first_imgA small girl in Tanzania is getting ready to go to sleep. She is tucked safely in her bed, surrounded by mosquito netting. “Hey mosquito, I hear you, but you can’t get at me,” she says. “My net is treated.”The girl is featured in a short video clip that’s part of Sesame Workshop’s “Killimani Sesame” show, produced specifically for Tanzania. The goal is to fight malaria, which each year kills roughly 60,000 in the African country—80% of them children.Explaining the importance of using mosquito netting treated with insecticide is an example of the kind of health promotion message that Sesame Workshop—the nonprofit that created the children’s public television show “Sesame Street,” featuring Muppets like Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird—disseminates everywhere from Nigeria to Northern Ireland. This and similar efforts were the subject of a February 12, 2013 talk at Harvard School of Public Health by Abigail Bucuvalas, Sesame Workshop’s assistant director of global education. The talk was part of the Health Communication Concentration Speaker Series.“There’s an enormous number of health issues that we could try to address around the world,” Bucuvalas said. “More and more, we’re seeing that many of the developing countries we work in have a double burden of disease. Infectious diseases like HIV and malaria are still a problem, but increased access to high-calorie foods and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle are causing increases in diabetes and obesity as well.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgWith a Facebook page, a photo and video campaign and a petition in the works, several graduate students in peace studies are trying to raise awareness about a recent outbreak of mob violence against immigrants in South Africa.The attacks, in which people have been shot and stabbed and shops looted and burned, have left several dead and thousands of migrants displaced, The Guardian reported. Most of the victims are from nearby African countries such as Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In the face of international backlash, South Africa arrested hundreds and sent its army to parts of the cities of Johannesburg and Durban, where the violence is centered, to quell the unrest.The violence is the latest in a series of outbreaks over the past several years. Sarah Bosha, a second-year masters student in peace studies who helped form the Notre Dame campaign, said some South Africans, especially in poorer areas, believe foreigners take away South Africans’ jobs.Francis Opio, also a second-year masters student, said he and other students from Africa had the idea for the project, which is unaffiliated with other campus organizations, last week after they talked with each other about what they had heard about the violence.“We thought, not only as peace studies students but also as human beings, we needed to speak up,” Opio said. “How could this be happening to an African but also being orchestrated by an African? It was really horrible.”The campaign, called “Students Against Violence,” began Friday outside the library, where students encouraged passersby to record a video message or take a photo with a sign that said “Say No to Xenophobia.” The students created a Facebook page to post the photos and discuss news from Africa.The group will also collect signatures for a petition, which they will submit to the South African consulate in Chicago, Bosha said. Bosha, who is from Zimbabwe, said the petition stems from her and other students’ dismay at the slow response of international leaders.“We felt like there’s a deafening silence from other African governments — I know my leader, President [Robert] Mugabe, didn’t say anything for a long time,” she said. “The South African president didn’t quite say anything for a long time, the AU took a really long time to say something, and it was disheartening to us because there were people from our country, people from other countries that were being killed, and it just seemed like it was business as usual. No one seemed moved, who had the authority to do something about it.”The petition will remind the South African government about its obligation to uphold the right to life under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, Bosha said.“The idea is to call upon the South African government to what it’s supposed to do according to its treaty obligations and also to call upon South Africans themselves that are committing the violence — it’s not all of them, but the ones that are — that this is against the values that we as a continent uphold,” Bosha said.Bosha said the campaign will also address a general lack of knowledge about the situation in South Africa.“It was interesting to see how something so huge as someone’s loss of life in such a terrible way like being burned to death or being decapitated or being murdered could slip by the eyes of the world,” she said. “It surprised me that some people didn’t know — but it’s not something that was blasted in international media.”First-year masters student Christian Cirhigiri said after the petition is submitted, the campaign will go beyond the immediate problem of violence in South Africa. He said the social media platform will be a space both to raise public awareness of African news and for African students to talk about issues on the continent, such as attacks by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram or the killing of 30 Ethiopian Christians by ISIS.“This is not just for South Africa,” he said. “We would like to create a space for a movement here on campus where African issues are brought to light, that the Notre Dame community gets to know or gets to feel that we are representing nations that are affected, and we would like to have their support as well as the support of leaders here.”Tags: africa, Peace Studies, south africa, students against violence, violence, xenophobialast_img read more

