Via Rail places 989million train order with Siemens for key rail corridor

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Via Rail has selected Germany’s Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to build new rolling stock as the Canadian passenger rail service renews its fleet of locomotives and cars for the rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont.The company confirmed the contract that will see trains built in California.Deliveries will begin in 2021 for entry into service the following year.Via Rail and Siemens also announced a 15-year technical services and parts agreement valued at $355.5 million.The Canadian rail company requires 32 new trains to maintain its current capacity of 9,100 seats. The equipment must be able to run on electricity once that is installed along the route.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said the decision to bypass Bombardier and workers at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., is justified because Canada’s free trade agreements with the European Union and the United States doesn’t allow Via Rail to favour Bombardier in the awarding of contracts.last_img read more

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UN urges reviews to surmount obstacles to HIVAIDS treatment

18 February 2010With progress uneven towards meeting this year’s goal of universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, the United Nations today called on countries and regional bodies to convene review meetings to identify obstacles and plan better strategies. “Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is about achieving equity,” UN Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said on an official visit to Botswana, noting that some countries are exceeding some of their targets but not reaching others in the programme launched in 2006.“This is a groundbreaking global movement that is saving millions of lives. However progress has been uneven so now we need to take stock of what’s working and what is not and to link future national progress in AIDS to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added, referring to the targets set by the 2000 UN summit to slash a host of social ills, including HIV/AIDS, all by 2015.In 2006, UN member states signed a political declaration to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, with countries affirming their commitments by setting ambitious national targets.UNAIDS urged countries to undertake an open and inclusive consultations, bringing together governments, development partners, civil society, networks of people living with HIV and community groups to review progress in reaching country targets.It will help convene these reviews, which will use data collected this year in country progress reports to identify barriers and strategies to meet their targets this year and beyond, and set up an international advisory team to analyze them and make recommendations on how to redouble progress towards universal access. Mr. Sidibé is on a visit to Southern Africa, which began with a trip to Swaziland, the country with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the world with more than one in every four people infected.UNAIDS has praised Botswana for progress towards achieving universal access targets. Despite having one of the highest prevalence rates in the world, it has been able to provide antiretroviral treatment to more than 80 per cent of people in need. It has also made significant strides in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV, achieving over 93 per cent coverage in 2009. Botswana was one of the first countries in Africa to adopt universal access targets. read more

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CIBC hikes dividend as profit declines 28 on restructuring charges

TORONTO — CIBC reports its net income for the fourth quarter was $778 million, a 2.8 per cent decline from the same time last year due to higher restructuring costs at the corporate level.The bank’s profit for the three months ended Oct. 31 amounted to $1.93 per CIBC common share — or $2.36 per share after excluding $161 million in restructuring expenses after taxes.The bank also announced that its dividend would rise three cents to $1.15 per share on common shares for the quarter ending Jan. 31, 2016.Canada’s banks pulling off another miracle earnings season, but for how long?Royal Bank of Canada’s profit climbs 11% to record on higher earnings in capital markets and personal bankingScotiabank, BMO posted big profits, but is there danger hiding below the surface?Revenue increased to nearly $3.5 billion from about $3.2 billion in the comparable period last year, up 8.4 per cent, with all three main portions of the business contributing to the increase.CIBC’s retail and business banking operations accounted for most of the overall fourth quarter profit: $655 million — up $53 million from the same time last year.The bank’s wealth management arm also increased its profit to $123 million from $119 million and its capital markets operations grew net income to $209 million from $136 million.The decline in overall fourth-quarter profit was at the corporate level, where the loss grew to $209 million from $46 million.The bank had disclosed in October at an investor day that it would take a restructuring charge of up to $200 million in the fourth quarter, but provided no further details then or in Thursday’s press release on its quarterly and 12-month results.It did reveal that CIBC’s total workforce was reduced by 124 positions during the quarter to 16,977, but they accounted for less than one per cent of CIBC’s employees.Excluding the restructuring and other items, CIBC’s adjusted earnings for the quarter rose to $952 million from $911 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.For the full financial year ended Oct. 31, CIBC had $3.59 billion of net income and $7.92 billion of revenue, up from $3.22 billion of net income and $7.5 billion of revenue in fiscal 2014.“In 2015, all three of our strategic business units delivered strong performance,” CIBC president and CEO Victor Dodig said in a statement. “Looking to 2016, I am confident that our client-focused strategy and our investment in innovation and process improvements will add long-term value for our shareholders.” read more

