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Federal government to boost treatment options for opioid drug users minister

first_imgCALGARY – Ottawa is planning to boost treatment options for opioid drug users as it tries to deal with what Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is calling a national public health crisis.Petitpas Taylor outlined some of the steps the federal government aims to take at a conference Wednesday of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.More than 2,800 people died last year as a result of the crisis and Petitpas Taylor said that number is expected to exceed 3,000 in 2017.“This situation certainly keeps me up at night,” she said. “These numbers aren’t abstract to me. I know the toll that the opioid crisis is having in our communities such as Vancouver.”She said the government plans to support pilot projects to provide safer opioid alternatives, such as the pain medication dilaudid, at supervised consumption sites. There are 25 such sites across Canada and locations for the pilots are expected to be announced in a few weeks.They will be funded through the federal Substance Use and Addictions Program, which provides $26.3 million in funding a year to tackle substance use issues.Petitpas Taylor added that she wants to work with provinces and territories to find a better way to establish temporary overdose prevention sites if there’s an urgent need.“This is an emergency and … sometimes the short-term measures need to be taken to address the reality on the ground,” she said in her speech.“We are in the midst of a national public health crisis and no one group or government can address it alone.”Ottawa also aims to hold consultations on removing some of the barriers to obtaining prescription-grade heroin so that users don’t have to visit a hospital several times a day.“Right now, if you would like to provide prescription-grade heroin, it must be done in a hospital setting. We’re consulting on whether or not we should remove those barriers so that it can be accessed in more places,” said Suzy McDonald, assistant deputy minister in charge of opioid response.Another plan is to allow drug-checking services to ensure safety at all authorized supervised consumption sites should they want to offer it.The Liberal government’s most recent budget set aside $100 million over five years to fight the opioid crisis.Petitpas Taylor announced Wednesday that one-third of that money would be put in a harm reduction fund, which includes efforts to prevent infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis C amongst intravenous drug users. Part of that fund is also earmarked for the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver so that it can provide training to new supervised consumption sites across Canada.Petitpas Taylor said decriminalization is off the table.“We are exploring other avenues right now.”last_img read more

Aimia shareholders opt to sell Aeroplan to Air Canada consortium in vote

first_imgMONTREAL — Shareholders of Aimia Inc. have voted to sell its Aeroplan loyalty program to an Air Canada-led consortium.The $450-million deal will see Air Canada buy Aeroplan for cash and assume $1.9 billion in liabilities to points holders, partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards.Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will pay Air Canada about $1.2 billion in total, on top of an undisclosed payment from Visa Canada Corp. The banks and Visa have agreed to stay with the loyalty program until at least 2030.Air Canada has said Aeroplan members will see their points transferred to a new loyalty program with the airline when its partnership with Aimia expires in 2020.Analysts say the deal will give Air Canada better access to customer data and likely boost margins in the near term. Aimia, a loyalty analytics company, will come away with more than $1 billion in cash, according to Mittleman Brothers, the company’s largest stakeholder at 17.6 per cent.Aimia shareholders formalized their approval in a vote in Montreal on Tuesday morning, following regulatory clearances from Ottawa in November. The deal — reached in principle last August — is expected to close this month. Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNICEF uses text messages to spread the word about polio in Zambia

20 July 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be sending text messages to millions of Zambian parents this week as part of a new initiative to harness modern technology in the fight to prevent polio. UNICEF has joined forces with the Zambian Health Ministry and two mobile phone companies, ZAIN and MTN, to encourage parents to bring their children under the age of five to the nearest health-care centre for free polio vaccinations. “It is about time that we used modern technology to ensure child health and this year is particularly important because of the polio prevention campaign,” said UNICEF Zambia Representative, Lotta Sylwander. Ms. Sylwander also expressed gratitude to MTN and ZAIN for sending SMS texts informing millions of their subscribers of activities taking place during the prevention campaign against the crippling disease in 28 districts bordering Angola, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “Your child can be healthier! Take your children under age five to the nearest health centre for free vaccinations from 20-25 July,” is the message Zambian mobile phone users will read, UNICEF said in a news release.The campaign at the centre of Zambia’s Child Health Week activities is part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the United States Center for Diseases Control and Prevention and UNICEF.Polio is a highly infectious and incurable viral disease. Contracted through contaminated food, water and faeces, it attacks the nervous system and mainly affects children under five. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs, and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their respiratory muscles become immobilized. read more

