Savings Strategies for Military Families

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonBy alamosbasementJoin us Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET for a Military Saves-themed webinar “Savings Strategies for Military Families” with presenter Dr. Barbara O’Neill. This 90-minute webinar will focus on 16 specific solutions for meeting savings goals. Other topics that will be covered include the financial fragility of many U.S. households, types of savings accounts, advantages of saving money, barriers to saving, savings pre-requisites, research findings about savings behavior and characteristics of successful savers, savings motivational programs, and savings educational resources.This webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs for AFCs through AFCPE  and CPFCs through FinCert.Registration for the event is required. Register, view presentation slides and more.We look forward to seeing you online Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET!last_img read more

Chouhan smells conspiracy behind notes shortage in M.P.

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed on Monday that ₹2,000 notes were vanishing from the market, and alleged that there was a “conspiracy” behind it.‘₹2000 notes missing’Addressing a farmers’ convention here, he said, “Currency worth ₹15,00,000 crore was in circulation before demonetisation. After this exercise (demonetisation), the currency in circulation increased to ₹16,50,000 crore. But ₹2,000 notes are missing from the market.”The Chief Minister was apparently referring to news reports of ATMs running out of cash at some places in the State.“Where are these notes of ₹2,000 denomination going? Who are keeping them out of circulation? Who are the persons creating shortfall of cash? This is a conspiracy to create problems. The government will act tough on this,” he said.He had taken up the issue with the Union government, Mr. Chouhan added.He also urged the farmers to reach out to the control room at his official residence if they face any agrarian problem.Targeting CongressHitting out at the opposition Congress, the Chief Minister he said, “Last year farmers were instigated in a planned manner…. The Congress wants to set the State on fire.”Western Madhya Pradesh had witnessed a violent farmers’ agitation over crop prices and loan waiver last June.“There should be no politics when it comes to the interests of farmers,” Mr. Chouhan said.last_img read more

Ready to be an alternative, says NCP

first_imgA day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, the NCP on Tuesday said it can be an alternative for government formation if the Shiv Sena so decides. Mumbai NCP chief and MLA Nawab Malik told reporters, “We have made it clear that we can be an alternative … if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fails to form a government … It is the Sena’s turn to take the decision.” While Congress and NCP leaders have said the Sena has not sent them a proposal seeking support, there have been reports of meetings between Sena MP Sanjay Raut and Mr. Pawar. According to sources, Mr. Pawar has also had telephonic conversations with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Officially, both have denied this. Support against poachingOn the possibility of the BJP attempting to poach MLAs from the Sena or the Opposition, the NCP said there will be absolute support to the Sena. “In such a case, we will all support the Sena candidate in the bypoll and ensure it retains the seat,” NCP State president Jayant Patil said. According to sources within the Congress and the NCP, the only way they will offer support the Sena is if the party quits the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre and its minister Arvind Sawant resigns from the Union Cabinet. “There cannot be two opinions on this,” a Congress leader said. While the State Congress leadership appears to be in favour of backing the Sena, all eyes are on the central leadership, which will take the final call. Ashish Dua, party secretary and Maharashtra in-charge, said, “All parties are in wait and watch mode. Even the BJP, which was boasting a few days ago, has turned helpless and is doing the same. The State governance has been paralysed due to an incapable BJP government. The party leadership will soon take a decision on the matter of supporting the Sena.”last_img read more

