Show explores gender issues

first_imgLoyal Daughters and Sons (LDS), an annual student performance of stories about gender issues, sexuality, relationships and religion at Notre Dame, will begin Thursday in the Hesburgh Library.The production, sponsored by the Gender Studies Program, features skits and monologues based on anonymous interviews with students. The performance is meant to tell those students’ stories, many of which involve sexual assault or discrimination based on sexual identity, co-producer and senior Monica Daegele said.“We all know the statistics about how many people report [sexual assault],” Daegele said. “We all know the statistics about how many people suffer from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Our main goal is to give the student body the ability to really pay tribute to those experiences and to understand their impact.”The theme of this year’s performance, sponsored by the Gender Studies program, is “Victim:Survivor,” which co-producer and senior Michael Nolan said reflects an ongoing process of healing.“We want to highlight the path someone might take to leave identifying themselves as a victim and move on to identifying themselves in a more powerful way, as a survivor,” he said.The performances depict a variety of scenarios and viewpoints, senior and LDS director Zachary Wendeln said.“It’s an attempt to balance perspectives,” he said. “We’re not getting the same perspectives or the same issue repeated. There’s one monologue given by a priest about his take on sexuality and his understanding of it.”Preparations for LDS began last semester, when Daegele and Nolan conducted interviews and gathered written submissions of students’ stories and thoughts. Over winter break, they put together the material for the show, and they and Wendeln held auditions rehearsals in January and February.While each skit or monologue is based on true stories, the way the interviews are incorporated into the production depends on the nature of the interview and the theme of the LDS production. Nolan said this year’s production includes stories performed in previous years, as well as 10 new stories based on interview material from this year and past years.Daegele said some stories are based on a single interview. Other stories combine several interviews, or a single interview could be the basis for several stories.The interviews are often a “cathartic process” for the interviewees, Daegele said.“We had a series of questions that we can ask them, so some individuals want to go through the questions and answer the questions, and for others, they’ll just talk,” she said. “It’s definitely just a way to talk about their experience in a safe environment with a third party with anonymity and confidentiality. It’s extremely helpful and cathartic for those individuals.”Daegele said the point of the production is “to raise awareness and to witness the experience of the individual.”“It’s a profound tool for empathy,” she said.The show’s actors as well as the audience are encouraged to understand and empathize with the stories shared, Wendeln said. “One thing that I’ve stressed with the actors is that it’s not actors or acting, so much as immersing yourself into these experiences and treating them with the respect and dignity and truth which they deserve and from which they come,” Wendeln said. “It’s all coming from a place of truth and reality.”Sophomore Victoria Velasquez said she got involved in LDS this year after participating in Show Some Skin, a monologue show about differing identities.“I’m really passionate about gender issues, so when I saw information about LDS, I thought it was the perfect way to apply what I’d learned in Show Some Skin and do the same thing as I had done in Show Some Skin, but strictly related to gender issues,” she said.Velasquez said she auditioned for the production with “Touchdown Jesus,” an LDS monologue about a student who was raped by a football player.“Just hearing that made me very emotional, knowing that someone you could be sitting next to in the dining hall has gone through such a horrible experience,” she said.For this year’s show, Velasquez will give a different monologue, which she said she believes is a word-for-word submission, though because the source material is confidential, she can’t be certain.She said working with student actors and producers has been encouraging.“I’m really passionate about talking about inequality amongst genders, but there are a lot of things I see on campus with my friend groups that I just ignore because it’s just the norm here,” Velasquez said. “I feel personally there’s not much I can ever do to change the gender relations on campus, but I think it’s great that there’s a group of people that’s willing to put in so much time and effort into bringing awareness to these issues.”Nolan said the show provides a safe space to talk about gender issues, relationships and sexuality.“A lot of people go through issues like these at Notre Dame end up hating Notre Dame, or feel they don’t belong because the institution hurt them in such a bad way,” Nolan said “… This show tells them that there are people here who listen to you, who empathize with you, who feel the same things you feel. It’s okay, it’s a place for your story to be, and it will be heard.”The performance will take place in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $3 for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students and $5 for non-students.last_img read more

