Man charged in death of 28yearold woman found in Toronto apartment

first_imgTORONTO – A man charged in the death of a 28-year-old Toronto woman had just met and moved in with her three weeks before she was found suffering from obvious signs of trauma inside their fifth-floor apartment, Toronto police said.They said Sunday that officers arrested and charged Richard Isaac, 41, of Brampton, Ont., with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Victoria Selby-Readman on Tuesday afternoon.Det. Paul Worden said text messages and conversations Selby-Readman had with her friends have lead him to believe that the pair met through social media, where she had recently posted advertisements on Instagram and Facebook seeking a roommate.Once Isaac moved into the apartment, Worden said police hadn’t been alerted to any disturbances at the location or incidents involving the pair, who he said had no romantic relationship.“It was a roommate-type relationship, but due to the brief time he was there and the level of violence that occurred within a few weeks, (the death) is unusual,” said Worden, who also said it is becoming more common for abusive relations to start on social media, but it is still “rare” for the platforms to trigger a death like Selby-Readman’s.By the time he moved in with Selby-Readman, Worden said Isaac was already known to police because he allegedly had domestic-related incidents with other women, including one related to some outstanding warrants in Durham Region.“Selby-Readman knew a bit (about his past brush), but only after he moved in,” said Worden. “She did not know the whole extent.”Police have spoken with the female victim in the Durham Region incident, but, with Isaac charged and arrested, Worden said he was hopeful that people who might have stayed quiet about the accused’s previous behaviour will come forward.“It seemed a common thing that he did communicate with various women on social media platforms and based on his history with women, we believe there could be some people out there who could have been in an abusive relationship with him or could offer some insight to what may have happened in this case,” he said.last_img read more

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Maulana Azad College event postponed over students’ clash

first_imgKolkata: The Maulana Azad College authorities have decided to postpone the Annual Inter-College Students’ Fest in the wake of unrest between two groups of students. Trouble brewed during organising the event.A clash had broken out in the college on March 7 and four students were injured. The annual event of the college was scheduled to be held on March 22 and 23. The college principal’s office issued a notification in this regard on Saturday night. “The situation in the college has been tense since Thursday and there have been sporadic instances of clashes. This has prompted us to postpone the event,” a senior college official said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA source in the college said the clash broke out between two student groups with each one intending to have control of the funds for the two-day event. The situation turned so violent that forces from two police stations —Taltala and New Market — had to intervene to bring situation under control. The practical examination of third-year students was going on at the college at the time of the clash and tension on the college premises created panic among the examinees. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that local MP Sudip Bandopadhyay had attended a programme in the college in the morning and had announced some funds from his MPLAD for construction of the ladies hostel at the college. Soon after Bandyopadhay left, the two groups of students picked up a fight with each other. The Trinamool Chatra Parishad unit in the college however attributed the violence to outsiders who were against organising the annual college event. The event was scheduled to be held after a gap of five years.last_img read more

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Gallup: Morocco Would Lose 29% of Youth in Case of Free…

Rabat – As UN members adopted the Global Migration Compact in Marrakech on Monday, Gallup released a new Potential Net Migration Index (PNMI) investigating what it would be like if everyone were free to move to whichever country they wanted, permanently.Gallup, an American public opinion poll company, interviewed nearly 500,000 adults in 152 countries between 2015 and 2017. Although the new index did not predict “migration patterns,” it did give an idea of potential net gains or losses, what sort of people each listed country attracts, and how much a country’s population would change in case of free migration. The index did not report “Potential Net Brain Gain … for countries with a sample size of less than 200.”Gallup had access to a sample of fewer than 200 people in Morocco.In the case of other Maghreb countries besides Morocco, Algeria would lose 31 of its adult population, 44 percent of its youth aged 15-29, and 40 percent of its “brains.” Tunisia would lose up to 27 percent of its adult population, 30 percent of its youth, and 44 percent of its brains.Read Also: Time Magazine Names Jamal Khashoggi Person of the YearMauritania would lose 25 percent of its adult population and 33 percent of its youth.Apart from Libya, Morocco had low numbers regionally. Morocco would lose 19 percent of its adult population and 29 percent of its youth population.Libya would lose 16 percent of its adult population, 19 percent of its young people, and 25 percent of its brains.Most desired countries for migration worldwideThe top 10 desired countries by potential migrants worldwide are the US, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Japan, and Italy.The other desired countries are Switzerland, the UAE, Singapore, Sweden, China, New Zealand, Russia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey.The US population would boom if migration were free. A total of 158 million adults would move to the country. Canada’s and Australia’s populations would more than double.Read Also: Official: 63% of Students with Vocational Training Find Jobs EasilyBrain drain in MoroccoAccording to an April study by ReKrute, 91 percent of Moroccan professionals aged 35 and younger said they wanted to move abroad in search of better work conditions and quality of life, which includes health care and comfort. Young, well-trained Moroccans set their sights on European countries. Canada, which attracts 37 percent of Moroccan professionals, is the hottest destination, not only for Moroccans but for many people in the world, according to the report.Moroccan physicians and doctors, in particular, experience tough working conditions. They are underpaid and under-equipped, which prompts them to emigrate.Irregular migration in MoroccoAccording to a survey by Moroccan marketing agency Sunergia and news outlet L’economiste released in November, some 59 percent of youth aged 15-24 said they would not hesitate to migrate irregularly.Many Moroccan migrants are persistent in trying to leave the country, mostly risking the western Mediterranean route by boat. At the same time, the government strives to curb irregular migration by land and sea toward Europe.Amid the EU migration crisis, over 160 countries approved the Global Compact on Migration (CGM) Monday in Marrakech. Describing the Global Compact, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that it is a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos” experienced by migrants.The compact aims “to better manage international migration, address its challenges, and strengthen migrants’ rights while contributing to sustainable development.”Read Also: Bourita on Migration Policy: ‘Morocco Is No One’s Policeman’ read more

