Church pastor exposed as a career con artist

first_imgSPAC Nation.SPAC Nation claims it is helping disadvantaged young people – but former members say that its leaders, including Mariam, encourage young congregants to take out loans and give huge sums to the church.  A criminal investigation is currently underway into allegations of fraud and other offences relating to individuals associated with SPAC Nation, according to police.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mariam Mbula seems to have it all. But this self-styled entrepreneur is actually a career con artist who has served time all over Europe. Mariam is currently a senior pastor with a notorious church: – Advertisement – Executive Producer: Nisha Lilia Diu Here, Mariam’s victims expose the truth.Watch the full documentary Catch Her if You Can on iPlayerProduced & directed by Ben Bryant and Claire Burnett- Advertisement –last_img read more

Hakim Ziyech’s masterclass for Chelsea against Sheffield United analysed | Football News

first_imgHakim Ziyech's passing for Chelsea against Sheffield UnitedImage:Ziyech’s passing for Chelsea in their 4-1 win against Sheffield United 2:09 Frank Lampard reflects on Chelsea’s come-from-behind victory “I told you so,” says Hans de Jong, Hakim Ziyech’s former youth-team coach at Heerenveen.He has just witnessed Ziyech’s stunning performance in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United, a victory orchestrated by the club’s new signing from Ajax. One wonderful left boot delivering two assists to help Frank Lampard’s side secure another three important points.- Advertisement – preview image 2:44 Ziyech’s move to Chelsea was confirmed long before the rest of the summer arrivals but he was the last of them to start a game for the club, following an injury in pre-season. Greater focus was on the vast potential of the younger German duo of Werner and Kai Havertz.But after having to wait until the last day of October to make his first Premier League line-up, Ziyech has made a big impact. Chelsea have scored at least three in all four of his starts. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United At 27, Ziyech is late in his career to be making the step from the Eredivisie to the Premier League. That can sometimes bring with it difficulties. But the positive is that he is mentally prepared for this challenge. He is used to being a big player and ready for the responsibility.“He is a top-class player, a very complete player,” said Lampard. “To hit the ground running the way he has is a huge plus for us. There are some great left foots in the Premier League, but he gives so much more than just that. I have been really impressed with his attitude.“He wants to know about plans for the next opposition.” Frank Lampard can feel it all coming together.“People expected our attacking players to click on day one of the season, but of course that doesn’t happen,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “It is a work in progress, and the movement and the relationships on the pitch is something you have to work on.“There are great signs, but we need to keep going.” In total, he created six chances. Not only the most of any player on the pitch and more than the entire Sheffield United team put together, but equalling the record set so far this season by Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s opening game of the campaign. center_img “He seems very comfortable and relaxed,” De Jong tells Sky Sports.“The other players recognise his qualities and that is important.”How could they not recognise it? Ziyech was at the heart of Chelsea’s best work even apart from the expert crossing that delivered goals for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.- Advertisement – Hakim Ziyech's performance for Chelsea against Sheffield UnitedImage:Ziyech’s performance for Chelsea against Sheffield United Ziyech discusses his man of the match performance against Sheffield United Cole’s view on Ziyech“He has gone under the radar a bit due to the injury but I think when he has come back now he looks fit and he looks like he is enjoying the way that Frank plays and playing with his team-mates,” Ashley Cole told Sky Sports. “He is using that wand of a left foot to perfection. He is the one pulling the strings so I think he is a big player for Chelsea.” It is the sort of attitude that could help Ziyech have a big season. The sort of attitude that could help Chelsea have a big season. He already seems at home in the Premier League.“I feel comfortable,” he confirmed afterwards.“He has always had this calmness,” adds De Jong. “You could not get him crazy. He thought about things and what he wanted.“That is pretty good if you can do it.”It is already apparent to everyone that Ziyech can. It was Ziyech’s pass down the line that penetrated the Sheffield United defence and allowed Mateo Kovacic to find Tammy Abraham in the centre for Chelsea’s equalising goal too.Timo Werner had the chance to make it a hat-trick of assists for the Dutchman, hitting the post when put through in the second half. He later made amends with the fourth goal.- Advertisement – 4:04 “He has been a long time out of football with an injury, so to hit the ground running like he has, it is a great signing,” Lampard added. “He is a huge plus for us and will continue to be so.“We played against him in the Champions League last year and I knew the player the year before and he is a top-class player. You could see that from afar, but when you work with him, he impresses you even more as you see his personality.”That personality was evident in his interview after the game. When it was put to Ziyech that he might have just been looking for an area when delivering his crosses, he disagreed.“No, I just always look at them before I take the ball,” he told Sky Sports. “I think only eye contact is enough for us. I am not afraid to give a pass or whatever.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Leavitt nominated as new HHS secretary

