In the news today June 27

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, June 27———ORDER OF CANADA GROWS BY 83 WITH NEW MEMBERSGov.-Gen. Julie Payette is naming 83 more Canadians to the Order of Canada. The list out this morning from Rideau Hall includes athletes, researchers, teachers, scientists, artists, jurists and actors, from all across the country. Among the notable names on this year’s list is former National Hockey League player Reggie Leach, one-time Montreal Expo Claude Raymond, former commissioner of Nunavut Edna Elias, chef Michael Smith, and Moya Greene, who was once chief executive at Canada Post before running the U.K.’s Royal Mail. Each of them say they are surprised and touched to receive appointments.———POT EDIBLES MAY DRIVE UP LIFE INSURANCE COSTCanadians looking to enjoy soon-to-be-legalized pot-infused edibles could get hit with higher insurance premiums — depending on the size of their appetite. Many insurers no longer treat cannabis users as cigarette smokers — who pay much higher premiums due to the high-risk activity — provided there is no tobacco or nicotine in the products they use. The shift came in recent years as Canada moved to legalize pot for recreational use, starting with dried flower, oils, plants and seeds. However, to avoid paying more, cannabis usage must stay below a set number per week and many insurers count any kind of pot, whether it is smoked or sipped or chewed.———RUSSIAN STUDENT CRIES FOUL OVER VISA REFUSALA Russian student who was invited to present her research at an upcoming academic conference in Canada says she believes her visitor visa was unfairly rejected — an issue scholars say is a growing problem for academics from certain areas of the world trying attend conferences in Canada. Marina Dubova was all set for a conference on cognitive science and artificial intelligence in Montreal next month, but was recently informed her application for a visa was rejected. Canadian officials indicated they were unconvinced she would return to her home country at the end of her visit because she has no children, owns no property in her home country and has limited employment.———N.B. INCIDENT HIGHLIGHTS STIGMA AROUND POLE DANCEThe case of a New Brunswick pole artist who saw her performance at a Moncton, N.B., ribfest abruptly cancelled last weekend is drawing attention to the lasting stigma around an activity once associated mainly with strip clubs. Christine Johnson wrote in a Facebook post that her scheduled show at the festival, organized by the Rotary Club of Moncton West and Riverview, was cancelled minutes before she was set to go onstage and she was told her act was not family friendly. She says she chose to share her experience for other female performers who face challenges because their art incorporates their bodies, commenting on the misconceptions people have about her “aerial art.”———GOODWOOD, ONT., DRAWS CROWDS AS ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’Goodwood, Ont., is the Schitt and couldn’t be prouder. The picturesque bedroom community north of Toronto, population 663, is also known as “Schitt’s Creek” for being the site of many key locations in the hit comedy series of the same name. It has attracted busloads of international tourists hoping to see the sets and stars. Locals have also rallied around the show, setting up lawn chairs to watch filming, bringing baked goods and pizza to the stars on set, and holding “Schitt’s Creek”-themed spirit days at the primary school.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette participates in the unveiling of stamps celebrating Apollo 11 and Canadian contributions to the mission.— Michael Karas, previously imprisoned for grisly 1996 killing in Thailand, jury trial for multiple bank robberies around Toronto.— Federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan announces a new collaboration between the National Research Council of Canada and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.— Inquest into the death of Joshua Megeney. On October 6, 2016, the Saskatoon Police Service was called to a home for a reported break and enter in progress. Officers came upon a locked and barricaded door. Megeney, 28, was found dead after a standoff with police.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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World leaders recognize UNs lead role on todays global crises say senior