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Eastern Chad under severe humanitarian strain UN official says

13 March 2008The swelling numbers of Darfur refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in eastern Chad is seriously straining the capacity of both the arid local environment and the region’s basic infrastructure, a United Nations aid official said today, warning that the humanitarian situation remained extremely precarious. Kingsley Amaning, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad, told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York that more than 10,000 people from Darfur in neighbouring Sudan had fled across the porous border and sought refuge in the 12 official camps in eastern Chad. The new arrivals join some 240,000 Darfurians who have lived in Chad since 2004 because of fighting in their homeland, as well as an estimated 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). The numbers of displaced Chadians are rising because of the recent deadly clashes between Government forces and armed rebels, and the roughly 700,000 to 800,000 people who usually live in the area – and depend on trade with Darfur for their livelihoods – are also increasingly vulnerable to insecurity, inter-tribal fighting and armed attacks, Mr. Amaning said. He said the area of eastern Chad that houses the 12 refugee camps is so arid and inhospitable that it normally could not sustain more than 20,000 people. The influx of Sudanese and Chadians is thus placing enormous pressure on the water supply, the energy supply, education facilities and health care. Mr. Amaning added that the situation was exacerbated by the remoteness of the eastern part of Chad, a landlocked country. Food aid often has to arrive by overland convoy from Tripoli, Libya, over long distances, sand dunes and treacherous roads that become inaccessible during the annual rainy season. Bandits and armed groups are also increasingly willing to attack the vehicles of relief organizations, including UN agencies, and some 80 vehicles have been hijacked or stolen in the area in recent years. Mr. Amaning said the international community has been relatively generous in recent years in trying to remedy the situation, relieve the suffering of the refugees and IDPs and limit the deterioration of living standards for people in the area. “If they are alive today, it is thanks to the international support that we as humanitarians have received and what you’ve translated into vigorous assistance and protection programmes for these hundreds of thousands of people,” he said. But the Humanitarian Coordinator added that the growing population of people in need in eastern Chad meant aid agencies required even more funding to carry out their work. An appeal launched last December for $240 million has only received 2 per cent of its funding so far, he noted. read more

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Amid escalating violence UN human rights chief urges halt to abuses in

“Yemen is at a very sensitive and dangerous crossroads and the Government and opposition will need to tread carefully, with the support of the international community, to bring it through this phase and into a lasting peace, with respect for the human rights of its people,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. A team from the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) that visited Yemen from 28 June to 6 July has called for an independent probe into alleged human rights abuses committed since the start of protests earlier this year. Since the team’s visit, the violence has resumed between security forces and protesters seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh – part of a wider wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms. Pillay condemned the use of live ammunition and snipers by security forces and their affiliates against protesters, as well as the resort to violence by anti-Government armed groups. “My June assessment mission to Yemen concluded that the State had used excessive force to quell demonstrations – including the use of water cannons attached to the sewage water system, live ammunition, snipers and ultimately heavy weaponry…“In the past few days we have seen a repetition of similar tactics and a resultant heavy loss of life. It is disappointing that lessons have not been learned and violations repeated,” she said. The High Commissioner strongly urged the Government to implement all the recommendations contained in the assessment team’s report, especially to allow an international independent investigation into the violations that have taken place, to bring those responsible to justice and to compensate the victims. She also urged the authorities to cooperate with OHCHR in setting up a country office soon. “We stand ready to help Yemen move forward and hope the Government of Yemen will accept our outstretched hand.” 22 September 2011The United Nations human rights chief today urged the Government and opposition groups in Yemen to begin a genuine dialogue to prevent further violence, after clashes reportedly led to dozens of deaths of mostly unarmed demonstrators earlier this week. read more

