Norway commits more than $163 million to UNICEF education

first_imgNorway commits more than $163 million to UNICEF education UNICEF Niger/2020/Araia TamayoKhadjetou and Aicha receive treatment in a UNICEF-supported in-patient facility for severely wasted children with medical complications in Maradi.NEW YORK/OSLO, 1 December 2020 – The Government of Norway has committed USD 163.3 million in flexible funding to help UNICEF reach children with quality education, protection, health and nutrition interventions, focusing specifically on the world’s most marginalized, including children with disabilities.With COVID-19 threatening budgets worldwide, thematic funds from Norway will play a crucial role to respond, recover and reimagine education, health, nutrition and social protection services and strengthen resilience to future shocks.“We thank Norway for its commitment to helping us build a fairer post-COVID world for children,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “The most marginalized children are paying the heaviest price of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the financial fallout of the pandemic leads to job losses and budget cuts, support from our partners like Norway is critical to help us meet children’s pressing needs.”Under these funding agreements – signed by Norway and UNICEF last month -more than USD 126.2 million will be allocated to education programmes in 2020-2021. The funds will help ensure that children with the greatest risk of losing their education – including those living in poverty, marginalized girls, children with disabilities, and refugees – are able to access quality learning.An additional USD 13.2 million will be committed to UNICEF health and nutrition programmes to help protect children and their families from exposure to COVID-19. The funds will also ensure the continuation of life-saving health and nutrition services and the strengthening of primary health care.A further USD 12.9 million will go toward education and health programmes for children affected by humanitarian crises in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Niger and Somalia.Norway and UNICEF are also embarking on a new USD 11 million partnership to support children with disabilities. This investment aims to make sure communities are fully inclusive and that children and adolescents with disabilities can gain access to essential services.“Investing in a child’s education is investing in a nation. With the current pandemic too many children and their families are falling through the cracks and need basic support such as food and health assistance. Yet, the focus on providing immediate support should not go at the expense of a longer-term vision. For many children across the globe, the pandemic’s consequences will continue to hit hard long after we have stopped worrying about infection rates. It is the most marginalized children that bear the brunt of the school closures and increase in poverty. Ensuring access to education is a much needed life-line,” said Dag-Inge Ulstein, Norway’s Minister of International Development Aid.Norway is one of the top contributors to UNICEF’s work, committing USD 188 million to programmes worldwide in 2019. Norway is also one of the top contributors to UNICEF’s flexible funding which allows UNICEF to implement programmes for children in places where the need is greatest. /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:budget cut, children, Congo, covid-19, education, exposure, Government, Humanitarian, infection, Investment, Minister, nutrition, quality, refugees, resilience, UNICEFlast_img read more

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Mollie Tibbett’s father: ‘We can get her home’

first_imgFacebook(BROOKLYN, Iowa) — The father of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts said on Monday that he believes his daughter may be with someone who misunderstood her intentions and created a situation that’s spiraling out of control.“It’s totally speculation,” Rob Tibbetts said, in an interview for ABC’s “Nightline,” “but I do believe that Mollie is with someone who she knows, probably someone who cares about her. But that relationship was misguided, misinterpreted and went wrong, and I think they’re in a place with Mollie and don’t know how to get themselves out of this horrible situation.”Rob Tibbetts said that as the search for Mollie continues, it’s also important to give that individual “the freedom and the space to process this, and to get themselves out of this amount of trouble because they get into a deeper amount of trouble.”His daughter’s kindness, compassion and outgoing personality may have simply given someone the wrong idea, he continued.“I do really believe that what happened to Mollie wasn’t someone that set out to harm her,” Rob Tibbetts said. “I think because they haven’t found Mollie, that Mollie is still some place, and we can get her home.”The 20-year-old Tibbetts went missing July 18. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to establish a reward fund to help bring her home. Since Thursday, Rob Tibbetts said, almost 500 new leads and tips have surfaced, thanks to local authorities and to Crimestoppers. Mollie Tibbetts, a rising sophomore, was living in Brooklyn, Iowa, with her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, when she went for a jog and hasn’t been seen since. Her story, according to her father, has “struck a chord” with so many because “everyone has a daughter or a sister or a girlfriend like Mollie.” And her disappearance “is so random and senseless and scary that people have adopted Mollie and her story.”When asked what he would say to anyone who may have taken her, Rob Tibbetts responded: “You’ve made a mistake. We’ve all made mistakes. Don’t compound this. Work your way through this. Listen to Mollie.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Hanukkah stabbing: Federal hate crime charges filed against suspect

