Interfaith call for unity as Brexit vote sparks racist attacks

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem EU Referendum Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s selfie with Archbishop Justin Welby and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in front of 100 young people from different faith groups has been widely shared on social media and praised as an example of UK unity at a time of increased community tensions and racist attacks.Photo: Sadiq Khan[Anglican Communion News Service] Church leaders have criticized the rise in racist abuse and attacks in the United Kingdom following last week’s historic referendum decision to withdraw from the European Union. Members of ethnic minority communities and immigrants from across the EU have reported being told to “go home – we voted to leave” and other forms of abuse.On the evening of June 27 the Archbishop of Canterbury hosted a multi-faith Iftar meal for 100 young people from across London’s faith communities at Lambeth Palace. It was attended by the UK’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.The mayor, a Muslim, took a “selfie” with Archbishop Justin Welby and Chief Rabbi Mirvis in front of the young people. It has been been widely shared on social media and praised for showing the real face of the UK.“This is London!”, the mayor tweeted. “Breaking my fast tonight with the Chief Rabbi, Archbishop Justin Welby & young Londoners of many faiths in the beautiful surroundings of Lambeth Palace.”Welby it was “a huge privilege and joy” to host the Iftar, and added: “Britain is a country divided in many ways at the moment – and we’ve seen a rise in intolerance, discrimination and hatred.“But last night was a powerful reminder that faith communities in this country can work together in friendship and solidarity for the common good.“These friendships will be absolutely crucial as we build a new vision of what it means to be an outward-looking, generous and hospitable country in the world.”Earlier, as the British Parliament discussed the result of the referendum, Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell said that a head teacher in his diocese told him that “the children were frightened when they went to school on Friday and that she had seen an increase in race hatred and intolerance.”He asked the government: “What plans are there to address the lack of unity in our nation and to counter the fear and race hatred that is on the rise? Can we ensure that those who lost this vote, as well as those who won, can be part of the planning going forward?”Speaking on June 24, Mirvis said: “The respective campaigns that led us to this point have sharply divided our country. But the time for disagreement and division is now over. It is more essential than ever before that we unite so that the ensuing political upheaval does not adversely affect the most vulnerable in our society and that our moral leadership role in the world remains undiminished.”The Church of England has published prayers for reconciliation, including a brief litany which can be used in services on Sunday or in small groups.British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Brussels June 28 for talks with the leaders of the 27 other EU member states. Many are pushing for the UK to invoke Article 50 of the EU Treaty – the legal mechanism for starting two-years of exit negotiations – swiftly; but Cameron has insisted that the decision to begin the formal legal process will be for his successor to make. Cameron will resign as prime minister as soon as the Conservative Party has elected a new leader which is expected to take place by early September. 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June 29, 2016 at 8:48 am I applaud the gathering together of people from many different religious backgrounds and beliefs, but I do have to question calling this “a multi-faith Iftar meal” when the name for the meal is clearly Muslim. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Gregg Conroy says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Interfaith call for unity as Brexit vote sparks racist attacks Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SClast_img read more

