Violence against Women and Girls A Serious Obstacle to Sustainable Development

first_imgAt long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. When women cannot work as a result of violence, their employment may be put at risk, jeopardizing much-needed income, autonomy and their ability to leave abusive relationships. Violence against women also results in lost productivity for businesses, and drains resources from social services, the justice system and health-care agencies. Domestic and intimate partner violence remains widespread, compounded by impunity for those crimes. The net result is enormous suffering as well as the exclusion of women from playing their full and rightful roles in society.The world cannot afford to pay this price. Women and girls cannot afford it – and should not have to. Yet such violence persists every day, around the world. And efforts to address this challenge, although rich in political commitment, are chronically under-funded.Since 2008, I have led the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women, which calls for global action to increase resources and promote solutions. I call on governments to show their commitment by dramatically increasing national spending in all relevant areas, including in support of women’s movements and civil society organizations. I also encourage world leaders to contribute to UN Women and to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. We look as well to the private sector, philanthropies and concerned citizens to do their part. Today, we are seeing the world lit up in orange, symbolizing a bright future for women and girls. With dedicated investment, we can keep these lights shining, uphold human rights and eliminate violence against women and girls for good.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Senate OKs bill to move 2008 presidential primary to Feb. 5

first_imgGiuliani’s just-concluded four-day swing through the state is just one example of how an early California primary has begun to weigh heavily on candidates’ campaign plans. Immediately after Obama announced his candidacy last weekend, his campaign said he would make a stop in California next week. Some Republicans have begun to openly question McCain’s failure to make it to California – even though it’s almost a year before the first primaries or caucuses will be held. “When is the last time McCain was in California?” asked GOP strategist Karen Hanretty, who is unaligned with any campaign. “Everyone who’s anyone has been through the state over the past 30 days.” If anything is certain, it’s that California has not had any impact on presidential primaries lately, said Jim Battin, R-Palm Desert. “California did not matter,” he said. “The election was always decided before it came to California. Just the rumor of this has created great turmoil. Now, candidates are re-factoring California into their plans.” Opponents said the state should not pay the estimated $40 million to $90 million for an extra election – especially since there is a hidden motive: Some lawmakers also want to put a measure on the ballot to extend term limits. If that were put on the ballot in February, before their current terms expire, it could extend their time in office. “They’re talking about putting California into play,” said Sen. Dave Cox, R-Roseville. “But that’s not what this is about. This is about changing rules on term limits. … And we don’t need to be spending $60 million on an election we don’t need to have.” In California’s most previous changes to early primaries from June to March, legislative primaries also were included, said Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. “To create an extra election just to put term limits on the ballot,” Court said, “and allow term-limited legislators to keep their jobs is such an abuse of taxpayer dollars.” Perata said he couldn’t worry if voters suspect the bill is self-serving for legislators. “Too much is made out of political self-interest,” he said before the vote. “Everybody believes they’re self-interested by definition. … I just think there’s a real problem with a lack of continuity \. I believed that when I taught civics, and I believe it now.” by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello sharmon@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4651 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would move up the state’s 2008 presidential primary to Feb. 5 and provide California with the kind of political clout its supporters argue is befitting the nation’s most populous state. The measure, SB 113, was approved on a 31-5 vote, and sent to the Assembly, where it is expected to sail through and onto the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who already has voiced strong support for the idea. California’s presidential primary, which traditionally had been held in June, was moved up to March in 1996, 2000 and 2004, but even then presidential nominees were already in place, muting the state’s voice in the process. The 2008 primary currently is scheduled for June. If moved to Feb. 5, only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina would hold any primary or caucus before California. However, other states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida have talked about moving their primaries up to Feb. 5, which could create a new Super Tuesday, where a cascade of delegates could determine the nominee almost at the outset. “For years, California has held its primary well after the decisions on presidential nominees have been made,” said Senate president pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. “Today, we’re sending a bipartisan message that the nation’s largest state deserves to be more than an ATM for presidential contenders but should also have a voice in who is elected.” Contenders have already begun to grapple with the idea of campaigning in the most populous state and most expensive media market in the nation. With neither party boasting an incumbent – the first such instance since 1952 – the possibilities are wide open, and while everyone agrees California’s decision will have a major impact on the race, there is debate over what exactly that impact might be. Some say an early primary gives the advantage to top tier candidates with the biggest campaign war chests and highest name ID – such as New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama among the Democrats and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain on the Republican side. But others say that California could offer breakthrough opportunities to underdogs such as Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, with his Latino heritage, or Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, with his conservative record and clearly-defined opposition to the Iraq War. “If we have a free-for-all on both sides, an early California primary could allow someone using non-traditional means like the Internet and community organizing to take off,” said Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign, a grass- roots organization that supports an early primary. “Nothing’s sewn up. It’s wide open and California could be a big factor.” last_img read more

