Secretary-General Kofi Annan emphasized in a video message marking the anniversary that while “tremendous” progress has been made in assisting the devastated areas, huge challenges lie ahead. “If we are to ‘built back better’ than what was there before, we need to strike a balance between quick results and sustainable development,” he said. “And we need to keep building on the courage of the communities who are valiantly taking charge of their recovery, despite the losses they endured and the conditions they live in.”The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, noted in a recent op-ed that the tsunami “was only the beginning in what was to become the Year of Disasters.”Writing in the Sunday edition of The Independent, he urged the international community to build on the generous outpouring of aid provided for disaster victims over the past year and to provide humanitarian agencies with the funds they need before tragedy strikes.“Imagine if your local fire department had to beg the mayor for money to turn on the water hoses every time a fire broke out. Now imagine numerous fires occurring simultaneously all over the globe, but no money on hand to turn on the hoses. That’s the situation faced by aid workers whenever a major crisis erupts.”Mr. Egeland hailed the recent establishment by UN Member States of a $500 million Global Emergency Fund to jumpstart relief operations within 72 hours of a crisis. About $200 million has already been pledged. He called on all governments, as well as the private sector, “to contribute the balance for this vitally necessary fund.”In a separate development, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that a married couple separated for nearly a decade is now happily reunited after finding joint housing in the wake of the tsunami.Feleela Hameed and her husband M.I. Mohamed Mubarak took their first steps towards reconciliation when she tried to find stable accommodations after months of temporary housing. The local rural development foundation “came to me asking why our family had applied for two shelters, so I explained that my husband and I had been separated for many years,” Ms. Hameed said. “They said this was not good, you must unite for yourselves and the children.”A counselor from the foundation helped the couple to reunite, and they now live with their four children in a UNHCR-run shelter in Chavalakadai, Sri Lanka.
by News Staff Posted Apr 11, 2013 11:39 am MDT Royal Bank chief executive makes public apology for outsourcing jobs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Royal Bank is making a public apology to the workers who are being affected by the bank’s outsourcing arrangement with a foreign company.Chief executive Gord Nixon says in a letter to be published in newspapers that RBC should have been more sensitive and helpful to them.He repeated assurances that all of them — about 45 people by most reports — will be offered comparable job opportunities within the bank.Nixon says Royal is also reviewing its supplier arrangements and policies to balance RBC’s desire to be a successful business and a “leading corporate citizen.”Nixon’s public apology follows a backlash against the bank after some of its Canadian information technology workers complained they were being replaced by foreign workers working for a company contracted by RBC.IGate brought its own employees into Canada on temporary foreign worker visas so they could be trained at RBC branches for the services they’ll be providing to the bank. read more
Members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team look on during player introductions before a game against Michigan. Feb. 28 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, but OSU won the shootout, 1-0.Credit: Hayden Grove / BuckeyeTV asst. sports directorANN ARBOR, Mich. — An ugly game in a hostile environment was not enough to keep the Ohio State men’s hockey team from notching a meaningful two points against their archrivals Friday.“Good teams find a way to get points and we’ve been talking about getting points,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said after he team secured a 1-0 shootout victory to earn an extra point against Michigan. “We’re on the road, in this building, in this atmosphere, it was fun. For us to get points, it was big.”In the first game of a two-city weekend series between the No. 21 Buckeyes and No. 14 Michigan that started in Ann Arbor, the Buckeyes secured a shootout win.Up 2-1 in the final period, the Buckeyes surrendered a game-tying goal to Michigan junior forward Alex Guptill that sent things into overtime.After a scoreless overtime period, OSU senior forward Alex Szczechura slipped a shot past Michigan freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort for the game-winner.After the game, Rohlik said that even though he was disappointed in the way his team responded after almost two weeks off the ice, he was proud of his team for fighting to the finish.“We actually had a good week of practice, I thought we’d be sharper,” Rohlik said. “We could never get over the hump, but to have the lead with five minutes left go, you gotta find a way to win. We held on and got it done in the shootout.”On the contrary, Michigan coach Red Berenson saw his team improve throughout the game, but was ultimately disappointed they couldn’t secure the win down the stretch.“We had a good third period and coulda-woulda-shoulda maybe won the game in regulation or in overtime,” Berenson said. “Its a tough loss at home. Even though its a tie — you get one point out of it — it’s not good enough for a home game at this time of year against this team. It’s disappointing to give that up.”For the majority of the game, it appeared as if the Wolverines had a numerical advantage on the ice, thanks to their six power play opportunities on the evening. During each of those six occasions, however, the Buckeyes did not allow a single power play goal despite the multiple disadvantages.“I said before the game, whoever wins the special teams is probably going to win the game,” Rohlik said. “Any time you keep them off the board on the power play, it’s key.”The success of the Buckeyes against the power play was thanks in large part to the effort of freshman goalie Matt Tomkins, who saved 35 shots in the game.While not the normal net-minder for the Buckeyes as of late, Rohlik said Tomkins was rewarded with the start due to his efforts on the ice in practice.“I give him a lot of credit,” Rohlik said. “Matty was waiting in the wings and he deserved an opportunity, I’m really happy for him.”Another Buckeye who had a special night was freshman forward Nick Schilkey, who put his 10th goal of the season into the net just five minutes into the action.Schilkey, who hails from Marysville, Michigan, was proud to have scored such a big goal in front of his family in his home state.“I had some family in the stands and its nice in any game to get a goal like that is big,” Schilkey said. “Especially here in the home state, its fun.”Currently trailing Michigan by just two points in the Big Ten standings, the Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus to face the Wolverines again Sunday at Nationwide Arena.Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more