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An Example to Follow: Military Fathers, Parenting, and Deployment

first_img[5] The National Fatherhood Initiative (2014). Deployed Dads: The Risks Facing Military Children and how You Can Help. Retrieved from: https://www.fatherhood.org/fatherhood/deployed-dads [3] Reaves, K. (2018). Dad’s 101 Preps Men for Fatherhood. Retrieved from: https://www.shaw.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1494731/dads-101-preps-men-for-fatherhood/ [2] Murray, L. (2019). Baby Center Childbirth Class Videos. Retrieved from: https://www.babycenter.com/childbirth-class [4] Military OneSource. (2019). The New Parent Support Program. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/parenting-infants-and-toddlers/the-new-parent-support-program Return to article. Long DescriptionUS Air Force [Overwhelmed? ‘Dads 101’ offers pointers for new fathers by Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf, Oct. 19, 2011, CC0]Military families have their own unique set of challenges that they face. One of those common challenges is deployment and what that means for the parent being deployed and the family as a whole. With Father’s Day coming up, I wanted to highlight some resources I found and some things to remember that might help while dad is away on deployment. One article[1] I found from Military One Source gives ideas and suggestions for new fathers during deployment and how to deal with the stress of both. Some suggestions include:Creating a plan with your partner on getting to and from the hospital and arranging assistance for the weeks after the birth.Take parenting or birthing classes together. There are tons of online resources like this one from Baby Center. [2].Taking care of finances before leaving for deployment, including setting up power of attorney, and any car or home repairsThere can also be parenting training on base for deployed dads that are usually provided by an extension of a Family Advocacy office. This [3] article in particular highlights one such “Dads 101” class at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. To know more about the Family Advocacy Program and their New Parent Support Program, click here [4].Finally, for research on the struggles that military children face due to having a deployed dad, I suggest this quick article[5] from The National Fatherhood Initiative. It offers the top five risks that young children in military families may face.References[1] Military OneSource. (2018). Becoming an New Father While You’re Deployed. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/parenting-through-deployment/becoming-a-new-father-while-you-re-deployed?inheritRedirect=true&redirect=%2Fparenting-and-children By: Jason M. Jowers Dads 101 cover photo This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.last_img read more

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Premiere Pro Tutorial: Setting Poster Frames

first_imgA quick change of your poster frame can help you better organize your editing workflow in a big way. Find out more in this Premiere Pro tutorial.In Premiere Pro, the default poster frame (or thumbnail) for your clips is the first frame of your selected video. While this may work for some videos, usually the first frame is not a great indication of what is going on in the clip itself. This can result in wasted time spent searching for the right video when a quick thumbnail change could have prevented the entire mess. This is especially true when working with multiple editors.The clips on the right are the same clips as the ones on the left, but with different poster images.In this quick Premiere Pro tutorial, we’ll show you how to set the poster image from the default first frame to a frame of your choosing. Let’s begin:1. Set the Project Panel to Icon ViewBy default, your project panel is probably in a list view, meaning all of your assets are listed without a thumbnail image. If you want to be able to see your poster frames, simply click the icon view button  at the bottom left hand corner of the panel. You should now be able to see a visual thumbnail of all your clips.2. Find Your Desired Poster FrameIn the icon view, you can scrub through your video files two different ways. The first is to physically use your mouse to scrub over the video from left to right until you’ve found your desired frame. The other is by selecting the clip and hitting the spacebar. You can use the same playback controls as the preview monitor, so keyboard shortcuts like J,K, and L work as well. Once you find your desired frame, simply hit the spacebar to stop.3. Right ClickWith your desired poster frame selected, right click on the video thumbnail.4. Set Poster FrameIn the dropdown menu, select Set Poster Frame. The current frame will now be your default thumbnail in the icon view.A special thanks to RocketStock for providing the clips in this tutorial. Go check them out if you are looking for awesome After Effects templates. They also have a few After Effects freebies for your editing pleasure.Want to learn quick tips in Premiere Pro? Check out a few of the following articles here on PremiumBeat:Quickly Applying Default Transitions in Premiere ProExporting Multiple Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProConverting Stereo Tracks to Dual Mono in Premiere ProHave any other tips for staying organized in Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Mandeep, Juana suspended for doping