UN ecology chiefs calls on World Summit to put environment front and

“It is our sincere hope that when heads of state meet in New York that they put ‘natural or nature’s capital’ right up there with human and financial capital,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) executive director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement about the largest ever gathering of world leaders starting at UN Headquarters on Wednesday. “Anything less will undermine our attempts to defeat poverty and deliver sustainable development and will short-change current and future generations,” he added, stressing that significant, targeted investments in the environment will go a long way towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills, such as extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable diseases, by 2015.The environment “is the oxygen breathing life into all the Goals,” he said. “It is the red ribbon running around our common aspirations for a healthier, more stable and just world. It is also critical to the economies of countries and regions, a fact that governments have yet to fully take on board but which they ignore at their economic peril.”Mr. Toepfer cited a long list of supporting evidence, putting actual dollars and cents value to the gains earned from properly managing nature and the losses entailed by its degradation. In one example, New York City Council, faced with supplying safer drinking water for its 9 million customers, saved between $3 billion to $5 billion by investing $1 billion to better manage river banks, forests, agriculture and other ecosystems to reduce pollution into the Catskill/Delaware river system, instead of sinking up to $6 billion into filtration machinery. In another example the recently published Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and its spin-off reports show that intact tropical mangroves, coastal ecosystems that are nurseries for fish, natural pollution filters and coastal defences, are worth around $1,000 a hectare, but when cleared for shrimp farms their value falls to around $200 a hectare. In a third case studies show that the value of the timber and fuel-wood from a forest is worth less than a third when compared with the value of their services such as water-shed protection and absorption of pollutants like greenhouse gases. Studies in the Amazon by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the United States have concluded that for every 1 per cent increase in deforestation, there is an 8 per cent increase in the number of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.This has implications for economic development as well as human health. It is calculated that Africa’s gross national product (GNP) in 2000 could have been 25 per cent or $100 billion higher if malaria had been eradicated 35 years ago.In a related development, the heads of five UN-backed treaties said Summit participants must take action to conserve and use biological diversity sustainably, and distribute its benefits equitably if the world is to achieve the MDGs.“All of us rely on biodiversity, directly or indirectly for our health and welfare. We must ensure that biodiversity will be available for us and for all future generations,” they said in a joint news release.The five biodiversity-related treaties are: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar) and the World Heritage Centre (WHC). read more

Statoil confirms two new oil discoveries off Newfoundland and Labrador

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 9:47 am MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 10:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statoil confirms two new oil discoveries off Newfoundland and Labrador ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Statoil says a 19-month drilling campaign in the Flemish Pass off the coast of Newfoundland resulted in two discoveries of oil in the Bay du Nord area.The Norwegian company says in a statement the discoveries, at the Bay de Verde and Baccalieu prospects, have reduced uncertainty about the commercial potential of the field.Reserves for the Bay du Nord site were originally estimated between 300 and 600 million barrels, and Statoil says it appears the final volumes will be at the lower end of that range.Nine wells were drilled near the discovery, about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s, N.L. Only 17 wells in total have been drilled in the Flemish Pass Basin, a harsh environment.A senior vice-president for Statoil Exploration said the company was encouraged by the new discoveries.“This drilling campaign has been critical both to maturing the Bay du Nord discovery as well as evolving our knowledge of the greater basin and Newfoundland offshore – which remains a core exploration area for Statoil,” said Erling Vagnes in a release.The drilling program began in November 2014 and was extended by a month to allow for the drilling of the Baccalieu well.Statoil says it is still assessing the commercial potential of the Bay du Nord discovery.“The recent drilling program has been critical to Statoil’s continued assessment of Bay du Nord, and work is underway to evaluate the results related to proceeding with a potential Statoil-operated development in the Flemish Pass Basin,” said Paul Fulton, president of Statoil Canada. read more