first_imgThe House, voting 243-165, passed NAFCU-supported H.R. 427 on Tuesday, which would require Congress to hold an up-or-down vote before the enactment of any regulation expected to have an impact of more than $100 million.The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act” targets regulations scored by the Office of Management and Budget as having a large economic impact, and also allows greater congressional scrutiny of other regulations.In a letter on Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Thaler noted that the legislation is particularly important in the wake of the growing regulatory burden for credit unions since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act five years ago.“NAFCU believes putting this legislative process into place could help ensure additional accountability from the Administration and Congress regardless of which political party is in the majority,” Thaler wrote. “The impact of the growing regulatory burden on credit unions is evident as the number of credit unions continues to decline. Since the second quarter of 2010, we have lost 1,250 federally-insured credit unions – over 17% of the industry.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgLooking to stand out in your market? Looking to connect with your community in new and different ways? Struggling to get members to come to you, and looking to go the them instead? You may want to consider a mobile branch. Read that again… not mobile banking, but mobile branching!A mobile branch is, literally, a branch on wheels. Your mobile branch can take many forms.  It can be the size of a small camper or a large semi. It can be an external-only, unstaffed branch with ATMs and ITMs. Or it can include interior space where you can meet members to open accounts and originate loans. Obviously you’d wrap it in your credit union colors and logo!The community connection opportunities are endless. Your mobile branch is available for community events, fairs and festivals. When not in use at these community events, schedule it at strategic locations on regular intervals where you can enjoy built-in traffic: outside a major employer one or two days a week, at a large apartment complex one afternoon through early evening.  You may want to use it on weekends to partner with your local auto dealers to drive (no pun intended) traffic and attention to their car lots.Other things you should consider include:Disaster Recovery Planning – Your mobile branch can be a key part of your disaster recovery planDisaster Support for your Community – Even if your branches are intact after a natural disaster hits your community, you could place your mobile branch in an area where other financial institutions’ locations are temporarily inaccessible. Leverage the situation to serve the community and gain new membersTemporary use while renovating a branch – A mobile branch can serve as your temporary location while renovating a branch. Instead of renting a temporary building, apply that money toward owning a mobile branch. If you are preparing to renovate a number of branches, you’ll pay for the cost of mobile branch after just a few branch remodelsTest a location – Curious whether a certain location is worthy of brick and mortar? Place your mobile branch in that location (for only the cost of renting the parking lot and surrounding spaces) and “test before you invest”With so many good uses, a mobile branch is worth a look.  In a crowded field where you compete for members’ and potential members’ attention, you can position your credit union by going to them instead of making them come to you! 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Karlin Joe Karlin has worked with or at credit unions his entire career.  Starting as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche, he audited credit unions, corporates, and leagues.  Joe spent nearly … Detailslast_img read more

first_imgTopics : Pharmacies in the oil-rich kingdom have reported shortages of masks amid panic buying, as authorities warned against hoarding and price hikes.Saudi Arabia is scrambling to limit the spread of the deadly disease at home. The kingdom’s health ministry on Sunday said the death toll from the COVID-19 disease had doubled to eight as cumulative infections rose from 1,203 to 1,299 — the highest in the Gulf region.Riyadh has imposed a nationwide partial curfew, barred entry and exit from the capital as well as Islam’s two holiest cities Mecca and Medina and prohibited movement between all provinces. Saudi authorities have seized more than five million medical masks that were illegally stockpiled amid the coronavirus outbreak, state media reported Sunday, as the death toll in the kingdom doubled.The commerce ministry seized 1.17 million masks from a private store in Hail, northwest of the capital, after authorities Wednesday confiscated more than four million masks stored in a facility in the western city of Jeddah in violation of commercial regulations, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.  The ministry said people behind such activities would be prosecuted, and that the confiscated masks would be redistributed to the open market. center_img King Salman warned last week of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the economic double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.last_img read more

first_imgShareholders of private-owned Bank Permata have appointed executives of Thailand-based Bangkok Bank Public Company as new commissioners following the latter’s acquisition of the former’s majority stakes. Bangkok Bank president Chartsiri Sophonpanich will act as Bank Permata’s new president commissioner, replacing Sebastian Ramon Arcuri. Bangkok Bank senior executive vice president Chong Toh, executive vice president and general manager Chalit Tayjasanant and senior executive vice president Niramarn Laisathit will also join the new board of commissioners, replacing Suparno Djasmin, Mark Spencer Greenberg and Ian Charles Anderson. Read also: Astra, Standard Chartered sell Bank Permata at lower price to Bangkok Bank The publicly listed bank’s new board of commissioners will effectively take on its role after the Financial Services Authority (OJK) approves the appointments, according to the minutes of the bank’s extraordinary shareholders meeting on April 23, which was published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website. In the meeting, the shareholders also approved Bangkok Bank’s acquisition