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Inequalities ‘exacerbate gender crimes’

first_img29 January 2013 South Africa must address gender inequalities which make women more vulnerable to sexual and gender-based crimes, says Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister Andries Nel. “We must pool our efforts as an international community, as national governments, as civil society and as individual actors,” Nel said at the opening of a training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes” in Pretoria on the weekend. The event was organised by Justice Rapid Response, UN Women, and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations. “South Africa, having first-hand experience of the impact of apartheid as a crime against humanity, continues to emphasise the importance of the fight against impunity and the reciprocal relationship between justice and accountability, and sustainable peace and security,” Nel said. Authorities should encourage the promotion of accountability for gender-based crimes and crimes against children. Nel said the inclusion of sexual violence in the Rome Statute was evidence that these crimes formed part of the atrocities that were of gravest concern to the international community as a whole. “We are committed to fighting all forms sexual and gender-based violence, including against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people on the basis of their sexual orientation.” South Africa further condemned hate crimes, including so-called “corrective rape” of lesbian women, Nel said. Gender-based violence and hate crimes were a direct assault on both the right to life and human dignity. Last week, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development requested the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate a private school in Bloemfontein that makes so-called “conversion therapy” a precondition for lesbian and gay students to continue their studies. Nel said the notion that a person’s sexual orientation could be changed at will, or by compulsion, fed the very same homophobic attitudes that encouraged the criminal and abhorrent practice of “corrective rape”. “The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the National Prosecuting Authority continue to prioritise the prosecution of sexual offences and gender-based violence,” he said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Firmino unfazed by Gabriel Jesus rivalry

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I’m here when needed’ – Firmino unfazed by Gabriel Jesus World Cup rivalry Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 01:35 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) roberto firmino - cropped Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil Friendlies The Liverpool star will not dispute Tite’s Brazil starting line-up, despite coming off the bench to score against Croatia Roberto Firmino insists he would have no complaints over being a back-up to Gabriel Jesus for Brazil at the World Cup.The Liverpool striker came off the bench to score his side’s second in a 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.Jesus, who captained the side, endured a quiet game but the Manchester City star is expected to keep his place when Brazil kick off their campaign against Switzerland on June 17. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Firmino says he will not dispute the decisions of head coach Tite in Russia.”I’m here to help Selecao,” he told SporTV. “Whoever Tite chooses, I’ll respect it 100 per cent and I’m here when needed, to give my best for the team.”Brazil’s clash with Croatia was an uneventful affair until Neymar, making his first appearance since February 25, broke the deadlock 69 minutes in with a superb goal.Firmino netted in the dying seconds as the South Americans claimed a third win in a row and sixth clean sheet in their last seven games.He can’t stop scoring at Anfield.  #BRACRO pic.twitter.com/MvwTaj3rew— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 3, 2018Danilo, who played the full match at right-back and is expected to start in Russia in place of the injured Dani Alves, thinks his side are on target in terms of their preparations.”I’m very pleased for the way I played, first of all,” he said. “It was important to keep a clean sheet, being safe at the back, while having people up front who can make a difference. We’re on the right track.”last_img read more

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Civil Servants Urged to Commit to Improving Service Delivery

