Afghanistan UN mission to boost dialogue with former insurgents envoy says

3 December 2007The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today it intends to continue reaching out to a number of groups previously involved in the insurgency that are now seeking to end the violence and participate in rebuilding the fledgling democracy. The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today it intends to continue reaching out to a number of groups previously involved in the insurgency that are now seeking to end the violence and participate in rebuilding the fledgling democracy. Political outreach is one of the Mission’s three priorities over the coming year, along with strengthening the rule of law and integrating the complex and numerous efforts underway in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, Chris Alexander, told a press briefing in Kabul.Efforts will include engaging with those Afghan individuals and groups who, for one reason or another, have come to feel excluded from the political and development process currently underway in the country, Mr. Alexander noted.“We also intend to continue reaching out to some groups hitherto involved in the insurgency, who are now seeking ways to end the violence,” he said. The objective is to help them “re-connect with their Government and their society, participate in strengthening institutions and join with us in a concerted effort to consolidate peace.”Conditions for dialogue with these groups are set by Afghans themselves – the Government, the Parliament and civil society – but clearly, “Those Afghans who show good will, who are willing to live under the current Afghan Constitution, to participate in Afghanistan’s legitimate institutions, and to end their participation in violence – are welcome in this process,” he said.Afghanistan has experienced one of the bloodiest years since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 owing to increased violence and terrorist activity by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups. Mr. Alexander insisted that this would not deter the international community’s efforts to bring stability and development to the country.“Our conviction is that the appetite for peace in the coming year will grow and the dialogue about peace will be broader and deeper than ever,” he stated.Another area the Mission would be focusing on is strengthening the rule of law, including bolstering the capacity and performance of Afghanistan’s justice institutions, as well as improving access to justice for all Afghans.“The rule of law is not only about courts and prosecutors, trials and prisons,” noted Mr. Alexander, stressing that improved law enforcement across Afghanistan will continue to depend on the success of police reform – a priority for the international community. While the scale of the challenges inside Afghanistan has grown, so has international commitment to respond. “The international community is spending between $3 billion and $4 billion this year on development in all its forms, from roads to health care clinics,” he said. In addition, there are provincial development plans now for all 34 provinces, and the number of international military forces in the country has doubled in the past couple of years. Mr. Alexander expressed confidence that the coming year would mark a new beginning for the country, stating that “through political outreach, by strengthening the rule of law, and by integrating the very complex and large scale efforts underway to support Afghanistan, we think that 2008 can be a year of achievement for this country, a year of achievement for its international partners, and a year of achievement for the United Nations.” read more

Minister instructs authorities to probe image of eagle skinned alive

The Wildlife Ministry said that the men in the image have already been identified and will be arrested soon. The Minister said that the identity of the suspects must be exposed in the media and they must be forced to make a public apology for their actions. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister of Wildlife Gamini Jayawickreme Perera has instructed the authorities to investigate an image showing an eagle allegedly being skinned alive in Sri Lanka.The Wildlife Ministry said that the Minister has instructed the police and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) to investigate the images which appeared on social media and take appropriate action.

