The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned the murder of an AIDS activist in Jamaica and called on the Government of the Caribbean island to bring his killers to justice and address the homophobia fuelling the spread of the disease.“UNAIDS condemns the recent killing of Lenford ‘Steve’ Harvey, a Jamaican AIDS activist who, since 1997, worked tirelessly with Jamaica AIDS Support to contribute to the response to the AIDS epidemic. Steve Harvey’s death is a profound shock and loss not only to the AIDS movement in Jamaica and the Caribbean, but to the whole world,” the agency said on Wednesday.Mr. Harvey, whose employer, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, is the largest HIV/AIDS outreach centre on the island, “will be remembered as an extraordinarily brave and committed activist, who, irrespective of the dangers of his work, represented the interests of people living with HIV and those at risk of infection,” UNAIDS said.Legal and policy reforms play an important role in ensuring that the human rights of all are respected and helping to change broader social values and in setting standards, UNAIDS said. In that regard, it advocated stepped-up efforts by the Jamaican Government “to address homophobia and other causes of stigma and discrimination, which are fuelling the spread of AIDS not only in Jamaica but across the Caribbean.”
ESCAP convened a meeting of senior government officials and experts from 33 countries in Bangkok, Thailand, this week to discuss how to make the Asia-Pacific region more resilient to disasters and endorsed a set of collective recommendations and initiatives. The backdrop for the fourth session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction was the continued, severe impact of natural disasters, which threatens to roll back hard-won development gains across the region, ESCAP said in a press release.According to ESCAP’s newly released Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2015, the region bears the brunt of disasters worldwide, accounting for almost 60 per cent of lives lost and 45 per cent of economic losses between 2005 and 2014. “Ours is the most disaster-prone region, so building resilience is not a choice, but rather a collective imperative,” ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar said. “Disaster risk reduction is a core development priority of Asia and the Pacific.”All government agencies were called on to take on disaster risk reduction as a priority. Countries in the region also agreed to work more closely together to strengthen technical areas such as drought monitoring and early warning, to enhance the use of space applications, and to promote risk-sensitive development strategies. The Committee also requested ESCAP to build greater coherence among UN actors in their work on disaster risk reduction through the UN’s Regional Coordination Mechanism in Asia and the Pacific.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Victims of the Westminster terror attack have been remembered at a special vigil.The ceremony in Westminster Hall was held to mark the first anniversary of the attack and was attended by politicians, senior police officers and people involved in the incident.Five people were killed, including Pc Keith Palmer, and dozens of others were injured when 52-year-old Khalid Masood launched a car and knife attack on Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster before he was shot dead.Earlier on Thursday, MPs observed a minute’s silence as Speaker John Bercow asked members in the House of Commons chamber to pause “in respectful memory” of those who died on March 22 last year.With heads bowed, MPs from different parties stood side-by-side along the green benches to pay their respects ahead of digital, culture, media and sport questions.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told the gathering: “A year ago, darkness struck across Westminster Bridge and in this palace.”It spread across the bridge like a snake, driving to left and right, killing and harming.”Friends share their memories of late Leslie Rhodes Rev Hudson-Wilkin praised Pc Palmer, saying he “ran towards the danger in order that we might be safe”.The vigil included a two-minute silence for the victims of the attack.Officer fights back tears as he pays tribute to friend PC Palmer Masood’s rampage left five people dead – 48-year-old Pc Palmer, who was on duty at the Palace of Westminster, along with US tourist Kurt Cochran, Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, and Britons Aysha Frade, 44, and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes who were mown down on the bridge.Prime Minister Theresa May was not at the Westminster Hall service because she was attending an EU summit in Brussels.But Downing Street said she had attended an earlier private service in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster.Pc Palmer’s name will be one of 1,400 inscribed on the new UK Police Memorial being built in Staffordshire, commemorating officers who were killed on duty. Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Speaker’s chaplain, told the service: “A year ago today on this estate and on Westminster Bridge we were visited by what I regard as evil.”