first_imgDoping came back to haunt Indian athletics with two top women quarter-milers returning positive for a banned substance in tests conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federations.Top Indian athletes Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu have been handed provisional suspensions after their ‘B’ samples returned positive for banned substances on Wednesday.The samples for both the quarter-milers were collected by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala on Saturday.Mandeep was part of India’s 4x400m relay team which won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asiad, and was expected to be named in the squad for the Asian Athletics Championships to be held at Kobe, Japan, from July 7.Juana was also part of India’s Guangzhou squad and narrowly missed a medal in the 400m.While Mandeep tested positive for anabolic steroids methandienone and stanozolol, Murmu’s sample showed traces of methandienone.The tests were conducted by IAAF through a Swedish agency – International Doping Tests and Management – and it was the same agency that was hired by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the recent World Cup held in the sub-continent.After the ‘A’ sample results were revealed, both the athletes came for their ‘B’ samples which also returned positive.The athletes and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) have been notified.”We have been notified about the positive results of the dope tests of the two athletes and although we are concerned about it, we are still relieved that these cases did not come to light during a competition,” AFI director ML Dogra told MAIL TODAY on Wednesday.advertisementThe two athletes have been handed provisional suspensions and their cases will come up before an anti-doping disciplinary panel which will decide the sanctions to be imposed on them.The tests were conducted out of competition and the substances for which the two athletes tested positive fall in the non- specified category. Both Mandeep and Juana will remain out of action until they are exonerated or the expiry of their suspensions.Both the athletes face a suspension of two years each.”Mandeep is disappointed with the result and she has said that there could be something wrong with her food supplements. We will wait for the decision from the disciplinary panel,” said Dogra.In the past one year, there have been numerous positive cases of dope flunk by Indian athletes with a number of well known names falling on the wrong side of the anti-doping law.Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, Olympian wrestler Rajiv Tomar, Asian Games bronze medallist Mausam Khatri and national swimming champion Richa Mishra are some of the prominent names that have either been penalised or their cases are pending before the disciplinary panel.last_img read more

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As World Cup football hots up in the Far East, temperatures rise in Kerala

first_imgGreetings: A poster welcomes Brazil’s ‘canary birds’ and their samba beat to AsiaIt is either misplaced passion or dislocated delirium, but as World Cup football hots up in the Far East, temperatures seem to rise in a district of Kerala, now most definitely the Indian epicentre of football fever.In Malappuram,Greetings: A poster welcomes Brazil’s ‘canary birds’ and their samba beat to AsiaIt is either misplaced passion or dislocated delirium, but as World Cup football hots up in the Far East, temperatures seem to rise in a district of Kerala, now most definitely the Indian epicentre of football fever.In Malappuram district, a small slice of north Kerala with a little over 30 lakh people, the World Cup is a chance to take sides, get involved and go crazy.It begins with the benign decoration of streets with posters, banners and cutouts, but once the tournament is under way, the formation of team “camps” means things can take a serious turn quickly. If this is the heartland of Indian football, the World Cup is like its great four-yearly cardiac flutter.When England beat Argentina in Sapporo, Japan, English fans managed to celebrate without destroying property. But their counterparts in Malappuram went berserk.Intoxicated by the win, Malappuram’s pseudo-English “hooligans” chose to strike first at the Argentinian superstar who is the region’s cult figure-striker Gabriel Batistuta, whose huge cutouts loom over the remotest and most serene village landscape. In Tirur town, “Batigol” was burnt in effigy by “fans” of the England team and within minutes, there was a civil disturbance of sorts at hand.An autorickshaw driver in Vengara village, Shamsuddeen Kuniyil, 21, was hospitalised after he was beaten up in a street brawl. His crime: calling France’s Zinedine Zidane a panni (swine). An unrepentant Kuniyil said the brawl was started by his assailants who had dared to call his Brazilian hero Ronaldo “an obscene name”.advertisementFootball fest: The World Cup comes to Malappuram with a colourful paradeIn another corner of the state, the staf f at the notoriously inefficient Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) in Kalikav felt the punch of the fist of public fury. On China’s debut at the World Cup, as power came and went like gusts of breeze, the people trying to follow the game on TV decided they could take no more. They ransacked the local KSEB office and beat up two somnolent employees.It’s not all about overflowing passions and out-of-control tempers. The World Cup comes to Malappuram in the form of a business opportunity too. The Malayalam film industry has been reeling under a crisis.All through last fortnight, cinema halls projected live matches on their large screens. People throng theatres and buy tickets priced between Rs 25 and Rs 100 as Ten Sports, the channel that has won rights to telecast the World Cup, is not available in most homes where Doordarshan dominates. A theatre-owner celebrated as the first round of matches came to a close, “It’s after a long time my theatre has actually run house-full.”The CPI(M), which considers itself ideologically distant from all sporting activities, also jumped on the World Cup bandwagon. The CPI(M)’s youth organisation, the Democratic Youth Federation of India, held protest marches in all districts against the Centre’s failure to telecast matches live. Nothing unusual about protesting against DD, but this time the participants wore the colours of the different competing nations.Football fest: The ‘soccer-cut’ has many takersAccording to Kerala’s seniormost sports writer V.M. Balachandran, Malappuram’s almost unreal affinity for football has historical roots. Unlike other parts of Kerala, Malappuram in the Malabar region, was part of the old Madras state before Independence and was exposed to high-class football played by the English army officers of the various regiments based there.Today, even though football has waned in the rest of the old Malabar region, Balachandran says, “It is a passion in Malappuram thanks to the widespread popularity of seven-a-side football.” The district has more than 100 clubs playing good standard tournaments in which even foreign players participate.A visitor to the interiors of the district may well believe that the World Cup is actually being held there. Streets are lined with flags of competing nations and huge cutouts of football stars like Batistuta, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos loom over passers-by.Posters give judgements on current and former stars. One is particularly scathing about Maradona and criticises him for having defamed Argentina and football with his “unsporting game”. The comment on Maradona’s famous goal against England in 1986 is declared on a poster as having been scored “not with the God’s but Satan’s hand”.Young men walk the streets wearing the colours of their favourite nation, the more committed fans having shaved their heads like the big Brazilian stars, while others go in for the “soccer-cut”. Abdul Samad of the Central Haircutting Saloon near Tirur’s railway station is the busiest barber in the district.advertisementA stitch in time: Football faithfuls queue up to buy the flags of their favourite teamsFor Samad is the area’s specialist in the trendy “World Cup cut” in which the faithful have styled and dyed their hair to resemble a football complete with its hexagonal patches. “This is a huge hit. I have to spend at least three hours on one cut but I don’t charge anything extra since I’m doing it for football,” says Samad. Next on his agenda is a cut that will actually feature a soccer star perched on the head of a Malappuram maniac.Shops are filled with toffees and cakes shaped like a ball and the famous trophy. A local dtp operator at Tirur has made a killing by printing World Cup greeting cards with photographs of players on it. These days people rush to Pangat Silks not to buy cloth but flags as the store has produced the national flags of all the 32 competing nations.Before the World Cup finals began, clients queued up early to buy their colours. Shop owner T.P. Haneefa ordered a book of flags from a friend in Dubai long before the kick-off and learnt how to stitch the flags of countries like Senegal and Slovenia in time to be able to rake in a profit when the matches began.Malappuram’s favourite team is Argentina and Pangat Silks sold stacks of the famous blue and white flag; but fans were deeply disappointed with the team’s early exit from the tournament, a victim of the Group of Death that also featured England, Sweden and Nigeria.But for those who despair at the early departure of France and Argentina, the flag-buyers of Malappuram provide a hint. Haneefa says, “Brazil is second. The surprise favourite is Portugal. I think it is Portugal and particularly its star Luis Figo’s performance at the Euro Cup final against France which won so many fans here,” says Haneefa.Time for stars from Rivaldo to Rui Costa to justify the faith of their fans, including those in faraway places like Malappuram, India.last_img read more