US Congress committee disappointed Lanka has rejected foreign judges

A US Congress committee on foreign relations has expressed disappointment at President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision to reject foreign judges in the domestic accountability process on the war.The views were expressed when the Congress Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific met to discuss Sri Lanka. Committee chairman Matt Salmon noted the negative impact the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime had on US-Sri Lanka relations and the progress made in Sri Lanka after January 8 last year. Statements were made at the discussion by Ms. Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Studies Center at the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy of the The Heritage Foundation and by Ms. Kara L. Bue, Founding Partner at Armitage International and Nimmi Gowrinathan, Visiting Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Civic and Global Leadership in New York.In her statement, Kara L. Bue said that the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2015 that brought President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe into power have resulted in a paradigm shift away from the authoritarian and chauvinistic rule of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to a reform-minded era focused on good governance and reconciliation.This shift, she said, also has effectively ended Sri Lanka’s 10-year self-imposed exile from the international community. “Presently, the international community is largely focused on the Geneva human rights process. While important, greater economic opportunity and development are both key pieces of any peace dividend and should be supported. Sri Lankan government officials have discussed the need for an international donor’s conference for development in the North and East akin to the 2003 Tokyo’s Donor Conference. Consideration should be given to such an effort,” she added. Salmon also raised concerns on Sri Lanka’s relationship with China, including the construction of a port city in Colombo with Chinese funds.The discussion on Sri Lanka was held under the topic “Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition: A New Era for the US-Sri Lanka Relationship”. However he noted that there still remains some concerns on Sri Lanka even after January 8 last year, including on the failure to agree to foreign judges to be part of the domestic accountability process in the war. Armitage International was formed in March 2005 by Richard L. Armitage, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.He was in Sri Lanka recently where he met the Government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).(Colombo Gazette) read more

The not so Fragile Five lead a rebound Brazil and other emerging

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2014 4:16 am MDT The (not so) ‘Fragile Five’ lead a rebound; Brazil and other emerging markets rally NEW YORK, N.Y. – Soccer fans will focus on Brazil and the start of the World Cup Thursday, but investors have been entranced by that nation’s stock market for months.Brazil has company. From Sao Paulo to Mumbai, investors are regaining their faith in emerging markets this year.It’s a big shift from 2013, when investment in those markets dried up because of worries about their slowing economic growth. It got so tough that five big developing markets — Brazil, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Turkey — were dubbed the “Fragile Five” by analysts at Morgan Stanley.Now those countries are much more appealing to investors. Some have taken actions to strengthen their economies. Others have gone through political changes that have bolstered investor confidence. At the same time, slower growth in the U.S. has made investing overseas more alluring.“These countries have done some homework to reduce their fragilities,” says Jorge Mariscal, chief investment officer for emerging markets at UBS Wealth Management. “They have helped themselves a bit.”The “Fragile Five” raised interest rates to draw investors’ cash back into their countries. India, for example, lifted its rate from 7.25 per cent in September to 8 per cent in March; Brazil hiked rates from 7.5 per cent in May of last year to their current level of 11 per cent.Higher interest rates are appealing to investors in the U.S., where the Federal Reserve has held its benchmark lending rate at close to zero for more than five years, and where bond yields remain low.In India, the government has also raised duties on gold. The metal is India’s second-biggest import behind oil, and purchases have soared in recent years as incomes have risen there. The increased buying has sped up the flow of money out of the country, and weakened its currency.Politics are also playing a role.Last month, Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party notched the most decisive Indian election victory in three decades. Modi marketed himself as a leader capable of shaking the nation from its economic slumber, and his clear win should allow him to reform the economy.In Brazil, stocks have rallied after polls were released that showed opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gaining enough ground to have a chance of forcing a runoff in elections scheduled for October. Her opponents, Aecio Neves and Eduardo Campos, are believed to favour less government involvement in the economy.Developing economies should also benefit as global growth, led by an improving U.S. economy, begins to pick up later in the year, says Mauro Ratto, head of emerging markets at Pioneer Investments, a fund manager.The shifts are reflected in the financial markets. Gains in the U.S. stock market over the last month months are smaller than those in emerging markets.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 12 per cent since closing at its year low on Feb. 3. The MSCI India, a broad index of Indian stocks, has surged 30 per cent over the same period. Turkish stocks have jumped 44 per cent and Brazilian stocks are up 26 per cent.Emerging markets have benefited from the Fed’s easy-money policies. Those policies, with their low interest rates, have prompted investors to hunt for higher rates of return overseas.Last year, however, when the Fed started to outline its plan for reducing stimulus and raising rates, investors began pulling their money out of emerging markets. That caused their currencies, as well as their stock and bond markets, to plummet.The MSCI Emerging Markets index, which measures 800 securities across 21 markets, fell almost 10 per cent from the start of May to the end of June, and ended the year down almost 5 per cent. The Turkish lira dropped almost 11 per cent in five months from the start of September to the end of January 2014.This year, growth in the U.S. has disappointed. Treasury yields have fallen instead of rising as most analysts predicted. As a result, emerging economies with higher growth are more attractive. Low interest rates also make it more lucrative for investors to borrow in the U.S. and invest in overseas economies that offer higher returns.“Clearly, the most important driver year-to-date has been the global financial conditions,” says Gerardo Rodriguez, a senior investment strategist for BlackRock’s emerging markets group.The Brazilian stock market may also get a boost if its team, the favourite to win the World Cup, lifts the trophy at the end of the tournament. Analysts at Goldman Sachs calculate that, on average, a victorious country’s stock market outperforms the global market by 3.5 per cent in the first month after the win.Others are more skeptical of this year’s gains in emerging stock markets.Andres Garcia-Amaya, a global market strategist for J.P. Morgan Funds, says the comeback in emerging markets is driven by market-specific factors, not improvements in the outlook for economies, and is unlikely to last long. The markets are bouncing back because investors had become too negative, too quickly. Now, they are scrambling to get back in.The spotlight on Brazil has also highlighted potentially damaging rifts in the country. Subway workers have been on strike demanding higher pay and improved benefits. Teachers remain on strike in Rio de Janeiro and routinely block streets with rallies. Police in several cities have also gone on strike, but are back at work.Going forward, investors should be more selective when investing in emerging markets, says Garcia-Amaya.“The message for investors is, don’t treat (emerging markets) as one,” he says. “It is very important to do your homework at the country level.” read more