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Source: Marks and SpencerAt least dessert will always be Christmas pud. With mulled spice cream is it? NOTIONS. Source: Mysupermarket6. Supermarket Christmas sandwiches for lunchOn a similar note, this development that was practically inconceivable in the days when mammy would slave over the Christmas feast, ensuring every juice and stock didn’t go to waste. Put it in between bread? Like all of it? Have fun burning in hell. Sure they’ll be liquidising the pudding next. Source: Ambernectar 137. Going ‘away’ for the holidaysSome Irish families don’t even entertain the thought of staying at home for Christmas. Sure we’ll go to a nice hotel. Is there anything that could be worse than having Christmas dinner in a hotel as a kid? No. No there isn’t. Source: hotelarthur8. Drinking fancy coffeeHoneycomb caramel gingerbread mochas with a dusting of cinnamon and black forest powder. In a red cup, of course. Source: Tumblr9. Attending a midnight mass before midnightNot a recent development by a long shot, but now it starts at about 7pm. Hey. It’s not Christmas, it’s Christmas Eve mass. Where’s your sense of Catholic guilt?What’s worse is when baby Jesus is already in the church crib. Blasphemy. Source: Shutterstock10. Tuning into Christmas FMEvery year, as you tune into the test broadcast, that initial flicker that Christmas is REALLY coming hits you fast. Fairytale of New York just doesn’t sound the same on any other radio station.11. Going on an ice-skating excursionWinter Wonderlands and Christmas fairs. Are you able? We’re not. Now a staple for school trips. Source: 7up Winter WonderlandThe 16 absolute greatest Christmas jumpers of 2013>16 brilliantly Irish alternative Christmas cards> AS THE YEARS go on, our Christmas habits and traditions develop. Maybe when you were younger, it was all about lighting the candle in the window, getting new Christmas pyjamas and pulling crackers around the dinner table.But we’re diversifying. Here are a few traditions that probably weren’t around in your grandparents’ day.1. Starting in SeptemberYes, this happened on the 1st of September in a Celbridge branch in Tesco. It’s now custom to begin getting into the holiday spirit before Halloween has even arrived.2. Doing the 12 pubsThe Christmas pub crawl is the perfect mesh of Irish life and Christmas tradition. We all have a ‘date’ we’re doing it on, sometimes more than once. Only the fittest survive. Try doing this 40 years ago and you’d be shunned from the parish. It also spawned the tradition of those complaining about it incessantly. Source: Bovinemagnet3. Putting up ‘Santa stop here’ signsHas Santa lost his sense of direction? No, he’s not going a bit senile. He’s magic, kids, he can find your house and he’ll totally stop there. Source: ms_bulsara4. Wearing Christmas jumpersThey’re unsightly, they’re comfy, they were ironic. They’re not anymore, but has that stopped anyone from wearing them? No. Wear those jumpers, ignore the nay-sayers. We all know they’re just jealous of your super quirky quirk. Game, on.See also: Christmas onesies. Source: Funky Christmas Jumpers5. The ever-evolving Christmas dinnerChristmas dinner back in the day was STANDARD. Now you order it all weeks in advance, and it’s all nut roast this, duck d’orange that. There are even glitter drinks available for consumption. Drinks with actual glitter.Three bird roast? What’s wrong with the one? Source: Marks and SpencerIf it’s a cranberry and orange marinated scottish lochmuir salmon you want?
Spain and France came under intense pressure from the European Commission on Friday to deepen their deficit cuts as anxiety mounted over Greece’s ability to stay in the euro zone. Last ditch efforts to form a Greek government after last Sunday’s inclusive election ran into trouble and ratings agency Fitch said a Greek exit would damage all 17 euro zone countries and prompt it to review their credit ratings. Presenting its twice-yearly economic forecasts, the European Commission said Spain would run a deficit of 6.4 percent of economic output this year and 6.3 percent next year, with both targets substantially above levels already agreed with the EU. France, the eurozone’s second largest economy, will also miss its 2013 budget deficit goal of 3 percent by a wide margin, the Commission said, meaning new President Francois Hollande will have to take swift action to cut spending and raise taxes. Hollande said he had been aware for several weeks of a bigger deterioration in public finances than the outgoing government had admitted, and would await an audit by France’s budget watchdog before “taking the necessary decisions”. Olli Rehn, the European commissioner for economic affairs, said he had full confidence in Spain’s ability to meet its targets, but with the economy expected to contract this year and next – the worst outlook in the euro zone – and the country’s banks being rescued at high cost, Madrid has its work cut out. “This calls for a very firm grip to curb the excessive spending of regional governments,” Rehn said at a news conference to present the macroeconomic forecasts for the EU’s 27 countries, including the 17 that share the euro. “For Spain, the key to restoring confidence and growth is to tackle the immediate fiscal and financial challenges with full determination,” he said. In Greece, the leader of the Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis, appeared to dash hopes for the formation of a coalition government, following Sunday’s inconclusive elections, saying he would not back any coalition that supports the 130-billion-euro EU/IMF bailout keeping Greece afloat. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that while he wanted Greece to remain in the euro area, the currency bloc would not fall apart if it left. Fitch said that if Athens were to abandon the euro, the remaining countries could find their sovereign ratings at risk, a move that could potentially raise their borrowing costs. The Greek impasse raises the likelihood of having to hold a new general election, probably on June 17. But there is no guarantee a second poll will produce a result with better prospects for forming the pro-bailout government that EU leaders want for the stability of the currency project. The latest opinion polls show that the radical left coalition Syriza, which came second in Sunday’s vote, could do even better in a new vote, potentially overtaking New Democracy, the conservative pro-bailout group that came first. Such a result could tip Greece closer to leaving the currency zone, even though polls show 75-80 percent of the public, want to keep the euro but not the harsh EU/IMF bailout terms. Banks in Europe and beyond have already begun quietly preparing for the possibility that Greece will have to reintroduce the drachma, the currency it gave up a decade ago when it joined the euro. “The future of Greece in the euro zone lies in the hands of Greece,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told parliament in Berlin. “Solidarity is not a one way street,” he said. BETTER IN THAN OUT? European policymakers remain deeply concerned about the potential for Greece to cause problems and although Austria’s finance minister said the region was now more insulated from the threat. Contagion risks may have diminished, but the forecasts from the Commission suggest there are a host of deficit, growth and unemployment problems riddling economies beyond Greece, including Spain, Italy, Portugal and potentially France. In rare bright spots, Rehn said Italy and Portugal were on track to meet their targets. The Commission said it expected Spain’s economy to contract 1.8 percent this year and a further 0.3 percent in 2013, leaving the country climbing a mountain if it is to reduce its budget deficit by a large margin and tackle 24 percent unemployment. What’s more, the country’s major banks are in the midst of a capital restructuring that will see more than 180 billion euros of toxic assets moved into a ‘bad bank’ and potentially several dozen billion euros more. “Spain stands out like a sore thumb,” said Nicholas Spiro, managing director of Spiro Sovereign Strategy in London. “Not only does the Commission expect the recession to be more severe and protracted, the anticipated fiscal slippages are increasing, with no progress expected next year. This is the strongest indication yet that austerity is failing in Spain.” Madrid had promised the Commission it would cut the deficit to 5.3 percent this year and to 3.0 percent in 2013, and has already announced a series of measures to hit that goal, including raising valued added tax and cutting health spending. The Commission’s forecasts don’t take into account upcoming adjustments, notably by the regions, but even when those are added it remains unlikely that Spain will meet its targets. That has led some EU officials to suggest that Spain could be offered leeway, perhaps with its 2013 target of a 3.0 percent deficit being delayed by a year. However, Madrid itself has so far said it does not want any wiggle room or concessions. Euro zone officials said Spain could be granted more breathing space to meet its fiscal targets if it presented a credible, 3-4 year plan on how to manage its problems. Another area of concern is France. While the country is forecast to grow 0.5 percent this year and 1.3 percent next, its budget deficit is expected to be 4.5 percent in 2012 and be only marginally lower in 2013 at 4.2 percent. Incoming President Hollande has promised to create 150,000 new jobs and raise spending by 20 billion euros. He has also pledged new taxes to raise revenue by 29 billion euros, bringing the budget into balance by the end of 2017. But that may not be sufficient for the Commission. A failure to deliver on the 3 percent 2013 target could put France under the excessive deficit procedure, which can lead to fines. The last thing EU policymakers want is another euro zone country following the path of Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, and especially not the region’s second largest economy. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is Coco good?Very good.What’s it about?The story concerns a Mexican boy named Miguel Rivera who dreams of being a musician but faces fierce opposition from his extended family, a generational collective of shoemakers who disdain and forbid all music owing to having been founded by an iron-willed matriarch. The footwear entrepreneurship found salvation after her husband left home to become a musician himself and never returned. Through a series of plot complications, Miguel comes to believe that his absentee great-great grandfather is actually Ernesto de la Cruz, a celebrity musician who famously died young. And in attempting to prove this, finds himself trapped by a curse in the Afterlife during Dia de Los Muertos; the Mexican holiday wherein passage between the living and dead worlds is traversable under certain circumstances.So it’s similar to The Book of Life from a few years ago?Only very broadly. Apart from both using supernatural characters rendered in the style of Dia de los Muertos decorations the two aren’t actually very similar. Whereas Book of Life was very much about its supernatural mythology, Coco ends up being an intimate family drama where – apart from the sight gags and otherworldly adventure business, obviously – the afterlife plot device is ultimately a way to tell a story about a kid confronting his own family history in literal terms.How so?Once crossed-over, Miguel is quickly discovered there by the skeletal spirits of his ancestors, who are able to send him back but want to do so with the condition that he foreswear his musical ambitions. So he embarks on a quest to find de la Cruz, whom he believes can be more helpful in that regard – enlisting help from a skeleton hustler named Hector who has an agenda of his own.I heard there was some controversy here?At one point it was going to be