DR Congo final stop on Security Councils weeklong Africa trip

20 June 2007Members of the Security Council wrapped up their week-long mission to Africa today, holding meetings with United Nations and Government officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC was the last stop on the Council’s five-nation tour which also took the 15-member body to Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, in support of ongoing peace efforts on the continent.When the delegation arrived in Kinshasa yesterday, they received briefings from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, William Swing, and other UN officials about the work of the UN Mission in that country (MONUC), a spokesperson for the world body said.With MONUC’s support, the country last year held its first fully democratic vote since independence, resulting in the election of President Joseph Kabila and a parliament.French Ambassador Jean Marc de la Sablière, the head of this leg of the Council trip, congratulated the Congolese people for “the political maturity which they showed at the crucial stage of the elections, which allowed them to finally emerge from crisis and the transition.”Speaking to reporters in Kinshasa, he added “there are now new challenges that are a matter for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to strengthen what has been made, to create a strong democratic society on the basis of these elections.” During their meeting with President Kabila today, Council members discussed the post-electoral situation in the DRC, security issues and the reform of the military. The President also brought up proposals for a Great Lakes security summit. The delegation also met with Acting Prime Minister Nzanga Mobutu and other Cabinet officials, along with members of the Senate and National Assembly and civil society and community leaders.Council members are scheduled to arrive back in New York tomorrow. read more

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BC Securities Commission says BC man targeted seniors in 65 million fraud

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 12, 2014 3:36 pm MDT B.C. Securities Commission says B.C. man targeted seniors in $65 million fraud AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Securities Commission has found a Vancouver Island man committed a $65-million fraud on almost 500 clients, many of them senior citizens.A commission panel found between June 2007 and December 2010 David Michael Michaels illegally advised clients to sell their stocks, bonds and mutual funds to purchase high-risk exempt market securities.The panel heard Michaels paid $2,000 to conduct weekly infomercials, entitled Creating Wealth with David Michaels, on CFAX 1070 radio in Victoria, drawing about 20,000 listeners a week.The commission says Michaels — who claimed repeatedly on his shows he loved helping seniors make money — actually preyed on his clients by frightening them into leaving safe capital markets for far riskier investments.The panel heard Michaels was paid $5.8 million in fees and commissions for his sales of exempt market securities.The panel will hear submissions on sanctions at a later time. read more

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Staggering civilian death toll in Iraq – UN report

Of the total number of casualties, at least 3,855 civilians were killed and 7,056 wounded between 1 May and 31 October last year – the period covered by the report. According to the UN, the actual figures could be much higher than those documented, and about half of these deaths took place in Baghdad. “The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering,” the report states. “The so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law. These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide.” The report, compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is based largely on testimony obtained directly from the victims, survivors or witnesses of violations of international human rights or international humanitarian law, including interviews with internally displaced people. “During the reporting period, ISIL killed and abducted scores of civilians, often in a targeted manner,” the report notes. “Victims include those perceived to be opposed to ISIL ideology and rule; persons affiliated with the Government, such as former Iraqi security forces (ISF), police officers, former public officials and electoral workers; professionals, such as doctors and lawyers; journalists; and tribal and religious leaders.” The report adds that “others have been abducted or killed on the pretext of aiding or providing information to Government security forces. Many have been subjected to adjudication by ISIL self-appointed courts which, in addition to ordering the murder of countless people, have imposed grim punishments such as stoning and amputations.” In addition, it details numerous examples of killings by ISIL in gruesome public spectacles, including by shooting, beheading, bulldozing, burning alive and throwing people off the top of buildings. There are also reports of the murder of child soldiers who fled fighting on the frontlines in Anbar. Information received and verified suggests that between 800 and 900 children in Mosul had been abducted by ISIL for religious education and military training. “ISIL continued to subject women and children to sexual violence, particularly in the form of sexual slavery,” the report states. It also documents alleged violations and abuses of international human rights and international humanitarian law by the Iraqi Security Forces and associated forces, including militia and tribal forces, popular mobilization units, and Peshmerga. The UN indicated that concerning reports have also been received of unlawful killings and abductions perpetrated by some elements associated with pro-Government forces. “Some of these incidents may have been reprisals against persons perceived to support or be associated with ISIL,” the report explains. “Moreover, as civilians move around the country, fleeing violence, they have continued to face Government restrictions on their ability to access safe areas. Once they reach such areas, some have experienced arbitrary arrest in raids by security forces and others have been forcibly expelled. The conduct of pro-Government forces’ operations raises concern that they are carried out without taking all feasible precautions to protect the civilian population and civilian objects.” Furthermore, the discovery of a number of mass graves is documented in the report, including in areas regained by the Government from ISIL control, as well as mass graves from the time of Saddam Hussein. One of them uncovered reportedly contains 377 corpses, including women and children apparently killed during the 1991 Shi’a uprisings against Saddam Hussein in the east of Basra. In a press release, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, said “despite their steady losses to pro government forces, the scourge of ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering.” Mr. Kubiš strongly reiterated his call to all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians from the effects of violence, while also calling on the international community to enhance its support to the Government of Iraq’s humanitarian, stabilization and reconstruction efforts in areas liberated from ISIL, “so that all Iraqis displaced by violence can return to their homes in safety and in dignity and that affected communities can be re-established in their places of origin.” “I urge the government to use all means to ensure law and order, necessary for the voluntary return of [internally displaced persons] to their place of origin – a task of primary importance given the recent wave of violence and killings, often of sectarian nature, notably in Diyala and Baghdad,” the top UN official added. Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned that the civilian death toll may be considerably higher, and called for urgent action to rein in the impunity enjoyed by the vast majority of the perpetrators of violence. “Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq,” he underlined. “The figures capture those who were killed or maimed by overt violence, but countless others have died from the lack of access to basic food, water or medical care,” the High Commissioner said. “This report lays bare the enduring suffering of civilians in Iraq and starkly illustrates what Iraqi refugees are attempting to escape when they flee to Europe and other regions. This is the horror they face in their homelands,” he added. Mr. Zeid also appealed to the Government to undertake legislative amendments to grant Iraqi courts jurisdiction over international crimes and to become party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. read more

