Morocco Invested Billions of Dollars to Develop its Southern Provinces Official

United Nations- Morocco has invested billions of dollars in the development of its southern provinces (in the co-called Western Sahara), as highlighted in the latest report of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Morocco’s Ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale said Tuesday.“Tiny villages, Dakhla and Laayoune are today large cities with modern infrastructure,” a fact also noted by the same report, Hilale said at a press briefing following the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2218 extending for one year the MINURSO mandate.In the report, Ban Ki-moon noted in particular that the Moroccan Sahara continues to benefit from “substantial public investment,” especially in terms of road and port infrastructure. “When Morocco recovered its southern provinces, there were only two small villages, Laayoune and Dakhla. There was no electricity, no water, no schools, let alone hospitals, and a little population because they are nomads”, the diplomat said in response to a question on the exploitation of natural resources.“Today, the Sahara is made up of large cities, many ports and industries, and Dakhla is a must-see international tourist destination,” he told the international press.Morocco has invested “several billion dollars in the southern provinces over the last 40 years”, he added. read more

Le Crème Marrakech Shooting Linked to Cocaine Robbery

Rabat – Security forces have linked the Marrakech shooting in November 2017 to cocaine dealings between the Dutch mafia and the Le Crème cafe where the shooting occurred.The Le Crème owner, known by the pseudonym “Moss,” allegedly stole 200 kilograms of cocaine, worth billions of dirham, from Dutch mafia members in 2012, Al Massae reported Wednesday.The cafe owner, who owns several other Marrakech cafes and a nightclub in Rotterdam,  was reportedly the target of an extensive family operation tied to an “international drug lord.” Two Dutch nationals—known by Moroccan authorities for previous cases of international drug trafficking, kidnapping, armed robbery, and attempted homicide—carried out the shooting last November but missed their target, killing one medical student and injuring two others.Last week, ten senior officers of the royal gendarmerie across several cities (Larache, Tangiers, Tangier Med, Tetouan, Agadir, Settat, and Marrakech) were arrested for their involvement in an international criminal network linked to the shooting.The robbery suspect and drug trafficker is currently wanted by the Dutch authorities, with a EUR 25,000 reward for any information about his place of residence. read more

Prasanna Ranatunga summoned before FCID

The Western Province Chief Minister is to be questioned over allegations surrounding a land deal. Ranatunga had last week denied allegations of corruption made against him and his wife after his wife was also questioned over the same land deal. Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has been summoned before the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).Ranatunga’s media secretary Pradeep Anura Kumara said that Ranatunga has been asked to appear before the FCID on Thursday morning. Ranatunga said that the allegations are part of an attempt to scuttle the election campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Prasanna Ranatunga is backing Rajapaksa at the August 17 Parliament election. (Colombo Gazette)