first_img As the nation’s civil servants celebrate Civil Service Week 2013, Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders is urging them to place special emphasis on improving the level of customer service to the public.Ambassador Saunders, who is head of the civil service, noted that while public servants face constraints with respect to resources such as equipment, they should commit to enhancing service delivery.“It is true that service can be enhanced by having tools, which would assist and expedite things but most importantly, is how we as individuals relate and treat the people we serve. That is all of Jamaica. It includes our families, our relatives and ourselves…. I just really want us to proceed immediately with emphasis on that part of it because it is within our power to do so,” he said.Ambassador Saunders was speaking at the launch of Civil Service Week on November 15 at the Bank of Jamaica Auditorium in Kingston. The week is being celebrated under the theme ‘Transformation and Renewal for a Better Tomorrow.’The Cabinet Secretary told the civil servants that they need to be very conscious of the fact that many Jamaicans are “going through very difficult times” and anything they are able to do at a personal level to ameliorate that kind of difficulty will be “very much appreciated by the persons we serve.”Ambassador Saunders informed that a number of initiatives are underway, which are aimed at significantly enhancing efficiencies in the civil service, one of which is a shared corporate services arrangement among government entities. He explained that pilots are currently underway and the service should roll out in the new financial year.Long serving employee of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Enthrose Angella Campbell, was named the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year. The other nominees were Director, Corporate Planning and Performance Monitoring at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dawn Elizabeth Ann Smith; Acting Director Human Resource Development, Accountant General’s Department, Yvette Alexia Harriott; and Director of Transport Policy Unit (Land, Air and Maritime), Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Valerie Anne Simpson.Civil Service Week 2013 is being celebrated from November 17 to 22.  The week began with a church service at the Tarrant Baptist Church; a Charity Walk onNovember 18; Exposition in the Park on November 19; Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards on  November 20; Ministries’ In House Activities and Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) Secondary School Quiz Competition on November 21; and on November 22, Brain Games and Afterwork Lyme on the roof top of the National Housing Trust car park. Civil Service Week 2013 is being celebrated from November 17 to 22 Ambassador Saunders, who is head of the civil service, noted that while public servants face constraints with respect to resources such as equipment, they should commit to enhancing service delivery. Long serving employee of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Enthrose Angella Campbell, was named the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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University Establishes Scholarship in Honour of Education Minister

first_imgStory Highlights The BAU International University in Washington DC has established a scholarship in honour of Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.The decision to set up the ‘Ruel Reid Transformational Leadership Scholarship’ was taken by the University to recognise Senator Reid’s lead role in arriving at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the University for the provision of 107 scholarships, over three years, worth $378.2 million (US$3 million).These scholarships are available to student teachers to pursue undergraduate and graduate programmes at any of the tertiary institution’s campuses globally.BAU University Board member, Paul Brunson, said the Ruel Reid Scholarship is to “pay homage and respect to Senator Reid for leading the process”.The surprise announcement, which was made during the MOU’s recent signing at The Mico University College in Kingston, left Senator Reid at a loss for words and saw him welcoming the gesture with an elated “I’m speechless!”.Mr. Brunson said the scholarship is open to any Jamaican student desirous of pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, either in the United States or any of BAU Global Network’s campuses in Germany, Italy and Turkey, among other locations.The MOU, resulting from the discussions between Senator Reid and Mr. Brunson, whose grandfather was Jamaican, between 2016 and earlier this year, will additionally see the University hiring 200 English language teachers for its global network of schools for the 2018/19 academic year.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, and the Ministry’s newly appointed International Donor Consultant for the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, Gail Dunwell, who works closely with the National Education Trust, were also instrumental in initiating the partnership.Senator Reid, in welcoming the MOU, conveyed the Government’s gratitude to BAU University.“I have had the opportunity of meeting different segments of the Jamaican diaspora (who) are always very interested in what is happening in Jamaica, and particularly how they can assist our education programme. We are very grateful for the strength of the Jamaican connection,” the Minister said.“There are Jamaicans in very prestigious positions all over the world, and wherever they are able to influence certain decisions, we find that they always step up to the plate,” he added.Mr. Brunson said the initiative’s genesis dates back 10 years when he first met his grandfather.He said the knowledge of his heritage was the primary reason for seeking out how best he could make a tangible and meaningful contribution to Jamaica.Against this background, Mr. Brunson said he made representation to the University’s administration and successfully lobbied their support in March 2016, which resulted in the MOU’s forging.“So for all these reasons and more, I am excited and I am proud. This is only the beginning of this relationship,” he added.President of The Mico, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, said the initiative is a “perfect fit” with the Government’s focus for education.“I think this will go a far way in building our resources as we try to graduate more persons in Jamaica from tertiary education,” he argued.BAU International University is a private, non-profit institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in economics, international affairs, entrepreneurship, global affairs, and international law and economics.The BAU Global Network, which spans three continents, has been providing higher education for over 15 years through its campuses, which are also located in Canada and Hong Kong.Its flagship campus is Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, which has eight faculties, a school of languages, and two vocational schools. BAU University Board member, Paul Brunson, said the Ruel Reid Scholarship is to “pay homage and respect to Senator Reid for leading the process”. The BAU International University in Washington DC has established a scholarship in honour of Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid. Mr. Brunson said the scholarship is open to any Jamaican student desirous of pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, either in the United States or any of BAU Global Network’s campuses in Germany, Italy and Turkey, among other locations.last_img read more