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Challenger leading in Glendale council election

first_img eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – In a surprise upset, challenger John Drayman took a comfortable lead in the Glendale City Council race late Tuesday and left incumbents Councilman Rafi Manoukian and Mayor Dave Weaver in a neck-and-neck battle for the other remaining seat. The 48-year-old head of the Montrose Shopping Park Association, who came 503 votes shy of capturing a seat on the council two years ago, had taken 22.3 percent of the vote with 40 of 57 precincts counted. Drayman, who was watching the returns with supporters at a downtown steakhouse, was optimistic but cautious, since he came so close to the seat last time before it slipped away. “We’ll see,” he said. “It’s nice company to be in right now, but it’s not a done deal by any means. And we have some very strong candidates.” Holding second place was Mayor Dave Weaver with 17.7 percent, followed by two-term councilman Manoukian with 16.8 percent. Both were locked in an all-night battle to retain their seats. Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian was fourth with 15.5 percent; immigration consultant Chahe Keuroghelian had 12.2 percent; TV host Vrej Agajanian had 6.6 percent; activist Herbert Molano had garnered 6 percent and former Glendale Water and Power Commissioner Lenore Solis trailed with 2.4 percent. In the Glendale Unified School District board race, incumbent Mary Boger and candidate Nayiri Nahabedian were leading the six candidates vying for two seats on the five-member panel overseeing the 28,000-student district. Challenger Todd Hunt was third, trailing Nahabedian by one percentage point. School board member Pam Ellis, whose seat is up, is not seeking re-election. Incumbents Vahe Peroomian and Tony Tartaglia were leading in the Glendale Community College Board race. last_img read more

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British Columbia and China strengthen ties to natural gas future

