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first_imgKINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba submitted his letter of resignation Friday to Congo’s President, two days after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for his ouster. After 15 months heading the coalition government, he thanked the president as well as the former head of state Joseph Kabila who helped put him in the post. The National Assembly on Wednesday voted 367 out of 377 to remove Ilunkamba for incompetence. The move paves the way for Tshisekedi to appoint someone more loyal as he distances himself from a coalition formed with his predecessor, Kabila, the strongman who governed the impoverished Central African nation for 18 years.last_img read more

first_imgIn 1912, the Tallulah River was dammed above Tallulah Falls, once known as the Niagara of the South, creating the nation’s first controlled river. What had been a major tourist attraction ceased to be until the mid-1990s when American Whitewater and other advocates worked with the power company to secure three weekends of release a year. The Tallulah became an instant classic, and is celebrated with unrestrained enthusiasm at Tallulah Fest, a weekend-long whitewater jamboree on the banks of the river.The festival corresponds with the second of two spring dam releases, drawing paddlers from across the region and country – the festival has doubled in size each year since its inception. Along with paddling down the ancient, 1,000-feet deep Tallulah River Gorge, festival-goers delight in one of the wildest weekends in the South. Whitewater adventure films loop on huge screens, bluegrass blares through the night, and paddlers exchange war stories of the day’s activities and more around bonfires that burn through the morning. This year’s fest is headlined by Americana rocker Adam Hood and sponsors like Dagger, Jackson, Bomber Gear, and Immersion Research use the weekend’s dam release to test their prototypes and giveaway their latest. While the weekend is dedicated to paddling, camping, and good times, proceeds go to American Whitewater.This year’s festival is happening this weekend, April 12-14, 2013 on the banks of the Tallulah River in Cohutta National Forest. A free shuttle will be provided from the put in/take out and new this year is a video contest that will determine the winner of a new Wave Sport Recon. Don’t miss one of the wildest whitewater events of the year.View Larger Maplast_img read more

first_imgThe giveaway will be held at 10 a.m. at the school. This will be a drive-thru event and anyone is welcomed to pick up the milk. (WBNG) — The Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School District will hold another milk giveaway Thursday.center_img 4,000 gallons of milk are set to be given away through the American Dairy Association, Dairy Farmers of America and local community partners.last_img

first_imgIf you walk right now between the salt field and the ornithological part of the Nin Saltworks, you will have a simple experience, ie you will have the opportunity to see and photograph a group of exotic pennants or flamingos. Yes, the flamingos, which landed in the Nin saltworks area two days ago.Last year, a pennant landed and stayed in Nin for quite a long time, even with a storm. “This year, one adult pennant landed, perhaps the one from last year, and with it several young of a total of six birds. Cubs are much lighter in color because in adults their feathers, beak and legs turn red due to the food they take from wetland habitats. ” points out Marija Dejanović, director of the Nina Tourist BoardCertainly the arrival of these exotic birds is considered a rare occurrence, but it is known that this pink bird finds food in muddy areas, as flamingos were spotted near Venice in the Po River Delta Regional Park. Also, it is very likely that the pennants will get used to it, so they will visit the Nin Lagoon every year, which would certainly be an additional motive for coming to Nin as a birdwatching destination.Photo: Ivan StulićNin – a destination for birdwatchingAfter receiving the EDEN Award – European Destination of Excellence in 2010, which includes care and efforts for sustainable development through the local tourist community, Nin began educational processes through ecological encounters in the fields of Solana Nin and the protected area of ​​medicinal mud near Queen’s Beach and celebrating European Day bird counts. “In the past seven years, efforts have been made to design a new tourist product, the so-called birdwatching tourism. To this end, the destination began arranging themed trails in the Nin Lagoon and actively promoting the birds that have chosen the lagoon as their home. In addition to the already significant owner bird, an attractive pennant bird is now appearing, which has been visiting the lagoon for two years in a row. ” Dejanovic points out.The overall promotion of EDEN destination Nin is focused on ecological tourism with an emphasis on the bird world and other forms of tourism that are basically sustainable development. Nin lagoon with muddy and sandy shallow shores and wetlands in the vicinity of the saltworks, is of exceptional biological value and is one of the few habitats on the Croatian coast and in Europe.Therefore, nesting, migratory and wintering birds are kept in the area of ​​the Nin Lagoon, and they chose this area for their home because the vegetation of salt marshes (halophytes) provides optimal conditions for wetland bird species to live and prolong their species. ” Birdwatchers here are happy to observe certain bird species, such as the rare hentopus (Himantopus himantopus) listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, sea bass, guinea fowl, etc. lagoon every year. It is a great joy because the population of this species of bird in Europe has decreased dangerously. You can still see the last 2 pairs of landladies still lingering in the salt fields and gathering strength for a long flight and moving to warmer regions. ” Dejanović pointed out and added that the entire area of ​​Nin and its surroundings is a unique landscape of rare plant and animal species with 8 NATURA 2000 habitats, 5 endemic, 4 Crete. endangered, 1 endangered and 5 susceptible plants.In the UK alone, as much as € 500 million is spent annually on birdwatching, and interestingly, as many as 60 million Americans observe birds. The potential of birdwathing tourism is also shown by the fact that Murizt, a national park in Germany, generates the majority of its income from birdwatchers, through 600 visits per year, which brings the region 13 million euros and 628 permanent jobs. By the way, it is the market of Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Sweden that are the leaders in birdwatchnig tourism in Europe.last_img read more

