-quarter earnings than expected. Norfolk Southern also rose.BINGE BUYING: Netflix jumped $7.07, or 5.3 per cent, to $140.33 after the video-streaming service reported stronger fourth-quarter earnings than analysts expected and said that it added more customers during the quarter than ever before.TREASURY YIELDS: Bond yields continued their march higher, and the 10-year Treasury yield rose to 2.47 per cent from 2.43 per cent late Wednesday. Yields have generally been climbing since Election Day on expectations that President-elect Donald Trump’s policies will spur more inflation and economic growth. The 10-year yield is still below its perch above 2.60 per cent that it reached in mid-December, but it’s well above the 2.09 per cent yield it was at a year ago.DIVIDEND DROPS: Higher yields may lure income investors back to bonds and away from high-dividend stocks. That hurts real-estate investment trusts, which carry some of the biggest dividend yields. REITs in the S&P 500 fell 0.7 per cent, the biggest loss of the 11 sectors that make up the index.ECONOMIC REPORTS: The U.S. economy continues to hum along. Reports released Thursday indicated strength in the labour and housing markets. The fewest number of workers sought unemployment claims last week in 43 years, a sign that corporate layoffs are subsiding.A separate report showed that homebuilders broke ground on more new homes in December, capping a solid 2016 for the industry. Developers began work on the most new homes and apartments since 2007.A stronger economy could sway the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more quickly. It has raised rates twice since 2015 after keeping them at record lows near zero since 2008.CURRENCIES: The dollar was mixed against its major rivals. It rose to 115.17 Japanese yen from 113.74 late Wednesday, and the euro dipped to $1.0661. But the British pound rose to $1.2320 from $1.2284.MARKETS ABROAD: In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.1 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.2 per cent.In Europe, the German DAX dipped 0.1 per cent, the French CAC 40 fell 0.4 per cent and the FTSE 100 lost 0.7 per cent in London.COMMODITIES: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 39 cents to $52.28 per barrel. Brent oil, the international standard, rose 29 cents to $54.21. Natural gas rose 4 cents to $3.33 per 1,000 cubic feet.Gold dropped $11.40 to $1,200.70 per ounce, silver fell 34 cents to $16.96 per ounce and copper was flat at $2.61 per pound.___AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed to this report from Tokyo. by Stan Choe, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock indexes tread water; bond yields climb read more

Cameroon stripped as host of 2019 African Cup

ACCRA, Ghana — Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s African Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two of the planned venues.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) made the decision Friday after a meeting of its executive committee.CAF president Ahmad announced a new bidding process was to be opened.Countries have until the end of December to submit bids.The tournament starts in June.Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, has already been touted as a replacement host.CAF said in September that there was a “significant delay” with the building of stadiums and related infrastructure but gave Cameroon a final chance by planning two more inspection visits in October.One of those was to assess the security situation after an escalation in violence in the southwest and northwest of the country involving English-speaking separatists and government forces.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