first_imgKuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against the 38-year-old man suspected of stabbing five people with a machete at a Hanukkah celebration in a New York City suburb on Saturday night.At the Greenwood Lake, New York, home of suspect Grafton Thomas, investigators recovered journals which had anti-Semitic sentiments including references to Hitler and “Nazi Culture” “on the same page as drawings of a Star of David and a Swastika,” according to the federal complaint.The day of the machete attack, Thomas’ phone was allegedly used to access an article titled: “New York City Increases Police Presence in Jewish Neighborhoods After Possible Anti-Semitic Attacks. Here’s What To Know.”On Thomas’ phone were searches including, “Why did Hitler hate the Jews,” according to the complaint.Thomas’ family has denounced the crime and said he has mental health problems and no ties to any hate groups.“Thomas has a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations,” the family said in a statement issued Sunday night. “He has no history of like violent acts and no convictions for any crime. He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races. He is not a member of any hate groups.”There were about 100 people at Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s Monsey, N.Y., home at the time of Saturday’s attack.The rabbi’s home is attached to the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish congregation’s synagogue and he was hosting a ceremony to light the candle on the seventh night of Hanukkah when Thomas allegedly ran in, swinging a knife.Five people were hurt, including one man who is in critical condition with a skull fracture, and one person who suffered a severed finger, officials said.Josef Gluck, manager of the synagogue, said he was sitting in the dining room with 40 to 50 people when the intruder barged in wearing a hoodie and a scarf covering all of his face except for his eyes.Thomas allegedly said to the victims “no one is leaving,” took out a machete and started stabbing and slashing people, according to the federal complaint.Thomas was arrested in Harlem after driving away from the scene, according to police. He was covered in blood when he was located by officers, authorities said.A witness had given authorities the suspect’s license plate number, so when license plate readers indicated the 2015 grey Nissan Sentra was in Harlem, officers searched block by block until Thomas was located.Thomas was arraigned on Sunday and charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, police said. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $5 million bond at the Rockland County Jail.Thomas’ family said in its statement, “we believe the actions of which he is accused, if committed by him, tragically reflect profound mental illness.”The family also extended sympathies to those injured, saying, “[W]e express our deepest concern and prayers for those injured physically and otherwise deeply affected by the events of Saturday night and our family’s earnest yearning for their well being. We thank those who rendered medical attention to each of those injured.”The motive for the attack still remains unclear, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to it as “an act of domestic terrorism.” The stabbings, just north of New York City, came at the end of two weeks of increased anti-Semitic attacks in the city. The NYPD was investigating nine attacks against Jewish individuals prior to the stabbings. It is not clear if any are related.Around-the-clock armed security is being implemented in Rockland County for an undetermined amount of time to give peace of mind to the Jewish community, county officials announced Monday.“We are fighting back as a community,” Patrick Brosnan, CEO of Brosnan Risk Consultants, which is leading the armed patrol, told reporters.Brosnan said he raised his family in Rockland County and lives about eight minutes from the scene of the crime, which he called a “disgusting, reprehensible” act.“We cannot sit around and do nothing,” he said. “We are taking proactive action.”Thomas is expected to appear in federal court on Monday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Director, System Evaluation Division (SED)

