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Canada marks 10th anniversary of apology with acknowledgement that there is still

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsIt was 10 years ago June 11 that the federal government gave an apology to the survivors of the residential school system.150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their homes and put in schools run by the churches.That era was acknowledged today in Ottawa as was the work that still needs to be done.tlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirandelast_img


October 14, 2019 0

Clubs World Cup In Morocco Promises Great Show Of Friendly Competition

Rabat – The 2014 Clubs World Cup, scheduled to take place in Morocco on December 10-20, will be a great show of friendly competition bringing together best clubs in all continents, FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter.In an interview with MAP, Blatter said he is “fully convinced” that the 2014 Clubs World Cup promises great games between some of the best Clubs from all continents in an atmosphere marked by friendly competition.In view of the quality of participating clubs, the Cup promises a great show to the delight of the Moroccan football fans whom Blatter invited to fill up the stadiums of Marrakech and Rabat. It will be a moment of “intense emotion,” he said. The Cup brings together best performing Clubs from all continents who had to go through tough qualification processes, said Blatter, adding that the 2014 edition knew an increase in the number of clubs that take part in the event for the first time.Recalling the Cup’s previous edition, which took place in Agadir and Marrakech in 2013, Blatter commended Morocco’s good organisations. “The FiFA is very satisfied with the 2013 Clubs World Cup,” he said.The 2014 edition of the tournament brings together the champion clubs from each of the six continental federations. The qualified teams are Auckland City, Cruz Azul, ES Sétif, Moghreb Athlétic Tétouan, Real Madrid, San Lorenzo and Western Sydney Wanderers. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco Takes Note of UNSG Report on Sahara Ambassador

United Nations – Morocco has taken note of the report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council on the Sahara, the kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said.The kingdom has a lot of remarks on its content and reserves the right to return to this report, the Moroccan ambassador added.Priority is given currently to the resolution that the UN Security Council is expected to adopt by the end of this month, the diplomat underlined, adding that Morocco is focusing on related consultations and negotiations. The Security Council is scheduled to decide whether or not to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Sahara, known as MINURSO next Thursday April 28.It is annual report on the “Situation concerning the Western Sahara” made public last Monday, the UN chief calls on the 15-member body to renew MINURSO’s mandate for one year until April 30, 2017. read more


October 12, 2019 0

UN agency chief marks World Tourism Day with call for greener industry

Global tourism can play a much bigger role in efforts to combat climate change and alleviate poverty if industry operators and governments change their habits and adopt greener and more sustainable technology and practices, the head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the Madrid-based agency, said in a message to mark World Tourism Day – which is being observed today – that the tourism sector needs to move more quickly towards becoming carbon-neutral. “We encourage urgent adaptation of a range of policies which promote sustainable tourism that reflects environmental, socio-economic and climate responsiveness,” he said. Responding to the challenges posed by climate change is the theme of this year’s Day, and Mr. Frangialli noted that the UNWTO had stepped up its efforts over the last year to press the tourism industry to become as close to carbon-neutral as possible. “Our call to action is hence to change habits and position renewable energy at the forefront of international response by promoting the action-oriented Davos Declaration Process, encouraging tourism stakeholders to adapt, to mitigate and use new technology and secure financing for the poorest countries to face the challenge of climate change.” UNWTO is hosting a think-tank in Lima, Peru, today in which government tourism ministers, industry officials and operators will gather to discuss possible solutions and strategies to help mitigate climate change, especially in developing countries, where the industry is often a major source of employment and income. 27 September 2008Global tourism can play a much bigger role in efforts to combat climate change and alleviate poverty if industry operators and governments change their habits and adopt greener and more sustainable technology and practices, the head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). read more


October 12, 2019 0

US lawmakers to look into cancelled Alaska missile project

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s members of Congress say they plan to look into a Pentagon decision to cancel a project to improve Alaska-based missiles.The Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday that the Pentagon cancelled a Boeing contract last week as a result of unspecified missile design flaws.Congress authorized the Pentagon to add 20 updated interceptor missiles to its current fleet of 44, most of which are housed 91 miles (146 kilometres) southeast of Fairbanks at Fort Greely.The ground-based missiles are designed to strike down incoming threats as North Korea, China and Russia take steps to advance their missile capabilities.Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it is “disappointing” the contract was cancelled before the additional 20 ground-based interceptors were placed in Alaska.Sen. Dan Sullivan says he is “deeply concerned” about the decision.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more