Free Business Webinar: How Your Organization Can Earn LEED Points for Existing Buildings

first_imgShelburne, VT – October 20, 2008 – Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce another educational offering in the company’s continuing series of free business webinars focusing on current environmental and energy issues. Today, many companies are interested in achieving LEED certification for their existing buildings awarded through the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED has become the standard for measuring energy and environmental sustainability in both new and existing facilities. In this free webinar, we examine the “Energy and Atmosphere (EA)” section of the LEED for Existing Buildings certification and show how Kilawatt Technologies measurement and verification tools can help an organization earn points in this specific LEED category. The free online webinar titled How Kilawatt Technologies Can Help You Earn LEED Points for Existing Buildingswill be on Thursday, November 6th at 1:00 p.m. (EST). You may register by email at sends e-mail). To see a full description of this webinar or a complete schedule of upcoming webinars, please visit is external).The USGBC LEED certification comprises meeting objectives in six categories, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Operations. Energy and Atmosphere can be one of the more challenging areas for an organization as it requires measuring, tracking, evaluating and optimizing all building energy systems. Early on, Kilawatt Technologies recognized that meaningful information was the powerful tool missing for most companies. Kilawatt developed their LEED program capitalizing on the company’s eBAS Analyzer, which focuses on energy conservation commissioning, eEcoAssess and eEnergyAssess. Kilawatt’s LEED E&A certification program can be used to achieve at the minimum 8 points and higher in this category.Kilawatt Technologies developed these educational learning programs to discuss current energy and environmental topics, provide creative solutions for these challenges and demonstrate how the company’s unique software EnerSuite, and its products, can help achieve an organization’s energy reduction goals. The webinars are a great opportunity for business leaders to learn and share key information and are informative discussions on a variety of topics, ranging from energy use and demand, environmental concerns, corporate responsibility and sustainability.Kilawatt Technologies is a leading information software company headquartered in Vermont helping organizations around the world conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings with little or no capital investment. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies please visit is external) , email sends e-mail) or call 802.985.2285.####last_img read more

