Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australia

first_img View post tag: Australia View post tag: visits Share this article Authorities View post tag: Pacific The Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley is hosting the annual Australia-US Military Representations with Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander US Pacific Command and other senior military officials in Canberra this week.General Hurley said the military dialogue is an important means to maintain ongoing cooperation and defence arrangements between the United States and Australia.“Australia has a long-standing and productive relationship with Pacific Command, the US combatant command responsible for the Asia Pacific.“As economic and strategic weight shifts to the Asia Pacific, Australia’s alliance with the US and our relationship with Pacific Command will increase in significance” General Hurley said.In November 2011 President Barrack Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced enhanced cooperation between the Royal Australian Air Force and the US Air Force and increased rotational deployments of US Marines to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.While there are no US military bases in Australia, the first rotation of Marines recently returned to Darwin having completed training activities in the region with Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.“Increased engagement with the United States in our region gives the Australian Defence Force more combined training opportunities which will improve our interoperability with United States’ forces,” General Hurley said.This is Admiral Locklear’s first visit to Australia since his appointment as Commander US Pacific Command in March 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Commandcenter_img View post tag: Commander Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australia View post tag: US July 18, 2012 Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australialast_img read more

Vermont ranked healthiest state in US again

first_imgVermont was again named the healthiest state in the nation as the United Health Foundation today released its 2011 edition of America’s Health Rankings. All six New England states were in the top 10.Vermont has been among the top five healthiest states for the past eight years, climbing steadily from 20th in 1990 to 12th in 2000, to become first in 2007, 2009 and 2010. See Chart below for all states.This year, Vermont ranked among the top 10 healthiest states in 15 of 23 public health measures relating to behaviors, community and environment, health policies, clinical care, and health outcomes.‘Public health is what we all do together to assure the conditions in which people can be their healthiest,’ said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. ‘Compared to other states, Vermonters are faring well. But not all of us are as healthy as we can be ‘ especially those who are younger, have less education and lower incomes.’Vermont is notable for its high rates of high school graduation, lower incidence of infectious disease, low violent crime rate, and high use of early prenatal care. Vermont also this year received the first and only ‘A’ on the March of DimesPremature Birth Report Card.‘We can all take pride in Vermont’s standing as the healthiest state,’ said Gov. Peter Shumlin. ‘This is a time to celebrate and learn from our successes to meet the great health challenges ahead. We still have much work to make health reform a reality for every Vermonter.’Vermont faces many of the same challenges as other states: While smoking rates have dropped to 15 percent among adults, that still leaves an estimated 76,000 smokers who have not quit. With 17 percent of adults reporting that they binge drink, we continue to have an alcohol abuse problem. A growing percentage of Vermonters are overweight or obese, resulting in higher rates of serious chronic illnesses such as diabetes. More children are living in poverty than before. And, with only moderate childhood immunization coverage, there is greater risk for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis (whooping cough) to spread through communities.Last year the Health Department published The Health Disparities of Vermonters 2010, a comprehensive report that details the causes and consequences of differences in health status among Vermonters. This year the state is setting new Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals and objectives to improve the public’s health.‘Our congratulations to Vermont for once again being the ‘healthiest’ state in the country,’ said Reed Tuckson, M.D., United Health Foundation board member and executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group. ‘This is clear evidence of the commitment that the individuals, communities, health care providers, the private sector, and Vermont’s government institutions to creating and sustaining conditions that promote health. Vermont, like all states, has an opportunity to further improve, particularly in the areas of binge drinking and immunization rates.’America’s Health Rankingsâ ¢ published by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention is the longest running annual assessment of the nation’s health. For 22 years, theRankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socio-economic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.For more information about the rankings, an interactive map, and information on actions that everyone can take to take to improve public is external)2011 OVERALL RANKINGSAlphabetical by State 43Kentucky-0.4787Utah0.723 Rank Order2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore 29Arizona0.05011New Jersey0.495 2New Hampshire1.02729Arizona0.050 32North Carolina-0.06832North Carolina-0.068 4Hawaii0.94024California0.265 42Nevada-0.47144Texas-0.508 7Utah0.72330Delaware-0.032 15Washington0.44326Kansas0.128 23South Dakota0.26750Mississippi-0.822 48Oklahoma-0.66913Wisconsin0.476 20Virginia0.3435Massachusetts0.906 3Connecticut1.01047Arkansas-0.622 18New York0.3928Maine0.575 38Indiana-0.29010Rhode Island0.549 50Mississippi-0.822 46Alabama-0.60715Washington0.443 17Iowa0.40149Louisiana-0.817 41West Virginia-0.41339Tennessee-0.314 14Oregon0.47517Iowa0.401 9Colorado0.55537Georgia-0.275 11New Jersey0.49519Idaho0.344 40Missouri-0.34223South Dakota0.267 28Illinois0.0982New Hampshire1.027 21Wyoming0.31130Michigan-0.032 2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore46Alabama-0.607 47Arkansas-0.62241West Virginia-0.413 19Idaho0.34422Maryland0.269 39Tennessee-0.31445South Carolina-0.521 6Minnesota0.7553Connecticut1.010 13Wisconsin0.47638Indiana-0.290 37Georgia-0.27526Pennsylvania0.128 30Michigan-0.03218New York0.392 22Maryland0.2696Minnesota0.755 10Rhode Island0.5494Hawaii0.940 35Alaska-0.16848Oklahoma-0.669 34New Mexico-0.14136Ohio-0.233 1Vermont1.19735Alaska-0.168 5Massachusetts0.9069Colorado0.555 26Pennsylvania0.12842Nevada-0.471 33Florida-0.11912North Dakota0.494 36Ohio-0.23314Oregon0.475 30Delaware-0.03234New Mexico-0.141 8Maine0.57533Florida-0.119 16Nebraska0.41443Kentucky-0.478 44Texas-0.5081Vermont1.197 45South Carolina-0.52120Virginia0.343 12North Dakota0.49428Illinois0.098 25Montana0.13925Montana0.139 26Kansas0.12816Nebraska0.414 49Louisiana-0.81721Wyoming0.311 24California0.26540Missouri-0.342last_img read more