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Nation celebrates 48th Victory Day

first_imgPeople from all walks of life pay their respect to the martyrs of liberation war placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh is being celebrated across the country on Sunday.The day begun with the paying of profound homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country.On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war resulting in a free, independent and sovereign Bangladesh.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, with the rise of the sun on Sunday.The president and the prime minister laid wreaths at 6:42am and stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the great war of liberation in 1971.Sheikh Hasina also paid rich tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital on the occasion.After placing the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the great leader and the architect of the country’s independence.Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, the president of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of the Sheikh Mujib as the party chief.However, there will be no parade at the National Parade Ground in the capital this year due to the national election to be held on 30 December.Different socio-cultural and professional bodies and institutions, including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, National Museum, Muktujoddha Jadughar and Bangladesh Shishu Academy are observing the day with elaborate programmes.The day is a public holiday.The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national flags and colourful festoons.National dailies brought out special supplements.The state-owned and private televisions and radios are airing month-long special programmes highlighting the liberation war.Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of the martyrs at city, district and upazila levels.Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship, seeking salvation of the souls of martyrs of the liberation war and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.Destitute children will be allowed to visit children’s parks and other recreational centres across the country free-of-cost.Bangladesh missions abroad will also celebrate the day through different programmes.last_img read more

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Voting begins in DNCC DSCC polls

first_imgLogos of Dhaka North City Corporation (L) and Dhaka South City Corporation. File PhotoThe voting in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) elections began on Thursday morning.The voting has begun at 8:00am and will continue uninterruptedly until 4:00pm.The day has been announced as public holiday in the areas of the two city corporations.The election commission (EC) has organised the voting for the by-polls to the DNCC mayoral post and election to councillor and reserved councillor posts of the newly added 36 wards, including 18 under the DNCC and 18 under the DSCC.The winners will be elected for one year tenure. The officials of the election management department of the EC said they sent the ballot papers to 36 wards yesterday. EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said a total of 19 members of different law enforcement agencies will be deployed at the centres each while 23 members for each of the risky centres. Besides, 27 mobile teams consist of the members of police, APBn and Ansar were deployed. News agency BSS adds: chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said that the EC has completed all kinds of preparation to hold a free, fair and credible by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation. “Executive and judicial magistrates and required number of law enforcement agency members have been employed to hold the election in a fair manner. There also will be EC’s monitoring teams in the election fields,” he said at a press conference at media centre of the EC secretariat in the city. Besides, members of different law enforcement agencies will be employed as striking forces at different spots while police, BGB and RAB personnel will be patrolling in the city during the election, he added. Huda urged all polling agents to stay in the respective polling stations until they got result sheet of the election. Legal action will be taken if allegation of playing biased role in the election is proved against any election official and law enforcement agency member, the CEC said. “Voting will be stopped immediately if any irregularities take place at any centre during the election. And stern action will be taken against those who will be responsible for the incident after investigation,” he added. Speaking about vehicle movement in the elation area, Huda said the vehicles can ply on the ‘main road’. The people, however, can also ply their private vehicles on an emergency basis, he added. Responding to a query over poor participation in the polls, the CEC said people might not have shown eagerness participating in the election as its tenure will be only for a year. “However, we have nothing to do if any party does not take part in the election,” he added. Five candidates including Awami League (AL) nominated Atiqul Islam have been contesting for the mayoral post of DNCC. A total of 116 candidates are vying for general councillor post and 45 for reserved councillor post in the DNCC while 125 are contesting for general councillor post and 45 for reserved councillor post in the DSCC.last_img read more

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FACT CHECK Read The Democratic Memo From The House Intel Committee

first_imgCopyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their rebuttal to Republicans’ memo about the Russia investigation and Justice Department surveillance practices.The Republicans’ document was released swiftly and in full, while the Democrats’ longer memo was delayed for redactions.last_img

