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UN To Reduce Haiti Mission, Peacekeepers At Record High

first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2011 The United Nations aims to cut back its peacekeeping force in Haiti this year as the number of blue-helmet troops around the world hits a record of more than 120,000, officials indicated on October 13. The new head of UN peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, said cutback was not linked to the sexual assault and cholera scandals that have hit the Haiti mission, known as MINUSTAH, this year. The UN Security Council is to approve an extension of the MINUSTAH mandate. The United Nations sent a “surge” of about 3,000 specialist engineering troops to Haiti after the January, 2010 earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people. “We believe that it should be possible to reduce, to come back to the levels of MINUSTAH before the earthquake,” Ladsous told a press conference. At the end of August there were about 8,700 troops from 18 countries in the mission, 3,500 police and 500 civilian personnel. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended reducing this by about 2,750 over the next 12 months. “In general I think there is a desire from the government of Haiti to retain MINUSTAH,” Ladsous said, quoting one survey which said 60 percent of the population wants to keep the mission. Ladsous said there were now more than 120,000 peacekeepers around the world, including about 98,000 uniformed troops. “We are at about the highest level ever,” the Frenchman added. “It is true that we have to cut back where we can,” he said. “Of course we are going to reduce numbers where we can, and of course costs.” UN peacekeeping has an annual budget of about $8 billion and the Haiti mission alone will cost about $800 million in the current financial year.last_img read more

BLOG: Fighting for a Historic Commitment to Schools That Teach

first_img Schools That Teach,  The Blog,  Videos,  Year in Review Throughout Governor Wolf’s first year, he has fought to increase funding for our schools to reverse the devastating $1 billion in cuts made to schools five years ago that led to larger class sizes, soaring property taxes, educator layoffs and the elimination or reduction of vital programs. Governor Wolf knows we must make investments to adequately and fairly fund our education system in order to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth in Pennsylvania.Watch Governor Wolf talk about Schools That Teach in 2015.Before he was ever sworn in, Governor Wolf and members of his cabinet launched the Schools That Teach Tour, personally visiting more than 70 schools across the commonwealth and seeing firsthand the damaging effects of what happens when the state moves funding education to the back burner, while hearing how districts plan to ensure the restored funding reaches the classroom directly.The funding increase Governor Wolf is fighting for will benefit each of the 500 school districts in the commonwealth. Not only that, but the investment will reach the classroom directly — we know this because we asked each superintendent to submit plans for how they plan to allocate the money. Their responses were overwhelming — everything from expanding pre-k, to reducing elementary class sizes, to restoration of vital art, music, library and summer school programs, to college and career counseling. These are all valuable ways to ensure our children are getting the high-quality education they deserve, regardless of zip code.Our investment will open up thousands of new slots for families to enroll their 3- and 4-year olds in quality early childhood programs like Pre-K Counts and Head Start — and it will provide for an increase to all state and state-related universities, as well as to Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges.But Republicans in the legislature continue to protect the status quo and refuse to support a compromise budget that will invest in education and begins to restore the cuts made to our schools.In addition to fighting for a better investment in education, the Wolf Administration has also worked collaboratively with lawmakers and outside stakeholders to improve the state of Pennsylvania’s schools. Those actions include:The creation of an amended recovery plan for the struggling Chester Upland School District, which eliminates the district’s annual structural deficit by modifying the special education tuition rate and securing a permanent increase to the district’s basic education funding base, eliminates the district’s negative fund balance, and plans and funds capital improvements to district schoolsThe naming of new chief recovery officers for both the York City School District and the Harrisburg School DistrictFollowing a statewide drop in standardized test scores due to a new, more rigorous PSSA assessment, the implementation of a federally-approved one-year “pause” in using those scores for a School Performance Profile (SPP) As Governor Wolf has said from the very beginning, Pennsylvania’s economy will never get stronger unless we stop making our schools weaker. Governor Wolf will continue to fight to fix our schools and improve education in Pennsylvania. BLOG: Fighting for a Historic Commitment to Schools That Teach SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 18, 2016 See all of our Year in Review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary last_img read more