first_imgAmerica has been at war for close to two decades with relatively modest accomplishment. The war in Afghanistan continues and Iraq has become a more religiously divided country with a weak central government and much poverty. Many innocent Iraqis are dead; many families are shattered; and Iranian influence is more prominent.Add in that the whole region is in turmoil. For examples, note the catastrophic conditions in Syria, the involvement of the Russian military there and the Turkish war with the Kurds.Now the president is dealing with the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. That problem, as I see it, isn’t solvable peaceably without the support of China and Russia. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Korean War began due to the Soviet Union’s dictator, Stalin, encouraging the North Koreans to invade South Korea. When the war ended in a stalemate in 1953, 4 million people were dead. Now, after 75 years, South Korea is an economically advanced democratic country and North Korea a prison camp run by a cruel dictator.President Truman responded correctly militarily to the invasion (supported by the UN) and Gen. MacArthur drove the North Koreans back. When he crossed the Yalu River, China entered the war against us. Then Eisenhower became president and he turned the war into a stalemate because it was unwinnable due to the backing of the North Koreans by China and the Soviet Union.Nuclear war isn’t a real option, and America doesn’t need another war of any kind. As a result, the only real option is a diplomatic solution that involves China and Russia, because those powers won’t permit the United States from gaining more influence on the Korean peninsula.I have little confidence that the Trump- Bolton team is capable of delivering a viable diplomatic solution. They are more likely to make matters worse. Howard LittmanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) and a business group have urged local administrations to maintain strict control of tourism businesses and a strong stance against health protocols violators amid the reopening of hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations.The WHO called on the administrations to establish minimum health safety standards and routinely monitor their implementation to prevent outbreaks in tourist destinations.“It will be great if Satpol PP [Public Order Agency] personnel run routine patrols to remind businesses and the general public about the importance of health protocols through a law and social enforcement approach,” WHO national professional officer Dina Kania said during a webinar held by the Indonesia Global Compact Network on Wednesday. He said the agency had requested that Jakarta’s Satpol PP temporarily shut down 31 businesses for grave violations of restrictions and collected Rp 2.75 billion (US$184,929) in fines from violations in the tourism sector.Satpol PP has been granted authority to impose sanctions on PSBB violators, including business owners, under Gubernatorial Regulation No.41/2020 on sanctions for PSBB issued by Governor Anies Baswedan on April 30.“We found that some business owners failed to uphold the protocols mandated by the city administration. There are even entertainment centers that are operating discreetly,” he said, adding that some businesses violated the policy out of “financial desperation and cash flow difficulties.”Tourism is among the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak as people avoid crowded areas and limit their activity to avoid catching the virus. The pandemic so far has wiped out around Rp 85 trillion from Indonesia’s tourism revenue as of July, according to data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).According to Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency data, more than 151,000 tourism industry workers in the capital had faced payroll cuts, furloughs and layoffs as of Aug. 19 due to the pandemic. In addition, around 1,900 creative economy workers have also been impacted by the outbreak.PHRI learning center director Alexander Nayoan said the association fully supported the Jakarta administration’s initiatives and expressed hope that other regions would also take a strong stance against protocol violations.“Violators have an unfair advantage over us, businesses who limit our operations and fully comply with the regulation. We hope local administrations take strong action to educate the violators,” he said.Topics : She added that a large portion of the general public remained ignorant and failed to practice health safety protocols, such as using a face covering and maintaining physical distancing, despite the government’s massive dissemination campaigns.The government and regional administrations eased in June the large scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in much of April and May, despite a rising number of COVID-19 infections, in order to boost the sluggish economy. The Jakarta administration, for instance, has relaxed its restrictions and is implementing a transitional PSBB that allows several businesses to open with strict health protocols.However, the health protocols are being ignored not just by the public but also by some businesses, including those in the tourism industry.Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency tourism department head Bambang Ismadi said the agency had inspected 759 businesses as of Aug. 18 and punished 76 businesses for violating the protocols.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 27, 2020 African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Health On a call today with reporters and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman about the newly formed Health Disparity Task Force, Governor Tom Wolf called for COVID-19 health care providers and medical facilities conducting tests to follow the Department of Health’s mandate to include race and ethnicity data in demographics provided to the department with COVID-19 test results. He also asked for more robust, free and accessible testing for minority and vulnerable populations.From Gov. Wolf’s remarks:“All Pennsylvanians deserve the same access to testing and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s regardless of race, income, location, and every other factor. The goal for this task force is to help communicate issues with how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and vulnerable populations.“One of the problems we have is that we have heard how COVID-19 is hitting minority populations – in particular African-Americans – hardest across the United States and anecdotally in Pennsylvania, but we lack the statistics needed to determine the severity of this issue here.“Despite a mandate by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, 69% of race data is still unreported and there is little to no data when it comes to ethnicity.“We need to get more medical professionals collecting and reporting race data about their patients.“We also need to make sure our vulnerable populations have equal access to testing. By identifying issues, like testing locations and hours of operation, and providing information on these locations to our minority communities, we can make sure testing is accessible to everyone.“This will help us detect COVID-19 before it becomes widespread in acommunity.“And we need to make sure testing is available to everyone, regardless of means, previous medical care, or existing relationships to a physician. This will help us identify difficult-to-detect cases.“The Health Disparity Task Force, working with the Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, will help us gather more specific information on how to tackle these issues, as well as identify others.”Lt. Gov. Fetterman, added, “The task force has held three meetings so far, and our biggest concerns heard from these communities are improving data collection and increasing access to free testing. I thank the governor for taking our recommendations and immediately calling for action.”View this information in Spanish.center_img Gov. Wolf Calls for Mandated Race and Ethnicity Data Collection and Increased Testing Amid COVID-19last_img read more

