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Solve ocean’s troubles and climate change too?

first_imgAs part of its coverage of Climate Week (Sept. 23-29), the Gazette is running a series of stories on the issues involved, while spotlighting areas of University involvement, including research and programs designed to make a difference. For more information, visit the Tackling Climate Change site.The pollution, acidification, and warming plaguing the world’s oceans are often seen as intractable as climate change and as important to resolve. But Jane Lubchenco, former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), offers a new perspective, saying we should look to the seas for solutions, not problems.“Seventy-eight percent of countries border the ocean and, despite that, the oceans for the most part are not front and center when we think of mitigating climate change,” said Lubchenco.The administrator of the NOAA during the Obama administration and now a professor at Oregon State University spoke at a Monday afternoon panel convened to honor the career of James McCarthy, the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography who has been at Harvard for 45 years, conducting research on the oceans, and adding his voice to the environmental policy debate.Despite the litany of problems facing the oceans, Lubchenco said, we should look to the opportunities they offer to solve both marine problems and those of global climate, opportunities which could help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Centigrade by 2100, the goal pursued by signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement.There are opportunities, Lubchenco said, to sequester carbon in coastal habitat by restoring mangrove forests, salt marshes, and sea grass beds, which, though disappearing, have the potential to store more carbon than land-based systems per unit area. That restoration, she said, will also make the seas healthier, boosting fisheries by protecting and creating habitat used as nurseries for juveniles of many species.Similarly, she said, there are ways to reduce emissions from shipping and fishing activities, to take advantage of the ocean’s biological pump (which moves carbon to the sea floor as biological life dies and drifts downward), get renewable energy from the ocean itself, and to shift human diets toward seafood, which is less resource-intensive and healthier than land-based meat diets.“The ocean, then, has a key role to play in both mitigation and adaptation,” Lubchenco said. “It is time to change our narrative around the ocean.”,McCarthy agreed.“If I think about the future, I very much like the position that Jane advocates: We cannot ignore the ocean. It’s essential we think about the ocean in all these future plans,” McCarthy said. “I think the hopeful message is that it is something … that is absolutely essential.”Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, which sponsored the event, said one of the great benefits of working at Harvard is great colleagues, and McCarthy, who served as a mentor to him, was one of his first and foremost.“There are many days when I feel like the luckiest person in the world, and the reason is I have spectacular colleagues,” Schrag said. “I am incredibly fortunate to be part of this community … but Jim McCarthy is dear and special to me. My entire time at Harvard he has been a mentor and a steady presence.”Several of the speakers reflected on shared experiences and the impact McCarthy had on their careers, providing a nudge that landed one at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and another in the top chair at the New England Aquarium. McCarthy, who sat on a panel during the event’s second half, said he was “extremely honored” by the gathering and said in reviewing the list of speakers, it was clear that each felt an obligation to not only conduct science, but a responsibility to communicate what they found to policymakers. McCarthy himself chaired a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2001 report and served in leadership positions, among others, for the Union of Concerned Scientists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Other speakers addressed an array of ocean-centric topics, but in each case highlighted existing opportunities to engage with the problems of today. Overfishing, which is rampant in the world’s oceans, can be addressed by effective regulation. Aquaculture has the promise of boosting the availability of seafood even as free-swimming stocks decline. Even something as difficult as coral bleaching, a phenomenon prompted by warmer than normal water that has some predicting the doom of the world’s reefs, has been shown to be less deadly on reefs that are otherwise healthy and protected from pollution and overfishing, according to Jeremy Jackson of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.“There’s a really dangerous arrogance to the notion of hopelessness,” Jackson said. “Total hopelessness assumes that we know everything there is to know. … When we think we know everything, we preclude opportunity.” Related The impact of ocean acidification Solving a statistical nightmare Mercury levels in fish are on the risecenter_img As water temperatures increase, so does risk of exposure to toxic methylmercury Correcting historic sea surface temperature measurements reveals a simpler pattern of ocean warming Research depicts its negative effects on fish skeletonslast_img read more

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Bad guys are innovating, so should you!

