Red Crescent Worker Killed as Ambulances Take Fire in Gaza

first_imgClick here to read full story. GENEVA — The international Red Cross revealed on Wednesday that a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulanceman was killed and two others were wounded after being hit during an Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip last weekend.last_img

New Machine Scrubs CO2 From the Air

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore University of Calgary climate change researchers say they are close to figuring out how to commercialize the capture of carbon dioxide directly from the air with a simple system that could be set up anywhere in the world. If they can make it work, it would allow greenhouse gas to be removed from ambient air and reduce the effect of emissions from transportation sources such as cars and airplanes. (Read the full story in CBC News) (Right- University of Calgary climate change scientist David Keith with his CO2 scrubber. (University of Calgary))  last_img read more

Gains in U.S. job growth expected, but weather may weigh

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Lucia MutikaniU.S. hiring likely picked up enough in February to keep the Federal Reserve on track in reducing its monetary stimulus.But the size of the gain is nevertheless expected to be modest as the economy struggles to break free of the grip of unusually severe winter weather.Nonfarm payrolls probably increased by 149,000 last month, with the jobless rate holding at a five-year low of 6.6 percent, according to a Reuters survey of economists.“Without adverse weather we could have ended with something above 200,000,” said Harm Bandholz, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit Research in New York.Nonfarm payrolls averaged about 205,000 new jobs per month in the first 11 months of 2013, but that figure dropped to just 94,000 for December and January as the unseasonably cold and snowy winter disrupted economic activity.With snow and ice covering densely populated areas during the week employers were surveyed for February payrolls, another soft reading is expected. continue reading »last_img read more

ADHD Drugs Don’t Boost Kids’ Grades

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: It’s no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and others simply facing a big test—taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There’s little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes.Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall are sometimes called “cognitive enhancers” because they have been shown in a number of studies to improve attention, concentration and even certain types of memory in the short-term. Similar drugs were given to World War II soldiers to improve their ability to stay alert while scanning radars for enemy aircraft.…Martha Farah, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania who sits on the American Academy of Neurology committee that is drafting new treatment guidelines, recalls a student saying that after she takes her medication, she heads to the library. If she keeps her head down and studies, she gets very absorbed in her work and accomplishes a tremendous amount. But if a friend stops by, she becomes equally engrossed in the chat. Many students report they find themselves absorbed in cleaning their rooms rather than studying.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Observation of Emancipation Period Combines Commemoration, Celebration –…

