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City Buildings Remain Closed Through April; Essential Services Continue   

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Geneva’s City facilities will remain closed to the public throughout April following the Governor’s decision to extend the state’s stay at home order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
          

Digital Media Specialist | Northern Illinois Food Bank   

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Geneva, Illinois, Required Education, Skills, and Experience • Bachelor’s Degree in digital marketing, communications or related field. • One to two years of experience managing website communications, developing email
          

WHO kêu gọi xóa nợ cho các nước đang phát triển để đối phó với dịch Covid-19    

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TGVN. Trong buổi thông tin hàng tuần về Covid-19 trực tuyến ngày 2/4 tại Geneva, Thụy Sỹ, Tổ chức Y tế thế giới (WHO) cho biết, WHO, Ngân hàng Thế giới World Bank (WB) và Quỹ Tiền tệ Quốc tế (IMF) đã cùng kêu gọi xóa nợ cho các nước đang phát triển để có nguồn lực ứng phó dịch.
          

Kültür Turizm Bakanı Ersoy; Askıdaki işçiler kısa çalışma ödeneğini alabilecekler   

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Başta oteller olmak üzere çeşitli kesimlerde  iş akitleri askıya alınan çalışanlar Kısa Çalışma Ödeneği’nden yararlanabilecek.
 
Kültür ve Turizm Bakanı Mehmet Ersoy CNN Türk’te katıldığı canlı yayında, Çalışma ve Aile Bakanlığı’nın konuyla ilgili düzenleme yaparak askıdaki çalışanların da Kısa Çalışma Ödeneği kapsamına alındığını belirterek, işletmeler iş akitlerini askıya aldığı çalışanları çağırıp onların işe başlamasını sağlayarak Kısa Çalışma Ödeneği almalarını sağlasın” dedi.
 
Bakan  Ersoy, öngörülerinin turizm sezonunun mayıs ayı sonuna ertelenmesi yönünde olduğunu söylerken, “İnşallah Ramazan Bayramında tekrar turizm hareketlerinin başlayacağını görürüz. Tabii ilk hareketler iç turizmde başlayacak.” dedi.

          

Lake Geneva Magic & Illusion Show   

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04/05/2020 to 12/27/2020 -

Lake Geneva's Must-See Attraction!

Master Illusionist, Tristan Crist presents magic up-close and personal. Witness large illusions in an intimate setting, every seat is close to the action. 60 minutes


          

Information Systems Officer    

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Level : P-3
Job ID : 134245
Job Network : Information and Telecommunication Technology
Job Family : Information Management Systems and Technology
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 4/2/2020
Deadline : 5/16/2020
          

ASSOCIATE INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER (TEMPORARY JOB OPENING) [Temporary]   

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Level : P-2
Job ID : 133711
Job Network : Information and Telecommunication Technology
Job Family : Information Management Systems and Technology
Department/Office : INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIVE MECHANISM FOR MYANMAR
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 4/1/2020
Deadline : 4/14/2020
          

Information Systems Officer (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]   

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Level : P-3
Job ID : 134278
Job Network : Information and Telecommunication Technology
Job Family : Information Management Systems and Technology
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 4/1/2020
Deadline : 4/7/2020
          

STAFF ASSISTANT (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]   

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Level : G-5
Job ID : 134398
Job Network : Management and Administration
Job Family : Administration
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 4/1/2020
Deadline : 4/7/2020
          

Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Partnerships) [TJO] [Temporary]   

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Level : P-4
Job ID : 134396
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Humanitarian Affairs
Department/Office : Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/31/2020
Deadline : 4/13/2020
          

