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Winnipeg shelter expansion will mean more mental health addictions services

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first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA Winnipeg shelter that offers refuge for people struggling with addictions, mental health and homelessness is expanding.Main Street Project received possession of the vacant Mitchell Fabrics building in Winnipeg’s north end on Oct. 8 and is currently fundraising part of the estimated $10-million needed to finish the project.The federal government will provide some money through the National Co-Housing Investment Fund, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.The decision to purchase the 3,344 square metre building will transform services the agency offers.Rick Lees, executive director of Main Street Project says he’s excited for the potential this building has.“We think this should be a landmark facility,” Lees said. “For far too long we’ve tended to push our marginalized folks back, where people can’t see them.”Lees said he hopes this addition is something that people can point out and say “this is how our city looks after those who have trouble looking after themselves.”The organization has been on the frontlines of addiction treatment and providing emergency shelter for 46 years.   Unlike other shelters in the city, it’s not a prerequisite to not be using to access the services they offer.The current centre is only 195 square metres, has one shower, three toilets and crams approximately 85 people a night who sleep on mats rolled out on the floor.  A condition that’s deemed unsafe, according Lees. 150 people come and go through the shelter throughout a normal day.“The space will be used mostly for our day and overnight shelter,” said Lees. “But instead of the use of mats, beds will be available for them here.  There will be a kitchen accessible to clients 24-7.“It’s just important to accommodate these people in a more respectful, dignified, safe and healthy way.”Phil Goss is a peer advocate for Main Street Project and has been working with the agency for about five years.  He said 31 years ago he was once a client here.He said it’s incredible to see the organization expanding.“One of the biggest complaints – not a complaint but an observation, the people weren’t being helped,” he said. “They were being supported with food and warmth, but that’s pretty well it.“Now, they’re going to have all kinds of opportunities to do all kinds of things like work programs, counselling programs and just all kinds of things to help people up.”The facility’s administration said they’re working with architects and engineers to hopefully begin renovations by January, with the completion date of December 2019.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Security Council calls for credible and secure Afghan polls extends UN mission

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23 March 2009The Security Council today extended the United Nations presence in Afghanistan for another year, while recognizing the key role played by the world body in coordinating international efforts in the country and in supporting upcoming elections. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body renewed the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until 23 March 2010, and decided that the Mission and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Kai Eide, will continue to lead international civilian efforts in the country.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the renewal of UNAMA’s mandate, and particularly the Council’s reaffirmation of the UN’s “central and impartial role” in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.“The Secretary-General also warmly welcomes the Security Council’s recognition of Mr. Eide’s leadership, who working closely with Afghan political leaders, has led the efforts of the international community to set priorities and rationalize their assistance to Afghanistan,” his spokesperson said in a statement. These efforts include supporting the Government’s efforts to improve governance and the rule of law and fight corruption, as well as facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance.They also include supporting, at the request of the Afghan authorities, preparations for the 20 August presidential elections. The Council underscored the importance of the polls to the country’s democratic development, and called for “all efforts to be made to ensure the credibility, safety and security of the elections.”Mr. Ban, in his latest report on Afghanistan, stated that the Government and people of the strife-torn nation, as well as their international partners, face a critical test with the holding of the elections this year.The 20 August election date set by the Afghan Independent Electoral Commission is three months after the presidential term expires on 22 May. This has generated “constitutional uncertainty” over the President’s legitimacy after 22 May, he noted. “There is no higher responsibility in Afghanistan right now than that of the three branches of government to find a solution to the constitutional issue in a way that ensures the existence of a functioning Government between 22 May and the inauguration of the next presidential term,” he stresses.The elections are likely to feature prominently on the agendas of two upcoming meetings on Afghanistan – in Moscow on 27 March and in The Hague on 31 March.Mr. Ban, who will be attending both meetings, said that he intends to press the international community to produce a clear, unified course for helping to bolster Afghan security, stability and development.He will also stress the need to strengthen regional and international cooperation, he told an informal gathering of the General Assembly today.The Secretary-General also briefed the Assembly on his participation at the upcoming G-20 Summit in London, stressing that the stakes at that meeting are large.The UN chief said that he has sent a letter to all G-20 leaders, urging them to show leadership in four areas: providing a substantial and truly global stimulus package that also meets the needs of all developing countries; standing firm against protectionism; moving towards a “Green New Deal;” and reforming global rules and institutions. read more

