Story Highlights First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school. The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls. First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school.Such measures, she said, are critical to gender and development and will ultimately ensure the country’s progress.Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.The First Lady praised the staff of the institution for the “exemplary work” they are doing and the support they are providing for the teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She informed that in her homeland, once the pregnancy is visible, the student will have to leave school.“The girls feel quite abandoned and it is for this reason, on the recommendation of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that we came here to Jamaica to see exactly how you do things,” she stated.“The situation of adolescent mothers in Burkina Faso is a big problem, that is why we are here to learn from your experience and see how we can translate the successes that you have had in your experience in our own country…so that our young girls can have the lovely smiles that you have,” she added.Earlier this year, the Government announced that effective September 2013, it will be mandatory for all school-aged mothers to be re-integrated into the formal school system.Principal of Haile Selassie, Lorenzo Ellis, said the institution is “far advanced” in this process as, for some time, it has been providing facility for adolescent mothers to resume their education.Dean of Discipline at the school, Joseph Heron said the institution believes in social inclusiveness and the right of every child to receive an education.He noted that the institution works closely with the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica and the Child Development Agency (CDA), adding that the girls are treated with the utmost respect when they are re-integrated into the formal education system.“Within the Guidance Department we have to reassure them that their status of motherhood is precious but it is also confidential. We don’t want them to come under any undue pressure from any member of the community or school, as such, those members of staff who are in the know, they keep it confidential…and offer the necessary support,” he said.The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls.“I have had to fight within the United Nations system to ensure that a resolution will be passed within the United Nations to condemn and to prohibit female circumcision across the world,” she stated.She said that while genital mutilation is not an issue in Jamaica, countries need to collaborate to ensure that harmful practices, which have adverse health risks, especially on women, are eradicated.During her visit, the First Lady toured sections of the Haile Selassie compound, including the computer laboratory, cosmetology department and the library. She also heard testimonials from teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She was accompanied by Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Nestorine Sangare; Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry, Koudraogo Kabore; and Chief of State Protocol, Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix, among others.In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.Jamaica is supported by the UNFPA to protect and promote the rights of adolescents and young people towards responsible sexuality and access to high quality reproduction health services. Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.
, Updated: 1:28 PM December 14, 2017 Posted: December 14, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The California Department of Insurance has formed a task force to fight fraud and scams targeted at the survivors of the devastating Lilac Fire.Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones made the announcement Thursday at a Vista library branch which is now functioning as an assistance center for fire survivors.”This is ground zero for protecting wildfire survivors and we are taking a stand against disaster fraud,” Jones said.The Department of Insurance will be working with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to canvas neighborhoods scorched by the fires, and warn residents about the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors.California law is very clear about what kinds of financial obligations are allowed. Rick Lopes, a spokesperson for the Contractors State License Board said that homeowners should be concerned if any contractor demands a lot of money upfront.”They can ask for no more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less. Once you get past the down payment, they cannot require you to pay for any work before that work is done or for any of the materials before the materials are delivered to your job site,” Lopes said. Unlicensed contractors who are caught trying to solicit work in the disaster area could be prosecuted on felony charges. For more tips and useful guidelines on hiring a reputable contractor, you can go to the website, www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Anti-fraud task force aims to protect wildfire survivors