first_imgFollowing the tragic and deadly terrorist attacks against the United States on the morning of September 11, 2001, compliance professionals around the globe were faced with the pressing need for protocols to detect and interrupt terrorist financing cash flows. Today, we are facing a new breed of terrorism, a domestic one. I am referring to the shocking wave of massive shootings whose financing methods are different and difficult to identify and report, which can turn out to be very challenging for credit unions.Understanding and accepting the evolution of criminals seems to be crucial, as it puts all compliance professionals in the inevitable (and necessary) place of implementing changes and innovating when it comes to approaching the ever-changing threats in money laundering and terrorist financing.  What is FinCEN doing?On June 12, 2019, Kenneth A. Blanco, Director of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), provided remarks at the New York University (NYU) Law Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement that highlighted FinCEN’s evolving approach to emerging threats in money laundering and terrorist financing, which includes, among others:FinCEN’s procedures for processing the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) it receives each day through the agency’s automated business rules to identify SARs for further review; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Day of Protected Croatian Indigenous Products is celebrated on April 14, the day when the name Krk prosciutto was registered in the European Union as a protected geographical indication. The registration of the name Krk prosciutto on 14 April 2015 was the first registration of a protected mark from the EU quality system achieved by one of the Croatian agricultural and food products.Today, the Republic of Croatia, together with Belgium and Slovakia, shares 19th place with 11 registered product names in terms of the number of protected designations of origin, protected geographical indications and guaranteed traditional specialties registered in the European Union.Currently, eight more products are in the process of registration of the label at the European Union level, and as the Ministry of Agriculture points out, it is expected that by the end of 2018 all eight products currently in the process of registration by the European Commission will be registered as protected designations of origin. or a protected geographical indication at European Union level. “The Croatian story continues, and by the end of the year we will send new requests to the European Commission for registration of marks at the level of the European Union for ten more products for which a national procedure for the protection of the name is underway. ” conclude from the Ministry of Agriculture.Croatian protected products whose name is registered at the level of the European Union:PROTECTED INDICATION OF ORIGIN:Extra virgin olive oil CresNeretva mandarinOgulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkrautIstrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciuttoKrk olive oilKorcula olive oilPag lambSolta olive oilVaraždin cabbageSlavonian honeyPROTECTED INDICATION OF GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN:Krk prosciuttoBaranja kulenLika potatoesDrniš prosciuttoDalmatian smoked hamPoljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjakZagorje turkeySlavonian kulen / Slavonski kulinMeđimurje meat ‘from TiblicaProtected product names, in the process of registration of the mark at the level of the European Union:Istria – Winter OlympicsPag salt – ZOILika lamb – ZOZPZagorje mills – ZOZPBjelovarski kvargl – ZOZPMining rake – ZOZPVaraždinski klipič – ZOZPPag cheese – ZOIAre we proud?These products must be our pride and we must brand them and offer them to our guests. Every guest who comes to a tourist destination must be acquainted with the whole story and taste, try and experience our authentic stories, and thus the products. Especially when we talk about protected products that make us unique and different. If we do not respect ourselves, others will not respect us either. Also, the very essence of tourism is authenticity, which is why people travel to meet and experience new ways and cultures of living.But I wonder out loud, is that so on the field? Are we proud of our protected products?Why is Zadar not proud of its authentic Maraschino?Photo: MaraskaMaraschino is an original Zadar liqueur that has been produced according to a traditional recipe since the 16th century. The properties of this sweet liqueur are crystal clearness, characteristic taste and aromatic aroma. Maraschino is a liqueur that has multiple applications, and is used to enrich ice cream, fruit salads, cakes and various dishes with its taste, aroma and aroma, which gives it a multi-purpose application and the possibility of creativity in interpretation.”It must be the most beautiful sunset in the world!”Said Alfred Hitchcock drinking Maraschino on the Zadar waterfront. Also, Maraschino was enjoyed by Casanova, Napoleon, and they drank it on the legendary Titanic. Yes, the Titanic.I am currently in Zadar where I have given lectures on the importance of storytelling in tourism, and I wonder if there are better stories than about the unique and authentic Zadar Maraschino? However, our great tourist story and pride is unfortunately not a symbol of Zadar. Nowhere in Zadar did I see an inscription or a poster, and neither of the hosts offered it to me, nor did they tell that story, since I am still a tourist and a “foreigner” in Zadar. Maraschino should be the pride and joy of Zadar, it’s like coming to Slavonia and not trying shepherd’s pie, fish, kulen or brandy.Also, it is not available in all cafes, and it should be the opposite. Every cafe, restaurant, hotel, host in a family accommodation should have a Maraschino and know how to tell the story of the same. Every guest in Zadar should try, but also hear the story of Maraschino, and take home at least one bottle as a souvenir. So far no one has told me a story about Maraschin, nor offered it, and if I hadn’t known about Maraschin before I wouldn’t even know it existed. I don’t know exactly how hard it is to find it in cafes, but after a couple of failures, I still managed to find it in one of the Maraschino cafes in the Old Town. And yes, it really is a unique and special taste, a taste that I can only experience in Zadar.We have everything, and yet we still do not sell ourselves, our culture and way of life. 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Due to the renovation, one of the main tourist attractions of Zadar was closed