Patenten tegen patiënten   

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1 april 2020   Gisteren, 31 maart, werd een open brief gepubliceerd waarin 145 ngo’s en 12 vooraanstaande medische verantwoordelijken van overal ter wereld zich richten tot de CEO van het Amerikaans farmaceutisch bedrijf Gilead. Dit bezit de patentrechten op remdesivir, een van de meest beloftevolle kandidaat-medicamenten tegen COVID-19, de ziekte veroorzaakt door het coronavirus. Er wordt gevreesd dat Gilead hiervan duchtig misbruik zou maken, zoals het in het verleden reeds deed met zijn AIDS-remmer Descovy. Men herinnert zich bovendien de zeer recente poging van de Trump-administratie om het Duitse bedrijf CureVac - dat met de ontwikkeling van een corona vaccin bezig is - op te kopen en voor exclusief Amerikaans gebruik aan te wenden. Natuurlijk is het profiteren van noodsituaties door bedrijven geen Amerikaans monopolie, maar een wereldwijd verspreid en legaal aspect van de kapitalistische economie. Voor het bestrijden van een epidemie als de huidige moeten we noodgedwongen een deel van onze vrijheid opgeven, en burgers begrijpen over het algemeen dat men dit offer moet brengen in het algemeen belang. Maar dat kapitalistische bedrijven hun vrijheid om winst op te strijken zouden moeten opgeven, dat is een heel ander paar mouwen! [efn_note] Een voorbeeldje op het radionieuws terwijl deze regels geschreven worden. BNP Paribas wil bijna twee miljard euro  weghalen bij de Belgische dochter om dividend uit te betalen, terwijl zelfs liberale politici gevraagd hebben aan banken om geen dividend uit te keren, met het oog op de recessie die er zit aan te komen. Maar terwijl boetes en zelfs gevangenisstraf worden ingezet om samenscholingen onder burgers te vermijden, wordt op bankiers en grote bedrijven alleen een beetje morele druk uitgeoefend. Iedereen weet evenwel dat morele druk op bankiers en grote ondernemers geen indruk maakt. [/efn_note] Nu hebben farmaceutische bedrijven sinds mensenheugenis het sprookje aangehouden dat patenten en hoge prijzen voor geneesmiddelen noodzakelijk zijn om ook in de toekomst hun ‘dienst aan de gemeenschap‘ te kunnen verderzetten. Een leugenachtig argument, zo toonde Artsen zonder Grenzen recent nog maar eens aan in het kader van haar Access Campaign voor betaalbare geneesmiddelen. Hieronder vindt u onze Nederlandse vertaling van de open brief aan Gilead. De brief Is onder meer ondertekend door Artsen zonder Grenzen, het Nederlandse Transnational Institute (TNI), de Belgische verbruikersorganisatie TestAankoop, de Duitse ngo medico international, en vooral veel organisaties uit het Zuiden. [spacer size="30"] [note note_color="#cccddd" class=" notitie90procent" ]