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Urban Meyer lauded in performance review gets 330K raise after 2013 season

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoAlthough he’s yet to win a National Championship or a Big Ten Championship trophy at Ohio State, Urban Meyer received an 8 percent raise following the 2013 football season. The football coach’s latest performance review also showed he needed to be engaged with various groups because of recent changes with the NCAA governance structure and consideration being given to new benefits for student athletes.After he amassed a 24-game regular season winning streak to start his tenure at Ohio State, Meyer received a raise of exactly $328,640 over his three areas of income — base salary, media payment and Nike payment — heading into the 2014 campaign. In a letter obtained by The Lantern addressed to Meyer from OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith, Smith congratulates Meyer on “another remarkable season” before listing the annual salary increase for the head coach. The letter was dated March 25.A university policy says a compensation package exceeding $350,000 — which Meyer’s does — must be approved by the president and the provost, according an OSU document. Joseph Alutto was serving as interim president and Joseph Steinmetz was serving as provost at the time Meyer’s raise was approved. Meyer’s base salary jumped to $818,640 from $758,000, his media payment went to $2.05 million from $1.9 million and his Nike payment increased to about $1.57 million from $1.45 million annually.The letter concluded with Smith informing Meyer that the change in his contract would become effective Feb. 1 and would be reflected on his March 31 paycheck.Smith told The Lantern that the raise was nothing out of the ordinary.“It was part of the normal evaluation process we have each year,” Smith said in a Saturday email.Meyer’s initial contract at OSU was signed as a six-year, $24-million deal, but has since undergone various revisions throughout his time with the Buckeyes. In 2012, the OSU Board of Trustees approved changes to Meyer’s contract that included bonuses of $50,000 for any Big Ten Leaders Division championships. Meyer’s initial contract also included bonuses of $100,000 for a Big Ten Championship, $150,000 for a non-national championship BCS bowl game and $250,000 for a National Championship Game appearance.Meyer’s latest performance review — which was sent to The Lantern on Nov. 12 to fill an open records request — was conducted by Smith on June 3 and was overall positive.Smith thought Meyer exceeded expectations (out of three possible categories, “exceeds expectations” is the best) in four out of eight core competencies. These included commitment to compliance, student-athlete welfare, leadership and public and donor relations. Click to enlarge.Smith thought Meyer met expectations (which is the category between “exceeds expectations” and “opportunity for improvement”) in the remaining four categories. These included academic success of the program, competitive success of the program, communication and budget management. The performance review also included an “overall rating” box that was left blank. Above the box read text that said an overall rating must be given for all employees.When asked about the blank box in a Wednesday afternoon follow-up email, Rebecca Dickson, a paralegal and program manager in the public records office who sent the original documents, said she would work on getting an answer. In a June 3 letter from Smith to Meyer attached to the performance review, Smith said he needed Meyer to “continue to focus on the academic initiatives” of the team. Smith also said Meyer needs to be engaged with his “national organization” and the Big Ten Coaches group, because of changes in the NCAA governance structure and consideration being given to adding benefits for student athletes, which potentially pays them outside of cost of attendance.Under the former NCAA governance model, athletic directors and student athletes did not have a voice in the legislative process, but under the new model they do. “We need to be sure our position is properly represented with these groups,” Smith said.Smith also praised Meyer’s approach to developing the “total student athlete,” calling it “one of the best.”He said Meyer has created an environment where players can strengthen their values, learn life skills and strive for excellence in all that they do. Smith said he was proud of the way Meyer led the coaching staff. He said there is “clarity” in the roles, expectations and value. read more