Cavalcante House / BLOCO Arquitetos

first_img Lead Architects: Architects: BLOCO Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Brazil ArchDaily Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco, Marina Lira Save this picture!© Joana França+ 27Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Projects Photographs:  Joana França Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” CopyHouses, House Interiors, Sustainability•Brazil Houses Area:  2960 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Cavalcante House / BLOCO ArquitetosSave this projectSaveCavalcante House / BLOCO Arquitetos “COPY” Photographs CopyAbout this officeBLOCO ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSustainabilityMetal StructureSteel HousesBrazilPublished on September 28, 2020Cite: “Cavalcante House / BLOCO Arquitetos” [Casa Cavalcante / BLOCO Arquitetos] 28 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Cavalcante House / BLOCO Arquitetos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Project Team:Fernando Longhi, Guilherme MahanaEngineering:Vista EngenhariaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Joana FrançaRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. Casa Cavalcante was built in the center of an area of ​​266 hectares, adjacent to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park which houses one of the most important biomes in the world: the Cerrado (Brazilian savanna). Therefore, the intention to minimize the impact of the building on its surroundings guided the entire design process. The limited qualification of local labor, the enormous difficulty in accessing the land, the extremely hot climate in the region, and the limited budget for construction were the factors that defined its shape and materiality.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaSave this picture!IsometricSave this picture!© Joana FrançaWe defined the construction process in two stages. The first one applied prefabricated elements remotely and assembled at the construction site, while the second used mostly local handmade labor. We have decided to construct the semi-industrialized part of the house at first. Its macrostructure is composed of a modular sequence of metallic columns and covered by thermoacoustic roof tiles, also called sandwich tiles. In this way, we were able to provide shade to the workers and protect them from the intense sun while working on the second phase of the work, which used handmade construction processes.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaThe standard size of the thermoacoustic tile generated the structural modulation of the house and the roof pitch. The measures and inclinations were defined so that there was no cutting of parts during assembly, which would minimize the possibility of errors. The use of the extended eaves creates a spacious perimeter area that serves as circulation between the rooms and protects the house from direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day. The area of circulation on the “outside” provides the constant contact of the resident with the surrounding landscape.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaAll rooms have natural lighting and ventilation. Besides that, long-stay places (bedrooms, kitchen, and living room) also have constant cross ventilation and are protected from direct sunlight by the brise-soleil created with natural eucalyptus logs. In addition to being insect repellent, eucalyptus is an easy-to-grow tree. The east facade of the residence has a narrower strip of protection, while the facade facing the sunset has almost the entire vertical surface protected by this shading system.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaThe perimeter walls were built with adobe bricks made with local clay and the internal walls were erected with traditional Brazilian blocks with 8 holes (to provide the installation of electrical and hydraulic pipes), due to the reason that adobe walls are unable to embed pipes.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaSave this picture!Planta – TérreoSave this picture!© Joana FrançaThe house is raised from the ground for two reasons: to prevent creeping animals from rising and to protect the adobe walls of water in seasons with high rainfall.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Joana FrançaLocated in the cerrado, a biome where natural fires occur regularly, any building needs the ‘aceiro’, a kind of open area with suppression of cover and small tree species. The absence of plants around the house is therefore part of the fire protection strategy.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaAll electrical energy in the house is photovoltaic. It is produced through an “off-grid” system with solar panels installed in a slightly distant area.Save this picture!© Joana FrançaProject gallerySee allShow lessMayor of London Launches Housing Design App to Transform ConstructionArchitecture NewsRecent Images Highlight Completed Structure for Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Mu…Architecture News Share 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Gravia, Isoeste, Ladrilar, Vidromexlast_img read more

Software eases charity shops’ large item delivery issues

first_img Tagged with: Charity Software Technology Software eases charity shops’ large item delivery issues Melanie May | 20 September 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Charity Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) software company, Nisyst, has introduced a new Collection & Delivery Module to its CHARiot system to enable staff and volunteers to more efficiently organise transportation for large second-hand goods.The new software has been developed to help charity retailers promptly arrange transportation of donated furniture and white goods by streamlining the collection and delivery process. It works as an integrated and centralised planner, enabling all staff and volunteers to check when transportation is available, and automatically highlights pick-up and drop-off slots to ensure that transportation can be booked in efficiently with the customer.The new update is available for free on Nisyst CHARiot FSM (Full Scan Mode) charity EPoS system.Bob Chunilal, managing director at Nisyst, said:“Potential rewards of selling large second-hand goods are great but there are a whole lot of considerations and challenges that charity stores face in order to secure these donations and sales. Often staff and volunteers need to respond to donors quickly to avoid losing items to another party or risking the items being tipped. Similarly, a complex and slow service can often cost a much needed sale. The new module addresses these requirements, as well as capturing Gift Aid at the point of donation to maximise income.”  55 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  56 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Mexico: threats against author of book about Veracruz governor

