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first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi has sentenced 34 people to life in prison after accusing them of a coup attempt against the former president, but all are living in exile. Many of those sentenced were informed only this week of the Supreme Court’s ruling made last year and seen by The Associated Press. The accused include a former army chief, journalists and human rights activists. A lawyer for one of them dismissed the ruling as “a political decision” and accused Burundi’s judiciary of being under the ruling party’s sway. Burundi saw a violent crackdown on protests in 2015 when then-President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to pursue a third term.last_img

first_imgDuring its first year on campus, the College’s chapter She’s the First, which supports women’s education in low-income countries, has 80 members and is still attracting interest, senior club member Christine Germann said.“College chapters of She’s the First are vocal advocates for girls’ education who educate their peers through documentary screenings, panel discussions and innovative campus events that raise awareness about the cause,” Germann said. “They raise funds through creative and unique events to support girls in developing nations and make sure they receive opportunities for empowerment.”The club’s first meeting was with a Peace Corps representative about joining together with “Let Girls Learn,” an initiative that combines efforts by the White House, USAID and Peace Corps to promote female education across the globe, she said.Germann said the club plays an important role on Saint Mary’s campus because it reminds people that education for girls is important, no matter the circumstances or location in the world.“One factor that inhibits girls from completing a secondary education is plain and simple, funding,” she said. “She’s the First attempts to alleviate this financial barrier and provides a way for us, here in the United States, to play a part in the solution.”The club gives students an opportunity to address the issue, club vice president junior Elizabeth Murray said.“The club is important at Saint Mary’s to help us to understand how fortunate we are to receive an amazing education, but also to put our leadership skills to practice and empower girls internationally through education as well,” Murray said.Members of the Saint Mary’s chapter inform the community and collaborate with other organizations and departments on campus to spread the message about the importance of education for girls, Germann said.“The very opportunities that education provides lead to global socioeconomic benefits,” Germann said. “In this club, work is done to be a part of the solution to a problem girls face all over the world, the lack of access to quality education.”On Thursday, “She’s the First” is collaborating with the College’s department of justice education to show the documentary “To Educate a Girl” and raise money for the She’s the First organization through cupcake sales. “To Educate a Girl” was produced by the United Nations, and is a credible, accessible resource to share the message, Germann said.She said money raised during the event will be sent to “She’s the First” and then redirected to the chapter’s sponsored scholar.“Supported by the UNGEI [United Nations Girls Education Initiative] this film promotes equity in education and global gender justice,” she said. “It provides three narratives that bring the issue home in a personal way. Sometimes it is very hard to imagine, living here, in the United States, that we have so many privileges that others do not, such as basic education rights.”Murray said she hopes attendees leave the event with a greater understanding of the value of women’s education.“We would like them to recognize their own education as a blessing, but also help us in the attempt to bring this same education to others,” she said.Along with a sense of purpose, the film will help people understand why it is important to care about girl’s education and the barriers they face, Germann said.“Ultimately, I hope attendees are reminded of what a blessing it is to be educated and, in turn, will help to impart that blessing on others who only want the same opportunity,” she said.The documentary showing is free, and will take place on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Vander Vennett Theatre.Tags: girls’ education, she’s the firstlast_img read more