first_imgDec 13, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – President Bush today announced Michael O. Leavitt as his choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), replacing Tommy Thompson, who resigned last week. Leavitt, who served three terms as governor of Utah, has been administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since November 2003. His name now goes to the Senate for confirmation. Some observers had expected Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to be the HHS nominee. In a statement from the agency today, Tommy Thompson stressed the importance of having McClellan in his current post as he seeks to implement the Medicare Modernization Act. White House press release Leavitt had surfaced in the past few days as a possible replacement for Bernard Kerik, who withdrew over the weekend as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Defense because of potential problems surrounding his past employment of a nanny who is an immigrant. Bush noted that under Leavitt’s leadership, medical research will continue to be a priority and that the administration “will not relent in our efforts to protect the American people from disease, and the use of disease as a weapon against us.”center_img See also: Tommy Thompson received accolades from Bush and Leavitt at the announcement. “Early in his tenure, our nation went on a wartime footing and had to prepare for emergencies of a kind never seen before. Secretary Thompson led the effort to prepare the medical infrastructure for any terrorist challenge,” Bush said. According to a transcript of the nomination on the White House Web site, Utah was named one of the best managed states in the country during Leavitt’s tenure. A New York Times story called him a moderate consensus builder on environmental issues during his EPA service. President Bush said in naming Leavitt that he “is an ideal choice to lead one of the largest departments of the United States government. [HHS] touches the life of every person in this country. From the safety of our food and medicine, to the Medicare program, to preparing for any kind of health emergency, HHS has comprehensive responsibilities for the health of Americans.”last_img read more

US, UK, Canada to jointly test plague vaccines

first_img See also: The three countries have been sharing information on plague vaccines since 2000, and the United States and the UK have been working separately to develop them since the 1990s, the DoD said in an Apr 15 news release. The vaccines now being tested are “subunit” vaccines made of particular proteins found on the surface of Y pestis, rather than whole cells. CIDRAP overview of plague Apr 15 DoD news release The vaccine prevented bubonic plague (the most common form of plague, associated with flea bites and leading to swollen lymph nodes, fever, and other symptoms) but did not protect against pneumonic plague (lung infection, usually from inhaling the pathogen). The DoD program is managed by the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program in the office of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. Apr 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to collaborate with the defense departments of Canada and the United Kingdom to develop a vaccine for plague, which would fill an empty slot in the nation’s current vaccine arsenal. “This joint effort will continue until late 2005, at which time the DoD will evaluate both vaccine candidates and select one for continued advanced development,” the statement said. A licensed vaccine against plague was available in the United States until 1999, when the single manufacturer stopped making it. It was used to immunize US troops during the Vietnam War, because plague was fairly common in Vietnam at the time. The product was a whole-cell vaccine that used inactivated Yersinia pestis, the plague bacterium. The British vaccine contains the plague organism’s F1 and V antigens, derived separately from recombinant Escherichia coli. “The DoD vaccine contains the F1 and V antigens linked together as a fusion protein,” the DoD statement said. It was developed by the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and, according to previous reports, has been tested successfully in mice, ferrets, and monkeys. Plague is a fairly uncommon disease in the United States today, with 390 cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1947 through 1996. But the plague agent is one of six pathogens the government believes terrorists are most likely to try to use as a biological weapon. An experimental plague vaccine developed by DoD is in a phase 1 clinical trial that began earlier this year at the University of Kentucky, the DoD announcement said. A British plague vaccine candidate will be tested in a separate phase 1 trial in the United States later this year.last_img read more

