In Alaska, family separations evoke past trauma

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Alaska Native Government & Policy | Community | Federal Government | Juneau | Nation & World | SoutheastIn Alaska, family separations evoke past traumaJune 21, 2018 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:The sights and sounds of children being taken from their families by federal immigration agents is reopening decades-old wounds for some Alaska Natives.Sealaska Heritage Institute president Rosita Worl is concerned about the fate of thousands of children separated from their parents due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)“When I first saw them I was just absolutely appalled,” said Rosita Worl who was forcibly taken from her parents at the age of 6.It was the 1940s and like many Tlingit children, she was sent to live in a federal boarding school run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Seventy-five years later, media images of children detained and separated from their loved ones along the southwestern border recall those dark times from her childhood in Petersburg.“When I heard the cries of those children it just brought me back to the days when I was kidnapped and put in a home and crying at nighttime and wondering where my family was,” she said in an interview Thursday.The context between then and now is markedly different.The federal BIA school in Haines where she was sent was part of a broader federal policy of assimilation.“Our Native cultures were viewed as paganistic, heathenistic and we were to be civilized,” Worl said.The current crisis along the border stems from stark disagreements — even among Alaska’s political allies — over how to handle economic migrants and asylum seekers.She points out serious blindspots in some of the vitriol expressed by immigration critics.“I don’t think a lot of people think about how Native Americans think about immigration,” Worl said. “Because if anybody should have problems with immigration, you would think it would be Native Americans. But I think we were realistic in knowing that this is the way of the world. We actually embraced newcomers when they first arrived.”Worl is a retired anthropology professor and now heads Sealaska Heritage Institute, a Juneau-based nonprofit that advances Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian culture.She said there’s a moral imperative for policymakers to act.“In the immediate term, we have to do something about those 2,000-plus children who are separated from their families,” Worl said. “I’m pleased the president made some attempt with his executive order. I don’t think that’s going to solve the problem, but we need to solve this problem as a civilized society.”Even with the passing of decades Worl says the trauma of being removed from her family still stings.Share this story:last_img read more