first_imgFrom Monday, October 1, the light installation Greeting to the Sun will be fenced and closed due to the implementation of renovation, modernization and upgrade.”The scope of work includes dismantling the existing equipment in the Greeting to the Sun pane and replacing it with new, which includes mechanical resistance to sea water, replacing the light effects generation system with a new system, upgrading software applications for creating sets, connecting to the Internet and activating effects via the Internet.”Point out from the city of Zadar.The deadline for completion, ie completion of works, is March 31.03.2018, 3.987.100,00, so practically one of the main tourist attractions in Zadar will be inaccessible to tourists for a full five months. The city of Zadar points out that the contractor is the company Tiristor doo Zadar, and the agreed price of the works is XNUMX HRK + VAT.last_img read more

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Apr 2020 1:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link545Shares Arsenal transfer target James Rodriguez should ‘run away’ from Real Madrid, says Carlos Valderrama James Rodriguez has been linked with Arsenal, Everton and Wolves in recent days (Picture: Getty)Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama says he would be ‘running away’ from Real Madrid if he was in James Rodriguez’s position amid speculation Arsenal are interested in signing the midfielder.Rodriguez completed a £63million move to Madrid off the back of a magnificent 2014 World Cup campaign but the 28-year-old has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag.The Colombia international has only made 13 appearances for Madrid this season after returning from his two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich and looks set for the exit door at the Bernabeu in the summer transfer window. Advertisement Rodriguez has struggled to live up to his enormous price tag in the Spanish capital (Picture: Getty)Recent reports claim Premier League trio Arsenal, Everton and Wolves are all interested in Rodriguez and Valderrama and has urged his fellow countryman to flee Madrid if he receives a suitable offer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘James is big enough to make his own decisions now,’ the iconic Colombian told Caracol Radio.‘If it was me, I’d be running away from Madrid.‘He’s good enough to play for any team. I wouldn’t doubt him for an instant.‘He’s a great player, he’s already proved it. He can start for any other team, he’s got the quality to play anywhere in the world.’center_img Comment Valderrama claims he would be ‘running away’ from Madrid if he was Rodriguez (Picture: Getty)Espanyol and Valencia midfielders Marc Roca and Carlos Soler have also been linked with Arsenal in recent days as Mikel Arteta draws up a shortlist of potential replacements for Dani Ceballos. The Real Madrid loanee admits he’s unsure about how the coronavirus pandemic will impact his future.‘I finish my contract on June 30. I would have to play for Arsenal, I don’t know how [it would work],’ Ceballos told El Chiringuito earlier this week.‘My future would be irresponsible for me to speak about. ‘The most important thing will be to be important for my new team. ‘I came to Arsenal to be important and in less than a month it has disappeared.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn rumours linking him with Valencia and Sevilla, the Spaniard replied: ‘I knew about Valencia’s interest in having my services. There was also talk of Sevilla and Betis. ‘When they connect you with these teams it is for a reason. I am very Betis and it would be difficult for me to play for Sevilla. ‘I would only play for Betis. It is my team and the one that gave me the opportunity to be a footballer. ‘I did not get to speak with [Julen] Lopetegui to sign for Sevilla.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal legend Paul Merson hails Man Utd transfer target Jack Grealish and names his player of the seasonMORE: Bacary Sagna takes fresh dig at Arsenal chiefs and stands by ‘circus’ claim Advertisementlast_img read more