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Sri Lanka conditions unstable for civilians trapped in conflict

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Shelling is still reported in the so-called ‘no fire zone’ of the Vanni region and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have maintained its campaign of forcible recruitment while confining people to the area, Michele Montas told reporters in New York.The conflict zone shrank from 300 square kilometres to nearly 58 square kilometres in February, with many civilians – the UN puts their number at between 100,000 and 200,000 – sheltering in a new 14-square kilometre no-fire zone.These internally displaced persons (IDPs) have limited access to food, safe water, sanitation facilities and medical assistance, with the International Red Cross delivering a two-week supply of medicines aboard a ship to the zone and the World Food Programme (WFP) preparing to send 1,000 tons of food to the area by the end of the week.Since January, some 44,756 IDPs have escaped the conflict zone into makeshift camps, located mostly in Vavuniya, as well as Mannar and Jaffna, and a total of 3,701 shelters have been constructed at various IDP sites in Vavuniya District, where the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is setting up a temporary medical facility.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other top UN officials have been calling over recent months on the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to suspend hostilities to allow civilians to leave the conflict zone and allow immediate humanitarian access to them. 25 March 2009The humanitarian and security situation for civilians caught up in fighting between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka remains precarious, a United Nations spokesperson said today. read more

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CID grills Upul over alleged threat to FCID

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The Southern Provincial Council member however denied making the comments.The Colombo Chief Magistrate had later issued an order preventing D V Upul from leaving the country till investigations over his alleged comments are over. The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) recorded a statement from Southern Provincial Council member D V Upul over an alleged threat he had made to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID).Upul had reportedly said that if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa returns to power the public must attack the FCID.

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Observance of Afghan womens rights improves but backlash always threatens – UN

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A report from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) says after the fall of the Taliban government “women came to the fore of the political life in the country and contributed to the new constitution, which clearly affirms equality between men and women.”On the other hand, progress has been uneven from region to region and the volatile security situation limits women’s participation in public life and their access to education, health care and the working world, he says.The ability of the Government to cope with these issues is still developing “and the focus on gender mainstreaming in all line ministries will require a more comprehensive strategy by the Government,” as well as continuous funding and coordinated support from the international community, he says.Mr. Annan cautions, however, that “the history of Afghanistan has repeatedly shown that efforts to strengthen women’s status inherently carry the danger of a backlash.” Staying the course would require serious engagement and political will on the part of national and international actors and on the ability of Afghan women themselves to hold the Government and the international community accountable for their commitments.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should urgently fulfil its pledge to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside the capital Kabul and draw up special measures to protect women leaders and their families in particular and women in general.Among the Government’s tasks were to “prohibit the confinement of women in the custody of private individuals; release women prisoners held in State detention centres for actions that do not constitute crimes under Afghan law; and provide them with adequate support for reintegration into their communities.” read more

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No further concessions on Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan Canada president says