Ecuador Lures Drug Traffickers, Organized Crime Syndicates

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2012 Ecuadorians who for years thought themselves immune from the drug-related violence and organized crime plaguing their Andean neighbors now realize their country could be next. In recent months, warning signs have popped up all over the place. On May 13, a light aircraft with $1.3 million in cash aboard crashed in the northwestern province of Manabí, killing its Mexican pilot and co-pilot. No official flight plan had been logged for the Mexican-registered plane, which was flying low, presumably to evade radar detection. “It was without lights, an illegal operation,” Interior Minister José Serrano told a TV news program in Quito. “We presume that the money was to be laundered or used to pay for the drugs it would transport back to Mexico.” Ecuador’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement that it would seek help from its Mexican counterpart to verify the aircraft’s origin and identify the dead crewmen. A few days after the plane went down, troops found a drug-processing laboratory near the crash site, seized half a ton of cocaine paste and detained three people. Since coca is not cultivated in Ecuador, such labs are rare finds. This is the fourth one uncovered so far this year — possibly testimony to the impact authorities in neighboring Colombia are having in their own crackdown on Colombian processing labs. In an interview with the Quito-based newspaper El Universo, Serrano said transnational crime organizations are not necessarily located in Ecuador, but that his country is growing in importance as a transit point for Colombian and Mexican cartels. Report warns situation could get ‘out of control’ This clearly worries ordinary Ecuadorians, who this spring have been flocking to see “Pescador” — a new movie by director Sebastian Cordero. The film’s plot is the discovery by local fishermen of cocaine packets that wash up on the shore of a small coastal village. Ecuador’s top military strategists have also taken note. In March, they warned of the threat posed to their country by powerful groups like Colombia’s Rastrojos crime syndicate and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. The warnings were contained in a 225-page report. “If the right measures are not taken, the situation will easily get out of control of the government — in the short or medium term — and levels of extreme violence will be reached,” the report warned. Drug trafficking and organized crime might soon overwhelm Ecuador, and that the military might not have adequate resources if ordered to confront the problem, the report concluded. President Rafael Correa soon unveiled a plan to train 4,000 military personnel to fight the encroaching cartels. Government officials say they hope to build on an accord signed last October with neighboring Peru to combat trafficking on their shared border. Drugs are being smuggled across the border into the towns of Macara, Tulcan, San Lorenzo and Nueva Loja, officials said The narcotics are then sent to Pacific port towns; from there, smugglers use everything from fast boats to small semi-submersibles to ferry the loads to bigger ships for transport to Central America — for onward transportation to Mexico and the United States. Drug consumption up 300 percent Last July, Ecuadorian police seized a 70-foot submarine capable of transporting up to seven tons of cocaine. Speedboats carrying drugs and destined to make long runs themselves up the Pacific coast have also been refueling in the Galapagos Islands. Cocaine is coming across the Colombian border as well. According to the military review, three of the four main entry points for drugs are on that border. In 2008, Ecuadorian police seized in one raid alone 4.7 tons of cocaine, and this winter, Correa dispatched 7,000 soldiers and 3,000 police officers to the border in an effort to stop the flow of drugs. Since the beginning of 2012, authorities have seized more than 1.6 tons worth of narcotics in Quito alone — a sign Quito security analyst Ricardo Camacho says points to a 300 percent growth in domestic drug consumption since 2007. Some 98 percent of the drugs confiscated so far this year by volume consists of marijuana, and most of the remainder is cocaine, says Bogotá-based consultancy InSight Crime. In total, the drugs have a combined value of $1.53 million. Also 327 people — 305 of whom are citizens of Ecuador — have been arrested in anti-narcotics operations, said National Police Chief Patricio Franco. Semi-submersibles and secret drug drops Recent arrests and drug seizures put into stark perspective the enormous challenge Ecuador faces as the country — which historically has had one of the lowest rates of domestic drug consumption in Latin America — grows in importance for drug traffickers. In February, as a result of a tip-off from Colombian authorities, police in the port city of Guayaquil captured Heriberto Fernández Ramírez, a key go-between for Colombian trafficker Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias “El Loco,” and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, according to anti-drug police in both Colombia and Ecuador. Just days before Ramírez’s capture, Ecuador’s anti-narcotics chief, Nelson Villegas, announced the seizure of 1.3 tons of cocaine and the impounding of a semi-submersible used for drug smuggling in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The 1,177-package shipment had been stored on the island of Puna, while the sub itself was discovered on the island of Santa Clara, 25 miles south of Puna. In early January, Ecuador’s Navy detected another semi-submersible 60 miles off the coast of Puna, but the three-man crew scuttled the vessel before being arrested. “These vessels are difficult from the air and hard for surface units to detect,” said Coast Guard Commander, Mauritius Alvear. Study: Ecuador part of a trafficking ‘pipeline’ Signs of the presence of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel have increased, with nine Sinaloa operatives arrested last year. Mexican criminal organizations have been keen in recent years to extend their reach deep into Ecuador’s drug supply chain and organize their own drug shipments. The arrest of Ramírez doesn’t seem to have warned off the Colombians. In April, Quito police apprehended Juan Carlos Calle Serna, brother of one of the leaders of the Rastrojos gang. For two scholars, Douglas Farah and Glenn R. Simpson of the Washington-based International Assessment and Strategy Center, these trends appear increasingly worrisome. In a recent study, the pair warned of the “growing presence in Ecuador of Mexican drug trafficking organizations … and the growing role of Ecuador as a money laundering center for multiple transnational criminal organizations.” They said Ecuador is becoming “an important part of a pipeline that moves not only cocaine but human cargo, weapons, precursor chemicals and hundreds of millions of dollars a year.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Dec. 5

