Paceman Mohammad Amir has taken another step towards international re-integration following a ban for match-fixing after being included in a Pakistan training and fitness squad.Amir, former Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif served jail sentences in Britain after being found guilty in 2011 of various offences of corrupt behaviour.The trio were cleared to return to the sport by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September after serving suspensions.Left-armer Amir, 23, is one of 26 players named for the fitness camp that will run from Dec 21-Jan 7 in Lahore, said the Pakistan Cricket Board.”I am thankful to my fans, family and my friends who always support me and encourage me,” said Amir on his Twitter account. “Will try my best to give 100 per cent to my country.”Pakistan travel to New Zealand for three Twenty20 internationals and three one-dayers against Brendon McCullum’s side starting from Jan 15.
Posted on April 11, 2014November 7, 2016By: Kathleen McDonald, Senior Program Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health Initiative; Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today, April 11, 2014 is the inaugural International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Spearheaded by CHANGE, and co-sponsored by a consortium* of leading maternal health organizations, the event was launched with a tweetchat to discuss rights-based women’s health care, including respectful maternity care. The discussion served as a call to action for government, international institutions, and the global community to recognize the day and take action to keep maternal health on the post-2015 agenda.People and organizations responded in droves, and by midday east coast time, #IntlMHDay and #maternalhealth were trending worldwide on Twitter. Chat participants answered questions posed by CHANGE and shared their perspectives on the status of maternal health as a human rights issue.Take action for the right to dignity, respect, & skilled care during pregnancy & childbirth!#IntlMHDay http://t.co/qfx2TeUWRE— Dorathy Akwugo Isu (@dorathyisu) April 11, 2014Q1: What is #rights based #maternalhealth care? #IntlMHDay— CHANGE (@genderhealth) April 11, 2014A1: In the #WorldWeWant every woman has the right to make decisions abt her body, health + future. #IntlMHDay #CPD47 pic.twitter.com/X5mUz8sSbD— IPPF/WHR (@IPPF_WHR) April 11, 2014A healthier future depends on reaching the most vulnerable & underserved #women with high-quality #maternalhealth services. #IntlMHDay— Population Council (@Pop_Council) April 11, 2014A1: #Rights based #maternalhealth care respects women’s autonomy, dignity, & choices, & prevents maternal morbidity & mortality. #IntlMHDay— Women Deliver (@WomenDeliver) April 11, 2014Black women in US exp maternal mortality rates comparable to devlping countries. This must be a priority! http://t.co/j5HZNqtFlw #IntlMHDay— Elizabeth Dawes Gay (@edawesgay) April 11, 2014#Rights-based #maternalhealth care must ensure #women can decided freely how many childrent they want to have #familyplanning #IntlMHDay— KHALEB (@k4334b) April 11, 2014Envision a world where no women die in childbirth, 100% of demand for contraception is met, and all abortions are safe and legal #IntlMHDay — Emma Morse (@emmorse3) April 11, 2014The overwhelming response from the global maternal health community signals that rights-based maternal health is a key area of concern, and we have heard you.Last year, the Maternal Health Task Force issued a call for your perspectives on respectful maternity care. In celebration of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, we are re-launching our RMC blog series. This year, we want to hear from you on the full spectrum of women’s health services. To quote CHANGE:Q6: How can we ensure that #womensrights are prioritized before, during, and after childbirth? #IntlMHDay— CHANGE (@genderhealth) April 11, 2014If you have a story you would like to share, or thoughts on keeping women-centered healthcare in the post-2015 agenda, please email Natalie Ramm.Read the Twitter transcript of the event on Storify!*Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Ibis Reproductive Health, International Center for Research on Women, International Planned Parenthood Association, Pathfinder International, Population Council, Women DeliverShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on May 21, 2015August 8, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)What does the current maternal mental health landscape look like, and what is in store for its future? Join The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment‘s webinar Thursday May 28th, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST).The webinar—“Maternal Mental Health Care: Diverse Perspectives on the Future Landscape”—will feature exclusive perspectives from a prominent, diverse set of maternal mental health experts representing the field’s healthcare practice, training, policy, and research areas.Each presenter will tackle the subject from their own distinctive angle, and provide recommendations and suggested practices for current and future providers and community-based agencies.To learn more and register, click here!This webinar is the first in a series of monthly presentations and trainings on crucial mental health topics from diverse perspectives with actionable next steps.