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by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2017 8:59 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No further concessions on Trans Mountain, Kinder Morgan Canada president says Ian Anderson, centre, President, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited opens the market in Toronto on Friday, June 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette TORONTO – Kinder Morgan Canada won’t make further concessions on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the company’s president said Friday, setting the stage for a showdown with British Columbia’s potential government-in-waiting.Ian Anderson said he is willing to meet with the provincial NDP and Greens, who have vowed to immediately stop the $7.4-billion development should they oust the Liberals from power through an alliance.But moments after toasting Kinder Morgan Canada’s debut earlier this week on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Anderson had a blunt message for the two parties.“We’ll continue to listen,” Anderson said after opening the market Friday morning.“But I don’t have any concessions planned for any further discussion at this point.”B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver said in a statement he’d be delighted to meet with Anderson to discuss his concerns, adding he served as an intervener in the National Energy Board process and felt he didn’t get satisfactory answers to some problems he posed.“I have been clear on my position that B.C. cannot afford the risks associated with the transportation of diluted bitumen in our coastal waters,” Weaver said.The majority of voters in the province recently sided with parties opposed to Trans Mountain, he added.The NDP and Greens formalized an alliance earlier this week to form B.C.’s next government after the Liberal party failed to secure a majority in the May 9 election. The Liberals won 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens three.An official with the provincial NDP said Saturday that since the New Democrats aren’t in government yet they don’t want to get ahead of themselves.The Trans Mountain expansion, which already has federal approval, could begin construction in September. The project would see a current pipeline that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., twinned, effectively tripling its capacity to 890,000 barrels per day.Despite the uncertain political environment in B.C. — not to mention myriad protests and legal challenges — Anderson brushed off concerns the project would be delayed and said he doesn’t see any possibility of it being shelved.“I’m not foreseeing any, any difficulty in the construction start this fall,” he said.The company will be respectful of peaceful protests, he added, calling them “fair game for anybody.” However, if people choose to break the law, Kinder Morgan will have the authorities take care of it, he said.“We are well-prepared.”In the U.S., protesters camped out for several months to oppose the Dakota Access oil pipeline but ultimately failed to stop the project from going ahead.Last year, the federal government and National Energy Board recommended approval of the Trans Mountain expansion, subject to 157 conditions, including various environmental and safety considerations.Neither the NDP nor Greens have specified what they would do to stop the project, though experts have said they could delay or deny road access and other permits needed to proceed with construction.Kinder Morgan Canada shares started trading Tuesday after an initial public offering of $1.75 billion. In midday trading Friday, its stock was at $16.65, up 1.3 per cent from Thursday’s close.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Future of revenge porn will see spurned exes create 3D sex avatars

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first_imgThe growth of virtual reality pornography could allow spurned exes to create sex avatars of former lovers and carry out depraved and violent acts with them, experts have warned.Researchers at Newcastle University have been studying the rise of VR porn, which will allow users to step into the heart of the action using headsets such as Oculus Rift, or Playstation VR.But they warned that the headsets allowed people to experience extreme, degrading or even abusive imagery in an alarmingly ‘real’ way, and could challenge laws of consent. The team said that the together with the availability of 3D imaging tools and the rise in DIY porn,  models based on real people could become the future form of revenge porn.They have called on manufactures to set guidelines on what can be viewed through their technology. The researchers warned that being able to create a ‘perfect scenario’ could damage relationships in the real world Credit: Radius Images / Alamy Stock Photo Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset  Research lead and PhD student Matthew Wood, said: “Revenge porn is already illegal but there are many get arounds, and once digital content is out there, there is very little you can do.”At this early stage we’re looking to raise awareness that this could be a possibility for the future.”Virtual reality is only just starting to emerge, with the launch of several headsets by the likes of Facebook, Playstation and Google at the end of 2016. To find out what the future of virtual reality pornography might be, the researchers asked 45 participants to create their perfect 3D fantasy as well as a second scenario in which volunteers were invited to delve deeper into taboo areas.They found that the stories often went beyond what would be acceptable in real life with sometimes violent imagery, featuring men performing degrading sexual acts on women or forcing themselves upon them.Mr Wood added: “We found that for most people the potential of a VR porn experience opened the doors to an apparently ‘perfect’ sexual experience – a scenario which in the real world no-one could live up to. “For others it meant pushing the boundaries, often with highly explicit and violent imagery, and we know from current research into pornography that exposure to this content has the potential to become addictive and more extreme over time.” Facebook's Oculus Rift headset center_img Woman Comforting Man Sitting on Edge of Bed  The team also warned that the rise of 3D porn could damage relationships and increase sexism and the exploitation of women. “One of our findings suggested VR pornography could be something more like cheating on a partner because of the increasing ‘reality’ of the VR experience,” added Mr Wood.Dr Madeline Balaam, co-author of the research, said: “As a society we are always looking for new and novel experiences but the porn industry brings with it an added risk because of its sexist stance and exploitation of women.“We are already obsessed with body image and the digital industry is no different, creating the perfect virtual woman from Lara Croft to sex-robots. VR porn has the potential to escalate this.“Our research highlighted not only a drive for perfection, but also a crossover between reality and fantasy. Some of our findings highlighted the potential for creating 3D models of real life people, raising questions over what consent means in VR experiences.”If a user created a VR version of their real life girlfriend, for example, would they do things to her that they knew she would refuse in the real world?”The team presented their research at the CHI 2017 conference. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Kindle Fire HD 7 rooted Google Play support added