Softball slugger recovers from injuries to provide spark for Ohio State lineup

As a tri-captain on the softball team, it’s no wonder why Courtney Pruner refers to herself as “the enforcer.”“She’s a standout player, so it’s always great when your captains are your best players and/or your hardest workers,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “She gets some due respect because of the things she does that enables us to win.”Pruner has a .318 batting average and a slugging percentage of .598. She has 37 RBIs, despite a hip surgery in December 2007 that caused her to miss her entire sophomore season.“I looked at it like, I’m not going to play softball for 15 years of my life to miss one of my last years,” Pruner said. “All my life I’ve wanted to play four years of Division I college softball. It’s not in my nature to not come back, even though the hip pain was rough and the rehab was rough.”“But I knew if I wanted to play this last year I’d have to work hard at rehab.”A redshirt senior, Pruner is primarily OSU’s designated hitter. She has 10 home runs this season and 36 in her career.Pruner received Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this season in April after going 6-for-7 against the Illinois Fighting Illini. This was the first conference award of her career.“It’s a huge honor because the Big Ten is such a tough conference and there’s so many amazing players,” Pruner said.Although Pruner has pitched for the Buckeyes and played infield and outfield, her field time is limited.“Because of my hips, it’s just way too painful,” Pruner said.Kalafatis said, “The kids really admire Courtney’s ability to fight through pain and all the things she’s been through. She’s shown some great maturity and leadership in that respect.”That leadership is exactly why Pruner is captain.“It’s nice to be respected by your teammates,” Pruner said. read more

Baseball player pipeline runs from Arizona to Buckeye State

Ohio’s erratic, day-to-day weather conditions are nothing like the sunny, cactus-filled deserts of Arizona. The two states are separated by almost 2,000 miles and the Rocky Mountains, so it’s no shock the climates are quite different. However, when five Arizona natives willingly leave the year-round warm weather to play baseball in the often-unpredictable climate of Columbus, it’s surprising. Ohio State sophomore Jaron Long and juniors Greg Solomon, Tyler Giannonatti, Brian King and Kirby Pellant all left “The Grand Canyon State” to play baseball two time zones away for the Buckeyes and coach Greg Beals. “I just came because I wanted to get out of Arizona,” Solomon said. “I wanted to come to a D-I university that had a good program.” Solomon, a catcher, was the first of the five to make the decision to come to Columbus when he left Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix after the 2010 season. As a junior college transfer, he said he wanted to go somewhere where he knew he could play and at least have the opportunity to start. He said he felt OSU was a good fit because then-starting OSU catcher Dan Burkhart was leaving for the pros and Beals was taking over for retiring OSU coach Bob Todd. Solomon started 46 games last season for the Buckeyes and has started 24 of OSU’s 35 games this season. The other four “Arizona Buckeyes” transferred just a year later from junior colleges as well. Pitchers Long, Giannonatti and infielder Pellant, all transferred from Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz., while King came from Paradise Valley like Solomon. “I feel like I should get some sort of finders fee for these guys,” Solomon said with a grin. “I mentioned (King) to the coaches last year and I don’t know if they had already thought about going out there, but I feel like I was the instigator of these guys.” King, a pitcher for the Buckeyes starting eight games this season with a 5.08 ERA and 3-3 record, acknowledged it was easier making the decision to come to OSU knowing his junior college battery-mate was already there. The same can be said of Giannonatti and Pellant, who not only went to the same junior college, but also won the 2009 Arizona Class 5A state championship together at Corona del Sol High School in Chandler. “(OSU) came out and they offered me and they offered (Giannonatti), and it was like, ‘If he’s going, I’m going,”” Pellant said. Beals said it definitely helps the recruiting process when players are recruited in pairs. “They’re coming a long way from home, it’s nice to have a little bit of a comfort zone there,” Beals said. “It helps that they know they’ve got a buddy here or they’ve got another buddy coming with them.” Long, a three-game winner with a 2.31 ERA, was the last of the five to sign with the Buckeyes. He said knowing that Pellant and Giannonatti were already committed to OSU made his decision easier, and he is glad they were here when he arrived. “When you come to a school this big and you don’t really know anyone, it’s intimidating,” the Buckeye pitcher said. “But you have these guys that you’ve been friends with, so until you find new people to hang out with, you’ve got somewhere you can go with people you already know.” When the two prominent baseball programs in Arizona don’t come calling, the state’s high school baseball players are not left with many options. “In Arizona, there’s two schools: Arizona and Arizona State,” Beals said. With eight national championships between them, The University of Arizona and Arizona State University have rich baseball histories and many of the state’s high school players dream of playing for the storied programs. But when they’re not offered the opportunity, they can feel slighted, like Pellant. “If you don’t go there or get offered there, you kind of have a hatred toward them,” OSU’s team leader in steals (19) said. “That’s what makes you want to leave Arizona to get somewhere else.” For many, the platform “to get somewhere else” is Arizona’s junior college baseball. “If you don’t go to one of those two schools, a lot of kids go to junior college,” Beals said. “It is such more of a prominent avenue for high school kids there than it is here in the Midwest.” “The JUCO baseball out there is good competition,” Pellant said. “Guys are getting drafted every year and it draws a lot of universities out there. OSU heard about it and went out there.” The five players said they are happy that OSU gave them the opportunity and said coming to Columbus was the right choice, aside from maybe the weather, they all said jokingly. They said at times, they can’t believe they’re playing for a school like OSU. “Ohio State comes out and recruits you and it’s kind of like, ‘Dang! OSU wants me,’” Giannonatti, who’s yet to appear in a game this season, said. “You see (OSU) on every channel every day, it’s a big school. It’s almost an honor to come here.” Solomon said being a Buckeye has made him notice things he didn’t before. “Whenever I go back to Arizona, I notice the ‘Block-O’ more than I did, before I saw it everyday,” Solomon said. “Knowing that there’s people all over rooting for you, I think is pretty cool, and I’m glad that I got to come here.” Pellant agreed and said it’s awesome knowing there are Buckeye Nation fans everywhere that love them. “They don’t know you, you don’t know them, but they support you every minute of the day,” Pellant said. “That’s special.” The “Arizona Buckeyes” have been a vital part of OSU’s team this season. Pellant and Solomon, the only everyday players of the five, have started a combined 59 games for the Buckeyes while Long and King are part of OSU’s improved starting rotation, each winning three games. read more