Open brief aan Gilead betreffende gewaarborgde toegang tot remdesivir

  Geachte heer O’Day, CEO van Gilead Science Inc.   We schrijven u om te vragen dat Gilead onmiddellijk actie onderneemt om te zorgen voor een snelle beschikbaarheid, betaalbaarheid en toegankelijkheid van de experimentele therapie remdesivir ter behandeling van COVID-19, in afwachting van de resultaten van de klinische tests die de deugdelijkheid ervan moeten bewijzen. De COVID-19 pandemie heeft zich over alle continenten verspreid, en tot dusver werden 720.000 mensen besmet, met meer dan 30.000 doden als gevolg. Voor alle landen is het essentieel in de bestrijding van de pandemie om efficiënte therapeutische middelen snel beschikbaar en betaalbaar te maken voor iedereen, op basis van de medische noden; dit kan duizenden levens redden. We maken ons ernstige zorgen rond de huidige aanpak van Gilead met betrekking tot remdesivir, die de toegang tot deze mogelijks doorslaggevende behandeling voor COVID-19 kan in de weg staan. Gilead is in het bezit van primaire patenten op remdesivir in meer dan 70 landen, wat de toegang tot generische producten kan blokkeren tot 2031. Niettegenstaande noodoproepen in verband met de publieke gezondheid in meerdere staten en steden van de Verenigde Staten sinds het einde van februari vroeg Gilead bij de US Food and Drug Administration voor remdesivir een erkenning als ‘weesgeneesmiddel’ aan [efn_note]Een weesgeneesmiddel (orphan drug) wordt door Wikipedia gedefinieerd als "een geneesmiddel voor een zeldzame ziekte. Overheden treffen soms extra voorzieningen voor deze categorie geneesmiddelen om het ontwikkelen en op de markt brengen ervan voor de farmaceutische industrie aantrekkelijker te maken. Gedacht wordt namelijk dat dat zonder die voorzieningen niet rendabel zou zijn." [/efn_note] met de bedoeling om verder de exclusieve rechten te bekomen in de Verenigde Staten; alleen na publiek protest eind maart werd de vraag naar exclusiviteit terug ingetrokken. En recent, bij een overweldigende vraag voor individueel ‘menslievend’ gebruik van remdesivir, kondigde Gilead aan de tijdige terbeschikkingstelling niet te kunnen garanderen, en het onderzoeksprogramma werd teruggeschroefd. De COVID-19 pandemie treft iedereen. Het is onaanvaardbaar dat Gileads remdesivir onder de exclusieve controle van het bedrijf zou geplaatst worden, wetend dat het medicijn ontwikkeld werd met aanzienlijke publieke steun, zowel voor de aanvankelijke research en klinische tests, en gezien ook de buitengewone inspanningen en persoonlijke risico’s van gezondheidswerkers en patiënten bij de klinische tests, en de ramp zonder weerga die in alle landen dreigt voor de bewoners, het ziekenzorgsysteem en de economie. Gilead heeft geen goede naam voor wat betreft de universele toegang tot levensreddende behandelingen, en het recente omgaan met remdesivir boezemt weinig vertrouwen in dat het bedrijf zal handelen in het algemeen belang. We vragen dat Gilead zich ten volle zou realiseren wat de draagwijdte en de mogelijke gevolgen zouden zijn om door te gaan met de exclusieve rechten, in plaats van de productiecapaciteit te verhogen en een betaalbaar aanbod van remdesivir te bieden gedurende de pandemie. We dringen er daarom bij Gilead op aan om onmiddellijk actie te ondernemen op volgende punten:
  • bevestigen dat Gilead geen exclusieve rechten zal opleggen en claimen op patenten en gegevens over regelgeving en tests, of welke vorm van exclusiviteit waar ook ter wereld;
  • alle gegevens, productstalen en kennis, die nodig zijn voor een generische ontwikkeling en voor goedkeuringsprocedures, publiek beschikbaar te stellen om zo productie en aanbod door generische producenten wereldwijd te vergemakkelijken;
  • en de transparantie te verbeteren door de productiecapaciteit en de bestaande voorraden bekend te maken, en het onafhankelijk en gepast beheer over de toewijzing van de behandeling toe te laten in functie van de medische noden.
Een benadering die berust op exclusiviteit en monopolie zal tot een wereldwijde mislukking leiden in de strijd tegen de COVID-19 pandemie. Gilead moet nu in het algemeen belang handelen. [/note] [spacer size="20"] [spoiler title="Ondertekenaars van de open brief:" icon="chevron"] Organisaties:  1. Access to Medicines Ireland 2. Access to Medicines Research Group (China) 3. Action against AIDS Germany 4. ADIN (Africa  Development  Interchange Network) 5. AFT (American Federation of Teachers) 6. AHF India  7. AIDS Access Foundation (Thailand) 8. AIDS Action Europe  9. AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)  10. AIDS Healthcare Foundation 11. All India Agricultural Workers Union 12. All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) 13. Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW) 14. Alliance of Women Human Right Defenders ( NAWHRD), Nepal 15. American Medical Student Association 16. ARAS - Romanian Association against AIDS 17. ARK Foundation , Nagaland, India  18. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD 19. Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) 20. Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS (ABIA)  21. Bangladesh Krishok Federation 22. Centre for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University, School of Law, US 23. Centre for Peace Education and Community Development, Taraba State, Nigeria 24. Colombian Oversight and Cooperation Committee   (Comité de Veeduría y Cooperación en Salud - Colombia)  25. Comité des Volontaires Contre le Coronavirus Burkina Faso 26. Consumer Association of Penang  27. CurbingCorruption 28. DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era) 29. Deutsche Aidshilfe  30. Digo Bikas Institute, Nepal 31. DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) 32. Doctors for America 33. Drug Study Group (Thailand) 34. Drug System Monitoring and Development Centre (Thailand) 35. Ecologistas en Acción (Spain)  36. Ecumenical Academy (Czech Republic) 37. Educating Girls and Young Women for Development-EGYD  38. Faith in Healthcare  39. Families USA  40. Focus on the Global South 41. Food Sovereignty Alliance, India 42. Fórum de ONGs AIDS do Estado de São Paulo (FOAESP) 43. Forum for Trade Justice, India 44. Foundations for Consumers (Thailand) 45. FTA Watch (Thailand) 46. Fundación Grupo Efecto Positivo, Argentina 47. FUNDACION IFARMA, Colombia 48. Global Coalition of TB Activists, New Delhi, India 49. Global Health Advocates France  50. Global Humanitarian Progress Corporation GHP Corp. Colombia 51. Global Justice Now 52. Global South 53. GNP+, Global Network of People living with HIV 54. Groupe sida Genève 55. Grupo de Apoio à Prevenção da AIDS - Rio Grande do Sul (GAPA - RS) 56. Grupo de Resistência Asa Branca (GRAB)  57. Grupo de Trabalho sobre Propriedade Intelectual (GTPI)  58. Grupo Incentivo à Vida (GIV)  59. Health Action International (HAI)  60. Health and Development Foundation (Thailand) 61. Health Equity Initiatives 62. Health GAP (Global Access Project)  63. Housing Works, USA 64. Human Rights Research Documentation Centre, Uganda 65. Human Touch Foundation Goa, India 66. IDRIS Association, Kuala Lumpur  67. I-MAK 68. Indonesia AIDS Coalition 69. International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) 70. IT for Change 71. ITPC (International Treatment Preparedness Coalition) 72. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Convenor Jan Swasthya Abhitan Mumbai, India  73. KEI (Knowledge Ecology International) 74. Kolkata Rishta, India 75. Korean Federation Medical Activist Groups for Health Rights (Association of Korea Doctors for health rights, Association of Physicians for Humanism, Korean Dentist's Association for Healthy Society, Korean Pharmacists for Democratic Society, Solidarity for worker's health) 76. Kripa Foundation Nagaland, India 77. Labor Education and Research Network, Inc (LEARN), Philippines 78. Lawyers Collective, India 79. Lower Drug Prices Now, USA  80. Madhyam (India)  81. Malawi Health Equity Network 82. Malaysian AIDS Council  83. Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign 84. Medical Mission Sisters 85. Medical Mission Institute Würzburg  86. Medico International, Germany 87. MyWATCH (Malaysian Women's Action on Tobacco Control and Health)  88. Nelson Mandela TB HIV Community Information and Resource Centre CBO, Kisumu Kenya 89. Nepal Development Initiative 90. NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, USA 91. NGO Forum on Asian Development Bank  92. NTFP EP Philippines (Non-Timber Forest Products Philippines) 93. Oxfam 94. Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) 95. Pan African Positive Women's Coalition-Zimbabwe 96. Pan-African Treatment Access Movement (PATAM) 97. People PLUS. Belarus 98. People’s Health Institute (South Korea) 99. People's Action, USA 100. People's Health Movement, Uganda 101. Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation 102. Pharmacists without Borders Germany 103. PHM Germany (People’s Health Movement, Germany) 104. Pink Triangle Foundation  105. Project on Organising Development Education and Research- PODER 106. Positive Malaysian Treatment Access & Advocacy Group (MTAAG+). 107. Prescrire 108. Public Citizen  109. Public Eye, Switzerland 110. Public Services International 111. Red Latinoamericana por el Acceso a Medicamentos, Argentina 112. Rede Nacional de Pessoas Vivendo com HIV - São Paulo (RNP + SP) 113. Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary NGO, USA 114. Rural Area Development Programme (RADP), Nepal 115. Sahayog Odisha, India 116. Salud por Derecho  117. Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, India 118. Sentro Ng Mag Nagkakaisa, Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) 119. Sisters of Charity Federation 120. Social Security Works  121. Society for International Development (SID) 122. Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights), Indonesia 123. STOPAIDS 124. Swasthya Adhikar Manch, India 125. T1International  126. Test Aankoop/Test Achats (Belgian consumer organisation)  127. Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (Thailand) 128. Third World Network (TWN), Malaysia 129. Transnational Institute (TNI), The Netherlands 130. Transparency International Health Initiative 131. TranspariMED      132. Treatment Action Group (TAG) 133. Treatment Preparedness Coalition in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ITPCru) 134. Trisuli Plus Communtiy action Group, Nepal 135. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) 136. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines Europe  137. Viet Labor Movement, Vietnam 138. Voice of Patient, India 139. War on Want (UK) 140. Woman Health Philippines 141. Women, Law and Development, (MULEIDE), Mozambique 142. World Vision Deutschland e.V.  143. Yale Global Health Justice Partnership 144. Yolse Switzerland 145. Youth Engage, Zimbabwe Personen: 1. Achal Prabhala, Shuttleworth Fellow and coordinator of the AccessIBSA project 2. Arjun  Kumar Bhattarai, Nepal Development Initiative  3. Dr. med. Christiane Fischer 4. Dr. Hafiz Aziz ur Rehman, International Islamic University, Islamabad Pakistan     5. Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni MPhil. MBE. Global Health and Access to Medicines Consultant 6. Dr Prabir Chatterjee MD, State Health Resource Centre, Chhattisgarh (India) 7. Jordan Jarvis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK  8. Kamayani Bali Mahabal , Convenor  Jan Swasthya Abhitan Mumbai, India  9. Katrina Perehudoff PhD, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada 10. Marcela Vieira, Researcher, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of Geneva 11. Prof. Brook K. Baker, Northeastern University, School of Law, US 12. Tracy Swan, ITPC Global [/spoiler]
          