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Woman hacked to death in JaEla

The Police identified the victim as 60 year old Indra Pauleen de Silva Wickrematilake. A woman was hacked to death in Rajamawatha-Kanuwana in Ja-Ela this evening, the Police said.The Police said that the woman had been killed while she was walking along the street.

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Strong US hiring last month is expected to make 2014 best year

Strong US hiring last month is expected to make 2014 best year for jobs since 1999 by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2015 2:08 am MDT FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Joe Wilhelm, left, a recruiter with payment processing company First Data Corp., shakes hands with U.S. Army Spc. Vincent Knowles, at a job fair that was part of a “transition summit” intended to provide employment and educational information to soldiers who may exit military service in the next year, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Labor Department releases employment data for December 2014 on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The best year for U.S. hiring since 1999 likely ended with another solid gain in December, supporting expectations that the United States will strengthen further even as overseas economies stumble.Analysts have forecast that U.S. employers added 243,000 jobs in December, according to a survey by data provider FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to remain a nearly normal 5.8 per cent, the lowest in six years.The Labor Department will release the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Friday.American businesses have been largely shrugging off signs of economic weakness overseas and continuing to hire at healthy rates. The U.S. economy’s steady improvement is especially striking compared with the weakness in much of the world.Europe is barely growing, and its unemployment rate is nearly double the U.S. level. Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is in recession. Russia’s economy is cratering as oil prices plummet. China is straining to manage a slowdown. Brazil and others in Latin America are struggling.Fears about significantly cheaper oil spooked investors earlier this week before financial markets recovered. But most economists remain optimistic that lower energy prices will benefit U.S. consumers and many businesses and give the American economy a further boost.Hiring surged in November as 321,000 jobs were added, the most in nearly three years. December’s job gain should raise last year’s total to nearly 3 million, which would be the most in 15 years.The improving jobs picture has healed some of the deep scars left by the Great Recession. The number of people who have been unemployed for more than six months fell 27 per cent last year. And the number working part time who would prefer full-time work dropped 12 per cent.A rate that includes the officially unemployed as well as the involuntary part-timers and people who have given up looking for work was 11.4 per cent in November. That was down from 13.1 per cent at the start of 2014.And the percentage of the adult population who have jobs rose to 59.2 per cent in November, from 58.6 per cent when 2014 began. That was the first sustained improvement in that measure since the recession officially ended 5 1/2 years ago.Still, much healing remains to be done. To keep up with population growth since the recession began, the economy would need to create 4.9 million additional jobs, according to the Brookings Institution.Average hourly pay is barely staying ahead of inflation. It rose 2.1 per cent in November compared with a year earlier, not far above the 1.7 per cent inflation rate. In 1999, average wages rose 3.5 per cent.Economists do expect more healing to occur this year. Tumbling oil and gas prices have put more money in consumers’ pockets, enhancing their ability to spend. Goldman Sachs estimates that the additional spending on restaurants, auto dealers and other goods and services will lead to the creation of 300,000 more jobs this year than if oil prices remained at their June levels.Spending at retail stores and restaurants rose in November by the most in eight months, an early sign that Americans are already spending some of the savings they are enjoying on gas-pump prices.Car sales jumped 6 per cent last year to the highest level since 2006, according to Autodata Corp. Analysts forecast that sales will reach 17 million this year, near the record of 17.3 million set in 2000. That should lead to more jobs at automakers, parts suppliers and dealers. read more

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US housing starts fall in notably cold and snowy January

