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‘Political prisoners’ turn to UN amid COVID-19 threat

first_imgWith their plight largely ignored by the public, 63 Indonesians detained on treason charges have turned to the United Nations for help, hoping they could be saved from the threat posed by the COVID-19 disease in the country’s overcrowded prisons.The prisoners made joint appeals to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and three UN special rapporteurs on Wednesday, helped along by Australian and Indonesian lawyers Jennifer Robinson and Veronica Koman.The human rights lawyers argued that the 56 indigenous Papuans, five indigenous Moluccans, one native Batak and one Polish national were arbitrarily and unlawfully detained in violation of the country’s international obligations. “These urgent appeals have been made given the imminent threat to the prisoners’ lives from being detained in overcrowded prisons amid the COVID-19 pandemic […] Their detention is now not only unlawful, but life-threatening. All 63 prisoners should be immediately and unconditionally released,” Robinson said in a statement on Thursday.The appeal was made following the government’s plan to grant early release or parole to 50,000 eligible prisoners and juvenile inmates as a means of preventing the spread of the infectious disease in correctional facilities.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly previously said that those eligible for release include 15,442 drug convicts who have already served five to 10 years, 300 graft inmates aged 60 years and above, 1,457 special crimes convicts with chronic diseases and 53 foreign prisoners who have served at least two-thirds of their sentences.It remains unclear whether the 63 prisoners in question are eligible for early release, but one ministry official said on Thursday that only those who fulfilled the requirements set out in Law and Human Rights Ministery Regulation No. 10/2020 would be considered. The regulation stipulates that convicts are eligible for early release unless they have committed one of several types of crimes, including crimes against national security.Most of the petitioning prisoners were arrested for their involvement in a series of protests against racial abuse last year, which stoked tensions between Papuan rebels and the government.The country’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua have long been dealing with a disorganized separatist movement, which the Indonesian government routinely blames as being the actor behind various cases of violent unrest in the restive region.Indonesia’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, Hasan Kleib, said he had not received any information about the appeals the lawyers claimed to have submitted. “We have not seen the copy of the letters. We are trying to find out and ask the relevant parties at the UN Human Rights Council directly,” Hasan told The Jakarta Post in a short message on Thursday.Indonesia was elected to the Human Rights Council in October last year. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is mandated by the council to investigate alleged cases of arbitrary detention, but only with the consent of the states concerned.On April 1, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged countries to reduce the population of overcrowded prisons to avoid an explosive spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus – which causes COVID-19 – in closed and choked settings.Indonesia currently houses 268,919 inmates in 524 prisons, roughly double its maximum capacity, according to Law and Human Rights Ministry data from February.Bachelet urged states to “release all those detained without a lawful basis, including those held in violation of human rights obligations”. Her spokesman, Rupert Colville, later stressed that nations should also release “political prisoners and those detained for critical, dissenting views”.All 63 political prisoners in question have been charged with treason under Article 106 and/or Article 110 of Indonesia’s Criminal Code, which can carry a sentence of up to 20 years. Seven of them have been convicted while the others are still on trial.“The activities for which they have been detained range from simply carrying or displaying the West Papuan or Moluccan national [separatist] flags, to participation in peaceful protests and being members of political organizations that support self-determination: all internationally protected activities,” said the human rights lawyers who organized the appeal.According Article 6, Paragraph 4 of Government Regulation No. 77/2007, the design of a regional logo or banner must not have any resemblance to that of a banned organization or separatist movement.Veronika was previously involved in an attempt to hand over letters to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during his visit to Australia in February. The letters reportedly included details of 57 Papuan political prisoners as well as 243 civilians who have died in Nduga, Papua, since December 2018.The document was dismissed by Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD.“So far, we have not received any response, except for the minister saying that the data was ‘probably just trash’. We urge the UN and the Indonesian government to take this matter very seriously now that lives are at stake,” Veronica said.The European Parliament has also called for the Polish man’s transfer back to his home country.Papua has restricted entry to the province by sea and air to stem the spread of COVID-19. As of Thursday, Papua has confirmed 80 cases and six fatalities, while West Papua has recorded five infections and one death.The country’s official tally is currently at 5,516 confirmed cases with 469 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