first_img Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruption May 5, 2021 Find out more YURI CORTEZ / AFP to go further News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports Noé Zavaleta has had the tough job of replacing Regina Martínez as Proceso’s Veracruz correspondent. Martínez was brutally murdered in her home in Xalapa, the state’s capital, in 2012.Zavaleta says that since early july he has been getting threats on social networks and has been the victim of online harassment and intimidation attempts in connection with his book, El Infierno de Javier Duarte (“Javier Duarte’s Hell”), about the widespread corruption and violence during Duarte’s six years as governor.“This campaign of harassment and these threats against Noé Zavaleta are very disturbing and must stop at once,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The heavy toll of violence against media personnel in Veracruz, where 17 journalists have been murdered since 2010, justifies urgent intervention by the federal authorities in this case. They must do whatever is necessary to guarantee Zavaleta’s safety and punish those responsible for these repeated threats.”Zavaleta reported the threats to the federal authorities but is still awaiting a satisfactory response.One of the sources of the threats is José Abella, the editor of the daily El Buen Tono and a Duarte supporter, who is named in the book as a privileged recipient of Veracruz state advertising. Abella has publicly threatened Zavaleta, including on his Facebook page.A photo of Zavaleta with a gun in a police station, taken while he was on a reporting assignment, has been circulating on social networks since last week. It is accompanied by comments linking him to local gangs, especially the “Los Zetas” cartel. Zavaleta told RSF he was very concerned about the attempts to associate him with these criminal groups.This kind of disinformation campaign is far from unprecedented in Veracruz, one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for journalists. After the journalist Anabel Flores was kidnapped and murdered in February, Abella said he had fired her from his newspaper because of her supposed links with organized crime.According to the Veracruz Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists, there were 176 cases of violence, intimidation, threats, aggression, cyber-attacks, blackmail, murder and enforced disappearance in which journalists were the victims from 2013 to June 2016.Veracruz newspaper reporter Pedro Tamayo became the ninth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since the start of the year on 20 July.Mexico is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alertscenter_img MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruption NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say August 11, 2016 Mexico: threats against author of book about Veracruz governor News News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state RSF_en Follow the news on Mexico Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to protect Noé Zavaleta, the weekly magazine Proceso’s correspondent in the eastern state of Veracruz, who has been hounded ever since the publication of a book by him about outgoing Veracruz governor Javier Duarte’s term in office. April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick city residents left to walk through blood and human waste

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook TAGScityfeaturedlimerickWatergate Print Advertisement The young Limerick mother said that crowds are keeping residents awake until 4amDRUNKEN students and revellers are keeping the residents of a Limerick city complex awake until 4am each night with one young mother claiming that the “next two weeks will be hell”Mother of three, Christyna Mulcahy, told the Limerick Post that for a number of years she and her family, along with many other residents at the Watergate housing complex feel “forgotten” and abandoned as late night party revellers are allowed “cause havoc on the streets”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is unbelievable what we have to put up with. Last night we had over 200 people in the middle of the road screaming, shouting, singing and some even fighting until 4am.“They blocked cars from using the road”, and Christyna said that on one occasion she witnessed a group trying to overturn a car while someone was in it.With one child still in school, she said that “our children have to walk to school through people’s blood, urine, vomit and sometimes actual s**t, not to mention broken glass everywhere.“We may be a small housing complex and people seem to forget that we are here. It is not fair on any of the residents and the housing department in city hall just don’t care.In 2014, Christyna highlighted the issue and said that “the only night we have peace is a Wednesday night. We are all sick of it. Between the concerts and movie nights in the Milk market and all the pubs and clubs, we get no rest and hardly no sleep.“As the students return to third level, we will have to put up with this disturbance on a nightly basis. And with freshers’ week, it will last for two weeks straight. It’s going to be hell.Christyna said it is after 5am when most residents and children finally got some sleep.“It’s gone beyond a joke.” she said.The Watergate residents say they would like the music levels at the nearby venues checked and “more of a Garda presence from opening to closing to keep the crowds away from our area.“We have tried for years to get something done but no one can seem to help us.And she believes that the only way people in authority will understand their dilemma is if they experience the late night “escapades” from themselves.Taken at 4am, the picture shows that crowds are still around the streets “roaring and shouting”“I ask you to take a walk down yourself about 2.30 to 3am and see for yourself what we have to endure.“We were told we needed to get in a petition to the courts before the license renewal date and we did that two years ago and yet the licenses were still renewed – so it is clear that no one is listening to us,” she said. Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleCouncil is set to provide more social housing supports in Limerick to cut waiting lists Staff Reporter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLimerick city residents left to walk through blood and human wasteBy Staff Reporter – September 8, 2016 919 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Dascena Strengthens Executive Leadership Team with Key Appointments and Promotion