first_imgBrazil solar auction yields new record-low power price of $17.50/MWh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PVTech:Record-low solar prices at Brazil’s latest auction have cast fresh a spotlight on the industry’s global journey to cost-competitiveness, with experts arguing it further weakens the case of fossil fuels.The average solar prices of BRL67.48/MWh (around US$17.5/MWh) at last Friday’s A-4 auction would make PV the “cheapest power from any technology ever…in the history of the planet assuming it is confirmed subsidy-free,” Michael Liebreich, founder of BloombergNEF, remarked after the results were published.The auction – where PV secured over half of all 401.6MW awarded to renewables – marks the first time solar achieves lower prices than wind at a tender in Brazil, noted Maurício Tolmasquim, professor at Rio de Janeiro’s COPPE and former head of the country’s energy regulator EPE.Assaad Razzouk, CEO of clean energy developer Sindicatum, pointed at the “incredible” drop of solar prices between auctions in 2017 ($35.2/MWh) and this week (US$17.5/MWh). Fossil fuels “can’t compete” despite the “trillions” in support they receive every year, Razzouk argued.As several onlookers pointed out, the solar price breakthroughs mask the circumstance that PV winners will remain largely exposed to free-market dynamics, once auction contracts expire.“We noticed a tendency of solar and wind projects to allocate about 70% of their physical guarantee to the free market,” said Rui Altieri, who chairs the board of directors at distribution regulator CCEE. He urged developers to consider “commercial strategies” beyond the support of auction prices.More: Brazil’s solar price record seen as global renewable milestonelast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 26, 2010 In my opinion, I think this new technology The U.S. space agency NASA has displayed the first images from a new satellite that studies the sun. Researchers released the images and short video clips Wednesday in Washington. Scientists say they have already learned new things from the Solar Dynamics Observatory but they have yet to release any findings. The satellite was launched February 11. NASA says the new images show never-before-seen details of material streaming outward and away from sunspots. The new satellite is sending back images that have 10 times better resolution than high-definition television. The satellite will also examine the sun’s magnetic field and study the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmosphere and climate.last_img read more

first_imgDid you blink?  If you’re like most of us, it may feel that way.  How it got to be the fourth quarter with the bulk of the year behind us already (again) is mind boggling – right?  And your planning for next year’s events is in full swing! Remember all those promises and resolutions made WAY back in the beginning of the year?  Yeah. About those.  It’s time to check in. Where are you?  On track? Off track? Trying to find your running shoes?  I get you.Finishing STRONG is a passion of mine. It’s my personal mantra. It’s even the name of one of my Pinterest boards! (Go figure!) It’s about digging in and making the most of every minute now isn’t it?  Not boo-hoo-ing over what’s NOT done or NOT in your control but celebrating where you are and what you can seriously get done with the time left in the year when you’re FOCUSED on what’s in front of you.There it is.  As a leadership expert and keynote speaker, this is the time of year when corporate event clients and Credit Unions are asking me to include some real-world, really actionable ways to help their team members to FINISH STRONG. Sure, they usually mean to help folks re-focus on financial targets and activities that will help people achieve their goals, which is great, and I certainly do.  But for today’s exercise? Let’s do this. Let’s talk about FINISHING STRONG personally as well.  What does THAT look like to you?To me? That’s celebrating physical and mental strength. The kind that excites you to hop out of bed every morning and stay at it. (Even when holiday party invites are flooding in or you’re questioning the decision to try the egg nog.)If you are like me and want to absolutely grab the most from this quarter then tap into these three power strategies to help you feel ah-mazing and focus your attention on what really matters to you:Invest 15 minutes:  I know; I ALWAYS say that.  Why?  Because it WORKS. Each day, invest 15 minutes in YOURSELF.  What that looks like is up to you. Meditation for mental strength. Or a walk after dinner with a loved one for a great exercise/connection combo. 10-minute quick calls with a mentor or team member with a 5 minute “download” to stay close to the goals.  The practice is personal to you, just make sure you are putting YOU on the to-do list every day for 15 minutes. It’s a smart investment for a healthier, happier, more successful you, I promise.Love the way you MOVE:  Exercise.  Ugh-right? I admit, it used to be at the BOTTOM of my list too (and I know some of you out there are thinking – hey – SWEATER weather!) Here’s the trick though: find something you LOVE. Don’t roll your eyes. There is always SOMETHING. For me? I discovered running a few years ago and I’m HOOKED. Then? I caught wind of Barre3 and became addicted. I don’t mind insanely early morning classes or long weekend runs because it’s something I love to do. Find what you love to do that will get your body moving.Make it happen.  Right there. In the calendar. You know the one, with the doctor’s appointments and member meetings and super-important can’t miss stuff?  