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James Rodriguez stars as Colombia beat USA in Copa America opener

first_imgCristian Zapata scored his first international goal, James Rodriguez added a 42nd-minute penalty kick, and Colombia beat the United States 2-0 Saturday in the opener of the Copa America.U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke before this about the importance of a strong showing in the special edition 100th anniversary Copa to create buzz for a potential 2026 World Cup bid. Instead, the 31st-ranked Americans began the biggest tournament at home since the 1994 World Cup with a dud as FIFA President Gianni Infantino watched among the announced sellout crowd of 67,439.Geoff Cameron lost his mark on the first goal, and DeAndre Yedlin left a raised arm that led to a handball call and Rodriguez’s penalty kick.The Americans will look to rebound on Tuesday against Costa Rica at Chicago, then close their group stage four days later against Paraguay at Philadelphia.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Bernard Tomic decides to miss out after not securing ‘wildcard’

first_imgBernard Tomic is ready to sit out of the 2018’s first Grand Slam after Tennis Australia (TA) decided not to award him a wildcard to the main draw. This comes after Tomic decided against going through qualifying for Australian Open.TA boss and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley also confirmed the 25-year-old Queenslander had rejected a chance to compete in next week’s qualifying event at Melbourne Park.”We made the offer, (Davis Cup captain) Lleyton (Hewitt) did, we said ‘We’d just like you to play the Australian Open wildcard playoff and if you just make yourself available, you give yourself a good chance to get in’,” Tiley told the Herald Sun.”Now to get into the Australian Open, he’s not going to be getting a wildcard. He’d have to go into qualifying, so that’s a decision for him.”I would hope that Bernie would want to play (qualifying), but he’s indicated that that’s likely not the case. He’s one of Australia’s top players and we’d love to see him competing and playing. (But) his decision will be his.”Tomic, ranked a career high 17 in 2016, has plunged to 140 after a forgettable season in which he won only 10 of 19 matches at the elite level. He has reached the fourth round of the Australian Open on three occasions.The opening grand slam of the season takes place in Melbourne from Jan. 15-28.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Yanks Pound Red Sox, 14-5

