Central African Republic: Respect final results of election, urge UN, partners

first_imgCentral African Republic: Respect final results of election, urge UN, partners The United NationsSenior officials from the United Nations and regional organizations have called on all political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to respect the final results of the recent presidential elections, and to settle any disputes peacefully and in accordance with the country’s laws.“It will be up to the Constitutional Court of the Central African Republic to proclaim the final results and to all political actors to respect the decisions of the Court,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations; Smaїl Chergui, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security; Gilberto Da Piedade Veríssimo, President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); and Josep Borrell High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in a joint statement on MondayThey called on the Government of the Central African Republic and all political actors to favor “an inclusive, open, constructive and credible political dialogue to promote national stability.”The officials also said that they took note of the provisional results of the 27 December elections, announced by National Elections Authority. On 4 January, the Authority said that the incumbent President, Faustin Archange Touadera won the elections.Violence has flared in parts of the country following the elections, and on Saturday and Sunday, armed elements allied with former president François Bozizé attacked the towns of Damara and Bangassou, respectively. The attacks were repulsed by national security forces.Peacekeepers from the UN mission in the country (known by its French acronym MINUSCA), also intervened to protect civilians, and have stepped up their patrols in the area.Honour peace commitments The officials cautioned against disinformation and incitement to violence and hatred, including against international personnel, aimed at compromising the electoral process. They also denounced election-related violence and called on national authorities to investigate and bring to justice those responsible.They reminded all stakeholders of their commitments under the 2019 Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation, and urged the signatory parties to fully honor their pledges, in particular the cessation of hostilities.The officials invited them to “re-launch the peace process, in particular by emphasizing consultation, strict compliance with commitments and accountability.”Exercising the right to vote They also noted preliminary reports from national and international election observation missions, adding that the citizens of CAR “demonstrated their determination” to exercise their right to vote, despite the many obstacles.In the statement, the senior officials reaffirmed their continued solidarity and support to the Central African people in their efforts to consolidate peace and democracy, as well as stabilization, reconciliation and sustainable development, in close collaboration with other partners of CAR.Insecurity and humanitarian crisis A landlocked country in central Africa and roughly the size of France, CAR has been plagued by conflict and insecurity, and large parts of the country suffer from armed group violence and criminal activities. There is also a steady increase in human rights and humanitarian law violations, in spite of the 2019 peace deal between the Government and 14 non-State armed groups, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).About 2.8 million people – 57 per cent of the population – are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. The situation has been further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, with rising hunger, loss of livelihoods, closure of schools, and a reported increase in violence against women and children. /UN News Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Porter nurses ratify first contract

first_imgPorter Medical Center, Inc,The nurses of the Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (PFNHP) voted to ratify their first contract with an overwhelming majority on Monday. The group had reached a tentative agreement with the Porter Medical Center (PMC) in Middlebury last week. This contract is their first, after the nurses voted to form their union a year ago. The contract took effect upon ratification (December 23, 2014) and will continue through September 30, 2017.Reflecting on the vote to ratify the contract, AFT Vermont President Ben Johnson said, “We welcome Porter nurses into AFT Vermont and we congratulate them on their historic win.”Janet Mosurick, RN, celebrated the vote, saying, “Two years of planning dreaming and hard work ended up to be a great accomplishment that led to the reality a first nursing contract for the hospital where I am proud to work.””The delivery of healthcare is better for a community when workers and management can bargain over issues affecting patients, and that’s what happened here. The issues addressed in this first contract were the catalyst for the RNs to form a union so they would have an avenue to discuss ways to improve patient and working conditions.Ensuring patient safety is a top priority for all nurses, including those at Porter Medical Center. Forced overtime and chaotic schedules put patients and nurses at risk. The agreement ratified on Monday will minimize that risk, ensuring that nurses work under safe and sane working conditions and patients get the high-quality care they deserve,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten, upon hearing of the contract approval.The nurses of PFNHP prioritized safe patient care in their bargaining platform.  They will now have six staffing committees to address staffing recommendations and safe staffing issues. There are serious limits in the use of mandatory overtime. The nurses won guarantees that they will be consulted and fully trained on all new equipment before it is put into use.The nurses also bargained a wage scale that will, over time, correct the vast inequities in wages at Porter Medical Center. Another key win is guaranteed paid certifications for continuing education. PFNHP is confident these wins will improve patient care at PMC as well as improve recruitment and retention.The Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is a professional union representing the Registered Nurses at Porter Medical Center. PFNHP is committed to advancing quality patient care & our nursing practice.Source: American Federation of Teachers 12.23.2014last_img read more