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Plans for major review of international food code announced by two UN

The review by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) marks the first time that the “Codex Alimentarius”– already in operation for 40 years – will be evaluated.WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland stressed that the number and variety of food safety threats are increasing in all parts of the world. “We need to ensure that international food standard work responds to the challenges of the new millennium in order to meet more effectively the needs of the world’s people,” she said.FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf pointed out that food safety and quality issues must be examined closely. “National capabilities to use and apply food standards must be enhanced if global food safety is ever to be realized,” he said.In announcing the review, the agencies noted that since the Codex Alimentarius Commission was established 40 years ago, public concern over food safety issues has grown dramatically, with consumers “much more aware of what they regard as threats to their health, and of their rights to full information on foods.” The agencies also pointed to growing recognition of the link between safe food, a balanced diet and overall health and productivity. As part of the evaluation, comments will be solicited from the public to ensure that all those with a stake in the use of the food standards can make their views known.The review, which will be carried out by an independent Evaluation Team and an Expert Panel, is scheduled to be completed in early 2003. read more

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Negotiators set to resume talks next week on UNbacked antitobacco treaty

The fifth session of the Inter-governmental Negotiating Body, which opens on Monday, is expected to examine a new text of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that proposes options culled from of four years of negotiations.Advocating strong global action, WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland said at the time WHO initiated the FCTC process, tobacco killed 4 million people every year. “Today that figure stands at 4.9 million people per year,” she noted. “A strong FCTC will save lives – let us all remember that delays means more deaths, and more children falling prey to tobacco.”Over the past four years, tobacco has become a major threat to developing countries, which many tobacco companies have targeted to compensate for stagnating markets in Europe and North America, according to WHO. In some countries, more than 60 per cent of 13 to 15 year-olds use tobacco and almost a quarter of those young smokers had their first cigarette before the age of ten.Negotiators have also focused on the role of the tobacco industry, especially its attempts to derail the ongoing talks, WHO said, urging Member States to be vigilant about tactics used by the tobacco industry and their surrogates “to raise issues extraneous to the core of the negotiations or propose irrelevant solutions.” read more

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Asian leaders to focus on government reforms at UN backed meeting

The event will also see the launch of the first-ever UN Project Office on Governance. Based in Seoul, the office will act as a regional and international focal point for research, training and advocacy in improving governance.“The new Office will act as a hub within Asia, where interested governments and stakeholders can seek and exchange information on the experiences of other countries in selecting and implementing innovations in governance that improve conditions for citizens,” said Guido Bertucci, Director of the UN’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management.The two-day meeting, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Korea, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Project Office on Governance, is one of six regional meetings taking place this year to provide policy recommendations for the Seventh Global Forum on Reinventing Government. To be held in June 2007 at the UN Office in Vienna, that meeting will tackle on the theme of “Building Trust in Government.”“The theme for this year’s event is an important one which underlines a great many of the other objectives that we at the United Nations aim to achieve, in terms of development, security and the defense of human rights.” said José Antonio Ocampo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. With increasing demands on governments and a need to adapt effectively in today’s globalized world, the focus will be on the sharing of innovations and best practices. The meeting will assist governments and stakeholders to strengthen their governance and public sector capacities, take greater advantage of the potential of globalization and achieve development objectives.The meeting will identify Asia-specific issues, challenges and responses within the sphere of public administration, the UN said in a news release. Key themes include: public sector capacity and innovations; service delivery and access; decentralization; transparency, accountability and e-government.The Global Forum on Reinventing Government first began in 1999 and is part of an on-going effort by the UN and its members to improve the quality of governance and public administration world-wide. The first Global Forum was held in Washington D.C. read more

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United CEO issues apology calls removal truly horrific