BBC presenters lose new pound coin down the back of the sofa

first_imgThe presenters on BBC Breakfast were trusted with two of the first new pound coins.However, giving the shiny new money to the presenters appeared to be a lapse in judgement.Dan Walker carelessly tossed his new pound coin in the air and lost it behind the sofa.They were given two of the 12-sided coins by the Royal Mint to show viewers, a day before they enter circulation on Tuesday. The cameras returned to the studio after the show aired a package on the coin, but Walker was nowhere to be seen.”We have a first here. I have my pound coin. Dan has actually lost his pound coin,” Minchin explained.”The first pound coin down the back of the sofa already.” Walker popped his head up from behind the sofa and told viewers: “I went for the first toss of the new pound coin, to do the head and tails thing. It disappeared down here somewhere.”Minchin asked him: “Have you got it yet?” to which he replied: “No”. But just as Minchin was handing over to the local news, Walker popped up again brandishing his coin, delighted that he had found it.The new coin, which will eventually replace the old “round pound”, has high-tech features, including a hologram, and has been described as the most secure coin in the world. Shambles. Almost lost the 1st new pound coin 😬— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 27, 2017 He managed to find the coin in the endcenter_img He managed to find the coin in the endCredit:BBC News/PA Wire @mrdanwalker you have certainly given my week a chuckly start…please, never change…ps well done Louise @louiseminchin— Yvonne Wright (@yvonnewright29) March 27, 2017 New pound coin news today. We get them from tomorrow @BBCBreakfast— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 27, 2017 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.last_img read more

British Army boss issues stark warning over criminality as review is launched

Although he said he could not comment specifically on either case, he added: “But I will say this: where serious allegations are proven against members of the Army including allegations of a violent or sexual nature, it demonstrates indiscipline that is wildly at odds with the values and standards that represent the fabric of not just our army but the nation’s army, the British Army.”Not only is it downright unacceptable, it is illegal and it stands in stark contrast with everything the British Army represents.” 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. Last week, the Army was criticised after a video emerged showing soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, using a picture of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, for target practice.The MoD launched an investigation into the conduct of the personnel from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, shown in the film.Meanwhile, Sir Mark said: “All these allegations are being taken very seriously by the military chain of command and are now under active investigation by the police, which is exactly as it should be and what I expect.” Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson said he will launch a review into bullying and harassment  The head of the British Army has issued a stark warning to troops that he will not tolerate violent or sexual criminal behaviour after “a series of exceptionally serious allegations” were made against soldiers.In an outspoken broadcast, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, said criminality among Servicemen is “downright unacceptable” and “damaged the reputation” of the British Army.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) posted his film online after it emerged six soldiers were arrested by military police over allegations of a sexual assault on a 17-year-old female soldier.It was alleged that the woman awoke in her room to find the soldiers, members of a sports club who had been drinking, in her room.The arrests prompted Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, to launch a review into bullying and harassment across the Armed Forces. He said British soldiers are known for “stoicism, a sense of honour and duty, courage, a sense of humour and an honest sense of decency”.Explaining how servicemen and servicewomen need to behave to a “higher level” as they are responsible for defending the nation, he added: “Any behaviour that falls short of that high standard we cannot and will not tolerate.”He concluded: “This hasn’t been a good week for the Army. It has damaged our reputation which is exceptionally hard earned and includes the sacrifice of our friends on the battlefield.”We all belong to a national institution, something the country is proud of and rightly so – the best of British. Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson said he will launch a review into bullying and harassment Credit:Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media “And we are proud custodians of that reputation, which needs all of us – each and every one of us – to do better.”The woman allegedly attacked is understood to have been offered full support and counselling.It is believed five of the soldiers were arrested by military police on March 29 and then a sixth arrest on April 1. The men have been released while inquiries continue. The name of the unit where the alleged attack took place has not been revealed for legal reasons.Asked about the latest allegations, Mr Williamson said: “There is no place for these kind of actions in the military and, if true, those involved must face the full force of the law.”Mr Williamson is due to meet in Whitehall a senior military officer and senior civil servant he has appointed to conduct the review.They will draw up a timetable and establish the full terms of reference to be covered. read more