Obituaries for April 2, 2020   

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Teddy Marshall ‘Wolf’ Higdon Teddy Marshall “Wolf” Higdon, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Theodore Warner Higdon and Geneva Pearl Coggins Higdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Steve Higdon. Heenjoyed gardening […]

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Dodson Street Water Tower Painting Begins Mid-April   

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The start date for the Dodson Street water tower painting project has been rescheduled to Monday, April 13. The tower, located behind Geneva’s Fire Department headquarters, 200 East Side Drive, was last painted in 1996. The City has contracted with Jetco to complete the project. Crews typically will be painting from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, although hours may be extended to 8 p.m. some nights if the project falls behind schedule due to inclement weather. Work also is expected to take place on some Saturdays. The project, which should be finished by August, is not expected to create any closures or disruptions for adjacent neighbors. For more information, visit the City's construction projects web page.
          

Guardia de seguridad muere atropellado en el anillo periférico de la capital   

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Guardia de seguridad muere atropellado en el anillo periférico de la capital

Tegucigalpa - Un guardia de seguridad murió la mañana de este jueves luego ser arrollado por un “carro fantasma” cuando transitaba en su motocicleta por el anillo periférico a la altura de la colonia Loarque de Comayagüela, zona sur de la capital hondureña.


          

Asesinan a dos jóvenes en la capital hondureña   

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Asesinan a dos jóvenes en la capital hondureña

Tegucigalpa - Dos jóvenes fueron raptados y posteriormente asesinados en las últimas horas en un vecindario del sector norte de la capital hondureña.


          

Más de un centenar de detenidos por incumplimiento al toque de queda   

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Más de un centenar de detenidos por incumplimiento al toque de queda

Tegucigalpa - La Policía Nacional (PN), informó este miércoles la detención de 101 personas en las últimas 24 horas, durante la ejecución de 353 operativos en todo el territorio hondureño, por el incumplimiento al toque de queda absoluto dictado por el gobierno de la República para contrarrestar la propagación del COVID-19 en Honduras.