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Candlelight Vigil Tonight For Homeless Youth

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A candlelight vigil will be held tonight, recognizing the increasing number of homeless teens on our streets. King: “Of the 147 students we’ve identified so far, 33 of those are unaccompanied youth, so homeless students that aren’t with a parent or legal guardian and then the 114 other students are part of a family unit where the entire family is homeless.” King: “The candlelight vigil is our annual awareness event, unfortunately homeless students and families are an invisible part of our community and so this event serves to just bring awareness and understanding to some of the issues that some of our families are facing. Hopefully allowing community members to learn about the issue and then advocate for better supports and services on a community wide level.” Tonight’s vigil will be held from  6 – 7pm at Farnsworth Park in Soldotna.center_img The local school district says they’ve seen a 36% increase in the number of homeless students this year. Kelly King works with those students… KPBSD Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater will speak at the event and there will be live music from Beau Miller and Scott Lazaros.last_img read more

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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies at age 61

first_imgNEW YORK | Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit “Whip It,” died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61.Devo founding member Casale said in a statement that his younger brother’s death on Monday was “sudden” and “a total shock.” No further details on Bob Casale’s death were provided.The Ohio-based Devo released its Brian Eno-produced debut, “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!,” in 1978. The new wave band reached platinum status with 1980’s “Freedom of Choice,” which featured “Whip It.”Casale called his brother “a solid performer and talented audio engineer” in his statement.Last year, Devo lost its drummer, Alan Myers, after a battle with brain cancer.Online:https://clubdevo.com/Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Hamilton makes NASCAR history as first Black race director