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on December 15, 2017January 2, 2018By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On 2 November 2017, Katja Iversen joined the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) for a panel discussion about noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and maternal health. Later, she sat down with the MHTF’s Sarah Hodin to talk more about the issues she raised during the event.SH: Please start by introducing yourself and what you do.KI: I am the President/CEO of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization that focuses on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. As the name suggests, our background is in maternal health, but we look at the whole girl and the whole woman. Our core belief is that when you invest in girls and women, there is a ripple effect and everybody wins.SH: You mentioned that Women Deliver takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of girls and women around the world. Could you talk a bit about the role of maternal health in these efforts?KI: Making every pregnancy wanted and every childbirth safe is absolutely essential. A health system that is ready to deliver for women when women are ready to deliver their babies is a strong health system. Unfortunately, we see that one of the leading causes of death among adolescent girls globally is childbirth- or pregnancy-related complications, including unsafe abortion. We see how maternal deaths shatter communities. When women die in childbirth, it’s not just an individual loss—it’s a loss for families, communities and societies at large.I also think that involving young people in the processes, policies and programs that affect their lives is key if we want to create sustainable change. If we’re serious about ending preventable maternal mortality among adolescent girls, we need to work with them.SH: You talked earlier today about the importance of encouraging collaboration among NCD and maternal health experts. What do you see as the greatest barriers?KI: We need to bridge the gap between the NCD and maternal and newborn health communities, as well as other health areas. We know that when we work together, our efforts become more sustainable and impactful. Diabetes in pregnancy is a great example of a natural bridge-builder. This is a core issue in both the NCD and maternal health communities. One in seven pregnant women globally experiences gestational diabetes, and the effects can be devastating for them and their babies in both the short- and long-term.This is about putting the girl or woman at the center. In some ways, it doesn’t matter whether a women dies from postpartum hemorrhage or cancer—the consequences for the woman, her family and her community are dire.SH: Speaking of maternal mortality, as you know, the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and for countries to reduce their MMRs by at least two-thirds from their 2010 baseline by 2030. What do you think needs to happen to meet those targets?KI: If we want to achieve the maternal mortality targets under the SDGs, we need to have an integrated approach. In addition to addressing the leading causes of maternal deaths, we need to look at nutrition, NCDs, education, women’s status in society, clean water access and other issues that impact maternal health. The SDGs are not meant to be treated as a buffet—all of the goals are intertwined and need to be tackled together. Implementing integrated programs can be difficult, but that’s the way we will be most effective.—Read an editorial by Katja Iversen on the MHTF blog titled, “Diabetes in Pregnancy: A Neglected Cause of Maternal Mortality.”Watch the video from the panel discussion moderated by Katja Iversen about NCDs and maternal health.Learn about the 2019 Women Deliver conference.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has warned Mesut Ozil that only hard graft will get him back in Unai Emery’s first-team plans.Ozil has again been a peripheral figure at the Emirates Stadium this season with just two appearances made in total – one in the Premier League and another in the Carabao Cup.The 30-year-old has not been called up by Unai Emery for any of Arsenal’s last three matches, missing from the squads for clashes against Manchester United, Standard Liege and Bournemouth. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Being absent from the Europa League rout of Liege highlighted Ozil’s standing in Emery’s thinking at present, given the starting XI was comprised of several youngsters playing in positions the German could have taken up.“I think it’s disappointing that someone with that amount of talent can’t find his way into an Arsenal team,” Keown said.“And again, that’s about balance. That’s about a player wanting to graft and show the other side of his game. Until he does that, he won’t be in this new Arsenal team.”Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has also joined the debate over the misfiring German playmaker.The Brazilian said: “I’m sure for him it’s been quite hard to see the game from the outside.“It’s up to him to work hard and send a message to the manager that he’s ready and wants to play.”Meanwhile Keown has thrown his support behind Emery as he looks to craft a side that can again challenge for honours.”I’m not close enough to Emery to know how charismatic he is, what personality he has,” said Keown.“He strikes me as being a thoroughly good guy, which is a good starting place. I think Emery’s the right man to turn it round.“He’s had a good year now and I expect it to really pick up for the rest of the season.“As long as the players take everything on board, and there’s clear messages to the players, I think he has the tools to be successful.“Maybe it goes over to the manager now, the pressure’s on him to get the right balance, pick the right players, get behind them and put Arsenal back in the Champions League.”
