Excelsior United Development Companies Limited (EUDC.mu) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgExcelsior United Development Companies Limited (EUDC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Retail sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Excelsior United Development Companies Limited (EUDC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Excelsior United Development Companies Limited (EUDC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Excelsior United Development Companies Limited (EUDC.mu)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileExcelsior United Development Companies Limited engages in the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic products such as rum, alcohol and vinegar products, in Mauritius and the Reunion island. The company operates through five segments which are, investments, property rental, beverages, commerce, and tourism segments. The Investments segment includes investments held in shares, the beverages segment is engaged in the production, import and sale of alcoholic products, the commerce segment is engaged in the import and distribution of tires, automotive lubricants and fire protection equipment and the Tourism segment is engaged in operating a hotel and provides travel and tourism services. Excelsior United Development Companies Limited operates through its subsidiaries Medine Distillery Company Limited, International Distillers (Mauritius) Limited, New Goodwill Company Limited, Concorde Tourist Guide Agency Limited, Southern Investments Limited and Compagnie Mauricienne de Commerce Limitee. Excelsior United Development Companies Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

‘Un Pueblo Unido’ debate el reasentamiento de refugiados con antelación…

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL ‘Un Pueblo Unido’ debate el reasentamiento de refugiados con antelación a los eventos de la ONU Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Advocacy Peace & Justice, Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI El Ministerio Episcopal de Migración auspició “Un Pueblo Unido: Diálogo sobre el Reasentamiento de Refugiados y la Acogida Leal” antes de las dos cumbres de alto nivel programadas la próxima semana para abordar los grandes movimientos de refugiados y migrantes. Foto de Lynette Wilson.[Episcopal News Service] De los 21,3 millones de refugiados en el mundo de hoy, el 1 por ciento podría ser reasentado. Es una lotería con escasísimas probabilidades.En 2017, según cálculos del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (UNHCR por su sigla en inglés), 1,19 millones de refugiados necesitarán ser reasentados. La próxima semana, durante una histórica cumbre de jefes de Estado y de gobierno, se les pedirá a los países que reciban a estos refugiados.“En 2015, poco más de 100.000 refugiados se beneficiaron del reasentamiento”, dijo Karen Koning AbuZayd, asesora especial de la ONU, el 14 de septiembre. “Eso suena bien, pero ahora queremos multiplicar eso por 10. La brecha es amplia. La ambición es grande”.Karen Koning AbuZayd habla durante “Un Pueblo Unido: Diálogo sobre el Reasentamiento de Refugiados y la Acogida Leal”, un evento que tuvo lugar el 14 de septiembre auspiciado por el Ministerio Episcopal de Migración. Foto de Lynette Wilson.AbuZayd, que presta servicios como asesora del secretario general de la ONU en la cumbre de la próxima semana, se dirigió a las más de 60 personas —funcionarios de la ONU, profesionales del reasentamiento de refugiados, ex refugiados y partidarios y defensores de los mismos— que se reunieron el 14 de septiembre en el Centro [Denominacional] de la Iglesia Episcopal en Nueva York para participar en el panel “Un Pueblo Unido: Diálogo sobre el Reasentamiento de Refugiados y una Acogida Leal”, auspiciado por el Ministerio Episcopal de Migración. El evento fue transmitido en directo vía Internet y posteriormente podrá verse en la Internet aquí.Un Pueblo Unido precedió a dos actividades de las Naciones Unidas programadas para la próxima semana. El lunes 19 de septiembre, la Asamblea General de la ONU celebrará la primera reunión de jefes de Estado y de gobierno que aborde los grandes movimientos de refugiados y migrantes, al objeto de unificar a los países detrás de un enfoque más humano y coordinado.Luego, el martes 20 de septiembre, el presidente Barack Obama será el anfitrión de los líderes en la Cumbre sobre los Refugiados, junto con los co-anfitriones de Canadá, Etiopía, Alemania, Jordania, México y Suecia. La cumbre de los líderes apelará a los gobiernos a que se comprometan a aumentar sus tasas de reasentamiento de refugiados.“El reasentamiento no termina cuando el refugiado llega a un nuevo país. En muchos casos éste es precisamente el punto de partida”, dijo AbuZayd.Es la fe de las comunidades, agregó ella, especialmente en Estados Unidos, lo que lleva a cabo la tarea del reasentamiento.Maher Shakir, al centro, un ex refugiado iraquí, comparte su experiencia durante el panel del 14 de septiembre sobre el reasentamiento de refugiados, en el que Jay Subedi, a la izquierda, ex refugiado de Bután, y Akram Hussein, de procedencia iraquí, también compartieron sus experiencias. Foto de Lynette Wilson.Durante las intervenciones de los siete miembros del panel —profesionales del reasentamiento, defensores y partidarios de los refugiados y ex refugiados— compartieron sus experiencias personales y profesionales. Una cosa que los ex refugiados querían que la gente entendiera es que nadie abandona su país sin una buena razón.