first_img“As the world’s largest energy consumer, China continues to look to B.C. for its abundant, stable energy supply and our government’s representatives in Asia played a key role in advancing negotiations with China’s National Energy Administration,” Minister of International Trade, Teresa Wat said.With 16 LNG export proposals now in the province, B.C. is said to be poised as a leading energy supplier for China and Asia’s growing economies.The Government of British Columbia also says the development of an LNG industry will result in unprecedented economic growth and has the potential to create more than 100,000 jobs. China is Asia’s largest economy and fastest growing market for new energy.Advertisement “The continued growth of our economies depends on foresight and partnership,” Premier Christy Clark said. “With our dependable, abundant supply of natural gas and China’s need for new sources of energy, we have an opportunity like never before to work together and develop a strong, competitive LNG industry.”The MOU is said to emphasize the development of an LNG industry and the benefits it will create for both B.C. and China.This includes the reduction of China’s global carbon emissions with the use of B.C. natural gas – reportedly the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.- Advertisement -“Strengthening relationships with our trade partners in China creates unprecedented growth opportunities for our province’s natural gas sector,” Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman said. “Working together will accelerate LNG development and job creation in British Columbia and help China reach its need for a new energy supply.”B.C. and China also have plans to increase the exchange of energy-related information; expedite networking opportunities for business leaders, researchers and government agencies; and encourage industry to explore investment and mutually beneficial development.The Government of British Columbia says their attempting to strengthen global ties to attract new investment, increase trade and create jobs at home.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Giroud aims to extend FA Cup love affair with Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is targeting a fourth FA Cup in five years © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is aiming to extend his love affair with the FA Cup as Antonio Conte’s men prepare to face Southampton in Sunday’s semi-final.Giroud lifted the trophy with Arsenal in 2014, 2015 and 2017 before his Stamford Bridge switch earlier this season and is hungry for more Wembley success with the Blues. Chelsea’s title defence never really got off the ground this season and they remain five points off the top four despite beating Burnley on Thursday but Giroud knows the importance of fighting for cup success.“I signed here to win trophies. If I win it again, it would be my fourth FA Cup in five years,” said the Frenchman, whose side would face Manchester United or Tottenham in the final if they beat relegation-threatened Southampton.“I want to carry on the good momentum because I was unbeaten at Wembley with Arsenal and I want to do it with Chelsea too.“Of course the FA Cup is very important. Since I have been in England everyone talks about the Premier League but the FA Cup is massive as well. I understand that and I really want it for the fans.”Giroud, 31, said Chelsea could compete strongly in the Premier League next season despite the disappointments of the current campaign but the club want to finish the season on a high.The forward lined up in a front two with Alvaro Morata at Turf Moor, a combination that showed signs of promise without either man getting on the scoresheet.The Frenchman was supportive of his Spanish team-mate, happy to act as a foil rather than a rival.“We haven’t played together much but it is easy to play with this kind of player, we can find each other easily on the pitch,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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More troops sought in northern Iraq as terrorists relocate

first_imgAt the Pentagon, meanwhile, the top Marine general told reporters Wednesday that he has set aside his proposal to shift Marine forces from Iraq to Afghanistan, reflecting opposition from Gates. “After discussion with the secretary and with my colleagues on the Joint Staff, there is a determination that right now the timing is not right to provide additional Marine forces to Afghanistan,” said Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps commandant. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGates, who met with commanders in Mosul before heading to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders, acknowledged the new challenges in the north. “What I heard them say was that they … did need some additional forces … particularly west of the river,” said Gates, who appeared at a press briefing with Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi. He said that as military operations in Baghdad pushed al-Qaida north, there was a “resulting increase in terrorist activities in Mosul and surrounding areas as al-Qaida tried to establish a new foothold.” Gates, who is using his latest unannounced trip to Iraq to assess whether the downturn in violence in parts of the country can be sustained, also said he believes a stable Iraq is within reach. “In many parts of the nation, the positive developments have led to a growing sense of normalcy and hope,” said Gates. BAGHDAD – U.S. military commanders in northern Iraq told Defense Secretary Robert Gates here Wednesday that they need more troops to battle increased attacks by al-Qaida terrorists who have fled north after being pushed out of the Baghdad region. The call for the movement of Iraqi and U.S. forces into the north comes as Gates hailed the improved security in Baghdad and said a stable Iraq is within reach. Just before Gates spoke in the heavily fortified Green Zone, however, a car bomb exploded across the Tigris River in a largely Shiite Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least 14 people, police said. Up in Mosul, Army Col. Tony Thomas, deputy commander of U.S. forces in the north, told reporters traveling with Gates that commanders would like more U.S. troops, as well as the return of 1,400 Iraqi troops who were sent to Baghdad as part of the military buildup there earlier this year. The plan could shift extra troops from other areas of the country that are more secure. Thomas would not say how many troops are needed or where they would be deployed, but he said the U.S. needs more combat power to help stabilize a number of areas – including Diyala province, Mosul and Samara – to help counter an uptick in violence, including suicide bombings. He said military leaders are still discussing the issue, and have made no final decisions. last_img read more

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Daniel fronts new video about gas safety – and it’s hilarious!