29 September 2008There is growing recognition of the lead role played by the United Nations, and by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon himself, in finding solutions to some of today’s toughest challenges, including the food crisis and climate change, as well as peace and security issues, ranging from Darfur to the Middle East, two of his top aides said today. Mr. Ban has had over 100 – and still counting – bilateral meetings over the course of the past week with leaders from around the world who gathered in New York for the General Assembly’s annual debate, which is set to conclude today. What was seen during those discussions was a “distinct shift” in the concerns of Member States – away from peace and security issues and towards global crises, such as the high costs of food and energy, climate change and the slow progress towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “It is in these areas that the UN is more readily accepted as a factor of organization and coordination for a solution to these problems,” Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, told reporters. “And these are the areas in which the Secretary-General’s leadership has been more readily accepted and is accepted, and over the last years he’s taken a very distinct lead,” he added. However, that is not to say that discussions did not focus on pressing peace and security matters. In fact, on that subject, there was recognition that the UN is “pretty stretched” with regard to its peacekeeping operations, particularly in Africa, noted Mr. Haysom. Leaders are also aware that the UN is experiencing difficulty in getting Member States to live up to their commitments and to act with what Mr. Ban calls ‘due accountability’ to the Organization and other Member States in that regard. “We’ve had one or two positive indications that helicopters might be forthcoming in respect of Darfur,” Mr. Haysom stated. The UN and the African Union have deployed a joint peacekeeping force to that strife-torn Sudanese region, but it is still lacking key essential equipment, including helicopters. “And we’ve had a number of positive indications of States that may be willing to play a role, and perhaps a lead role, in the construction of an international stabilization force for Somalia,” he added. Other issues of concern included the Middle East, where the UN saw “some window of opportunity” in light of the dialogue that now exists between the various parties concerned, Georgia and Myanmar. Last week also saw a plethora of special events intended to focus attention on issues such as the MDGs, climate change and the food crisis. Among the centrepieces was a day-long high-level event on the Goals, which saw Governments, foundations, businesses and civil society groups pledge $16 billion in new commitments to meet the MDGs. “We are still sorting… but we feel quite confident that we’re talking conservatively at least $16 billion in new pledges and commitments to the MDGs. And that is significantly more, quite frankly, than we were expecting,” Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning. Among the many new initiatives announced last week was the $76 million “purchase-for-progress” scheme, announced by the World Food Programme (WFP), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, to develop new ways for WFP to purchase food locally in developing countries. “This is not just about ‘old school’ food aid. This is really the new generation of assistance to address food needs,” said Mr. Orr. He added that although much of the world is focused right now on the financial crisis, “there’s no question that over the last week to 10 days in this building there has also been a very key focus on the food crisis.” Mr. Orr also noted that the UN itself came together to address climate change with the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Programme. The partnership between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNEP and UNDP is designed to combat climate change through creating incentives to reverse the trend of deforestation, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. “In several areas we saw concrete embodiments of new ways of doing business, new coalitions of member governments, private sector entities, philanthropists and civil society coming together to address the challenges,” he stated. read more

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Environmental human rights accords continue to gather support at UN treaty event

Madagascar and Grenada added themselves to the growing list of countries who have signed the Nagoya Protocol, a key text on equitably sharing the Earth’s genetic resources. Madagascar also signed a protocol on biosafety, while the Solomon Islands ratified the Amendment on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.On the human rights front, St. Lucia signed up to four accords – more than any other state today – including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This last one was also ratified by Bahrain.Paraguay and Ethiopia signed the multilateral agreement for a think tank for landlocked developing countries (LLDC), a day after Mongolia – which would host such a think tank at its capital, Ulaanbaatar – called for more support during its leader’s address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate. In the area of disarmament, the Republic of Guinea ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Czech Republic ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and Burundi signed a convention for the control of small arms and light weapons.Other treaty actions today included the Philippines ratifying the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, Croatia acceding to the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, and Andorra ratifying a convention against transnational crime. 22 September 2011Conventions and protocols on human rights and the environment continued to receive widespread support from Member States on the third day of the annual United Nations event aimed at promoting greater participation in global treaties and international law. read more

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Japan says recall system overhaul needed for global auto woes Mazda expands

