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  1. An Oxfam shop is seen in London, Britain, February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON: The aid sector needs an independent database and whistleblower system to stop workers accused of sexual misconduct hiding such allegations to find jobs with other charities, experts said, as a *** scandal sparked by Oxfam ricochets through the industry. Senior aid officials have been able to duck complaints and confirmed cases of sexual harassment and abuse, and continue to work in the sector knowing charities might hide such information for fear of losing support and funding, industry experts said. The deputy director of the United Nations children?s agency UNICEF, Justin Forsyth, resigned on Thursday after apologizing for inappropriate behaviour towards women in 2011 and 2015 in his previous role as chief executive of Save the Children UK. On Friday, the UN agency for HIV/AIDS said deputy head Luiz Loures had decided not to renew his contract when it ends in March. A spokesman said it was not reasonable to link his departure to an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual harassment. Charities are pledging to overhaul their approach to dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct in light of a scandal that hit headlines after reports that staff at British charity Oxfam paid for *** while working in Haiti after an earthquake in 2010. Yet reforms must go beyond individual charities and lead to sector-wide action to stop ?serial perpetrators floating around the system,? said Megan Nobert, founder of Report the Abuse, a group that collects data on sexual abuse against aid workers. Reducing risk ?We need to figure how we develop mechanisms where we can share information,? said Lindsay Coates, head of InterAction, a 180-strong alliance of US-based charities and aid groups. ?(We need to) reduce risk so that individuals are not shifted from one organization to another,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. An independent whistleblowing mechanism would allow the ?vast majority of good aid workers to report the horrible actions of their colleagues,? said Andrew MacLeod of Hear Their Cries, a charity fighting *** abuse in the aid sector. The ex-Oxfam official at the heart of the *** abuse scandal, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, got a job with Action Against Hunger in 2012 despite being fired from medical charity Merlin in 2004 and investigated for sexual misconduct by Oxfam in Haiti in 2011. In the case of Forsyth, UNICEF said it had not been aware of the complaints made against him at Save the Children ? where internal reviews led to ?unreserved? apologies to the women. A Save the Children spokeswoman said the charity gave basic information about Forsyth?s employment history, and that there had been no findings of misconduct or sanctions against him. ?It has become increasingly obvious in the last few weeks that the charity sector needs a more robust system,? she said. Britain?s aid ministry and charity watchdog say they will next month hold a safeguarding summit to meet with aid groups and discuss measures such as an aid worker accreditation scheme. More than 120 staff from leading global charities were fired or lost their jobs last year over sexual misconduct, found an exclusive survey this week by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  2. GENEVA: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Friday more than 20 staffers have left the organisation since 2015 after "paying for sexual services," as it called for a change in the humanitarian sector facing "a watershed moment". Following reports of sexual misconduct involving aid workers across multiple agencies, Yves Daccord ? the secretary-general of the ICRC ? said the Geneva-based organisation had conducted a thorough internal review. "I have instructed my teams to scour the data we do have on sexual misconduct, and I can tell you that since 2015 we?ve identified 21 staff members who were either dismissed for paying for sexual services or resigned during an internal enquiry," Daccord said in a statement sent to AFP. Two others did not have their contracts renewed over similar circumstances, he added, explaining that the decentralised nature of the organisation with 17,000 staff worldwide made it difficult to compile figures. Unlike crisis-hit British charity Oxfam, which did not explicitly bar its employees from hiring prostitutes, the ICRC has forbidden "the purchase of sexual services" since 2006, even in places where prostitution is legal, Daccord explained. He voiced concern that a number of incidents have not been reported, or reported cases were mishandled and vowed the ICRC was working to address the problem. Broadly, the ICRC needed to "acknowledge the cultural shift required for the organisation," Daccord said. "This is a watershed moment for the humanitarian sector as a whole. We owe it to the people we serve to behave with absolute integrity." The ICRC disclosures follow revelations that Oxfam was investigating 26 cases of sexual misconduct since a crisis erupted over its handling of a scandal involving prostitution in Haiti. Three of Oxfam?s senior leaders have apologised for the charity?s handling of an internal investigation into the hiring of prostitutes by staff in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. UNICEF?s deputy director Justin Forsyth resigned following complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff in his previous post as head of British charity Save The Children.
  3. The lawsuit comes four months after the Hollywood mogul´s career ended over allegations of sexual harassment NEW YORK: New York state sued Harvey Weinstein, his brother and their production company on Sunday for failing to protect employees from years of his alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints from staff. The lawsuit comes four months after the Hollywood mogul´s career ended over allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape now leveled by more than 100 women spanning 40 years. State prosecutors said the suit, the result of an ongoing investigation, was filed out of fear that an imminent sale of The Weinstein Company, now on the verge of bankruptcy, could leave victims without adequate redress. The lawsuit now threatens to delay the sale. Weinstein´s lawyer poured cold water on the lawsuit and presented his 65-year-old client as a supporter of women´s career advancement. But state prosecutors accuse the company´s board and executives of repeatedly failing to take adequate steps to protect staff or curb Weinstein´s behavior, despite multiple complaints to human resources. The twice-married father of five is being investigated by British and US police, but has not yet been charged with any crime. He denies having non-consensual *** and is reportedly in treatment for *** addiction. The suit alleges that female assistants were required to facilitate Weinstein´s *** life as a condition of employment and had copies of a manual, known as a "Bible," that included directions on how to do so. Prosecutors said Weinstein made verbal threats to "kill" several staff or their families, and touted his connection to political figures and alleged Secret Service contacts that could "take care of problems." They said one employee flew from London to New York to teach his assistants "how to dress and smell more attractive" to Weinstein. Shrouded in secrecy Largely female assistants allegedly contacted prospective sexual partners via text message or phone at his direction, and maintained space on his calendar for sexual activity. Female executives also allegedly had to meet prospective sexual conquests and follow through on promised job offers, which prosecutors said demeaned and humiliated them, fueling a hostile work environment. The New York state attorney´s office said that despite multiple complaints to the human resources department, there was no meaningful investigation or relief for victims, or consequences for Weinstein. It said the company´s toxic work environment was shrouded in secrecy because of a practice of reaching non-disclosure agreements -- a policy that has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the sexual harassment watershed that has followed Weinstein´s downfall. "While Mr Weinstein´s behavior was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality," Weinstein´s lawyer Ben Brafman, one of America´s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys, said in a statement. "At the end of the inquiry, it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination." ´Vicious mistreatment´ "If the purpose of the inquiry is to encourage reform throughout the film industry, Mr Weinstein will embrace the investigation," Brafman said. "If the purpose however is to scapegoat Mr Weinstein, he will vigorously defend himself." State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said the lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court, detailed Weinstein´s "vicious and exploitative mistreatment" of employees. "As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination," said Schneiderman. "Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched." Last week, the district attorney´s office in Los Angeles said police had submitted three Weinstein sexual assault cases to prosecutors. A group of investors led by a former official who served in president Barack Obama´s administration is understood to be in advanced talks to buy The Weinstein Company. Deadline, the Hollywood insider website that first reported the advanced talks, said a roughly $500 million bid by the group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet included a fund to compensate victims.
