UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Norway is encouraging donors to a World Bank-administered fund for Afghanistan to agree to transfer $280 million to the World Food Programme and UNICEF, Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said on Monday. The World Bank's board backed transferring $280 million to the U.N. agencies from the $1.5 billion Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which was frozen after the Taliban took over the Afghan government in August, Reuters reported last week. The 31 donors to the fund must approve the transfer. A World Bank spokesperson said ARTF donors met last Friday and agreed to make a decision in one week. During a joint interview with U.N. Development Programme chief Achim Steiner in New York, Huitfeldt told Reuters that she hoped donors would sign off on the transfer and that Norway "encouraged" them to do so. "And we discussed the situation in Afghanistan during the NATO meeting last week, and also encourage NATO countries to continue to avoid a ... » Learn More about Norway urges World Bank’s Afghanistan donors to channel funds to U.N.
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IPOH: Former Perak executive council member Paul Yong who was accused of raping his former Indonesian maid more than two years ago has been ordered by a High Court here to enter his defence. Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed ruled that there was a prima facie case against the Tronoh assemblyman after taking into consideration all the evidence given throughout the trial. Yong was ordered to enter his defence on Feb 15 and 16. “After taking into consideration all the submissions and exhibits, the accused is hereby ordered to enter his defence,” he said. Yong has chosen to give his statement under oath. The case was prosecuted by state prosecution director Azlina Rashdi, while Yong was represented by lead defence counsel Datuk Rajpal Singh and Salim Bashir. On Aug 23, 2019, Yong claimed trial at the Ipoh Sessions Court to a charge of raping his then 23-year-old maid. The offence was allegedly committed in a room on the top floor of his house in Meru Desa Park on July 7 that ... » Learn More about High Court orders Paul Yong to enter defence on rape charge
The Annual Value of your property helps the government decide the wealth of a household. Based on this and other criteria such as assessable income, the government decides how much it should give and take from us folks. Examples of “give” come in the form of Covid-19 income relief schemes and GST vouchers, while “take” refers to the property tax each of us needs to fork out every year. In short, it’s always good to know the Annual Value of a home, especially if you’re about to buy or rent that property. But what is the definition of the Annual Value of a property, and how is it calculated? Let’s find out. What is the Annual Value of a property (AV)? Every property has an Annual Value. The straight-up definition of the Annual Value (AV) of a residential property is the estimated gross annual rent that a homeowner can collect if he/she rents out the property. This is excluding furnishings, furniture and maintenance fees. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), which ... » Learn More about What is the Annual Value of a property and how do I check mine?
FILE PHOTO: Mosquito Geneva , Switzerland — Pandemic-related disruptions caused tens of thousands more malaria deaths in 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday but added that urgent action had averted a far worse scenario. In a fresh report, the UN health agency found that COVID-19 had reversed progress against the mosquito-borne disease, which was already plateauing before the pandemic struck. There were an estimated 241 million malaria cases worldwide in 2020 – 14 million more than a year earlier – and the once-rapidly-falling death toll swelled to 627,000 last year, jumping 69,000 from 2019. Approximately two-thirds of those additional deaths were linked to disruptions in the provision of malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment during the pandemic, the WHO said. But it stressed that the situation “could have been far worse.” The UN agency pointed to its projection early in the pandemic that the service disruptions could cause malaria deaths ... » Learn More about COVID-19 disruptions caused surge in malaria deaths – WHO
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP) SYDNEY — The Australian government says it will offer around 10,000 Hong Kong passport holders currently living in Australia a chance to apply for permanent residence once their current visas expire. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government believes China’s imposition of a new tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory means pro-democracy supporters may face political persecution. “That means that many Hong Kong passport holders may be looking for other destinations to go to and hence why we have put forward our additional visa options for them,” Acting Immigration Minister Alan ... » Learn More about Australia to offer residence option to 10,000 Hong Kongers
News Desk (AFP) Mumbai, India ● Sat, April 24, 2021 2021-04-24 14:15 226 9a83ea3b2805adb41e1c26538e0fe6d1 2 News India,rich,COVID-19,private-jet,Dubai Free Airfares soared and demand for private jets boomed Friday as Indians who could afford it scrambled to escape a Covid surge before flights to the United Arab Emirates shut down. All flights from the UAE to India -- one of the world's busiest air corridors -- will be suspended from Sunday as coronavirus cases in the South Asian nation reach record levels and overwhelm hospitals. Price comparison websites showed one-way commercial flights from Mumbai to Dubai on Friday and Saturday costing as much as 80,000 rupees ($1,000), around 10 times the usual rate. Tickets for the New Delhi to Dubai route were going for more than 50,000 rupees, five times the normal level. No tickets were on offer from Sunday when the 10-day flight suspension comes into force. For private jets, the amount of interest was ... » Learn More about Airfares soar, private jets in demand as rich Indians flee Covid
Is Singapore cutting off its nose to spite its face? It looks like two-time SEA Games marathon gold medallist Soh Rui Yong will not be competing in the upcoming 2019 biennial event. This is despite Team Singapore is set to send its biggest overseas contingent for the 2019 SEA Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in the Philippines. The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced on Thursday, Aug. 1 a provisional list of athletes going for the biennial Games, But the 27-year-old runner was not among the 585 athletes in 49 sports that were listed. Soh was solely responsible for 50 percent of track and field's gold haul at the 2017 Games. If Soh were to participate, it is likely he would win the gold medal a third consecutive time. What SNOC said The national Olympic body said in a statement: "The SNOC selection committee has deliberated carefully all nominations put forward by the NSAs (national sports associations) for their athletes for the upcoming SEA ... » Learn More about 2-time SEA Games marathon gold medallist Soh Rui Yong not selected for 2019 SEA Games
Table of Contents (Quick Navigation) = Remember that any statements you make in your report may be used as evidence against you should there ever be an allegation of abuse or other misconduct. This is why a well-written incident report is essential to any investigation. By following the simple guidelines below, you’ll learn how to write an incident report that’s more readable and understandable for anyone that reads them. Rule 1: Be complete. Zan / Unsplash This sounds like it would be an easy rule, but every word written on your incident report template may cost money for the taxpayers (you). Should one detail be overlooked, it could open up a line of questioning by the defence counsel. This can lead to the exposure of contradictions, leading to confusion and possibly even dismissal of charges. It is better to include too much information than not enough. Rule 2: Be clear. Be sure that your report clearly states the time and ... » Learn More about How To Make an Accurate Incident Report