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Camp Hill Queenslander is classic upstairs and modern downstairs

first_imgThe floorplan of 31 Donald St, Camp Hill.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 The backyard has an in-ground pool.Mr Iwers said they had kept the top floor of the home more traditional, while the bottom floor was modern. Downstairs is polished concrete.“We love the old period-style character,” Mr Iwers said. “We deliberately tried to keep the period upstairs and be more contemporary downstairs with features like polished concrete floors.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The top floor of the home has polished wooden floors, VJ walls and a bay window. The dining room is also traditional.Mr Iwers said due to the fireplace in the room, they spent a lot of time in there during winter, while more time was spent downstairs during summer.Also upstairs are two more living areas, two bedrooms, the kitchen, bathroom and a study. This room is the sellers’ favourite, with Silky Oak walls and a decorative ceiling.Most notably on this floor is the living room, an area that was one of Mr Iwers’ and Ms Chapman’s favourites.“The central room of the house is original and we wanted to keep the original ornate ceiling, the Silky Oak panelling and the chandelier, as it represents the heart of the house and you can sense that period style,” Mr Iwers said.“We love that room and we’re concerned the new owners might want to change that but we think there’s enough room in the rest of the house to leave it as is.“We feel like custodians of the house, so we wanted to restore it.” While relatively new, the kitchen has classically styled cabinetry.Downstairs are three more bedrooms, a rumpus room bathroom with spa and laundry.Outside is an in-ground pool and a sunken outdoor lounge with a sauna, along with a deck upstairs that overlooks the backyard.The couple are downsizing after living in the home for 11 years. The home at 31 Donald St, Camp Hill, is for sale.TWO worlds in one is the best way to describe this Camp Hill Queenslander.When Anthony Iwers and his wife Vanessa Chapman renovated the 31 Donald St home, they had something different in mind.last_img read more

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Strong demand for terrace homes

first_imgCiel Residences has nine apartment residences, and four modern Queenslander terraces, designed to reference the traditional Queenslander home, celebrating traditional features such as weatherboards and vertical join with generous-sized spaces and simple, clean lines softened by the use of timber and natural stone. RELATED: Ms Hutson said two out of the four terrace homes and three of the nine apartments had sold. An artist’s impression of the outdoor entertaining area at Ciel Residences at Herston.Hundreds of buyers lined up for a new community as demand rises for large apartments and terraces with enough space for families.Launched to the market in September, the marketing team of Ciel Residences have already received more than 200 inquiries from a range of buyers. MORE: >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< An artist’s impression of one of the proposed bathroom styles at Ciel Residences at Herston.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“The stylish properties at Ciel Residences, Herston, are proving the perfect fit for locals looking to downsize, with the majority of the 200-plus inquiries coming from professional couples and families downsizing from existing homes in the inner-north,” Ms Hutson said. Wayne and Susann Langdale have already snapped up the crowning penthouse at Ciel Residences, and will be moving with their 20-year-old son from their home on a large block to be closer to their work places. Colliers International associate director of residential project marketing Rachel Hutson said there was strong demand for large apartments and terraces with enough space for families, which this development offered. Brisbane dominates capital city growth Overwhelming response to Herston community Where to buy property in 2019 Wayne and Susann Langdale have already snapped up the crowning penthouse at Ciel Residences.“We wanted to downsize to a low-maintenance property, but something that was still large enough for family and friends to be able to visit and stay comfortable,” Mrs Langdale said. “Less house and yard to maintain and a closer commute means we can enjoy more downtime and family time.“Herston is a great location as it is still suburbia yet close to city.“We love that parks, walking and cycle paths and the busway are all in walking distance as well as many other social and sporting activities.” last_img read more

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Australian Apartment Advocacy research reveals increase in unit popularity