Put your time down as a solid must-do because the truth is? If you don’t make an appointment with yourself, you are likely to cancel. Need accountability? Hire a coach. I have a running coach and I meet him twice a week. It gets me out of bed in the dark and when I completed in my workout I have no regrets. Look at it this way… YOU are the only YOU that you’ve got. That your family has. Your partner has. Your Credit Union has.  Want to lead a long, full, happy and successful life? Don’t neglect the one person you’re going to spend every moment with:  YOU. Prioritize yourself.That’s it. Three little things.  They might not seem so little initially. They might feel a little out of your comfort level. And honestly? They might feel a little selfish. Let’s clear that up. Self-care? Self-focus?  Self-prioritizing?  Is smart business. It’s the key to being a better parent, team member, partner and person.  When we take care of ourselves we’re better equipped to take care of the rest of our worlds. So what do you say? Ready to FINISH STRONG?Want more ideas on how to finish the last quarter strong, you might like this video and blog. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgJan 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Pandemic planning strategies have been brought to a personal level with the release yesterday of a guide from the federal government outlining actions that individuals and families can take to protect themselves.The handbook, titled “Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families,” was announced by Secretary Mike Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services at a forum in Arizona. “Pandemics are global in nature, but their impact is local. When the next pandemic strikes, it is likely to touch the lives of every individual, family, and community.” Leavitt writes at the beginning of the document.Included in the guide are background information covering topics ranging from the history of pandemics to the differences between seasonal and pandemic flu to what to expect in a pandemic; an emergency health sheet for recording important health information on each family member; and links to other resources. Also included is a checklist that divides appropriate actions into three categories: planning for a pandemic, limiting the spread of germs and preventing infection, and items to gather for an extended stay at home.Among specific activities listed in the plan are having stocks of nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, discussing within a family how care will be given if a member becomes ill, teaching proper handwashing and cough etiquette to children, and having supplies of food and water on hand.The government’s overall pandemic planning initiative includes meetings with health and other officials in each of the 50 states; the Arizona meeting yesterday was the second, following the initial meeting in Minnesota on Dec 14. Forums in Vermont, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Georgia are next on the schedule.Guides for business planning and for state and local public health planning were released last fall. Similar resources for schools, healthcare providers, and community organizations are in development.Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families (pdf document)…See also:Web page on site with numerous resources for individual and family pandemic planning pandemic planning checklist and local pandemic planning checklist 5, 2005, CIDRAP News story about state planning forumsDec 14, 2005, CIDRAP News story about summit in Minnesotalast_img read more

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first_imgAuction of one of Townsville’s most iconic homes. Former owner of the property Phoebe Short. Picture: Zak SimmondsBidding resumed with Mr Nickerson telling the crowd the house would be sold before the winning bid of $1.825 million was called.The six-figure sale comes as Townsville’s auction clearance rate sits at about 40 per cent, compared to Brisbane’s at 48 per cent.Harcourts Kingsberry selling agent Julie Mahoney said it was not just multimillion-dollar properties that suited auctions. She recently auctioned a house at Heatley on the same street as other properties which had stayed on the market for some time. “But this (9 Cleveland Terrace) was such a beautiful auction property to have because it had potential with the land size which could be reconfigured to have two titles,” she said.Ms Mahoney said auctions also avoided many of the pitfalls of buyers pulling out of a sale and removed any guesswork in regards to price.“I probably do more auctions than most people do and it just removes any complications,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It removes the finance clause, people changing their minds and vendors are sure of a result.“You get to go to market without a price … because there is sometimes variations between valuers and in this market no one can pinpoint the value.