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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits LebanonUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Lebanon

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is visiting Lebanon to highlight the plight of Syrian children, and to thank the Lebanese people for assisting refugees as the conflict enters its fourth year.On her three-day visit, which began this weekend, she met refugee families and held talks with President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Tammam Salam.Jolie welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council 2139 on Humanitarian Assistance to Syria, which she described as “a long overdue step in the right direction for the hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women and children trapped in hard to reach areas across Syria.”The Special Envoy emphasized the need for the resolution to be more than just a paper declaration: “It must be implemented – and that will take political will and courage. The unity that the Council has shown must not be a one-off, but the start of a new phase in ending the conflict.”Jolie met orphaned Syrian children who fled to Lebanon and who are now living in the Bekaa Valley. There are 3,500 unaccompanied children, or children who have been separated from their families, now known to be living in Lebanon.Jolie said: “Meeting these children was a heart-rending experience. They have lost their families and their childhood has been hijacked by war. They are so young, yet they are bearing the burdens of their reality as if they are adults.”Access to education is one of many of the challenges faced by the refugee population. Syrian refugees struggle to maintain their shelter, pay the rent and access water. She met one little boy who expressed a wish to be a doctor when he grows up. His siblings started to laugh, explaining that he doesn’t understand what has happened to him. “How can he become a doctor in an empty tent?” they asked.Throughout the visit, Jolie stressed the vital contribution that Lebanon is making as the recipient of the largest share of refugees from the crisis. With the number of registered refugees nearing the one million mark, Lebanon has the highest per capita concentration of refugees of any country in recent history. If the US were to welcome a comparable number of refugees relative to its population size, it would be sheltering 75 million people.The Special Envoy discussed the humanitarian crisis with President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Tammam Salam. She paid tribute to Lebanon for generously receiving refugees despite its own internal challenges.“The generosity and solidarity shown by Lebanon and Lebanese to its neighbor serves as an example to the world for which we should all be grateful. We all need to help them bear this burden,” said Jolie.Jolie’s visit to Lebanon is her third on behalf of UNHCR. She was last in the country in September 2012.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

TIFF 2017 Deals The Complete List of Festival Purchases So FarTIFF 2017 Deals The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

first_img Login/Register With: While the Toronto International Film Festival doesn’t boast a market as robust as other festivals, like Sundance or Cannes, the yearly event often plays home to some major buys of big contenders. Last year, films as diverse “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Salt and Fire,” and “A Quiet Passion” found a home at the festival, and this year will likely include a slate of picked-up offerings that are as wide-ranging as the festival itself. We will be tracking every buy below, so keep checking back to stay up to date.The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7 – 17 in Toronto, Canada. Stay up to date on all of this year’s TIFF acquisitions below.– In an early deal that was announced before the festival even kicked off, AMC Networks’ streaming horror service Shudder picked up North American, U.K., Ireland and Australian rights to Coralie Fargeat’s debut “Revenge.” The film is billed as “a thriller about a woman who exacts bloody vengeance on her attackers” and is part of the festival’s well-loved Midnight Madness section. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Health officials confirm first flu death of this years flu seasonHealth officials confirm first flu death of this years flu season

first_imgHealth officials confirm first flu death of this year’s flu season August 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 21, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Health officials today confirmed the first influenza- related death of the 2019/2020 flu season in San Diego County.The county’s Health and Human Services Agency reported that a 74-year-old Chula Vista man died Aug. 15 due to complications from Influenza B. The man, whose name was withheld, also had additional medical issues, according to county health officials.The county tracks flu activity year-round during each flu season, which corresponds with the county’s fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. Health officials didn’t confirm the first flu death in each of the last two flu seasons until October.“Influenza deaths can occur at any time since influenza circulates throughout the year,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county’s interim deputy public health officer. “The elderly, pregnant women and those with underlyingmedical conditions are at higher risk of developing complications from influenza.”Since July 1, health officials have confirmed 106 flu cases throughout the county. At this time in the last two flu seasons, officials had confirmed just 26 cases in 2018 and 114 in 2017. The 2017/2018 flu season resulted in 342 flu-related deaths, the most since the county began tracking flu data nearly 20 years ago.The season’s flu vaccine will not be widely available around the county until September, according to local officials. Certain local pharmacies and health clinics may have the vaccine before then, however. Residents can check if the vaccine is available near them by searching their ZIP code at cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html.County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications.Residents can take precaution against contracting the virus by frequently washing their hands, cleaning commonly touched surfaces and avoiding contact with sick people.“It’s important to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if you are sick to avoid infecting others,” Sidelinger said. “People should cover their mouth when causing and sneezing to prevent the spread of germs.” KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

UBM Ups Investment in Mexico Buys Construction EventUBM Ups Investment in Mexico Buys Construction Event

first_imgThe show is UBM’s second in Mexico—both of which are aimed at the construction market. The Expo CIHAC acquisition follows the launch of Concrete Show Mexico, an extension of UBM’s Concrete Show Brazil property, which will be held at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City later this month (May 21-23).UBM also maintains several offices in Mexico.Expo CIHAC 2014 will be held Oct. 14-18 at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. UBM is adding to the wave of major event organizations investing in Mexico. The London-based show producer has acquired Expo CIHAC, what it calls one of the 10 largest trade shows in the rapidly growing Mexico market.Terms weren’t released, though the construction industry association behind the show—Centro Impulsor de la Construccion y Habitacion A.C. (CIHAC)—is signing on to provide “long-term” support. Eleven of the group’s existing employees will stay on as well.Expo CIHAC, which serves the infrastructure, construction and housing markets, drew 30,000 attendees, attracted 500 exhibitors and generated around $6.8 million in revenue last year, according to UBM.”We are delighted to have Expo CIHAC as UBM’s first tradeshow acquisition in Mexico,” says Jaime Salazar, managing director of UBM Mexico, in a statement. “Expo CIHAC builds on UBM’s established strategy of acquiring strong events which serve structurally growing markets and communities. We look forward to welcoming the Expo CIHAC team to UBM, and to continuing our close, positive cooperation with the CIHAC association.” last_img read more