The patients we do not see

first_imgLeave this field empty if you’re human: At our last clinic visit, my mind turned to what could have been done to prevent her stroke. But the chances to intervene were too few. She and her husband made a living as bottle-pickers; they spent hours every day sifting through trash for bottles to recycle. Elsa told me they made enough money to get by, since they lived with her nephew. But visiting me in clinic, not to mention a cardiologist, neurologist and physical therapist, cost her time and thus cash.And so for every Elsa who walks into our clinic I know there is another patient we do not see.With health coverage for millions of Americans in limbo, we must speak out and organize just to keep seeing the many patients who have been newly brought into care. And at the same time, we must develop better ways to find and support people like Elsa – even before we see them as patients.Dave A. Chokshi, MD, is the chief population health officer of OneCity Health, senior assistant vice president at New York City Health + Hospitals, a primary care physician at Bellevue Hospital, and clinical associate professor of population health and medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Privacy Policy By Dave A. Chokshi — The Conversation April 29, 2017 Reprints In medicine, we speak of “seeing patients” when we are rounding in the hospital or caring for those who come to our clinics. But what about those people who may be sick but do not seek care? What is our responsibility to the patients we do not see?This question takes on greater urgency in the current political climate, as patients face the threat of losing health insurance. Renewed efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act leave millions wondering whether they will be covered.For me, as a physician practicing in the safety net, abstract numbers evoke the very real stories of my uninsured patients. One of my patients, whom I’ll call Elsa, had not seen a doctor since immigrating to the United States 15 years ago. That abruptly changed one morning: She awoke to find the room spinning around her and, terrifyingly, she could not articulate the words to explain to her husband what was going on. She was having a stroke.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. APStock Neighborhoods influence health, for better and for worse Why patients may not seek careSometimes, forgoing care is a symptom of social isolation. I asked another patient of mine – whom I had recently diagnosed with uncontrolled, likely longstanding diabetes – about his eating habits. I learned that in his routine, he would go for days at a time without interacting with another person; he did not have any family nearby and worked from his home computer.Aside from deterring access to care, loneliness and social isolation have direct effects on health. One review of 148 studies showed that the influence of social relationships on the risk of death was comparable with risk factors such as obesity and alcohol use.In other cases, the health care system must take responsibility for barriers to patients that we ourselves erect. Beyond costs, structural barriers include inadequate language interpretation services and the assumption of health literacy when conveying information. Meanwhile, historical inequities often underlie wary attitudes toward health care. Dave A. Chokshi — The Conversation Related: About the Author Reprints Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts.center_img Dr. Mary Bassett, the health commissioner of New York City, has spoken plainly about this: “We must explicitly and unapologetically name racism in our work to protect and promote health…We must deepen our analysis of racial oppression, which means remembering some uncomfortable truths about our shared history.”In the same vein, new immigration policies may have a chilling effect on the willingness of people like Elsa to see a doctor, if they perceive negative repercussions for themselves or their families.Many patients with the greatest unmet needs are therefore marginalized, with only glancing interactions with the health system – or none at all, in the most wrenching cases of suicide, drug overdose and other chronic illnesses that end in catastrophe.When they do seek care, it is sporadic. They may show up in the ER, but not to a primary care follow-up appointment. If an ensuing phone call goes unanswered, or their phone is out of service, we label them as “lost to follow-up” and move on to the next patient on the list.What needs to changeDoing better by these patients will require moving the locus of accountability for health further into communities. It means bringing more of a public health mindset to health care; that is, not reflexively restricting our purview to those who happen to cross our clinic’s threshold.Hospitals and health systems must have the humility to reach across boundaries and partner with local institutions that are sometimes more trusted, and often more relevant, in people’s daily lives, including churches, schools, food pantries and parks.In one recent example, the 54 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia were shown to be vital community nodes for health-related services like literacy programs, healthy eating initiatives, job fairs and food preparation courses. Public libraries are particular safe havens for those experiencing mental illness, substance use disorders and homelessness – as well as youth and recent immigrants. We should consider how the these locations are therefore already a part of our health ecosystem. Doctors and other clinicians may balk at trying to take care of the patients we do not see. After all, with the harried pace set by the 15-minute office visit, it is hard enough to keep up with the patients we do see. But the goal is not to schedule doctor’s appointments for all library-goers, but rather to equip them to be better stewards of their own health, which sometimes involves health care providers, sometimes not. While physicians can’t do it alone, we can lend our voices to those calling for greater outreach, less stigma and protection of the most vulnerable.Prevention, not regressionIn Elsa’s case, when she had her stroke, she was rushed to the ER and received excellent care from the hospital team. Neurologists treated the blocked vessels in her brain and diagnosed her with a narrowed heart valve and high blood pressure.As a doctor in a system that accepts all patients, regardless of ability to pay, I was proud to be a part of her follow-up care. She underwent heart valve surgery, and we put her on blood thinners and blood pressure medicines to reduce her risk of another stroke. Her rehabilitation, all things considered, was going well. The health care system had reacted to Elsa’s crisis with swift competence. Beyond books: how libraries can help meet health needs Social justice should be a key part of educating health professionals There are many reasons that patients like Elsa may not seek care – until they have no choice. Although she felt no symptoms before her stroke, Elsa was one of about 13 million U.S. adults with undiagnosed high blood pressure. I wondered if making her aware of her blood pressure would have been enough to avoid her suffering.But even if high blood pressure may sit atop the list of problems I write out, from his or her perspective it may not crack the top five. Food security, job stability, child care and affordable housing understandably feel more urgent. Time and again, I have learned that taking care of my patients starts by trying to walk a mile in their shoes.advertisement Related: First OpinionThe patients we do not see Tags Health Disparitiesinsurancepatients @davechokshi Related:last_img read more