  4. Version 1.0.1


    Staff Applications System Are you looking for staff? Developers? Designers? Or anything else? This application will help admins/moderators to find people to help in their boards. Here's a quick rundown of some of the features for this resource: Extra Fields Module to add Positions on ACP (moderator, webdesigner, developer, etc) Ability to inform how many places the position has. Example: you can create an application record to "hire" 3 moderators. Ability to move the "winner" member to a group chosen group (you inform the group when you're adding the application record) Ability to restrict the application by: Content count, Reputation points/likes, Number of days as member, Minimum age and groups Ability to create a topic at every new application submission. Module on ModeratorCP to view all pending records from all applications Compatible with most important features from IPS 4.2 (Recommended Comments, Content Message, Reactions, Member History, Richer Embeds, etc.) Integrated to the framework: Tag system, Follow System, Report system, Search system, Share Links, etc. Moderator actions on applications and comments/reviews Moderator permission to approve/reject applications Ability to create RSS feeds from member applications Etc. Permission: NO ONE except staff (with proper permisison) will be able to view/read or know who are the applicants. All that regular members will know is the number of users who applied to it. New Feature: Added support to Forums app as a new setting in the category A topic will be created when a new application is submitted This topic will be udpated everytime the application is edit to reflex the changes
  5. India's Under-19 cricket team etched their name in the history books after beating Australia in the ICC World Cup final on Saturday. Thanks to their emphatic triumph, India has become the first country to win the coveted trophy for a record four times, leaving behind Australia, who have three title wins to their name. Under the tutelage of Rahul Dravid, the Prithvi Shaw brigade remained unbeaten in the tournament. While their win drew plaudits from every corner of the country, it also earned the young team cash prizes from a seemingly satisfied Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). © BCCL Praising their efforts, the Indian cricket board announced cash rewards of Rs 50 lakh for coach Dravid, Rs 30 lakh for the players and Rs 20 lakh for the support staff. The fact that the BCCI acknowledged the hardwork of India's U-19 team was commendable, but, as it turns out, Dravid - who rarely loses his cool - wasn't impressed. According to a report by the Indian Express, the former Indian cricketer was disappointed by the great disparity in the cash rewards announced by the BCCI. The report suggests that Dravid wants all the members to be paid equally having emphasised the importance of no discrimination in rewards. © BCCL Speaking to the media after his team's success, Dravid didn't just laud his young players, but he also highlighted the effort of his support staff who were equally important in deriving the favourable result for the Indian U-19 team. “It's a bit embarrassing at times because I tend to get a lot of attention and focus, but it is really about the support staff and the quality of people that we've had. I don't want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids,” Dravid said. © BCCL "The real satisfaction, in my opinion, is the process that was followed over the last 14-16 months, the whole planning and preparation that has gone into, not necessarily for this World Cup, but for developing the U19 players. It was great team work, guys behind the scenes, the selectors, NCA, the BCCI setting up games and series. Winning a tournament like this is a good reflection of the team work," the 45-year-old added. This isn't the first time when Dravid has showed his humility. Earlier in 2017, the Indian batting legend rejected a lucrative offer of coaching in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in favour of nurturing the Under-19 cricketers.
  6. Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the US Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his office have interviewed at least one member of a Facebook team that was associated with Donald Trump?s 2016 presidential campaign, Wired magazine reported on its website on Friday. The interview was part of Mueller's probe into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and whether there was any collusion between Trump associates and Moscow, Wired said, citing an anonymous source. Trump has denied any collusion. Both Mueller?s office and Facebook declined Reuters? requests for comment. Facebook, Google and Twitter have faced a stream of revelations about how Moscow sought to use their platforms to sow discord in the United States and influence the election in favour of Trump, the Republican presidential candidate.
  7. KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi on Monday, during his first visit to fleet naval units, witnessed an operational demonstration by the units underway at sea, said a statement released by the Pakistan Navy (PN). Various Pakistan Navy ships and aircraft participated in the operational demonstration which was preceded by visit board search and seizure operations in which naval commandoes displayed their skills. Chief of naval staff also interacted with the officers and men onboard PN ships and complimented them for their commitment to defend the motherland, added the PN statement. Abbasi also lauded the high operational readiness of the fleet units and urged upon the officers and men to remain cognizant of the changing operational dictates to meet present and future challenges in the maritime domain. The naval chief also emphasised upon maintaining optimum readiness at all times to successfully deal with all challenges. During the visit, Abbasi reaffirmed the resolve of the navy to ensure the country's seaward defence and safeguard maritime interests of the nation at all costs.