“Nadie quiere dejar su hogar. La única razón por la que la gente deja su casa es porque esté en llamas”, dijo Abdul Saboor, un ex refugiado de Afganistán que ahora viven en Syracuse, Nueva York, donde es estudiante universitario y trabaja para el Centro de Nuevos Estadounidenses de InterFaith Works.El Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, el ministerio de la Iglesia para el reasentamiento de refugiados, trabaja con 30 agencias de reasentamiento afiliadas en 26 diócesis, ofreciendo ayuda directa a los recién llegados. También ofrece medios a las congregaciones de participar en el reasentamiento de refugiados en sus comunidades, alienta a los episcopales a unirse a la Red Episcopal de Política Pública y aboga por políticas que protejan los derechos de los refugiados y de los que buscan asilo.No obstante, el número de refugiados no cuenta toda la historia. En todo el mundo, la guerra y la persecución han forzado a un total de 65,3 millones de personas a abandonar sus países de origen, cuatro veces más que hace una década y el mayor número de personas desplazadas desde la segunda guerra mundial.La cumbre se produce no sólo en un momento de cifras récord de refugiados, sino también en un momento de creciente discriminación y violencia contra inmigrantes y migrantes. La crisis de los refugiados ha avivado los movimientos nacionalistas en toda Europa, donde el miedo al terrorismo y la xenofobia han hecho presa de las sociedades y han llevado a los gobiernos a tomar medidas restrictivas. La mismo ocurre, ciertamente, en parte de Estados Unidos, donde hay estados que han propuesto legislaciones bien para excluir a los refugiados de sus estados o para debilitar el programa de reasentamiento del gobierno federal.Allison Duvall, directora para las relaciones y participación eclesiásticas del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, moderó la mesa de debate del 14 de septiembre donde profesionales del reasentamiento, defensores y partidarios de los refugiados y ex refugiados compartieron sus experiencias personales y profesionales. Foto de Lynette Wilson.“Estamos reunidos aquí hoy … con antelación y en apoyo al espíritu y los objetivos de la cumbre. Frente a esta ‘crisis de solidaridad’, la Iglesia Episcopal se muestra, activa y dispuesta, a responder a esta crisis de nuestro tiempo”, dijo Allison Duvall, directora para las relaciones y participación eclesiásticas de la EMM. “Estamos en solidaridad con los objetivos de la cumbre, con las naciones del mundo que reciben a refugiados, con las que promulgan programas de reasentamiento o los expanden, con las comunidades que acogen a sus nuevos vecinos mediante el reasentamiento y, lo más importante, estamos en solidaridad con los refugiados mismos”.Como promedio, un refugiado pasa un cuarto de siglo en un campamento de refugiados hasta de ser reasentado; el UNHCR es responsable de 16,1 millones de refugiados, la mayoría de los cuales vive en África y en el Oriente Medio (Los otros 5,1 millones son refugiados palestinos registrados por el Organismo de Socorro y Obras de las Naciones Unidas).La Iglesia Episcopal se propone exigirles a los estados miembros de la ONU que sean responsables de sus compromisos, y aboga por aumentar los compromisos del país con el reasentamiento de refugiados, dijo Lacy Broemel, analista de la política sobre inmigración y refugiados de la Iglesia.Una delegación observadora en representación del obispo primado Michael Curry asistirá a la cumbre del 19 de septiembre, donde se espera que los estados miembros adopten un marco y protocolos globales para una migración segura, ordenada y regular antes del llamado de los líderes [de la cumbre] a los países a que aumenten el número de refugiados que reasientan.En tanto el Ministerio Episcopal de Migración trabaja con agencias afiliadas en comunidades a través de Estados Unidos, la Iglesia Episcopal y los episcopales abogan por los refugiados a nivel nacional a través de la labor de su oficina de relaciones gubernamentales con sede en Washington, D.C., y la Red Episcopal de Política Pública.“En EE.UU., los episcopales instan al Congreso y al Ejecutivo [al Presidente] a promover una sólida financiación para que los refugiados prosperen en sus nuevas comunidades y abogan por políticas justas y humanas para acoger a refugiados y migrantes”, dijo Broemel, que trabaja en Washington, D.C. “Trabajamos parea educar a nuestros vecinos y amigos sobre las condiciones a que se enfrentan los refugiados, y resaltamos el imperativo moral de que los refugiados vengan a EE.UU.”La Iglesia Episcopal ha trabajado por reasentar refugiados en EE.UU. desde los años 30 del pasado siglo. El Ministerio Episcopal de Migración es una de nueve agencias que trabajan en asociación con el Departamento de Estado para acoger y reasentar refugiados; este año, se espera que lleguen 85.000 refugiados, o nuevos estadounidenses.La labor y el apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal a favor de programas que sirven a refugiados trascienden las fronteras de EE.UU.En la Diócesis Episcopal-Anglicana de El Salvador, Cristosal encabeza el empeño en el Triángulo Norte de América Central de brindar protección de emergencia y representación legal a víctimas de desplazamientos forzados y de facilitar el reasentamiento regional. La Convocación de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa participa activamente en varios ministerios y asociaciones en apoyo de refugiados. En la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo Intramuros [St. Paul’s Within the Walls ] en Roma, el Centro de Refugiados Joel Nafuma ofrece comidas, empleo e instrucción de idiomas, así como espacio para reuniones comunitarias para los refugiados, muchos de los cuales provienen de África y del Oriente Medio. En Francia, la Iglesia Episcopal, desde 2007, ha trabajado para reasentar, ofrecer servicios y ayudar a integrar a refugiados iraquíes, y ahora ayuda también a refugiados sirios, a través de la Asociación de Ingreso de las Minorías del Oriente [L’Association d’entraide aux minorités d’Orient].– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Por Lynette WilsonPosted Sep 15, 2016 Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Refugees Migration & Resettlement Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