Transforms products with customized Travel Guard® travel insurance options, including “NAME YOUR FAMILY℠” HOUSTON – July 25, 2017 – AIG Travel is pioneering a new approach to product development that will allow travel agents and other distribution partners the flexibility to offer truly customized travel insurance packages. AIG Travel has moved beyond the traditional “one-size-fits-all” product approach to offer partners the ability to request packages from an array of separate individual product components. “We understand that consumers want a more personalized travel experience, which is why we have worked tirelessly to get to this point where we will be able to offer agents more options to provide a better-targeted spectrum of products – and ultimately a better experience for travelers” said Jeff Rutledge, CEO, AIG Travel. This approach, whereby numerous benefits, such as trip cancelation or security evacuation, will be available on an individual basis (including the many possible variables of coverage and limits), provides agents with an array of components to use to request packages to respond to specific customer demand and demographics, instead of the former “handful” of packages approach. It opens the door for innovative product development and expands the menu of benefits available to clients, bringing an unprecedented level of flexibility and ability to tailor segmented insurance plans for each agency’s unique customer profile. The new products, filed by AIG Travel affiliate National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. (“AIG”), have been approved in 31 states. “We’re thrilled that, in many states, we can now offer this new universe of options alongside our existing Travel Guard® policies – Silver, Gold and Platinum – which will remain available to customers who prefer that approach,” Rutledge said. “With such a wide range of product choices, our industry partners can still request as many or as few products to offer, based on each agency’s individual customer base. We hope that the number of states where this approach is available will expand as we continue to pursue product filings.” Alongside this new package-building paradigm, AIG is also innovating on the individual benefit level with cutting-edge, targeted options. Some of the new benefits, available in many states, include: NAME YOUR FAMILY℠: Current policies define who constitutes a family member whose death or illness may trigger coverage for a trip cancelation. Under this new policy, the traveler has the option to name whichever individuals they choose to include in this group. New trip cancellation benefits:Due to insufficient/excessive water levels: For those travelers interested in river or ocean cruises, this new product can provide more robust coverage by reimbursing trip costs for a flood or drought that affects the area where the insured was supposed to go on a cruise. Due to a wedding being canceled: This new product can cover the insured guest if a trip is canceled due to either the bride or the groom calling-off their wedding.Trip curtailment due to the mechanical breakdown of an owned or rented vehicle: If the traveler’s vehicle breaks down, they can be covered for the costs of the loss of their vacation time while the vehicle is being repaired or replaced.Trip inconvenience coverage: This category includes a variety of new benefits, which are activated in a completely different manner than AIG’s other travel insurance offerings. If purchased, this coverage provides a fixed benefit amount payable upon the stated inconvenient event occurring (as opposed to being limited to an expense reimbursement). Initial examples in this category include payments for: closed or shut down theme parks or other attractions; cruise/flight diversions; hotel infestations; beach closures; and runway delays. AIG has also conducted extensive work to expand coverage benefits for the following products: Pet named perils: Expanded options for dog and cat owners, providing coverage if the insured’s pet is injured while traveling and needs to be taken to a veterinarian. It can also provide a benefit if the pet dies after the insurance is purchased, but before the trip is taken.Security evacuation coverage: Under this coverage, the traveler can be transported out of unsafe/unstable situations (such as political unrest or a natural disaster) and the cost can be covered up to a specified benefit level. For more information on this new approach or the new coverages, agents are encouraged to contact their AIG Travel sales representative. With the suite of coverages growing, more and more information will be updated via AIG Travel’s ezTIPS™ booking software, allowing for automated selling capability. About AIG Travel and Travel GuardAIG Travel, Inc., a member of American International Group, Inc., is a worldwide leader in travel insurance and global assistance. Travel Guard® is the marketing name for its portfolio of travel insurance solutions and travel-related services, including medical and security services, marketed to both leisure and business travelers around the globe. Services are provided through a network of wholly owned service centers located in Asia, Europe and the Americas. For additional information, please visit our websites at www.aig.com/travel and www.travelguard.com. About AIGAmerican International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. Founded in 1919, today AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement products, and other financial services to customers in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security. AIG’s core businesses include Commercial Insurance and Consumer Insurance, as well as Other Operations. Commercial Insurance comprises two modules – Liability and Financial Lines, and Property and Special Risks. Consumer Insurance comprises four modules – Individual Retirement, Group Retirement, Life Insurance and Personal Insurance. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Additional information about AIG can be found at www.aig.com | YouTube:www.youtube.com/aig | Twitter: @AIGinsurancewww.twitter.com/AIGinsurance | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/aig. These references with additional information about AIG have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release. AIG is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance operations of American International Group, Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at www.aig.com. All products and services are written or provided by subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. Products or services may not be available in all countries, and coverage is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Certain property-casualty coverages may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds, and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.