first_img Meyers joined JLT last year and helped establish its service provision for LGPS pooling. This included a partnership with Alpha AMC, aimed at helping LGPS pools establish internal investment and operations capabilities. Willis Towers Watson – Bibi de Vries has been appointed head of Benelux at the investment consultancy. She took up the role yesterday, and is responsible for setting the firm’s strategic direction for the Benelux and driving growth in the Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg markets. and all Benelux markets. She succeeds Bart den Hartog, who is joining elipsLife in Zürich, Switzerland. De Vries had already been working at Willis Towers Watson since last year, when she joined as a senior consultant working in business development. She was previously a member of the Dutch Parliament from 1994 until 2006, and then spent nine years with Achmea, a Dutch financial services company. Aon Hewitt – Tiziana Perrella has been appointed to the consultancy group’s risk settlement group as a principal consultant. She joins Aon Hewitt after eight years with JLT Employee Benefits, where she was a principal and head of buyout services. Before this, Tiziana spent 10 years with Mercer. She started her career in the pensions industry at Prudential. She is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has been active on several sub-committees within the actuarial profession, including as a member of the Medically Underwritten Bulk Annuities (MUBA) Working Group.The 300 Club – The international investor thinktank has formally launched its North American chapter. Led by Chris Ailman, CIO of the California State Teachers Retirement System, the group has also added three new people to its membership: Ted Eliopoulos, CIO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System; Sam Masoudi, CIO of the Wyoming Retirement System; and Russell Read, CIO of the Alaska Permanent Fund.Launched in the UK by Hermes chief executive Saker Nusseibeh in 2011, the 300 Club is a group of investment professionals – predominantly asset owners – who publish thought leadership papers aimed at generating new thinking for various areas of investment and pensions management. Its current chairman is Stefan Dunatov, CIO of Coal Pension Trustees.Capita Employee Benefits – Akash Rooprai has been appointed head of pensions risk management. He has over 25 years of experience through previous roles at Partnership and Mercer. He started his career down the actuarial path, before moving into bulk annuities. Fulcrum Asset Management – Charles Jewkes has been hired to the newly created position of director for global financial institutions. He will be responsible for building relationships with major insurers and banks, the asset manager said. He joins from Schroders where he was business development director focusing on insurance companiesFinancial Reporting Council – The FRC, the UK’s audit watchdog, has appointed Mark Zinkula to its board. Zinkula is the CEO of Legal & General Investment Management, a role he has held since 2011. He replaces Elizabeth Corley, former CEO and now vice chair of Allianz Global Investors, from 1 April.Northern Trust – Katharine Morris has joined as head of sales for the group’s Global Fund Services business in the UK. She is responsible for promoting Northern Trust’s investment operations outsourcing, fund administration, and range of asset servicing solutions to UK asset managers. Morris joins from HSBC Securities Servicing where she was head of UK sales.J O Hambro Capital Management – The London-based investment boutique announced this week that UK equities manager John Wood is to retire on 30 September this year. He joined the group in 2005 to launch its UK Opportunities fund, and has led it to top-quartile performance since inception. The management of this strategy will pass to his co-managers Rachel Reutter and Michael Ulrich. JLT Employee Benefits, Willis Towers Watson, Aon Hewitt, 300 Club, Capita Employee Benefits, Fulcrum, FRC, Northern Trust, JOHCMJLT Employee Benefits – The consultancy has established a new “cross functional knowledge group” dedicated to servicing local government pension schemes (LGPS) in the UK. The new LGPS Assurance Team is made up of eight individuals with expertise across all areas of pensions and experience of the public sector. The individuals and their responsibilities are:Adrian Chapman, LGPS and public sector administration services directorKaren Scott, market development and client managerLorraine Harper, governanceCameron McMullen and Nick Buckland, investment consultingSteve Birks and Danny Snow, administrationSteve Jones, GMP reconciliation services and data services In addition, IPE has learned Andrien Meyers is to leave JLT at the end of the month and return to his previous role in charge of the London Borough of Lambeth’s pension fund and treasury. He will also work with the LGPS’ Scheme Advisory Board and government officials on the efforts to pool LGPS assets.last_img read more