Norfolk asked for 5M over 20 years

Norfolk County is under pressure to make a substantial financial commitment to the redevelopment of the former Norfolk Inn in downtown Simcoe.This week, Norfolk council deferred a decision on the request from social housing provider Indwell for $5 million over 20 years.A majority on council felt this would be difficult to sell to the community without something tangible in return.With Tuesday’s vote, council has bought time to examine other ways to partner with Indwell aside from a straight-up money commitment.Some on council suggested an ownership stake would be a good place to start as a means of protecting the taxpayers’ interest.“At the end, we don’t own the building,” Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said. “I don’t consider that to be reasonable.”One way or another, Norfolk will have to partner with Indwell if it hopes to realize the benefits of renovating this troubled property.Indwell needs major federal funding to complete the $7.5 million project. Under a new formula, the Trudeau government has made social housing grants conditional on municipal participation.Graham Cubitt, Indwell’s director of projects and development, said Indwell will lose project funding worth 40 percent if Norfolk doesn’t sign on. And without federal funding, Cubitt says there is no project.“We’re glad there was a deferral of the decision tonight as opposed to an outright rejection,” he said. “Housing is a local issue. The return on the local housing investment can be huge.”Several years ago, Indwell converted the former Hambleton Hall in Simcoe into a supervised social housing project. Indwell intends to do the same with the sprawling Norfolk Inn on Norfolk Street South.At Tuesday’s meeting, Indwell’s regional manager Leah Logan announced that the 41 tenants Indwell inherited when it bought the Norfolk Inn last year have been re-housed elsewhere, clearing the way for contractors to get to work. The tenants – many of whom struggle with disability, mental health and addiction issues — were living in substandard conditions at the time of the purchase.When the $7.5-million project is complete, Indwell will provide 32 social housing units plus commercial space at street level. The project will create 40 construction jobs and five full-time supervisory positions.Council members want to explore options other than a 20-year, $5- million grant.Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin wants to know if Ottawa’s National Housing Strategy will accept in-kind support. Examples might be tax incentives or the waiver of permit and development fees.“I want to throw my support behind these people,” Martin said. “I value them. But we are not the most financially healthy municipality around.”“Bonussing” occurs when governments provide special incentives to encourage investment and development. This is not permitted in Ontario under provincial law.Nevertheless, Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen would like to find a way to waive Indwell’s taxes on the Norfolk Inn because “If they don’t fix it, we won’t be collecting taxes off it anyway.”“I don’t just want to throw this away by voting it down,” Van Paassen said, adding new grant programs may materialize over the summer now that Canadians are heading into a federal election.Norfolk staff shared a number of tantalizing arguments for a county commitment.Treasurer James Johnson told council renovating the Norfolk Inn will make it a much more valuable property. As such, it would pay higher property taxes than it does now. The renovation will also improve the mood and atmosphere in this part of town, encouraging additional investments in nearby properties.For her part, Heidy Van Dyk, Haldimand and Norfolk’s director of social services and housing, says every dollar spent on safe, affordable housing produces substantial savings in health-care costs, law enforcement and in mental health and addiction services.Over 20 years, Van Dyk pegged this savings to taxpayers at $14 million.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele is comfortable with the deferral. He said it wouldn’t “really incentivize anyone to dig any deeper on this” if council passed the request as presented.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Accepting status quo on Western Sahara serious miscalculation warns UN envoy

Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, told reporters at UN Headquarters that the situation remains “very worrisome” and should remain on the radar of the international community. “While some may believe that the status quo is stable and that it is risky to take chances for peace, I believe that this is a serious miscalculation, particularly now that the region is threatened by extremist, terrorist and criminal elements operating in the Sahel,” he said, following his closed-door briefing to the Security Council.“In these new circumstances, this conflict could, if left to fester, feed growing frustration and spark renewed violence and hostilities that would be tragic for the peoples of the region,” he added. “This conflict must be resolved and I believe that it can be resolved if there is a will to engage in real dialogue and compromise.”The UN has been involved in mediation efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the movement known as Frente Polisario, after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended. A UN peacekeeping force, known as the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has also been in place since 1991.Mr. Ross shared with the Council the findings and recommendations that emerged from his visit to North Africa from 25 October to 11 November, during which he visited Morocco and the Polisario leadership, as well as neighbouring countries Algeria and Mauritania. He met with political leaders, civil society representatives and senior government authorities at each stop. He also visited Western Sahara for the first time and met with a broad range of Sahrawis there and elsewhere, as well as held consultations in Madrid and Paris.With regard to next steps, Mr. Ross said that he did not believe that convening another round of informal talks immediately would advance the search for a solution. “We have had nine such rounds since August 2009 without results on the core issue of the future status of Western Sahara,” he noted, adding that he intends to focus on additional consultations with key international stakeholders and then to engage in a period of “shuttle diplomacy” with the parties and neighbouring States in the context of one or more visits to the region, including to Western Sahara.“It is my hope that these activities will lay the groundwork for effective resumption of face-to-face meetings between the parties,” he said. “The parties and the neighbouring States, as well as members of the Security Council have welcomed this approach and have stated their readiness to continue to work with me in the coming months. “I must stress that the principal responsibility for making progress rests with the parties themselves,” he added. “That said, the UN will spare no effort to assist them.” read more