French supportive of Macron’s mooted pension reform: survey

first_imgThe French public is generally supportive of the broad lines of pension reform sketched out by president Emmanuel Macron, according to a survey – although it is most divided over one of the core elements.Although little is known about the envisaged reform besides the key concepts conveyed by Macron during his campaign and since his election, Perial, a French property company, found that the French were generally in favour of the proposed changes.“One euro contributed gives rise to the same rights for all” was one of the main pensions catchphrases of Macron’s campaign, and Perial said 81% of respondents were in favour of this principle.A clear majority, although smaller (66%), supported replacing the current system of multiple pension regimes with a single system with the same rules for calculating pensions applying to all, regardless of profession or sector. France has a complex, highly fragmented pensions system. A large part of the population is covered by a compulsory regime for the private sector – the Agirc and Arcco schemes – but many occupational groups have their own schemes. In total, there are nearly 40 different, largely mandatory, regimes.Respondents were strongly in favour of the principle that pension calculations should take into account whether someone worked in a physically demanding job – 80% said this went “in the right direction”.Fewer were supportive of keeping the legal retirement age at 62 (64%).Perial said respondents indicated they approved of measures that could make it easier to stay on top of their pensions, whether it be calculating pensions on the basis of accumulated contributions instead of the average salary, or no longer imposing a minimum contribution period.Respondents were most divided over the idea of measures that would see a given generation’s life expectancy integrated into retirement calculations – 53% supported this. This measure is expected to be a core part of president Macron’s reforms.Perial said the survey showed the majority (77%) of French people believed they would need to rely more on personal savings to obtain a satisfactory pension regardless of any reform of the mandatory system.It was noteworthy, added Perial, that people were less alarmed about the situation than they were 15 years ago, when the survey was first carried out by Ifop, a French opinion poll institute.According to the latest schedule indicated by the government, a draft reform is due to be presented by the end of this year, with the aim of finalising the necessary legal texts in the summer of 2019.last_img read more

ESG roundup: Amundi unveils plan to step up responsible investment

first_imgThe €1.4trn European asset manager Amundi has adopted a three-year action plan to increase its commitment to responsible investment, it announced yesterday. By the end of 2021, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) analysis would be integrated across all Amundi funds, both active and passive, “wherever technically possible”, the manager said in a statement.As part of this, all actively managed funds would be required to offer “ESG performance” above the ESG rating of their benchmark indices or universes, and “ESG assets” under passive management would double to at least €70bn, it said.Shareholder engagement and voting at company shareholder meetings would “systematically” include ESG analysis, it added. Currently, Amundi applies ESG criteria in addition to traditional financial analysis to €270bn of assets under management, less than one-fifth of its total assets. This involves a dedicated team assigning ESG ratings to companies, which can lead to certain stocks being overweighted or underweighted in portfolios, or completely excluded.“It gives company management the incentive to improve their environmental and social impact,” added Amundi.Its three-year plan would also see the manager developing ESG advisory services for institutional clients.Amundi said it aimed to double the amount invested in “initiatives related to the environment and with a strong social impact”, it said, by increasing thematic funds to €20bn.The manager currently has €10bn of dedicated funds with targeted investments, particularly aimed at tackling climate change. Last year Amundi launched a $2bn (€1.7bn) emerging market green bond fund.  Amundi said it would also increase its investments in the “social and solidarity economy” – a concept borrowed from the French “économie sociale et solidaire” (ESS). It has so far invested €200m in qualifying companies via a dedicated ESS fund, and planned to increase this to €500m.Yves Perrier, chief executive officer at Amundi, said the three-year plan extended the manager’s commitment to responsible investment and “anticipates the expectations of our clients”.CDPQ and Generation IM agree ‘long-term sustainable equity partnership’ Canada’s Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Generation Investment Management have teamed up with the aim of making $3bn of longer-term investments in private businesses.The pair said they would be seeking to make investments with an 8-15 year duration, which the investors noted was much longer than was typical for private equity investments “and better suits the objectives of sustainable value creation to build successful long-term businesses”.The firms’ first acquisition was announced today as FNZ, an Edinburgh-based technology company that powers a number of leading wealth management platforms in the UK.Investments made by the partnership would target businesses with “outstanding” management teams and solid long-term growth prospects, according to a statement.The investors said their investments would be “net positive” for the environment, benefit society, and in many cases would use technology as a key factor for driving change.Michael Sabia, CEO of CDPQ, which has CAD308bn (€200bn) of assets, said: “This partnership is a natural match between two likeminded organisations.“Sustainability begins with long-term involvement, which is why we made long-term investment the cornerstone of CDPQ-Generation.”Impact reporting ‘coalescence’There is growing appetite for “coalescence” in social and environmental impact reporting, according to a report from a UK government-commissioned social impact investing taskforce.The report is the product of a working group set up to help develop better reporting of companies’ social and environmental impact, which was one of the recommendations of the advisory group that preceded the formation of the taskforce.The report captured the fragmented impact reporting landscape, which it said reflected rapid growth in society’s expectations of business and the associated proliferation of reporting requirements, as well as “the absence of a common currency for impact”.According to the report, there were at least 16 different reporting approaches related to impact investing.However, the report struck an optimistic tone, noting that a number of efforts to unify approaches were underway, such as The Impact Management Project and Corporate Reporting Dialogue.“These efforts confirm the growing appetite for coalescence, and are early useful steps on the journey,” said the report.The majority of respondents to the working group’s call for evidence indicated they believed that coalescence could be achieved within the next five years, but that significant progress could already be made in the next six to 12 months.The report can be found here.last_img read more