“In this market the only person that determines the value is the buyer.”There are several key differences when a home is sold at auction compared to private treaty. There is no cooling off period so once the hammer falls on the highest bid the property is sold.Checks such as due diligence and building and pest inspections must be done before the auction, while finance also needs to be arranged beforehand. Auction of one of Townsville’s most iconic homes. Australasian auctioneer of the year Justin Nickerson. Picture: Zak SimmondsTOWNSVILLE’S famous white house on the hill has sold under the hammer for $1.825 million. The iconic home at 9 Cleveland Terrace, North Ward, sold at an on-site auction on Thursday night with 12 registered bidders fighting it out.The home was bought by a local couple believed to be from a prominent Townsville family.The bidding opened strongly at $1.3 million and kept going before it halted and auctioneer Justin Nickerson paused proceedings to consult with the vendors and highest bidder. 9 Cleveland Terrace, North WardMr Nickerson, who travelled from Brisbane for the auction and is the REIQ Australasian auctioneer of the year, said an auction was still a good choice for buyers despite Townsville’s soft market as selling under the hammer moved homes quickly.“It tends to shorten your days on the market which is an important thing in this sort of market,” he said.“In desirable areas like Brisbane or Sydney you might do an auction because you’re going to have a lot of buyers but here you want to do it because you don’t want to go to the market with the wrong price.“You want to go out there and test the market which auctions allow.” chief economist Nerida Conisbee said while a 40 per cent auction clearance rate was low, it was often hard to get an accurate statistic in cities like Townsville where there was not a high volume of turnover. “It’s not really a good statistic for places like Townsville compared to Melbourne or Sydney because not as many homes go to auction to get a realistic picture,” she said. “Some places in Townsville are experiencing really strong growth and others aren’t.“A lot of people still don’t bother going to auction in Townsville and that makes sense in a market that’s not super strong.”last_img read more

first_imgFrance’s Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR) is looking to return to active equity investing in US small caps after pulling out of the sector a few years ago.The €34bn fund has launched a €2.3bn multi-part tender to renew growth and value style large and mid-cap mandates, but has also decided to include a search for US small-cap equity managers.According to Anne-Marie Jourdan, chief legal officer and head of public relations at FRR, the fund stopped investing in US small cap stocks around 2010, due to poor performance.The value and growth mandates that are up for grabs are for €900m each, while FRR also wants to allocate €500m to small-cap stocks. In each case, Jourdan said, FRR has stated stronger requirements related to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations.According to FRR, applicants must take ESG aspects into account in their management processes, in particular by incorporating the fund’s exclusions policy – covering weapons, tobacco and coal – and voting and engagement policy. Applicants must also produce quantitative and qualitative reports illustrating the actions they have taken in this area.For the growth style mandate the benchmark will be similar to the Russell 1000 Growth index. For the value mandate FRR will measure managers’ performance against an benchmark similar to the Russell 1000 Value index.Each of the mandates will run for four years with the possibility of being renewed once for a further year.The deadline for the application is 10 August.Multi-asset fund manager wanted for tobacconists’ schemeSeparately, the French pension scheme for tobacconists is looking to appoint a multi-asset manager for its €474m portfolio.Caisse de Dépôts et Consignation, which is the delegated manager of the scheme and carrying out the tender, has specified that the asset management must be “active and flexible”. The contract is for five years.RAVGDT is the mandatory pension scheme for those who run “tabac” shops in France. Advertising themselves with a distinctive elongated diamond sign, les tabacs are licensed to sell tobacco products but also sell newspapers, stamps and other small items.Financed on a pay-as-you-go basis, the scheme also holds reserves, comprising a securities portfolio of €474m as at the end of May.last_img read more

first_imgThe Age (Aust) 7 Dec 2011Postnatal depression in men could cause emotional and behavioural problems in their children, according to an Australian study that experts say shows fathers need to be checked for the condition. The study of more than 2600 families found that children whose fathers experienced depression when they were born were three times as likely as children without depressed fathers to have behaviour problems when they were between four and five. The study leader, Richard Fletcher, said the research found maternal and paternal postnatal depression often occurred at the same time, creating a ”worst case scenario” for their children. The study, published today in The Medical Journal of Australia, found that the 1.3 per cent of fathers experienced symptoms of depression when their children were born, compared with 2.6 per cent of mothers. read more