We gave it to them hard and heavy 5 winners and 5

first_imgBlast from the past: Bertie Ahern with Alastair Campbell at the launch of the ex-Labour spin doctor’s book ‘The Irish Diaries’ this week. Pic: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. James ReillyCredit to the embattled Health Minister for holding his hands up on the medical cards debacle and the public relations campaign is a positive step. But will it solve the problems being experienced by many people trying to renew or hold on to their cards? That’s the big, uncertain question that won’t be solved by public relations alone.2. Government backbenchersLabour and Fine Gael TDs got some time with the Troika on their final visit to Ireland this week which was a coup of sorts even if these meetings tend to be fairly perfunctory affairs. Here’s what happened:3. Eamon GilmoreWhile some may criticise the extent to which this government and Enda Kenny plays bessie mates with the US and Barack Obama it was good to see the Tánaiste give a robust response to the issue of NSA spying, even if the US won’t tell them whether or not it is spying on Ireland.4. Catherine Murphy We like independent TDs who have some interesting, independent ideas and the Kildare North TD’s proposal to make more out of Halloween for the economic benefit of the nation is a smart idea that’s worth considering.5. Enda KennyThe Taoiseach got to ring the Nasdaq bell and hang out with hip young people at the Dublin Web Summit this week. He even got a cool headset:We doubt if he’ll be allowed bring that into the Dáil unfortunately.… and the 5 losers of the week are…1. The Labour PartyThree resignations in three days from Labour councillors who no longer want to be associated with the party. That’s now 26 who have quit the party as a result of its role in government. Eamon Gilmore may be proud of those who have stayed the course but that’s a decreasing number.2. Phil HoganThe Environment Minister faces an uphill task in selling the idea that people should pay for water when the supply of it has been restricted in the Greater Dublin area this week. He admitted communications could have been better but this isn’t the first time Phil Hogan and communications have been a problem.3. Gordon BrownThe former British Prime Minister forgot that the fact that he represents the good people of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath means he’s very much still a politician:4. Ben Gilroy Getting in trouble with the courts is not something you want to do if you have intentions of running for the Dáil as Gilroy and his Direct Democracy (DDI) movement have. Friday’s court appearance, added to recent reports of a split in DDI, do not bode well for Gilroy.5. The Obama administrationThe more spying revelations that come out the more damaging it is to Barack Obama and his government. US Secretary of State John Kerry has perhaps gone some of the way to repairing the damage by admitting spying “has reached too far” at times but it will take a lot more than that.Pics: Photocall Ireland and Dublin Web SummitLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Read: Sinn Féin on Troika meeting: ‘We gave it to them hard and heavy’WATCH: Backbench TDs would welcome the Troika back… as long as they’re on their holidaysRead: Mick Wallace sets the record straight on wearing Torino top in the DáilRead: The 25 councillors who have left the Labour Party over its role in governmentlast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #BODY: Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Adrian Folan from Athlone have discovered the body of a man at a quarry near the Cliffs of Moher in county Clare.2. #RESHUFFLE: The Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, says he expects a new Cabinet by Wednesday. Here’s the list of who might move where.3. #DENIED: Catherine Nevin has been blocked from appealing her murder conviction to the Supreme Court.4. #JOBS: Ryanair is hiring. It needs 200 new staff as part of its new digital and IT innovation hub.5. #NASTY: Nine food businesses across the country were closed over safety concerns last month, was your local take-away in the list?last_img

Mario Skyrim and Splatoon Rumored for Nintendo Switch Launch

first_imgStay on target Another day, another Nintendo Switch rumor. The latest rumor is centered around the system’s launch lineup. We’ve heard that Zelda: Breath of the Wild won’t be available on launch day but, if these latest rumors are true, the Switch will still have some heavy hitters for those who purchase the system when it is released.According to Let’s Play Video Games‘ Laura Dale (who has been reporting on Nintendo leaks all year), two of the first party games in the Switch’s lineup include a new Super Mario Bros and a new Splatoon.The Mario game will be more like Mario 64 or Mario Galaxy in that it features an open 3D hub world where players can access different levels. It will have co-op multiplayer where players work together to complete goals. The players will be tethered to each other to keep them from going too far (hopefully it won’t be anything like Knuckles Chaotix). This game is currently in development, and the press will be able to play a demo of it sometime in January 2017.The more expensive SKU of the Switch (we’ll get to that in a bit) will come bundled with a new version of Splatoon. This edition will have a 1 vs. 1 mode where two players on separate Switch systems can duke it out for control of the map. The game will get additional single player content and will receive free content as consistently as the original Wii U version.The most interesting part of this rumor is that one of the launch games will be The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. We actually saw Skyrim footage during the Switch reveal trailer, but Bethesda has since said that there are no plans to bring Skyrim to the Switch. This one seems a bit far-fetched considering how the Switch is rumored to only have 4GB of internal RAM, but the game was able to run on last-gen systems with 516MB of RAM, so it’s not entirely impossible for the game to be able to run on the Switch.One thing that caught my eye about this report is that Splatoon will come bundled with the more expensive SKU of the Switch. This suggests that there will be more than one system available on launch day. It is obviously too early to tell, but I guess that there will be one SKU that is just the base system and another that comes bundled with games and accessories like the Pro controller seen in the reveal trailer.This rumor isn’t as solid as those from places like EuroGamer or Emily Rogers so make sure to take all of this with the proverbial grain of salt. Though it is likely that Mario and Splatoon will be released at launch, don’t hold your breath for Skyrim. Hopefully, more light will be shed when the Switch-focused Nintendo Direct is released on January 12. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Marcos Llorente confident of Madrid future