first_imgThe Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profitcorporation that operates three Federally-Funded Research Centers(FFRDCs): the Systems and Analyses Center sponsored by the Officeof the Secretary of Defense; the Science and Technology PolicyInstitute serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy, theNational Science Foundation, and other offices and councils withinthe executive branch of the federal government; and the Center forCommunications and Computing serving the National Security Agency.IDA provides objective analyses of national security issues andrelated national challenges, particularly those requiringextraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise.The System Evaluation Division (SED), one of eight researchdivisions within the Alexandria, VA-based Systems and AnalysesCenter (SAC), assesses the effectiveness of military forces,analyzes mission needs, develops system architectures, investigatesnew operational concepts, and assesses the risks that accompanytechnological integration. SED also examines system performance andevaluates technical challenges with new systems during theirdevelopment and testing. These analyses help IDA’s governmentsponsors choose among competing programs, set force or inventorylevels, identify suitable concepts for employing systems inrealistic operational environments, and improve acquisitionoutcomes.Key priorities for the Director are asfollows:Integrate and focus IDA analytical capabilities – in activecollaboration with other IDA divisions – to meet complex researchand analytical challenges.Maintain awareness and competence in key evolving nationalsecurity areas – e.g., emerging challenges in the space domain,hybrid warfare, strategic deterrence, near-peer competition, andthe application of advanced technologies in the national securityrealm.Keep abreast of key threats and adversary capabilities relevantto the United States, to its allies and partners, and to itsnational and homeland security forces and missions.Maintain knowledge of modern modeling and simulationcapabilities and their applications, of advanced data analyticapproaches, and of the application of computationally intensiveapproaches to complex problems.Recruit, retain, and grow diverse talent at all levels, anddrive an inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes and supportsdiversity and belonging.Develop and maintain close contact with key sponsors, seniorstakeholders, and DOD leaders. Ensure they are aware of IDAcontributions and relevant analyses.Work with colleagues, staff, and IDA leadership to continuouslyrefine Division vision and periodically communicate vision tostaff.We seek a senior level manager with extensive experience in theanalyses of complex systems, and the ability to build and manage aprogram of analyses related to national security.  Theselected individual must have broad knowledge of national securitysystems, key underlying and advanced technologies, and operationalconsiderations relevant to system performance in support ofmilitary operations, homeland security, and intelligencemissions.  Experience with modern modeling and simulationtools – development, validation, and/or application – ispreferred.The SED Director will be responsible for managing a 65-staffyear research program and for ensuring the quality of divisionresearch and analytic products. A PhD in physical science orengineering is preferred for this position.The selected individual must be able to interact effectivelywith the senior leadership in sponsoring offices. We are lookingfor a team player who can work cooperatively with other IDAresearch divisions, and with a diverse set of governmentorganizations and advisory groups.IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits packageand a superior professional working environment. To the rightindividual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact onkey national programs and plans.The selected individual will be subject to a securityinvestigation and must meet the requirements for access toclassified information.  Ability to obtain and maintain aTS-SCI is required U. S. citizenship is required. Successfulcompletion of a criminal background check is required forindividuals without an active security clearance.To learn more and to apply for this position, please visit ourwebsite at www.ida.org.  TheInstitute for Defense Analyses is proud to be an equal opportunityemployer. U.S. Citizenship is requiredAbility to obtain and maintain a security clearance isrequiredEqual Opportunity Employerlast_img read more

