Guidance: EU Third Health Programme funding if there’s no Brexit deal

first_imgThis guidance is no longer valid. See EU Health Programme for current information.,This guidance is for UK organisations, universities and businesses that currently receive EU Third Health Programme (Health for Growth) funding or are bidding for funding.It provides information on the government’s funding guarantee – and the extension to that guarantee – for projects if there’s a no-deal Brexit, and what UK organisations that receive funding need to do to prepare.last_img

IMCA Empire State Series finale is Friday at Five Mile Point

first_imgKIRKWOOD, N.Y. (Oct. 8) – Eddie Sites takes aim at a career third title and his fourth tour victory of the season when the Empire State Series for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds travels to Five Mile Point Speedway this Friday, Oct. 9.Sites was the feature winner when the tour opened at Kirkwood in April and later added checkers at Black Rock Speedway and Skyline Raceway. Also the series champion in 2011 and 2012, he’s got the edge over Matt Cole going into the $400 to win, minimum $100 to start finale tomorrow night.There is no entry fee and the feature distance is 20 laps. Pit passes are $30.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:45 p.m. Racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.More information is available at the www.5milepointspeedway.com website and on Facebook.Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. Eddie Sites, Monroeton, Pa., 303; 2. Matt Cole, Vestal, 267; 3. Brad Sites, Monroeton, Pa., 244; 4. Jason Benjamin, Towanda, Pa., 239; 5. Keith Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 238; 6. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 231; 7. Gary Roberts, Afton, 218; 8. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 214; 9. Brad Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., 205; 10. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 202; 11. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 179; 12. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 151; 13. Rodney Morgan, Troy, Pa., 145; 14. James Cornell, Port Crane, 131; 15. Gary Smith, Harpursville, 127; 16. Rich Karlnoski, Dundee, 123; 17. Robert Maynard, Towanda, Pa., 109; 18. Harry Ely Jr., Wyalusing, Pa., 106; 19. Kurt Decker, Nineveh, 94; 20. Jeffrey Cardinale, Syracuse, 78.last_img read more

Despite national trend, women well represented in USC student government

first_imgFor the first time in three decades, the total number of female legislators is dropping — the solution, some say, is to increase the number of women involved in student government.Working · Logan Lachman, vice-president elect, and Sam Freitag, 2010-2011 USG residential senator, are some of the females involved in USG. A recent study found less than a third of student presidents nationwide are women. – Robin Laird | Daily Trojan But although men have traditionally dominated the student government ranks, USC’s Undergraduate Student Government, maintains a strong female presence.“Our staff is just about a 50-50 split between males and females,” said Maya Babla, former USG chief of staff.Among the top 50 colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report, less than one-third of the student body presidents are women, according to a finding released by the American Student Government Association.Although the overall balance of men and women in USG is fairly equal, since spring 2006 none of the 18 candidates for USG president and only one-third of the candidates for USG vice president have been female. The last female candidate to run for president was Jessica Lall, who was elected in 2005.Logan Lachman, who won the vice president spot this year and will be sworn into office Tuesday, said she believes there are stereotypes about females in elected offices.“Unfortunately, I do believe there are stereotypes associated with women in power. There is always a common misconception that women are weaker than men and therefore don’t make strong leaders,” Lachman said. “These stereotypes can affect voters as well as potential future candidates.”American University’s Women & Politics Institute found that in 2006, 72 percent of students involved in the university’s student government were male.Ava Lubell, the political director of the institute, told the Daily Trojan last year that women of all ages are less likely to see themselves as good candidates.“Women need to be asked to run,” Lubell told the Daily Trojan. “They’re less likely to perceive themselves as being recruited, so you need to say explicitly, ‘We think you should run.’”In Congress, women make up only 17 percent of members. Women make up 28 percent of the California Legislature and 23 percent of state legislators nationwide. Six of the nation’s governors, or 12 percent, are women, according to the National Foundation of Women Legislators.“Quite honestly, I don’t think you’d be able to find these gender differences [at USC], and perhaps that’s an indication of the gender barrier being broken down a little further for our generation,” Babla said.Though times have changed since women fought for the right to vote, traditional roles might continue to influence the role of gender in politics.“I think a lot of things, other than their stance on issues, play a part in how a female candidate is perceived,” Babla said. “Voters still stereotype women candidates in some ways, and seek to better understand these ladies in terms of their family roles.”Lachman said she has not found women to be shy about getting involved in student government at USC.”We’ve never really had a problem getting female participation,” she said.last_img read more

