War is hell, but AIDS remains our deadliest foe

first_imgDarfur is headline news – but actually, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today is in southern Africa. I mean it. While the devastating effects of the three-year drought now appear to be receding, southern Africa is still crippled by a blight of cataclysmic proportions – the HIV/AIDS pandemic.So far, around a million people have died. This is the tip of the iceberg: with as many as one in three adults in some countries infected with the HIV virus, the deaths can only increase. There are already 11 million AIDS orphans in southern Africa; by 2010, this number is expected to swell to 20m. Imagine every child under five in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom losing their parents and you begin to get the picture.One of the worst aspects of HIV/AIDS is that it hits people at the most productive stage of their lives. Southern Africa is now losing teachers, doctors and civil servants at a faster rate than it can train them. The effect this has on social services is obviously devastating. In Africa as a whole, seven million farmers have so far died of AIDS – a much more lethal blow to agricultural production than any drought.Horrific as these statistics are, they do not seem to impress donors as much as the short-term, high-profile crises caused by conflict or natural disasters. There is, for understandable reasons, something of a fire-brigade mentality among donors. A big conflagration – such as Darfur – attracts generous donations. But getting funds for a long, smouldering, but far more destructive fire is a considerably more challenging task.So why is this so important for WFP? Because food aid can make a huge difference. For most people living with HIV/AIDS, drugs are still not available or affordable. But in the battle against HIV/AIDS, good nutrition can prolong their lives and keep them active and producing. And even for those fortunate enough to have access to anti-retroviral drugs, the medicine works better for the well nourished.There is also the fact that even in areas with the highest HIV prevalence, the vast majority of children between the ages of five and 15 are free of the virus. We need to do everything in our power to keep them that way. And while scientists continue to search for a vaccine and a cure for AIDS, the best hope we currently have is to keep children in school as long as possible. A recent World Bank study showed that young people with little or no education were twice as likely to contract HIV as those with a primary school education. The study also found that in comparison to children who do not go to school, those with an education were more likely to respond to HIV prevention campaigns and thus more likely to change behaviour that puts them at risk of contracting HIV. This is not to say that it is not serious – I saw for myself the horrendous plight of some two million people forced out of their homes, their livelihoods destroyed, women raped and whole families butchered. This dreadful injustice has rightly attracted the attention of the international press and world leaders.And WFP is there. So far, we are trucking and airlifting food aid to some 300,000 internally displaced people in the Darfur region and more than 100,000 refugees across the border in Chad. center_img There is, unfortunately, a tendency in some quarters to see Africa’s struggle with HIV/AIDS as “not our problem”. But we may soon encounter what amounts to societal meltdown. You can already see it in rural areas whose small communities are being abandoned and fields lie fallow. Children are raising other children and they are all lost and hungry.I therefore have one crucial message to our already generous donors and in particular to the newly expanded and booming European Union: thank you for the big donations for the emergencies that we all see on the evening news. But it is even more important to invest now in warding off this millennium’s most deadly scourge, before it is too late.James Morris is the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme and the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for southern Africa.last_img read more

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Guru Unveils Dual Mechanical-or-Electronic Cable Stop

first_imgHot on the heels of their move to offer complete bikes, Guru just sent over these renderings of their new patent-pending frame stops for internal routing.The design allows for either mechanical or electronic drivetrains, swapping in cable stops or wire plugs depending on what you’re running. The real beauty of the design is that you can easily upgrade/swap down the road without worrying if your frame is compatible. No doubt it’ll be on their frames (it was shown on their Photon HL at NAHBS, though they didn’t make a big deal about it there), and we’re waiting to hear back if they’ll offer it aftermarket or for other OEM customers. Update as we get it.last_img read more

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Weinberger calls for creation of Airport Strategic Planning Committee, names Gene Richards Interim Director of Aviation

first_imgBurlington International Airport (BTV),Mayor Miro Weinberger today from the mezzanine of Burlington International Airport called for the creation of an Airport Strategic Planning Committee to chart a course for the future success of the Airport.  Weinberger, who served as a member of the Burlington Airport Commission for nine years immediately prior to being elected Mayor, also appointed Gene Richards, the current Chair of the Airport Commission, as the new interim Director of Aviation.  Weinberger asked the City Council both to approve a resolution creating the Airport Strategic Planning Committee and to confirm his appointment of Richards at its July 16, 2012 meeting. ‘The airport is on the path to recovery after some difficult years,’said Weinberger. ‘It is time to create a strategic plan that will continue this improvement and allow the airport to fully realize the opportunities ahead.’ ‘Gene Richards has been a force for change, a person who has driven the improvement of the past 18 months,’said Weinberger.  ‘He is the right person to run the airport until a permanent Aviation Director is named approximately six to nine months from now.’‘I am passionate about the importance of the Burlington International Airport to this region,’said Richards.  ‘The airport has been one of northern Vermont’s economic success stories over the past two decades, and I am excited to play a significant role in keeping it that way.’ Photo: Bob McEwing, Gene Richards, Miro Weinberger, City Councilor Karen Paul, City Councilor Vince DoberMayor’s office, 7.13.2012last_img read more