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Mission hosts watch party for Kansas City Chiefs victory parade, rally

first_imgA handful of Kansas City Chiefs fans watch the team’s victory parade and rally at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission.The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated a Super Bowl victory on Wednesday afternoon, and the city of Mission did its part to help fans participate in the festivities — from the comfort of a warm building.The city of Mission hosted a Chiefs victory parade and rally watch party in the conference rooms at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A handful of Kansas City Chiefs fans came out to watch the parade on the community center’s big screens, and enjoy a snacks provided by the city.Some attendees came to the watch party after seeing an announcement on social media, and others happened to be in the building. One attendee said she headed to the watch party after a yoga instructor informed her about it. She said she was a fan of the Chiefs prior to the franchise’s relocation to Kansas City, when they were the Dallas Texans.Another attendee, Vincent Rolls, went to the victory parade in downtown Kansas City, Mo., before heading to the Sylvester Powell watch party. Rolls, who has been a Chiefs fan for nearly three decades, said even in the bitter cold, parade attendees were peaceful and loving.“It means everything for the city, for me it means everything,” Rolls said. “I’ve been a fan since I was 10 and I’m 38, so I’m a diehard and I love it. It brings the community together.”Rolls said the conference room alone showed the power of the win, as there were people of varying generations there sharing the experience. Another watch party participant, Kathy Bauer, struck a similar chord: Not only has the win brought the city together, it’s brought together a nationwide fanbase, Bauer said.“Everybody is so excited, even people all over [the country],” Bauer said. “My son is in Las Vegas, he was cheering [the Chiefs] on and jumping into a swimming pool afterwards. It’s just bringing everybody together.”last_img read more

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New ethanol plant for Amory?

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EU contract law plea

first_imgThe expert group tasked with advising the European Commission on EU-wide changes to contract law should have more input from English law practitioners, the Law Society said this week. Society chief executive Desmond Hudson expressed concern that the panel is currently made up primarily of academics and practitioners from civil law systems, and called for the inclusion of lawyers from common law jurisdictions. He said: ‘The profession [in England and Wales] has great experience working with other jurisdictions and on cross-border contracts and could offer valuable expertise. The Society is concerned that the expert group is mainly comprised of academics and some practitioners from civil law systems, and would welcome the direct involvement of common law practitioners in the drafting process.’ The commission is in the early stages of drafting a non-binding legal ‘toolbox’ to harmonise contract law across Europe, and has issued a green paper on the topic. Chancery Lane said it remains ‘deeply concerned’ that the benefits of the proposal ‘have not been demonstrated’ and there is an ‘urgent need for an impact assessment of the key options in the green paper’. The Society responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on the commission’s plans in December, after consulting widely with the profession. Chancery Lane said it is examining ‘alternative solutions’ to improving cross-border trade, noting that the use of English contract law provides ‘substantial benefits’ to UK Plc. The commission argues that action is needed to reduce the divergence of contract laws, and has suggested creating a ‘common frame of reference’, bringing together legal concepts, definitions and principles based on the laws of all member states.last_img read more

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6-Year-Old Injured In Vehicle Collision While Waiting For School Bus

first_imgThe girl suffered a broken arm and was treated at the hospital. According to Troopers the investigation is still ongoing. A 6-year-old female was exiting the Ford sedan and was pinned between the door and car. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 6-year-old sustained a broken arm after being pinned between a door and a car while waiting for the school bus on Tuesday. According to an online Trooper dispatch, investigation revealed Coleen Eisele, 38, of Sterling was backing up in her Buick SUV when she struck a Ford sedan that was parked waiting for the school bus. The Alaska State Troopers received a report of a two vehicle collision on Panoramic Drive, in Sterling, around 8:40am.last_img read more

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Premier League offered Wembley and St George’s Park by FA as venues to finish season as talks post coronavirus go on