Obama joins calls for improving US food safety regime

first_img Michael Pollan letter: “Letter to the Farmer-in-Chief” “At bare minimum, we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they eat peanut butter,” he told Matt Lauer of the “Today” show in an interview aired this morning and a transcript released by NBC News. “That’s what [younger daughter] Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week. I don’t wanna have to worry about whether she’s gonna get sick as a consequence.” Nicholas D. Kristof, “Obama’s ‘Secretary of Food’?” “Within both FDA and USDA, food safety is not the top priority,” the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) said in an April 2008 report called “Fixing Food Safety: Protecting America’s Food from Farm-to-Fork.” “At FDA, pharmaceuticals and medical devices—the ‘drug’ part of the Food and Drug Administration—receive priority attention. At USDA the focus is on promoting US farm commodities abroad and helping farmers and agribusiness at home.” There is no specific food-safety policy language in the new administration’s agenda, listed at Two days after the election, though, senior campaign adviser Neera Tanden told the Associated Press: “[Obama] thinks this is a fundamental role of government to ensure that people’s food is safe and he has been concerned that we are not in a position to ensure that.” 2008 outbreak was catalystMany of the calls for change were inspired by last summer’s 3-month-long Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak, which sickened more than 1,400 people before the culprit food, fresh hot peppers, was identified (and 6 weeks after the culprit food was misidentified as tomatoes). They have been renewed with the current Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak centered on institutional peanut butter and peanut paste that is a component of processed food. Varied foodborne expertise in states “isn’t from lack of desire or commitment on the part of state health departments; it really is as simple as not having the resources or the staff,” Levi said. “This core public health function has been chronically underfunded.” GAO’s 2009 list of high-risk issues In a budget imbalance that dates well back in the 20th century—before consolidation greatly reduced the number of US family farms and before processed food became an important marketplace sector—FDA is responsible for regulating 85% of food products in the United States, but has only half the budget and one-fourth the staff of the USDA FSIS, which accounts for the other 15%. Feb 2, 2009 CIDRAP News – President Barack Obama called today for a “complete review” of the operations of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the wake of the ongoing outbreak of Salmonella in peanuts and peanut butter. “The disruption of moving to a government-wide single food safety agency, in a very short period of time, may actually weaken things for a while rather than strengthen them,” Dr. Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH, said in an interview. “So our hope is that the first step in the process is creating a separate food safety agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to strengthen systems that are already in place.” IOM report “HHS in the 21st Century: Charting a New Course for a Healthier America” After the election, more than 58,000 people signed an online petition asking that the new secretary of agriculture be a champion of sustainable agriculture. That recommendation joins those made in December by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the report “HHS in the 21st Century: Charting a New Course for a Healthier America,” which proposes unifying all federal food safety efforts—currently diffused across 12 agencies, including the USDA—within the FDA. Monday’s announcement was Obama’s clearest statement yet on food safety. Limited reform was part of his campaign platform, which said in part, “The USDA and FDA need more authority to issue and enforce recalls for contaminated food.” He also introduced a food-safety bill into the Senate while campaigning last July. Obama administration rural and farm agenda The agencies’ prescriptions back up repeated efforts by some members of Congress, notably Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who several times have proposed creating a single new food agency out of the food-safety system’s many parts. Those efforts have been matched by more general calls from citizens for revamped food policy in the new government. They range from New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, who was raised on a family farm, proposing a new Cabinet position, “Secretary of Food,” to author and University of California, Berkeley professor Michael Pollan publishing an open letter urging food reform as a prerequisite to action on healthcare reform, energy independence, and climate change. Seeking one food-safety agencyUltimately, those currently calling for reform hope to see a new federal food-safety agency that would unite the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) within USDA, which oversees meat and poultry production, with the food functions of several FDA departments that oversee everything else. Calls for change in the food-safety system are not new: Ten years ago, the IOM report “Ensuring Safe Food: From Production to Consumption” called for naming a national food-safety official, updating statutory authority under a single food-safety law, and revamping organization of food safety into one administrative structure, either a new agency or a council of representatives from the existing agencies. Ultimately, fresh attention to food safety will require not just new agency architecture, but a fresh stream of funding sent toward the states, Levi underlined. The Salmonella outbreaks have pointed up different levels of capability among state health departments: The Minnesota Department of Health identified the correct culprit food in both cases, challenging epidemiology done in other states and at the CDC.center_img See also: In 2007, a subcommittee of the FDA’s own Science Board, the advisory group to the FDA commissioner, warned starkly: “The nation’s food supply is at risk. Crisis management in FDA’s two food safety centers, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and Center for Veterinary Medicine, has drawn attention and resources away from FDA’s ability to develop the science base and infrastructure needed to efficiently support innovation in the food industry, provide effective routine surveillance, and conduct emergency outbreak investigation activities to protect the food supply.” An essential part of that change would be naming one official within HHS who would have line authority over food safety functions. No such position exists now; food safety is a midlevel responsibility within the various HHS agencies, putting it far away from any policy-making power. Online petition, “Introducing the Sustainable Dozen!” Push for reform goes back yearsAnalysts of food safety and FDA operations, including some within the FDA itself, have been pressing for change for a while. Produce Safety Project report “Breakdown: Lessons to Be Learned from the 2008 Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak” The day after the inauguration, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a set of “high risk” issues that it recommended the new administration address immediately. “Revamping Federal Oversight of Food Safety” was on the list. Obama interview transcript Ten years on, much of the reform effort echoes those recommendations. “It should be at the highest level possible, preferably someone who reports to the secretary of HHS,” O’Hara said. “It needs to be seen as a priority of the department.” In calling for the review, President Obama is likely to hearten activists who have been pushing for reform of the nation’s food safety system. Overlapping coalitions of members of Congress, policy think tanks, and a substantial grassroots movement, spurred by repeated national foodborne epidemics, have been pressing the new administration to enact change at the FDA, which shares food-safety duties with the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In November, the Produce Safety Project of Georgetown University (funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts) issued an after-action report on the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that said the FDA has not exercised its authority to set mandatory, preventive safety standards for produce, though it has done so for seafood and eggs. Interim steps suggestedBut because rewiring so many components could take a while—bringing together every food-safety function could potentially wrap in even foodborne epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—those pressing for change have advanced interim steps. “Our argument to the Obama administration would be that it is long past time to act on this issue,” Jim O’Hara, the project’s director and a former associate commissioner at the FDA, said in an interview. FDA Science Board report “FDA Science and Mission at Risk: Report of the Subcommittee on Science and Technology”> Obama campaign platform TFAH report “Fixing Food Safety: Protecting America’s Food from Farm-to-Fork” IOM Report “Ensuring Safe Food: From Production to Consumption” Presciently, given that its recommendations were ignored for a decade, the report said, “Food safety in the United States lacks integrated Congressional oversight . . . and sustained political support.”last_img read more

