Rabat – Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, met yesterday in Rabat with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and Minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs Abdelkrim Benatiq.At the meeting, the officials discussed national strategies of integration (including the education of children), contact with Moroccans living abroad, and the issue of mobility in the context of Morocco.“By being a country of departure, transit and arrival for migrants, Morocco is the type of country that permits examination of everything related to issues of migration,” stated Arbour. Arbour described the talk as “very enriching,” especially since it highlighted the international contribution of Morocco through its co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).The organization will host a conference at the end of June in Berlin, with the theme “Towards a Global Contract on Migration and Development”.Arbour’s visit to Morocco from May 29 until June 1 is her first trip abroad since her appointment to the post by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 9.
Rick Hansen, founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, awarded Mosaic Stadium with the highest accessibility rating of Accessibility Certified Gold. Lynn Giesbrecht / Regina Leader-Post Some football fans say there were a few fumbles in Mosaic Stadium planning Explore the features of the new Mosaic Stadium Receiving this approval from Hansen is significant, said Fougere.“When he casts his view on our stadium and says that we’ve got a gold standard, we are very, very proud of that,” said Fougere. “This is a shining moment for us.”But while the stadium’s score was high, it wasn’t perfect, and Hansen said the RHF will be passing along a list of recommendations to the City of Regina on what can still be improved.“We can always do things better and we’re going to talk about that,” said Fougere. “I’ve told Mr. Hansen that we’ll have that conversation with our administration (and) with him about how we up that score to make sure it gets even higher.”The importance of creating accessible facilities is only increasing, said Hansen. He noted that as the baby boomer generation ages, the number of people living with a disability is also rising.“We have to be able to not just deal with this because it’s the right thing to do as a charitable concern, we also have to do it because it’s a fundamental human rights opportunity and mandate of our country,” he said.“We have to normalize the idea of accessibility and keep upping our standards as we go forward.”The RHF looks at a number of factors when rating a site, said Hansen, including transportation to the site, parking, ways to get into the facility, washrooms, seating and wayfinding systems. Once the RHF has come up with its score, it submits the information to the Canadian Standards Association, which looks over the data and gives its approval for the accessibility firstname.lastname@example.org Related From its initial planning through to final construction, Mayor Michael Fougere said Mosaic Stadium was always intended to be an inclusive space for people with disabilities — a dedication that was rewarded when the stadium became the first in Canada to be rated Accessibility Certified Gold.On Saturday afternoon, Rick Hansen, longtime accessibility advocate and founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), presented Mosaic Stadium and the City of Regina with the award.“We want to make sure that we are recognizing advancements and accomplishment in the area of building accessible and inclusive facilities, spaces and places where people with disabilities live, work, play and learn,” said Hansen.The Rick Hansen Foundation rates sites out of 100 on how accessible they are. Any site with a rating of 60 or more receives the designation of RHF Accessibility Certified, and any site that hits a score of 80 or more becomes RHF Accessibility Certified Gold.With a score of 82, Mosaic Stadium is the first stadium in Canada to reach this gold standard.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Hansen said he was particularly impressed with the facility’s integrated supports for people with not just mobility challenges, but also hearing and visual challenges — something he said a lot of places lack because they only focusing on mobility.“This is a more inclusive and universal design standard that serves the most benefit for the most people,” he said.
Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, accompanied UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the visit to South Sudan, where they met Government officials and visited communities affected by the conflict.During her mission, Ms. Kang also met humanitarian partners and the diplomatic community and visited Malakal, where she witnessed the devastating impact of the armed violence that took place on 17 and 18 February in the UN protection of civilians site.“I am outraged by what I have seen in Malakal,” she said, noting that civilians who had sought safety at the site have been attacked, killed, traumatised and displaced once more, with the entire site, including medical clinics and schools, completely and systematically burnt down and destroyed.“Those responsible for these heinous acts must be held to account,” she said.The two-year conflict in South Sudan has taken a brutal and deadly toll on civilians. Recently, fighting has spread to new areas, including in Wau and Mundri, and there continue to be reports of people being raped and killed, and of homes and crops being destroyed and damaged by fighting.Despite the peace agreement, civilians in the country continue to face destitution, destruction, death and devastation, and the humanitarian needs continue to grow, said Ms. Kang, calling for an end to the fighting, the protection of people caught in the middle, and immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to all those in need.Ms. Kang appealed to the international community to act immediately to avert an even greater tragedy in South Sudan, as humanitarian needs are higher now than ever.The South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 is currently only 6.5 per cent funded, including the $21 million of Central Emergency Response Fund allocation announced by the Secretary-General in Juba on 25 February, leaving a gap of nearly $1.21 billion.Some $220 million is needed without delay to ensure that vital supplies can be procured and delivered during the dry season, before nearly 60 per cent of the country is again unreachable by road.
ROMANS DINED ON an intriguing list of food stuffs, including giraffe legs, pink flamingos, sea urchins and exotic Indonesian spices, a new study has claimed.Teams of archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati have spent more than 10 years at excavations in Pompeii, near Naples in southern Italy, finding deposits which date as far back as the fourth century.The researchers believe their discoveries in the famed city, which was buried under a volcano in 79AD, “wipe out the historic perceptions of how the Romans dined”.They now say that the lower classes did not scrounge for soup and gruel while those with wealth ate lavishly and luxuriously. However, lines can still be drawn between socioeconomic classes by examining their diets.Lead researcher Steven Ellis presented his findings at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and American Philological Association (APA) in Chicago earlier this month.“The traditional vision of some mass of hapless lemmings – scrounging for whatever they can pinch from the side of a street, or huddled around a bowl of gruel – needs to be replaced by a higher fare and standard of living, at least for the urbanites in Pompeii,” he said.Ellis and his team have worked on the excavation of two city blocks within a non-elite district of the city, producing a complete archaeological analysis of homes, shops and businesses at a once-forgotten area inside one of the busiest gates of Pompeii, the Porta Stabia.The area covers 10 separate building plots and a total of 20 shop fronts, most of which served food and drink. The waste that was examined included collections from drains as well as 10 latrines and cesspits, which yielded mineralised and charred food waste coming from kitchens and excrement. The discoveries in the drains was an abundance of the remains of fully-processed foods, especially grains.“The material from the drains revealed a range and quantity of materials to suggest a rather clear socio-economic distinction between the activities and consumption habits of each property, which were otherwise indistinguishable hospitality businesses,” says Ellis.Findings revealed foods that would have been inexpensive and widely available, such as grains, fruits, nuts, olives, lentils, local fish and chicken eggs, as well as minimal cuts of more expensive meat and salted fish from Spain. Waste from neighbouring drains would also turn up less of a variety of foods, revealing a socio-economic distinction between neighbors.And further down the street, there were even more upmarket items to be discovered.A drain from a central property revealed a richer variety of foods as well as imports from outside Italy, such as shellfish, sea urchin and even delicacies including the butchered leg joint of a giraffe.“That the bone represents the height of exotic food is underscored by the fact that this is thought to be the only giraffe bone ever recorded from an archaeological excavation in Roman Italy,” continued Ellis.“How part of the animal, butchered, came to be a kitchen scrap in a seemingly standard Pompeian restaurant not only speaks to long-distance trade in exotic and wild animals, but also something of the richness, variety and range of a non-elite diet.”Read: Here’s a museum that tells blind visitors: Please touch!Hidden Ireland: Ready to meet Ireland’s very first farmers?