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenDream homes for city dwellers01:11 However, on par with the nation, owners primarily bought an apartment because it was easier to maintain (62 per cent) and it was the right size for what they needed (60 per cent).Australian Apartment Advocacy director Samantha Reece said lifestyle was a strong focus for Queensland apartment owners.“Not surprisingly, 68 per cent of respondents had an outdoor pool in their complex and 63 per cent had barbecue facilities which is also the highest in the country,” she said.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said people in the past spent the big dollars on free-standing homes, whereas now they were spending that sort of money on luxury apartments, many of which as large and opulent as individual homes.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“Apartments and units offer a unique lifestyle proposition, where very little maintenance is required, there are ample facilities and amenities which you may not be able to access in a free-standing home, and complexes are generally conveniently located,” Ms Mercorella said. “Because of the lifestyle offering, an increasing number of Queenslanders are moving towards apartment living, and this includes non-traditional demographics such as families and retirees.” Ms Mercorella said the number of luxury and penthouse apartments in Brisbane was growing. “With apartments for sale priced in the multi-millions, these homes include features such as private rooftop pools and gardens, curved interior walls, media rooms, high ceilings and stunning views,” she said.Similarly, the Gold Coast also had a growing number of luxury and penthouse apartments.“Sun City at Surfers Paradise and Pintari at Main Beach both saw recent sales of around $4 million for their penthouses, which include state-of-the-art features, panoramic views and luxurious finishes,” Ms Mercorella said.Ms Reece said the Queensland apartment market was “unique to the nation”. This penthouse terrace at Chester & Ella, Newstead has a private pool area.Queensland has traditionally been known for its love of free-standing homes, but there’s a clear increase in popularity of units and apartments across the southeast.Recent research, conducted by the Australian Apartment Advocacy with 3312 apartment owners nationally, showed that Queenslanders outstripped the rest of the nation with 32 per cent moving into their apartment because their kids had left home (compared to the national median of 21 per cent) and with 37 per cent classified as retirees.While 91 per cent chose their apartment because of its location, 72 per cent said proximity to the beach or river was prime — again showing a clear difference to the rest of Australia, where apartment dwellers were more focused on being close to public transport. last_img read more

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Few parents prosecuted over truancy

first_imgSunday Star Times 22 April 2012The government’s promise to crack down on truants and convict their parents has fallen flat, with just a few convictions in the past two years. The revelation comes as a poll shows the public supports stiffer penalties for parents. Labour says the Government’s attempt to tackle truancy by throwing millions of dollars at the issue has failed. The Ministry of Education funded the prosecutions of just 15 parents of truant children last year, despite 29,000 students being absent on any given day. A further eight parents were prosecuted for failing to even enrol their children. Figures released under the Official Information Act reveal 2300 children are missing from the school system through long-term truancy or failing to enrol. The number of “missing” students remains unchanged since 2010, when the Government poured millions of dollars into getting children back in class. At the time, then Education Minister Anne Tolley slammed Labour for failing to address the issue, and promised the Government would “get tough on truancy”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/6786393/Few-parents-prosecuted-over-truancylast_img read more

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Melinda Gates applauds Kenya’s gender sensitive COVID-19 response strategy

first_imgAmerican philanthropist Melinda Gates has praised Kenya’s COVID-19 response measures saying the interventions are sensitive to the plight of vulnerable women and girls.Mrs Gates, who is the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said Kenya’s COVID-19 response strategy is helping women and girls cope with the social and economic challenges posed by the pandemic.She said her foundation supports measures being taken by Kenya to tame the rising cases of violence against women and teenage pregnancies during the current health crisis. The paper dubbed, ‘The Pandemic’s Toll on Women. COVID-19 is Gender-Blind, but not Gender-Neutral”, highlights ways in which women are being left behind by the world’s response to Coronavirus.Also Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender ruleMrs Gates assured the President that her organisation will ensure that frontline health workers are among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available.On his part, the President told Mrs Gates that Kenya recognises the vulnerability of women and girls to the negative impacts of the pandemic and assured her that the country will continue scaling up measures to cushion them.Also Read  Kenya marks World Alzheimer’s day amid renewed hope“The people who are bound to suffer the most are actually going to be women. As part of our response to COVID-19 response, we have a gender component build into it,” the President said.He said Kenya’s Coronavirus interventions including the “Kazi Mtaani” youth employment program are geared towards the socioeconomic wellbeing of vulnerable populations including women and children.“Even when we are looking at our stimulus program, we are insisting that they follow the same basis as our social packages…we have to specifically deal with women,” President Kenyatta said.Also Read   Time to re-open schools in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEFOn the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the country, the President said Kenya is working on ensuring the safety of its children by keeping schools closed and at the same time ensuring that lives of the nation’s young girls are not disrupted by early pregnancies.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of Kenya’s largest development partners in the health sector. The foundation injects over US Dollars 90 million annually into the country’s primary healthcare covering sectors such as family planning, HIV/AIDS research, maternal and child health, and nutrition. Mrs Gates spoke Thursday evening during a virtual meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta during which the philanthropist briefed the Head of State on a white paper she published recently.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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