Available on September 13 to Past Guests and September 14 to the General PublicFeatures Free and Reduced Airfare for Seven-day Cruises on Norwegian Joy to Alaska in 2019 Valid for New Reservations and at Over 100 Airports in the U.S. and Canada MIAMI (September 13, 2018) – Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruise travel, today announced a free and reduced roundtrip airfare offer for new reservations on Norwegian Joy’s seven-day Alaska itineraries beginning April 2019 through September 2019. The offer will be available to the general public for one day only on September 14, with past guests gaining early access on September 13. New bookings for a balcony or better will be eligible for free or reduced roundtrip economy class airfare for up to two guests from over 100 airports across the U.S. and Canada. Guests reserving The Haven or Concierge level will receive complimentary airfare at all eligible airports. Guests may opt for a discount up to $1,000 per stateroom instead of the airfare offer. The Free Air promotion is also combinable with Norwegian’s Free at Sea offer, where guests can select up to five amenities of their choosing. The promotion celebrates the repositioning of Norwegian Joy to the U.S. for year-round sailings on the west coast. Prior to her arrival in Seattle, Norwegian Joy will undergo approximately $50 million in upgrades to enhance her already popular features and bring her designs and offerings to be virtually identical to those of her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, the newest and most successful ship in the line’s 51-year history. From dining and entertainment to recreational activities, guests will have more opportunities to experience the innovative features expected of the modern and dynamic fleet while discovering the natural beauty of Alaska. “Alaska itineraries are some of our most popular cruises amongst travelers nationwide, as they offer one of the best ways to see and experience the Last Frontier,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We’re extremely excited to have Norwegian Joy join her sister Norwegian Bliss in Seattle next year, so we’re asking guests to join us in celebrating her arrival with this new and exciting free airfare promotion.” Norwegian Joy will cruise a variety of itineraries featuring Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Holkham Bay and Icy Strait Point, long recognized for its untouched wilderness, rich culture and fresh seafood. She will also call into Victoria, British Columbia. Following her first season in Alaska from Seattle, she will remain on the west coast with cruises to the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal from Los Angeles, as one of the newest and largest ships in the area, growing the brand’s presence in the underserved market. The Free Air promotion will be available on September 14, with past guests gaining early access on September 13. It is only available with seven-day Alaska itineraries on Norwegian Joy and is based on availability. The offer includes roundtrip economy class airfare from select airports. It is not applicable with Sail Away categories. Additional terms and conditions may apply. For more information about the free air fare offer, Norwegian Joy or to book a cruise aboard one of Norwegian’s ships, please contact a travel professional; call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or visit www.ncl.com.
Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education, Mrs. Isoline Brown-Budhoo, says that her journey of more-than 40 years in the teaching profession happened as a result of a short-lived love affair with nursing. “I started out as a pretrained teacher at Wood Hall All-Age School in 1970 in my home parish, Clarendon, then left and went to Kingston School of Nursing, but realised I did not have the guts for nursing, and so, I returned to teaching and never looked back,” Mrs Brown-Budhoo says. Speaking with JIS News, the retired Vice Principal says she realised she was destined to teach, after a one-year stint at nursing school proved futile and took her back to a career that she describes as “one of the most gratifying professions”. Story Highlights Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education, Mrs. Isoline Brown-Budhoo, says that her journey of more-than 40 years in the teaching profession happened as a result of a short-lived love affair with nursing.Speaking with JIS News, the retired Vice Principal says she realised she was destined to teach, after a one-year stint at nursing school proved futile and took her back to a career that she describes as “one of the most gratifying professions”.“I started out as a pretrained teacher at Wood Hall All-Age School in 1970 in my home parish, Clarendon, then left and went to Kingston School of Nursing, but realised I did not have the guts for nursing, and so, I returned to teaching and never looked back,” Mrs Brown-Budhoo says.On her return, she taught at the Mount Providence All-Age School in Clarendon before journeying to Church Teachers’ College to pursue studies in primary education.While at college, her love for the profession grew, and as she gained experience through teaching practice at the Christiana Leased School in Manchester, she knew that, without a doubt, teaching was where her true passion lies.On full completion of her studies, she returned to Clarendon and accepted a job at the then Denbigh Secondary School, where she taught from 1977 to 1979.September 1979 saw her venturing to May Pen Primary, where she remained until she retired in 2012.During this period, she served as senior teacher, acting Vice Principal and was appointed Vice Principal from 2009 to her retirement.“I started a 33-year journey here…it was challenging, but also exciting, and I did everything in my power to enhance the reputation of the school,” Mrs. Brown-Budhoo says.