October 7, 2019 0

WatchStrained USCanada relationship backs arguments for pipeline say Liberals

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are pointing to the unpredictable wrath of the American president to further buttress their argument that Canada needs the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to reduce its trade dependence on the United States.The U.S. is currently the destination for 99 per cent of Canada’s oil exports — a fact the Liberals cite as evidence in favour of building Trans Mountain, which would allow Canadian bitumen to be shipped to Asia by sea.That argument appears to be getting fresh momentum from U.S. President Donald Trump and his Twitter feed, both of which have been the source of pointed attacks on Canada that have cast a worrying pall over the state of one of the world’s oldest and most enduring trade relationships.“Well, yeah,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr replied when asked if the situation underscores why Canada wants to build Trans Mountain so badly.“I believe that Canadians believe that to have more than one customer for our main natural resource is good for Canada.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inferred the link during question period Tuesday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s plan to impose “a limit on oilsands development and a price on pollution” included a pipeline to get oil to markets other than the U.S., he said — “something we can all agree on is probably a good idea, this week.”In a speech at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary Tuesday, Notley said “it has never been more important for Canada to get a Canadian pipeline built to a Canadian coast for the benefit of all Canadians.”“If the last days and weeks tell us anything, it’s that we, as Canadians, need to take control of our economic destiny,” Notley said.Notley’s comments and her alignment with Trudeau widen the already yawning chasm between her and the federal NDP, which introduced a Commons motion Tuesday calling for Canada not to spend “billions of public dollars on increasingly obsolete fossil fuel infrastructure.”Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh disagreed with the notion that a full-fledged Canada-U.S. trade war bolsters the Trans Mountain argument. Canada’s economic future depends on investing in clean energy and technology that will create jobs and economic growth for decades, he said.“Investing potentially upwards of $10, $15 billion of public resources to build one pipeline, one specific project, doesn’t seem to be a vision of what we should be doing with our public resources.”While $15 billion invested in clean energy could make Canada a leader in the sector, spending that money on the fossil fuel industry is “short-sighted,” he added.Last month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government would buy Kinder Morgan’s existing Trans Mountain pipeline and its associated assets for $4.5 billion and build the expansion itself, selling it back to the private sector once it’s financially marketable.Opposition to the pipeline and court challenges from the B.C. government made Kinder Morgan queasy about proceeding with its $7.4 billion investment in the expansion, all but abandoning it unless Ottawa could provide some measure of financial certainty.With files from Lauren Krugel in Calgary read more


October 7, 2019 0

Central African Republic violence displaces nearly 1 million UN agency says

“People are hiding in the bush, fearing fresh attacks,” spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva citing reports from colleagues at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).Targeted attacks against civilians, looting and the presence of armed elements at some displacement sites had severely limited humanitarian agencies’ access to those in need of urgent assistance. This deteriorating situation, coupled with the long distances between internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) sites outside the capital, Bangui, and poor road infrastructure, make it increasingly difficult to reach people displaced by the conflict.He also cited a “complete breakdown in law and order” as a challenge to putting in place an effective system for aid distribution. The spokesperson said that despite an international military presence near Bangui airport, they “had not been able to secure conditions for the humanitarian agencies to do their job effectively”. More troops and effective operational coordination was needed for the UN-mandated International Support Mission, an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force known by its French acronym MISCA to respond effectively to the insecurity, Mr. Baloch said.The Security Council authorized the Mission last month to quell the spiraling violence and human rights abuses. CAR has been thrown into turmoil since mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago and forced President François Bozizé to flee in March. A transitional government has since been entrusted with restoring peace and paving the way for democratic elections, but armed clashes have erupted again, notably between ex-Séléka and Christian anti-balaka militias.UNHCR is scaling up its presence in the country. In addition, since the previous Sunday, the UN agency has organized airlifts from its regional warehouses of vehicles and relief items, such as tents, blankets, and plastic sheets. Distribution of shelter materials and other relief items is more challenging, Mr. Baloch said, given the increasing numbers of families in need. “In the previous week, the number of IDPs arriving at the airport had almost doubled, and now there were some 100,000 people there,” he said.More than half of Bangui’s total population – some 512,672 people – are currently sheltering in 67 sites in Bangui or living with host families, according to UNHCR figures. Sixty per cent of those displaced are children. Continued clashes in Bossangoa, 300 km north of Bangui, had also led to an increase in displaced families, particularly at two nearby sites known as Archbishop and École Liberté.Also in CAR, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is today starting a vaccination campaign against measles in parts of the country with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners. Over the next three to five days, some 50,000 doses of the vaccine will be given to children between six months and 15 years of age seeing refuge at the Bangui airport. WHO has confirmed three cases of the viral infection there. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Penn State Trustee Resigns Amid Jerry Sandusky Fallout

The fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case continues. The latest casualty is Steve Garban, a longtime and influential member of Penn State’s Board of TrusteesGarban resigned, bowing to pressure by some of his fellow trustees who were angry at him for failing to alert them about the Jerry Sandusky criminal investigation in April 2011.The trustees have become increasingly alarmed this week that the NCAA will hand down an extreme punishment, possibly the death penalty for its football program for its “loss of institutional control” during the Jerry Sandusky years.Several trustees flatly argued in private sessions this week that Garban’s resignation was needed to show the public the board was serious about “moving forward.”In a letter to board chairwoman Karen Peetz, Garban wrote: “It is clear to me that my presence on the board has become a distraction and an impediment to your efforts to move forward.”“These past months have been some of the most painful of my life,” Garban wrote. “After absorbing the findings of the Freeh Report last week, the Board of Trustees accepted responsibility for the failures of governance that took place on our watch. Following the release of the report, you also asked each member of the board to evaluate our individual paths forward.”Garban is the first Penn State trustee to quit since the release of the Freeh report, which was highly critical of the trustees’ handling of the Sandusky matter and the firing of coach Joe Paterno.The Board of Trustees hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct the investigation, which interviewed 430 people and reviewed more than 3.5 million documents over eight months. The 267-page Freeh report was released July 12.Only one thing is certain: the fallout is not over. More administrators – and the school at large – will go down. read more


September 30, 2019 0

Ohio State mens volleyball unable to build off first set win falls

Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen (8) sets the ball to redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous (4) during a match against Ball State Feb. 26 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Kathleen Martini / Oller reporterA five-game homestand ended on a sour note for the Ohio State Buckeyes.After sweeping a pair of matches against Grand Canyon over the weekend, OSU could not keep the momentum going, losing to No. 14 Ball State 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24) Wednesday at St. John Arena.The loss puts the Buckeyes back at .500 for the season at 7-7, with a 4-3 record in the Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference.OSU started strong, taking the match early with a score of 25-20 in the first set.“We started off strong and looked good and promising from there, I don’t know if we get complacent but we definitely allowed them some life and let them get back into the match,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said.Coach Pete Hanson said the team is going to take a look at its game as a whole as it prepares for its next match, next Wednesday at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.“We have to keep working on all phases of the game, we don’t have one phase that is consistent in what we need to have happen. We will continue to work on our offense and defense, I think we need some overall improvements, we have been working hard, we just need to stay at it and get better,” Hanson said.The Buckeye offense came off strong in the beginning, but started lacking when the Cardinals turned it up defensively, Hanson said.“Early on, it was our offense that was on,” he said. “Ball State is a team that blocks well and our offense started to get pretty predictable which prevented us from gaining those points.”Three Buckeyes led the team with double digit kills. Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson had tallied a career-high 16, while redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous and Henchy contributed 12 kills each.Johnson said the team needs to work on its unity.“We need to have a stronger team, instead of strong individuals. Tonight, there was too many holes in our core group of guys,” Johnson said.Match time between the Buckeyes and IPFW is set for 7 p.m. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Hungary wants to join SEHA – Veszprem IN PICK Szeged still thinking

SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League got a new country in the project – Hungary. Hungarian Federation are ready to cooperate with the SEHA officials in order to find solution in which two best teams will play in regional league from the next season. MVM MKB Veszprem have already reached some agreement with SEHA office and want to join League which won RK Vardar Skopje this season, but decision of PICK Szeged is still unknown.SEHA GSS has currently 10 teams. SEHA president Mihajlo Mihajlovski announced in April that League could have 12 teams from the next season. Slovenian best teams also want to join SEHA, but Celje PL and Gorenje don’t want to pay 150.000 EUR each for the “ticket” for the league. Are they will be replaced by Hungarian teams or both countries will have teams inside, decision will be made by SEHA board on June 15. hungary sehaSEHA GAZPROM ← Previous Story VIDEO: Furious Veszprem’s attack! Next Story → DANISH PLAY-OFF FINAL: KIF Kolding Kobenhavn storm in Aalborg! read more


September 22, 2019 0

Xbox One chief Don Mattrick to leave Microsoft for Zynga Updated

first_imgUpdate: 4:15pm – This was just confirmed. Mattrick will be starting at Zynga next week as its CEO and joining the company’s board.When something goes wrong in the marketing of a product, heads roll. The bigger the mistake, the more senior the person/people who suddenly announce they are leaving. In the case of Microsoft, following the difficult build up to the Xbox One launch Don Mattrick, president of the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business, is expected to exit. His destination? Zynga.Regardless of who ultimately made the decisions regarding the Xbox One’s always-connected features and used games stance, Mattrick didn’t do a great job to counteract the anger from gamers or explaining the possible advantages of the Xbox One’s proposed setup. One of his worst moments was when he stated on camera that those without an internet connection should stick with an Xbox 360 instead of choosing a next-gen machine.Although not yet confirmed, Mattrick moving to Zynga is being viewed as a win for Zynga. Apparently Mattrick may have been discussing a move to Zynga for some time, so could be unrelated to the Xbox One situation entirely. But, for many, he has been the guy pushing the Xbox One and its more unfriendly features, which ultimately made him a villain.If Mattrick does exit it will leave a hole at Microsoft with no clear person to primed to step into the role he held. However, Microsoft is expected to shake up the whole management structure of the company very soon, and Mattrick leaving would give them more flexibility when deciding who goes where.Microsoft has improved the perception of the Xbox One with gamers by removing certain disliked features, but it does need someone to push the console publicly in the coming months. Who will that person be if Mattrick leaves?last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