Ponting rates Tendulkar as all-time best batsman after Bradman

first_imgFormer Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has rated Sachin Tendulkar as the all-time best batsman after Sir Donald Bradman, saying the maestro truly deserves to be called “great” at a time when the word is “bandied” about often.”For me, he’s the greatest batsman after Don Bradman.”While I hold Brian Lara in high regard because of his match-winning ability, I don’t think any batsman can achieve more out of the game than Sachin has,” Ponting wrote in his forward for a book titled ‘Tendulkar in Wisden: An anthology’.”The word great is often bandied about, but great is something that’s achieved over a long period of time. Sachin played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs (and one Twenty20 International), scored 34,357 runs and 100 international hundreds – that is great. Also read: This is the man who inspired Sachin Tendulkar to play cricket “Younger players may reach No.1 over a period of 12 or 18 months – that’s not great. That’s having a good year. If you can do it as long as Sachin did, only then you be considered great,” he further stated.Ponting chose five words to describe the iconic cricketer – “competitive, passionate, driven, composed, complete”.”Sachin is the greatest batsman I ever played with or against, because he made batting look so simple. His technique was always rock solid, but he still managed to take the game away from you really quickly. He was the most rounded batsman I have known,” he wrote.Tendulkar’s hunger to achieve his dreams is what has impressed Ponting the most. Also read: Sachin Tendulkar overwhelmed after humbling JK Rowling advertisement”His abiding love for the game and pursuit of goals were astonishing – just to keep motivating yourself every day for 24 years to stay hungry and fit is what I admire so much. He had dreams of winning a World Cup, and he finally got to do it in his sixth tournament, in 2011.”Ponting felt it was impossible “anyone will ever play 200 Tests again, or score 100 hundreds” like Tendulkar did.According to the Aussie legend, Tendulkar’s contemporaries were constantly chasing the benchmarks he set.”We were always always trying to play catch-up, and he always managed to stay ahead. It was an indication of his class. Even though he is a couple of years older than me, it seemed he would outlast me – and he did.”One of Ponting’s most cherished moments was to open the batting with Tendulkar, even if it did not last too long, “thanks to my poor form”.”It was good to talk to him about his batting philosophy, to get an insight into his mindset and fundamentals. I was also fortunate to get a real sense of his approach to batting – the intricate attention paid to every detail about equipment, preparation, technique – and it was unlike anything I had ever seen,” said Ponting.Ponting revealed that the Australian team at one point in time had spent hours coming up with plans for Tendulkar.”…how we were going to bowl to him and, if we were lucky, get him out. He was not just a gifted batsman, but had the mental side of his game sorted out too.”At Sydney in 2003-04, when he was going through rough time, he didn’t play a single cover drive: I had immense appreciation for that level of discipline and determination.”It’s one thing to have a plan, but to go out there and execute it over the course of the innings that lasted 10 hours and 13 minutes, 436 balls and 241 runs was just incredible. And he was still not out at the end of it,” Ponting recalled.Ponting termed Tendulkar as a “mild-mannered guy” on and off the field.”He was always a mild-mannered guy who never let his emotions get the better of him on the field. And that’s what he’s like off the field too – calm and relaxed. But you can see he gets nervous around the changing room. I enjoyed sitting back and observing him – he has his tics and superstitions,” Ponting, who led Australia in 77 Tests and 247 limited-overs games, wrote.Thanks to IPL, Ponting said that he got a chance to know Tendulkar better as a person.”Over the last couple of years – during my association with the Mumbai Indians – I’ve got to know him better. …it was a delight to get to know him away from the publicity’s glare and over a glass of wine – Sachin and I have done a lot of that over the last couple of years, and I think we’ve both been able to appreciate each other a lot more as a result,” Ponting said.advertisementHe also applauded Tendulkar’s ability to handle pressure of expectations of his billions of fans.last_img read more

Hazard Wins FA Cup for Chelsea with Victory over Man United

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea’s lackluster season ended on a high note by securing the FA Cup in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the final on Saturday.Days after raising doubts about his Chelsea future, Hazard netted from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute at Wembley Stadium after being brought down by Phil Jones.Whether Hazard remains a Chelsea player next season could depend on whether “good players” are signed in the offseason, based on the winger’s pre-match comments.It looks increasingly unlikely Antonio Conte will be the manager overseeing those transfer deals with the departure of the Italian anticipated after two seasons despite delivering silverware.The rapid collapse in the English Premier League made Conte’s future look increasingly precarious. After lifting the trophy last season, Chelsea finished 30 points behind newly crowned champion Manchester City to finish fifth last week and out of the Champions League places.Victory for Conte — his first in a cup final — meant Jose Mourinho finished his second season at United empty handed, paying the price for an insipid first-half display and coming to life only after the break.United took until the 56th minute to register a shot on target when Marcus Rashford struck at goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who later rushed off his line to block the forward.United did finish second in the Premier League, the club’s highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired as a champion in 2013.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Youth Organisation Lauded For Assistance to Students