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 6:47 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US housing starts fall in notably cold and snowy January WASHINGTON – Cold winter weather appears to have cut into homebuilding in the Midwest and Northeast, causing the pace of construction to tumble in January.Housing starts slipped 3.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.1 million homes, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. A sharp 12.8 per cent decline in construction in the Midwest and a 3.7 dip in the Northeast propelled the broader decrease, with construction also falling in the South. It was nearly unchanged in the West.The setback occurs after months of improvement for the real estate market. For all of 2015, builders broke ground on 1.1 million properties, the most since 2007 when the housing bubble was beginning to burst into a broader recession.“Seasonal weather and the recent uncertainty in the stock market are likely explanations for the decline in January housing starts,” said Bill Banfield, vice-president of mortgage provider Quicken Loans. “Taking a step back to look at year-over-year growth, we continue to see healthy and steady gains.”Construction firms also see further room for expansion. Building permits came in at an annual rate of 1.2 million in January, a slight 0.2 per cent dip from December but a 13.5 per cent increase from a year ago.The steady demand for new homes reveals a sharp split in the U.S. economy. Global headwinds, such as uncertainty in China and volatile financial markets, have disrupted overall growth. Yet strong hiring and low mortgage rates have boosted the housing sector as more Americans buy new houses or sign leases for expensive apartments.The residential market continues to recover from the dramatic crash brought about subprime mortgages nearly a decade ago. Home construction remains well below its annual pace of roughly 1.5 million during the 1990s, a reflection of both higher housing costs and the damaged financial credit that remains more than 6 1/2 years after the recession officially ended.And unlike the housing bubble when builders focused on owners, the industry has shifted more of its efforts to address an increase in renters. Multi-family construction — which includes apartment buildings — reached its highest levels of starts last year since 1987.Homebuilders expect the demand from buyers to persist, yet their optimism about sales growth has become a bit more tempered leading up to the start of the spring home-selling season next month.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday fell to 58 in February, a decrease of three points from January. The index had stayed in the low 60s since June. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as positive. In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, photo, a “For Sale” sign hangs in front of a home under construction in Atlanta. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in January. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) read more

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OZ Minerals contracts Epiroc Mobilaris for Carrapateena mine digitalisation

first_imgEpiroc Australia and Mobilaris have announced that they have been contracted by OZ Minerals to deploy the Mobilaris Mining Intelligence™ (MMI) information management system for the digitisation of its new Carrapateena copper-gold underground operations in South Australia. The digitalisation aims to increase production, efficiency and safety.Working with Mobilaris and Epiroc’s underground specialists, OZ Minerals has developed a detailed plan for the staged rollout of selected MMI features across 2019. Mobilaris Mining Intelligence™ being an open and technology agnostic platform, has already delivered digitalisation to mines globally and is well suited to the operating environment at Carrapateena.“OZ Minerals aims to be a modern mining company, and the partnership with Epiroc and Mobilaris will foster enhanced safety and facilitate advanced mining methodologies,” says Myles Johnston, General Manager, Carrapateena. General Manager Epiroc Australia, Terry Browne said he is “excited by the opportunity to add value and depth to Epiroc’s automation offering.”In Australia, support for MMI will be provided through Mobilaris regional support based in Australia as well as the new Epiroc’s Regional Application Centre in Perth.last_img read more

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Généralisation du test de dépistage du sida il devrait être 100 remboursé

first_imgGénéralisation du test de dépistage du sida : il devrait être 100% rembourséFrance – A l’occasion du plan sida 2010/2014, Roselyne Bachelot annonçait mercredi 6 octobre à Libération que les tests de dépistage du sida pourraient bientôt être pratiqués de manière généralisée. Hier, Le Parisien annonçait que ce test devrait être à 100% remboursé par la Sécurité Sociale.Après avoir annoncé mercredi la possible généralisation du test de dépistage HIV, lors d’un entretien exclusif accordé à Libération, Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé hier en exclusivité au Parisien que ce test serait certainement remboursé en intégralité par la Sécurité Sociale. Une proposition qui entrerait dans le cadre du plan sida 2010/2014, et qui serait destinée à l’ensemble de la population, entre 15 et 70 ans.L’objectif d’une telle mesure est d’identifier les individus porteurs du virus qui s’ignorent être séropositifs. Une campagne de communication en ce sens devrait également être mise en place. A noter également, l’annonce faite par la ministre de la Santé concernant l’ouverture prochaine de “centres de santé sexuelle”, des lieux d’échange où les tests pourront être effectués.Le 8 octobre 2010 à 09:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Blame game intensifies as big cuts loom