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Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall

first_img SEATTLE — Windstar has ramped up its Asia offerings by adding new sailings in fall 2018.Its Asia Collection now includes five new sailings, while five additional sailings have been added to its Star Collector Voyages in Asia. Itineraries range from 14-34 days, and all include free daily laundry.New for next fall, the seven-day ‘Singapore & Siam Holiday’ begins with an overnight stay in Singapore before sailing to Penang, Malaysia where guests can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in colonial George Town and ride the Langkawai Gondola to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. The itinerary also includes a visit to Ko Yao Noi, Thailand, known for its aquamarine waters and rural villages, as well as an overnight stay in Phuket.Also new is the seven-day ‘Taste of Siam & Singapore’ New Year’s Eve cruise, which sails from Phuket to Singapore, stopping in Malaysia along the way. Highlights include a visit to Ipoh, the fourth largest city in Malaysia, and a visit to the UNESCO city of Malacca.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe 16-day ‘Aleutians & North Pacific Crossing’ sails between Seward, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan. This cruise emphasizes the less frequented ports of call, and retraces the route of the Russian-America fur trade. Visitors will enjoy sportfishing in Kodiak, kayaking in Sand Point, and visit Dutch Harbor, the only deep-water port in the Aleutians.While Windstar’s 10-day ‘Grand Japan’ itinerary was originally announced solely for the spring of 2018, Windstar has now added two new fall 2018 sailings on this already wildly popular itinerary. Fall colours promise to be spectacular, along with fewer crowds during this less-visited but no less gorgeous time to explore Japan and South Korea.For another take on Japan, the 11-day ‘Pop Culture Kings of Asia’ highlights over 17 UNESCO sites. It begins in Tokyo and ends in Beijing, and includes highlights such as Shimizu (home to Mount Fuji), Shiraito Waterfall, Hiroshima and sailing to South Korea where the dormant Hallasan Volcano await.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAlso not to be missed is the 11-day ‘Comprehensive China Exploration’, which features overnights in Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong. Considered a foodie’s dream come true, guests will sample oyster pancakes in Taiwan’s night markets, eat dim sum in Hong Kong, and sip locally brewed beer in Qingdao. They’ll also enjoy shopping in Old Shanghai and explore the 36 bridges that connect Zhoushan, also known as the ‘Venice of china’. Friday, August 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall Share Posted bylast_img read more

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Ensembles Circle of Excellence gala honours top producers

first_img Share Tags: Ensemble Travel Group Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Ensemble’s Circle of Excellence gala honours top producers Thursday, October 19, 2017 DALLAS — Ensemble Travel Group recognized its top-producing members in Canada at the organization’s annual Circle of Excellence Gala, during the 2017 Ensemble Travel Group International Conference at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion.Ensemble Co-President Lindsay Pearlman said 2016 was the best year in our company’s history from a North American profit-sharing perspective, “and this elite circle of members was a driving force behind that success.”Pearlman added: “A huge congratulations to them for this outstanding achievement and for supporting our preferred partners in such a significant way.”The organization’s top producers in Canada based on 2016 sales of Ensemble preferred partners (in alphabetical order) are:Cruise Connections Canada Ltd., VancouverCruisePlus Management. Ltd, Lantzville, B.C.Escapes.ca/Skyland Travel Inc., VancouverIxtapa Travel, SaskatoonJubilee Tours & Travel Ltd., Burnaby, B.C.TierOne Travel Inc., CalgaryTravel Masters, VancouverTravelOnly, Brantford, ONTully Luxury Travel, Mississauga, ONUcruising of Unionville, Markham, ONThe Agency Excellence Award, based on member engagement of the organization’s events, technology, marketing, and specialty partners was awarded to Orion Travelinx of Burlington, ON.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backMeanwhile the Highest Growth Award went to the following members in Canada for achieving the highest year-over-year growth (regionally) based on 2016 preferred partner sales compared to 2015: MPH Travel, Inc., Toronto; Top of the World Travel, Yellowknife; The Great Canadian Travel Company, Ltd., Winnipeg; and Voyages Encore Travel, Inc., Montreal.‘Beyond Boundaries’, a new awards category introduced in Dallas, was established to recognize members who exemplify many of Ensemble Travel Group’s core values. “Ensemble aspires to reach beyond traditional boundaries and embrace new and collaborative ways to inspire our members to reach their fullest potential,” said Co-President Libbie Rice. “At conference we honour those members who exemplify these principles and reach beyond their potential to be agents for change in a complex world. These members embrace social responsibility and community engagement and pursue excellence in extraordinary ways. It is with great pride that we celebrate those trail blazers with our Beyond Boundaries award.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Winners of the Beyond Boundaries Award from Canada are: Cruise Vacations, Winnipeg; Agence de Voyages La Para Travel, Montreal; and Departures Travel, Victoria.last_img read more

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