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente has confirmed he would not be leaving the club this January transfer window.Llorente, 23, is now a regular in Solari’s side after impressing in a rare start away to Roma followed by seven successive starts for the club.The Spanish midfielder stepped in for the absent Casemiro and seems to be enjoying his role at Madrid“I’m sure I will stay, I’m really happy and I have no intention of leaving,” Llorente told reporters, as cited by Football Espana.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It’s true that in life, like football, the situation can change from night to morning and you cannot lower your aims, you have to take advantage of your opportunities.“Man of the Match in the Club World Cup final? I’m happy to receive it, of course, to score the goal and win the final – now it is time to enjoy the moment.“We are trying to win all the titles, this was an important one as we were going for three consecutive titles and we have achieved it.“Now we have three more competitions this season that we will look to win.”last_img read more

Authorities Sexual predator on the run after Florida prison release

first_imgFORT PIERCE, Fla. (WSVN) — Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man they described as a sexual predator, nearly two months after he was released from a Florida state prison.Ernest Reigh is wanted by the U.S. Marshals in Fort Pierce. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is also searching for him for failure to register as a sex offender.According to a news release, Reigh disappeared after he was released from state prison on March 1 and failed to register his address with the St. Lucie County Jail.Investigators believe Reigh fled the area. The USA Today Network is reporting he was last seen moving through Tennessee on his way to Pennsylvania.Reigh’s criminal history includes a sexual assault of a middle school student under the age of 12, back in 1995.His current whereabouts are unknown. Officials are urging anyone with information to contact Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Crotty at (305) 710-7395 or Task Force Officer John Brady at (954) 707-2457.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Housewife killed in Chapainawabganj road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoA housewife was killed in a road accident at Lalapara area of Chapainawabganj sadar upazila on Wednesday morning.The deceased is Fahima Begum, 24, wife of a certain Masud Rana, a resident of Rasiknagar area of Shibganj upazila, reports UNB.Chapainawabganj police station officer-in-charge Saber Reza Ahmed said a Shibganj-bound bus hit an auto-rickshaw, leaving Fahima critically injured around 11:00am.Local rushed the victim to Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital where physicians declared her dead, he said.The driver of the bus managed to flee the scene, the OC added.last_img

ACC seeks harsher punishment for Khaleda

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda ZiaAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed an appeal seeking tougher punishment for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was earlier sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. ACC lawyers submitted the appeal to the office concerned of the High Court in the morning. reports UNB.“We have completed the affidavit of the appeal seeking harsher punishment for Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case,” said Khurshid Alam Khan, one of lawyers for the ACC.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the graft case.The SC also allowed the state and the ACC to file petitions against HC order that granted bail to Khaleda fixing 8 May for next hearing.It also ordered the ACC and state to submit the concise statement of appeals within two weeks and BNP within four weeks.On 12 March, the High Court granted a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the BNP chief and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the case.Khaleda was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict on that day and it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict on 19 February.last_img read more