first_imgHow budget cuts could affect Washington stateThe White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.Some examples of programs that could be cut in Washington state:EDUCATION:$11.6 million for primary and secondary education, putting 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 50 fewer schools would receive funding.$11.3 million for education of children with disabilities, jeopardizing the jobs of 140 teachers, aides and staff.Around 440 fewer low-income students in Washington would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college.About 1,000 children would be cut from Head Start and Early Head Start services.ENVIRONMENT:$3.3 million to help ensure clean water and air, and prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.In addition, Washington could lose $924,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.MILITARY:Furloughs for 29,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would reduce gross pay by $173.4 million.Army base operation funding would be cut $124 million.POLICE:About $271,000 in grants that support law enforcement, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.EMPLOYMENT:$661,000 for job search assistance, referral and placement.CHILD CARE:Up to 800 disadvantaged and poor children could lose access to child care.VACCINES:2,850 fewer children will receive vaccines.DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:$143,000 for providing services to victims of domestic violence.SENIORS:$1 million for providing meals to seniors.PUBLIC HEALTH:$1.7 million in grants to prevent and treat substance abuse.$642,000 to help respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological events.WASHINGTON — The White House and Republicans kept up the unrelenting mudslinging Sunday over who’s to blame for roundly condemned budget cuts set to take effect at week’s end, with the administration detailing the potential fallout in each state and governors worrying about the mess.But as leaders rushed past each other to decry the potentially devastating and seemingly inevitable cuts, they also criticized their counterparts for their roles in introducing, implementing and obstructing the $85 billion budget mechanism that could affect everything from commercial flights to classrooms to meat inspections. The GOP’s leading line of criticism hinged on blaming Obama’s aides for introducing the budget trigger in the first place, while the administration’s allies were determined to illustrate the consequences of the cuts as the product of Republican stubbornness.last_img read more

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RMLD To Roll Out New Electric Vehicle Pilot Rebate Program On June

RMLD To Roll Out New Electric Vehicle Pilot Rebate Program On June

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) will launch its new electric vehicle (EV) pilot rebate program on June 1, 2018. The pilot is set to run from June 1 through October 31.Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits as well as reduced fuel costs for EV owners. RMLD’s new program aims to support the adoption of EVs in our service territory by providing customers rebates for the purchase of 100% electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and EV charging stations. This new program aligns well with RMLD’s ongoing Be Efficient, Get Greener, and Go Paperless initiative.Be on the lookout for the official program announcement on June 1st. For more information on electric vehicles, visit https://pluginamerica.org/why-go-plug-in/.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”RMLD Launches Pilot Electric Vehicle Rebate ProgramIn “Government”last_img read more

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Teachers resume nonstop sitin demo