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop bridge hits by banning truck trafficReading Harry Darling’s Nov. 28 letter (“Raise bridge, tracks to eliminate crashes”), I felt the need to jump in.He correctly argues that raising the bridge would solve the problem of large trucks striking it.I proffer that although it would be the best solution, that bridge will never be raised. There were many reasons discussed when the road was rehabilitated a few years ago. Among the reasons cited was the cost to do so.I’m sure the railroad doesn’t want to spend the money. But moreover the real reason is very few folks want Glenridge Road to become a “truck route.”The best way to prevent that is to block their access.Edward VanderwallClifton ParkLeaders must work to inspire faith againThe election of the Once-ler for president aside, there are many symptoms of a worsening national illness. We have lost faith.The concept of faith has been hijacked by discussions of religion. And though it is relevant, it’s by no means exclusive.Faith plays out in almost every area of our lives, from marriage to driving.And there is no question that faith for Americans among Americans is flagging; faith in government is incredibly poor.Faith, real faith, that of relationships built through experience and collaboration, integrity and honesty through time, is essential for our republic.Without it, we will be left with some form of oligarchy pretending to be a democracy.Some might argue we are there already, that wealth is the only power.The reasons for this diminished faith are too complicated and numerous to discuss here.Suffice it to say that the ability to foster and manipulate this loss of faith for political and economic gain is at the core.There are political and economic beneficiaries of this loss of faith.Yet, if Americans, as represented by a variety of different sub-groups, no longer believe in the integrity of their leaders, the Constitution, local authorities (police, local government), the integrity of news outlets, their neighbors, basically the nation’s functioning, then that is a disaster for our future.Yet, sadly, there are very definite reasons for a loss of faith in all of those things.It’s time that we all, beginning with our leaders, start to inspire faith.James CiminoSchenectadyShow more respect to dedicated nursesMy friend retired after 40 years from a local nursing home. She was a dedicated LPN from the old school. She ironed her uniform before work. She answered call lights and worked with aides.She was the kind of nurse you would want for yourself. She was never written-up. People loved and respected her. When she retired, agency staff and coworkers gave her gifts they could not afford.The outpouring of respect was overwhelming. Upper management did nothing.When it was pointed out, they invited her to lunch. No special recognition. No gold watch. Nothing.I watched as average employee benefits erode. I listened to the corner office make crass jokes. Bonuses were given to upper management who were soon let go. There is a constant turnover.I suspect that the CEO gives excellent presentations to the board about profit. Nursing is about caring and empathy.When upper management doesn’t recognize a distinguished 40-year career, you have a head without a heart. Dedicated nurses need to be shown better.Take the time to recognize the role model nurses who stand and deliver in our community. To hear my dear friend get emotional over what was done by her friends and for what was not done by upper management is difficult. How do you want to be treated after 40 years? When a business loses its heart, it ceases to serve.Rick GreenBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

PREMIUMDigital adoption outside Java lags despite adequate infrastructure: Report

first_imgLog in with your social account Forgot Password ? Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Despite available infrastructure in provinces and cities outside Java Island, the digital implementation in those places is still behind their peers on Java, offering abundant opportunity for development in those regions in the coming years.A recent digital competitiveness survey shows the regions outside Java still lag in digital implementation in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) despite there being sufficient infrastructure.  According to a recent East Venture report, provinces such as Jakarta, West Java, East Java, Yogyakarta and Banten lead in its Digital Competitiveness Index (DCI), while provinces like East Nusa Tenggara, Central Kalimantan, West Sulawesi and Papua ranked low in the index.The report measures each province’s digital input, such as the amount of tech-savvy human resources and internet access, digital output such as the number of workers i… Topics : Linkedin digital digital-banking financial-technology P2P P2P-lending Java-island fintech BUMN SOEslast_img read more

To Fight Opioid Epidemic, Wolf Administration Implements 25 Additional Centers of Excellence Locations