State’s top housing and construction projects revealed

first_img• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – Sherriff Contractors for Edge Hill (Far North Queensland)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 – $575,000 – Jesse Le Howe T/A Howe Building for Humpy On The Hill (Far North Queensland)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 – $1 million – Nicholas Copeland Pty Ltd for Warilda (Brisbane)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million – Zephyr Industries Pty Ltd for Belvedere (Brisbane)• Display Home up to $250,000 – Coral Homes Qld Pty Ltd for Killara – Noosa 23MKII – Mornington Façade (Brisbane)Master Builders417 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane 4000www.mbqld.com.auMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago• Display Home $251,000 – $350,000 – McDonald Jones Homes Pty Ltd T/A Brighton Homes Queensland for Mika 35 (Brisbane)• Display Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Vivid Home Builders Pty Limited for Windsor Display (Wide Bay Burnett)• Display Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Hampton Inspired Pty Ltd for Nantucket 350 (Wide Bay Burnett)• Display Home over $551,000 – Metricon Homes Qld Pty Ltd T/A Metricon Homes for Riviera Show Home (Gold Coast)• Individual Home up to $250,000 – Saaroq Pty Ltd T/A Stroud Homes Wide Bay for Savannah Classic (Wide Bay Burnett)• Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Gerardus M F Gorissen T/A Vivere Homes for Contemporary Oasis (Wide Bay Burnett)• Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Seaera Group Pty Limited T/A Bungalow for Coastal Tide (Wide Bay Burnett)• Individual Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Windamere Homes Pty Ltd for The Richmond (Downs & Western)• Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000 – Nathan C Groszmann T/A Nathan Groszmann Constructions for The Green Coast Home (Wide Bay Burnett)• Individual Home $651,000 – $750,000 – Grant McDonald Homes Pty Ltd for Allan Residence (Sunshine Coast)• Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000 – Bryant Brothers Building Group Pty Ltd for Hampton Park (Downs & Western)• Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million – Gordon Bourke Constructions Pty Ltd for Ingleden (Downs & Western)• Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million – Nick Ruhle Homes Pty Ltd for Rascal Views (Downs & Western)• Individual Home over $2 million – Braeden Constructions Pty Ltd for Cooroy Mountain Residence (Sunshine Coast)• Best Use of Sloping Sites -Graya Construction Pty Ltd for Upper Cairns House (Brisbane)• Best Use of Steel Frame Housing – DTL Constructions Pty Ltd for Virginia (Gold Coast)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings – Ryan Designer Homes (Qld) Pty Ltd for The Hampton Residences (Sunshine Coast)• Medium Density up to 3 storeys – over 5 Dwellings – Sunland Homes Pty Ltd for Shea Residences (Brisbane)• Excellence in Sustainable Living – Nathan C Groszmann T/A Nathan Groszmann Constructions for The Green Coast Home (Wide Bay Burnett) Specialty At the other end of the price scale was Mika 35, an affordable house design by Brighton Homes. Mika 35It won two categories – the President’s Award and Display Home $251,000 – $350,000.“The home exudes expensive and luxury but it’s a budget home,” the judges said. Inside the Mika 35 designBrisbane-based Zephyr Industries won their category for the renovation of Belvedere at 15 Towers St in Ascot, and Sunshine Coast-based Grant Mconald Homes won the People’s Choice award. This house won the Peoples Choice awardProject of the Year was won by Multiplex Constructions for the W Hotel and Brisbane Quarter. “There were many outstanding projects in this category but this had the wow factor and we couldn’t fault it, it really blew you away in design and in quality of build,” the judges said.“In addition to all the technical building elements, site access on this inner-city site would have been a challenge. “The tourism and leisure facilities are second to none.”Master Builders’ CEO, Grant Galvin said the winners across the 58 categories had help shape many Queensland towns and communities.“From exquisite hotels, extensive shopping centres, leisure facilities to luxurious residences, contemporary designs and affordable luxury … they are a true recognition of what our industry can do,” Mr Galvin said.*** THE FULL LIST OF QUEENSLAND WINNERS This is what a $1.5m renovation looks like • Health Facilities up to $20 million – T F Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions for Robina Medical Centre (Gold Coast)• Health Facilities over $20 million – Evans Built Pty Ltd for Westside Private Taringa (Brisbane)• Education Facilities up to $10 million – Evans Built Pty Ltd for Caloundra Christian College Junior Learning Centre (Sunshine Coast)• Education Facilities over $10 million – Rohrig (Qld) Pty Ltd for Ormiston College Centre for Learning and Innovation (Brisbane)• Sporting Facilities – Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd for Queensland State Netball Centre (Brisbane)• Community Service Facilities – T F Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions for Yeppoon Lagoon (Central Queensland)• Retail Facilities up to $5 million – Richard Field Constructions Pty Ltd T/A Field Construct for Quicksilver Dive Centre (Far North Queensland)• Retail Facilities over $5 million – Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd for Sunshine Plaza Redevelopment (Sunshine Coast)• Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Empire Theatre Refurbishment Stage 1 and 2 (Downs & Western)• Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd for W Hotel and Brisbane Quarter (Brisbane)• Commercial Building up to $5 million – Win Constructions Queensland Pty Ltd for Icon Medical Centre (Wide Bay Burnett)• Commercial Building $5 million – $50 million – Adco Constructions Pty Limited for Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre (Sunshine Coast)• Commercial Building over $50 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Aurizon Office (Brisbane)• Industrial Building up to $5 million – F K Gardner & Sons Pty Ltd for Whitsunday Food Service Facility (Mackay & Whitsunday)• Industrial Building over $5 million – FDC Construction & Fitout (QLD) Pty Limited for Blenners Transport (Brisbane)• Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million – 5Point Projects Pty Ltd for ONE Burleigh Headland (Gold Coast)• Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million for J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Walan Apartments (Brisbane)• Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Park Road Boardwalk (Sunshine Coast)• Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes – McNab N Q Pty Ltd for Shine Birtinya Retirement Village (Sunshine Coast)• Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 – Janke Constructions Pty Ltd for East Toowoomba Skin Cancer Clinic (Downs & Western)• Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Howard Smith Wharves (Brisbane)• Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd for W Hotel and Brisbane Quarter (Brisbane) Housing Sunshine Coast-based Braeden Constructions took out the House of the Year categoryThe builder also took top spot in the Individual Home over $2 million and Best Residential Bathroom categories.With Mount Cooroy as a backdrop and Mount Tinbeerwah to the north, this stunning residence was designed to appear like it was floating in the Noosa hinterland landscape thanks to its suspended slab that cantilevers the blockwork walls by three metres. Why Andrew Winter’s home pops The judges noted that the way the Cooroy Mountain Residence interacts with the environment was “surprising”, with its use of rendered walls and feature brickwork, timber floors, cabinetry and stone benches.“The welcoming entry area includes a central fish pond that can be opened right up as well as provide a calming rural view between the bedrooms and the main living,” the judges said. “The bathrooms are stunning, offering forever views from the stand-alone tubs and spacious showers. “The main bathroom features a steam room while a mitre jointed stone slab serves as a central wall of the shower.“The surrounds include an ionised pool and floodlit tennis court as well as dam with cabana and deck. “The finished product must bring the builder immense satisfaction to see it as such a beautifully functioning home.”center_img • People’s Choice – Grant McDonald Homes Pty Ltd for Allan Residence (Sunshine Coast)• Residential Trade Contractor of the Year – Ronald Neil Walkley for Bellara Renovation (Gold Coast)• Commercial Trade Contractor of the Year – Bradley’s Pty Limited T/A Honed + Polished Concrete for Coles Birtinya Trading Floor (Sunshine Coast)• Apprentice of the Year – Chris McKenzie for J R Z Constructions Pty Ltd T/A J R Z Homes (Wide Bay Burnett)• Rising Star – Boyd Hall for Taboh Pty Ltd T/A BT Builders Qld (Central Queensland)• Women in Building – Annette Sommerville for Prime Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd (Far North Queensland) Major • Best Residential Bathroom – Braeden Constructions Pty Ltd for Cooroy Mountain Residence (Sunshine Coast)• Best Residential Kitchen – Cabinet Fit Pty Ltd for La Casa Nera (Brisbane)• Best Residential Swimming Pool – Stockton Homes Pty Ltd for Reflection’s (Brisbane) Individual Construction Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 tips to style your home for sale01:12A rural retreat on the Sunshine Coast, a renovation delight in North Queensland, an affordable house in Brisbane and the state capital’s first five-star hotel in two decades have been awarded top gongs.Fifty-eight winners from across Queensland were announced at the Master Builders Queensland Housing and Construction Awards last night.Sunshine Coast-based Braeden Constructions took out the House of the Year category for their project, Cooroy Mountain Residence. MORE NEWS: ‘James Bond’ house the hottest in Queensland • President’s Award – McDonald Jones Homes Pty Ltd T/A Brighton Homes Queensland for Mika 35 (Brisbane)• Project of the Year – Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd for W Hotel and Brisbane Quarter (Brisbane)• House of the Year – Braeden Constructions Pty Ltd for Cooroy Mountain Residence (Sunshine Coast)last_img read more