deal in which the bank will own 89.12 percent of Bank Permata’s total shares, taking over the ownership from diversified conglomerate Astra International and private-owned Standard Chartered Bank, each of which previously owned 44.56 percent of the bank’s total shares. Bangkok Bank, the largest commercial bank in Thailand, established its branches in Indonesia decades ago. Its Jakarta branch was set up in 1968 and its Surabaya and Medan branches have been operating since 2012 and 2013 respectively. “Bangkok Bank plans to further invest in Bank Permata’s clients, employees, business partners and infrastructure, as well as in transforming Bank Permata into a leading BUKU IV bank in Indonesia,” the statement says. Read also: Mergers, acquisitions in banking industry mark 2019 despite weak loan growthCurrently, Bank Permata is placed in the BUKU III category, a cluster of banks with core capital between Rp 5 trillion (US$322.77 million) and Rp 30 trillion. BUKU IV banks are those with core capital of over Rp 30 trillion. Bank Permata share prices, traded on the IDX under the code BNLI, have rallied upward in the past month. Between March 30 and April 27, the prices have gone up 18.18 percent, closing at Rp 1,235 per share on Monday.As morning trading started on Tuesday, the bank’s share prices entered the red zone, falling 0.81 percent to Rp 1,225 within the first hour of trading.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgEmery’s side suffered an embarrassing defeat (Picture: Getty)‘Yesterday it was one of those games where if we played for another couple of hours probably we wouldn’t have scored,AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But there are games in football like that. You try, you play, the goal does not arrive and you have to go home with the result you don’t want but you have to pick yourself up and be ready for the second leg.‘This is the advantage of playing two-legged ties – when one game goes wrong you can always make up for it.‘We didn’t take our chances. In the first-half in particular we played well and created enough chances to go ahead in the game but unfortunately we didn’t take our chances and then we conceded in the last minute of the first half which obviously gave them a lot of confidence and belief.‘We wanted to score goals and win to put ourselves in a good position. We’ve left it more tricky for ourselves and we need to win at home’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLacazette’s red card means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to start up front in the return leg at the Emirates next Thursday.The Gabon international started on the bench in Belarus but came on towards the end of the defeat.MORE: Paul Merson questions Arsenal over Mesut Ozil: ‘Are they forcing him into retirement?’ Advertisement Comment Arsenal could have ‘played for hours’ without scoring against BATE Borisov, says Petr Cech Sean KearnsFriday 15 Feb 2019 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link330Shares Petr Cech was angry after Arsenal’s defeat to BATE Borisov (Picture: Getty)Petr Cech has blamed Arsenal’s attackers for the Gunners’ defeat to BATE Borisov and says the club could have played for ‘hours’ longer without scoring in Belarus.Unai Emery’s men collapsed to a 1-0 defeat in their last-32 first leg tie in Minsk, with Martin Keown describing it as the ‘worst performance we’ve seen’ under the Spaniard.Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a simple chance to put the Gunners ahead within 90 seconds in Belarus, while Alexandre Lacazette – who was sent off late on – also missed with an easy header.And Cech, who is set to retire at the end of the season, says the Gunners’ forwards were nowhere near their best against BATE.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe remaining 10% is split between construction and energy-efficiency projects, waste, pollution and water-themed investments or agricultural and forestry-related developments.Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau was one of the largest issuers of labelled green bonds over the period surveyed, selling $4bn within its first year active in the green bond market.The UK’s Transport for London, with all of its issuances falling within the climate bond sector, also issued £400m (€564m) worth of green bonds in 2015.The number of green bonds trebled compared with 2013, from $11bn to $36.6bn.The Climate Bonds Initiative said it was expecting total issuance to hit $70bn by the end of 2015.The state of the market report, commissioned by the HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence, also found evidence of greater diversification in the types of bonds being offered.It noted that the US state of Hawaii issued an asset-backed green bond, while BerlinHyp established the market for green covered bonds with a €500m issuance in May 2015.The report laid out 10 steps to grow the market, throwing its weight behind the pooling of smaller-scale carbon-reducing projects, such as rooftop solar panels.The securitisation market, it said, could boost activity in this area.“This includes encouraging deal flow of green loans suitable for subsequent securitisation, supporting financial warehousing of loans and providing credit enhancement for securitisation issuance,” it said. “These supports can be made conditional on loans using standardised contracts. This would speed up the standardisation process for low-carbon assets such as energy-efficiency loans.”Last year, the Climate Bonds Initiative conceded the climate bonds market was not quite developed enough to warrant the launch of dedicated indices. The climate bond market has grown by 20% over the last year, with a large part of the growth stemming from an increase in labelled green-bond issuances.The Climate Bonds Initiative estimated that the market for climate-related bonds stands at nearly $600bn (€545bn), consisting of $531.8bn in unlabelled climate-aligned bonds and $65.9bn in labelled green bonds.Sean Kidney, the organisation’s chief executive, said the development showed institutions could now invest in a “large and liquid” universe of fixed income holdings.With more than 90% of bonds investment grade, the large majority of issuances – $418bn – relates to low-carbon transport projects, followed by clean energy projects, which account for 20% of the universe.last_img read more