United CEO issues apology, calls removal ‘truly horrific’ CHICAGO – After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United’s parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to “resolve this situation.”Hours later on Monday, his tone turned defensive. He described the man as “disruptive and belligerent.”By Tuesday afternoon, almost two days after the Sunday evening confrontation in Chicago, CEO Oscar Munoz issued his most contrite apology yet as details emerged about the man seen on cellphone videos recorded by other passengers at O’Hare Airport.“No one should ever be mistreated this way,” Munoz said.The passenger was identified as physician David Dao, 69, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, who was convicted more than a decade ago of felony charges involving his prescribing of drugs and spent years trying to regain his medical license.But while Dao’s history quickly became a focus of attention, there’s no indication that his past influenced how he was treated or that the airline or police were aware of his background or would have known anything about him other than basic information such as his name and address, if that.Screaming can be heard on the videos, but nowhere is Dao seen attacking the officers. In fact, he appears relatively passive both when he was dragged down the aisle of the jet and when he is seen standing in the aisle later saying quietly, “I want to go home, I want to go home.”Munoz’s latest statement described the removal as “truly horrific.” He said the company would review policies for seeking volunteers to give up their seats, for handling oversold situations and for partnering with airport authorities and local law enforcement.An attorney who represents Dao said his client was being treated at a Chicago hospital for injuries he sustained on the plane and that the family would not comment.According to records from the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Dao went to medical school at the University of Medicine of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, graduating in 1974. He was licensed in Kentucky with a specialty in pulmonary disease.His legal troubles started in 2003, when his medical license was suspended after an undercover sting operation at a Louisville motel for allegedly writing fraudulent prescriptions.According to the documents, the licensing board had learned that Dao had become sexually interested in a patient and hired the patient as his office manager. That man later said he quit his job because Dao “pursued him aggressively” and arranged to provide him with prescription drugs in exchange for sex.Dao was ultimately convicted in late 2004 of several counts of obtaining drugs by fraud or deceit and was placed on five years of supervised probation and surrendered his medical license.His longtime effort to get his license back finally succeeded in 2015, when the licensing board allowed him to practice medicine again.About a year after his medical license was suspended, Dao joined the professional poker circuit, according to his World Series of Poker profile . His biggest competitive win came in 2009 when he took home more than $117,000 from a tournament in Mississippi.Airport officials have said little about Sunday’s events and nothing about Dao’s behaviour before he was pulled from the jet that was bound for Louisville, Kentucky. Likewise, the Chicago Aviation Department has said only that one of its employees who removed Dao did not follow proper procedures and has been placed on leave.No passengers on the plane have mentioned that Dao did anything but refuse to leave the plane when he was ordered to do so.Also Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the way Dao was treated “completely unacceptable” and praised Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans for taking “swift action.” He promised that a city investigation would “ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”The event stemmed from a common air travel issue — a full flight. United was trying to make room for four employees of a partner airline, meaning four people had to get off.At first, the airline asked for volunteers, offering $400 and then when that did not work, $800 per passenger to relinquish a seat. When no one voluntarily came forward, United selected four passengers at random.Three people got off the flight, but the fourth said he was a doctor and needed to get home to treat patients on Monday. He refused to leave.Three Aviation Department police officers got on the plane. Two officers tried to reason with the man before a third came aboard and pointed at the man “basically saying, ‘Sir, you have to get off the plane,’” said Tyler Bridges, a passenger whose wife, Audra D. Bridges, posted a video on Facebook.One of the officers could be seen grabbing the screaming man from his window seat, across the armrest and dragging him down the aisle by his arms.Other passengers on Flight 3411 are heard saying, “Please, my God,” ”What are you doing?” ”This is wrong,” ”Look at what you did to him” and “Busted his lip.”The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it is reviewing Sunday’s events to see if United violated rules on overselling flights.Dao’s relatives are focused only on his medical care, attorney Stephen L. Golan said. The family “wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received.”___Associated Press Writer David Koenig in Dallas and AP researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report. by Don Babwin, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 9:29 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger being removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Video of police officers dragging the passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight sparked an uproar Monday on social media, and a spokesman for the airline insisted that employees had no choice but to contact authorities to remove the man. (Audra D. Bridges via AP) read more

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Wisconsin Takes Down The Champs

But this wasn’t just a case of Villanova playing poorly. Wisconsin also played a great game. The Badgers had one of their best 2-point shooting performances of the season (65 percent from inside the arc), and they outworked ‘Nova on the glass as well. Just as importantly, Wisconsin held the nation’s fourth-best offense to one of its weakest games of the year, in part by taking the air out of the ball and denying opportunities to one of the nation’s top fast-break offenses.1Wisconsin wasn’t perfect — the Badgers made the upset more difficult than it had to be with 14 turnovers and some truly abysmal foul shooting.So Wisconsin was good, and Villanova bad. There was a third character in the making of this upset, however: the NCAA selection committee, which did Villanova no favors as the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. As part of the most difficult region in the bracket, Wisconsin was an 8 seed with a KenPom.com rating similar to others seeded as high as fourth (Butler), third (Florida State) and even second (Arizona) in other regions. From the Round of 32 on, Villanova was staring down a tough slate of opponents, and that would have been true whether they held on against Wisconsin or not.Now, our model has a new favorite in the East, with a 37 percent chance of making the Final Four: Yep, it’s the No. 2-seeded Duke Blue Devils. But this might not be the last we see of the Badgers either — the model gives them the second-best odds of winning the region (in part because they’re already in the Sweet 16), with a 21 percent probability of earning the school’s third Final Four berth in four seasons.Check out our March Madness predictions. So much for one of the most uneventful NCAA tournaments ever. After a quiet first round that saw the better seed win 26 of 32 games, Villanova — the defending tourney champion — became the first No. 1 seed to fall with a 65-62 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.The Wildcats didn’t play their best game. They shot just 41 percent from the floor with an offensive efficiency of 107 points per 100 possessions, both well below their season averages, and they allowed an extremely uncharacteristic 111 points per 100 possessions at the other end of the floor. For a team that consistently played above its averages during its championship run last season (particularly on offense), this was a callback to previous tournament disappointments by Jay Wright-led Villanova teams.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket read more