No 10 Kentucky rallies past UNC Greensboro 7861

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Reid Travis scored 22 points, Keldon Johnson added six of his 13 points during a 14-2 second half run that helped No. 10 Kentucky beat UNC Greensboro 78-61 on Saturday for its seventh consecutive victory.The visiting Spartans seemed poised to take control with a 55-50 edge with 13:08 remaining before Kentucky (7-1) had consecutive 3-point plays by Travis and Ashton Hagans for a 56-55 lead.Demetrius Troy’s jumper put UNCG (7-2) back ahead but that was the last lead. The Wildcats made defensive stops during an 8-0 run led by Johnson, who followed two free throws with consecutive dunks for a 64-57 lead with 6:02 left.Tyler Herro (18 points) added consecutive baskets to make it 68-59 before capping the comeback with a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left. Kentucky shot 50 per cent after halftime while holding the Spartans to 28 per cent in the second half and 36 per cent overall. Johnson also had 11 rebounds.Francis Alonso had 22 points but just three after halftime as UNCG had its six-game winning streak end.POLL IMPLICATIONSKentucky got tested, but likely will stay in the Top 10.BIG PICTUREUNC Greensboro: Came off a record 78-point victory over Division III Greensboro College. They pushed their tempo for much of the game and had Kentucky out of sorts before losing their composure and managing just three baskets over the final 10 minutes.Kentucky: Coach John Calipari hinted this would be the first of several tests. Travis, Johnson and Herro came up big when they needed it on both ends with timely stops and baskets that pushed Kentucky ahead for good. Johnson’s play was even more impressive after he left in the first half with an injured ankle.UP NEXTUNC Greensboro visits Elon on Friday in its final road non-conference contest.Kentucky faces Seton Hall on Saturday in the Citi Hoops Classic in New York.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and B. Graves, The Associated Press read more