Japan says recall system overhaul needed for global auto woes, Mazda expands air bag recall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan’s recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode.“The framework in place now doesn’t allow for that,” Masato Sahashi, director of the recall office at the transport ministry, said in a telephone interview. “Japanese people are very worried about the safety of their cars.”He said Japan was working with the U.S. authorities and with automakers to try to get to the bottom of the problem with Takata air bag inflators. But some change was needed soon to better co-ordinate on problems found abroad, he said.The Japanese supplier is under fire for air bags in which inflators can explode, hurling shrapnel into the passenger compartment. At least five deaths and dozens of injuries have been linked to the problem worldwide.The Takata recalls have now grown to 14 million vehicles globally.But the recalls coming in bits and pieces and often at different times for each nation, even for the same problem, have been confusing and unnerving for drivers around the world.Japan’s recall system is different in many ways from the U.S. system and such differences are repeated around the world.That contrasts with how the auto market has rapidly globalized, and parts are often standardized across nations, meaning that one defect can lead to millions of vehicles being recalled.The recall expansion announced by Toyota Motor Corp. this week for 185,000 vehicles in Japan and 5,000 in China came after it discovered that Takata passenger-side air bags in some Toyota vehicles ruptured when intentionally deployed while being scrapped. The air bag deployment is routine under Japanese law for scrapping vehicles, but not a practice in the U.S.Toyota had already carried out the same recall in the U.S. as a precautionary measure.“There is widespread pressure on regulators to take a more pro-active role in investigating safety risks and to be seen to take action where manufacturers are hesitant,” said Peter Shervington, an expert in product liability at Eversheds, a global law firm.He said Toyota was trying to be quick after going through a massive recall scandal of its own several years ago. But Shervington warned that tracking the root cause of the Takata problem would likely be challenging because evidence is hard to gather in cases of explosions.In a related move, Hiroshima-based Mazda Motor Corp. expanded its recall in the U.S. for Takata air bags that may explode, but said it was still considering the nationwide recall that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is demanding.Mazda’s recall was expanded to include Saipan, Guam, American Samoa, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, from the initial four areas it had covered of Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands.Mazda’s latest decision nearly doubles the number of vehicles involved in its recall related to humidity to about 86,000 from 46,000, according to Misato Kobayashi, a Mazda spokeswoman in Tokyo. Humidity has been identified as a possible factor in the inflator explosions.Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. agreed to carry out the nationwide recall earlier this week. Chrysler has expanded the recall but has not made it nationwide, and NHTSA has criticized that as insufficient.Takata has declined NHTSA’s demand to expand the recall although it has promised to co-operate with any automaker deciding on a nationwide recall.Honda Motor Co. has the biggest number of air bag recalls, mainly because it relies more heavily on Takata as a supplier than do rivals. The root cause of the explosions has not been pinpointed, although various production irregularities and defects have been found.“Against this backdrop, it seems unlikely that we have heard the last of air bag inflator-related recalls,” said Shervington.___Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yurikageyama by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2014 6:23 am MDT FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. displays the parts and function of a defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the US, during the committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday, Dec. 5 that Japan’s recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. “The framework in place now doesn’t allow for that,” Masato Sahashi, director of the recall office at the transport ministry, said in a telephone interview. “Japanese people are very worried about the safety of their cars.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) read more

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Latest Mediterranean tragedy pushes number of people perishing in 2016 beyond 5000

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this is the worst annual death toll ever seen.Attributing reports from the Italian Coastguard, William Spindler, a spokesperson for UNHCR said that in two separate incidents, rubber dinghies collapsed and those on board fell into the sea.“Only 63 people survived after the dinghy collapsed and passengers fell into the water. The second dinghy was carrying about 120 people and 80 were rescued by the Coastguard,” he added.Some 175 people from another dinghy and a wooden boat were rescued. Eight bodies were also recovered during the operations. Mr. Spindler further stressed that these incidents highlight the need to increase pathways for admission of refugees, including resettlement, private sponsorship, family reunification and student scholarship schemes, among others, so that they can avoid dangerous journeys and the use of smugglers. He added that declining quality of the vessels used by people smugglers, the vagaries of the weather and the tactics used by them to avoid detection might be the root causes of the recent increase in deaths.Two mass drownings in the Mediterranean Sea – in which an estimated 100 people died on Thursday, 22 December – have pushed this year’s death toll to more than 5,000, a new record, the UN has said. “These include sending large numbers of embarkations simultaneously, which makes the work of rescuers more difficult,” the spokesperson said, underlining the severity of the challenges.UNHCR data shows that this year an average of 14 people died every day in the Mediterranean Sea. This is the highest number ever recorded. Last year, with over a million people crossing the Mediterranean, 3,771 casualties were recorded. read more

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Urban Meyer Michigan State offense is one of the best Armani Reeves

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon to discuss an upcoming matchup with No. 7 Michigan State, as well as addressing an injury to junior cornerback Armani Reeves.Meyer had praise for the Michigan State offense and said he understands the pressure surrounding Saturday night’s game. Heading into East Lansing, Mich., the No. 13 Buckeyes are 7-1 and 4-0 in the Big Ten — which is the same record as the Spartans.Meyer said Michigan State hasn’t changed a lot since last season, but he noted the Spartans now have “one of the best offenses in the country.”More on Spartans’ offense: “They’ve gone from being a good offense to a great offense.”He said the biggest concern for the matchup is good players, of which he added Michigan State has an abundance.Meyer said the Buckeyes’ are doing things on offense now that are “much different” from what they were doing in August when redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was new to the starting role.Meyer on Barrett: “He’s got the full capacity to run the entire offense.”He said he expects to have the same feelings of magnitude for the upcoming matchup with Michigan State that he did before last year’s Big Ten title game, which the Spartans won, 34-24.Meyer described OSU and Michigan State as “two sledgehammers” going head-to-head.He said there’s no room for role players in a no-huddle offense in reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s need to keep improving and getting stronger.Meyer said he feels Michigan State redshirt-senior running back Jeremy Langford is “one of the top backs in the country and certainly one of the top backs in the Big Ten.”He said the Buckeyes haven’t had any issues with effort since his first season in Columbus two years ago.Meyer said Barrett has a “tremendous relationship” with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman and added the two are close. “As a head coach you love to see that kind of relationship between a position coach and a player,” he said.Reeves UpdateMeyer said Reeves “wasn’t cleared to play last week,” and said he’s not sure of Reeves’ status for Michigan State.Meyer on Reeves: “He’s a great kid, he’s having trouble focusing and they’re not quite sure exactly.”He said the trainers haven’t said Reeves has a concussion. “To be honest with you, I’m not quite 100 percent sure what it is,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes and Michigan State are scheduled to face-off at 8 p.m. read more