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Reducing the cost and speeding up exploration drilling

first_imgIn Australia, Curtin University researchers are working on ways to drill mineral exploration boreholes at a fraction of the cost and time of industry standards. Currently, the cost of drilling in hard rock environments means it’s often economically prohibitive to explore new ground, and it can take weeks to receive analysis of the samples. Professor Brian Evans, Department of Petroleum Engineering, who leads the project at Curtin University, believes that by modifying existing techniques, they will be able to drill boreholes, Curtin University states, “at a cost of A$50/m, with only two staff instead of six.”“Coiled tube drilling rigs have been used in the oil and gas industry for the last 40 years to clean up existing boreholes and they are quick because they are continuously drilling – they don’t need rod changes,” Evans said. “We are adapting these coiled tube drilling rigs to be used for hard-rock mineral drilling by replacing the steel drill pipe with flexible coiled tubing, and working on embedding sensors and electronic chips in the composite laminate tube, so logging can be done in real time.“We’ve also decreased the borehole size, because by drilling continuously with small, low-cost impregnated diamond bits and increasing the speed, we are hoping to increase the rate of penetration substantially.”The project, which is a partnership with CSIRO, The University of Adelaide, and various mining and service companies through Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DETCRC), aims to increase the drilling speed for mineral exploration from 50 rpm to 7,000 rpm, while reducing costs and improving health and safety.The first trial with the prototype drilling rig was publicly demonstrated in Brukunga quarry in Adelaide last week.  Further testing is planned before the drill can be made commercially viable for industry use.last_img read more

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Aaron McKenna Ask your council candidates to pledge to publish receipts for