Teachers resume nonstop sitin demo

first_imgTeachers to resume nonstop sit-in demoTeachers of private educational institutions said they would resume their sit-in programme demanding inclusion of their institutions into the government’s monthly pay order (MPO).Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions announced on Sunday that members of the platform will begin sit-in demonstration in front of the National Press Club at 10:00am on Monday.The teachers came up with the announcement after another sit-in at the same venue on Sunday, which they continued since 10 June.They have even staged a demonstration on the Eid day there after the Eid prayers.“Our movement (sit-in) was running half a day due to Ramada and Eid. We will be staying on the streets until being enlisted in MPO as per the prime minister’s pledge,” said president of the federation Golam Mahmudunnabi.On 31 December 2017, the non-MPO teachers began their hunger strike that continued till 5 January this year. They stopped their strike after an official of the prime minister’s office (PMO) told the agitators that their demand would be fulfilled soon.Some of the agitating teachers said the government last enlisted institutions as MPO in 2010. None of the institutions has been made MPO since then.However, the government is saying that it is a continuous process.The teachers said they have been suffering from huge financial crisis.“No allocation has been made for us in this budget. So, we’ve to come back to the streets,” said teachers’ leader Mahmudunnabi. “The non-MPO institutions are not being enlisted as MPO just for the education minister’s ego.”General secretary of the federation Binoy Bhushan told Prothom Alo that many of the teachers have started their journey to Dhaka to join the sit-in programme on Monday morning.There are 7,500 non-MPO educational institutions in the country. Of these, 5,240 have been recognised by the government.last_img read more

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Texas Leaders Wont Commit To More Resources For SexTrafficking Victims

Texas Leaders Wont Commit To More Resources For SexTrafficking Victims

first_imgBut when it comes to providing more resources for those victims, they were mostly noncommittal.The state’s top leaders have remained silent on whether that will translate into more money for sex-trafficking victims — or more resources for the crippled child welfare system that’s supposed to protect vulnerable kids.Despite repeated requests for interviews, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have refused to speak with The Texas Tribune about their anti-sex trafficking efforts. Speaker of the House Joe Straus also declined to answer questions for this story; Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not respond to a reporter’s inquiry.Lawmakers who did talk to the Tribune all said they were surprised to learn so many domestic sex-trafficking victims had contact with the state’s child welfare system.“That honestly is something over the years that just has not come up,” said state Sen. Van Taylor, a Republican from Plano, who along with other lawmakers said the apparent sex-trafficking pipeline highlighted the need to better protect vulnerable Texas children.The Texas Department of Child and Family Services has asked for more than $1 billion to make basic improvements to the child welfare system, including more resources to prevent mistreatment and neglect and more staff to investigate child abuse. Lawmakers in both chambers have proposed allotting $325 million of that— less than one-third of what the agency says it needs.State Rep. John Zerwas, who leads the House’s budget panel, said the budget proposal is just a starting point — “If anything, I could see it actually going up,” he said —  but he added that the $1 billion requested by the agency is “a big number.“I think it’s a very problematic thing, human trafficking in general, but the foster kids are the kids that the state is responsible for, and it certainly behooves us to step up as much as we can to make sure that those kids are protected,” said Zerwas, a Richmond Republican.Zerwas’s Senate counterpart on budget matters, state Sen. Jane Nelson, declined to be interviewed. She has previously said lawmakers need assurances that additional child welfare funding will actually result in better performance at the beleaguered agency.In response to written questions, Nelson did not directly say whether lawmakers should provide more money for victims or to the child welfare system.“These are heartbreaking stories that are unfortunately becoming more common,” she said in a prepared statement. “We have worked to expand the network of support for these children, but clearly more work is needed. We need to do more to protect foster children, and we need to get much tougher on the criminals exploiting them.”Meanwhile, the Legislature is again poised to consider a broad anti-sex trafficking bill. But, like previous measures, the legislation is expected to focus primarily on criminal enforcement rather than providing resources for victims.How to help sex-trafficking victimsJoin us for a live chat on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. CT.Learn moreThe bill has yet to be filed. One of its authors, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, said it would include provisions that enhance punishments for prostitution-related offenses, make it easier for the attorney general to pursue civil cases against traffickers and help fast-track child sex-trafficking cases in court.The Houston Democrat said that without more of a “public push,” it was unlikely lawmakers would provide money specifically to improve services for sex-trafficking victims.“With the budget constraints and all of the things that are popping up that need to be funded, I don’t think that we’re gonna be seeing funding in some of those areas. It’s just that there are higher priorities that need to be funded,” she said.State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, said the state should fund the construction of new facilities to treat trafficking victims, or at least raise payments to private providers who want to build more treatment facilities.“You either let these kids fall through the cracks and just slide into the gutter, or you spend the money to take care of your children,” Wu said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be cheap, but if we actually are sitting here saying we care about children, we don’t want them being trafficked as prostitutes, then we have to do it.”Lawmakers have so far filed a handful of other measures that could touch the lives of sex-trafficking victims, including legislation that would allow them to seal or expunge their criminal records, raise the age of legal adulthood and make reforms to the foster care system.Most of the proposed foster care reforms focus on administrative fixes that seek to improve efficiency and accountability at the agency. One House proposal would make the Department of Family and Protective Services into a standalone agency with its chief appointed directly by the governor.It’s a move the bill’s author, state Rep. James Frank, says would help the agency react more quickly in times of crisis.“It’s not just a money thing … It is money, but we also need to make sure we are using that money absolutely as effectively as possible,” said the Wichita Falls Republican.“It’s easy and convenient to go, ‘Oh, [lawmakers] are just a bunch of idiots and they aren’t putting money in there,’” Frank said. “And certainly, we are idiots and we do stupid things … but to me, that’s a little simplistic.”Do you see signs of sex trafficking in your community?Share your storyOther lawmakers who spoke to the Tribune over the past week said there were still misconceptions among their colleagues about the nature and extent of sex trafficking.“I think they understand that there is a problem out there but they don’t see how it relates to them or their legislative district,” said state Rep. Harold Dutton, a veteran Democrat from Houston. “Because many of these kids are not members of the voting public, and so they are kind of out of sight for the members.”State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, said the Legislature has approached trafficking in a “very disjointed way.”“I think we all know it’s a bad, bad problem,” he said. “It’s making the connections … when you can make the connection, you can find the real policy solutions.”This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/21/lawmakers-say-more-resources-sex-trafficking-victims-unlikely/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Todd Wiseman A week after the Texas Tribune’s Sold Out series examined how the state’s crusade against sex trafficking has largely failed to help victims, lawmakers have called the issue “heartbreaking,” “surprising” and “very problematic.” center_img Sharelast_img read more