War of words between Ryanair and airport bosses

first_imgFacebook Previous articleIrish Artistic Team of the Year 2011Next articleMoves to put new local authority tenants on probation admin Linkedin Twitter Print Emailcenter_img NewsLocal NewsWar of words between Ryanair and airport bossesBy admin – September 29, 2011 508 Advertisement WhatsApp BUDGET airline boss, Michael O’Leary, has taken a second sideswipe at the management of Shannon airport, accusing them of “trying to suppress their mismanagement”.The Ryanair chief executive has written to a local authority, claiming that traffic at the airport has dropped by 61 per cent between 2007 and 2011 with Ryanair business growing by 48 per cent during the same period.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He wrote this letter after the council took him to task for his approach in an earlier letter to them. Mr Ryan was told: “Shannon is focussed on building a sustainable traffic base and is happy to work with all airlines including Ryanair to do that. But it has to be on a basis that makes financial sense for both the airport and the airline”. In his latest letter to Clare County Council, Mr O’Leary accused the airport management of “trying to suppress their mismanagement of their continuing traffic declines from the local people”.He urged the council to ask Shannon airport board “to explain why they increased Shannon’s passenger charges by 33 per cent in November 2010 when it’s traffic had collapsed from 2.8 million in 2009 to 1.8 million in 2010.He also pointed out that the airport had rejected Ryanair’s predictions for their traffic numbers in 2011.“Why don’t you ask them what their traffic forecast actually is, given that Shannon Airport no longer publishes monthly traffic figures….”Previously, the airline boss wrote to Clare County Council on foot of a motion which was passed at council which he described as “inaccurate and absurd”, calling on Ryanair to deliver on its promise to increase passenger traffic at the airport following the abolition of the €10 travel tax.In response to that letter, a spokesperson for Shannon said: “Ryanair’s letter to local councillors is self-serving and has no basis in fact. “It is both bizarre and ironic considering that Ryanair, in accusing the airport of overpricing, has itself recently introduced a compulsory €2 each-way ‘improbability charge’ for all passengers”.The spokesperson further claimed that Ryanair’s so-called ‘estimate’ for traffic at Shannon is false and bears no relation to the true expected position at the airport for 2011.“Passenger charges at Shannon increased by €1.58 per passenger in late 2010. This was first adjustment in six years, as prices had been frozen since 2004. During that same six-year period, Ryanair’s charges increased by up to 1,100% in some cases”. According to the spokesperson, “Ryanair’s new ‘improbability charge’ increase is 27 per cent greater than last year’s passenger charge adjustment at Shannon.“Shannon’s charges are now in line with those at other regional airports such as Cork, Ireland West Knock, Aberdeen, Southampton, Porto, Gothenburg and Malmo.“The false claim (re mismanagement) is a self-serving Ryanair untruth”. Concerning the latest letter, the spokesperson declined to comment on the basis that it had already made its position clear in relation to a previous communication to Clare County Council from Mr O’Leary.last_img read more