Chenango County public health alert of positive COVID case who was at Off-Road Association event

first_imgChenango County is telling anyone who was there to watch for symptoms and to quarantine if they begin to show. CHENANGO COUNTY (WBNG) — The Chenango County Health Department issued a public health alert saying one person at the NY Off-Road Association’s Boondocks event has tested positive for the coronavirus. The person with the positive test result was at the event on both September 19th and 20th.center_img The event took place in the Town of Pitcher, at 156 Pitcher Springs Rd. last_img read more

Agencies launch warning system for animal diseases

first_imgJul 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Three international health agencies announced yesterday the launch of a joint early warning system to allow a quicker response to animal diseases that can spread to humans (zoonoses).The system is designed to coordinate the tracking, verification, and alert mechanisms of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a press release yesterday from the three groups. Known as the Global Early Warning and Response System (GLEWS), the effort is a first in the fight against animal-to-human disease transmission, the agencies said.The groups said weaknesses in disease detection and response have contributed to the international spread of diseases of animal origin, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and avian influenza.”In such a context, the main expected outputs of GLEWS are better prediction and prevention of animal disease threats, through sharing of information, epidemiological analysis and joint field missions to assess and control outbreaks in animals and humans,” said Samuel Jutzi , director of the FAO’s Agriculture, Biosecurity, Nutrition and Consumer Protection Department. “That will lead to the development of improved coordinated response to emergencies worldwide.”GLEWS is a Web-based electronic platform that allows each organization to share its tracking and verification information, analyze the information, and decide if an early warning message is warranted, according to the release. The alert messages will describe the implications of transmission of an animal disease at the national, regional, and international levels, along with the possible public health impact. If the situation requires a joint assessment or intervention, the three organizations will coordinate their responses.See also:Jul 24 WHO press release on joint early warning system for animal-human diseaseslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 5