New Contender: Suresh Raina aims to bat at No.4 for India at the T20…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement agkfNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsxdgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre El( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s7juWould you ever consider trying this?😱bziuCan your students do this? 🌚7f0gRoller skating! Powered by Firework Suresh Raina feels that he can bat at the No.4 position for India in the shortest format in the game. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is on the course to organize the pool of available players and find the right balance.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIThe flamboyant left-hander has gone down the pecking order due to inconsistency and injuries. Raina, who last played for India in July 2018, is currently out due to a knee injury and is expected to return by November.In an interview with Sportstar, Raina claimed that he can be a potential candidate for the crucial No.4 spot having already delivered for the country in that position. He added that he looks forward to the upcoming two editions of the T20 World Cup as a potential opportunity for the same. He said:Advertisement “Basically my left knee was cleaned up. I expect to be back playing in November,” I can be the No. 4 for India. I have batted in that slot before and delivered. I am looking forward to an opportunity with two T20 World Cups coming up.”Read Also:Advertisement Mahi Way: MS Dhoni leads the admiration chart; leaps ahead of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat KohliJasprit Bumrah likely to make comeback from injury for West Indies T20Is Advertisementlast_img read more

Reel Adventures Charters — Big Fish Season is happening

first_imgHappy New Year from Kerry Reed and all the staff at Reel Adventures Fishing Charters.2013 is a upon us and so is more great fishing on Kootenay Lake.So sit back and enjoy a preview of how to catch the big one on your next fishing outing with the Reel Adventures Charters Fishing Report The past couple months have not been as productive as I expected.  However, the past couple weeks have helped make up for it. November & December saw some inconsistent fishing.  Seems like the fish would only feed once a week. And if you were lucky enough to be out there on that day, it was rewarding. Over the holidays, our fishing really began to get good though. Finally, maybe it’s just a late start to our fall fishery. The past couple weeks we have had many days with many fish to the boat.  Some days catching up to 1a dozen fish has made it exciting. And it’s that time of year when we seem to catch our biggest fish. In fact, last week, in two days we managed to hook into 20 fish ranging from 10 – 20 pounds. Those were a couple of hot days. I hope to see more of that throughout our winter. What are they biting on??? A little bit of everything it seems. When the fishing has been slow, people are trying every lure in the box. But, when the fish are feeding, it’s the usual suspects that go to work. We’re still catching on Bucktail flies. My favorites are the 203, 210, 215, and 228. Or for those that don’t know the numbers: Grey ghost, November Special, and black/white. Also working at this time of year are the Bill Norman lures. Common colors like the purple/silver, black/silver, or the rainbow trout. These will work good throughout the winter, but make sure you slow your speed down for these lures. And finally, my Lyman plugs have been working a bit also. Some on the surface, or some on downrigger.  It all depends what the fish want.  My favorites lately have been # 10, 55, 69, and 160. Big fish season is here.  So, be patient and be rewarded !! Tight lines…………..  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters Nelson B.Clast_img read more

6 Approaches to Your Company Blog

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#start#startups#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the last few months several startups have asked me how to approach corporate blogging. Judging by the frequency of requests, Gartner was right in suggesting that corporate blogging is rising up the “slope of enlightenment” and about 2 years away from widespread mainstream adoption. The road to enlightenment has been a long one. In the past ten years we’ve learned that company blogs should not be press releases, sales pitches or plagiarized quotes from Dale Carnegie. You reach enlightenment when you learn to respect your readers. If you want someone to bookmark or retweet your posts, then give them a useful resource. Below are a few approaches you can take to increase the dialogue and comments on your blog. 1. The Operations Blog: Many company blogs focus on the internal workings of the startup and how teams have managed to increase efficiencies. For example, marketing teams have dissected their efforts, COO’s have talked about their transition to cloud services and HR teams write about their employee wellness plans. Sometimes your story along with links to useful vendors is a great resource for others. 2. The Veteran / Inspirational Blog: This type of post is best suited to the second time entrepreneur, agency founder or well-established investor. It often offers stories about the climb to a position of power as well as some of the lessons learned along the way. If you’re attempting this approach you should already be in a position of mentorship for others. You want people linking to your article in the hopes that they’re revisiting it as a point of inspiration. 3. The Prediction Blog: Both the iPad and Google Buzz have been huge news stories in the last few days. Your little corporate blog isn’t likely to outshine the stories from major tech blogs and media outlets, but you can provide some relevant predictions for your specific industry. For example, if you’re a consumer facing web startup with a real estate focus, you could highlight the use cases for Buzz and its geo-locational features. 4. The Research Blog: If your company deals with large amounts of anonymized data or your startup specializes in analysis or monitoring, then the research blog is a good way to aggregate your findings and pinpoint trends. The best way to write this post is to summarize key findings and make suggestions on how others might adapt. If you’re not confident in your recommendations then you can ask for quotes from industry veterans. This method is often used by analysts and real-time monitoring startups. 5. The Community / Advocate Blog: This type of blog only really works if you have a large number of stakeholders who need your support and direction. Planet Mozilla is a great example of a resource that focuses on internal events; nevertheless, these internal events help thousands of open source developers contribute to Mozilla projects. If you’ve got lots of 3rd party developers, designers or contributors, this may be a good option for you. 6. The Coolhunter Blog: This blog is perhaps the toughest one to pull off because not only do you have to be confident in your ability to spot emerging trends, but you also have to make sure that the trends are relevant to your community. On-demand manufacturing site Ponoko does a great job of showcasing design while inspiring community members to build their own pieces. center_img dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Three Surat fire victims cleared Class XII exams