first_img He challenged more young persons to find creative ways to address social ills. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has hailed the work of Youths for Excellence Limited in assisting students to reach their highest potential. Youths for Excellence Limited has assisted over 250 students attending Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High, and Franklin Town and Pembroke Hall Primary schools. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has hailed the work of Youths for Excellence Limited in assisting students to reach their highest potential.“I found it important that young people had come together to form this organisation, and I was further impressed that the sphere in which they decided to give back is education.“There is nothing that has a more transformative power than education… . I think it takes a special ilk to recognise that an investment in the next generation is the best investment to make right now,” he added.Mr. Green was speaking at the organisation sponsors’ appreciation banquet held on September 20 at the Andrews Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Andrew.Founded three-years ago by Jénine Shepherd when she was just 17 years of age, Youths for Excellence Limited is a non-profit organisation that tutors children aged 11 to 13, primarily in inner-city communities, and provides them with free health checks, school supplies and food.He challenged more young persons to find creative ways to address social ills.“Across our society, there are a lot of needs and a lot of areas that you can decide are important and as young people you can coalesce around. More of our young people, even without resources of their own, can come up with ideas that can spark interest that can create change. The fact that this organisation was founded by young persons signifies that it is time for (youth) to take charge of our country in a real way,” he said.“You have shown what young people can do when they mobilise and organise. I see this as an opportunity to say to our youth, let us come together and form organisations around the things we are passionate about,” he added.Mr. Green also commended the Youths for Excellence sponsors for their generosity and for “taking a leap of faith” in providing financial assistance to young persons volunteering their time and effort for a worthy cause.Meanwhile, Ms. Shepherd, now 20 years of age, and a Neuroscience and Economics major at Amherst College in Massachusetts, said when she started Youths for Excellence the intention was to do some tutoring in the summer.She said she soon learned that the initiative required a holistic approach as the students required the proper nutrition and materials to absorb the information they were being taught.She expressed her gratitude to the sponsors for enabling the organisation to reach students in need.“Tutoring the children is one thing, but ensuring that my efforts are effective and that the students benefit from what my team and I try to do, is another thing. You can try to drill information into a student’s head, but it is pointless if they are hungry or in poor health or simply have nothing to use as study materials,” she shared.Sponsors included Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, Logo Stitch Manufacturing Limited, Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Limited, GraceKennedy Group, RJRGleaner Communications Group and Gorgeous Flowers Jamaica.Youths for Excellence Limited has assisted over 250 students attending Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High, and Franklin Town and Pembroke Hall Primary schools. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Goas three Ms are priority of government Sawant

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the crucial three ‘M’s — Mining, Mopa and Mhadei — will remain priority issues for the state government. Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Sawant also said that he had referred about the issue of lifting of the mining ban in Goa, in the meeting of all Chief Ministers at the Niti Aayog on Saturday, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “At Niti Aayog, I have specially raised the issue and the Prime Minister in his speech has also made a specific reference to Goa mining. We will come to a conclusion and resolve the issue, I am confident. We have to do it because many jobs have been lost,” Sawant told reporters. Mining in Goa has been banned by a Supreme Court order last year. In his Lok Sabha election campaign Modi had said that the National Democratic Alliance government would look a judicially viable route to restart mining in Goa. Sawant also said that finishing the upcoming Mopa International Airport located in North Goa’s Pernem sub-district was also a priority for his government. The greenfield airport is expected to handle 30 million passenger traffic when it is fully operational. The first phase of the airport is expected to be completed in 2020. Sawant’s third ‘M’ refers to the Mhadei river, also known as the Mandovi in certain parts of Goa, the waters of which, are the cause of a prolonged dispute between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Sawant said that fully resolving the issue remains a priority for his government.last_img read more