World of Warcraft movie to begin filming in January 2015 release expected

first_imgAfter years of rumors, name calling, and false starts, Warcraft finally seems to be gearing up for filming. A film production tracking database called Production Weekly has tweeted that Legendary Studios is setting up in Vancouver, Canada, to begin filming in January, 2014..@Legendary has setup offices at CMPP Studios for @Warcraft with filming scheduled to begin January 13th #CONFLAGRATION— Production Weekly (@prodweek) August 28, 2013Right now, only the production company (Legendary Pictures), director (Duncan Jones), and writer (Charles Leavitt) are known. No casting announcements have yet been made. Jones is a powerful name in geek circles, having directed the modern sci-fi classic Moon. He also made the thoroughly gimmicky script for Source Code into a fun, watchable experience, when by all rights it ought to have been annoyingly standard. Writer Charles Leavitt also brings credibility, having penned the script for the Academy Award-nominated Blood Diamond. Spiderman and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi was previously helming the project, but recently quit after years of inaction.Pandarens not yet confirmed.Though this is popularly referred to as a “World of Warcraft movie,” in reality it’s a more general cinematic adaptation of the Warcraft universe, and as yet there are no details about what part of the fiction it might cover. A teaser trailer at San Diego Comic Con showed a human facing off against an orc in a mixture of live action and CG.Honestly, a recap of the story of Arthas, or anything else covered in recent games, seems unlikely; Blizzard has said that one of the reasons they’ve taken so long in gearing up to this project is that they want to do something that’s both new and right for the series. This seems to imply that they’re committed to opening up a whole new area in the universe — which would also work quite nicely as an introduction to the subject matter of their next Warcraft-themed game. Whether it’s an expansion, a new MMO, or a return to the franchise’s RTS roots, what better way to stir up excitement for a new villain or hero than to debut them on the silver screen?The film is expected to release in 2015.last_img read more

Roadway Robbery attempts in Blue Hills Be Careful

first_img Related Items: #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – At least two residents posted their own accounts of what happened to them while driving in Blue Hills and Millennium Heights and it points to the boldness of criminals.A man said his vehicle was ambushed by several men, one tried to get into the car but he sped off and that alleged attacker fell to the ground.Another involved a woman, also driving and who told neighbors a tree branch was tossed into the road to force her to stop; she didn’t and it is believed she averted danger in her decision.  Both instances are said to be from this week.Go to to see the holiday safety tips shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Volunteers need umbrella org for effective disaster response

first_imgSpeakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamUrban planners and people concerned at a roundtable on Wednesday said volunteers at the urban level of disaster management need to be brought under one umbrella organisation in order to ensure effective and prompt response to disasters.The roundtable styled “Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers” was organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office in the capital.Speakers highlighted various aspects and obstacles of disaster management, especially in at an urban level.Citing the difference between coastal and urban disaster management, they said volunteers working in urban areas needed different training and technical support.Although many NGOs conducting different training programmes for volunteers, most of them are ad hoc or project- based. When their training project ends, the volunteers do not have proper guidelines about their service that leads them to drop out in many cases. Institutionalising community volunteers would make their services well-organised.The discussants said the Bangladesh government is committed to train 62,000 community volunteers as the densely populated nation is highly susceptible to earthquakes.Emphasising the issue of awareness building, the disaster management and relief ministry’s additional secretary Satya Brata Saha said a nation needs a vision for development.The discussants suggested initiatives to create awareness about the disaster management among people through TV programmes, community radio and street plays.The Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) conducts training, seminars, street plays and campaigns to raise awareness on disaster management.Speakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamThe discussants said a single agency should take all the responsibilities for the urban community volunteers with particular roles. The agency should be strengthened so that they can lead efficiently during any disaster.Describing community as the worst sufferer and first responder during any disaster, director general at Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan said, “Trained volunteers are assets for any society.” Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence have already trained up 33000 volunteers with the financial support of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme, he mentioned.Ali Ahmed Khan said, “The fire service in association with community volunteers can build up a sustainable force “.He said the fire service maintained a manual database not a digital one. So they faced difficulties to find volunteers during a fire. Besides they couldn’t share their database with the city corporations, the municipality and other offices in the district level so that they could get help from the volunteers.Praising Prothom Alo’s initiative, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on relief and disaster management Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu said, “The government is currently working on building an umbrella organisation for all the volunteer groups.”Disaster being a barrier to development, disaster management needs to be more effective and up to the standard to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, he said.Trained volunteers Mohammed Wahid and Mohammed Shaheed Alam, director general of Disaster Management Directorate Md Reaz Ahmed, director (admin) of CPP Ahmadul Haque and director of Programme Development and Quality at Save the Children Reefat Bin Sattar and other also spoke at the roundtable.Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated it.last_img