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Shareholders approve plan of arrangement between Energy Fuels and Magnum Uranium

first_imgShareholders of Magnum Uranium have approved the proposed plan of arrangement between Magnum and Energy Fuels in a vote on which 99.6% of the votes cast were in favour. Completion of the transaction is subject to approval of the court and the TSX Venture Exchange. Magnum and EFI anticipate that closing of the agreement will take place on June 30, 2009 and that, in anticipation of closing, Magnum will request that trading in its shares will be halted before market open on June 30, 2009.Craig Lindsay, President & CEO of Magnum observed that, “We at Magnum are very pleased to bring this kind of value to our shareholders during the recent market downturn. We are especially excited to see our property portfolio in the hands of a capable developer like Energy Fuels. The Magnum properties are part of the mill feed strategy for Energy Fuels’ Pinon Ridge uranium mill, and the path to production is now well defined.”George Glasier, President & CEO of Energy Fuels offered that, “We are happy to see the confidence shown in the Energy Fuels management team by the shareholders of Magnum, as we complete another milestone in the consolidation of Colorado Plateau uranium assets. The combination of these two companies results in a stronger, better capitalised company with a significant increase in uranium resource, and a corporate treasury enhanced by almost 50%. These assets will contribute to the advancement of Energy Fuels’ Pinon Ridge milling plan and overall growth strategy.”Energy Fuels is a Toronto-based uranium and vanadium mineral development company actively rehabilitating and developing formerly producing mines. With more than 46,000 acres of highly prospective uranium and vanadium property located in the states of Colorado, Utah and Arizona, the company has a full pipeline of additional development prospects. Energy Fuels, through its wholly-owned Colorado subsidiary, Energy Fuels Resources Corp, has assembled this property portfolio along with a first class management team, including highly skilled technical mining and milling professionals based in Lakewood and Nucla, Colorado and Kanab, Utah.Magnum Uranium is a Vancouver-based minerals exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of uranium assets in North America. Currently, Magnum’s primary property holdings are located in the Western US, specifically Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and New Mexico, and in Canada’s Athabasca Basin.last_img read more

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Alpha says thanks to yiayia and pappou

first_imgThe young children from Alpha Children’s Centre joined their grandparents in a special breakfast last week. The children enthusiastically and proudly shared their achievements with their grandparents. They discussed their portfolios, artwork and the displays in their rooms also the various activities and projects that the children were working on.This was an opportunity for Alpha to say thank you to the Grandparents for the hard work and their assistance in profoundly supporting the children’s development, interests and needs in many ways.For more information on the various programs, the Greek Bilingual and Multicultural Programs delivered at Alpha contact Kelly Ioannou on (03) 9429 1488. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Greek Patriarch Bartholomew stands beside the Muslim community of New Zealand

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the members of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate—during their regularly scheduled March meeting—expressed their shock and dismay over the murderous attacks made against the people present at two mosques located in Christchurch, New Zealand. His All-Holiness and the Synodal Hierarchs unequivocally condemn every act of terrorism, hate and fundamentalism, and call everyone to work together, through dialogue, for the protection of all that is good, for peaceful coexistence and collaboration. They extend their heartfelt condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims, as well as their wholehearted wishes for strength and a swift recovery to all those wounded.READ MORE: Greek businesses rush to help victims of Christchurch mosque attacksHis All-Holiness also communicated with Metropolitan Myron of New Zealand, asking him to convey the above message of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the local authorities, to the Muslim Community and to all the people of New Zealand.READ MORE: Greek Community of Australia stands beside victims of Christchurch massacrelast_img read more