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Dascena Strengthens Executive Leadership Team with Key Appointments and Promotion Local NewsBusiness HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Dascena, Inc., a machine learning diagnostic algorithm company that is targeting early disease intervention to improve patient care outcomes, today announced it is expanding its leadership team with the C-suite appointments of Jim Wingrove, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer and David H. Ledbetter, Ph.D., as Chief Clinical Officer. Jonathan Roberts has been awarded the title of Chief Growth Officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Jim and David to the Dascena executive leadership team. In addition, Jonathan has earned this promotion through his leadership and significant contributions in helping advance Dascena to where we are today. As we build out our predictive algorithm roadmap, they each will play an integral role in our future success,” said Ritankar Das, Chief Executive Officer of Dascena. “Jim’s expertise in research and lab leadership will position Dascena for significant growth and execution in diagnostics and overall scientific strategy. David’s disciplined clinical strategy and research experience will be essential as we continue to explore the application of our algorithms and the impact they may have on healthcare systems and patients around the globe.” Jim is responsible for the management of Dascena’s R&D and CLIA labs, as well as for guiding overall scientific strategy. Jim brings over 25 years of experience in molecular genetics and genomics. Prior to Dascena, Jim was Vice President of R&D at DotLab, where he established the company’s R&D and CLIA labs. Prior to DotLab, Jim was Vice President of technical operations at CardioDx, where he was a co-inventor of the company’s lead diagnostic product and led multiple groups, including R&D and the company’s CLIA/CAP/NYS lab. Jim was a Life Science Research Foundation Fellow in the biochemistry and biophysics department at UCSF and completed his doctoral research in biochemistry at UCLA. He is an author of numerous scientific publications, including articles in Cell, Science and Nature. David is a clinical strategy leader at Dascena focusing on new products, health systems partnerships and research. David joins Dascena from Geisinger where he was the founding Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President and built one of the largest genomics and precision health programs in the world. Prior to Geisinger, David was a professor of human genetics at Emory University School of Medicine. Earlier in his career, he was a professor and founding chair in the department of human genetics at the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine and Branch Chief, Diagnostic Development Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute. David is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics as a clinical laboratory geneticist and is a highly accomplished researcher, authoring over 300 peer-reviewed publications. He completed his undergraduate work at Tulane University and his Ph.D., in psychology (behavioral genetics) at The University of Texas at Austin. About Dascena Dascena is developing machine learning algorithms to enable early disease intervention and improve care outcomes for patients. For more information, visit Follow us on LinkedIn. View source version on CONTACT: Dan Budwick, 1AB [email protected] KEYWORD: TEXAS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SCIENCE SOFTWARE RESEARCH MANAGED CARE HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY GENETICS SOURCE: Dascena, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/04/2021 09:01 AM Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Twitter Previous articleInsurity Releases “Workers’ Compensation Industry Trends” Report Based on Valen Data Consortium InsightsNext articleLively Releases 2020 Data Showing Volatile Healthcare Spending Due to COVID-19 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter TAGS  last_img read more

This week’s training news: new HR management programmes for Ireland

first_imgThis week’s training news: new HR management programmes for IrelandOn 7 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR professionals in the Irish Republic can study a new range of professional and postgraduate management development programmes. The Sheffield Business School – part of Sheffield Hallam University – in partnership with the Irish CIPD, is offering three new MSc programmes: Fast Track in HR Management, HR Management/Development and Strategic Learning. All courses are offered on a part-time block study basis. Call Paul Banfield on 0114-225 2820. Sheffield Council starts groundbreaking schemeSheffield City Council, in partnership with Sheffield Business School, has embarked on a management development programme – the largest ever organised by a UK metropolitan district council. The first of 167 senior city council managers will embark on their tailor-made management education at the business school this month. The council set up the programme after it identified key skills all top operational managers should have to ensure services are effective. £50,000 for job-related training for unemployedFocus, the training and enterprise council for central London, has committed £50,000 to a referral programme that will allow 2000 unemployed individuals to undertake free job-related training. Businesses in central London are suffering a significant skills shortage even though unemployment in the area is twice the national average, according to Focus. For further details call 020-7896 8484.last_img read more