TEGNA Named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for Fifth Consecutive Year

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 TAGS  Previous articleAECOM receives a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality IndexNext article4AIR Launches as the First Emissions Reduction Solution Provider Focused Solely on Private Aviation Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Twitter Pinterest TEGNA Named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for Fifth Consecutive Year Pinterest TYSONS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced that it has received a perfect score on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and has been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for the fifth consecutive year. The CEI is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and is the premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005674/en/ “It’s a great honor to be recognized once again as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” said Dave Lougee, president and CEO, TEGNA. “TEGNA is proud of our diverse and inclusive culture, where all employees are encouraged to be their authentic selves and where diversity of people and perspectives are highly valued. We remain committed to equality and supporting equal rights for all in our work and in our workplace.” The 2021 CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. TEGNA received the highest marks in all categories, resulting in a perfect score of 100. In addition to striving for equality in the workplace, TEGNA and the TEGNA Foundation are proud to support LGBTQ causes and charitable organizations. In 2020, the TEGNA Foundation provided a Media Grant to the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists to support student scholarships at the NLGJA’s virtual conference. TEGNA stations also partner with the TEGNA Foundation to support diverse LGBTQ-related nonprofits in the communities we serve through the Foundation’s Community Grants program. WTSP (Tampa, FL) partnered with St. Pete Pride to support services for the local LGBTQ community including shelter, mental health resources and HIV services. WFAA (Dallas, TX) provided a Community Grant in general support for Black Tie Dinner, one of the largest LGBTQ fundraising dinners in the nation which serves the North Texas LGBTQ community. In Washington, D.C., WUSA continued its longstanding partnership with the Washington AIDS Partnership, as well as grantmaking to support the Latin American Youth Center’s STRIPES program, an after-school program focused on LGBTQ ally, advocacy and leadership training. About TEGNA TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 64 television stations in 51 U.S. markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 network affiliates in the top 25 markets among independent station groups, reaching approximately 39 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks True Crime Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, digital and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005674/en/ CONTACT: For media inquiries, contact: Anne Bentley Vice President, Corporate Communications 703-873-6366 [email protected] investor inquiries, contact: Doug Kuckelman Head of Investor Relations 703-873-6764 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA VIRGINIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: WOMEN OTHER PHILANTHROPY MEN GAY & LESBIAN HUMAN RESOURCES CONSUMER FUND RAISING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOUNDATION PHILANTHROPY SOCIAL MEDIA SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING OTHER COMMUNICATIONS PUBLISHING PUBLIC RELATIONS/INVESTOR RELATIONS MARKETING ADVERTISING COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE: TEGNA Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 09:06 AM/DISC: 01/28/2021 09:06 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005674/en Facebooklast_img read more

Young entrepreneur launches UK’s first ‘modern’ land buying and selling portal

first_imgThe UK’s first dedicated portal for those finding, researching, buying or selling land has launched with three leading agents signed up; Savills, Bidwells and the Land and New Homes Network with more in the pipeline.Addland.com hopes to sign up more agents marketing land for sale and says this will be a free service until August for those who sign up now.The platform will offer all types of commercial, residential and agricultural land from self-build plots to large development opportunities and even consented roof space, giving searchers a wealth of information not brought together before in one place.This includes everything from environmental considerations such as flood zones, public rights of way or ancient woodland, to boundary details, acreage and terrain levels.Founder Thomas McAlpine, a member of the famous construction dynasty, tells The Negotiator that he’s spent three years preparing the site for launch because he wanted to get the technology right and work with stakeholders.Fragmented past“Searching for land has until now involved a fragmented array of digital and traditional sources.“Finding plots, particularly if you are a self-builder or small developer, can be a challenge.“Addland.com is foremost a technology platform and unlike other portals which have not focussed on innovation, we want to bring new ideas to the market for land.”McAlpine says his platform’s users will include professional buyers, developers, self-builders, strategic land alliances and investors.He says the platform which is still in Beta mode will be much more than a portal, offering back-office support to vendors including leads management as well as search tools for buyers.But overall McAlpine says he wants Addland.com to bring ‘land to life’ by making it visible and accessible for everyone, and drag it out of the shadows as a sector.Addland Thomas McAlpine Land and New Homes Network Bidwells Savills April 15, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Young entrepreneur launches UK’s first ‘modern’ land buying and selling portal previous nextLand & New HomesYoung entrepreneur launches UK’s first ‘modern’ land buying and selling portalFounder Thomas McAlpine says Addland.com has signed up Savills, Bidwells and the Land and New Homes Network as listing agents for its launch.Nigel Lewis15th April 202101,289 Viewslast_img read more