EYEWITNESS Keeping us down…

…in mediocrityYour Eyewitness sincerely hopes there’s nothing seriously wrong medically with President David Granger, and wishes him a long life. But his decision to have his medical check-up first done in T&T a few months ago and now his decision to go to Cuba for “follow up checks” on the symptoms highlighted in T&T, betrays his assessment of our medical capacity in Guyana. That frankly, it’s not up to snuff.It’s now become trite to mock Guyanese politicians who fly abroad for medical interventions but it’s THEIR lives at stake – and because they have the option of seeking better medical care, it’s rational for them to make that decision! Why take chances? But the rest of the ordinary men and women in the street don’t have that option, do they?  They have to line up at Georgetown Hospital – at best – or the regional hospitals – at worse – and play Russian Roulette with their lives.But it didn’t have to be this way. When the PPP was in office, around 2013, they proposed the construction of a “Specialty Hospital” that would offer world-class medical services for the medical procedures that were beyond our medical services’ ken. The Indian Government would fund the project from a line of credit and the hospital, the PPP said, would be the start of a local “medical tourism” industry. This wouldn’t only bring in foreign currency from patients from the developed countries who’d save a bundle – but would allow the Government to subsidise the costs for local patients, on a “needs” basis!Now who’d oppose such a venture that’s so win-win all around? The PNC and AFC in the Opposition benches, that’s who! Funny enough, one of the top bidders for the project was a client of Ramjattan – Fedders Lloyd – and it was only when the latter lost out to another company, he started his violent opposition. When he slid into Government on the PNC coattails he started lobbying for the project to be retendered but when Fedders Lloyd was eventually disqualified by the World Bank for violations committed on other projects, Ramjattan once again helped nixed the Specialty Hospital Project. Even though $42 million had been spent to prepare the site.The Government decided to use the Indian Line of Credit to upgrade three regional hospitals – but as of today, nothing’s been done. We have therefore lost “corn and husk” – we have no Specialty Hospital with advanced medical equipment and personnel and the regional hospitals continue to languish in the era when leeched were routinely used for “bloodletting”!And we return to the President having to fly off to Cuba for medical treatment. “It’s a shad, shad situation”.…and underdevelopedThere’s one school of thought that proposed newspapers in developing countries have a duty to support projects and policies that push a development agenda. Now whether you support this or not, (your Eyewitness doesn’t) it’s pretty hard to support – in the name of “freedom of the press” – a newspaper that literally goes out to rip down the country’s development just to satisfy their personal vendettas.And this is where the Muckraker still hasn’t learnt the lesson from the PNC/AFC’s betrayal of all they’d preached when they were being funded by the tawdry tabloid. Take the lies and exaggerations they repeated from those days when putatively covering the suggested Berbice Bridge’s toll increases.  How in the world could ANY of the private common shareholders be accused of “profiteering” from their ownership of the Bridge when they NEVER voted any dividends for themselves?? How could they “profiteer” when they have $300 million tied up, doing anything?But the Muckraker’s boss wouldn’t recognise sacrifice for one’s country if it snuck up and bit him on his behind!!It’s all about himself!…in helplessnessThe Government’s CH&PA just announced they’ll be building 250 homes and extending 2000 shacks of the “poor”. Your Eyewitness knows it’s a boondoggle for its supporters.But without jobs, they’re just widening their learned helplessness. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Decisions, decisions…June 22, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Achieving standards…August 4, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Moving on…November 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Greek A1 Diomidis close to the PlayOff Final

A.C. Diomidis Argousgreece handball 11.H.A.N.TH226016483:57912 The regular part of the season in Greece is over! A.C Diomidis Argous showed the best form during the Championships by winning 20 from 22 matches, which put them on the first place at the start of Play-Off league.The first six teams will fight for the two places which will play at the Play-Off Final (best 3). Teams will start with only a half of the points which they won in regular part (five rounds will be played more), but even in that situation, it looks that Diomidis are very close to the first place, while for the second will fight Filippos, PAOK and Dikeas.STANDINGS: 3.PAOK221516624:56031 10.Foivos227114532:60615 7.Aeropos Edessas228410591:58620 12.Archelaos220022455:7410 9.Panellinios218211497:52618 8.AEK Athens228311596:58819 1.Diomidis Argous222002626:43040 2.Filippos Beroias221714658:54535 4.Dikeas221327579:50828 5.Loutraki211029528:49022 6.A.S.E. Douka2210210511:52122 ← Previous Story Evgeny Trefilov in his style: We must rely on our coaches! Next Story → Tomislav Grahovac is new Croatian Handball Federation president read more