Quebec company Creepers asked to develop device for Elon Musks SpaceX

first_imgMONTREAL – The co-founder of a small Quebec company says he’s excited about being asked by Elon Musk’s SpaceX to design and develop creeper seats to help workers inspect the California-based aerospace manufacturer’s Falcon 9 rockets.“They’ve asked us to develop something that would look cool and that of course would be efficient,” Erik Sieb of Creepex Inc. said in an interview.The Quebec City-based company is preparing to ship its specially designed under rocket mobility seats that will allow engineers to work comfortably under the belly of the rockets.Creepex was approached about 18 months ago by a SpaceX engineer.It initially tried to use a system already in its portfolio, but was asked by SpaceX to develop a device with a powered back rest that could recline to a flat position that also had places to hold tools.The new device will also be able to operate higher off the ground than is typically used to work under a truck.After visiting the SpaceX facility, Sieb said the company took the request as a challenge.SpaceX marked the 50th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this month.Sieb said SpaceX warned that the few devices it will order likely won’t be enough to cover the research and development. Each unit will likely sell for less than $5,000.“But we thought it’s too cool to not give it a try,” he said.Sieb, who described himself as a huge Elon Musk fan, said there was an energy at the SpaceX facility that’s incomparable and exciting.“I listen to everything he does, everything he says. It’s interesting the way he thinks,” he said of Musk.SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Sieb said some of the attributes it developed for SpaceX will probably find their way on to new devices.Creepex was founded in 2011 by Sieb and Andre Wagner.The company designs, manufactures and distributes creepers for garage mechanics that are made in China. Sieb said the SpaceX device will be designed and built in Quebec City.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

UN chief concerned over Israels plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem

Planning for new settlements run contrary to the call by the Quartet – the diplomatic group comprising the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States – on all parties to refrain from provocative actions, Mr. Ban said in statement issued by his spokesperson late yesterday.The Secretary-General reiterated that settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank is contrary to international law and to Israel’s obligations under the Roadmap to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, and must cease.He also stressed that the international community will not recognize unilateral actions on the ground and that the status of Jerusalem can only be resolved through negotiations.Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since late September last year after Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity. The talks had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. 15 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing planning for new Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, stressing that the recent developments in that regard are unacceptable, particularly as efforts are ongoing to resume talks under the Middle East Peace Process. read more

WatchVancouver home sales fall to lowest yearly total in 18 years detached

VANCOUVER — Home sales in metro Vancouver plummeted to their lowest level in nearly two decades last year and the average home price moved lower in the once red-hot real estate market.The total number of homes sold in Metro Vancouver last year fell to 24,619, marking the lowest total since 2000, according to data from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. That’s down 31.6 per cent from nearly 36,000 in 2017 and 25 per cent below the region’s 10-year average.The composite benchmark price for a home, which includes detached properties, townhomes and condominiums, dropped 2.7 per cent from December 2017 to finish the year at $1,032,400. Murder houses are a tough sell, but sometimes a home’s dark past stays hidden B.C. housing market shows signs of moderation as some property values drop by 10 per cent Toronto and Vancouver most ‘vulnerable’ to interest rate hikes as personal debt soars, CMHC warns Detached homes led the fall as their benchmark price fell 7.8 per cent from December 2017 to $1,479,000.Townhome and condominium prices saw small gains over the year. The benchmark price of a townhouse rose 1.3 per cent year-over-year to $809,700, while the benchmark price of a condominium advanced 0.6 per cent to $664,100.“As the total supply of homes for sale began to accumulate in the spring, we began to see downward pressure on prices across all home types throughout the latter half of the year,” said REBGV president Phil Moore.Condo prices were down 0.6 per cent from November 2018, while townhome prices fell 1.1 per cent month-over-month.Moore called 2018 “a transition period” for the region’s housing market, which moved away from sellers’ market conditions.“High home prices, rising interest rates and new mortgage requirements and taxes all contributed to the market conditions we saw in 2018,” he said.The board’s data comes a day after BC Assessment, an independent, provincial Crown corporation whose estimates are used to determine property taxes, released data showing a drop of up to 15 per cent on the estimated values of some detached homes in urban areas of Greater Vancouver as of July 1, 2018.The median single-family residential property value in Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver fell four per cent, according to BC Assessment. In the district of West Vancouver the drop was 12 per cent, while on the University Endowment Lands it was 11 per cent.As the real estate market softens in some areas, Greater Vancouver is now seeing signs of moderation, BC Assessment said in a statement.Other areas, though, still experienced gains. The median single-family residential property value in Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Squamish rose between four and six per cent.Residential strata units, like condominiums, rose between zero and 25 per cent in urban areas of Greater Vancouver, according to the data. read more