first_imgTHE SCALE OF negative reaction from politicians to proposals to reform their pay, perks and expenses is a handy inverse indication of how beneficial changes would be to the taxpayer. When a sitting Fine Gael councillor called one of the parties own candidates for next years local elections a “tosser” who “couldn’t be taken seriously at all” after mooting the idea that councillors might vouch for their expenses, voters should sit up and take note.Noel Rock is a Fine Gael candidate in north Dublin who has pledged not to take any tax free and unvouched expenses during his term if he is elected. In so doing he has shone a light onto the gravy train that costs the taxpayer about €28 million per year, and elicited quite a reaction.Being a councillor costs money. Travelling around one’s constituency, meeting people and helping to solve their issues or bring meaningful input to the management of the council would cost a person a lot if there was no pay or support for councillors at all.What Noel Rock has kicked off a debate about is precisely how councillors receive this money. In 2011, the last year of data available, councillors around the country received an average of €31,600 each in payments; some taxable income, but much in unvouched and tax free expenses alongside salary top ups for holding various offices and committee roles. The highest earning councillor in the country, George Jones of Fine Gael in Wicklow, managed to get €83,000 in payments in 2011.Representational allowanceSince 2002 councillors received an annual €16,724 payment called a “representational allowance”, which is paid and taxed as salary for this job, which is intended to be part time. There are top ups given to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, which are rotating and largely ceremonial roles that the parties pass around to ensure that everyone gets a go.In Fingal County Council, for example, in 2012 the Mayoral roles were shared between four Labour members; with Fine Gael getting much of the perk in 2013. Cllr’s Gerry McGuire and Cian O’Callaghan got to wear the bling and receive €32,892 in representational allowance for their troubles. Cllr’s Ken Farrell and Peggy Hammill had to make do with Deputy Mayorships and €24,379 each.Chairing boards and committees is also lucrative. Cllr Tom Kelleher, again in Fingal, received €12,000 for chairing two such posts, with the money again being taxable income.What isn’t taxable is the ridiculous amounts of expenses that councillors can claim, largely without needing to provide a receipt. Cllr McGuire claimed almost €13,000 in 2011 in expenses, including almost €6,000 in mayoral travel expenses. In general, a councillor can claim up to €4,700 to attend council meetings (AKA, ‘show up to work’ money) and conferences during a year and they also receive a €600 telephone allowance. All of this money is tax free.Each councillor is, of course, underpaid and under expensed compared to their colleagues who make it up into the rarified air of Leinster House. The idea that someone can get paid an expense without providing a receipt is not only ridiculous, it’s stringently frowned upon by the Revenue Commissioners for mere mortals.It’s also downright illegal to receive tax free expenses for travelling to and from one’s place of work, be that an office or a council building or indeed, Leinster House.Fact is, if the expenses policies enjoyed by politicians were replicated in any private sector organisation there would be Revenue investigations, back taxes and penalty fines levied for being bold.Consider the average industrial wageThe idea that councillors should be compensated so as to not be out of pocket whilst representing their constituents is a fair one. The idea that a part-time job can deliver an average payment that’s near enough the average industrial wage, and probably north of what you’d receive net of tax when it’s considered that a good chunk is tax free money, is wrong. The notion that a single penny should ever be handed over without there being a receipt provided, kept and published as a matter of public record is creating a gravy train that is open to abuse by our ever-honest political class.Noel Rock got such a severe reaction from politicians in his own party, being bombarded he tells us with calls and texts from colleagues expressing a negative sentiment for even bringing the topic up, says that he is probably on to a winner.The only way to affect real change in politics is at the ballot box. It doesn’t matter what party they’re in, when the candidates from the far right to the far left come knocking on your door – as they are sure to do between now and May – you need to if they will voluntarily take to publishing receipts for their expenses. If they will, tell them you’ll vote for them. If not, good luck and goodbye.We’re paying for local government in a far more direct fashion than we had to previously. You can see how much you’re paying in property tax. Unless you’re very wealthy, it’s a fraction of what a councillor can claim in showing up to work money that you cannot; or in attending conferences without receipts, something you’d be crucified for.If Noel Rock is elected to Dublin City Council in May, he says that he will bring forward a motion to end the practice of flat, unvouched expenses. If I was elected in my own ward of Castleknock to that same council, he’ll have at least one other vote. Wherever you live, you can do your bit to try and effect the same change – regardless of which party you want to vote for – by asking that your candidates pledge to do the same.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Read: FG candidate defends no expenses pledge after party colleague calls him a ‘tosser’last_img read more

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Hadopi 400000 courriels envoyés depuis octobre 2010

first_imgHadopi : 400.000 courriels envoyés depuis octobre 2010Depuis sa mise en place en octobre 2010, l’Hadopi aurait envoyé 400.000 mails, et 3.500 courriers recommandés.Créée en octobre 2010, l’Hadopi s’apprête à communiquer ses premiers chiffres officiels. Le Figaro a néanmoins réussi à se les procurer. Ainsi, ce seraient 400.000 mails d’avertissement qui auraient déjà été envoyés, ce qui fait une moyenne d’environ 55.000 mails par mois, sachant que le compteur était à 70.000 mails envoyés d’octobre à décembre 2010. Ensuite, l’Hadopi révèle que 3.500 courriers recommandés ont été renvoyés après une première récidive. Parmi les personnes concernées “quelques dizaines ont été flashées pour la troisième fois”.À lire aussiLe baladeur : du walkman au MP3… 30 ans d’évolutionMais pas encore de dossier transmis au juge, et cela pour une raison simple. “La Commission de protection des droits s’est rendue compte que des fichiers illégaux téléchargés il y a des années devenaient disponibles au partage, dès qu’on lance un logiciel de Peer to Peer. Or, ces logiciels de partage servent bien souvent à diffuser des fichiers légaux, notamment des documents de travail. La plupart des gens pris en troisième ‘réitération’ l’ont été dans ces conditions, parce qu’ils proposaient sans le savoir un fichier dont ils n’avaient pas les droits”, explique ainsi Le Figaro. Une campagne de communication de 3 millions d’euros Autre chiffre, celui du budget de la campagne de communication qui sera lancée le 13 mai prochain : 3 millions d’euros. Cette campagne consiste en trois spots télévisés, deux spots radio et 6 visuels dans la presse écrite, mettant tous l’accent sur le danger du téléchargement illégal pour la création. “Avec sa nouvelle campagne de communication, Hadopi cherche à faire comprendre que la création est un enjeu pour la société, et pas seulement pour ceux qui en vivent. Hadopi veut susciter des comportements solidaires et responsables en émettant un message fort”, explique ainsi la Haute Autorité. “Il s’agit de fédérer le grand public autour d’une solution collective. Ainsi la campagne promeut les usages responsables, et met en avant une solution simple pour ceux qui veulent embrasser un comportement favorisant la pérennité de la culture : la labellisation de l’offre légale”. Le 7 juin 2011 à 11:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Geek deals Fourcourse machine learning and AI for business bundle for 39