No one is above the law US House steps up Trump impeachment

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Donald Trump stands with Medal of Valor recipients during a ceremony at the White House, 9 September. Image: Gripas Yuri/ABACA Donald Trump stands with Medal of Valor recipients during a ceremony at the White House, 9 September. 27,338 Views Share15 Tweet Email DEMOCRATS HAVE MOVED to intensify their impeachment investigation of US President Donald Trump as whiffs of a new scandal surrounding the White House emerged related to Trump’s business and his lawyer’s involvement in Ukraine.While the Democrat leadership remains reluctant to go all-in on impeachment, given that the Republican-controlled Senate would vote down any effort to oust Trump, the stepped-up investigation could add further pressure on the embattled president 14 months before the next elections.House judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler moved to formalise an investigation that had up to now avoided officially declaring the aim to impeach Trump and put him on trial in the Senate.He laid out new procedures that he said would govern “the committee’s investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Donald J Trump”. He also defined the investigation along four specific lines: allegations that Trump illegally interfered with the Russia election meddling investigation, that he took part in hush payments to alleged former mistresses, that he has used his office to enrich himself, and that he offered pardons to government and campaign officials to protect him.“No one is above the law,” Nadler said in a statement.“The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the president are under investigation by the committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies,” he said, referring to the US Constitution’s section on legislative powers.‘Delivering the truth’ In recent weeks more than half of the 235 Democrats in the House of Representatives have endorsed impeachment, even as senior party officials, especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, continue to resist it.Pelosi has made clear she believes the party needs to focus its energies on defeating Trump and the Republicans in the November 2020 election.Nadler’s new rules, which are expected to be passed by the committee on Thursday, will govern how witnesses will be called and questioned and how Trump’s lawyers will be involved.They are also expected to provide the committee with a broader ability to subpoena witnesses and documents, in the face of resistance by the White House.“We will not allow Trump’s continued obstruction to stop us from delivering the truth to the American people,” Nadler said.Meanwhile, the Democratic heads of three other House committees announced an investigation into alleged efforts by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian government for their own political ends, including by withholding US security assistance.They allege that Trump and Giuliani have pressured Kiev to prosecute Ukrainians who provided evidence against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort in the Russia meddling investigation.They also alleged that Kiev was pressured to provide damaging information on the son of former Democratic vice president Joe Biden, who could face Trump in next year’s presidential election.Hunter Biden worked for a Ukrainian gas company beginning in 2014, while his father was vice president.- © AFP 2019 ‘No one is above the law’: US House steps up Trump impeachment probe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made clear she believes the party needs to focus on defeating Trump in the 2020 election. Monday 9 Sep 2019, 7:26 PMcenter_img Short URL Sep 9th 2019, 7:26 PM Image: Gripas Yuri/ABACA 27 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4802368 By AFPlast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Connecting our children to their Greek heritage

first_imgA multicultural population is one of the best things about our nation, but it can also present many challenges. An important component of our education system is teaching children to respect and interact with other cultures in positive ways, but in fact appreciating their own culture is just as vital.For many of us with Greek backgrounds, the desire to continue our culture is strong. It’s instinctual and something that connects us with others in the diaspora. More than ever, families are busy juggling multiple commitments. There is not much free time in between work and school hours, attending sports and other hobbies, and social commitments with family and friends. How important is it for my children to connect to their Greek heritage? This is a question that parents need to ask themselves regularly. For those who want their children to celebrate their Greek heritage, activities that reflect this goal need to be prioritised. Scheduling time in the family’s weekly agenda for Greek lessons, learning Greek dancing, attending family events by Greek organisations, or arranging play dates with other Greek children, will feature prominently and not get pushed aside when other activities present themselves. One of the positive implications to emerge from Greece’s economic crisis has been the influx of new Greek immigrants to Australia. Their arrival has emphasised some of the wonderful Greek traditions we are losing in Australia, such as the celebration of name days. And now with Pascha approaching, we are reminded of seasonal events in Greece such as Tsikno Pempti and Apokries. It was only this year that I attended my first Apokries party hosted by a newly-arrived Greek family. Everyone got dressed in fancy costumes and wonderful memories were created. Befriending new immigrants and taking part in such activities helps children to learn about current Greek traditions.An obvious way of helping kids to connect to their heritage is through teaching them Greek. There are many opportunities for children to be introduced to the language, from online resources that offer Greek lessons designed for kids of all ages, attending Greek school on weekends (or hiring a Greek tutor). This investment will reap many rewards, especially when children visit Greece and can communicate with the people they encounter there – newfound friends and relatives. My Greek school days are among some of my fondest childhood memories. Those friendships I formed I still have today, and we often reminisce about the cheeky antics we got up to. I presented copies of my book Catch that Cat! at the Greek Independence Day celebrations to the first year class learning Greek at the Gold Coast Parish of Saint Anna. The children proudly read out their Greek poems, albeit struggling to pronounce some of the words. Acknowledging children’s efforts forms a connection to community which learning the Greek language can promote. It’s why campaigns such as We Speak Greek in March are so important to continue.The Greek vocabulary is so rich and used in English words – Mr Portokolos from the Big Fat Greek Wedding movies is not so far wrong – the Greek root is apparent in mathematics, philosophy, literature, science and art.Don’t underestimate media in facilitating the Greek connection. Watching Greek programs such as on Meraki TV or watching children’s programs on YouTube are free and easily accessible resources. Listening to Greek music is also a fantastic way of introducing new Greek vocabulary. I love to play pepper966.gr in the background. It is a special gift for our kids to share their culture openly with their peers, and then, in turn, be curious about the cultures of other children. The subtle ways of introducing other families to Greek culture, such as sharing traditional Greek food or inviting them along to a local Greek festival, help us communicate: ‘We’re Greek, and proud of it!’* This article is part of a monthly series where author Melina Mallos will address issues relating to what it means for children to feel Greek in Australia today, and ways the adults in their lives can facilitate the process. Her book for children, Catch that Cat!, is a tool for helping children 3-8 years learn about Greek culture, people and places. It is available for purchase online at www.catchthatcat.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Casual Spy Wear