first_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Message from CARICOM Chairman on the 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of SlaveryI urge all in CARICOM to focus on reparations for the enslavement of Africans on Emancipation Day, 2020. In our region, and elsewhere, we need to have a more thorough-going public education programme on the meaning and significance of reparatory justice for the Caribbean. Further, our governments must ramp up…July 30, 2020In “CARICOM”Emancipation remains a work in progress – Chair of CARICOM Reparations CommissionEmancipation Day Message by Dr. Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission We join annually with communities across the world in marking the moment in which the crime of chattel enslavement was confronted and uprooted from our existential realities. For us, the moment is August 1st; other dates are…August 1, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM Reparations Commission boosts online presenceWelcome to the official Twitter Page of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. #ReparationTimeCome #BlackRights — Caricom Reparations (@CariReparations) July 20, 2016   The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) is becoming more accessible online as it seeks to boost its presence by rolling out a new website and new social media platforms via Facebook,…August 5, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp The observation of this Emancipation period combines commemoration and celebration – commemoration of the epic struggles of our ancestors on the mother continent Africa, in the Caribbean and elsewhere to rid the world of the scourge of chattel slavery. We are reminded that it took nearly a century after the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 before the final vestiges of this crime against humanity were eradicated in our region. We celebrate that achievement. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID But this is not the end of the historical importance of this emancipation period. The British Emancipation Act of 1833 made the British government irrefutably complicit in the enslavement of Africans, for that Act recognized in British law for the first time, that Africans were chattel, property which could be bought and sold, property for the loss of which they paid enslavers. Oct 16, 2020 In the CARICOM region, 1st August 1834 is considered by many as the birth of the Caribbean. But it is again an opportunity to reflect on the issues associated with this birth. The CRC does not tire of stating the historical fact that the British government rewarded its planters, enforcers, investors and all others who promoted and profited from the enslavement of Africans with the sum of twenty million pounds – equivalent today of approximately two and a half trillion pounds. And further, that the debt the British government incurred to pay this sum, equivalent to sixty percent of its then gross national product, was not retired until 2015. This is important as it provides one of the bases for the CARICOM reparations claim against Britain. The assessment of the value of their chattel in the Caribbean by the planters was forty seven million pounds of which the British government could only provide twenty million. The remaining twenty seven million was paid to the planters through the period of apprenticeship where the former enslaved were forced to provide free labour to the plantations for the first four years of their supposed freedom. In other words, the enslaved paid with their sweat and blood more than fifty percent of the supposed cost of ‘their freedom’. In the Caribbean region, many will understand the phrase and interpretation of ‘put on put’. The case for reparations cannot be made stronger.center_img The CRC again wishes all a meaningful commemoration and celebration in this Emancipation period. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) joins with all citizens of the English-speaking Caribbean and all others who understand and promote racial justice and equality in observing 1s August as Emancipation Day. We do this at a most important and inspiring time in our history when the Black Lives Matter and Reparations movements are sweeping the globe. We do this also while the COVID-19 pandemic is aggressively ripping the plasters from the sores of racial injustice and social and economic inequality in many of the societies in our hemisphere – and elsewhere. This period of celebration allows us all to bask in the creativity of our people, to recognize our contributions to world culture through intellectual pursuits, the arts and religion and sports and political organization – the barbarity of our past oppression, notwithstanding. The reflection must also provide the basis for the shaping of our future through development planning and the preparedness and commitment to build regional societies in which the challenges of poverty, poor health and education, poor housing and infrastructure are eradicated and our people are enabled to live the lives envisioned by those who struggled to make emancipation a reality. It is these considerations that prompted Sir Arthur Lewis, who we consider as the father of the reparations movement in the Caribbean, to forcibly impress on Britain that it has an unpaid debt to the region of two hundred years of free labour. It is that debt for which the CARICOM governments now demand settlement. Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… You may be interested in…last_img read more

Chipolbrok Moon loads multiple cargoes

first_imgThe carousels were lifted in pairs using the vessel’s 320-ton (290.3-tonne) capacity cranes. As the tanks were wired together, the ship’s cranes had to be used simultaneously to ensure there was no interference with the connection, explained Chipolbrok.In addition to the tanks, 12 items of cooling equipment, each weighing 10 tonnes and measuring up to 13.8 m, were also loaded in the lower holds of the Chipolbrok Moon.The vessel is currently in Ravenna, Italy having called on route at Leixões in Portugal, where wind energy components destined for India were loaded. In Ravenna, Chipolbrok Moon is loading oversized cargoes, also bound for India.On the final leg of its journey, the vessel will be discharging cargoes in Karachi, Pakistan before calling at ports in India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the read more