Pakistan to honour bravery in NZ attack

first_imgImran KhanA Pakistani victim of the Christchurch attack who apparently tried to tackle the gunman before being shot dead will be awarded posthumously in his home country for his courage, prime minister Imran Khan said Sunday.Khan spoke as the Pakistani foreign office confirmed that nine of its citizens had been killed in the mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city which claimed the lives of 50 people Friday, including many who had emigrated from around the world.Video of the massacre shows one man gunned down as he approaches the shooter, while others flee.The man is believed to be Naeem Rashid, although his face is blurred in the footage and he has yet to be formally identified.”Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognised with a national award,” Khan tweeted on Sunday.Pakistan has several awards to recognise civilian bravery, and Khan did not specify which one would be awarded to Rashid, whose son also died in the massacre.Rashid’s elder brother Khurshid Alam told AFP in the northwestern Pakistani city of Abbottabad that the award “means a lot” to his family.”I feel very proud,” he said, calling the loss of his brother and nephew a “big, big shock”.Naeem, he said, had visited the family last year, staying for two months.”We had a lovely time. He was a man who would be like a kid with children, and like an adult with grown-ups,” Alam said.- Suspect visited Pakistan -‘Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the award would be given on 23 March, Pakistan Day.He confirmed that nine Pakistani citizens had been killed in the attack while one was in critical condition.One “is still not out of danger but he is being treated”, he told reporters in Islamabad without identifying the victim.Qureshi said families of six of the victims have decided to bury them in Christchurch, while the other three want to bring the remains to Pakistan.”Whatever the families will decide, we will respect it and fulfil their wishes,” he said, adding that flags will be flown at half-mast in Pakistan on Monday in honour of the victims.Officials in Pakistan’s picturesque northern areas also confirmed that the main suspect, 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, had visited the region as a tourist in October, staying for more than a week.Syed Israr Hussain, owner of Osho Thang Hotel in Minapin Nagar, told AFP: “(Tarrant) … stayed for two days before leaving for Khunjerab (Pass, on the border with China).”He was a decent and quiet guy.”He said he remembered Tarrant among the many tourists who visit the region “because he was so impressed by the area, and said he had heard so many negative things about Pakistan but he found it the opposite”.Tarrant’s alleged involvement in the massacre left him “surprised and shocked”, he said.Tarrant is also believed to have visited Gilgit and Skardu in the mountainous north.last_img read more

Weighing The Costs of Pay Parity for Houstons Firefighters

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaOne of the biggest decisions facing Houston voters next month falls at the bottom of the ballot. Proposition B would require the city to start paying its firefighters the same as its police officers. The issue has driven a wedge between the firefighters and the mayor they once considered their ally.“The city of Houston has had pay parity between the fire department and police department since 1975,” says Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. “That was broken by the ex-police chief and then-Mayor Lee Brown in 2001.”Since then, the pay gap has grown wider under successive mayors. Houston is currently the largest city in the United States in which firefighters and police do not have pay parity. Lancton says his union campaigned hard for Mayor Sylvester Turner because they thought he’d change that.“We had a longtime, 26-year friend in [then-State] Representative Sylvester Turner,” Lancton says. “We went out and we helped Mayor Turner get elected. We put 1,200 firefighters on the streets, block walked 75,000 homes, just so that we could get somebody that would equally value the service and sacrifice. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.”Turner spent much of his first two years as mayor working to overhaul the city’s pension system to keep Houston out of bankruptcy. The mayor argues all that work will be undone if Proposition B passes.“You cannot add another $100 million to the bottom line under the revenue cap and expect to absorb this particular item,” Turner says.Lancton says Turner is just trying to scare voters. He points to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget on the city’s website. It’s the last budget that includes a breakdown for the fire department’s payroll. The firefighters haven’t had a raise since.“The mayor talks about a 20 percent base salary increase, 5 percent incentives,” Lancton says. “If you take what the mayor is out there telling the public, and you do the math, it’s nowhere near what the mayor is saying it costs.”The City Controller’s office, which acts as Houston’s financial watchdog, prepared its own analysis. Controller Chris Brown presented it to the City Council earlier this month.“We demonstrate the annualized cost due to pay parity could be as high as $85.1 million beginning in Fiscal Year 2020, and this $85 million does not include the proposed 7 percent raise for the Houston Police Department,” Brown said. Later that day, the council approved the raise negotiated with the police, driving up the projected cost of pay parity to more than $100 million a year.The cost argument is a familiar one for Lee Adler of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Adler advises firefighter unions from upstate New York to Los Angeles.“It just gets tiring to see these explanations advanced all over the country – north, south, east, and west – about why people who risk their lives every day are not entitled to get a wage that they believe they’re entitled to,” Adler says.Jay Aiyer disagrees. Aiyer teaches public affairs at Texas Southern University and served as chief of staff to former Mayor Lee Brown. He says that concept of fairness must account for the changing nature of what firefighters do.“About 85 percent of what [Houston firefighters] do now is EMT calls for service,” Aiyer says. “They spend as much time doing rescue work as they do fighting fires. So from a public safety perspective, they’ve changed dramatically. Police have largely stayed the same.”That’s one reason Houston police oppose Proposition B as strongly as the firefighters support it.“This is a self-imposed crisis on their part,” says Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union. “They voted down a 4 percent raise in 2014. They now refuse to accept a 9.5 percent raise from this mayor. So they have been treated fairly. They just refuse to accept the pay raises because they don’t want to take any concession.”Both Mayor Turner and Controller Brown say the only way to meet pay parity will be to lay off thousands of city employees. That’s what worries Gamaldi the most.“They’re going to have to lay off a minimum of 850 firefighters,” Gamaldi says, “and then they’re going to have to start laying off our cadets and our young police officers, and we simply cannot afford to lose a single police officer.”Police officers and firefighters both have critical, life-saving roles in Houston, but voters will decide next month whether their pay should be equal. Listen X 00:00 /03:58last_img read more