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Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM

first_img Recommended for you Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Related Items:delroy williams, josephine connolly, Millennium Highway, Priton Development, Turks and Caicos Environmental Management, wheeland Hot PNP race pegged for Wheeland District Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2016 – Months, possibly years of bush had grown up around the Priton Development Phase One basketball court and playground, but three have partnered to see the spot now more spic and span. Member of Parliament for Wheeland, Delroy Williams and Deputy House Speaker, Josephine Connolly funded work at the site where workmen tried to hack away at the think bush. When that was proving too huge a task, another Wheeland resident pitched in with a backhoe. Turks and Caicos Environmental Management is that third partner and the company leveled the bushes and moved around some boulders. TCEM had already been busy pushing bush back from the roadway along Millennium Highway; citing that it was necessary to create a safer strip for motorists and pedestrians. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Vancouver men share memories of 911

first_imgWhen Ray Garza walked into the emergency department of a Manhattan hospital on Sept. 12, 2001, he was jolted.Not by the sight of injured people: Garza expected to see the medical staff still treating casualties of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but it was a slow day in the ER.“It was the closest hospital to Ground Zero,” the Vancouver man said. “I asked the nurse, ‘Where are all the people?’ ” The nurse’s response: “There just weren’t any people to bring in.”“It was eerie,” Garza said. He remembers thinking that there should have been thousands of people being treated. But he recalls seeing only one 9/11 casualty in the place.The injured man had been high up in one of the Twin Towers. He sprinted down the stairs until he reached a place where he could jump from the second floor.“He had a dislocated shoulder and a broken arm,” Garza said.Garza and two Vancouver friends, Geoff Ritchie and Steve Pettinger, had arrived in New York on Saturday, Sept. 8, and had planned to fly back home on Thursday, Sept. 13. Their travel plans were scrambled by the disaster, which is what brought Garza to the ER. He was afraid he’d be stranded in New York without his prescribed medication.“I had planned on a certain amount of meds, plus a day or two extra,” Garza said.After calling his local health care provider to ask about a refill, Garza was told to check with a doctor there. What? In New York City on the day after 9/11?last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE NASA implements initiatives to engage future workforce

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2018: Federal space organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has implemented a range of workforce planning initiatives to ensure the organisation is fit for the future.Delivering the opening keynote address at Employee Benefits Connect 2018, Elizabeth Kolmstetter, director, workforce engagement division at NASA, explained how the organisation conducted research on its past approaches to workforce planning in order to pinpoint potential gaps and areas for development that NASA could focus on to ensure it would be able to progress into the future and keep pace with the evolving workplace.“One of the things we do is use a very reflective approach in our workforce programme, because we seek to understand our history; what’s working well, what doesn’t work so well, what’s gotten us to this point. We really believe we can future forward lean into what’s going to change, what do we need to do, is this working for us, why was this working, what wasn’t working and make sure that we’re addressing that in our future,” she said.NASA’s analysis discovered that new employees were not being effectively engaged with the organisation and its over-arching objectives. To address this, a group of new starters volunteered to compile a new programme specifically targeted at this population, to connect and engage new staff with NASA. The resulting programme is centred around an employee passport, which employees receive 30 days before their first day. The passport, which is also available for different seniority levels, helps employees to track their career journey with NASA and demonstrates how individuals form part of the organisation’s fabric and culture.Kolmstetter said: “[Employees are] on a journey, a career journey, hopefully with us for a long time. And so [employees] are going to capture experiences and these are going to help [them] develop and connect to our people and to our mission.”The employee passports also feature a progression timeline. After an employee has been with the business for two years, they then develop to act as mentors or buddies for new starters just receiving their first employee passport.At the other end of the career spectrum, NASA’s low turnover rate of 4% meant that developing and progressing a new talent pipeline was also a challenge. Approximately 40% of its workforce is eligible to retire, however, these employees remain within the business. To address this, NASA has introduced three programmes to encourage senior employees to consider different forms of retirement. It first implemented a phased retirement programme in 2015 to facilitate a part-time work, part-time retirement arrangement for up to two years before full retirement. Employees on this programme undertake mentoring opportunities, teach seminars and perform training for younger staff.Second, NASA’s emeritus programme allows its retirees to come back to work on an unpaid, voluntary basis in order to contribute to projects and tasks they have an interest in. These retirees will still have a desk and computer and are able to return on a very flexible basis. Finally, NASA is developing a Leave a Legacy programme. This will enable senior employees to come out of their normal job role to work on a special, prestigious project for up to two years with the understanding that they will consider retirement once the project was completed.“I can’t bring in a new pipeline, new talent because we only have so much budget to fund a workforce, so we are starting to say how can we help folks get a move on to retirement and give back what they want in a way that they feel that they’re important and their experiences are giving back,” added Kolmstetter.Another key initiative that NASA has rolled out is flexible-working initiative Work From Anywhere (WFA). This allows employees the freedom to work at different times from either one of NASA’s 10 US-based operating sites or from other locations, such as working from home or cafes. WFA was the result of a three-month project called Make Anywhere a Remote Site (Mars), which conducted a one-month trial of banning employees from working in the office. Staff were encouraged to work virtually wherever they saw fit.The Work From Anywhere initiative has enabled the organisation to be more timely on its project work, because timelines are not delayed by waiting for face-to-face meetings. She said: “Waiting for people to convene in person is really now out of date. Every meeting has at least a conference call, but most [have] video capability so we expect there to be some of these people not physically present.”Kolmstetter also explained the challenge of having employees working in technical roles promoted into leadership positions, because these employees may not have the necessary people and leadership skills to create an inspiring environment for staff working under them. “Just having the competencies doesn’t mean the person is applying them and exciting the workforce and creating the environment that brings out the best, the most potential of their employees. If [leaders are not] applying those competencies in a productive way, in a way that excites and invigorates and inspires, then [leaders] could be in a whole world of hurt because [the] leader is creating perhaps a frustrating, or a disengaging or an isolating work environment. Maybe they don’t mean to, but they might be,” Kolmstetter said.To combat this, NASA has an Environment Matters 360 employee survey, which asks employees and executives about the environment that they work in.The results from the Environment Matters 360 survey can then be fed into leadership development training, which forms part of NASA’s Super-vision programme. This invests in people supervision training, and ensures that this skill set is treated as a discipline in the same way that technical skills would be practiced and developed. “What if we treat supervision as discipline? What if we put as much effort into keeping our skills current as supervisors, as leaders, as we do with our technical skills? And that has been a paradigm shift,” added Kolmstetter.NASA has also embraced using individuals outside of the organisation to provide data for project work, through NASA-designed apps such as Global Observer. The organisation has also taken advantage of the blending between work and home boundaries to use evening social events to gather feedback from employees on the future of work and what individuals are looking for. NASA has sought to move from a culture of safety into one of being risk tolerant, to help encourage innovation. It has done this by introducing awards that celebrate innovation failures, and explores what can be learnt from these experiences.Kolmstetter concluded: “Without our people, we wouldn’t achieve anything. We’re very, very much focused on our people, and our culture of innovation, collaboration and exploration.“Use communications to connect. Talk about connecting our people to each other and to our mission. Be reflective; think about [the] organisation’s past and the people who have come before to understand and think about the future. Keep exploring.”last_img read more