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHonor father/son inventors at GatewayRegarding another letter from James Wilson on June 27 about “Lady Liberty:” She should not be in Westinghouse Park at the end of State Street and the entry to the Western Gateway Bridge.Honor her and the veterans who fought for freedom at Veterans Park.Return the piece of planet across from SCCC to the honor of the Westinghouse father and son who lived and worked at that site — the elder with his progressive designs for well-built agricultural equipment and Junior for his invention of the air-brake for trains, patented while a resident just home from the Civil War at age 19.This was the major impetus for opening the whole country to commerce and an industrial age.A statue of Westinghouse should stand where he once lived. The whole area could be a living museum to agriculture and industry.Where better than the entry to the Western Gateway Bridge? Even now, a small group of citizens, including Professor Emeritus Frank Wicks, is exploring the possibilities of adding another figure to the Steinmetz, Edison, Tubman and Seward statues that grace our city.Let’s bring the talented historical men and women of Schenectady back to our streets.Betty PieperScotiaDon’t romanticize childhood diseasesI’m late in writing this letter but no less indignant about the topics covered in the June 2 Gazette column by Karen Cookson (“Legal Punishment for Anti-Vaxxers”). Her reminiscing about play dates to catch chicken pox, mumps, etc. was off-putting, as was her overall tone about childhood diseases.No mention was made of the lifelong complications they can cause. Cookson’s comments about polio were especially egregious. I’m sorry she contacted polio at age 9, but when she said it “may have made her healthier,” I must point out that she was one of the luckier polio victims.She didn’t end up in an iron lung or in a wheelchair. She didn’t have to walk with canes and braces for the entire rest of life, as my own mother did.She apparently is fortunate in not being a victim of post-polio syndrome, either.I respectfully suggest that Karen Cookson study the whole issue of vaccinations and rely on facts, not opinion, when writing about polio or any other disease that can leave lasting complications and suffering.Amy Dievendorf Canajoharie       Presidential race could be condensedHere we go again, facing another interminable presidential campaign of about 15 months.In my opinion, it could be accomplished in six months, saving millions of dollars and sparing we the people the tediousness of it all.Twenty-plus Democrats and one Republican will be cavorting around the country espousing repetitious promises of all the good and great things coming our way. Trump will brag about his non-existent accomplishments. Other than the drastic tax cuts for the fat cats, what has he done? The beneficiaries of these tax cuts are donating millions of dollars to his campaign to ensure, hopefully, they continue to benefit. Trump will need to find someone else to “lock up,” and he will be busy making up nasty and belittling names for all those opponents.He has been president for 886 days (as of June 24) and lied more than 10,000 times according to the fact checkers.It is shocking that a man could lie so glibly and so frequently.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Garment workers seen losing up to $5.8b in wages during coronavirus

first_imgClean Clothes Campaign said a lack of data limited the research to seven countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – but the situation was probably no better in other low-wage regions.Extrapolating the data, researchers estimated garment workers worldwide had lost $3.19 billion to $5.79 billion in the first three months of the pandemic.They estimated $500 million in wages had been withheld in Bangladesh and more than $400 million in Indonesia.Bangladeshi seamstress Shorifa Begum, 25, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation she was sacked by text message in May after fellow workers protested over unpaid wages.Begum, whose husband is too ill to work, said her former boss owed her 60,000 taka ($708), mostly in unpaid overtime – a sum equivalent to more than a third of her annual income.“I’ve been living on loans since May. I owe money for rice and lentils to many shops and I don’t know when I can pay them back,” she said, adding she could often no longer afford milk for her toddler.In desperation, Begum is joining another factory paying 6,000 taka a month – less than half what she used to be paid after overtime.“It obviously won’t be enough, but I need to survive,” she said.Clean Clothes Campaign said clothing companies had long profited from low wages in countries with lax labor laws.“We are asking brands individually to make a public commitment to avoid a situation in which everyone in a supply chain has responsibility, but in practice nobody assumes responsibility,” said Clean Clothes campaigner Christie Miedema.Brands including Adidas, H&M Group, Primark and Ralph Lauren, unions and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) announced a working group in April, convened by the United Nations, to help manufacturers pay wages.“Most brands have acted responsibly, but there’s much more to do on all sides – with the brands, governments, manufacturers and retailers,” said IOE Secretary-General Roberto Suarez Santos.Suarez Santos said they were working with governments, employers and workers in the countries cited in the report to create or boost social protection schemes.The British-based Ethical Trading Initiative said it expected its members, who include H&M and Primark, to cover costs incurred for orders already in progress or completed and to work with suppliers to avoid cancelling orders.Topics : In some regions of India, workers received less than half their income, according to the group’s report “Un(der)paid in the pandemic”.Clean Clothes Campaign, a network of labour rights organizations and unions, urged brands and retailers to stop passing the buck and publicly commit to ensuring all workers in their supply chains received what they were owed.“The wage gaps caused by the crisis mean that workers are not able to feed their families properly,” Khalid Mahmood, director of the Labour Education Foundation in Pakistan, said in a statement.“They are not able to pay for school fees … or pay for medical expenses and … many of them are in debt.” Garment workers supplying global fashion brands have been underpaid or not paid at all during the coronavirus crisis, with lost wages potentially amounting to nearly US$6 billion, researchers said on Monday.With the pandemic leading to store closures and falling sales, many retailers cancelled orders or demanded discounts from suppliers, jeopardizing the livelihoods of tens of millions of workers in the sector.Pressure group Clean Clothes Campaign said garment workers in South and Southeast Asia, many already surviving on “poverty pay”, had only received three fifths of their regular income on average from March to May.last_img read more