  8. ISTANBUL: Turkish police have launched operations to track down 42 university staff from Istanbul?s Marmara University who are alleged to have links to last year?s failed coup attempt, a police source said on Friday. So far 22 people have been detained in the operation, the police source said, adding the suspects were believed to be in contact with the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the abortive putsch in July 2016. Gulen has denied involvement and denounced in the coup. Since the failed coup, authorities have arrested around 50,000 people pending trial and some 150,000 people, including teachers, judges and soldiers, have been sacked or suspended from their jobs. The crackdown has alarmed rights groups and some of Turkey?s Western allies, who fear the government is using the coup as a pretext to quash dissent. The government says the crackdown is necessary given the severity of the security threat. More than 240 people were killed in last year?s coup attempt.
  9. Women spread fryums for drying on a rooftop as an IndiGo Airlines aircraft moves on the runway after landing at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India. Photo: REUTERS NEW DELHI: A video allegedly showing security staff of India?s IndiGo airline manhandling a passenger went viral on Monday, prompting the federal government to launch an investigation into the incident involving the country?s biggest airline. In the video, widely shared on social media and televised on local news channels, at least two IndiGo staff members can be seen pinning a passenger down on the ground after an argument on the tarmac at New Delhi airport. The male passenger shouts and attempts to fight back but is overpowered by the IndiGo staff. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the video. ?This is absolutely unacceptable,? Jayant Sinha, India?s junior minister for civil aviation told the Times Now news channel. The airline has been asked to submit a report on the incident to the aviation ministry by Wednesday, after which the government will see what action needs to be taken, Sinha said. IndiGo, which is owned by InterGlobe Aviation Limited and flies about one in every two passengers in the country, said it had apologised to the passenger after the incident, which local media said occurred on October 15. ?Whatever may have been the provocation, our staff were completely out of line and didn?t follow laid down procedures,? Indigo President Aditya Ghosh said. ?Even while the investigation was going on we immediately suspended the involved employees.? Similar incidents have been reported elsewhere. In April, a video showing a passenger being dragged from US-based United Airlines aircraft in Chicago after he refused to give up his seat also went viral, sparking a public outcry and forcing the airline to apologise. India has recently implemented new rules barring troublesome passengers from flying for up to two years after a lawmaker admitted assaulting an airline official. On Monday, IndiGo faced a raft of criticism on social media. ?Take action against Indigo airlines for the unruly action against the passenger, I am not travelling this airline now,? Twitter user Manish Dhanuka? wrote.
  10. Whether it's sports icons, actors or politicians; social media has lately become a platform for the celebrities to take pot-shots and disclose their ordeals with unruly individuals in daily life. From the lunatic cab driver to the harrowing stalker, there have been numerous such episodes highlighted on various social media portals. But, none of them rank above the absolutely distressing run-ins of celebrities with airline staff. From Sachin Tendulkar to Harbhajan Singh, Indian sportspersons - in particular - are no strangers to their troubles while travelling in the air. And, on 4 November, it was the turn of Indian badminton sensation PV Sindhu. In a series of tweets, the 22-year-old named and shamed the airline ground staff, saying that the IndiGo employee had behaved "badly and rudely" with her. When he was approached by an air hostess and told to behave properly, he was rude with her as well, Sindhu wrote in a direct message to IndiGo. Sorry to say ..i had a very bad experienceð¤when i was flying by 6E 608 flight to bombay on 4th nov the ground staff by name Mr ajeetesh(1/3) — Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) 4 November 2017 "Sorry to say ..i had a very bad experience. when i was flying by 6E 608 flight to bombay on 4th nov the ground staff by name Mr ajeetesh(1/3)," Sindhu tweeted on Saturday. @IndiGo6E pic.twitter.com/NxjRUlv2jI — Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) 4 November 2017 Adding to her rant, Sindhu went on to share a screenshot detailing her horrific experience. "Ground staff (skipper) Mr ajeetesh behaved very badly and rudely with me. When the air hostess Ms Ashima tried to advise him to behave properly with the passenger (me) but to my surprise he behaved very rudely with her. If these types of people work for a reputed (sic) airline like indigo they will spoil their reputation @IndiGo6E," she posted on Twitter. But, while Sindhu was sharing her ordeal, IndiGo airlines defended their employee, claiming that the Indian badminton star was carrying an oversized baggage which wasn't fitting into an overhead bin. "Ms PV Sindhu boarded flight 6E 608 Hyderabad-Mumbai...carrying oversized baggage which was not fitting into the overhead bin. Ms Sindhu was informed that it will be moved to cargo hold of the aircraft. This is the same policy we follow for all customers. Oversized baggage inside the cabin inconveniences other customers and can also be a safety hazard if it cannot be secured properly in the cabin," IndiGo spokesman Ajay Jasra was quoted as saying by the TOI. "During the entire conversation, the member of the IndiGo ground operations remained calm. After several requests to her manager, they finally consented to the removal of the bag from the cabin. We then placed the over-sized baggage in the cargo hold and was handed over to Ms Sindhu on arrival. We are extremely proud of Ms Sindhu's sporting achievements and are grateful for the laurels she has won for our country. However, safety of our operations is paramount to IndiGo. We hope that Ms Sindhu will appreciate that our colleague was only carrying out his duty in the best interest of a safe and reliable operation," Jasra added. Amid all the hullabaloo, folks on Twitter also urged Sindhu not to name the airplane staff as it might ruin his career. Even if she had issues she could have gone directly to airline, shaming at social platform can ensure he loses his job...not done sis — Sid (@Sid13625211) 4 November 2017 Best way 2 sort issue- report to aviation, send an e-mail however social platform shall be avoided 2 complain certainly it wil ruin career — Altaf Sayed (@altaf7864) 4 November 2017 Unless he assaulted you in any way or harassed you pls don't do this. Delete this, he might lose his job. Complain to the company directly. — SpookyðLikey ðð (@Feitan_H) 4 November 2017 Don't do this sindhu ur gonna destroy one man career probably a family,choose to forgive.. — மன௠(@R_mano07) 4 November 2017 At this level u should let it go.. could destroy someone's career.. should sort it out internally n nt resort to name shaming lyk dis on SM. — Rishikesh Kher (@iamrk07) 4 November 2017 forgive him — uday setti (@UdaySetti) 4 November 2017
  11. Subaru had uncertified staff conducting vehicle inspections at a pair of factories for decades, media reports said Friday, as it became the latest Japanese firm hit by scandal. An internal investigation found the practice has been going on for around 30 years in an apparent misconduct crisis similar to the one at bigger rival Nissan, according to Kyodo News agency and other Japanese media, which cited a company insider and other unnamed sources. The reports dented Subaru shares, which fell more than 3.0 percent in early trading before ending the morning session at 1,996 yen ($17.50), down 1.93 percent. A Subaru spokesman in Tokyo declined to comment on the reports and said the carmaker is "still conducting an internal investigation" into the matter. A Subaru executive said some inspections at the two plants northwest of Tokyo were being performed by workers who were still being trained for the job and had not yet been certified, Kyodo said. "This practice has been carried out for more than 30 years," the executive was quoted as saying. Up to 300,000 vehicles could be affected, the Nikkei business daily said. Subaru trails far behind larger rivals Toyota, Nissan and Honda, selling about one million vehicles annually. The news comes after Nissan said earlier this month it would recall 1.21 million cars in its home market after it emerged that unqualified staff were performing final checks on vehicles before they were shipped to dealers and consumers. That admission came as major Japanese steelmaker Kobe Steel said it has systematically fabricated strength and quality data on some products shipped to hundreds of clients.