first_img ThinkGeek really dubbed this zipper hoodie the ‘What Natasha Wears Around The House.’ And I have to say if she did take a day off, Tash-Tash would pretty dang snug in this terrycloth jacket. This officially licensed item from Marvel combines the style of Black Widow with the comfort afforded to so many great articles of clothing that come from team ThinkGeek.I could imagine Nat throwing this on after leaving training at the Stark compound. This jacket has actually become my go-to post kickboxing choice now. It’s super cozy. The light material is perfect for your cooldown after clocking in a few hours at the gym or even if you’re coming off an intense undercover mission.The Widow’s logo adorns the front and has a worn battle tested aesthetic. Plus that aged look gives the illusion that this is probably a Romanoff favorite. But honestly, those are always our favorite pieces, right?  It’s definitely been around a few brawls just like our lady spy.Now I’m not as leggie as Nat, so I found plenty of room to relax in this unisex small. I mean the last thing you want is a tight shirt when you’re trying to kick your feet up and chill after a full day of espionage. And the ribbed detail around the cuffs and waist add some nice pizzazz to an overall simple but chic look.But it’s not like you couldn’t wear this out with your favorite spandex and thigh holster either. It’s perfect for low-key style. It’d actually be really nice for a casual cosplay. Roman-Day-Off? The soft waffle texture on the inside makes you feel right at home, whether you’re nuzzling up to a Clint or a Bucky with a bottle of vodka.Psst. I think you know which team I’m only. #WinterWidowForLifeSo now is the time to pounce on this. It’s on deep discount, and all sizes are still available. It’s the perfect gift for yourself or your favorite double agent. It’s currently listed at $9.99, so your wallet will also be saying, ‘Spasibo.’ Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

EXCLUSIVE Discuss health and wellbeing at Employee Benefits Connect in under two

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Employee Benefits Connect 2019 is drawing close, with less than two weeks to go before delegates will be able to attend a session presented by Sarah O’Neill (pictured), Sarah O’ Neill (pictured), chartered counselling psychologist and clinical director at Spectrum Life, an Ireland-based network of private mental health support services.O’Neill’s session, titled ‘Embracing the technology while keeping it human’, will take place as part of the health and wellbeing conference stream during the one-day event on Wednesday 27 February 2019.During her presentation, O’Neill aims to address the core health and wellbeing challenges that HR professionals are currently facing, offering strategies and practical tips on how these can be overcome.She will share trends within the health and wellbeing marketplace, discuss how to blend reactive and preventative responses and highlight how to ensure the quality and effectiveness of interventions.She said: “Issues like musculoskeletal issues, or mental health difficulties and stress, these are all the leading causes of long-term absence and so, from an employer’s perspective, it’s about how [to] support team members that are going to encounter these challenges.”O’Neill will also discuss how employers can encourage staff to adopt a sense of responsibility and ownership around their own health. “So, not only how [to] support employees when they’re in times if difficulty, but also how [to] support employees in looking after their health and wellbeing,” she added. “That’s a real, current trend. It can be really important for employers to focus on this.”O’Neill plans to offer practical advice to provide strategies that delegates can take away and implement at their own organisations in order to overcome health and wellbeing challenges and barriers. This includes assessing quality. She said: “How does somebody who doesn’t have a clinical background both assess the quality of on-site interventions, and how do they monitor the utility or the effectiveness of those interventions?“[This session] addresses some of the most topical issues that [organisations] will be trying to support their teams and employees around, but also addresses some of the challenges.”Employee Benefits Connect 2019 welcomes all senior in-house HR professionals and will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.Click here for more information or to book your place.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani passes away

first_imgFormer Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Reuters file photoFormer Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died in hospital in Tehran where he was taken after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, state media reported.State run Press TV said Rafsanjani, 82, died from a heart attack despite efforts by doctors to save him.Rafsanjani was an influential figure in Iran, and headed the Expediency Council, a body which is intended to resolve disputes between the parliament and the Guardian Council.Tasnim news agency also quoted his relative and aide Hossein Marashi as saying that Hasehmi had died at the hospital in Tehran.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