first_img August 29, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter To Fight Opioid Epidemic, Wolf Administration Implements 25 Additional Centers of Excellence Locationscenter_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that his administration will implement an additional 25 Centers of Excellence (COE) locations throughout the state by January 1, 2017. The COEs will offer treatment to Pennsylvanians with opioid-related substance use disorder.“As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life,” said Governor Tom Wolf.  “With these additional locations, my administration is continuing its commitment to expanding high-quality treatment across Pennsylvania.”Rather than just treating the addiction, the Department of Human Services will treat the entire person through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care and, when appropriate, evidence-based medication assisted treatment.“Adding the 25 new locations brings the total number of COEs to 45,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “The Department’s goal is to provide all Pennsylvanians with treatment that addresses not only their substance use disorder but also the underlying physical and behavioral health issues that often fuel that are at the root of their addiction.”The 2016-2017 budget included $10 million in behavioral health funding and $5 million in medical assistance funding, totaling $15 million. This will allow DHS to draw down $5.4 million in federal funding for an overall total of $20.4 million.During phase one, the Department of Human Services implemented 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence by utilizing the $10 million in behavioral health funding. After working with its actuaries to analyze the impact of adding medication assisted treatment on Medicaid managed care rates and subsequently negotiating 2017 rates with managed care organizations, DHS has determined that they can implement 25 additional centers with the $5 million in state Medicaid funds and $5.4 million in federal funds.The additional COEs announced today will serve at least 5,600 additional individuals.  The COEs are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders through the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The 25 selected recipients are:AIDS Case Group/Sharon Hill Medical, Delaware CountyButler Memorial Hospital, Butler CountyCASA of Livingston County, Inc., Bradford CountyClearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission, Clearfield, Jefferson CountiesClinical Outcomes Group, Inc., Schuylkill CountyCommunity Health & Dental Care, Inc., Montgomery CountyFamily First Health Corporation, York CountyFamily Service Association of Buck County, Bucks CountyGeisinger Clinic/GIM Danville, Mifflin, Montour CountiesHamilton Health Center, Dauphin CountyHighlands Hospital, Fayette CountyLancaster General Hospital, Lancaster CountyMagee-Womens Hospital of UPMC,  Allegheny, Lawrence, Venango, Blair, and Butler CountiesMon Valley Community Health Services, Inc., Westmoreland CountyMt. Pocono Medical, Monroe CountyNeighborhood Health Centers of Lehigh Valley, Lehigh, Northampton CountiesPathways to Housing PA, Philadelphia CountyPenn Presbyterian Medical Center and Perelman School of Medicine Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia CountyPublic Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia CountyReading Hospital and Health System, Berks CountyThe Wright Center Medical Group, PC, Lackawanna CountyTotal Wellness Center, LLC. Clean Slate, Lycoming, Luzerne, Erie CountiesUniversity of Pittsburgh Physicians: General Internal Medicine Clinic – Oakland, Allegheny CountyWest Penn Allegheny Health System, Allegheny CountyWPIC of UPMCPS, Allegheny CountyFor more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

120-year-old Queenslander up for sale

first_imgThere is a butler’s pantry.“We ripped up what was left of the carpet and put down timber flooring, although much of it is still the original timber, and we put a new deck around the pool,” Mrs McKay said. The house at 196 Beaudesert Beenleigh Rd, Bahrs Scrub, is for sale.With a handcrafted kitchen and the original claw foot bath, this Bahrs Scrub Queenslander has more character than a new house ever could.The house at 196 Beaudesert Beenleigh Rd is more than 120 years old and has been home to Michelle and Cliff McKay since 2006. The bathroom has the original claw foot bath.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoOver the years, the couple have completed a number of restorations, giving the house a new lick of paint, closing off some doorways for more privacy and renovating the bathroom – although they maintained a character style and kept the original claw foot bath. The kitchen was handcrafted.The star of the house is the custom-made kitchen, which Mr McKay built himself.“My husband built the kitchen from scratch as he loves working with wood,” Mrs McKay said.“It’s made out of mango timber slabs, and the bench is all train sleepers.”center_img Cosy up by the fire this winter.The house is on a 0.96ha block and has a creek running down one end of it.“Where the creek is, that was – way back in its heyday – where they used to muster the cattle down from Mount Tamborine.”Mrs McKay said they had loved their time living at the house, and would miss it sorely.“She’s an amazing, beautiful house and we will miss her.”The couple have a caravan and are planning on travelling.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The bedrooms are spacious.When asked if they had been looking for a Queenslander when they first bought the home, Mrs McKay said “Queenslanders all the way”.“It was on the market, we were getting married and we were like, ‘Here it is, let’s do it’,” she said.last_img read more

INNOVEN Nabs Far Offshore Supply Runs

first_imgBremerhaven-based INNOVEN Marine Service has won a contract to provide offshore supply vessel services to the Global Tech I and BARD Offshore 1 wind farms in the German North Sea.The contract covers the transport of containers carrying dangerous goods and general cargo from Emden to the wind farms and back, as well as substation refueling services.The one-year contract is expected to start on 1 April , with the possibility of extending the duration unilaterally three times by 12 months each, so that the maximum contract period is four years.The contracting entities are Gobal Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH and Ocean Breeze Energy GmbH.The 400MW Global Tech I is located approximately 140 kilometres northwest of Emden in the German Exclusive Economic Zone. The wind farm comprises 80 5MW AREVA M5000-116 turbines which have been in operation since 2015.BARD Offshore 1, Germany’s first commercial wind farm in the North Sea, is located about 100km off the German North Sea coast and has been fully connected to the power grid since September 2013. The 400MW wind farm comprises 80 Bard 5.0 wind turbines.last_img read more