  12. Whatever the purpose of a community - be it customer support, fan engagement, interest-based groups and so on - there's usually a need for site staff to communicate important information to users. Of course, in some cases this information is best suited to a site announcement, which by design has a lot of visibility and authority. But it's important that day to day staff posts stand out too. As we'll discuss in future articles, a key part of engagement is that users see your organization's team interacting with the community. In many cases, users will expect and appreciate acknowledgement from your community team, and by highlighting those responses you can add a visible stamp of authority. Invision Community has a few different tools to help you highlight staff posts, so let's take a look at them in more detail. Group badges With group badges you can upload a small image that is shown beside a user's posts. It's shown alongside the user's group name, so you don't need to repeat that text. Each group can have a different badge, perfect for communities that structure their staff groups based on role type. It's common to color-code group badges for easier identification - support as green, product development as blue, and so on (and you may want to coordinate these colors with the prefix and suffix you use, which we cover later in this article). It's not just staff groups that can have badges, either; your regular member groups can too. However, a word of caution! If every group has a badge, they may lose their distinctiveness. We recommend reserving group badges for those groups you specifically want to draw attention to. Post highlights Second is a feature more explicitly designed to highlight a post rather than simply draw attention to the author. Group settings in Invision Community enable you to choose to have posts by users in each group show with a distinctive background color and border. The color is defined by your theme and so is easily configurable, too. As with group badges, it may be tempting to highlight every group's content, but we recommend not doing so as that reduces the overall impact of the feature. Keep it reserved for your key staff groups, and especially those that regularly interact with the community. Group prefix/suffix Invision Community allows you to define a custom prefix and suffix for each group. This is used in key locations, including to highlight usernames in the Active User block and to style member group names alongside content. An important part of this feature is that it accepts HTML tags, which gives you a lot of scope for customizing the display by adding an opening and closing HTML tag to the prefix and suffix settings, respectively. For example, let's say we want to add a shield icon before the name, and make the text purple. Prefix: <span style='color: #9013FE'><i class='fa fa-shield'></i> Suffix: </span> Simple! Now our staff members will display in the Active User block and elsewhere like this: Bonus feature: Staff activity streams I wanted to also mention a feature that achieves a slightly different goal to those we covered above, but nonetheless is an important way to bring additional visibility to staff content: activity streams. As well as an overall “All Activity” stream that shows everything happening in the community, Invision Community allows you to define pre-made streams that are available to all users. You can use this to build streams of content with particular tags, certain types of content - or, as in this case, content by users in specific groups. Simply create a new activity stream in the Admin Control Panel, set the configuration so that it only pulls content from members in your staff groups, and you're done. Users will now be able to visit the stream page to get a handy overview of everything staff members are doing in your community. I recommend checking out the other filter options available for streams while you're setting this up - there's a huge amount of power available! Summing up I hope this quick overview of content highlighting features has been useful. When users visit your community, they're usually looking for authoritative information and that often comes right from your own team. By utilizing the features we've discussed here, you can make that information stand out more against the other content in your community.
  13. A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva. Photo: Reuters SEOUL: The only western-funded university in North Korea is scrambling to recruit teachers not from the United States after a US travel ban to the isolated country forced the school to start the September semester with only half of its faculty. According to a recruitment notice from a faculty member of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) reviewed by Reuters, the school is on a ?vigorous lecturer recruitment campaign? for the spring semester slated to start next year. The notice, which said the recruitment focus is ?non-US professors? mainly from Asia and Europe, suggests that discussions with the US State Department about receiving special exemptions for PUST?s volunteers have not gone well. Of the roughly 130 foreigners at PUST including faculty members, staffers and family members, about 60 had been US citizens, according to people familiar with PUST operations. ?Needless to say, our chronic faculty shortage and curriculum instability have been exacerbated even further, translating into the emergency situation of crippled school operation and curriculum running,? said the notice sent out by Paul Song, currently acting dean of the international finance and management department at PUST. As of Sept 1, the US State Department has enforced a ban on Americans traveling to North Korea following the death earlier this year of an American student who had been detained by the state while on a tour. It also advised US citizens living there to leave. North Korea has criticized Washington?s decision to ban US passport holders from visiting the North, with state media describing it as a ?sordid? attempt to limit human exchanges. It has also said its doors are always open for all Americans who wish to visit. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated significantly in the wake of numerous missile tests and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test by Pyongyang last month. Insults and threats exchanged between the North?s leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump have also exacerbated global jitters over possible military conflict. A month after the fall semester had started, a PUST official told Reuters high security concerns over North Korea has made it ?difficult to find additional replacement staff?. ?A number of organizations are unwilling to approve staff to travel,? the official added. The school was founded in 2010 by a Korean American evangelical Christian with the goal of helping North Korea?s future elite learn the skills to modernize the North and engage with the outside world. Since its founding, the school has grown to about 500 undergraduate and 60 graduate students studying in mostly three departments - electronic and computer engineering, international finance and management and agriculture and life sciences.