Women who identify as men not offered routine NHS breast cancer screening

first_imgThe Telegraph 14 January 2018Family First Comment: The lunatics are well and truly in charge of the asylum!“Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving NHS screening for breast and cervical cancer, amid fears it might offend them it is claimed. However men living as women are being invited for cervical smear tests even though they do not have a cervix, an official guidebook states.” Sheesh! Don’t even mention the prostate Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving NHS screening for breast and cervical cancer, amid fears it might offend them it is claimed.However men living as women are being invited for cervical smear tests even though they do not have a cervix, an official guidebook states.The invitations were yesterday accused of being “ludicrous”.David Davies MP, who has campaigned against Government plans to let people legally ‘self-identify’ their own gender, told the Mail on Sunday: “This NHS effort to be politically correct is putting the lives of women who claim to be men at risk.”He claimed it was also “wasting the time of men who claim to be women by offering them tests for organs they do not have”.Laura Perrins, A conservative women’s campaigner, told the paper: “We’ve now got to the point where state collusion with this transgender agenda is endangering the health of women. It’s a ludicrous use of NHS resources to invite men for a cervical smear test, while it’s immoral and dangerous not to invite women.”A 24-page Public Health England booklet giving information on NHS screening programmes for trans people explains who is routinely invited for tests.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/14/women-identify-men-not-offered-routine-nhs-breast-cancer-screening/last_img read more

CSME success hinges on full youth participation, says CARICOM assistant secretary-general

first_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional CSME success hinges on full youth participation, says CARICOM assistant secretary-general by: – June 20, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, on Thursday underscored that the youth within CARICOM had a critical role to play in the success of the regional integration movement.Speaking in Antigua and Barbuda at a conference to mark the end of a two-year project designed to familiarise students with opportunities which reside in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), LaRocque said that the region’s flagship programme could not be successful without the “full participation” of youth, particularly given that research had shown that young people under 30 represented 63 percent of the region’s population.The forum titled “Conference of Students Engaging the CSME Through Field Promotion,” closed the curtain on a project that saw 283 students travelling to various CARICOM countries to obtain ‘first hand’ experience of opportunities which the CSME presents.La Rocque noted that the project was necessary in light of the fact the CSME was “widely unknown, misunderstood and underappreciated among youth, according to research done by the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development (CCYD).In this context, he said that the CARICOM Secretariat was “committed to undertaking a series of initiatives aimed at empowering and positioning young people to take advantage of and contribute to regional integration and the CSME.”Contrary to perceptions that the CMSE was put on hold, the ambassador said, “CSME is alive and functioning although its implementation has not been at a pace some would have hoped to see.”He told the participants that the work done over the past two years was pertinent in consolidating gains achieved so far.“Your views will be key in determining how we proceed with the further development of the Single Market and Economy,” he said.Against the backdrop of findings by the CCYD contained in the Report of our Eye on the Future: Invest in YOUTH NOW for the Community Tomorrow that most youth preferred to leave the region in search for career opportunities and a better life, LaRocque said that the exercise was vital in identifying what career opportunities existed within the CSME, giving expression to the Declaration of Paramaribo on the Future of Youth in the Caribbean Community.A significant outcome of the project will be a publication detailing the experiences of the students during the field study of the CSME.Based on the discussions at the Conference in Antigua and Barbuda, the publication will include recommendations, which LaRocque said “will add another crucial piece of information and recommendations to what is already obtained in the report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth.”The European Union, CSME Focal Points and the CARICOM Secretariat were praised by the ambassador for the critical roles they played in the success of the CSME project designed for the edification of the region’s youth.Photo credit: csmeus.comCaribbean News Now 24 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Citizens Encouraged To Particpate In Upcoming Blood Drives