first_img Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! THE Premier League has been offered Wembley and St George’s Park by the FA as venues to finish the season as talks post coronavirus go on.With most sides having nine or ten games remaining, clubs are desperate to finish the season to avoid repercussions with TV companies – that could see them have to pay back huge sums to some of the networks.The Premier League has been offered Wembley and St George’s Park by the FA to finish the seasonAccording to Sky Sports, the Premier League’s director of football, Richard Garlick along with the league’s medical advisor Mark Gillett, are liaising with clubs on a regular basis on player welfare and what could realistically be expected of footie aces if the season were to resume.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesThe FA is offering both Wembley and St Georges Park – which could potentially be used to stage up to four games a day to make it happen.Wembley previously acted as temporary home to Tottenham between August 2017 and March 2019.The use of the venues like St George’s Park, would enable a number of games to be staged on the same day and having a 228-room hotel on site for players and officials to stay would be an added bonusThis will be music to the ears of Prem clubs who potentially face a whopping £750million fine from Sky Sports and BT Sport if coronavirus ends the season early.No official return date has yet been put on the Premier League which is still suspended indefinitely and many clubs are already struggling to cope with the loss of matchday revenues.Burnley chairman Mike Garlick has warned the club will go bust in August if the football lockdown has not ended by then with £50million of revenue and TV cash on the line.And Bournemouth have expressed similar concerns.Only West Ham and Southampton have so far agreed wage cuts with their players and Tottenham, for example, are missing out on £5million revenue per home game.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page. More clubs are expected to announce agreements with players over wage deferrals and wage cuts in the coming week.Newcastle, Norwich, Bournemouth and Tottenham have all furloughed members of their non-playing staff while Liverpool did so before backtracking.The Mirror reported last week that there is a ‘tentative’ plan for the top flight to resume behind closed doors after the Premier League charted out an agreement with senior officials on a resumption of matches.It is thought this Friday’s video conference with Prem shareholders will spend more time discussing the various options for a return to playing matches.However the number of confirmed cases and deaths from coronavirus have continued to skyrocket as Britain braces for “the peak” of the pandemic – which is going to greatly impact when the season resumes.Should the virus continue to sweep across the UK with increased devastating impacts, the Premier League is in no doubt that a return would have to be pushed back further.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealJosé Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdown Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Source: Soccer – thesun.co.ukcenter_img 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Funny Moments Of Football Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017last_img read more

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – July 17 to 23, 2016

first_img(Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, July 23, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Crowds picked up on Monday although not to the level expected at Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey averaged 57 minutes (predicted 48). WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 7 7 Islands of Adventure10 Wednesday saw crowd levels at the upper end of our scale at both parks. Transformers: The Ride-3D averaged 66 minutes and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit 69 minutes. (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Another ‘9’ at Universal Studios on Thursday thanks to average wait times like 40 minutes at Men In Balck and 58 at Shrek 4-D. Universal Studios9 July 24 to 30, 2016 Sunday saw both Universal parks less busy than expected, a sign of things to come last week. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem averaged 80 minutes while Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged 58 minutes (predicted 52). 9 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Islands of Adventure10 Universal Studios9 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Islands of Adventure continued to trail behind crowds at Universal Studios on Friday. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem averaged 88 minutes while Dragon Challenge averaged 27 minutes. 8 Islands of Adventure9 7 5 (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, July 17, 2016 Universal Studios9 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Islands of Adventure9 Islands of Adventure10center_img WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Universal Studios9 6 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Universal Studios9 9 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, July 18, 2016 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, July 22, 2016 Share This!How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?Last week, Universal Orlando crowds came in a few points lower than expected, mostly due to weak attendance at Islands of Adventure. Wait times were higher at Universal Studios most days.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Crowd Calendar Report: Islands of Adventure10 9 Islands of Adventure10 Universal Studios9 Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown What to Expect This Week 9 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Saturday’s crowd at Universal Studios was the first day without a level ‘9’ since Sunday. Once again, Islands of Adventure saw significantly lower crowds. 9 Universal Studios9 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, July 21, 2016 The prediction for Universal Studios hit the mark again on Tuesday with average wait times like 27 minutes at E.T. Adventure and 43 at Men in Black. Next week, guests of Universal Orlando should expect more crowded parks, especially at Universal Studios. It is reasonable to expect Islands of Adventure to trail behind its sister park for much of the remaining weeks of summer.To see Universal Orlando Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.last_img read more

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