first_imgThree of the 22 students who died in the fire on Friday had appeared for the Class XII Board exams and cleared them comfortably, as per the results that were declared on Saturday.The students were identified as Yashvi Kevadiya, Mansi Varsani and Hasti Surani. “While Yashvi passed the exam with 67.75 percentile (C1 grade), Mansi received 52.03 percentile (C1 grade) and Hasti scored 69.39 percentile (B2 grade),” said Surat police spokesperson P.L. Chaudhari.last_img

Shah urged to ensure justice for Sanaullah

first_imgCongress MP Gaurav Gogoi has urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure “justice” to Kargil war veteran Mohammad Sanaullah, who has been recently declared a ‘foreigner’ and sent to a detention camp. Mr. Gogoi, in his letter to Mr. Shah, made available to the media on Thursday, urged him to institute an inquiry into the alleged inefficiency of police officers who verified his documents and the subsequent declaration of the former Army personnel as ‘foreigner’ by the Foreigners’ Tribunal at Boko. The Congress MP, elected to the Lok Sabha for the second consecutive term from Kaliabor, demanded that the erring officials be barred from continuing their duty in such “irresponsible manner”. People of Assam are pinning hopes on the central government for justice, he insisted. “Sanaullah’s long service in the armed forces is proof of his patriotism and citizenship and we sincerely want relief for the veteran aAmyman,” the MP added. A resident Kolohikash village in Boko area of Kamrup district, Mr. Sanaullah was serving as a sub-inspector in the Assam Border Police before being declared a “foreigner” on May 23 and dismissed from service.Decorated ArmymanEarlier, he had also served in the Electronic and Mechanical Services of the armed forces and was awarded the President’s Medal in 2014. He is currently lodged at a detention centre at Goalpara district in the State.last_img read more

Cruz continues to show his worth for Gilas

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Carl Bryan Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOutshining his famed teammates, Carl Bryan Cruz continued to show why he’s part of Gilas Pilipinas as he delivered the biggest shots in the clutch on Friday.The former FEU banger drilled three crucial treys in the final five minutes to help the Nationals down Blackwater, 105-101, in a tune-up at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Cruz, though, just wants to show his worth for the national team every practice and every game.“I want to prove to them that I’m deserving of my spot here and I want to show it that I’m putting in the effort,” he said.And so far, Cruz’ efforts are showing as Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the numerous international wars starting in the 2017 Jones Cup.“We’re improving individually and we’re also doing that on defense. I feel we, as a team, are progressing every game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jalalon tweaks ankle in Gilas tune-up a week before Jones Cup Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena But the hardworking forward said the credit for his 22-point outing goes to team’s system and it just so happened that he made the shots the defense was giving him.“I was playing with the flow of our offense. I’m in the right spot in the right time and I’m lucky that all of those went in,” he said in Filipino. “That’s the beauty of the dribble-drive, we’re always getting open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCoach Chot Reyes agreed with Cruz’ assessment, nothing that the Alaska rookie’s role is similar to those of Ranidel de Ocampo in the past.“Carl plays the role of Ranidel de Ocampo in this team and he knows what’s expected of him. The key now for Carl is to be able to do that on a consistent basis. We also have to be able to rebound when he’s in because he’s not the tallest of the fours and he’s an undersized big man,” he said. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIESlast_img read more