Correction Nielsens story

NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story July 15 about the Nielsen ratings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the CBS series “Extant” marked actress Halle Berry’s small screen debut. It is her first starring role in a television series, but not her TV debut.A corrected version of the story is below:Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’ leads in TV ratingsOscar winner Halle Berry gives CBS the lead in weekly TV ratings with new show ‘Extant’By DAVID BAUDERAP Television WriterHalle Berry made her debut as the star of a TV series at a spot befitting an Academy Award winner — first place in the television ratings — but it’s too early to call her summer drama “Extant” a hit.The limited run series, in which Berry plays an astronaut who mysteriously returns from a solo space mission pregnant, had 9.6 million viewers for its first episode on CBS last week, the Nielsen Co. said.That was enough to make it the most-watched prime-time show during the week. By comparison, the second-season debut of “Under the Dome” a week earlier had 9.4 million viewers, a number considered disappointing given its hit status a year earlier.With time-shifted viewing within three days of the premiere added in — people who watched a recording afterward — “Under the Dome” had 13.2 million viewers. The extra days boosted the total viewership for “Extant” to 11.9 million.NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden,” a comedy starring Amy Poehler’s younger brother Greg, debuted Thursday with 3.5 million viewers. That made it the No. 58 show for the week.CBS easily won the week in prime time, averaging 5.6 million viewers. NBC had 4.6 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.7 million. Telemundo had 1.5 million and ION Television had 1.1 million.TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.03 million viewers in prime time. The Disney Channel had 2.01 million, USA had 1.9 million, Fox News Channel had 1.83 million and History had 1.57 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.1 million viewers.For the week of July 7-13, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “Extant,” CBS, 9.58 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.19 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.03 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 7.95 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.81 million; “Under the Dome,” CBS, 7.7 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.99 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 6.63 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.61 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.53 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:54 pm MDT Correction: Nielsens story AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

WestJet vote 62 per cent in favour of forming first union at

Calgary|WestJet|YYC (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The Air Line Pilots Association, International says more than 1,400 WestJet pilots have voted 62 per cent in favour of forming the first union at Canada’s second-largest airline.The ALPA says that once the results are certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board, it will be the exclusive bargaining agent for WestJet pilots.WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said in a statement that the airline is disappointed with the outcome of the vote, but will now focus on engaging in constructive dialogue with the ALPA.The airline has long opposed unionization and has seen several union votes fail over the years, including a pilot vote in 2015.Rob McFadyen, a member of the WestJet ALPA Organizing Committee, stated that the vote was about ensuring support in issues like health, retirement, fatigue, safety, family support and legal protection.Pilots at WestJet have so far been represented by the internal company WestJet Pilots’ Association.WestJet statement regarding outcome of pilot unionization vote: http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1239 by Sandra Prusina Posted May 12, 2017 12:44 pm MDT WestJet vote 62 per cent in favour of forming first union at airline read more

Greece UN labour agency outlines roadmap for tackling unemployment and weak economy

“It is the ILO’s intention to assist the Greek Government in addressing the social and labour impacts of the current economic situation and to promote collective bargaining and social dialogue, in full respect of the International Labour Conventions ratified by Greece,” Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, said, commenting on the Greek Government’s 2016 budget proposal. Mr. Ryder, at the invitation of the Greek Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, George Katrougalos, visited the country yesterday to discuss its economic and social reforms.Having agreed with the Government on ILO’s technical support, Mr. Ryder said that it “will aim at curbing unemployment through the strengthening of active labour market policies and the social economy in Greece.”The UN labour agency will further enhance support for Greece’s efforts to fight undeclared work and informal economy.In addition to meeting with Government officials, Mr. Ryder also attended a ‘Tripartite Round Table Discussion on Strengthening Social Dialogue’ with Greek social partners, representatives from employers and workers to identify improvements on social dialogue mechanism.“Achieving better job quality, reducing labour market insecurity, improving working conditions, and ensuring healthy and safe workplaces presupposes that bipartite and tripartite social dialogue and collective bargaining find their place in policy making,” said Mr. Ryder in his remarks.Moreover, he urged the Government and social partners to urgently explore consensus-driven solutions to address the problems caused by unemployment, underemployment and informal jobs, as well as to undertake an impact assessment of certain provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (between the Greek Government and the European Commission).The official visit of the ILO chief to Greece came during critical reforms in labour law, pensions and the broader industrial relations framework. Since 2010, Greece has been implementing a fiscal consolidation and structural adjustment in exchange for a multi-billion euro bailout package. In order to curb budget expenditures and increase revenue, Greece expects its economy to contract by a further 0.7 per cent in 2016.The unemployment rate in Greece is about 25 per cent with youth disproportionately affected. It is estimated that 75 per cent of the unemployed have been without work for over a year. read more