first_imgFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jusan Hamilton grew up working on cars in his grandfather’s garage, and he has been in love with motorsports ever since.He dreamed of driving all the way from upstate New York’s dirt tracks to the bright lights of NASCAR. When it didn’t work out behind the wheel, he poured himself into a career behind the scenes of racing.Hamilton hit a milestone Saturday when he debuted as a NASCAR race director for the Xfinity Series event at Fontana. He is the first Black race director in NASCAR history, and his co-workers say the 26-year-old can go any direction he chooses in the sport he loves.“I think this sport is open to everyone,” Hamilton said. “Like myself, if you find a passion in this sport and it’s something you enjoy, I think there’s an opportunity for everyone to come into the sport.”Hamilton likens a race director to a quarterback. Wearing a headset in the control tower high above Auto Club Speedway, Hamilton communicates with track and race officials while overseeing everything that occurs in the race, including penalties, crashes and cleanups.Hamilton has to make quick decisions involving safety personnel and even emergency services, and he had plenty to do in an eventful Xfinity race that featured several yellow flags and plenty of car damage.Just three weeks after getting married to his college sweetheart, Hamilton ran his first race without a significant hitch.After getting extensive experience in other areas of NASCAR’s operation, Hamilton has been preparing for this new role for several months. He oversaw the practice sessions at Fontana earlier in the week before his first chance to run the show in a real race.“Having a really good understanding of racing coming in has definitely benefited me,” Hamilton said. “I’ve been observing, and I’ve been on the radio for a while now.”Hamilton became a multisport athlete who participated in track and field at Ithaca College, even while he dreamed of driving like Kevin Harvick and Bobby Labonte. Hamilton applied to NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity training program, which helps minority drivers — but he wasn’t accepted.He still did three internships in various aspects of sports before landing a full-time job with NASCAR four years ago. Jim Cassidy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations, has played a significant role in Hamilton’s extensive experience across several departments.“He’s younger, but he’s curious, and he probably knows as much as I do from a race procedure standpoint, having been a driver,” Cassidy said. “There are some instances where I’m going to learn from him. … I want those working close with me to know everything I know, and I think that helps our relationship quite a bit, because he’s a sponge. It’s a pleasure to work with him. A pleasure to see where he’s come from, and where he could go.”NASCAR has made extensive efforts to expand its fan base and internal structure beyond the white, Southern stereotype commonly imposed on the sport, although CEO Brian France’s endorsement of Donald Trump last year undid some of that work.The governing body has established internships, outreach programs and even more specialized ideas, such as a program to welcome minority athletes for training to work on pit crews. Hamilton oversaw that pit crew program along with his new competition responsibilities.Hamilton realized he wasn’t racing with many other minorities during his youth in New York, but he didn’t perceive any obstacles because of it.“I don’t really think race comes into play at all when it comes to who ends up in the sport,” Hamilton said. “It’s just a matter of the knowledge of the sport, and some people don’t get that opportunity to learn about the sport at a young age like I did. So if you have that family member who has that connection and can share that with you, or if you develop it on your own, I think there’s a path for everyone.”Except for an occasional stint in an iRacing simulator, Hamilton doesn’t have much time to get behind the wheel. He’s too busy driving his own career forward.“I want to continue to be a successful race director, and I’d like to stay with the company somewhere on the competition side,” Hamilton said. “Anything that allows me to positively influence the sport, that would be my goal.”___More AP auto racing: www.racing.ap.org,FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jusan Hamilton grew up working on cars in his grandfather’s garage, and he has been in love with motorsports ever since.He dreamed of driving all the way from upstate New York’s dirt tracks to the bright lights of NASCAR. When it didn’t work out behind the wheel, he poured himself into a career behind the scenes of racing.Hamilton hit a milestone Saturday when he debuted as a NASCAR race director for the Xfinity Series event at Fontana. He is the first Black race director in NASCAR history, and his co-workers say the 26-year-old can go any direction he chooses in the sport he loves.“I think this sport is open to everyone,” Hamilton said. “Like myself, if you find a passion in this sport and it’s something you enjoy, I think there’s an opportunity for everyone to come into the sport.”Hamilton likens a race director to a quarterback. Wearing a headset in the control tower high above Auto Club Speedway, Hamilton communicates with track and race officials while overseeing everything that occurs in the race, including penalties, crashes and cleanups.Hamilton has to make quick decisions involving safety personnel and even emergency services, and he had plenty to do in an eventful Xfinity race that featured several yellow flags and plenty of car damage.Just three weeks after getting married to his college sweetheart, Hamilton ran his first race without a significant hitch.After getting extensive experience in other areas of NASCAR’s operation, Hamilton has been preparing for this new role for several months. He oversaw the practice sessions at Fontana earlier in the week before his first chance to run the show in a real race.“Having a really good understanding of racing coming in has definitely benefited me,” Hamilton said. “I’ve been observing, and I’ve been on the radio for a while now.”Hamilton became a multisport athlete who participated in track and field at Ithaca College, even while he dreamed of driving like Kevin Harvick and Bobby Labonte. Hamilton applied to NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity training program, which helps minority drivers — but he wasn’t accepted.He still did three internships in various aspects of sports before landing a full-time job with NASCAR four years ago. Jim Cassidy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations, has played a significant role in Hamilton’s extensive experience across several departments.“He’s younger, but he’s curious, and he probably knows as much as I do from a race procedure standpoint, having been a driver,” Cassidy said. “There are some instances where I’m going to learn from him. … I want those working close with me to know everything I know, and I think that helps our relationship quite a bit, because he’s a sponge. It’s a pleasure to work with him. A pleasure to see where he’s come from, and where he could go.”NASCAR has made extensive efforts to expand its fan base and internal structure beyond the white, Southern stereotype commonly imposed on the sport, although CEO Brian France’s endorsement of Donald Trump last year undid some of that work.The governing body has established internships, outreach programs and even more specialized ideas, such as a program to welcome minority athletes for training to work on pit crews. Hamilton oversaw that pit crew program along with his new competition responsibilities.Hamilton realized he wasn’t racing with many other minorities during his youth in New York, but he didn’t perceive any obstacles because of it.“I don’t really think race comes into play at all when it comes to who ends up in the sport,” Hamilton said. “It’s just a matter of the knowledge of the sport, and some people don’t get that opportunity to learn about the sport at a young age like I did. So if you have that family member who has that connection and can share that with you, or if you develop it on your own, I think there’s a path for everyone.”Except for an occasional stint in an iRacing simulator, Hamilton doesn’t have much time to get behind the wheel. He’s too busy driving his own career forward.“I want to continue to be a successful race director, and I’d like to stay with the company somewhere on the competition side,” Hamilton said. “Anything that allows me to positively influence the sport, that would be my goal.”___More AP auto racing: www.racing.ap.org Jusan Hamilton stands on the track after the NASCAR Xfinity auto race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)last_img read more