At Least 5 People Dead In Airport Shooting In Fort Lauderdale Fla

first_imgThis is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We’ll move quickly to correct the record and we’ll only point to the best information we have at the time.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share @reganmclellan and I are at #FLL but we are OK. Heard people yelling & took cover. Then we all ran outside. Very shaken up, but safe. https://t.co/NFQyFBgFrw— John Kaneklides (@KaneklidesTenor) January 6, 2017Israel said SWAT teams were moving through the entire facility to make sure it was safe. George Piro, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Division, said his agents were interviewing the suspect and supporting local authorities in the investigation.Broward County Fire Rescue told the local CBS affiliate in Miami that a shooting was reported around 1 p.m. ET. The sheriff’s office tweeted that it received a call about a shooting at the airport around 12:55 p.m.The airport said on Twitter that: “There is an ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim.” The airport has four stand-alone terminals, of which Terminal 2 is the smallest. It serves Air Canada and Delta Airlines.People who said they were inside the airport described seeing people running. Among those inside was former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who tweeted that “everyone is running” after shots were fired, and that police said there was one shooter and multiple victims.Shortly after 1 p.m., Fleischer tweeted that police were not letting anyone out of the part of the airport he was in.Television images showed hundreds of travelers standing around the part of the airport where the planes park.The airport said it had temporarily suspended all services and asked travelers to contact air carriers directly about flight information. The Federal Aviation Administration said a ground stop was in effect at the airport due to the incident.In a statement about two hours after the shooting was reported, the FAA said flights were “not arriving or departing” from the airport.Gale said people were still sheltering in place, and that it was unclear when the airport would reopen.center_img Lynne Sladky | APPeople stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida after a shooter opened fire inside a terminal, killing at least five people and wounding eight others before being taken into custody Friday.At least five people were killed and eight others were injured in a shooting Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.A suspect was taken into custody “without incident” by a sheriff’s deputy immediately after the shooting, Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference, adding that “at this point it looks like he acted alone.”The suspect was identified by Florida Sen. Bill Nelson as Esteban Santiago, NPR’s Greg Allen reported.Taimy Alvarez/Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty ImagesFlorida Gov. Rick Scott, who traveled to Fort Lauderdale on Friday afternoon, told reporters he had not asked the federal government for resources and had not attempted to contact President Obama. The governor said he had reached out to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who take office later this month.Israel said authorities were not releasing any information about the identities of those killed and injured or the identity of the suspect, including possible motivation and whether he arrived on an earlier flight.The sheriff’s office tweeted that those who were injured had been taken to a local hospital.Israel and the airport’s aviation director, Mark Gale, both said there was no evidence any shots had been fired elsewhere in the airport or by anyone except the suspect in custody. Previous reports had indicated there might have been additional shots fired on the airport property.last_img read more