A chance to give back to Eric Weehawken students honor paralyzed…

first_img ×GIVING BACK – The Weehawken football team and Peer Leadership group all went together to participate in “A Walk to Believe,” the 5K walk/run spearheaded by paralyzed Rutgers football standout Eric LeGrand (center) to raise funds for those affected by spinal cord injuries. LeGrand, who was paralyzed playing for Rutgers in 2010 at MetLife Stadium, met with the Weehawken kids after the walk. Last month, Eric LeGrand came to visit at Weehawken High School. The paralyzed Rutgers football standout gave an upbeat and positive presentation to the students in the high school auditorium.Every year in June, ever since he was injured on the turf at MetLife Stadium, never to walk again, LeGrand has held his “A Walk to Believe” on the campus of Rutgers University to raise money for a host of different organizations that help in the treatment and research of people stricken with spinal cord injuries. GIVING BACK – The Weehawken football team and Peer Leadership group all went together to participate in “A Walk to Believe,” the 5K walk/run spearheaded by paralyzed Rutgers football standout Eric LeGrand (center) to raise funds for those affected by spinal cord injuries. LeGrand, who was paralyzed playing for Rutgers in 2010 at MetLife Stadium, met with the Weehawken kids after the walk.center_img The event was first held to raise money for LeGrand’s hospital costs, but since 2011, it has been held to raise funds for other charitable organizations with LeGrand in the forefront. This year, there was a five-kilometer walk as well as a competitive 5K run.LeGrand made such an impression on the Weehawken students during his visit that they asked around and wanted to help LeGrand’s cause.Weehawken Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Zywicki, a Rutgers graduate and a big football fan, first reached out to LeGrand to see if he wanted to speak to the students. He graciously accepted the invitation.Then, it was Weehawken’s turn to give back.“We threw it out there to see if our students would be interested in doing the walk,” Zywicki said. “There wasn’t enough time for the students to do any fundraising for the walk, so they were going to just participate. But we were bringing together two groups, our football team and our Peer Leadership group.”The Peer Leadership coordinator is Christine Mantineo. The football team is guided by a brand new coach and athletic director in Nick DeStefano. The Weehawken school district paid for the bus as well as the entrance fee for all participants. There were 19 football players and 20 from Peer Leadership who volunteered to spend their Sunday last week participating in the walk and representing Weehawken.There were a few more teachers who went to act as chaperones, so it was a healthy contingent from a small community such as Weehawken.“Eric was very inspirational when he came here,” said DeStefano, who just began his dual duties in Weehawken a few weeks ago. “The kids have been talking about him since he was here. So we rallied this group together. It was only my fourth day on the job, so it was helpful to me to get to know the kids more. I thought it was a great turnout. We had the football team in uniform and Peer Leadership wearing special T-shirts. I think a lot of people were impressed with the way they behaved and acted in public.”Not to mention the combination of two student groups who do not necessarily go together. This wasn’t exactly peanut butter and jelly getting on that bus.“We were really excited to go,” said senior Grace Denfield, who is the student president of Peer Leadership. “This may have been the first time I got to see the football team outside of school. But being able to see this come together was really exciting and really special. It was amazing to be able to do it on such short notice. But we were able to pull it off. I was so proud with the way we represented Weehawken.”Denfield is headed to Richard Stockton University in the fall with the eventual hope of becoming an occupational therapist.“I think both groups did a great job,” Denfield said.Denfield said that she was impressed with the amount of people who have disabilities taking part in the walk.“It was great to see so many people with disabilities walking and having good time,” Denfield said. “It was amazing. It was definitely a good feeling to be able to help.”Shane Epstein-Petrullo agrees with Denfield. He’s a freshman on the football team.“Eric was a really inspiring person to listen to,” Epstein-Petrullo said. “I know he’ll have a lasting impact on me. He makes you want to be a hero like him. It was awesome. He came to us, so then we went to him.”It was also special that LeGrand took the time to greet the Weehawken students after the walk and shared some ice cream with the students.“It was really special,” Epstein-Petrullo said. “It was also great to interact with our new football coach. We got to know him better. It was a great feeling to know that we were all doing something to help the good cause.”Sophomore Angel Carrillo is another football player who went to participate in the walk.“Just going to Rutgers and seeing Eric again meant so much to me,” Carrillo said. “His speech to us made everyone get so pumped up. He made everyone feel so alive and positive. The whole Rutgers experience was amazing. It made me want to go to Rutgers. It was great that we all got along with the Peer Leadership members. We got along well and had fun.”And the students went out of their way on a rainy Sunday afternoon to help a good cause. It could be the beginning of a great relationship between a former college football star and a budding high school football team. – Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]last_img read more