Eight convicted over fire that killed Dublin neurosurgeons family

first_imgEIGHT PEOPLE, INCLUDING a teenager, have been convicted over an arson attack that killed the family of a Dublin-based neurosurgeon.BBC News reports that seven men and one male teenager were found guilty over the attack – two men of murder and four men and the teen of manslaughter.They were convicted over a “botched revenge attack” in which Shehnila Taufiq and her children Zainab, Bilal and Jamal died in September 2013.Shehnila’s husband is Muhammad Taufiq Abdulsattar, of Beaumont Hospital. Dr Taufiq Al Sattar (centre) praying over the coffins of his family Source: Niall CarsonThe blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning of 13 September, in the family’s home in the Spinney Hills area of Leicester.The defendants will be sentenced on Wednesday.In an interview after the tragic incident, Dr Abdulsattar said he drew strength from the Quaran. He said that he had people in Dublin and in Leicester supporting him.Read: Ryanair promises to refund Dr Sattar for Leicester flight fees>Read: Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar: ‘The words of the Quran have given me strength’last_img read more

Leo v Simon TV3 very interested in hosting a Fine Gael leadership

first_imgLeo v Simon: TV3 ‘very interested’ in hosting a Fine Gael leadership debate Leo Varadkar has said he would be “happy” to debate his rivals in a televised debate. Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar are among the frontrunners to succeed Enda Kenny. 8,786 Views Image: Sam Boal/ Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 3:56 PM By Sean Murray 71 Comments center_img Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar are among the frontrunners to succeed Enda Kenny. Image: Sam Boal/ Share223 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 28th 2017, 3:56 PM Short URL TV3 HAS SAID it would be extremely interested in televising a live debate between the candidates for the Fine Gael leadership, after Enda Kenny steps down.While “nothing was set in stone yet”, a spokesperson for TV3 told that the possibility of hosting a debate between Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and others was something that “producers were currently exploring”.Varadkar told the Irish Examiner that he would be “happy” to take part in a live debate with his rivals for the leadership.Such an event would would bring Irish politics into uncharted waters.While the run-up to general elections, presidential elections and referendums have featured televised debates, this would be the first time that the potential leaders of a political party have made their pitches in this format.This issue surrounding the Fine Gael leadership is magnified by its current status in government. Barring an election when Kenny steps down, it is likely this individual could become the next Taoiseach.While the race to succeed Enda hasn’t officially started yet – after Kenny quelled any disquiet at last week’s parliamentary meeting – Varadkar has emerged as the early favourite to succeed Kenny as Fine Gael leader in a number of polls.It is believed that other potential candidates for the party leadership include Richard Bruton, Frances Fitzgerald and Simon Harris.Read: Former Fine Gael and Independent TD Peter Mathews has died aged 65Read: Varadkar edges ahead of Coveney in Fine Gael leadership polllast_img read more