“When I went to May Pen Primary, I taught grade four for two years, then the principal decided to move me to grade six due to my ability to manage that age group and the volume of work to be done to prepare the students for the Common Entrance Examination, and within the year, I was also promoted to senior teacher,” she adds.She says her job felt most rewarding when her children succeeded, and this propelled her to being even more committed and dedicated to serve.“I initiated a lot of programmes in the school… . They did not have a house system in place, and so I introduced a house/sport system using the names of past principals, and the school came alive on sports day and there was camaraderie, good sportsmanship and teamwork,” she says.She adds that the house/sport system prepared the school to participate and dominate several parish, regional and national competitions, while producing top athletes who went on to excel at the high-school and tertiary levels.Another initiative that she introduced was the Spelling Bee Club, which sparked competition among the various grades at the school.“We used to have an organised ‘spell down’ at the end of the month, and we did our own inter-school spelling competition, which enhanced reading and comprehension and also resulted in the school winning parish competitions and advancing to the National Spelling Bee competition for several years,” she reflects.Mrs. Brown-Budhoo also spearheaded an extension class at the school to prepare students for entry into the HEART/NTA programmes.“We would teach these extra classes after school, to help children who applied for HEART but failed mathematics and English… so myself and a team at May Pen Primary would teach them for a year and prepare them to resit the test, and we had 100 per cent passes for five years,” she boasts.These projects were in addition to the 4-H Club, Cub Scouts, and beautification, which she also spearheaded.“It was hard work, but I enjoyed the challenge and loved spearheading the various projects, as there was an abundance of joy and accomplishment when the students succeeded, and this was proof that the hard work that I committed to doing truly paid off,” she asserts.“Teaching is one of the most gratifying professions… . When you go out and you meet your past students and they greet you and tell you thanks for not giving up on them… [and] when they hug you and tell you how much they appreciate the way you helped to mould their lives, it is extremely gratifying,” she expresses.Mrs. Brown-Budhoo was also an active member of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and spearheaded several projects within the May Pen community.She served as President of the Clarendon Teachers’ Association and member of the Central Executive of the JTA.“I was a very active member of JTA, and as president I visited all 26 schools in the parish to inform the teachers of their rights and responsibilities. At the community level, I would have classes with persons in the area who could not read… . I would collect food, clothes and other basic items and distribute to children’s homes, infirmaries, nursing homes and to the homeless,” she tells JIS News.Her service to community and the teaching profession has resulted in her being recognised and awarded on several occasions.Included among the awards are the JTA Golden Torch award, for 37 years of service; the JTA Clarendon Parish 40th Anniversary award in December 2005; the JTA South Central Region award; Kingston Bookshop award in 2001; and a special award from the May Pen Primary School for her invaluable contribution.She adds that she felt quite honoured, and grateful on receiving the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education.“This recognition is now the icing on the cake… . I am very happy for receiving this prestigious award and for getting it while I am alive,” she says.Her advice to those currently in the profession is to “be there for your students, help them to be the finest individuals… . It may be quite challenging, but somebody has to be there to do it, and if you choose to do it, give it the full 100 and you will get your reward in the long run”.“Teachers do not only teach but they also have to be role models; they have to live a certain way, as they are looked up to in their communities, and, through their actions, children learn and understand how to become good citizens, so they have to lead by example,” she appeals.Even though retired, Mrs. Brown-Budhoo continues to serve and to empower those around her.“I want to establish a centre and offer remedial, literacy, numeracy classes and empowerment sessions. There are some persons who would have graduated but did not do so well and tend to be withdrawn, so I want to help build their self-esteem, empower them and let them know that they are loved and that they can be somebody of worth and make a valuable contribution to society,” she shares.
The province is moving to ensure businesses and homeowners can have their assessment appeals heard in a timely manner. Effective April 1, the province is increasing the per-diem rate for lawyers who sit on the Regional Assessment Appeal Court to $300 per half-day session, from $165. The Regional Assessment Appeal Court hears from owners who feel their property has been improperly assessed. The court is the usual recourse for Nova Scotians to appeal their property’s assessed value. “The Regional Assessment Appeal Court helps our property assessment system run smoothly,” said John MacDonell, Minister responsible for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “If we don’t have people to hear these cases, Nova Scotians won’t be able to appeal their property assessments and have their cases heard as quickly as they should.” Members of the Regional Assessment Appeal Court have not received a raise in more than 15 years, which made it harder to attract lawyers to hear appeals. There are currently 13 lawyers who hear assessment appeals. In 2009, the court heard 380 appeals across the province. By law, appeals must be heard in the municipality where the property is located. The raise adds $35,000 to the total cost of offering assessment appeals and the Regional Assessment Appeal Court will now cost the province $110,000 annually.