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Former Governor Jim Douglas endorses Scott Milne for lieutenant governor

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Scott Milne for Lieutenant Governor campaign announced today the endorsement of former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. Douglas continued, “I know how important it is for a governor to have a partner as a lieutenant, and Scott Milne will make a terrific teammate for Gov. Scott as they work to bring us through the pandemic, jumpstart our economy, and put Vermonters back to work.” “I am pleased to offer my enthusiastic support for Scott Milne to be our next lieutenant governor,” said Douglas. “Scott’s experience as a small businessperson and job creator is sorely needed in Montpelier as Vermont works to defeat COVID-19 and reopen the economy.” Governor Douglas joins Governor Phil Scott and 38 currently elected Republican legislators to have endorsed Scott Milne for Lt. Governor ahead of the August 11th primary. Jim Douglas was governor of Vermont from 2003 to 2011.  Source: North Pomfret – The Scott Milne for Lieutenant Governor campaign 8.3.2020 “I am honored to have the support of Governor Douglas, who is a model of competence, civility, and service,” said Milne. “In both style and substance, Governor Douglas demonstrated the best of what our political leaders should be.” last_img read more

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Saying concern about deadline prompted move, Hinson details suggestions from his school funding concept

first_imgShawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson.Noting that he was “very disappointed” that legislative leaders had not used the two-year block grant period to craft a new K-12 formula, Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson on Thursday shared additional details of the funding concept he presented to some Republican elected officials in recent weeks.In a press availability with attorney Fred Logan, who represents the district on some matters related to school finance, Hinson said he was compelled to begin circulating the plan after getting concerned about the impending June deadline for the legislature to develop a new formula.“Did we in Shawnee Mission really want to put our neck out on the line and introduce some of these concepts?” Hinson said. “We were hoping that we could work collaboratively a long time ago to be part of the process. Now we’re having to introduce some ideas to say, okay, folks, let’s get going and let’s look at some opportunities that might be really great for kids.”Among the drivers behind the concept he has worked with others to develop in recent months, Hinson said he believed a new formula should:Include provisions explicitly geared toward addressing the lowest performing 25 percent of students. Hinson suggested the formula should require the legislature to set money aside that would be available to the Kansas State Department of Education to experiment with programs for low-performing students, like a summer school program.Move away from an over-reliance on special weighting categories to determine how much money a specific district receives. The current formula has 14 weighting categories that allow districts to receive enhanced per-pupil revenues. Hinson suggested that number could be reduced to as few as two: English language learners, and at-risk students.Use the funding levels of the districts with the best student outcomes as the basis for minimum per-pupil funding. Hinson suggested this approach would yield a base state aid per pupil of more than $8,000. Logan said such an approach would roll back the evolution of the funding scheme over the past 25 years toward more and more weighting categories. “If you decrease the money that goes into weightings, it only stands to reason that there would be more money available for base state aid per pupil,” Logan said. “I think it’s worth noting that in 1992, when that formula was adopted, there were four weightings. The other weightings came over the years.”Logan argued that the passage of the 1992 formula stripped away much of the local authority property-rich districts like Shawnee Mission, Olathe and Blue Valley had enjoyed for years.“Prior to 1992, schools districts such as Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley were free to use their property tax wealth pretty much in the manner they determined,” Logan said. “And the courts struck that down as inequitable. But I think a lot of people feel that the 1992 formula went too far the other way.”Some local legislators have expressed skepticism in the framework Hinson has put forth, saying that it was unlikely to pass constitutional muster. Rep. Melissa Rooker, who was briefed on the ideas earlier this month, said she saw problems with nearly every part of the approach.“In each section of it, what I see are constitutional problems,” she said.Hinson stressed on Thursday that he was not introducing a bill, but was simply trying to generate conversation as the deadline neared. He said he hoped legislators would not rely on a system that closely mirrored the previous funding formula just because it was easier to do.“[These] might be great ideas, they may not see the light of day,” Hinson said. “But we have the opportunity now to really be innovative and creative because of where we are in school finance in Kansas to really have some discussion about what really is in the best interest of students.”He said he believed all parties — including the education community — bore some of the blame for the current situation.“Certainly I think a lot of the responsibility goes to the legislature, and to the Governor’s office as well,” he said.Hinson said he had no contact with the Governor’s office prior to the release of his concept.Hinson was one of just three Kansas superintendents to lend his district’s support to the block-grant proposal at the time. Then-Blue Valley and Olathe Superintendents Tom Trigg and Marlin Berry have since left the state for other positions.Logan noted that the district’s support of an opportunity to develop a new plan was consistent with the formal legislative policy that has been part of its platform for at least a decade.“[The school board] did that not for support of the block grant system, but [because it was] consistent with their long-held position that there needs to be a new formula,” Logan said.last_img read more