SYRIZA chief finds inspiration for Greece in Brazil

first_imgFollowing a 75-minute meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said Greece should see Brazil as an example of how to get out of its economic crisis and admonished Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for not seeking allies outside of the eurozone. “Brazil’s message for the Greek people… is the exit from the crisis cannot happen through memorandums of austerity but only via policies of social cohesion, growth and redistribution,” Tsipras said as he rounded off a trip to Brazil, which included a meeting with the country’s former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, or Lula. SYRIZA sources appeared buoyed by the fact Tsipras secured meetings with top Brazilian politicians, given the country’s strong economic performance over recent years. The leftist opposition also sees it as confirmation of its long-held position that Greece should be forging alliances with non-traditional partners to change the austerity-led approach to its economic crisis.“My contacts with state and national authorities in Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest economy, confirm our initial assessment that Greece can find strong allies on the geostrategic chessboard if it follows an energetic and multifaceted foreign policy,” said Tsipras, who is traveling to Argentina next. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the most unpopular topics in personal finance is the insurance known as ‘life products’. I suppose they’re unpopular because of what they insure against: death, permanent disability and injury. No one wants to dwell on injury or death. However, look at it this way: life products are financial protection for your greatest asset. Ask about someone’s greatest asset and they’ll say their house, their share portfolio, their superannuation. But for most people, their greatest asset is actually their ability to generate income. And income is usually closely tied to wellbeing. So life products hedge against the risk that you’ll lose the wellbeing to generate income. Life products include: – life insurance (a lump sum paid to your estate if you die); – income continuance insurance (up to 75 per cent of your income paid if injury or illness keeps you out of work for an extended period of time); – total and permanent disability (aka TPD), which pays a lump sum if you can no longer work due to disablement); – critical illness insurance, (aka ‘trauma’) which pays a lump sum if you’re unable to work. The diseases covered will vary according to the insurer, but all policies cover for what they call ‘seven core diseases’: cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis, kidney failure, major organ transplant, coronary artery bypass and heart attack. There are three main categories of people who should at least look at these insurances: breadwinners with kids and a mortgage; tradies; and business owners. Once you think about these insurances as financial risk rather than medical emergency, it becomes apparent why people take them out. If you can’t work, who will generate the income for your family? If you die – leaving a mortgage and kids -what does your spouse do about the loan and all the other debts and obligations? A lot of tradies think they can rely on workers comp, and other workers claim to be covered by private health insurance. Many Australians think their employer will look after them and others assume there’s a benefit at Centrelink. I suggest anyone relying on this sort of barbecue chatter seek out real information about the financial consequences of death, illness and injury. And remember you need to replace the income you’re accustomed to – a large mortgage can’t be paid on a disability pension and workers comp is very tightly defined. I suggest you investigate your options, using experts when you need them. Premiums, for the same product, are never the same. Policies contain different inclusions and exclusions. Superannuation fund members can get cheaper life products by buying them from their fund, but what are the inclusions and exclusions? How do they compare? There are other ways to buy life products: industry associations build good products for their members, insurance brokers are a popular way for business owners to get the cover they need without paying too much, and some Australians get their life products through a financial adviser as part of their planning. If you’re still confused, ask yourself this: If I insure my car for $20,000, what’s my income worth? Good luck. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch.last_img read more

Official Sampaoli leaves Argentina

first_imgThe Argentine Football Association (AFA) have confirmed that head coach Jorge Sampaoli has vacated his post following Argentina’s disappointing World Cup campaignAfter two shock results against Iceland and Croatia, the South American side barely managed to scrape through the group stages of the competition before falling to eventual champions France in the Round of 16 with a 4-3 defeat.While Sampaoli had only been appointed Argentina boss in May 2017, there were reports that had emerged during the World Cup that had suggested that he was following Lionel Messi’s orders.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…Now the 58-year-old has had his contract at Argentina mutually terminated with the AFA.“The Argentine Football Association [AFA] and the ex-coach of the national team Jorge Sampaoli today reached a mutual agreement to rescind his contract,” read the statement on Sky Sports.Argentina had their worst World Cup campaign this summer since 2002, which saw them being eliminated from the group stages at Japan and South Korea.last_img read more