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first_imgYou might have been disappointed to learn that Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD tablets were shipping with a locked bootloader, but you can rest easy now. The Android developer community has once again come to the rescue, delivering instructions for a relatively pain-free rooting process that will liberate your Kindle Fire HD 7 from Amazon’s shackles.Before you dive into the step-by step at either RootzWiki or Android Police, make sure you have the Android SDK installed. The exploit they’ve used is one that has previously been utilized to root other devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, so it’s been known for a while. That could make it easier for Amazon to patch the hole in an upcoming OTA update, and you have to suspect that its coders are going to try. That was the story with the original Kindle Fire, after all, with the game of root access cat and mouse kicking off barely a month into its existence. For now, however, you’re free to root as long as you’re aware of (and comfortable with) the usual risks.And since these enterprising tinkerers have already figured out how to gain superuser access on the second-gen Kindle Fire tablets, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’ve also managed to get Google Play installed and functioning as it does on devices that run a more Google-y version of Android. That gives you access to the hundreds of thousands of apps on Google’s shelves, and not just those Android apps that developers have carted over to the Amazon Appstore.More at Liliputing 1, 2last_img read more

Fully vindicated Frank Feighan is set to contest the next election for

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first_img Mar 6th 2017, 11:52 AM Monday 6 Mar 2017, 11:52 AM 39 Comments By Cianan Brennan 13,098 Views http://jrnl.ie/3272866 Short URL Share18 Tweet Email Frank Feighan Source: Rollingnews.ieFORMER FINE GAEL TD, and current senator, Frank Feighan has confirmed that he is to run on the party ticket once more at the next general election.54-year-old Feighan was formerly a TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim between 2007 and 2016.He announced that he wouldn’t be running in the last election a full seven months before the country went to the polls in February 2016.Today, Feighan said he has been “truly overwhelmed by the ongoing support and goodwill shown” to him.“It’s clear that more and more people want me to continue to build on my long track record of delivery as an Oireachtas member since 2002 and as a TD for nine years over that period,” he said.I also feel fully vindicated over the stance I took in relation to Roscommon Hospital. Consultants have gone on the public record that the hospital is now much safer as a result of the changes which have taken place there.Feighan had come under fire from constituents when he voted in favour of replacing Roscommon A&E with an urgent care unit and an out-of-hours GP service. His colleague Denis Naughten lost the party whip for voting against Fine Gael on the issue.When asked in July 2015 if his decision not to run in the last election was in any way influenced by party headquarters, Feighan said: “Not at all.”The decision had been a “personal” one, he said.“My intention to seek a party nomination to contest the next election has not been taken lightly,” Feighan added today.I want to continue the work of ensuring this region gets its fair share and that is why I will be seeking a nomination when the time comes.Read: “I don’t have enough experience” – Simon Harris 100% rules himself out of Fine Gael leadership raceRead: We’ll have some spring-like temperatures this week – and some spring showers “Fully vindicated” – Frank Feighan is set to contest the next election for Fine Gael Feighan had chosen to not contest last year’s general election after spending nine years in Dáil Éireann. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

SpaceX Unloads Literal Tons of Supplies onto ISS

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first_img This week, following two days’ worth of orbital maneuvers, a SpaceX capsule docked with the ISS, delivering three tons of supplies. According to Space.com, astronauts managed to grab the capsule using an advanced robotic arm supplied by Canada, creatively dubbed the “Canadarm2.”The delivery is the latest mission success for SpaceX, which has become one of NASA’s primary contractors. Over the next few days, ISS crew will begin the process of unpacking the equipment and supplies. Among the inclusions are an array of tools to help conduct microgravity experiments, such as those studying plant growth and how the human body responds to the stresses of spaceflight. Also on board was a project called RemoveDebris, aimed at helping astronauts and engineers practice cleaning up space junk, which has become an increasingly pernicious problem for spaceflight. As you have no know, in orbit, everything is traveling at many thousands of miles an hour. At those speeds, even frozen drops of water or paint flecks are enough to critically damage equipment or tear through a space suit. Following the decommissioning of the space shuttle program, as well as a litany of budget cuts and delays that have stalled NASA’s own direct launch capabilities, the agency has been working with private companies, namely, SpaceX and the ULA. The latter, a consortium of more traditional aerospace companies like Boeing, has been at the forefront of commercial space flight for the better part of a decade, but their quiet launches and stellar safety rating don’t garner the same attention as Elon Musk’s braggadocio and passion projects.Still, the forthcoming Falcon 9 Block 5 — the final iteration of SpaceX’s successful orbital rocket — will be capable of ten flights to space and subsequent recovery. That’s critical to bringing down the long-term cost of flight, and helping maintain more consistent and robust human presence in space.The version flown this week wasn’t recovered, however, as it was an older model that wasn’t designed to be recovered more than once. In a few weeks, the capsule that hauled cargo up, will return with astronaut’s waste and trash, as well as older experiments and equipment that are no longer needed — totally just under two tons for the return. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ronaldo and Neymar can play together at Real – Zidane