          

International organisations must hear local journalists’ voices    

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International organisations must hear local journalists’ voices

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I was detained again two days ago, this time because of my social media posts about the coronavirus and two critical articles I wrote about coronavirus measures in my hometown of Diyarbakır in southeast Turkey. I have been released after giving my statement, but only for now.

I came home. My two children were, of course, very scared. Honestly, I was scared too. I cannot be confident when I write a post or tweet anymore.

Today, for example, I deleted at least five tweets I had written since the morning. On the one hand, I have the feeling of responsibility to write about what happens in my home town and other Kurdish provinces, on the other hand, there is the feelings that arose when I saw the concern on the faces of my two sons as I came home

Meanwhile, of course, while the threat of the coronavirus is still among us, being in public places such as a police station, hospital or courthouse carries risks. Over the past four years, I have been sentenced to 10 months in prison, detained three times, my house has been raided by police twice and authorities have launched dozens of investigations against me. Now, I have to think again and again while tweeting or writing an article. How can I continue journalism and human rights advocacy in this situation?

I do not know the answer to this question. Thousands of journalists who live in countries with authoritarian governments and in conflict zones similar to mine are also struggling to find the answer. Journalists who are trying to raise their voices from Afghanistan, South Sudan, China, Vietnam or Eritrea are probably having trouble carrying their message to the capitals of their own countries. Six months ago, I met a journalist from Ethiopia. He told me he was afraid to even go out and see his mother and he was staying in a house close to the airport so that he could leave the country at any time.

Often these local journalists are unable to make their voices heard by their own people or the journalism organisations in their own countries. But they are the ones who feed the most famous journalists of the world with their local news from the most extreme places. What would Christiane Amanpour be able to say about Pakistan if there was no flow of news from local sources, and what would Anderson Cooper write about Somalia?

Local journalists all over the world are not only invisible but also more vulnerable to all kinds of threats and pressures, especially if they live in conflict areas. I am one of the lucky ones despite all my experiences. For example, my friend Nedim Türfent, a Kurdish journalist, has spent the last four years in prison and is serving a nine-year sentence for a piece of news.

And there are may more examples. Despite a medical report saying that his intestines collapsed, Ziya Ataman, a reporter for the shuttered Dicle News Agency, has been behind bars for the last four years and will remain for 10 more years, if he can survive.

There are so few organisations in the world today who advocate their rights and freedoms, or hear their voices and make them heard.

Journalism is already a risky profession in authoritarian countries, but if you do local journalism in small cities and conflict zones, where you can be easily found, and where you cannot hide in the crowds like in big cities, this risk grows in every sense. You live under physical, social, economic and psychological threats. You feel a huge sense of loneliness...

I am one of the local journalists who are relatively lucky, because I was able to establish relationships with international organisations, unlike most local journalists. The support of international organisations working on human rights, journalism and freedom of expression has been a protective shield for me in many places. If I am still free today, if I still live in Diyarbakır, where I can report and still hug my children, the most important reason for this is the solidarity of those international organisations.

Is it not time to increase this solidarity? If it is very difficult for local journalists to reach the ears of people in big cities, is it not time for centres to reach local journalists and establish solidarity mechanisms accordingly? I say clearly, I am free with the help of your solidarity, I am at home today thanks to your solidarity. Imagine that your messages from Brussels, Paris, Berlin, New York, Geneva or London can affect our freedom. Then it follows that these messages should be multiplied. You have to find new ways to reach us. We have to establish mechanisms to act fast without waiting for solidarity campaigns launched by local journalists and rights activists. Political pressures and judicial harassment have brought many local journalists to the crossroads. If we do not increase solidarity, many of us will perish. Dictators will prevail, and the truth will be left in the dark.

The world should hear our voices, the voice of Nedim, the voice of Ziya and many more...

We need to hear from you too.


          

[서울시교육청] '청나비' 새로운 얼굴을 찾아주세요!    

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▢ 서울시교육청(교육감 조희연)2019년 시·도교육청 청렴도 평가 2단계 상승을 계기로 2020년 청렴도 1위 달성 원년이 되도록 대·내외적으로 청렴한 서울교육 의지를 표명하고자, 청나비 엠블럼 리뉴얼 추진 계획을 발표하고, 교직원들의 선호도를 반영하여 최종 선정하는 것으로 추진하고 있다.

 

▢ 청나비는 “()렴은 ()로부터 ()롯된다는 의미로 청렴이 교육현장에 나비효과가 되어 확산되기를 염원하며, 2015년 감사관실에서 청나비 엠블럼을 제작하여 청렴도 향상 대책으로 청나비 운동을 서울시교육청 특색 사업으로 홍보하며, 지금까지 각급 기관에서 각종 청렴 활동 등에 다양하게 활용하고 있다.