Minister Fortier and Minister Romano announce over $1.3M in Northern Ontario communities to support a strong and inclusive recovery

first_imgMinister Fortier and Minister Romano announce over $1.3M in Northern Ontario communities to support a strong and inclusive recovery From: Infrastructure CanadaToday, the Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, the Honourable Ross Romano, and the Mayors of Timmins, Kenora, Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Hearst, and Black River-Matheson announced joint funding for 9 local projects in the Districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, and Timiskaming in Northern Ontario. These projects are designed to help communities install COVID-19 safety measures throughout communities and improve active transportation options.Today, the Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, the Honourable Ross Romano, and the Mayors of Timmins, Kenora, Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Hearst, and Black River-Matheson announced joint funding for 9 local projects in the Districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, and Timiskaming in Northern Ontario. These projects are designed to help communities install COVID-19 safety measures throughout communities and improve active transportation options.For example,The City of Timmins will receive $317,820 to extend the pathways along Airplane Road to connect with existing trails and bike lanes. The funding will also be used to retrofit City Hall by installing protective barriers throughout the building and upgrade the meeting room to allow for safe separation of attendees.The Town of Kapuskasing will receive $173,340 to replace and widen deteriorating sidewalks in Riverside Park to allow pedestrians to properly physically distance along the path.The Town of Cochrane will receive $132,990 to build multi-use paths and boardwalks so that residents can have more options along their walking and biking routes.The Town of Kenora will receive $227,771 to upgrade the Kenora Recreation Centre by installing a new ventilation system.The Government of Canada is investing $1,082,178 toward these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is contributing $270,544.60 to the projects, for a total investment of over $1.35 million in the region.The Governments of Canada and Ontario, will continue to collaborate closely to ensure that communities all across Northern Ontario have the support needed to continue fighting the pandemic and keep their families, businesses and communities safe throughout this challenging time. We have your back.Quotes“As someone who has a strong connection to Northern Ontario, I am happy to join the Mayors from across the region, and the Province of Ontario to make this important announcement. We will continue to collaborate to keep our communities safe through this pandemic as we rollout vaccines. By investing in projects like these, we will create good middle class jobs and build more resilient communities.”Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance“We work better, when we work together. Essential funding from programs like the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program here in the North reinforces the commitment of both the provincial and federal and governments to protect the health and well-being of individuals and families. As a Northern, I am proud that our government is supporting our northern communities through investments that will build a stronger, healthier and safer Ontario for our families today, and for generations to come.”Honourable Ross Romano, MPP, Sault Ste. Marie and Ontario’s Minister of Colleges & Universities.“The Town of Kapuskasing is fortunate to have Riverside Park as a large public green space that provides healthy and active opportunities for our citizens to enjoy, in a safe and healthy environment especially during the pandemic. Riverside Park is the heart and soul of our community, strategically leading into our Downtown Core and our well-known Circle Street.The rehabilitation of the sidewalk pathway is long overdue as our lengthy and cold winter seasons have contributed to some deterioration in sections of the sidewalks. The pathway also fronts our senior housing complexes, public splash pad water park, playground structure and gazebo, and with the assistance of our federal and provincial government, we are able to enhance our active transportation infrastructure to ensure that all users can navigate through Riverside Park and access our downtown core in a safe and accessible manner. We look forward to the days that festivals and events are permitted so that we can showcase our true northern roots and our the charm of our community. Kapuskasing is very grateful and acknowledges both our federal and provincial partners for their continued support.”David Plourde, Mayor of Kapuskasing“When we think about a healthier and safer Timmins for our residents, we look at opportunities to improve access to our green space and ways that we can encourage more activity,” says Mayor George Pirie. “We have plans to develop pathways, multi-use trails and bike lanes that will connect with our existing network of trails. The work is being carried out by our Cycling Committee and the vision is to ultimately see a multi-use loop created that connects the entire city.The benefit of an active transportation network is that our residents can then move safely through our community from residential neighbourhoods to retail hubs and connect with our parks and pathways. I would like to thank Minister Scott of the Ministry of Infrastructure on behalf of the Ontario Government and Minister Hajdu of the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Government of Canada for their support.”George Pirie, Mayor of Timmins“The funding received by the City of Kenora for the installation of a dehumidifier at the Kenora Recreation Centre will expand recreation opportunities within our community while triggering operating efficiencies within our Recreation Department and economic opportunities for the municipality.”Daniel Reynard, Mayor of KenoraQuick factsTo support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.Through the COVID-19 Resilience stream, over $3 billion is available to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short term projects.Under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.The Government of Canada has invested over $13.9 billion in more than 3,200 infrastructure projects across Ontario under the Investing in Canada plan. /Public 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). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, Canada, Cochrane, community, environment, Government, health, Indigenous, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Ministry of Health, pandemic, resilience, Ross, Vaccineslast_img read more