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell stars in a new safety campaign launched by Gas Networks Ireland in which he turns up at his biggest fans house and offers to look at her gas boiler – only to be kicked out!A mere five hours after Daniel uploaded it on his Facebook page, it has over 111,000 views and 2,400 likes! Daniel steps into Mary’s sitting room, which is full of Daniel O’Donnell merchandise, with pictures of him printed onto cushions, portraits of him on the wall, and even a cake with his face carefully etched onto it with icing!Mary mentions that her house is cold as her gas boiler has been on the blink.Daniel then offers to ‘have a wee look’ at her broken boiler, to which she sternly responds ‘I’d like you to leave!’ while snatching away his cup of tea.A safety message then reads ‘never use an unregistered gas installer – even if it’s Daniel O’Donnell’. Although the video is comedic, it also communicates a very serious message.Gas Networks Ireland say; “The premise of the campaign is simple, you should never use an unregistered gas installer to carry out work on your gas appliances, such as gas boilers, no matter how seemingly convenient or tempting it may be.”Perhaps this could be a new career path for our Kincasslagh crooner?Daniel fronts new video about gas safety – and it’s hilarious! was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Vital lessons for students at hard-hitting Road Safe Road Show

first_imgOrgnaisers and speakers Garda Srg. Mark Traynor, Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service, Liam Carr, Fire Service, Harry Rutherford, Road Safety Council, Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer Donegal County Council, James McKenna, Fire Service, Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service and Niall Murphy, Donegal County Council at the The Road Safe Road Show a unique partnership between Donegal County Council and members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group which provides a platform to positively influence the driving behaviour of young students as they commence their driving careers. The show will be seen by over 3,000 students from the County’s twenty-seven post-primary schools and six Youthreach centres and the show continues to receive excellent support from schools in Northern Ireland with the Police Service of Northern Ireland assisting with the registration of over 900 students to attend from Derry and Tyrone. Photo Clive WassonThe Road Safe Show road safety message is being delivered to Donegal, Derry & Tyrone students in the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny today, Tuesday and tomorrow, Wednesday.The Road Safe Road Show is a unique partnership between Donegal County Council and members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group which provides a platform to positively influence the driving behaviour of young students as they commence their driving careers.The show will be seen by over 3,000 students from the County’s twenty-seven post-primary schools and six Youthreach centres and the show continues to receive excellent support from schools in Northern Ireland with the Police Service of Northern Ireland assisting with the registration of over 900 students to attend from Derry and Tyrone. Charlie Collins, MC at the The Road Safe Road Show a unique partnership between Donegal County Council and members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group which provides a platform to positively influence the driving behaviour of young students as they commence their driving careers. The show will be seen by over 3,000 students from the County’s twenty-seven post-primary schools and six Youthreach centres and the show continues to receive excellent support from schools in Northern Ireland with the Police Service of Northern Ireland assisting with the registration of over 900 students to attend from Derry and Tyrone. Photo Clive WassonIt is a sad fact that almost everyone in this County knows someone who was killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Donegal. This show offers our young people the opportunity to learn about the consequences of poor driving behaviour on our roads. Our hope is that this show will have a positive influence on them and help to keep them safe on our roads in the future.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Gerry McMonagle said “This is a very important event in our Road Safety Programme, and its value is in the positive and lasting impression it leaves on the young people who attend the show, they can see clearly that road traffic collisions affect many people, from the immediate family and friends to the emergency services who have to attend the horrific scenes. It is through educating our young people about the dangers that they can face on the roads that we can make a difference.”Coláiste na Carraige students with Dr.Sinead McGowan Emergency Consultant, Garda Srg. Mark Traynor, Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service, Liam Carr, Fire Service, Harry Rutherford, Road Safety Council, James McKenna, Fire Service, Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service and Niall Murphy, Donegal County Council at the The Road Safe Road Show a unique partnership between Donegal County Council and members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group which provides a platform to positively influence the driving behaviour of young students as they commence their driving careers. The show will be seen by over 3,000 students from the County’s twenty-seven post-primary schools and six Youthreach centres and the show continues to receive excellent support from schools in Northern Ireland with the Police Service of Northern Ireland assisting with the registration of over 900 students to attend from Derry and Tyrone. Photo Clive WassonBrian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said they are delighted that so many schools support the Road Safe Show concept.“This show gives us an incredible opportunity to deliver a challenging message which graphically illustrates the dangers young motorists can face, how quickly things can go wrong and how lives can be shattered. We believe that showing realistically what happens on our roads has a strong impact on the students who attend. I hope that after seeing the show, they realise that they are not indestructible, that they are more vulnerable on the roads and that they must respect the roads and other road users. I would like to express our sincere thanks to all the speakers involved for their continued commitment to the Road Safe Show. “We need to get the message to our young people, that before they get into a car with a driver who exceeds the speed limit, or someone who may be under the influence of drink, or who has taken drugs, or by not wearing their seatbelts, or who use their mobile phone while driving; to stop and think, because the trauma and devastation that is brought on your family and on the local community as a result of a road traffic collision is totally avoidable, no family should have to suffer the pain and loss of a loved one as a result of a road traffic collision,” he said.To date 118 people have lost their lives on Ireland’s roads as result of a road traffic collision, 5 of these on Donegal’s roads.Colaiste Col Cille Ballyshannon students with Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service, Liam Carr, Fire Service, and Niall Murphy, Donegal County Council at the The Road Safe Road Show a unique partnership between Donegal County Council and members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group which provides a platform to positively influence the driving behaviour of young students as they commence their driving careers. The show will be seen by over 3,000 students from the County’s twenty-seven post-primary schools and six Youthreach centres and the show continues to receive excellent support from schools in Northern Ireland with the Police Service of Northern Ireland assisting with the registration of over 900 students to attend from Derry and Tyrone. Photo Clive WassonVital lessons for students at hard-hitting Road Safe Road Show was last modified: October 12th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auraBrian O’DonnellDonegal County Councilroad safe road showlast_img read more

