Lunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the Dog

first_imgLunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the Dog By: Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Asian Pacific American Affairs,  The Blog Today marks the start of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in Pennsylvania and around the world by individuals of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Vietnamese ancestry. The Lunar New Year is one of the most prominent and celebrated festivals in the world. In China, for example, the sheer number of people working in large urban areas who return to their hometowns to celebrate Lunar New Year festivities accounts for the largest annual mass human migration in the world.Here in Pennsylvania, many Asian American families herald the beginning of the traditional lunisolar calendar by giving their homes a thorough deep cleaning. Families gather for a traditional meal, and exchange beautifully packaged red envelopes containing money to signify good luck and prosperity for the year to come.My mother’s family is originally from Mainland China – my grandmother was born and raised in Beijing, China; my mother was born and raised in Taiwan, and I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Throughout my family’s journey, we have always cherished celebrating Lunar New Year as generations of our family have before us. These traditions honor our heritage and connect us with new neighbors and friends.If you’d like to learn of a celebration near you, please refer to the Commission’s February newsletter here for a detailed list of events happening across Pennsylvania.On behalf of Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, we wish you a Year of the Dog filled with peace, prosperity, health, and joy!Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 16, 2018last_img read more

UN opens probe into alleged child sexual exploitation in Haiti

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional UN opens probe into alleged child sexual exploitation in Haiti by: – January 24, 2012 9 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Map of Haiti. Photo credit: merriam-webster.comNEW YORK, USA — The United Nations announced on Monday that it is investigating two cases of sexual exploitation of children allegedly committed by its police personnel in Haiti.The first case involves UN Police (UNPOL) officers based in the capital, Port-au-Prince, while the second case involves one or more members of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) in Gonaives, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. “The United Nations is outraged by these allegations and takes its responsibility to deal with them extremely seriously,” stated Nesirky. He added that the police contributing countries concerned have been informed. However, unlike cases involving UN military personnel, investigations into allegations involving UN police personnel fall under the responsibility of the UN. For this reason, a UN team was dispatched to Haiti on Saturday to investigate the allegations. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) stated in a news release that an investigation was immediately opened after the allegations were made. In addition, the UN Police Commissioner relieved the two suspects of their duties as a precaution to prevent them from having any contact with the population and to prevent any attempts to interfere with the investigation.“I want to reiterate my commitment to uphold the policy of zero tolerance of abuse by the staff of the Mission” said Mariano Fernández, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSTAH. “Each member of the UN personnel, whether he or she is a civilian, member of the military or police, must observe a standard of exemplary conduct. This is a commitment that is required when joining the United Nations, anywhere in the world. We will continue to take the strictest measures to ensure, where appropriate, that the perpetrators of such acts are punished with the utmost severity,” he added.The UN has a strategy in place to assist victims of exploitation and sexual abuse. In Haiti, MINUSTAH implements it in coordination with other UN agencies and national stakeholders. This mechanism is meant to guarantee that the victims receive medical and psychological support as fast as possible.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Terry hails Chelsea character

first_img It leaves Jose Mourinho’s men with a six-point lead and with a game in-hand on second-placed Manchester City. “The importance of the win showed on the players’ faces and that of the manager afterwards,” Terry said. “When you set the standard so high as we have done from the word go, then start dropping points at home and go out of the Champions League, once again it comes back down to character. “It’s immense in the dressing room, there is an awful lot of experience in there. It will serve the younger lads well, too. “It was an important three points going into the international break. For everyone to dwell over that for two weeks was massive.” Mourinho reflected on a commanding advantage which he hopes will help Chelsea win a first Premier League title since 2010. “It’s the best position since the beginning of the season,” Mourinho, who is chasing a third Premier League title, told Chelsea TV. “The maximum points (advantage) we had was eight points and when we had eight points we were speaking about 20 matches to go. Chelsea captain John Terry praised the character of his Premier League-title chasing team to bounce back from conceding a two-goal lead to beat Hull and enter the international break on a high. “In this moment we have six points (advantage) with one match in hand with 24 possible points for our opponents. “We know our opponents are there, we know football is very unpredictable, we know that what is happening to us for the last two or three months we cannot control. “But we also know that we are strong, we are together and we are going to fight to get the points we need to be champions.” Mourinho was referring to the incidents, such as in the draw with Southampton, which he believes denied his side more points than they earned. The win at the KC Stadium was Chelsea’s third in seven games. The Blues had followed the Capital One Cup win over Tottenham at Wembley with victory over West Ham, but had been frustrated since. Now Terry hopes his Chelsea team-mates can return from the international hiatus reinvigorated and ready to carry the momentum from the Hull win by claiming a first home win since February 11 against Everton. “The title race is exciting,” the former England defender added. “There is still an awful long way to go. We have Stoke at home and QPR away next, which is always a tough one for us. “Hopefully everyone will come back fit after the break and go again. “But it’s important we get back to winning at the Bridge because it’s something we haven’t done for a few weeks.” Remy was being readied to play alongside Costa at Hull, but had to instead replace the striker, who picked up a hamstring injury. It was the France striker’s fourth goal of a season which has seen him given limited opportunities, mainly off the substitutes’ bench. He told “It is true it is frustrating sitting on the bench but the manager knows all the team and he has very good quality in the squad. “I know there are only 11 players on the pitch and as soon the manager needs me I am here. “It’s one of my best moments at Chelsea. I hope I will have more moments like that before the end of the season.” Draws against Paris St Germain – a result which ended the Blues’ Champions League participation – and Southampton may have knocked confidence. And when Hull came back from going 2-0 down after nine minutes to draw level at 2-2, Chelsea had to dig deep to win 3-2 through Loic Remy’s strike. Press Associationlast_img read more

Asafa Powell Runs Fastest Time in Three Years in Germany

first_imgLEVERKUSEN, Germany – Former 100m record holder blazed to his fastest time in three years to place second in the 100m at the Bayer Classic in Germany on Wednesday.At the meet which took place in Leverkusen, Germany, 36-year-old Powell clocked a time of 10.02 seconds, recording a season’s best, to finish behind Arthur Cisse of the Ivory Coast who won the race in 9.93 seconds. Ojie Edoburun of Germany was third in 10.08sThe 10.02 represents the fastest time Powell has ran since his  10.01 at the Zagreb World Challenge Meet in Croatia in September of 2016.Powell has been steadily finding form this season, clocking faster times as the season progresses.Just two weeks ago at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern meet in Switzerland, Powell finished fourth with a time of 10.17. He had qualified for the men’s 100m final with 10.35.Asafa Powell was the Jamaican world record holder of the 100m before Usain Bolt. He first broke the 100m world record when he ran 9.77s in Athens in June 2005, breaking the previous record of 9.78 held by American Tim Montgomery. He broke his own record again in September 2007 in Rieti, Italy with a time of 9.74 seconds.Usain Bolt then lowered the record to 9.72 the following year.last_img read more