Russian propaganda claims coronavirus vaccine will turn us into monkeys

first_imgThe global race for a vaccine currently includes 48 vaccines undergoing clinical trials on humans, according to a Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker from the New York Times. Speaking to the Stories of our Times podcast, Edward Lucas, a journalist and consultant on cyber-security and Russian foreign policy, Russia has a “commercial and diplomatic interest in making Russia look good, which means making everybody else look bad.” Dr Matt Galotti from the thinktank Rusi also told the podcast that the decision to name the Vaccine “Sputnik 5” was a deliberate attempt to evoke the technological achievement of the USSR successfully launching the first artificial satellite into space, as if Russia creating the first effective vaccine against COVID-19 be a similar display of technological superiority. Instead of planting a fake story in a small news outlet, anonymous online accounts post shareable images and memes which claim that the Oxford vaccine is unsafe. One shows King Kong injecting a screaming woman with a giant needle, displaying the AstraZeneca label. Another shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson photoshopped to look like a blonde member of the Planet of the Apes cast, with the caption “I like my bigfoot vaccine” below. These images are then broadcast and discussed on Russian state media, divorced from their original inception, as if people have begun to doubt the safety of the Oxford vaccine based on genuine evidence, and not manipulation. Although there is no evidence that this campaign wasdirectly authorised by the Kremlin, the Chairman of the Foreign AffairsCommittee Tom Tugendhat told Times Radio: “Russia is a very centralised state and the ideathis would be done without the approval of someone in the inner circle islaughable”. In August 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin announcedthat a Russian regulatory body had approved a vaccine for use against COVID-19before it had undergone its Phase III testing. After criticism from scientistsacross the world, the approval was downgraded to a “conditional registrationcertificate” which was dependent on positive results from future Phase IIItrials. A small study published by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute inearly September claimed that the vaccine successfully caused the body toproduce antibodies to fight off a COVID-19 infection, albeit with mild sideeffects. Although the conspiracy theory is clearly preposterous, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned that “it’s a shabby piece of disinformation, but it is very serious because it is an attempt to disrupt the attempts to find a safe vaccine” when speaking to BBC Radio 4. The Russian state has been disseminating medical information in order to sow distrust of western nations in developing countries for decades. Operation INFEKTION was a campaign run by the KGB from 1983, which spread the false rumour that the HIV virus was created in an American lab. The investigation from The Times shows that the conspiracy theory that the Oxford vaccine turns humans into monkeys was deployed in a very similar way to Operation INFEKTION. center_img Image Credit: Pixabay. The Russian Embassy in London has denied that the Russian state was involved in the disinformation campaign, telling The Times that “Astrazeneca is very well known and respected in the Russian Federation. Russia has agreed a contract on obtaining a certain amount of the Astrazeneca vaccine. Plans are also for the Astrazeneca vaccine to be partly produced in Russia itself, alongside with the Sputnik V, and some others. We stand for [a] variety of vaccines to be applied against this terrible disease. The Covid pandemic is a common threat, and both the Russian and the British governments are committed to combating it in a depoliticised manner.” Using a combination of memes, videos, and fake articles, the campaign centres on the false claim that the Oxford vaccine – which uses a harmless chimpanzee adenovirus to introduce a segment of SARS-CoV-2 genome into a human cell – turns those who have received the vaccine into monkeys. A network of Russian state officials, media figures, and anonymous online middlemen have been orchestrating a campaign of disinformation to destroy trust in the vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, according to an investigation by The Times.last_img read more