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Half-time: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea almost took the lead and might have been awarded a penalty in a lively first half at the Emirates Stadium, where a victory would leave them on the verge of being confirmed as champions.Just after the quarter-hour mark, former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas, jeered by many of the home fans on his return to north London, lifted the ball forward and after Laurent Koscielny failed to clear, Oscar nipped in and lobbed David Ospina.Keeper Ospina clattered into Oscar, leaving him in a heap on the floor, and Gunners defender Hector Bellerin headed off the line to deny the Brazilian what would have been his first goal since January.Chelsea had two other shouts for a penalty waved away by referee Michael Oliver.Oscar went down early on after after contact with Bellerin and on 22 minutes Fabregas was booked for diving following a challenge from Santi Cazorla.And at the other end, Gary Cahill was given the benefit of the doubt after blocking Cazorla’s shot with a raised arm.Chelsea are playing without a recognised striker in the absence of injured duo Diego Costa and Loic Remy.Oscar was deployed in a central attacking role, supported by Eden Hazard, Ramires and Willian.A victory would mean Chelsea would wrap up the title if they also win at Leicester on Wednesday. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Hazard Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Drogba. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Researchers Record the Hum of Cellular Motors at Work

first_imgResearchers from UCLA placed a probe on a yeast cell and found that it vibrated at 1.6 kHz.  Further tests showed the vibration responded to temperature and to metabolic agents.  They think they have discovered the hum of cellular motors at work, reports Science News.1  “By the UCLA team’s calculations,“ writes Alexandra Goho, “molecular-motor proteins inside the cell are the likely source of the rumble.  Such proteins carry chemical cargo along molecular tracks called microtubules and pump nutrients in and out of cells.”  They translated the vibrations into a sound file you can download at the website of lead investigator James Gimzewski.1Alexandra Goho, “Rattle and Hum: Molecular machinery makes yeast cells purr,” Science News, Week of Aug. 21, 2004; Vol. 166, No. 8 , p. 116.The sound of motorized freeway traffic inside the cell: fascinating.  Blobs of jello don’t purr.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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