 

▢  새롭게 탄생하는‘Reborn 청나비2019년도 국민권익위원회 종합 청렴도 최3등급 달성을 발판으로 도약하는 청렴 서울교육을 상징하고, 미래지향적이고 젊음과 성장을 의미하는 서울시교육청 CI와 조화를 이루며, 세련되고 간결한 이미지로 다양한 매체에 활용이 가능하도록 디자인 하고 엠블럼 문구는 캘리그라피로 제작하여 서울시교육청만의 맞춤형 청나비엠블럼을 탄생시킬 계획이다.

 
     ▢ 2020. 4. 1.부터 4. 8까지 서울시교육청 전체 교직원 설문조사를 통해 위 다섯가지 엠블럼()
     에서 최종 확정할 예정이며, 민원인이 많이 방문하는 도서관, 평생학습관에 청나비스티커를 제작
     하여 배부할 계획이다.
 

▢ 금번 청나비 엠블럼 리뉴얼을 통해 대·내외적으로 청렴한 서울교육 의지를 표명하며, 서울교육 더욱 더 신뢰받는 기관으로 거듭나길 바란다.

 

 

          

[북부교육지원청]코로나19 대비 온라인 화상 플랫폼 ZOOM 활용 생활교육 담당교사 웨비나(Webinar)’실시   

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코로나19 대비 온라인 화상 플랫폼 ZOOM 활용

생활교육 담당교사 웨비나(Webinar)’실시

 

서울특별시교육청(교육감 조희연) 소속 북부교육지원청(교육장 조호규)은 북부 관내 생활교육(학교폭력)업무 담당 교사 143명 대상으로 개정 학교폭력예방법·회복적 생활교육 관련 전문성 향상과 실시간 소통 지원을 위하여 온라인 화상플랫폼 ZOOM**을 활용 2020 생활교육 담당 교사 웨비나(Webinar)*2020.3.31.() 실시 하였다.

 

웨비나(Webinar)* : Web + Seminar의 합성어

시간과 공간의 제약 없이 웹(Web, Internet) 환경과 모바일 기기(또는 PC)만으로 이루어지는 실시간 세미나(Seminar)

온라인 플랫폼 ZOOM** : 온라인 화상 플랫폼, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://zoom.us

 

이날 행사는 매학년도 초마다 실시되었던 관내 생활교육(학교폭력) 업무 담당교사 대상 대규모 집합 연수를 대신하여 실시되었다. 코로나19 대비 서울특별시교육청의 강도 높은 사회적 거리두기 지침을 이행하고 교육가족의 건강한 일상을 보호하고자 온라인 화상플랫폼 활용 웨비나로 진행된 이 행사에는 북부 초··고등학교 및 특수학교 생활교육 업무담당자 143명을 비롯한 약 300여명의 교원이 참여하였다. (ZOOM웨비나 200여명, Youtube 실시간 스트리밍 100여명)

 

주요 내용은 단위학교에서 가장 궁금해 하고 있는 개정 학교폭력예방법 및 학교폭력대책심의위원회 교육지원청 이관, 학교폭력 사안처리 절차, 학교장 자체해결제의 운영, 심의위원회 조치 실행, 가해학생조치 생활기록부 기록과 삭제 등 이었으며 서울특별시교육청 민주시민생활교육과 이주석 장학사의 라이브 강의와 실시간 질의응답으로 오전 1회차(초등·특수), 오후 2회차(중등) 2시간 30분씩 진행되었다.

 

웨비나에 참여한 교원들은 코로나19로 인해 출장이 어려운 상황에 서면으로만 받아보아 답답했던 개정법령과 업무 지침에 대한 명쾌한 강의와 맞춤형 질의·응답을 각 학교와 재택근무중인 가정에서 참여할 수 있어서 만족스럽다는 응답을 실시간 댓글로 전하였다.

 

북부교육지원청 조호규 교육장은 코로나19로 집합 연수가 어려운 상황이지만 테크놀로지(technology)를 활용한 화상플랫폼 웨비나를 통하여 북부 관내 교원의 활발한 참여와 소통을 지원하고, 학생 생활교육 분야 역량 강화와 폭력없는 안전하고 평화로운 북부 교육 환경 조성을 위한 공감대가 형성될 수 있기를 기대한다고 밝혔다.


          

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These Standardized Metrics Will Help Cities Measure Their Post-Pandemic Recovery   

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A World Council on City Data map showing the number of in-patient hospital beds available in cities. Only cities whose data meets the ISO's standard are shown on this map. (Map via World Council on City Data: WCCD Open City Data Portal)

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford included construction sites on the list of non-essential workplaces he closed last week as part of the province’s effort to stem the coronavirus pandemic, he singled out Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital as one ongoing project that should nevertheless remain an active job site.

The state-of-the-art medical facility slated to come online later this year in Vaughan, a city of 335,000 just north of Toronto, couldn’t be ready a moment too soon as the greater Toronto area braces for a surge in patients. But the hospital project is no Chinese-style rapid response to the coronavirus, like the Wuhan emergency hospital built in 10 days. Rather, Mackenzie Vaughan owes its existence in part to a wonky but vital dataset: the ISO 37120 standard for city indicators.