WRAP unveils roadmap to reduce plastic waste

first_imgThe Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published a roadmap outlining the key steps UK businesses need to take to reduce plastic waste.The UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025 provides a framework for businesses to deliver the ambitious targets set out under the UK Plastics Pact, which was first unveiled in April 2018. These include eliminating problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging, making 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable ensuring 70% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled.Bakery manufacturers including Allied Bakeries, Premier Foods and Speedibake were among the first businesses to sign up to the initiative. Sixty-eight businesses, including major retailers, food and drink manufacturers and waste operators, are now committed.The roadmap sets three key milestones of April 2019, the end of 2022 and 2025 for progress towards the goals. For example, by April 2019 it plans to publish criteria of what is classed as problematic plastics and what options are available to deal with them as well as exploring key opportunities for compostable plastic packaging.WRAP said the roadmap is designed as “a living document that will evolve over time, reflecting changes in policy and innovations.”“I’m very impressed with progress made in the first six months since we launched the Pact. This is proving to be a powerful and motivated group. The Roadmap is a real opportunity for them to forge ahead and make change happen at scale, and in significant ways,” said WRAP chief executive Marcus Gover.“But these targets cannot be delivered by business action alone. It needs policy intervention as well as consumers to play a part.”Notably, the organisation highlighted change in areas such as collections, recycling and reprocessing of materials. It is also looking at utilising flagship projects to tackle the barriers to improved sorting, recycling and use of recycled content.Bakery manufacturers and retailers have already made progress towards increasing the recyclability and collection of their packaging. Hovis, for example, has added a new on-pack label and instructions encouraging consumers to dispose of their bread bags at plastic collection points in major retailers’ stores. Iceland, meanwhile, has committed to remove plastic packaging across all of its own brand items, including bakery ones, by the end of 2023.British Baker subscribers can find out more about how the industry is tackling the plastics challenge by reading our latest feature here. For a wider look at the waste and recycling issues faced by the bakery industry read our latest waste management feature here.last_img read more

There Is Now A Street in Queens Named After The Late Great Phife Dawg

first_imgEarlier this year, a mural went up on the same street corner. The significance of the mural, outside of being a beautiful tribute to Tribe and “hip-hop hieroglyphics” as mural co-organizer Theron Smith calls it, is that it is also where the group filmed the video for “Check The Rhime” in ’91, on top of the Nu-Clear Dry Cleaners laundromat roof. “Check The Rhime” – Back in the day on the boulevard of Linden….a tribe called quest – check the rhime-ddc-720p-x264 from Jermane Hollinsworth on Vimeo.[H/T Pitchfork / Photos via @geedg] A Tribe Called Quest is in the midst of a huge and final comeback. Just over a week ago, they released their final masterpiece:We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service with plans for one ultimate world tour. The album was conceived when the group reunited in 2014, and it was no surprise to see it released just three days after the Presidential election. Race and social injustice are main themes of the new album, addressed with the lyrical eloquence for which ATCQ is known. This new record features recorded verses from Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year.Last week, remaining members of the group Q-Tip, Jarobi White, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad played a tribute performance on Saturday Night Live, and this week, the memorials continue. At the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street in Queens, NY, Phife Dawg has been immortalized in form of a street sign. Linden Boulevard is now also known as Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way.Friends and family were all there for the momentous occasion, including Jacobi who commented, “[People] get murals and tributes to them all over the place… but to have a mural on the very block, the very street that we walked every day? Wrote rhymes up and down this block, battle people, have people come from other neighborhoods to battle me and Phife—you know, all kinds of stuff.”last_img read more