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Black Church Leadership Makes Call to Action at MLK Prayer Breakfast

Black Church Leadership Makes Call to Action at MLK Prayer Breakfast

first_imgThe District’s Shiloh Baptist Church hosted its 27th Annual Martin Luther King Memorial Prayer Breakfast. The Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, used the event to call for a new Poor People’s Campaign.In the wake of King’s death in 1968, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy made good on Dr. King’s call for a “Poor People’s Campaign,” bringing about 3,000 people to DC who set up makeshift campsites in the shadows of the Washington Monument.The Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, issued a call for a new Poor People’s campaign during the King Memorial Prayer Breakfast. (Photo by Hamil R. Harris)“We are doing a multi-year campaign to engage more than 100 million people who sometimes never even hear their name or their condition,” Barber said. “We are dealing with the systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative that is promoted by Christian nationalism that is contrary to our deepest Christian values.”During his speech Barber reminded those gathered of how Martin Luther King was very unpopular after he spoke out against the Vietnam War on April 4th, 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York City. “He was killed one year to date after that sermon,” Barber said. “[FBI Director] J Edgar Hoover labeled him as the number one enemy of America and there were others in Black leadership who challenged him.”Shiloh Baptist Church Pastor, the Rev. Doctor Wallace Charles Smith, welcomed Barber to a breakfast that took place on the Saturday morning after the federal government was shut down. The fellowship hall was packed with federal workers, former White House appointees, and veterans of the Civil Rights battles that many thought were won in the 1960s.“This demonstrates that the church is fighting on and we will not give up,” Smith said. “Even though the government is shut down, the church is still open . . .”The Rev. Thomas L. Bowen, minister of Congregational Life at Shiloh and director of Religious Affairs for Mayor Muriel Bowser said,” There has never been a time like this and the stakes are raised.”“We are picking up where Dr. King left off. The dream has to be one that uplifts everyone and we have much more work to do,” said Bowen.Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said during Black History month he will lead a national effort where people will protest in various sites across the country in groups of 2,500. “Fifty years after the Poor People’s Campaign, it is about motor mobilization. It is a launch, we are not commemorating the Poor People’s Campaign, we are reigniting it.”“We need to remember that the real Martin Luther King found himself having to take on a society that had a neurotic sickness and a septic commitment to racism, poverty, and war that was literally destroying the soul of this nation and ripping apart its moral promises,” Barber said. “When Dr. King rendered this diagnosis and committed to raise a Poor People’s Campaign for a moral revolution of values with those who had nothing to lose, he was declared even more an enemy of the state and a threat to the powers that be.”In the same way King became disliked, Barber said, ministers today must be willing to become unpopular if social change is going to come.last_img read more