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its annual Academic Awards & Scholarship Night on Friday, June 1 in the WHS Gymnasium.The nearly 3-hour ceremony saw $165,000 in scholarships handed out to 105 graduating seniors.“This is a very special event we hold every year as we recognize our most well-deserving students for their outstanding commitment to academics, their dedication to school and community, and their proud demonstration of true Wildcat spirit,” WHS Principal Linda Peters told the crowd.“We’re so proud of these students. Not only did they meet the expectations and challenges that their high school experience presented, but they’ve achieved above and beyond, both inside and outside the classroom,” continued Peters. “We’re here tonight to commend them for their work ethic, academic achievement, and being individuals of outstanding character.”“You’re so fortunate to have grown up in a community that prides itself on giving back,” Peters told the seniors. “Some day, you may have an opportunity to give back to this very community that has provided you so much.”Businesses which presented scholarships included: Action Ambulance; Align Credit Union; Analog Devices; HUB International; interlinkONE; Lahey Health; Lowell Five Savings Bank; and Warner Babcock Institute For Green Chemistry, along with the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.Community groups which presented scholarships included: American Legion Post 136; Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 110; Friendship Masonic Lodge; Sole Sisters Running Club; Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks; Wilmington Community Fund; Wilmington Community Television; Wilmington Democratic Town Committee; Wilmington Kiwanis Club; Wilmington Rotary Club; Wilmington Sons of Italy Jr. Lodge; Wilmington VFW Post 2458; Wilmington Women’s Club; and We’re One Wilmington.Sports organizations which presented scholarships included: Wilmington Beyond TOPS; Wilmington Boosters Club; Wilmington Little League; Wilmington Touchdown Club; Wilmington Youth Hockey; Wilmington Youth Soccer; and Wilmington Pop Warner.School organizations which presented scholarships included: WHS CATS; WHS Medical Careers Club; WHS World Cultures Club; Wilmington Band Parents & Friends; Wilmington School-Business Partnership; Wilmington Strings Attached; and Wilmington Teachers Association.The Town of Wilmington, Town’s Veterans Department, Town’s Elderly Services Department, Wilmington Firefighter Union, Wilmington Police Association; and Wilmington Police Patrol Union also provided scholarships.Scholarships were offered in memory of: Tony Alonardo; Anthony Barletta; Joanne Benton; Joyce Brisbois; Laura Caira; Doug Chernovetz; George Cogan; Janet Coulouris; Christopher Crosby; Lawrence Cushing; Bob & Peg Dicey; Jonathan Fish; Kim Forte; Kimberly Jean Hall; Leo & Helen Harrington; Audrey Harrison; Don Jones; Frank Kelley; John Lucci, Sr.; Officer John Maguire; Kelli Murray; Kevin Nolan; Justin Andrew O’Neil; Carl Olsen; Claire & Herb Peterson; Ring Family; Jason Stevenson; E.H. Stuart; Barry & Marry Stuzell; Jay Sullivan; Sylvia Weiner; Hugh Wiberg; and Jack Wolfe.Academic Excellence AwardsThe Wilmington High School faculty also announced the top seniors in each department. Award winners included:Business: Nolan KaneEnglish: Jesse ValenteFamily & Consumer Science: Krista BrownHealth Dynamics: Bobby LordMath: Aditya GauthamScience: Aditya GauthamSocial Studies: Joana XingTechnology: Adele BurtonVisual Arts: Kendia NerestantWorld Languages: Brianna FerreiraZoe Marzi, Mia O’Connell, and Anna Pietropaolo received High Honors on the National Latin Exam. Vittorio Iocco (silver) and Aditya Gautham (bronze) received medals in the National Spanish Exam. Fariha Haque received an award from the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association.Fariha Haque was awarded the Paul Revere Bowl. Mia O’Connell, Marissa Lagrasso, and Adam Doucette received Marine Corp Student Awards. Jessica Moore received the Joanne Benton Dear Soldier Letter Award from iPods for Wounded Veterans.Principal Linda Peters also revealed the class’s final Top 10 rankings:#10) Dina Singh#9) Andrew Almedia#8) Mia O’Connell#7) Thomas Hogan#6) Jesse Valente#5) Gillian Lentini#4) Zoe Marzi#3) Fariha Haque#2) Aditya Gautham#1) Vittorio Iocco[Editor’s Note: Wilmington Apple apologizes for any misspellings. I was working strictly from what I *think* I heard and did not have a list of awards, scholarships or recipients.]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Luxury cars Car Industry 1 2020 BMW 750Li xDrive: Big comfort with a big grille 2020 BMW 7 Series first drive: Travel comfortably and carry a big grille More From Roadshow 2019 BMW 330i xDrive review: The new and improved 3 Series 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian Comment Tags Share your voice Enlarge ImageThere is something special about a V12-powered luxury sedan that goes beyond just having four extra cylinders and we’re glad BMW is keeping the tradition alive. BMW I don’t care who you ask; when it comes to internal combustion engine layouts, the V12 is king. Unfortunately, for most automakers around the world, the king is dead — but not at BMW, at least for a few more years.According to a report published Wednesday by TopGear.com, BMW’s head of powertrain development, Michael Bayer said that the company’s current-generation turbocharged V12 would be around until at least 2023.The V12 engine is currently used to power the current 760i xDrive, and it’s pretty great. It makes a buttery-smooth 577 horsepower (down from 602, due to emissions changes) and 590 pound-feet of torque. It’s everything you’d want in a giant luxo-barge, and apparently, BMW’s customers agree. BMW is at maximum production on the V12. The V12 is having a tough time in general, thanks to the increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions standards found in countries around the world. These tightening restrictions have caused even Mercedes-Benz — formerly the world’s foremost producer of V12 powerplants — to call it quits on the format, saying that the current generation of V12 AMG S600 and S65s would be its last.Don’t get me wrong; the current generation of Bimmer’s turbocharged V8s are incredible, available in just about everything with a six-figure price tag. These turbo-terrors produce V12-like power and torque with better emissions, weight and packaging, but the way they deliver power just isn’t the same.BMW didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. BMW 64 Photos BMW Mercedes-Benz