In January 2015, University of Toronto professor Patricia McCarney met Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua for coffee at City Hall. The Ontario city is one of the “boomburbs” perched just north of Canada’s largest city that has quickly gone from rural outpost to suburban enclave to small city in its own right.

McCarney directs the university’s Global Cities Institute and runs the World Council on City Data, a non-profit on a mission to convince cities that they should standardize their data collection. Vaughan’s rapid evolution into full-fledged city — it incorporated only in 1991 — made Bevilacqua eager to participate in ISO 37120, the council’s flagship initiative.

The International Standards Organization, or ISO, sets global standards on thousands of industrial goods like lightbulbs, tractor parts, and elevators. A certain wattage lightbulb made in Mexico should meet the same standards as a similar lightbulb made in Morocco. Under ISO 37120, participating cities agree to standardized definitions and data-collection methods for 104 different urban indicators, from how much solid waste is recycled to the number of women who serve in city government.

At their coffee date five years ago, McCarney ran through the numbers in the council’s Open Data Portal with Bevilacqua. As she recalls, the mayor nodded approvingly at strong marks for foreign-born population, degree of higher education, and high school completion rates. But he stopped in his tracks at the health care indicators. For the number of hospital beds per 100,000 residents, Vaughan came in dead last among 100 cities in 39 countries.

“You reported zero,” McCarney recalls telling the mayor. The number was true, because the young but fast-growing city relied on a hospital in a neighboring city. What’s more, even for similarly sized cities, Vaughan was a laggard for not having any hospital beds.

Vaughan had broken ground on the 350-bed hospital in July 2014, but fundraising was far from complete. The sense that Vaughan lagged behind its peer cities — not just in Canada but even in sub-Saharan Africa — has galvanized CAD$162 million in donations thus far.

“Cities brag about their best data points, but if there’s a gap, they can also use them to leverage funding,” McCarney says.

This kind of data-driven success story is vindication for McCarney, who has been making the case that cities need reliable, easy-to-compare data for more than three decades. As a PhD student at MIT in the late 1980s, she recalls cobbling together over a dozen footnotes to prepare a single table comparing water, housing, and sanitation data for four African cities. That same haphazard data collection plagued her time at the World Bank’s Africa Technical Infrastructure Division in the early 1990s. While national-level data offered reliable measures of GDP, for example, cities simply had no key performance indicators or management data.

“It felt very normal and nobody was really surprised,” she says. “It was just accepted as fact that there was very little data and it certainly wasn’t comparable.”

But such resignation was problematic as the multilateral bank wrote checks for major infrastructure projects. “At that time, the bank was spending a lot of money but it wasn’t guided by data that was high caliber or comparable across cities even in the same country,” she says.

McCarney continued to dwell on this problem after she left the bank in 1993 and began teaching at the University of Toronto. In 2008, the World Bank funded McCarney and fellow Canadian urban data specialist Helen Ng to recruit nine cities around the world and inventory all of the different metrics that they tracked: Belo Horizonte, Bogotá, Cali, King County (metropolitan Seattle), Montréal, Porto Alegre, Toronto, and Vancouver.

The nine cities collected 1,100 indicators between them. Only two were comparable across all nine. Homicides, for example. “There’s not a lot of gray area there,” McCarney says.

But for countless other categories, McCarney describes gray areas galore. When counting firefighters, does that include volunteer or only full-time equivalent on payroll? When measuring emergency response times, does a city track from the moment a 911 call is placed or the time from ambulance dispatch?

McCarney and Ng began working with the cities to harmonize their differing measurements, hashing out how to define a business or a police officer in order to accurately count those categories. The pilot evolved into something called the Global City Indicators Facility, which at its peak collected roughly 100 consistent indicators from 255 cities in 82 countries who voluntarily submitted their data sets. “We built definitions, methodologies, numerators, and denominators,” McCarney says. “These are pretty low-hanging fruit so that Aleppo and Nairobi can measure the same way as Toronto, London, or Chicago.”

Both the World Bank and the Standards Council of Canada encouraged the duo to take their project to the ISO — it was already a draft global standard by their estimation. So the pair pitched the Geneva-based body in 2012. “They were not that interested,” McCarney recalls. “They had never thought about cities and certainly never thought about standardized city data.”

Ultimately, the ISO is in the business of selling the standards that it approves. “It just didn’t seem like a hot item,” McCarney says. “Cities weren’t on their radar.”

The Toronto city data nerds didn’t lose hope. The ISO had recently branched out from industrial products and approved standards for environmental management systems, so they felt it was only a matter of time. Sure enough, the ISO called back a few months later after a Japanese standards body inquired about standardized urban infrastructure metrics for technical components like pipe sizes and a French standards body sought standardized measurements for tracking business improvement districts. There was, in fact, a market for city data.