How Long? 167 Years Of Suffering

first_imgOn the 167th anniversary of the birth of Liberia, Africa’s first independent republic, we, at the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) wish to reecho the humanitarian emergency alarm sounded daily since July 2003 (over a decade ago) on the humanitarian crisis facing Liberian refugee women and young Liberian-American children evacuated by the United States Military from Monrovia to safety in the United States. It is unconscionable that the governments ofPresident Barack Obama the United States of America and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, both in their second and final terms of office, have chosen to ignored the plight of their citizens and reneged on their legal and moral obligations to protect their own citizens, especially vulnerable young children and women. While this crisis predated the ascendancy of both Obama and Sirleaf to power, there is no excuse or justification, whatsoever, for ignoring the suffering of the citizens they were elected to protect and paid a salary to serve. On this 167th anniversary of Liberia’s existence (?independence?), we call on Presidents Obama and Sirleaf to use their good offices and end over a decade of unnecessary and unjustifiable suffering and misery for over 7,000 Liberians who entered the United States after October 2002 and have since been denied protection contrary to pleas from the Massachusetts Delegation to Congress and the late Senator Edward Kennedy (See attached letter).Additionally, as President Obama is seeking $500 million dollars to support and arm rebels in Syria and nearly $4 billion dollars to assist unaccompanied minors entering the USA illegally from Central America, surely, he must address the plight of accompaniedAmerican children and Liberian refugee women evacuated from Liberia by the United States Military over a decade ago. We also call for a constitutional amendment in Liberia making Citizens’ Initiative a part of Liberia’s political life.  Citizens’ Initiative is a measure of participatory democracy that allows citizens, as the supreme source of state power, to propose good laws, repeal bad laws, set the salaries and benefits of politicians without the approval or permission of the president or legislature. Citizens’ Initiative, which dates back to the 5th Century B.C. in Athens, Greece works great in 2014 in the European Union, Switzerland and 24 states in the United States of America.On June 13, 2003, President George Bush ordered Operation Shining Express, a deployment of an American naval task force based around the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) to rescue U.S. embassy personnel and American citizens during the Second Liberian Civil War. The deployment announced on June 13, 2003 lasted until July 2003.Considering the appalling state of Liberia’s education, widespread poverty and political landscape rife with corruption, greed and advancing of personal and family interests above national interests as well as 167 years of political gimmickry that has rendered Liberia’s political elite as masters over the impoverished masses of citizens, we believe now is the time for the citizens of Liberia to embrace Citizens’ Initiative and thereby bring lasting security, equal opportunities and sustainable development to this country. Citizens’ Initiative is the only sure way for more transparency, justice, security and equal opportunities in the republic of Liberia because this measure puts citizens in charge.As Liberia commemorates 167 years of existence (?independence?), the president appoints all mayors, governors of all political sub-divisions, cabinet members, heads of all public corporations, thus putting too much power in the presidency.  Only politicians and their friends and family members are celebrating their freedom to travel first class, drive expensive cars, enjoy huge salaries and benefits while poor citizens are living in misery and hopelessness at home and abroad.Beyond widespread unemployment, the deplorable education system, other consequences of the breach of trust include greed and corruption which seems to be the order of the day. Public service in Liberia has become the primary path to acquiring personal wealth for Liberia’s ruling elite. The gap between the rich and poor continues to widen, evidenced by the outrageously high salaries and benefits politicians have assigned to themselves and their family members. The number of sub-standard schools and universities across Liberia is alarming and growing with many places of worship setting up sub-standard schools without adequate facilities for learning.July 26 celebration is mired by widespread boozing and dancing on the streets. Meanwhile, the Liberian economy, Liberia’s largest churches, security sector and big banks are all controlled by foreigners. There seems to be evidence that growing political corruption also means that ‘brown bags’ and corporate money have potentially powerful influence in the government.When it comes to national leadership, it seems that the process has been effectively rigged by the ruling elites against ordinary Liberians without access to foreign higher education. Even President Roberts, one of the greatest selfless leaders of the world, evidenced by donation of his estate to educate Liberian children never had access to foreign higher education. Additionally, many of the brightest and most creative minds of the 21th century, including millionaires and entrepreneurs in America such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs of Apple and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, never completed college and they were 20 and 21 years old when they started their companies.By creating unrealistic standards for national leadership out of the reach of most Liberians such as foreign higher education requirements, the ruling elites have established an unjustifiable political hegemony that have robbed majority of Liberians of a role in national leadership. Liberian citizens continue to be robbed of natural resources due to corruption, robbed of a role in leadership through the lack of citizens’ initiative laws and the requirement of foreign higher education for leadership. Liberians have been robbed of the future by effectively denying innovative youths a chance to tap into their God-given talents and potentials.On the other hand, unnecessary government bureaucracies and commissions continue to be created as avenues for the elite to siphon wealth for themselves and their families, many of whom reside overseas. Laws have been enacted not for the common good of ordinary citizens but for the benefit of multi-national corporations and the ruling elite. Although the constitution claims that “All  power is inherent in the people,” ordinary Liberians are powerless in the face of powerful corporations, foreign-owned companies that dominate the Liberian economy and the ruling elite. Without citizens’ Initiative, the citizens cannot exercise their power as the boss of the republic.Accordingly, we wish to reassert the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of these accompanied young Liberian-American children and Liberian refugee women as human beings who deserve to be protected both at home and abroad. Inalienable rights are in fact God-given rights-not given by any man and rights which no man can take away.Liberian refugee women suffering for over a decade deserve better. We call on both President Obama and President Sirleaf to use their good offices and end the unnecessary suffering of American children and over 7,000 Liberians who entered the USA after October 200. We call on citizens of Liberia to join ranks in pushing for a constitutional amendment that brings to birth in a new day of true freedom, justice, peace, equal opportunity, prosperity and security in Liberia and Africa.With our children set free in America they can begin to live their dreams and contribute their quotas in making our world a better place. With Citizens’ Initiative, Liberia will be a prosperous nation that guarantees justice, security and equal opportunity for all citizens and a level playing field for foreign investors to compete in a free market place.Torli H. Krua is President of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), a non-profit organization that promotes democracy and citizens’ initiative in Africa and refugee rights in the USAShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Calm Little holds Dodgers together