Facebook pays £12m towards UK pension contributions

first_imgFacebook UK spent £1.2 million on contributions to its defined contribution pension scheme last year, according to its annual report for the year ending 31 December 2014.The social media giant also paid out £35.4 million for employee share-based payment plans in 2014, compared to £15.5 million in 2013.At the close of the reporting period, Facebook Inc. had one active stock-based employee compensation plan, known as the 2012 Equity Incentive Plan. Within this, Facebook’s UK employees were granted restricted ordinary shares.The organisation’s wage and salary bill reached £40.8 million in 2014, up from £21.9 million the previous year. At the end of 2014, Facebook had 494 staff in the UK, with an average monthly headcount of 362 throughout the year.last_img

47 do not have access to support for eating disorders in the

first_imgAlmost half (47%) of respondents do not have access to workplace support mechanisms for eating disorders, according to research by eating disorder charity Beat.Its survey of 653 people with experience of an eating disorder also found that 40% of respondents say their employers’ impact on their recovery from an eating disorder was unhelpful.The survey also found:A fifth (20%) of respondents say their employer offers formal channels of support for eating disorders, 16% have access to informal support mechanisms and 18% do not know whether there are any support channels available.38% use their annual leave to attend medical appointments for their eating disorder.Around a third (32%) of respondents have experienced discrimination at work because of their eating disorder.Just over half (52%) of respondents say that there is not a policy in place to support eating disorders and mental health in their place of work.46% believe that having a mental health first aider would be helpful for those coping with eating disorders, and 60% believe training for managers would be helpful.69% of respondents think that a policy concerning mental health and eating disorders would support employees experiencing eating disorders, and 43% think work-based counselling would be helpful.45% respondents do not believe their employer and colleagues are informed about eating disorders.Andrew Radford (pictured), chief executive of Beat, said: “Employers can play an important role in supporting recovery. The stigma and misunderstanding experienced by so many in the workplace must be replaced with support and compassion championed by a formal mechanism of support.“The responsibility for early identification and treatment of these serious mental illnesses should not lie with the health service alone. The whole of society must act if we are to improve the lives of everybody affected by an eating disorder.”last_img read more

The Emoji Movie stars come to Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Characters from the upcoming film, “The Emoji Movie,” visited the Miami Children’s Museum as part of their truck tour.The characters “Hi-5” and “Jailbreak” hugged and took pictures with children at the museum.Young fans were able to jump in the trunk of their truck and play in the mobile ball pit.“The Emoji Movie” will be in theaters July 28.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Activists call for Alaska town halls but senators say theyre accessible