September 2, 2019 0

Lt Gov Dan Patrick Said Fewer Doors Could Mean Fewer School Shootings

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick delivers a keynote address during a Texas Public Policy Foundation orientation session on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.The prompt for the latest skirmish in the never-ending war of words in one of the country’s most intractable debates came just hours after a shooter had killed 10 people at a Texas high school.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, an evangelical Christian and Republican former radio talk-show host who has been a strong proponent of expanding gun liberties in the state, spoke with a cadre of officials on Friday, pointing out that though Santa Fe High School had been given a safety award from the state and enjoyed the regular protection of two police officers, it still fell victim to horrific violence at the hands of an armed teenager.So after recommending that parents lock their guns away, he identified a solution for what he framed as a central problem.“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward and retrofitting schools that are already built. And what I mean by that is there are too many entrances and too many exits to our more than 8,000 campuses in Texas,” he said, citing security at office buildings and courthouses. “Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would have been stopped.”The remark, which echoed some of the National Rifle Association’s past positions on school security, quickly became a talking point for supporters of gun control on the Internet, a punchline about how Republicans would rather restrict doors than guns.“Guns don’t kill people, doors do,” went the sarcastic recap of the implicit assumptions embedded in Patrick’s comments, an absurdist retort that reverberated with both anger and ironic detachment.Former government ethics director Walter Shaub pulled up the construction standards for the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs, which includes a section on doors, and wrote on Twitter that “Texas has stricter regulations for doors than it does for guns.”“Blame the doors?” wrote Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). “Anything but the weapon. Got it. Enough Is Enough.”And the episode drew a flurry of similar coverage. (“Wonder what the fire commissioner will think of it,” quipped Splinter.)But put politics and the emotional debate about gun control to the side, if you can, just for a split second. Three security experts discussed with The Washington Post whether Patrick’s proposal had any merit to it, under the current status quo.Scott Zimmerman, founder and chief executive of K17 Security in Rockville, Md.Zimmerman said redesigning buildings to be more secure was just one component of a broad security approach, and one that also could end up being the most expensive — a potential hurdle for budget-stretched public schools in aging buildings.“A lot of these doors are not built for security,” he said. “Weak locks and weak doors. If you’re going to compensate for that, that adds up very quickly.”Even with limited points of entry at a school, there would probably be areas outside where students would congregate that would remain vulnerable, he said.“People can still find ways,” he said. “Could minimizing the number of entrances be one piece of the puzzle? Potentially. But saying could be a complete fix, I think this is an overreaction.”Equally important was an emphasis reporting and tracking individuals with concerning behavior and finding ways to “get them assistance and get them off the pathway to violence,” in addition to improving staff training for emergency communication and response procedures, he said.And he said he believed the NRA’s proposals for increasing school security through its physical design — “hardening” in security parlance — fell short in significant ways.“We’ve already failed at that point, if we have a gunman at the school,” he said. “The other measures are for how to reduce this from happening.”Ed Hinman, a director at Gavin de Becker & Associates, a security consulting firm based in Los AngelesHinman was more supportive of the idea to limit building entrances, saying that being able to channel and watch who was coming in was a good way to increase safety. But regulating exits was more complicated. He also spotlighted training and preventive measures as important parts of the picture, stressing, like Zimmerman, the need for better mechanisms to identify and track warning signs of problematic students.“I think the biggest thing missing in active shooting training or physical security is it’s too reactive,” he said. “There’s not a lot of focus on the early identification of someone. If it’s in a workplace, someone who’s disgruntled, talking about firearms, making threats. And so much of the evidence shows that with these school shooters, there’s a lot of warning signs.”“So many of these students are isolated,” he said. “They’re suffering, and they’re going to act out on it.”He said he did not believe that limiting the number of entrances to most buildings would be prohibitively expensive, even with a system of badges.“It’s done almost everywhere, and it certainly needs to be done in schools,” he said. But, he said, “first and foremost is the prevention piece.”Arnette F. Heintze, co-founder and chief executive of Hillard Heinze, a security firm in Chicago Heintze said that one exit and entrance for a school the size of Santa Fe High School was not likely to work.“You can’t have one exit and entrance for 1,400 people,” he said. “Then you create a killing field for someone.”He pointed out that state fire codes and other regulations dictate how many doors and exits must be available in a building but said the idea of staggered start times for students was a good one. However, he said, the focus on building design shouldn’t overshadow what he agreed is a central issue: identifying students who show warning signs.“What I’d hate for America to do is get distracted by feeling there is a failure in school security design,” he said. “It’s our society and how we don’t pay attention to signs and behaviors of individuals who are on the path to violence. … You can’t put armed guards at every school entrance in America; it’s not going to happen. It’s educating our society about those behaviors.” Sharelast_img read more


September 2, 2019 0

Bitcoin ATMs Are Spreading Across the World

first_img Enroll Now for Free Sometimes the future can sneak up on you. Like when you find out that a startup incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, whose employees live in New Hampshire and whose products are made in Portugal, is selling digital-currency ATMs to Saudi Arabia and Singapore.These are only two of the countries that have purchased Bitcoin ATMs from manufacturer Lamassu, which announced Monday that it had sold 120 of the machines to customers all over the world. A map Lamassu created to mark the occasion, showing the far-flung sales locations of its Bitcoin ATMs, not coincidentally illustrates the global appeal of Bitcoin.Zach Harvey, Lamassu’s chief executive, said as much in a press release. “We will be shipping to 25 different countries, ranging from Canada to Kyrgyzstan, and we’ve translated our user interface into more than a dozen languages, including Russian, Chinese and Friulian,” Harvey said.Lamassu has delivered about a dozen ATMs so far, with plans to ship the others in spring 2014.Related: India’s No. 1 Bitcoin Exchange: Shutdown ‘In No Way’ Reflects Bitcoin’s True PotentialIn October 2013, another company, Robocoin, made headlines for its Bitcoin ATM, said to be the first in the world that was available to the public, when one of its machines was installed in a coffee house in Vancouver. Within its first month in operation, the ATM had processed more than CAD$1 million in transactions.Robocoin’s machine, which costs $20,000, or four to five times as much as Lamassu’s (the company offers price discounts for bulk orders), allows users both to buy bitcoins with paper bills and to withdraw cash by selling bitcoins. Lamassu’s table-top ATM, which is much more compact than Robocoin’s kiosk, cannot provide cash in exchange for bitcoins, only the other way around.Although Bitcoin ATMs are still in their infancy, they already represent a contentious space, in which each company is jealous of its claim to fame. After Business Insider Australia reported Monday that a company called 21st Century Bitcoin Exchange was setting up the first Bitcoin ATM in Australia, Lamassu corrected the news site on Twitter, saying it had already installed one of its own ATMs in Melbourne, with “about 15 more on their way.”Robocoin’s chief executive, for his part, took a shot at buy-only machines such as Lamassu’s when his company’s ATM debuted this past August. “Seriously, how bush league is an ‘ATM’ if it can’t do the equivalent of deposits and withdrawals?” Robocoin CEO Jordan Kelley said.Lamassu will be presenting its Bitcoin ATM for trial use at the CES Startup Debut event in Las Vegas on January 5, prior to the Consumer Electronics Show that will kick off two days later. After one of Lamassu’s machines was installed in Bratislava, Slovakia, a local man named Juraj Bedn?r created a YouTube video demonstrating how easy it is to use.”It’s always exciting for a young startup to have sales ramp up,” Harvey said in the release. “But what’s really thrilling for us is to know that these will be out in the wild, providing millions of people with effortless access to Bitcoin every single day.”Related: Actually…Bitcoin’s Recognition Is Pretty Darn High December 30, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min readlast_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