That same year, the ISO formally approved a working group for McCarney and Ng to translate their city indicators into standards up to international snuff. Although ISO standards normally take up to seven years, the robustness of the Global City Indicators Facility was sufficient to grant fast-tracked status. The negotiations were at times painstaking — for example, wrangling for hours with standards experts from a dozen countries over whether PM2.5 or PM10 should be the particulate matter standard for measuring air quality — but McCarney and Ng shepherded their baby to a July 3, 2014 birthday, when ISO 37120 was born as the first international standard for city data.

McCarney and Ng formed the World Council on City Data that same year as a non-profit to succeed the Global City Indicators Facility and promote the new family of ISO standards, from preparing analytics to running workshops on the nuts and bolts of ISO-approved city data. While the council actively recruits cities to apply for the standard and advises them on what kind of evidence they will need to back up their datasets, a third-party auditor independently vets each city’s data annually to ensure it meets ISO standards. The council invited 20 founding cities at no cost in order to kickstart global adoption of the ISO standard. They include obvious global cities like London, Toronto, and Shanghai, but also more obscure choices like Minna, Nigeria; Haiphong, Vietnam; and Makati, Philippines.

“This has to be something that cities of any size, income, and level of development can do,” says the council’s vice-president, James Patava. “Sure, London, Shanghai, and Los Angeles can do this but what about people with zero data infrastructure? That’s why, say, Minna matters.”

Since the launch of ISO 37120, the international body has approved two more sets of standards: ISO 37122 indicators for smart cities and ISO 37123 indicators for resilient cities.

Together, the family of city data standards could prove invaluable for charting post-pandemic recovery and researching why certain cities fared better or worse. For example, there is already data on number of nurses and hospital beds, as well as life expectancy and age cohorts. Milan, one of the global epicenters of the pandemic, is one of the most aged cities in the world, with 1 in 4 residents over 65.

“That cohort data could be really useful as a framework for better modeling profiles of where the epidemic can spike faster than other places,” McCarney said.

The potential utility goes far beyond health care stats. “Anecdotally, a lot of our cities are expressing significant appreciation that they’ve been collecting this data because it’s going to allow them to understand where things shifted,” Patava says. “For example, having a standardized definition of number of businesses per 100,000 will allow for a really deep understanding of how [a city] can get back to full operation.”

With the Open Data Portal collecting a range of indicators relevant to recovery like number of visitor stays to chart tourism rebounding, graduation rates to see if education services are back to normal, and even debt service ratios and capital spending as measurements of cities’ fiscal health, the cities who already participate now have a valuable baseline of what typical operations look like. Those metrics, in turn, will make them more accountable to residents eager for a return to normal — or at least an adjustment to a new reality.

“Citizens want understandable answers to how the numbers have changed,” Patava says.


          

باورهای غلط در پیشگیری ودرمان کرونا /مصرف مواد مخدر احتمال ابتلا به کرونا را افزایش می دهد.   

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مدیرکل درمان و حمایتهای اجتماعی ستاد مبارزه با موادمخدر با تشریح باورهای غلط در درمان بیماری کرونا یا پیشگیری از ابتلا به آن با مصرف مواد مخدر تاکید کرد: مصرف مواد مخدر نه تنها ابتلا به بیماری کرونا را کاهش نمی دهد، بلکه به دلیل تضعیف سیستم ایمنی بدن، باعث افزایش احتمال ابتلا به بیماریهایی مانند کرونا نیز می شود.
 

          

ضرورت استفاده از میوه وسبزی در روزهای کرونایی   

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رئیس دانشکده تغذیه و علوم غذایی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی اصفهان و متخصص تغذیه و رژیم درمانی در خصوص ضرورت مصرف میوه و سبزی در همه ایام از جمله در بحران کنونی کرونا گفت: در این ایام که با کمبود مواد ضدعفونی کننده و گندزدا روبرو هستیم می توان با چند قطره مایع ظرفشویی و سرکه، میوه و سبزی را ضدعفونی کرد.
 

          

۷۵۰۰ بسیجی اصفهان در مراکز جامع سلامت حضور دارند.   

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 فرمانده سپاه صاحب الزمان (عج) استان اصفهان گفت: روزانه 7 هزار و ۵۰۰ بسیجی در مراکز جامع سلامت با همکاری دانشگاه‌های علوم پزشکی اصفهان و کاشان و شبکه بهداشت به منظور پیگیری وضعیت افراد ثبت نام کرده در سامانه سلامت در حال فعالیت هستند.


          

قدردانی مجدد رهبر معظم انقلاب از کادردرمانی وبهداشتی کشور/طرح غربالگری کار بزرگی است .   

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حضرت آیت‌الله خامنه‌ای در نامه ای خطاب به وزیر بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی، بار دیگر از تلاش‌های مجموعه بهداشتی ـ درمانی کشور تشکر و تاکید کردند بهره‌گیری از کمک نیروهای بسیج و داوطلبان مردمی کمک بزرگی به رهایی کشور از این عارضه همه‌گیر خواهد کرد.
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