M.A. Silva Receives 2016 North Bay Maker Award

first_imgEmail Home Industry News Releases M.A. Silva Receives 2016 North Bay Maker AwardIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessM.A. Silva Receives 2016 North Bay Maker AwardBy Press Release – July 5, 2016 35 0 TAGSMA Silva Previous articleSponsors Announced for 32nd Annual Winesong, Mendocino’s Premier Food & Wine EventNext articleCanadian Winery Trailblazer and ‘Free My Grapes’ Champion Win Coveted Industry Awards Press Release Facebook Twitter AdvertisementSanta Rosa, CA, July 5, 2016 — M. A. Silva USA, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, has been selected as one of the companies to be honored at the North Bay Business Journal’s 2016 North Bay Maker Awards. This award — formerly known as Manufacturing Awards — is given to the most outstanding and innovative manufacturers in the North Bay.“Over the last 40 years M. A. Silva has established itself as an industry technology leader and we are honored to be recognized for our achievements,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “Among the firsts, our company had developed proprietary cork cleaning processes that are recognized worldwide. Our latest innovation, the onebyonetm cork testing method, is a fully automated process inspecting every single cork to detect any trace of 2, 4, 6 -Trichloroanisole (TCA), the chemical primarily responsible for cork taint. With this technology, which is based on cutting edge gas phase spectroscopy, we are now capable to deliver guaranteed TCA free corks for ultra-premium wines. It’s a game-changing technology in the cork industry and we are proud to demonstrate once again being a leading manufacturer of finest premium cork.”Many winemakers who used screwcaps or synthetics to avoid cork taint are returning to cork. Research has shown that wine bottles closed with cork age more consistently and develop the richness and suppleness that age can bring. Cork stoppers don’t cause reduction as many of the screwcaps do, and wines protected by cork don’t experience premature oxidation as wines closed with synthetics often do. Cork-finished wines are also preferred by consumers. Their choice echoes a perception of quality and the luxurious feel of a cork being pulled out of a wine bottle. Since cork is biodegradable and recyclable, its use is consistent with sustainable vineyard and winemaking practices.About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 & 2015 by the North Bay Business Journal, Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a five-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit or call 707.636.2530.Advertisement ReddIt Share Pinterest Linkedinlast_img read more

Teachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has urged teachers embarking on professional advancement, to focus on their areas of expertise, in pursuit of this endeavour.    “There are many teachers who are studying and doing well in subjects that have no relationship to what they teach in school.; that cannot work. We have to focus…on the areas of greatest need,” the Minister stressed, while addressing the 2012 Ministry of Education/Jamaica Teaching Council, World Teacher’s Day Leadership in Education award ceremony, at the Higgins Land Primary and Junior High School in St. Ann, on Friday (Oct. 5). While emphasizing that there is no aversion to “academic liberalism”, Rev. Thwaites said it is more practical for educators to pursue training in the subjects they attendant expertise in, and are required to deliver the requisite quality outputs, in teaching their students.   He added that where the training incorporated state resources, “we have to be very centered, focus, and surgical in how we use (what) we have, to achieve the objectives that everyone wants”. On the practice of schools offering extra lessons to students, Rev. Thwaites said while this was an important endeavour, it should not substitute for or replicate what is taught during the regular class periods. Rather, that is should complement and advance existing curricula content. Principal of the Higgins Land Primary and Junior High School, Fay Sterling, was awarded this year’s World Teachers’ Day Leadership in Education Award, which presented during the ceremony Friday, October 5, 2012.  A veteran educator of 33 years, Mrs. Sterling has been Principal of Higgins Land Primary and Junior High School since 2007. World Teachers’ Day has been observed annually, on October 5, since its establishment by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 1994. RelatedTeachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise RelatedTeachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise Teachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise EducationOctober 8, 2012center_img RelatedTeachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise Advertisementslast_img read more