Thunderbird 5220 update issues with IMAP folders

first_imgThunderbird 52.2.0 update: issues with IMAP folders by Martin Brinkmann on June 15, 2017 in Email – Last Update: June 26, 2017 – 53 commentsThe Thunderbird team has released Thunderbird 52.2.0 today, a new stable version of the popular cross-platform email client.The new version of Thunderbird is already available through the email client’s automatic update system. Most users who have it installed will have their Thunderbird client updated to version 52.2.0 automatically.Update: The Thunderbird 52.2.1 update resolves the Gmail issue.Problems with Gmail (folders not showing, repeated email download, etc.) introduced in version 52.2.0.I ran into an issue with the new version, and would like to talk about it for a moment before I look at other things that are new.The problem that I ran into was that some mailboxes, one regular Gmail account and one Google Apps Gmail account, would not list any folders whatsoever.Update: A temporary fix for the issue is the following:Select Tools > Options. If you don’t see Tools, tap on the Alt-key first.Go to Advanced, and click on Config Editor.Search for check_Set any of the following to false:mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_newmail.check_all_pop_folders_for_newmail.server.default.check_all_folders_for_newRestart Thunderbird.While the account is still listed in the Thunderbird sidebar that lists all accounts and folders, it does not list information about emails, an inbox, spam folder or anything else. To make matters worse, a click on the account title lists a generic page that does not function at all.Even stranger is the fact that this seems to affect one or two of the accounts randomly. I restarted several times to see if it would resolve the issue, but one or both of the accounts showed the same symptoms most of the time.Related to that, it seems at the least, is that entire mailboxes or headers of emails are downloaded anew when Thunderbird starts.I was not able to fix the issue. What I did was roll back the client to version 52.1.1. You can download that version from the Thunderbird download website, and install it over the current version to go back to the older version of the client.Not ideal, as Thunderbird 52.2.0 includes security fixes, but better than working with a client that won’t display some accounts properly in its interface.This did fix the issue on my end however. I tried upgrading to Thunderbird 52.2.0 twice, and I ran into the display issue both times.To download an older version of Thunderbird, head to the download page, and copy one of the download links to the clipboard by right-clicking on the link and selecting the “copy link address” or comparable option from the context menu.The US English link for Windows looks like this for instance: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=thunderbird-52.2.0-SSL&os=win&lang=en-USTo download an earlier version, replace the version part with the earlier version. For the link above, that would be https://download.mozilla.org/?product=thunderbird-52.1.1-SSL&os=win&lang=en-USWhat is new in Thunderbird 52.2.0Thunderbird 52.2.0 ships with the following changes:Clicking on links with references/anchors where target doesn’t exist in the message not opening in external browserMailing list (group) not accessible from macOS or Outlook address bookCalendar: Invitations can’t be printedMessages sent via the Simple MAPI interface are forced to HTMLLarge number of blank pages being printed under certain circumstances when invalid preferences were presentMultiple requests for master password when GMail OAuth2 is enabledAttachment not forwarded correctly under certain circumstancesDetection of non-ASCII font names in font selectorEmbedded images not shown in email received from Hotmail/Outlook webmailerThere are also two unresolved issues, none of which describes the issue that I’m facing:On Windows, “Send to > Mail recipient” does not work. Workaround: Install the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 redistributable runtime library or the Universal C Runtime for Windows Server.Links in news messages including “remove all expired articles” not workingNow You: Which email client do you use currently?SummaryArticle NameThunderbird 52.2.0 update: issues with IMAP foldersDescriptionThunderbird 52.2.0 has been released, and the new version seems to have display issues with some IMAP folders on Windows.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


August 29, 2019 0