Ban urges implementation of peace agreement to resolve instability in Mali

At today’s meeting, which was co-chaired by the Governments of Mali and Algeria, the Secretary-General highlighted that both the “historic” Peace Agreement as well as the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) – currently in its third year – have helped to drive progress. In addition, he said, the parties have agreed on a way forward to establish interim administrations, and there are foundations for the cantonment of combatants and the redeployment of security institutions. “The stage is set to strengthen the rule of law and basic services,” Mr. Ban said, “but progress is tenuous.” Noting that confrontations and violations of the ceasefire were being seen in Mali, the Secretary-General recalled that just last month, he condemned armed clashes between signatory parties in Kidal. In addition, there were new confrontations this past week. The Secretary-General said that the High Representative of Mali’s President is working together with the UN Special Representative for Mali and Algeria to defuse tensions. Calling on the armed groups to cease confrontations, and on all parties to set aside short-term interests and carry out the Peace Agreement, Mr. Ban emphasized that such actions are “essential” for Mali’s partners, including MINUSMA, to achieve lasting stability and peace dividends for communities in Kidal, Gao, Timbuktu and beyond. “Insecurity affects access to people; among them, the nearly half a million needing immediate food assistance, and 180,000 children facing severe acute malnutrition,” the Secretary-General said. Mr. Ban said he is also deeply worried about new sources of instability in Mali, the impact of terrorism on civilian life, and the many instances of serious human rights violations. Along those lines, he called on all sides to fully comply with their human rights obligations, including during counter-terrorism operations. “Violations play right into the hands of the terrorists. Any feelings of marginalization and disillusionment with the peace process can breed resentment and create fertile ground for spoilers,” the UN chief said. He also called for inclusiveness of the dialogues that will shape Mali’s institutions, stressing that all segments of society should participate, including women, youth, opposition groups and religious and community leaders. In that regard, he expressed hope that the “National Conference of Understanding,” to be held in December, will reflect a “spirit of inclusiveness of constituencies and interests.” Mr. Ban added that he counts on the statesmanship of Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, to generate new momentum and propose clear benchmarks and timelines for the Peace Agreement’s accelerated and inclusive implementation. A view of the Chinook (foreground right) and Apache helicopters of the Dutch contingent serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the the town of Menaka in the northern part of the country. UN Photo/Marco Dormino “Mali needs our continued support,” the UN chief said at a ministerial meeting at UN Headquarters in New York this morning on the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. “The Peace Agreement remains the framework that will give all Malians a chance for a better and safer life,” he added. The Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali was signed in June 2015 by the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad armed group, following its signature in May 2015 by the Government and a third party, the Plateforme coalition of armed groups. The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists. The country has also been wracked by a series of humanitarian crises. Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali. UN Photo/Kim Haughton “Mali needs the unwavering and coherent support of its international partners,” Mr. Ban said, recalling that the Security Council has strengthened MINUSMA to ensure it can support the implementation of the Peace Agreement and the restoration of State institutions, and protect civilians. “MINUSMA is doing everything possible to help stabilize areas where terrorist and criminal networks operate and where our troops face the threat of explosive hazards,” the Secretary-General said, calling on Member States to urgently help strengthen the Mission. Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must also do their part to tackle instability in the region, and boost cross-border cooperation through initiatives spearheaded by the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the G-5 Sahel and others. The Secretary-General also highlighted that yesterday was the National Day of Mali. “There can be no better way to celebrate than to boost the peace process in formulating clear goals set and give the MINUSMA ways to achieve our common mission,” he concluded. Hear more about the peace efforts in Mali from the head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who sat down with the UN News Centre for a conversation about MINUSMA’s work. read more