first_imgAre you considering getting into the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence? For a limited time, StackSocial is offering up a massive discount on four classes that are designed to help you understand the fundamentals of one of the most interesting topics in the world.• Machine learning and AI for business bundle for $39 (List price: $1195)First off, you’ll get a course titled “Artificial intelligence and machine learning training” that delivers 17 hours of content over 91 lessons. This will provide a good starting point, and it’d usually sell for about 300 bucks on its own.Next, you’ll have two hours and 10 lessons of “Introduction to machine learning” to help you get up to speed on what machine learning is really capable of handling.Finally, you’ll get two courses about using R for machine learning. The first course has six hours of content and 33 lessons about the basics of R. The second class is focused on statistics of R, and properly mastering it — an additional 6 hours with 30 lessons.With over 30 hours of content available 24/7, this is an excellent bargain for those of us who are dead-set on getting in on the machine learning revolution.Purchased separately, these classes would typically retail for upwards of $1195. But when you buy them bundled together from StackSocial, you’ll only have to pay $39 — a massive 96% discount.Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Shane McMahon adds big stipulation to Ziggler vs Corbin on next weeks

first_img February 8, 2018 at 8:46 pm Now Playing Up Next Google+ February 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Videos Articles Comments are closed. FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Jamal Khashoggi WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down February 8, 2018 at 1:02 pm John Oliver Takes On The WWE Ziggler vs. Nakamura for the WWE Title as an opener for WM would be typical of WWE. WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Lucas Puryear 5 COMMENTS Twitter so they are putting the title on ziggler again ???? WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Pinterestcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud J™ John Oliver Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon announced a big stipulation for the scheduled Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin match next Tuesday night.McMahon announced that due to how the main event ended this past week with Daniel Bryan then booking AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the WWE Championship at Fastlane, the winner of Ziggler vs. Corbin will now move on to Fastlane making the WWE Championship match a fatal four way on March 11.An unexpected end to #SDLive with a triple threat match made for #WWEFastlane…I’m going to make a bit more interesting. Next week: @BaronCorbinWWE vs. @HEELZiggler. The winner is added to the match and makes it a #Fatal4Way for the @WWE title.— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) February 8, 2018 unknown February 9, 2018 at 12:50 am February 8, 2018 at 1:21 pm Steven Herrera aces Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Videos Articles Wow man! Now Playing Up Next Push Ziggler already! Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW or at least teasing it Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebooklast_img read more

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TCIG recruiting for 150 positions

first_img Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, Tci Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI May 1, 2017 – The Turks & Caicos Government (TCIG) has announced a recruitment drive for 150 positions within the civil service. Of these positions, 104 are new while 50 are currently vacant.The drive was announced in a statement by Deputy Governor Anya Williams. The positions available are in Law & Enforcement, Finance, Trade & Investment, Home Affairs, Public Safety, Health & Human Services and Tourism and Environment. There are 18 new positions within the police staff alone. There will also be 10 positions related to Long Bay High School in Infrastructure and Special Needs.Williams said that TCIG was looking forward not only to new team members, but also to giving deserved promotions to “further create opportunities for development and new starters.” She added that the government expected to fill these vacancies in a timely manner.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIGRecruitmentDrive TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

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Jayne Republicans have made political rhetoric into art form

first_imgThe rhetoric is better in this part of the newspaper. More powerful. More articulate. More insightful and yet often more insipid.In Sports, where I spent my formative years, when you get basketball player Rasheed Wallace answering five consecutive post-game questions with nothing more than, “Both teams played hard,” it meets the low sports standard for memorable rhetoric.But politics? Well, in politics you get gems such as Clark County Commissioner David Madore talking about chickens pecking at each other and saying, “If you have ever watched that sort of behavior, it’s very motivating that we should never behave like chickens.” Now that is truly memorable rhetoric. And a good life lesson, as well.While it’s no secret that rhetoric is the linchpin of politics, I have found myself pondering the fine art of persuasion this week. And I have found myself considering how Republicans undeniably, unequivocally, unquestionably are winning the war of rhetoric.This, too, is no secret. Just look at how conservative discussion dominates talk radio. Why, in Portland — one of the most liberal cities in the country — it took a Kickstarter campaign to revive progressive talk radio and land it on a station (91.1 FM) that can’t be picked up unless you have a communications satellite strapped to your hood. Conservatives like to complain that the media is liberal — a specious argument born of a persecution complex — and yet they own (literally) the airwaves.Anyway, back to rhetoric. You see, I happened to catch a radio interview the other day on the Lars Larson Show with Allen West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and former U.S. Representative, and I was struck by how effectively he articulated conservatism.last_img read more