TB test offers rapid results

first_imgA new rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) could substantially and cost-effectively reduce TB deaths and improve treatment in southern Africa — a region where both HIV and tuberculosis are common — according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.“This test is one of the most significant developments in TB control options in many years,” said lead author Nicolas Menzies, a Ph.D. candidate in health policy working at HSPH. “Our study is the first to look at the long-term consequences of this test when incorporated into routine health programs.”The study appears online in PLOS Medicine after 5 p.m. today.Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that kills more than 1.5 million people annually — primarily in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 9 million people developed the disease in 2010. HIV-infected patients are particularly vulnerable to TB, which is spread through airborne droplets when people with active disease cough or sneeze.Rapid and accurate diagnosis is key to preventing the spread of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended the use of Xpert, an automated DNA test that can show a result within two hours, for people at high risk of multi-drug-resistant TB and/or HIV-associated TB. Many countries are already moving to adopt the test.Menzies, senior author and professor of global health at HSPH Joshua Salomon, and colleagues conducted a modeling study to investigate the potential health and economic consequences of implementing the Xpert test in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland. They found that replacing the current diagnostic approach (which relies on identifying TB in patient’s sputum using a microscope) with one based on the Xpert test would prevent an estimated 132,000 TB cases and 182,000 TB deaths in southern Africa over 10 years, reducing by 28 percent the proportion of the population with active TB.The researchers estimated that the cost of widespread implementation of the Xpert test in southern Africa would be $460 million over the next 10 years, with the majority of these additional costs arising from increased utilization of TB and HIV treatment services. In particular, as the new test provides information on TB drug resistance, many more patients would be referred for treatment of multi-drug-resistant TB, which is expensive in this setting. The additional HIV treatment costs are a result of the success of the intervention — as individuals co-infected with TB and HIV receive better TB care, their survival improves, increasing the total number of people receiving HIV treatment.Taking into account both the additional costs and the health benefits from use of the new technology, adoption of the Xpert test in southern Africa would be a good value for the money, according to WHO standards. The researchers found that the cost per year of healthy life gained from adopting the new test ranged from $792 in Swaziland to $1,257 in Botswana. While these results suggest that scaling up Xpert can be a good health investment, the cost per healthy year gained is substantially higher in this study than in previous reports, and the economic results raise questions about affordability that will be critical for policymakers to consider.Menzies also cautioned that the study’s findings may not be applicable elsewhere, and that other countries may find more cost-effective interventions than Xpert to adopt first. “Given the fundamental influence of HIV on TB dynamics and intervention costs, care should be taken when interpreting the results of this analysis outside of settings with high HIV prevalence,” he said.Support for the study was provided in part by UNITAID and a training grant from the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s Program in Cancer Outcomes and Training.last_img read more