called “Dia de los Muertos,” and Disney filed a copyright for the title. Obviously, this did not go over well at all with people in Mexico and throughout Latin America who’ve been celebrating the Holiday for several centuries. Disney eventually reversed course.What sets it apart from other animated movies this year?The decisive grounding in Mexican popular culture and folklore gives all of the proceedings a refreshing sense of identity apart from prior variations on the same kind of story. It’s not just a matter of Disney/Pixar borrowing a setting and a culturally-specific holiday, the storyline and Miguel’s journey through it allows for what’s effectively a walking tour of Mexico’s lasting contributions to art, music, movies sports and popular culture… but in a way that feels genuine and “lived” as opposed to just grabbing the well-known stuff – including some surprise cameos (sort of) by the Afterlife versions of historical figures I… can safely say I never expected to see in a Disney movie.How does it compare to other recent Pixar movies?At this point I feel like we’re reaching the point where comparing each new Pixar movie to where it might fit into the “canon” with the others has become kind of a pointless exercise – I mean, this isn’t some small artisanal operation anymore, if it ever was one… but for what it’s worth I’d say Coco is easily the best since Inside Out even though I didn’t have any real issue with Finding Dory or Cars 3. What IS kind of nice is that it feels like the first Western animated movie in forever that doesn’t feel like the need to merchandise played a strong role in the production. I’m sure there WILL be merchandise, and I don’t have anything against that per-say, it’s just a refreshing change to see something and NOT immediately be able to pick out which supporting character is trying to be this year’s Minions.Is this one of those Pixar movies that will make me cry?I did. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Pep Guardiola is set to ring the changes from his depleted Manchester City side ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Leicester CityThe City boss welcomed back Kevin De Bruyne against Everton on Saturday but still has a thin squad to choose from with the likes of David Silva, Benjamin Mendy, and Claudio Bravo all sidelined through injury.However, Sergio Aguero could feature for the first time after five matches away with a groin problem.When asked if he might freshen his team up for the trip to the King Power Stadium, live on Sky Sports Football, Guardiola said: “The problem is we don’t have many players [to choose from].“We have a lot of injured players. Some players who played against [Everton] or the last games have to play [against Leicester].”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Guardiola’s first title of his tenure at the Etihad came with last season’s Carabao Cup success and the City boss is determined to progress further in the cup competition and remain in the hunt on all four fronts.Tuesday’s meeting will be a repeat of when the two clubs met at the same stage of the competition last year, which City won after a penalty shootout.“Of course it is a chance to reach the semi-final,” Guardiola added.“Since we are here in Manchester we never dropped one game – not even a friendly game.“A competition must be respected – like we did last season – and we are going to try to win the game.”
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday is expected to transfer the state’s portion of the property that makes up Fort Monroe National Monument to the National Park Service.The transfer will include 112 acres of the North Beach area on the historic post, located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Parade Grounds, Old Quarters 1, Lee’s Quarters and Engineer’s Quarters, reported the Daily Press. The properties are a portion of the entire monument which was established by President Obama four years ago. The monument includes parts of the moat, stone casemate, parade grounds inside the moat and a 235-acre swath of the North Beach area.“The city is happy to see the formal and legal actions finalized that have been agreed to by all parties, and we are excited to see the official park service ownership of the historic parade ground and key buildings,” said Hampton Mayor George Wallace.The Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service have been collaborating to ensure a seamless transition of the property. An area known as Dog Beach may not transfer to the park service in the near term as the Army addresses ground contamination there.Separately, the park service has completed the foundation document that will guide the agency’s operation and interpretation of the site. The role of slavery — from its origins to its end — will be a key theme of the monument, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
New Delhi: DMK MP Kanimozhi on Thursday accused the Central government of naming schemes and programmes only in Hindi. Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, she said, “This government has taken up that every programme will be only named in Hindi. I would like to ask you how will a villager in my district understand what it is? I have seen signboards in Thoothukudi saying PM Sadak Yojana, with no translation. I do not understand it.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us She also spoke against corporatization and privatization of Railways. “I would like to tell the government that any attempt to corporatize or privatise Indian Railways or the Salem Steel Plant will be resisted by the people of Tamil Nadu, DMK and my leader MK Stalin,” she said. On the issue of manual scavenging, Kanimozhi said, “It is not important if we have bullet trains, what we have to be ashamed of is that Railway still employs manual scavengers. Railways said that it does not employ manual scavengers directly. But it is done through contractual labour. It is shameful for the nation to continue it.”