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Trump wants to know if you think Facebook and Twitter are politically

first_img The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! https://t.co/9lc0cqUhuf pic.twitter.com/J8ICbx42dz— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2019 Tags Comments 72 Politics Tech Industry Share your voice Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have banned far-right leaders from their platforms, but the tech giants have also denied that it’s because of a user’s political views. The White House’s launch of the website illustrates the growing tensions between political leaders and some of the world’s largest tech companies.”We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts.”This month, Facebook booted Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who hosts InfoWars, as well as far-right commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer from the social network and Instagram. The social network said the individuals violated its policies against dangerous individuals and organizations. A day after the ban, Trump said he was aware of the situation, saying in a tweet that he will continue to monitor the “censorship” of Americans on social media platforms.In April, Facebook and Twitter representatives also testified in a congressional hearing and denied the accusations. Some free speech advocates criticized the White House’s effort on Wednesday, arguing it could discourage social media platforms from combating hate speech, misinformation and other offensive content.”This misguided effort by the White House raises serious constitutional questions and could hamper the ability of platforms to moderate their platforms and take down such content,” John Bergmayer, senior counsel at the nonprofit Public Knowledge, said in a statement.Asked about the criticism, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that the administration “wants to hear from all Americans – regardless of their political leanings – if they have been impacted by bias on social media platforms.”Facebook and YouTube didn’t immediately responded to a request for comment. The White House form asks visitors to agree to a user agreement that grants the government a license to “use, edit, display, publish, broadcast, transmit, post, or otherwise distribute all or part of the Content (including edited, composite, or derivative works made therefrom).”Originally published May 15, 3:07 p.m. PT.Update, 5:39 p.m.: Adds statement from Public Knowledge.Update, May 16: Adds statement from the White House. Adds more detail on the amount of data the website asks for. Trump alleges that Google and other tech platforms lean to the left. Getty Images President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused social media sites of being biased against conservatives.Now his administration wants to know if you feel the same way too. On Wednesday, the White House launched a website that lets you share information with the government if you believe your social media account has been suspended, banned or reported because of political bias. The online form asks a series of questions, including what social media platform took action against your account. The list includes Facebook, Twitter, Google-owned YouTube, Instagram and offers an option for other sites. The form also asks for personal information, including names, phone numbers, zip codes, email addresses, and links or user names for social media platforms. The site asks whether a user is a US citizen and at least 18 years old, and gives visitors the opportunity to sign up for newsletters from the White House. Some fields are followed by asterisks, but it’s unclear whether the marking denotes required information. CNET tried filling in just the asterisked field on the form’s first screen and got the following message: “Unfortunately, we can’t gather your response through this form. Please feel free to contact us at WhiteHouse.gov/contact.” The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment on how the information would be used. A spokesman told Bloomberg News that the collected information would “100 percent not” be shared with the president’s re-election campaign.Trump has complained that social media sites demonstrate a bias against conservative voices. Last year, he accused Twitter of shadow banning conservatives. Twitter said it was a bug. Shadow banning refers to the practice of making a comment or post visible only to the user who created it. The White House used Twitter to promote the new site, tweeting, “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it.” Facebook Twitter Donald Trumplast_img read more

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Dunleavy taps former aide for vacant Board of Fish seat