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first_imgZinedine Zidane is certain that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar would be able to play together at Real Madrid if the Brazilian is to join them in the summerDespite having only completed a world-record move of €222million from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, Neymar has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish capital after reports had emerged earlier this year that he was unhappy and wished to return to La Liga for next season.However, Neymar had a superb first season in French football with the forward scoring 28 goals in his 30 appearances before sustaining a metatarsal injury against Marseille in late February.While reluctant to discuss the speculation linking Neymar with the defending European champions, Zidane did reveal that he is certain that the 26-year-old would be able to play well alongside Ronaldo.“At the moment, all I can tell you is I’m worried about what’s coming up,” said the French coach, according to SportsKeeda.“After the final, we’ll talk with the club about next year and what changes will be made. But I can’t talk about anything like that [Neymar] at the moment.”Zidane added: “Good player are always compatible,”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I remember one year they said I wasn’t compatible to play with Djorkaeff. We won the World Cup together.“So good players can always play together. On the pitch, there is a chemistry.”However, the Real boss admitted he is currently uncertain if the club board are negotiating with PSG for a summer move.“I don’t know if we are negotiating for Neymar. What’s worrying us is what is going on at the moment,” said Zidane.“I haven’t asked Neymar personally because I don’t get involved in these things. We have to finish this season, the rest will come after.”Real will face Celta Vigo on Saturday in La Liga for their final home game of the season.last_img read more

Fekir has successfully passed Liverpool medical

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first_imgAfter all the saga with Nabil Fekir’s alleged departure to Liverpool, it may be nearing an end – the Lyon star has successfully passed a medical while at France’s pre-World Cup training camp.On Friday, Lyon, his current club, issued a statement, claiming all reports of his departure from the club are false mostly due to Fekir’s knee injury and the financial side of the deal.However, Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, has shared that this is nearing an end now.“He’s in the middle of negotiations and I think it’s done,” Le Graet said, according to Sportskeeda.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I spent 15 minutes with him this morning [Saturday], and he’s only concerned with the France team. He’s in good spirits.”“He passed his medical in Clairefontaine. That’s logical, we’ve done it for other players.”“It would be better for him [to complete the transfer], but he’s not perturbed,” Le Graet went on to add.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Defence Force Marines complete Training

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Release: RBDFHeader: The nineteen member graduating team of Commando Squadron and the Military Police/Force Protection unit along with class instructors. Also shown are: Commodore Bethel, Captain Philip Clarke, Commander Frederick Brown, Commanding Officer Military Police/Force Protection unit and Force Chief Petty Officer Oral Wood.First insert: Participants of the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses during one of their training exercises at the Defence Force Base.Second insert: Participants of the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses during one of their training exercises at the Defence Force Base. #GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 11, 2018 – Nassau – Nineteen marines (19) from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped to defend and safeguard the country against illicit activities after graduating from the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses on Friday past.Led by the versatile skilled instructors of the Commando Squadron department with the support of instructors from the United States Marine Forces Northern Command (MARFORNORTH), the three-week training program demanded both the mental and physical acuity that the 17 males and 2 females from various sections of the Commando Squadron and the Military Police/Force Protection units, delivered.Along with enhancing their military competencies, all of the participants are better equipped to work along with regional and international partner nations through enhanced interoperability and accreditation.  These marines now have an advanced skill set which increases their ability to provide a sustained support system for their units as well as other Law Enforcement agencies.Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force and Captain Philip Clarke, the Acting Captain of Coral Habour Base congratulated the participants and instructors alike for a job well done.  They were encouraged them to retain the information and skill, and to continue to improve upon their proficiency in areas they are called to serve.Course candidates were also graded on individual performance, as well as on leadership and teamwork.During the graduation Ceremony, participants were awarded Certificates of Completion. Able Seaman Lathario Darling was also recognized on his achievement as the overall Marine of the Year for the Commando Squadron Department.  The Military Police/Force Protection unit is headed by Commander Frederick Brown and the Commando Squadron department is headed by Lieutenant Commander Charles E. Strachan. Chief Instructor for the course was Chief Petty Officer Carlos Sturrup.Your continued support to this organization is inestimable.last_img read more