Study suggests women in biomedical sciences have equal chance of success in

first_img Potential gender bias against female researchers in peer review of research grants © 2018 Phys.org A team of researchers at the National Institutes of Health has found that women in biomedical sciences are just as successful as men in sustaining grant funding. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of grant approval rates for men and women in the biomedical sciences. Citation: Study suggests women in biomedical sciences have equal chance of success in sustaining grant funding (2018, July 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-women-biomedical-sciences-equal-chance.html Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Lisa A. Hechtman et al. NIH funding longevity by gender, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1800615115AbstractWomen have achieved parity with men among biomedical science degree holders but remain underrepresented in academic positions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the world’s largest public funder of biomedical research—receives less than one-third of its new grant applications from women. Correspondingly, women compose less than one-third of NIH research grantees, even though they are as successful as men in obtaining first-time grants. Our study examined women’s and men’s NIH funding trajectories over time (n = 34,770), exploring whether women remain funded at the same rate as men after receiving their first major research grants. A survival analysis demonstrated a slightly lower funding longevity for women. We next examined gender differences in application, review, and funding outcomes. Women individually held fewer grants, submitted fewer applications, and were less successful in renewing grants—factors that could lead to gender differences in funding longevity. Finally, two adjusted survival models that account for initial investigator characteristics or subsequent application behavior showed no gender differences, suggesting that the small observed longevity differences are affected by both sets of factors. Overall, given men’s and women’s generally comparable funding longevities, the data contradict the common assumption that women experience accelerated attrition compared with men across all career stages. Women’s likelihood of sustaining NIH funding may be better than commonly perceived. This suggests a need to explore women’s underrepresentation among initial NIH grantees, as well as their lower rates of new and renewal application submissions. Prior research has shown that despite receiving approximately half of all advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences, women are still vastly underrepresented in tenured positions at major universities. It has been suggested by some in the field that part of the reason for this disparity is the view held by many women who pursue advanced degrees that they will have limited opportunities should they pursue an academic career path. The researchers note that such a path generally involves becoming successful at applying for grants to carry out research. The researchers further suggest that many women believe this path is biased against women and thus choose to pursue careers in the corporate world as a more viable alternative. But are such beliefs justified? That is what the researchers sought to learn.To find out, the researchers ran queries on databases maintained by NIH that hold information regarding grants for the years 1991 through 2010. In so doing, they compared rates of success for first-time applicants as well as for those who apply for and receive grants repeatedly. They found that male first-time applicants far outnumbered female first-time applicants. But they also found that the rates of success for women who applied for and received grants repeatedly were much closer. And when they compared success rates by age and amount of education, they found that the rates were nearly identical for the two genders. The researchers suggest that this indicates that the so-called “leaky pipeline” is not applicable to women in the biomedical sciences. They further suggest that there is a degree of misinformation surrounding opportunities for women in the biomedical sciences and that more needs to be done to counteract it. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Court orders Saskatchewan Canada government to remove gender markers on birth certificates