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — CC Sabathia provided a lift for the New York Yankees depleted rotation.First, Ivan Nova decided to have season-ending elbow surgery. Then Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games for using pine tar.After those developments were announced, Sabathia went out and threw six solid innings in his second straight strong start to help New York beat the sloppy Boston Red Sox 14-5.“He’s taken the mindset since spring training he needs to be the ace of this staff,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “He gave us a great outing.”He had plenty of help from both teams.Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season.Boston’s contributions included five errors, 12 walks — five by knuckleball throwing utilityman Mike Carp in the ninth — three wild pitches and a passed ball. The Red Sox also allowed three stolen bases, all in the third inning.“The sooner we move past this one the better,” Boston Manager John Farrell said.Sabathia (3-2) struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings as the Yankees rebounded from a 5-1 loss April 23 night in which Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck.last_img read more

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Dimitris Diamantidis: “I am blessed… thank you”

first_imgIn the last game of a most splendorous career, Euroleague legend Dimitris Diamantidis was once more the top performer of Panathinaikos. However, the Greens were defeated by arch-rival Olympiacos, and lost the title.“This is a… weird night for me and the team”, said Diamantidis in the press conference. “On one hand we lost a game and a title. I am sorry. I want to congratulate Olympiacos for winning the title. It is a difficult moment for my team. For me the feelings are mixed. The way we lost the game upsets me. On the other hand, I am thinking of all those years I played basketball in this team. I didn’t expect that I will live all the things I have lived until now. I am truly blessed. What i experienced in Iraklis was incredible, it gave me the chance to go to Panathinaikos. These people helped me a lot. I thank all of them. These 12 years in Panathinaikos I lived incredible moments, the kinds of which I hope that every athlete will live. I thank the fans of Panathinaikos for the love they have shown to me. We thanks them as a team for their dedication. Panathinaikos is a team, it moves on. This is sports, whether we like it or not. It might look bad, but that’s how it is. I know I wasn’t the best… talker with you, the journalists. But I have a philosophy in my mind for what the relationship between a journalist and an athlete is. I thank you all. I wish you are fine and filled with health”.A big applause filled the press-conference room as Diamantidis continued. “I want to say that it is a difficult moment, knowing that I want be with the team on September to begin the preparation for the new season. Right now I haven’t even comprehended that I retire. I will on due time. My decision was well-thought and that’s why i announced it when I did”.When asked about Spanoulis’ three-pointer that decided the title, Diamantidis said: “I thought ‘Come on my man Bill… can’t you lose it? You have killed us some times’. But he made it! He show how great player he is and that he has the quality and skill”.Will he continue in basketball? Perhaps as a coach? “I’m going to play basketball just for fun from now on. And there’s one certain thing, that I don’t want to be a coach”.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Katrina Kaif’s look in Bharat is inspired by leading ladies of ’60s and ’70s, including Nutan: Actress’ stylist

first_imgSalman Khan’s Bharat is making headlines ever since its shooting began. Apart from Priyanka Chopra leaving the film right before the shooting was scheduled to start and Katrina Kaif stepping into her shoes, another thing that is catching audience’s attention is the looks of its actors. While Salman Khan will be seen in five different looks, Katrina Kaif will also be shown ageing in the film. Now, we hear that the actress’ look in the film is inspired by actress Nutan.In an interview to Mid Day, Katrina’s stylist Veera Kapur said that it took the actress two hours to get ready with all the prosthetics. She added, “Katrina’s look is inspired by Boll\ywood actresses of the ’60s and ’70s, including Nutan. We watched many old films and looked at the images of yesteryear Bollywood actresses. Katrina also loved the idea of having curls. She thought it would create an image different from her previous characters.”As per reports, Katrina Kaif will be seen as an older woman in the film. Talking about how the actress transformed into a woman around 40 years older than her age, Veera said, “We used prosthetics to show the ageing process. While Katrina sports a chiselled jawline in the younger portions, we made it less defined as the story progressed. In the latter portions, you can see her with fuller cheeks, under-eye wrinkles and grey hair. It would take us about two hours to attain the look. We also conveyed her maturity by the use of different fabrics. In the young portions, she is seen wearing delicate chiffon sarees, and as the character ages, she gravitates towards deep-hued cotton sarees.”advertisementThe stylist added, “Ali’s (Director, Abbas Zafar) brief was that he wanted Katrina to look simple. It wasn’t much of a toil because, in person, she prefers a minimalistic look.”In a recent interview, director Ali Abbas Zafar said, “Katrina will also be shown in an older role like Salman as they journey through the different time frames together. You have never seen her like this before. She has given a fabulous performance and shines through the film.”He added, “We have flown in a prosthetics team from abroad for both Salman and Katrina for their various looks including the bit where both are aged. While Salman would sometimes get restless as we had to try his various looks, Katrina was extremely patient.”Bharat is an official remake of Korean film An Ode To My Father. The film will chronicle Salman’s journey from the age of 18 to 70. It depicts the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Apart from Salman and Katrina, the film also features Disha Patani, Tabu, Jackie Shroff and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles.The film is set to release on Eid 2017, June 5.ALSO READ | Ali Abbas Zafar reveals Katrina Kaif will grow old on screen in Bharat: You have never seen her like thisALSO READ | Bharat trailer out. Salman Khan romances Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani and India in new deshbhakti filmALSO READ | Katrina Kaif looks as fresh as ever in the latest still from Salman Khan’s BharatALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarlast_img read more