Denis Ivošević, Istria Tourist Board: Istria today is a well-organized and organized tourist destination

first_imgOn Friday, July 21, 2017, in the Adriatic Hall of the Meliá Coral Hotel in Umag, the 27th session of the Tourist Board of the Istrian Tourist Board was held, where the main topic was the report on the work of the Istrian Tourist Board for the first six months.Director of the Tourist Board of the Istrian County Denis Ivošević, who presented a semi-annual report to the Council, emphasized that coordinated cooperation between the private and public sectors in preparing for the tourist year – which Istria has been practicing as a tourist destination for many years – is still a fundamental and well-established communication protocol for Istria’s tourism players. “According to this, and a number of other key facts, Istria today is a well-organized and organized tourist destination, with a well-thought-out strategy, performance and pricing policy of the private sector / large hoteliers, which our emitting market has obviously recognized and evaluated as a competitive product. He also reminded that Istria applies a different approach in the promotion of the destination itself thanks to the findings and settings from the new Master Plan, and the success of the season, he pointed out, among other things, contributed to the organization of a dozen TOP events that took place in April, May and June. (Tour of Croatia, Polo classic, Mayor league walleyball, SeaStar festival, Fireworks festival, Salsa festival, various European and world championships…). ” Ivošević points out.He also added that in the first half of 2017, Istria continued the continuity of quality investment in PR activities and hosted a record number of foreign journalists, 266 of them and 112 representatives of tour operators, specialized agencies, airlines, and again won two major foreign awards. (Flos Olei and National Geographic Traveler) and continued the continuity of 2011, 2012, and 2013, 2014 and 2015, positioning itself as one of the leading ‘lifestyle’ destinations. In addition, it won the first GRAND PRIX WERBE 2017 award for tourism publications. ”One of the most important activities in the field of co-branding and co-marketing are well-established strategic partnerships with world-famous brands such as: BMW, CUBE, BOSCH, TURKISH AIRLINES and this year’s new important partnership with MASTERCARD. He also spoke about the successfully implemented destination campaign SHARE ISTRIA 17 as one of the most important TZIZ projects with excellent results of implementation and FLY TO ISTRIA activities related to strengthening air transport, which includes cooperation with key tour operators and agencies, and reminded that Master plan, successfully implements another key document for the development of tourism in Istria – Strategic and operational marketing plan of the destination of Istria 2015-2018, which harmonized this year’s activities. ” Ivošević concludedPresident of the Tourist Board of the Istrian County Valter Flego On that occasion, he emphasized that Istria recorded a historic result in tourism in June, achieving over 4 million overnight stays, and that record figures once again show the tourist strength of Istria, especially when we take into account that a third of total tourist traffic in Croatia; Excellent results also confirm that the systematic work and excellent cooperation between the public and private sectors, from year to year contribute to the extension of the season and the arrival of an increasing number of guests. Consequently, the role of the Istria County Tourist Board is extremely important because together with the organization of local tourist boards, the private sector and other interest groups from the tourist milieu in the target markets (especially new ones) it communicates changes, new products and motives and positions Istria as a desirable lifestyle. destination. As the first region in Croatia and the wider surroundings, Istria has been adapting its development model to the most modern and innovative management models for many years, and its long-term development is based on the principles of competitive, sustainable and responsible development. ” concluded Flegolast_img read more