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Innovation Insight 3 Questions for TMobile

first_imgBob Vorlicek is vice president, national development and network supply chain, for T-Mobile.On Base: One of the biggest innovations coming soon is 5G. What’s something we may not know about 5G?Vorlicek: 5G will possibly be the most transformative technology of our time. The implications for the defense community are immense, and many believe it’s the cornerstone for future military technology. With a split-second reaction time, 5G will enable things like real-time language translation, remote surgery, augmented reality and machine-to-machine communication or the Internet of Things.On Base: What are you doing to help defense communities be ready?Vorlicek: We continue to heavily invest in expansion and densification of our LTE network, which is the foundation for 5G in communities around the U.S. – including military bases. Using 5G, T-Mobile will develop services that enable a range of industries to offer innovative solutions, including enterprises, utilities, transportation, health, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and government.On Base: How did it become a priority to help military families stay connected?Vorlicek: T-Mobile is a Designated Military Friendly Employer, and we have a long-standing commitment to serving our military veterans and their families. The company is dedicated to hiring 10,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years. And we launched T-Mobile One Military – our biggest discount ever for families.Part of a series highlighting the faces and ideas of Installation Innovation Forum in Miami, March 4-6. Read “3 Questions for Katherine Hammack” and “3 Questions for Will Rowe.” ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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New UAS Dorm Provides Housing for About 100 Freshmen