Levy Option Less Impact on Vulnerable – Finance Minister

first_imgLevy Option Less Impact on Vulnerable – Finance Minister Budget 2014/2015April 22, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedMarket Determined Exchange Rate to Continue – Dr. Phillips Levy Option Less Impact on Vulnerable – Finance MinisterJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements RelatedFlexi-Work Hours Will Increase Investments – Dr. Phillips Photo: Melroy Sterling Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon Peter Phillips, addressing journalists at Tuesday’s (April 22) post-Budget media briefing at Jamaica House, where he elaborated on aspects of his opening presentation in the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 17. (FILE)center_img Story HighlightsDr. Phillips says the levy to be charged on financial institution transactions, effective June 1, represents the option that is deemed to be the least challenging for the society’s most vulnerable. Dr. Phillips said several other options that were proposed by Ministry technocrats were not deemed suitable, under Jamaica’s prevailing economic state.The levy will see a tax of one-tenth of a per cent being charged on transactions of up to $1 million. Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the levy to be charged on financial institution transactions, effective June 1, represents the option that is deemed to be the least challenging for the society’s most vulnerable.Addressing journalists at a post-Budget media briefing at Jamaica House on April 22, Dr. Phillips said several other options that were proposed by Ministry technocrats were not deemed suitable, under Jamaica’s prevailing economic state.These, he informed, included: increasing the rate of personal income tax and General Consumption Tax (GCT); re-introducing GCT on electricity; imposing a special consumption tax on sweetened drinks; and expanding the list of items subject to GCT; and increasing the tax take from petroleum.“All the alternatives considered would have placed more burdens on ordinary Jamaicans…and would have had a more far reaching and negative impact on the economy,” Dr. Phillips said.The levy, one of the revenue raising measures for the 2014/15 budget, which Dr. Phillips announced while opening the Budget Debate in Parliament on April 17, will see a tax of one-tenth of a per cent being charged on transactions of up to $1 million, which are conducted at deposit taking financial institutions and involving securities dealers.This equates to $1 being charged on every $1,000 transaction conducted incorporating the use of electronic banking, point-of-sale negotiations, cheques, utilization of automated banking or teller machines (ATM/ABM), and internet transfers.The levy will be also be charged on encashments from securities dealers, whether partial or in full. Exception to this is where transfers are conducted between the accounts of the same person in the same financial institution.The Government is implementing this measure as part of efforts to raise revenue to fund a $6.7 billion gap in the 2014/15 budget, which sees total government expenditure amounting to $540 billion.Dr. Phillips said the levy on financial transactions was deemed the option that would be least impactful, after some deliberation. He also advised that he met and discussed the proposal with financial sector interests on April 16, and that so far, no objections have been raised to the measure.The Minister added that in order to ensure the impact would be “most restricted” on the society’s most vulnerable, “we also took a decision for a significant increase in the income tax threshold of $49,920.”He invited persons who may have reservations about the levy “to bring some specific suggestions as to whether anything else could be found that would have as minimal an impact.”Noting that the 2014/15 budget is “one of the tightest on record,” and that this year’s revenue package is “one of the smallest…in years,” Dr. Phillips said it is imperative that Jamaica not deviate from the 7.5 per cent budgetary surplus target, established in the Economic Reform Programme (ERP), being financed under a four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“It’s not an option to deviate (nor) an option which Jamaica could choose or should even contemplate. It would negate all the sacrifices already made by public sector workers, by bond holders, by the general public who have sustained all the hardships and difficulties that have been involved in the reform effort. Further, it would put us back to square one where we would be closed out from access to the resources of the multilateral institutions and we would also be closed out from access to private capital markets,” he emphasized. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNo Custom Duties on Phabletslast_img read more