first_imgThe Sunman American Legion, in partnership with Hoxworth, will host a blood drive on Saturday Jan. 25.The blood drive will be held from 9:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion location at 412 Eastern Ave., Sunman.Those interested in participating can register prior to the event online at the Hoxworth website or call Roger Lang at (812) 623-3685.On Monday Jan. 27, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1-6 p.m.Those who donate will receive a free southeastern Indiana YMCA Family Day Pass.last_img

Barca club president won’t step down despite 20,000 petition

first_img A date for the referendum has not been set, but if the signatures are validated, it should happen in the coming weeks. Bartomeu and his board are already set to be replaced in a club election in March. But some club members think they should go now after last month’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich, a season without titles, and Lionel Messi’s attempt to leave the club. Messi gave up on his desire to not complete the final year of his contract after Bartomeu refused to let him go. Messi said that Bartomeu had promised him he could decide his own future this summer and that he felt betrayed by his boss. Barcelona’s embattled club president has no intention of resigning after more than 20,000 club members signed a petition for Josep Bartomeu and his board to face a censure vote. ”No one is thinking about stepping down,” Bartomeu told Catalan television TV3 on Saturday before Barcelona beat Elche 1-0 in its third and final preseason match. On Thursday the group of club members wanting a change in the leadership handed in 20,687 signatures calling for a referendum over whether the board should be removed. That surpassed the 16,520 signatures – the equivalent to 15% of all members – needed to force the vote. The success of the signature-raising campaign led to speculation in local media that Bartomeu would contemplate resigning. ”The number (of signatures) surprised even the promoters of the motion,” Bartomeu said. ”The board will continue working to build the most competitive team possible.” Bartomeu said Saturday that he wanted to move on with Messi. ”I won’t get into a conflict with him,” Bartomeu said. ”These are things that must be said in private. We must make it possible that Messi stays with us. (.) He is our captain and our team leader. We have seen how he has responded on the pitch, and this issue is settled.” Messi scored two goals in Barcelona’s second friendly match, a 3-1 win over Girona, on Wednesday. The club’s all-time leading scorer set up Barcelona’s only goal on Saturday when he made a long pass to meet the run of Jordi Alba, who squared the ball for Antoine Griezmann to score in the third minute. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu Read Also: Arsenal strike late to keep off wasteful West Ham Luis Suarez watched the match from the empty stands of Camp Nou. Barcelona is looking to sell the Uruguay striker. Coach Ronaldo Koeman has not included Suarez in his squad in any of his team’s three training matches. Barcelona opens the season next weekend when it faces Villarreal in the third round of the Spanish league. Barcelona had its games from the first two rounds postponed to give it more time to rest after playing in the Champions League in August. Last season’s Spanish league, won by Real Madrid, finished in July. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

Batesville Area CYO Basketball Quarterfinal Results

first_imgSt. Louis-1 advanced to the CYO Tourney Semi-Finals with a win over St. Louis-3 67-35.Even though St. Louis-1 would win easily, the first 12 minutes of the game St. Louis-3 would make a games of it. With 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, St. Louis-1 would only lead 15-14. From that point St. Louis-1 would outsource St. Louis-3 15-0 and lead 30-14 at half time. ‘We didn’t start the game playing with any intensity but you have to give St. Louis-3 credit for taking advantage. This was a tough game to play but I am glad we are moving on.’ Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.St. Louis-2 would defeat St. Maurice 56-41 and advanced to the Semi-finals of the deanery tournament.This was a game that wouldn’t be decided until 4th quarter as St. Louis-2 would pull away to win.2019 tourney (2)2nd round action at St. Joseph’s.All Saints-2  62     Holy Family  61St. Michael’s  59     St. Mary’s-1   58Courtesy of Bruins Coaches Roger Dietz, Fuzz Springmeyer, and Chris Lanning.last_img read more