first_imgTROPICANA EVANSVILLE ANNOUNCES 2018 CHARITY TOURNAMENT RESULTS!December 10, 2018Since 1996, Tropicana Evansville has celebrated the spirit of the holiday season by hosting charity slot and blackjack tournaments in the month of December. These tournaments are unique in that players’ entry fees are either a new toy valued at $10 or more, or $10 or more in cash. The generosity of Tropicana Evansville’s players is exhibited through the many toys collected and money donated. This year’s tournaments were held Monday, December 3 through Thursday, December 6.All proceeds benefit two area organizations, the Salvation Army’s Toy Town and Santa Clothes Club. Tropicana Evansville has a 22-year history with both organizations and has donated more than 23,155 toys ($231,550 value) and $44,140 to assist them in their efforts over the years.Please join Tropicana Evansville’s Sponsorship & Donations Coordinator, Amanda Schisler; Salvation Army Majors Mark and Sandra Turner; and Santa Clothes Club Vice President Wendell Burkhart and Board Member Pattie Davis for the announcement of this year’s tournament results on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 2:00PM (CT) in the Tropicana Evansville Hotel Lobby.This year, 1,256 toy donations ($12,560 value), was raised for Salvation Army Toy Town and will be distributed to needy families during the holiday season. Also, $1,860 in cash donations will go to Santa Clothes Club to provide new clothing for needy grade school children whose names are obtained through area school programs.About Tropicana EvansvilleTropicana Evansville is a multi-million dollar entertainment complex located on the scenic banks of the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana.  The single-level 24-hour casino encompasses 45,000 square feet of gaming space featuring over 1,100 slot games, over 30 table games, a dedicated Poker Room and a High Limit Room. Accommodations include a 243-room hotel tower and a 95-room boutique hotel. The property showcases an ultramodern entertainment lounge, four dining options, four bars, conference center, riverfront event center, and a 1,660-vehicle attached parking garage.Must be 21. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9 WITH IT. For more information, visit or:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: Lord Ahmad welcomes conclusions of the 38th Session of the UN HRC

first_imgAs the British Foreign Secretary made clear in his address to the Council on its opening day, the Human Rights Council remains a vital part of the international rules-based system. Despite the regrettable US decision to withdraw, the UK’s support remains steadfast. We view the Human Rights Council as the best forum the international community has to tackle the most serious human rights violations and abuses, and to advance many of our shared international priorities.The Foreign Secretary also conveyed to the Council his conviction that all girls should be provided with 12 years of quality education. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals and other commitments, the UK will work with partners to ensure that by 2030 all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. I am delighted that the UK’s statement on girls’ education has so far been signed by 150 countries. This strong endorsement underlines the clear importance UN Member States attach to girls’ education.I was pleased that the UK was able to co-sponsor resolutions this session on Female Genital Mutilation, Violence against Women and Girls, and Discrimination against Women. Working hard to agree advances is how we make progress towards our ultimate aim of a world without violence and discrimination against women and girls.The UK also strongly supported a resolution on civil society space that raised concerns about growing restrictions placed on civil society organisations throughout the world. We spoke against attempts to weaken the resolution by Russia and others, and co-sponsored the final resolution.Turning to country situations, as at every session, the UK highlighted serious human rights situations in its statement to the Council under Item 4 (“Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention”).The human rights situation in Syria remains as desperate as ever, as civilians bear the brunt of the regime’s brutal offensives. I particularly condemn the ongoing Russian-backed assault on southern Syria, which is in flagrant violation of the de-escalation agreement. The continued pattern of attacks, including in southern Syria, on hospitals, medical personnel and rescue workers, is particularly troubling. The UK calls on all parties to prioritise the protection of civilians and respect for international humanitarian and human rights law. I welcome the resolution adopted on Syria. It is vital that Commission of Inquiry continues to shine a light on these atrocities so that those responsible can be held to account.I welcome the follow-up resolution on the DRC. The new team will be key to assessing and supporting the implementation of the recommendations made by international experts who investigated human rights violations and abuses in the Kasais. This is critical, both to ensure accountability for all crimes, and more broadly, to create the conditions necessary for credible and inclusive elections to take place.I also welcome the renewal this session of the mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on Eritrea and Belarus.Today, after three weeks of intense effort to protect and strengthen the promotion of human rights, the Council session draws to a close. The Human Rights Council enables UN Member States to work together to support and uphold universal rights around the world. In the face of adversity, and as we mark the 70th anniversary this year of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, we must continue to strive towards a world that stands unified in holding to account those that commit human rights violations and abuses.last_img read more