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WORLD CUP FINALISTS SET TO CARRY SUMMER MOMENTUM INTO THE NEW LALIGA SEASON

first_imgAdvertisement lhtovNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1dyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eamhk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) g3h5Would you ever consider trying this?😱xs3Can your students do this? 🌚e4wwRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 2018 World Cup final was unlike almost any other. There were six goals for the first time since 1966 and while champions France logically raced to Paris with the trophy in tow, Croatia were just as warmly welcomed back in Zagreb, having massively exceeded expectations.Advertisement Atletico Madrid players celebrate the goal against Real Betis in a La Liga fixtureAdvertisement In total, there were 11 LaLiga players celebrating their summer achievements the following morning, and LaLiga should relish the prospect of these players carrying their positive momentum into the 2018/19 domestic season.Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid): Atleti will be especially happy with the 22-year-old’s performances. Lucas began last season as Los Rojiblancos’ backup centre-back but played so well as a left-back following an injury to Filipe Luis that he was called up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad. In Russia, he picked up two assists, including one in the final, which will have made Diego Simeone gush with pride.Advertisement Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid): Lucas was included in many fans’ and publications’ ‘XI of the tournament’, but so was his Croatian teammate Vrsaljko. The right-back was influential in both defence and attack for his country, laying on an assist in an ever-present campaign.Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid): Atleti will also be pleased that Griezmann, who has pledged his future to the club, was a key factor in France’s attack. As well as his four goals and an MVP award in the final, he demonstrated the kind of defensive commitment that those at the Wanda Metropolitano love to see.Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid): The Frenchman, who signed for Atleti from Monaco just before the tournament, was named on the bench in the final having previously featured against Denmark in the group stages. With Lemar joining Griezmann and Diego Costa in Simeone’s impressive attacking line, Atleti fans are in for a treat this season.Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona): The Frenchman’s defensive solidity was a real highlight but he also pitched in with a key goal, the only goal of the game in the semi-final vs Belgium. ‘Samu’ signed a new contract this summer, ensuring that Barça can count on his quality as they look to defend their LaLiga Santander title this season.Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona): While not a starter in Russia, 21-year-old Dembele made an impact for the champions from the bench and his World Cup experience should help him further develop as he looks to breakout at the Camp Nou this season.Ivan Rakitic (FC Barcelona):  One of Zlatko Dalić’s team’s most influential players. The 30-year-old showed last season that he can play in a variety of positions and further demonstrated his versatility in Russia, which will delight Barça coach Ernesto Valverde as he looks to consolidate his midfield following the departures of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.Luka Modric (Real Madrid): The standout performer of the tournament and winner of the Golden Ball for the best player at Russia 2018.  There is talk of him winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or and a strong start to the 2018/19 LaLiga campaign for Real Madrid will strengthen his case.Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid): Modric’s teammate for club and country was an important part of Croatia’s run to the final, playing in the first five matches and helping his team to close out their victories. The 24-year-old is going into his fourth season as a Real Madrid player and will be keen to impress new coach Julen Lopetegui.Raphael Varane (Real Madrid): Real Madrid’s representative on the winning France team added the World Cup to his honours list, which already includes four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, two LaLiga titles, two Spanish Super Cups and a Copa del Rey… and he’s still only 25! Already one of the most decorated players in world football, he could finish his career with more medals than anyone in history, the prospect of which should see him attack the start of the 2018/19 LaLiga season with the same hunger as always.Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla FC): The sole Sevilla player to get his hands on the World Cup after coming on in the second half of the final to help Les Bleus close out the match and to stave off the Croatian fightback. He’ll return with sky-high confidence as Sevilla look to improve on their seventh-place finish last season in Pablo Machin’s first season at the helm. Advertisementlast_img read more

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