Behind the Gorsuch nomination

first_imgKelly Ayotte ’94 is a Spring 2017 Joint Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and the former Senator from New Hampshire (2011-2017).Ayotte spoke with The Gazette about the contentious confirmation process and her experience in shepherding Gorsuch during the last few months. GAZETTE: Justice Gorsuch has been confirmed, but only after a dramatic political standoff that many say will profoundly damage the Senate for years to come. How do you feel about the way the confirmation played out?AYOTTE: First of all, having been the counselor or “Sherpa” for Justice Gorsuch, he had an impeccable background [and was] eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court — of course a Harvard Law grad, like many of our Supreme Court justices. But from my perspective, it’s disappointing that he was filibustered and unfortunate, and I wish that didn’t happen. But in terms of his confirmation, I think that he certainly deserved confirmation. My former Republican colleagues, as you know, all of them voted to change the rules. I think many of them didn’t want to have to do that, [but] felt that if such a qualified nominee like Justice Gorsuch was going to be filibustered, that they weren’t really left with much choice. And so, that’s why you ended up with a 50-vote threshold in the end. I have no doubts that Justice Gorsuch is exceptionally qualified to serve. He had a broad array of support, frankly, across the political spectrum, including people like Neal Katyal, who was President Obama’s former solicitor general, and people who had worked with him had nothing but very good things to say about his qualifications.GAZETTE: It was widely thought that you were brought on to foster bipartisan support for his confirmation. Are you disappointed that there weren’t more Democrats and independents who supported his nomination?AYOTTE: I think I was chosen because I do have good relationships. I was very bipartisan in the Senate, and I have good relationships across the aisle. My role was to help him through that confirmation process. We met with almost 80 senators, and we had 81 meetings overall. That requires someone who can walk into each Senate office and comfortably introduce the judge to the senator and also be present to help with any kind of information that the senator needs. And having someone come in whom the senators know and have worked with is, I think, helpful. That’s traditionally why they have a former senator do that process. In terms of the rule and where we are in the Senate, unfortunately, from my perspective, the fact that someone like Justice Gorsuch would get filibustered told me that probably anyone this president nominated would get filibustered. So that’s sort of where we ended up. But I’m very pleased he ended up on the Supreme Court.GAZETTE: Do you understand why Democrats felt they couldn’t support Gorsuch? Many complained that he evaded answering questions about his views on many landmark cases and even his own decisions.AYOTTE: I thought that was really hollow, because if you go back and look at all the confirmation hearings going back to Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg and even President Obama’s nominees to the Supreme Court, he applied the same standard that prior nominees have. You’re very restrained in terms of what you can answer. First of all, he’s a sitting judge on the 10th Circuit, so even if he weren’t confirmed, he’d have to go back to the 10th Circuit and hear many matters again that could potentially come before him. But also, just like prior Supreme Court nominees, as Justice Ginsburg said, “No hints, I’m not going to give you a preview about where I may rule on particular cases.” So to me, that was somewhat of a hollow criticism in the sense that it really wasn’t any different from how prior nominees have handled themselves.GAZETTE: Was it wrong not to give Merrick Garland a hearing?AYOTTE: I happened to be running for office during that, and in the United States Senate, and so, I did support the position that — I met with Judge Garland — I did support the position that with a presidential year the people should weigh in by electing the next president. I think they did. I understand where my former Democratic colleagues were upset about what happened, but you really have to say that this was an issue in the election. People made a decision on who they wanted to elect as president. They knew the Supreme Court was a big issue in the election. It certainly was in mine and others across the country. The people spoke, and President Trump got elected. And frankly, he put out a list in advance of who he might nominate, which was very unprecedented, and Judge Gorsuch was on that list, of course, so there weren’t really any surprises there.“I did support the position that with a presidential year the people should weigh in by electing the next president,” said Ayotte. “I think they did.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: Given the premium President Trump places on loyalty, were you surprised to get the call for this important task? Why do you think you were asked? AYOTTE: I was absolutely surprised. I think there’s no secret that I’ve had my disagreements with him in the past. But we are on the same page when it comes to Justice Gorsuch because that was an excellent nomination on his part. I was surprised to get the call, but I’ve been honored to be able to help such an excellent nominee and now justice on the Supreme Court, and especially to get to know him personally. GAZETTE: Tell me about taking Justice Gorsuch around Capitol Hill to meet privately with senators. Were you involved in the hearing preparation process?AYOTTE: I was at every meeting. But not only that, I was involved in the preparation process. This has been a real refresher for me in constitutional law. I do have a legal background. Being involved in the moots of the judge, preparing him for the Senate hearings. I was very involved in that and throughout the entire process.You have people who are involved in the moots who are from White House legal counsel; they helped organize them — but also a lot of the judge’s friends. He’s got a lot of former clerks and people who are legal experts who essentially ask him questions. That’s a pretty typical preparation process for anyone who is coming before the Senate hearing, for frankly any nomination, not just the Supreme Court. It helps to think through what each senator might be interested in.GAZETTE: Who asked the toughest questions behind closed doors? Can you say?AYOTTE: I really don’t want to say. (Laughs.) Let me just say there were some tough questions asked, and obviously he can handle any question. He was well prepared.GAZETTE: What coaching did you give him, if any?AYOTTE: I gave him the advice, which I think is the best advice, of “be yourself,” because he’s a very nice person. He has two teenage daughters; he’s active in the outdoors. Having gotten to know him eight to 10 hours a day, I just thought it was really important that people get a sense of who the person is. I thought that was important beyond the legal issues.GAZETTE: So that folksiness is genuine? AYOTTE: That’s him. People obviously foremost look at someone’s qualifications, but they want to know who is this person that we’re putting on the highest court of the land.GAZETTE: Do you think you might ever run for office again? You have had a whirlwind last several months.AYOTTE: Yes, I have! There has not been a vacation. I don’t know what the future holds, but it’s been really a privilege. I’ve spent about 20 years in public service, and it’s been a great privilege. I’m glad to be here with the students at the IOP, who are incredibly capable and energized. I hope many of them decide to serve and to be part of trying to make a difference.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. After months of private meetings and public hearings, Neil Gorsuch, J.D. ’91, was sworn in this week as the 113th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in 2006 by President George W. Bush, M.B.A. ’75, Gorsuch was confirmed by a 54-45 vote in the U.S. Senate last Friday that was cast almost exclusively along party lines. Senate independents and most Democrats, still smarting over Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee of last year, Judge Merrick Garland ’74, J.D. ’77, filibustered Gorsuch’s nomination. That move prompted Republicans to change Senate rules so that Supreme Court nominees need only a majority of 51 votes to be confirmed, rather than the traditional 60. Guiding Gorsuch through the confirmation process on Capitol Hill was Kelly Ayotte, who was a U.S. senator from New Hampshire from 2011 until January. A Republican, she narrowly lost her seat in November to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in one of the more closely watched 2016 races. Just a day after Gorsuch’s swearing in, Ayotte is now at Harvard Kennedy School talking to students about seeking elective office, leadership, and the opioid crisis as a spring fellow at the Institute of Politics (IOP) and a visiting fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  A Conversation with the Honorable Kelly Ayotte <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl-icvE7rsE” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/Gl-icvE7rsE/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more