Protocol Officer Off to Spain on Scholarship

first_imgAdvertisements Protocol Officer Off to Spain on ScholarshipJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedPM Simpson Miller wants Greater Role for Private Sector in CARICOM Protocol Officer Off to Spain on Scholarship Foreign AffairsJuly 17, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh Photo: JIS PhotographerForeign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson (3rd right), and Spain’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño (2nd left), with the Ministry’s Protocol Officer, Marva Campbell (centre), and husband, Damian Campbell (3rd left), after the symbolic presentation of her scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations at the prestigious Diplomatic School, in Madrid, Spain, during the 2014/15 academic year. The presentation was made at the Spanish Embassy, New Kingston. Also sharing in the occasion are: General Manager, Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, Dr. Rebecca Tortello (left); Project Manager for Spanish technology firm, Indra Systemas, Ignacio Aguas Gallego (2nd right); and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy, Victoria Tur Gomez. Story HighlightsProtocol Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marva Campbell, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.The scholarship is a personal initiative of Spain’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño.Significant inputs were made by the Spanish private sector which she approached for support. center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedCeremony to Dedicate Site for Mary Seacole Statue Held in London RelatedInformation is Safe on Diaspora Mapping Website Protocol Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marva Campbell, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, at the prestigious Diplomatic School, in Madrid, Spain, for the 2014/15 academic year.The scholarship is a personal initiative of Spain’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño, and is intended to provide advanced training in the programme area to officers of the Ministry.Significant inputs were made by the Spanish private sector which she approached for support. Positive responses came from the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, and Spanish technology firm, Indra Systemas, which provided approximately $562,500 (US$5,000) each.As a result of this partnership, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation decided to join in the effort, and will pay for Mrs. Campbell’s airfare.Mrs. Campbell is fluent in Spanish, and has been attached to the Ministry for the past 12 years.She will join over 100 representatives from different countries, including the host nation, who have been selected to participate in the programme, which runs from October 2014 to June 2015.The programme, which is imparted in Spanish, will provide diplomats, non-diplomats, and other participants with specialized training in diplomacy and international studies; enable them to engage in in-depth studies pertaining to the ever-changing developments in international relations; and provide them with the requisite qualifications and tools necessary for them to better understand the historical, sociological and economic developments of the areas outlined in the programme’s modules.Ambassador Nuño made the presentation to Mrs. Campbell during a brief ceremony at the Spanish Embassy, New Kingston, recently.Ambassador Nuño, who is also the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation’s President, said the scholarship is one of several areas she explored during her tenure, to further strengthen the relationship between both countries.Additionally, she said it is also indicative of “the importance that Spain attaches to Jamaica and CARICOM.”The Ambassador also highlighted the pivotal roles played by the three organizations that have made Mrs. Campbell’s participation in the programme possible.“I have been fortunate to have found excellent partners in the private sector to complement the Embassy’s work. At a time when Spain has had its own financial difficulties, we have found creative ways to continue our cooperation with Jamaica,” she added.Commending Mrs. Campbell on her selection, Ambassador Nuño expressed confidence that she will “take full advantage of this opportunity.”She argued that on completion,  Mrs. Campbell’s newly acquired skills will enable her to enhance the services provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.“You will have somebody who brings to the Ministry, a perspective and skills which will allow her to better assist in the important task of analyzing global events, something which is at the core of any Foreign Affairs Ministry worldwide,” the Ambassador  said.Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson,  welcomed the gesture and collaboration.Noting Spain’s “elevated interest” in Jamaica within recent years, Senator Nicholson said he was pleased about the focus on education and training.“This is another example of the kind of cooperation that is needed across the globe, across both sides of the Atlantic, to help move forward what we wish for all our people. It is also an example of the interest Spain is taking in the development of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.“We are more than grateful that you have seen it fit to help in the development of someone who is going to add exponentially to what we have to offer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. We could not have had a better choice to offer to you,” he said.For her part, Mrs. Campbell said she was “very grateful” for the opportunity presented to her.“This scholarship will afford me much appreciated exposure to the rich and diverse culture of Spain. Successful completion of this programme will improve my knowledge and expertise in the international arena. You can be assured that during my studies, I will be a worthy ambassador for Jamaica,” she said.In his remarks, Indra Systemas’ Project Manager, Ignacio Aguas Gallego, said the firm is committed to development through training and education and had welcomed the opportunity to contribute to this worthy initiative.As Ambassador Nuño’s tenure in Jamaica draws to a close, she is hopeful that the scholarship will continue to be offered each year to eligible candidates at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.last_img read more