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Will continue to do my best: Bajrang Punia

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service DagestanMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 15:39 IST Bajrang Punia has cemented his place on top of the World Rankings this year (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBajrang Punia said that he is ready live up to expectations and will do his bestBajrang is the highest ranked freestyle Asian wrestler in the worldBajrang won the Asian Championships in Xi’an, China last week in the 65 kg categoryBajrang Punia, who won the gold medal at the Ali Aliev invitational tournament, has assured his fans that he will continue to do his best to live up to the nation’s expectations in the tournaments to come.On Thursday, Punia showcased his trademark second period resilience as he defeated Russia’s Viktor Rassadin 13-8 in the 65 kg finals to claim the top honours in Kapiisk, Russia.After winning the Asian Championships in Xi’an, China last week, Bajrang overcame stiff resistance from a host of local favourites over two days to prove his credentials as the world’s best wrestler in his category.With the wins, Bajrang has cemented his place on top of the World Rankings this year and is currently the highest ranked freestyle Asian wrestler in the world.”I think the fact that I’m competing in three different continents in three weeks is itself an incredible feat and I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received through this period. I did have the belief that I could do well in these competitions and am pleased with my performances so far,” Bajrang said after the win.”I am now looking forward to participating at Madison Square Garden and will continue to do my best to live up to the nation’s expectations in the tournaments to come,” he added.Bajrang will now head to New York for the Beat The Streets ‘Grapple At the Garden’ benefit on May 6 at the Madison Square Garden arena.Bajrang has been invited for the charity event where he will take on former cadet world champion and two-time NCAA champion Yianni Diakomihalis.advertisementAlso Read | Bajrang Punia bags gold in Ali Aliyev wrestling tournamentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow WrestlingFollow Asian championships Will continue to do my best: Bajrang PuniaBajrang Punia said that he is ready to do his best and live up to all the expectations. He is the highest ranked freestyle Asian wrestler in the world.advertisementlast_img read more

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Health Facilities Must Be Accessible to All – Dr. Skyers

first_img “It is not enough to provide facilities for persons to access treatment, but it is equally important to make the facilities accessible to all regardless of who they are,” she said, while addressing a Symposium on HIV-related Legislation and Human Rights, organised by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (July 10). Story Highlights The Ministry of Health is reiterating its commitment to ensuring that all its health facilities are customer-friendly and accessible to every Jamaican. Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry’s HIV/STI/TB Unit, Dr. Nicola Skyers, stressed that all Jamaicans should be able to utilise healthcare services without discrimination. The Ministry of Health is reiterating its commitment to ensuring that all its health facilities are customer-friendly and accessible to every Jamaican.Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry’s HIV/STI/TB Unit, Dr. Nicola Skyers, stressed that all Jamaicans should be able to utilise healthcare services without discrimination.“It is not enough to provide facilities for persons to access treatment, but it is equally important to make the facilities accessible to all regardless of who they are,” she said, while addressing a Symposium on HIV-related Legislation and Human Rights, organised by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (July 10).Dr. Skyers also emphasised the importance of ensuring that those who work in these facilities offer the same quality services to all Jamaicans.“The Ministry remains committed to addressing any incident that demonstrates treatment that is below the standards that we have set,” she said.She noted that the symposium on destigmatising HIV and AIDS through legislative change is an important step in the right direction.“The Ministry endorses JASL’s efforts in removing stigma, as despite all the work that we have done with regards to stigma and discrimination, there are still groups that are heavily stigmatised and discriminated against in our country today,” she said.Quoting a study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society in April 2017, Dr. Skyers pointed out that ‘stigma and discrimination’ was identified as the number-one barrier for young men who have sex with men and transgender women accessing HIV testing in Kingston.“These are two key populations with the highest HIV prevalence and, as such, it is incumbent on us to ensure that barriers to accessing services are reduced, if not totally eliminated, for them and for other key and vulnerable populations, inclusive of our adolescents,” she said.Meanwhile, Country Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Manoela Manova, praised Jamaica for having legislation in place to safeguard the rights of individuals.“Jamaica has the Constitution which actually provides all the rights to life, to liberty, to security. It’s the most important document that gives equal rights to every Jamaican,” she said.She also pointed to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, place of origin, social class, colour and religion; and the National Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS developed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which includes specific provisions that ensure workers are not discriminated against based on their HIV status.Ms. Manova noted that despite these achievements, there is a concern that there is no comprehensive anti-discriminatory law, and that there is no human rights body that persons can access to seek redress for discrimination or human rights abuses.The Country Director further pointed out that the world has adopted the Global Sustainable Development agenda. One of the goals is the commitment to ending AIDS by 2030 as a public health threat. She noted that in order to achieve this, there has to be a rapid scaling up of HIV prevention, HIV testing and treatment, and committing to zero discrimination.“These are the three building blocks of what will help us bring the epidemic under control and end it as a public health threat,” she said.Held under the theme ‘Destigmatising HIV/AIDS through Legislative Change, the symposium involved discussion on the current legislative framework in place to protect and safeguard the human rights of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.Among the key legislative issues discussed were criminalisation of HIV transmission and non-disclosure; abortion and HIV/AIDS; gender-based violence; Data Protection Act and HIV: Privacy and confidentiality, disclosure, partner notification; sexual harassment and rape; and adolescent access to contraceptives and sexual and reproductive health services.The symposium saw multisectoral participation from the Ministry of Health; Office of the Public Defender; international donor organizations UNAIDS, UN, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Global Fund; local and civil society organisations, Equality for All Foundation/J-FLAG, Eve for Life, National Family Planning Board/Sexual Health Authority, Sex Workers Association of Jamaica; and leading human rights activists.last_img read more