Zadar County attended the economic forum of the 16 + 1 initiative

first_imgDuring an official visit to Hainan Province in April 2018, the Zadar County Delegation signed a Letter of Intent on establishing friendly relations. Zadar County has established a friendly relationship with one of the richest Chinese provinces, which owes most of its development to tourism and services. “In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the arrival of Chinese, and this year about 300 thousand Chinese tourists are expected in Croatia. On an annual basis, approximately 150 million Chinese travel to foreign destinations and there we still have significant room for improvement. Chinese tourists have become one of the best consumers in recent years, and since the summer season is not crucial for them, it is a good opportunity for our tourism workers to fill their capacity in the pre- and post-season. To this end, we have, among other things, established friendly relations with Hainan Province, which is their strongest tourist region.”, Concludes Longin. Last year, the Port of Zadar officially became part of the Silk Road, which was confirmed by the final declaration of the conference “Cooperation in cruise tourism on the Silk Road of the 21st century”, held at the ASEAN business summit in Bo’ao in April 2018 in China. Hainan region. Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin in Dubrovnik participated in the business and economic forum of the ‘CEEC 16 + 1’ initiative, which was held as part of the 8th Summit of China and the Prime Ministers of 16 Central and Eastern European countries. Zadar County was one of the first in Croatia to initiate cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, Zadar County reports. A delegation from Hainan Province, led by Deputy Governor Wang Lu, paid a return visit to Zadar County in September 2018. It was announced that cooperation between the two friendly regions will continue, with an emphasis on sports, tourism, agriculture and education. “It was a very important event that will certainly give additional impetus to cooperation between Croatia and China. We made a lot of new contacts during the Business Forum, and I am glad that Zadar County is recognized by a good part of Chinese businessmen as an advanced region that is open for investment.”Says Longin. “The Chinese are extremely interested in developing economic cooperation with the entire European Union, and especially with the countries of Central and Southeast Europe. As for investments in Zadar County, there are many interested business entities from China who want to invest in many areas – from health tourism, business zones, railways, to renewable energy projects. We are aware that our county is attractive to many investors, and that is why we must continue to work on encouraging a positive investment climate.”, Adds Longin. In addition to cooperation in the economic field, the Chinese can make an additional contribution to the development of our tourism. Source / photo: Zadar Countylast_img read more

In February, the Professional Exam for Business Manager in a travel agency is held

first_imgA big change is how the exam for the head of a travel agency is taken at the Ministry of Tourism, while so far it has been the practice for educational institutions to charge for the course, and they also took the exam and received a certificate of passing the professional exam.  The professional exam for a manager in a travel agency begins with the preparation of a seminar paper, which the candidates prepare independently, in a limited time of no more than eight hours, based on the task submitted to them by the Examination Commission of the day. February 22, 2020 at 9,00 p.m. to the e-mail address provided in the exam application. Candidates are required to submit a unique and complete seminar paper in pdf format to the e-mail address from which they received the assignment by 17,00 pm on the same day, with all elements of the assignment included. 1. Notice of application and fee for taking the exam for a business manager in a travel agency. The professional exam checks the knowledge and skills of candidates required to run a travel agency, while the professional exam is taken in Croatian before the examination commission at the ministry responsible for tourism. The Ministry of Tourism passed last year Rulebook on the professional exam for a manager of a travel agency,  and which came into force in September 2019 Applications for taking the professional exam are submitted until February 10, 2020 via e-mail to the address: [email protected]  Fees for the costs of the professional exam for a business manager in a travel agency, the fee is 1.000,00 kuna. Side dish: Rulebook on the professional exam for business manager in a travel agency It is the Ministry of Tourism that is conducting the exam for a business manager in a travel agency. If you want to open a travel agency or pass the exam for a travel agency manager, now is the right time to get involved. More details regarding the submission of the application and the required attachments, as well as the method of taking the exam can be found in the attachment: 2. References / Exam description PROFESSIONAL EXAM FOR BUSINESS MANAGER IN A TRAVEL AGENCY The outcome of the exam (written and oral) is to test knowledge about three topics or units. Describe the concept, tasks, role, functions, and most important services of travel agencies, as well as explain the reasons for the emergence, current development and position of different types of travel agencies in the modern structure of distribution of tourism services and finally show the specific obligations of travel agencies. is the regulated operation of travel agencies in the Republic of Croatialast_img read more