Built by a golf enthusiast this Benowa Waters home is a hole in one for Gold Coast buyers

first_img4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.And they were one step ahead of the game when they styled their home.“We are seeing the Hamptons-style everywhere now but we were styling our house with it when we built the house two years ago,” he said. “My wife is responsible for the style — it’s timeless.” 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.CHIC interiors combine with an elegant design at this prestigious address in the Royal Pines estate. Perched overlooking the Nerang River, the home was built in 2015 by homeowners Joseph and Candice Ghoussain. 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.The open-plan home is built with a chef’s kitchen that comes with caesarstone benchtops, Colourtech cabinetry and a large walk in pantry. Travertine floors add a touch of luxury while the patio was made for entertaining.“We love having dinner parties,” MrGhoussain said. 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.“I’m a golfer,” Mr Ghoussain said.“I wanted to be close to the golf course. My wife and I were also really attracted to Royal Pines because of its privacy and security.” Mr Ghoussain said he tried to get in a game of golf at leats once a week.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.“The driving range is up the road so I go there a lot too,” the father-of-one said.“It is a great place to live for lifestyle.” Overlooking the water the couple said they were not bothered by the change of seasons. “The pool is gas heated so you can be in it all year round,” he said. last_img read more

Half-finished Gold Coast house hits the market

first_imgLooking for your next project? This one has been half completed.IT’S one thing to buy a blank canvas, but another to buy a half-finished attempt at building a luxury house. A rare offering in Tallai has just hit the market and isn’t a standard property. The 2.92 ha block at 189-207 The Panorama features an architecturally-designed, three-level home that is only half built. But to sweeten the deal, the buyers of this property will also get a completed three-bedroom home and shed as part of the package. A $1.66 million price tag has been assigned for the lot. City views are on offer from both houses. 189-207 The Panorama, Tallai, is a three-in-one real estate offering. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Family prepares to farewell historic farm This completed house is also part of the package.center_img The half-built house needs its “finishing touches.”“A once in a lifetime opportunity has arisen for new owners wanting to put their finishing touches on their new home while residing at the property or rent the existing house for an estimated $800 per week,” the listing says. MORE NEWS: Where is Australia’s most popular location? The owners could live in it while completing the other house.“The current owners are unable to finish construction themselves, this provides a unique opportunity for new owners to select their own fixtures and finishes and make any other required adjustments to the home before it is finished,” the marketing said. “Alternatively, all selections originally made by the current owners are available to you with the rest of the documentation.” Overseas commitments meant the current owners were unable to finished building the new residence.Its design featured six bedrooms, two ensuites, two bathrooms and two powder rooms as well as luxury additions such as a wine cellar, home theatre, pool and gym. It was designed to have high energy efficient standards with solar and also offers impressive views of the Gold Coast skyline across a 715sq m floorplan. It’s difficult to calculate the cost of building a home, however in June 2018, the Australian average was $1270.80 per sqm, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).This figure does not include a design, planning permit, site works and unexpected costs. At this figure, if the house was at the halfway mark it would cost less than $500,000 to complete.However, architecturally-designed properties at the higher end of the market can blow out to the millions. The triple treat is on the market through Robert Boyle of Landlink Realty Southport.last_img read more

Kenya offers amnesty to Al-Shabaab youth

first_imgKenya has offered an amnesty to tens of youths who joined the Al-Shabaab, if they register with the government in the next ten days.Those who fail to heed this call within the prescribed time frame will be treated as criminals and will face the full force of the law.Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery advised the youths to report to County Commissioners in Nairobi, Mombasa and Garissa for further directions.He added that the Government would consider granting amnesty and appropriate reintegration support.The measures are the latest to be taken by the government in efforts to address growing terror threats in the country.The announcement comes more than a week after terrorists raided Garissa University College and killed 148 people.last_img read more