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Halifax Harbour Festival Launches Website

first_imgNova Scotians interested in learning more about the events taking place at this year’s Halifax Harbour Festival will now be able to do so via the Internet. The updated website for the second annual Halifax Harbour Festival was launched today, Aug. 9, by Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. The website, www.halifaxharbourfestival.ca , provides regular updates on events and activities included in the festival, which will take place from Friday, Sept. 15, to Sunday, Sept. 17. “The harbour festival is a great way to celebrate Waterfront Development Corporation Limited’s 30 years of bringing the community to the waterfront and to showcase the waterfront to the community,” says Bill Campbell, acting president of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “There really is something for everyone, plenty of reasons to explore the harbourwalks in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Eastern Passage.” The 2nd annual Halifax Harbour Festival is presented by the Daily News and includes daytime and early evening entertainment for all ages, at four waterfront venues in Bedford, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage and Halifax. The festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 15, with adult country idol at Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing, and family entertainment at the Tall Ships Quay Boating Pavilion on the Halifax Harbourwalk. On Saturday, Sept. 16, the fun continues in Bedford with a family picnic in Dewolfe Park, and a battle of the bands competition for 12- to 18-year-olds at the Firehouse. Alderney Landing in Dartmouth will be the venue for a family petting zoo, boardwalk artists exhibit, kids country idol and an evening concert with country band, Lace. At Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage, festival activities will include nature and history tours, a marine interpretive centre and art exhibits, and a Ghosts and Grog entertainment night. Along the Halifax Harbourwalk, highlights for the day will be family activities and free entertainment including the CD release party for Mike Trask and the 2006 Convoy Cup. The 2006 Convoy Cup commemorates the 67th anniversary of the Second World War relief convoy to Europe from Halifax. The Convoy Cup includes a series of events such as an ocean yacht race from Halifax Harbour to Lunenburg and back, Bedford Basin races, and a youth tactics demonstration. Halifax Harbourwalk highlights for Sunday, Sept. 17, include the Convoy Cup sail past and salute to HMCS Sackville, the Maritime Museum open house, Halifax Port Authority tours and free musical entertainment; a songwriters circle at Alderney Landing; and nature and history tours at Fisherman’s Cove. The Halifax Harbour Festival is produced by Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, a provincial Crown corporation that plans, co-ordinates, promotes and develops properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour.last_img read more

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UK parliament releases internal Facebook documents

first_imgLONDON — The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access.Parliament’s media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as part of its investigation into fake news.In one email, CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes “There’s a big question on where we get the revenue from. Do we make it easy for devs to use our payments/ad network but not require them?”The committee received the documents from app developer Six4Three, which had acquired the files dating from 2013-2014, as part of a U.S. lawsuit against the social media giant. It’s suing Facebook over a change to the social network’s privacy policies in 2015 that led Six4Three to shut down its app, Pikinis.Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN chief deeply distressed at plight of Palestinians in Gaza

10 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound concern over the humanitarian suffering in the Gaza Strip while stressing the importance of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet in the ongoing efforts to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Mr. Ban told journalists yesterday after a Quartet meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, that he was “deeply distressed about the plight of the civilian population in Gaza,” where around 1.4 million people are forcibly confined to the area and socio-economic conditions are in rapid decline. “Through the work of several United Nations agencies, including UNRWA [the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East], the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations is standing by the people of Gaza and helping them in these difficult times,” Mr. Ban told reporters.The Secretary-General also said that the closure of crossings and the establishment of roadblocks, as well as ongoing settlement issues and the demolition of houses, do not help the peace process, after the Quartet met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.“The Quartet [comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States] has also made clear its support for a more constructive strategy for Gaza,” Mr. Ban said.He called for recent violence in the region to stop and stressed that Palestinian factions must work together for national unity and reconciliation and overcome their divisions. “I stand ready not only to participate and facilitate the political process but also most importantly to facilitate the ongoing humanitarian assistance to these people.”The importance of the Quartet’s role in monitoring negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, assessing progress in implementing agreements, as well as continuing to support the bilateral talks was also stressed by Mr. Ban.“I think the most important mechanism is the Quartet, composed of all principals together with Quartet Representative Tony Blair.”In a statement following yesterday’s meeting, the Quartet called on the international community to put its full weight behind Israeli-Palestinian negotiations after Ms. Livni and Mr. Abbas reported that recent talks have been “substantial and promising.” read more