  14. KARACHI: The wheels of the mega city's civic services may soon grind to a halt owing to a severe shortage of funds. The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Commissioner Nawaz Waseem, on the directions of Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra, has written a letter to the Sindh Local Government (LG) Department. In the letter, sent to the LG department secretary, the KMC commissioner has asked for Rs1.3 billion for disbursement as salaries and pension to its staff. The letter also states that staff members hailing from the Hindu community were also not paid their salaries despite the occurrence of Diwali due to the funds' shortage. The letter states that the nursing staff of the KMC-operated hospitals, workers at the city's zoo and officials of the fire brigade department have been working without salaries due to the dearth of funds. Furthermore, the letter raises the fear that the staff may, in protest, halt its work at any time which could lead to a severe crisis.
  15. RAWALPINDI: The government on Friday appointed Air Marshal Farooq Habib as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, said a press release from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Air Marshal Habib was commissioned in the GD (P) branch of PAF in 1982. During his career, he has commanded a fighter squadron, an operational air Base and served as Commandant Air War College, Faisal. He has also commanded PAF?s Super Mushshak contingent in Saudi Arabia. His staff appointments include Deputy Director Operations Branch and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Safety), Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training) and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel) at Air Headquarters, added the PAF. He is also a qualified flying instructor and a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Air War College, and National Defence University. He holds master?s degrees in strategic studies and defence & strategic studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military).
  16. TOKYO: Companies in Japan?s service industries are struggling to hire and retain staff as the labour market becomes the tightest in decades, and are increasingly taking unorthodox steps to alleviate the shortage. That can include looking to housewives and the retired to come into or rejoin the labour force. In some cases, it means offering better working conditions for some staff, even if this requires raising prices. In others, companies are reducing the services they offer, perhaps by cutting opening hours, or delaying expansion plans. Japan?s jobless rate stood at a 23-year low of 2.8 percent in August, reflecting a strengthening economy and shrinking working-age population in a rapidly ageing society. And on Monday, the Bank of Japan?s ?tankan? quarterly survey showed that the ratio of companies complaining of labour shortages, rather than excess staff, was at its highest level since 1992. The labour squeeze can reduce the speed of economic development, and even curb some economic activity altogether, hurting Japan?s chances of a period of sustainable growth. For example, at Sun Mall in Chiba, east of Tokyo, labor shortages have led some tenants to abandon plans to take up space at the site, and others to shut up shop when key workers could not be replaced, according to Seth Sulkin, president and CEO of the mall?s owner Pacifica Capital KK. He also said a new spa due to open there in a few months has been forced to push back the opening date due to staff shortages. ?The pool of people seeking part-time jobs is shrinking rapidly, particularly outside of central Tokyo,? Sulkin said. ?We?ve recommended that the tenants convert some of the positions to full-time and raise wages but they tell us they can't-do that and still make money,? he said. ?In Tokyo, it?s easier to hire people but it?s not as easy as it used to be,? he said. By contrast, ?in our Chiba mall, I think the location is the big issue, there?s just not enough people.? FROM HOUSEWIVES TO RETIREES With the economy at near full-employment, companies are being forced to try to find new sources of labour. Fast food chain McDonald?s Holdings Co Japan Ltd, following in the footsteps of convenience store operator FamilyMart UNY Holdings, says it will try to expand its core workforce beyond young people by targeting housewives for part-time positions. More than half of housewives with children would like to work but are not able to find a suitable job, a survey of more than 4,000 married mothers by the Jobs Research Centre found. They were particularly concerned about long working days that don?t fit with their responsibilities at home. Signs of companies moving to improve working conditions to retain and attract staff include Doutor Nichires Holdings Co Ltd, which has introduced severance pay for some temporary employees at its Doutor Coffee chain. That is an unusual move in a country where there is a large gap in pay and working conditions between temporary and permanent employees. Some restaurant operators, including Royal Holdings Co Ltd and McDonald?s Japan, have begun moving away from 24-hour operations, but that is far from the preferred option for companies in an industry that prides itself on offering convenience and service at all hours of the day. More than 80% of companies surveyed in a Reuters poll in June reported that they expected labour shortages would force them to restrict the number of services they can offer over the next several years. Some efforts to expand the labour force are finding corporate thinking has only changed so much. This March, human resources firm Fullcast Holdings Co Ltd set up a recruitment agency aimed at Japan?s over 60s and, while almost 2,000 retirees have registered, many companies are not able to accommodate them, says Fullcast Senior Works President Yasuhiro Sumi. ?If there were jobs that met their needs in terms of things like distance from home, job type and working hours there are lots of employable people,? he said. Many companies remain hesitant to spend their record cash piles on raising wages, in part because they are unable to pass on costs to their customers who are accustomed to nearly two decades of mostly falling prices. ?It seems that deepening labour shortages are not resulting in higher prices that reflect rises in wage and labour costs,? says Hideo Kumano, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.