Forcible evictions of quake survivors from camps in Haiti cause concern

first_imgSome residents of a camp inside the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince, HaitiPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Voicing concern at the evictions, some of them forcible, of nearly 70,000 survivors of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake from camps sheltering them, the United Nations and its partners have pledged to help the authorities plan closures so as to respect the rights of those affected.“The humanitarian community in Haiti reiterates its opposition to forced evictions, which only exacerbate existing vulnerabilities of camp populations,” UN humanitarian coordinator in Haiti Nigel Fisher said.“It recalls that eviction of displaced persons without adequate housing alternatives is a violation of their rights, as outlined in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement,” he added, noting that these principles underscore the State’s responsibility to protect the rights of those within its territory and ensure the establishment of safe and dignified conditions for sustainable returns.Since the quake struck on 12 January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people and displacing 2.3 million others, 67,162 people have been affected by evictions, with the number of camps under threat increasing 400 per cent over the past year, from 87 in July 2010 to 348 camps this July.The statement welcomed President Michel Martelly’s reaffirmation of his opposition to forced evictions and his request to municipalities to show patience and refrain from counterproductive actions.“The humanitarian community is committed to providing all necessary support to the Haitian authorities to ensure that camp closures are conducted in a manner which safeguards the rights of those affected,” Fisher said, stressing the need to plan camp closures predictably and in consultation with those affected, within the broader framework of improving access to adequate housing while also recognizing property owner’s legitimate rights.“In support of this process, the humanitarian community proposes to set up a platform that links relevant ministries, local authorities, the Haitian National Police, the private sector and the humanitarian community,” he added. “The proposed structure would allow for effective planning for progressive camp closures, while identifying alternative housing solutions in both urban and rural settings.”Earlier this month, the independent UN expert on human rights in Haiti, Michel Forst, urged that the police receive clear instructions not to support the forced eviction of people living in formal and informal camps, outside of procedures established by Haitian law, regardless of whether camps are on public or private land. Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share NewsRegional Forcible evictions of quake survivors from camps in Haiti cause concern by: – September 14, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Koeman, Messi disagree over Barcelona transfer options

first_img Instead, Koeman has asked the club to pursue the much cheaper signing of Olympique Lyon forward Memphis Depay. The Blaugrana reportedly negotiating a 25 million euros’ transfer for the versatile attacker. Depay would be a great addition for the La Liga outfit given that his demands are not high, and he is just 26.Additionally, he is capable of playing in a central role, or as a left winger, who provides considerable width and pace.Antoine Griezmann will most likely return to his preferred position and therefore, a striker may not be the need of the hour. Read Also: JUST-IN: Luis Suarez plays down Barcelona exit talks Lionel Messi on the other hand is not a big fan of the Lyon superstar and wants the club to go for his compatriot in Lautaro Martinez. As such, the captain doesn’t even get on well with his French counterpart in Griezmann, so a move for Martinez seems to be of more fruition from the 33-year-old’s perspective with Philippe Coutinho playing on the left. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is at crossroads with the club’s ace Lionel Messi over a critical issue surrounding the transfers. According to Diario GOL report, Koeman has decided to show the door to Luis Suarez with reports linking the former Liverpool superstar to Italian champions Juventus, with only the player’s release pending. The Catalans want a fee from the Bianconeri, whereas Suarez simply wants to be released and join the Serie A giants. Intrestingly, one of the main reasons why Lionel Messi wanted to leave was because his closest ally on and off the pitch was being asked to go. However, the Argentinian international has now decided to stay until the next year. Nonetheless, he had been recommending the signing of Lautaro Martinez to the board since several months, but that too seems an issue right now. Barcelona posted a picture on Instagram showing Messi back in training on Monday Diario GOL report further claimed that the new Barca coach has passed on the Inter Milan striker considering the huge costs involved in his quest. Loading… Promoted Content8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Absolutely Stunning Asian ActressesSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To Be7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronelast_img read more