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Botswana fighting devastating AIDS pandemic official tells UN debate

29 September 2009Botswana – where nearly one quarter of people between the ages of 15 and 49 are living with HIV – is taking steps with the help of international assistance to combat the devastating AIDS pandemic, an official from the Southern African nation told the General Assembly today. “HIV/AIDS undoubtedly continues to be one of the most daunting challenges of our time,” Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Botswana’s Ambassador to the United Nations, told the Assembly’s annual high-level gathering.According to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), out of a population of nearly 2 million, some 300,000 people are living with HIV. The agency also estimates that 11,000 children under the age of 17 have been orphaned because of the virus.Last June, world leaders gathered at UN Headquarters for a mid-term review of goals laid out in 2001’s Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.That gathering, Mr. Ntwaagae said, “revealed that despite heightened political momentum and national and global response to HIV/AIDS, not much progress has been made towards mitigating its effects.”With only a handful of countries on track to achieving some of the targets, there is an urgent need for ramping up efforts to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment care and support, he stressed.He voiced concern that the current global economic turmoil has put people living with HIV and AIDS at further risk due to slashed budgets for health programmes.“It is essential that we as governments should renew our commitment to put people first in the kind of policies and programmes we formulate and implement.” read more

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Scotiabank teams up with Kotak Mahindra Bank in India to offer services

TORONTO — Scotiabank says it has signed a deal with Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. in India to provide banking services to people emigrating to Canada and to Indo-Canadians seeking services in India.Under the deal, select Kotak Mahindra Bank branches will offer Canadian-bound Indian residents with access to Scotiabank services.In Canada, select Scotiabank branches will help customers seeking bank accounts in India by referring them to Kotak Mahindra Bank.In addition to its new partnership with Kotak Mahindra Bank, Scotiabank offers an international account opening program in select Scotiabank branches in India and Mexico and through China Everbright Bank in China.Kotak Mahindra Bank has over 375 branches across India.Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries. read more

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TGTE insists pressure will continue

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V Rudrakumaran, has issued a rebuttal for comments made by a Government Minister that the Government of Sri Lanka has not faced pressure from the Tamil diaspora after the January 8 elections.Sri Lanka’s Cabinet spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that “Earlier the media reported on the Tamil diaspora protesting near the UN and other places. Now we don’t see such media reports.” In a rebuttal to the Sri Lankan Minister’s Statement, TGTE member Suthan Raj pointed out that when President Maithripala Sirsena was visiting London, thousands of Tamils demonstrated against him, calling him a war criminal, for being the acting defense minister during the final weeks of the war when thousands of Tamils were killed. Thousands also marched in Geneva two months ago against the Sri Lankan Government’s policies towards Tamils and to call for an International Investigation for the mass killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces. Additionally, Suthan Raj said that a Million signature campaign calling the United Nations to refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court was recently launched by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam and several public events are taking place around the world to collects signatures. He also said that several events are being organized around the world to commemorate the “genocide” of Tamils and the first Mullivaaikal Memorial Lecture is to be delivered by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in New York on May 18th. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN Economic and Social Council aims to strengthen relief aid coordination

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), meeting in Geneva, has adopted a resolution that would strengthen the coordination of the world body’s humanitarian assistance. Unanimously adopted on Tuesday, the text calls on States and the UN to extensively draw on local resources and expertise in responding to emergencies. It also emphasizes the need to prepare better to deal with emergencies as well as ways to reduce the risk that disasters can cause.To address the need of uneven funding for humanitarian crisis, the resolution asks the international community to provide relief assistance in proportion to needs and on the basis of assessments so there could be a more equitable distribution of aid.“The international community seems able to tolerate problems in some areas which are decried in others,” Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Council. He said more needs to be done to improve funding, including better appeals, better needs assessment, better advocacy and better response “so there is absolutely no doubt that every penny was going to real, undisputed humanitarian needs, and that every penny would be effective.” Egeland said there had been improvement, and that “the world is moving in the right direction,” but cautioned that progress was not being made fast enough. “Children are still dying of hunger, and this makes it clear that there is something fundamentally wrong with the pace of what was being done.”In a related development, ECSOC President Ali Hachani, Tunisia, at a press conference Tuesday, said that the Council would remain actively involved in pursuing the agreement reached on the main theme of this year’s ministerial segment, attended by 30 ministers and three prime ministers, on promoting full employment and decent work.He said the focus on employment was particularly pertinent as 192 million people were unemployed globally and half of the world’s labour force is not earning enough to lift itself out of poverty. “This theme is of critical importance to all countries,” he said. “In fact, the world is facing a structural crisis of unemployment.”An even more critical aspect of this theme, he said, was youth employment. While youth make up 23 per cent of the work force, some 50 per cent of them are unemployed. “This has serious implications for the future of our societies,” he said. read more