  17. A view of the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini WASHINGTON/HAVANA: The United States on Friday cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba by more than half and warned US citizens not to visit because of mysterious ?attacks? that have caused hearing loss, dizziness, and fatigue in US embassy personnel. The US embassy in Havana will halt regular visa operations for Cubans seeking to visit the United States and offer only emergency services to US citizens, steps that may further erode the US-Cuban rapprochement begun by former President Barack Obama. The partial evacuation ? while depicted as a safety measure ? sends a message of US displeasure over Cuba?s handling of the matter and delivers another blow to Obama?s policies of engagement with Cold War foe Cuba. The Communist Party-run Cuban government was already dealing with several delicate matters ? the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a steep decline in aid from important socialist ally Venezuela and political transition as President Raul Castro steps down next year. Cuba?s Foreign Ministry chief for US Affairs Josefina Vidal said, ?We consider the decision announced today by the US government through the State Department is hasty and will affect bilateral relations.? Vidal ? in a briefing on the state-run television ? said Cuba was still keen to cooperate with US authorities to clarify what happened. Officials in President Donald Trump?s administration stressed the United States was maintaining diplomatic ties with Cuba. Twenty-one US embassy employees in Cuba have been injured and reported symptoms such as hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping, the State Department said. ?Until the government of Cuba can ensure the safety of our diplomats in Cuba, our embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel in order to minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm,? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement. The Cuban government has denied any role and is investigating. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been looking into the incidents, a US law enforcement official said, but so far has not determined the cause. A senior State Department official said neither the US nor Cuban governments had been able to identify who was responsible but stressed that ?the government of Cuba is responsible for taking all appropriate steps to prevent attacks on our diplomatic personnel in Cuba?. In a travel warning, the State Department bluntly said, ?because our personnel?s safety is at risk, and we are unable to identify the source of the attacks, we believe US citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba?. A State Department official said most visa processing had been suspended in Havana. ?Cuban applicants for nonimmigrant visas may apply at another US embassy or consulate overseas.? The State Department said the attacks on US embassy personnel had occurred at ?US diplomatic residences and hotels frequented by US citizens?. No tourists are known to have been injured in the attacks. Canada said it has no plans to change its travel advice for Cuba or to remove any Canadian staff from its embassy there, though some staff have experienced some unusual symptoms, Chrystia Freeland ? a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister ? said on Friday. 52-year-old Diana Rodriguez ? who sells handicrafts in Old Havana ? said she had a visa appointment in October so she could visit family who live in Florida. ?I won?t ever go there now,? she said furiously. ?This is a really strong blow that affects regular Cubans on the street. It?s just unheard of. What is going on with this man?? Pretext? Trump in June vowed to partially roll back the detente with Cuba agreed by Obama ? his Democratic predecessor ? and called the Cuban government ?corrupt and destabilizing? in his address to the United Nations General Assembly this month. Engage Cuba ? a Washingon-based lobbying group ? said the decision was ?puzzling? given that American travellers had not been targeted. It said halting the visa process in Cuba and discouraging Americans from going there ?will divide families and harm Cuba?s burgeoning private sector, civil society groups and efforts to improve human rights on the island?. ?I haven?t felt in danger at all. The people are very friendly, it?s a very safe culture? I don?t feel threatened at all here, I think it's a really safe place to be,? American visitor Joey Branch said. US lawmakers took positions on the issue that appeared to reflect their wider perspective on engagement with Havana. Senator Patrick Leahy ? a Democrat who favours normalization ? suggested the attacks may be an attempt to undermine this. ?Whoever is doing this obviously is trying to disrupt the normalization process between the United States and Cuba. Someone or some government is trying to reverse that process,? Leahy said in a statement. Marco Rubio ? a Florida Republican and frequent critic of the Cuban government ? called for harsher measures. ?Until those responsible for these attacks are brought to justice, the US should immediately expel an equal number of Cuban operatives, downgrade the US embassy in Havana to an interests section, and consider re-listing Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism,? Rubio said in a statement. American Tour Operators in Cuba, which counts more than 50 US companies, criticized the travel warning. ?The motivation for the US government to issue today?s Travel Warning for Cuba is difficult to understand given that the facts and circumstances of these mysterious incidents have never posed a tangible threat to American visitors in Cuba.? American Airlines and United Airlines ? both of whom have applied for additional flights to Havana ? said the travel warning would not affect their current operations to Cuba. JetBlue Airways said it would waive change and cancellation fees for Cuba flights booked on or before Sept. 29. Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas said its operations in Cuba would continue. Cuba reported four million arrivals last year, of which 285,000 were Americans.
  18. The graduation ceremony of 119 Combat Support Course was held at PAF Academy on Friday. Photo: PAF RISALPUR: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, said on Friday that Pakistan being a peace-loving country has always supported peace in the region and especially in the Middle-East, according to Pakistan Air Force. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman was addressing the graduation ceremony of 119 Combat Support Course, which was held at PAF Academy on Friday. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, in his address, said that Pakistan and Kuwait have a long history of close cooperation and coordination both at the government and Air Force level and the strong bond of fraternal ties between the two countries and their Air Forces would further strengthen in the years to come. Major General Abdullah Yaqoob Al-Foudari, Commander Kuwait Air Force was the chief guest at the ceremony. Addressing at the occasion the Commander Kuwait Air Force said that Kuwait and Pakistan enjoy strong brotherly relations spanning over decades. Major General Abdullah Yaqoob Al-Foudari, Commander Kuwait Air Force was the chief guest at the ceremony. Photo: PAF Both countries support each other in a wide range of activities such as social, military training and industrial technology. He also thanked the air chief for his sincere efforts in the training of Kuwaiti pilots at PAF Academy. A total of 52 aviation cadets including 12 under training officers of Kuwait Air Force graduated at the occasion. The chief guest awarded branch insignia and trophies to the distinction holders. Trophy for Best Performance in 119 Combat Support Course was awarded to Aviation Cadet Rizwana Nasreen; while overall best performance trophy in Allied Under Training Officers was awarded to Pilot Officer Abdul Rehman Mubarak from Kuwait Air Force. The Parade was followed by a thrilling performance by ?Eaglets?- the Para Motor Glider team of the Academy. ?Bravehearts and Sherdils?, the PAF Academy Aerobatics Teams also displayed an exhilarating aerial display at the occasion. The ceremony was witnessed by high-ranking military and civil officials, foreign dignitaries and a large number of guests of graduating cadets.