Employment Security furloughing 418 employees

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first_imgOLYMPIA — The state Employment Security Department is furloughing or reducing hours for about half of its employees because of the federal government shutdown.The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that 418 state employees will be furloughed and another 450 will work reduced hours.The department, which gets 87 percent of its funding from the federal government, is using state dollars to pay the staff needed to process unemployment claims.Hutchison said the department furloughed managers, human resource staff and fraud investigators, among others. She says that while Congress is likely to authorize back pay for furloughed federal employees, that appears unlikely to happen for state workers.last_img

Did China sign a secret defence deal to use naval outpost in

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first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:14Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:13?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 … Reuters File PhotoChina has signed a secret deal with Cambodia that would allow the Chinese military to use a naval base near the capital, Sihanoukville, according to reports. The move comes even as Beijing is seen expanding its military capabilities in the Gulf of Thailand region.It is revealed that the recently signed pact between the two countries will give China ‘exclusive rights’ to operate a Cambodian naval installation in the region, US officials told the Wall Street Journal.The report said that Cambodia would allow China to use the base for 30 years followed by automatic renewals after every 10 years. The deal would allow China to post military personnel, store weapons and provide docking of warships. Other details such as permit of carrying weapons by Chinese personnel, Cambodian passports as well as strict Chinese-only entry on the Chinese side of the port were also included in the draft, claimed US officials. The proposed naval base is also located a few kilometres away from an under-construction airport that is being built by a Chinese company in Dara Sakor. US officials have reportedly warned that the airport could be used as a Chinese military base. Both Chinese and Cambodian officials have denied the claims and said no such defence deal has been signed. The Cambodian government spokesman, Phay Siphan, rubbished the news saying that the claims are “fake news” adding “nothing is happening like that,” the Journal reported.”This is the worst-ever made-up news against Cambodia,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told Cambodian Fresh News on Monday.US Embassy Spokeswoman in Phnom Penh, Emily Zeeberg, said Washington is “concerned that any steps by the Cambodian government to invite a foreign military presence in Cambodia would threaten the coherence and centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in coordinating regional developments and disturb peace and stability in Southeast Asia”.The report also revealed that the US-funded facilities at Raem have been instructed to be relocated for “further infrastructure development and security enhancement.” Analysts have said US-Cambodia relations may have strained due to Washington’s criticism over human rights violations in the country.  Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sens Extensive Rule Close China’s access to the south-eastern port would pave the way to connect the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) military base in the South China Sea through Thailand by establishing the proposed Kra Canal project. The ambitious route will help China surpass the far and busy Malacca Strait international trade route and provide access to trade and military assets all the way into the Indian Ocean.last_img read more