Officials from AeroMexico the City of New Orleans

first_imgOfficials from AeroMexico, the City of New Orleans, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and other organizations celebrated the airline’s launch today of six weekly, non-stop flights between New Orleans and Mexico City with connecting service to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. AeroMexico’s first flight departed New Orleans at 6:20 a.m. CST with its arrival in Mexico City scheduled at 9:00 a.m. CST. The connecting flight to San Pedro Sula departs Mexico City at 10.35 a .m., arriving at 11:55 a.m. Return flights depart San Pedro Sula at 12:45 p.m., arriving in Mexico City at 4:10 p.m. Connecting flights in Mexico City depart at 8:30 p.m., arriving in New Orleans at 10:50 p.m.Special presentations and a ribbon-cutting event were held at the airport before the inaugural flight. Presenters included Frank Galan , Vice President , U.S. Division, AeroMexico; Mayor Ray Nagin, City of New Orleans ; Dan Parker, Chairman, New Orleans Aviation Board; and Ruberman Aldana, Regional Sales Director, Central U.S. and Canada , AeroMexico. Their comments emphasized the importance of AeroMexico’s new flights in expanding international business, travel and tourism between these already closely aligned markets. They also reinforced the importance of the strategic partnership that has supported the route’s launch and the airline’s commitment to providing travelers with outstanding service and value in today’s challenging economic times.Frank Galan, Vice President, U.S. Operations, AeroMexico, said, “AeroMexico is proud to be part of today’s historic launch of non-stop international airline service in New Orleans for the first time in four years. This route represents a successful collaboration between our airline, the City of New Orleans, the Greater New Orleans Inc. and others who have joined together to meet a real need in the marketplace.“AeroMexico’s schedule of six weekly, non-stop flights to Mexico City with connecting service to San Pedro Sula provides convenient travel options for both business and leisure travelers,” he added. “For many years, New Orleans stood out as one of the top international travel destinations in the United States . The area’s resurgence as a major global market should be enhanced significantly by having regularly scheduled, non-stop international flights operating again.”“With this new flight, we expect to see increased business relationships among our countries, more travel to South America by New Orleanians and a larger number of international tourists,” said Mayor C. Ray Nagin. “This is also a strong signal of our continuing recovery and our success story less than four years after the impact of Hurricane Katrina.”Dan Packer, Chairman, New Orleans Aviation Board, said, “The return of regularly scheduled international air service to Armstrong International is a major victory for our region. We are certain that AeroMexico will find great success with this first flight and that additional service will follow.” Sal Figueroa, Director, International Relations, Greater New Orleans Inc., said, “Greater New Orleans Inc. is proud to have served as the coordinator of the tremendous team that worked with AeroMexico to establish this important new route. We know that the confidence AeroMexico has shown in the Greater New Orleans region, as well as the State of Louisiana , will prove to be justified. We encourage the citizens of Louisiana and the Gulf region to support this flight to ensure its success so that it serves as the model for many other new international routes we hope to attract to the Louis Armstrong International Airport .”AeroMexico’s international flights have been launched to meet increasing market demand in the greater New Orleans area, based on cultural, business and tourism trends. The area has the fastest growing Hispanic population in the United States with almost 250,000 individuals of Latino origin. This includes one of the largest Honduran populations, estimated at more than 80,000, in the U.S.www.aeromexico.comlast_img read more

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