The reason Barcelona will sign a defender in the winter

first_imgWe tell you all about why FC Barcelona is already starting to look for a defender for the winter transfer market, they are running low on centre-backs.FC Barcelona has some serious squad depth problems this early in the season, they will most likely go after a couple defenders during the winter and they have already started looking at the options they have.French defender Samuel Umtiti’s injury last month was only the beginning of a complicated situation for the Catalan club, they also received the news that Thomas Vermaelen was also confirmed out of competition for at least six weeks with a full femoral muscle tear on his right leg.The Belgian defender leaves the club with very few options for defenders, manager Ernesto Valverde only has Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet to face the upcoming final part of 2018 in all competitions.There is always the option of looking at the club’s youth academy where club products Chumi, Cuenca, and Mingueza are eager to get that opportunity to prove themselves.But the club’s president is not as confident as the players, he hinted that the club will go after one or two defenders during the winter transfer window this Tuesday.’@jmbartomeu ha dejado la puerta abierta a la incorporación de algún central en la #GalaEstrelles— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) October 16, 2018While attending a gala for the Catalan FA where his player Carles Aleña received an award this Tuesday, president Josep Maria Bartomeu was questioned about the club’s difficult moments and lack of defenders.“We’ll be on the lookout for a centre-back in the market. It’s bad luck that two of the four we have gotten injured,” said Bartomeu to Mundo Deportivo.“We have a B team and this could translate into an opportunity for them. We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll need to see how we are at the end of the season, that’s what’s important.”The main problem with this statement, is that Bartomeu didn’t sound very convincing when he spoke about the option of using their own academy players to fill the void that Umtiti and Vermaelen left in the club.The president sounded as if he was speaking more out of compromise at the event, mainly because academy product Carles Aleña was right beside him and there has been a lot of controversy with his lack of participation in the first Barcelona squad despite being considered one of the club’s greatest discoveries of the last few years.🤔🤔🤔David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential transfers before end of the monthMore:— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2018The options for the Catalan club are not really that many, there are not too many clubs in Europe that are willing to sell their best defenders to one of the biggest clubs in the world.The club has already set their eye on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt who is only 19 and has been followed by the club’s scouts for a long time, this might be the ideal time for him to make the jump to FC Barcelona.The board of directors has also been following French revelation Dayot Upamecano, who has a very similar style of Samuel Umtiti and shouldn’t be as expensive as other more experienced players could be.The Catalan giants are also following Slovak defender Milan Skriniar, who plays for Internazionale Milano and is only 23 years old, this player is considered amongst the top defensive players of his generation and could also become a perfect addition for FC Barcelona during the winter.There is no doubt that FC Barcelona will have to make a move during the winter, they will have to endure with only two defenders for the next two months, and manager Ernesto Valverde will even have to experiment with defensive midfielders in that position.Everyone Praising Bartomeu for this transfer window. But forgot the main man behind all these. The man who gave everything for this Club as a player and Director.He is none other than Eric Abidal!— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 9, 2018Which defenders in European football would you like Barcelona to sign during the winter? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic Pogba helped me feel like Benjamin Button at Man Utd

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic revealed Paul Pogba and the rest of the Manchester United squad helped him feel like he was “Benjamin Button”The Swedish striker arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and on the verge of becoming 35 years old.Ibrahimovic’s move to United at that stage of his career naturally led to questions being raised over the kind of impact he could have.But the Swede quickly set about proving doubters wrong by netting 28 goals in 48 appearances for his debut campaign.Now the LA Galaxy star has discussed his time at United and the relationship he struck up with the team.“I miss all of them. I had a fantastic time at United,” Ibrahimovic told BBC.“Wazza [Wayne Rooney], Michael Carrick, then the young guys that wanted to show the world who they are by playing football and they had a lot of hunger to show.“I had a good time because I got to know everyone, I was the mature guy with all these guys who were not mature.“Paul Pogba, I had never played with him before and I didn’t know him as a person.“We have the same management and when I got to know him I got to find a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer, but someone who needs to be guided.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He is a professional guy that works every game and never misses training or a game.“Those are all the things that people do not see, you only get judged by what you can see on television or the 90 minutes in the stadium, that’s where you have to perform.”He added: “When you click with someone it just clicks.“The connection on the field was amazing, we helped each other very well, I needed him and he needed me. The first year at United we had a fantastic year.“They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then, unfortunately, I got my injury.“The Premier League should be happy I did not come 10 years ago because it would’ve been a different story.“You see all my numbers [of goals] and all of these numbers would’ve been in the Premier League.“I came to the right club in United. It was the club and the shirt that I was supposed to shine in and I did it.”The one and only left United in February this year for Galaxy after struggling to regain full fitness from a long-term knee injury.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Program Completes Myanmar Emerging Market Program EMP Market Assessment

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program recently submitted the EMP Market Assessment for Myanmar to USDA/FAS that was conducted in the second quarter of FY14.  Myanmar (sometimes known as Burma) has a population of around 63 million in Southeast Asia, with a growing economy rich in natural resources.The market assessment was conducted by AgriSource, an agricultural consulting firm based in Bangkok, Thailand owned by Americans.  United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Bangkok Post, ASA/WISHH, and the Myanmar trade industry worked closely with researchers in completing the market assessment. The assessment identifies a strong interest in soy proteins, especially in the aquaculture, animal production and human food sectors and will be used by ASA/WISHH for planning and implementing future activities in Myanmar. USDA’s Emerging Market Program (EMP) funded the assessment.last_img read more