first_imgAlaska Board of Fisheries members meet in Anchorage for a work session earlier this year. (Photo by Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer) United Cook Inlet Drift Association’s David Martin has worked with Wood in the past. He said like Johnstone, Wood puts sport fishing interests first. In the world of Alaska fish politics, John Wood is not a big player. So who is Wood? He’s a private practice attorney in Willow and chairs the local branch of the state’s Republican Party. As an aide to Sen. Dunleavy, he worked on northern Cook Inlet allocation issues from 2012 to 2014. “It’s just unfortunate that we keep getting a lot of people on the board of fish that is really on the politics and allocation instead than the science and biology,” Martin added. Wood supports increasing the amount of fish that swim up river in areas of Cook Inlet where streams aren’t at capacity, which would implicitly restrict the commercial harvest and benefit sport fishing. That has commercial fishing groups nervous. The next Board of Fish meeting isn’t until October. So few expected an alternative so soon. Kodiak Republican Louise Stutes chairs the House Fisheries Committee. She said she’d been in touch with the governor’s office over the vacancy. “I was told that they were in no hurry to make this appointment and it would probably be late summer, early fall, but obviously, that’s not the case,” Stutes explained.center_img She said the commercial fishing industry group hasn’t had time to come to a formal stance about Wood, and the timing of his appointment – announced Thursday – surprised many. The seat has been vacant since the Legislature declined to confirm Dunleavy’s choice of Karl Johnstone, a former Board of Fish member who’s been a polarizing figure and a magnet for criticism from commercial fishermen. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tapped his former legislative aide to serve on the Board of Fisheries. Matanuska-Susitna Borough resident John Wood is largely unknown by fishing groups. “Since that point in time, I’ve served on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s Board of Fish and Game as well. Between that and the amount of time I spent on it with Sen. Dunleavy’s office, I got pretty familiar with the issues as they pertain to this region,” Wood said. “That doesn’t mean I’m up to snuff on other regions of the state, and that’s something I’ll have to work to catch up on.” A call to Kenai River Sportfishing Association wasn’t returned on Thursday afternoon. “Most of the response I’ve heard from UFA members is ‘who is he?’ People are not familiar with him,” United Fishermen of Alaska Executive Director Frances Leach said. The Board of Fish sets fishing regulations for commercial, subsistence and sport fishing in state waters. Wood go before the Legislature for confirmation during next year’s regular session.last_img read more

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IT CORRIDOR Oustees angry over nonpayment of compensation

first_imgMahbubnagar: The much-hyped IT corridor, which has been announced with much fanfare, seems to have rankled the farmers whose land has been acquired for the project. The way the Revenue officials carried out acquisition of land and the failure on their part to pay compensation to landowners could be the reason for heart-burning among the farmers. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us So far, the Revenue officials have acquired 480 acres of land under the survey numbers 556 and 607 at Edira and Divitypally villages under the Mahbubnagar Urban mandal. However, the officials are claiming that they have acquired only 380 acres of land and they are trying to acquire 500 acres more to reach the target by negotiating with the farmers in the region. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Though people may argue that IT corridor in Mahbubnagar will change the landscape of the district as it will provide livelihood to lakhs of people in the district, but at what cost? At the cost of the poor farmers who have been tilling their lands for generations. The farmers who were earlier excited by the government’s proposal of setting up of an IT corridor in their lands are now feeling dejected and deprived just because of the apathy on the part of the Revenue officials. Advertise With Us It has come to the notice of The Hans India that some Revenue officials have also taken advantage of the land acquisition process by the government and even bought lands adjacent to the IT corridor at low price. In some cases, the Revenue officials have also taking advantage of the revenue records purification drive and altogether removed the names of some farmers from the revenue records because of which the farmers are completely in a fix as they can neither get the compensation for their lands nor they can claim their lands. “We have been tilling our lands for generations, but the Revenue officials have come and taken over our lands forcefully in the name of government building an IT corridor. “I am having 2.28 acres of land but the government is paying me compensation for only 1.35 acres of land,” said one of the farmers who lost land for the IT corridor. It is said that some Revenue officials are also seeking bribes for clearing the pending compensations of the farmers. The farmers are running from pillar to post to get their dues as early as possible, however the officials are deliberately delaying it and depriving the legitimate rights of the poor farmers by not paying the compensation for their lands on time. The Revenue authorities, however, are saying that they have acquired the land for the IT corridor as per the government norms. “We have followed all rules and regulations as per the government directions and orders in the land acquisition process. There is no scope of any corruption,” said Venkatesh, Mahbubnagar Urban Tahasildar.last_img read more