Emergency Boat Access To Turnagain Arm At M87 To Be Discontinued

first_img20 Mile River will not always work for a rescue near Girdwood during tidal events, according to the Girdwood Fire Department. They remind you to recreate with caution knowing this new change in emergency response. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department was notified by the Department of Transportation on Tuesday that their emergency boat access to Turnagain Arm at M87 will be discontinued permanently next week. Shannon McCarthy with DOT: “MP 87 is an area in which we are expanding the highway to three lanes in the Seward Highway 75 to 90 project. We were contacted by Girdwood Fire on Sunday, June 2, with concerns about the boat ramp. Our project engineer has been working with the Girdwood Fire Chief and has asked our designer to look at some options in order to maintain access. We really like hearing about these issues in the design process, as it is much more difficult to make changes once a project is in construction, but we’re doing our best to find a solution.” This means that the only rescue boat put in point for Turnagain Arm between Anchorage and Portage will be at 20 Mile River for the near future.last_img read more

Reports NKorea missile launchers came from China

first_imgTOKYO (AP) – Japan’s government reportedly has evidence that vehicles that could be used to launch missiles were exported to North Korea by a Chinese company in a possible violation of United Nations trade restrictions.Four of the vehicles were shipped from Shanghai to North Korea last August aboard the Harmony Wish, a Cambodian-flagged cargo vessel, according to Japanese reports Wednesday.The reports said Japanese authorities had been tracking the ship by satellite, and searched it when it transited the port of Osaka the following month. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Such vehicles _ called TELs _ became the focus of international attention when they were displayed in a military parade in the North’s capital of Pyongyang in April.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Buddhists in Myanmar protest OICs visit

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Several aid workers flying into the state’s capital, Sittwe, have been turned back. International journalists have been told that travel to the area is barred for the time being.Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said that if the Islamic bloc wants to see stability restored to the state, “it’s better that the delegation not visit at all, but provide humanitarian assistance from outside.”__Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories More than 240 people have died and 240,000 others fled their homes in the last year, many of them Rohingya Muslims hunted down by Buddhist machete-wielding mobs, occasionally as security forces looked on.The OIC team _ representing Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Djibouti and Bangladesh _ is expected to meet large crowds of demonstrators when they continue onward Friday to the tense western state of Rakhine, scene of much of the bloodshed, where they will meet victims at crowded, rundown displacement camps.Ark Hananto, part of the Indonesian delegation, said they were assured by government that security would be tight. While they realize there may be a backlash, the group decided it was important to not only offer expressions of concern and condemnation, but to meet directly with those affected.They also want to talk to community and religious leaders.“We want to find a way to help build communication,” he said.Tensions have been soaring in Rakhine state in the last two weeks.Allegations by local Buddhists that international humanitarian organizations operating in Myanmar are biased in favor of Rohingya, something they deny, have resulted in threats to foreigners. Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Dozens of Buddhist monks carrying banners that said “Get Out” and “Don’t interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs” gathered outside the airport Wednesday to protest the arrival of a delegation from the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc.Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and several ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a grouping of 57 Islamic countries, will head directly to the capital, Naypyitaw, to meet top government officials to discuss sectarian violence that has gripped the predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Flooding in New Zealand capital halts trains causes 1 death

first_imgWellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown urged people to find alternative accommodation in the city for the night rather than trying to make it home and even opened the downtown library for those who wanted to stay.Police said they found the body of an 80-year-old man in Petone near Wellington in floodwater near his abandoned car. They said the car was partially submerged with the keys in the ignition.Several areas around Wellington recorded rainfall of over 10 centimeters (4 inches).The region is home to about 450,000 people.Forecasters predict more heavy rain Friday before conditions ease over the weekend.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories center_img WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Heavy rain caused flooding in New Zealand’s capital Thursday that left one man dead, halted train service and blocked highways during the evening commute.Crews struggled to clear highways, and the shutdown of Wellington’s train services delayed travel for many.Elsewhere in the North Island, a small tornado lifted roofs from buildings in the town of Mount Maunganui near Tauranga. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