Camas nears administrator pick

first_imgA longtime Oregon city government leader is expected to become Camas’ second-ever city administrator. Just who that person is remains unknown.On Thursday, Camas Mayor Scott Higgins interviewed the city’s top two choices — Erik Jensen, director of the Hillsboro, Ore., Administration Department, and Craig Martin, city manager of Sweet Home, Ore. Jensen and Martin were selected from among five finalists by a panel of local government and business leaders.Higgins will decide which person to hire and the city council will confirm who will lead Camas, the second-most-populous city in Clark County. There is no timetable on when Higgins will make his selection, Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson said Friday, noting that more interviews and reference checks could be in order.Halverson, 65, intends to step away from full-time duties with the city this year, having served in his current capacity since May 1989. He plans to relinquish his full-time duties at the end of September, if the city has a replacement set, and then work part-time until March 2013.Camas city officials previously said they hoped to finish contract negotiations with their top choice by month’s end. Once hired, the new city administrator could start as early as October, if he is available.The new city administrator will earn between $113,000 and $135,000 per year, based on experience. Halverson earned $126,450 in 2011. He was scheduled to make $127,625 this year, if he had worked full time the entire year.last_img read more

The Impact of Open Shame on Mental Wellness

first_imgSubmitted to the AFRO by Dr. Tonya C. Phillips Baltimore City has once again made national news with the recent scandal concerning its Mayor. Local and national media outlets have ensured that the public has had access to the events related to the ongoing investigation and many have even called for her resignation. Much of the dialogue and speculations about what is happening with the Mayor has been derogatory. Assertions about the Mayors absence from the public, shaming messages, commentary on the trajectory of her career, and plans to move the city forward are all topics of discourse; however, no one has posed any questions about her emotional health and wellbeing.Dr. Tonya C. Phillips, CEO of Team Phillips Consulting Group. (Courtesy Photo)As a mental health professional and proponent of mental health services in African American communities, I know too well the realities of un-addressed mental health conditions in urban environments. Despite the commonness of behavioral health concerns in urban populations, there remains significant gaps in knowledge and understanding of mental health signs and symptoms among oppressed groups, individuals of color in particular. These gaps are further complicated by silence, avoidance or denial  associated with mental and emotional health.The state of emotional and mental health of the Mayor is especially urgent when we consider that Baltimore has been under fire for some time and now she has an experience that ultimately  could alter the course of her life. Cumulative stress, open humiliation and negative fire from the community increases the risk for decline in emotional functioning for the Mayor. We cannot afford to continue with “business as usual” and  ignore the critical role that crisis, stress, shame and open humiliation has on one’s mental wellness. The mayor’s lawyer recently stated that she is not “lucid enough” to make a decision about her future as Mayor. What, if anything are we prepared as a people, and as a city, to do to address the emotional  and mental lucidness of the Mayor?Shame and cumulative stress has the potential to change the way we view ourselves or feel about ourselves and it could lead to long-lasting emotional and mental health challenges. Perhaps, the mayor has not responded because she is not in a good mental or emotional space to do so. This commentary is not intended to address the legal or moral aspects of this case, rather it is a call to action to our community to change the narrative and examine this from another perspective. If we are interested in bringing real solutions to Baltimore, we will have to begin to have a conversation about the realities and nuances of mental and emotional health (even for the leaders) in our community and how we respond. We all have a duty as a community to support and debunk the myths that has served as stuck points in our change and be concerned about each other’s health and well-being. In this situation WE MUST simply change the dialogue and pause to ask the question What about her mental health?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dr. Tonya Phillips CEO of Team Phillips Consulting Group is a licensed mental health professional with multiple years of  professional practice experience. Team Phillips has partnered with community organizations to provide mental health awareness,  trainings and seminars, aimed to reduce stigma associated with mental health concerns.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

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