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Airfares rise steeply as troublehit Jet Airways and IndiGo cut capacity

first_img IndiGo Airlines forcibly offloads ‘aggressive’ doctor ReutersDue to financial woes, Jet Airways has been cancelling 200 flights daily. Last week, sector regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that the beleaguered airline is flying with just 70 planes out of its 123 aircraft fleet due to non-payment of dues to its lessors and lack of spares. “The repair work at the Mumbai airport has amplified the problems. There has been a significant increase in spot fares on main routes. It is in the range of 15-18% month-on-month. Typically, a Delhi-Mumbai return ticket costs around 15,000 rupees per passenger if booked 3-4 days in advance,” Anand Menon, brand leader, leisure travel brand of FCM Travel Solutions told The Financial Express.Indian airlines have been in the red in the past few quarters due to rising fuel costs, falling rupee and inability to pass on the costs to fliers due to cut-throat competition “Since the load factor has been high as this is a busy season for travellers, the demand has been ahead of the supply, which has resulted in sharp increases in airfare,” Sharat Dhall, chief operating officer (B2C), Yatra Online, told the Mint newspaper. Indian airlines have been in the red in the past few quarters due to rising fuel costs, falling rupee and inability to pass on the costs to fliers due to cut-throat competition. However, operators have started partially passing on the increased load to customers leading to a rise in fares.Industry experts and sector analysts believe the situation could ease by April after the completion of repair work at Mumbai airport and improvement in Jet Airways’ financial position. “The high airfares could ease in April if the situation at Jet Airways gets better and they are able to fly their grounded aircraft,” Himanshu Periwal, vice-president, growth, Ixigo.com, told the Mint. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:52Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Tickets booked well in advance are also inching north due to capacity constraints. According to data from travel website Ixigo, in March, the average one-way airfares between New Delhi and Pune rose 44 percent year-on-year to 5,973 rupees, while those on the New Delhi-Kolkata route jumped 42 percent to 5,678 rupees. The average fares between Mumbai and Hyderabad rose 35 percent to 3,228 rupees and between New Delhi and Chennai it surged 34 percent to 5,382 rupees. Close A severe reduction in Jet Airways and IndiGo’s capacity has led to an over 20 percent increase in spot airfares or tickets booked 7-15 days before departure. Both the airlines have been cumulatively cancelling over 200 flights daily due to unrelated reasons. Due to non-payment of dues, lessors have grounded around two-fifths of Jet Airways’ fleet, curtailing the airline’s capacity, while IndiGo is facing a shortage of pilots, forcing it to cancel around 30 flights daily since February.Key metro routes such as Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Bengaluru have faced the major brunt of the reduced capacity. For instance, a ticket from Delhi to Bengaluru will cost 18,430 rupees for travelling after seven days from the booking date, which is higher by around 21 percent compared with January rates. Both the airlines used to operate around 1,700-2,000 flights daily in normal circumstances.The repair work at the Mumbai airport has amplified the problems. There has been a significant increase in spot fares on main routes. It is in the range of 15-18% month-on-month. Typically, a Delhi-Mumbai return ticket costs around 15,000 rupees per passenger if booked 3-4 days in advancelast_img read more

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Scientists are working on a pill for loneliness

first_imgAs a scientist, Stephanie Cacioppo has often viewed her life as an experiment. When John died, the practical elements of their joint research took on an urgent personal relevance. Read the whole story: The Guardian And yet we increasingly find ourselves isolated. Loneliness is no longer a powerful enough driver to break us out of the silos created by modern life. Like our insatiable love of high-calorie foods, what was once an adaptive tool has become so misaligned with the way we live that it’s causing, in the words of the former surgeon general Vivek H Murthy, an “epidemic”. It’s hard to compare our collective loneliness against that of previous generations, as we simply haven’t been measuring it consistently, but recent estimates suggest that anywhere from 22% to 75% of American adults are persistently lonely. A number of culture-wide structural changes might be to blame: more Americans live alone than ever before; fewer of us are marrying or having children; our average household size is shrinking. In many cases, these changes represent the availability of options where once the only accepted path was marriage and a nuclear family. But they also mean we are spending more time on our own. “Western societies have demoted human gregariousness from a necessity to an incidental,” writes John Cacioppo, a neuroscientist who studied social pain and passed away in March 2018, in his bookLoneliness. Loneliness is part of the human condition. A primeval warning sign, like hunger or thirst, to seek out a primary resource: connection. Millions of years of evolution have shaped us into creatures who need social bonds in the same way that we need food and water. The trouble is that chronic loneliness doesn’t just make you feel terrible – it’s also terrible for you. Loneliness elevates our risk of developing a range of disorders, including cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive decline, and metastatic cancer. It also weakens the immune system, making us more susceptible to infections. Left untended, even situational loneliness can ossify into a fixed state that changes brain structures and processes, says Stephanie Cacioppo, director of the Brain Dynamics Lab at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She is also John Cacioppo’s widow and was his research partner up until his death last year.last_img read more

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