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MoD denies creating secret torture policy in breach of laws

The Ministry of Defence has rejected claims it has developed a secret policy on torture in breach of Government rules on intelligence-sharing on detainees.MoD documents released through the Freedom of Information Act had reportedly created a provision for ministers to approve the passing of information to allies – even if there was a risk of torture – if the benefits justified it.The disclosure was said to have raised concern that Cabinet Office rules on intelligence-sharing were being overridden, The Times reported.The Cabinet Office’s “consolidated guidance” on passing intelligence relating to detainees states the UK does “not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (CIDT) or punishment for any purpose”.It goes on: “In no circumstances will UK personnel ever take action amounting to torture or CIDT.”According to The Times, the internal MoD policy document – dated November 2018 – acknowledges that there is a presumption the UK will not share information when there is a “serious risk” of torture.However it then goes on to state this can be overridden if “ministers agree that the potential benefits justify accepting the risk and the legal consequences that may follow”.The document is also said to include powers for ministers to “pre-approve” intelligence-sharing about named individuals even when it is not known where they are being held – even though that may be crucial in determining the risk of torture.In a statement, an MoD spokesman said its policies were fully compliant with the provisions of the consolidated guidance.”The Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office have confirmed they are entirely satisfied with the MoD’s activities and standards in this area,” the spokesman said.”All our policy and activities in this area comply with the Cabinet Office’s consolidated guidance.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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She got duped Woman who helped Lisa Smith convert to Islam shocked

first_imgIt is understood she is currently being detained by the US armed forces based in northern Syria.Duffy told Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1 that Smith was a “very funny, very approachable” woman, and claimed she could not believe that the former Air Corps member was in Syria when she heard the news.“If anyone had said to me before that Lisa would do that, I’d have said ‘Lisa Smith, definitely not’,” she said.She also revealed that Smith began attending the mosque in Dundalk around 2010, and that while the former Air Corps member hadn’t initially converted at the time, she had a keen interest in the religion.“Lisa’s one of those people who’s interested in all sorts of different things. She hadn’t converted then; she was just looking for information,” she said.“But she had friends who were Muslim and she knew a fair bit about the ins and outs of it, but obviously nothing in depth, and that’s why she came to us.”However, Duffy believes that shortly after converting to Islam, her friend began to drift, saying the last thing she heard about Smith was that she had met a man and moved to Tunisia, where he was originally from.“She seemed to be very happy there for a while…but I know she was talking to people online before she moved to Tunisia; we had conversations about it,” Duffy said.Duffy also claimed that Smith was brainwashed by people online, and even came to attention at a mosque in Dublin because she began sharing extremist views before moving to Syria.“She was talking to a man and a woman online and they were telling her things and she’d come back and tell us,” she said.“She slowly started isolating herself. She moved further and further away.”She added that she was conflicted by news that Smith was now being detained with her child in Syria, saying that she did not know what should happen to her friend.Duffy said that while she was “adamant” that anyone who was involved with Islamic State should be punished, she believed the Smith she knew would not physically hurt anyone.“I don’t believe she ever lifted a gun, I don’t believe she killed anyone. I don’t even believe she was sympathising with them,” she said.“I think she was looking for something idealised and it didn’t work out that way and I think she got duped.” ‘She got duped’: Woman who helped Lisa Smith convert to Islam ‘shocked’ at alleged ISIS links Carol Duffy claims her friend was ‘very naive’ before she left Ireland a number of years ago. Short URL Mar 11th 2019, 5:08 PM 61 Comments 45,281 Views Lisa Smith Share365 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4535136 A DUNDALK WOMAN who says she helped Lisa Smith convert to Islam says she was “shocked” to hear about her alleged link to the Islamic State group.Carol Duffy, who grew up and attended the Dundalk Community Mosque with Smith, also claimed that she has “no idea” what brought her friend to Syria.Her comments come after it emerged on Friday night that Smith is being held in northern Syria on suspicion of membership of the terrorist group. Image: Tom Conachy Monday 11 Mar 2019, 5:08 PM By Stephen McDermott Lisa Smith Image: Tom Conachy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Battle Ground man gets 3 months in jail for robbery