New York (United Nations) – A Moroccan parliamentary delegation condemned Friday at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York Israeli practices in Al Quds, calling on the international community to take action and support the Palestinian people’s rights, including their right to an independent State with Al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital.“Israel has trampled all UN resolutions and international conventions”, the head of the Moroccan delegation Abed Chkail said. He recalled the “barbaric Israeli attack on Gaza” and the “systematic and recurrent attacks” of the Hebrew state on the holy Al Aqsa Mosque and on the faithful as well as the growing settlement activities in the Holy City.The Moroccan delegation, composed of MPs from majority and opposition alike, took the floor before the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on the occasion of an international meeting under the theme: “The Role of Parliamentarians in Ensuring Respect for International Law “Violent Israeli practices” stir up feelings of injustice among Palestinians and millions of Muslims worldwide, Chkail warned.“We condemn and reject these Israeli practices that go against international law, international humanitarian law and human rights”, he said, urging the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in supporting the Palestinian people’s rights to an independent state on the basis of the 1967 borders with Al Quds as its capital in accordance with international law.Morocco, which chairs the Al Quds Committee in the person of King Mohammed VI, follows with deep concern Israeli escalation in Al Quds and its attempts to undermine the legal status of Al Quds set by international resolutions as part and parcel of the occupied Palestinian territories in 1967, the Moroccan MP concluded.
Bangladesh will need at least a year to recover from the devastating floods that have caused massive damage to its land, people and economy, with tens of millions of people facing grave food shortages, waterborne diseases, a badly mangled infrastructure and extremely poor prospects for the next rice crop, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “We are still working out exact numbers in each sector, but it is already clear that the country will need a lot of support to get back on its feet,” UNDP acting Resident Representative Douglas Casson Coutts told a UN-sponsored donor conference in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, yesterday. The UN is preparing a comprehensive plan to assist the South Asian nation in overcoming the impact of the floods, which have killed 592 people and affected some 33 million others – more than a quarter of the population. The appeal will be presented to donors next week. As the floodwaters recede, the full extent of the wreckage – and the consequent challenges of rebuilding houses, roads, schools and public services – is emerging. Mr. Coutts stressed that with more than 60 per cent of the national work force dependent on agriculture to survive, rural people will need substantial assistance just to get back to where they were before the monsoon season arrived. He noted that floods in April destroyed much of the national rice crop. A second set of floods in mid-July then wiped out people’s household food stocks and removed other sources of nutrition and income such as livestock rearing and agricultural day labour. “We are seeking not only to help the country get back on its feet, but also to assist the Government in developing the environmental and social protective measures the nation needs to withstand the monsoon seasons to come,” he said, reminding the donor conference that the UN takes the longer view for Bangladesh. UN agencies have already started mobilizing help for the country. Earlier this week the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed for $13.4 million in emergency aid and the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed 24 tons of high-energy biscuits and 3,000 tons of rice.
A No. 7 seed unseats a No. 2 in the NCAA tournament’s second round about twice every three years, but there was something about Michigan State’s upset of Virginia on Sunday that felt more routine than that. Perhaps it was the fact that the Spartans had toppled the Cavaliers just last season, but beyond that, no second-week tournament run from Michigan State qualifies as surprising at this point. As you might have heard, Izzo’s Spartans are now 13-1 all-time in the round of 32, and they’ve visited the Final Four more often (six times) than they’ve lost in the tournament’s opening weekend (five times).Digging deeper into the numbers only solidifies Izzo’s reputation as Mr. March. A few years ago, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver wrote about how unlikely Izzo’s teams were to have consistently advanced as far as they did from the seeds at which they started — and that was at the very beginning of the five-season stretch (from 2010-present) where the Spartans advanced to four regional semifinals and one regional final. By any standard, Izzo’s teams tend to wildly exceed their expectations once the NCAA tournament commences.We can track where Izzo ranks among all tournament coaches in the 64-team bracket era1Since 1985. by comparing his actual wins to the number we’d expect of a team with the same seedings and pre-tournament Simple Rating System (SRS) ratings. And — spoiler alert — he’s No. 1 by a wide margin.To illustrate the method, a typical No. 7 seed would expect to win about 0.9 games per tournament, on average, while a No. 7 seed with an SRS 2.9 points better than the seed average — like Michigan State this season — would expect to win about 1.0 games per tournament. (This accounts for teams that may be over- or under-seeded according to their power rating.) Here’s how the expected-win curve looks across all seeds:When we factor 2015 in (according to the FiveThirtyEight model, Michigan State is expected to win 3.1 games this year, 2 more than you’d normally expect), Izzo’s Spartans have won 14.6 more tournament games than would be expected from their seedings and pre-tournament SRS ratings. Here’s how that figure stacks up against all other Division I coaches since 19852In the table, “Year(s)” denotes the range of years between the coach’s first and last NCAA tournament appearances in the 64-team era, which started in 1985.:Izzo’s performance is almost seven standard deviations above average, lending further credence to Nate’s assertion that Izzo isn’t simply the outlier you’d expect to naturally arise in a data set of 523 coaches. Rather, there seems to be something very real — whether it’s coaching, or perhaps recruiting the types of players whose styles suit March Madness — about Izzo’s ability to take his Michigan State teams much further in the tournament than the numbers or seedings say they ought to go.Disclosure: East Lansing native Nate Silver was not involved in the writing or editing of this article in any way.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