first_imgClick back to Tuesday. The world was not over. Just the season. At least that’s how it appeared for the Dodgers. They were the dead-in-the-water Dodgers, losing to San Diego, the team they had to catch to secure the National League’s wild-card slot. Adding insult to injury, they were hammered by the Padres, 9-4, prompting calls for the head of, or at least the firing of, Grady Little, at that point their beleaguered manager. Suddenly, following their 6-2 win Saturday afternoon over Arizona’s not-exactly-glimmering Diamondbacks, the we-don’t-want- Little chant is a tree in the forest you did not see fall. A win today to sweep the series with Arizona will put the Dodgers in the NL West pennant race with the Diamondbacks. “The route has not always been enjoyable,” Little said. “The route has not always been easy.” What the route, as crooked as it has been, has done is put the Dodgers on the brink of a successful season. Not bad for a team that, it says here, figured to be a year away. Those who lost faith in the manager conveniently ignored harsh reality. Such as? Such as General Manager Ned Colletti inexplicably let Greg Maddux shuffle off to San Diego and replaced him with Jason Schmidt, a starter with the damaged shoulder. Such as Colletti tried a Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant formula when he mixed a group of veterans who continue to see themselves as everyday players with a group of write-my-name-on-the-lineup-card-and-play-me kids. Such as fate picked this season to test Lowe with a plague of locusts, a result of which he needed the win Saturday to reach the .500 level at 12-12. At least Colletti cannot be faulted for Lowe’s low season. And, as we add things up today with the Dodgers making a strong run, the point must be made that they are doing so with the team Colletti assembled. Plus, he did pluck Little from the out-of-work line to make him manager. Esteban Loaiza was the losing pitcher Tuesday. The veteran discussed working with a week between starts. He discussed having to throw the ball down the middle to get a strike called. In the end, he shrugged, “It’s baseball.” True. It’s an important point to remember. It’s not football where a statement game or two determine a season. It’s baseball, where the ebb and flow are continual for six or, if things work out, more months. “This is interesting,” starter Brad Penny said. His smile mirrored the smile of all the Dodgers. “This could be very interesting after we play Sunday,” he said. Interesting indeed. The Dodgers are an interesting, if somewhat fractured, mixture of veterans and youngsters. This is not a shocking revelation. To the contrary, it is standard stuff in clubhouses down through the ages. It was that way in ancient times when Walt Alston managed the Dodgers. It was that way back when Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers. How did those teams win their championships? They won, first of all, because they had talent. They won because they were professionals who set aside their differences on the field. That’s happening at Dodger Stadium. There’s a reason it’s happening. This has not been a summer of discontent in large part because of Little. His quiet, patient, mature approach has served the Dodgers well. Yes, there are times when his game management (mismanagement?) drives you up the wall. Why in the world would he pull Brad Penny, his ace, a week ago in San Francisco when the situation screamed for Penny to make a statement (yes, a statement)? The thing is, that was just one game. It was just one decision within one game. That’s another reality. The thing is the blend of veterans and youngsters is working. It worked Saturday with home runs from 40-year-old Luis Gonzalez and 25-year-old Andre Ethier. The most important thing is Little has the Dodgers playing in meaningful games with two weeks remaining in the season. The thing is that’s baseball. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Could it be worse? How about losing starter Derek Lowe because he bruised his pitching hand playing catch? The Dodgers clearly were down and out in Chavez Ravine. Or were they? They have spent the rest of the week kicking in the door to the top floor of the National League West by winning four games in a row. last_img read more