first_imgA 19-year-old man from Battle Ground was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail for robbing someone during a meet-up to buy Air Jordans in early February 2018 in Orchards.Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis handed down the 90-day sentence against Jordan Joseph Colaci, court records say. Colaci will receive 12 days’ credit toward the sentence for time he already spent in jail. He appeared for the sentencing hearing out of custody and was ordered to report to the Department of Corrections within 24 hours.According to court records, Clark County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 7-Eleven at 9411 N.E. 76th St. for a report of a robbery late Feb. 4, 2018. When deputies arrived, they met the victim and two others who came with him to complete a planned online transaction.The victim told investigators he made arrangements over Snapchat to buy a pair of Air Jordan shoes for $700. He had arranged to buy the shoes from Colaci, whom he knew through another friend, court records said.He met Colaci at a church in Orchards, near Northeast 94th Avenue and Northeast 76th Street. Once there, the victim got into a vehicle occupied by Colaci. Two men wearing ski masks appeared, pulled open the car door and pointed a pistol at his head, according to court records. The masked men robbed the victim and then piled into Colaci’s car and drove away.In addition to jail time, the judge ordered Colaci to pay $780 in restitution, court records say.last_img read more

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Bills seek moratorium on destroying DNA evidence

first_imgOLYMPIA — The destruction of DNA evidence in some criminal cases has prompted the introduction of measures in the state House and Senate that would impose an 18-month moratorium on such actions.The bills, sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall and Sen. Jeannie Darneille, also would create a work group to recommend permanent, statewide standards for preserving DNA material. The group would present its recommendations to the Legislature and governor by Dec. 1.Under current law, there is no requirement to preserve DNA evidence after a conviction, though defense attorneys can seek a court order to do so.The Innocence Project Northwest at the University of Washington’s Law School brought the idea to Orwall and Darneille after reviewing about 70 potential DNA cases between 2011 and 2013 and finding that in 25, including murder and rape prosecutions, biological evidence was destroyed in eight cases and lost in one.The Innocence Project Northwest said most states have varying laws on how long to preserve biological evidence.Washington is among eight states where evidence is not automatically preserved. Once convicted, defendants must file motions to have evidence preserved for use during possible appeals, said Lara Zarowsky, policy director for Innocence Project Northwest.last_img read more

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63 feel obliged to put organisational interests ahead of staff wellbeing

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (63%) of manager respondents feel that they are required to put the interests of the organisation above the wellbeing of their team, according to research by Business in the Community (BITC).Its Mental health at work report, which is based on a survey of 3,036 UK employees, a public survey of 16,246 individuals, and a sample of responses to a YouGov panel of more than 600,000 individuals in the UK, also found that 62% of employee respondents have experienced poor mental health where work has been a contributing factor.The research also found:23% of employee respondents have access to an employee assistance programme (EAP), and 2% of employee respondents made use of an EAP during their most recent symptoms of poor mental health.More than half (56%) of employee respondents who have disclosed symptoms of poor mental health to the organisation they work for say that their employer did not take any mitigating action.49% of employee respondents would not talk to their manager about mental health.97% of senior manager respondents believe they are accessible if employees want to talk to them about mental health.76% of manager respondents believe employee wellbeing is their responsibility.32% of manager respondents cite a lack of adequate training as an organisational barrier to supporting staff wellbeing, 26% cite insufficient time for one-to-one meetings, and 22% feel that having to focus on performance targets is a barrier.40% of manager respondents are not confident responding to symptoms such as panic attacks, depression, and mood swings.86% of respondents do not approach a colleague they are concerned about out of fear of interfering or not knowing what to do.60% of respondents at board member and senior manager level believe their organisation supports staff with mental ill health.Louise Aston (pictured), wellbeing director at Business in the Community, said: “It is good that mental wellbeing is on the radar for leaders and managers, but this is still not translating into the right workplace cultures or adequate support for employees experiencing poor mental health.“Employers must accept the scale of mental ill health in the workplace and start taking a preventative approach now. This means getting the work culture right in the first place so that they promote good work and work-life balance.“Progress will only happen when employers approach mental ill health as they would physical ill health; doing what they can to prevent ill health occurring or escalating, and ensuring proper support for employees when it happens. Employees must feel that the workplace is supportive of, rather than, detrimental to their mental health.”last_img read more