first_imgWith this ruling, people under the age of 18 can now apply for changes to the gender marker on their birth certificate. Additionally, one can have the ‘male’ and ‘female’ gender markers removed altogether.Reactions‘I’m just so glad it’s over and I am so happy for other children, as well as other non-binary people,’ Fran Forsberg, the mother of a transgender child, told Huffington Post.Forsberg filed a human rights complaint four years ago on behalf of her child to have the gender marker change from ‘M’ to ‘F,’ or be removed completely.‘Hopefully this will start the ball rolling for people educating and opening their minds and hearts for the rest of the world. There’s no reason to have gender on government ID or birth certificates. No reason at all.’A second youth, non-binary 17-year-old Jordyn Dyck, also joined Forsberg’s complaint. Jordyn’s father, Dustin Dyck, told HuffPo that they were ‘overjoyed’ with this decision. Jordyn has a history of being bullied for being non-binary, and is hopeful that being able to show an ID as proof will stop it.Anything else?Earlier this month, the very first non-binary birth certificate was issued in the province of Ontario.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This ruling makes Saskatchewan the first Canadian province to have a court ordered allowance of the removal of gender markers on birth certificates.‘This court order marks an important day in our province,’ said David Arnot, chief commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, in a statement.‘The removal of gender markers from birth certificates will greatly benefit our transgender community.’ GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Four trans people sue Ohio for banning gender changes on birth certificatesVictory! Oregon Passes Milestone Transgender Birth Certificate BillIndiana under investigation over discrimination against same-sex parentsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/court-orders-saskatchewan-canada-government-to-remove-gender-markers-on-birth-certificates/ A Canadian judge has ordered the removal of gender markers from Saskatchewan birth certificates.What happened?The ruling, made on 24 May, found conflicts between the The Vital Statistics Act and section 12 of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. The Vital Statistics Act is responsible for how birth, marriage, and death certificates should be handled. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code prohibits denial of accommodation, service, or facilities based on a protected class such as gender.last_img read more

Complaints for defective purchases may be made throughout the month

first_imgNo related posts. The deadline to apply the warranties for defects or malfunctioning of items bought last Christmas will last until the first week of February.Consumers have by law 30 days after an item was purchased to check its quality.Economy Ministry (MEIC) offices will reopen January 7, and as of that date buyers have 30 days to validate the warranty of toys, appliances, technology gadgets or any other gift that may not work as expected.All MEIC offices are closed this week and so is the Consumer Protection Office.To file a complaint with MEIC starting next Monday, buyers must present original receipts. Facebook Commentslast_img

Russia rejects US accusations of nuclear treaty breach

first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The disagreements over the INF treaty come amid the Ukrainian crisis and may further foment Russia-West tensions.Asked to comment on U.S. considerations to deploy land-based missiles in Europe as a possible response to the alleged Russian violations, Lavrov warned that “building up militarist rhetoric is absolutely counterproductive and harmful.”He said that Russia had its own grievances regarding the U.S. implementation of the treaty and that mutual concerns could be assuaged through dialogue.The U.S. has accused Russia of flight-testing a ground-launched cruise missile with a range prohibited by the treaty. Russia denied the claim and, in its turn, alleged that some elements of the U.S. missile defense shield violate the treaty.On a tougher note, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said the U.S. was leveling accusations against Russia in order to justify its own military plans.“We believe that the return of U.S. short and medium range missiles to Europe and their deployment in other regions from where they could pose a threat to Russia and other nations not following Washington’s orders would have a sharply negative impact on global security and stability,” Antonov said in a statement. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Tuesday pledged adherence to a Cold War-era nuclear treaty and rejected U.S. accusations that it had violated it.Speaking at a briefing, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the U.S. has failed to provide evidence to prove allegations of Russian breaches of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty.He added that Moscow is ready for an “honest but specific dialogue” and said Russia “has no intention to break the treaty.” Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes He said that the Defense Ministry had sent a formal note to the Pentagon asking it to present its official position on the subject.The INF Treaty, signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons. Its signing followed some of the darkest periods of the Cold War, when NATO allies hosted U.S. ground-launched cruise missiles and Pershing 2 ballistic missiles to countering Soviet SS-20 missiles.The current tensions risk reigniting the old standoff. “If the treaty is broken, threats will primarily rise for Europe,” the Interfax news agency quoted Ret. Maj. Gen. Vladimir Dvorkin as saying.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Construction Industry Wavers as Home Sales Lift Economy