Queen of Hills set to see record footfall of tourists this holiday

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first_imgKolkata: Darjeeling, which had always been a favourite summer destination for tourists, is once again set to witness a record footfall during this season, as Kolkata-based tour agencies are seeing an unprecedented number of bookings this year.The tour operators have expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose able leadership has resolved the issues related to Darjeeling. Due to the Gorkhaland agitation, there had been a dip in the tourist footfall in the past one and half years. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a tour operator on Lenin Sarani, many people have already placed their bookings for Darjeeling, during Durga Puja. The number has been increased a few times compared to the previous year. Last year, the other hill towns in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand had seen significant influx of tourists from Bengal, as agitation was going on in Darjeeling.”There is always a trend among the Bengalis to go to Darjeeling during the summer and Durga Puja. In the past one and half years, there had been a dip in the tourist flow to the hill station. The situation has become normal now, with people showing interest in Darjeeling again. This has become possible due to the prolonged efforts of our Chief Minister,” one of the officials of the tour operator said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPeople from Bengal and other states preferred to go to other hill stations, due to the continued agitation. The agitation had hit tourism hardest in the last year. The worry of the tourists soared after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung warned the tourists to stay away from Darjeeling, causing a serious economic crunch for the traders and hoteliers in the hill station.Things were getting worse as the tourists from Bengal and outside preferred not to visit Darjeeling due to the continuous threats of the GJM chief. The Bengal Chief Minister had lashed out at the GJM chief’s warning to the tourists, by saying ‘asking tourists to keep away amounts to keeping away Goddess Lakshmi’.The hospitality and transport sectors were badly affected as the people deserted one of India’s oldest hill stations. The issue was resolved following prompt and effective action by the Chief Minister and also through implementation of various development schemes in the hill station.A Siliguri-based tour operator said that Darjeeling is expected to see record footfall during this year’s Puja and Christmas. They have already started taking bookings for the Puja holidays in October.last_img read more

KMC students teachers to get raincoats umbrellas

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first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon handover raincoats free of cost to its school students and umbrellas to its teachers. This was announced by the Education department of the civic body in a programme organised by KMC to mark the occasion of Teachers’ Day on Wednesday.”We had earlier decided to provide our students and teachers with umbrellas. However, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee has proposed that students should be given raincoats. Hence, we have cancelled the proposal of handing over umbrellas and will be distributing raincoats. The e-tender for this will be floated soon. We want to complete the entire process by March 2019 so that our students can use them in the rainy season next year,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Education), KMC Avijit Mukherjee said. He added that umbrellas for the teachers will be handed over by this year. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the programme on the occasion of Teachers’ Day at Uttam Manch on Wednesday, Mayor proposed to the Education department to handover raincoats as primary students will find it difficult to handle umbrellas.There are 253 schools that are run by KMC in the city with a student strength of around 25,000. The Mayor also announced the extension of contract by six months for the 100 odd teachers who have been recruited by the Education department in recent times. It may be mentioned that in the winter months last year, the civic body had handed over sweaters free of cost tothe students.last_img read more

Workplace cake culture may fuel obesity risk experts

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first_imgSharing sweet treats at workplace may be contributing to several health problems such as obesity and poor oral hygiene, experts in the UK have warned.It may be a case of managers wanting to reward staff, colleagues wanting to celebrate or people bringing presents back from their holidays that sees sugary snacks going into the workplace, said Professor Nigel Hunt, dean Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK.However, it was detrimental to employees’ health and they should make a New Year’s resolution to “combat cake culture” in 2017, he said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“While these sweet treats might be well meaning, they are also contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health,” Hunt said.“We need a culture change in offices and other workplaces that encourages healthy eating and helps workers avoid caving in to sweet temptations such as cakes, sweets and biscuits,” he said.However, 2016 Great British Bake Off runner-up Jane Beedle said that cake could “bring joy to the office”.“I don’t think a little bit of homemade cake is going to kill anybody,” Beedle told BBC Radio 2.The Faculty of Dental Surgery has released tips to cut down on sugar consumption in the workplace by considering low-sugar alternatives and reducing portion sizes.It advises people to avoid snacking and keeping sugar as a lunch-time treat, keeping a “sugar schedule” to limit sugar intake and thinking about where sweet treats are positioned.last_img read more

SAS pilots reach 3 year deal ending strike

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first_imgSAS, pilots reach 3 year deal ending strike Tags: Scandinavian Airlines, Strike By: The Associated Press Share COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian Airlines and its pilots have reached a three-year collective bargaining agreement that puts an end to a six-day strike that grounded more than 4,000 flights and affected hundreds of thousands of passengers.CEO Richard Gustafson says the deal “provides stability for the future” and gives “more flexibility.”Pilots’ spokesman Christian Laulund says they got, among other concessions, a salary increase of 3.5% this year, 3% in 2020 and 4% in 2021.Laulund said his members wanted to address “the fact that SAS pilots are far behind their colleagues in other European airlines, and that the pilots have a considerable lag due to large wage and pension cuts in 2012 when the company was close to bankruptcy.”“It has been an ambition to close some of this gap, but the most important thing has been employment security and predictable working hours. SAS will continue to be a company with good, safe Scandinavian jobs,” he said.Gustafson said late Thursday that the carrier “operates in a highly competitive market, and with these agreements we now need to intensify our work to build a long-term profitable and sustainable SAS.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedIt was too early to provide an estimate of the financial effects of the strike, Gustafson said, adding some 360,000 passengers had been affected by the 4,015 cancelled flights.Jacob Pedersen, an analyst with Denmark’s Sydbank, earlier estimated that the strike would cost the company between 60 million and 80 million Swedish kronor ($6.3-8.4 million) a day.The strike started April 26 after talks between the airline and SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company’s pilots in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, collapsed.Talks resumed Wednesday in Oslo. Friday, May 3, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Biden wont seek White House in 2016 clearing Clintons way