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NOW HIRING Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job Openings

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following FIVE job openings over the past week:Full-Time Sign Language Interpreter at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Sign Language Interpreter at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant (Compass PreK) at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Administrative Assistant at Wilmington High School(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”last_img read more

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WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Congressman Moultons Office Recognized As National Example For NextGeneration

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — Below is a press release from Congressman Seth Moulton’s office:Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation recently released a report called Modernizing Congress: Bringing Democracy into the 21st Century. It singled out Congressman Seth Moulton and his team’s use of technology to collaborate and serve constituents. The office was one of just three examples cited in lead researcher Lorelei Kelly’s national study, which offers a plan to modernize how Congress operates so the American people have a louder voice in their republic and so congressional offices can serve them better.“Americans should look to Congress for leadership to move the country forward. It is almost comical to say that, because we know how much Congress is behind the times. Remember when the Senate couldn’t understand how Facebook works?” Moulton said. “I’m proud that we’re doing things differently on our team. We try to set an example every day for how we can better serve the people we represent by embracing technology. And we always look for ways we can do things a little bit better than before.”The study is available HERE. It cites Team Moulton’s use of collaborative technology like Slack and video conferencing to better deliver for constituents, spot patterns in constituent casework and shape policy that addresses the root causes of the difficulty people are experiencing with the government.For example, Moulton’s team recently partnered with Code for Boston to create an app that helps people understand how their retirement benefits will be affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision, making Social Security more transparent and easy to use.These methods have helped the office return more than $2.2 million to constituents in owed benefits and tax refunds since Moulton took office. The office has served over 4,000 people with constituent casework.The report comes as Congress’s Select Committee on Modernization considers ways Congress can evolve. The House’s leadership established the committee in January, after Moulton and a bipartisan group of members pushed for changes to the House’s rules so it worked in a more modern way. The temporary, bipartisan committee offered its first recommendations May and will continue turning out proposals over the course of the year.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Congressman Moulton & Others Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Criminalize LynchingIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”last_img read more

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Target Deal Days 2019 Order through Google Express and save even more

first_imgTarget Amazon Prime Day may get most of the attention, but several other retailers are parading their own deals through July 16, including Target.Target Deal Days sales are only available online, but unlike many Prime Day deals, they’re available to everyone, no membership required. $55 at Target Save $50 $200 at Target Keurig K-Mini single serve K-Cup pod coffee maker: $70 Target Target Appliances Dash 6-quart air fryer: $85 $70 at Target Save $56 $70 at Target $100 at Target $173 at Target Save $15 See also Target Target Save $50 Hoover If you like a little more variety, this coffee and espresso maker designed to work with Vertuo pods includes an Aeroccino 3 milk frother for barista-worthy java in the morning. The savings will add up and the satisfaction of making your own high-end coffee will be priceless. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Target Would you rather go hands-free? This autonomous robo-vacuum is 20% off and boasts multiple cleaning modes. It’s compatible with Google Home and Amazon Echo but can also be controlled via a phone app. Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus coffee and espresso maker: $173 0center_img Save $20 Target RED card holders will get an extra 5% off and enjoy free two-day shipping on a wider range of products, but it’s still worth your while to check out their offerings if you’re not a member. Especially since there are other ways to get your items and save even more money. You can order through the Shipt grocery delivery service for same-day delivery on some items (a Shipt membership fee applies) or arrange free in-store pickup for many products. Or you can order through Google Express, with the added bonus of 20% off your first order when you use code JULY20SAVE at checkout and free delivery on Target orders over $35 (meaning no shipping and service fees). These are some of our favorite deals at Target right now that you can order through Google Express — but check back for more offerings as they become available.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Read more: The absolute best Prime Day deals  Read also: The best anti-Prime Day deals at Target Post a comment Save $26 Cuisinart This family-size air fryer is 15% off — and happens to look pretty good on your kitchen counter. If you’ve been wanting to see what all the air fryer fuss is about, now’s a great time.Read more: 15 things you didn’t know you could make in an air fryer The best Prime Day deals still available The best Walmart Summer Sale deals still available AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks still on sale Prime Day is over, but these laptop deals aren’t: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and more At 33% off, this powerful vacuum is a steal — and with interchangeable brush rolls for both carpets and hardwood, you can clean every room in the house from kitchen to kids’ room with ease. If you only drink one cup at a time, single-serve coffee pods are awfully easy and this K-cup brewer is cute as can be. The slim design fits into even tiny spaces and the built-in cord storage means less countertop clutter. Plus, it’s 22% off. Cuisinart PerfecTemp cordless electric kettle: $70 Target Hoover WindTunnel vacuum: $100 $85 at Target Google Home Mini smart speaker: $25 Save $24 Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot, this miniature smart speaker is your personal AI assistant. It recognizes up to six voices, so everyone at home can rely on it for lots of tasks, including making calls, checking calendars, cuing up playlists, finding recipes and even changing the temperature with your compatible Nest thermostat — all for 48% off. If you’re in the market for a new microwave and short on space, this compact 0.7 cubic foot model is 32% off. Perfect for apartment dwellers or new college students who need a way to nuke dinner in their dorm! $25 at Target Save $30 Black + Decker compact microwave: $55 Tags If you prefer pour-over or tea, this sleek brushed stainless electric kettle (30% off) is calling you. With six preset temperature controls in addition to the standard boil setting, you can get the perfect extraction from your beans or leaves — and there’s a keep-warm function, too. Ecovacs Deebot robotic vacuum: $200 Share your voicelast_img read more