  19. COPENHAGEN: Lego said it would lay off 8 percent of its staff and revamp its business after reporting its first fall in sales in more than a decade on Tuesday. The Danish toymaker announced a 5-percent decline in mid-year revenue a month after abruptly removing its chief executive, suggesting it is facing its biggest test since flirting with bankruptcy in the early 2000s. Lego said it could not promise a return to growth in the next two years, a jolting acknowledgement for a group widely admired for embracing the digital era and tying up lucrative franchises from Harry Potter to Minecraft. ?We have now pressed the reset-button for the entire group,? executive chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said, acknowledging the business had grown too complicated. He would seek a return to a leaner and more efficient organisation to respond to ?losing momentum ... which we think could ultimately lead to stagnation or even decline.? Lego said revenues had disappointed in its core markets of the United States and Europe, after a decade of double-digit growth and launches spanning Lego sets, video games, movie franchises, robotics and smartphone applications. Sales related to its Star Wars line declined slightly in the first half of the year, the company said. SHARP REVERSAL It marked a sharp reversal for a company that managed to expand and respond to rising demand in Asia when Knudstorp was CEO, even as the global toy market shrank after the 2008 financial crisis. Knudstorp, took the top job aged 35 in 2004, a year after Lego flirted with bankruptcy, and set about reviving Lego?s core business. That included firing consultants and hiring new designers to come up with higher-margin products that were up to date but still looked like Lego, an abbreviation of the Danish ?leg godt?, meaning ?play well?. Bali Padda took over as chief executive in January, but the Briton was removed just eight months later and replaced by Danish industrialist Niels B. Christiansen. ?I am very much accountable for the situation and for the results we?re sharing today,? Knudstorp said. Sales between January and June stood at 14.9 billion Danish crowns ($2.38 billion), still topping My Little Pony producer Hasbro Inc?s sales of $1.82 billion and Barbie doll maker Mattel Inc?s $1.71 billion. Last year, revenue growth slowed from 25 percent in 2015 to just six percent. Lego said it would cut approximately 1,400 positions - including up to 600 at its headquarter in Billund, Denmark - the majority of them before the end of 2017. The company currently employs 18,200 people. ?We?ve been through a decade of very high growth and during those years we have invested a great deal,? Knudstorp said, noting that the company added more than 7,000 new positions between 2012 and 2016. ?We have now realised that we have built an increasingly complex organization to a degree that makes it difficult for us to realise our growth potential,? he added. ?What we have unfortunately recently seen is that despite the continued high level of investment, these have not materialised into a good harvest.? The unlisted company said in March that mid-single-digit growth rates were more realistic for the years to come, but revised those expectations downward on Tuesday. ?We are not saying specifically whether we will grow the next two years or not,? Knudstorp said.
  20. Despite taking the Indian cricket team to new heights, Anil Kumble's stint as coach of the national side came to an abrupt end following a bitter fall-out with skipper Virat Kohli. Both Kumble and Kohli had failed to form a working relationship and their partnership became untenable. While the Kohli-Kumble saga surely shocked the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the fans on the back of a heart-breaking loss to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final, it seems that the Indian captain is still not over the infamous episode. © BCCL Speaking to the BCCI.TV after the fourth ODI between India and Sri Lanka, Kohli lauded and thanked every member of Team India's support staff including coach Ravi Shastri, batting coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and throwdown expert Raghu. While he rightly credited them all for India's rise in international cricket in the past few years, the Delhi lad ommitted the name of former coach Anil Kumble who was undeniably pivotal in his role for the national side. "The support staff's contribution is massive. I was given the captaincy in 2014 end against Australia and how we were number 7 then and how we are number 1 under the same group of people. They are very special to the team and they gel well with the boys," Kohli said. "All the way down to Raghu, who's the main reason why all of us have been able to take our batting to the next level. He and Sanjay Bangar have worked relentlessly. And Sridhar fielding wise, Arun paaji with the bowlers, Ravi bhai giving the guys confidence and just unlocking their games in a way that I haven't seen many people do before. © BCCL His way of motivating people is on another dimension. We really enjoy working with them, it's like a big family, and we're really really happy in each other's company," concluded the Indian skipper. Kumble, who was appointed as India's head coach in June 2016, has witnessed the Virat Kohli brigade winning a dozen out of 17 Tests alongside four draws and just one loss that came against Steve Smith's men earlier this year. And, more importantly, India also retained their World No. 1 ranking in the logest version of the game.
  21. RAWALPINDI: Chairman JCS Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Sunday visited National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), informed ISPR. Expressing satisfaction over the development and progress of various strategic systems and capabilities, Chairman JCS Committee lauded the efforts of scientists and engineers involved in the development programmes. He also highlighted the significant contributions of NESCOM in developing an array of state of the art strategic missile systems that have made Pakistan?s defence formidable. Chairman also appreciated contributions of NESCOM in the development of various conventional weapon systems for the three Services. Chairman reiterated that Pakistan is a peace loving country but would not remain oblivious to its national security needs and shall pursue a policy of developing credible minimum deterrence to counter threats to its security. Earlier on his arrival, the General was received by Chairman NESCOM Dr Nabeel Hayat Malik. Chairman JCS Committee was accompanied by DG SPD, Lieutenant General Mazher Jamil.
  22. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after a security briefing at his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, US, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst BEDMINSTER: President Donald Trump said on Friday he was being sarcastic when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in US diplomatic staff in Russia. Asked whether he was being sarcastic, Trump told reporters, "In order to reduce our payroll, absolutely. I think you know that," Trump said without explicitly criticising the move. Breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin's July 30 order cutting US embassy and consulate staff by nearly two thirds, Trump said on Thursday: "I'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll," adding "there's no real reason for them to go back". Trump's remarks rekindled criticism of his kid-glove handling of Putin, especially as he has not shied away from being highly critical of members of his own party, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Putin, reacting to new sanctions imposed by the US Congress and reluctantly signed into law by Trump, ordered Washington to cut its diplomatic and technical staff by 755 people by September 1. Many of those affected likely will be local Russian staffers. It was also a reaction to former President Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian diplomats from the United States last December over the intelligence agency reports. "I was just speaking to the Secretary (of State Rex Tillerson) and we're talking about coming up with an answer [?] by September 1st we'll have a response," Trump said. Congressional committees and a special counsel are investigating the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election campaign by hacking and other methods to help Trump, a Republican. They are also looking into possible collusion between the campaign and Russian officials. Moscow has repeatedly denied meddling in the election and Trump denies any campaign collusion. During his campaign and since becoming president, Trump has consistently called for better ties with Russia, declined to criticise Putin and refused to unequivocally embrace the conclusions of the intelligence agencies. Trump's remarks were immediately denounced by current and former US officials who have served both Republican and Democratic administrations. The remarks also raised some eyebrows in Europe. ?I would have to say in my experience (it is) one of the most bizarre things I have ever heard from any government official, not just the US," Ojars Kalnins, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Latvian parliament, told Reuters earlier on Friday. "Thanking another foreign leader for firing people from their embassy is unprecedented. It?s bizarre."