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first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden won’t seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ending months of deliberation and speculation and clearing the path for Hillary Clinton.The long process of grieving over the death of his son Beau has closed the window on any chance of mounting a presidential campaign, Biden said in a hastily arranged announcement from the White House Rose Garden with President Barack Obama and his wife, Jill Biden, at his side.“I couldn’t do this if the family wasn’t ready. The good news is the family has reached that point,” Biden said. “Unfortunately I think we are out of time.”Biden’s decision clarifies the choice before the party’s voters even as Clinton faces a challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and two other Democrats in the race who are trying to position themselves as an alternative to the former secretary of state.See: Remember when US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited Costa Rica?At 72, Biden has likely run his last campaign for elected office, while he could be in play for secretary of state or other presidential nominations or appointments should Democrats prevail in next year’s general election. Biden served as a U.S. senator for 36 years and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 and 2008 before becoming Obama’s running mate.“While I will not be a candidate I will not be silent,” Biden said Wednesday. “I intend to speak out as much as I can.”Biden always left open the possibility of running in 2016 when Obama’s second term was up. The vice president also saw his eldest child, Beau, a military veteran who served as Delaware’s attorney general and planned to run for governor, as the successor to his political legacy and a future presidential contender.Beau’s diagnosis of brain cancer in August 2013 put the vice president’s own political considerations on the back burner, and when the cancer came back after a remission, it proved fatal. Beau died in May at age 46, leaving Biden and his wife devastated and focused on their family through a long, sad summer. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks with his son Beau at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq in 2009. Beau Biden, 46, died of cancer, a White House statement said late on May 30, 2015. Khalid Mohammed/AFPAs a potential candidate, Biden and his aides were confident he was better poised for a presidential after seven years as Obama’s understudy than in his two previous attempts, and felt that he better represented Democratic Party ideals than Clinton and could be less divisive in a general election. But was Biden emotionally ready for the toll of a campaign?Those close to him saw a shattered man. But in an Aug. 1 column in the New York Times, Maureen Dowd reported that Biden was “talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in” and that at the end of his life Beau sought to convince his father to run. An outside group, Draft Biden, was formed to raise money and lay organizational groundwork. And Biden ramped up his private and public dialogue, including meeting on Aug. 22 with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and Wall Street critic embraced by many party liberals.At the same time, he was up against societal forces of change and a hunger in the Democratic Party for a first woman president to follow the first black president. He also faced a formidable opponent with Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, who was amassing talented operatives, major donors and an organizational structure as Biden focused on and later grieved for his son.Nor did there seem to be a hunger among voters for Biden to enter the race. In a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll, Biden placed a distant third behind Clinton and Sanders.Biden, meanwhile, lacked strong bases of support in Iowa, the first caucus state. If he were to run, his success would hinge on an ability to win in South Carolina. Even then, his path likely would have required sizable portions of the Democratic establishment to abandon Clinton.Biden’s third place showing in most polls “is more to do with how strong her and Bernie’s hold is on their voters,” according to Joe Trippi, who was a chief strategist for Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean in 2004 and John Edwards in 2008. That, he added, would have made it harder for Biden to go on the attack against his potential rivals.Angela Greiling Keane, Justin Sink and Mike Dorning contributed to this story.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:US candidate Bernie Sanders sues party as Democrats on verge of open warfare Obama’s skin looks different in GOP ads Anger builds where Obama seeks shelter for migrant children Sanders to win Maine caucuses while Clinton nears half the delegates needed for nominationlast_img read more