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A flurry of private donations for Sitkas historic cathedral

first_imgFather Ishmael Andrew is the new priest at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Sitka. He led parish members in the starring tradition on Orthodox Christmas, going door to door with a silver star and spiritual songs. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)A historic landmark in the center of downtown Sitka was the subject of fierce debate at the Assembly table two weeks ago over the separation of church and state. Even the city attorney weighed in on the legality of the issue, citing a Supreme Court ruling. While the Assembly ultimately decided not to donate to renovation work at St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral, a local citizen put forward the cash — and many more have followed.Listen nowThe Sitka Sentinel reported the donor left a written statement, in which she said, “We Sitkans see this every time we are downtown. I would be happy to make that contribution. How about you?”Turns out, many Sitkans agreed. Ana Dittmar is leading the construction project. “As the Assembly continued to discuss it, it was really the best thing that ever happened in our fundraising because we continued to get donations from private individuals here in Sitka,” she said.Since the Assembly took up the issue, citizens have made $50,000 in private donations to St. Michael’s. One resident pledged an additional $40,000 this spring.If that sounds like a big figure, keep in mind the bills for restoration work are big too. The exterior paint job on the bottom half of the building costs $135,000 alone, and possibly more if additional work is needed.Dittmar says the parrish board has contracted with Pete Hagan of K D Painting for the intensive work, which will continue in the spring when the weather improves and the cruise ships are in town.“That’s helpful with fundraising too,” she added. “In fact, the first check we got from a cruise ship visitor that was of any substance last summer was a young man who came in. We never saw him before. We never saw him after that. He just wrote out a check for $1000.”When asked what compels people to dip into their pockets upon entering St. Michael’s Cathedral, Dittmar simply said, “You can feel the history when you step inside.”“Some of the cruise ship visitors cry. They come into the building and they’re so taken that they just sit down and tears come into their eyes. There are a lot of people who are very moved. I mean, there are other people who can’t get out fast enough. I’m not trying to say everybody that you’ll step in and start crying! (Laughs) But there are people who have an emotional experience,” Dittmar continued.St. Michael’s Cathedral is a national historic landmark and one of Alaska most “endangered” properties. The original structure burned to the ground in 1966 and reconstructed from historic drawings. In 1973, it was re-entered in the National Register of Historic Places.Moving forward, the cathedral is also in dire need of a new roof. Eventually, the rotted front steps will need to be replaced and inspection work done on the spire. As for the dome, the leaking has diminished since Hagan began working on the exterior.last_img read more

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State Bank of Mauritius branch in Mumbai loses Rs 143 crore in

first_imgbankREUTERSThe State Bank of Mauritius’ branch in Mumbai has been cheated of nearly Rs 143 crore after unknown fraudsters hacked into its accounts, an official said on Friday.The incident occurred at the SBM Nariman Point Branch, according to the bank’s complaint with the Mumbai Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW).The SBM said that some unknown persons have hacked into its servers to illegally access various accounts and managed to transfer the monies to multiple accounts outside the country.The EOW and the Cyber Cell experts are investigating the case and trying to ascertain if it is a malware attack, besides the SBM’s own internal probe to find out the involvement of an insider.On October 2, the SBM had said in a statement that its India operations had been hit by a cyber fraud with a potential loss of around $14 million.However, it assured that no loss has been caused to any customer and that the SBM enjoyed sufficient liquidity for all its future plans.SBM India, a subsidiary of SBM Holdings, has branches in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Ramachandrapuram in Andhra Pradesh.This is the second major cyber attack on a bank in Maharashtra in the past couple of months.In two separate cyber-attacks on August 9 and 11, the Cosmos Bank Pvt Ltd, Pune, lost a total of Rs 94.24 crore to an international group of operatives working in tandem in several countries worldwide.last_img read more