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Kabuliwala comes calling

Kabuliwala comes calling

first_imgNobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s timeless story Kabuliwala resonates perfectly with the Afghan community living in India. And capturing these connections is an ongoing photo exhibition in the capital that traces the life of Afghans living in Kolkata.Documenting the lives of around 5,000 Afghan families living in Kolkata in the exhibition From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Belonging, Memories and Identity two journalists embarked on a three-year journey to tell the story of a century of social transformation within the community.  It opened Saturday at Siddhartha Hall and is on till April 13. Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz have captured the stories of this secluded and little-known settlement in the present time through photographs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Being away from my homeland, I have been always drawn to the themes of identity and new belonging. This inspired me to photograph one of the oldest settled Afghan communities in India in modern times,” said Najib, an Afghan who has lived in India for most of her life. Najib hopes that the photographs on display will allow viewers to experience the problems of preserving an identity and rebuilding a home in a new space. “I wanted to explore how the community has held onto its culture and identity through the 100 years. And by understanding their ways of connection, I, too, wanted to connect with my own country – Afghanistan,” she added. Until a few decades ago, real Kabuliwalas were a common sight on the streets of Kolkata, as in most cities of north and central India; today stereotypes and standard attributes have formed an ambiguous image of these people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Kolkata had amazing diversity and it had made me what I am today. But for the last few decades I felt that this diversity was fading fast, which was disturbing me. So by doing this project, I had an opportunity to capture at least one slice of the diversity of this city and in a way it is a tribute,” Afroz, a journalist from Kolkata said. The series will connect viewers to the themes of human bonding and touch on the issues of loss of identity and a new sense of belonging.last_img read more

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Money can actually buy happiness

Money can actually buy happiness

first_imgBuying free time – such as by paying to get household chores done – boosts life satisfaction, according to a research which challenges the age-old adage that money cannot buy happiness. The scientists and researchers believe the other way around. As per the surveys, it highly depends upon what you spend it on. What is lost in currency is made up in happiness. “People who hire a housecleaner or pay the kid next door to mow the lawn might feel like they’re being lazy,” said Ashley Whillans, assistant professor at Harvard Business School in the US. “But our results suggest that buying time has similar benefits for happiness as having more money,” said Whillans. The researchers surveyed more than 6,000 adults in the US, Denmark, Canada and the Netherlands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRespondents were asked if and how much they spent each month to buy themselves free time. They also rated their life satisfaction, and answered questions about feelings of time stress. Respondents who spent money on time saving purchases reported greater life satisfaction. The effect held up even after controlling the income. “The benefits of buying time aren’t just for wealthy people,” said Elizabeth Dunn, professor at University of British Columbia in Canada. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We thought the effects might only hold up for people with quite a bit of disposable income, but to our surprise, we found the same effects across the income spectrum,” said Dunn. To test whether buying time actually causes greater happiness, the researchers also conducted a field experiment. Sixty adults were randomly assigned to spend USD 40 on a time saving purchase on one weekend, and USD 40 on a material purchase on another weekend.The results revealed that people felt happier when they spent money on a time saving purchase than on a material purchase. Also, the observations recorded throughout the week indicated that the bar of the positive feelings in the volunteers was quite higher in comparison to the negative feelings like anger, nervousness and fear. The researchers registered that the expenditure on the time-saving purchase plays a vital role in improving the daily moods. Such improvements thereby promote greater life satisfaction. Despite the benefits, the researchers were surprised to discover how few people choose to spend their money on time saving purchases in daily life. Even in a sample of 850 millionaires who were surveyed, almost half reported spending no money outsourcing disliked tasks. A survey of 98 working adults asked how they would spend a windfall of USD 40 also revealed that only two per cent would use it in a way that saved them time.”Although buying time can serve as a buffer against the time pressures of daily life, few people are doing it even when they can’t afford it,” said Dunn. “Lots of research has shown that people benefit from buying their way into pleasant experiences, but our research suggests people should also consider buying their way out of unpleasant experiences,” she said.last_img read more