OSU then-redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe hostile environment of nearly 16,000 Nittany Lion fans proved to be too much for the Ohio State wrestling team on Friday, as the Buckeyes fell to top-ranked Penn State.OSU led twice early on but was never able to stretch out a sizeable lead, and a flurry of top-ranked wrestlers for Penn State were too much for the Scarlet and Gray to keep up with.Penn State (13-0, 8-0) lost two of the first three individual bouts to OSU (9-3, 6-2), but picked up the pace later on to earn a 24-14 win.In the evening’s first bout, redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello started things off right for OSU, picking up a victory against redshirt senior Nico Megaludis.Tomasello was able to escape early in the second period to gain the lead. A defensive stalemate made the crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center tense, holding its breath all the way until the final whistle.Tomasello scrambled well near the end of the bout and was able to score a takedown with just 15 seconds left to earn a 3-1 decision victory.The redshirt sophomore increased his winning streak to an impressive 34-match mark, which leads the nation at the 125-pound weight class.With the momentum on its side, OSU would continue to the dual-meet with redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius at 133 pounds.DiJulius drew a tough opponent in senior Jordan Conaway, who is ranked fifth in the nation.After DiJulius started off with a quick pace and an early lead of 4-0, Conaway came roaring back to score seven unanswered points, also picking up a bonus point to win 8-4.With DiJulius working for back points near the edge of the circle in front of the OSU bench, the whistle was blown and called for the wrestlers to reset in the middle. OSU coach Tom Ryan was clearly animated after the call.DiJulius is now 13-5 on the year and 4-4 in the Big Ten.Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan walked onto the mat with the team score notched even at 3-3 and continued his strong season by beating All-American junior Jimmy Gulibon.Jordan scored a takedown right before the whistle to end the third period, going on to win 6-3 to put OSU on top by the same score.The Buckeyes then turned to sophomore Sal Marandino at 149 pounds to face sophomore Zain Retherford.Retherford entered the match undefeated on the season, while also holding the top spot in the nation.Marandino was under constant pressure from the Nittany Lion sophomore and was unable to fight off the offense. Retherford picked up the win by fall, giving Penn State six team points.OSU redshirt freshman Jake Ryan returned to the starting lineup at 157 pounds after sitting out the last two dual-meets, while Penn State presented another No. 1 overall wrestler in the bout in redshirt freshman Jason Nolf.Nolf attacked early, constantly attacking the legs of Ryan, while preventing Ryan from maneuvering into scoring positions.Ryan sustained a hard hit to his head during a strong shot by Nolf, and the match was stopped to evaluate for a possible concussion. Ryan was cleared by the OSU trainer but could not overcome Nolf, dropping the match 19-6.After the intermission, the Scarlet and Gray found themselves down 13-6, with the 165-pound match up next.Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan would be who the Buckeyes would turn to against junior Geno Morelli to try and turn the meet around.Morelli was unranked coming into the match, but it was anything from one-sided. Jordan could not find a way to finish his shots and could only manage one takedown against the Nittany Lion junior.However, despite the tougher-than-advertised affair, Jordan secured a win by keeping Morelli at bay in the third to win 3-2 and maintain unbeaten on the season and pick up his 13th win this year.OSU freshman Myles Martin matched up against redshirt freshman Bo Nickal next, in what proved to be one of the most intense matches of the meet.After a scoreless first, Martin found himself ahead at the end of the second period, with a 2-1 lead.Nickal would fight back into the mix and tie the score at 4-4. Martin earned an escape to put himself back up, but Nickal stayed active and went on to win 11-5. With a 16-9 Penn State lead in the team scores, redshirt senior Kenny Courts found no offense against sophomore Matt McCutcheon, scoring no points for the third time this season.Courts could not escape McCutcheon and found himself caught in the grasp of the Nittany Lion for most of the evening before losing 4-0.Penn State rolled out its fourth and final top-ranked wrestler with senior Morgan McIntosh.Redshirt junior Josh Fox was on the mat for the Buckeyes, and he kept things close in the first period, with McIntosh up 2-0 at the end of one. In the remainder of the match, however, McIntosh continued to lead, eventually going on to win 24-9.Even though the Nittany Lions had a team win securely in hand, the night ended on a high note for the Buckeyes at heavyweight.Sophomore Kyle Snyder dominated throughout his bout against freshman Jan Johnson, posting 18 points in the first period alone. Snyder would post the most points by any Buckeye on the evening, racking up 25 before his technical fall victory.Penn State remains perfect on the season with two opponents left on its schedule, while OSU is next set to return home to St. John Arena to meet the Wisconsin Badgers at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 to round out the regular season. Correction 2/6: An earlier version of the story said Penn State had two ranked opponents remaining on its schedule, when in fact one of its opponents is ranked.