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2 killed in Gazipur road crash

first_imgRoad-accidentTwo people were killed and four others were injured as a truck hit a pickup in Gazipur early Tuesday, reports UNB.One of the deceased was Mohammad Naim, from Kishoreganj district.The truck crashed into the Sreepur-bound pickup from behind at Purabari around 2:30am, leaving two of its passengers dead on the spot and four others injured, said officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station Samir Sutradhar.Police recovered the bodies and sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

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Funds crunch lack of teachers training affect Bengals govtrun schools Report

first_imgKolkata: Shortage of funds, lack of teachers’ training, feeble academic planning and inadequate functioning are the key challenges faced by the primary education system in West Bengal, says a report of the Pratichi Institute associated with Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. The report points out that while a few state-run primary schools have made a significant progress in terms of pupil-teacher ratio (PTR), many schools continue to lack funds and required efforts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “According to 2015-16 data, the average PTR in Bengal’s primary schools is much favourable — 23 to one — as compared to 49 to one a decade ago. But some schools still have an unacceptably high PTR of 40 to one. An irrational distribution of existing teachers makes the situation more complex,” says the report. The fund shortage, the report says, averages Rs 69,000 per school per year. The deficit includes day-to-day expenses (Rs 33,000), as well as additional instructors and equipment needed for extra-curricular activities. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “There have been important improvements in the implementation of mid-day meal programme in the state. However, a decent meal would require Rs 7.14 per child per day while the current allocation is Rs 4.13,” the report says. It points to a survey that says the deficit in mid-day meal fund is currently met by teachers and other staff members. But the report stresses that such an urgent issue cannot be left to “voluntary generosity”. The report says four percent of the schools are still being run by just one teacher. Highlighting the lack of proper curriculum in schools as another problem, the report says the schools that have performed well, show proper implementation of “continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE).” It stresses improvement in quality of teaching, syllabus and textbooks and augmenting financial resources for the state-run primary education system.last_img read more

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Macedonians in protest to demand governments resignation

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have gathered in the center of the Macedonian capital Skopje to demand the resignation of conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.The Sunday protest follows the release of a massive cache of wiretapped conversations by the head of the opposition Social Democrats, Zoran Zaev. He claims that Gruevski was behind the mass wiretapping of more than 20,000 Macedonians. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Protesters holding a Macedonian flags and banners reading “Resignation” and “Goodbye Nikola” protest against Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski as they march towards the offices of Macedonia’s conservative government, in capital Skopje on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Some thousands of people are gathered in the centre of Skopje to demand the resignation of Gruevski, amid a series of alleged scandals including corruption, wiretapping and cover ups, but Gruevski rejects the accusations. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu) Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The conversations purport to reveal corruption at the highest levels of government, including mismanagement of funds, spurious criminal prosecutions of opponents and even attempted cover-ups of killings.Zaev said those conversations were leaked to him by “patriots” in the domestic intelligence service. He demands the formation of a caretaker government that will organize new elections.Gruevski angrily rejects the accusations.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Coast catches more flight searches Skyscanner

first_imgThe Gold Coast experienced the largest flight search increase in Queensland this year, with a growth of 111 percent year-on-year, according to Skyscanner.The travel search site revealed learning to surf is most popular on its Gold Coast travel tips for keen adventurers.Snapper Rocks was listed as the most popular surf spot on the coast, attracting international surfers even for the Quiksilver pro surfing tour each year.Second on the list is a ‘volcanic’ walk through Burleigh National Park where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea. Thrill seekers can take in third on the list, an adrenalin-fuelled tandem skydive over the beach where you can land on the beautiful Kirra Beach. When the season is right, whale watching from the Gold Coast gives you a chance to get up close and personal to the largest living mammals on earth.Last of all, don’t forget the theme parks.  Thousands of families from all around Australia and the world travel to the Gold Coast for their amusement park fix with Dreamworld, Seaworld, Movieworld and more. Skyscanner market development for Australia Dave Boyte said with the return of Qantas flights into the Gold Coast, it seems like there has never been a better time to visit. “An increase in flight searches on Skyscanner together with more direct flights means easier access and competitive air prices.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

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