first_img Share Construction Industry Wavers as Home Sales Lift Economy in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing July 18, 2012 449 Views center_img Increased home sales continue to help the United States out of its Great Recession, but uneven job growth is stunting recovery, according to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for July.[IMAGE]The report, released Wednesday, showed that record-breaking low mortgage rates and refinances through HARP 2.0 drove up housing demand, leading to increases in housing starts, home sales, and prices in many markets. Housing starts for the first five months of the year averaged an annual rate of 719,000, a 26 percent increase from the same period in 2011. New home sales jumped up 17 percent while existing home sales increased 7 percent. In addition, HARP refinances in the through May this year exceeded 78,000, more than the total of HARP refinances during all of 2011.However, flagging job growth was a major issue. The latest labor market reports show that job creation slowed in the second quarter, with a total of 225,000 new payroll jobs being reported-the lowest quarterly gain in nearly two years and a disappointment compared to the first quarter’s 677,000 job boost.[COLUMN_BREAK]Residential building construction lost 6,000 jobs in June, while employment in construction and mortgage finance continues to fall behind growth in other sectors. Over the past year, overall payroll employment across all industries was up 1.8 million, with construction making up a mere 13,000 of that total. However, housing demand has boosted hiring in the construction sector on a year-over-year basis, but although the unemployment rate for construction workers has fallen since June 2011, it remains elevated compared to the overall national figure.The report attribute’s labor market weakness to the mild winter, which shifted economic activity from the spring back to the beginning of the year. Over the first half of 2012, employment gains have averaged 150,000 per month.Strengthening of economic growth in the second half of the year is expected to rebuild job growth back to this monthly pace.Although job growth proved underwhelming in the second quarter, the report pointed out that the economy may see better days ahead, owing largely to falling mortgage rates. With lower monthly mortgage interest payments, homeowners have more funds left over to support consumer spending or savings, providing a boost to the country’s GDP and supporting a pick-up in labor force growth. Freddie Mac VP and chief economist Frank Nothaft said the housing market’s recovery should be used as a foothold to boost the struggling sectors.””While housing may not have played its traditional role coming out of the Great Recession, at the end of the day, it has turned a very large corner, and now it’s time to get this sector back to work whether through construction jobs, remodeling, or home brokerage,”” said Nothaft. Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Rates Private Construction Processing Refinance Residential Construction Service Providers Sustainability Unemployment 2012-07-18 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Household Debt and Its Hidden Costs

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Household Debt and Its Hidden Costs The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) reported a new telephone survey of 1,004 U.S. adults conducted by the Harris Poll—with results showing 73 percent of Americans living with debt.According to the report, outstanding household debt reached a record high of $12.84 trillion. Meanwhile, the nation’s consumer spending is growing at its fastest pace since 2009.“For Americans watching their debt levels rise while they struggle to make monthly payments, the situation can feel hopeless and have a serious impact on their quality of life,” said Greg Anton, CPA, and Chair of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission.The telephone survey results find that 39 percent of respondents say they feel anxious at the thought of paying off their debt, and of those, 21 percent say debt is causing relationship tension with a spouse or partner—with 11 percent having misled family or friends about their financial situation.Debt has also managed to cause anxiety throughout a person’s day—with 31 percent admitting to worrying about their debt in general while 18 percent say they worry while at work, and 25 percent worry at bedtime.Additionally, 28 percent of Americans with debt say they stress about everyday financial decisions because of their debt.The survey found that debt has made the most impact on millennials, who are reportedly twice as likely to worry about debt compared to Baby Boomers. According to the results, 68 percent of millennials admit debt has had a negative impact on their everyday life compared with roughly half of Baby Boomers—at 48 percent—and 59 percent of Gen X.“Debt is taking a greater mental toll on Millennials than older generations. But the good news is that they also have the most time to do something about it,” added Anton. “Positive financial changes incorporated into a plan now can lead to a big positive financial benefit over time.”However, 71 percent of Americans with debt agreed that there is specific debt that can be a smart investment, such as payments on a home and funding an education. Although 41 percent of respondents cited their mortgage and 23 percent pointing to student loans as driving their debt.“In many cases, it makes good financial sense to invest in yourself in the form of taking out student loans for higher education or taking on a mortgage as an investment for you or your family,” said Anton. “It’s important to be realistic about the long-term costs and benefits of any debt you take on. Job markets can change and housing markets have peaks and valleys. Even so-called ‘good debt’ can linger, accruing interest and negatively impacting your entire financial life.”The good news is that 42 percent of Americans believe their debt level will go down in the next five years—representing more than twice as many as those who think their debt level will increase.In the end, the report provides a few ways to establishing a plan to live debt free in the future—and help reduce anxiety today. To view the full report, click here. american institute of CPAs Data harris poll Household Debt HOUSING mortgage 2017-12-04 Nicole Caspersoncenter_img December 4, 2017 599 Views Sharelast_img read more