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SurgeX Intros Squid Power Management Device

first_imgSurgeX has introduced the new Squid power management device at ISE (SurgeX booth 1-F60). Squid includes networked control and analytics of AC and DC, front-end protection with SurgeX’s patented Multi-Stage surge suppression technology as well as monitoring and management capabilities. Squid includes two 5-volt USB ports for charging and network troubleshooting, eight outputs, four of which are traditional controlled and monitored IEC receptacles, and four are DC so integrators can eliminate the need for wall warts or a two-box solution. By using a relay-based system, the AC and DC ports can be controlled, the device can be monitored, and can be easily integrated into third-party control systems.Available in three models for (2) 12V, (2) 24V, and a combination of the two, integrators can use Squid to power small spaces and keep them running smoothly with preventative maintenance, mounting the small device in the rack, behind a flat panel, mounted under a table, or integrated into a table hatch. With built-in autosensing, Squid is also the first SurgeX product with universal compatibility with 120V to 240V, allowing global companies to simplify installations and spec the same product into its offices worldwide. As a proper, intelligent, and flexible power foundation, Squid offers SurgeX Axess ELITE capabilities such as sequencing, scheduling, auto-ping, IP Control, monitoring, and management, helping integrators reduce service calls through proactive management. Squid features built-in diagnostic monitoring, similar to the popular SurgeX enVision, providing a single solution for management, mitigation and control of the system’s power.Squid measures electrical parameters, including voltage, current, power, frequency, power factor, and crest factor, and provides time-stamped power quality events and internal storage of 30 days’ worth of max/min/average electrical parameters. Squid meets the highest security standards, with support for all the leading network security protocols including 802.1x authentication and active directory.Squid will be available in three models: 12V, 24V, and a combined 12V and 24V model in March 2020. Here are the specs: www.surgex.comlast_img read more

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Croatia Airlines is among the five best European airlines

first_imgAt the recently completed Farnborough Air Show within which the prestigious world aviation awards were awarded – The World Airline Awards, Croatia Airlines was named one of the best airlines in Eastern Europe.Despite extremely strong competition, Croatia Airlines took a high fourth place, leaving behind the best airlines from this part of Europe, as well as companies from Serbia and Slovenia, ie from the republics of the former Commonwealth (for example, Air Serbia is ranked seventh, and Adria Airways as the eighth).The World Airline Awards the most prestigious is global recognition in the aviation industry, better known as airline Oscar. Airlines are awarded prizes based on the experiences of passengers, and this year alone, more than 19 million of them took part in the survey. About 40 key performance indicators and more than 280 airlines around the world were included. “We are extremely pleased to have further strengthened our market position among the best airlines in Europe with this global recognition. We can proudly say that this is the result of our systematic investment in improving our service and passenger satisfaction, which, among other things, is reflected in the expansion of the flight network and the opening of new airlines connecting Croatia with several attractive European destinations.”Said Krešimir Kučko, President of the Management Board of Croatia Airlines.Let us remind you that this prestigious recognition is the result of a positive trend in Croatia Airlines’ business, after this year the flight network was expanded by opening as many as four new airlines from Croatia to some of the most attractive European destinations. Thus, this global measure of aviation excellence according to the choice of passengers arrived as an additional confirmation of the systematic work and investment that Croatia Airlines is carrying out after the successful completion of the restructuring program.last_img read more

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Paul Johnson Named President Of Qualitor’s International Brake Industries

first_imgQualitor Inc. has named Paul Johnson as president of its International Brake Industries (IBI) division.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementJohnson most recently served as president and chairman of NTN Bearing Corp. of America. Prior to this role, he held domestic and overseas business leadership positions at both Federal-Mogul and General Motors.“I am pleased that Paul Johnson is joining us to lead IBI,” said Gary Cohen, CEO of Qualitor Inc. “Paul’s breadth of experience in the automotive industry will ensure that IBI continues its focus on product and process innovation and expanding the company’s global footprint.”Johnson currently serves on the board of the Automotive Sales Council and also is a member of the AWDA Manufacturers Advisory Council. He holds a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.last_img read more

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Video: Boomer and Carton on the Latest Manziel Saga

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Boomer and Carton: Johnny Manziel in trouble again Related TopicsBrownsJohnny Manzielcenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

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Ladbrokes retail gains Beehive ‘sophisticated’ CRM tools

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Share In a move to boost its cross-channel customer engagement capabilities, Ladbrokes has implemented industry marketing and CRM specialist Beehives tools’ across its retail estates.The FTSE-listed operator expands its current partnership with Beehive, who have delivered CRM solutions across Ladbrokes digital divisions in the past twelve months.Ladbrokes retail will be armed with Beehive’s ‘sophisticated CRM engine,’ allowing the division to segment better and profile its customer base. Furthermore, the division will be able to provide rewards to its loyal customers by targeting behavioural attributes.Confirming its Beehive partnership, Ladbrokes retail management stated that the added CRM functionalities would help it maximise marketing efficiencies throughout its retail portfolio, with the operator gaining new retail CRM capabilities over its competitors.Adi Dagan, the Founder and CEO of Beehive, was pleased to have extended his firms services for Ladbrokes.“In such a competitive industry in which the battle to acquire and retain customers is so fierce, I’m confident that our platform will give Ladbrokes an edge over its rivals.“It’s a real feather in our caps that they have chosen Beehive to boost their CRM capabilities, and I’m sure our proven technology will provide them with a quick and quantifiable return on investment.” Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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