China Telecom NB-IoT powers Ofo bikes

first_imgHomeAsiaNews China Telecom NB-IoT powers Ofo bikes Related Joseph Waring Previous ArticleEC postpones Qualcomm/NXP probe, againNext ArticleZello PTT app boosted by hurricane relief activity Author LIVE FROM HUAWEI CONNECT, SHANGHAI: China-based bike sharing company Ofo, together with China Telecom, launched an NB-IoT-enabled smart lock for its growing fleet of bicycles.Ofo co-founder Xue Ding (pictured, left) said during a presentation the high power efficiency and huge capacity of NB-IoT make the technology ideal to deliver its smart locks, which are really the brains of its operations.The company offers what is termed station free pushbike hire, meaning bikes can be collected and deposited from any legal parking spot. Users can locate bikes using their smartphone, and unlock it by scanning a barcode.However, the process can be interrupted by mobile network congestion or if signals are weak – for example in remote areas: “Using NB-IoT, users will not be stuck because of inadequate capacity,” Xue said.“The shared bike sector is developing rapidly and users have higher and higher expectations, so we have to make sure we keep up and scale up our operations,” he added.Two year-old Ofo operates in nearly 200 cities in nine countries.China Telecom launched its NB-IoT network in May, with coverage reaching 95 per cent of the country, and in June announced the tariff structure of NB-IoT services.Xiang Huangmei, a VP at China Telecom’s Beijing branch (pictured, centre), said the low power consumption of the NB-IoT chip in the lock means the battery will last eight years to ten years, so it will never need to be replaced during the standard lifecycle of an Ofo bike.The NB-IoT network, deployed on the 800MHz band, offers good indoor and outdoor coverage, the VP said citing car parks as an example. One base station can support 100,000 devices over an area of 2.5 square-km.China Telecom’s NB-IoT apps are hosted on Huawei Cloud, Xiang noted. China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal China TelecomNB-IoTcenter_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 SEP 2017 China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Asia China Telecom profit jumps Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more last_img read more

Economic Panel Confirms Recession Longest Since World War II

first_imgWASHINGTON – The longest recession the country has endured since World War II ended in June 2009, according to a group that dates the beginning and end of recessions.The National Bureau of Economic Research, a panel of academic economists based in Cambridge, Mass., says the recession lasted 18 months. It started in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. Previously the longest postwar downturns were those in 1973-1975 and in 1981-1982. Both of those lasted 16 months.The decision makes official what many economists have believed for some time, that the recession ended in the summer of 2009. The economy started growing again in the July-to-September quarter of 2009, after a record four straight quarters of declines. Thus, the April-to-June quarter of 2009, marked the last quarter when the economy was shrinking. At that time, it contracted just 0.7 percent, after suffering through much deeper declines. That factored into the NBER’s decision to pinpoint the end of the recession in June.Any future downturn in the economy would now mark the start of a new recession, not the continuation of the December 2007 recession, NBER said. That’s important because if the economy starts shrinking again, it could mark the onset of a “double-dip” recession. For many economists, the last time that happened was in 1981-82.The NBER normally takes its time in declaring a recession has started or ended.For instance, the NBER announced in December 2008 that the recession had actually started one year earlier, in December 2007.Similarly, it declared in July 2003 that the 2001 recession was over. It actually ended 20 months earlier, in November 2001.Its determination is of interest to economic historians — and political leaders. Recessions that occur on their watch pose political risks.In President George W. Bush’s eight years in office, the United States fell into two recessions. The first started in March 2001 and ended that November. The second one started in December 2007.NBER’s decision means little to ordinary Americans now muddling through a sluggish economic recovery and a weak jobs market. Unemployment is 9.6 percent and has been stuck at high levels since the recession ended. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Kennedy tops poll in Donegal

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Kennedy tops poll in Donegal News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleMc Guinness takes final seat in CarndonaghNext articleRogers reflects on 2019 campaign News Highland center_img Facebook onNiamh Kennedy topped the poll on the Donegal Electoral Area, five votes ahead of Noel Jordan.These are the first count figures…… By News Highland – May 26, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterestlast_img read more