  23. ISLAMABAD, Jul 31 (APP): Former minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday acknowledged the entire ministry, including heads and staff of its attached departments for their hard-work, diligence and commitment to duty during his tenure. In a letter written to secretary interior, Nisar gave credit to the entire team of the ministry and its attached departments for providing him with support in translating a vision into reality. He also acknowledged services of former interior secretaries who worked with him during this period for their cooperation and commitment to bring qualitative change in the working environment. He said during his political career, spanning over three decades, he has had an opportunity to head various ministries as minister and added that the present tenure was the most challenging during his entire political career due to the multi-faceted challenges that we, as a country, were faced with. Nisar said, ?From issues connected to our national security, the fight against militants to ensuring internal security and maintenance of law and order, from various administrative measures and internal reforms within our organizations to formulating new policies aimed at restoring sanctity of our laws and introducing transparency and rule of law, we had multi-dimensional tasks before as whatever we have been able to accomplish during this period is a matter of record.? ?I realise that at times my expectations from the ministry and its attached departments exceeded institutional capacities but we must not forget that people of Pakistan look towards the politicians and bureaucrats of country for redressal of their issues,? he said. ?We cannot afford to be oblivious of their issues and problems. I am confident that each and every officer has a realisation of his responsibilities and what we owe to our people and our country,? he added. Nisar also hoped that the momentum generated would be carried forward and each day would witness further improvements in output and ability of the ministry and its attached departments towards service delivery.
  24. US President Donald Trump congratulates White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, US, January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump replaced his beleaguered White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after only six months on the job on Friday, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shake-up of his top team. Trump announced the move in a tweet a day after his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade. Kelly, 67, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, was most recently secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. He was hired with the goal of bringing more discipline to the White House, a senior White House official said. Trump issued his decision just as he landed aboard Air Force One after a visit to Long Island. Priebus was on the plane with the Republican president and made no comment. Reporters had noticed no sign of stress from Priebus during the day. Trump had lost confidence in Priebus, privately questioning his competence after major legislative items failed to pass the U.S. Congress, a Trump confidant said. A source close to Priebus said the former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman turned in his resignation on Thursday night after Scaramucci's rant against him was published by the New Yorker magazine. A senior White House official said Trump had informed Priebus two weeks ago that he would be replacing him and that the move had no connection to Scaramucci, whose hiring a week ago prompted Sean Spicer, a Priebus ally, to abruptly resign as press secretary. After frequent conversations with Kelly, Trump recently warmed up to the idea of naming Kelly chief of staff to more effectively manage personnel and offered it to him earlier this week, a senior White House official said. Kelly starts on Monday. Carrying an umbrella, Trump approached reporters as he stepped off Air Force One, with rain storming down. "Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job. General Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody. He's a great, great American. Reince is a good man," Trump said. Priebus' 189-day tenure was the shortest in modern history for a White House chief of staff. He had hoped to stay on at least a year but struggled to manage his unpredictable boss and was unable to get a handle on conflicting factions in the White House who have frequently squabbled. In a statement, Priebus said it had been one of the great honours of his life serving Trump and the country. "I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the president's agenda and policies. I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success," he said. Trump loyalists had chafed at Priebus, feeling he had installed his RNC allies at the White House and overlooked the people close to Trump who helped get him elected president in November. But Priebus allies felt he was an important link to establishment Republicans in Washington as the capital attempted to adjust to the anti-establishment style of the president. "He has served the president and the American people capably and passionately," House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said of his close friend in a statement. "He has achieved so much, and he has done it all with class. I could not be more proud to call Reince a dear friend." White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she did not think Priebus' exit would affect the White House's relationship with the Republican Party. "I think we've still got a good relationship. We're going to continue working with the party and doing what we came here to do," she said.
  25. DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen prevented a UN flight carrying aid agency staff from traveling to the Houthi-controled capital Sanaa on Tuesday because three international journalists were also aboard, aviation sources said. The coalition, which intervened in the Yemen conflict in 2015 in support of the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, controls the airspace over Yemen and can prevent any flights made without prior permission. Aviation sources said the flight was prevented from taking off from Djibouti to Sanaa because three BBC journalists were on it. A United Nations spokesman confirmed the report. "The coalition claimed that the security of the journalists could not be guaranteed in areas under militants' control and advised the three journalists to travel on commercial flights," said Ahmed Ben Lassoued, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen. "It's unfortunate and partially explains why Yemen, which is one of the world's largest humanitarian crises, is not getting enough attention in international media," he added. A source in the coalition said that the Yemeni government was the only party entitled to issue visas for foreigners and that entry must be made via commercial flights through Aden airport, which is under its control. "The United Nations is not concerned with transporting journalists, except those who are coming to cover its own activities," a source in the coalition said, adding that the U.N. must ensure the journalists safety and make sure they do not carry out any other activity. US-based humanitarian agency CARE International said its Secretary-General Wolfgang Jamann was scheduled to fly to Sanaa for a first-hand look at a cholera outbreak that has killed nearly 1,800 people since April. "This is the only way in and out of Sanaa," said Wael Ibrahim, CARE country director in Yemen said. The impoverished Arab country has been devastated by the war, which has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million. "The lack of coverage is also hindering humanitarians' effort to draw the attention of the international community and donors to the humanitarian catastrophe the country is experiencing," Ben Lassoued said.