— Minnesotas defense is still dang good The Viki

first_img— Minnesota’s defense is still dang good. The Vikings won their first five games but lost the last four. Arians said the offense has struggled but the defense hardly looks different from the beginning of the season. “I probably respect Mike Zimmer as much as any coach in the National Football league,” Arians said of the Vikings’ defensive-minded head coach. “Been going against him way too long.”— This week, the Vikings beat-up offensive line might have Arizona looking at ways to pressure quarterback Sam Bradford. That might be a challenge with Minnesota running a quick-hit, West Coast style offense. “It is hard to get there (in the backfield). I think tight coverage helps stop some of that stuff and lets some of those guys get home,” Arians said. “We’ve been fortunate the front four is getting there without blitzes as much as we normally do, but we may have to put some interior pressure on it.”— What the key to beat the Vikings? “Block Everson Griffen,” Arians said. “He’s one of the best there is that nobody doesn’t ever talk about, along with (Brian) Robison and (Linval) Joseph. They’ve got a great front. And we’ve had a little problem with three-techniques the last couple of weeks, so our guards are going to have to really step up.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories ***— Can a rougher practice schedule lead to fewer injuries? Arians thinks so. His “science” does, too. “I’ve been doing this little study. We had practice with no pads on twice this year and put three guys on IR. Last week, we practiced in pads twice and nobody got hurt,” Arians said. “You get in football shape in my mind. Nobody ever gets hurt in practice in pads and you have great practices. I think it carries into the games.”— Arizona released punter Ryan Quigley and re-signed a healthy replacement in Drew Butler on Tuesday. Arians explained the move that at surface level did not appear obvious. “We really like Drew because he also gives us a backup kickoff guy and a backup field goal kicker,” Arians said.— Talk about keeping your quarterback positive. During Arizona’s win this week, a late Carson Palmer interception with 3:13 left and the Cardinals leading 20-13 gave San Francisco a chance to tie the game. Arians was caught on the sideline tapping his own chest when Palmer ran off the field following the pick, and the head coach explained the moment on Sirius. “I just, I got a little too greedy probably. We’re playing for points. We had a play that we had two guys open but might’ve been a time to run the football, in hindsight,” said the Cardinals coach. “I didn’t want him thinking anything was his fault because we need the two-minute drill to win the game.” The Arizona Cardinals snuck past the San Francisco 49ers but head to a rowdy Minnesota stadium to face the Vikings in Week 11.Head coach Bruce Arians made his weekly appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits show on Tuesday to discuss the team’s win and the keys for playing a Vikings team tumbling due to injuries. The head honcho of the Cardinals also talked about how padded practices have seemingly helped Arizona remain healthy and the Tuesday roster moves to re-sign punter Drew Butler and release Ryan Quigley. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) talks with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots won 23-21. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) — Arians, on Larry Fitzgerald’s continued success: “He still acts like he’s a rookie. He asks questions, he makes sure he’s spot-on in his assignments and asks coach, ‘what are you really looking for in this situation, what are you wanting me to do?’ And it rubs off on the rest of the team. But I think the biggest thing is … the reason we run the ball so well is because he’s blocking at a level that only I’ve ever seen was by Hines Ward.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Rep Glenn announces local office hours

first_img07Mar Rep. Glenn announces local office hours Categories: Annette Glenn News  State Rep. Annette Glenn announced her in-district office hours for the month of March. The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 15o   4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at H&H Bakery and Restaurant, 200 S. Mable St. in Pinconning.      Monday, March 18o   8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Tropical Smoothie, 985 S. Saginaw Road in Midland.“Holding regular office hours is a great way to connect and hear from members of the community,” Glenn said. “I look forward to receiving your input on the important issues facing our state.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Glenn’s office at (517) 373-1791 or AnnetteGlenn@house.mi.gov.last_img read more