first_imgUAS’s new $14.3 million residence hall opened August 27. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Classes for the fall semester started Tuesday at University of Alaska Southeast. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled at the university’s Juneau campus.Download AudioAbout a hundred freshmen have settled into campus life at UAS’s new residence hall. The $14.3 million facility opened at the end of August.UAS student Matt Magnusson is helping his friend move into the new freshman residence hall.“We just went upstairs and they’re so nice. There’s an actual refrigerator and freezer and there’s just so much more room and everything’s so clean,” Magnusson says.His friend Delaney Jones drove two days from Delta Junction. She didn’t want to go to University of Alaska Fairbanks because it was too close to home.On the fifth floor of the new dorm, Jones marvels at her new Juneau home.Delaney Jones is from Delta Junction. She’s in UAS’s pre-radiology program. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“I have my bed and it has drawers underneath, which is really convenient because the closets are not as big as I thought they would be. And then I have such a nice view of Auke Lake and, like, the rest of the campus,” Jones says.UAS’s new residence hall can house up to 120 students in suites that feature a shared kitchen area and bathroom. Construction started May of 2013 and finishing touches were completed just before students moved in at the end of August.Two floors below, Samantha Ferguson walks into her dorm room for the first time. The 18-year-old from central Indiana flew to Juneau by herself and traveled light – she’s moving to college with only one suitcase.“It’s got clothes. I had to bring travel size hygiene because my suitcase had to be 50 pounds or less. And I’ve got blankets and here I’ve got a couple of shoes and I actually have food and laundry stuff in there,” Ferguson says.She’s studying marine biology and figured being in Juneau would be a perfect fit. She says it took her a year of working at a McDonald’s in Indiana to afford moving to Alaska.The view of Auke Lake from freshman Delaney Jones’ fifth floor dorm room. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“I saved more than half of every paycheck. I worked part-time when I was in high school and then during the summer I went to a full-time and got a raise. So, I definitely saved up a lot of money,” Ferguson says.While other students arrived at college with a carload of belongings, Samantha Ferguson moved with only one suitcase. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)She also took out loans and got a housing scholarship, so she doesn’t have to worry about the $5,000 it costs to live in the new freshmen dorm for nine months.Upperclassmen living on campus are housed in Banfield Hall or in one of seven apartment buildings and pay up to $6,800 for two semesters.Director of Campus Life Eric Scott says cost is part of the incentive of living on campus.“In terms of being in the Juneau community, we’re very competitive,” Scott says.It’s been about 20 years since the campus opened a new dormitory. UAS can now house about 380 students, but only about 60 percent of the beds are filled. About half living on campus are from Southeast. A quarter comes from elsewhere in Alaska, with another quarter from 23 other states. One international student from Japan calls the UAS campus home.Scott hopes the number of students living on campus will grow.“We were close to capacity every year prior to opening this new residence hall. And so now we have the ability to add some more students on campus. We’re hoping that some of those folks who have gone off campus for a variety of reasons will come back and join us now that we have this brand new residence hall and a really great program to surround it,” Scott says.The university has staff members living in the new residence hall. Scott says there are several common areas for studying and meeting in groups, “so that students can spend time outside of their rooms but still in the residence hall. One of the other great things – up on our fourth floor, we have a conference/classroom where folks can meet, folks can host classes. And that’s really the way that we’re moving, is bringing the academic programs back into the residence halls.”As students steadily move into the new freshman residence hall, they unpack suitcases and boxes of belongings, quickly filling up the empty rooms and bare walls.last_img read more

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Kadapa turning a hub for Gutka trade

first_imgKadapa: Seizure of about Rs 5 crores worth Gutka packets in various incidents and seizure of two Gutka manufacturing units at Karnapapaiah and Yerramreddy Palle villages in Pulivendula constituency indicates that Kadapa district is turning into hub for Gutka production and sale in recent years. Traders are bringing raw material like Butt powder, tobacco, and some chemicals in the form of liquids from Bengaluru and Anantapur and secretly manufacturing Gutka in the villages. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us According to the sources, involvement of women in this illegal trade is larger in manufacturing and selling and they are earning good money. Some people give their houses for high rents in city for carrying the trade. Interestingly, even educated people like doctors and lawyers, women and students are habituated to consume Gutka which is openly available at the tea points and pan shops across the district. This banned item is being circulated in the market with the name of ‘Kaleja’ ‘Khainee’ at cheaper price as the youth and women who were addicted to the wine and other narcotics consume it. Gutka packets are availableeven for Rs 5. According to sources, not less than Rs 25lakhs business is being done per day in the district. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Despite knowing that consuming Gutka is harmful, people take as they get intoxication with a price lesser than cheap liquor. Recent surveys by police and transport officials disclosed that the main reason of occurring accidents with auto rickshaws are the drivers drive the vehicles consuming this banned item. Large number of lorry and cab drivers also consume Gutka knowing it harmful to health.last_img read more

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Houston Business Community Wants to Improve its Diversity

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Courtesy of Greater Houston PartnershipDuring the Houston Next summit, a panel discussed best practices for employee resource groups. Pictured from left: News 88.7 anchor and panel moderator Eddie Robinson, Comcast Cable director of employee engagement Chris Monahan, Phillips 66 director of inclusion and diversity Natacha Buchanan and Ernst & Young southwest region inclusiveness and flexibility leader Dustin Ruffatto. Diversity improves companies’ bottom-line.That’s why the Greater Houston Partnership invited community and business leaders for a summit called “Houston Next.” It included a panel discussion moderated by News 88.7 morning anchor Eddie Robinson.The goal: understanding the needs of companies when it comes to diversity and inclusion.GHP President and CEO Bob Harvey, said the summit was just the beginning. “We think we can maintain this dialogue, you know, this issue of how do we attract talent to Houston, how do we retain talent in our companies and professional firms, is a critical issue for Houston,” he said.Harvey said he would like to have similar events at least once a year and have conversations with members about this topic once a month. center_img 00:00 /00:37 Share Xlast_img read more

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