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first_img The other major contract speculation at the Etihad Stadium concerns Frank Lampard’s loan from sister club New York City, which is due to expire at the end of the month. Pellegrini hopes to keep the influential 36-year-old until the end of the season and also claimed last week that Lampard wanted to stay longer. It might be that Pellegrini has to settle for a shorter arrangement – for an extra month or two – but no decisions have yet been made. Pellegrini said: “It is not just our decision. If you ask me if I want Frank to stay, of course I want him to stay. “He is a very important player for our squad and he is playing very well, as the top player he is. Maybe in the next days we will be sure but I cannot be 100 per cent at this moment.” Pellegrini’s most immediate concern is overcoming the absence of his captain Vincent Kompany and all three of his frontline strikers for the visit of Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Kompany suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in his comeback match at Leicester last week while forward Edin Dzeko hurt his calf in the warm-up. Frontmen Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic were already sidelined. The lack of forward options could mean another opportunity for 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo or a change of system to utilise a midfielder such as Milner, David Silva or Samir Nasri in an advanced position. Pellegrini said: “The strikers, the three of them are out for tomorrow. We will try to play in another way. “I hope that midfielders will arrive from the second line and we will score in another way. “I know that we play against a team that defend very well also so we will see what is the best solution to play without them.” Victory for City by four goals or more would take the defending champions back to the top of the table ahead of current leaders Chelsea’s trip to Stoke on Monday. Pellegrini said: “That is very important – not for the pressure we can put on Chelsea but it is very important to add three more points and to finish the first round of games with the most amount of points we can. “We cannot drop any more points here at home because we already dropped the same number of points we did last season.” But Pellegrini is not taking anything for granted, remembering a difficult home clash with Palace at the same time last year. He said: “It was a very tough game. It was just after Boxing Day. We won 1-0 and Edin Dzeko scored. I am sure tomorrow we will have a similar game that we had last year.” Neil Warnock concedes he will be taking Crystal Palace to face a City side starting to fire on all cylinders – but insists his players will not simply roll over. The Eagles face reigning champions City at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off looking for their first win in almost a month – with the Londoners just one point clear of the relegation zone. That last victory came over Liverpool, who ran City close in the title race last season, and Warnock – who also rubbished reports linking Palace with Ashley Cole – wants his players to show what they are made of and upset the odds. Pellegrini’s side are without a number of key individuals but, despite their fitness worries, Warnock knows his side have to be at their best to spring a shock. “They are just hitting their form,” he said. “It is always difficult to go to the Etihad, they play some wonderful football but we have been playing well so we do not go there with any fear, but we realise we have got to be on top of our game to come away with anything. We know our goalkeeper and our back four have got to play well and we have got to create chances. “(Sergio) Aguero is as good as anything, him and (Chelsea striker) Diego Costa are probably the best two in the Premier League. But if they wanted to give me Samir Nasri and David Silva I would take them tomorrow. “I think they are as good as anybody in the country, those two, the difference between the top clubs and everyone at the bottom end is that every player in the 25 is a top international player who can play in several positions. “We have got to know what we are doing and be on top of our game – we have done that well recently but we step it up another gear now. We did well at Swansea and Tottenham but now this is another challenge. We are going to the most difficult place, along with Stamford Bridge, so it is a good challenge for us.” Palace also have some concerning knocks, with Marouane Chamakh definitely ruled out of the fixture, and Warnock has long-said that he is waiting for the January transfer window. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident England midfielder James Milner will sign a new contract in the near future. Press Association Pellegrini and Milner recently gave the impression a deal was close but reports this week claimed talks between the parties had stalled. Pellegrini admits discussions are still ongoing but expects a positive outcome. Asked if he expected Milner to stay, Pellegrini said at a press conference: “I think so. There are some differences that can be arranged. “We are talking with James. It is not easy for all the players to sign a new contract. There are a lot of things to talk, to decide, discuss. I hope finally James will sign his contract. “I repeat – the same as with Joe Hart – he wants to stay and the club wants to keep him.” Milner, 28, is in the final season of his current deal and would be free to talk to other clubs from next month. His future became the subject of speculation due to his limited action last season but his prominent role this term – featuring in all but two matches – has changed the picture. Pellegrini also revealed a fortnight ago that a new contract with goalkeeper Hart was imminent. There has been no official news since but the Chilean insists there are no issues. He said: “I hope that is all finished. I am not 100 per cent sure but maybe in the next couple of days you will have the news from the club.” last_img read more