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UN chief alarmed by severe escalation of fighting at Donetsk airport

In a statement delivered by his Spokesman, the Secretary-General noted that fighting around the airport had already caused numerous casualties and threatened to completely unravel a hard-won September 2014 cease-fire. The statement continued, stressing that further deterioration of a situation that has led to heavy loss of life and civilian suffering must be avoided at all costs, adding that the UN stands ready to support all efforts toward de-escalation and the resumption of a genuine peace process to restore Ukraine’s stability and territorial integrity. read more

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Public spat between bishop and dean over Westminster Abbeys nuclear deterrent commemoration

Peace protest and ‘die in’ opposite Westminster Abbey during a service of thanksgiving that celebrates 50 years of the submarine nuclear deterrent.Credit:Credit: Matthew Chattle / Alamy Live News /www.alamy.com  Peace protest and 'die in' opposite Westminster Abbey during a service of thanksgiving that celebrates 50 years of the submarine nuclear deterrent. However his comments appear to have sparked a row among the clergy – which was played out over social media. A public spat has erupted between a bishop and a dean over Westminster Abbey’s decision to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.The Rt Revd Roger Morris, area bishop of Colchester, said that an event marking a National Service of Thanksgiving last week was “the wrong kind of message for the church to send”.Writing in The New Statesman on Friday the Bishop of Colchester, who is an anti-nuclear activist, said: “The Church of England has a duty to stand up as a force for peace in our communities and for the flourishing of all humanity. It cannot do so if it celebrates, even tacitly, nuclear weapons.”He added that there is “no doubt” that service personnel on submarines make sacrifices and are “all too often forgotten”, but that the Ministry of Defence has been clear that celebrations to mark 50 years of British nuclear weapons being on constant patrol at sea will recognise the skill and innovation of those that built them. “That is something that I cannot condone in a place of worship,” he said. The die-in at the CND and Christian CND protest opposite Westminster Abbey  HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which carries the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent “We pray that the Royal Navy may never be required to deploy these terrible forces in war and that they may continue to deter their use by others.“We give thanks for all the thousands of people who have designed, built, supported, and crewed the submarines during these past fifty years and for their families, and we continue to pray for the life and work of the Royal Navy, in particular for its submarine service.”In response to the public spat, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) praised the Rt Revd Morris’ article as a “great piece” and said it was “sad the Dean of Westminster “didn’t listen and instead rang the Abbey’s bells which sounded like joyous wedding bells to celebrate Britain’s nuclear weapons system”. The Telegraph contacted the Rt Rev Morris and Dr Hall for comment. HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which carries the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrentCredit:James Glossop/The Times /PA Following the publication of the article, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster tweeted: “Regrettable that the Bp of Colchester decided not to discuss the service with me, rather than simply criticising without information.”Dr Hall added that there was “no personal antipathy” amid speculation of a row between the clergymen on social media, “just regret at criticism without prior serious engagement: seems casual and rather careless”.A copy of his service at Westminster Abbey  on Friday, which was attended by the Duke of Cambridge in his role as Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy Submarine Service was published on the Church’s website.Prince William was booed and heckled during the service as protesters shouted: “shame on you.”Since April 1969, for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at least one UK ballistic missile submarine has been on patrol beneath the waves of the world’s oceans.In his address, the Dean said: “For the past fifty years, Royal Navy submariners have patrolled the oceans and seas of our world, sometimes for many months at a time, burdened with a force able to engender a greater destructive power than has ever been seen on earth. The die-in at the CND and Christian CND protest opposite Westminster Abbey Credit:Credit: Peter Marshall / Alamy Live News /www.alamy.com  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. The Bishop of Colchester said: “I have been very careful in all my public statements not to criticise The Dean or the Abbey staff. In fact, I have been very grateful for the Dean’s continued insistence that the service yesterday was ‘not a thanksgiving for nuclear weapons’ and was pleased to hear his assertion in the sermon that we ‘cannot celebrate weapons of mass destruction’. “However, the original press release from the Royal Navy spoke of celebrating the ingenuity and skill of those who designed and built the nuclear deterrent. I’m afraid that my conscience does not allow me to do that.” “Today we thank God that this continuous at sea deterrence, part of a balancing of forces between the most powerful nations on earth, has had the effect of maintaining peace and security between the nations. read more