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Bichotte, Richardson welcome election reform measures


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Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte.

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Brooklyn’s Caribbean American legislators Rodneyse Bichotte and Diana Richardson on Tuesday welcome passage of election reform measures in New York State Legislature.

The Legislature passed several pieces of legislation which seek to initiate access to the right of suffrage for a wider range of people and limit the influence of wealthy special interests on elections.

“Voting is one of the most important facet of participatory democracy,” Assemblymember Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn.

“It is time to modernize the electoral process, and allow it to be flexible and inclusive of all…

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Hong Kong to strengthen measures against African swine fever, after pressure from local farmers


Hong Kong will strengthen its protections against African swine fever after officials came under pressure from farmers amid fears of local infection.

The new measures, in response to the virus’ spread across mainland China, will include stricter rules on culling livestock and a consideration of faster turnover at the government-run slaughterhouse.

Thomas Sit Hon-chung, assistant director of inspection and quarantine at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, said on Friday the government would kill all livestock in a slaughterhouse if a pig there were found to be infected.

Under the previous policy, only a few would have been killed.

After meeting local pork industry representatives, Sit said officials would also consider their request that all pigs sent to the government…

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African Governments Must Put In Place Measures To Tackle Violence Against Children


The African Youth for Development Commission (AYDEC) Nigeria has called on the African Union (AU) and its member states to step up strategic measures towards curbing the increasing rate of violence against children.



AYDEC Country Representative, Lateef Oladimeji Salaam, made the call while delivering a speech to commemorate the 2018 Africa Youth Day.

Salaam identified violence against children as activities which range from trafficking, child labour, sexual exploitation, incessant rape, child drug trades, child terrorism, and all forms of ill-productive acts.

He stressed that violence against children had cost the world so much, and urged government to create a conducive environment for children.

Salaam said: “We wish to reiterate that child labour is perilous and a societal menace too…

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EU asks Czech Republic to clarify trade measures on African swine flu


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU executive said on Friday that it had asked Czech authorities to clarify a decision to ask states to test exports to the country for African swine fever.

“We’ve been in touch on this issue,” a spokeswoman said, adding that the European Commission had asked the Czech veterinary authorities to clarify their intentions.

EU controls ensure the safe trade of products, she said, saying “any additional measures are considered unjustified.”

Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel

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Caribbean Health Ministers Agree On Vector Control Measures | RJR News


Caribbean health ministers have joined their counterparts from elsewhere in the Americas in agreeing to implement a series of actions over the next five years to more effectively control the vectors that transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika and Chagas disease.

 

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), which organised the meeting on Monday, said that the aim of the plan is to prevent communicable diseases of this type and reduce their spread.

 

PAHO director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne said the populations most affected by vector-borne diseases are those living in conditions of vulnerability and far from health services.

 


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France calls for measures after African swine fever found in Belgium


PARIS (Reuters) – France called on Thursday for protective measures following reports that African swine fever had been detected in wild boars in Belgium near the French border.

FILE PHOTO: French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert leaves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The disease, highly viral for pigs but not dangerous for humans, has been spreading in the European Union, mainly in the eastern part of the bloc where it has led to the culling of hundred thousands of animals.

“The confirmation today of the presence of the virus in Belgium (in the west of the EU) represents a new progression of the disease, which requires an adequate response given the considerable economic interests at stake for the French…

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