US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has offered solace and support to residents of Oklahoma as they rebuild their shattered lives after a monster tornado killed 24 people.“When we say that we’ve got your back, I promise you that we keep our word,” Obama declared, as he stood in front of the wreckage of Plaza Towers Elementary School.In the shadow of the now unrecognizable mountain of twisted metal and wood where many of the storm’s 10 child victims lost their lives, he praised all those who went out of their way to save people’s lives.“From the forecasters who issued the warnings, to the first responders who dug through the rubble, to the teachers who shielded with their own bodies their students, Oklahomans have inspired us with their love and their courage and their fellowship,” Obama said.Julie Lewis watches with her husband Scott, and their son Zack, as President Barack Obama moves on with his tour of the devastation of Moore. Zack was a third-grader at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, now reduced to rubble in the background after the devastating tornado and severe weather last week. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)He also hailed those who have offered shelter for their neighbors whose homes were destroyed.Obama was in Oklahoma to view the devastation firsthand and meet with survivors and first responders. He was accompanied through the scene by Governor Mary Fallin, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate and local officials.The tornado was one of the most powerful in years, injuring 377 people, damaging or destroying 1,200 homes and affecting an estimated 33,000 people, according to a recent update from officials.Initial damages have been estimated at around $2 billion.The United States experiences three out of four tornadoes in the world, but the one that hit Monday was an unusually powerful EF-5, the highest possible level, on the Enhanced Fujita scale and touched down with little advance notice.It followed roughly the same track as the 1999 twister, yet very few homes in Oklahoma – and neither of the stricken schools – had purpose-built storm shelters.© AFP, 2013Photos: Oklahoma deals with destruction after worst tornado in decades>Read: Two babies among the ten children killed in Oklahoma tornado>
Eden Hazard revealed that Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri always believed he could make an excellent central strikerThe 27-year-old, who normally plays down the wing, has been deployed as a false nine recently for Chelsea with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud benched as a result.Hazard has repaid Sarri’s confidence in him by contributing a staggering nine goals in the Blues’ last seven games and leads the Premier League assists charts with nine.And the Belgium international is relishing the change in the role he has at Stamford Bridge.“Sarri told me before the season started that playing as a number nine could be an option,” Hazard told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It is good not just to be a target man, but also as a false nine where I can move, I can drop, I can go deep, I can go on the wing.“I like to change a lot, but we also have two great strikers. We will see. It depends on who is on the pitch. He’s a good guy, he’s from another generation because he’s an older man, but he is close with the players.“He is laughing a lot with us, and then when we are on the pitch we are working a lot also. It’s not just fun.”Chelsea will face Crystal Palace in another Premier League match on Sunday with kick-off set for 13:00 (CET).
Weekend Morning AnchorLorena Estrada joined WSVN in January 2014. She is honored to serve as weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter in her hometown.Follow @EstradaLorenaThe Miami-native began her career at WVLT (CBS) in Knoxville, TN as weekend anchor and reporter. A month after graduating from Florida International University with a double major in Journalism and Sociology, Lorena packed her bags and moved to East Tennessee. She called Rocky Top home for nearly four years.At WVLT, Lorena covered a wide-range of stories from the 2011 tornadoes that devastated the community, the 2012 Presidential Campaign to undocumented immigrants fighting deportation. Lorena also became involved with East Tennessee’s Centro Hispano, a local non-profit organization serving the hispanic community.Lorena continues to cover it all at WSVN.Born to a Greek mother and Nicaraguan father, Lorena speaks Spanish and Greek. She developed a passion for news and travel at a young age while traveling the world with her family. She grew up visiting her parents’ native countries as well as Venezuela where her mother was raised. When Lorena isn’t working or catching up on sleep, she’s spending time with her husband Jason, their dog Zeeke and other relatives. She also enjoys emceeing events for local charities and organizations she’s involved with including Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Florida Hemophilia Association.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.