Changemakers Hub brings people together

first_img About 50 children had an opportunity to paint, draw or colour a picture with a positive message. Volunteers were on hand to keep an eye on the children and to motivate them. 1 of 3 About 50 children had an opportunity to paint, draw or colour a picture with a positive message. A partnership between two organisations, not only ensured that children were fed a nutritious meal on Friday September 11, but that they also partake in an art therapy workshop.The Jill Fernandez Foundation, an organisation founded by Kurt Fernandez and his wife Rochelle, started a feeding scheme at the beginning of lockdown. The pair was introduced to Michelle Karevaar by Ward 50 councillor, Angus McKenzie. Ms Karevaar is a marketing strategist who founded Changemakers Hub, an online platform that highlights the work of charitable organisations and links them with people who would like to help.On Friday, about 50 children who regularly receive their meals from the foundation in Bluegum Road, had an opportunity to paint, draw or colour a picture with a positive message – thanks to Changemakers Hub.Mr Fernandez said his organisation wants to be much more than just a feeding project, hence it welcomes initiatives like an art workshop.“We want to establish a safe haven – especially for women and children in abusive situations. We already have social workers on board. My late sister, Jill, never had that opportunity. We learnt about her abuse when it was too late to save her. Part of our plan is also to establish a skills centre, and a place where children can come to for assistance with numeracy and literacy,” Mr Fernandez said.Ms Karevaar said she started Changemakers Hub as she felt that no stories were being told about “ordinary people doing great work”.“I work with people on the ground and give them a voice, but we are also focused on partnerships – bringing people together to make an impact. All donations we receive go out to the beneficiaries and we rely on volunteers. We also not only assist with food; it’s about love and light. I was in an abusive relationship and empathise with tough times. We need skills and tools to cope when we are faced with tough times, and today’s activity was all about positivity. We are trying to plant a seed to tell them they are their biggest heroes – so when things are tough, that bad words do not overtake our lives. We can choose to be positive,” Ms Karevaar said.Ms Karevaar was accompanied by Justine Schäfer, whom she describes as her accountability partner, and who made the donations for the workshop available.Mr Fernandez said his organisation is supported by a phenomenal team of volunteers, – which include family, friends and neighbours. They feed up to 400 people daily with porridge, and do a cooked meal as well every Wednesday. “Whatever donations we get, we serve the community with it. We have no words to express our gratitude to all those who support and assist us. However, we do need more donations to sustain our project,” Mr Fernandez said.If you are able to assist, contact Mr Fernandez at 078 850 9009 or [email protected], or Ms Fernandez at 076 0530 359. Zeena Slingers, 11, shows off the picture she painted.last_img read more

China South awarded Kazak loco contract

first_imgKAZAKHSTAN: The Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive subsidiary of China South announced a US$100m order to supply locomotives to Kazak state railway KTZ on October 23. The Chinese firm was selected from three international bidders. The 4·8 MW locos will have AC drives and a top speed of 200 km/h. CSR has been co-operating with KTZ since 2000, and supplied KZ4A locomotives to the country for the first time in 2002.last_img

Graduation Celebrations At Dumfries’s Crichton Campus

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInOn the 5th July 2017, the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies hosted its 16th Graduation in Dumfries which saw around 60 new graduates celebrate their academic achievements at the Crichton Memorial Church in Dumfries.Academic ProcessionProfessor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of Glasgow with University officials, colleagues and new graduates following the School of Interdisciplinary Studies 2017 Graduation at the Dumfries Campus.Dr Carol Hill, Head of School of Interdisciplinary Studies addressed guests and colleagues before Professor Anne Anderson, Vice Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences presented four postgraduate awards.Special celebrations for Elaine Crawford and Thanya Lunchaprasith who graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy, while Kathleen Ewing graduated MLitt in Environment, Culture and Communication and Eleanor Ann Walker Johnstone graduated with an MSc Environmental Science, Technology and Society.Professor Sean Johnston presented the undergraduate students to receive their degrees in MA (Hons) Health and Social Policy, MA (Hons) Primary Education with Teaching Qualification, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Sustainability, MA Health and Social Policy and MA Primary Educational Studies. Environmental Science and Sustainability Graduates Limited places available for entry in September 2017. Open Day for entry in 2018 will take place in the Rutherford McCowan Building, Dumfries Campus on Saturday 28th October. Register online Dr Ralph Jessop, Senior Lecturer in English Literature invited the Writing Prizewinners to accept their prizes with Victoria Preece, 3rd year Health and Social Policy student receiving both The Muriel Carmichael Prize for Best Piece of Academic Work (Undergraduate) and The Kirkpatrick Dobie Prize for Creative Writing, while Jessica Warinner, studying MSc Tourism, Heritage and Sustainability received The Muriel Carmichael Prize for Best Piece of Academic Work (Postgraduate).Sophie Brett, alumnus of School of Interdisciplinary Studies closed the ceremony with her solo performance of Ubi Caritas before graduates joined friends and family for the graduation celebration in the Rutherford McCowan Building.center_img Primary Education Graduates Health and Social Policy Graduateslast_img read more