first_imgJuneau residents take part in a rally Friday in front of the Alaska Capitol, encouraging U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan to hold a town meeting. Sullivan was at the Capitol earlier in the day to give his annual address to the Alaska Legislature. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)People across Alaska are asking U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski to hold town hall meetings where they can express their opposition to policies being pursued by President Donald Trump. They’re joining a national effort by Trump opponents who want Congress to act as a check on the president.Listen nowRoughly 60 protesters gathered Friday across from the Capitol on Fourth Street.Protester Alicia Hughes-Skandijs of Juneau said she’s disappointed that Sullivan and Murkowski didn’t have meetings in Juneau this week that were open to the public — without charge.“My ultimate aim would be to get them to agree to a town hall meeting,” Hughes-Skandijs said.Protesters across the country been attending public meetings held by members of Congress. They’ve criticized Trump’s cabinet picks and they’ve demanded that Congress maintain the health coverage guarantees in the Affordable Care Act.Sullivan said he holds meetings with stakeholder groups on specific issues, like health care. And he recently spoke at a public meeting held by the Board of Game.Sullivan said his public outreach is aggressive.“You know, I met with the Alaska Legal Services yesterday and the domestic violence coalition. And that was open to the public,” Sullivan said.But Sullivan is skeptical of holding town halls in the wake of national protests.“If you’re invited to a town hall for the sole purpose of being shouted down and shouted at … it’s not a good use of anyone’s time,” Sullivan said. “You don’t get constructive engagement, which is what is really important. And I think it’s disrespectful to the Alaskans that I’ve seen by the hundreds who do want to have constructive dialogue.”Hughes-Skandijs said meetings with stakeholder groups don’t amount to public access. She said Sullivan must be open to negative responses.“As a public servant, you don’t get to make that choice,” Hughes-Skandijs said. “You need to be available to your constituents. And if you’re constituents are responding to you negatively, that’s feedback that you need to hear.”Murkowski said she’s puzzled by suggestions that she doesn’t meet with enough Alaskans.If a member of the public wants to meet her during a recess, she suggests calling one of her offices to find out when she’ll next be at a public event. If they’d called when she was in Juneau recently, she expects her staff would have advised them to go to the Symphony of Seafood at Centennial Hall, which she said was free and open to the public.“Probably 300 people gathered there, a mix of everybody from locals to out-of-towners, fisherman, bankers to moms, and everybody there is able to come up and talk to me,” Murkowski said.Murkowski said she has held town halls sporadically in the past on specific topics. When she’s in a village, there’s usually an open community meeting.“Everybody, you know we got a little potluck going on,” Murkowski said. “We don’t call it a town hall. It’s more like a ‘Hey, Lisa’s in town.’ We’re going to be talking about things that are going on in our communities. I do those all the time. We just don’t call it a quote ‘town hall.’”Krisanne Rice of Sitka is newly retired and new to this kind of activism. She’s been trying for weeks to get a town hall in Sitka. She began calling Murkowski’s office a few weeks ago, and spoke with staff members. But nothing is scheduled.“I’m having a very, very hard time understanding where our congressional members are coming from, and how and why, what information they’re using to make their votes and the direction that we’re going,” Rice said.Rice said she does not want a community shouting match. She thinks it is possible to have a town hall that does not devolve into one.“I think the longer they delay the more likely I am to start shouting,” she said. “Because they’re not hearing.”Activists say that if Murkowski and Sullivan don’t hold town hall meetings during this recess in Congress, then they’d like to see the senators hold them next time they’re back in Alaska.APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.last_img read more

Children too catch poll fever play votevote game

first_imgKolkata: The children have trespassed into the domain of the adults but their parents do not mind, at least in this case. As the lion’s share of reports in media, particularly television, and discussions among people in public transport and at home revolves around the on-going Lok Sabha elections, children take note and improvise it in their own way. They have invented a new game — the “vote-vote game” — that they play in their pool car while going to or returning from school. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our parents say vote is very important. But we cannot vote till we grow up. So we are playing vote-vote game,” said Samadrita, a 10-year-old girl who studies in class 5. She plays this new game with her friends in the pool car — Trisrota, Nabanita, Ayush, Vidissa, Soumili and others — who are students of two-three schools in the north eastern part of Kolkata. Asked to whom people vote, they said in unison: “Parties”. They do know names of parties. “Trinamool… BJP… Congress..,” said Nabanita, a class 4 student. They came to know from their parents that someone becomes the prime minister after election. So, how is this vote-vote game? Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We divide ourselves into two parties and elect a prime minister. All of us has to listen to the prime minister,” 7-year-old Soumili was serious. Trisrota said they elect the prime minister by raising their hands and counting them. And in case of a tie, the “driver uncle” of the pool car is entitled to a casting vote. “Even I have to listen to the prime minister. I play the song the prime minister wants to listen to. The prime minister also gets the first share of tiffin,” Prabir Haldar, 30, who drives a pool car, said with a smile. Parents of these children said their wards get excited to inform them about the result of the game. “My son was very excited after returning from school the other day. He was elected the prime minister,” said Shrabani Dutta, mother of Ayush, a class 3 student. “He asked a lot of questions about elections and political parties. He even asked to which party I am going to vote,” she said. Psychologist Shreya Ghosh said children are by nature curious and they learn from their surroundings. “But parents must take care that the game remains as such. Children try to emulate what they see. They should not indulge in the ugly sides of elections like fights,” she said.last_img read more

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