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Find the Mediterranean mundane Think the Pacific

Find the Mediterranean mundane Think the Pacific

first_imgFind the Mediterranean mundane? Think the Pacific is past it? Over the Atlantic? Then maybe it’s time to set sail for new nautical adventures? Skyscanner introduces seven seas you’ve probably never heard of.1. Inland Sea, JapanThe Seto Inland Sea, to give it its full title, is slightly misleading seeing that this sea is not on land (or inland) at all. It is in fact the body of water that separates Japan’s three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Dotted with over 700 islands, many of which are uninhabited, it offers a chance to see a rural, often untouched Japan, and is a popular area for Japanese tourists. Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner Travel Editor and author of For Fukui’s Sake: Two years in rural Japan commented:“The Seto Inland Sea is a beautiful area with many traditional festivals and sites to enjoy. It was also the setting for the high-school horror – Battle Royale. But don’t worry, that was only fiction. I think.”There are numerous entry points for international visitors, including Nagoya airport, and Hiroshima.2. Myrtoan Sea, GreeceThe Myrtoan Sea is a mysterious sea. Often unmarked on modern maps, it was named by The Ancients and is part of the Aegean Sea. Sitting between the Cyclades (a group of about 220 islands), and The Peloponnese (a large peninsula in Southern Greece), the area is known as the ‘true Greece’ and offers beautiful coastlines, welcoming villages, and historical sites, yet remains untouched by mass tourism. Visitors can either take ferries from the mainland, or get flights to Kalamata airport on the Peloponnese peninsula. 7. Sea of Tranquillity, The MoonOfficially called Mare Tranquillitatis, The Sea of Tranquillity is neither tranquil nor actually a sea, seeing as it contains no water. Surrounded by mountains of moon rock, the nightlife here is low key; the last ‘tourists’ to visit were Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in the 1960s who were too busy making giant leaps for mankind to get the beach ball out. Sadly, with moon flights grounded since then, there’s no way to visit the Sea of Tranquillity right now, however, with Virgin Galactic, the Startram and various other space travel ideas on the horizon, maybe you’ll be able to take a low-gravity bounce along the tranquil sea bed in future.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Sea of Azov, Ukraine/RussiaLocated in between Ukraine and Russia, the Sea of Azov is the world’s shallowest sea. Officially part of the Black Sea, being connected by the narrow Strait of Kerch, the area is a popular spot for Russians and Ukrainians who flock in summer to enjoy its warm waters. However, the Sea of Azov is generally less developed than the Crimea’s south shore, so outside of these popular resort towns, much of the area remains wild, with deserted beaches, and lone fishermen wandering the shores. Ukraine’s Donetsk is the nearest international airport.6. Coral Sea, Australia/ Papua New Guinea, Solomon IslandsLying off Queensland’s coast, the Coral Sea contains the Great Barrier Reef and is characterised by its warm climate and numerous islands. Hugely popular with scuba divers, the area is rich in aquatic life, and is home to some of the best dive sites in the world. Yachting, spear fishing, kayaking, surfing and just sun bathing are all on offer in the Coral Sea so grab flights to Cairns and enjoy one of Australia’s most beautiful areas. 3. Sea of Galilee, IsraelAlso called Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee is not really a sea, but a lake. The largest in Israel, it also proudly holds the title of the ‘lowest freshwater lake on Earth’. 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